At its first meeting of the new year, new City Council President Jadeane Sica announced the makeups of the body’s committees for 2019.
Sica began the meeting by thanking outgoing President, Councilor Debbie DeMaria, for her service.
″She did an outstanding job before me and really set the stage for a successful 2019,”
Sica forwent any specific goals for her presidency, saying, “We sit here today knowing that next month, next week or perhaps even next meeting we will be dealing with something important that we are unaware of today.”
Rather that her one goal as president is to, “foster thoughtful and respectful dialogue on each and every topic before us in a way that instills confidence in those who have elected us.” “With the differing skills and views we each bring to the table, the fruit if that effort will no doubt be the continued progress for this proud city,” With that, Sica announced her committee assignments, which vary from her predecessor’s. Taking over as Chair of the Ordinance Committee will be Councilor Craig Spadafora, with Councilor Peg Crowe acting as Vice Chair. Councilor David Camell will take over as the Finance Committee Chair, with Councilor Stephen Winslow behind him as Vice Chair. Of the seven major council committees -- Finance, Ordinance, Personnel/Appointments, License, Public Works, Public Safety, and Public Property -- every councilor will serve as either Chair or Vice Chair, with councilors Crowe and Winslow being the only ones appointed to both positions in separate committees. Of the remaining committees, the two biggest ones will remain largely unchanged from last year. Councilors John Matheson and Barbara Murphy will retain their respective Chairs of the Malden Hospital Site Development Committee and the Waterfront Access Committee, as is customary for ad hoc committees such as these. With the new committee roster in place, each can now meet and begin their work in the new year. “I’m confident in who I placed in what committee,” Sica said. “They’ll get a lot done this year.”