Malden, Revere and Saugus officials had all planned public meetings and meetings for City Councilors and Selectmen, separately and combined with all the communities. The meetings would provide for the presentation of the Regional Saugus River Floodgate Project, to answer questions and to determine the support of residents. However, the presence of the Coronavirus stopped all meetings which are planned to be rescheduled. Dates for rescheduled meetings will be reported in this Status report and by other media.
3-31-20 The web site was completed so I advised Federal & State legislators, City Councillors, Selectmen, community contacts and DCR of the purpose and web site name.
3-26-20 - Ashley Melnik, Clerk of Revere's City Council was advised by Councillor Giannino that my presentation to the City Council is being pushed back until May due to the virus outbreak and she would get in touch with me once a date is set. Also, there are two display TVs that can feed from a lap top. I told her I had made tripods for the displays to be set up in the lobby.
-- Malden City Councilor Stephen Winslow advised that public forums of all types are on hold for awhile.
3/18/20 - Saugus' Peter Manoogian called requesting if ok to link web site to Facebook on Project, and Yahoo account. I told him it was his Project.
-- Articles sent to Corp's Public Affairs Office to publish/inform all those from Waltham/Concord, St. Louis District, and Vicksburg who had worked so enthusiastically on this project that communities are very interested in re-starting project. Sally pleased to hear from me, grateful to receive articles & provided info to Scott.
3/17/20 - Revere's councilor Giannino advised Council meeting postponed till next month to have as much public input as possible. City clerk Ashley advised presentation postponed to April 27th. (City Hall closed due to Coronavirus.)
3/16/20 -Saugus announced all town buildings closed as of March 17 to help control spread of coronavirus.
-- Sent message to A2Z Computing Services, Inc. who are donating their time/talent to develop Web Site and worked hard and late all week/weekend to prepare Web Site ready for viewing by Revere & Saugus officials this week prior to their meetings: "An absolutely incredible Job!!! It provides opportunity for Congressmen, State & city politicians .et al. to quickly access answers to any question, disseminate information throughout the region and Washington reviewers, provide location to update status, and provide a beautiful and meaning first impression for a very important Project!! Now get back to work!"
3/15/20 - Advised Revere City Clerk and Saugus Board of Selectmen Clerk that if their meeting was cancelled (because of Coronavirus) that a conference call could be set up and use the well organized web site.
3/1-/20 - City Clerk Ashley helpful to set up meeting with Revere City council for March 23, 6pm. I sent info sheet & map. Requested letter invitation to Corps.
3/12/20 - Received copy of Saugus' Selectman Cogliano's letter, dtd March 11th inviting Corps Commander or staff to Selectmen's April 7th meeting.
3/10/20 - Wendy, Saugus Selectmen Clerk, very gracious, scheduled Bd of Select. meeting 7 Apr at 6pm. And will have lap top, projector, screen , mic & is looking for tripods to hold displays. It was requested they send a letter to Corps requesting help to understand process.
-- Learned from Ed Reiner, EPA, that the DCR owns 850 acres of the Estuary and another transfer of land from Revere was expected. (This could reduce project costs by over $10 mill.)
-- Working continued to complete the web site before meetings start.
3/9/20 - A letter & power point/flash drive (pp) was sent to Jim Montgomery, Commissioner, Dept. Conservation & Recre. (DCR) with info and that the Project includes his Revere Beach Reservation.
3/7/20 - Peter Manoogian called w/ Revere City Councilor Jessica Ann Giannino who is very supportive, wants to arrange presentation w/ Revere City Council
2/27/20 Elle was contacted and she’s pleased to meet w ACOE and wants Project Manager to attend.
-- ACOE John Kennelly text back concerned activities are moving too fast for Corps to get up to speed, not want to send someone into crowd since don't know project that's unauthorized and a new study is needed. Wants to call & meet with non-fed sponsors to explain process. Gave him contacts. I requested to attend meeting.
2/26/20 Revere's Frank Stringi and Elle Baker called for about an hour to discuss mtg later in March w/ maybe 80 dignitaries, Congressional staff, legislators, mayor et al from 4 communities, possibly at Yacht Club. Frank thinks time is right. Frank was the Revere prime mover and Steering Committee Member on the project in the 90’s. Corps should be advise.
2/25/20 Chmn. Anthony Cogliano. Saugus Bd of Select. and Peter called anxious to move proj fast, can't believe project was stopped. He wants presentation at Board meeting.
2/24/20 Revere’s Elle Baker called to ask for presentation at Revere w/ reps from Revere, Saugus. & Lynn and to provide all correspond and send power point.
2/23/20. Sent offer to Revere's Elle Baker if she has questions or need help.
2/21/20 Peter & Saugus Selectwoman Corinne Riley called with many questions and she wants to support prj.
2/21/20 I advised Scott, DDE-PM, that Peter plans to contact him and have Pub Mtg.
2/21/20 Scott texted that:" Thanks . I've been keeping John Kennelly (Chief of Planning Div.) in the loop on this too. If they reach out to us, we'll get engaged in an official capacity."
2/3/20 Peter Manoogan called. He had read a copy of the letter sent to Ann Devlin (with Saugus Action Volunteers for the Environment, SAVE) , and Peter wants to promote prj, wants my help at public mtg, and wants to sponsor resolution for Gov. to resume prj. He talked to woman in Revere Planning Ofc, Elle Baker, who is looking into prj. He borrowed power point from her, advised him that Scott Acone best contact, since he wants to contact ACOE. Peter was former SAVE President, Selectman, & Steering Comm. Member who strongly supported project in the ’90s.
2/2/20 A2Z Computing Services, Inc. was asked if they could put power point on web site. They agreed and so pp sent to them.
1/24/20 29 letters sent w/ pp flash drives to community officials and organizations w/ CZM letter to DEP, CZM, MEPA, Davis, Joe, Ed, DDE.
1/21/20 ltr sent to CZM Kathryn Glenn, cc to chiefs CZM, DEP, MEPA, Steve Davis, Joe, Col. Conde which addressed CZM issues because of her statement that CZM hadn‘t supported project and she should look at MEPA Certificate.
9/8/19 Sent Malden City Councilor a copy of pp to review, since can't reschedule forum till next spring due to election et al.
8/26/19 Sent a letter to Mary Lester, Saugus R Watershed Council w TM & Sec EEA letters.
8/24/19 Malden City Councilor Stephen Winslow advised public forum could not be held on Sep 28 since local tv not available.
8/16/19 Malden City Councilor Stephen Winslow called interested in public forum in Sep.
6/27/19 A letter was sent to Elaine Hurley, Riverside Asssoc, former steering comm. mem, w mayor, Stringi & councilor letters.
6/10/19. Sent letters to 39 state legislators, city councilors, town selectmen w copies of letters to mayors & TM.
5/10/19 Sent letter to Revere's Frank Stringi on danger of overtopping at Pt. of Pines.
5/8/19 Sent letters & project info to Gov. Baker. & Sec. EEA.
5/6/19 Sent letters to Lynn's Mayor McGee, Malden's Mayor Christenson, Revere's Mayor Arrigo, Saugus' TM Crabtree w/ project info pkg.
4/27/19 Started working on slides & power point.
3/21/19 Joe Horowitz and Steve Davis helped review letters.
3/18-26/19 The Corps was requested if there was any problem sending letters reminding folks of Regional Project. They had no problem with writer sending them out, but Corps can not promote project. They would be happy to engage Secretary Beaton if the Commonwealth requests us to re-look at it.
3/18/19 Articles sent to Revere Journal, Saugus Advertiser and Lynn Item describing Project.
2/28/19 Globe reported Gov. Baker wants legislature to let proceeds to be spent on adaptation and mitigation measures to shore up seawalls, and protect wetlands.
2/6/19 Gov. Baker appeared before Congress supporting solutions to Climate Change, include "funding dams and drainage improvements to address flooding, developing land use policies that protect coast..."