In May of 2015, The Newton Democratic City Committee thanked Lisle for his years of service as the chairman of the Ward 7 Democratic Committee:
Lisle has often been involved on behalf of citizens with a problem, for example, Brackett Road.
Bracket Road residents Gayle Ehrlich and Howard Barnstone wrote:
"As residents of Brackett Road in Ward Seven we called upon Alderman Baker to facilitate a contentious matter to a successful resolution acceptable to the City and the residents of Brackett Road.
"The issue involved a tree on a city berm on Brackett Road where there was a dispute regarding the removal of the tree. Alderman Baker engaged all parties involved - Brackett Road residents, Newton officials, and others concerned with the removal of the tree. Alderman Baker, over a 6 month time span, spent much time and energy mediating the heated situation, providing creative solutions and positive encouragement to find a solution to this matter. Alderman Baker spent many hours speaking with residents of Brackett Road and city officials, directing the parties to each successive step in order to bring closure to the dispute. As a result of Alderman Baker's effort, it was agreed that 12 new, privately funded trees were planted on Brackett Road while the disputed tree was removed. This favorable outcome would not have been achieved without Alderman Baker's tireless effort to bring the town and the street together.
"Throughout this difficult process Alderman Baker always proceeded in a fair and objective manner, considering all aspects of the issue and guiding it to its ultimate positive resolution. We applaud Alderman Baker for his perseverance and positive attitude throughout this difficult situation. He is an outstanding advocate for the welfare of the community."
Howard Barnstone & Gayle Ehrlich, Brackett Road
Other citizens have worked with Lisle over time.
"While having to deal with these substantial matters Lisle has always attended to and provided time and energy to respond patiently and effectively to the complaints of individual constituents.
"Newton is a better place for Lisle's presence and commitment and we must maintain the same."
H. Day and Catherine V. Brigham, Reservoir Avenue
"We have known Alderman Lisle Baker for at least twenty years. In that time, we have found many reasons to commend and to thank him. He is a voice of reason in this city. Not only are we grateful for his contributions to the Newton city government, but he has always given us timely and accurate advice on city-related matters of concern to us personally.
"For example, we have been exposed, as have many Newton residents, to zoning and building permit controversies. Lisle has unfailingly helped us determine the best course of action. As another example: at our request, Lisle referred us to legislators who might help implement a captioned telephone system in Massachusetts, which would be of great help to the hearing disabled, including one of us. He did not stop with a simple recommendation, but also took the time to contact these people personally.
"Lisle is a knowledgeable, thorough, intelligent and approachable person. He is one of those admirable people who are capable of resolving issues and also care enough to do so."
Letters to the Editor, The Newton TAB:
To the Editor:
"In summary, he has served in outstanding fashion as Ward 7 Alderman for twenty years, and we hope he will continue to serve for many more."
Sarah and Octo Barnett
Letters to the Editor, The Newton TAB:
"As Chairman of the Newton Community Preservation Committee, I have had an opportunity to work with Alderman Baker through the his role on the Ad Hoc Committee on Community Preservation which has reviewed all of the recommendations proposed for funding under the Community Preservation Act. Alderman Baker is thorough and thoughtful in his review of our proposals. His efforts assure that every project funded through the Community Preservation Act meets our high goals for Newton's community preservation efforts.
"I am also a Ward 7 resident and constituent of Alderman Baker's. He has been a knowledgeable and effective advocate for our neighborhood's needs within the wider Newton community."
R. Lisle Baker
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