- Held a public hearing with the mayor & advocates asking to fund a sidewalk for Read Street, on one side of the street. Projected cost: $1,097,000. Only one citizen opposed the project saying it is too dangerous a road for pedestrians, even if they are walking on sidewalks.
- City Council voted 10 to 0 for a public hearing on April 19th on the administration’s 2022 CDBG entitlement budget. These federal funds support a variety of Attleboro projects thru the US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development.
- Voted for a public hearing on May 17th to add 11 more parking spots, 8 am to 4 pm, Monday thru Friday, in Twins Mullaney parking lot, South Main St. for senior citizens visiting the Larson Senior Center. This would leave six public parking spots in Twins Mullaney parking lot for three-hour limits Monday thru Friday, 8 am-6 pm – except for Sundays and legal holidays. This requires amending section 10.5a of the parking ordinance. I introduced this new business.
- Voted for a public hearing on May 17th to reduce plastic bottle waste by banning nips in Attleboro. This is the second time the mayor sent this request to the city council.
- Voted for a public hearing on April 26th regarding a license to store flammables (hydrogen refrigerated liquid) near Leach/Garner at 49 Pearl Street.
- Voted for a public hearing on May 3rd to serve alcohol on the sidewalk at Morin’s Restaurant, 16 South Main St, from May to October, 10 am to 8 pm.
- Voted for a public hearing on May 3rd to serve alcohol on the sidewalk at Burgundian Restaurant, 55 Park St, from April to October.
The entire city council voted on motions that the 11 committees passed last week. These are some of the votes.
- Final approval: 10 to 0: authorized chapter 90 aid – $1,206,095 to fund projects approved by the Mass. Dept. of Transportation. This helps rebuild Attleboro’s streets.
- Final approval: 10 to 0: $25, 775 for increased cost of gas fuel – Public Works dept.
- Final approval: 10 to 0: $55,208 for increased cost of diesel fuel – Public Works dept.
- Final approval: 10 to 0: $30,250 to replace two lime slaker grit removers – Wastewater dept.
- Final approval: 10 to 0: $34,285 to replace Peckham St. Culvert in Ward 4b. Public Works dept.
- Final approval: 10 to 0: an approximate $48,000: Sustainable Materials Recovery Grant, from Mass Dept. of Environmental Protection, this grant will help the Health Dept. run the Recycling and Waste Management program.
- Final approval: 10 to 0, to appropriate $100,000 to hire a consulting firm to prepare a comprehensive master plan for Capron Park Zoo. The zoo has never had a master plan and needs certification.
- Final approval: 10 to 0, to waive certain permit fees to help Old Colony Habitat for Humanity construct a new Habitat for Humanity home on Pike Avenue.
- Final approval: 10 to 0, approve a state formula grant of $94,182 and a shine grant of $74,746.98 – Council on Aging.
- Final approval:10 to 0, to appoint Diane Mangiaratti as an alternate member of the Historical Commission.
- Final approval, 10 to 0, all appointments passed by the personnel committee last week. This includes Donald Smyth to the board of assessors and Marian Wrightington, Brian Ludwig, Rachel Killian and Leonard Yutkins (alt.) to the Historical Commission. The council reappointed Domenic Cotoia, Ed Stanton, and James Jones to the Cable Commission.
- Voted to strike the appointment of Martha Conti to the Board of Assessors. This leaves an important vacancy in the Board of Assessors. Martha had just been voted on last week by the personnel committee. Sometimes citizens are unable to serve after being nominated.
Take good care,