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.

TSARC’s monthly newsletters

I just learned last month that the Medfield Transfer Station and Recycling Committee (TSARC) has its own monthly newsletter, when my neighbor, Dick Scullary, mentioned it and shared with me his newsletter from December.

I emailed TSARC to ask to join, and today I had an exchange of emails with Annette Wells. In addition to putting me on their distribution list, she said it was OK to post about the TSARC monthly newsletter.

One can get on the distribution list by emailing to medfieldtsarc@gmail.com. Annette said that they add people from the transfer station sticker sign up list – Deb has been getting our stickers.

Below is part of what the December newsletter looked like –

TSARC Members Needed     Are you interested in recycling in Medfield?   The Committee is looking for some new members to join us in our quest to serve the town while making good environmental choices.   The Committee typically meets on the 2nd Monday of each month. Currently the meetings are via Zoom.   Please reply to this email if you are interested (or email medfieldtsarc@gmail.com)      
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1/15 – 74 cases

January 15, 2021 12:48 PM

Medfield’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard has been updated with case and testing data as of 1/14/2021. Medfield remains in the yellow category and has a case count of 74… Read on

Click here to open the dashboard.

Friends of the Dwight-Derby House Announce New Website

From Laurel Scotti, President, Friends of the Dwight-Derby House –

Date: January 14, 2020

Friends of the Dwight-Derby House Announce New Website

The Friends of the Dwight-Derby House announces the launching of a new website at dwightderbyhouse.org.

The Dwight-Derby House is the story of two Medfield families who lived in the house that still stands at 7 Frairy Street dating back to 1651.

Some of the new features of this new site include George Horatio Derby Artifacts and Satirical Writing collections. George Horatio Derby was America’s first satirical writer, an explorer and a Captain who served in the U.S. Army of Topographical Engineers. His childhood home was the Dwight-Derby House, of Medfield.

Added to the site are a family timeline, restoration photos from the 1996 renovation when the house was purchased by the town of Medfield, online events, site rental information, and online shopping at The 1651 Shoppe.

A special thanks to Medfield Photographer Mark Hickey for his time and talent invested in the must-see interior room photography shown on the new website as well as editors Claire Shaw and Jo Ellen Heck.

For the safety of our visitors the museum is currently closed due to COVID-19. We look forward to seeing you as soon as we reopen.

We welcome feedback after you tour the upstairs rooms for the first time!


Sincerely,

Laurel Scotti
President
Friends of the Dwight-Derby House
ddhfriends@gmail.com

RR grinding over next week

Email from Town Administrator Kristine Trierweiler today –

From: Chris Podgurski <cpodgurski@masscoastal.com>
Date: Wed, Jan 13, 2021 at 6:06 PM
Subject: FRAMINGHAM SECONDARY UPGRADES

To those it may concern:

As you may be aware, the Mass Coastal Railroad (MCRR) has been implementing a MASSDOT-Rail Capital Project whereas certain safety and compliance work was done between Mansfield and Framingham.  After being acquired from CSX, MCRR and the owner MASSDOT immediately placed certain speed restrictions on these lines until such time as a Capital Project could be done.

Please be advised that Mass Coastal Railroad will be operating a rail-profiling machine along the Secondary. The equipment is loud and emits sparks from the grinding operations. It has it’s own ability to put out any incidental fires that may occur. This work will begin sometime this weekend and take about a week to traverse the 22 miles. Work will be 10-12 Hrs a day.

MCRR will be accompanying this operation and will be stationed at every grade crossing as they are approached.

Following the Rail Grinding Operation the Temporary Speed Restrictions will be lifted along the Framingham Secondary.

Should you need to contact the MCRR please call me directly. or reply to this email.

Thanks

P. Christopher Podgurski- President & COO

12 Harding Street, Unit 202

Lakeville, MA 02347

(508) 291-7116

(Direct) 781-828-0576

Fax 781-828-0438

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Select Board 1/19/21

TOWN OF MEDFIELD
MEETING
NOTICE
Posted in accordance with the provisions of M.G.L. c. 30A, §§18-25
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://medfield-net.zoom.us/j/81577342022?pwd=ZTV3VU1EMnRBOHJINGh6SS9wV3dvdz09
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 is located at this link:
Board of Selectmen
Board or Committee
PLACE OF MEETING
DAY, DATE, AND TIME
Remote Meeting held on Zoom
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 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
Appointments
1. Medfield High School Class of 2022 class officers requests use of the MTS for a can/bottle collection fundraiser in January/February
Posted:
2. Chief Carrico, Medfield Fire Department, to discuss Fire Department personnel and the On-Call firefighter program
Discussion (potential votes)
3. COVID-19 Status Update and CARES Funding Update
Action Items
4. Vote to open the Warrant for the 2021 Annual Town Meeting
a. Warrant to Close February 16, 2020
5. Appoint Peter Diamond as Wiring Inspector
6. Contract with Pare Corp. for Evaluations and Conceptual Design for the repairs to the Danielson Pond Dam
7. Contract with EH Wachs for a new VMT Single Turner Valve Maintenance Trailer, a previously approved capital item
8. Contract with Stumpy's Tree Service for annual Tree Work Services for the Town
9. Contract with Tighe & Bond for water and sewer rate setting
10. Approve emergency expenditure from Municipal Building Stabilization Fund in the amount of $16,880 for the boiler section replacement at Blake Middle School
11. Approve the SSERG award for Drug and Alcohol Testing and authorize Maurice Goulet to sign the contracts
12. Authorize Kristine Trierweiler to sign letter to DHCD approving refinancing for home in Allendale Subdivision
Consent Agenda
Citizen Comment
Town Administrator Updates
Next Meeting Dates
January 26, 2021
February 2, 2021
Selectmen Reports
Informational
Town Administrator’s Memo re: Free Cash Certification
Initial List of Warrant Articles, subject to change
TOWN OF MEDFIELD
MEETING
NOTICE
Posted in accordance with the provisions of M.G.L. c. 30A, §§18-25
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://medfield-net.zoom.us/j/81577342022?pwd=ZTV3VU1EMnRBOHJINGh6SS9wV3dvdz09
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 is located at this link:
Board of Selectmen
Board or Committee
PLACE OF MEETING
DAY, DATE, AND TIME
Remote Meeting held on Zoom
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 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
Appointments
1. Medfield High School Class of 2022 class officers requests use of the MTS for a can/bottle collection fundraiser in January/February
Posted:
2. Chief Carrico, Medfield Fire Department, to discuss Fire Department personnel and the On-Call firefighter program
Discussion (potential votes)
3. COVID-19 Status Update and CARES Funding Update
Action Items
4. Vote to open the Warrant for the 2021 Annual Town Meeting
a. Warrant to Close February 16, 2020
5. Appoint Peter Diamond as Wiring Inspector
6. Contract with Pare Corp. for Evaluations and Conceptual Design for the repairs to the Danielson Pond Dam
7. Contract with EH Wachs for a new VMT Single Turner Valve Maintenance Trailer, a previously approved capital item
8. Contract with Stumpy's Tree Service for annual Tree Work Services for the Town
9. Contract with Tighe & Bond for water and sewer rate setting
10. Approve emergency expenditure from Municipal Building Stabilization Fund in the amount of $16,880 for the boiler section replacement at Blake Middle School
11. Approve the SSERG award for Drug and Alcohol Testing and authorize Maurice Goulet to sign the contracts
12. Authorize Kristine Trierweiler to sign letter to DHCD approving refinancing for home in Allendale Subdivision
Consent Agenda
Citizen Comment
Town Administrator Updates
Next Meeting Dates
January 26, 2021
February 2, 2021
Selectmen Reports
Informational
Town Administrator’s Memo re: Free Cash Certification
Initial List of Warrant Articles, subject to change

MFC’s letter to Medfield

From Susan Maritan, Medfield Food Cupboard Publicist –

Dear Friends of the Medfield Food Cupboard,

We are starting off the New Year with a big THANK YOU to the Medfield community for its overwhelming support during this most unsettling year. The outpouring of generosity this holiday season will be remembered as the one with the biggest impact in our 29-year history. 

The entire town – individuals, businesses, faith-based organizations, schools, town departments, and community service groups – pitched in with monetary donations, food, and volunteer hours to ensure we remained open and that our shelves, refrigerator, and freezer were filled. Your efforts  continue to make a difference every day in the lives of over 200 residents who rely on us for emergency and supplemental food. 

We served more households and children than ever before, a significant accomplishment given Covid restrictions. Your support provided needed relief to individuals and families facing financial hardships and created a happy holiday for many children, seniors, and parents. Community groups provided presents, stockings, blankets, hand-knitted gloves and hats, pies and breads, Christmas trees, gingerbread house kits, and passes to the Winter Light Show, to those who otherwise may have gone without.

We look forward to working together in 2021 as we continue to operate under the challenges of this pandemic and strive to meet increased demand for our services. Your meaningful gifts of money, food, and time are helping to alleviate food insecurity for our neighbors in need. Gratitude from clients, smiles on children’s faces, dinners on tables, and food in the cupboard for tomorrow’s meals are the best start to a New Year for one and all. Thank you, dear neighbors, for making this possible. 

Susan Gorog and Tracey Rogers
Co-Presidents, Medfield Food Cupboard

TWMPC report

This week Town Planner, Sarah Raposa, circulated copies of and the links to the report of the Townwide Master Planning Committee –

Final Reports:

o    Volume I – Presenting the Plan (with Implementation Action Plan)

o    Volume II – Inventory and Assessment of Existing Conditions

o    Volume III – Summary of Public Input

MMA’s The Beacon

The Massachusetts Municipal Association has made The Beacon, its monthly magazine, a PDF and now distribute it digitally. This month I especially took note of:

  • the discussion of the new police reform legislation
  • that the “Department of Revenue projects a drop in tax collections of about 6%”
  • the housing and transportation bills enacted this week

Hello Members!

Here’s the January 2021 issue of The Beacon – packed with the latest budget and COVID-related news, updates about the MMA Annual Meeting & Trade Show, information about local and state pandemic response efforts, and details about late-session legislative activity and member group webinars.

Link to the January 2021 issue of The Beacon (no login required)

By publishing The Beacon as a PDF, we can ensure that we get you the very latest information that you need ASAP. (If you did not receive this email directly, please share your email address with us – along with name, title and city/town – at database@mma.org.)

Best wishes to all of you during this challenging time.

John Ouellette

MMA Manager of Publications and Digital Communications

Jennifer Kavanaugh

Associate Editor

Meredith Gabrilska Digital Communications Coordinator

SBC traffic survey – open to noon on 1/11/21

From Anna Mae O’Shea Brooke –

Wheelock Neighborhood Traffic Questionnaire Open until Monday, Jan. 11 at noon.

The School Building Committee has released a traffic questionnaire intended, but not limited to, the Wheelock School Neighborhood. The data from this questionnaire is anticipated to be used to fine tune existing traffic calculations and adjustments, to understand additional concerns other than traffic increases, and to most importantly focus on developing mitigation strategies that would best serve the neighborhood and the future school development.

CLICK HERE for the Traffic Questionnaire open until Monday, January 11th at noon.

For more information about the Project and to subscribe to our email list, please visit medfield.net. And follow our Dale Street School Building Project page on Facebook.

Any questions: email DaleStreetSchoolProject@gmail.com.

Thank you for your input and time!

MY SELECT BOARD OFFICE HOURS THIS MONTH ARE 8-9 AM THIS FRIDAY, 1/8/21

MY SELECT BOARD OFFICE HOURS THIS FRIDAY

This month the first Friday was New Years Day, so the office hours were postponed one week to 1/8/21, however I was already scheduled that day at 9AM to attend the Massachusetts Select Board Association’s annual meeting, so I am holding the office hours from 8-9AM on Friday, January 8, 2021.

I can be reached via 508-359-9190 or this blog about Medfield matters https://medfield02052.wordpress.com, where any schedule changes will be posted. 

I hold regular monthly office hours related to my work as a Select Board member, and this month my office hours will be conducted this Friday, January 8, 2021 from 8-9 AM via telephone by residents calling 508-359-9190.

After COVID-19 I will return to The Center on the first Friday of every month from 9:00 to 10:00 AM.