Controversial used car operation “surrenders” license
The long-standing battle between the city and Carlos Used Cars on Chelsea Street appears to be over. The aldermen had recently chosen to hold up the company’s license renewal due to a continuing controversy caused by repeated violations in the way Carlos had been conducting its business. A public hearing was scheduled by the aldermen for this past Monday night to consider the revocation of the license, but the hearing wasn’t needed because the city was notified that the owner of Carlos has decided to “voluntarily surrender” his second class motor vehicle dealer’s license. The owner, however, requested a 60-day period to wrap up his operation and vacate the premises. The aldermen agreed to the 60-day exit plan.
Plan finalized for “Marie Stewart Square”
The establishment of a memorial square in tribute to the school crossing guard, who was killed in the line of duty when hit by a truck recently, was assured by the aldermen’s unanimous vote of support Monday night. The common council had voted for the proposal last week. The “Marie C. Stewart Square” will be sited at the intersection of Ferry Street and Cherry Street – the locale of Ms. Stewart’s crossing guard post.
More 9/11 memorial donations received
The latest donors to the city’s 9/11 memorial project being constructed in Everett Square – all of whom donated $100 – includes Steve Mazzie; Richard D’Orio; Cynthia and Stephen Sarnie; Bernice and Michael Sarnie; and Bonnie O’Donnell.
Housing “moratorium” plan under review
The city council’s finance committee was scheduled to meet as the Everett Advocate was going to press this week and the main item on the agenda was a proposal to implement a one-year “moratorium” on the issuance of permits for the construction of residential housing. The backers of the plan – aldermen Sal Sachetta, Robert Van Campen and Michael Marchese – want to the link the moratorium to a study of the city’s “long-term housing needs”. Mayor DeMaria and his financial team, along with representatives of the building department and the board of appeals, were invited to participate in the conference.
Funds approved for use at Madeline English Park
At the mayor’s request, the aldermen earlier this week voted without dissent to transfer $200,000 from the “refurbishing parks” account in the city services budget to the capital improvement program. According to the mayor, “this transfer will allow the refurbishment of Madeline English Park”, which features a soccer field and is slated for a major “rehab” project, complete with the installation of an artificial turf field.
Creation of “historic districts” proposed
Ald. Robert Van Campen this week filed legislation that is aimed at establishing “historic districts” in certain commercial areas of the city, like Glendale and Everett Squares. In this way, said the Ward Five alderman, the city could “preserve, protect, maintain and improve upon the distinctive characteristics and architecture of historic buildings located in Everett’s downtown business centers”. The Van Campen resolution was referred to the rules and ordinances committee for a session with the city solicitor and the director of planning.