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.

Parade postponed to next Saturday

PARADE POSTPONED A WEEK

Email from Alison Brown –

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We are rescheduling for next Saturday – same time.  Hoping all can participate then – and giving town, police and fire dept notice.

UGHH – tough decision but too many little ones involved   Band also cannot play in rain. 

HO HO HO – Please confirm you received this notice.

Thank you !

Alison

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Frank Gervasio and Brittney Franklin mentioned in the MMA’s The Beacon this month

The Beacon is the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s monthly magazine, and this month in its section on People, it recognizing Medfield’s new Assistant Town Administrator, Frank Gervasio and Assistant to the Town Administrator, Brittney Franklin’s new role as public information coordinator.

Medfield resident and long time town government volunteer, Jeremy Marsette is also noted to be the new Sherborn Town Administrator.

Frank Gervasio
became the new
assistant town
administrator in
Medfield on Nov.
14.
For the past six
years, Gervasio
worked for the
state in numerous
roles. He had
served as director of special initiatives
for the Division of Local Services since
September 2019, and previously spent
more than a year as a senior project
manager and nearly three years as a
project manager, both in the Executive
Office for Administration and Finance.
He also spent a year working as a
portfolio operations analyst for GMO,
and three years as a financial control
analyst for J.P. Morgan. He has a
bachelor’s degree in political science and
history from The George Washington
University.
In Medfield, Gervasio takes the place of
Nicholas Milano, who left in August
to become the town administrator in
Milton.
Also in Medfield, Brittney Franklin,
the assistant to the town administrator,
recently added another title: public
information coordinator. Franklin spent
more than three years at the MMA
as a senior legislative analyst before
she began working for Medfield in
November 2021.

Jeremy Marsette
became the new
town administrator
in Sherborn on
Nov. 28.
Marsette had
been the public
works director
in Natick for the
past eight years.
Previously, he spent
six years working in Framingham, as
engineer and then as assistant public
works director. He also spent more
than a decade in civil engineering and
project management roles, in both
the public and private sectors. He has
served on a number of boards and
committees, including the Medfield
Warrant Committee, the executive
board of the Association of Town
Finance Committees, and the MMA’s
Policy Committee on Public Works,
Transportation and Public Utilities.
Marsette has a bachelor’s degree in civil
engineering from the University of New
Hampshire and a master’s degree in
business administration from Southern
New Hampshire University. He also
completed the MMA-Suffolk University
Certificate in Local Government
Leadership and Management program.
In Sherborn, Marsettte replaces David
Williams, who left in early 2022 after
nine years in the role and now serves
as the chief financial officer for the
Brockton Housing Authority. Diane
Moores had been serving as Sherborn’s
interim administrator.

Select Board 12/6/2022

  1. To join online, use this link:
    https://medfield-net.zoom.us/j/88530366678?pwd=clhLODVKcnlDN3dFTDJWQjBCVzJ5Zz09
    a. Webinar ID: 885 3036 6678
    b. Password: 637025
  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: 885 3036 6678
    b. Enter the password: 637025
    The packet with meeting materials for this meeting is available at this link:
    https://www.town.medfield.net/DocumentCenter/View/6671/BOS-Meeting-Packet-12062022
TOWN OF MEDFIELD
MEETING
NOTICE
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:
https://medfield-net.zoom.us/j/88530366678?pwd=clhLODVKcnlDN3dFTDJWQjBCVzJ5Zz09
a. Webinar ID: 885 3036 6678
b. Password: 637025
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: 885 3036 6678
b. Enter the password: 637025
The packet with meeting materials for this meeting is available at this link:
https://www.town.medfield.net/DocumentCenter/View/6671/BOS-Meeting-Packet-12062022
Board of Selectmen
Board or Committee
PLACE OF MEETING DAY, DATE, AND TIME
Chenery Hall, Medfield Town House
Remote participation available through Zoom Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at 7:00 pm
Agenda (Subject to Change)
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
Public Hearing Verizon Contract 7:00
Public Hearing Tax Classification 7:30 - Principal Assessor, Yvonne Remillard
Appointments
1. Chief Guerette to request the Board of Selectmen appoint John Plant as a full time police
officer and to request the Board of Selectmen sign two grant applications:
a. FY23 State 911 Department Training Grant
b. FY23 Bridge Academy Training Municipal Reimbursement Grant
Discussion Items (Potential Votes)
Action Items
2. Accept the resignation of George Darrell from the Conservation Commission
3. Vote to sign the contract with Environmental Partners for Annual Landfill Monitoring
and Reporting for $38,200
4. Vote to sign the two (2) roof solar array leases at the Kingsbury Club as the Town of
Medfield as the ground Lessor
5. Vote to sign letter of support for the Cultural Alliance of Medfield grant application to
Save America’s Treasures for preservation funding
6. Vote to sign the Notice of Consent to Assignment of Interconnection Service Agreement
and Assignment and Assumption Agreement for the DPW Solar Project
7. Vote to accept the quote from ENE Systems for security card access for the Town House
for $25,598
8. Vote to accept the quote from ENE Systems to upgrade the security system at the Public
Safety Building for $49,980
Citizen Comment
Consent Agenda
9. Medfield Lions request for a one-day all liquor license for their Senior Holiday Luncheon
to be held on Sunday, December 11 from 12PM-2PM
10. Medfield Lions request to place sandwich boards in the usual locations advertising the
Lions Club Christmas Tree Sales beginning November 26th
11. Boy Scout Troop 89 request to place signs announcing the annual Christmas Tree Pick-up
and Recycling Program at intersection of North/Main Street and Northeast Corner of
Route 27 and South Street
12. Memorial School requests to place a sign on Main St from January 3 to January 17
advertising the opening of kindergarten registration
Meeting Minutes
October 25, 2022
Town Administrator Updates
Next Meeting Dates
January 10, 2023
January 24, 2023
Selectmen Reports
Informational
● Comcast price change information
● Verizon Fios TV Programming Change notice - CEEN and Afrotainment and African
Box Office
● Board of Appeals on Zoning, Notice of Decision
● Letter to Medfield Town Clerk re districtwide election for the Tri-County Regional
Vocational Technical High School

Nomination Papers for Annual Town Election now available

From a town alert this afternoon –

Posted on: November 30, 2022

Nomination Papers for Annual Town Election now available

The following positions are open for nomination:

One Selectman for a term of three years

A Moderator for a term of one year

One Assessor for a term of three years

Two School Committee members for a term of three years

Two Library Trustees for a term of three years

One Planning Board member for a term of five years

Two Park Commissioners for a term of three years

One Housing Authority member for a term of five years

Two Trust Fund Commissioner for a term of three years

One Selectman for a term of three years

A Moderator for a term of one year

One Assessor for a term of three years

Nomination papers require 50 signatures of Medfield registered voters per candidate.  Nomination papers are available at the Town Clerk’s Office and are due back by February 6, 2023 at 5:00 pm.

Click here for a listing of open positions.

Help the Angel Run

Help out Medfield’s Most Family Friendly Event!

From Meg Foley –

We still need bananas and apples for the day of the race. The more we get donated the less money we have to spend! 🙂 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090844a8ad28a3f85-angel1

Feel free to share the link w/ friends, post it, text it! 🙂 

Office Hours This Friday

Selectman Office Hours this Friday

I hold monthly office hours at The Center on the first Friday of every month from 9:00 to 10:00 AM. I am able to attend this Friday due to the doctor settling my client’s case that was scheduled to start trial this week.

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.

Henry Marcel – Medfield’s Holiday Lights Maestro

Henry (Hank) Marcel was the first Medfield Foundation Volunteer of the Year in 2008, primarily because he was single handedly responsible for doing MEMO’s holiday tree lighting downtown for decades.

Below is that 2008 Medfield Foundation Volunteer Awards proclamation:

MEDFIELD FOUNDATION RECOGNIZES HENRY J. MARCEL AS ITS
MEDFIELD VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

The Medfield Foundation proudly proclaims Henry J. Marcel as its Medfield Volunteer of the Year. Henry Marcel is a large steady man with an even larger and steadier presence, whose contribution to making the Town of Medfield a better place have been both constant and impressive for many, many years. Henry, or Hank, has often worked behind the scenes without fanfare or recognition to deliver highly visible, easily recognizable, and much appreciated things to Medfield for decades. Hank has impacted the Town of Medfield in three main areas. First and foremost, Hank is the one who has lit our downtown with holiday lights at Christmas for decades. Second, Hank is the one who has done all the work to electrify Medfield Day and to do the other grunt work that makes it happen for 27 years. Third, Hank is a long time volunteer Medfield Fire Department firefighter, who is often seen proudly wearing a Medfield Fire Department tee shirt.

Hank has been Medfield’s Mr. Christmas, having organized and presided over stringing Medfield’s Christmas lights for MEMO for over twenty-five years. Observers in the know in recent years are used to seeing Hank out and about the downtown in the cold every year after Thanksgiving stringing the lights in Baxter Park, in front of Lord’s, at the Town House, and in front of the First Parish Meeting House. However, the keen long time observers will know that Hank started out decades earlier by actually shutting down his then electrical contracting business, Medfield Electric, for weeks every Christmas, and paying all his employees to help him to string the Christmas lights on every tree up and down Main Street, trees that are now exist only in memories. Over time, the Christmas lights became focused on Baxter Park. In recent years, Hank has buried electrical conduit under the park to facilitate setting up his displays, and he has been adding a tree in any year he can, to make a larger display. MEMO buys the Christmas lights.

Henry’s smile grows ever wider each year as he watches the faces of the town’s children light up in joy during the tree lighting count down, as the lights on the trees come one a tree at a time, culminating with the lighting of the Christmas tree. What an annual gift from Henry to the residents of Medfield to provide so much joy and happiness to so many children and their families.

The annual Medfield Day event is literally powered by Hank, as he creates and operates several whole electrical services for the events locations, calling on his extended group of electrician friends, such as Larry Kilkenny, to make it all come together and in time. Hank has been one who has worked from before dawn until after dark to make Medfield Day happen: he has lined the booths, coordinated the set-up and break-down, doing whatever tasks needed to be done, and he ran the event several times. When the Medfield Night Fireworks were added, Henry was delighted to work on them, despite making his Medfield Day hours longer, especially when he saw how much pleasure the fireworks gave to so many people.

Hank started on the Medfield Fire Department in 1974 under the direction of Chief Ryan. In one untoward incident in 1986 Hank was working at a car fire, when the vehicle rolled and pinned him between two cars breaking his leg. In 1992 he became the Fire Alarm Superintendent and he still oversees the operation of the town’s fire alarm system. Hank semi-retired as a firefighter in 1998, no longer responding to calls, but he remains a resource for electrical problems at the Department.

The Medfield Foundation is proud to name Henry Marcel its first Medfield Volunteer of the Year.

Eagle Scouts William Henry Whitaker, Joshua L. Lozano, and Hayden Christian Sutherland Gray

This past Saturday afternoon there was a Troop 89 Eagle Scout Court of Honor for new Eagle Scouts William Henry Whitaker, Joshua L. Lozano, and Hayden Christian Sutherland Gray at the UCC. All three are 2022 graduates of Medfield High School and had returned to town for Thanksgiving.

Left to right (with the merit badge sashes): Billy Whitaker, Josh Lozano, and Hayden Gray

The Lozano family

The Whitaker family

The Gray family, with Eagle adviser Hilli Passas

Hayden Gray delivering his remarks

Madeline Rothstein – Medfield’s first female Eagle Scout

Madeline Rothstein – Medfield’s first female Eagle Scout

At an Eagle Scout Court of Honor this past Saturday at the UCC, Madeline Rothstein became Troop 10’s, and Medfield”s first female Eagle Scout.

Madeline was administered the Eagle Oath and Charge by her older brother Ben, who is a Troop 10 Assistant Scoutmaster. Ben pinned the Eagle Award on Madeline. Ned Rothstein, Madeline’s father, and the Troop 10 Scoutmaster also participated in the ceremony.

Scouts showing all the ranks in scouting through which Madeline had progressed to get to Eagle.

I was told that the scout on the left in the front holding the Eagle placard and sporting the double sashes, acquired every merit badge that scouting offers.

Nice to see in attendance Rep. Denise Garlick (with a cane due to recovering from knee replacement surgery), our new State Senator, Becca Rausch at her first such Medfield event, and my fellow Select Board member, Eileen Murphy, who said that as only the town’s third female Select Board member that she especially wanted to celebrate the town’s first female Eagle Scout.

Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund’s 2021 grantees’ report

Legacy Fund Grantees Report

Grantees of the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund’s latest 2021 round of grants reported to the Medfield Foundation board and the Legacy Fund founders at a meeting this past Monday evening at the Public Safety Building.

  • Peak House Heritage Society showed a remarkably informative video produced by Medfield TV of the PHHS’s archeological dig that the PHHS’s grant funded in the basement of the Peak House. Rob Gregg reported that the most mysterious findings were three 1912 license plates, mysterious because the last residents in the Peak House left in 1910. The rest of the archeological findings are in the process of being analyzed and cataloged.
  • Friends of the Medfield High School Theatre Society reported on the new cyclorama purchased with its grant which was installed at the back of the stage in the MHS auditorium, allowing for better performances. “The replacement of the MHS auditorium cyclorama allows students to engineer complex lighting scenarios; offers those performing a more complex atmosphere in which to tell their stories; and enhances the visual quality of shows for Community members who attend performances.”
  • Medfield Outreach used its grant to commission a survey of town needs, data designed to focus Outreach’s strategic plan. Outreach Director Kathy MacDonald reported on the survey and its results. “In the winter of 2022, Medfield Outreach began work to complete a community needs survey and create a five-year strategic plan for the department. What you see on these tabs is the result of that almost six month long undertaking.”
  • Sustainable Medfield used its grant to further publicize and share its mission promoting sustainability with town residents – “1. Provide residents a one-stop resource of Medfield-specific ACTIONS to improve our environment and reduce our carbon footprint. and 2. Connect community groups to network and collaborate on sustainability.”

About the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund
The Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund Is a professionally-managed endowment created to support community-driven projects. Volunteer-run and designed to complement the initiatives of Medfield organizations, the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund raises funds from the community and makes grants to established non-profit organizations through a competitive process. For more information or to contribute to the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund, please visit https://www.medfieldfoundation.org/legacy-fund.