Greetings! 2020 has kicked off and I'm sending off my first email as a Councilor At-Large. I hope everyone had a great holiday season and a joyous New Year so far!
One of my objectives as a Councilor At-Large is to stay connected to residents and help you stay informed with what's going on in Weymouth. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions - you can contact me by phone/text, email, Facebook or Twitter!
I will be emailing and publishing a monthly newsletter to highlight important items going on in town government and town events. If you know anyone who may be interested in receiving these, please forward this email to them and they can enter their email address on my website to have them delivered straight to their inbox.
2020 Swearing In...
On Tuesday, January 6, 2020, the Weymouth Town Council and School Committee officially swore in. All Town Councilors serve a 2 year term which expires on December 31, 2021. Pascale Burga is the only new Councilor this term and was elected to the District 1 seat. Arthur Mathews was elected by the Town Council to serve as Town Council President and Mike Molisse was elected to serve as Town Council Vice President - Congratulations!
The Town Council has a dedicated page on the town's website. You can find contact information for all Councilors as well as links to agendas, minutes, and other important information currently being discussed by the Town Council. CLICK HERE to access that page.
Upcoming Town Meetings...
You can find all public meetings on the Town's calendar directly on the town's homepage. Agendas are posted at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. When you click a meeting that might interest you, there will be a link to a PDF file that will display the agenda once it is posted. Some of the highlights for the next few weeks include:
January 16 - Weymouth School Committee Meeting
January 16 - Waterfront Committee Meeting
January 21 - Charter Review Committee Meeting
January 21 - Town Council Meeting
January 23 - CDBG Funding for 2020-21 Public Hearing
January 28 - Chapman School Building Committee Meeting
January 28 - Conservation Commission Meeting
January 29 - Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting
February 3 - Town Council Meeting
February 6 - Weymouth School Committee Meeting
Chapman School Project...
The last School Building Committee Meeting was held on January 7, 2020. The most recent design development submission was delivered to MSBA in November and the town met with MSBA in December to discuss the current design phase. The committee continues to discuss design options. Public comment and participation is encouraged at these meetings.
This dedicated webpage outlines all of the project documents since the beginning. For social media updates, you can follow Weymouth School Building Project on Facebook and if you'd like to stay informed but can't necessarily attend the meetings, WETC records and broadcasts all School Building Committee Meetings. The next meeting is scheduled for 6:30pm on January 28th.
Although construction began on December 3, 2019, the Town and citizens have not given up the fight against Enbridge's proposed compressor station. Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station continues to advocate and fight against it. Please check out their page for updates. Their news tab is a current blog that is kept up to date.
Along with the long list of elected officials who have been active with the fight against the compressor station for the past 5 years, Congressman Joe Kennedy III recently came to the site to discuss the issues with residents and has been advocating to FERC about the issues with the site. The Massachusetts Teachers Association also recently gathered for a rally at the site. Work is continuing by intervenors, the PIP group and the Town of Weymouth & City of Quincy to urge a halt to the project.
It's not too late to get involved! FRRACS has an open meeting every Second Tuesday of the month at 7pm at the Fore River Clubhouse located on Nevada Street in Quincy (right on the other side of the Fore River Bridge).
Union Point is currently in the process of obtaining a new master developer. The Southfield Redevelopment Authority which governs Union Point issued a Request for Proposals for Master Developer Services this past fall. On December 16th and 17th, the two finalists presented their proposals in public meetings. The two finalists are Ridgewood Real Estate Partners and Brookfield Properties. You can view their proposals and presentations on the SRA homepage. The next SRA meeting is scheduled for 7pm on January 15, 2020 at their office on Shea Memorial Drive.
The New Tufts Library Building Project has been coming along quickly! It's been great to see all of the progress made on the building. Rob MacLean, Director of Library Services and the Library Construction Committee has done such a phenomenal job since 2017 getting this project underway. The new Tufts Library should be ready to open June 2020. For hours and operations of our other branch libraries, CLICK HERE.
Councilor Fred Happel and the Weymouth Irish Heritage Day Committee have been busy planning and organizing the 2nd Annual Irish Parade and Festival. The parade starts at 11am on Sunday, March 29, 2020 at Hamilton School and goes down to Stella Tirrell Park were there will be a festival with food and entertainment. The Mighty Quinn has been named the Grand Marshall of this year's event!
Be sure to follow Weymouth Irish Heritage Day on Facebook for updates. Fred and his team are selling official shirts throughout pop-up events around town - so check out their next event and pick up yours to help support the cause. If you missed it last year, it's a great day that truly brought the community together!
Are you a parent of a little one or know someone who is? Weymouth Public Schools Kindergarten registration is available online! CLICK HERE for a letter from Dr. Jennifer Curtis-Whipple, Weymouth Superintendent outlining how to register online. Appointments will be scheduled February 26, 27 or 28th so don't delay!
On December 16th, the Town Council voted to designate Columbian Square a Safety Zone. This means that the speed limit is reduced to 20 mph through the Square. This was a simple, low cost way to help improve safety for pedestrians and motorists in the Square. On January 9th, the Town of Weymouth was awarded a $183,000 grant for Columbian Square design improvements. This grant will require a $50,000 match from the town. You can read more about the grant and Mayor Hedlund's visions for Columbian Square in this news article.
Upcoming Events Around Town...
Thank you for reading! I hope you have a great January and I look forward to serving as one of your Councilors At-Large for the next two years!