Braintree: Mayor Delivers State of the Town Address

Braintree Mayor Joe Sullivan delivered the annual State of the Town address at Braintree town hall Wednesday night.

The Mayor delivered a very positive and upbeat message in his address.

He said one of the major wins for the town is the approval for the construction of the Petersen Pool and Rink Complex at Braintree High School.

“This facility will be done and will be one that our youth and high school hockey and swim teams will be proud to call home. Our goal is to begin construction on this long-awaited development this summer, on the campus of Braintree High School and keep the promise that Captain Petersen offered us, over 50 years ago,” the Mayor said.

A new fire department headquarters is planned.

Police are also hiring 11 new police officers, and first responders’ use of Narcan has saved 78 lives from overdose in Braintree in 2017.

However, on the down side, Braintree also experienced a murder at Motel 6 and shooting at the South Shore Plaza.

Mayor Sullivan weighed in on Motel 6 issue, and said, “Motel 6 remains closed. It is our goal to keep it closed. There is a legal challenge that they are offering at this time, but currently the judges have sustained our position, that in fact that operation is detrimental to the welfare of our community. We will stay focused on pushing back on any legal challenge and we will stay focused on closing Motel 6.

I really wasn’t at liberty tonight to talk too much about it, given the legal considerations of it, but it’s been closed since July, and our goal is to keep it closed forever, and to redevelop that property.”

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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.