Town Manager’s Vision for 2014
The upcoming year will be one of continued progress for the Town of Randolph. I am very excited about the future of this town, both short and long term.
The Town Council approved design money to look at a new intergenerational community center. I encourage members of the community to offer their input into what amenities this full-service community center will provide. Planned for Pleasant Street, this facility can become the centerpiece of a family complex including our little league/softball fields, Imagination Station, the Zapustas Ice Arena, the Gazebo concert area, and the adjacent Belcher Park.
We will be designing a new fire station to better service North Randolph. I hope the new Station #2 will have a ladder and ambulance to compliment the existing engine. Our comprehensive fire study showed that our call volume could be better handled through a redeployment of apparatus.
We will be designing renovations to the Turner Free Library and our police station. The library changes will help us adapt a public library to the needs of a 21st century population, with a focus on technology and programming improvements.
We need to continue our efforts to improve the town’s roads and sidewalks. Many repairs are necessary and we will hope to double our efforts in the current year.
We will be working more closely with the school department to further improve our public school system. Progress is being made, but more must be done. Working together as a community and a government, I expect great things are in store for the Randolph Public Schools.
Work will continue at the beautiful Powers Farm, including a transformation of Norroway Pond. This beautiful water body will be cleaned up and access to the public will be improved. I envision activities such as canoes, kayaks, paddleboats, fishing and ice skating to occur here in the near future. This Olmstedian park can be a beautiful oasis in the center of our town.
Operationally, we will be implementing a series of new technological advances to help us improve services. See, Click Fix is a helpful application that can be downloaded or found on our Town’s main webpage. Residents can submit requests for services and follow the Town’s actions on those requests. Currently, Randolph is 2nd in the Commonwealth and 15th in the nation in response scores. I am proud of this effort and we will continue to work to improve.
We will be launching our “21st Century Town Meeting” site to allow residents to communicate with their government on the issues important to them. Residents can offer suggestions, take surveys, and communicate with their local officials on the issues facing the town.
Our performance management initiative will help track our performance and help identify areas that we need to improve. Local government is about providing basic municipal services and we aim to do that better than anybody else. That is our goal for 2014.
David C. Murphy,