Quincy residents discuss Third Ward issues
7 months, 1 week ago by Denise Donley
Road resurfacing, speeding and housing nuisances were up for discussion
Approximately 150 Quincy residents attended Monday night’s 3rd ward town hall meeting at the Quincy Mall to discuss issues in and around Quincy’s 3rd ward.
Alderman Paul Havermale and Alderman Kyle Moore discussed and addressed any questions residents had ranging from road resurfacing, speeding issues, housing nuisances and sidewalk repairs.
Moore said he thought it was a “good exchange of ideas and problems.”
“This is our way to stay plugged in to the neighborhood. We can’t be on the streets 24/7 so this is our way of finding out what’s happening and also finding out emerging problems. The meeting had a very good tone and people just want to make sure that they’re concerns are being heard and something is being done about it,” said Moore.
Resurfacing roads is a hot topic, and residents brought up certain streets they’d like to see resurfaced sooner rather than later.
Moore explained it costs $30,000 per block to resurface roads and the 3rd ward was given a $50,000 budget. Havermale said the ward had been saving, but they’ll just have to see how much grant money they get and saving they can do, but it’s on the list to do.
When discussing speeding within neighborhoods, Havermale suggested putting up the speed wagon and stepping up police enforcement.
The appearance of certain houses and lots was also brought up at the meeting. Residents said some aren’t mowing their grass often enough, some houses are run down and not being taken care of and other houses are just left to rot.
Havermale said nuisance is an issue, which is why the city empowered the senior housing inspector, Michael Seaver. When pertaining to the housing code, Seaver can write a citation on the spot if there’s a problem. This will hopefully help with nuisance issues.
Havermale adds, “Seaver does this for a living, so he knows what he’s doing, which allows the police to stay on their job.”
Another main issue was that of animal control problems. Residents expressed their concerns about raccoons, coyotes and cats in their yards and wanted to know what could be done. They’ve called animal control and were told unless the residents captured the animal(s), animal control couldn’t take them.
Havermale said the fact that the city had to let one of the two animal control officers go because of budgetary issues isn’t helping this issue.
Havermale added “This is a major thing we’ll need to take back to the City Council and discuss. That seemed to be a very sore subject with a lot of people and it’s something that we’re not really addressing well right now so we need to, as a council, decide how we are do that.”
Moore said, “Had we not had town hall meetings like this we wouldn’t have known.”
Other issues discussed include the lightening of the bridge, energy aggregation and hydropower.
A few 3rd Ward residents’ comments:
“My main issue is with the speeding of traffic coming off of Broadway and 30th Street. They should lower the speed limit and maybe do some more patrolling. I take my dog out three times a day and I have to be extra careful because there’s no sidewalks by my house and there’s no speed limit sign.”
“On Lindell Avenue from about the east end of Crestview Drive to 36th street, especially, the street is getting in tough condition and it’s a highly traveled street. My concern is when is that going to be addressed to take a look at resurfacing that area. Right before you get to 36th St., there is quite a few potholes and it’s really rough there.”
“Where I live there are a lot of recreational fires, but they’ve abused it. All this black smoke and everything. They’re burning wire but turn around and say ‘Oh no, it’s a recreational fire.’ There’s hardly any times we can open up our windows. We get the smoke and I can’t buy that. A lot of people say it’s nice to have a real fire, but it is bad if you can’t open your house up.”
In addition, Moore didn’t have any questions from resident regarding his announcement of candidacy for Quincy mayor at the meeting.
When asked personally if he is pleased with his fundraising so far, Moore said, “I’m very encouraged by the amount we’ve been able to raise so far. I’m very pleased and I intend to be competitive. It’s not easy, these are tough economic times and we’re going to try our best.”
According to filings last week, Moore has $30,313 in his campaign account.
Havermale said he supports Moore’s mayoral run and endorses Moore’s candidacy.
Havermale and Moore concluded their meeting by telling residents they can contact either alderman with questions or concerns.