Archive for March, 2017

Glen Street Water Main Emergency Shut Down Today 3/29

On Wednesday, March 29, 2017 the City of Melrose DPW Water Division will be shutting down the water main on Glen Street from Lynde Ave. to Garland St. There will be no water service during this time. The system will be shut down at approximately 8:30 a.m. and should be turned back on by 3:30 p.m. The emergency shutdown is being performed to make an emergency leak repair to a gate valve in the water distribution system. There exists the possibility of impacts extending into Glen St. from Garland St. to the Lynn Fells Pkwy and possibly parts of Garland St.

You will experience periods with no water, poor pressure and possibly discoloration of the water, especially when the water is turned back on.

Do’s and Don’ts

  • Do not run your hot water or use your dishwasher until the water is clear.
  • Do not use your washing machine–your clothes may become stained. If they do, do not wash them again. Call the Public Works office and we will provide you with a product that will most likely take the rust off your clothes.
  • Although the water is safe to drink, please avoid drinking the water if it is discolored.
  • We do not recommend, but you may flush your toilet; however, when the water is turned on you will need to flush several times to clear the discolored water from the toilet tank.
  • if you use your hot water when the water is discolored, you may have to completely flush the hot water tank to clear out the discoloration and there is a possibility that you may damage the hot water heater.

TURN YOUR WATER ON FIRST AT YOUR OUTSIDE SPIGOT AND LET IT RUN UNTIL IT IS CLEAR. IF YOU CAN NOT ACCESS YOUR OUTSIDE SPIGOT, TURN ON YOUR COLD WATER AT THE TAP AND LET IT RUN UNTIL IT IS CLEAR.

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OR REQUIRE WATER FOR A MEDICAL CONDITION, PLEASE CALL PUBLIC WORKS AT (781) 665-0142, ATTENTION LYNDA GARRON. WATER EMERGENCIES AFTER NORMAL WORK HOURS PLEASE CALL THE POLICE AT (781) 665-1212.
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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.