This email today from Mike Quinlan, co-chair of our Building Committee –
As some of you know, for the past few years, I have served as Co-Chair of the Medfield Permanent Building Committee. Our committee oversees design and construction of all town facilities. I wanted to reach out to you all to make sure you’re aware of some important upcoming town events as they will influence the future of Medfield and I believe it’s important that we all participate in shaping that.
In 2008 due to severely deteriorating facilities the town created a Capital Investment Plan that included four major building project organized by priority. The first of which was the DPW Garage which was approved in 2013 and completed in the fall of last year. The second major facility in need of replacement is the Police/Fire facility that we are now calling the Public Safety Building. This month, the town will be holding a Special Town Meeting to decide whether or not to authorize the town to borrow funds to build a new Public Safety Building. Subsequent to that, at the annual town election, there will be a ballot question requesting the approval of the town to borrow those funds.
The Permanent Building Committee has been working with architects and engineers for 2 years to design the facility and bids to build the facility are due this week. This will give us an exact amount that the building will cost. Currently, we are estimating the project to cost $20,350,000 of which the town has already allocated $1,350,000 at previous Town Meetings. Thus we will likely be seeking $19,000,000 at this Town Meeting in 3 weeks. This amount would add between $200-$500 to your annual tax bill depending on the value of your home. This email seeks only to inform you of the details and not to advocate for either position.
There will be a Public Informational Forum held next Saturday to provide more detailed information about the proposed facility and there will also be tours of the existing facility so that people can see why the need exists.
Below is the schedule of important dates and I hope that you all are able to participate in some way. You also should’ve received a mailer in your mailbox yesterday or today.
March 7th, 10AM, Dale Street School Auditorium – Public Information Forum
- March 23rd, 7:30pm Medfield High School Gym – Special Town Meeting
- March 30th, All Day, Medfield Council on Aging – Annual Town Election
Please forward to any neighbors, friends, spouses or other Medfield residents that may be interested. Also, don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions…