Weymouth: SouthField watchdog group lashes out against town council president

Citizen’s watchdog group Advocates for Rockland, Abington, Weymouth and Hingham met at the Tufts Library in Weymouth Wednesday night to discuss issues surrounding the SouthField Development at the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station.

The citizen’s group focused on the latest meeting between SouthField Developer Starwood Land Ventures and the Weymouth Town Council, concerning Starwood’s proposals in regards to commercial development in Weymouth and a proposal for the three towns to pay off millions of dollars of the developer’s debt.

ARAWH member Trisha Pries said she’s disappointed in Weymouth Town Council President Patrick O’Connor and said he isn’t allowing enough input on the debate.

“Starwood was in front of council and they were discussing changes to the proposed legislation. It seemed that there were councilors that wanted to get a number of people around the table at the same time to discuss the financial projections and legislations and it seemed that Town Council President Patrick O’Connor was not amenable to that. That was really concerning to me. He seemed to defer to the mayor as the C.E.O. and it made me wonder, what’s the point of having this legislative branch of the local government?”

Pries said she feels that O’Connor doesn’t have enough experience to lead the town through this complex issue.

“He’s young – I don’t even think he’s 30. I don’t think he has the experience and at this point in time, I think Weymouth requires a strong leader with experience, who doesn’t just follow what the mayor says or what the solicitor says. We need critical thinking skills here and the ability for him to pull people together around a table and it seems he’s just not doing that.”


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About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.