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 tywaterman1918@gmail.com.
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
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Council Connection: 11/16/18

Today I stepped through the magic circle and officially pledged to serve Attleboro, Massachusetts, and the United States of America. I am no longer a candidate and am now Councilor Waterman.

My campaign friends, my recent opponent John Davis, The Sun Chronicle, fellow councilors, a fireman, and several other well-wishers came while Mayor Paul Heroux recited the oath to me in front of DoubleACS. Best of all, my lovely wife, Jan, was on the scene.

Jim Hand, the Sun Chronicle reporter, asked me why I ran for the city council. I told him, “Because I love Attleboro and the special people here. I want to help the seniors, our children, teachers, and do my part to leave the city better than when I arrived in 2002.”

It was a delightful experience and now I am ready to serve you. I have lots to learn about the rules and mores of the council. I am joining a band of 11 to help steer the good ship Attleboro through the next year.

Wow!

After the ceremony, we went out to Morin’s Restaurant to relax and enjoy each others company. I found myself smiling and laughing. My campaign manager and friend, Jax, reminded me that now I am both a social worker and councilor It is more important than ever to listen to each and every one of you. I agree.

Tomorrow morning I head off to city hall to meet with my newfound fellow councilors and plan the next steps in our journey together.

I know that sounds simplistic and corny. But that’s how I feel. I’m ready for my next step. The real work begins.

Thanks for following my journey. It is also your journey.
-Ty Waterman, City Councilor At-Large (A Public Servant)

 

PS: We live streamed the swearing-in on Ty’s Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/TyAttleboroTogether

Council Connection: 11/14/18

Last night I heard seniors tell the city council how much they wanted to keep their homes. It wasn’t easy to pay their bills but it meant so much for them to continue living at home, despite fixed incomes and their physical aging. The council never asked a question and everyone appeared to be intently listening to the residents who spoke. I was proud of each speaker, pouring out their hearts to give a small break in their neighbor’s property taxes. They didn’t want anyone to lose their homes.
I waited almost an hour before speaking.  So I listened while I waited for my turn. The love for their homes, families, and for Attleboro was amazing to witness.
Finally I spoke. I told the city council that a lot of people are scared. I asked the council to lower our property taxes a bit. We all need some help while we begin paying for the new high school.
I was very proud of our city last night. Everyone in the council chambers shared their love for Attleboro. No one disagreed. It was a powerful night.
I believe the city council heard every word. I believe the council will reach out a helping hand to those in need.
Regards,
ty
FULL CITY COUNCIL 11/13/18 – https://youtu.be/8SwuRrM5l3U (Courtesy of DoubleACS)

WE DID IT!

Friends:

The last two days have been a blur. I owe so much to so many residents of our wonderful city. As I go around the city today and tomorrow, speaking to the folks who let me put up a sign, I also want to thank each and every one of you.

This is not simply an election win for myself. YOU are responsible for this victory. You decided it was OK to take a chance on a social worker, on a newcomer to the city council, on a non-politician. You decided that civility is crucial in government, you decided it is important to listen to people, you decided that helping seniors with property taxes, focusing on decreasing class sizes in our schools, on restoring foreign languages and building up our guidance counselor staff, is essential.
You decided we need an economic development director and to focus on rebuilding the center of our wonderful city. You decided on the importance of beautiful open spaces so all of our citizens can enjoy the natural beauty of mother nature. You decided to become a friend of the Attleboro library and to value the hard work and dedication of our firefighters, police, our public works dept., public housing staff and the rest of Attleboro’s public employees.
Why do I love Attleboro? Because the spirit of our city is alive. We are not perfect and we do have citizens who are clearly struggling to make ends meet. But we also strive to make certain that every citizen has a good meal at least once a day, we give away food to seniors, working adults, families and children. And I believe we will do even more in the future to help our homeless population and those stricken by substance abuse. We are fortunate to have Sturdy Hospital in our own backyard, buttressed by an extensive health network at our disposal. And we all were just reminded to thank the nurses in our city and state for the care they offer us each and every day.
I could go on an on about the value of living in Attleboro. The truth is, my election is just one small reflection of the concern each of you have for the welfare of our city.
Thank you for giving me an opportunity to help in our city government. And remember that our other 10 councilors are doing their utmost to serve you and deserve applause for their efforts. I am fortunate to be part of the 11 member council that will listen to you and respond.
Consider attending the city councils public hearings and share your thoughts and concerns with us. We need to hear from you. Next public hearing is Tuesday evening, November 13th in City Hall. I hope to see many of you there next Tuesday.
Ty Waterman, At-Large City Councilor elect.

On the Trail with Ty: 10/31/18 Halloween

Halloween reminds us that fun and laughter is essential. I dressed up as Manny Ramirez at a Halloween Party for children at the Willett School on Sunday. I wore a Manny Ramirez wig, my baseball cap and a genuine Red Sox Manny uniform. It was a blast!
The race for city councilor feels extremely close. This is due to a close race in signs, my perception that many people like my message for children, excellent education and caring about seniors. A number of people are delighted I’m appearing at their door. My name recognition is fairly good. We are in for a tight race.
I don’t know who is reading this but I am making a plea to anyone who wants me in office.
Please reach out to TWO PEOPLE that haven’t yet made up their mind, urging them to vote for me. You may think this is unnecessary, to the contrary, it is critically important.
When I was in my mid-20’s I voted for a U.S. Senator candidate in New Hampshire. The vote turned out to be a dead tie. NH could not determine the winner in an age of paper ballots. The ballots finally were sent to the US Supreme Court for a final result. The Supreme Court could not make a decision and called the vote a tie.
One year after the original vote in 1974 another election was held in October, 1975 to determine the final victor. This time, John Durkin was elected to the United States Senate.
So let’s imagine the Attleboro vote for city council is a dead tie. If you speak to two people over the weekend and ask them to vote for me that could be crucial. If 20 people are reading this message that could produce 40 additional votes.
Perhaps I appear greedy and too competitive. I’ve given my life to this campaign since mid-June. I believe I can be helpful for children and seniors if I am elected to the Council. The two votes you can potentially send my way could make all the difference.
Meanwhile, I will knock on doors at least five hours a day through Monday. But I need your help.
THANK YOU!!!
Your candidate,
Ty Waterman