Last night the City Council voted to expand the size of the City Council from 24 to 36.   David Olsen, Newton’s City Clerk, says the next step is that his office will file a “home rule petition” with the state legislature which he expects can get approved in time for our next municipal election.

Said Council President Marc Laredo “we already have the biggest Council in the state, but we can do better.  We are blessed in Newton with a huge Council chamber.  That beautiful municipal space is being under utilized and we are confident that we can cram more desks in there without sacrificing the comfort of our existing Councilors.

Disclaimer: This was one of our many April Fools stories for 2019

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