Re: [MysticCrossing] Mystic Master Plan
- Another 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).
- Bryce W Nesbitt wrote:
> The MDC had indeed become dysfunctional, and all the meddling by theAmong other things, the former MDC Commissioner, who seemed to be too
> 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.
politically well-connected to be removed without removing his entire
agency, was opposed to masterplans and said so in a public forum.
The legislative micromanagement existed because the MDC never was
able to connect with its own constituents, and greenspace constituents
have never (at least in my almost 25 years of involvement in Mass.)
been able to muster enough political power to force adequate funding
of either the DEM or the MDC. If the new DCR communicates adequately
with park users and advocates (who do not necessarily have the same
interests) and then can do what it says it will do, no legislative
involvement will be needed. If the DCR does not (or is not allowed to)
respond to its constituents, our only choice will be to ask legislators