Monthly Archives: January, 2015

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.

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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.

Burke

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!

No School Tomorrow

The Melrose Public Schools will be closed on Wednesday, January 28.

We Need You!

Uncle Sam

ATTENTION ALL MELROSE MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS! I have just received approval from Principals Conway and Farrell for a community service initiative! If you clean out a hydrant, shovel out a corner (which is particularly needed), or clear the sidewalk of a neighbor in need for no charge, and take a picture of that hydrant, corner, or sidewalk, and identify your street, you will be given community service credit toward your Melrose Public School community service requirements.

One of the more significant ways you can help is to shovel out the corners at the end of your block and at intersections so people can cross properly. That will provide greater access in all areas of the city for pedestrian traffic. Take the picture and e-mail it, along with the location, to mayorsoffice@cityofmelrose.org.

If you Tweet the photo to @CityofMelrose, we’ll retweet it as well to spread the word!

We need you!

Snow Cleanup Strategies

We are now in the more challenging part of the storm in that most of the staff has been working since 7 p.m. last night, and for safety reasons our staff must take sleep breaks, which periodically affects the number of people on the streets working. Once the breaks are completed, which takes several hours, there will be another major operation. Snow removal, however, never stops.

We have about 20 inches of snow, with the expectation that the storm will continue for another six hours. The snow is very light, and we are very happy to report there have been no power outages in Melrose, as well as no injuries or accidents.

The goal now is to keep up with the storm and plow the main arteries. Obviously the main arteries have been cleared several times, but with the wind and lighter snow, the snow is pushed back into the streets. When the storm settles, we will implement another major attack on central arteries and side roads. (In our next post we will talk about sidewalk routes, so please stay tuned.)

The next phase of snow removal is the schools. We have many neighborhood schools where snow needs to be hauled away. This is a very lengthy, time- and labor-intensive process. That begins after the central arteries and side streets are passable, and that will not happen until much later in the evening. The timing of the end of the storm will dictate whether or not there will be school tomorrow. Many cities are already beginning to cancel school for tomorrow; that decision will come at a later time for us.

As I said yesterday, this will be a multi-day cleanup, because the hauling of snow is time- and labor-intensive and we still have to allow the staff to sleep and rest in order to ensure the safety of our staff and the public in a storm of this length. A few days out, we will begin to see the removal of snow from business districts as well as corners, as you have seen in the past. This work must be done overnight. It is loud and with many trucks hauling the snow it will be disruptive in some neighborhoods near business districts and schools. There is no way to avoid this—it needs to be done at night due to the number of large trucks and front-end loaders necessary, the space required for them to work, and the need for the roadway to be clear of cars, traffic, and pedestrians.

Businesses are responsible under city ordinance to clean the frontages of their stores. (Here is the letter I sent to the Chamber of Commerce and a copy of the Snow Ordinance.)

After the business districts are clear, we will start hauling snow out of parking areas. Obviously, considering the the size of our staff and the multiple pieces of equipment we have, coupled with the need for our workers to rest, it will take several days to bring life completely back to normal.

Here is how you can help: If you have a snowblower, help cut out the corners at the end of your street. DPW cannot open up every corner in the city—there are thousands of them. You can shovel out a hydrant—the firefighters are out but they need help. Open up the walkway of an elderly or disabled person, in case they need attention. Check in on elderly neighbors throughout the week to see if they need assistance with food or medications.

Our DPW staffs are working very hard and doing a wonderful job, as are our Police and Fire Departments. Thank you for your ongoing cooperation.

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