Video clips are posted below. The entire press conference is also playing on Channel 15 (Comcast) and Channel 45 (Verizon) daily at 10am, 2pm, 5pm, 8pm, and 10pm.
Items discussed at Mayor McGlynn’s press conference February 13, 2015
Mayor McGlynn thanked Commissioner Paul Gere and members of the DPW staff for their outstanding dedication and work ethic during this incredible winter. He also thanked the public for their patience and understanding during the storms that have broken every record in the city going back to 1892!
January 26, 2015 – Major Winter Storm/Blizzard
The Mayor declared a State of Emergency for the City of Medford at 12:30 p.m. The DPW worked for three days straight along with private contractors. Medford has 45 pieces of equipment supplemented by 90 private contractors plowing. The City had approx 500 tons of salt at the yard before ordering another 890 tons of salt. The City of Medford has a favorable contract with Eastern Mineral and pays 33% less than other cities. Many cities pay $68.00 to $80.00 per ton. The City’s price is $44.00 a ton.
February 2 – February 3, 2015 – Snow Storm
The storm started early Monday morning and lasted until Tuesday morning. On January 29th and February 2nd the DPW had another 700 tons of salt delivered.
February 8 – February 10th
The snow started early Sunday morning and continued through early Tuesday morning. The Mayor declared a State of Emergency for the City of Medford at 6:30 p.m. on February 9, 2015. The DPW has worked for the past three weeks non-stop. They work all day and are back in the evening to clear roads, intersections, and city sidewalks. The week of February 2, 2015, Groundmaster was in the city clearing all school bus stops. On February 12, 2015, MEMA had the National Guard come into the City to clear hydrants of snow. The Fire Department is also clearing hydrants. The Mayor asked that all able residents please clear out the fire hydrants as well. There was a fire on Doonan Street during the last storm. New equipment purchases have helped tremendously: new sanders and (4) new plows. School roofs have been shoveled and sidewalks were cleaned prior to school reopening. Despite everything, Medford is in good shape!
Krystle Campbell Peace Garden
Fundraiser slated for Thursday, March 12th from 5:30 – 7:30 PM, at Rivers Edge, 200 Rivers Edge, Medford. All are welcome. $50 per person. All food donated by Marty’s Catering, Pizzeria Regina and Kelly’s Roast Beef. Beverages & entertainment will also be provided.
More details to follow.
A Celtic Celebration at Chevalier Theater
Ken Krause, Friends of the Chevalier
The Barra MacNeils, from Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, will celebrate Chevalier’s 75th Anniversary in style! Saturday, March 7, 2015 – 7 PM – Chevalier Theatre, 30 Forest Street, Medford. Tickets $31 and $26. Available at www.chevaliertheatre.com. Special thanks to the sponsors of this event: GrandTen Distilling – who will be providing a tasting of “Medford Rum”, Massachusetts Cultural Council, ReMax, Members Plus Credit Union, Medford Arts Council and the Canadian American Club of Massachusetts. This Chevalier event will help to kick off Medford’s 385th Birthday Celebration …come one, come all! Tickets are going fast!
Rachel Powers, Housing Specialist, City of Medford
The preservation and creation of affordable housing is crucial to our mission in addressing the needs of Medford residents. Inclusionary Zoning would build into local zoning code a housing ordinance that mandates a predetermined percentage of units in new housing developments be made affordable to low-and moderate-income residents. Recognizing the needs of individuals and families struggling to afford the rising housing costs, this ordinance strengthens our ability to keep hard working Medford residents in our community.
Medford has a successful track record in working with developers to negotiate affordable units in the recently constructed developments you see throughout the City, but this policy would formalize the process.
We are currently examining:
– The percent of units we want made affordable in new developments
– How best to ensure units are comparable to market-rate units and in accordance with regulations set forth by Massachusetts Dept. of Housing and Community Development for eligibility on the Subsidized Housing Inventory
– Preserving affordability for the maximum allowable period
We are in the process of refining this policy and will continue to investigate effective strategies in other communities. Once finalized, the ordinance will be submitted to Medford City Council for their approval.
Community Access Channel Update
Louise Miller, Procurement Officer, City of Medford
RFP’s have gone out for an operator of the Community Access Channel as well as a designer of the Community Access Channel site. Due to weather conditions, deadlines have been extended to the following: Design RFP – due March 10th; Operator RFP – due March 26th. See video in clip above (housing).
Update on the City’s new DPW Yard
The construction of the new DPW yard is on schedule. The city is considering the possibility of a dedication ceremony on April 18th. The building will be dedicated in memory of former Mayor Alfred P. Pompeo. The plan no longer includes 4 or 5 separate buildings, but one massive, state of the art facility. Original lettering, weathervane and city seal from the former building (from 1930) have been preserved and refurbished for the new building. It was important to keep the history and incorporate it into the new facility. The DPW Yard Project is progressing well. Although Medford have had near record snow fall, the construction has continued on the interior, such as electrical, plumbing, masonry, fire alarm, roofing work, and insulation.
The above ground fuel tanks are were moved to a new stand alone fuel island location and are currently being used for all municipal, public safety and school vehicles.
A resident recycle/drop off area will abut the fuel island area. This area will provide full access for paper, plastic and cardboard recycling.
A rain water recovery system is designed into the new facility.
The water used in cleaning and vehicle maintenance operations will be treated for environmental protection.
The pre-engineered design of the building will provide for installation of solar panels.
All municipal and public safety vehicles can be centrally maintained in the new fleet area.
A new sand/salt storage shed will provide for extra capacity for winter and emergency operations.
Facility access will be controlled by state of the art key card access and 24×7 security cameras.
New energy efficient LED lighting is incorporated into the new facility.
Penny Bruce & Brooke Hoyt, Medford’s Board of Health
Mayor McGlynn is Co-Chair of the Opiate Crisis Committee for the Massachusetts Mayors Association with Mayor Kevin Dumas of Attleboro. Their goal is to put together a “Best Practices” program, so the general public is made aware of resources within their communities for support, assistance, prevention and help with the opiate crisis. Both Governor Charles Baker and Attorney General Maura Healey have also made the opiate crisis their priority. Substance abuse, in any form, is not healthy for any community. Therefore, Medford would like to organize a Commission, by ordinance, that would meet to address substance abuse issues within our City. In light of all kinds of substance abuse, including alcohol, this ordinance would bring together members of government, the schools and community to keep Medford students safe and to continue to help make Medford the best place to live in Massachusetts.