Ward 3 Newsletter

Summer 2019

First Thing’s First

Greetings!

I hope that you and yours have had a wonderful summer.

Here are a few scheduling items and updates from around the city. I hope you’re doing well, and, as always, thank you for the opportunity to serve as your city councilor!

With my best regards and gratitude,

Ian Cain
City Councilor, Ward 3
Quincy, MA

Honoring Civic & Community Leaders

In Ward 3, we are spoiled with an abundance of energy and enthusiasm in our neighborhoods and in our schools. On June 17, the Quincy City Council took the opportunity to honor those leaders – from the Wollaston, Montclair and Bernazzani PTOs, and from the Wollaston Hill, Montclair Wollaston and Hospital Hill Neighborhood Associations – during a formal session. You can find my remarks about these leaders here, and you can see pictures of the event below.

Ward 3 Town Hall Series

We held the second of our Ward 3 Town Hall Series on May 15. Dave Murphy, Commissioner, Natural Resources Department, and Al Grazioso, Commissioner, Department of Public Works, were our featured speakers. Each gave an insightful overview of their respective departments. Our crowd was enthusiastic and engaging, asking great questions to which our presenters provided informative answers.

If you weren’t able to join us, please follow this link to catch some of the highlights from the meeting.

The details of our next Town Hall meetings are below.

Traffic & Parking
Date: Wednesday, September 18
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Wollaston School Gymnasium, 205 Beale St.
Guest Speaker: Chris Cassani, Director, Traffic, Parking, Alarms & Lighting  (TPAL)

Property Assessment & Appraisal
Date: Wednesday, November 13
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Wollaston School Gymnasium, 205 Beale St.
Guest Speaker: Colleen Healy, Chair, Board of Assessors

This letter went out to residents around the ward announcing the final two meetings of our series.

PorchFest Quincy 2019

Another successful PorchFest for the books.

We truly appreciate all the performers who gave of their time and talent to make PorchFest Quincy a wonderful event for our community. We appreciate our hosts who make their homes available for us to all get together and go the extra mile to make everyone feel welcomed. We also are thankful for the many volunteers who helped with the event in so many ways. We value your time and we are driven to make this event a great experience for everyone.

This event not only features amazing talent from our community, but it provides a fun opportunity to spend time with our neighbors and friends. This event shines a light on what makes The City of Quincy so amazing – beautiful neighborhoods and the amazing people who live here.

We are thankful for the Quincy Police Department and the many city employees who have been so supportive in what is now a new Quincy tradition.

Save the date for PorchFest Quincy 2020 – Saturday, June 20th, 2020.

MBTA Updates – Wollaston T Station

A brand-new, rebuilt Wollaston Station was reopened for Red Line service on Friday, August 16, 2019.

Please check the Wollaston project website for updates and information: https://www.mbta.com/projects/wollaston-station-improvements.

As always, please feel free to contact the T at Wollaston@mbta.com regarding the Red Line Improvement Projects.

MBTA Updates – Red Line & Capital Projects

On Friday, August 2, the MBTA GM, Steve Poftak, held a conference call providing an update on the Red Line. You can access that presentation through this link.

On Monday, August 12, the MBTA announced a number of accelerated capital projects, in keeping with Governor Baker’s plan from earlier this summer to accelerate capital construction projects.

The T intends to use additional weekend shutdowns on the Green, Red, and Orange Lines to complete projects earlier than planned. By using these additional shutdowns on the weekends, the T plans to improve safety, service delivery, and customer experience.

Accelerated projects on the Green Line will allow the T to:

  • Upgrade 30 intersections where passengers’ vehicles cross our tracks on the B and C branch.
  • Replace 7,000 feet of track on the B and C branches.

Accelerated projects on the Red Line will allow the T to:

  • Improve customer experience by upgrading wayfinding signage, lighting, painting.
  • Enhance reliability by replacing 900 feet of track inside of Park street, and Downtown Crossing stations.

Accelerated projects on the Orange Line will allow the T to:

  • Improve reliability by replacing 2,250 feet of track inside Downtown Crossing.
  • Enhance customer experience by replacing over 500 wayfinding signs, improving lighting, painting.

Through this link you will find more details about the T’s upcoming work and associated diversions.

City Street Paving & Sidewalk Repair

THE LIST. You can access the schedule of planned water main and street paving through 2022 here.

We held a meeting with DPW and the city’s engineers on Wednesday, April 30, about water mains and street improvements in Ward 3, which are scheduled for the spring and fall. Here is the presentation that was delivered, including information on what to expect during the work, and the list of streets where work is is happening.

Please continue to let me know of problem areas. If pothole patching can suffice, please direct those requests here.

If you would like to request a sidewalk repair, please direct those requests here.

Planning & Zoning Board Calendars

If you are interested in following the schedule for Planning and Zoning Board meetings, you can access the meeting calendars and their agendas.

Planning Board Calendar

Zoning Board Agendas

DPW PSA Bulletin Board

Did you get your 2019 Spring DPW InfoLetter? If not, you can find that and other DPW Public Service Announcements through this link. The site provides useful information on trash, yard waste, street sweeping, hazardous waste day and important numbers.

Thomas Crane Public Library

If you’re not already aware of the incredible programming at the Thomas Crane Public Library, please do yourself a favor and check out the calendar here and subscribe to their newsletter here. There’s something for everyone in there, especially for the kids!

Local Jobs!

I’ve recently come across a few organizations with open roles posted that I wanted to share.

Staybridge Suites® and Holiday Inn Express® Boston Quincy

The new hotel in Ward 3 is now open and they have roles to fill! In case you missed the job fair they hosted at the beginning of April, you can find more details on available roles here.

Bay State Community Services

I’m fortunate to serve on the board of this amazing community organization. They have a list of open roles here. If you or anyone you know are a good fit for any role, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Other News

Coffee Hours

I continue to take scheduled requests to meet. If you would like to meet in person for coffee, please contact me directly by phone or by e-mail (details below). I look forward to seeing you soon!

Blog, Newsletter & Contact Info

I keep information on this blog, and continue to send out a quarterly e-newsletter. If you would like to be included on the e-newsletter distribution, please sign up on this page. Tell your friends!

The best ways to reach me are by phone or by e-mail. I have a council phone number that will reach me directly. If I don’t answer the phone, please be sure to leave a voice message so I can get back to you. If e-mail is more convenient for you, by all means, send away!

telephone: 617-376-1353
e-mail: icain@quincyma.gov

Stay tuned on the blog and via the e-newsletter for periodic updates, and please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have questions, comments, or if I can be of assistance.