By William Tauro
At their Tuesday meeting on November 20, The Somerville Board of Aldermen presented retiring Register of Deeds Gene Brune a special honor for his ten years serving as the mayor of Somerville. Mayor Curtatone, Alderman Jack Connolly and Alderman Maryann Heuston spoke of the progress that was made during the ten years of the Brune Administration.
They each spoke of the trying financial times that Mayor Brune had to endure as he began his first term, particularly in facing proposition 2 1/2 where he had no choice but to reduce property taxes by 15% for the next three years.
Also, the April 3, 1980 major chemical spill caused Mayor Brune to evacuate over 14 thousand people. Under his leadership much was accomplished, such as bringing the Red Line into Davis Square, building a new Comprehensive High School, a new Police Station, forcing legislation to eliminate elected assessors and bring in professionals to do their job. Also, for starting many of the programs that are still going on today.
For all of the above and for much more, the mayor and the aldermen confer the Honor of Mayor Emeritus to Gene Brune. Alderman Heuston stated that this will be the first time in Somerville history that a mayor has received this honor. The title of Mayor Emeritus allows Brune to hold the rank as an honorary title for life.
Mayor Brune thanked Mayor Curtatone and the Board of Aldermen for the honor and expressed how pleased he was to receive it.