The state’s Division of Local Services (DLS) in the DOR emailed today about their having set the Estimated Full Value for the Equalized Valuations (EQVs) for all 351 cities and town. Medfield is worth $2.8b. That amount is used to say how much state money we get (a copy of the DLS email appears below).
|Proposed 2018 Equalized Valuations
Today, the Bureau of Local Assessment (BLA) posted the 2018 Equalized Valuations (EQVs) representing the full and fair cash value of all taxable property for each municipality as of January 1, 2018 to the Division of Local Services Gateway website at https://dlsgateway.dor.state.ma.us/gateway/Login. Access can be made directly from the landing page by clicking on the LA19 Equalized Valuation Report.
These EQVs will be used as a basis of comparison among the 351 municipalities within the Commonwealth for certain state and local purposes. Specifically, EQV is used in the allocation of aid to public libraries, in the calculation of Chapter 70 funding, and in the reimbursement rate of school construction projects. Certain Cherry Sheet charges also use EQV: County Tax, Boston Metropolitan Transit District, Mosquito Control Projects and Air Pollution Control Districts. In addition, EQV is used in calculating a community’s debt limit (M.G.L. c.44, § 10).
Informal hearings will be conducted for the convenience of communities who wish to question their proposed EQV. These hearings will be held from June 4th through June 8th. BLA representatives will meet personally with boards of assessors in Boston or conduct telephone conference calls to address concerns and discuss documentation submitted by assessors that support different values.
In addition, a Formal Public Hearing on the proposed 2018 Equalized Valuations will be held in Boston, Massachusetts at the Saltonstall Building, 100 Cambridge Street, 6th floor conference room on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
This follow up, to Mo’s earlier list of scheduled road repairs upcoming this summer by the DPW, in the email below from Chief Meaney:
In addition, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation is scheduled to replace the railroad crossing on Cottage Street over the Fourth of July, exact dates to be determined. This should have minimal impact on traffic.
Chief Bob Meaney
The Director of Public Works, Maurice Goulet, has been really good, right from his start, at keeping the Select Board apprised of what he is doing. The email below just arrived from him.
Below is a quick update on current projects for your information:
- Philip Street Bridge project has been completed. MassDOT has conducted their final inspection of the bridge and has given approval to have it reopened. We are finishing a small paving project nearby and will reopen the bridge this evening.
- The North Street Roadway Construction Project was delayed from last construction season. The limits of the project is on North Street from Pine Street to the Dover Town Line, including the Harding Street/West Street intersection. This project consists of milling the roadway 1.5” deep and repaving the top surface course with a 1.5” Superpave aggregate mix. There will also be adjustment work for all of the utility structures in that area and completed with traffic markings. P.J. Keating will be the pavement contractor responsible for the project. (same contractor we had last year doing the center of town paving on Route 109) They had an opening for the week of June 4th to begin construction work. If we did not take this opportunity, we may not be able to get the work done until after school opens in September. The work is scheduled to commence on Wednesday June 6th and continue into the following week for completion.
- We will be conducting crack sealing operations on many roadways throughout the town intermittently as the contractor has availability.
- Lorusso Corp. will begin milling and paving large patches on Route 109 from Brook Street towards the Town Line of Dover heading East. These patches are necessary to keep the integrity of the road. If funds allow, we plan to put a preventative pavement surface on top of this section next construction season.
- During the week of 4th of July, we are tentatively scheduled to put a preventative pavement surfaceon the section of Route 109 from Causeway Street to The Millis Town Line, West towards TRESCA.
- Also in July we will be looking at one of our subdivisions for a Rubber Chip Seal process. This type of process will lay the stones with the emulsion but would be able to be swept within 20 minutes after the process to eliminate any long term issues residents may have with stone buildup.
- In coordination with the Medfield Food Cupboard, we will be participating in a food drive to “Fill a Public Works Truck” stationed on June 11th at the Medfield Senior Center parking lot during the election and then through the remainder of the week at the Public Safety building to help collect necessary products.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of these projects, please let me know.
Maurice G. Goulet
Director of Public Works
Department of Public Works
55 North Meadows Road
Medfield, MA 02052
(508) 359-8597 office
(508) 359-4050 fax
Selectman Office Hours
I will hold my regular monthly office hours at The Center this Friday from 9:00 to 10:00 AM.
Residents are welcome to stop by to talk in person about any town matters. Residents can also have coffee and see the Council on Aging in action (a vibrant organization with lots going on).
I can be reached via cell at 508-359-9190 or my blog about Medfield matters, where any schedule changes will be posted.
Maurice Goulet, Director of Public Works, has scheduled the paving of North Street from Pine Street to the Dover line to start June 6 and to finish in about a week. His memo today to Kristine Trierweiler about it appears below.
Police Chief Search Committee Openings
There are four slots open for residents to serve on the committee that will conduct the search leading to the hiring of the new police chief. They will serve along with the five members of the fire chief search committee representing particular boards, who will continue on.
Residents interested in serving on the police chief search committee should submit a letter of interest and a resume to Evelyn Clarke (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the select board’s office before June 12. The committee’s work is expected to be finished by fall.