Councilor Rips City's Handling of Storm Recovery
Jonathan Weydt says there were "so many issues" in his Ward 4. He fears a good discussion on these issues will never take place.
City Council President Frank Cook said near the beginning of the meeting Tuesday that "critique" of the city's handling of the snowstorm recovery would not be allowed, and, if needed, had to take place during a later meeting. Councilor Peter Blais believed that praise for city workers and contractors was allowed, and gave it at the end of the portion of the evening dedicated to his Committee on Public Works.
"I know it was passed around today that I over-compliment, but I think in times like this, a compliment in public for those guys who worked out there is well-deserved," said Blais, who spoke about the workers giving what he called 150 percent effort.
Other councilors agreed with Blais, but Jonathan Weydt was not interested in the topic. He stormed out of the meeting during Blais' comments. He returned a few minutes later and lashed out about what he believed were problems with the effort, especially in his Ward 4.
"I do feel there was some good work done, but we had a lot of problems in Ward 4 ...We had issues in Ward 4, a lot of issues," Weydt said.
Among the issues Weydt mentioned were extended power outages, an evacuation of a senior couple that took 10 hours to coordinate and streets being left unplowed for too long.
Blais cut off Weydt, and said he would not "entertain discussion about problems," but said this should be a topic for another meeting. Weydt said he did not believe the discussion would ever take place.
Weydt submitted a document to Attleboro Patch about what he believed were some of the problems with the cleanup. It was posted here.