, Gloucester, MA

Latest Cape Ann News

February 18, 2013

Councilors wary of Y talk on Fuller

Members wary of talks with YMCA

City councilors, wary of both the Fuller school building’s current state and its future, are calling for an official report from the mayor on the building’s destiny.

A City Council discussion of the city having lacked a full emergency shelter during the past weekend’s blizzard led one councilor, Bruce Tobey, to question just what is going on and will go on at the Fuller building, which had served as the city’s usual location for an emergency shelter. City Councilor Greg Verga agreed and made an official request for a formal report from Mayor Carolyn Kirk.

The city took over responsibility for the Fuller building in January, when the School Committee declared the structure surplus property, and since then, speculation has swirled around the city possibly looking to cut a deal and sell the building to the Cape Ann Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA).

”It’s only fair that, if there are these conversations going on with a nonprofit entity, that the public should know about it and at least the council should know about it,” Verga said in an interview Friday.

City councilors had voted in December to put the Fuller building’s potential fate on a non-binding referendum question on the next ballot coming in November. Now, councilors want to know if there have been talks between the mayor’s office and the YMCA that could subvert the referendum, or any of the other options, which have included use as public safety building, or as a revitalized and perhaps consolidated school facility.

If there have been talks, Verga asked, “Then why are we wasting time on another option when one winner has already been chosen to be the recipient?”

The ballot question that city councilors approved, with only councilor Joe Ciolino opposing, was first vetoed by the mayor before councilors overrode that veto.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Latest Cape Ann News

Pictures of the Week
Your news, your way
Comments Tracker
AP Video Network
Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN