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Mayor Sarno and City Officials Join with Indian Orchard Citizens Council for Neighborhood Walk

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Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Chief Development Officer Tim Sheehan, Building Commissioner Steve Desilets, Director of Disaster Recovery Tina Quagliato Sullivan and city officials joined with Ward 8 City Councilor Zaida Govan and members from the Indian Orchard Citizens Council for a neighborhood walk along Main Street in Indian Orchard today as part of the Sarno Administrations continued efforts hearing directly from our neighborhoods as part of the City of Springfield’s ARPA Neighborhood Economic Recovery Fund. Some local residents and businesses came out to join the walk and shared their appreciation and thanks to Mayor Sarno, Councilor Govan, the Indian Orchard Citizens Council and the city team for taking the time to walk the neighborhood and see what enhancements could be considered to help with traffic, beautification aspects, storefront façade improvements and open space improvements to the parks and waterfront areas.

Other city officials present for the neighborhood walk included City Forester Alex Sherman, Principal Planner Alvin Allen, City Engineers Vladimir Caceres and Peter Shumway, Project Manager Marcos Gonzalez and Communications Director William Baker.  Students from the UMass Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning Design Studio, led by Frank Sleegers and Michael DiPasquale, also attended. 

Mayor Sarno stated, “Our neighborhoods are the lifeline of our city, providing much needed services, outreach and insight to the specific needs of our residents and business community.  I want to thank the Indian Orchard Citizens Council (IOCC), especially IOCC President and Ward 8 City Councilor Zaida Govan for taking time to meet and walk the neighborhood with my dedicated city and I.  The creation of the ARPA Neighborhood Economic Recovery Fund comes as a direct result from my community and neighborhood council meetings that I held last year.  In total we met with over 30 neighborhood councils and organizations to hear their ideas on how we can work together to enhance our neighborhoods for the betterment of our residents and business community.”

IOCC President and Ward 8 City Councilor Zaida Govan said, "The IOCC was so happy to host the Mayor and his administration today in Indian Orchard. We have a wonderful community out here and we are glad the Mayor is doing what he can to support our efforts.  We look forward to the plum trees we’re getting out here and all the support our small businesses and residents will be getting."

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