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What Should Be Wakefield's Top Priority in 2012?

What should the town focus on accomplishing in 2012?

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.

Mike January 16, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Improve the high school track and field. Do not lower taxes, use money towards improvements. Commit to improving standardized test scores in schools.
Jeff Crump January 16, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Compared with neighboring towns, our tax rate is low. Compared with other towns, we have tons of deferred maintenance: Fix the roof of the high school (do you know they sometimes have to cancel English classes when it rains?) Fix the dirt patch otherwise known as Beasley. How about finally setting the issue with the tennis courts? Fix the audio system at Landrigan. Is upgrading Landrigan to a turf field too much to ask? How about a new ceiling in the HS cafeteria? I've heard we need a new pumper truck. Could be useful when the Greenwood finally goes up in flames due to the overloaded electrical circuits. Send a certain candidate for Selectman on a very long, very far away vacation. Our roads, in general, are in great shape, we need to spend on them but not at the expense of the other more dire needs.
Sara Jacobi January 17, 2012 at 06:22 PM
excellent points! who else wants to weigh in? We'll be posting the top results on Thursday (1/19) so be sure to share your thoughts before then!
Maura Racamato January 17, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Replace the Galvin Middle School, update Wakefield High School especially the science dept and IT, repair the fields and courts, IT, IT, IT! , youth (teen) facility/recreation, continue sprucing up downtown~ add beauty like flowers to encourage browsing. Research new vibrant businesses for empty or soon to be empty storefronts (like soon to be empty CVS).
Laurie Hunt January 18, 2012 at 02:02 AM
I expect to see the Fire Prevention Officer position in the budget for next year. I appreciate the current Chair of the BOS Pat Glynn’s commitment to this very much. It is on the top of my list of things I’d like to see happen in town this year. The Galvin. It needs to be done! MOST importantly Wakefield’s residents need to get out and vote – at Town Meeting AND the polls this year. Who we vote into office in April will have a profound impact on where we go this year and future years. Additionally we should not rely on the “usual 150 or so” who attend Town Meeting regularly to ensure the Galvin project passes. Once that Town Meeting is done residents need to remember if they don’t get out and vote at the polls the Galvin may not happen. I cannot stress enough the importance of keeping on top of this issue and making the time to be a part of the process. We can’t sit back on this one, you must get out and vote if you want to see that new Galvin!
Diane Lee January 18, 2012 at 01:49 PM
The Galvin Middle school. Wakefield should be ashamed of how it has let it schools fall apart. I was applaud the first time I entered the Middle School as an adult. Nothing has changed since I went there (1977-1980), well things have changed they have gotton older and worn out. Wakefield take pride in your town.
Leah Hancock January 18, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Between the addition (or re-instatement) of the position of Fire Prevention Officer and work on the Galvin and high schools, Wakefield has its work cut out for it. All three are matters of health and safety for the town. I'd love to see weekly recycling, too, but that's not priority compared to the other three. Has the Patch posted hours for Town Hall so everyone can make sure they're registered to vote?

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