Engaging Our Community
Civic engagement and commitment to our community should start at a young age. Our young people have ideas and perspectives that are both unique and innovative. To encourage and empower our young residents, I will form a Youth Advisory Council. The Council will consist of young people, including high school students and recent graduates from various backgrounds to bring their voices and their perspectives to city government – allowing them to a voice in our future. Further, my administration will encourage students to get involved in the many volunteer groups in our city
It can be challenging for a resident to follow the various boards and commissions that contribute to the operation of city government. To make it easier, the city will begin maximizing the use of social media platforms to send out a daily reminder of what meetings will be taking place in the following 24 hours.
New residents moving into our city should feel both welcome and engaged in city government and our community. To promote civic engagement and access to city services, I will institute a twice-a-year Melrose Community Open House in which new residents will get the opportunity to meet city officials and learn about city services. I will also work with our Chamber of Commerce and our civic groups, community groups, nonprofits and arts and culture organizations to ensure that new residents have the opportunity to learn about all that Melrose has to offer.
Listening to residents is a key to good, responsive government. Continuing a practice I started when I become your state representative, I will hold monthly office hours at different times and locations throughout Melrose, so I can hear first-hand about what’s on your mind and how city government can do a better job.
Melrose is One Community, Open to All and has made great strides in putting meaning behind the slogan. We are fulfilling that mission through the work of the Human Rights Commission and the Melrose Commission of Women as well as significant programming at the library and in our schools. But more work remains. As mayor, I will continue to support these efforts and broaden the community dialogue with a particular focus on reinforcing the principles of diversity and inclusivity.
Since 2012, Melrose’s Birth to 5 has served as a way for parents of young children to connect with other families across the city. Working with this Advisory Committee, I will work to revamp and restore this important program to ensure that families have a way to connect with one another and relevant community resources.