121Re: [MysticCrossing] Mystic Master Plan
- Feb 3 9:29 AMAnother area project (the Watertown Branch Rail Trail) was stalled for
similar reasons. Everything was a "go", but the issuing of the notice
to proceed. Apparently the DCR had let go the contract administrator,
but he came back as a contractor two days a week.
The MDC had indeed become dysfunctional, and all the meddling by the
legislature was a sign of that sickness. When you can't get a pothole
fixed without calling a Senator, something is wrong. The legislative
micro-management of the MDC/DCR is something I hope will fade away.
Doug Mink wrote:
>Last summer and fall, a lot of MDC funding was frozen in the merger into
>the DCR. Program managers sometimes found out that they had lost the
>funding weeks after it happened. As of the beginning of January, there
>were no permanent appointees in DCR immediately below the head of the
>agency, and no new projects (or at least vanishingly few) were being
>initiated. Appointments are supposed to be made by spring. The
>Neponset, where I volunteer, lost several projects. The money may
>be gone permanently, but it is possible that the legislators who got
>it in the first place can wrench it free (though I believe that one
>of the goals of the Romney adminstrations merger of DEM and MDC was
>to remove the hand of the legislaturefrom agency decisions).
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