Joe Tully Jr. would probably still be showing up for work every day at 971 Mammoth Road, but a massive stroke shortened his career as director of the Dracut Housing Authority.
Tully is still a very popular guy around town, and although the effects of the stroke continue to challenge him, with the help of a dedicated family and loyal friends, he still gets around the town he loves so much.
Sept. 19 at 10 a.m. will be a very proud moment for Joe and his family as the large pond at 971 Mammoth Road will be named for him. The pond is a very important feature of this seniors development, and for many years Tully would sit and have lunch with senior citizens at the pond. Our best wishes to Joe and his family for this very special and well-deserved honor.
One of major initiatives pushed by Tully while he was director of the Housing Authority was the acquisition on 1476 Mammoth Road, also known as Louisburg Square.
With the support of selectmen Joe DiRocco and Bob Cox, and former selectman Jim Gookin, he worked hard to build support for the project and despite setbacks along the way, the acquisition is about to become a reality. The town hasn’t seen new senior housing in decades, so the 38 units should have a significant impact.
Since taking over nearly a year ago, Mary Karabatsos, the new Housing Authority director, has kept the project moving forward. The upgrades to the project will be paid for through a grant by the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). Work on the site should begin next June, and is expected to be completed in four to six months.
It’s a great effort that combines community-preservation funds, a state match, grant money and gives the town 38 units toward its Chapter 40B obligation.
The Housing Authority has also been successful in acquiring DHCD funds for siding replacement on its 901 Mammoth Road property.
Rep. Colleen Garry and Sen. Sue Tucker have shown once again they have what it takes to get things done on Beacon Hill.
After a request from the Board of Selectmen, our two legislators have gained authorization for $1.5 million as part of a general government bond to help the town with ADA compliance issues at Town Hall. Although the funds are not yet appropriated, the town would be able to apply for the money when a local solution is reached. Also included in the bond is funds for a boat ramp at Lake Masscupic.
The Town Hall funds could become critical if the town decides to move forward on a new Town Hall from within its budget.