After 23 days, City Council President Maureen Feeney finally found time in her busy schedule to have some low-level, tax-funded assistant answer my questions. Sort of. Although I made a series of direct inquiries, none were actually addressed and I was referred to the officials at Code Enforcement for clarification on the issue (note numerous spelling errors):
I write on behalf of Council President Feeney who asked that I share with you her perspective on the proposal to collect outstanding fees for trash violations. I apolagize for the delay in responding to your message.
This issue is a critical one for many of our city’s neighborhoods. Repeat offenders, many of whom are responsible for the bulk of these violations, have plagued some of our densest neighborhoods with overflowing trash. This leads to serious concerns for public health, such as asthma, and invites the possibility of rodent infestation. The Council President supports any effort, including the one she discussed with Emily Rooney, to exercise the cities responsibility to protect its residents from these quality of life hazards. Using the web as a resource to encourage violators to abide by the law in the interest of the public good is a reasonable proposal. I applaud my colleague, Councillor Mike Ross, for his leadership on this issue.
As to some of your specific questions, I would encourage you to contact officials from Code Enforcement who might be best suited to answer your questions.
Chief of Policy and Communications
Huh? If a local voter can't even get a response from one of the lowest elected officials on the political totem pole when he tries to have his voice heard (in a small city like Boston, none the less), what hope is there an a state or national scale?
I will respond by requesting a meeting with Herself. I would like to get a clear understanding of exactly how this trash program will be enacted and at what cost to tax payers. However, I am more concerned with the total lack of commitment and communication I am receiving.
Meanwhile, our city council is wasting time condemning the U.S. presence in the Middle East and the Iraq War. Listen up Mr. Turner and Ms. Feeney: We pay QUALIFIED officials to do that! Not lowly district councilors!
I'll post updates as I have them.