Saturday Hours Resume on April 1st

It’s officially spring and DPW Operations Facility and Recycling Center (a.k.a. the City Yard) will be open for its first Saturday of the season on April 1st! The City Yard’s Saturday hours will be 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. through Dec. 9th.

During our hours of operation, all residents are invited to bring flattened cardboard, mixed paper, and commingled recyclables (plastic containers, bottles and cans). Please note that the City Yard does not accept single stream recycling, therefore all items should be sorted and placed in the appropriately marked containers. Businesses can also acquire a permit for these recyclables.

Other items accepted at the City Yard for free from Melrose residents include: yard waste, textiles/clothes, books, CLFs (compact florescent light bulbs), small mercury items, eye glasses and empty propane tanks. Please check in at the Resident Services desk for directions to the proper receptacles for these items. Please do not place trash, plastic bags or Styrofoam in any of these containers.

Snow Update: Schools Open Tomorrow with a Two-Hour Delay

Mayor Dolan's Blog

The Melrose Public schools will be open tomorrow with a two-hour delay

  • Melrose High School and Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School will open at 9:45 a.m.
  • All elementary schools will open at 10:15 a.m.
  • Trash and recycling will be picked up tomorrow and will be on a one-day delay for the rest of the week.
  • Melrose City Hall, Public Library, and Council on Aging will all open at their regular times.
  • The citywide parking ban will be lifted at 6 a.m.
  • Area communities are experiencing power outages. If you experience a power outage, please call the National Grid Customer Service Line at 1-800-322-3223 or the Outage Reporting Line at 1-800-465-1212.
  • Important message from Melrose DPW: Please do not blow snow into the street. It is not only against city ordinance (and you could be fined) but you are preventing proper cleanup and putting your neighbors at risk.

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DPW Snow Update – Please Stay Safe & Off Roads

DPW has full snow operations in place as the most intense part of the storm approaches. The city has 85 pieces of snow management equipment out. Residents are asked to stay off the roads as blizzard conditions are expected. Thank you for your cooperation! Any questions or concerns can be directed to snow operations HQ at 781-665-0142. Thanks and stay safe!

Snow Update: March 13, 2017—Preparing for the Storm

Originally Posted to the Mayor’s Blog on March 13 at 2:49pm:

We’re expecting a big snowstorm on Tuesday, March 14. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. City Hall will be closed on March 14. All operations will be moved to the the City Yard Storm Center  at 781-665-0142.
  2. A city-wide on-street parking ban will go into effect at noon on March 14. This ban will apply to both commercial and residential areas.
  3. Trash and Recycling curbside collection will not take place tomorrow. All collection routes will be on holiday schedule, one day delay. (Tuesday collections will take place on Wednesday, Wednesday on Thursday, Thursday on Friday and Friday on Saturday.)
  4. All municipal meetings scheduled for Tuesday evening, including the School Committee meeting, are cancelled.
  5. The Melrose Public Library, the Milano Senior Center, and Wyoming Cemetery will be closed.
  6. The Superintendent of Schools will make a decision regarding school in the next few hours.
  7. If you want to hire a high school student to shovel your property, here is this year’s shoveler’s list.
  8. To report a power outage, please call the National Grid Customer Service Line at 1-800-322-3223 or the Outage Reporting Line at 1-800-465-1212.
  9. For all questions or problems regarding snow, please call 781-665-0142.

Source: Snow Update: March 13, 2017—Preparing for the Storm

No Trash or Recycling Pickup Tuesday 3/14 Due to Storm

Due to the snowstorm forecast for tomorrow, Tuesday March 14, our hauler JRM will not be picking up trash or recycling. Curbside pickup will be on a one day delay for the remainder of the week. Tuesday’s routes will be collected on Wednesday, Wednesday’s routes collected on Thursday, Thursday’s routes collected on Friday, and Friday’s routes collected on Saturday.

As tomorrow’s storm develops we will continue to share information via this blog and social media, and there will be staff answering calls to 781-665-0142 at DPW’s Snow Operations.

Thank you and stay safe, Melrose!

Emergency Water Break

There has been an emergency water main break on West Emerson Street (from the Lynn Fells Parkway to Tremont Street). Residents in this area will have no water service while the repair is being made. Residents on Wentworth Road, Charles Street and Holland Road may experience discolored water or low pressure. The system should be restored by 8pm tonight.

Eversource Transformer Delivery to Pass Through Melrose Late Wednesday Evening

We have been informed today that Eversource Energy will be delivering a large transformer from
Everett to Woburn that will briefly pass through Melrose. eversource-truckThis will occur late Wednesday evening/early Thursday morning and briefly close the road on Main Street (Malden line to West Wyoming) and West Wyoming Ave (Main Street to Stoneham line). The approved route and delivery is being coordinated by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the Massachusetts State Police.


Below are additional details and a map of the route courtesy of Eversource:

On or about March 1, 2017, a large piece of equipment, called an autotransformer, will be delivered to Eversource’s Woburn Substation on Pond Street in Woburn, MA. The autotransformer will be moved from a dock on Beecham Road in Everett, MA, via a transport trailer, into the Substation.

The delivery route traverses the towns of Everett, Chelsea, Malden, Melrose, Stoneham, Medford, Arlington, and Winchester, and will take several hours to complete.


Here are some quick facts about the delivery:

  • The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has approved the route and the equipment that will be used to support the move.
  • A “six-deck-six” (12-axle) trailer will haul the autotransformer from the dock to the Substation.
  • The autotransformer weighs approx. 467,000 pounds and is 35 feet long, 13 feet wide and 18 feet tall.
  • Maximum speed of the hauler is 5 mph.
  • The approved route from Everett to Woburn Substation is 16.7 miles long with an estimated travel time of 6 to 9 hours.
  • Massachusetts State Police will be escorting the trailer throughout the delivery.
  • The autotransformer delivery will be conducted between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., and will include a State Police escort and certified safety personnel, in accordance with the MassDOT permit conditions. This schedule is approximate and subject to change.

If you have questions about the move, please call the Eversource Transmission Information Line at 1-800-793-2202, or send an email to

Originally Posted on Mayor Dolan’s Blog today, 2/28, at 4:03pm : Eversource Transformer Delivery to Pass Through Melrose Late Wednesday Evening