Thursday, March 7, 2013
Mayor Jeannette McCarthy plans to revamp the plowing system.
In the wake of the recent February blizzard, city officials on Monday, March 4, quibbled on how to improve the city’s snow-clearing system as new information emerged on the city’s performance during the storm. Mayor Jeannette McCarthy and Consolidated Public Works Director Michael Chiasson fielded City Councillors’ questions on the controversy for a little more than four hours during a meeting at City Hall. The meeting came weeks after residents and councilors complained about what they believed was the city’s poor performance in clearing sidewalks and roads after 25 inches of snow descended on the city. Under the system used during the blizzard, city employees were responsible for clearing snow from the schools and city-owned land, while…
Monday, March 4, 2013
Consolidated Public Works Director Michael Chiasson will also answer inquiries.
Waltham Mayor Jeannette McCarthy is scheduled to answer questions tonight, Monday, March 4, on the city’s performance in clearing snow during the recent blizzard. McCarthy and Consolidated Public Works Director Michael Chiasson are scheduled to appear at the City Council’s Committee of the Whole meeting at 8 p.m. at City Hall to answers the council’s questions on snow clearing during the storm. The Council requested McCarthy and Chiasson answer questions after many residents complained the city did an inadequate job clearings roads and sidewalks.
Waltham Police Chief Thomas LaCroix is facing charges for allegedly attacking his wife and her friend.
The Waltham City Council’s Finance Committee will review and discuss Mayor Jeannette McCarthy’s request to fund an internal affairs investigation of Waltham Police Chief Thomas LaCroix during its meeting tonight. LaCroix is facing serious charges for allegedly attacking his wife and her friend at his Maynard home in June 2012. He is currently on paid administrative leave and under house arrest. McCarthy has requested $10,000 from the city’s general fund to hire a retired state police officer to conduct the investigation. The investigation would determine whether LaCroix broke any of the police department’s rules and could lead to disciplinary action. The meeting starts at immediately after the City Council's Committee of the Whole meeting…
City Councillor Tom Stanley announced the possible deal on Feb. 25.
The Waltham City Council is scheduled to discuss a possible deal in which the city would acquire the Fernald Center tonight, March 4. Councillors plans to discuss the idea at their Committee of the Whole meeting at City Hall at 8 p.m. Mayor Jeannette McCarthy is scheduled to update the councillors on the possible deal. The center currently provides services to developmentally-disabled residents. City Councillor Tom Stanley on Monday, Feb. 25 announced a possible deal in which the city would buy the state-owned property had been tentatively outlined among stale and city officials. The deal, Stanley said, would have the city acquire the land for “fair market value.” The state decided to close the Walter E. Fernald Development Center in 2008…
Monday, February 25, 2013
Here's a look at what mayors in and around Boston earn annually, including Waltham Mayor Jeannette McCarthy.
Monday, February 25
Waltham Mayor Jeannette McCarthy has one of the highest salaries of mayors in the greater Boston area. McCarthy's annual salary is just below Newton Mayor Setti Warren's in a survey of 13 Boston-area communities. The following chart does not include every Boston-area mayor, but is compiled from the latest data we've been able to find and ranges all the way from $73,000 to $175,000: * Kennedy currently earns $82,500, but that's due to a dispute over how the mayor's salary is set. The Daily Item of Lynn reports the Lynn City Council last voted on that salary in 1998 and since then the mayor has been considered a department head with a negotiated salary and other perks. Former Mayor "Chip" Clancy earned more than $145,000 his last year in …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Mayor Jeannette McCarthy does not plan to seek re-election.
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Sunday, February 17, 2013
Miss a headline in Waltham this week? Catch up with our weekly news roundup.
City officials explained the decision process of opening the Waltham Public Schools in the days after the snowstorm. Waltham Mayor Jeannette McCarthy announced she would not seek another term. Jeannette Aline McCarthy, the mother of the mayor, died at 81. A new snow plowing system will soon be coming to the city. Waltham residents were furious with the lack of snow plowing in some parts of the city days after the recent snowstorm.
Tell us whether Waltham should hire a social media manager.
With some Waltham residents and councilors calling for more and improved use of social media to disseminate crucial city updates, could it be time for the city to hire a full-time social media manager? While Waltham Police are active on social media and distribute such updates, they currently do not have enough trained officers to manage it around the clock. The city government currently lacks a dedicatedsocial media manager who could manage all of the city's communications on social media. Waltham resident Dave Cutler has suggested, on his Twitter feed, the city hire a new person into a similar position. Cutler is a social media manager for a private firm in Somerville. The idea is already alive in Belmont. Belmont recently hired a social…
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Jeannette Aline McCarthy died on Feb. 14.