City seeks to share grant manager with Winthrop

The DeMaria administration is seeking the city council’s approval to permit  the city of Everett enter into an “inter-municipal” agreement with the town of Winthrop to share the services of a grant manager.

Assistant city solicitor David Rodrigues recently told the members of the common council that it is Mayor Carlo DeMaria’s goal to have the “shared” employee assist the Everett school system in applying for grants.

According to Rodrigues, the grant manager, Joseph Domelowicz, already works for the town of Winthrop. In addition, he also is a reporter for the Everett Independent newspaper.

If the plan is okayed by the city council, Rodrigues said Domelowicz would be paid on a “per hour” basis for whatever work he does for the local school department.

His pay “would not exceed $37 an hour”, according to the assistant city solicitor, and it would come from the Everett school budget.

The common council has referred the matter to the committee on public service for a conference with the city solicitor and representatives from the school department and the mayor’s office.

the ve� la�/ ��9 eteran alderman maintained, “the owners of the properties in question should be held responsible” for the actions of the sober house residents.

 

Ald. Robert Van Campen said local neighborhoods are being “negatively impacted” by some of these sober houses.

“It’s a quality of life issue”, said the Ward Five alderman. “It’s time to fight back”.

Mayor Carlo DeMaria pointed out that under the Americans With Disabilities Act, the sober houses don’t need a license and they don’t have to notify a community that they’re moving in and opening up for business.

However, the mayor reported that his administration has shut down four or five of what he calls “the unsober houses” for certain code or criminal violations.

“You’d be appalled by some of the activities in these facilities,” the mayor told the aldermen.

A former drug dealer – a “felon”, said the mayor – is running one of the local sober houses.

DeMaria said he has discussed the issue at length with Congressman Michael Capuano, as well as with Everett’s state solons. The mayor said he will continue to press for some legislative assistance to gain some regulatory control, but as Capuano told him, it’s an uphill battle.

Assistant city solicitor David Rodrigues noted that the administration has initiated an “aggressive approach” to the problem on the local front through the resources and efforts of the police and fire departments and code enforcement officials.

Ald. Marchese filed a motion asking the city to consider enacting some sort of local “vulnerability” laws to deal with the sober house dilemma.

At his request, the matter was referred to the committee on rules and ordinances for further discussion and consideration in the hope that some kind of an effective plan to battle the “nightmare situations” can be mapped out.