The following was posted by Selectman Osler "Pete" Peterson on Oct. 8 in his personal blog "Medfield02052"
Editor's Note: Medfield's swap area is an open-air space at the back of the transfer station where items are dropped off daily but thrown into a dumpster at the end of the day. It is not open year-round. There has been some discussion about putting a permanent structure there so it can be open year-round. What do you think of a year-round swap area in Medfield? Tell us in the comment section below.
The original blog post...
Swap year round
Posted on October 8, 2012
Yesterday I visited the Sherborn swap to see how they operated. They have a series of small buildings, which allow them to operate year round. The largest is a metal building, perhaps 20′ X 30′, which housed furniture, board games, myriads of items, that seemed well organized. I especially liked the foosball table. There were at least two other wooden sheds, one housing sporting goods, and the other from a glance seemed to be skis.
I met two of the three volunteers who were manning the swap. Carol Rosenberg of the Recycling Committee and I discussed the differences of our two systems, and possible opportunities for synergies from coordinating services. She asked if Medfield might even consider taking Sherborn’s trash and whether Medfield residents might be interested in dropping things off at the Sherborn swap. Sherborn currently lets anyone take away swap items, but only Sherborn residents are allowed to leave items. I retorted that we should always be willing to discuss opportunities to work together, and so she took one of the selectmen business cards I paid to get printed up to assist with such communication, saying that she would be talking to the chair of their Board of Selectmen this week, and would let me know.