To my fellow Medfield residents,
This morning in turned in my nomination papers to become a candidate for re-election as selectman on March 26, 2018. I ask for your vote.
Below I have outlined what I have been doing to earn your vote:
- Information – Promoted dissemination and sharing of Medfield town information, and town government transparency. Initiated for the Board of Selectmen – agendas available on-line before meetings, meeting minutes posted on-line shortly after, and the recordings of meetings available on-line. Established a predictable BoS schedule, with meetings on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, and the use of an annual calendar.
- Information sharing – Actively taking time to write about and share with residents the town information I learn as a selectman via posts at my:
- Blog (https://medfield02052.wordpress.com/),
- Twitter (@Medfield),
- LinkedIn; and
- Facebook page.
- Administered Medfield – As one of the titular chief executives of the town, I have actively informed myself about the issues the town faces, attended the meetings, set the town’s policies and priorities, and made the actual decisions required to run the town based on a thoughtful and unbiased analysis.
- Explored new ideas – I have actively brought up new ideas to improve Medfield, such as:
- The Town House e-newsletter that would have been put out for the town on a volunteer basis by the former 15 year managing editor of the Boston Globe.
- Upgrading the ambulance services from EMT to paramedic services.
- Implementing methods to avoid unfriendly 40B developments; doing an affordable housing plan; expansion of Tilden Village; converting existing housing stock to affordable housing; building on town owned land; spearheaded 40B informational meeting; gathered advance information on The Parc developer; assisted town response to the 200 unit Mega-B and achieving safe harbor.
- Questioned whether the proper case had been made for the DPW garage.
- Supported adoption of the Community Preservation Act, so as to get the state matching monies.
- On-line town budgets, five year department capital budget s and planning.
- Advocated for the formation of the Charter and Bylaw Review Committee that codified all town bylaws.
- Medfield Energy Committee – Initiated formation the Medfield Energy Committee. The MEC has reduced the town’s energy consumption by 30%, both saving the town money and improving town’s carbon footprint. The schools alone are saving about $180,000 per year, the cost of three teacher positions.
- Lyme Disease Study Committee – Initiated formation of committee, which successfully educates the public on tick born diseases, and reduces tick numbers by culling deer – makes the town safer and our woods more diverse – committee labeled a paradigm by state officials.
- Medfield Foundation – Initiated the formation of the Medfield Foundation, which has raised over $1.8 m. in private monies for many public purposes in Medfield, and is now raising an endowment, the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund.
- Medfield Foundation Volunteer Awards – Initiated honoring Medfield’s extraordinary volunteers via the Medfield Foundation volunteer awards recognition reception and awards – over one hundred residents honored over ten years.
- Medfield State Hospital – Actively studied and negotiated the purchase and reuse possibilities for the Medfield State Hospital site. Monitored the state’s environmental clean up of the site and advocated for the most complete clean up.
- Bay Colony Rail Trail – Early participant advocating for creation of this seven mile bike trail from Medfield to Newton.
Please let me know if you have any thoughts or questions.