By John Kudlicka
The president of the Board of Aldermen spoke at the Feb. 22 contributors’ meeting of The Somerville News, held at Davis Square’s Mr. Crepe shop.
“Everybody told me that you can’t take things personally when you get into politics, but the second I stop taking things personally, I’m not going to be the alderman anymore,” said Ward 7 Alderman Robert C. Trane.
Trane’s said that development is one of the key issues he is dealing with now. He spoke about both commercial development issues and civic infrastructure problems and solutions.
Regarding the dilapidated public safety building Trane said he “would not want to work there,” but stopped short of suggesting that the building should be immediately evacuated.
“I think it’s an embarrassment more than an emergency. It affects morale. If it isn’t causing sickness, just the idea that it is will psychologically affect people,” he said.
The idea of bringing a jail into Somerville would not be worth the free police station that would come with it, he said. “We’ll get a police station, but we’re going to have to live with a jail for 100 years? I don’t think so,” he said. Trane also said public safety offices in Somerville need to be consolidated into one building.
As Union Square is redeveloped, he said, more options will be open, and with so many different offices in different buildings all over the city, it would be advantageous to move them all into one building.