Jerry McCarty, Facilities Director, presented his tome, Municipal Facilities Evaluation and Capital Plan, to the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday.
Jerry’s work evaluates the current conditions of the town buildings, lists deferred maintenance, and lays out routine expected maintenance over the next 20 years. This is the first time that the town has had this data compiled, and the bad news is that we have allowed about $43 m. in deferred maintenance to accumulate and we face an estimated $68 m. more of routine maintenance over the next 20 years.
We owe Jerry a huge thanks for taking on and completing this task, much of it done on his own time, so as to not interfere with his regular work. Jerry will include the pavement management plan when that is completed, and add sections for the Public Safety Building, the DPW Garage, and the Dwight-Derby House when his has the time. Then if we add the vehicle replacement schedule we should have most town capital expenses covered and we can plan how to implement the work and pay for it. It would have been better to plan this way long ago.
This is a link to the whole 558 page report Medfield Facilities Report 10-2017.pdf
And these pages are the Executive Summary (NB – I left out the text of all 558 pages in the “Alt. Text” window which allows all the text to be word searched, as I think that amount of data may have been what was crashing the prior two attempts to post this, as that had to be a lot of data) –
Per the 20 year capital plan and facilities report (558 pages) the Board of Selectmen received this past week on the town owned buildings, the library and other town buildings have expensive maintenance needs. From memory the front steps of the library need about $20,000 of fixes, the old front door in the picture needs weatherstiping, and the many library façade bricks need repointing.
I hope I will be permitted to release the full report to residents after the report is presented to the Board of Selectmen this evening. It is really well done – complete, instructive at best, and worrisome at worst. Owning and maintaining building is clearly expensive, but the maintenance must be both scheduled and performed.
Proposed Child Care Center
A child care facility has been proposed for 75 High Street, a fairly narrow lot on which the land slopes up steeply from Rte. 27. The area is zoned residential, but under the state statute, child care facilities are exempt from local zoning, just as are religious and educational uses, so the facility can locate there subject to reasonable health and safety strictures imposed by the Planning Board on site plan review petition.
Today I was provided a copy of the plans, and I thought that there will be many who will want to see those plans, so I uploaded them here.
The Board of Selectmen did two things last night related to affordable housing.
First the selectmen heard a report from the Senior Housing Study Committee about its seeking to have the town donate the nine acre Hinkley land next to The Center for the purpose of building 5-6 moderately priced ranch houses per acre there. About half of the Hinkley land is wetlands, so that could amount to about 25 homes. The committee said it would put its slides online.
Second, the selectmen hired the Community Opportunities Group as our consultant to assist the town with planning and executing the town’s affordable housing strategy. We hired the Community Opportunities Group for its $38,000 bid amount. Community Opportunities Group submitted the only response to the town’s RFP, with a not to exceed $40,000 limit. Community Opportunities Group assisted the town in preparation of the Housing Production Plan that we approved last fall, and Assistant Town Administrator, Kristine Trierweiler, stated that she was more than satisfied with its past work for the town. Click this link to see its proposal – 20170117-community-opportunities-group-inc-proposal