Evening Storm Update: March 14, 2018

Mayor Infurna's Blog

Good evening,

DPW has shut down operations for the evening, but they will be back tomorrow. Our priority will be to continue clearing corners, starting with areas around schools and areas with high pedestrian traffic.

Tomorrow night we will remove snow from parking lots and sidewalks in business areas, including parts of Main Street, West Wyoming Avenue, West Emerson Street, and Franklin Street.

Please encourage school children to use the sidewalk routes that have been plowed.

All evening activities in the schools are on schedule.

The Melrose Public Library is open today.

School will be open on Thursday and school grounds have been cleared.

Please continue to use care when driving, as visibility around corners is limited.

We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we continue to work.

Spring is around the corner!

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Evening Storm Update: March 13, 2018

Evening Storm Update: March 13, 2018

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Snow Update: March 12, 2018

Mayor Infurna's Blog

Good afternoon,

We have been watching the weather forecasts, and we are currently preparing for over a foot of snow tomorrow. We expect the snow to begin falling between midnight tonight and 4 a.m., with heavy snow expected by the morning commute. Forecasters are predicting potential snowfall rates of 1-3 inches per hour over this period, combined with significant sustained winds and high wind gusts. Snow will continue through the afternoon and is expected to end tomorrow evening.

Public works will have staff on hand throughout the duration of the storm, with personnel and approximately 80 pieces of equipment prepared to deploy throughout the city. The DPW Operations Center will be open at 6 a.m. tomorrow morning and remain open through the evening on Tuesday. Please feel free to contact them at 781-665-0142 with any storm-related issues or questions.

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Storm Delay: No Trash or Recycling on Tues. 3/13 & One Day Delay for Rest of Week

Due to the storm that is forecast to hit Melrose overnight Monday, March 12 through Tuesday, March 13, JRM will not be picking up curbside trash or recycling on Tuesday, March 13.

Curbside pickups will be on a one day delay for the remainder of the week. Tuesday’s route will be picked up on Wednesday, Wednesday’s route will be picked up on Thursday, Thursday’s route will be picked up on Friday, and Friday’s route will be picked up on Saturday.

As the storm draws nearer, additional snow updates will be posted to our DPW blog as well as to the Mayor’s Blog so stay tuned!

Trash & Recycling Pickup Postponed 1 Day Due to Storm

Due to the complications from last night’s snow, trash and recycling collection will be postponed by a day for the remainder of the week. Thursday’s (today’s) pickup will be postponed to Friday (tomorrow) and Friday’s pickup will occur on Saturday.

Compost Bins & Rain Barrels on Sale through March 15th

Compost bins are used to break down organic matter such as food scraps and yard waste. The bins help you reduce trash and also improve the health of your lawn and garden, save money on fertilizers and mulch, and preserve natural resources. Using fewer chemical fertilizers also helps protect the health of your family and pets.

Rain barrels collect water that drains through your gutters and can be used to water your lawn and garden. Using rain barrels is an effective way to conserve water and save money on your water bill.

The Department of Public Works is currently selling rain barrels and compost bins, which must be pre-ordered by March 15. Details and order forms available on the city website.

The pickup day for the bins and barrels is Saturday, May 5 from 8 a.m. -10 a.m. at DPW Recycling Center at 72 Tremont Street.

For more information about this program, visit the city website or contact Sadie Brown at recycle@cityofmelrose.org or 781-665-0142.

Rain Barrel and Compost Bin Flyer 2018 FINAL-1

MWRA and DPW Partner in our Schools

MWRA visit to HM 2018

Do you know where your tap water comes from, and how it got to Melrose? If you have a 3rd grader in the Melrose public schools they will soon be an expert on this topic! This winter and spring Melrose’s Department of Public Works (DPW) is once again partnering with the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) to bring a free hands-on workshop to Melrose students. Students – acting as city planners, engineers, DPW employees and building owners – are learning how tap water gets brought over 65 miles from the Quabbin Reservoir to every resident in Melrose, and 50 other cities and towns in the state, through collaboration between MWRA and DPW.

Meg Tabacsko, MWRA School Education Program Director, developed and teaches this hands-on curriculum, in which students examine real world problems (such as how the properties of water affect the design and maintenance of the infrastructure that is used to deliver it to our city buildings). Students use the skills and vocabulary they are learning in school to build a model water distribution system with a series of “pipes” fashioned from cardboard tubes and plastic drinking straws connecting the large MWRA pipes to the smaller city pipes to the very small privately-owned service lines to each of their “buildings.”

“I was impressed by the knowledge the kids had about the pipes running under our streets, and enjoyed having the opportunity to answer their questions about the work we do to ensure that all residents have continual access to fresh water in their homes and schools,” said Tom Bagarella, who works for DPW’s Water & Sewer Division and attended classes at the Roosevelt and Horace Mann Elementary Schools this week, along with DPW Solid Waste & Recycling Coordinator, Sadie Brown.

The relevance of the material covered in these lessons was not lost on the students, many of whom sipped from reusable bottles that they refill daily from the water bottle filling stations that have recently been installed by DPW in all Melrose public schools. These convenient amenities enable students, teachers and administrative staff to utilize the clean, free water provided to Melrose by MWRA to refill their reusable water bottles, thus reducing waste generated by single use plastic water bottles. “DPW infrastructure is present in so many aspects of daily activities children take part in. This was a great opportunity to help them understand the manner in which water gets to your home in a simple way and also give them the opportunity to learn some fun facts about the precious resource water is,” said DPW Director John Scenna.

In addition to this “Building the System” workshop, MWRA offers a series of other free lessons for various grade levels (elementary through high school). If you are a parent or teacher here in Melrose and think your children would enjoy learning about the essential services provided by MWRA and DPW please get in touch with Sadie (sbrown@cityofmelrose.org or 781-665-0142 x18).