Last week’s city hall melt down a reason to consider air conditioning

The big fans inside city hall blew hot air. (Photo by Josh Resnek)

By Josh Resnek

Working inside Everett City Hall has its advantages for city employees who work inside the many offices there.

A four day workweek is a plus.

Vacations. Sick pay. Maternity leave. Pensions. Decent salaries that are guaranteed and on and on.

However when it is hot outside it is even hotter inside, making life about miserable as it can be.

Last week’s heat wave caused the Department of Public Works to place large, industrial size electric air fans on all three floors where city employees were trying to maintain concentration inside super heated offices in an environment that probably wouldn’t have passed the OSHA test for appropriate working conditions.

The big fans roared with the sound of rushing air on all three floors.

In some offices, employees worked without lights to enhance the belief that their spaces might be cooler in the shadows.

Not much worked to reduce the heat caused by the soaring temperatures outside.

The big fans were a psychological boost – but if you work at city hall or you were visiting, the bottom line is that the place needs a major overhaul to be air conditioned properly.

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— Eye on Everett —

Each week in the Leader Herald the Blue Suit- a blue cloth suit who sits close to the pinnacle of power here in Everett – speaks with Josh Resnek about life, about his life, about life in Everett, about his life as a well known Everett character.


Talking with a cloth blue suit – the Blue Suit – is no easy task. Very, very few people in the world are able to communicate with an inanimate object like a cloth, off the rack blue suit.

In fact, I may be about the only person living or dead who has carried on a friendship with a cloth blue suit.

For many, many of our readers, me talking with, sharing friendship with, breaking bread with a cloth blue suit seems incomprehensible.

For a long time, the Blue Suit revealed to me nearly everything he knows about Everett and its politics.

Today, the Blue Suit is more about survival than revelation, more about loving his life than putting it on the line, and most about getting along with everyone and enjoying his existence.

Again and again I repeat over and over, it is difficult to impossible to convey to some of our readers that I physically, tangibly talk with, eat with, and ride around Everett in my Lexus with a cloth blue suit.

Whenever I talk like this to the Blue Suit, he grows outraged.

“I’m as real as you are, Josh,” he quite often remarks when I’m trying to explain how I have a friendly, private relationship with a cloth blue suit.

“I’m not just anyone’s cloth blue suit,” he answers angrily when growing uptight about what I have to say about him.

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