Sunday, February 10, 2013
He asks that people stay off the roads so the city's cleanup crew can do its work.
Mayor Kevin Dumas released the following statement this morning: As of 9:10 a.m., there remain 765 customers without power out of the 19,000 National Grid customers in Attleboro. The largest area without power encompasses the following area: Peckham, Pike, Wilmarth and Slater Streets. All streets located off of these streets are without power. It is expected that this area be restored by this evening per National Grid. Please make sure that you have reported your power outage to National Grid at 800-322-3223. However, residents may come to the emergency shelter at Attleboro High School through the Principal's Lobby to warm themselves. This shelter remains open, has food, and is pet friendly as long as animals are brought with cage or …
Friday, January 4, 2013
Public Hearings on the loan requests will take place Jan. 15 at City Hall.
Mayor Kevin Dumas formally requested in his written communications this week that the City Council approve nearly $6.2 million in loans to the city of Attleboro for major projects. The funding will cover the new outdoor athletic complex at Attleboro High School ($3.55 million), the new animal shelter ($1.116 million) and an upgrade of the computer control system at the city's water treatment plant ($1.523 million). The requests were referred to the Budget & Appropriations Committee, chaired by Councilor Brian Kirby, for review and a recommendation to the full council. Public hearings on the requests will take place before the full council and the planning board at City Hall on Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. The school and school building committees …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Mayor Kevin Dumas says the project should be completed by the fall of 2013.
Attleboro High School students could be enjoying a new sports field and usable track in a little more than a year if Mayor Kevin Dumas' timeline for the $2.5 million renovation project is met. Dumas told the school committee at its meeting Monday night that construction would begin next spring or summer and completed by September, or October at the latest. The proposal, which Dumas announced to city and school officials through a memo last week, calls for the replacement of the deteriorated track, the transformation of the grass football field into a multi-sport synthetic surface and the installation of new bleachers, a press box and fencing. Also, school and city officials will raise money to fund a new concession stand and bathroom. "We'…
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Attleboro Patch is asking readers for the ideas on how to solve problems and challenges the city is facing in 2012. For the week, a different question will be asked every day.
Mayor Kevin Dumas is starting his fifth team as mayor of Attleboro, facing many challenges in 2012. For the next week, Attleboro Patch will be looking at areas the city is dealing with, asking readers for the ideas or suggestions how to deal with these issues. Wednesday-What would you do to rebuild the downtown area and bring development and businesses to the city? Thursday-What would do about the repairs to the current high school and about the education of the city's children? Friday-What would you do about greening the city? Weekend-What you do to decrease crime in the city? Monday-What would you to maintain services, but not raise taxes? Do taxes need to be raised to meet the cost of public services? Tuesday-What would you do to make…
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Attleboro City Council voted in favor of 1.425 tax rate split which would bring the split between residential and business tax rates closer.
Hours of conversation over bringing the tax rate split between business and residents closer together resulted in the Attleboro City Council's vote in favor to set the tax rate split at 1.425, which means higher taxes for residents. The decision came after the council held a public hearing to hear opinions from local residents and business owners Tuesday night. A total of six councilors voted against a 1.45 rate, but voted in favor of a 1.425 split tax rate, which means a $105 tax increase for Attleboro homes with average values and a $782 increase for businesses of average value. Attleboro City Assessor Stan Nacewicz had proposed a 1.40 rate, but Budget and Appropriations Committee Chairman pushed for the 1.425 rate. Attleboro City …
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Dozens of boys and girls got a chance to tell Santa what they want for Christmas.
A special visitor came from far away to visit the children of Attleboro. He had a broad face, rosey cheeks and a little round belly. Who was the visitor? It was Santa Claus! That's right. Santa took a break from working with his elves to visit Attleboro and help Mayor Kevin Dumas light the Christmas tree at Capron Park and find out what Attleboro children wanted for Christmas. One by one children old and young took their turn on Santa's lap. Counting down from five the crowd cheered after Santa and Dumas flipped the switch on the Attleboro Christmas tree. While Santa's elves were much too busy making toys and filling holiday wishes, other helpers in the community provided a helping hand including Ed Liston of Liston Landscaping who took …
Sunday, November 27, 2011
After more than two decades of hosting the city's Holiday Parade, organizers pulled the plug.
There will be no honking firetrucks and no waving from parade goers. Why? The Attleboro Parks and Forestry Department, who have organized the event for more than two decades, had to pull the plug on the annual Holiday Parade because of lack of attendance, according to Parks and Forestry Superintendent Sonny Almeida. An email went out to past parade marchers and no one responded, Almeida said. Attleboro Girl Scout Leader Kendelle Aronson said she spoke with the people at the Parks Department a couple weeks ago. "She had told me they didn't have many responses from their inquiry about who would be interested in marching in the parade," Aronson said of Parks and Forestry Department. "She was disappointed, but was trying to organize something…
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Mayor Kevin Dumas spoke at the Attleboro School Committee meeting in support of a multi-year, phase-in plan for free full-day kindergarten.
Attleboro Superintendent Pia Durkin’s proposal for full-day Kindergarten during School Committee meeting Monday night included multiple options for implementation, including free full-day kindergarten for all, free full-day kindergarten with the option for half day or tuition based full-day program. Also included was a proposed a phase-in plan that would take place over fiscal years 2013 and 2014. The plan would be to add three full-day classes in 2013 at a cost of $287,000 and then two additional full-day classes in 2014 at a cost of $195,000. Attleboro Mayor Kevin Dumas voiced his support of the plan to the committee and said he would like to be able to pursue this for fiscal year 2013 when the budget planning begins in January. “It’s …
Friday, November 4, 2011
A letter with several allegations against Mayor Kevin Dumas is circulating through the city just days before the November election.
A letter loaded with negative statements attributed to Attleboro Mayor Kevin Dumas about employees at City Hall and his friends has circulated throughout the city. More than 30 people are mentioned in the letter, including this writer. "He thinks that Patty Resendez from the Attleboro Patch is a poor reporter that lies about things she has reported," the letter states. "He has actually had people follow her to try and get something on her to use against her." Asked about the statement made in the letter, Dumas said: "Patricia, you should know me better than that. It's just not true." One of the letters, which have a Boston postmark and are addressed to people by their legal names, was also mailed to Dumas on Thursday. In response to the …
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
State officials presented the City of Attleboro with a portion of $65 million in local aid.
Massachusetts State Rep. George Ross (R-Attleboro), Rep. Betty Poirier (R-N.Attleboro) and Senator Richard Ross (R-Wrentham) handed a $348,000 check to the City of Attleboro during a City Council meeting held Tuesday night. The funds were the result of a budget amendment sponsored by the Republican delegation to provide $65 million in local aid to Massachusetts communities.