Time to downsize
Colonial-era two-branch municipal administration abandoned
Beginning in 2014, Everett’s bicameral form of government will become a footnote in history books. In November residents voted to abolish the 25-member, dual-branch Common Council and Board of Alderman and replace it with a streamlined 11-member City Council. The vote - which also included prohibiting future city councilors from signing up for the city’s health plan - came after the city established a commission to look into changing the city’s 119-year-old charter.