The Board of Selectmen will meet Friday at 4:30 PM to discuss the proposed mediation with DCAM of the clean up at the Medfield State Hospital that was offered by DCAM Commissioner Carole Cornelison at last Thursday’s heated meeting. On Monday I got the email below as a follow up about the proposed mediation. The mediator looks good to me. The Town of Medfield cannot always move fast, and we have already missed the first deadline DCAM tried to set for us.
Last week’s PIP meeting was a great dialogue on the matter of DCAM’s C&D Area Remedial Action Plan – beyond the opportunities already provided in the agreed-upon PIP process. DCAM welcomes further input from the Town and other parties, while also cognizant of its responsibility not to unnecessarily delay the remedial work.
One important option that was offered by Commissioner Cornelison was the opportunity to engage in mediation. This proposition would include representatives of the Town and DCAM representatives. DCAM would proceed with its planned PIP and permitting efforts. Hopefully a remediation of one or more sessions will allow for a reasonable compromise as to the approach. It should be scheduled as quickly as possible. (Keeping to this schedule is necessary to enable us to apply for the necessary permits so that if during mediation if we are able to come to some agreement, we are in a position to go forward with the work this construction season.)
We suggest that there be a limit of 3-5 Medfield representatives and 3-5 DCAM reps. We ask that you identify these participants by the end of business Wednesday, if possible and provide us with that list. In the meantime, we will begin exploring potential dates with the proposed mediator, John Wofford (http://www.mwi.org/wofford-municipal-bio.html).
We look forward to your cooperation and response. Please contact me if you should have any questions.
Sandra R. Duran
Director of Building Maintenance and Operations
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Division of Capital Asset Management