Nashua mayor denies that she blocked rail presentation
Lozeau said she was just as surprised to learn about Dan Kelly's withdrawal from the aldermanic Planning and Economic Development Committee agenda as the committee members themselves.
Kelly emailed the committee earlier this week, however, to let members know that he would not be presenting his information to the committee but instead would be meeting with the mayor in March to further discuss the matter.
"That is absolutely not true," Lozeau said this week. "I did not ask him to not do his presentation."
"It would be helpful to know these things," said Lozeau, who did eventually reach out to Kelly to make sure that in the future she is kept in the loop on such matters.
Lozeau has been a vocal and strong supporter of bringing passenger rail back to New Hampshire. The Board of Aldermen has also been in support of the initiative, and early last year purchased two parcels at 25 Crown St. for $1.4 million to be used for a park and ride facility and possibly, in the future, a train station.Kelly was planning to discuss ongoing efforts by the NHRTA, the Capital Corridor initiative and Nashua specific issues such as potential site locations for rail, paying for rail without subsidies and land use and legislation surrounding rail.If anyone can help bring commuter rail into Nashua, Kelly — also a member of the Nashua City Planning Board — may be the man, said Alderman-at-Large Dan Moriarty, adding Kelly's insight and background will be beneficial to city officials.