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Council approves $1.5M in transfers, additional funding

The City Council on Monday evening approved the transfer of over $1.5 million from the city’s Stabilization Fund to the General Fund for several appropriations, including an additional $351,081.20 for unexpected items, such as a heating/boiler upgrade at the old McKinley School and a memorial for late City Councillor Richard Penta. Of the $1.5 million, approximately $500,000 will go towards the contract negotiation reserve account used for police, fire, DPW and city hall employees while $540,000 will be allocated to the new Regional Communications Center shared by Revere and Winthrop.

Appearing before the Ways & Means Subcommittee, city Finance Director George Anzuoni, City Auditor Laurie Giardella and DPW Director Don Goodwin answered questions pertaining to the additional appropriations.

Councillors voted out favorably to approve $95,756 in additional insurance costs to reflect the increase for the new stadium, the new Hill School and a separate insurance rider for the DPW city yard building.

Councillor-at-Large George Rotondo expressed his concern with funding a dilapidated building which may pose health concerns for the DPW workers and asked Goodwin if money would be better spent on temporary housing such as trailers.

Goodwin said that the mayor has expressed interest in trailers but the costs to add fiber optics and power could pose a problem but “there is something in place” for an off-site facility. “”I’ve been dealing with this issue for 17 years,” said Goodwin on the state of the Charger Street facility, saying funding for new schools and fire stations has come first.

Some councillors stated that the old McKinley School could be used for the DPW’s offices, preferably shared by the School Department.

Ward 6 Councillor Charlie Patch expressed his anxiety with the regional communication center; he felt the city was absorbing the brunt of the funding since Chelsea backed off leaving lone partner Winthrop. Anzuoni stated that the new communication center would result in less liability issues associated with mistakes thanks to new software. The finance director said the city is currently seeking an additional partner as well.

With respect to the additional funding, also approved to the DPW: $25,000 each for unanticipated costs for Beachmont School electrical supply line work, unanticipated costs to upgrade the heating/boilers at old McKinley School, unanticipated tree removal and unanticipated outside legal fees to the city solicitor. Underestimated street lighting costs had $100K approved. The Election Department received $60K for the October special election; $4,500 went for the Health Department budget submission for omitted office supplies, and $825 went for a memorial for late Councillor Penta.



HONORING GEORGE V. COLELLA: If you’ve ever met the late George Colella, former mayor, city councillor, and school committeeman, he always had a smile to offer along with some advice. For myself, publishing and covering the Revere city council for close to 25 years, he told me that I would never have a bad day as a long as I quoted him in my council stories. It wasn’t that I didn’t have a choice since prior to his passing, Councillor Colella always had something to say on almost every subject before the council – and that was a good thing since he was truly the dean of the council. On Monday evening, his daughters, Jennifer Colella Martelli and Joan Colella Bullock, (sister Liz Colella Kirk was out of state), spoke in favor of a motion by the city council to place a plaque at the entrance to city hall honoring their father who served the city for over 50 years. Colella passed away only six years ago and his family, along with many of his supporters and political friends and foes alike feel such an honor is due. We wholeheartedly agree.


POLICE DEPT. TOY DRIVE UNDERWAY: The Revere Police Toy Drive is underway to help needy families in Revere during the Christmas season. If you can help, please bring a new, unwrapped toy to Revere Police Headquarters at 400 Revere Beach Pkwy., or the Police Substation at 6 Pleasant Street. If you are in need of assistance or wish to make a donation, contact Lee Nugent at 781-656-1109 or Patricia Ciulla at 781-284-1212. Shown  below, making a donation at the Substation on Pleasant St. recently was Revere City Clerk Ashley Melnick along with Revere Patrolman Jerry Salvati and ret. RPD Lieut. Carl Borgioli.


WITH HEAVY HEART: Revere mourns the passing of a family matriarch, Camille Festa, wife of Revere developer Joseph Festa and mother to John Festa and his family. Our deepest condolences go out to such a wonderful family who has served Revere so well. A moment of silence was offered by the Revere City Council on the news of her passing on Monday evening. May she rest in peace. - JDM


Mass Badge, City host Annual Thanksgiving Dinner at VFW


The crew taking a break, from left Mark Martelli, Jim and Lillian Guido, Councillors John Powers and Bob Haas, Daveen, Joseph and Mayor Brian Arrigo, Senator Joe Boncore, Commander of Post 4525 Dennis Moschella, and Joe Maglione.


City celebrates Christmas at Annual City Hall Tree Lighting Ceremony


Mayor Arrigo and family Daveen and Joseph, join the rest of his family the Bellia’s, Anthony, Kimberly, Gianni and Dominic and you know Frosty and Rudolph.


RHS JROTC Drill Competition at Revere High School Field House


Waiting for the competition to start, RHS Cadets, Justin ViarellaJacob Cacicio, David Salmeron, Aaron Curty and Paul Vaudo.


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