Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Temporary bridge over Mystic River is part of the plans for major Medford bridge reconstruction.
MassDOT officials and Medford legislative delegation members were on hand Tuesday night to present the Medford City Council new plans for the reconstruction of the Cradock Bridge. The historic bridge is a major one for travel into and out of Medford Square, carrying traffic over the Mystic River on Main Street near the on- and off-ramps to Route 16. A temporary bridge is part of the plans, as part of an effort by engineers to minimize the impact on traffic and local businesses. The temporary bridge would extend from a temporary Route 16 off-ramp, over the river to Clippership Drive, with access to Riverside Avenue for vehicles turning left. Two southbound lanes of Main Street on the Cradock Bridge will be maintained during construction …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
City Council discussion Tuesday focused on a number of factors.
What started out as a Medford City Council discussion about the Cradock Bridge reconstruction Tuesday turned into a debate about issues surrounding Medford Square. The council will receive a presentation from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation next week on the planned 2014 reconstruction of the historic Medford Square bridge. "This is going to have major, major impact on Medford Square, on the traffic and the business community," said Council President Bob Maiocco. Council Vice President Fred Dello Russo, Jr. said the bridge project is going to require "a lot of support from the government and the citizens to continue to patronize all the businesses in the square." He cited a recent dinner out in a neighboring community, one he…
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Committee of the whole, followed by regular meeting, for the council tonight.
The Medford City Council will hear from applicants for Community Development Block Grant funding at a committee of the whole meeting tonight. The committee meeting will commence at 6 p.m. in room 207 of Medford City Hall. The council's regular meeting will follow at 7 p.m. in the Howard F. Alden Auditorium. Agendas for both meeting are available here. The city has been accepting proposals for usage of the CDBG funding since February.According to the request for proposal (RFP), this round of funding would be for July 1 through June 30, 2014. A representative from each public service agency requesting funds has been asked to attend tonight's meeting. The council's agenda for their regular meeting is light. It includes a petition for a common…
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Tom Lincoln told the Medford council road project in Stoneham hasn't had full environmental review, would impact city traffic.
UPDATE, 11:15 a.m.: Medford Mayor Michael McGlynn has formally requested the comment period be extended for public input on the Woodland Road re-development. In a letter released by McGlynn's office Thursday morning, McGlynn asked Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard K. Sullivan, Jr. to consider a 30-day extension for the comment period. McGlynn wrote that the project's Environmental Notification Form "asserts a project with minimal impact that preserves historical and scenic integrity, in fact the project will alter a scenic roadway with an important regional open space asset." McGlynn wrote the city would like to conduct its own review of the ENF and make comments accordingly. ORIGINAL STORY: A Medford …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Medford High School basketball and girls hockey teams made it to the state tournament.
Medford's City Council will recognize several Medford High School sports teams that made it to their respective state tournaments at tonight's meeting. The council will meet at the Howard F. Alden Auditorium at City Hall at 7 p.m. Here is their full agenda. Councilor Breanna Lungo-Koehn is asking the council "commend and congratulate" the high school's girls and boys basketball and girls hockey teams for going their Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletics Association (MIAA) tournaments at the end of the winter sports season. "The young men and women worked extremely hard this year and deserve to be acknowledged for their hard work and dedication," the agenda says. Lungo-Koehn also has a resolution to "commend and thank Penelope Bruce and …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
An 11-page memo was the subject raised by Councilor Robert Penta.
The Medford City Council discussed at length Tuesday the impact of recent state legislation on transgendered students in Medford schools. City Council Robert Penta wanted the council to discuss the bill, referred to on the council agenda as the "Massachusetts Stealth Bathroom Bill," because he believes it could have a major impact "on every homeowner who has a child in the public schools." Penta said state Commissioner of Education Mitchell Chester issued an 11-page memo last week regarding the law (UPDATE: Read the memo here), which was passed last July. There is a requirement that schools "need to accept a student's gender identity choice," according to Penta, who also said he spent time discussing the bill with the Massachusetts …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Several locals to be recognized by the council.
The Medford City Council will go back to work tonight with a regular meeting at 7 p.m. in the Howard F. Alden Auditorium of Medford City Hall. The council decided not to hold a meeting last week during school vacation week. Agendas for both the licensing subcommittee meeting scheduled to take place at 6 p.m. in Room 207 of City Hall as well as for the regular meeting are available here. The council is scheduled to honor MHS senior Trent Sullivan for winning the state VFW "Voice of Democracy" essay contest. Sullivan will represent Massachusetts in Washington, DC on March 2. Teresa Pepe of Bride N' Belle in Medford will also be recognized "for her continued support and generosity to the MHS girls over the last 4 years. Teresa has donated …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
New Brooks Estate road, school security system cameras, police cruisers among items that could be paid for by an MWRA loan.
The Medford City Council approved a first reading of a paper Tuesday night that could eventually lead in the procurement of $3.2 million in loans from the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority (MWRA). The MWRA loans are interest-free and can be used for any purpose and not just water improvements, Medford Mayor Michael McGlynn explained to the council during a committee of the whole meeting. Before the end of the year, the MWRA approached McGlynn about their Local Pipeline Assistance program. McGlynn said the city had a balance in its account from zero or low-interest loans approved by the council. Under the program, the city could produce documentation for all water work appropriated from city accounts dating back to 2000 and applied to …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Mayor looking for $3.2 million in water improvements.
The Medford City Council will discuss the $3.2 million water improvements loan order at their committee of the whole meeting starting at 6 p.m. tonight. The meeting will take place in room 207 of Medford City Hall and there will be a regular meeting starting at 7 p.m. in the Howard F. Alden Auditorium. Take a look at the meeting notice and agenda here. Medford Mayor Michael J. McGlynn is making the request for the loan order. Originally, the loan order appeared on the regular meeting agenda for Feb. 5, but McGlynn asked the council to discuss the order at committee of the whole before taking action. If approved, the loan would come from Local Pipeline Assistance Program of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA).
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Councilor Marks, Officer MacGilvray argue over Medford traffic enforcement figures.
Comments by Medford City Councilor Michael Marks about city enforcement of traffic of violations drew the ire of a Medford Police officer, who engaged in a fiery exchange with Marks at Tuesday's council meeting. Marks brought up a recent WBZ I-Team report that highlighted the cities and towns where Massachusetts residents may be most likely to get a moving violation. Both in terms of total moving violations and violations per capita, Medford ranked dead last of over 30 municipalities surveyed by WBZ. While Brookline was tops 26,202 moving violations, Medford had just 631 during the same time period. "I was quite appalled to find out...Medford was the very last community on the list," Marks said. He quoted Brookline Police Chief Daniel O'…