Ward 3 Newsletter

Winter 2020

First thing’s first

Greetings & Happy New Year!

Firstly, kindly allow me to thank you for your support in my efforts to serve you for another two years. I’m honored to be your representative, and promise to continue in the work that I started for you in 2016.

Next, please accept my best wishes to you, your family and your friends for a healthy and prosperous new year. I hope you enjoyed your holiday season, and I hope that today and days forward are full of all you can imagine.

Now, here are a few scheduling items and updates from around the city.

With my best regards and gratitude,

Ian Cain
City Councilor, Ward 3
Quincy, MA

January 6, 2020 – Quincy City Council President Nina Liang and Quincy City Councilor Ian Cain at the City Council Inauguration at Quincy City Hall. (Photo: John Cain)

Ward 3 Town Hall Series

We held the fourth of our Ward 3 Town Hall Series on November 13, 2019. Colleen Healy, Chris Rooney and John Rowland, collectively, the Board of Assessors, were our featured speakers. Together, Colleen, Chris and John gave an informative presentation of the assessment and valuation process in the city. As always, our crowd was enthusiastic, engaging and inquisitive.

If you weren’t able to join us, please follow this link to see notes from their presentation. Here you can also access a document they distributed titled “Understanding Your Taxes.”

The details of our first two Town Hall meetings for 2020 is below.

Waste & Recycling
Date: Wednesday, March 18
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Wollaston School Gymnasium, 205 Beale Street
Guests Speakers:
John Sullivan, Director, Waste Management, Department of Public Works
David Reich, Chair, Quincy Climate Action Network (QCAN)

Quincy Fiber Network
Date: Wednesday, April 29
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Central Middle School Auditorium, 875 Hancock Street
Guest Speaker: Jeff Christensen, CEO, EntryPoint Networks

This letter went out to residents around the ward announcing the 2020 Ward 3 Town Hall Series.

Quincy Municipal Fiber

Mayor Koch and I held a press conference on October 21, 2019 to announce the city’s continued efforts to make more affordable and reliable internet a reality in Quincy. In case you missed it, you can see the press conference here.

For more information, please visit www.quincyfiber.com. If you haven’t already done so online or through the city census, please take the survey located on the landing page, and share your interest via this page. This is truly a resident-driven initiative, so be sure to let us know how you feel.

I want to also call your attention to some recent articles that show the success of similar initiatives across the country.

Massachusetts Pursues its Own Route to Broadband Expansion – Government Technology
When Internet Access is a Public Utility – Belt Magazine
The Cost of Connectivity in Ammon, ID – New America

Municipal Electricity Aggregation

In April 2018, I submitted this resolution to the city council asking for their support in encouraging the mayor’s office to explore the viability of developing a municipal electricity aggregation program. This program would allow for residents of city to have an option to purchase low-cost, renewable electricity. This resolution was unanimously passed.

During the February 3, 2020, city council meeting, the mayor’s team presented their plan for this program, which you can read more about here. The city council then unanimously passed this resolution signifying their favor for the mayor and his team’s program.

This news was covered in the article below.

Quincy moving forward with municipal aggregation – The Patriot Ledger

Reusable Bags Needed for Food Pantry

As Quincy moves to eliminate single-use plastic bags at retailers, Interfaith Social Services is seeking donations of reusable bags for use in the food pantry.

Interfaith distributes more than 50,000 bags of groceries each year, and that adds up to a lot of plastic and paper bags.

Since the Fall, the organization has been encouraging food pantry clients to bring reusable bags on each visit, enticing those who do with a monthly raffle for a grocery store gift card.

Unfortunately, Interfaith Social Services doesn’t have the funds to purchase reusable bags for its clients. The organization hopes that local business and organizations will consider donating their extra promotional bags so that they can go plastic and paper bag free in the food pantry.

Businesses and individuals are encouraged to donate bags during business hours, Monday-Friday, 9am-3:30pm and until 7pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Smaller amounts of bags can be delivered off-hours to the donation bin around back of the building, at 105 Adams St. in Quincy.

Questions about the food pantry or our reusable bag initiative? Contact Executive Director Rick Doane at rdoane@interfaithsocialservices.org or 617-773-6203 ext. 17.

Disease Prevention Seminar

Solutions for Heart Health

Learn about:

  • How to manage and/or prevent diabetes and heart disease through simple strategies.
  • Risk factors that CAN or CANNOT be changed.
  • Biometrics – knowning your numbers and what they mean.
  • Lifestyle changes for optimal health and disease prevention!

Wednesday, February 12
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Quincy College Room 417
1250 Hancock St.

City Department Project Updates

During the Monday, February 3, City Council meeting, four department heads presented the council with updates on recent projects approved by the council. Presentations from each of the departments are accessible through the links below.

City Street Paving & Sidewalk Repair

With the 2019 paving completed, we are now looking towards the conclusion of winter so the Spring 2020 work can begin. You can access the schedule of planned water main and street paving through 2022 here.

Stay tuned for the Spring Program and for meetings around the work to be expected for those neighborhoods where work will be done.

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

January 27, 2020 – Quincy City Councilor Ian Cain with elected officials from Suffolk County, the Massachusetts State Legislature, and the wonderful students of St. John Paul II Catholic Academy Lower Mills, where Councilor Cain’s father, John Cain, is the media and technology director.

DPW PSA Bulletin Board

Did you get your 2019 Fall/Winter 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!

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 will be keeping information on this blog, and sending out an e-newsletter periodically. If you would like to be included on the e-newsletter distribution, please send an e-mail to icain@quincyma.gov. 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.

ABOUT IAN CAIN

Ian Cain is the Ward 3 representative to the Quincy City Council, and has proudly served in this role since 2016. For more information, please visit www.iancain.org.

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