Is the storm water fee system unfair?

I’m hearing that there is a lot of unhappiness out there on the new storm water fees. It’ll probably take me  a week to two weeks to do the research needed to do a sensible article.  If you have something to say about your assessments, use the comment section here.  You can also contact me directly … Continue reading Is the storm water fee system unfair?

Double Dipping at City Hall

How much is a sewer treatment plant worth? Who wants to buy our sewer treatment plant or our capped landfill? Leave it to city hall to find a loophole in Prop 2 ½ to cover their cost overruns in the fire department and the legal department and wherever the red ink is flowing. No need … Continue reading Double Dipping at City Hall

Dodging the Bullet

w Timely DPW Action heads off another flood in Church Street area This is as far as the old King Street Brook got this time. You can see its forward edge in the lower photograph.  It was headed for Church Street again, but never got further than the foot of State. The DPW diverted it there into two … Continue reading Dodging the Bullet

Once thought to be dead, the King Street Brook makes a dramatic comeback

And maybe Stop & Shop is causing these floods Here’s what was left behind in the wake of the flash flood that inundated a good section of the city. The King Street brook has returned to its bad boy history.  The low section of the State Street neighborhood off the bike path was a lake … Continue reading Once thought to be dead, the King Street Brook makes a dramatic comeback

DPW meeting over proposed stormwater utility runs into consumer backlash

Terry Culhane takes questions from the floor Last night (Wednesday September 18th) the Department of Public Works held an informational meeting at JFK Junior High. It was a chance for the DPW to sell the public on the need for a new stormwater and flood control enterprise fund. During the spring and summer a task … Continue reading DPW meeting over proposed stormwater utility runs into consumer backlash

The Beavers are Back!

The Dam The Home On my way over to Meadowbrook Apartments this morning, I was going down Barrett Street and I caught a glimpse of a major public works project. Defying past trapping operations, stay-away orders and city attempts to tunnel in and destroy their dams, the beavers have returned to the marsh and have … Continue reading The Beavers are Back!

Flood at Meadowbrook caused by blocked city sewer line?

Stand in the backyards of Meadowbrook and you look up to Straw Avenue and the backyards of Florence. The complex was built in a low-lying swampy area. A number of small streams feed its pond, and under the ground flows another kind of river in a pipe. A regional supervisor for POAH (Preservation Of Affordable … Continue reading Flood at Meadowbrook caused by blocked city sewer line?