To the Editor:
I am a concerned resident of the Mattapoisett Housing Authority apartments at Village Court. For the past several months, I have been listening to the Housing Authority Board members reasons why the implementation of a no smoking policy has not been able to move forward. Blame has been placed on the “state” and the Boston Department of Community Housing Development. It has recently come to my attention that several other Housing authorities have implemented such a ban. They include Worcester, Fitchburg and New Bedford.
Besides the fact that smoking is a health hazard, we recently had a waste basket fire caused by an improperly disposed cigarette which forced residents into the cold weather. It could have been worse and heaven forbid, it could happen again and spread into other parts of the building!
I am not sure why the Housing Authority Board is dragging this out … perhaps it is their lack of concern since all, but for one member, reside in this community!
If other Authorities can work “diligently” on passing smoking bans, I can only wonder why this Authority cannot do the same? I do not wish to be subjected to second-hand smoke and neither do I wish the same for the elderly residents of Village Court!
Stephanie Mitchell, Mattapoisett
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