People arriving for the Town Council Spring Forum Tuesday night were greeted by Point Shirley resident Dawn Manning, who was distributing leaflets for a community meeting to be held Friday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Point Shirley Association Hall, 1032 Shirley St.
Manning, along with residents Kathleen Cappuccio, John Stasio, and John Vitagliano, cited on the leaflet that the purpose of the meeting is to discuss â€œthe formation of a Citizens Advisory Committee which will focus on citizens concerns relating to the Deer Island Treatment Plant and the new MWRA Co-Digestion Pilot Program.â€
As we watched Dawn hand out her leaflets, it occurred to us that someÂ things never change. For moreÂ than 50Â years, WinthropÂ residents have been directly impacted by the â€œskunkworksâ€ on Deer Island (as our long-time, late Â publisher, Andrew P. Quigley, referred to theÂ various sewage treatment plants that have been built on Deer Island over theÂ years). Most notably, in the early 1980s Peg Riley spearheaded a group thatÂ came to beÂ known as the Concerned Citizens Group, who weighed in on theÂ issuesÂ surrounding the construction of a new treatment plant by the MDC, which laterÂ became theÂ project we now have under the auspicesÂ of the MWRA.
So here we are oneÂ again, with the MWRA this time seeking to implement a program that will beingÂ more truck traffic through our heavily-congested little town.
We applaud Dawn and the others for stepping forward to bringÂ this issue before the public and we urge as many of their fellowÂ residents as possible toÂ become involved in the process and make their thoughts heard.
The MWRA is holding a public forum on Wednesday, March 26 at 7 p.m. at the Cummings School Cafetorium that will focus on the new food waste pilot program that will result in additional truck traffic.Â MWRA Executive Director Frederick Laskey is expected to be in attendance in that meeting. We know the forum will be done professionally and that Winthrop residents will benefit from this important discussion with Mr. Laskey and his team of experts from the MWRA.