Join Hallmark Health for the 2017 Stride for Healthy Communities 5K Walk and Run on Saturday, September 30, at Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield. Register at hallmarkhealth.org/stride. Prizes will be awarded for the top finishers in each age group category, and all children 12 years old and younger will receive a medal. Tech race shirts are included with registration while supplies last. Proceeds from the Stride benefit Hallmark Health family health services, such as CPR training for high school students, rescue resources at a local fire department, diabetes education and other initiatives to keep our communities healthy. Help us continue to make a difference in our communities while enjoying this family-friendly event. You can also help support the walkers and runners by volunteering at the water stop. To volunteer or for more information about the event, please contact the Fund Development office at 781-338-7620.
I am happy to inform you of advancements in several projects that have started or are about to start this month. These projects illustrate our continued commitment and investment in infrastructure and maintenance of our utility systems and services. Below is a listing of some of our major initiatives:
2017 Water Main Improvements
The City opened bids on September 14th for this year’s water main improvements project, which is being funded through the MWRA’s zero-interest loan program. The project is estimated to cost approximately $1,000,000 including design, construction, and construction services and consists of work on Warwick Road, Perkins Street from Warwick Road to the Stoneham line, Altamont Avenue, and Day Street. The low bidder was N. Granese & Sons from Salem, MA. We anticipate beginning construction in the coming weeks and hope to complete the majority of the work prior to the end of the calendar year.
On Altamont Avenue, Perkins Street, and Day Street, the work will consist of replacing and upsizing existing water mains, along with replacement of all water services between the new mains and the limits of the City’s rights-of-way. On Warwick Road, the City presently has two parallel water mains—one 6-inch and one 16-inch. The proposed work on Warwick Road consists of abandoning the 6-inch main and connecting all house services and side streets’ water mains to the 16-inch main. The four impacted streets are scheduled to be final paved in 2018.
In addition to this project, the water main was replaced under a separate contract on First Street from Ashcroft Road to Sixth Street (in front of the Winthrop School). Finally, water main flushing has begun this week and will continue through mid-November, to flush out our water system and to exercise and test our water system components (valves and hydrants) to ensure continued operation. Flushing is being completed by our in house Water Operations crew.
Infiltration and Inflow Investigation and Reduction
Throughout 2017, the City has been aggressively investigating the sewer system in select areas identified as contributing the highest volumes of extraneous flows, or infiltration and inflow (I/I), to the sewer system. These areas have been the subject of internal camera inspections, flow isolation to determine nighttime flows, and manhole inspections. Based on the results of these tests, the City and our consultants from Weston & Sampson Engineers have identified pipe segments that will benefit from cast-in-place lining. This technology is trenchless, meaning that all work is planned to be performed from the surface using existing manholes for access. The bid prices ranged from approximately $1.1M to $1.3M, and bids are presently being evaluated with an award anticipated to take place next week. This project is also being funded through the MWRA assistance program, which consists of a 75% zero-interest loan and 25% grant for sewer projects.
On August 31, 2017, the City submitted our Complete Streets Prioritization Plan to MassDOT, culminating a year-long effort of identifying and evaluating projects for inclusion in the document. As we await MassDOT comments and approval, we are now preparing our first application for implementation grant funding, which can total up to $400,000 per community per year. Specifically, we are preparing the grant application to include pedestrian and bicycle improvements around Melrose High School and Melrose Veteran’s Memorial Middle School, creation of an improved north-south bicycle route from Wakefield to Main Street at West Wyoming Avenue, and configuration, accessibility, and crosswalk improvements to Howard Street from Green Street to Nelson Road. If approved for funding, these projects would be constructed in 2018. The program has also identified several other projects which we are currently reviewing for submission in future Complete Streets grant program cycles and also some which we are exploring alternative construction funding sources to bring forward.
Multi-year Utility and Roadway Improvement Plan
Thus far in 2017, National Grid has completed gas main and service replacements on Tremont Street between the Lynn Fells Parkway and Lake Avenue, West Hill Avenue, York Terrace, Botolph Street between West Hill and York, Albion Street, Altamont Avenue, Aaron Street, First Street between Ashcroft Road and Sixth Street, and Vinton Street between Glen Road and Warwick Road. They are presently continuing gas main and service replacement projects on Warwick Road, Spear and Hancock Streets, and Florence Street between West Wyoming and West Foster. They intend to complete the construction season with projects on North and South High Streets, Frances and Bartlett Streets and East Emerson Street.
The City’s 2017 Road Program is following behind utility work after adequate time has been allowed for roadway settlement. This summer, we completed paving on Cleveland Street and on Tremont Street between the Lynn Fells Parkway and West Emerson Street. Pavement markings on each of these streets are scheduled to be painted in the coming weeks. Also this summer, we completed work at the Winthrop School to add a new drop-off driveway on First Street and to expand the teacher parking lot.
During the fall, we are scheduled to begin paving and sidewalk work on Albion Street and Day Street, West Hill Avenue, York Terrace, Spear Street, Hancock Street, Aaron Street, and First Street between Ashcroft Road and Sixth Street. Some of these streets will be completed in the 2017 construction season, while others will be paved with a binder course and allowed to settle further until spring 2018, when the final top course will be paved.
Opt-In Monthly Water & Sewer Billing to start in October
We are happy to announce that starting in October, we will be introducing a monthly option for water & sewer bills. Currently, residents can only receive their water and sewer bill quarterly (4 times per year). Starting next month, you will have the option to switch to monthly billing (12 bills/year). This is not mandatory, this is your choice. The Public Works Water & Sewer Billing office will be rolling this out by notifying one area of Melrose each month, starting in October based on our reading and billing cycle. It will take until April to offer to the entire City. Instructions on how to opt in will be in your quarterly bill.
Other Upgrades on the Way
Lastly, Public Works has also partnered with various organizations and will be moving forward with smaller improvement to our parks and open spaces. Plans are currently being finalized to upgrade the Adopt-a-Site at the island of Bellevue and the Lynn Fells Parkway; construction of a new WWII Memorial will be completed and opened this coming Veteran’s Day; solar lights will be added to the Dog Park; and construction for a new dog park at Pine Banks has commenced.
For further information on these projects, please visit:
- 2017 Construction Projects: http://www.cityofmelrose.org/departments/public-works-department/road-construction-schedule-2017/
- 2017 Flushing Program: https://www.cityofmelrose.org/2017/09/18/citywide-flushing-hydrant-testing-program-begins-september-19/
- Monthly Water & Sewer Opt in Monthly Billing Program Questions can be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
In order to improve sewer service, on behalf of the City of Melrose, Weston & Sampson will be conducting smoke testing on portions of the sanitary sewer system throughout the City from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, during the months of September and October 2017.
These inspections are being conducted as part of Melrose’s 2017 Sewer Investigation Program. The purpose of smoke testing is to locate sources of rainwater entering the sanitary sewer. By removing this extra flow, Melrose will reduce the amount of unnecessary wastewater it sends to the MWRA. This extra flow is called inflow. The reduction of inflow is an important component of the City’s present Infiltration and Inflow (I/I) reduction program.
During the test, white smoke is introduced to the sanitary sewer system via a smoke-generating machine. During this procedure, white smoke will be venting from holes in manhole covers and from plumbing vent pipes located on or near your roof surface. THIS IS NORMAL AND SHOULD NOT CAUSE ALARM.
Smoke should not enter your premises unless there is either a dry trap in an unused fixture or a plumbing defect. You may wish to pour two gallons of water down any basement floor drain or unused plumbing fixture to ensure that the drain trap will be effective.
Should smoke be detected within your building, do not be alarmed. The smoke is NON-TOXIC, NON-STAINING, and dissipates quickly through open windows. IF YOU HAVE A LUNG AILMENT or RESPIRATORY CONDITION SUCH AS ASTHMA OR EMPHYSEMA, STAY AWAY FROM THE SMOKE. Any smoke within a building should be immediately reported to the Fire Department at 911 and the persons conducting the tests.
Weston & Sampson company vehicles are black and/or gray with the company name on the sides, and their personnel will be wearing shirts with the Weston & Sampson markings. All Weston & Sampson staff will carry a current identification card.
Any questions should be directed to Weston & Sampson at (978) 548-6352. Leave a message including your name, address, and telephone number and your call will be promptly returned.
This Saturday from 1-5, Beacon Hill Wine and Gourmet will have a fundraiser event for Haymakers for Hope with multiple wine/beer/food vendors and lots of great raffle prizes! 100% of raffle donations will be donated to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Food vendors include Melrose Cake Company, Deanos Pasta and Fixx Chocolates.
Donations can be made online at www.haymakersforhope.org/profiles/rebecca-beraldi and tickets are still available for purchase using the code BERALDI
For Jews around the world, the fall means a new beginning as they celebrate the High Holidays: Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, which follows ten days later. Melrose’s reform congregation, Temple Beth Shalom, will welcome the year 5777 by observing the two days of Rosh Hashanah starting at sundown on Wed., Sept. 20. Yom Kippur’s one-day observance begins at sundown on Fri., Sept 29.
The High Holidays are a time of both celebration and introspection, providing Jews with an opportunity to resolve to be better people, similar to that of the secular New Year. During the religious service, congregants symbolically cast away their sins, fast, and pray. In this way, they reflect on the past year, make amends both to God and to the people they have wronged, and ask God for a fresh start. Says TBS Rabbi Arnie Fertig, “The High Holidays are a time of year when we as Jews are called on to reflect seriously about who we are, what our lives are about, and the direction we chart for ourselves and our community for the coming year. Our prayers speak of it as a time when God judges each of us as individuals, yet we turn inward together as individuals composing a larger congregation. We focus not simply on ‘me’ but on ‘us’ as we reflect on the values that have been central to the Jewish people from ancient days until the present. We say together: ‘Forgive us. Pardon us. Inscribe us in the book of life.’ ”
In this spirit, Temple Beth Shalom encourages its members to participate in the services, which also helps personalize the observance. Members sing in the lay-choir, lead parts of the liturgy in Hebrew and in English, and sing along with many of the prayers. The Temple’s 85 member families from Melrose and surrounding towns also celebrate both community and tradition. For example, a highlight of the Rosh Hashanah service is longtime Temple member Karl Geller leading the congregation’s children in blowing the shofar (ram’s horn), this handing down the ritual to a new generation.
This year, the Temple is offering new special services for families with young children. Led by the Temple’s new Education Director, Rabbi Allison Peiser, the service, will be geared toward families and will include storytelling, singing, shofar blowing and more. Non-members, GLTBQ and interfaith supporters are all welcome to attend. No tickets are required; all are welcome to attend. Donations are requested from non-members. The schedule of services is:
Rosh Hashanah Services
Rosh Hashanah Family Service: Thurs., Sept. 21, 8:30am
Rosh Hashanah Morning Service: Thurs., Sept. 21, 10am, with Taschlich immediately following at 1:30pm
Second Day of Rosh Hashanah: Fri., Sept. 22, 10am Kol Nidre
Yom Kippur Services
Kol Nidre Service: Fri., Sept. 29, 7:30pm
Yom Kippur Family Service: Sat.., Sept. 29, 8:30am
Yom Kippur Morning Service: Sat., Sept. 29, 10am with Yizkor at approximately 1pm, Neilah Concluding Service at approximately 4pm, and Havadalah and potluck Break Fast at approximately at 6pm
Come see the talented students of Melrose Drama in their first production of the season, the Melrose Drama Miscast Cabaret. The Cabaret is a fundraiser for the Melrose Drama Program in the Melrose Public Schools and will be performed on Friday September 22nd at 7PM at Melrose Performing Arts Center located at the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School, 350 Lynn Fells Parkway in Melrose. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door.
Unlike past Cabarets, this year’s performance has a fun and interesting twist! It is a “Miscast” cabaret, which means that actors will be can performing songs traditionally done by characters that they would never be cast as due to age, gender, voice type ethnicity or any other variations. The result can often be humorous, touching and a fun look at a road left unexplored! The cast will also perform previews of songs from the upcoming Melrose Drama Season! Come see the amazing students of Melrose Drama in this entertaining fundraising production!!
For more information on the Cabaret, please see the Melrose Drama Event page.
The fall season is finally upon us, which means it’s almost time to tee up for the 4th Annual Melrose Veteran Open! This event pairs U.S. Veterans and their supporters for a day of outreach and fun at Mount Hood Golf Course. This year, Melrose Veteran Services is partnering with the Melrose Veterans Memory Project to raise money for continued veteran research and city memorial restoration.
The main target for raised funds is the continued Knoll Restoration Project. Upgrades will include long-term sustainability improvements including irrigation and lighting. The goal of the project is to return the Knoll to its original intention – honoring Melrose veterans and their extraordinary military service.
The Tournament Features
- Team Scramble Format with prize for 1st and 2nd place team finishes
- Long Drive Competition (Male, Female and Senior)
- Putting Competition
- 50/50 Closest to the Pin (can’t give it back!)
- Event 50/50 Raffle (can’t give it back!)
Your Entry Gets You
- Donations may be eligible for a tax deduction through the Melrose Veterans Memory Project (a registered 501c3)
- Entry into door prize raffles
- Dinner and award presentation
- 18 Holes of Golf plus cart
- AND GREAT COMPANY
Click here to purchase tickets or sponsor the event.
We welcomed students to the newly renovated Horace Mann School and the new kindergarten classrooms at the Hoover and Winthrop schools over the past two weeks. I want to thank everybody who was involved in this project, including our Planning Department, Department of Public Works, and our school staff, who worked so hard to ensure that the new areas would be ready for the first day of school. We have a lot to be proud of!
The City’s biennial water main flushing program will begin Tuesday, September 19, 2017, and run through early November. The intent of the flushing program is to clean out any sediment that collects in water mains and to test and evaluate water system components such as hydrants and valves. Over the course of the next two months, every stretch of water main in the city will be flushed by closing off certain valves in the city’s water distribution system and allowing hydrants in that area to run for a period of a few minutes. Residents should not use their water when we are flushing or testing on their street, as it may result in sediment in home plumbing and discolored water.
Hydrant flushing will be taking place between Washington/Pleasant/Wyoming and Malden next Tuesday to Thursday. Flushing hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
More information is available on our 2017 Water Main Flushing page. Please check the street list or call the Engineering Division at 781-979-4172 to determine our daily list of streets to be flushed. The street list will be updated on flushing days, no later than 4:00 pm, to reflect the completed streets and the following day’s anticipated schedule. Some streets may require re-listing for completion, so check the street list for the completion of your street or call the Engineering Division at 781-979-4172.
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