(Watertown News will accept Election Related letters until Oct. 31.)
District 5 needs new representation on the Town Council, the only town government body who are directly responsible to us, the voters.
With the face of Watertown changing at breakneck speed and our quality of life, neighborhoods and property at stake, we need a Town Councilor who will interact and respond to constituents. Lisa Feltner has worked tirelessly for Watertown as a private citizen and as head of the Concerned Citizens Group. She provided invaluable help to North Beacon Neighbors for our negotiations with Athena Health’s proposed garage and other changes to the Arsenal on the Charles over the past year. She also led the drive for a moratorium petition on development that resulted in fast-tracking the Design Guidelines. Make no mistake, without that petition, we would not have these. She is a font of knowledge on smart development and transportation best practices around the country, as well as in our own backyard. Somerville, for instance, has been doing innovative work in planning for the future; Lisa arranged a screening for the CCG group of a film about their town planning practices, so people could see how towns with vision can get ahead of the demands of development.
We feel our current Town Council representative’s inability to communicate to or respond to her constituents is a big problem and one that will not serve us well in time of great change. Lisa has proven that she is a good communicator and responds to issues in town with intelligence and effectiveness.
This is an important local election. Vote for Lisa Feltner on November 3 and give District 5 the representative we need.
Kevin and Dawn MacDonald
Mary Ann Skahan
of North Beacon Neighbors