Because of the Memorial Day holiday, the Everett Board of Aldermen were scheduled to hold their final meeting of May last night, Tuesday, May 28 at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers.
Due to the Independent’s deadline, coverage of that meeting for this week’s paper was not possible, but the Board was facing a light agenda with just items listed as of Thursday, May 23.
The two major items that stood out this week was an order from Alderman Sal Sachetta as President, to transfer $700,000 that was originally borrowed as part of the Everett High School project in 1998 and amended in 2001 and again in 2005 by subsequent city councils.
The order from Sachetta would transfer that sum to be used to pay for the costs of repairs at the Parlin School earlier this year.
The measure is likely to be sent to the Committee on Finance for a hearing, before any action is taken. As of Tuesday, it was not clear why the sum could not be used to pay down the debt on the Everett High School, since that project was its original purpose anyway.
A second item on the agenda that was likely to generate a lot of discussion is a recommendation to restrict the operating hours of all establishments operating under Section 12-9 of the city’s revised ordinances from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
This item is the result of a resolution offered last month by Aldermen Michael Marchese, that the city restrict operating hours for “24-hour” establishments and consider a curfew for local youth.
Following a meeting of the Public Safety Committee, the Aldermen will consider whether to support the Public Safety Committee’s recommendation to institute new hours of operation for specific types of retail establishments.