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Santagate Bridge Dedication


During Claremont’s Fall Festival and Chili Cookoff at the Visitors Center  

The public is invited to the dedication of the Claremont’s pedestrian bridge linking the Visitor Center and the Mill District as the “Santagate Bridge.” Retired City Manager Guy Santagate will be honored on October 6 at 11:30 AM, during Claremont’s Fall Festival and Chili Cookoff.

Claremont’s City Council voted unanimously to approve a motion to name the pedestrian bridge linking the Visitor Center Green and the Mill District in Santagate’s honor in December 2017. Santagate served as Claremont’s City Manager from August 2001 until his retirement in December 2016.

Mayor Charlene Lovett appointed a committee of both councilors and members of the public to determine the most appropriate way to display the new name of the Bridge. An 11 x 17 bronze plaque will be placed at each entrance to the pedestrian bridge honoring Santagate’s accomplishments during his tenure as Claremont City Manager.

Claremont was a struggling city when Santagate was tapped as City Manager. Santagate’s leadership turned things around. Says Santagate, “We decided we were going to remain a full- service city and put structure, vision, and direction into practice so that a stable financial environment could support future growth.”

“Today the bridge symbolizes the connection between all the partners and friends, the city and its residents and state and federal agencies that worked together under Guy Santagate’s leadership to create this beautiful revitalized historic district. I am therefore proposing that pedestrian bridge be named the Santagate bridge in recognition of Mr. Santagate’s contribution to the redevelopment and preservation of the Monadnock Mills district through his vision leadership and expertise.”
– John Simonds, Former City Councilor, Letter Proposing Bridge Naming, December 2017.

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