Issues that came up this AM at my selectman office hours:
First, a Castle Avenue resident told me that there is a telephone pole that was in the middle of the cul-de-sac that broke off and needs replacement, and he is hoping it can be replaced 15-16′ to the West, out of the asphalt. It is a pole that hosts a guy wire to another pole, now leaning. Also, he abuts the rear of 93-95 North Street and he said that property floods after heavy rains and it takes 3-4 days to dry out at times.
Second, I had discussions with a resident about the town buying their land, how a price might get determined, timing, and their capital gain tax issues.
Third a resident wants to create a dog park in town where dogs can run off leash. I encouraged her to get in touch with the Animal Control Study Committee, and I put her in touch with them. She also had concerns over trucks parked on North Street in front of Nosh N Grog to make deliveries. She also suggested parking meters – I told her how happy I was that we had a parking problem, because it means things are going on, and I mentioned that a parking study is coming soon, so we will have data from which to make decisions. I also recounted how Wellesley was always tight on parking when I would commute home at night, until Blue Ginger closed, and now they have plenty of parking. We now have a similar restaurant effect at night downtown.
Lastly, I discussed senior housing with another resident who hopes for sale price point of $350-500K (with deeded owner profit limitations), preferences for Medfield residents, and town staff assistance in writing a warrant article for the annual town meeting.
Here is an updated agenda and the back up materials. These back up materials contain the Schedule A financial summary the Town of Medfield files annually with the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, that gives a complete summary of the town finances.
Selectman Office Hours
Selectman Osler “Pete” Peterson holds office hours at The Center tomorrow from 9-10 AM, due to a deposition on the first Friday of November.
Residents are welcome to stop by to talk in person about any town matters. Residents can also have coffee and see the Council on Aging in action (a vibrant organization with lots going on).
I can be reached via 508-359-9190 or my blog about Medfield matters https://medfield02052.wordpress.com/, where any schedule changes will be posted.
Selectmen will meet from 4-7 PM, Thursday, December 7 at The Center to Discuss Senior Housing
The Board of Selectmen will hold a special meeting to address the issue of housing for seniors in Town of Medfield. All are welcome to attend.
Late meeting last night. Even missed watching the 11PM news with dinner.
Budget meeting with Warrant Committee and department heads to hear about panoply of financial constraints on town that limit the operating budgets (unfunded OPEB obligations at $48m., unfunded pensions at $18m., deferred building maintenance at $42m.). Budgets and any annual town meeting (ATM) warrant articles must be submitted this year by December 1 to be included, so as to give the Warrant Committee sufficient time to review. Mike Sullivan’s preliminary budget requires the use of $1.2m. from free cash to balance, more than is desired.
Meeting with Water and Sewerage and town staff to confirm steps needed to get rates set in a timely manner, where the rates were not last year, when the committee did not get the data when it was needed. W&S looking at capital projects:
- painting and refurbishment of the Mt. Nebo water tower this year
- possible new wells to secure future water supply,
- possible treatment facility for wells behind Wheelock that contain iron and manganese.
Long discussions about
- the basketball backboard installed on the town right of way on Rockwood,
- form of the town administror’s evaluation,
- getting the Board of Selectmen authority to dispose of Lot 3 on Ice House Road in case the upcoming special town meeting (STM) on the Medfield State Hospital development does not vote to accept the recommended development proposal – the 2014 ATM vote already gives the Board of Selectmen broad authority to dispose of Lot 3 for virtually anything, so no new authority is needed.
- update from Affordable Housing Trust Committee on status of projects that will keep the town in our safe harbor
Then an executive session to discuss land acquisition, LCB, and pending legal matters.