Lately, we’ve been seeing more action by our elected officials to ensure that they are indeed doing the peoples’ business when it comes to quality of life issues in Peabody’s neighborhoods.
A few weeks ago, Mayor Ted Bettencourt ordered a cease and desist order on a Route 1 developer who is destroying residents’ property near Winona Street, and yesterday – after hearing the concerns of City Councilors Anne Manning-Martin and Tom Gould – the Mayor ordered a cease and desist on a billboard monstrosity on Lowell Street near Route 1 that might violate the terms of a special permit.
Now, we add to this list some quick action on a safety issue in front of St. Adelaide’s Church. After an elderly parishioner was tragically hit by a car in the crosswalk and died while leaving mass, parish leaders – including Ms. Colleen Derrivan – reached out to Ward 6 Councilor Barry Sinewitz.
Doing what a ward councilor is supposed to do and recognizing this as a safety issue for those residents he represents, Sinewitz immediately asked City Council Safety Committee Chair Mike Garabedian if he could convene a meeting at City Hall to talk about ways to make the crosswalk on Lowell Street in front of the West Peabody church safer.
The public meeting at City Hall will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m., and while it’s unfortunate that it took such a tragedy to make everyone realize that something needed to be done about that crossing, it’s great to see immediate action by our elected officials yet again.