How long are residents of Ward 5 required to be without street lights? Residents of Oak Island had been calling and asking national grid and their councillor about their lights being out and how dark and scary it is around their neighborhood for close to six months. Talking to one Oak Island resident and being asked if there was anything I could do, I agreed to look into the matter. Councillor-at-Large John Correggio and I drove around the area and talked to several neighbors, confirming the story and seeing the bulbs out, took pole numbers along with street names, called national grid and got them replaced the following morning.
At a recent council meeting, Councillor John Powers seemed to take credit for something he had nothing to do with. Councillor Correggio two years earlier made a motion to fix the sidewalks in the East Mountain Ave./Payson St. section. Powers was not even the Ward 5 Councillor of that section at the time. The sad part is for those who live there, it went ignored by the Dept. of Public Works due to personal feelings with the DPW and Councillor Correggio. It’s amazing that eight weeks before an election the DPW is there fixing sidewalks, and Powers is trying to take credit. How could he possibly think people will buy this election-time scheme? Another note of importance that was not mentioned: For the seniors in the area, speed bumps are needed because of the cars leaving the high school at high speeds. In the East Mountain Ave. area, citizens, both young and old, have been forced to walk on the street, because of the grass sidewalks, for many years. I would like to say, speed bumps should be put on all streets surrounding the high school.
Just another issue never brought up as a public safety factor: Tapley Ave. and Putnam St. are a mess and the sidewalks need to be cut and patched; the grass is growing over the hardtop, and it’s breaking up from tree roots growing through it, very dangerous for children and seniors in that area as well. Powers has not even attempted to do anything about that, not even a mention at any council meeting.
Residents in his own neighborhood have been complaining about house and car breaks, drug deals in the children’s park at night and still he says there is nothing he can do (according to the neighbors). A quick inspection found a broken gate with a rusted old lock and a rear fence that is pulled down from rear entry or escapes. Hedges are growing around the park fence that block and protect these drug deals of the night and cause drivers not to see children in the park, a safety issue, to say the least. A couple of hundred bucks would have at least put the neighbors at ease, and why was this not brought up at a meeting while asking for more police patrols in the area? Instead, $15,000 dollars of taxpayers’ money was recently spent on trees in front of the pumping station in the Point of Pines area, a station that still does not work right, or is even really completed. This was supposed to cost the taxpayers of Revere $300,000, but it exceeded a million dollars when it was done, and without the concrete base that was in the original proposal with another company. Seven hundred thousand dollars over budget, do you think some buzzers should have gone off?
At a local meeting in the Point of Pines, Councillor Powers was in attendance; while developers were trying to take away the quality of life residents have so rightly enjoyed, he stood by and was ready to sell out the neighborhood before an angry crowd forced his hand to say something, not much but something. Another complaint is that Mills Ave. is in desperate need of speed bumps, and a lot of the neighbors have expressed their dissatisfaction over the lack of interest that has been shown for their concerns.
Lastly, over the Labor Day holiday weekend someone disposed of some dead deer parts into the Pines River. Residents’ calls to authorities all weekend received no response. I was reached on Tuesday morning and made calls and gathered information for the residents who were very upset. I am still upset at the lack of response and the “not my job” attitude by city and state agencies. It looked worse than it was, but many children had to look at this mess and had issues and many questions. I feel our elected officials and city and state employees need to [be held] more accountable for things, even though it may not be their job but it is the RIGHT thing to do for the citizens that pay their salaries. If you check the meeting motions none of the above issues were even mentioned or discussed with residents at all. Communication is a very important thing, and needs to be practiced by our elected officials. After all, they are supposed to answer to us; we pay their salaries and elect them to watch over our community.
I would like to have an open debate with the current councillor of Ward 5, set as an open forum to discuss his plans as compared to my own for the betterment of our ward and the safety of our children and seniors and the people who built this fair community out of love with the sweat off their backs and hard-earned money, so that we can enjoy a better quality of life in Revere.
Al Terminiello Jr.
Ward 5 Council Candidate