18 Feb 2013
Mayor Kay has recently scheduled public meetings to explain her decisions concerning the former Naval Air Sation South Weymouth. Unfortunately for the Weymouth taxpayers an open microphone will not be allowed lest someone ask a question her experts are unable to answer. I have always found that true experts are capable of answering off the cuff or spontaneous questions. They know the information they are an expert on and can readily answer anyone’s questions. That is why they are claimed to be an expert on a certain subject.
Mayor Kay plans on having three nights of meetings; each night has a different subject matter. Night one explains the history of the redevelopment of NAS South Weymouth and the documents. I am an expert on this subject matter and have the documents to back up my statement.
The next two nights are dedicated to the contracts she signed, without the public’s knowledge, for water, sewer, police and fire services. Where was the Weymouth Town Council when these contracts were signed? Aren’t they supposed to be approving these before she signs? In any event they were signed before any one knew. So much for transparent government. It looks like it is an opaque goverment in Weymouth where residents do not have an outlet to voice their concerns. Where freely asking a question is not allowed. Writing a question on a piece of paper does not guarantee the question will be asked. This is a form of control and it is the worst kind of control; the kind of control where she will tell you what she wants you to know and not necessarily what you want to know. It is a way of tell you what to think because you are really unable to speak freely and gather you own information by asking your own questions at an public informational meeting. This is also a way of keeping the politicians staus quo. By controlling all outlets of information, they control the town.
This is an outright abuse of the power of her office. Why after all these years does she suddenly decide to explain why she quietly signed contracts 5 years ago. Those in the other two towns are boxed in by what she did. Everyone would like to pay per call to police and fire. Instead the we pay for all the overhead and maintenance that Southfield resident don’t pay for when they pay per call. Southfield residents don’t pay real estate taxes to the town of Weymouth and then they whine about not feeling welcomed. Did they expect the actual Weymouth taxpayer to think this was a great deal for them? Did they expect a parade when they moved into Southfield?
Do they think Rockland taxpayers are going to think this a great deal as well? I don’think so. There is more land in the Rockland section of the base than there is in the Weymouth section of the Base(65 acres on the Weymouth side is actually Coast Guard land).
Well Mayor Kay your interference has caused quite a mess with the redevelopment of the former Base. Had you not signed the water and sewer contracts, SSTTDC/LNR would have gone to the MWRA or Taunton desalination a lot sooner. Five years ago SSTTDC/ LNR told the Secretary of Environmental Affairs they were planning on using the MWRA.
Now LNR is being sold and SSTTDC is still looking for a stable water supply. Do you really think Rockland is going to open that parkway and take the traffic and not get the road improvements to handle the increase in traffic generated from this project? I don’t think so! 99.9% of that entire prkway is in the Rockland section of the former NAS South Weymouth. A few feet are in the Weymouth section.
Everyone who would like to see how Weymouth’s water supply is depleted, please go to www.arawh.org and look at the pictures. If you want to see pictures of raw sewerage going into a public water supply, go to that website.
If you want to speak freely and ask any question without having to write it down first, go to the ARAWH meeting on March 6 at the Tufts Library on Broad St. Weymouth Landing at 6:30 p.m. Experts will be there to answer you questions or just discuss the project with you.
Mary Parsons, Executive Director ARAWH
Co-author of “NO COST” to the town