Mayoral candidate Fred Capone has asked for a special meeting of the city council to discuss allegations of improper asbestos disposal on the city’s streets in a lawsuit filed against an Everett city vendor in Superior Court by the Attorney General’s office last week.
The detailed lawsuit raises legal issues and health concerns and imposes large monetary fines and the possibility of criminal prosecution for the vendor and others who participated in pipe replacement contracts for the city on Cabot Street, Cabot Court, Wolcott Street and other communities.
Asbestos was improperly removed, improperly stored outside on Cabot Street, and improperly transported.
The vendor did not comply with Federal and State regulations and submitted invoices that did not reflect the failure to follow the environ- mental laws in the removal and the storage of asbestos.
According to the Attorney General’s lawsuit, asbestos dust swirled around Cabot
Street for many days without being contained and was on the streets and sidewalks close to residents and the Everett Memorial Stadium.
If there were any thoughts that Fred Capone’s campaign is all about smoke and mirrors they were dashed Saturday evening at his birthday party fundraiser.
The event drew more than 250 Everett people from all walks of life to Anthony’s in Malden where Capone delivered impassioned, extemporaneous speeches in two rooms packed with supporters setting out what he is hoping to do when he is elected the mayor of Everett.
“I promise to lower your taxes, to hire more firefighters, and to send police into the neighborhoods,” he told the crowd, which filled an indoor ballroom and a large, tented area next to it.
The heartiest round of applause followed his comments about the changing city under the present administration. What he referred to as development out of control is significantly altering livability in the city.
“Development is good,” he said in so many words.
“But what we have is uncontrolled over-development throughout the city. Future development needs to be controlled,” he added.
Capone’s remarks were delivered with confidence, calm, and his to-the-point language was delivered without notes.