At the selectmen meeting last night Jeff Marsden, the School Superintendent, reported on the status of the turf field, amongst other things, and as an update today Jeff Marsden shared that the MHS webcam actually shows the work in progress. Just scroll down the page to see the actual image of the field getting built.
I forgot to mention last night that the field project can be seen live on our website at http://www.medfield.net/mhs.html
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The ATM article 21 looked to appropriate $1.4m. to renovate the MHS turf field. Per an email today from Mike Sullivan, the bids opened this morning came in higher.
The bids for the school field & track rebuild were opened at 10:00 a.m. this morning. There were five bids and they ranged, roughly, between $1.6 and $1.8 million. The School Dept. is working to see how the work can be reduced to bring it back to the $1.4 million that we have been using for Town Meeting. Jeff told me to stick with the $1.4 million figure and they would go with that amount on Monday. Mike S
This year Wheelock School invited me to read, and this morning I had the distinct honor and pleasure to read Stellaluna, one of my all time favorites.
The train hat is left over from a Medfield Day I ran about fifteen years ago where I had the volunteer train drivers wear train engineer hats with the town seal on the front. The kids recognized the town seal, even though it is pretty small.
When we talked about how bats are able to “see” in the dark, one boy explained that it was by “echo location” – impressive!
From the Superintendent today, to the Selectmen, to start the replacement process for the Dale Street School.
I had posted this report, but that was before I learned how to insert a JPEG of the file so you can now see the actual document, so here is the document. At the annual town meeting we will be asked to vote $1.4m. to replace the MHS turf field.
The initial evergreen field was installed around 2004 (from memory), funded entirely with private donations totaling over $600,000, as a Medfield Foundation initiative lead by Tim Nugent. The field when built had an expected ten year life, before it was to need substantial work.
This current report does not say how long the proposed field will last, but it does quote a 20-25 year life for the Alternate #1, which adds about $250,000 to the cost. As I understand things, that is not the suggested option, since the cost I have heard stated is the $1.4m., which is the cost of the basic replacement in this report. If that basic field still has a 10 year life, it may behoove the town to pay the extra $250,000 now to get an extra 10-15 years of use before having to pay for another replacement, versus paying for a full replacement in another 10 years.
The field is located in an area that is wet, and was reportedly as a result always a marginal location for a playing field because of that wetness. At the time the time of the original construction of the turf field the schools reportedly did not want to consider other less wet locations.
This is the sort of large expense that should be on the town’s new 20 year capital plan that the town is looking to create – a known large repeating expense for which we as a town should budget and plan ahead. Funding the creation of that new 20 year town wide capital plan is another ATM article.
From the principal –
Girls hoops sectional finals, Notre Dame 58, Medfield 53. Great effort by the Warriors, battled back & played hard for 4 qtrs. #warriorpride