Mayor Sullivan Offers State of Town
by Joseph Walsh
Mayor Joseph Sullivan addressed the Town Council May 27, prior to the council unanimously passing a $111.9 million municipal budget for next year.
Sullivan reported that since February, Braintree Police and Firefighters have saved eight lives by utilizing the drug naloxone, which is known by its brand name Narcan. The drug reverses the side effects of many other drugs and can be used to save the life someone who is overdosing. Sullivan seems confident that the implementation of Narcan in Braintree’s emergency response services is a necessary and effective strategy. “We do have an issue (with addiction), so we’re responding,” he said. Sullivan also gave positive news on Braintree’s crime rates, stating that the number of breaking and entering crimes and car thefts are down.
Sullivan reported that 3,000 building permits were granted in Braintree this past year, a number that he called an indicator of the town’s economic activity and growth.
As expected, Sullivan also spoke on Braintree’s school enrollment issue. Enrollment, now 5,647 requires a comprehensive management plan, Sullivan said. “But that’s a good challenge to have,” he added. “It means people want to be here.”
Sullivan has already taken steps to address this issue, and next year’s budget will include $1 million for the development of the Monatiquot All-Day Kindergarten Center, a project Sullivan has been overseeing for years, and that will be opened next fall.