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Staying the Same:Council Elects No Changes to $76.68 Million School Dept Budget

June 21, 2018
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The Everett School Committee and School Administration appeared before the Everett City Council Budget Committee of the Whole last week to discuss the School Department budget, as proposed by Mayor Carlo DeMaria and the administration. In the end, the Council took no action to make amendments to the proposed budget of $95,255,826, minus city...

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Budget Hearings Begin with Questions, Few Cuts

June 12, 2018
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The Everett City Council’s Committee of the Whole on Budget began its annual budget deliberations, meeting with department heads from 15 separate departments on Monday night, June 4. It was light fare on Monday as none of the City’s largest departments – Police, Fire, City Services or the School Department – were among the...

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Eastern Salt Gets Trio of Permits for Former BSG Site

June 12, 2018
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The Council got a bit salty on Tuesday, May 29, as they discussed licenses needed by Eastern Salt of Chelsea to locate a salt storage area on Rover Street in the industrial zone. The Everett City Council, recognizing the busy budget review season ahead, opted to meet on Tuesday, May 29, to ensure City...

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New City Department Gets Attention, New Price-Tag Draws Scrutiny from Council

June 12, 2018
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Though the Committee of the Whole on Budget has not yet made any recommendations that would affect the proposed staffing levels in the budget, several councilors, including councilors Fred Capone and Michael McLaughlin, indicated that they have not yet decided that the new Department of Organizational Assessment is necessary. Mayor Carlo DeMaria created the...

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School Committee Approves $76 Million Educational Budget for FY ’19

May 25, 2018
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A new school budget approved by the School Committee will likely result in the cutting of 98 positions unless additional funding becomes available – despite the fact that the City has given over and above by more than $6 million what is required as a minimum by the state. The Everett School Committee voted...

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Council Briefs

May 25, 2018
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Trio of transfer and appropriation requests approved by Council The Everett City Council last week approved a transfer of $50,000 from the Budgetary Fund Balance (Free Cash) to the Treasurer/Collector’s account to pay for higher than anticipated credit card usage fees from on line bill pay transactions by the general public. Councilor Rosa DiFlorio...

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Revolution Ax Meets Informally with Licensing Board

May 17, 2018
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Two of the owners of Revolution Ax and their attorney met this week with the Everett Licensing Board for a third time to informally discuss the business concept and the parameters for an application for a liquor license within the recreational ax throwing establishment. The meeting began with attorney Andrew Delorey explaining that his...

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DeMaria Submits $196.6M Spending Plan to Council

May 17, 2018
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The City dropped its $196.6 million budget proposal on the City Council Monday night, with some $81 million of that going to the School Department – the largest expenditure within the proposed City Budget. Everett Chief Financial Officer Eric Demas addressed the City Council and School Committee during a brief Joint Convention Monday night,...

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City Legislative Affairs Committee Works on Rules, Social Media Policy

May 4, 2018
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The Everett City Council Committee on Legislative Affairs and Elections held a workshop meeting on Monday night, April 30, at Everett City Hall, with the goal of tackling the Council’s rules for updating and discussing a Council Code of Conduct – including a potential social media policy. However, a third item that had been...

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Simonelli Apologizes after Backlash for Facebook Post

April 13, 2018
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Simonelli Apologizes after Backlash for Facebook Post

City Councilor Stephen Simonelli faced a packed Council chamber on Monday night, April 9, as his apology for an inflammatory Facebook post was read by his Council interpreter. Following his prepared apology, the embattled Ward 2 Councilor listened as several Everett residents and people of color made their own statements to the Council and...

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