Sounds of Everett

A casino here in Everett?

A rumor spread like wildfire last weekend that Hard Rock International was looking at a local site for a possible casino proposal that it is considering. The supposed site is said to consist of several vacant parcels on Route 99. However, even if Hard Rock officials went ahead with it, they would have to overcome the huge head-start that the Caesar’s casino plan for Suffolk Downs has.

Move initiated to purchase sidewalk plows

The common council earlier this week voted 12-0 in favor of the mayor’s plan to spend $300,000 to buy two new sidewalk plows. The money would come from the city account which acts as a depository for funds received from the sale of city property, like the old city yard, the former Devens School, etc. The alder-men will have their say on the issue at their next meeting.

Does the common council need a “veep”?

What’s really behind a move to create the position of vice-president on   the common council as proposed this week by Jason Marcus, Leo McKinnon and Sergio Cornelio? The sponsors also filed legislation calling for the establishment of “duties and responsibilities” for the new position. At Monday night’s meeting, Councilor Wayne Matewsky complained that the proposal “makes no sense”. He noted the council has never had a VP and he wonders why it’s being pushed now, especially in the “lame-duck” common council’s final year of existence. However, due to a standing council rule, the matter had to be automatically tabled without debate until the next meeting.

Exxon donates to local K-9 unit

  Exxon Mobil continued its policy of being a good “corporate partner” with the city by recently donating $1,000 to the canine (K-9) unit of the Everett Police Department. The common council earlier this week accepted the donation and directed that a letter of appreciation be sent to Exxon officials.                               

Bike rack plan urged by legislative duo

Councilor Sergio Cornelio and Ald. Millie Cardello have jointly called for the city to install bike racks throughout the city at the front of all schools and municipal buildings and in the city’s “squares”. Because there’s a growing number of cyclists in the city, Cornelio said accommodations should be made so they can park their bikes in a safe and orderly fashion – for their sakes and those of pedes-trians. The bike rack proposal was referred to the office of city planner James Errickson for the administration’s consideration.

Matewsky critical of National Grid effort

Councilor Wayne Matewsky filed a resolution this week urging National Grid to take “immediate steps” to address the problem of burnt-out street lights in the Paris, Lewis and Bailey Street neighborhood, which has contributed to an uptick there in house breaks. The veteran Ward One councilman charged that “hundreds of lights are out” in the city. “Frankly, National Grid really isn’t doing a good job”, said Matewsky, who maintained his ultimate goal is to get the utility “to evaluate the whole city”.

Two more square dedications proposed

The council Monday night proposed the dedication of two more squares in the city. Councilor D.J. Napolitano wants to name a spot on Springvale Avenue in honor of Paul Hegner, while Councilor Jason Marcus is proposing to dedicate the intersection at Harvard Street and Sunnyside Avenue in honor of Jim and Donald Richardson, local brothers who were veterans of World War II.  Both requests were forwarded to the local director of veterans’ services for his required review and recommendation.