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Municipal Facilities Evaluation and Capital Plan

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) –


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Municipal Facilities Evaluation and Capital Plan

Municipal Facilities Evaluation and Capital Plan

Library of yesteryear

library 100th postcard

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.

Angel Run Reminder – Early Bird Registration closes 11/1. Please register today!


Greetings Angel Run Friends,

Early Bird Registration for the 12th running (or walking) of the Angel Run closes on November 1st. Don’t miss out on the lower price and your chance to get one of the famous Angel Run shirts. Note the run is on 12/3 and will start at 12:30pm, earlier than in years past.

Thank you to those who have already registered. If you have, be sure to pass this email along to your friends so they have the chance to register. If you haven’t already registered, we ask that you not wait until the last minute.

Registration is online at After November 1st you may still register online however the price goes up and there is no shirt included. You may also print a registration form to send in by mail. Be sure to send it early as forms received after 11/1 will be considered late.

Once again this year we will be offering bib tag timing to provide you the most accurate time possible.Due to the Philip St. bridge closure we will again follow the modified course route from last year which is not an officially USATF certified 5K. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Finally, this year we will again have a special separate starting corral for competitive runners, though this time you decide what competitive means. Be sure to note if you want to be in the competitive section on your registration.

Register Now!


Once again Needham Bank is the Exclusive Presenting Sponsor
of the 2017 MFi Angel Run.

Thank you to the team at Needham Bank for their
continued generosity towards Medfield.


We hope to see you there (with bells on!)


The MFi Angel Run Team




State Senate election today

I want you

State Senate election today

Only about 150 voters by 8:20.

Election coverage

Senate hopefuls bring in big names for last campaign stops

 senator warren

ATTLEBORO — With voter turnout expected to be on the low side for a special Senate election Tuesday, both parties brought out their big names over the weekend to push people to the polls.

The independent candidate in the district, Joe Shortsleeve of Medfield, doesn’t have a party to back him, so he relied on “flash mob” events across the district to gin up interest in the race.

Democrat Paul Feeney of Foxboro got help from a steady stream of party leaders, including U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy, Sen. Ed Markey and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Republican Jacob Ventura, who was endorsed by Gov. Charlie Baker last week, campaigned with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and party officials in Walpole Sunday.

Various turnout predictions say only about 15 percent of registered voters in the Bristol and Norfolk District will cast ballots Tuesday in the special election to replace former Sen. James Timilty, who resigned.

That means the election could be decided by only the most loyal of partisan voters.

Ventura and Feeney want as many of those loyalists from their party to turn out and used big-name leaders to motivate the base.

Shortsleeve, meanwhile, needs to attract independents and disaffected party members to the polls in a district that is 60 percent independent, or unenrolled.

“All I’ve got is the people. I don’t have a party,” Shortsleeve said.

Feeney most definitely has a party — the Democratic Party — and its leaders have gone all out for him.

Kennedy campaigned Friday, Markey on Saturday and Warren on Sunday.

Warren came to American Legion Post 312 in South Attleboro Sunday and told about 50 campaign volunteers that special elections are “tricky. It’s all going to be about turnout.”

She urged the volunteers to knock on as many doors as possible between now and Tuesday to get Feeney supporters to the polls.

Feeney, she said, has dedicated his life to helping working class families and they share the same middle class values.

She said Feeney is a clear alternative to the two other candidates who support President Donald Trump and his policies favoring “the thin slice at the top.”

Feeney said his concern for working people is reflected in his issues of improving health care, establishing a $15 minimum wage, and providing equal pay for equal work by women.

Ventura and Polito spent Sunday evening walking down Red Gate Road in Walpole, knocking on doors and encouraging citizens to vote in the election.

“Walpole is a very important town in this district and we’re trying to win it,” Ventura said. “I’ve been in almost every neighborhood in this town meeting with voters.”

Polito said thanks to his background, Ventura is an ideal candidate.

“He’s worked in the private sector and understands those interests,” she said. “To have his leadership when it comes to balancing budgets with fiscal discipline while being responsible is something that Governor Baker and I value.”

Shortsleeve said he and a band of supporters drove around the district over the weekend, holding “flash mob” events.

Word would be sent out on social media about where to meet up and supporters would show up at places with signs and wave to passing motorists.

“A whole bunch of people would just show up all at once,” he said, adding it was a high-energy event.

The special election involves a district that includes half of Attleboro, part of Sharon and all of Seekonk, Rehoboth, Norton, Mansfield, Foxboro, Walpole and Medfield.

Jim Hand may be reached at 508-236-0399 or You can follow him on Twitter at @TSCpolitic