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City Council Hardly Dents Mayor’s Budget

Mayor Jon Mitchell's $287 million budget remains pretty much intact, following the City Council's budget cutting session Tuesday night.

Councilors had submitted 89 proposed cuts, but only six cuts were given favorable votes

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Ward 4 Councilor Dana Rebeiro | Twitter
Ward 4 Councilor Dana Rebeiro | Twitter

Rebeiro’s Absence From Meeting Prompts Response From Councilors

Ward 4 City Councilor Dana Rebeiro's absence from Thursday night's meeting drew a sharp response from her fellow councilors.

At-Large Councilor Linda Morad repeatedly insisted that almost all items on the agenda receive a full roll-call vote, highlighting Rebeiro's absence every time her name was called

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Mayor Jon Mitchell on WBSM / Jim Phillips / TSM
Mayor Jon Mitchell on WBSM / Jim Phillips / TSM

Mitchell Would Consider Veto On Council’s Clerk Choice

Flashbacks to 2012's City Council pay raise debacle came to mind Wednesday as Mayor Jon Mitchell suggested the possibility of a veto over the Council's choice for City Clerk.

The job is being made available by way of current clerk, Rita Arruda's retireme

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Jim Phillips / TSM
Jim Phillips / TSM

Council Vetting City Clerk Applicants

Applications have been submitted and the City Council is now reviewing the field of candidates that have submitted their names for the New Bedford City Clerk position.

39 people have turned in applications, hoping to fill the seat of retiring City Clerk, Rita Arruda

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TSM - New Bedford City Hall
TSM - New Bedford City Hall

City Clerk Announces Retirement

It probably was the worst kept secret at City Hall; the upcoming retirement of City Clerk Rita Arruda.  She made it official on Tuesday, saying she planned to retire at the end of June. Her job is already being advertised on the city's website

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Greg Desrosiers/TSM - Mayor Mitchell delivering FY15 budget proposal to city council.
Greg Desrosiers/TSM - Mayor Mitchell delivering FY15 budget proposal to city council.

Mayor Presents FY15 City Budget

Mayor Jon Mitchell presented his proposed budget to the City Council Wednesday night.

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Sean Gallup/Getty Images
Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Decades-Old Ordinance Bans Beekeeping In New Bedford

A local man says he would like to see beehives and beekeeping in New Bedford.

There's one problem though....a 1976 ordinance bans the practice in the Whaling City.

Ecotoxicologist Dr. Michael Patnaude says he wants to see the City Council take steps to either repeal or revise the ordinance

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Jim Phillips / TSM
Jim Phillips / TSM

City Councilors Express Frustration With New Flood Maps

City councilors expressed their frustration with impending changes to New Bedford's FEMA flood map. The council's Ordinance Committee sent the changes to the full council without a recommendation. Council President Joseph Lopes, whose South End district could be heavily affected, said he is working with the mayor's office to appeal some of the changes

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Matt Camara TSM
Matt Camara TSM

City Council Supports Teacher Facing Discipline Over Chair-Throwing Incident

The City Council unanimously voted Thursday night to go on record opposing any disciplinary action that may come against New Bedford High School teacher Joanne Maura. Maura is the teacher who had a chair thrown at her by an 18-year-old student after she took his cell phone

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Robyn Beck/Getty Images

Enterprise Funds Would Contribute To Garage Repairs, New Meters

The New Bedford City Council will consider establishing two funds aimed at improving parking infrastructure in the city.

The Council's Committee on Ordinances has reviewed and amended a motion set forth by Mayor Jon Mitchell, which would ultimately compile revenue from parking meters and parking tickets, and reinvest those monies into the downtown and Acushnet Avenue business district

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