PLACE OF MEETING DAY, DATE, AND TIME
Town Hall, Chenery Meeting Room, 2nd floor Tuesday March 3, 2015@ 7:00 PM
AGENDA (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
The Medfield Board of Selectmen needs to meet in Executive Session at close of business to discuss the Clark Tavern court appeal
Town Administrator to review town finances
Discussion of snow deficit through February 24
Discussion of Selectmen’ s Annual Calendar
The Medfield Foundation cordially invites the Board of Selectmen to attend their March 22, 2015 Reception honoring Volunteers of the Year and recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award Further the Foundation requests permission to post signs at designated locations promoting the event that will be held at the CENTER beginning at 3 :00 PM
Copy of letter from Representative Denise Garlick and Representative Shawn Dooley to Stephanie Pollack, newly appointed Secretary MASS Department of Transportation regarding the proposed rail service through Medfield to Foxboro
General Contractor bid opening for Public Safety Building on Wednesday March 4, 2015 @ 11 :00 AM
TOWN OF MEDFIELD
YEAR-TO DATE BUDGET REPORT
FOR 2015 99
ACCOUNTS FOR: 423 SNOW & ICE
TOTAL SNOW & ICE -169,606 . 40\ 161. 2%
TOTAL EXPENSES -169,606 . 40
DENISE C. GARLICK
13TH NORFOLK DISTRICT
NEEDHAM, DOVER, MEDFIELD
ROOM 473G, STATE HOUSE
TEL. (617) 722-2070
February 17, 2015
Secretary Stephanie Pollack
Massachusetts Department of Transportation
10 Park Plaza, Suite 4160
Boston, MA 02116
Dear Secretary Pollack,
Congratulations on your recent appointment as Secretary of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. We look forward to working together on issues so important to our Districts and to our Commonwealth.
We are writing in regards to the recent effort of the last administration’s Department of Transportation to purchase the C_SX freight line for approximately $23 million to extend the commuter rail service through the Town of Medfield to Foxboro. As Representatives for the Town of Medfield, we are disconcerted by this process, as well as this purchase.
In regards to process: the Town officials were not notified of the transaction until October of 2014 and have expressed grave concerns about the lack of transparency and the lack of a comprehensive period of public comment. We, as the elected Representatives of the Town of Medfield, were not notified by the Department of Transportation, at any point in the process. We · share the concerns of many of the issues raised to us by Medfield residents. This includes the impact on traffic, as this line crosses Route 109. Additionally, the current freight trains travel at a speed of about 10 miles per hour but the proposed commuter rail will travel at 45 miles per hour or greater through densely populated neighborhoods and the busy commercial district creating a
safety risk for pedestrians and motorists.
In regards to purchase: it is an issue of great consternation to us that $23 million for purchase and an estimated $84 million in capital costs would be expended for a rail service that is not desired by the citizens and elected leadership of the Town at a time when the existing commuter rail service in the Commonwealth is in crisis and resources are so desperately needed to meet the ·cmreht equipment, infrastructure and ‘serefice demands.
We respectfully request an increase of communication with the residents and staff of the Town of Medfield and the elected officials involved. Furthermore, we request there be a reversal of the purchase so these issues and concerns can be fully addressed.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.
cc. Medfield Board of Selectmen
Mr. Mike Sullivan, Medfield Town Administrator
Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo
Chairman Brian Dempsey, House Committee on Ways and Means