Lt. Governor Karyn Polito visited Melrose on December 15 to sign a Community Compact agreement with Mayor Robert J. Dolan at Memorial Hall.
Community Compacts are a new tool the Baker/Polito administration is utilizing to strengthen the partnership between cities and towns and the Commonwealth. By entering into a Community Compact, a community agrees to implement self-selected best practices. As part of this partnership, the Commonwealth agrees to fulfill a set of commitments and works to provide assistance for a community based on their chosen best practices.
“I am pleased to begin this partnership with Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito to help identify and enhance best practices in these crucial areas of local government,” said Dolan. “By signing this agreement, Melrose will be eligible for incentives including Commonwealth technical assistance resources, extra points on grants, and a grant program specifically for Compact communities. This is crucial moving forward to continue being a regional leader in these areas as funding sources decrease.”
The City of Melrose applied for the Community Compact in the following three areas, requesting grant funding or state technical assistance:
1) Complete Streets Certification Program
In an effort to get more residents walking and biking in the City, the City of Melrose is pursuing certification under the Complete Streets program established by the Commonwealth. Melrose is a city with neighborhood schools where many children walk and also has a very active Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. With three commuter rail stations and Oak Grove, many residents walk and bike to these stations for work.
2) Renewable Energy Opportunities
The City of Melrose is exploring two renewable energy projects—rooftop solar on our Department of Public Works building and a solar canopy at the Melrose High School parking lot.
3) IT Cyber Safety
The City of Melrose currently manages a regional IT model where we host IT services for Melrose, Town of Essex, and also Town of Saugus. With the ever increasing risk of cyber-attacks, the City of Melrose would like to complete a safety audit of our systems.