Now that the new year has settled in, it's time to get serious about what Wakefield's top priorities should be in 2012.
Treat this as an opportunity to express your concerns towards how Wakefield should best use its available resources in order to make it stronger financially, safer, and an all around better town.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Improve road quality condition. Wakefield has fallen behind its schedule of 6 miles of road improvement each year, leaving many roads in disrepair.
- Build a new middle school. Wakefield's Galvin Middle School was built in 1954 and first served as the town's high school before housing its middle school students.
- Hire a fire prevention officer. Chief Michael Sullivan handles the duties of both the chief and fire prevention officer, but last year he noted in his report that as many as 500 business inspections are not beng completed each year due to lack of resources.
- Lower taxes. Wakefield saw a windfall net savings since joining the state's health care pool, the General Insurance Commission, and some residents feel that money should be put back into homeowner's pockets.
What do you think the town's top priority should be in 2012? Share your answer in the comments. On Thursday, we'll publish an article detailing the top five ideas for the town to tackle this year.