• June 8 2018,  Revere

    Councillors discuss city’s pesky rodent issue

    By Sara Brown   It seems like every few months the city council attempts to tackle the rodent issue and the last city council meeting was no different. At the June 4 city council meeting, two city councillors presented almost identical motions to do just that. Ward 4 Councillor Patrick Keefe requested the city’s board of health and inspectional services appear before the council with a plan and explanation of the ongoing efforts to attack rodent issues. In a separate motion, Councillor-at-Large George Rotondo requested the city take a three pronged approach to handle the rats that included purchasing 2000 bait boxes, invest in placing box owls in areas of…

  • June 8 2018,  Revere

    City Council Wrap-Up

    City Council Wrap-Up By Sara Brown   National Grid making a mess Ward 2 Councillor Ira Novoselsky stated he is frustrated with the way National Grid has been conducting business throughout the city. In three separate motions, Novoselsky requested the utility company repair sidewalks, repave roads and remove their equipment from Dana Street and Wolcott and Curtis Roads, saying it’s preventing residents from parking, and hindering the city’s street-sweeping efforts. “National Grid is all over the city of Revere,” he said at the June 4 City Council meeting. “They use our streets as staging areas and I’m sick of it. They should be tagged at night.” According to Novoselsky, the…

  • June 8 2018,  Revere

    City Council seeks funding for Sagamore Street flooding relief

    By Sara Brown   The council is trying to resolve the issue of flooding on Sagamore Street. At the June 4 Dept. of Public Works Subcommittee meeting, the city engineer and a representative from the CDM Smith consultant firm appeared before the committee to discuss the flooding problems on the street and chat about long-term solutions. “We need to attack these problems one at a time,” said Councillor-at-Large Dan Rizzo about flooding. “I believe it’s getting dangerous. We need to have a plan in place so people don’t have to panic every time we get a heavy rainstorm.” According to City Engineer Nick Rystrom, the water from Sagamore Street goes…

  • May 18 2018,  Revere

    City Council adjusts COLA for city’s retirees

    By Sara Brown   The City Council voted in favor of altering the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for retired city employees. It has been more than 22 years since the city has adjusted the cost. Currently, the COLA is based on the first $12,000 of a retirement pension, which is the lowest in the Commonwealth. Now, after the council vote, it will increase by $1,000: totaling $13,000. “It’s long overdue for retirees,” said the former member of the retirement board James Carmello at the May 7 City Council meeting. “I’m not retired yet but this is long overdue,” said Police Chief James Guido According to Carmello, in 2013 the Retirement Board…

  • May 11 2018,  Revere

    Councillors seek to ban plastic straws

    By Sara Brown   City Council Vice President Joanne McKenna and City Council President Jessica Giannino want to ban plastic straws in the city of Revere. At the May 7 City Council meeting, they requested that the city clerk draft an ordinance banning plastic straws. They said that plastic straws are the number one item littered at Revere Beach and once they get filled with sand, they get buried and become impossible to remove. “The straws are getting out of control,” said McKenna. She said plastic, in general, is rapidly polluting the environment. According to her, by 2050 there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish. She thinks…

  • May 4 2018,  Revere

    City Council seeks education on vaping

    By Sara Brown   Ward 4 Councillor Patrick Keefe is very concerned about vaping and electronic cigarettes becoming more popular among teenagers in the city. At the April 23 City Council meeting, Keefe requested that the Board of Health partner with regional agencies to inspect, inform and educate local businesses in regards to selling tobacco products and vape devices to minors. Keefe recently heard that some businesses on Broadway are selling vaping devices illegally to minors. Since the devices are so small and can be hidden easily, kids are bringing and using them in school. Keefe said it is important to educate these businesses. According to Ward 1 Councillor Joanne…

  • May 4 2018,  Revere

    City Council rejects request for hotel room increase

    By Sara Brown   The Revere City Council rejected plans for a hotel developer to acquire more hotel rooms than in its original proposal. At the April 23 council meeting, RBP Hotel LLC requested a change to a hotel at 245 Revere Beach Pkwy., the former Shaw’s site that is already under construction. Currently, RBP is building a 132-room, extended-stay hotel. The council approved their original project two years ago for typical hotel rooms and extended stay hotel. They now wanted to change it to 160 rooms, turning it into a dual branded hotel. “This is the direction of the hospitality industry: sharing one common space and two separate buildings,”…

  • April 27 2018,  Revere

    Address reassignments draw City Council’s ire

    Two dept. databases not in sync By Sara Brown   The City Council erupted over the controversial reassignment of property addresses following the introduction of a motion by Ward 2 Councillor Ira Novoselsky on Monday night. At the April 23 City Council meeting, Election Commissioner Diane Colella and City Engineer Nicholas Rystrom appeared before the council to answer questions over the reassignment of property addresses. According to various councillors, some residents were told they could not vote in the past election because their address didn’t exist. Colella said this has been a major problem in the city, stating that either a property has two addresses on file or one database…

  • April 27 2018,  Revere

    City Council rejects new high school plan

    By Sara Brown   The City Council rejected Councillor-at-Large George Rotondo’s plan for a new high school. At the April 23 Ways and Means Subcommittee meeting, the council discussed Rotondo’s motion of looking into the feasibility of building a new high school at the Cooledge Street Projects while building apartment-style housing for current and new residents. According to the Executive Director of the Revere Housing Authority, James Milinazzo, the site is about 28 acres and has 286 units. He said he is against the idea and that if the council approved the plan, they would need to make sure the 286 families have alternative places to live. “We want to…

  • April 6 2018,  Revere

    Despite protest, City Council approves special permit for beach development

    By Sara Brown   In what appears to be an “about-face” to a longtime call for a residential development moratorium in the ward 1 and 5 areas of the Beach City, the City Council approved a development that would create an additional 145 apartments on Revere Beach Boulevard. At the April 2 City Council meeting, A Chara Development requested to develop a six-story mixed-use structure at 320-327 Revere Beach Blvd. The 145 units will be comprised of 79 studio/one-bedroom units and 66 two-bedroom units and will offer 188 parking spaces within a podium parking lot below the residences. A Chara’s original plan had three-bedrooms as well but changed the project…