Information: Boards,Commissions, Advisory Committees, and Appointed Positions

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Council on Aging
5 members, of which four should be over 60
Term: 3 years

Board of Appeals
5 regular members and 2 associate members
Term: 5 years

Board of Assessors
3 members
Term: 3 years

Beebe Estate Board of Trustees
7 members
Term: 3 years

Cemetery Committee
3 members
Term: 3 years

Conservation Commission
7 members and up to 2 associate members
Term: 3 years

Board of Health
3 members, one of whom shall be a physician
Term: 3 years

Historical Commission
7 members
Term: 3 years

Historic District Commission
7 members, 2 alternates
Term: 3 years

Human Rights Commission
11 members. “The commissioners shall, as far as it is practicable, be selected so as to ensure representation from those classes protected under state and federal law, including but not limited to, race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran status, ancestry, sexual orientation, or public benefit status.”
Term: 3 years; limit of two consecutive terms per member

Board of Library Trustees
6 members
Term: 3 years

Liquor Licensing Commission
3 members, who are not engaged, directly or indirectly, in the manufacture or sale of alcoholic beverages and have been residents of the City for at least two years
Term: 6 years

Melrose Redevelopment Authority

Park Commission
5 members
Term: 5 years

Planning Board
9 members
Term: 5 years

Board of Registrars of Voters
4 members, one of whom is the City Clerk. “As nearly as possible the members of the board shall represent the two leading political parties; provided, that the city clerk need not be enrolled in a political party; and provided further, that in no case shall an appointment be made so as to cause the board to have more than two members, including the city clerk, of the same political party.”
Term: 3 years

Retirement Board
5 members: 2 elected, 2 appointed and the CFO/City Auditor

Board of Trustees of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building
5 members, at least two of whom shall be veterans
Term: 3 years

Traffic Commission
8 members, including the City Engineer, the Chief of Police, one Alderman, and 5 Resident Members
Term: 5 years

Commission on Women
7 members. “The members of the Commission shall be residents of the City of Melrose, shall be drawn from diverse racial, ethnic, religious, age, sexual orientation and socio- economic backgrounds, and shall have prior experience working toward the improvement of the status of women in society.”
Term: 3 years

Advisory Committees

  • Veterans Services Advisory Board--15 members
  • Energy Commission
  • Recycling Committee
  • Birth to Five Committee
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Committee
  • Messina Grants Committee

Appointed Positions:

  • Constable-- 3-year Term
  • Representative to Mystic Valley Elder Services
  • Representative to the ABCD board
  • Representative to the Pine Banks Board of Trustees
  • Representative to the Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational School District
  • MBTA Advisory Board
  • Fence Viewer