Mayor Carlo DeMaria announced this week that they will be doing a deep cleaning of the streets starting immediately, but the decision NOT to ticket and tow will remain in effect.
Instead, he said he is asking for cooperation from residents to move their cars on street sweeping day so the streets can be cleaned.
“Throughout the pandemic I have made the decision to not ticket and tow during street sweeping,” he said. “However, as Winter approaches, we need to ensure that our streets, tree pits, and sewers can properly drain for the safety of pedestrians and vehicles alike. I am asking each Everett resident to work as a community in moving your vehicle on your street sweeping day. We will not be ticketing and towing, but need to make sure our streets are clean.”
The mayor cited the following:
•Street sweeping picks up litter that blocks the Stormwater from entering the drainage system. This can result in localized flooding.
•Street sweeping keeps sediment and trash from entering our streams and waterways. (You can reference resent island end water quality report that quality went from an f to a ‘b’ in the last couple years)
•Street sweeping improves our Streetscape and encourages our constituency to keep their properties and frontage clean as well.
•Street sweeping removes oil laden sediment from the public way which is disposed of in a landfill as opposed to the Malden and Mystic rivers.
•Street sweeping removes any loose gravel and sand that may inhibit stopping distances and pedestrian safety.
•Regular street sweeping reduces the cost to tax payers of other costly pipe repairs caused by debris buildup in the subsurface drainage system.