Mayor Michael McGlynn’s latest community update includes the following:
– New employees: Energy and Environment Director Alicia Hunt; Building Inspector Ken Lanzilli.
– New Board and Commission members: David Blacquier, Park Board; Beth Govoni, Traffic Commission; Stacie Clayton, Cemetery Board; Joya Pezzuto, Council on Aging.– Snow and ice deficit: There is a $732,000 deficit in the snow and ice removal account following the tough winter. This includes the cost of repairing and replacing equipment. The city is expecting some federal money to help eliminate the deficit.
– Summer recreation program: The city’s annual Summer Recreation Guide will be available in early May; it will be posted online and available in hard copy. The Summer Youth Job Lottery deadline is April 30th. East Cambridge Savings Bank has donated $10,000 to the city to support our Summer Parks Program for the third straight year.
– According to a Boston.com ranking, Medford is among the top ten (#6) places to live in Massachusetts!
– Honoring veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan: The city has a list of names of Medford veterans who were part of Desert Storm and the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The city is adding these names to bronze plaques at Honor Roll Park. If you are a Medford resident and want to be included, please contact Veterans Services at 781-393-2503.
– New Bike Commission members: Bruce Kulik, Heather Sauceda Hannon, Shimrit Paley Markette, David Fields, Michelle Blouin, Timothy McGivern, Patrick Bibbins, Ursula Hester, Jennifer Dobson, Jason Cluggish, Jeffrey Buxbaum, Doug Packer, Dave Adams, Sheri Hampshire, and Fernando Barrios.
– Chevalier Theatre improvements: Energy improvements will save the city money and are more environmentally friendly. The theatre is undergoing an oil to natural gas conversion and the underground oil storage tank is being removed.
– Graffiti, including the hateful graffiti that was found in South Medford, has been cleaned up across the city, thanks to help from the Middlesex Sheriff and the City of Boston.
– Public safety: There is a new security system in the Medford Public Schools. The city is installing a new emergency response system with Rave Mobile Safety. Medford is purchasing five new police cruisers and three new command vehicles for the fire department.
– Park improvements: Handicapped accessibility improvements will be made at Morrison and Hickey Parks. The high school softball field at Columbus Park will be renovated. Construction on the field will begin in June.