Office Hours this Friday 9-10AM

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Selectman Office Hours this Friday 9-10AM

My regular monthly selectman office hours are at The Center on the first Friday of every month from 9:00 to 10:00 AM (this Friday).

Residents are welcome to stop by to talk in person about any town matters. Residents can also have coffee and see the Council on Aging in action (a vibrant organization with lots going on).

I can be reached via my cell phone at 508-359-9190 or my blog about Medfield matters, where any schedule changes will be posted.

SBC’s July Community Conversation -7PM Thursday – in person & by Zoom

From Susan Maritan –

All Invited to Community Conversation Regarding Proposed New Elementary School

Medfield residents who are interested in learning more about the proposed new elementary school for grades 4 and 5 are encouraged to attend or tune in remotely to the July Community Conversation with the School Building Committee (SBC). The presentation will be held on Thursday, July 29th at 7PM at Wheelock School or can be viewed online via Facebook Live or Zoom.

“The SBC is looking forward to connecting with the community and sharing progress to date on this important project,” said Anna Mae O’Shea Brooke, SBC member. “The key topics for this month’s discussion are the educational benefits of both the new school building and the Wheelock campus location. We will also be presenting the most recent architectural renderings of the site. This is especially exciting as the drawings bring the vision of the proposed school to life for all to see.” 

“Today’s modern learning environment has evolved with regards to space planning and technology. The classroom is no longer constrained by physical boundaries and is more dynamic than our traditional view of teachers presenting a lesson in front of their students. We want to highlight some of the key features that the new school will offer not only inside the building but also how the abundance of outdoor space will create educational opportunities that were not available to our grade four and five students in the past,” continued O’Shea Brooke. “We hope residents will come and see for themselves the benefits the new school could provide to our young learners and dedicated educators.”

The SBC will also be taking questions from residents and addressing other topics such as cost planning including the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) reimbursement currently estimated at approximately $18 million, and the next steps in planning as the SBC prepares to present the final project to the community for a town wide vote this Fall.

The Community Conversation will be held at Wheelock School or can be watched remotely on Facebook Live and Zoom. Please visit the Facebook page – Elementary School Project Wheelock Campus – to watch there, or join the conversation via Zoom.
Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:

Please click this URL to join.

Passcode: 245605

Questions for the SBC may be submitted to:, and for more information on the Medfield Elementary School Project, please visit: Those interested in receiving future school project updates may enter their email addresses at the bottom of the home page.


From WCVB-TV –

‘Dead something:’ Heavy rain leaves Charles River reeking of death

NATICK, Mass. —

“Love that dirty water”?

Not so much these days if you’re upwind along the Charles River in several Metrowest towns. Residents in Medfield, Dover, Sherborn and Natick say the river smells of something putrid and foul.Advertisement

“Dead something,” one resident described.

The stench accompanies dead fish and an oily sheen on the water’s surface. The Charles River Watershed Association said they think they know what’s causing it.

“The investigation is concluding that it’s probably more natural,” said Emily Norton, executive director of the Charles River Watershed Association.

The runoff from recent heavy rains has gathered pollutants such as fertilizers and oils, and that is leading to bigger problems in the river.

“In this case, it appears that the impact is such that it caused the river in that area, the Stop River, to be completely depleted of oxygen. And fish do need some level of oxygen to survive,” Norton said.

The dead fish, scientists think, is responsible for the foul odor and the oily sheen on the river is from the fish decomposing.

Post-COVID planning for downtown – please take the survey

From Town Planner, Sarah Raposa –

In December 2020, the Town of Medfield submitted an application to the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to take part in the Local Rapid Recovery Planning Program (LRRP). The LRRP is intended to provide municipalities in Massachusetts with the opportunity to develop actionable, project-based recovery plans tailored to the unique economic challenges and COVID-19 related impacts to downtowns, town centers and commercial areas across the Commonwealth. Additional information is available on the LRRP website.

There are three phases for this program:

Phase 1 (Diagnostic) was completed from April to June 2021 and included data collection from the study area (see below for a map of the study area, Note: not shown, but the study area includes Basil’s on Frairy Street) to assess the current state of the physical environment and its impacts on customers and businesses and the impacts of COVID-19 on businesses in the study area.

Phase 2 (Project Recommendations) is currently ongoing and involves reviewing data compiled during Phase 1 and obtaining feedback from the community to develop recommendations for projects intended to help Medfield achieve its recovery goals.

Phase 3 (Rapid Recovery Plan Development) will be completed in August 2021 and will involve development of strategic project recommendations based on information gathered in Phases 1 and 2 and best practices collected from communities throughout the Commonwealth and the country. BerryDunn was paired with the Town to serve as Plan Facilitator for the program. On April 14, 2021 a BerryDunn team conducted a site visit of Medfield’s study area. The team collected data on the physical and business environment and presented findings to the Board of Selectmen on June 1, 2021. The BerryDunn team is currently working with Town officials to obtain feedback from the community for Phase 2. Please use the links in the survey to provide your thoughts on the study area, including suggestions for physical improvements, regulatory changes, economic development challenges, or simply your experience as a business owner, employee, customer, resident, or visitor to downtown Medfield. 

The LRRP approach considers six facets of downtown economic development including: 

  • Public Realm:  streets, sidewalks, public parks and other public spaces
  • Private Realm: commercial buildings, storefronts, parking lots and open space on private property
  • Revenue & Sales:  strategies for increasing revenue of existing businesses; issues impacting business growth and customer traffic
  • Administrative Capacity:  government regulations, staffing and oversight; organizational management of the district or business association
  • Culture & Arts:  public art, arts and cultural institutions, businesses, events, educational facilities, etc.
  • Tenants Mix:  attraction and retention of businesses and particular business types

Comments, suggestions and ideas are loosely organized in these categories above and can be posted on the Ideas Wall or by using the Study Area Map.

Survey Webpage: 

We appreciate your thoughts!


Sarah Raposa, AICP

Town Planner
459 Main Street
Medfield, MA  02052
Office Phone: (508) 906-3027

Work Cell: (339) 206-1773

Out of Office: last week of July and last week of August

State $ support to Medfield up $127K next year

Email received today from the Division of Local Services (DLS), a part of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue:


FY2022 Preliminary Cherry Sheets Estimates 

The FY2022  Conference Committee Report was released on Thursday July 8th and approved by both the House of Representatives and Senate Friday July 9th.  As a result, DLS has updated the preliminary cherry sheet estimates to reflect these new funding levels. The preliminary cherry sheets can be found on the DLS website.

Click here for Preliminary Municipal Cherry Sheet Estimates or here for Preliminary Regional Cherry Sheet Estimates.

If you have any questions about the preliminary estimates, please contact the Data Analytics and Resources Bureau at

County on our ARPA monies

This from the County Commissioners. It is not clear to me how much they intend to administer our ARPA monies, versus just paying us our ARPA monies. Reading the 2024 and 2026 dates causes me some concern about their planned level and length of involvement.

The County of Presidents
July 12, 2021
Dear Norfolk County Executive,
We are pleased to announce that on July 7, 2021, the Norfolk County Commissioners voted
unanimously to accept the funds associated with the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA).
This action effectively allows the County Treasurer to apply for these federal funds and to have
the County Commissioners administer the funds on behalf of the Norfolk County Communities.
Norfolk County is expected to receive a total of approximately $13 7 Million over the life of this
grant. The County Director is working to develop a program for communities to make
application and receive awards from this grant.
The Norfolk County Commissioners firmly believe that working with other counties will benefit
our shared mission to provide direct support to the communities we service. On July 1, 2021, the
County Commissioners participated in a tri-county meeting with the Plymouth and Bristol
County Commissioners to exchange ideas and gain a common knowledge of grant administration
to provide more efficient and cost effective grant management for the betterment of our
respective counties. During this meeting, Plymouth County offered detai ls of the plan they
developed to manage distribution of CARES act funds.
The Plymouth County model proposes to fund the administration costs of the ARP A program via
interest gained from the federal grant funds held by the County Treasurer until released to the
respective cities and towns. The goal of this plan is to have all available grant funds flow
directly to the communities.
As the County Treasurer prepares to make application for funds to the United States Treasury,
we will commence our program development to prepare a similar plan to administer these funds
according to the Interim Final Rule guidelines. This process will take time. We ask each
community to patiently work with us toward building a successful program. Our approach will
include the following planned steps;
TEL: (781) 461-6105 FAX: (781) 326-6480 EMAIL: WEBSITE:
A. Within the next 30 days
Conduct a virtual meeting with Town executives and Advisory Board members. The agenda will
include hearing from community leaders about specific needs, ideas, and any questions
concerning program management.
B. Within the next 45 days
Conduct a separate virtual meeting with Norfolk County Finance Committee members to
similarly address plan management and fund management.
We understand the County communities desire to secure these funds as soon as possible. This
need, however, should be coupled with the understanding that deliberate program development
and sound management will allow us to handle our communities grant needs until December 31,
2024 when this grant ends (period of performance through December 31, 2026).
Our main goal is to provide the Norfolk County communities with exceptional service to manage
these funds with a program designed to optimize resources and expedite payments while
adhering to the grant guidelines.
We are very excited for this opportunity to share these resources and collaborate with each
community to help make all our Norfolk County communities stronger for years to come.
Peter H. Collins
County Commissioner
Joseph P. Shea
Richard R. Staiti
County Commissioner

MFD announces death of its Captain Michael Harman

From the Medfield Fire Department’s Twitter yesterday –

Medfield Fire-Rescue@medfieldfd

With deep sadness we announce the sudden passing of Captain Michael Harman. Further details on services will be provided when available. Please respect the privacy of Capt. Harman’s family at this time and keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Select Board 7/13

Posted in accordance with the provisions of M.G.L. c. 30A, §§18-25
This meeting will be held in a hybrid format. The Board of Selectmen will attend in person and
members of the public may attend in person. In addition, members of the public who wish to
participate via Zoom may do so by joining by one of the following options:
1. To join online, use this link:
b. Enter Password: 060672
2. To join through a conference call, dial 929-436-2866 or 312-626-6799 or 253-215-8782
or 301-715-8592 or 346-248-7799 or 669-900-6833
a. Enter the Webinar ID: 815 7734 2022
b. Enter the password: 060672
The packet with meeting materials for this meeting will be uploaded at this link:
Board of Selectmen
Board or Committee
Chenery Hall, Medfield Town House
Remote participation also allowed through Zoom Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 7:00 pm
Agenda (Subject to Change)
Executive Session at the end of the meeting:
● Vote to go into Executive Session to discuss the purchase, exchange, or lease of property
on Ice House Road
Call to Order
Disclosure of video recording
We want to take a moment of appreciation for our Troops serving around the globe in defense of
our country
1. Maurice Goulet, Director of Public Works, to request that the Board of Selectmen
approve the following contracts related to the new Water Treatment Plant project:
a. Contract with Woodard & Curran in the amount of $195,000 for Owner’s Project
Manager services
b. Contract with Woodard & Curran in the amount of $222,000 for SCADA Systems
c. Contract with Environmental Partners in the amount of $1,436,000 for Resident
Engineering Services
d. Contract with Biszko Building Systems, Inc. in the amount of $8,279,142.99 for
the General Contract for the Water Treatment Plant project
2. Kathy McDonald, Medfield Outreach
a. Request to sign Memorandum of Understanding between Medfield Cares About
Prevention Coalition/the Town of Medfield and the Community Anti-Drug
Coalitions of America (“CADCA”)
b. Request to sign renewal of Clinical Consulting Contract with Rhona Kerans,
LICSW (Fiscal Year 2022)
c. Request for ARPA funding for renewal of Interface Contract
Discussion and Potential Votes
3. Confirmatory vote on the Town Administrator’s Goals for FY2022 (July 1, 2021 to June
30, 2022) provisionally adopted at the June 29, 2021 Board of Selectmen Meeting
4. Medfield State Hospital Status Update
5. Board of Selectmen Goals Discussion
6. Request from Nancy Irwin to increase the size of Transfer Station and Recycling
Action Items
7. Vote to support the Hinkley South project submittal to the Massachusetts Department of
Housing and Community Development (DHCD) as a Local Initiative Program project for
a 24-unit age restricted (62 plus) development, subject to final purchase and sales
agreement, and authorize the Chair to sign the LIP application and submit a letter of
support to DHCD
8. Vote to adopt new Board/Committee Appointment Policy
9. Vote on committee appointments and reappointments, per the committee rosters attached
to and posted with the agenda
10. Vote to approve Fiscal Year 2021 Appropriations Transfer Request for the Police
11. Vote to approve the release of the Request for Proposals for Community Choice
Aggregation Energy Broker services
12. Vote to approve Chapter 90 Reimbursement Requests for the ADA Self-Evaluation and
the paving of High Street
Consent Agenda
Meeting Minutes
April 16, 2020
May 5, 2020
June 16, 2020
August 11, 2020
September 22, 2020
October 6, 2020
October 20, 2020
March 16, 2021
Town Administrator Updates
Next Meeting Dates
August 3, 2021
August 17, 2021
August 24, 2021
Selectmen Reports
Retirement Letter from Leslee Willits
Mass Coastal Railroad Company 2021-2025 Vegetation Management Plan
Medfield Boards and Committees
Action Term
Current Term
Bay Colony Rail Trail Advisory Committee Yes
Christian Donner Reappoint 1 year 2021
Paula Crear Reappoint 1 year 2021
Graham Plonski Reappoint 1 year 2021
Robert Horgan Reappoint 1 year 2021
Erik Holm Reappoint 1 year 2021
Board of Health No
Carol Read Reappoint 3 years 2021
Holly Rand 2023
Steve Resch 2022
Melissa Coughlin 2023
Kathy Thompson 2023
Meenakshi Chivukula, Associate Reappoint 1 year 2021
Jeff Kane, Associate Reappoint 1 year 2021
Capital Budget Committee No August 3, 2021
Michael Marcucci 2021
Sharon Tatro 2021
Nassar Ismail 2021
Megan Sullivan 2021
Joy Ricciuto 2021
Michael LaFrancesca 2021
Amy Colleran 2021
Kristine Trierweiler 2021
Collective Bargaining Committee No
Chief Michelle Guerette Reappoint 1 year 2021
Michael Marcucci Reappoint 1 year 2021
Chief William Carrico Reappoint 1 year 2021
Michael Pastore Reappoint 1 year 2021
Kristine Trierweiler Reappoint 1 year 2021
Mark Fisher Appoint 1 year
Kathy VandenBoom Appoint 1 year
Committee to Study Memorials No August 3, 2021
Jane Lomax 2021
David F. Temple 2021
Tom Sweeney 2021
Michelle Doucette 2021
Community Choice Aggregation Committee N/A
Megan Sullivan Appoint 1 year
Robert Winograd Appoint 1 year
Nicholas Milano Appoint 1 year
Medfield Boards and Committees
Action Term
Current Term
Community Gardens Committee No
Neal Sanders 2022
Betty Sanders 2022
Elderly Taxation Aid Committee Dissolve Committee
Board of Selectmen Georgia Colivas 2021
Kristine Trierweiler 2021
Yvonne Remillard 2021
Roberta Lynch 2021
Kingsbury Pond Committee No August 3, 2021
Richard Judge 2021
Ann Krawec 2021
George Dealy 2021
Garrett Graham 2021
Greg Testa 2021
Michael Thompson 2021
Sharon Judge 2021
Paul Trumbour 2021
Kristine Trierweiler, Ex Officio
Medfield Animal Control Study Committee No Dissolve Committee
John Thompson 2019
Robert LaPlante 2019
Jennifer Cronin 2019
Kevin Ryder 2019
Carol Mayer 2019
Ryan Thomas 2019
Medfield Emergency Management Planning Committee No
Chief William Carrico Reappoint 1 year 2021
Chief Michelle Guerette Reappoint 1 year 2021
Maurice Goulet Reappoint 1 year 2021
Dr. Jeffrey Marsden Reappoint 1 year 2021
Roberta Lynch Reappoint 1 year 2021
Kristine Trierweiler Reappoint 1 year 2021
Amy Colleran Reappoint 1 year 2021
Jeremy Marsette Appoint 1 year
Andrew Kelleher Appoint 1 year
BOH Member
Medfield Boards and Committees
Action Term
Current Term
Medfield Energy Committee No August 3, 2021
Cynthia Greene 2021
David Temple 2021
Penni Conner 2022
Fred Davis 2023
Hildrun Passas 2023
Paul Fechtelkotter 2023
Robert Winograd 2023
Jim Nail 2023
David Stephenson 2023
Alec Stevens 2023
Patricia Pembroke 2023
Megan Sullivan 2023
Amy Colleran, Ex Officio
Kristine Trierweiler, Ex Officio
Osler P. Peterson, Ex Officio
Medfield State Hospital Buildings and Grounds Committee No
John Thompson Reappoint 1 year 2021
Chief Michelle Guerette Reappoint 1 year 2021
Chief William Carrico Reappoint 1 year 2021
Pual Hinkley Reappoint 1 year 2021
Maurice Goulet Reappoint 1 year 2021
Kristine Trierweiler Reappoint 1 year 2021
Robert Meaney Reappoint 1 year 2021
Medfield State Hospital Development Committee No August 3, 2021
Todd Trehubenko 2021
Johnny Martinez 2021
Patrick Casey 2021
Randy Karg 2021
Mike Metzler 2021
Gus Murby 2021
Chris McMahon 2021
Nicholas Milano, Ex Officio
Medfield State Hospital Environmental Review Committee No Dissolve Committee
Deborah Bero 2021
Ralph Tella 2021
John Thompson 2021
Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee No Dissolve Committee
Gil Rodgers 2020
Teresa James 2020
Randal Karg 2020
Patrick Casey 2020
Brandie Erb 2020
Medfield Boards and Committees
Action Term
Current Term
Medfield State Hospital Mediation Committee No
John Thompson Reappoint 1 year 2021
Ann Thompson Reappoint 1 year 2021
William Massaro Reappoint 1 year 2021
Medfield State Hospital Negotiating Committee No
John Harney Reappoint 1 year 2021
William Massaro Reappoint 1 year 2021
Osler Peterson Reappoint 1 year 2021
Medfield Outreach Advisory Committee Yes
Molly Frankel Reappoint 1 year 2021
Kathleen Cahill Reappoint 1 year 2021
Michelle Manganello Reappoint 1 year 2021
Liz Sandeman Reappoint 1 year 2021
Kathleen Thompson Reappoint 1 year 2021
Katherine Waters, Associate Appoint 1 year
Medfield Wildlife Committee No August 3, 2021
Frank Perry 1 year 2021
John Newell 1 year 2021
Memorial Day Committee No August 3, 2021
Lorrie Guindon 2021
Chief Michelle Guerette 2021
Chief William Carrico 2021
Ann B. Thompson 2021
Gustave Murby 2021
Michelle Doucette 2021
Ronald C. Griffin 2021
Evelyn Clarke 2021
Jerry Kazanjian 2021
Frank Iafolla 2021
Open Space and Recreation Committee No Dissolve Committee
Robert Aigler 2021
Jonathan Hinrichs 2021
Eric O'Brien, Associate 2021
Michael Perloff, Associate 2021
Mel Seibolt, Associate 2021
Safety Committee Yes
Chief Michelle Guerette Reappoint 1 year 2021
Maurice Goulet Reappoint 1 year 2021
Kristine Trierweiler Reappoint 1 year 2021
Steve Caskey Reappoint 1 year 2021
Medfield Boards and Committees
Action Term
Current Term
Town Bylaws Review Committee No Review goals and composition
Cynthia Greene 2020
Russell Hallisey 2020
Neal O'Connor 2020
John McNicholas 2020
Town Wide Master Planning Committee No August 3, 2021
Teresa James 2021
Jessica Reilly 2021
Mary McCarthy 2021
Tom Erb 2021
Roberta Lynch 2021
Kevin Ryder 2021
William Harvey 2021
Michael Pastore 2021
Jay Duncan, Chairman 2021
Jerry Potts 2021
Philip Stashenko 2021
Laurel Scotti 2021
Sean Kay 2021
Cynthia Greene 2021
Matt Triest 2021
Osler L. Peterson 2021
Transfer Station and Recycling Committee Yes
Nancy Irwin Reappoint 1 year 2021
Barbara Meyer Reappoint 1 year 2021
Andrea Costello Reappoint 1 year 2021
Cheryl Dunlea Reappoint 1 year 2021
Megan Sullivan Reappoint 1 year 2021
Annette Wells Reappoint 1 year 2021
Jacqueline Alford Reappoint 1 year 2021
Chris Carlin Reappoint 1 year 2021
Kimberly Schubert Reappoint 1 year 2021
Maurice Goulet, Ex Officio
Robert Kennedy, Ex Officio
Kristine Trierweiler, Ex Offico
Wireless Communications Study Committee Dissolve Committee
David Maxson 1 year 2021
Kristine Trierweiler 1 year 2021
Medfield Boards and Committees
Created by MGL / Town Bylaw / Charter
Name Recommended
Action Term Current Term
Expires (Year)
Conservation Commission
Catherine Scott Apppoint
Robert Kennedy, Jr. Reappoint 3 years 2021
George Darrell Reappoint 3 years 2021
Mary McCarthy 2022
Deborah Bero 2023
Michael Perloff 2023
Kirsten Poler 2023
Historical Commission
Seth Meehan, Co-Chair Reappoint 3 years 2021
Maria Baler 2022
Joe Opiela 2022
Kirsten Poler 2022
David Temple, Co-Chair 2023
Doug Whitla 2024
Peter Fletcher 2024
Permanent Planning and Building Committee
Timothy Bonfatti 2022
Thomas Erb 2023
Michael Quinlan Reappoint 3 years 2021
Walter Kincaid 2023
Mike Weber Reappoint 3 years 2021
Kristine Trierweiler, Ex Officio
Amy Colleran, Ex Officio
Bob Sliney, Warrant Committee Member, Ex Officio
OPEB Trust Fund
Georgia Colivas Reappoint 1 year 2021
Michael Pastore Reappoint 1 year 2021
Gustave Murby Reappoint 1 year 2021
Joy Ricciuto Reappoint 1 year 2021
Kristine Trierweiler Reappoint 1 year 2021
Complete Rob Aigler's term
which expires June 30, 2022

Office hours tomorrow 9-10AM

Selectman Office Hours this Friday

I hold regular monthly office hours at The Center on Ice House Road on the first Friday of every month from 9:00 to 10:00 AM.

Residents are welcome to stop by to talk in person about any town matters.
Residents can also have coffee and see the Council on Aging in action (a vibrant organization with lots going on).

I can be reached at 508-359-9190.

SBC meeting this evening at 7PM

From Susan Maritan for the School Building Committee –

Dear Medfield Community,

My name is Leo Brehm. I am a Medfield resident and also a member of the School Building Committee and the School Committee. I’d like to encourage the Medfield community to tune into this week’s School Building Committee meeting on Wednesday, June 23rd at 7pm.

This particular meeting will be an informative one as the committee will respond to the citizens’ petition and review estimated costs, the budget and design updates. 

I would like to take this opportunity to address a frequently asked question (that is on everyone’s mind) regarding the reuse plan for the existing Dale Street facility. Planning for the reuse of the building is under consideration by the Medfield Permanent Planning and Building Committee as part of the master planning process the town has been conducting throughout this past year. They will continue to look closely at the feasibility of the Parks and Recreation Department using the space, if it becomes available.

I, and the entire SBC, look forward to sharing more about the proposed new school over the coming weeks and months. We will be holding more Community Conversations during the summer to share updates on our work and to continue engaging with the community. To keep up-to-date, sign up for our weekly Wednesday updates here and follow us on FB and Instagram and please visit our website and sign up on the homepage to receive our updates.

If you have questions for the SBC, please email us at

To join the Wednesday, June 23 at 7pm SBC Zoom meeting, use this link: Enter Password: 101575

Sincerely yours,

Leo Brehm

Eagle Scout Court of Honor X2

Last Saturday, in the morning, Troop 10 held an Eagle Scout Court of Honor for David Jones in the Pavilion at Rocky Woods.

David Jones

In the afternoon, Troop 89 held an Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Quinn Spitzer, Davin Zehme , Christopher Douglas Page, and Adrian Sheehy at the Medway Community Church.

Scoutmaster Jim Hatch with Davin Zehme, Quinn Spitzer, Christopher Douglas Page, and Adrian Sheehy.