The June 13, 2013 Medford Community Update included the following:
City and School Budget
The proposed city budget for fiscal year 2014, which begins July 1, is $144,466,771.
There is a $1.8 million increase in the school budget.
$625,000 in outside funding will be used to fund the following in the school budget:
-$100,000 for textbooks
-$100,000 for technology
-$250,000 for the literacy program
-$20,000 for music education
-$20,000 for athletics
-$100,000 for safety repairs, including school playgrounds
The School Committee budget hearing will take place on Wednesday, June 19, at 6:30pm in the Medford High School library.
In addition, the Medford Public Schools are being considered for a grant from the School Building Authority to help with repairs at Medford High School.
The city budget includes eight new police officers and twelve new firefighters.
New staff/commission appointments
Denis MacDougal will become the Assistant Director of Energy and Environment. This will result in an opening on the Conservation Commission. Anyone interested in joining the Conservation Commission should forward his/her resume to Linda Coletti in Mayor McGlynn’s office.
Another vacancy on the Conservation Commission has been filled by Medford resident Heidi Davis.
Medford resident Dale Bryan is the newest member of the Human Rights Commission.
City Council Budget Hearings
City Council budget hearings will continue on Saturday, June 15 (8:30am) and Tuesday, June 18 (5:30pm) at Medford City Hall.
Casino Mitigation Plan
The City of Medford is involved in a casino mitigation plan in case a casino is developed in either Everett or East Boston.
The primary concerns of a casino are traffic and public safety.
The city has established an email address to receive feedback from citizens on their own concerns about a casino. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
The Medford City Council is holding a public hearing on Tuesday, June 18 about the potential impact of a nearby casino on Medford. The hearing is taking place at 7:00PM at Medford City Hall.
Walk for Krystle June 23, 2013
The Walk for Krystle is taking place on Sunday, June 23, 6:00am-6:00pm at Hormel Stadium in Medford. The event is honor of Medford’s Krystle Campbell, a victim of the Boston Marathon bombings. Proceeds from the walk will go toward a scholarship at Medford High School in Krystle’s name.
The Medford Police Department held a charity hockey game with the Beverly Police Department that raised thousands of dollars for the scholarship fund. In addition, the McGlynn Builders Club at the McGlynn Middle School also raised thousands for the fund.
‘Medford Strong’ t-shirts are also being sold to benefit the scholarship fund. Order them online, at Medford City Hall, John Brewer’s Tavern, or Medford High School.
Raised Crosswalks Pilot Program
The city is starting a raised crosswalk pilot program.
The first crosswalk will be installed next week near 100 Winthrop Street.
Additional crosswalks will also be installed on Harvard Street and Central Avenue.
Doggy Fun Run
The Doggy Fun Run/Walk will take place on Saturday, June 29 at Mystic Riverbend Park in Medford. More details are available here.
Water Chestnut Removal from Mystic River
The city has identified funding to begin the process of eliminating invasive water chestnuts from the Mystic River.
Medford and Somerville have both committed funding for this purpose; $10,000 and $5,000, respectively. In addition, Tufts University ($15,000) and Medford’s three boat clubs ($11,000) have donated money to the Mystic River Watershed Association for water chestnut removal.
In addition, the Mystic River Watershed Association is holding two public water chestnut removal events on July 13 and August 3. More details are available on the MyRWA website.
Bill Hanley Historical Marker Project
The D’Alelio family has donated $2,000 for a plaque to mark where Hanley Sound once stood (at the location of the family’s Dunkin Donuts) in Haines Square. A dedication ceremony will take place in October at the annual Haines Square Festival.