Aldermen Notes: ‘I don’t think they would put up with this in…’

by Tom Nash on August 26, 2010

The Board of Aldermen returned from their summer break tonight. The full meeting is viewable here.

Some items of interest:

  • Ward 3 Alderman Tom Taylor wants Somerville’s stretch of  Route 28 (McGrath Highway) maintained more carefully by the state, with several aldermen bemoaning the trash that’s allowed to collect along the side of the road.

“If this were a different community, or a different socioeconomic group within the community, it would look very different,” Ward 2 Alderman Maryann Heuston said.

  • People are paying $18 in fees to the city for every $1,000 they’re spending on green roofs. Ward 6 Alderman Rebekah Gewirtz wants to know why the city is punishing those doing their part to reduce stormwater runoff.
  • Everyone still hates “double poles” and power outages. Alderman-at-Large Dennis Sullivan: “I don’t think they would put up with it in Newton or Brookline.”
  • Heuston is asking Mayor Joseph Curtatone to host a forum within the next month for Ward 2 residents to discuss flooding issues. “I believe there have to be some larger factors at work, where we see flooding in areas that we have never seen before,” she said.

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