On March 22, the city council was informed by the fire chief that it was going to cost approximately $1.25 million to replace the aging arial Ladder 1, a 1995 Pierce heavy-duty ladder truck.
Aerial 1 is out of service.
The old Ladder 2 truck was sold many months back for $5,000.
This leaves only Aerial ladder 2 in working order. It is housed in the Ferry Street fire station.
Councilor Mike McLaughlin asked the chief to give an overview of the ladder truck situation.
“We are on borrowed time,” the chief replied.
Who is on borrowed time, we all should wonder?
Is it the people of Everett who rely on the rapid response of the fire department who are on borrowed time?
Is it the firefighters who need working equipment when it comes to matters of life and death when a building is on fire? The city has one aerial truck to rely on right now. The second ladder truck is out of service and so is virtually and physically useless.
We are all responsible for our own actions in this life. What we do, how we act, how we think, what becomes of us during a long life follows us and sticks to us like glue.
Assuming Everett is going to have possibly three mayoral candidates, the spot lite will be on more than what the candidates bring to the table as financial experts, leaders of people, creators of municipal policy, and protectors of the public trust.
A major spotlight, a much harsher and glaring light, will be to determine the reputations of those running.
Who is the better person?
Who is most honest?
Who carries less baggage?
Who carries baggage at all and what kind of baggage is it?
Who lives by a higher code that deserves to sit in the corner office at city hall?
The upcoming campaign will include all of this…and much more.
In the end, when all the votes are counted, the mayoral race will be the peoples’ verdict – kind of like a jury verdict in court after the presentation of evidence.
The evidence will ultimately reveal nearly everything about those who run.
It is impossible to keep secrets these days about who we are, or who we were, or who we pretend to be.
The city’s second largest taxpayer and source of income is in ongoing negotiations with the Everett assessor’s department to redo its assessment for the 70 acres of land it owns along the Mystic River, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.
Exelon owns the land and the giant oil-fired generators Mystic 8 and 9 which are scheduled to be retired in 2024.
When those two generators are sitting idly, the value of the land they occupy is not worth as much as when the generators are running and generating millions of dollars in revenues.
This is how Exelon will look at the re-evaluation.
The city’s opinion will be just the opposite.
The city’s reassessment is likely to show the value of the land has gone up greatly since the TIF was signed twenty years ago.