Mike Raymond ~ Alderman Ward 6
Continuing to Make a Difference
North Woburn Residents:
Thank you for your support and for allowing me to serve as your Alderman for the next two years. This opportunity will allow me to work on issues that we all care about in our community. My main objective remains simple...to protect and improve the quality of life in North Woburn by making it a safer, more affordable and attractive place to live.
It is an honor and a privilege to represent you.
Alderman Ward 6
The North Woburn Voice
updated - March 8, 2014
Thank you for visiting my web site. This site contains recent news regarding projects in Ward 6, North Woburn. If you have any questions or concerns about an issue please contact me by email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or by phone 781-935-2438.
Double Utility Poles
I recently drove around all of Ward 6 Streets and recorded 31 double utility poles in our ward. I sent my report to DPW Superintendent Duran who is meeting with all of the utility companies to finalize a streamlined process to remedy the situation.
Don Manzelli Memorial Telethon ~ Neighbors helping Neighbors ~ Sunday
Please join me in donating to help those in need on Sunday, March 9th from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at Woburn High School by calling 781-995-4178. The Telethon can be seen on your local cable channel.
Council of Social Concern's Mission: A charitable, community-based agency responding to the basic needs of people of all ages, providing early childhood education and care, helping individuals develop their potential, creating positive family and community relationships, and fostering respect for diversity.
New Boston Street Bridge Project
City Engineer Jay Corey is working with MA DOT to arrange for a public meeting for the 25% design phase of the Bridge. I will notify residents as soon as Engineer Corey gets back to me with the date and time.
New England Lead Burning Company has recently been demolished. The owner is preparing the site for sale. As soon as I receive more information I will post on this site. NELCO is located off Merrimac Street in the Dartmouth Street neighborhood.
Scrap Metal Facility ~ Meeting March 19 - BOA
Attorney for the defendant has requested that the meeting of February 19th be continued to March 19th.
Superior Court Injunction ~ January 14, 2014
The City of Woburn through the Building Commissioner/Zoning Enforcement Officer vs. 1095R Main St., LLC Woburn Truck and Auto, Inc. Defendant(s). As part of the Superior Court Injunction ordered:
a) Prohibiting them from operating a recycling/scrap metal facility and from maintaining debris, junk, scrap metals, old appliances or other waste material or waste products on the Premises
b) to remove from the Premises all debris, junk scrap metals, old appliances or other waste material or waste products and the scale;
c) prohibited from continuing to violate the Woburn Zoning Ordinances; and
d) to allow the Building Inspector to his designee to inspect the Premises from time to time, at reasonable hours.
Board of Appeals meeting on Tuesday, March19th at 7:00 p.m., Property owner is Appealing Zoning Violation/Order to Cease/Desist
Feb. 15 BOA Meeting was continued reason being abutters to the property on the Wilmington line side were not notified of the meeting held. The Petitioner and land owner of 1095R Main Street LLC and Woburn Truck & Auto Inc., appealing a Notice of Zoning Ordinance Violation/Order to Cease and Desist dated November 7, 2013 issued by the Woburn Building Commissioner for a use not allowed (recycling/scrap metal facility) relative to property located at 1095R Main Street (Breed Avenue).
The property owner at 1095R Main Street (Breed Avenue) on the Woburn/Wilmington line has started a Scrap Metal business. After my consultation with the City Solicitor, I believe that the owner's Class 3 license does not cover this type of activity.
The City Council Committee on license renewal met on November 12th to discuss the renewal of this Class 3 license. The owner was issued a Cease and Desist order on November 7th, and a fine of $300 per day starting on November 12th and has hired an attorney to represent him. The matter has been left in committee for more discussion at a further date. The license is up for renewal on December 31, 2013. I have contacted the EPA and DEP regarding the close proximity of this site to the Superfund sites of the Olin Chemical site on the Woburn/Wilmington line, Industrial-plex site and adjacent to the unlined Woburn Landfill.
City Council Committee Assignments 2014 - 2015
I am serving on the following committees: Finance, Special Permits, Ordinances, Charter and Rules, Public Safety and License, Infrastructure and Public Lands, Zoning Ordinance Review Committee, Chairman of Concept Plan Review Committee, Historical Commission and Council on Aging.
City Council Meetings
City Council Meetings are televised live on local cable. Also visit the Woburn Public Media site at www.woburnpublicmediacenter.org where you will be able to view meetings that have previously been recorded by Woburn Public Media.
Next City Council Meeting
March 18 - 7:00 p.m.
40B Ledges Project ~ May 12 Hearing
The MA Housing Appeals Committee (HAC) has rescheduled the evidentiary hearing for May 12 and most likely will go longer. The first day of the hearing will be held in Woburn in City Hall Chambers, and there will be a site walk. Both the hearing and site walk are open to the public.
I am pleased to announce that the Housing Appeals Committee ruled in our City's favor on the developer's motion for Summary Decision. The HAC accepted our legal arguments for denying the Motion, setting the stage for a hearing on the economics of the project, as well as the impacts from blasting and earth removal in our neighborhoods.
Main Street (Route 38)
I have been in contact with State Representative Jim Dwyer regarding the re-paving of the Main Street strip regarding the trench left from the gas repair from West Dexter to Ashburton Avenue. He assured me that it will be taken care of.
Department of Public Works Superintendent Duran is in negotiations with National Grid regarding the trench left from the gas repair on Main Street from West Dexter to Ashburton Avenue. I am also preparing a list of additional streets in Ward 6 that the Superintendent will review with National Grid for repair.
New Speed Signs "20 miles per hour" have been posted at both ends of Mountain Street.
I requested a meeting of the Traffic Commission on October 17th to reduce the speed on Mountain Street and to request more traffic enforcement. I presented to the Commission documents that were approved by both the State and City Council when Mayor Rabbitt was in office. The documents stated that the speed was to be posted at 25 and 20 miles per hour on Mountain Street. The Commission read the documents and agreed that this is the case and requested that the DPW Superintendent to post signs as previously approved by the State and City Council.
Mishawum (Dave & Busters) & Old Mishawum Road
I requested a meeting of the Traffic Commission on October 17th for no parking signs on both sides of Mishawum and Old Mishawum Road. The Traffic Commission ruled at their November meeting that these signs will be installed for a six month trial.
As an incentive to minimize the traffic on Mishawum Road the "No Turn on Red" sign at Industrial Parkway at Ryan Road will be removed. New "Do Not Block Driveway" signs will be installed at the entrance to the Mawn Bank and entrance to Dave and Busters.
North Woburn Businesses go Solar
I was approached by the Woburn Business Association regarding the surplus of Solar Energy and was asked who would benefit from this. I immediately recommended the Council of Social Concern.
New England Pigments and Resin Corporation has recently installed Solar Panels to their building on New Boston Street in North Woburn. They have given back to the North Woburn community by donating their excess capacity to the Council of Social Concern on Merrimac Street. The Council of Social concern's first year of savings was $21,000.
On July 25th I was honored to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony for a project that represents the future of renewable energy. Two New Boston Street companies New England Resins & Pigments represented by Joe )O'Connor, Vice President Sales and Marketing and NuPath Inc. represented by Dan Harrison, Chief Executive Officer have made the decision to go Solar. In the case of New England Resins & Pigments their project will actually produce more electricity than they use on site. The ribbon cutting agenda also included remarks from State Representative Jay Kaufman and Solect Energy Development Alex Keally.
Massachusetts has mandated that 15% of all electricity energy products delivered in the State come from renewal energy sources by 2020. If we sustain the same rate of growth we as a State will surpass that goal. Advantages for business going solar include tax incentives, financial incentives and lower operating expense.
As a strong proponent for Woburn's efforts to become a "Green Community" and to re-use the Woburn Landfill in a safe and productive manner I have sponsored the proposal for the Solar Overlay District Zoning Ordinance. The City of Woburn is in the planning stage of converting the Woburn Landfill to a Solar Farm. The latest milestone completed was the documentation of NSTAR leases. The next step in the process will be to issue a Request for Proposal for the project.
I requested a meeting of the Traffic Commission on October 17th for more traffic enforcement and signage on Merrimac Street. The Commission voted to complete a study on the need for signage and the speed will continue to be monitored. Neighbors should continue to contact the Police Department when trucks are seen prior to 6 a.m. on Merrimac. I am also in the process of contacting businesses on Merrimac to Request all truck traffic to use New Boston Street.
Chapter 40B Conference
On September 28, 2012 I attended a Chapter 40B Conference on the most up-to-date information on the latest developments in the Affordable Housing Law. According to the Department of Housing and Community Development Chapter 40B Subsidized Housing Inventory (SHI) as of April 30, 2013 Woburn has 7 % subsidized housing units. The compliance under 40B that is needed is 10%.
State Housing Appeals Committee ~ 40B
(HAC), can overrule the local decision unless the project presents serious health or safety issues that cannot be mitigated. Typically concerns about impact on traffic, schools, community services, taxes, neighborhood aesthetics or abutting home values are not considered by the HAC.
School Street ~ CVS ~ Ward 4
CVS on the corner of main and School Street will be opening soon. I would like to thank the residents of North Woburn for their patience and understanding during the construction of this project. One of the added benefits of the project is the extended turning lane on the Main and School Street intersection.
On June 7, 2013 I had the honor of presenting a Proclamation that was co-sponsored with Alderman-at-large Haggerty to NuPath President Sheri McCann upon retirement of her many achievements, accomplishments and contributions to the City of Woburn and surrounding communities. Sheri McCann has served more than three decades and has grown NuPath from serving 35 people to over 350 people a day with intellectual and physical disabilities.
North Woburn Streets
The following streets have been paved recently: Pearl Street, Van Norden Road, Harold Avenue and Fletcher. Many of our streets in North Woburn including Main Street (Rt.38) are in need of repair. I presented to the Mayor and DPW Superintendent a grading of N. Woburn Streets that I surveyed. It is up to the Mayor to decide which streets will be paved. If you would like a copy of my grade listing of all of Ward 6 Streets please contact me and I will email and or mail you a copy.
Middlesex Canal Commission Receives Grant Walking & Biking Trails in Woburn
See Middlesex Canal Page Above
Site Visit ~ New Boston Street Bridge
On March 6th a meeting was held at City Hall along with a site visit of the New Boston Street Bridge. As Alderman of Ward 6, I joined State Secretary of Transportation Richard Davey, Senator Donnelly, State Representative Jim Dwyer, Planning Board Director Tarallo, and City Engineer Corey. I stressed the importance of opening the bridge as a critical link for both regional and local traffic, pedestrian and bicycle access to the Anderson Regional Transportation Center from the South and West, improving connectivity and reducing emergency response times in the area while encouraging safe multi model access to the Anderson RTC. This project will re-route truck traffic out of our residential neighborhoods and this will also complete the loop for the Commerce Way Overlay District. The CWOD is the tract of land between the New Boston Street Bridge and the Woburn Mall that was rezoned in 2009 to permit mixed use development, office, research, commercial, retail and multi-family uses.
On September 4, 2012 I sponsored an Order and submitted to the City Council for acceptance of a permanent easement to allow construction of the redesigned bridge, and for temporary easement that will allow the City access to adjacent property to reconstruct a portion of the driveway that will be necessitated by the redesign.
Senator Donnelly's office has confirmed the following: The borings are done. This means that they are going to be advancing with the sketch plans, which won't be done till June 2012.
The Woburn Redevelopment Authority on October 5, 2011 had a public meeting in City Hall Chambers regarding Community Development Strategy Priority. Infrastructure and Transportation Systems as listed High Priority - Provide better access to Anderson Regional Transportation Center by rebuilding the New Boston Street Bridge.
July 20, 2011, 25% Highway, Drainage, and Right of Way plans were submitted to MassDot. All proposed boring locations have been marked out in the field and surveyed. Geotech Engineering is the Company hired to do the work in the field by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.
June 3, 2011 the EPA held a productive meeting regarding the institutional controls for construction on a Superfund site which applies to the New Boston Street Bridge. I along with City Engineer Jay Corey, EPA Project Manager Joe LeMay and representatives from Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB) the bridge design firm were present.
40B Ledges Project
The attorney hired by the City of Woburn has informed me that both the City of Woburn and Woburn 38 Development have agreed to submit a brief requesting further clarification by MA Housing Appeals Committee (HAC). This will likely be filed by the end of July with a ruling possibly by the end of August at the earliest. A hearing will take place sometime this winter with a probable decision from HAC next year. I will continue to keep residents informed as I receive additional information.
I am pleased to announce that the Housing Appeals Committee ruled in City's favor on the developer's Motion for Summary Decision. The HAC accepted our legal arguments for denying the Motion, setting the stage for a hearing on the economics of the project, as well as the impacts from blasting and earth removal on our neighborhoods. Attorney Dan Hill was hired by the City to represent the Board of Appeals. No hearing date has been scheduled at this time. We continue to move forward and I will continue to keep residents updated as to the next step in this process.
I held a Neighborhood Meeting to discuss and update residents. A great turnout of over 70 residents in attendance including Aldermen: Rosa Ditucci, Dick Gately and Rich Haggerty in support of North Woburn. I want to extend sincere thanks to North Woburn resident John Flaherty for his generosity of funding a Lawyer to represent the residents.
Residents, together we have made a difference. I have forwarded to Mayor Galvin, Senator Donnelly and State Representatives Dwyer and Kaufman the online petition of over 250 residents from Woburn and surrounding communities who had the courage to sign their names, addresses and comments to a petition request for a strategy to protect the health, safety, and welfare of residents from the potential abuse of blasting, noise, removal of approximately 418,000 cy of materials with 120 truck trips per day in a residential neighborhood. The over 250 online signatures do not include the many petition letters that were mailed and continue to be mailed.
I have also petitioned Senator Donnelly and Representatives Dwyer and Kaufman for their assistance to stop the proposed quarry like operation at 1042 Main Street, "Ledges" and requesting their help to convince Mayor Galvin to assume a stronger leadership role and to protect our right to clean air, water and environment as granted in Article 97 of the State Constitution. The City Council unanimously voted funding to commission Lawyer Dan Hill to represent our City.
"Stop the Ledges of Woburn Project"