One of the most important actions of support that any Dedham resident can take is to contact your town representatives. Voice your support and participate in your government using the contact information listed here. The Dedham Heritage Rail Trail project is part of Dedham's Master Plan, but our representatives need to see grassroots support for this project otherwise it will be unlikely to succeed. They need to hear from the voters and residents they serve.
After a long process of researching jurisdiction of the rail corridor, the Town came to the conclusion that the School Committee does in fact have jurisdiction over certain portions of the corridor. It is therefore very important that the members of the committee, in addition to the superintendent hear support for this project.
Superintendent Michael Welch: email@example.com
Mayanne MacDonald Briggs, Chairperson: Maysieb29@comcast.net
Steve Bilafer: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin Coughlin: email@example.com
Joshua Donati: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Laprade: Llaprade18@gmail.com
Melissa Pearrow: email@example.com
Tracey White: firstname.lastname@example.org
Board of Selectmen
Under the Dedham Home Rule Charter, the Board of Selectmen serves as the chief policy making agency of the Town of Dedham. Email all of the Selectmen at once using the email: email@example.com
Or contact them individually:
Michael L. Butler, Chairman: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dennis J. Guilfoyle, Vice Chairman: email@example.com
James A. McDonald: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dennis J. Teehan, Jr.: email@example.com
Brendan G. Keogh: firstname.lastname@example.org
Parks and Recreation Commission
The Dedham Parks and Recreation Commission is a five member elected board whose function is to oversee, when necessary, any program or function that comes under the jurisdiction granted by the Town Charter, of the Park and Recreation Department. The proposed rail trail sits on land largely under Parks and Recreation's jurisdiction so it is critical to let them know there is wide support for this project.
Jonathan Briggs: email@example.com
John Maida, Vice Chairman: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chuck DelloIaconno: email@example.com
Sal Ledda: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Maher: jMaher@corp.earthlink.com
Ultimately, the fate of the Dedham Heritage Rail Trail will come down to a Town Meeting vote. Town Meeting convenes twice per year, and major proposals are voted upon by elected representatives from each of Dedham's six precincts.
Do you know who your Town Meeting representatives are? Check out this list on the Dedham town website. Town Meeting member email addresses are not made public, but street addresses are listed on the town website so please consider writing a short letter to the representatives in your precinct.
The Town Manager serves as the chief administrative officer of the town, and is directly responsible to the Board of Selectmen for the administration of all town affairs for which the office of the Administrator is given responsibility by the Dedham Home Rule Charter.
James A. Kern, Town Manager: email@example.com
Nancy A. Baker, Assistant Town Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Planning Zoning Office is responsible for issues pertaining to planning, land use, or zoning including zoning variances, special permits, administrative appeals, rezonings, site plan review and major development projects, parking plans, and other projects.
New Town Planner TBA
Town Environmental Coordinator
The Environmental department oversees all aspects of environmental issues in the town as well as Dedham Trails and the Dedham Heritage Rail Trail project.
Virginia LeClair, Environmental Coordinator: email@example.com
Paul McMurtry, MA State Representative: firstname.lastname@example.org