Published in the April 13, 2017 edition.


WAKEFIELD – Voters at next month’s Annual Town Meeting will be asked to authorize $2,156,300 in capital spending as recommended by the Capital Planning Committee.

DPW Director Richard Stinson filled in for Capital Planning Committee Chairman Shaun Margerison and presented the proposed FY 2018 capital budget to the Board of Selectmen Monday night.

Town Administrator Stephen P. Maio told the board that the Capital Planning Committee had received over $7 million in requested items from town departments and had pared the list down to just over $2 million.

A total of $755,800 is slated to be spent on prior leases, including $460,347 for leased IT equipment (for the schools and the town). Another $52,000 is recommended for new IT leases.

Another $497,500 is recommended for new lease/purchases for “fleet” items for various town departments, including $165,000 for three new police cruisers and $60,000 for a police K9 vehicle/cruiser. A pickup truck and plow for the DPW is on the list for $37,000 as well as a one-ton plow for $51,000. A new sidewalk plow is recommended at $35,000, along with a backhoe/loader and the replacement of several other DPW trucks.

The Capital Planning Committee is also recommending spending $661,000 on town-owned facilities next year. Some of the bigger items include $100,000 to be spent on heating systems at various town buildings and another $100,000 for roof maintenance and repair town-wide. A separate $75,000 is allocated for Phase 2 of the Senior Center roof replacement.

A total of $45,000 is slated to be spent on tile floors at the high school and $30,000 for floor refinishing at the Civic Center gym.

The Capital Budget also funds smaller amounts for projects at the various schools, the library, the Public Safety Building and Town Hall.

A total of $90,000 is recommended for maintenance and repair of tow-owned parking lots ($50,000) and drainage system/stream cleaning ($40,000).

The recommended capital budget also calls for $6,000 to be spent on mulch and furniture for the new dog park and $40,000 to replace the playground equipment at the Doyle Early Childhood Center.

Battery operated rescue equipment for the Fire Department for $5,000 is recommended as well as four ovens and one warmer for the High School kitchen at $18,000. Replacement of three traffic loops is recommended at $31,000.

Coming from the Sewer Enterprise Fund, $132,000 is recommended for the replacement of a utility truck and plow ($62,000), a portable generator ($20,000) and various sewer system improvements ($50,000).

A total of $132,732 is recommended from the Water Enterprise Fund for prior year leases ($49,232), $50,500 to replace a Bobcat Skidsteer with plow, $15,000 for interior painting and $25,000 for hydrant replacements.

The Board of Selectmen endorsed the Capital Planning Committee’s recommendations.


In other business this week, the Board of Selectmen:

• Approved the Vocational School budget at $1,182,827.

• Approved a Town Meeting article requesting the borrowing of $5,687,775 for upgrades and renovations to the Walton School.

• Approved the submission of a Statement of Interest to the Massachusetts School Building Authority for renovation or replacement of Wakefield Memorial High School.

• Appointed William Chetwynd of 59 Chestnut St. and David Watts, Jr., 17 Greenwood Ave. to three-year terms on the Human Rights Commission.

• Appointed Daniel Calore, 24 Wave Ave., and Tracey Cleversey, 9 Fell St. to three-year terms on the Capital Planning Committee.

• Re-appointed Ami Wall, 23 Elm St. and David Hatfield, 23 Butternut Rd. to the Board of Appeals (three year terms).

• Appointed the following individuals to the Permanent Building Committee for three-year terms: Tim Demers, 9 Pitman Ave.; Janine Fabiano, 29 Lafayette St.; George Brooks, 16 Penfield Circle; and Charles Tarbell, 23 Morrison Rd.

• Appointed Donald A. Hart, 21 Preston St., to the Veterans Advisory Board (three years).

• Appointed James Lapery, 241 Salem St., and Bruce Donovan, 32 Gould St. to the Cable Advisory Board.

• Appointed the following to serve on the Commission on Disabilities: Tracy Vincent, 22 Flanders Lane; Daniel Benjamin, 10 Foster St.; and Lois Jarema Benjamin, 10 Foster St.

• Appointed Stanley Nissen, 5 Ballister St. and Heather Hansson, 22 Nahant St., to three-year terms on the Council on Aging.

• Appointed the following members to the Historical Commission for three-year terms: Julie Gerace, 34 Stedman St.; Gene A. Moulton, 58 Oak St.; Francene Harrington, 47 Elmcrest Rd.; Nancy Bertrand, 7 Shumway Circle; and Daniel Benjamin, 10 Foster St.

• Appointed Dennis Cloherty, 1 Harvest Rd., as a Fence Viewer.

• Appointed Michael Salvatore, 1 Prospect St., to the Cultural Council.

• Appointed Susan Hickey, 58 Madison Ave. and Rich Stevens, 177 Salem St. to the Recreation Commission.

• Appointed the following members to the Lake Quannapowitt Committee for three-year terms: Stephen Breton, 12 Armory St.; Jim Murphy, 44B Salem St.; Alison Simcox, 28 Stedman St.; Douglas Health, 28 Stedman St.; Dennis Cloherty, 1 Harvest Rd.; and Leonard Malvone, 7 Mitchell Lane.

• Appointed the following members to the Parking Committee: Heather Marino, 75 Holland Rd.; Rada Frohlichstein, 9 Rochelle Dr.; and Christopher Barrett, 73 Albion St.

• Appointed Rosemary Morgan and Denise Oates as Assistant Town Clerks.

• Approved Peddler Licenses for Thomas F. Lucey and Paul Simonini of the Road Dog.

• Scheduled a Public Hearing for a Petition for Joint Pole Relocation for April 24, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

• Scheduled a Public Hearing for Blue Moon Grill for an All Alcohol Liquor License for April 24, 2017 at 7:40 p.m.

• Scheduled a Public Hearing for a transfer of a Package Store Liquor License from Caporale’s Liquors to Campbell Beverage for April 24, 2017 at 7:50 p.m.

• Approved a request from the Council on Aging to accept and expend a gift or gifts in the amount of $12,373.70 from various donors.

• Approved a request from the Lucius Beebe Memorial Library to accept and expend a gift or gifts in the amount of $1,778.00 from various donors.

• Approved a request from Wakefield Little League to hold the opening day parade on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Common and ending at Fernald Field and for the board to participate in the parade and opening day ceremonies.