I am being interviewed on Medfield TV on 6/18 by Jack Peterson and Theresa Knapp of Patch, and Jack asked me to bring along topics to discuss, so I updated the list of goals and objectives I prepared for the Board of Selectmen last September:
2013 Goals and Objectives for the Medfield Town Administrator and the Board of Selectmen
By Osler L. Peterson, Selectman
June 3, 2013
1. Institutional good governance systems, such as
a. Thorough planning,
b. Government transparency, and
c. Complete reporting to the residents
2. Have the Board of Advisors (former selectmen) conduct a zero based review of our town government systems to determine whether we are using best practices and have the right systems. Consider partnering with an educational institution to get interns for this task.
a. Establish expectations, policies, and procedures for all town boards and departments.
b. Evaluate staffing levels and positions.
i. Consider hiring a Finance Director.
3. Get written five year plans from the Town Administrator and department heads.
4. Have Town Administrator use annual calendar for the Board of Selectmen.
5. Hold a Board of Selectmen joint meeting annually with each town board and commission to review our shared purposes and goals.
6. Report to town on DPW’s road and sidewalk repair plans and funding.
7. Work with Water and Sewer Commission on its master plan.
8. Study the possible purchase and/or control of the development of the Medfield State Hospital site
9. Oversee the process of dealing with the clean up and reuse of the Medfield State Hospital site.
10. Complete bylaw review, especially for issues related to the Medfield State Hospital site.
11. Work with planning board for new economic growth; Town’s master plan and downtown zoning.
12. Work on strategy for maintenance and renovation of all town buildings and a strategy to build a new DPW Garage, Public Safety, and Community Center.
13. Examine opportunities for additional revenue streams, such as:
a. Housing can be the “business” of Medfield (e.g. – Old Medfield Square)
b. Power purchase agreements for PV power
c. Selling Medfield bottled water
14. Identify opportunities for regionalization of services, such as:
a. Dispatch for public safety
b. Board of Health
15. Target completion of union negotiations before contracts expire.
16. Create a three-year financial forecast of the town, working with the Warrant Committee and the School Committee.
17. Implement succession planning for key municipal positions.
18. Installation of solar PV arrays on town owned land.
19. Become a Green Community.
20. Solve Veterans Service Officer position issues.
21. Perform an analysis of overtime use.
22. Maintain town’s fiscal status.
23. Determine whether our recycling rates can be improved, and our trash costs thereby reduced