(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 of the Draft Bicycle 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 the Bicycle 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 and discuss 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-way pavement 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