Snow Cleanup Continues!

Hauling Snow

DPW removed 600+ loads of snow last night! Removal continues tonight in the Highlands and parking lots! Please help your community by shoveling out hydrants, corners, and elderly neighbors in need! Thank you for your cooperation.


Wrapping Up This Storm

School dropoff went really well today, so we will do the same thing again tomorrow: Once again, the elementary schools will open for dropoff tomorrow at 7:45 a.m. and the high school and middle school will open at 6:45 a.m. to alleviate congestion at dropoff as we continue to work throughout the city. Thank you for your ongoing cooperation.

Snow removal in the business districts will commence this evening at 7 p.m. and will continue throughout the night. Here are the areas we will focus on tonight:

  1. Franklin/Green Street at Main, beginning at 7 p.m.
  2. Hospital Square
  3. Downtown Main Street
  4. Wyoming Square
  5. Cedar Park and Franklin Street will be done during the course of the night or on Friday.

Please be aware that this may be noisy, parking may be restricted, and detours may be in place during this nighttime cleanup.

For any other issues going forward, please call DPW at 781-665-0142 as we finish our cleanup and move forward with preparation for the next snow event.

Liquor License Commission Meeting Rescheduled to Tuesday, Feb. 3

The Liquor License Commission meeting that was originally scheduled for Monday, January 26, has now been rescheduled to Tuesday, February 3, at 7 p.m. in the Milano Senior Center. At this meeting, the commission will receive Mayor Rob Dolan’s proposals for changes to Melrose’s liquor regulations. They will then schedule a public hearing to get public input.

The proposed changes include

Clarifying the regulation on serving alcoholic beverages in restaurants to include the following:

  • A customer may order one drink before ordering food;
  • A second drink can be ordered once the customer has ordered a meal;
  •  “Meal” is defined as a purchased menu item of food;
  • Service of alcoholic beverages requires table service by waitstaff, and not counter-service;
  • Customers may not bring their own alcoholic beverages into a restaurant;
  • Pitchers of beverages are not allowed, however wine and wine-based beverages may be served out of a decanter.

Setting forth regulations regarding outdoor service of alcoholic beverages, to screen service areas from surrounding neighborhoods, and to ensure that members of the public cannot wander into service areas without first entering the restaurant.

The Commission will hold a public hearing before acting on these proposals.

If the Commission approves the changes, Mayor Dolan will then send an order to the Board of Aldermen proposing revisions to the the number of seats required for a restaurant beer and wine license and full liquor license. Any changes approved by the Aldermen will then go to the state legislature as a Home Rule Petition.

Melrose Students Pitch In to Clear Snow

Eli Keegan

Take a look at some of our Melrose students and the community service work they did during this week’s snowstorm!

With so much snow falling in such a short time, it was great to have our students helping clear sidewalks, corners, and hydrants—and earning community service hours as well.

On the right, Eli Keegan shovels out the corner of Florence and West Foster Streets.


Kaitlyn and Kevin Burke clear the sidewalks and hydrant on Florence St.

Ryan Nagle

Ryan Nagle, at left, shoveled out the hydrant at Grove St. and Whitman Ave.

Other civic-minded students who helped clear snow in their neighborhoods were Kyle Vanderhorst, Darwin Anderson, and Nicole Davie. Thank you!

Snow Cleanup Operations

Tomorrow night we will begin cleanup operations and snow removal in the business districts. The operations will begin at 7 p .m. and run all night. They will involve major parking limitations, noise, and a variety of very large trucks hauling and moving snow. It is loud, and it can only be done at night to avoid parking, pedestrians, and traffic. The following areas will be cleared on Thursday evening, beginning at 7 p.m.:

  1. Franklin/Green Street at Main, beginning at 7 p.m.
  2. Hospital Square
  3. Downtown Main Street
  4. Wyoming Square
  5. Cedar Park and Franklin Street will be done during the course of the night or on Friday.

The squares will be shut down, parking will be restricted, and detours may be in place. If you have any questions regarding general time frames, to better prepare your home or business, please contact the DPW Storm Center at 781-665-0142.

School Will Be Open on Thursday, and Other Things You Need to Know

Here’s what you need to know about the storm for Wednesday:

The Melrose Public Schools will be open on Thursday, January 29

  • This is a multi-day storm cleanup. There are still multiple blocked corners, and walking is potentially dangerous in this weather. We are encouraging you to drive your children to school or carpool with others. Superintendent Taymore is opening all elementary schools at 7:45 a.m. and the middle school and high school at 6:45 a.m. to allow you to drop your child off early; all classes will begin at the normal time.
  • We have cleared the frontages of all schools. They are safe and passable. Over the next few days, we will be targeting business districts and pedestrian corners and crosswalks.
  • Please look at the sidewalk routes linked here:
  • South Section
  • North Section
  • Main Street Section
  • Central Section
  • These routes are approved by principals. Please use these routes if you choose to walk.
  • The Melrose Public Library, Milano Senior Center, and the Council on Aging will also be open normal hours on Thursday
  • Trash will be on a one-day delay.

Again, this is a multi day cleanup process. We are making progress and will continue to make progress until the job is done.

If you have any questions, call the DPW Storm Center at 781-665-0142.
School open in Melrose on Thursday… things you need to know

Tuesday Afternoon Storm Update

What we know now:

  • There will be no school tomorrow.
  • City Hall will open at 10:30 a.m.
  • The Melrose Public Library and the Melrose Council on Aging will be closed all day Wednesday.
  • Trash and recycling will be picked up on a holiday schedule.
  • The parking ban will be lifted at 7 a.m. tomorrow. It will be strictly enforced until then.
  • Please remember it is illegal to blow snow onto the street or sidewalk.
  • For any snow-related questions or problems, please call the DPW Storm Center at 781-665-0142.

If you have to go to work tomorrow, please be aware that tomorrow’s commute is going to be very difficult. It is going to take us several days to clean this storm up. There will be plows running 24 hours, so when you wake up tomorrow, your driveway may be blocked. Give yourself plenty of time to do what you have to do. Please understand that all staff and crew are working until the job is done, but it will be a slow, labor intensive process to bring things back to normal. Thank you for your cooperation and help.

Stay safe, Melrose!