MAYOR RIZZO MEETS WITH CONGRESSMAN MARKEY TO DISCUSS ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION, AND SEWER RATES IN REVERE
October 16, 2012
Rep. Markey has helped secure $53.5 million dollars worth of federal and state grants to build the newly opened Wonderland Intermodal Transit Center. In addition, Rep. Markey helped secure $20 million dollars from the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program to build a plaza and pedestrian bridge linking Wonderland MBTA Station and Revere Beach.
Rep. Markey stated, “I look forward to continuing to support the revitalization of Revere and Waterfront Square, and partnering with Mayor Rizzo on these efforts. With over $70 million of public investment, these two public works projects will attract private investment, create new jobs, and spur economic growth in the City. The parking lots around the MBTA station will be transformed into a transit-oriented, dynamic mixed-use development that will put the Wonder back into Wonderland.”
Mayor Rizzo and Rep. Markey also discussed water and sewer rates for the City. The Mayor’s office receives calls daily from constituents concerned by their growing water bill. Revere is currently under a Consent Decree from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) that requires the City to make improvements to its aging sanitary sewer and drainage systems. The City must make capital improvements to the City’s municipal water, sewer and drainage infrastructure over the next ten years in order to meet state and federal regulations. These improvements are mandated by law, and if these guidelines are not met, the City will be forced to pay fines and eventually to complete the work as required.
To address the growing concern regarding the water and sewer rates, Mayor Rizzo’s administration is educating the public on the requirements of the EPA Consent Decree and on ways to reduce water and sewer costs. In addition, the City is in the process of evaluating available technologies that will help businesses and residents monitor and reduce overall water usage.