Anonymous commenator sums up the situation in Peabody

1 May

Publisher’s note: After reading the article in today’s Salem News in which the Mayor talks about all of his “successes,” I was almost compelled to post this morning. But then the following “anonymous” comment came in. It pretty much sums up how a lot of us are feeling right now. There are indeed dark clouds on the horizon for our fair berg, and people need to know this. So … I am re-posting the anonymous comment I reference above:

From anonymous, 5/1/17:

I read the fluff piece on Salem News regarding the updates to the races in Peabody and I’m very disturbed that no one feels they can beat the Mayor. All he has done is spend our money and when he wants more he just raises taxes.


Everything is definitely NOT beautiful in Peabody these days.

Where is the effort for bringing in new streams of income for the city? The farm!?! Our biggest stream of taxes, aka the mall, is limping and when Macy’s and Sears finally decide to call it quits in Peabody, we are all going to be wrecked. Businesses are leaving faster and faster to towns that border us. Lynnfield and now TJ Maxx to Middleton. This city is going down fast and he is spinning how great he is with spending all our money with ZERO rate of return.

The fact that he tries to own the middle school as a huge achievement that all started with the previous mayor, is laughable. The other laughable items that need to be mentioned are that he has not been able to get a true superintendent for the schools, and he as the Mayor and Chair (of the school committee) have not led the high school out of its Level 3 status that turns the entire city into a level 3. Also, the AP courses to the max do not fix that!

When the Salem News released all the salaries for the city, as always our city employees are doing almost 4 times the household average in Peabody (btw the average went down). How is the Chief of Police not being scrutinized for all the OT/details that are being paid above their base salary?

I respect the police and fire for what they do, but you can’t tell me that someone that made over 75K in OT is effective in their normal shift. Maybe we need more officers to have a better control on spend. At least we know what they will need to budget for instead of asking for another million. The Mayor made some comment it had partially to do with Crystal Lake, and honestly the project just got started and is moving at a snails pace.

The other night the Mayor wanted to reduce the requirements for parking to make them (the spaces) more valuable. He should want to do the opposite to control these larger developments building more of those Avalon style apartments. If they have low parking requirements they will build as high and wide as they can. He is turning Peabody more and more into a Lawrence and Lynn. The school system is going to be overwhelmed in the next few years if you see more and more of these units coming into play. The taxes generated on these buildings does not support the amount of money necessary to educate families with multiple children in these units.

For someone that allegedly has all this power, why has he not been able to persuade business to come to Peabody? Why isn’t he partnering with Simon to help correct the outflow of the retail spaces in the mall. They are just throwing out liquor licenses to get restaurants to come, but there is no real future thinking of what the city needs to survive.

The city is in for a lot of hurt in the near future, if the city doesn’t find someone that is going to be proactive and seek out businesses that want to invest in its future then our current Mayor will just continue to spend to make himself look good and take more of our taxes via property. Has anyone seen the actual bill for all these Centennial celebrations?

10 Responses to “Anonymous commenator sums up the situation in Peabody”

  1. Super Voter May 1, 2017 at 11:23 am #

    Nice job Russ, You should run for ward 1

    • Anonymous May 1, 2017 at 1:09 pm #

      Sorry Russ did not write this and I am not from ward 1…I am much younger than Russ and feeling Peabody is on the edge of collapse…There are so many signs of this and I am not talking about the billboards which keep sprouting up more than trees in our worn out neighborhoods…

  2. Barbara Guillette May 1, 2017 at 12:54 pm #

    I spoke with a Apple employee, from the store that used to be at Nortg Shore Mall, he said the reason Apple moved out of NSM is because their lease was up and NSM would not renew. I do not know if this is true or not and did not check this out but one store that should come back is Apple. We miss you , we love the convienance of the mall, come back!!!!

  3. #ILoveThisCity May 1, 2017 at 4:10 pm #

    Ouch. The truth hurts and no one will listen. Well said

    • Bob May 1, 2017 at 4:33 pm #

      You’ve got that right, #ILTS. The truly outrageous part of these silly “centennial celebrations” is that Peabody was founded in 1855, NOT 1916.

      What we’re actually celebrating in these expensive ceremonies is Peabody changing its form of government from a town to a city. Peabodys REAL centennial happened in 1955.

      Wonder how many people realize that?

  4. Bob May 1, 2017 at 4:26 pm #

    These are very astute comments by this commentator, and it’s why I felt it important to pull them out into the main blog area.

    Look, this isn’t about politics or whether the Mayor is a nice guy (he is!). But it is about some major dark clouds overhead and more on the horizon when it comes to our economic and educational well being as a city.

    Things are not bright and rosy right now, and for the Mayor to say in the Salem News this morning how great things are, is irresponsible. It’s the sign of a truly great leader to be able to admit that we have challenges we must overcome.

    Unfortunately, though, our Mayor is not showing these days what could be termed “good leadership.” For if he was, he wouldn’t have painted such a rosy picture in that article.

    Let’s be real here. Yes. Ted is a nice guy, a terrific family man and a quality person on so many levels. But right now, be honest and admit it, he is not a great chief exec. And it continues to stun me that no one has pulled papers to give him a run in November.

  5. Barbara26 May 1, 2017 at 7:11 pm #

    Finally, The truth …. Amen

    Now lets expose the fraud School Committee and take back our schools!

    • Super Voter May 1, 2017 at 9:36 pm #

      Have a friend that I have been begging to move closer. He has I small child (1 year old) and is hoping to have 2 more. Growing up here, I told him Peabody always had a great school system. He showed me yesterday that I was wrong! I was so embarrassed, we are now ranked near the bottom in our area. What a shame, let’s see if the same sheep get reelected!

  6. Anonymous May 6, 2017 at 12:31 pm #

    Of course Bev Dunn is so happy Peabody HS is ranked in the 1000’s almost 2000’s as a challenging HS in the US only for the amount of AP courses they offer….btw HS is still a level 3 HS…I honestly would not be celebrating this ranking…I would be embarrassed and ashamed. If you consider the population that can take an AP courses it’s the minority of school. Bev how about this, since you have sat on that SC for as long as you have, get that HS out of the level 3 status where it would benefit EVERY student going there. You can scream squirrel all you want but people are not falling for it any longer. The whole city that is overseeing this school should have a written plan, make it public and be held ACCOUNTABLE for their actions to get out of being a 3 and hopefully getting to a 1 (pipe dreams I know). This is why I have a very hard time trusting our elected officials because they either really don’t know what is going on OR they do and really DO NOT know how to fix the problem.

    Bob I know you are friends but you can’t deny this is concerning…

    • Anonymous June 6, 2017 at 10:49 am #

      The school has a recovery plan, which was created by the DESE…unfortunately, no one at the high school has seen it, although tthe principal has had it for a year!

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