Prioritize Our Infrastructure

Basic city services require serious thought and plans. Efficient water and sewer systems, safe streets and bridges, maintained parks and green spaces, and accessible and welcoming public buildings are just some of the tax-funded areas that should work better for you. 

 

Did you know that not one street in Medford was completely paved in 2020 or 2021, but your tax dollars did pay for the paving of City Hall’s parking lot? A building that was closed to the public for the majority of that time. Furthermore, the current mayor’s capital plan lists only 13 streets to be repaved over the next five years.

 

The lack of attention and overall neglect of our sidewalks and streets makes it difficult to travel our city, whether by foot, bike, or car. Double poles, tree stumps, and potholes OH MY! It’s unacceptable; we cannot continue down this broken path if we want to build a more vibrant, healthy, and sustainable city.

John will:

  • Proactively work out fair mitigation agreements with companies and developers. Research shows that proper road maintenance increases fuel efficiency, saving drivers money, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We must demand respect from those who temporarily disrupt our residents and require them to leave our city better than when they found it.  

  • Make upgrades and repairs to our parks and fields. Medford is fortunate to have 30 playgrounds and passive parks. We need to ensure that each of them is safe to access and enjoy. As a matter of pride and safety, the thousands who participate in our youth sports organizations, as well as the visiting teams, deserve well-maintained and safe fields of play. Usable and welcoming parks and green spaces are a necessary component to promoting good health, the lessons of athletics, stress relief, and a stronger community. 

  • Address the hundreds of double telephone poles throughout our city. Audit the current permit requests for 5G wireless, as well as the one previously granted, and work with the utility company on a timeline for pole removal before any new permits.

  • Create a tree stump calendar. Work with the tree warden and Department of Public Works to set in motion a plan to replace more than 500 tree stumps that are scattered through all neighborhoods with trees. 

  • Review and possibly adjust the maintenance plans for all city-owned buildings to ensure our structures are accessible and safe.

  • Craft and implement a plan to improve our water and sewer system. One that will ensure that the charges assessed reflect accurate usage. Fundamental fairness to all ratepayers demands improvements and action.