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Mayor Jon Mitchell introduces his proposed "Problem Properties" ordinance in front of a run-down home on Ashley St. in 2013. Taylor Cormier/Townsquare Media
Mayor Jon Mitchell introduces his proposed "Problem Properties" ordinance in front of a run-down home on Ashley St. in 2013. Taylor Cormier/Townsquare Media

Mitchell Responds To City Council Criticism Of Proposed Ordinance

Mayor Jon Mitchell is dismissing criticism from the City Council that he's trying to ram through an ordinance to crack down on problem properties in New Bedford.  The ordinance would require property owners  to reimburse the city for the cost of police responding to their property, if it happens more than six times over an 18 month period

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City Council Debates New “Problem Properties” Ordinance

Mayor Jon Mitchell is touting a new ordinance to address "problem properties" in the city, and that's not sitting well with some City Councilors.

The Council debated the recently-drafted ordinance Thursday, which would bill property owners for excessive police calls or code violations

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Mitchell Defends Hiring Practices

Mayor Jon Mitchell says people who listen to comments from the New Bedford City Council must sometimes wonder what city they're talking about.  The Mayor responded to comments last week that his administration didn't hire enough women

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Council President Duarte Sets Priorities

New City Council president Bruce Duarte Jr. says he wants to put New Bedford people to work.  The Ward Four Councilor says one of his first priorities as Council President will be to form a Special Committee on Employment Opportunities

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Gomes To Push For More Local Jobs In Maritime Terminal Project

The City Council is about to inject itself into the controversy over hiring for the Maritime Commerce Terminal project in New Bedford.  The Old Beford Village Development Corporation says it wants more local people on the job, and is threatening to take the project to court

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New Bedford City Council Pay Raise Petition “Not Going Away”

An organizer of the petition drive to collect signatures for a city-wide vote on the City Council pay raise says the campaign is not going away. 

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Council President Martins Grateful For Chance To Lead

Ward Two City Councilor Steve Martins is wrapping up his year long term as New Bedford City Council President.  Martins says several colleagues asked him about serving a second year as President, but Martins says he's looking forward to representing his Ward Two constituents in 2013

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Council To Debate Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana has been approved by voters in Massachusetts, and New Bedford City Council President Steve Martins wants to begin discussions now on how medical marijuana dispencaries might fit in the Whaling Cty

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New Bedford Sets 2013 Tax Rate

The average tax bill in New Bedford wont see much change after Monday's setting by the City Council of the annual tax rate. Businesses will a slight break for the second year in a row, with the commercial rate being set at $29

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Harbor Cleanup Plan Not Sitting Well With City Council

New Bedford's City Council is taking a firm stance against the E-P-A's plans for removing P-C-B's from the Upper Harbor. The full council went on record Thursday in opposition to the government's plan to dredge contaminated soil and place it into a so-called "CAD Cell", burying it within the harbor

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