Blame Game Not Needed: Town Must Move Forward from Ferry Terminal Issue

Thursday, August 9, 2012
By Transcript Staff

We agree  with Council President Peter Gill that the town should move forward on the issue of the temporary closing of the Norman Siefert Ferry Terminal Building because of  a minor problem with the grading (not with the facility itself). Gill said Tuesday night (in an open forum with a busy agenda) that this is not the time to assess blame and he’s right.  The Council voted to refer the matter to the Finance Committee because a town appropriation of funding might be necessary.

Councilor Craig Mael let it be known that he wasn’t pleased with the closing of the ferry terminal building and questioned what the final cost of correcting the structural issue could be for the town. Mael was looking out for the best interests of the town and certainly raised a valid point.

However, the bottom line is that the ferry terminal building project has been a wonderful development and asset for the town. Our congressman, Edward J. Markey, was instrumental in securing the federal grant and Speaker Robert A. DeLeo secured a state grant that ensured that the town would not have to reach into its funds to complete the project. Those who joined Norman Siefert and his family at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the building no doubt considered it a glorious day for the town and the public landing.

Town Manager James McKenna stepped up immediately when he was notified that there was a small problem with the ferry terminal building. He displayed outstanding leadership, gathered his team together, and made sure that the issue was being addressed promptly and professionally. As a result of the manager’s efforts, the building has received clearance for handicapped accessibilty  and the state has issued a reprieve on its action so that the ferry terminal building will soon reopen.

McKenna, who was so instrumental in accelerating the process that brought us the new building, will meet with the appropriate parties involved in the construction of the ferry terminal building and will keep the public informed about the situation. Were this a school building and it required its closure for any length of time, we could understand an uproar, but we believe that McKenna is on top of the situation and with the help of the Town Council, will bring it to a resolution soon.

  • Guest

    What a lollapolooza!!!  The utter untruth displayed in this screed takes this sheet out of the realm of even pretending to be a newspaper.  There is no clearance for the town ferry terminal building to be declared handicapped accessible, and the state – as of Thursday morning, Aug. 9 – had NOT issued a reprieve on the cease and desist order so the uilding will soon reopen.  In fact, the state Architectural Access Board was awaiting word from Kopelman and Paige, town attorneys, as to how the town is going to handle the work needed to make the terminal building compliant with handicapped accessibility laws and regulations.  The out-of-town people who run this website are trying to belittle oncerns for the handicapped, an attitude that rings them down to a level even the publisher of most shoppers (publications devoted to advertising with a teensey bit of editorial stuff included to get readers to read) would be ashamed to expose himself/herself to.

  • guest

    Politics!  I love how no town employee will step up and tell the truth.  Everyone seems to be afraid of the higher up’s.  The no one  is above the law, if its in the book than they have to follow rules too.     The town keeps losing good employees, but you keep the guy thats making them leave.  The town is falling apart and we need someone to step up.

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