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New bridge construction at Madam Brett park?

I was down there yesterday and it looks like they may be building a new bridge there.  Does anyone know if this is the case?

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Comment by Alan Flynn on June 25, 2013 at 11:00pm

Walk on up to the top of Vail St. and watch as a one of the last surface springs and 400 feet of its natural tribuitary go underground in pipes forever. Bye turtles, sorry no more drinking water for you deer, snakes, salamanders, raccoons and skunks. All for the good old boys wallet. It is time we ask for our appointed city  officials to disclose with whom they work and for how much. Completely open books. How a developer can have the water rerouted around his property by his business partner with no planning board approval is beyond me. It is against code. Unless your other buddy is in charge. Then he can just say "its fine with me". That is all it takes in this town. "Its fine with me"

Comment by Joan Martorano on June 6, 2013 at 6:39am

Thanks for shining a light, Ben.

Comment by Ben Royce on June 5, 2013 at 1:50pm

To those of you PMing me details: thank you, and keep them coming. You have my discretion, I will not reveal your identity.

A course of action will present itself.

It is the year of our centennial, and the vultures are picking apart our heritage, and what makes Beacon attractive to outside investors, for a buck.

Comment by Ben Royce on June 4, 2013 at 11:18pm

Alan: seriously? Isn't this legally actionable, conflict of interest? I was on a trip over bad planning by the city... but is there a corruption angle here?

You know, another thing that bothered me was that some of the hatworks buildings are already knocked down. The owners relieve their tax burden when they do that. Remember the Craig House owner recently knocked down the carriage house? And then this March there was a fire in the old administration building and it was totaled (raises eyebrows). And let's not forget what happened to the old Tuck Tape millworks while discussions about it's development and reuse were underway.

If someone out there reading these words has some dirt, share with us, blow a whistle, you can do it anonymously. Because I don't think anyone takes kindly to the idea of Beacon's heritage being picked apart so some goon can make a few bucks.

Comment by Alan Flynn on June 4, 2013 at 8:53pm
When your head building inspector is a land developer in town............
Comment by Alan Flynn on June 4, 2013 at 8:46pm
I could be wrong on this. You can always go down to the building department and ask.
Comment by Steve Knowles on June 4, 2013 at 4:27pm

I meant to type "The root of many, if not most, problems with taxpayer based economies (governments) seems to be that the people in control of the money treat it like it is theirs, rather than the taxpayers."

Comment by Philomena on June 4, 2013 at 12:32pm

found this also, on the Riverkeeper's website, seems this may be either related or the direct cause of the work :

Comment by Steve Knowles on June 4, 2013 at 11:05am

I really hate the way things SEEM to be done in secret in Beacon.  Maybe it's because I don't subscribe to the Pok Journal anymore (which had some Beacon coverage), but it seems that things happen without a lot of citizen input.  I can't make it to most, if not all, council meetings due to time in NYC.  I know we elect people to decide on things, but that should be limited to day-to-day business.  Major projects should be clearly explained, and voted on, by the residents.  The root of many, if not most, taxpayer based economies (governments) seems to be that the people in control of the money treat it like it is theirs, rather than the taxpayers.  Our homeowners association ran into that problem several years ago so we amended our bylaws to require voting on anthing, other than an emergency, that costs more than $1000.  Prior to that amendment, a previous board of directors was spending our association money on things that virtually nobody in our neighborhood, other than the board members, wanted.

Comment by Ben Royce on June 4, 2013 at 9:57am

Philomena: thanks.

Does anyone know an answer to Steve's question? Just expand and increase the capacity for the water/ sewage pipes? A walking bridge? A driving bridge? Best I could find is this:

March 25 this year: only talks about a utility bridge, which leads me to suspect the construction is only in regards to the pipes, and it will remain impassable for people.

Also the meeting mentioned "Consideration of Tioronda Scupture" which I know is John Fasulo's idea to preserve the original historical elements.

Anyone know what was decided/ discussed at that March workshop? I'm pretty curious about what is going on/ what the plan is, I think everyone else is too.

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