Mara Dolan Will Challenge Incumbent for Governor’s Council

Mara Dolan entered he race for Governor’s Councilor District 3. The following announcement was provided by the Mara Dolan campaign:

Mara Dolan announced her campaign for Governor’s Council, challenging long-term incumbent Marilyn Devaney. The Governor’s Council confirms judges, Parole Board members, and commutations and pardons. Devaney has represented District 3 since 1999. District 3 runs from Boston south to Wellesley, north to Chelmsford, and west to Marlborough, with 31 cities and towns including Watertown, Arlington, Brookline, Burlington, Newton, Waltham, Woburn, and Boston’s Allston, Brighton, Back Bay, Fenway, Longwood, and South End neighborhoods.

Watertown’s City Council Has Some Big Issues Waiting as New Term Begins

City Council President Mark Sideris outlined the accomplishments of the past two terms and issues facing the City Council in the new term at the 2024 Inauguration. (Photo by Charlie Breitrose)

The New Year also ushered in a new term for Watertown’s elected boards, and the City has some issues on its plate to tackle soon, including a show shoveling ordinance, short-term rentals, and reusing some former city buildings. City Council President Mark Sideris addressed the crowd Tuesday night at the Commander’s Mansion after members of the City Council, School Committee, and Board of Library Trustees took the oath of office. Watertown’s elected officials waited to be sworn in at the 2024 Inauguration at the Commander’s Mansion. (Photo by Charlie Breitrose)

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New Year’s Holiday Hours for the City Departments and Trash Schedule

Hours at city facilities, such as the Library, Senior Center and City Hall, along with trash and recycling pickup will be impacted by the New Year’s Day holiday. See the announcement from the City below. Watertown City Hall and Senior Center are closing at noon on Friday, December 29, 2023 and will be closed on New Year’s Day, Monday, January 1, 2024. The Department of Public Works Office will be closing at 11 AM on Friday, December 29, 2023 and will be closed on New Year’s Day, Monday, January 1, 2024. The Library is closed on New Year’s Day, Monday, January 1, 2024.

Watertown Inauguration Taking Place at the Commander’s Mansion

Watertown’s Commander’s Mansion. The public is invited to attend Watertown’s inauguration ceremony at the Commander’s Mansion on Jan. 2. 2024. The newly elected members of the City Council, School Committee, and the Board of Library Trustees will be sworn in at the ceremony, which begins at 7 p.m. The historic mansion is located at 440 Talcott Ave., off of Arsenal Street.

Watertown’s New Chief Financial Officer Appointed by City Manager

Ari Sky has been named Watertown’s Chief Financial Officer. The following announcement was provided by the City of Watertown:

City Manager George J. Proakis is pleased to announce the appointment of Ari J. Sky as Watertown’s new Chief Financial Officer effective February 5, 2024. Mr. Sky most recently served as the Town Administrator for the Town of Lakeville. As the Town’s chief administrative officer, Mr. Sky provided strategic and operational direction to the organization, administered the Town’s personnel systems, coordinated communications with the various boards and commissions, oversaw procurement activities and the annual operating and capital budget processes and provided advice and support to the Select Board. Over the course of Mr. Sky’s tenure, he facilitated the development of new processes and recruited key staff to enhance the organization’s ability to respond to growing challenges and to define and maintain a commitment to the Town’s core principles.

Councilor Lisa Feltner Hosting Annual Public Meeting

District B City Councilor Lisa Feltner. As part of the changes to the Watertown Charter all City Councilors must have an annual meeting to meet with the public. District B City Councilor Lisa Feltner announced the date of her meeting. See info below. City Councilor Lisa Feltner’s Annual Councilor Meeting is on Monday, January 8, 2024, from 6:30-8 p.m. via Zoom.

Watertown Public Works Front Office Hours Changing

The Department of Public Works facility on Orchard Street will be opening and closing earlier in the day starting the week of Dec. 18. The DPW asked the City Council to make the changes because many contractors start before the old opening time of 8:30 a.m. and wanted to do business with the department. Some councilors asked if residents would be coming over in the afternoon and no longer be able to speak to someone at the DPW front desk. Public Works Superintendent Greg St.

City Council to Vote on Roads to be Reconstructed in 2024

Tuesday night, the City Council will consider approving the list of roads in Watertown to be reconstructed in 2023. The Council’s Committee on Public Works recommended a list of five roads to be approved. The work would begin in the spring of 2024. Recommended Street List

George Street

Bromfield Street

Mangano Court

Grandview Avenue

Dwight Street

The list created by the Department of Public Works was based on a number of factors, according to the Committee report. “Some of these factors include a review of the pavement condition index (PCI), what utilities (water, sewer, and drain) are planned to be replaced, and the plans of public utilities (National Grid and Eversource).”