Monday, May 5, 2014

Spring has finally arrived!

There are a lot of exciting events and projects on the calendar for this spring.  Here is a short list of where my focus will be this spring:

Budget season is coming up.  I am looking forward to the experience and to putting the work into reviewing where our tax money is going, where to make extra investments that would increase our quality of life, and where to logically cut back.

Street and Park maintenance have begun.  The Department of Public Works is doing a great job of repairing potholes, streets, and getting our parks in order.  I am working on getting a list of the work that will be completed this season (i.e. paving, playground equipment replacement, sidewalks).  I will be able to share the list with you.  I am advocating for a more aggressive approach to sidewalk repair in particular in Ward 2.

Waterfront issues are at a critical point as the Mayor's office explores the possibility of lifting the Designated Port Authority.  I am committed to understanding the limitations and possibilities of having the DPA.  I am also advocating that we do as much as we can to support the businesses and assets that are currently in place on our harbor side.  I am happy to share my vision of the McDonald's space with you as we move forward.  Also, keep your eye out for information on two public meetings that will discuss the DPA:  The first is on May 15th in the city hall council chambers and will be a presentation by the Coastal Zone Management at 7 pm.

Safety issues in ward 2 are being addressed in a new way with the incorporation of a walking beat within our ward.  You will see Police officers on foot and on bicycles in our neighborhoods a couple of days a week.  Please show your support for this program, as I think it is a key element in building a better relationship with our youth and police officers.

MADEP Grants for waste reduction programs in municipalities are due on June 11th.  I am currently working with the Engineering Department and the Solid Waste Management Committee on multiple grants that would reduce Beverly's waste stream.

These are some of the big projects before me this spring.  There are other issues that I am working on such as parking changes to our downtown, homelessness, Bell Market, downtown business recruitment, the Beverly Arts District, and Beverly Homecoming.  I am happy to hear your concerns, questions, and input at any time.  Feel free to contact me at erand@beverlyma.gov or 978-473-9891.

Friday, February 7, 2014

SPECIAL CITYWIDE VOTE TOMORROW: Saturday, February 8th.

Polls Open at Beverly High School 7 am- 8 pm

Finally, the special citywide vote on Brimbal Ave. rezoning is here.  It is very important to have a great voter turnout for tomorrow's special vote.  This is an opportunity for your voice to be heard as a citizen.

A "No" vote = no rezoning of state owned land and no land swap with developer, CEA

A "Yes" vote = the rezoning of state owned land and a land swap with developer, CEA, and a Whole Foods market.

I intend to vote "No" tomorrow.

Here are a couple of points to consider when voting:
  • The land in the Brimbal Ave. area can and will be developed regardless of the rezoning/land swap
  • The original motivation to swap land with CEA was to move the existing connector road further south, essentially being built on the old land fill that CEA currently owns
  • Constructing a new connector road on the old landfill has recently been discovered to not be economically viable
  • Beverly can make infrastructure improvements with grant money regardless of the rezoning/land swap

Here is a sample ballot for tomorrow's vote.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns: erand@beverlyma.gov or 978-473-9891