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September 13, 2013

O'Connor Ives cancels I-95 sound barrier meeting

Senator wants politics taken out of session with neighbors

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Earls acknowledged that his council district does not include the Laurel Road/Ferry Road area but said his connections with O’Connor Ives made it easy for him to act as a facilitator between residents and O’Connor Ives.

Yesterday, in a brief email statement, O’Connor Ives wrote that the meeting had become politicized, prompting her to cancel the meeting until another date can be arranged.

“It is unfortunate that a quality of life issue has become politicized. My priority is to address residents’ concerns and to work with the Department of Transportation, Mayor Holaday, Representative Costello and President O’Brien,” O’Connor Ives wrote.

City Council President Thomas O’Brien represents affected Laurel Road and Ferry Road residents.

Reached by phone yesterday, O’Connor Ives said the intent of the meeting was for neighbors to meet MassDOT project manager Ernie Monroe for a project schedule update and resolve any issues related to construction.

“I simply want to focus on the neighbors’ concerns and take any politics out of it,” O’Connor Ives said, adding she hoped to have the meeting rescheduled within the next two weeks.

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