Recently elected Ward 6 Councillor Stephen Winslow offers the following updates on various matters of importance to Ward 6 residents and beyond:
(1) The Committee on the Future of Maplewood Square: Councillor Winslow has worked with Ward 5 Councillor Barbara Murphy and Councillor-at-Large Carey McDonald to update the resolve to allow the Committee to expand and better recruit new members. The Committee has nominated Ward 6 Resident Naomi Kahn to join the Committee.
The Committee also agreed to seek additional members. For business representatives, the Committee seeks business people in the Maplewood Area who would be willing to help serve as liaisons with other businesses and commercial landowners in Maplewood Square to help present their points of view. For resident representatives, the Committee seeks Ward 6 and Ward 5 residents who can work in the spirit of Malden’s City Motto: “Strong Past, Proud Future”. Councillor Winslow notes that some part of the work of the Committee will be helping to develop a Neighborhood Vision for Maplewood Square so urban planning and/or historic preservation skills would be very useful to serving on the committee.
Residents or business owners interested in serving on the Committee can contact Councillor Winslow at firstname.lastname@example.org or Councillor Murphy at email@example.com.
(2) MAYPLEWOODFEST IS COMING! Mark your calendars. On Saturday May 21st from noon to 4 PM the Committee with the help of the City will be hosting the “Mayplewoodfest” street festival. The festival will feature music and other entertainment to help draw people from Maplewood and beyond to visit and support Maplewood businesses.
If you would like to volunteer to publicize the event or help out on the day of the event please contact Councillor Winslow. Councillors Winslow, Murphy and School Committee Member Joseph Gray are reaching out to businesses to encourage their participation as well.
(3) City to Undertake Study of Chronic Flood Problems. Mayor Christenson and Councillor Winslow have worked with City Engineer Yem Lip and the Public Works Department to start a study of chronic storm water flooding areas. The preliminary report identifies 35 areas of chronic flooding. The second phase of the study will involve field investigations to ascertain sediment, debris, failing structures or other conditions that impede stormwater drainage and propose maintenance and repair work to improve drainage. In parallel, the City has been working with Senator Lewis and Representative Ultrino’s office to fix state-owned flood gates at the end of the Linden Brook and sediments build-up in the Townline Brook on the Revere and Everett line.