Retired Weymouth Police Officer Edward Hancock has said he wants to continue his lifelong commitment to public service by getting elected to the District 6 City Council seat on November 2.
“After serving the city for over 23 years, I want to see changes in the neighborhood,” he said.
Hancock retired from the police service in March 2020; his duties included 16 years of service as a K-9 officer.
The National Association of Police Organizations awarded Hancock an honorable “Top Cop” mention in March 2008 for his arrest of 20-year-old Ryan Bois in connection with the murder of his cousin Joanna Mullins in August 2007.
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Hancock said his duties as a police officer helped him get to know the residents and neighborhoods.
“I used to plow the streets in winter as a subcontractor,” he said. “I will not plow if I am on the Council because that would be a conflict of interest.”
The District 6 seat is occupied by Councilor Brian Dwyer, whose colleagues appointed him to serve the remaining 19 months of former Councilor Michael Smart’s two-year term.
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Dwyer could not be reached on whether he intended to run for office.
City Clerk Kathleen Deree said Dwyer did not return the nomination papers with the required 100 signatures from constituents in District 6. The deadline for returning papers is Tuesday August 3 and the last day to collect papers is Friday July 30.
Deree said South Weymouth resident John Abbot had requested nomination papers to run for the District 6 seat.
Hancock says safety of Columbian Square is a top priority
Hancock said creating safe traffic lanes must be done to make the business district safer for drivers and pedestrians.
“It would be my number one priority,” he added. “We also need to beautify the place to make it more attractive to people who eat in restaurants and go to businesses. We must make safety an absolute priority because of the ambulances that go to the South Shore hospital. “
Hancock said traffic to the hospital has increased over the past decade with the creation of additional medical programs, including a cancer treatment center in conjunction with the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
“There is also a higher traffic flow in the square with the widening of Route 18,” he said. “It should be over soon. When this is done, the traffic will be better. “
Hancock said he was hopeful that a mitigation payment deal could be reached with Union Point developer Brookfield Properties to fund improvements to Columbian Square.
“L Star (former Union Point developer) was committed to it, but they couldn’t allocate funds,” he said.
Hancock says business growth is needed at Union Point
Hancock said finding ways to boost business development at Union Point was crucial to increasing the city’s commercial property tax revenues.
“I want to see more stores,” he said. “There are several liquor licenses that might be available there if they want to see a bit of dinner or more nightlife.”
Hancock said building more condos or apartment complexes would drain more water from Weymouth’s wells and the Great Pond Reservoir.
“We then had to determine whether to tap into the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA), and another pipeline would have to come in, and we had to figure out how to redirect the water,” he said. the price of water would increase “.
Brookfield Properties has previously identified the MWRA or the Aquaria plant in Dighton via Brockton as two potential water sources for Union Point.
Hancock appointed to Weymouth Housing Authority
Hancock said his appointment to the Weymouth Housing Authority’s Council of Commissioners by Mayor Robert Hedlund “keeps me intact with the city” and allows him to help people in need of affordable housing.
“District 6 has affordable housing in Fulton school residences,” he said. “I don’t see it as a conflict of interest if I am elected.”
Hancock said his appointment as commissioner was based in part on his membership in the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 4.
“I was a crane operator for Local 4 through an apprenticeship,” he added. “The board needed a member from Local 4 because the last union member who belonged to Local 103 has retired. Its seat has become vacant and Bob Hedlund appointed me to this position last year for a five-year term.