Melrose Public Safety Buildings Committee

New! Frequently Asked Questions about the Public Safety Building Debt Exclusion

This FAQ is designed to provide the public with balanced and comprehensive information on the debt exclusion question that will be on the November 7, 2023 election ballot.

2023 Public Safety Building Committee Final Report
In July 2023, the Public Safety Building Committee finalized a report including a comprehensive assessment of needs and a thorough review of solutions that balance Police and Fire department needs, including compliance with national standards and best practices, with public interest and impacts on taxpayers. Documents below include the pre-design study and debt draft. 

About the Melrose Public Safety Buildings Committee
Please note, as of 2023, the Public Safety Building has completed its work and is no longer active.

In late 2021, the Mayor established the Melrose Public Safety Buildings Committee (MPSBC). The MPSBC was a non-partisan committee composed of Melrose residents with capital building project experience, city employees, fire and police chiefs and union representatives, and past city councilors. They were tasked by the Mayor to come up with the best path for public safety buildings and explain this to their fellow citizens so that we are all informed when we make this decision to fund this program. The Committee initiated its effort by reviewing the previous feasibility study for public safety buildings completed in 2017. They completed their work and presented their recommendations to the Mayor and City Council in the summer of 2023.

Visit the Melrose Public Safety Buildings Committee Website

The MPSBC developed a website dedicated to informing the public around the committee’s efforts. The website,, includes a project timeline, information about the project team, and a page dedicated to frequently asked questions about the project. Please note that website is best viewed on a desktop computer and laptop. Those viewing the website on the phone may need to edit their phone’s browser settings to activate “Request Desktop Website”.