Fmr Alderman Rodney Barker: Yates is a zoning whiz
I am writing this letter in support of the re-election of Brian Yates as Alderman at Large, Ward 5.
I have known Brian from many years and have continued to be amazed at this dedication to our city and to his role as an Alderman. I first knew Brian, when I was Chair of the Zoning and Planning Committee of the Board of Alderman in the late 1980s. He became Chair when I left the Board in 1991 and continued as Chair until 2007. A list of Brian’s accomplishments as a member the Board of Alderman and in particular as Chair and member of Zoning and Planning Committee would impress anyone. However, at this time I would like to address and commend his work in the area of historic preservation. He had a leading role in getting approval of the Auburndale, Chestnut Hill and Newtonville Historic Districts. He worked with Barney Frank’s office to get the Jackson Homestead included on the underground Railroad National Network of Freedom and has championed the use of CPA funds to restore the Civil War Soldier’s Monument in Newton Cemetery.
As a member of the Historical Commission I look to him to advise and assist on historic preservation issues. In addition, he has enormous knowledge and memory of Newton life in the areas of alternative energy, open space and economic development.
I strongly commend Brian for re-election.
His immense experience and energy will be of continuing importance to the city