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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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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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: 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

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MEET THE CANDIDATE – TY WATERMAN IS RUNNING FOR CITY COUNCIL, AT-LARGE

     I am a licensed social worker and I’m running for the city council, as an At-Large candidate. I am not a career politician, but I want to serve you, the residents of Attleboro. I believe the Number One goal of an elected official is Constituent Service. If you have a concern or a question, please contact me at 508-577-1412 or TyAttleboro@gmail.com. I will respond promptly.
      I’ve been a resident of Attleboro since 2002 and live at 33 Dorchester Ave. in Ward 4A. I’m married to Jan, a wonderful musician and a very kind lady. My two adult daughters, Arryn and Kate, live in the west.
      My education includes a BA in Physical Education and U. S. History from the University of Maine (Orono), and a Master’s degree from Boston University. In 1999 I co-wrote “The Year the Red Sox won the Series,” about the 1918 world champion Boston Red Sox, which became an award winning book. I’ve served on the board of directors for Norton Singers and the Society for American Baseball Research. Currently I am on the board of Attleboro Enterprises, Inc. and the Attleboro Council for Human Rights. I’ve performed in community musical theater for over 25 years and love to sing and act.
      For the past four years I’ve been the Social Worker for the Attleboro YMCA, assisting the 14 residents with counseling, medical needs, etc. Prior to that, I supervised foster care for 19 years, serving DDS intellectually disabled adults and DCF children and teens. I trained foster parents, wrote therapeutic assessments, and handled state audits. My social work career began at Wrentham State School where I worked with medical and behavioral clients.
      These are my current priorities as an At-Large City Councilor.
A: SENIORS:
      There are approximately 8,000 seniors living in Attleboro. I want to ensure that the Larson Senior Center has the fiscal resources to continue their excellent, professional services. If anyone wants to visit the Senior Center please feel free to contact me. I’d love to host you at a senior luncheon and introduce you to fellow seniors and the wonderful staff.
      During my campaign I’ve met many seniors who are worried that they can’t afford their homes in the midst of rising property taxes. Currently, there are a couple of bills progressing through the state legislature designed to help struggling seniors with their property taxes. Our seniors have paid for city services all their lives and I will vote to help support them.
B: CHILDREN:
      There are approximately 6,000 students in our public schools. They deserve the best possible education. During my visits with thousands of residents this summer and fall I heard lots of parents and children tell me their classes were increasingly crowded and it was harder for some students to learn. I am pledging to support every effort to lower class room sizes, thus improving the quality of our educational system. I believe Attleboro can be one of the best city school systems in Massachusetts. I am pro-education, the key to a successful life.
C. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:
      The biggest concern that Attleboro residents had during my campaign is the economic vitality of Attleboro and the appearance of our center. I constantly heard comparisons with surrounding towns that had more appealing business districts. My response was that Attleboro will soon have an Economic Development Director, a position that has been vacant for several years. I will support our city’s administration and vote for a new Director of Economic Development. I will also work with the local Chamber of Commerce to support both new and existing businesses in Attleboro. I hope we’ll create more jobs in the center of our city, more parking, and attract more people to our downtown.
D: CONSTITUENT SERVICES:
       I want to provide first-rate constituent services and listen to your concerns,
I WILL SERVE YOU AND ATTLEBORO WITH ALL MY HEART. I humbly ask for your vote on Nov 6th.
–  Ty Waterman, candidate for At-Large City Council.