Meeting Recap: Breakfast with the Candidates – October 19, 2016

On October 19, early birds gathered at the Medway VFW for breakfast and presentations by candidates and representatives of the Town of Medway’s Planning and Economic Development Board.

Candidates’ Forum

Senator Karen Spilka (D), who is running unopposed for reelection in the 2nd Middlesex and Norfolk District, kicked things off. She provided highlights of her time in office, including the establishment of the:

  • GATRA connection to Central MA public transit for commuters
  • Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC), formed to assist small businesses with funding
  • Regional Economic Development Organizations (REDO), one of which is located in Framingham

She also spoke about the Mass Pike toll changes and her role in advocating for the Metrowest area with regard to tolls, and addressed a question from the membership about 9C cuts.

Brian Murray and Carla CataldoNext up was local attorney Brian Murray (D), who is running for State Representative for the Tenth Worcester District: Hopedale, Mendon, Milford and Medway (Precinct 1). His opponent is Sandra Slattery Biagetti (R). Mrs. Biagetti was slated to speak at the meeting as well, but was unable to attend at the last minute. Mrs. Biagetti and Mr. Murray are competing for the seat to be vacated by incumbent State Representative John Fernandes, who is not seeking reelection.

Mr. Murray, if elected, would be new to statewide political office. He presented his record of municipal service in the Town of Milford for the past 28 years, including service on the School Committee and, most recently, on the Board of Selectmen. Mr. Murray’s interests include education, economic development and public transit. He spoke of his involvement in bringing in a public transit option for Milford commuters to connect to other transit lines in Central Massachusetts.

Proposed Amendments to Medway Zoning Bylaw and Map

Susan Affleck-Childs and Andy Rodenhiser, representing the Planning and Economic Development Board, were also on hand to present information about the warrant articles for the November 14 Fall Town Meeting.

In a brief overview, Mr. Rodenhiser described proposed changes to the names of several commercial districts, frontage allowances and proposed guidelines with regard to drive-throughs, setbacks and parking in the commercial zones.

Community Forum will present more in-depth information about the proposed zoning amendments on Tuesday, November 1 at 7 p.m. at the Thayer Homestead.


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