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Randolph, MA 02368
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2012 Report of the Town Manager
Randolph continued to make steady progress toward its goal of becoming one of the best communities in the Commonwealth in 2012. Our schools continue to improve, our crime rate has decreased by close to 24% in recent years, and we have added a number of great amenities to improve the quality of life in town.
This year saw the opening of the Powers Farm Community Park. This majestic property off North Main Street will allow residents to put the bustle and jar of everyday life far away while they enjoy this suburban oasis. On Memorial Day weekend we celebrated the grand opening of the picnic pavilion, walking trails, and children’s playground. The event was well-attended and enthusiasm was abound. The site hosted numerous subsequent events including family picnics, church outings, and the Town’s first Harvest Hoopla celebration in October. The Community Preservation Committee funded the purchase of the land and the improvements to the property. We hope to continue major improvements at Powers Farm over the course of the next two years.
The Town’s Dog Park opened this August to tremendous appreciation. The Randolph Dog Park Committee and Councilor Rich Brewer helped bring about this wonderful addition to our park inventory. Located between Grove Street and West Street, the park provides canines and their human friends a chance to enjoy the freedom of an off-leash park. The dog park is another amenity that improves the quality of life in Randolph and the marketability of our town.
Crawford Square received a long-awaited make-over this year with the help of more than $2.3 million from the Commonwealth via the Public Works and Economic Development grant program. New cement sidewalks, brickwork, granite planters, street-paving, ornamental crosswalks, and historic-period street lights were installed to help attract private investment. Additionally, the utility lines were placed underground and new decorative banners were added, helping the overall aesthetics of the business area.
Work commenced on a similar makeover of the North Randolph Business District. New sidewalks, granite planters, historic-period street lights were installed. A new traffic design at Old Street helped improve flow and pedestrian safety. Final work will be completed in 2013. This work will also be completed with help from the Commonwealth.
The Town recognized long-time Veterans and Elderly Service Director James M. Hurley by dedicating the senior center on Fencourt Avenue in his memory. A beautiful ceremony was held on a bright June day recognizing Mr. Hurley’s commitment and contribution to the veterans and people of Randolph. The ceremony was highlighted by a touching tribute from his son, Randolph Fire Captain James Hurley.
Also in June, the Town recognized one of its greatest heroes, Congressional Medal of Honor winner George Mason Lovering. Led by volunteer and fellow veteran William O’Connell, a new granite monument and plaque were dedicated to commemorate Lovering’s heroic contribution with the Randolph Light Infantry during the Siege of Port Hudson on June 14, 1863.
The Town experienced yet another drop in the crime rate. Through the hard work of the Randolph Police Department, the overall crime rate dropped another 5.5% and is down close to 24% in the past five years. Under the direction of Chief William Pace, the department has launched a number of initiatives and has established a strong link to the community.
The Town also completed a comprehensive study of its fire department. The study identified additional staffing, station repairs, and improved administrative capabilities as key areas for improvement. Four new firefighters were added in June to begin to improve staffing and manning levels.
Randolph received its first payment for the new billboards along Rt. 24 by the landfill. Creative negotiations allowed the Town to capture $600,000 in new revenue in 2012 and fill many budget gaps created by the down economy. The billboards will serve as a future revenue source for the town.
The Town started what is hoped to be an annual tradition with a Volunteer Fair on Martin Luther King Day to honor Dr. King’s spirit of contribution to society. The Town invited various local and area charities to participate and the large turnout helped connect residents with great causes in need of help.
The Town’s progress in many areas was recognized by “Today in America”, a national cable television show featuring a variety of interesting topics in government and business. Segments were filmed in late-October and will be aired nationally in early-2013.
The Town welcomed new key personnel in 2012. Randolph resident Michelle Tyler was hired to become the Town Planner. Arti Mehta was hired to become the town’s first Finance Director. Recreation Director Marc Craig changed his job title to become Director of Community Programming and was also given oversight of the Elder Services Department. The Town created its first Code Enforcement Officer positions and hired Cheryl Witherspoon and Richard Crowley.
The Town also said goodbye to two great employees who retired in 2012. Town Accountant Steve Toomey retired from public service after a distinguished career as Town Accountant and Selectman. Rena Baker retired from her position as the Director of Elder Services. We wish both a healthy and happy retirement.
We are quite fortunate to have a great team of department heads and employees in Randolph. The success we have enjoyed is due directly to the harmonious cooperation of all employees and elected leaders. I want to specifically thank the people that support my efforts on a daily basis; Linda Sproules, Anne Barkhouse, and super volunteer Elizabeth (Betty) McGrath.
David C. Murphy,