(The following letter originally was sent by District A Town Councilor Angeline Kounelis to her constituents.)
Greetings East Enders,
Many of you have viewed and inquired about the pavement markings and scoring of Arlington St.; from the area of Grove St. to Arsenal St. Social media is abuzz with conversations.
Unbeknownst to myself, and others,Watertown’s Administration has chosen to prematurely set forth a plan for proposed bike lanes; as outlined on page 2-14 oftheDraftBicycle and Pedestrian Plan Report.I have brought my concerns to the attention of the Administration; but have no authority to intervene.Staff directly reports to the Town Manager; not to the Town Council.
On Tuesday, Oct. 13th, 2020, the Town Council will convene at 7:00 P.M. Agenda Item: 10. B., under: Communications from the Town Manager, is theBicycle and Pedestrian Plan Report. A statement, noted in the cover sheet of the report, under the signature of Town Manager Michael J. Driscoll, is as follows: “…..respectfully request the matter be referred to Committee for policy consideration and guidance from the Honorable Town Council.”
If the Town Council affirmatively votes to refer the Report to Committee; there will be an open public process to review anddiscuss the Draft Plans. The Committee will then make recommendations to the Town Council, for an open public process, prior to a vote.
In my opinion, the untimely public-waypavement markings,authorized by the Administration, are a blatant disregard for process and disrespect for the Legislative Body that you elected. Thank you.
Angeline B. Kounelis
District A, East End, Town Councilor