With a nod to the title of a monthly feature in a popular publication, here are some points to ponder this week:
The problems caused by a lack of an industrial park in another part of Milton where businesses who want to be close to Boston and Cambridge yet not in these cities is coming home to roost.
With the need for a fifth K-5 elementary school building increasingly apparent, land to build on is scarce, as is a larger commercial base from which to draw tax revenue. The situation is reminiscent of rural northern New England where it may be beautiful to look at rolling hills, pine trees, pastures and barnyard animals but none of them pay taxes.
It’s the drivers that use Milton as a cut-through town or shortcut to other highways that are as concerning for their driving habits as some Milton natives and residents. The overflow of traffic along Randolph Avenue is one example. New traffic patterns are in the planning stage for East Milton Square (think Boulevard Street) and motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians must get used to these changes when they occur. East Milton is only one part of town and urban driving skills are needed throughout Milton. Repairs to the deck will be worth the wait.
The Milton Police Department is stepping up its efforts to crack down on underage drinking and substance abuse in town, especially by youths and teens in the wooded area off Cunningham Park. This is a welcome step by the department, and a move to get away from the wink-wink rascally culture that has carried on in the woods for generations. As reported by Elaine Cushman Carroll: “police can now issue a “no trespassing” notice against individuals who are caught with alcohol, and repeat offenders can be banned.
Police policy now gives officers responding to these types of incidents less discretion, and at a minimum, officers are required to notify the child’s parents, [Police Chief John] King said.”
Kudos also to the Rev. John Allen, pastor of First Congregational Church of Milton, for leading efforts to establish a youth center for middle and high school students, especially pre-teens, to keep them, literally and figuratively, out of the woods.
– Lisa D. Connell