Wednesday, May 22, 2013
City Councilors are not supposed to use cellphones during meetings. Jeremy Denlea says councilors are using them, and he wants repercussions.
Last month's hot topic during an Attleboro City Council meeting was when councilors take their bathroom breaks. This week it was whether councilors were using their cellphones during meetings, violating an unofficial rule set by council President Frank Cook banning the use of cellphones by councilors and audience members during meetings. Councilor Jeremy Denlea alleged Monday night that some of his colleagues were "texting, emailing and playing games during every meeting." He at first did not specify names, but later pointed at the two men who sit to his immediate right at the horseshoe table—Richard Conti and Jonathan Weydt. Weydt said he was "very upset and disgusted" by the allegation. Denlea immediately responded that he sees Weydt …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Matilde Rose is the new daughter of City Councilor Jonathan Weydt.
Attleboro Ward 4's first family grew Monday with the birth of Matilde Rose, daughter of City Councilor Jonathan Weydt and his partner Megan McNamara. She is the couple's third child. Matilde was born at 1:49 p.m. and weights 8 pounds, 1 ounce. "Everybody is happy and healthy," wrote Weydt in a message sent Monday night. "We all sang happy birthday to little Matilde and had a party." Shown in the attached photo are Matilde with her sisters Madeleine, 5, and Abigail, 3.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
One resident writes, "I wish to enjoy my land, for which I pay taxes, with my horse without fear of being shot."
Wednesday, February 27
The following letter was submitted to Ward 4 City Councilor Jonathan Weydt by Ward 4 resident Dyanne Spatcher. It references additional letters from her and her neighbor Joseph Palermo. Those letters are attached. The submission of these letters was announced at last week's City Council meeting, and the matter was referred to the Committee on Public Safety & Emergency Management, chaired by Councilor Mark Cooper. Dear Mr. Weydt: As my Ward 4 councilman and chairman of the Committee on Zoning and Land Use, I am writing to express my support of Linda Chilson's proposal that the council adopt an ordinance similar to that of the town of Norfolk requiring hunters to get written permission from landowners before hunting on private property. In…
Sunday, February 17, 2013
City Councilor Jonathan Weydt's colorful commentary about the city's handling of the blizzard in Ward 4 is the most-viewed story of Feb. 10-16.
Not surprisingly, Attleboro Patch readers were focused on stories about the aftermath of the blizzard this week. Four of the five most-viewed stories were about school closures and local leaders' reactions to the the storm. The other story in the top five was about the reported hit-and-run crash Friday afternoon on County Street that sent a New Hampshire senior citizen to the hospital with a serious injury. Although barred from being able to speak extensively by his colleagues on the council, Jonathan Weydt had several negative comments to say about his Ward 4's treatment during and after the storm. "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. The…
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Not enough assets were sent to Ward 4. We needed more help than other parts of the city due to the power outage.
Ward 4 City Councilor Jonathan Weydt submitted the following to Attleboro Patch after the Tuesday council meeting. Go here to see a video of what Weydt said during the meeting. We had several issues in Ward 4 during and in the aftermath of the snowstorm. We didn't fare as well as others. There was a National Grid power outage from Friday at 9 p.m. to Sunday at 6 p.m. (70 hours). An evacuation of a senior couple took over 10 hours to coordinate. Streets remained unplowed into Saturday night. Among them were Chartley Brook Lane, Beverly Circle, Thayer Farm Road and Pocahontas Lane. My concern is that not enough assets were sent to Ward 4. We needed more help than other parts of the city due to the power outage. I think we should have been a …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
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…
Saturday, December 22, 2012
In no way does my new business item introduced this week halt any progress toward patients being able to get the medications they need.
In response to several comments I've been reading on Attleboro-Seekonk Patch, I would like to clarify and answer some of the questions that have been circulating regarding my stance on the medical marijuana dispensary issue. Yes, I did vote in favor of Question 3 and I'm proud to be in touch with the majority of voters in Attleboro and Ward 4 on this issue. My compassion for the sick and the costly fight of an unwinnable battle over a medicine ultimately swayed my thought process on this question. In no way does my new business item introduced this week halt any progress toward patients being able to get the medications they need, as has been suggested. The new business item basically says, "Let's implement this type of facility in our …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Councilor Jay DiLisio says he wants to get the conversation started. Councilor Jonathan Weydt is also interested in the subject.
Medical marijuana, which Massachusetts voters legalized in November, makes two appearances on the agenda for tonight's Attleboro City Council meeting. The separate items, listed under "new business," are written by City Councilors Jay DiLisio and Jonathan Weydt. DiLisio's measure states: That the council consider a resolution that would include imposing a six-month moratorium on all medical marijuana treatment centers in Attleboro, in order to afford the appropriate amount of time and study of the intricacies of the new state law. Weydt's measure states: That the Municipal Council establish an ordinance to be regulated by special permit with the Municipal Council as the Special Permit Granting Authority relative to the use of marijuana …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
He says no information triggered the request, but sources say that's not true.
City Council debate on the controversial proposal to rezone a property on Linden Street in Attleboro was stalled Tuesday night when the developer requested he be allowed to withdraw his bid. He said he needed more time to consider what to do with the 1.54-acre property. At least 40 people attended the meeting that began 15 minutes late (no reason was stated), many of them holding signs carrying a slogan in opposition to the proposed rezoning of the property from industrial to general residence. With the rezoning, developer John Cloud of A. Caponigro & Co. could build a planned 21-unit condominium complex. Let Patch save you time. Get great local stories like this delivered right to your inbox or smartphone everyday with our free newsletter…
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Sara-Lynn Reynolds says a recently approved cash reserve policy is "fluff." This angers Council President Frank Cook, who sources say yelled at Reynolds and Councilor Jonathan Weydt after the meeting.
The city could get specific on its savings policy if the City Council approves a measure proposed by Councilor Sara-Lynn Reynolds. She faces opposition from the council president and the head of the budget committee. Although the council approved a measure last month calling for the city to increase targets for cash reserve accounts, Reynolds said at last week's meeting this was "kind of just a fluff policy, there was nothing really set in stone." She has proposed the outline of an ordinance that she said would "put more teeth to it." Reynolds' proposal states, "The city of Attleboro requires and must maintain a cash reserve policy that includes stated targeted balances for the stabilization fund and other reserve funds or a percentage of …