• Everett,  Featured News,  January 11 2019

    Richard Dell Isola unanimously voted City Council President

    By Brendan Clogston   As family members and friends packed the City Council Chambers on Monday night, the City Council unanimously voted to appoint Richard Dell Isola as City Council President for the 2019 Legislative Session at their organizational meeting. It will be the councillor’s first time holding the gavel after eight years on the City Council. After taking his seat at the head of the City Council, Dell Isola thanked his colleagues for their support and called for councillors to come together as a team to meet the challenges and changes facing Everett in 2019, which among other things will see the opening of the $2.4 billion Encore Boston…

  • Everett,  January 4 2019

    City government disputes reports of $300K settlement

    By The Advocate   City officials are disputing a press report alleging that the city made a secret $300,000 settlement for a harassment dispute at the Wellness Center. The Everett Leader Herald has been reporting that an employee of the Wellness Center, after having been harassed this year, received a $300,000 settlement which had been personally negotiated by Mayor Carlo DeMaria. City officials, while acknowledging that a harassment case had occurred this year, stated that the claims of $300,000 were a fabrication. “It does not exist,” said Assistant City Solicitor Keith Slattery. “The story is not true in any way shape or form. … There are no negotiations, there are…

  • Everett,  January 4 2019

    Dell Isola secures votes for City Council presidency

    By The Advocate   Reportedly, Councillor-at-Large Richard Dell Isola, 58, has secured enough votes from his colleagues to become the 2019 City Council president. If his support holds, he will be appointed at the City Council’s next meeting on Monday, January 7. If he succeeds, it will be his first time serving in the role. He has eight years of experience on the City Council. Dell Isola has named a number of priorities for the 2019 session, not the least of which is carefully steering the ship of development as Encore Boston Harbor comes online this summer. “The casino is going to be opening up, and there are a lot…

  • Everett,  January 4 2019

    Asst. Solicitor believes proposed inspections ordinance change unenforceable

    By The Advocate   After taking the issue up again at its December 26 meeting, the City Council is no closer to finding a compromise on a proposed change to the city’s habitability inspections ordinance, with public safety officials no less fearful of the change’s impacts and the city solicitor no less concerned that the amendment might not even be enforceable. The City Council has been considering an amendment to its habitability inspections ordinance since May. Principally sponsored by Councillor-at-Large Michael Marchese, the amendment would prevent inspectors who are inspecting a vacant unit before its rental from inspecting another part of the property at the prompting of a tenant of…

  • December 14 2018,  Everett

    Councillors, building inspectors go another round on habitability ordinance

    By Brendan Clogston   City Councillors and public safety and inspection officials clashed again over a proposed change to the city’s habitability inspections ordinance that supporters claim will provide necessary protection to landlords and its critics believe will hamper building inspectors and potentially produce public safety and legal issues for the city. No vote was taken on the change, which over the last six months has been bounced around committees, voted down and reconsidered, but the City Council will review some amendments at their next meeting. They hope to reach a compromise with the public safety officials at that time. The change, which was proposed and developed by Councillor-at-Large Michael…

  • Everett,  November 30 2018

    Council takes another look an inspections ordinance change

    Public safety officials call for habitability inspections to remain mandatory By Brendan Clogston   After voting it down last week, the city council is looking to make adjustments to a major proposed amendment the city’s habitability inspections ordinance to accommodate concerns by public safety and building department officials. Those officials, however, would just as soon see the original ordinance remain in place, and have criticized some of the amendment’s original language which they believe could pose obstacles to their work if approved. The piece, proposed by Councillor-at-Large Michael Marchese, was written, in the councillor’s words, to prevent the city from “being able to barnstorm a building.” Most controversial was a…

  • Everett,  October 26 2018

    City Council compromises on Inclusionary Zoning change

    Sets 15 percent affordable housing rate, down from 20 percent By Brendan Clogston   The City Council passed a compromise amendment to Everett’s year-old Inclusionary Zoning ordinance after several hours of debate Monday night, seeking a middle path between those on the council who want to scale back the ordinance’s restrictions to encourage development and those who worried a more severe rollback of the ordinance would cause the city to slip even further behind in its attempt to create more affordable housing. Under the compromise amendment, the ordinance will require developers creating over six units of new housing to make at least 15 percent of those units “affordable,” five points…

  • Everett,  June 29 2018

    City Council brings back children’s races and more

    City Council brings back children’s races and more The Everett City Council has proudly announced that it is bring back a long-standing tradition for Everett’s youngsters at the Independence Day Celebration at Glendale Park. The children’s races and decorating contest will resume this July 7, the day of Everett’s Independence Day Celebration. The boys & girls races will start at 9:30 a.m. and will be in the following age groups: 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12. The races will be followed by a watermelon-eating contest. A decorating contest will also be conducted for the most festively decorated bike, doll carriage or wagon. Judging will be done & concluded by noon.…

  • Everett,  June 29 2018

    City Council approves $196,427,922 FY19 operating budget

    By Brendan Clogston   The City Council passed Mayor Carlo DeMaria’s FY19 budget Monday night with only minor cuts, despite a few efforts to make deeper cuts. After two weeks of budget hearings, the council’s budget committee recommended out to the full council a $196,427,922 FY19 operating budget, which included $60,171 in cuts from the mayor’s salaries line item, $100,000 from his marketing and business development line item, $15,000 from his afterschool program line item, $10,000 from the planning and development intern account, and $100,000 fixed costs. On Monday, the council cut an additional $25,000 from the mayor’s celebrations account, leaving the final operating budget at $196,402,922. The council approved…