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.

39 confirmed; 3 active

COVID-19

The Board of Health has announced the following case numbers of COVID-19 in Medfield: 39 confirmed; 3 active

UPDATE

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July 09, 2020 11:06 AM

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Medfield’s largest PPP recipients

Medfield Patch article at –

https://patch.com/massachusetts/medfield/these-medfield-businesses-got-ppp-loans-over-150-000?utm_term=article-slot-1&utm_source=newsletter-daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter

Unfortunately, Randy Sherman, who is at the top of the list just sold his home to move to a Cape home – his child just graduated from Medfield High School.

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These Medfield Businesses Got PPP Loans Over $150,000

 

The list below includes the Medfield companies that received $150,000 or more from the loan program:

$2 million to $5 million

  • RSS CONSTRUCTION, INC.

$350,000 to $1 million

  • BENEMAX, INC.
  • IKE ELECTRIC INC.
  • KINGSBURY CLUB MEDFIELD, INC.
  • LUEDERS ENVIORNMENTAL INC,
  • MITCHELL CONSTRUCTION GROUP, INC
  • MONTROSE FOUNDATION, INC
  • TIMLIN ENTERPRISES INC

$150,000 to $350,000

  • ACE & ACME, INC.
  • AVENUE RESTAURANT, LLC
  • BLUE MOON BAGEL CAFE,INC.
  • DOLAN & CO.,INC.
  • EARLY LEARNING OF MEDFIELD INC DBA BEGINNING YEARS
  • ELECTRIC TIME COMPANY, INC.
  • ENGINEERING INTENT CORPORATION
  • FOTIS NETWORKS, LLC
  • GLICK ORTHODONTICS, P.C.
  • GMC HARDWOODS INC
  • GURUNG LLC
  • IDEA PAINTING COMPANY INC
  • ISLIDE, INC.
  • JAIESTUART, INC.
  • LICKTEIG FAMILY EYECARE
  • LUX SCIENTIAE, INCORPORATED
  • MARK H ABENSOHN, MD, LLC
  • MEDFIELD AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM, INC
  • MEDFIELD EYE ASSOCIATES, INC.
  • NOON HILL PARTNERS, LLC.
  • PAUL MACRINA ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING, INC.
  • RANDY’S AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE, INC.
  • TECHKNOWLEDGE ADVISORS, INC.
  • THE GARDEN CONTINUUM, INC.
  • THOMAS,THOMAS AND THOMAS INC.
  • TOM MCGUE INC
  • WHITLA BROTHERS BUILDERS

38 confirmed; 2 active

COVID-19

The Board of Health has announced the following case numbers of COVID-19 in Medfield: 38 confirmed; 2 active

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Fireworks Sales Up, Injuries May Follow

 

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617-969-1500 – Newton

July 2020

Fireworks Sales Up …

Dock Fireworks

… Injuries May Follow

Every year thousands of Americans are injured by fireworks, and this year will likely be no exception. In fact, purchases of personal fireworks are soaring as organizers cut the fuse on traditional Fourth of July celebrations and fireworks displays. Here just in time for the holiday are tips on fireworks safety to better protect you, your friends and family, and all freedom-loving Americans from sea to shining sea.

BY THE NUMBERS

73%

Last year, 73% of fireworks injuries requiring an emergency room visit happened between June 21 and July 21.

VIDEO BOOKMARK

Red, White and BOOM

We think of fireworks as a burn hazard, but the explosions can also cause hearing loss. Protect yourself and enjoy the show!

THE DOCKET

SPARKLERS CAUSE SERIOUS INJURIES

Sparklers may seem safe, but they cause one-third of emergency room injuries from fireworks each year.

 

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Enjoy a Safe and Hopeful Fourth of July

With most Fourth of July celebrations canceled this year due to the pandemic, many Americans will stage their own fireworks show at home. After everything we’ve been through in 2020, it’s no surprise that we’re all looking forward to Independence Day fun and traditions. But before you stage your own ooh- and ahh- inspiring fireworks display, note the safety tips featured in this newsletter. And join us as we reflect on the ideals this country was founded on with confidence that together, we will overcome the challenges we face. Enjoy a safe and hopeful Fourth of July!

SB 7/7

TOWN OF MEDFIELD MEETING NOTICE Posted in accordance with the provisions of MGL Chapter 39 Section 23A, as amended Due to the COVID-19 emergency, this meeting will take place remotely. Members of the public who wish to view or listen to the meeting may do so by joining via the web, or a conference call. 1. To join online, use this link: a. https://zoom.us/j/94899194640?pwd=TWhCdlFKaThjOVU3MlJyck9ocVgrQT09 b. Enter Password: 399938 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: 948 9919 4640 b. Enter the password: 399938 Board of Selectmen Board or Committee PLACE OF MEETING DAY, DATE, AND TIME Remote Meeting held on Zoom Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 7:00 pm Agenda (Subject to Change) 7:00 PM 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 Appointments Chief Michelle Guerette requests Board of Selectmen appoint Joseph Sherbertes to the position of police recruit, effective on his start date at the police academy Discussion (potential votes) COVID-19 Status Update/Operations Posted: Town Clerk Action Items Vote to approve FY20 Budget Appropriation Transfers Maurice Goulet requests Board of Selectmen approve the Software User Agreement with Sensus USA Transfer Station and Recycling Committee request permission to post signs for new curb program Amy Colleran requests the Board of Selectmen vote to sign:  Contracts for municipal trash removal  Contract renewal with Solect for management and maintenance of solar panel systems at the Wastewater Treatment Plant and the Public Safety Building Vote to approve license agreement with ZeLus Beer Company Vote to authorize Town Administrator to sign VFIS Police and Fire 111F Insurance Town Administrator Update Next Meeting Dates Selectmen Reports20200707-agenda_Page_2

Office hours tomorrow 9-10

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Selectman Office Hours this Friday

I hold my Select Board monthly office hours by phone on the first Friday of every month from 9:00 to 10:00 AM, and will be available tomorrow.

Residents are welcome to call about about any town matters.

I can be reached at 508-359-9190.

37 confirmed 1 active

COVID-19

July 02, 2020 05:32 PM

The Board of Health has announced the following case numbers of COVID-19 in Medfield: 37 confirmed 1 active Read on

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Medfield Planning Board Vacancy – Associate Member

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Medfield Planning Board Vacancy – Associate Member

Released June 30, 2020

The Town of Medfield Planning Board is seeking to fill 1-2 vacant Associate Member positions.  Anyone who may be interested should submit a letter of interest to Sarah Raposa at sraposa@medfield.net by September 1, 2020.

The Planning Board is an elected town board of five members, each with a five-year term. The purpose of the Planning Board is to guide the development of the Town in the best interests of all its residents. The Board has very specific responsibilities and authorities as granted by Massachusetts General Laws and the Medfield Zoning By-Laws.

The Planning Board generally meets in the evening 2-3 times per month. Regular meetings are scheduled for the first and third Monday and there is often an additional work session scheduled.  Associate member attend and participate in all meetings though are not considered voting members of the Board. This allows Associates to learn about the intricacies of the Planning Board in preparation for running in the local election.

The Planning Board is responsible for the review and approval of all subdivisions (the division of a tract of land into two or more lots) through a comprehensive process prescribed by MGL Chapter 41 Sections 81L-GG and Town Code Article 310 involving review by relevant regulatory agencies, public hearings, covenants with developers, performance bonding, and ongoing compliance monitoring.

Under “Site Plan Approval” and “Special Permits” in the Zoning By-Laws (MGL Chapter 40A and Town Code Article 300), the Board also has the responsibility to assure that prior to any new construction or significant changes to an existing structure, other than single family dwellings, such factors as community needs, abutters’ concerns, visual amenities, safety issues, and environmental and historic features on the site and in adjacent areas are considered.

Any requests for Zoning By-Law changes or amendments are also reviewed by the Board. Public hearings are held to allow input from any abutters or other interested citizens. The Board is required to provide a recommendation on any Zoning By-Law amendment at Town Meeting, where a two-thirds vote is required to approve the change.

The Planning Board serves as a resource to assist interested individuals with the process of proposing plans or projects under the Zoning By-Laws. Communications are maintained on an ongoing basis with related Town agencies including the Zoning Board of Appeals and other planning interests within the Town such as the historical entities, Medfield State Hospital, and affordable housing.

Letters should describe your interest in the Planning Board as well as any professional experience or other qualifications that will complement the Board. Relevant experience includes land use law, real estate, engineering, and construction however; planning board members come from a broad spectrum of life. Ideal candidates must be open-minded, willing to learn and put time in between meetings, and be capable of reading and understanding the Medfield Zoning Bylaws. Accordingly, please contemplate the following in your letter of interest:

  • Do you have ideas about the direction the Board should be headed? If so, have you thought about integration of those ideas (meaning how the idea coalesces into existing regulations or whether new regulations would need to be created)?

 

  • Land use boards such as the Planning Board, do not always have the kind of discretion to approve or deny a specific project that residents often think they have. It is important to recognize and avoid any conflict of interest; not to pursue special privileges, and maintain confidentiality. Are you prepared for being thought of as a villain by some and a hero by others?

 

  • Planning Boards wear two hats, proactive and reactive, and the schedule is robust. The proactive hat is devoted to long-range planning and is often difficult to quantify as the effects aren’t recognized for several years, if at all. The reactive hat focuses on subdivisions and site plan review and the effects are more immediately seen and felt in the community. How would you rationalize your reactive hat with your proactive hat? Do you see an overlap?

 

For questions regarding the Planning Board or this specific position please contact Sarah Raposa, Town Planner at sraposa@medfield.net.

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Volunteer to Serve on a Committee

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PS: other vacancies here

Affordable Housing Trust: Click Here for Announcement

Medfield State Hospital Development Committee: Click Here for MSHDC Announcement

Medfield Historical Commission: Click Here for MHC Announcement

Planning Board: Click HERE for PB Announcement

 

New Life Furniture Bank Holds Two Stuff-A-Truck Collections

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New Life Furniture Bank Holds Two Stuff-A-Truck Collections

 

New Life Furniture Bank of MA is hosting a contactless Stuff-A-Truck collection in the parking lot on Elm Street in Walpole opposite the MBTA Commuter Rail station parking lot on July 8th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and July 9th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

 

New Life provides furniture free of cost to individuals and families transitioning out of homelessness based on the vision of a future in which no one is forced to live, eat or sleep on the floor. During a time when many furniture banks had to temporarily close, New Life introduced a virtual furniture bank to continue serving clients amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

While New Life has been fortunate enough to receive massive furniture donations from businesses, their inventory of household goods is running low. New Life will be accepting gently-used drinking glasses, dishes, pots and pans, kitchen utensils, coffee pots, bakeware, sheets, comforters, blankets, and towels. No other items will be accepted for the Stuff-A-Truck, but people can go to www.newlifefb.org to find out how to donate other items. Simply put the items in a box clearly labeled “New Life” in the trunk or backseat of your vehicle.

 

There are no appointments, so stop by the Elm Street lot on either date at any point during the given times. Follow the arrows around the lot to the truck. Stay in your car and wear a mask. Volunteers also wearing masks will confirm the items meet our requirements, ask for your name and email for contact tracing, and take the items out of your vehicle for you.

 

New Life would like to extend their gratitude to the community for their continued support and wishes for everyone’s health and safety during this challenging time.

watering restrictions – one day a week

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Public Works

Posted on: June 26, 2020

Water Restriction Elevated to Tier 3

Nonessential water use limited to once a week

On Monday, June 22, 2020, the Board of Selectmen, following a recommendation from the Board of Water and Sewerage, announced that Medfield is now subject to a Tier 3 Water Restriction. This restriction goes into effect immediately and will remain in effect until further notice.

A Tier 3 water restriction limits nonessential water use to once per week. Even numbered houses are allowed nonessential water use on Mondays. Odd numbered houses are allowed nonessential water use on Thursdays.

Examples of nonessential outdoor water uses that are limited to once per week include but are not limited to:

  • Uses that are not required for health or safety reasons
  • Irrigation of lawns via sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems
  • Washing of vehicles other than by means of a commercial car wash, except as necessary for operator safety
  • Washing of exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways or sidewalks, except as necessary to apply paint, preservatives, stucco, pavement or cement

Example of an acceptable outdoor water use that is not affected:

  • Irrigation of lawns, gardens, flowers, and ornamental plants via hand held hoses only

Please note that allowed uses, or nonessential water use on the assigned day, is not permitted between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm, when evaporation and evapotranspiration are highest.

This water restriction was put into place due to the extended dry spell. In addition, daily water usage has continued to increase, despite the Tier 2 water restriction that limited water use to every other day. The Town’s water pumps are running significantly more hours per day than is typical, increasing the risk of mechanical issues. In addition, water levels in the Town’s storage tanks have declined.

The Town’s Water Rules and Regulations include additional information on water restrictions and can be found at this link. MassDEP maintains a list of all communities with water restrictions in place.

Water uses not subject to mandatory restrictions are those required:

  • For health or safety reasons
  • By regulation
  • For the production of food and fiber
  • For the maintenance of livestock
  • To meet the core functions of a business (for example, irrigation by plant nurseries as necessary to maintain stock).

Thank you for adhering to this new water restriction and working together to reduce our water consumption.

Questions about the water restriction can be directed to Director of Public Works Maurice Goulet at 508-906-3002 or mgoulet@medfield.net.