City Council President Wayne Matwksy has introduced a few thoughts about the city council cutting down its sometimes endless, repetitive, over and over debate among its members about subjects great and small.
His effort, he tells the Leader Herald, is to shorten city council meetings, which can often run into midnight endings. Matewsky is smart to do this for several reasons. There is way too much talk about nothing among many of the councilors.
The need for 10 councilors to respond to every bit on the bi-weekly agenda is like having to watch the same television commercial 10 times in a row.
Longtime City Councilor Wayne Matewsky was elected by his colleagues at the annual organizational meeting of the council held Monday night on Zoom, and partially, at city hall.
Matewsky received a unanimous vote of his colleagues and a hearty round of applause following it.
“I can’t wait for a return to normal,” he said after the vote.
“I will lead the council with honesty, fairness, and respect,” he added.
In brief remarks, Matewsky thanked his colleagues, told them he was humbled by their support, and graciously introduced a number of visitors to the vote, which included his 90-year-old mother and biggest supporter, Marion.
City will allow Trick or Treating from 5-7 PM October 31
Everett’s, 41st Annual safe children’s Halloween party hosted by Councilor at Large, Wayne Matewsky, is unfortunately postponed until 2021. The Matewsky committee initiated the event in 1979 due to tainted candy, however, the Covid-19 pandemic has made this unsafe this year.
Wants return to ward voting for school committee, councilors
By JOSH RESNEK
The dean of the city council, at large Councilor Wayne Matewsky, is taking the lead in returning the city’s voters to yesterday about how the city’s voters elect their representatives on the city council and the school committee.
Two weeks ago, the city council took up the matter, at Matewsky’s request.
Now Matewsky is actively moving the measure forward by proposing a Charter change which turns back the political clock when Everett’s voters elected individual ward councilors and school committee members from the wards they reside in.
The present scheme has Everett voters electing ward councilors with citywide voting tallies.
“I’ve been around a long time. I know going back to how we always elected our councilors and school committee people makes great sense. I mean, it really has to change. The old way was the better way,” Matewsky told the Leader Herald and his colleagues two weeks ago.
Not everyone agreed with him.
Councilor Fred Capone said he believed the present voting protocol represents a purer form of democracy than returning to the old way.