The Mayor’s Morning Briefing: Home for the Holidays

If you have been downtown the last few days, you may have noticed our DPW crews, who have been busy sprucing things up, putting up the wreaths, and checking the lights in preparation for Home for the Holidays tonight. Come down to the First Baptist Church for dinner at 5 p.m., then head across the street for the lighting of the tree on the City Hall lawn. After that, we will stroll to the YMCA for Santa’s grand appearance at about 6:30. Stick around because our local merchants will be offering holiday treats and special sales, and don’t forget to stop by the Temple Beth Shalom for latkes! The fun continues tomorrow, as the holiday trolleys run from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. The complete schedule is on the Chamber of Commerce website.

DPW
This is a green recycle week.
This is a yard waste week. Leaves will be picked up curbside on resident’s regular trash day.
Saturday, December 1st will be Catch All Recycle Day! The following items will be accepted: Televisions and monitors ($7 up to 35 inches – $15.00 for larger than 35 inches), electronics, florescent bulbs, tires, rechargeable batteries, dried latex paint, metal items ($15.00), books, eye glasses, clothing, paper, plastic, cardboard, and yard waste. Bring it all down to the City Yard between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Upcoming Events

December 4, 6:30 p.m., Neighborhood Meeting for Wards 4 and 6, GAR Room, Memorial Hall
December 7, 10:30-11 a.m., Toddler Time Drop-In Program, Melrose Public Library
December 9, 3 p.m., USAF Band of Liberty Concert, Memorial Hall. Free tickets available at the Mayor’s Office, Milano Senior Center, and Veterans Services Office. You must have a ticket to attend.
December 14, 10 a.m., Kids Club, featuring Kizfun, Memorial Hall

Upcoming Meetings
December 3, 7:30 p.m., Board of Aldermen Caucus, 7:30 p.m., Aldermanic Chamber
December 3, 7:45 p.m., Board of Aldermen meeting, Aldermanic Chamber
December 4, 7 p.m., Human Rights Commission, Lower Level Conference Room

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The Mayor’s Morning Briefing: New Police Officers Sworn In

Left to right: Mayor Dolan, Police Chief Michael Lyle, Officer Sean Matthews, Alderman Peter Mortimer, Officer Daniel Goodhue, Senator Katherine Clark

This morning, I administered the oath of office to our two newest police officers, Sean Matthews and Daniel Goodhue. I want to welcome them both to the Melrose Police Department and offer them my best wishes as they begin their service to our city.

DPW
This is a green recycle week.
This is a yard waste week. Leaves will be picked up curbside on resident’s regular trash day.
Fall street sweeping is taking place in Ward 1, Precincts 1 and 2 today.

Upcoming Events
November 29, 3-4 p.m., Snack Pack (grades 4 and 5 book club, no registration necessary), Melrose Public Library
November 30, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Toddler Time Drop-In Program, Melrose Public Library
December 4, 6:30 p.m., Neighborhood Meeting for Wards 4 and 6, GAR Room, Memorial Hall
December 7, 10:30-11 a.m., Toddler Time Drop-In Program, Melrose Public Library
December 9, 3 p.m., USAF Band of Liberty Concert, Memorial Hall. Free tickets available at the Mayor’s Office, Melrose Public Library, Milano Senior Center, and Veterans Services Office. You must have a ticket to attend.
December 14, 10 a.m., Kids Club, featuring Kizfun, Memorial Hall

Upcoming Meetings
December 3, 7:30 p.m., Board of Aldermen Caucus, 7:30 p.m., Aldermanic Chamber
December 3, 7:45 p.m., Board of Aldermen meeting, Aldermanic Chamber
December 4, 7 p.m., Human Rights Commission, Lower Level Conference Room

Guest Post: Fire Chief Chris Leary

Every Wednesday, we feature a guest post from a different department head. This week, Fire Chief Chris Leary explains how the Fire Department responds to a call for a house fire.

My name is Christopher Leary and I am the Chief of the Melrose Fire Department. Last year we responded to over 3,800 calls for assistance, from medical emergencies to building fires. A question that is commonly asked is why are there so many trucks at an incident? Let me explain the various trucks and their duties on a typical call for a house fire:

  • Command Car- This is a four wheel drive vehicle that transports the shift commander to the call. The Captain is responsible for the overall control of the incident. He will place apparatus and firefighters at key locations depending on the event, and requests additional help as needed.
  • Engine Companies – The engine carries an officer and 2 firefighters. The main purpose of the engine is to carry water and hose, used to extinguish the fire. In addition, there are special fire extinguishers, tools, meters, and hazmat and medical equipment at their disposal. When we have a call for a house fire, two engines respond. The first one investigates and puts water on the fire; the second one connects to a fire hydrant and is the water supply.
  • Ladder Company – The ladder truck is staffed with an officer and two or three firefighters. The main objective for the ladder company at a building fire is search and rescue and ventilation. They may just open windows, or they may have to cut holes in the roof. The truck has a 100’ ladder and numerous ground ladders, the “Jaws of Life,” saws, hand tools, and hazmat and medical equipment.
  • Rescue Company – The Rescue is staffed with 2 firefighter/EMTs who routinely transport sick and injured patients to the hospital. When there is a fire, they become part of the Ladder Company and perform search and rescue. The Rescue has all the medical equipment required for an ambulance, with additional tools, extinguishers, and protective equipment.

All members are equipped with structural firefighting gear, SCBA’s (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus), and portable radios.

This is our typical response to a call for a building fire. As the situation dictates, the OIC (Officer in Charge) can obtain additional help from surrounding communities through mutual aid.

Melrose Bond Rating Upgraded

We got some good financial news this week. Here is a copy of the press release we sent out this afternoon:

Melrose Bond Rating Upgraded

The rating agency Standard & Poors gave Melrose an outstanding bond rating and upgraded its rating outlook from “stable” to “positive” as the City issued new bonds earlier this month.

“This is an important validation of the efforts we have made over the past ten years to continuously improve the financial picture of the City of Melrose,” said Mayor Rob Dolan. “These ratings demonstrate continued confidence in the city’s fiscal structure and practices by expert outside analysts. It’s like our financial report card—and we’re on the honor roll.”

Arthur Flavin, City Treasurer, received several competitive bids from bond and note underwriters on Thursday, November 8, 2012 for a $5,420,000 24-year bond issue and a $5,950,000 1-year bond anticipation note issue. Fidelity Capital Markets purchased the Bonds at an average interest rate of 2.06% and Jefferies & Company purchased the Notes at a net interest cost of 0.26%. The City received a total of 5 bids on the Bonds and 6 bids on the Notes. Proceeds of the bond and note issue will be used to finance various capital improvements.

Prior to the sale, Standard & Poor’s, a municipal credit rating agency, assigned a rating of “AA-” to the City’s long-term debt and improved their rating outlook from “stable” to “positive”. Standard & Poor’s assigned their highest short-term rating of SP-1+ to the Notes. The agency cited the City’s extremely strong per capita market values, stable operations, good reserves and low debt burden as positive credit factors.

“This positive rating and improved outlook is particularly impressive in view of the uncertain financial times that the country faces,” said city auditor Patrick Dello Russo. “This is a notable achievement and confirms the City’s strong fiscal footing.”

The Mayor’s Morning Briefing: Catch All Recycle Day Coming Up!

Mark your calendars: Saturday, December 1st will be Catch All Recycle Day! The following items will be accepted: Televisions and monitors ($7 up to 35 inches – $15.00 for larger than 35 inches), electronics, florescent bulbs, tires, rechargeable batteries, dried latex paint, metal items ($15.00), books, eye glasses, clothing, paper, plastic, cardboard, and yard waste. Bring it all down to the City Yard between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m.

DPW
This is a green recycle week.
This is a yard waste week. Leaves will be picked up curbside on resident’s regular trash day.
Fall Street Sweeping is taking place in Ward 1, Precinct 1 today.

Upcoming Events
November 29, 3-4 p.m., Snack Pack (grades 4 and 5 book club, no registration necessary), Melrose Public Library
November 30, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Toddler Time Drop-In Program, Melrose Public Library
December 4, 6:30 p.m., Neighborhood Meeting for Wards 4 and 6, GAR Room, Memorial Hall
December 7, 10:30-11 a.m., Toddler Time Drop-In Program, Melrose Public Library
December 9, 3 p.m., USAF Band of Liberty Concert, Memorial Hall. Free tickets available at the Mayor’s Office, Melrose Public Library, Milano Senior Center, and Veterans Services Office. You must have a ticket to attend.
December 14, 10 a.m., Kids Club, featuring Kizfun, Memorial Hall

Upcoming Meetings
November 27, 7 p.m., School Committee, Aldermanic Chamber
November 28, 9 a.m., Retirement Board, Retirement Office
December 3, 7:30 p.m., Board of Aldermen Caucus, 7:30 p.m., Aldermanic Chamber
December 3, 7:45 p.m., Board of Aldermen meeting, Aldermanic Chamber
December 4, 7 p.m., Human Rights Commission, Lower Level Conference Room

Park Commission, GMC agree to new Mount Hood contract

I am pleased to announce that the City of Melrose and Golf Management Corporation have agreed to a five-year contract for the management of Mount Hood. The contract will now go to the Board of Aldermen for approval. GMC has held the Mount Hood contract for the past ten years.

GMC has been an excellent partner at Mount Hood for the past ten years, and I am pleased that we will continue our relationship with them. This new contract will allow us to continue the progress that has been made during the past decade.

The contract includes a few new elements: The Park Commission and GMC will be looking at the feasibility of creating a driving range or practice area. Furthermore, thanks to recent improvements to the kitchen, GMC will be running more non-golf events for all residents young and old, such as Comedy Night, Country Night, Wine Tasting and youth winter indoor and outdoor events in conjunction with Melrose Recreation. They will continue to enlarge the trail system in the park’s open space.

“The Park Commission unanimously selected GMC as the management company for the Mount Hood facility and is looking forward to working with them over the term of the contract,” said Park Commission chairman Michael Interbartolo. “We expect that our combined efforts over the next five years will be successful financially and will result in continued improvements to our golf course and public park for all those who use our facilities according to the policies of the Park Commission.”

“We’re very happy to have once again been chosen as the management company for Mount Hood memorial Park and Golf Course.” said Tom and Phil Friel, the principals of Mass Golf Management. “We’ve been very happy with the good relationships we’ve developed, working with the Mayor, the Park Commission, and the Park Department to improve Mount Hood in all aspects over the last ten years. Our entire team is looking forward to continuing this effort for the future benefit of Mount Hood and all of its visitors. ”