Thursday, January 21, 2016

WDT: Butler suggests DANC’s involvement in Watertown’s housing issues

    The Development Authority has for some time been participating in housing issues.
     I had appointed a senior DANC staffer to the Planning Board. The Authority has participated in in-fill housing and rehab programs.
      The matter of zombies is something the Mayor had some good ideas on during last year when he suggested actively pursuing banks holding on to these properties.
       There also has long been DANC involvement in the drafting of the proposed rental registration law.
        Then there's involvement in projects like Mercy which resulted in a large reduction of blight.
        The partnerships have long been there and the solution will take time and market forces as well as public policy decisions.
Watertown Daily Times | Butler suggests DANC’s involvement in Watertown’s housing issues

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sure, let's get DANC to fix a problem they helped create.

Is anyone acknowledging that we massively overbuilt housing that was largely funded with tax incentives?

Anonymous said...

DANC has wreaked enough havoc in this area for decades.
This is a city issue and should be dealt with as such.
No need to involve that oligopoly!

ray lear said...

Yes Jeff, but most sheep don't follow it like you. They will think the part timer has pulled another big one out of the hat. Spend that tax money! That's the answer.

Anonymous said...

Butler was the GOP candidate. DANC is the GOP. It all ties together in a neat, little package.

Why not involve Bernier-Carr too?

Anonymous said...

Didn't he run on the zombi fix ? If all he planned on doing was turning the problem over to someone else, it's interesting that didn't come out prior to the election.

Maybe he can outsource the entire mayor's job. I wonder what it pays? $15.00 and hour?

ray lear said...

I stewed on this all day. Isn't Mayor Butler in banking too? Doesn't he know that most of the empty houses around town belong to banks? Banks that until the market picks up, are not going to give the places away. It seems just like telling Steve Martin in the Jerk when he was a carnie. You look people in the eye and say, "We have nothing in this junk when we give it away after some dumb ass gets his weight guessed for $10.00.". The Jerk looks around.... "O I see, it's a profit thing!". No one is going to sell a home right now without getting their money back and some extra. Not even the banks. If that's the policy where he works, remind me not to keep money there.

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't expect anything less for the GOP RINO's around here. Free stuff to beggars means more influence and power over beggars, by the unelected unaccountable shadow government.

Anonymous said...

It takes a lot to be a bigger turd in the punch bowl than Jennings, but it didn't take Butler long to do it. Congrats!

Anonymous said...

So lets see, the paper of record pushed for this guy and the owner of the paper of record is a board member of DANC and now Butler wants to do some deals with DANC. Will these deals he makes with DANC be made public or will they be like his meeting with the fire department?

Anonymous said...

Ray you foolish man...banks sell houses at a loss every business day. The problem is that they don't take a lot of interest in doing that quickly and your party of democrats passed laws to make it harder for the big bad banks to take a house back just because the poor owners didn't pay the mortgage.

Ray said...

9.28 heck into it all. Half the zombie houses in Watertown are in default from V.A. loans. This means they will sit in courts for years to clear. I didn't pull it out of my butt. Mayor Butler knows all of it. He is just (as one other here said) playing the cards he hand in his hand. He was ready to play this game. I laugh at any of you who thought this guy was new and different. Same old behind the black door stuff. Jeff warned all of you several times some back door stuff was in the works and everyone laughed. Told you so doesn't cover it all.

Anonymous said...

Raymond, please make up your tiny psychotic mind. First you said the banks won't foreclose and sell the houses because they dodn't want to take the loss in this down market. When I corre3ct you, you change your tune. You pull it out of your butt, contradict yourself and agree with me about the court system (AKA laws) are a contributing factor.

As far as the new guy being a terrible choice...I agree with that,as many other voters did too. You are not the only one who voted for Graham. I donated handsomely to Grahams campaign. How much did you donate?

Anonymous said...

I think this might be the start of the new "Mayor from the Right" along with support of the Republican assistant's idea for "gentrifying Watertown. You know-simply GET RID OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAVE UGLY HOMES! You see, DANC will provide "Low Cost Loans" to "those" people who can't even AFFORD TO TAKE ANY KIND OF LOAN to fix up their home. Then, when they can't pay it back-the foreclosure will let the city either tear it down, fix it up and sell it to WHO SHOULD HAVE IT-someone from "THEIR class of people!
Watch the clever new Mayor at work inspired by fellow CRONIES!

Ray said...

Can tell you I gave him what I could afford and he said thanks. It's all a big combo of bull crap and you know it. Zombie houses, bed bugs, looking for more government hand outs to spend, dog this\that, changing people's hoods to suit them, getting rid of the past, and in general failing. Stay off the bridges and realize I could care less on other's thoughts. I know even a few weeks in, voting was rigged to make a change for a certain crowd. Hope more money in their pockets helps them sleep better. Hope four years is enough for them.

Anonymous said...

10:24, your party of donkeys has a 50+ year head start on the welfarification of Watertown.