Acting on a motion made by Ward 1 Councillor Joanne McKenna to repair the back stairs at the Rossetti-Cowan Senior Center, Acting Mayor Patrick Keefe has carried her proposal to the finish line with the in-house technical assistance of the cityâ€™s Department of Public Works.
Director of Elder Affairs Deb Peczka said that McKenna made the motion more than a year ago. The City Council unanimously approved the measure by McKenna, who has been a strong advocate for Revere seniors throughout her eight years in office.
Peczka said she invited Keefe to view the site and explained that the deteriorating stairs were a safety concern for seniors.
â€œWithin a day, he [Keefe] had a crew assigned to the project after talking with [Chief of Infrastructure and Public Works] Donny Ciaramellla, [Supt. of DPW] Paul Argenzio, and [Supervisor of Facilities] Steve Penta,â€ reported Peczka. â€œThe crew, Chris Bruker and John Pino, started on it a week ago, and itâ€™s fabulous. Our seniors are thrilled.â€
What was old is now new again with a beautiful wooden staircase. All the parts have been fully replaced and the structure has pressure-treated lumber.
Keefe lauded the DPW for the excellent construction work. â€œI just want to thank our team. This was done in-house. When we can do projects this quickly in-house, it gives me a lot of confidence that we can continue to make work happen throughout our community when there are projects like this,â€ said Keefe. â€œOur seniors deserve good, safe conditions, and we want to make sure we provide that for them.â€
Peczka said the seniors are grateful for the new staircase. She lauded the swift response by Keefe.
â€œThe teamwork in this process was great,â€ said Peczka. â€œAnd when you work together as a team, things get done.â€