My name is Brad Farmer and I am the resident of Quincy who wrote a letter to the editor last month about the lack of response I received from local officials as it pertained to having a sidewalk placed at our church due to erosion issues.
Since that time I am sad to report that lack of response has remained much the same. I also inquired to our public works department about having the Eastern Cemetery cleaned up for two weeks and emailed a prominent city official, and was told they were unavailable and would have a supervisor reach out to me. This supervisor conversation did not take place.
The Eastern Cemetery is hosting a Medal Of Honor Ceremony on March 18th at 12:30 PM and I felt it important to have the grounds looking fresh for such an honor, especially since so many out-of-towners would be attending. With no response, I took it upon myself on 3/11/17 to remove two bags of trash, 2 piles of landscape debris and removed the mildew from the front entrance and repainted a signpost to make the cemetery look presentable.
The Quincy Chief of Police, Glen Sapp, pulled into the cemetery and asked what I was doing. I explained to him about the ceremony; he took my information and stated he understood that what I was doing was for the greater good of the city. While I enjoyed meeting Mr. Sapp and discussing the big event coming to our town, it is a shame that the first person from our city who was willing to listen to me was someone who could have had the power to arrest me for it.
Here is to better accountability and follow-up from our elected and appointed officials, and until that happens, I accept responsibility for cleaning up our common areas for the enjoyment of our residents.
I invite everyone in the City of Quincy to William Corry's Medal Of Honor ceremony March 18th at 12:30 in the Eastern Cemetery. The ceremony and the cemetery will look magnificent.