Monthly Archives: October 2017

Philips Street bridge timing

philip st bridge

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).

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

QPR Training: Suicide Prevention this Sunday 7-9pm

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

RSVP here

“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.

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