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Building Megaplex Police, Fire, DPW

DPW Yard large enough for combination police, fire, and DPW Departments

The police, fire, and DPW work hand in hand to keep our streets clear, clean, and safe.  Many people take for granted the job they do for us every day.  As a resident off a major artery in Medford Riverside Ave, I know only too well how important these departments are.  Police and Fire recieve call after call in or through my area of the city.  And one of the most under appreciated departments in this city is the DPW, yet without the DPW no one would be able to get to work or school, shop or leave their house.  Without the DPW the police and fire department could not reach the 911 caller.  The DPW is essential to keeping our streets clear of snow, water line breaks, and sewer overflows.  The DPW does not share the high esteem in our community that police and fire recieves.  Yet the police and fire could not do there jobs without the essential work of the DPW.  As we all know, we need a new building for our DPW, Fire, and Police.  For those of you unfamiliar with the the DPW yard it is large enough to house a megaplex building of police, fire, and DPW facility. I therefore propose that we tear down the three current structures and build a megaplex building on the current DPW foot print. 

The new structure can be built with multiple floors that the old buildings did not have.  We could have the Police Station on the second floor, including 6 holding cells, and quarters for fire department personel.  The fire trucks could be located on the bottom floor, with the DPW snow plows and other equiptment.  I would also like a full range of up to date technology for all three departments including but not limited too firering ranges, building to practice fire emergencies, and lounge for everyone to have down time.  All three departments have been under massive stress as the population and demands of this city increase. I would also suggest that as part of the health care packages we include stress management for free or at co-pay costs for employees and their families. 

When that plow goes out at 2am in the morning so you can go to work at 7am, your stress in reduced, why not reduce theirs. 

I welcome your comments,

Respectfully,

Jeanne Martin

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Kasey Hariman June 13, 2012 at 02:32 PM
I like that you've taken the time to give kudos to the DPW. You're right, without sanitation and snowplows this would be a very, very different world we live in!
jay f June 22, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Jeanne, I think it'a admirable that you have taken such an interest in trying to help the city save money. When Station Landing was built it was supposed to help our taxes, Instead they have gone up. I know the funding from the state is limited but like the rest of us the government must cut back. Maybe salaries need to be frozen like the mayor's who just got an increase. There are alot of things that can be done to bring in revenue. Study what Somerville is doing. They have regulations on trash and the employees to enforce it along with parking and animal control. The city of Medford can not go on as it has. It's not working and the tax payer is taking on the burden. I do agree with three agencies in one building. Keep up the good work. I'm sure I'll be meeting you soon.

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