City Council Round-Up
By Sara Brown
Councillor’s motion sends warning to National Grid
Ward 2 Councillor Ira Novoselsky wants the Dept. of Public Works (DPW) to cease issuing any new street opening permits to National Grid. In a motion at the June 18 City Council meeting, Novoselsky requested that National Grid not be allowed to do new work in the city until all old requests are completed, unless an emergency occurs. “They are getting in over their heads,” he said. “They are overwhelming us.” Novoselsky said National Grid is ripping up streets and sidewalks throughout the city and doing a terrible job of restoring the streets following completion of their projects.
“It’s time we run the show,” he said. “We need to tell National Grid we are their customers and they can’t abuse us.”
Councillor-at-Large Anthony Zambuto worried this would just end up hurting homeowners in the city. “There are other ways to do this,” said Zambuto about sending a message.
However, other councillors agreed with Novoselsky. Vice President Joanne McKenna admitted it’s frustrating to constantly hound National Grid about projects and never hear back from them. “It’s worse for ward councillors,” she said.
Council President Jessica Giannino believed the motion sent a strong message to National Grid. “At what point do we say ‘enough is enough,’” she said.
The motion was sent to Mayor Brian Arrigo’s desk.
Construction moratorium proposed – again
In other business, Councillor-at-Large George Rotondo requested the city to conduct a four-month moratorium on construction of buildings of six units or larger to study the effects of traffic, EMS run times, fires and how it impacts the water system. “We have properties we need to look at,” said Rotondo. Rotondo specifically mentioned Wonderland and said the proposed moratorium would help them decide what kind of development they want to go there.
“We need to tighten up our zoning,” said Rotondo.
Rotondo also worried about traffic in the city, saying when he travels to Boston, it takes him a half hour to just get out of Revere. “That’s crazy,” he said.
Councillor-at-Large Dan Rizzo agreed. “It’s obvious we need to get a handle on our zoning,” he said. “There is no master plan. We need to get a grip on what we are doing with development.”
Zambuto said he is historically against moratoriums but wanted the motion to go into subcommittee to discuss it at length. The motion went to zoning subcommittee.
Certificates of Merit proposed for hero First Responders
Finally, Giannino requested the City Council to award Certificates of Merit to several firefighters for their extraordinary lifesaving actions taken to rescue a resident at the Lee Trailer Park during a fire on May 29. “It’s our job to recognize them when they go above and beyond,” she said.
The next City Council meeting is Monday, June 25, at 6 p.m. The Council Ways & Means subcommittee precedes it at 4 p.m.