VOTE TODAY, Oct. 21, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at The Center at Medfield, 1 Ice House Road. The ballot is HERE.
At a special town meeting on Oct. 7, Medfield voters approved the purchase but now voters must vote -- at a special town election being held today, Oct. 21 -- to approve a debt exclusion under Proposition 2 1/2.
If the election results are not favorable, the town will not be able to purchase the land for $1.4 million (plus estimated interest of $500,000), and it will be sold to a developer for the same price.
A "yes" vote will permit town officials to purchase the property which would cost, after interest, about $1.9 million to the taxpayers.
- Vote Yes for Debt Exclusion for Red Gate Farm Property Purchase
- When it's gone, it's gone, Vote yes Oct. 21
- Do we have the foresight to vote Yes on the 21st?
- Selectmen Recommend Red Gate Farm Purchase
A "no" vote would mean the town does not purchase the property and it is sold to a developer who will build seven houses on oversized lots. He has said he will preserve the majority of the land, including the scenic fields, and will allow public access across the private property to the 23 acres of abutting "Scout Land."
- Letter to the Editor from Buyer Sean McEntee
- Don't Take $22 Lightly
- Red Gate Issues to Consider
- Read what potential buyer Sean McEntee has to say in the comments of this Oct. 20 post from someone in support (scroll to the bottom).
For more information, see the attached flyers and visit the Medfield Historical Society webpage where Town Historian Richard DeSorgher details the history of Red Gate Farm.