Council Connection

A Week of Ty Waterman’s City Council activities (April 8 – 13, 2019)

MONDAY and TUESDAY:

ATTLEBORO PUBLIC LIBRARY: A space study recently proposed by the mayor and funded by the City Council.

I worked with a contracted consultant, a dozen or so librarians. city employees, and friends of the library, reconfiguring how to best use the library’s current space in the future.
1. We imagined:
a) An alternative children’s library on the second floor.
b) A larger meeting room on the first floor.
c) Public concerts in the marble area on the 2nd floor.
d) A more attractive front desk area.
e) Opening up the front entrance and beautifying the lawn in front of the library.
f) Brainstorming about the needs of our library in 2045!

We agreed our library needs to remain in a centrally located, downtown location… preferably where it currently stands.
We agreed the marble second story reading area is stunning and classical.
We agreed the front of the library should stand permanently as a classical piece of archi
We agreed on flexibility as we work towards our future library space.

The consultant will be returning with his findings, thoughts, and our ideas. Then the city will be better equipped to make decisions.

I SUPPORT RESTORATION OF THE ATTLEBORO PUBLIC LIBRARY. May it last for generations to come.

TUESDAY EVENING: CITY COUNCIL – PROPOSED HUNTING ORDINANCE
The Ordinance Committee discussed a new proposed hunting ordinance. It passed 2-1 in the committee and will soon go to the entire City Council. I voted in
favor of the new ordinance.
1. The original hunting ordinance basically states that residents cannot use firearms on streets, sidewalks or any other public place in the city of Attleboro. I agree.
2. The new proposed ordinance also states that hunting cannot occur in parks and conservation land owned and controlled by the City of Attleboro. This is a logical extension
from the original ordinance. I agree.
3. But we don’t have language in the original hunting ordinance regarding hunting on private property. The new, proposed ordinance states "No person shall hunt on private
property, except with the written consent of the property owner or legal occupant thereof, which consent shall be dated not more than one year prior to the act complained of."
4. I support the need for hunters to procure written permission from property owners. It should be WRITTEN permission, not just verbal permission. If there was just "verbal" permission,
if an incident occurred there could potentially be "he said, she said" issues. Written permission protects both the property owner and the hunter. If I was a hunter I would want written
permission to hunt on private property.
5. Hunters have told me they will steer clear of private property when they see NO HUNTING posted signs. That is fine and I applaud them for steering clear of posted areas.
But I cannot legislate that all private owners put up no hunting signs on their property. That decision is up to each individual owner. I don’t have a NO HUNTING sign on my half acre of land.
6. The new ordinance recommends a fine of $300 for each offense. The original ordinance had no teeth in it, no fines at all. I support a fine if a hunter violates the new hunting ordinance.
But I also hope we never need to fine anybody.
7. I believe there is a place in our society and in our city for hunting. I am not trying to take away a hunter’s rifle. But as a city councilor it is my duty to protect citizens of Attleboro when they are
walking in parks, city conservation lands and all city property.
8. Hunters have a right to hunt and bear arms in safe, permissable areas.

ATTLEBORO IS A REAL CITY. ATTLEBORO IS BIGGER THAN:

BURLINGTON, VERMONT
CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE
LEWISTON & BANGOR, MAINE
HOLYOKE, BURLINGTON & NORWOOD, MASSACHUSETTS
ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND

WEDNESDAY:
1. I visited a senior citizen in financial distress and helped her figure out her property tax payments.

2. I attended the library board of trustees meeting.

THURSDAY:
1. I went to the Attleboro HS-Bishop Feehan baseball game. Hayward Field is in good shape thanks to the Dept. Of Recreation!

FRIDAY:
1. I spoke at Volunteer Day at the Elk’s club.
2. I attended a meeting of the steering committee trying to create a permanent shelter for homeless in Attleboro.

SATURDAY:
1. I met with the Dept. of Recreation staff regarding future and present capital projects.

THU

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Save our Fire Fighters!

SAVE A FIREFIGHTER TODAY!

I was proud of my fellow city councilors tonite. We voted 10-0 to spend $22,500 to purchase a brand new gear washer for the Union Street fire station. What’s a gear washer, you ask? And why does the South Attleboro fire station still have a 20 year old, outdated, inefficient gear washer.

A gear washer washes and cleans out the fire fighters Personal Protective Equipment (PPI) after a fire. It removes the cancer causing carcinogens which build up on the trousers, boots, gloves, everything a fire fighter is wearing. It takes a long time to clean and dry clothing in the current 25 year old Union Street Gear washer and the 20 year old South Attleboro station gear washer. If another fire occurs before their PPI gear is cleaned and dried… then the fire fighters have to retrieve their wet gear… throw them on and speed off to the next fire…. with possible carcinogens still on them.

Two-thirds of our fire fighters have two sets of PPI’s, which is recommended for their safety. But 36 Attleboro fire fighters only have one PPI due to the expense to purchase a second set. CLEAN PPI’s AND A NEW GEAR WASHERS WILL SAVE OUR FIRE FIGHTERS LIVES.

Nationally, fire fighters live to an average of about 55 years old… many of them die prematurely with cancer. Fire fighters are stricken by cancer 2.5 times more than the national average. Of course, when cancer occurs we can’t be certain how or why it happens… but we have an educated guess that firefighters frequently get cancer because of the carcinogens in the burning buildings and smoke.

We need 36 more PPI’s for our fire fighters. We also need another new gear washer for the South Attleboro fire stations. Currently, So. Attlboro firefighters have a 20 year old gear washer…. New gear washers can wash 4 or 5 PPI’s at a time…. with increased effectiveness and safety. NEW GEAR WASHERS SAVE FIREFIGHTERS LIVES!

Most of our city councilors spoke out tonite… including yours truly. Take a look at the video of tonight’s (April 2nd) meeting…. We met for 2.5 hours… the fire dept. was the very last item of business. So fast forward and watch the end of tonight’s meeting.

I was very proud of the city council tonight. But we still have more work to do.

1. We need to approve funding another new gear washer for the South Attleboro station…

2. We need to fund 36 more PPI’s (Personal Protective Equipment) so every firefighters has two sets of PPI’s…

3. We need to protect our fire fighters from the scourge of cancer that threatens them every working day.

Thank you Chief LaChance, for advocating for Attleboro’s fire fighters!

TY WATERMAN, CITY COUNCILOR AT-LARGE

TyWaterman1918
508-577-1412 (cell)

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On the City Council Trail with Ty… Week of March 25-29

MONDAY: I toured 67 Mechanic Street with a group of city leaders. We walked through Sterling Lofts, an historic four story brick building (former unemployment office and jewelry factory), which will have 91 residential units reserved for people 55 and older.

Fifty-six of these units will be reserved for lower income people between 30-60% of the Area Median Income. The remaining 35 units will be market rate. Opening date will be late fall, 2019.
I was impressed by the layout of the apartments, the fitness and yoga space, a community room and lounge, a library, grandchildren’s playroom, media room, laundry, plus an Adult Health Center.

Seniors who are considering selling their homes and moving into good local housing should consider Sterling Lofts with its 72 one -bedroom and 16 two-bedroom units, plus 3 one bedroom/den units.

The view is nice from the fourth floor, the elevators make it possible for people with disabilities to live there, and the inside is beautiful…. and affordable!

The financial partners include:
* City of Attleboro

* Bank of America
* Mass. Department of Housing & Community Development.
* Mass Housing Partnership
* Boston Community Loan Fund

Contact winncompanies.com for more information.

TUESDAY:I toured the Union Street Fire Station with Fire Chief Scott Lachance, Union Rep./Fire Fighter Paul Jacques. I had a terrific sausage and eggs breakfast with the firefighters just going off their 24 hour shift.
We discussed the high rate of cancer among fire fighters, the need for a new gear washer and drying cabinet for the Union Street Fire Station, and the need for two full sets of fire fighting clothes (boots, gloves, pants, shirt, etc.) for every fire fighter. The gear washer they have is old and might not get all the contaminants off their clothing.

Our fire fighters deserve safe and reliable equipment. I pledged to help them be as safe as possible. It was a great learning experience and I am proud of our fire fighters.

CITY COUNCIL: I nominated and our Personnel and Human Services Committee recommended 17 citizens to city positions. These recommendations will be considered by the entire City Council on April 2nd.

I advocated for a new gear washer for the Union Street Fire Station to protect our fire fighters from cancerous contaminants.

WEDNESDAY:
A personal tour of Attleboro High School with Principal Bill Runey. I met with students planning to plant a tree this spring to help with clean air and ultimate beauty. We visited the vocational and music programs, listening to a special needs class play instruments. Then we talked about the deep need for more guidance counselors. In light of the recent gun scare at the high school, I agree that more counselors are needed at the
high school.

THURSDAY:
I was invited to speak to a 8th grade class at Brennan Middle School studying racism and ways they can combat hate crimes. I shared my personal history working with people of different cultures, listened to students concerns about racism and learned they have talked with Attleboro police about local racial issues. We shared a deep, difficult human problem.I suggested anyone with a racial concern may speak with the city Council on Human Rights.

FRIDAY: I had one more tour to complete a very busy week. Superintendent Tom Hayes took me through the Attleboro Waste Water plant. I am very impressed with both his and his staff’s competence and devotion to Attleboro citizens. If you go down to the Attleboro Dog Park you are right on the doorstep of the Waste Water plant. Quite an operation. Many thanks to Tom Hayes and his staff!

Ty Waterman, City Councilor At-Large

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On the City Council Trail with Ty… Week of March 25-29

MONDAY: I toured 67 Mechanic Street with a group of city leaders. We walked through Sterling Lofts, an historic four story brick building (former unemployment office and jewelry factory), which will have 91 residential units reserved for people 55 and older.

Fifty-six of these units will be reserved for lower income people between 30-60% of the Area Median Income. The remaining 35 units will be market rate. Opening date will be late fall, 2019.
I was impressed by the layout of the apartments, the fitness and yoga space, a community room and lounge, a library, grandchildren’s playroom, media room, laundry, plus an Adult Health Center.

Seniors who are considering selling their homes and moving into good local housing should consider Sterling Lofts with its 72 one -bedroom and 16 two-bedroom units, plus 3 one bedroom/den units.

The view is nice from the fourth floor, the elevators make it possible for people with disabilities to live there, and the inside is beautiful…. and affordable!

The financial partners include:
* City of Attleboro

* Bank of America
* Mass. Department of Housing & Community Development.
* Mass Housing Partnership
* Boston Community Loan Fund

Contact winncompanies.com for more information.

TUESDAY: i toured the Union Street Fire Station with Fire Chief Scott Lachance, Union Rep./Fire Fighter Paul Jacques. I had a terrific sausage and eggs breakfast with the firefighters just going off their 24 hour shift.
We discussed the high rate of cancer among fire fighters, the need for a new gear washer and drying cabinet for the Union Street Fire Station, and the need for two full sets of fire fighting clothes (boots, gloves, pants, shirt, etc.) for every fire fighter. The gear washer they have is old and might not get all the contaminants off their clothing.

Our fire fighters deserve safe and reliable equipment. I pledged to help them be as safe as possible. It was a great learning experience and I am proud of our fire fighters.

CITY COUNCIL: I nominated and our Personnel and Human Services Committee recommended

Council Connection: 3/15/19

The issue of housing, personal security and the fragility of life became very real to me this week. I met with several senior constituents who are struggling to make their housing payments, maintain their property and handle normal repairs. I wonder how seniors on fixed incomes can handle a leaky roof, an aging boiler, or a driveway that needs repair? Social security and relatively small savings/IRA’s/pensions aren’t always enough to handle the cost of living. Uncle Sam might increase our monthly checks by 1% a year. It isn’t enough… not even close.

The most frequent calls I receive are from seniors seeking guidance as they grapple with the reality of keeping their homes. That’s why I support seniors being considered for property tax breaks. I am also a strong supporter of Attleboro’s Council on Aging/Senior Center.

If you know a Senior in trouble, suggest they call one of our social workers at the Senior Center on South Main Street. They will find a friendly, caring ear and some sound advice. If you know a Senior who needs to give up their home (a truly sad event) then the staff of the Senior Center will offer sound advice. I don’t want anyone to lose their home.

In the last census, we discovered that there were 8,000+ senior citizens living in Attleboro. I’ve been advised there might be 14,000 seniors in Attleboro by the time our next census is completed. Jan and I are among that group.

We need to cherish and help our seniors. With good health, we shall all be Seniors one fine day.

Ty Waterman – City Councilor At-Large

TyAttleboro@gmail.com
508-455-1918 – Home

Council Connection: Ty is running for re-election

To the citizens of Attleboro:

Tomorrow morning I am taking out papers to run for re-election to City Council At-Large in 2019. My candidacy will emphasize:

1. Support for our children and schools with an emphasis on good mental health services.
2. Advocacy for senior citizens.
3. A healthy environment in Attleboro.
4. Helping individuals with their personal needs.
5. Supporting a revitalized economy in Attleboro.

I believe in a City Council that works together to deliver good city services and strong schools. We need to support economic development and downtown revitalization, We need to work with the Mayor’s office and the other departments in city government to achieve these goals. Together, with Blue Pride, we can help Attleboro become a truly caring, beautiful, pulsating 21st century city.

I love living in Attleboro and am glad you are with me in this adventure. Thank you for allowing me to serve you. All my best to you and your loved ones.

Regards,
Ty

Ty WatermanTyWaterman1918
508-455-1918 – Home

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Attleboro

      What a beautiful MLK day in Attleboro! Both ceremonies had terrific moments, whether at City Hall or Murray Unitarian Church. The music was wonderful, with a terrific senior high choir at City Hall that drew raves from the speakers. At Murray, we heard several moving numbers by the adult choir, a splendid brass, and woodwind quintet, and a closing Piano piece that shook the rafters as we all sang the spiritual “We Shall Overcome.”
      The theme was clearly Martin Luther King, Jr.’s thoughts about economic justice. We heard that the rich have grown by 12% in 2018 while the poor has grown by 11%, leaving an ever-decreasing middle class. This is scary to comprehend. Could our new tax laws be actually helping the rich get even richer, while the poor are increasing at an equally fast pace?
      We heard MLK speak about a poor people’s campaign/march on Washington D.C. that he was planning when he was assassinated. MLK’S message was steeped in the Gospel and teachings of Jesus. Martin cared deeply about both the spiritual needs of the poor, plus our financial needs. He wanted everyone to be able to have decent housing, a satisfactory income, plentiful food for the body and the soul, and hope for both our present and future.
      What would Martin be telling us if he gave his famous “I have a Dream” speech today?
      MLK’s vision of America would call us to love ALL of God’s children, whether they be native-born Americans or those who want to become Americans. MLK told us we are all God’s children. I believe Martin would speak out against a wall along our southwestern borders. MLK would remind us that our Civil War was fought so people of all backgrounds can grow into healthy, productive citizens.
      Martin had a beautiful dream.
     Today I heard our City Council vice president, Heather Porreca, tell us that Attleboro folks really care about one another. It doesn’t matter if we are wealthy or low income; white or have darker shades of skin; if we are children or elderly. Heather pointed out what a true community Attleboro has become. If someone is sick and without insurance, we can still offer health care at Sturdy Hospital. If someone moves here with special needs, we find a way to help special need children. If someone is hungry, we have food banks and free meals almost every night of the year. If someone is without housing, we are trying to find them a dry, safe place to hang their hat.
     Martin Luther King would have appreciated Attleboro. We aren’t perfect but Attleboro folks generally have a big heart. I love this city.
     Let’s remember MLK’s vision for the United States. A dream whereby children of all colors, races, and economic strata can proudly call home.
     THANK YOU, ATTLEBORO’s own MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY COMMITTEE!
     WE SHALL OVERCOME!
-Ty Waterman, City Councilor At-Large.

MLK Day in Attleboro by DoubleACS