Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Councillors invited JRM General Manager Peter Gamache to respond to residents' complaints about trash service in the city.
Officials from JRM Hauling and Recycling and the city's Department of Public Works were on-hand to field concerns about trash collection during Tuesday night's council meeting. Councillor Jim Nestor, who initially proposed the discussion with JRM general manager Peter Gamache and DPW director Robert Knox in November, opened Tuesday's discussion by referencing over 560 resident complaints about trash service compiled in under the past five months. Nestor asked Gamache for a “game plan” to decrease the problems reported by residents, including thrown or broken recycling bins, waste left in the streets and missed pickups of larger items. Other councillors reported receiving multiple complaints from residents, while some shared their own …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Some city councilors criticized the mayor for signing a lease for the city's new teen center without seeking approval from the council; Christenson said his administration worked with the councilors throughout the summer.
Update: Councilor Kinnon responds via e-mail: "At issue was not did the Mayor have authority to negotiate but whether he had the legal right to obligate the city to more than one year without express consent of the City Council prior. The amount being over $25,000 per year really calls this into question.(this is a high threshold in most State bidding issues) The intent of the Ordinance below is very clear. Note also the city purchasing agent was not involved nor had he seen a copy of the lease before it was signed...The city solicitor also did not see a copy of the lease before it was signed nor did she review it prior. Clearly there was a lack of basic control which is a true issue for this city. The lease itself does not have a …
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
The council also weighed in on the proposed MBTA cuts proposed last week.
Missed the city council meeting this week? No worries – Malden Patch was there, picking up your civic slack. Here's a round-up of their major discussions. Parks to close by dusk: Ward 4 Councilor Jim Nestor asked for a suspension of docket rules to pass a motion not listed on the agenda: to close any city parks without lights by dusk. The motion, unanimously approved by the council, will require new signage informing residents of the change and would allow police to remove those in the park after sundown. “For parks that don't have lights, and there is no after hours activity going on...and it's dark...we're asking that (they close) at dusk instead of 8 to ten o'clock,” Nestor said. Nestor said that the move was aimed at helping police …
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Mayor-elect Christenson said new staff members and organization in the corner office will help fulfill campaign promises.
City council approved a $70,230 transfer from the revenue reserve in a 9-1 vote, aimed at funding new positions proposed for mayor-elect Gary Christenson's office last night, including a communications director and business liaison. Christenson told the finance committee that he wanted a fresh start in the corner office, and to actively pursue ideas he touted on the campaign trail, such as increased transparency and customer service at City Hall. A survey circulated by his transition team seeks to gauge resident interest in a variety of such initiatives. One example he listed including using a smartphone application that would allow residents to report potholes and other problems directly to the city's Department of Public Works. Other …
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Find your polling place, sample ballots and more.
Three wards and three at-large city council candidates will be vying for seats in Malden's primary election Tuesday. Find your polling place here, and sample ballots for respective races linked below: Ward One (Vote for one): Peg Crowe, Micael E. Drummey, Augustine Paolini Jr. Ward Three (Vote for one): Robert Buckley, Kenneth Coye, John Matheson Ward Six (Vote for one): Neil Kinnon, Robert, Deberardinis, John Robillard. At-Large (Vote for no more than three): Gregory Lucey, Craig Spadafora, David D'Arcangelo, Robert S. McCarthy Jr., Andrew Pepoli, Gladys Rivera Rogers, Christopher Peter Simonelli. Be sure to vote early (but not often) - polls close at 8 p.m. Voting today? Be sure to take our primary poll!
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Some missed emails will mean Malden will hold a primary election for its at-large council seats, at a cost of about $30,000.
Efforts to cancel this year's primary for at-large city council candidates – at a potential savings of about $30,000 to taxpayers – failed this week, with at least one candidate saying they had not seen the emails in time to consent to the proposal. Councilor Greg Lucey, who is running for re-election in the same race, suggested cancelling the primary in a mass email to his fellow candidates, but said he only heard back from about half of them. The at-large election, comprised of three separate city-wide seats on the council, has seven candidates this year. Any office with more than two contestants running must have a run-off primary election under city code. Lucey said he felt that the primary election – which would ultimately exclude …
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
A look at the City Council's agenda.
After a week’s delay, the City Council will address the simmering CFO issue tonight. In essence, the council must decide whether it wants to replace the currently vacant Treasurer position with a Chief Financial Officer. If so, they council must then decide who hires and fires the CFO, the City Council or the Mayor. There have been a number of proposals both ways, and a few that would split responsibility between both branches, but none passed muster in the Finance Committee. At issue is the power structure in the city, and whether ceding the hiring responsibilities to the mayor creates an imbalance in the checks and balances between council and mayor’s office. In other business, the Finance Committee will continue its budget hearings with…
Friday, June 3, 2011
Shifts in precincts and wards mean many residents will have now polling places and, in some cases, new ward councilors.
Malden’s political boundaries are getting an update thanks to last year’s federal census. The Redistricting Committee unveiled the proposed new precinct and ward lines at a meeting Tuesday night. “This is a process that looks simple at first but the map has to be compact and contiguous,” said committee chairman and Councilor-At-Large Craig Spadafora. “It affects Ward Three a little bit, but mostly Ward Six, which effected Seven, Eight and Five.” City Clerk Karen Anderson and City Planner Michelle Romero said the plan was the sixth iteration they developed in order to satisfy the state’s requirement for compact, logical districts; the population requirements, which keep the districts roughly the same size, population-wise; and the desires …
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Text of the Mayor's statement read to the council last night.
On Tuesday night, Mayor Richard Howard presented his proposed budget for fiscal 2012 to the City Council. In so doing, he gave his yearly budget message. In the statement, the mayor outlned the several factor that went into writing his final budget for the city, including changes to city worker healthcare, increased revenue and cuts in state aid. Click on the attached PDF above to read Howard's budget address in full. Click here to read a story about the budget, which includes a summary of the changes made in city financing. Click here for Howard's budget summary.
The following is the city's budget summary for fiscal 2012.
The above document is the fiscal 2012 budget summary provided to the public last night by Mayor Richard Howard's office. A link to the city's full budget will appear on the city's website later today. Click here for an article about last night's budget presentation at the City Council Meeting. Click here for the text of Howard's address to the council.