Tri-Board talks finances

Oct 23, 2020 by

Published October 23, 2020 By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The Big Three town boards met this week for their annual “Tri-Board” summit meeting, only this time the meeting was held virtually, via Zoom. The Town Council, the School Committee and the Finance Committee met Wednesday night to discuss the town’s finances and the impact of COVID-19 on the budget. Many of the financial numbers discussed have been presented previously in other venues and reported in the Daily Item. The evening began with a review of the town’s budget process and timeline as each department’s budget is scrutinized by the Finance Committee and Town Council.  Town Administrator Stephen P. Maio discussed the town’s response to the FY 2021 budget shortfall precipitated by losses of revenue due to COVID-19. He talked about the anticipated drop in state aid...

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MAAV’s work recognized

Oct 22, 2020 by

Published October 23, 2020 MELROSE — Mayor Paul Brodeur and the City Council this week declared October Domestic Violence Awareness Month here, and recognized the important work of the Melrose Alliance Against Violence on its 25th anniversary. During an October 19 meeting, a proclamation was read into the record. The proclamation reads: “Whereas, domestic violence is one of the most critical and far-reaching issues of our time, affecting individuals of every age, culture, class, gender, race and religion; and “Whereas, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44; every 21 days a woman is killed by domestic violence; and more than 3 million children witness acts of domestic violence each year; and “Whereas, since last October, 11 people...

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DPW seeks funds to keep upgrading city’s water system...

Oct 22, 2020 by

Published October 23, 2020 MELROSE — The Department of Public Works wants to continue its upgrade of the city’s water system, more than a year after one of its weak spots was exposed on Brazil Street. This week, the City Council was asked to authorize borrowing $875,000 from the MWRA’s Local Water System Assistance Program so improvements can begin in the spring and continue throughout the 2021 construction season. Projects proposed include the replacement and upgrade of over one mile of water infrastructure at the following locations: 1. Burnett/Hunnewell/Sycamore neighborhood 2. Brazil Street 3. Washington Street/Pleasant Street (near #99 Washington in conjunction with Brazil Street project) 4. Felton Place 5. Ashland Street (to be bid as an add alternate and contingent on available funds) In a memo, DPW Director Elena Proakis Ellis asks for the money to...

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Salem St. mid-rise OK’d

Oct 22, 2020 by

Published in the October 22, 2020 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — A 19-unit mid-rise apartment building will be built at 581-583 Salem St. after getting the green light from the Zoning Board of Appeals last week. The project will be built on two existing parcels with a combined area of 24,638 square feet. The former Crossfit 128 gym sits on one of the parcels. That building, along with a two-family home on the other parcel just to the east, will be demolished to make way for the new building. To the west of the proposed site is a WMGLD storage yard. Route 128 is to the north. The site is mostly in the business zone, with a small triangle in the rear that is in the Single-Family residential zone. Representing the applicants, Granitz Family Trust, attorney...

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Health Dept. has tips on keeping Halloween safe...

Oct 22, 2020 by

Published October 23, 2020 MELROSE — Everything is different in the fall of 2020. Melrose kids finally went back to their school buildings this week after a month of learning from home. The Red Raider sports teams — those that are allowed to play during the pandemic — are competing in shortened seasons. City government conducts itself, in many cases, from a distance. Businesses continue to suffer from reduced crowds due to required COVID-19 restrictions. And the Chamber’s annual Halloween candy giveaway to youngsters has been canceled. But Halloween itself has not been. For some people, it is traditionally one of the best nights of the year. The city’s Health Department has some tips on enjoying a safe seasonal celebration. Its page on the city’s website includes guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and the state...

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A simple choice

Oct 22, 2020 by

Published in the October 22, 2020 edition. By MARK SARDELLA Out-of-state donors are pouring millions into an effort to forever alter the outcomes of Massachusetts elections. Unfortunately for them, the concept of ranked choice voting is so convoluted that it can’t be convincingly explained in a one-minute TV ad or even with an oversized, glossy, two-sided mailer. That’s one reason why the “NO on Question 2” campaign is running neck and neck with the carpetbagging financiers of the “Yes” campaign — despite being grossly outspent by these blow-in, would-be election-fixers. You probably got the 9×13-inch color mailer with the picture of the young woman sporting the “I voted” sticker while holding her nose and grimacing as if she just stepped off the elevator at a baked bean factory. (Poor thing. She probably had to vote...

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