The Enterprise held its first Virtual Town Hall on Facebook Live with Ward 5 City Councilor Anne Beauregard on Thursday afternoon. Brockton residents used the Facebook Live event to submit questions to Beauregard in real time about issues in the community. One of the most popular topics was potholes.
BROCKTON – A member of the Brockton City Council sat down with The Enterprise for the first-ever Virtual Town Hall held online by the newspaper via Facebook Live.
Ward 5 City Councilor Anne Beauregard came to The Enterprise on Thursday afternoon for the Virtual Town Hall, taking questions from the online Facebook chat and also from emails sent to the newspaper, as curated by a reporter.
One of the most popular subjects that came up was potholes. Beauregard was asked by several residents in her ward about the city’s progress on patching up the streets. “When will the city start filling all the potholes?” one viewer wrote in.
“Well, the city does fill the potholes,” Beauregard said. “You can call me or email or contact the DPW. I will say that we have a tremendous amount of traffic, and a tremendous amount of trucks. It wears and tears, including with the terrible weather we have, so it just damages the structures of the roads more frequently than if we lived in Florida or the Caribbean or something like that.”
Another viewer emailed in asking about Anawan Street being repaved, calling the road “extremely bumpy” and in need of getting fixed. Beauregard said Anawan Street is still classified as a private way, which complicates the situation. Beauregard said contractors sometimes build roads as private ways because there is less red tape involved. But the roads classified as private don’t get maintained by the city in the same way as public ways, leading residents on such streets to work through a lengthy bureaucratic process to get them re-classified as public.
“I’m working on addressing that so that the individuals who live on these streets don’t have to go through so many steps to have their streets become public ways,” said Beauregard, who also lives on Anawan Street, and grew up on the east side of the city. “Once they become public ways, they become paved.”
Beauregard was also asked about work that was needed on Budd Avenue.
“That one I’m going to call tomorrow on,” she said.
One person emailed in, stating that taxes are too high, seeking Beauregard’s reaction.
“People will always say they are too high,” Beauregard said. “They are too high for retired people. They are too high for young families.”
Other issues that came up included police staffing, the amount of proper playing fields in the city, and code enforcement.
At one point, a Facebook user asked Beauregard, would she would ever run for mayor?
“You never know,” said Beauregard, now in her second two-year term on City Council.
The full video can be seen on “The Enterprise of Brockton” Facebook page.
If any other elected officials from the city of Brockton would like to partake in a future Virtual Town Hall, they should contact The Enterprise by writing an email to email@example.com.
Beauregard also let viewers know where they can reach her. Constituents can contact Beauregard by phone at 774-297-4939, leaving a name and phone number on the voicemail, or by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beauregard said she was happy to the be the first elected official to participate in a Virtual Town Hall held by The Enterprise, taking questions from the public for about 50 minutes straight.
“I appreciate the fact that I’m kicking it off,” she said.