Weather Update for February 7, 2018

We expect the rain to continue till 8 or 9 p.m. and may end with a period of sleet, snow, or ice. Temperatures will drop below freezing overnight, so we expect tomorrow to be sunny but icy. We will continue to clean up the roads, and we ask residents to shovel their sidewalks today, as the snow will freeze. Please allow extra time for school dropoff and the morning commute, and please use extra caution when driving and walking.

Recreation programs are on for this evening, and the library will be open until its usual closing time.

The phones at DPW will be staffed until 8. Please call 781-665-0142 with problems or questions.


Snow Update for February 7, 2018

We are expecting severe weather today, so I wanted to give you an idea of what to expect. Current forecasts call for a wintry mix of snow and sleet in the late morning and early afternoon. We will have vehicles out salting and sanding, in order to keep the streets as clear as possible.

There will be school in the City of Melrose on Wednesday. The weather may affect pickup. Please be aware that the roads and sidewalks may be slippery, particularly if we have rain followed by a drop in temperature.

The Milano Senior Center and the Melrose Public Library will be open on their regular schedules.

If you live near a catch basin, please help us out by clearing it so the rain and melted snow can drain properly.

There is no on-street parking ban.

If you have any snow or ice related questions or concerns, please call the Storm Center at the City Yard, 781-665-0142.

Keep our Recycling Program Effective … Please don’t place Trash in Recycling Bins

The Department of Public Works, in coordination with JRM Hauling is cleaning up our curbside recycling stream over the upcoming months. This adherence to existing regulation is necessary to avoid substantial fines, which in turn impacts Melrose costs and service delivery to residents.

This past summer, after being informed by JRM of increasing amounts of trash and non-acceptable items such as plastic bags and styrofoam in Melrose bins, DPW ran an educational campaign with Teachable Moment door knockers being dropped at homes.

“The door knockers were left at homes with questionable recycling bin contents in order to help educate residents on what and how to recycle,” according to Sadie Brown, DPW’s Solid Waste and Recycling Coordinator.
Confused about whether plastic bags and Styrofoam can be recycled curbside with your paper, cardboard, bottles and cans? You aren’t alone! Along with trash, plastic bags and foam have always been on the list of items that are NOT recyclable in the city bins. This includes plastic bags specifically marketed to hold recyclables.

The most common examples of non-accepted items in recycling includes:

  • Recyclables bagged with garbage bags
  • Plastic retail bags
  • Food or liquid
  • Clothing or Linens
  • Cords, Hoses, Chains
  • Wood or Plastic Furniture

JRM has now stepped up their efforts by leaving additional door knockers and stickers at stops that they cannot collect due to the contamination. “Unfortunately, we have to be a little more stringent with what we collect curbside. Plastic bags, styrofoam and other trash were always not allowed in our recycling stream but now we face major costs if collected,” said DPW Director John Scenna. If you receive these notices, please contact the Public Works office who can assist you in understanding the issue and coordinate the collection of said material.
If you have any questions about what to recycle, the services provided by DPW or other recycling issues please call DPW at 781-665-0142 or contact us at Staff is on hand to assist and will be happy to talk you through any confusion, concerns or troubleshooting needs you may have.

Saturday Weather Advisory

Please be advised that there are serious changes in temperature forecast for Saturday morning into the afternoon. Although temperatures will remain in the 50s overnight and into Saturday morning, forecasts call for them to dramatically and rapidly drop into the 20s by mid-afternoon on Saturday.

This could result in sudden black ice and glazing conditions on roads in the region. DPW will be monitoring the situation throughout the night and into the weekend and will have crews on the roads.

Please also remember heavy rains are predicted for Friday and Saturday, which will elevate the risk for localized street flooding. DPW will be out doing their best to clear catch basins, but we ask for your assistance in high-risk areas. Anything you can do to help clear catch basins in your street would be appreciated and could help our community.

Heavy Rains Projected This Weekend; Opportunity to Help Your Community

Heavy rains are predicted for Friday and Saturday, which will elevate the risk for localized street flooding. DPW will be out doing their best to clear catch basins, but we ask for your assistance in high-risk areas. Anything you can do to help clear catch basins in your street would be appreciated and could help our community. The weather will be significantly warmer tomorrow and this would provide an opportunity for you, the citizens of Melrose, to help our Department of Public Works. Thank you.

Storm Update: January 5

Thank you for your ongoing cooperation as we continue this multi-day storm cleanup. The following is our plan of action:

  1. All streets are now clear. If you have any concerns, call 781-665-0142 through 4 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow.
  2. Today’s efforts are being directed toward clearing the front of schools and public buildings, and we are starting now to address intersections.
  3. Due to a tremendous amount of snow, large snowbanks exist and corners are blocked. We are methodically removing those snowbanks to allow access throughout the city. However this will continue throughout the net five days.
  4. On Sunday evening, we will begin operations of moving snow from municipal parking lots and continue with intersections and crosswalks, as well as improving access to the business districts. Again, this program will continue throughout the week. We thank you for your patience.
  5. Again, please be reminded of the trash schedule.
  6. It is going to be incredibly cold for the next 48 hours, with subzero temperatures. Please be careful when leaving your home, and please take precautions to keep your home safe.

These snow operations will continue until the job is done. We thank you for your patience and cooperation. This was a significant storm.