Ty’s Council Connections

On the Trail with Ty:I’ve been bicycling around our city for two weeks now. Finally put on shorts yesterday. Summer is almost here.

I’m advocating for our schools, children, seniors, firefighters, downtown revitalization and more. Everyone I meet wants our firefighters to get the protective gear and washer/driers that fight cancer. I will continue to push for a second set of turnout gear for the firefighters and expect a second gear washer/drier for the South Attleboro station to be purchased in July. I can’t think of a better cause than thanking our firefighters by protecting their health!

I spent the last few days on Bernt Drive, Rome Blvd., Green Drive, Rathbun Willard Drive, and Fairway Drive. Many of these folks are affected by the construction and traffic around the new high school. Everyone I met felt the new high school was a great boon for the youth of our city. They all said it is worth putting up with the inconvenience of noise and traffic. There will be a meeting at the high school (school committee room) for area residents on May 29th at 5 pm. I will be attending.

The number one issue as I biked around Wards 1, 6 and 2 these past few weeks…. is property taxes. Most folks think the new school is well worth their tax hike. However, some residents are wondering how they will afford the tax jump. I reminded voters that we need to help out our seniors with tax abatements and Senior Exemptions. The City Council is working on legislation to do just that. However, there are younger owners who are losing jobs and having difficulty making ends meet. I spoke with several unemployed folks this week and my heart goes out to them.

I also met several people who felt their property wasn’t assessed accurately. One man told me he was taxed for four bathrooms when he actually only has a bath and a half in his home. Another gentlemen was shocked to find his house increased in value $50,000 over the winter. I am advising people who feel they have a faulty assessment who they can contact. At the very least we all deserve a reasonable explanation for our tax levels.

The second biggest question is the future of Highland Park. We have two more big events coming this year at the park. The July 4th celebration will be at Highland and the Vietnam Traveling Wall is coming in September. The cross country course is finished and I’m sure we’ll hear about future developments soon enough. Most folks who live around the park seemed happy that the city purchased Highland and plans on preserving it’s beauty.

Sport tip of the week: Did you know the AHS baseball team has qualified for the state tourney? They play smart, snappy ball and keep winning one run games. Big game at Hayward Field tomorrow (Monday) vs. Franklin at 3:45. Check this team out! I’ve had a ball rooting for them this spring!

All The best,
Ty

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Ty reads to students at Hill-Roberts.

Reading a book with 4th graders

20190429_122037STORYBOOK TIME AT HILL-ROBERTS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Yesterday I read a book to a fourth-grade class at Hill-Roberts Elementary School in South Attleboro. Granted, I was a bit nervous. It had been a long time since I had read to my two adult daughters, Arryn and Kate. But it’s like getting on a bicycle. You never forget how much fun reading to children can be. It reminded me of reading “Little House on the Prairie” to my daughters.

So I brought my baseball glove, a baseball, wore a Manny Ramirez vintage Red Sox shirt and my old Red Sox hat. Twenty-five children snuggled down in the reading nook in the corner of their classroom, sat on a rug and listened to “Zachary’s Ball”. It’s a story about a nine-year-old boy who went to a game at Fenway Park. Zachary went with his Dad, was dreaming that he made a great catch in left field, pitched the final winning World Series game, and caught a ball in his seat. The children loved the story.

Several of the 4th graders told stories about balls they had caught, or been given, both in Fenway and while watching the Paw Sox. The told me what they loved about Fenway Park (the Green Monster, hot dogs, and the dirt infield). All eyes were on me while I read the story. It turned out that Zachary’s Ball was a Magic Ball. When we were finished I turned and gave my baseball to the girl sitting on my right. She was delighted…. but I reminded her to the ball was magical and she needed to share it with other children. She nodded yes.

Listening to “Zachary’s Ball” was a magical time for both myself and the children at Hill-Roberts!

We had a lot of fun! These children are precious and we need to give them the best education humanly possible. Hill-Roberts is a really nice school.

Play Ball !!!!
Ty

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

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

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Council Connection

Council Connection

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

Council Connection

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

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