Councillors Divided On Kincaide Plans

Plans for Kincaide Park in South Quincy include a new FIFA-regulation soccer pitch, a sprint track, a walking and running trail, bocce courts, basketball courts, play and exercise equipment and a new splash pad. The City Council is weighing a $5.3 million to pay for the project. Rendering courtesy City of Quincy.

Plans for Kincaide Park in South Quincy include a new FIFA-regulation soccer pitch, a sprint track, a walking and running trail, bocce courts, basketball courts, play and exercise equipment and a new splash pad. The City Council is weighing a $5.3 million to pay for the project. Rendering courtesy City of Quincy.

By SCOTT JACKSON

City councillors were divided on a proposal to renovate South Quincy’s Kincaide Park, with some saying it would reinvigorate a neglected neighborhood while others balked at the $6.3 million price tag for the project.

The council’s finance committee voted 5-3 on Tuesday to give a positive recommendation to Mayor Thomas Koch’s request to borrow $5.3 million to cover outstanding costs of the project The full council did not vote on the measure, however, to give the mayor time to review alternative ways to pay for the project.

Plans for the park – located on Water Street between the Lincoln-Hancock and Sterling schools – include a FIFA-regulation soccer pitch that could be utilized for other sports as well, a splash pad, basketball courts, bocce courts, a spring track, a trail for walking and running, new play and exercise equipment and ropes course. New lighting and stormwater systems would also be installed, along with a net of 96 new trees.

A $27 million park improvement bond approved by the council in 2017 set aside $1 million for Kincaide Park; the bond will be paid for with hotel tax receipts, which Quincy collects when guests stay overnight in a hotel or motel in the city.

Based on community feedback, Koch proposed bigger changes for the field earlier this year, and proposed paying for them with the $5.3 million bond the council is now considering, which would be paid out of the general fund.

Ward 4 Councillor Brian Palmucci said the 5.2-acre park is underutilized, with existing facilities that are often empty. The proposal before the council, he said, would draw in people from all walks of life.

“It’s an incredibly underutilized area in the city…this really just reimagines it in an enormous way that brings people in from the community – all sorts of people from the community,” Palmucci said. “It’s very impressive.”

Councillor Noel DiBona said he understood the need to improve Kincaide Park, but was concerned about how much the city would borrow in the near future to pay for other capital improvements, including new seawalls and a public safety headquarters. DiBona proposed cutting $4 million from the bond request, leaving $2.3 million to renovate Kincaide between the bond under consideration and the one already approved.

“I feel that in a time like this we have to be a little bit more on the conservative side when it comes to appropriating funding, especially when it comes to bonding,” he said.

In response to those concerns, Chris Walker, Koch’s chief of staff, said the city has applied for six grants to pay for part of the project’s cost and is eying additional ones as well. He was optimistic, but not certain, the city would receive a grant of up to $1.2 million from the state for the project; the other grants would be from private foundations. Walker said the grants could pay for between 25 and 50 percent of the project cost.

Councillors rejected the proposed cut in a 5-3 vote, with Ian Cain and Brad Croall joining DiBona in favor of it. William Harris, Kirsten Hughes, Anne Mahoney and David McCarthy joined Palmucci in voting against the cut. Nina Liang was absent from the meeting.

The 5-3 vote to pass the item out of committee would be along the same lines.

Mahoney said the park project could help improve the surrounding neighborhood as a whole.

“You could actually see growth from more than just a park, because you would be reinvigorating, reimagining and reinventing an area that has been left to kind of fall in on top of itself,” she said. “There are families over there that are trying to really reinvent this area, but they need help and this is how you do it.”

McCarthy said the neighborhood has been neglected over the years, with projects in other parts of the city given higher priority.

“It know it’s a lot of money, but that area is way overdue,” he said.

Harris said he would support the project because it has the backing of Palmucci, the neighborhood’s ward councillor.

“I believe in supporting the ward councillors in their areas because they’ve supported me,” he said.

Cain, the finance committee chairman, said the city needs to do a better job of prioritizing projects.

“You can’t just keeping going on using daddy’s credit card. That’s just not the way it goes,” Cain said. “Sometimes you actually have to sit back and say, ‘this is more important than that, people need this more than that.’ Nobody is doing that.”

Croall, the council president, asked if the mayor would be open to using other sources of funding to pay for the project. Croall suggested the city could use the $4.7 million it has in state-certified free cash, money from the Community Preservation Committee, or $2 million he said is now available in hotel tax receipts.

“There is some funding in play that lies outside the taxpayers’ pocketbook,” Croall said.

Walker said he would be willing to look into using money from those sources between Tuesday’s meeting and the council’s next session on Nov. 26.

“I would obviously be happy to spend the next two weeks working with Councillor Palmucci, working with our team, to see what potential is there for other funding sources in addition to what we have in front of us today,” Walker said.

Cain then asked Palmucci if he would amenable to tabling the discussion until Nov. 26. Palmucci said he wanted the item voted out of committee but could wait until the next meeting for a final vote on the matter.

“My vote wouldn’t change based on where the money comes from,” Palmucci said. “I’m on board with what folks are saying, but I support it either way.”

Councillors did approve one amendment, offered by Palmucci, before voting the bond order out of committee. The amendment states any other funding source the city receives for the project would be deducted from the total amount borrowed against the general fund.

That amendment was approved in a 7-1 vote, with Croall opposed.

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Anthony J. Boyle, 33

Anthony J. Boyle, age 33, a lifelong Quincy resident, died unexpectedly, Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at home.

Anthony J. Boyle

Anthony J. Boyle

He was born, raised and educated in Quincy and graduated from Quincy High School, Class of 2003. He studied business at Becker College in Worcester and University of South Carolina Aiken.

Anthony was an avid sports enthusiast. He excelled in baseball, football and basketball. Anthony played baseball at both Becker College and University of South Carolina Aiken.

He was a kind man who was devoted to his family and friends.

Beloved son of Dorothy A. Boyle of Quincy. Devoted brother of Matthew R. Boyle and his wife Melanie, Amanda A. Boyle, and Kevin F. Boyle, all of Quincy. Loving uncle of Adelyn, Alanna, and Matthew. Dear grandson of Frances E. (Hicks) Boyle of Quincy and the late Joseph G. Boyle. Nephew of Joanne M. Simpson of New Hampshire and Patricia A. “Patty” Stewart of Quincy.

Anthony is survived by many cousins, including April Stewart, Devin Stewart, Gianna Stewart, Mike Boyle, Patrick Boyle, and Ryan Boyle. Anthony is also survived by his extended family: Richard T. “Rick” Egan of New Hampshire, Robert Egan, Terry Egan, Rene Egan, all of Boston, the late John Egan, and the late Irene Egan.

Funeral from the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, Thursday, November 15, at 9 a.m. Funeral Mass in Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy at  10 o’clock. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at the funeral home Wednesday 5 – 8 p.m. Interment Pine Hill Cemetery, West Quincy.

You are invited to visit thesweeneybrothers.com or call 617-472-6344.

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Janet Gray, 78

Janet Gray, 78, of Quincy, died November 9, 2018 following a short illness.  She was the loving daughter of the late John C. and Gertrude (Murray) Gray.

Janet Gray

Janet Gray

Janet was a devoted Catholic and longtime communicant of Holy Trinity Parish in Quincy. She retired from the IRS after many years of service and volunteered for Meals on Wheels.

She enjoyed swimming and spending time in the company of friends and family.

Dear sister of Sheila McLaughlin and her husband Donald of Weymouth and the late John Gray, Lorraine Martin and Donald Gray. Also survived by her canine companion, Sadie, as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Visitation and burial will be private at her request.

Her funeral Mass, to which all are welcome, will be held Wednesday, November 14 at 11:00am in Most Blessed Sacrament Church of Holy Trinity Parish, 1013 Sea Street, in the Houghs Neck section of Quincy.

Assisting the family is Hamel-Lydon Chapel and Cremation Service, HamelLydon.com.

 

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Timothy D. Manning, 36

Timothy D. Manning of Quincy, formerly of Milton, passed away suddenly November 9 at the young age of 36 after a hard fought battle with addiction and depression.

Timothy D. Manning

Timothy D. Manning

Tim was loved by many and will be remembered as a person with an amazing work ethic in both his battle with addiction, as well as in his career. Born in Boston, he was raised in Milton, graduating from Milton High School, Class of 2000, where he played hockey.  Tim went on to receive his Bachelor’s degree in marine engineering from Mass Maritime Academy in 2005. He was presently employed by Jones Lang Lasalle as an engineer at the Boston Harbor Hotel where he had many friends.

Tim’s love of the ocean was enhanced during his days of boating with his family at the South Boston Yacht Club and on the islands of Boston Harbor.

He loved his nieces and nephews, Aidan, Jacqueline, Marty and Delainey with all his heart. They always brought a smile to his face, just as Tim always brought a smile to people wherever he went. He will be sadly missed by his family, friends and coworkers.

Beloved son of William D., Sr. and Deborah M. (Joyce) Manning of Quincy. Loving brother of William D. Manning, Jr. and his wife Jessica of Quincy, Patrick T. Manning and his wife Jennifer of Marshfield and the late baby Daniel Manning.  Devoted uncle of Aidan, Jacqueline, Martin and Delainey.  Grandson of the late William and Mary Manning and Timothy and Nora Joyce.  Also survived by his little buddy Mason Delorey, who loved him like a father.

Visiting hours at the Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home, 326 Granite Ave., Milton, Wednesday from 4-8 pm.  Funeral Mass at St. Agatha Church, Milton, Thursday morning at 10:30.  Burial private.

Donations may be made in Tim’s memory to The Answer House, 5 G St., S. Boston, MA 02127.

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Mildred I. Balzano, 85

Mildred I. “Mick” (Howes) Balzano of Quincy passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at age 85.

Raised and educated in Colorado, she lived in Quincy and the South Shore for 65 years. A strong independent woman who always put her family first, she was known as Wonder Woman to her family. The joy of Mick’s life was spending time with her children and grandchildren.

The beloved wife of John J. “Sonny” Balzano, QPD Ret., she was the devoted loving mother of Patricia Bennett of Boston, Nancy Quigley and her husband Michael of Taunton, John Balzano and his wife Joanne of Brockton, Mary Balzano and her late husband Richard Hawker of Weymouth, Jean Banks and her husband Tim of Pembroke, Karen “Casey” Balzano and her wife Denise of Quincy, Paul Balzano and his wife Cheryl of Weymouth, Kristin McCulloch and her husband Brian of Weymouth and the late Robert Bennett; dear grandmother of twelve; great grandmother of four; and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to visiting hours which will be held on Sunday, November 11 from 2:00 to 5:00PM, immediately followed by Funeral Service at 5:00PM at the Dennis Sweeney Funeral Home 74 Elm St. Quincy Center. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mick’s memory may be made to the South Shore VNA 30 Reservoir Park Dr., Rockland, MA 02370 or the Visiting Nurse Association of Boston 500 Rutherford Ave #200, Charlestown, MA 02129.

 

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