Maurice Goulet, DPW Director, sent a resident an email update today on the timing of the Philips Street bridge repair (a copy of the email appears below) –
The RFP has been sent out to prospective bidders. Within 2-3 weeks we should have a fabricator selected and begin the manufacturing of the deck. The final repairs of the bridge will be determined by the winter weather and the awarding contractor availability at the time coordination is setup with the delivery of the pre-fabricated bridge.
We were previously told that the fabrication will take about 16 weeks.
Based on information and belief, there is some concern that once the bridge work is completed, that bridge abutter Alec Stevens may not cede back to the town his basketball court (f/k/a Philips Street).
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) –
From Anna Mae O’Shea Brooke –
Dear Medfield Community Member,
Suicide is difficult to discuss and most of the time simply unimaginable, but the reality is that it can happen to people we know and love. This training is an effort to empower us to build awareness and prevent this from happening.
The training is FREE to EVERYONE in our community:
Sunday, October 22 from 7-9pm
“Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives.”
Pete personal note – I volunteered on a telephone crisis line and ran its training program for several years, incorporated and then served on the board of Riverside Community Care (our local community mental health center) for 20 years, and I recently took a QPR training – and I found the QPR training useful.
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.