By Rosalie Tirella
One day District 4 City Councilor Barbara Haller got a call from a constituent. The person lived in Main South and was annoyed as hell. There was a cleaning company across the street power washing/vacuuming the wall-to-wall carpeting in the apartment building across the street. Trouble was the power vacuum’s big hose was being run up the side of the building – not taken inside to do the job – so all the vacuuming (and crap being sucked up) was whooshing and brrr-brr-ing in the middle of the neighborhood – for everybody to hear.
Haller went to check it out. God! What a racket! The truck and its machine were loud. Haller could see why the neighbors were so upset. Then she made the classic Barbara Haller move – she went up to the truck, poked her head inside its window and yanked the plug out. The noise stopped; the machine stopped. The neighborhood was peaceful again. “I didn’t know I was going to do that until I got there,” Haller says.
The guys running the machinery ran out to see what was going one – and got miffed at hands-on Haller. Haller called Building and Code on her mobile phone – and after some negotiating, the City of Worcester made the company install mufflers on its giant vacuum cleaner. Thank you, Building and Code. Thank you, Barbara Haller.
One autumn day Haller sees a guy – obviously drunk – sprawled out on a Piedmont neighborhood street. He is scrawny, unshaved and sporting an unhealthy complexion. Haller, a dumpling shaped 60 year old, parks her little SUV by the curb and jumps out. She walks up to the guy, looks down on him. The guy – even in his drunken stupor – recognizes Haller. With a sigh he acknowledges this apparition. In an exasperated tone of voice he says, “I’m fine, Barbara Haller. I’m fine.” He waves her away. Haller is uncomfortable with this. But the guy tells her he can stay on the curb if he wants. He is annoyed. “Barbara Haller,” he says again and then falls back on the sidewalk again.
Seems everyone in District 4 knows their city councilor. Continue reading Feelin’ stronger every day! District 4 City Councilor Barbara Haller has been at her job since 2002 – and she’s still lovin’ it!