Archive for January, 2015

School Will Be Open on Thursday, and Other Things You Need to Know

Mayor Dolan's Blog

Here’s what you need to know about the storm for Wednesday:

The Melrose Public Schools will be open on Thursday, January 29

  • This is a multi-day storm cleanup. There are still multiple blocked corners, and walking is potentially dangerous in this weather. We are encouraging you to drive your children to school or carpool with others. Superintendent Taymore is opening all elementary schools at 7:45 a.m. and the middle school and high school at 6:45 a.m. to allow you to drop your child off early; all classes will begin at the normal time.
  • We have cleared the frontages of all schools. They are safe and passable. Over the next few days, we will be targeting business districts and pedestrian corners and crosswalks.
  • Please look at the sidewalk routes linked here:
  • South Section
  • North Section
  • Main Street Section
  • Central Section
  • These routes are approved by principals. Please use these routes if…

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Tuesday Afternoon Storm Update

Mayor Dolan's Blog

What we know now:

  • There will be no school tomorrow.
  • City Hall will open at 10:30 a.m.
  • The Melrose Public Library and the Melrose Council on Aging will be closed all day Wednesday.
  • Trash and recycling will be picked up on a holiday schedule.
  • The parking ban will be lifted at 7 a.m. tomorrow. It will be strictly enforced until then.
  • Please remember it is illegal to blow snow onto the street or sidewalk.
  • For any snow-related questions or problems, please call the DPW Storm Center at 781-665-0142.

If you have to go to work tomorrow, please be aware that tomorrow’s commute is going to be very difficult. It is going to take us several days to clean this storm up. There will be plows running 24 hours, so when you wake up tomorrow, your driveway may be blocked. Give yourself plenty of time to do what you have to…

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Snow Cleanup Strategies

Mayor Dolan's Blog

We are now in the more challenging part of the storm in that most of the staff has been working since 7 p.m. last night, and for safety reasons our staff must take sleep breaks, which periodically affects the number of people on the streets working. Once the breaks are completed, which takes several hours, there will be another major operation. Snow removal, however, never stops.

We have about 20 inches of snow, with the expectation that the storm will continue for another six hours. The snow is very light, and we are very happy to report there have been no power outages in Melrose, as well as no injuries or accidents.

The goal now is to keep up with the storm and plow the main arteries. Obviously the main arteries have been cleared several times, but with the wind and lighter snow, the snow is pushed back into the…

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Storm, Day 2: Some Things You Need to Know

Mayor Dolan's Blog

Here are some things you need to know about today’s snowstorm:

  • If you have any snow-related questions or concerns, please contact the DPW Storm Center, which is in continuous operation throughout the storm, at 781-665-0142.
  • School has not been canceled for tomorrow. That decision will happen later in the day. Please stay tuned.
  • The parking ban is still in effect until tomorrow. Please stay tuned.
  • Please stay off the roads. It’s far too dangerous, and traffic is impeding the snow removal process.
  • It is against the law to plow snow into the streets or to block sidewalks. These practices are illegal and this will be enforced. If you see anyone doing this, please contact the Melrose Police Department’s non-emergency number, 781-665-1212 and they will send someone out.
  • Trash and recycling pickup will happen tomorrow. Every route will be pushed out one day, as with a holiday schedule. Please make sure…

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Message from DPW Operations Center

DPW crews are currently pre-treating roadway surfaces. DPW will transition into full plowing operations in the next two hours as weather conditions dictate. Once in full operation, there will be nearly 85 pieces of equipment throughout the city.

A few reminders:

  1. The Public Works Operations Center on Tremont Street will be open throughout the storm. All snow-related calls should be directed to 781-665-0142.
  2. There will be a ban on on-street parking starting at 10 p.m. tonight extending at least through Wednesday morning.
  3. Trash and recycling collection is cancelled tomorrow and will be delayed one day for the rest of the week.
  4. In the event of power issues, National Grid has provided the following numbers for residential use:
    1. Customer service line: 1-800-465-1212
    2. To report power outages: 1-800-465-1212
    3. National Grid has also provided their twitter handle: @NationalGridUS for up to the minute information regarding their operations.
  5. As always, in the event of an emergency, please dial 911. The police and fire departments are fully staffed to assist.

DPW Director John Scenna requests that all residents seriously consider all the precautions being posted and to stay off the city roads over the course of this intense phase of the storm. Clean up will be a multi-phased event over the course of the next two to three days. Thank you in advance for you cooperation and be safe.

For continuous updates, check DPW’s Twitter and Facebook throughout the storm.

Snow Storm Updates

Mayor Dolan has declared a Snow Emergency due to the very big storm we are expecting over the next few days. We have been through big storms before, and we are prepared for this one. As of this writing, we are expecting between 18 and 24 inches of snow over a period of 30+ hours. The intensity and duration of the storm are our collective greatest challenges.

The City of Melrose will have over 85 pieces of equipment out to tackle this snow. However, this is going to be a multi-day cleanup process that will be in several phases. Life will not be fully back to normal until the end of the week if the magnitude of this storm is as advertised. Please be patient!

Updates:

  1. The Public Works Operations Center on Tremont Street will be open during the storm. All snow-related calls should be directed to 781-665-0142.
  2. Trash and recycling is cancelled tomorrow and will be delayed one day for the rest of the week.
  3. There will be a ban on on-street parking starting at 10 p.m. Monday through Tuesday until further notice.
  4. City Hall and all City buildings except the Police and Fire Departments will close at 5 p.m. Monday and will reopen at 10 a.m. on Wednesday.
  5. All City meetings and municipal events scheduled for this evening and tomorrow are cancelled.

DPW staff urges businesses and  residents to assist the community by keeping their sidewalks clear, not disposing of snow onto public roads, by attempting to always shovel around fire hydrants and keeping them accessible and by clearing drain catch basins on streets so that snow melt and rain can enter them and not flood which leads to icy streets. It is our hope that by working together, we can create a safe winter season.

In case of emergency, please call 911.

For continuous updates, check DPW’s Twitter and Facebook throughout the storm.

Trash & Recycling on Holiday Schedule

The Public Works Department reminds residents that there will be no curbside collection on Monday, January 19 due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Curbside collection of recycling and trash will be on a holiday schedule with a one day delay starting Tuesday, January 20. Therefore, Monday’s trash and recycling routes will be picked up Tuesday and Tuesday’s trash and recycling routes will be picked up on Wednesday and so on.