Council Connection: 12/13/18

To my friends and supporters:

First, I apologize for not writing these past few weeks. It’s been a whirlwind, preparing for council meetings, reading tons of material, talking on the phone with people wanting to serve on committees and councils in Attleboro, visiting with city employees both at city hall and throughout Attleboro. I am trying to acquaint myself with lots of new folks.
Since my election on November 6th I have met with Gary Ayrassian (Director of Planning and Development), Deb Gould (City Auditor), the entire personnel office, Laura Gignac (City Treasurer), City Clerk (Steve Withers), and many other folks who work in City Hall. Everybody was very gracious and welcoming. We have a wonderful, dedicated group of city employees and elected officials.
My fellow city councilors, all ten of them, have also been welcoming and gone out of their way to help acclimate me to the Council. Learning the correct protocol takes a little time but I will adjust soon enough.
I am delighted to have been appointed to three council committees:
1. Personnel and Human Services Committee: I am the Chairperson
2. Ordinances, Elections and Legislative Matters Committee: Diana Holmes, chairperson
3. Capital Improvements and City Development Committee: Richard Conti, chairperson

I’ve had the pleasure of nominating and advocating for several people who want to serve Attleboro. To date I contacted, nominated and spoke on behalf of:
1. Kourtney Wunschel nominated to fill a three year term as the superintendent of Water. I visited Kourtney, toured with her through the water department, and her nomination will go before the entire council on December 18 at the 7 pm city council meeting.
2. Paulo Salguero, Jr. – nominated by the Personnel Committee to serve on the Traffic Study Commission. Vote by the council will be soon.
3. Patricia Svendson – nominated by the Personnel Committee to serve on the Library Board of Trustees.
4. Ellen Parker: Nominated and she was confirmed to serve on the Council on Human Rights.
5. Seth Hodge: Nominated to be reappointed to the Council on Human Rights.
6. Donovan Riley: Nominated to the Youth Commission.
7. Kurt Wheaton: Nominated to be reappointed to the Council on Aging.
8. Scott Jones: Nominated to be reappointed to the Solid Waste Advisory Committee.
If anyone wants to serve on City of Attleboro Councils, Commissions or Committees, please feel free to contact me at 508-577-1412, This is a great way to serve our city.
I have visited with the Directors and toured the Recreation Dept., the Water Department, and the Park and Forestry Department. I intend to visit all departments over time and also visit our schools.
I had quite a thrill yesterday when I had a personal tour of the Capron Park Zoo with Derek . Our zoo’s veterinarian, Dr. Romano, gave me a fascinating view of our lion, both lionesses, the two sloth bears (I fed the male sloth bear), and especially enjoyed one of the zoo’s gems, the Rain Forest which opened up this year.
The City Council is very concerned about the Attleboro Public Library. The library leaks in multiple spots whenever a driving rain strikes. The air conditioning is gone. Repairs will be needed in the near future to the outside of the edifice. The Council needs to fully assess the damage and resulting cost of these repairs. I will be meeting with our new library director, Christine Johnson, and the President of the Library Trustees, Charles Oliver, next week to get a first hand assessment of the situation.
As you can see — your votes have put me to work. I really love working for our city and am always open to hearing your concerns (508)-577-1918 or
Ah yes… one more important item. Our nominee for Attleboro’s Economic Development Director, Catherine Feerick, will be moving to Attleboro right after Christmas. The City Council will meet Catherine on January 8, 2019, in Council Chambers at City Hall. I expect to be nominating Catherine at that time and introducing her to the Council and the city. We’ve talked twice on the phone and I’m very excited to meet Catherine. She comes to us from Washington, D.C. where she has been the Downtown Revitalization Specialist for the the Appalachian Regional Commission. Catherine has worked on downtown revitalization projects in 13 Appalachian states since April, 2016.
Catherine is planning to live in Attleboro and has visited the city twice while looking for living quarters. She found Attleboro people to be very friendly and likes the city. She told me that the people she met looked her right in the eye. Growing up in Ohio, Catherine appreciates being part of a warm, caring community.
Now I am off to celebrate the gift of a $50,000 donation to the Highland Country Club from David Doran of North Attleboro to the friends of the Attleboro Recreation Center. This money will be used to create a cross-country course, walking and biking trails on Highland Country Club. Thanks you, David Doran!!!!
From your City Councilor At-Large
Ty Waterman