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House Approves Medfield State Hospital Water Tower Legislation

The bill passed 144-0 and now goes to the Senate.

Credit: File photo.
Credit: File photo.

Legislation to transfer Medfield State Hospital property to the town so that officials can use it for a new water tower passed in the Massachusetts House of Representatives on Wednesday, according to a blog post by Medfield Selectman Osler "Pete" Peterson

The legislation, which passed 144-0 in the House, goes to the State Senate for approval, according to the update on Thursday. 

Editor's Note: The above paragraph has been updated to clarify that the vote was 144-0, not 1,440-0 as originally reported.

The purpose of the legislation is meant to improve the town's current and future water supply system, and would involve the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance transferring about five acres surrounding a present water tower, along with access to Hospital Road and nearly 20 acres of land comprising well fields accessed off Colonial Road. 

The plan calls for the town to acquire the lands at no cost as part of concessions negotiated regarding a mediated cleanup of the hospital site.

The legislation has undergone previous delays; last month, officials expected that it would finally be passed by the end of February.

Osler Peterson March 28, 2014 at 09:36 AM
My bad from my clumsy fingers - still unanimous, but not 1,440, rather it passed 144-0 per Representative Garlick. I got that corrected right away at http://medfield02052.wordpress.com/, but not before it had been sent out.
Matt Perkins March 28, 2014 at 09:39 AM
Thanks Osler! I just clarified in the article. Appreciate the note!
GM March 29, 2014 at 09:06 PM
I think Pete was just suggesting that Denise does the work of 10 regular legislators!

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