Friday, April 5, 2019

Mayor proposes moving BOH to Callahan






The Health Department, which has 16 full- and part-time employees, must leave the Fuller Middle School building by mid-June to accommodate the city’s $98.3 million project to demolish and replace the school.
FRAMINGHAM — A nonprofit that raises money for local seniors wants the state attorney general to block the city from moving workers into the Callahan Senior Center.
Mark Goldman, president of the Friends of the Callahan Senior Center, said he learned this week that the Framingham Health Department is slated to move from its current location at the Fuller Middle School into the Callahan building.
The Health Department, which has 16 full- and part-time employees, must leave the Fuller building by mid-June to accommodate the city’s $98.3 million project to demolish and replace the school. The construction company working on the project will use the existing Health Department offices while work gets underway.
Goldman, whose organization raises money to support the senior center, said the Callahan building at 535 Union Ave. is already short on programming space and parking — particularly handicap spots.
“They’re taking away valuable space and resources,” Goldman said. “They’re taking away a third of our physical capabilities, and we’re stretched to the limit as it is. Parking is a major issue. Where are you going to put all these extra cars and people and staff?”
Moving city workers there would also violate the spirit of a sizable donation that was used to purchase the Callahan building, Goldman said.
Framingham resident Jack Blais gave $1 million to the Friends of the Callahan Senior Center to help the facility relocate. The town used the money to purchase and renovate the Callahan building, where the senior center has operated since 2005.
When he donated the money, Blais stipulated that the Callahan building, a former Chevrolet showroom, be available for the exclusive use of seniors, Goldman said. Alan Glick, former owner of the Callahan building, also contributed $500,000 to support the project, Goldman said.
Goldman said he contacted the Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division of the state Attorney General’s Office on Wednesday to request that it review the city’s plans. A staffer from the AG’s office acknowledged receiving the complaint Wednesday afternoon, he said.

21 Comments:

At April 5, 2019 at 10:19 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Big mistake to do this without even consulting with Callahan Center. Who the hell does she think she is? She is the mayor, not the dictator!

 
At April 5, 2019 at 10:19 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see another lawsuit coming and this time we deserve to be sued.

 
At April 5, 2019 at 10:28 AM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

it will be interesting to see how the AG weighs in. The Mayor and she are fellow party buddies.
Everyone concerned with this should show up at the meeting next week at the Callahan.

 
At April 5, 2019 at 10:56 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is just ridiculous. I encourage all residents, not just seniors, to attend this meeting, and also to email, call, or go to the Mayor's office to register your complaints about this move. Don't just wait for the AG to weigh in. She may side with the Mayor. As the residents of Framingham we are the ones who need to work to correct this mistake. Let the mayor know what you think. Jim, how do we reach the Mayor?

 
At April 5, 2019 at 11:26 AM , Blogger jim pillsbury said...

I agree... should I make some signs?

mayor@framinghamma.gov

 
At April 5, 2019 at 11:28 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What does the Health Department say about this move? Are they for it? And what about District Council, so they support it? Does District Council have any authority to stop this from happening? Can the Health Department say this is not a good move given the exposure of seniors to health issues from people coming in to the Callahan Center? I guess I am asking how do we prevent this from happening?

 
At April 5, 2019 at 11:29 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Signs and showing up for the meeting on Tuesday are both important. Thanks for the email address. I will be sending an email to the mayor myself today

 
At April 5, 2019 at 12:06 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

We need a big turnout for this Tuesday meeting. Hope everyone, not just seniors, show up. This is important on many levels, not the least of which is to show our disfavor for the mayor's lack of transparency in making this decision as well as her complete disrespect for our seniors and our senior center.

 
At April 5, 2019 at 1:18 PM , Blogger jim pillsbury said...

keep in mind.. Sam Wong (BOH) serves at the pleasure of the Mayor... he'll never say anything. And so does everyone at the Callahan Center I believe.
The bigger the protest, the less likely the Mayor will ignore the problem. We need the press to be there as well.

 
At April 5, 2019 at 1:26 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, lets make sure the press shows up for this!

 
At April 5, 2019 at 1:52 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good point about them all serving at the pleasure of the mayor but if they all stand together it would be tough for her to get rid of all of them I would expect

 
At April 5, 2019 at 1:55 PM , Blogger jim pillsbury said...

I've contacted Anne Brennon from the MWDN.

I'm not seeing Sam or Grace standing up against the Mayor...

 
At April 5, 2019 at 2:48 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

We need to stand against this or the precedent will be set for the mayor to be able to do things with absolutely no input from the community or even the people involved in the decision. Common courtesy would have you asking the Callahan Center for their thoughts on this before announcing you are doing this. Our mayor apparently does not have any sense of courtesy, and seems to think she is a dictator, not an elected official. Shame on our Mayor. I voted for her but do not support her in this, or her walking out of a Council meeting at all. She is acting like an uneducated, uninformed, 5 year old.

 
At April 5, 2019 at 3:17 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's call it what it is, she is acting like a spoiled bitch and our city council is allowing her to get away with it. Call you district councilor and the 2 at large councilors (Stolls and King) and let them know we expect them to do their job in spite of the mayor not doing hers. If the mayor chooses to ignore common decency and giving people involved a say then the council should not be letting her get away with this. The mayor is about as transparent as Trump!

 
At April 5, 2019 at 3:18 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Wong on the record about this at all? Is he ok with moving to Callahan? If not then he needs to speak up. I see Giombetti has spoken out against this, so others need to do the same.

 
At April 5, 2019 at 3:29 PM , Blogger jim pillsbury said...

I don't think you will hear a peep from Sam. He has no idea what it means to stand up and be counted. I'm convinced now the Mayor dosen't care what Dennis thinks about anything. There's an un-seen power struggle there. I also think the Council can't stop her from doing this move IMO.
The Mayor will have to have her mind changed by the majority next Tuesday at Callahan or letters, emails, tweets or blocking traffic.
My guess is that the Mayor asked Chief of Buildings Jim Polini what Town owned space was available.

 
At April 5, 2019 at 3:52 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the last straw for me. I wanted to support our first mayor and cut her a lot of slack for being new at this and the first mayor, but her disrespect of so many other people has made me see her in a very different light than the one she and her supporters painted her in during the election. They all mis-lead us. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. I am not going to be shamed by someone who for some unknown reason seems to think she is smarter, more powerful, and more entitled than anyone else in the city. You would be very hard pressed to find a senior citizen in Framingham who would support Mayor Spicer after this fiasco.

 
At April 5, 2019 at 4:15 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

EVERYONE NEEDS TO SHOW UP AT CALLAHAN FOR THIS MEETING ON TUESDAY. WE NEED TO STAND STRONG AND STAND TOGETHER AGAINST THIS DECISION. NOT JUST SENIORS BUT EVERYONE AS WE WILL ALL ONE DAY BE SENIORS (GOD WILLING AND THE CREEK DON'T RISE)

 
At April 5, 2019 at 4:42 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Count me in. I will be there with my loud voice. I may be old, but I am not silent! The Mayor needs to remember that being old does not take away your vote, in fact, the largest voting block in the country is senior citizens and she has pissed all of them in Framingham off.

 
At April 8, 2019 at 5:21 PM , Blogger jim pillsbury said...

so the Mayor's office put out a "frequently asked questions" e blast.I guess we may have jumped the gun here. IF.. Jim Paolini did a complete vetting of available buildings in Town...and the Callahan was the only one... I'm not sure we have a legit gripe with the Mayor.
Have a look at the answers they provide.
https://www.framinghamma.gov/list.aspx?MID=1059

 
At April 9, 2019 at 9:17 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have a legitimate gripe in the way this process was done in the fact that the mayor did not include the people who will be impacted and then let the kettle boil for 5 days before addressing any of the questions. I saw her at MetroWest out eating a box of popcorn, not on a team, just hanging out. Perhaps that time would have been better spent working on answering the many questions that the community had raised over the previous few days

 

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