With spring under way, the Green Team is busy with a variety of projects—including making repairs to one of Melrose’s signature spots, the Ell Pond Gazebo.
I would like to invite you, your family, and your friends to come to downtown Melrose tomorrow morning for just a few minutes to give our returning soldiers a warm welcome home.
As you may have already heard, the 182nd Infantry Regiment, which is based in Melrose, will be returning to the city tomorrow morning, Wednesday, March 28. We don’t know exactly when they will arrive, but we expect them between 7:00 and 7:30 a.m. The troops will reunite with their families at Memorial Hall. Veterans Services Officer Ryan McLane invites everyone to come downtown around 6:45 a.m. to line the street with well wishers. Please join me tomorrow morning to welcome our heroes home and thank them for their service.
Arthur King sent in a comment last week asking about our Free Cash situation:
I heard there will be some FREE CASH in the budget and assume that it will be used to help reduce taxes and not allocated to some city department.
Thank you for your question, Arthur!
What we call Certified Free Cash is the amount that revenues exceed spending at the end of the fiscal year. It’s like the balance in your checking account after you have paid all the bills.
This is one-time money, so it is my opinion that the best strategy is to invest it into the infrastructure of the city. In the ten years that I have been mayor, we have worked hard to maintain and improve the infrastructure of Melrose—roads, sidewalks, the water and sewer system, fire hydrants and firefighting apparatus, trees and parks—so that it does not leave a liability for future generations. Unlike the state, which is allowing roads and bridges to fall into disrepair, we are maintaining our property and investing in improvements. This makes the City of Melrose a more pleasant place to live now and keeps us from having to borrow money for future repairs, putting the city in a better fiscal position for the long term.
City Hall is usually quiet on weekends, but this past Saturday, March 17, the Aldermanic Chamber was filled with activity as the Melrose High School Permanent Scholarship Fund Committee held their annual mail-a-thon, with the help of 48 Melrose High students who got up early on a Saturday to address, stuff, and stamp envelopes.
When you get that letter from the Permanent Scholarship Fund, consider this: Many of the committee members who donate their time don’t have children at Melrose High School. Some have young children, some have older children who graduated long ago. Yet they all feel strongly enough about the importance of this scholarship program to dedicate their time and effort—and give up a Saturday morning—to ensure that Melrose High School students will get some extra help from their hometown when they go to college.
I particularly like the Permanent Scholarship Fund because it encourages these connections between generations: The students who came to help on Saturday, the parents of children who will someday go to Melrose High, and the parents of children who graduated long ago. Every scholarship is designated as being from an earlier class, an organization, or an individual, and the tradition is that when a student receives the scholarship, he or she writes a thank-you note to the sponsor—another way to maintain community ties across space and time.