“The fact that there is a city contractor providing services to the mayor is deeply disturbing,” said Laplante, who is considering challenging Lantigua in September's preliminary election, when Lantigua will seek a second four-year-term. “He needs to respond as to why these contractors are doing what they're doing at the time they're doing it. What's that mean to the rest of the people in the city? You'd see a lot of anger raised from other citizens of this city who haven't seen their streets plowed.”
Laplante represents District F, which includes the Lantigua/Ortega home on Boxford Street.
City Councilor Daniel Rivera said Lantigua should have found another company to plow his driveway. Rivera declared his candidacy for mayor last week.
“If he paid the guy to do it, I'm not sure it's against the law, but it creates an appearance of impropriety,” Rivera said. “What's a contractor going to say if he's asked to provide a service to the mayor?”