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Ward 3 Newsletter

Fall 2020

First thing’s first

Greetings!

I hope this note greets you well during the (late) fall season as we enter the colder winter months. In this newsletter, I am providing an update on community affairs.

It continues to be my honor to serve you on the City Council and in this great city. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if I can be helpful to you.

Kindly accept my best wishes to you and your families during the Holiday Season!

With my best regards,

Ian Cain
City Councilor, Ward 3
Quincy, MA

December 16, 2020 – Snow Emergency Information for upcoming snow storm.

COVID-19 Update & Snow Emergency

The City of Quincy continues to provide updates with respect to the coronavirus’ effects on the city. I am including today’s update below. Please refer to the links below for ongoing updates. The Quincy Sun and The Patriot Ledger have also been providing local updates.

Cases: 36
2-week avg: 50.6
1-week avg: 50.3
Positive Rate: 5.37
Active: 1190
Total: 3,565
Recovered: 2,156
Deaths: 138
Status: Red

City of Quincy Facebook Page
City of Quincy Website
The Quincy Sun Website
The Patriot Ledger Coronavirus Updates

December 15, 2020 – Mayor Koch – Quincy, COVID Update & Snow Emergency Procedures for the Coming Storm Tues.

SnowChamp

Need help with snow shoveling this winter? Well, one of the Members of my startup incubator, QUBIC Labs, is SnowChamp, which connects those seeking help with snow removal (shoveling, removal from your cars) with those seeking to remove snow. Think of it like an Uber-like application for snow removal.

You can learn more about SnowChamp on its website and through QATV’s AM Quincy.

December 8, 2020 – AM Quincy: Anshul Jain, CEO, SnowChamp

2021 Tax Rate

The City Council learned more about and voted on the 2021 tax classification at the December 7 meeting.

To view the presentation from the meeting, please visit this link.
For more information on the 2021 tax levy and tax rate, please visit this link.
Lastly, a document: “Understanding Your Taxes Fiscal Year 2021

0 Harriet Avenue Update

The City Council heard and approved an appropriation at the December 7 meeting to acquire the parcel located at 0 Harriet Avenue (and the site of the former Beachcomber on Quincy Shore Drive), thereby protecting this space as public and open.

Please see the letter sent to area residents last week through this link.

Municipal Aggregation

While the City Council already approved an order earlier this year for the city to engage in a plan to allow residents to participate in the aggregation of renewable power purchase, the City Council further approved an order affirming a requirement for public comment to REaffirm the city’s support for the energy plan.

More about that order here.
A presentation on the subject through this link.

Municipal Broadband Network Update

Many of you who are now working from home (and educating children from home) have realized the importance of reliable and affordable connectivity and broadband/internet. As you know, I have been working with the Mayor and his team for almost three years on moving forward the development of a municipal broadband network.

EntryPoint Networks, our consulting partners on this project, presented the City Council with a Broadband Master Plan with which the city intends to enact over the next few months. Please stay tuned on this important infrastructure project in the city.

Quincy weighs options on municipal internet – The Patriot Ledger (December 15, 2020)
City of Quincy Broadband Master Plan
Broadband Master Plan Summary Presentation

City Street Paving & Sidewalk Repair

The Spring and Summer 2020 work is now completed. If your street has started and has yet to be completed, work will resume as soon as the warm weather comes back to us.

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.

Share the Project & COVID Silver Lining

My friend, neighbor and constituent, Jeremy Newman, has been involved with his family’s nonprofit, SHARE the Project, since its founding in New York. The organization is dedicated to creating local solutions for a better tomorrow utilizing the drive, empathy, and creativity of students and their families to empower communities and raise awareness.

Over the last few months, Jeremy has been devoted to expanding SHARE’s mandate in Quincy to support local area seniors within the community during the pandemic. I am including more details through this link, which will highlight ways in which you can be involved in connecting with seniors who might be isolated during this time.

Separately, Jeremy has started COVID Silver Lining, which provides anyone with an opportunity to express the good that they have experienced since March. What has been your COVID Silver Lining?

Boards & Commissions Calendars

City of Quincy Boards & Commissions

Planning Board Calendar
Zoning Board Agendas
Conservation Commission Calendar
License Board Calendar

DPW PSA Bulletin Board

You can access the DPW Bulletin Board throu gh this link. The site provides useful information on trash, yard waste, street sweeping, hazardous waste day and important numbers.

Coffee Hours

Happy to schedule time for a coffee, a virtual meeting or a phone call. Please contact me directly by phone or by e-mail (details below).

In Memoriam

I have had the great pleasure to meet wonderful people through campaigning, through the regular course of business, and through my coffee hours over the years. I met Jean “Jeanie” Kane on the campaign trail in 2015, and we instantly clicked because of our shared last name, albeit a different spelling. Jeanie became my number one attendee to my coffee hours over the first year I was in office. When coffee hours traffic subsided, we decided to have breakfast together at her favorite breakfast joint, OB’s, in Norfolk Downs. Up until March of this year, we would have breakfast together every month.

We lost Jeanie, suddenly, on November 15, 2020, just one week shy of her 85th birthday. Those who knew Jeanie knew her as a bright spirit, she was opinionated, and had a wonderful sense of humor. Up until her passing, Jeanie was an active member of the Quincy Point Congregational Church in the choir and as a reader, and she was a member of the Town River Yacht Club, where she and her predeceased husband, Paul, were members for many years. I am grateful for the joy and friendship that Jeanie brought to my life, and will miss her, her friendship and our regular breakfasts dearly.

September 18, 2020 – Ward 3 City Councilor Ian Cain’s pup, Cayce, and Ms. Jean Kane.

Blog, Newsletter & Contact Info

I keep information on this blog, and send 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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