Office Hours this morning 9-10AM

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Selectman Office Hours this morning 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.

Mayrock at Legion site recommended to BoS by AHT

The Board of Selectmen today received the memo below from Jim Brand of the Affordable Housing Trust recommending that the Board of Selectmen approve as a friendly 40B the Mayrock Development of 56 rental units at the Legion site.

If John Kelly’s Medfield Meadows project on Dale Street gets Zoning Board of Appeals approval and if Mayrock is approved too, Jim Brand states that “[t]his will bring us to a total of 411 units and 9.7% …”  Plus the 45 unit Rosebay project on the Tilden Village site is still in the works, which could put the town comfortably over the 10% affordable housing threshold that allows the town to avoid unfriendly 40B’s.

The town owes a lot of thanks to the Affordable Housing Trust members for their work sheparding the many various developer initiated friendly 40B projects that have the town on the cusp of achieving a permanent 40B safe harbor.

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To:                   Board of Selectmen

From:              Jim Brand, Affordable Housing Trust Board of Trustees

Date:               February 17, 2019

Subject:           Mayrock Development at 50 Peter Kristof Way

 

I write as an Affordable Housing Trust member and project liaison to brief the Board of Selectman on the process and deliberations leading to the endorsement of the Mayrock Development, Inc’s LIP proposal for the American Legion site at 50 Peter Kristof Way.

The Legion property is listed as a potential project in Medfield’s Housing Production Plan and tracked by the Affordable Housing Trust (AHT) since first convening in August of 2017.  As is the process, I was assigned as the project liaison to keep open channels with the property owner and any potential developers, serving as a resource and a way to keep the Trust informed.

The American Legion entered into a purchase agreement with Mayrock Development, LLC in late July of 2018 and Mayrock immediately engaged in the Medfield prescribed “friendly 40b” process.  Mayrock proposed a 56 unit four story apartment building comprised of 32 one, 18 two, and 6 three bedroom units, 25% of which will be affordable.  Additionally, the proposed development includes a common meeting room that will be used by the Legion for their meetings.

The formal interactions of the AHT and Mayrock are as follows:

8-2-18          – Intro meeting with Mayrock, Sarah Raposa and Jim Brand as AHT liaison

9-26-18        – Abutter meeting held by Mayrock at the American Legion.

10-4-18        – AHT Meeting #1 – Presented design.  AHT requested traffic & market surveys.

12-6-18        – AHT Meeting #2 – Provided material, took additional questions.

2-4-19          – AHT Meeting #3 – Presented final material, AHT voted to endorse to BoS.

 

The abutter meeting had very few abutters in attendance, but had a few other citizen and Legion members.  There were generally no significant objections voiced about the proposed project.

During the formal AHT meetings Mayrock was open to the comments and suggestion of the Trust, and performed requested traffic studies and housing market analysis.   These showed a minimal impact on total traffic, and a satisfactory housing demand and saturation rate for apartments of the type and cost being considered.  Concurrently the AHT initiated a “mini market review” through its housing consultant Community Opportunities Group (COG) that looked at Medfield and the neighboring towns taking into account the development that is in the pipeline.  This similarly showed market support.

Building size, unit count and traffic were taken into consideration as part of the deliberations, it was generally felt by the Trust that this location could adequately accommodate a development of this size without negative impact to the area.

As it relates to safe harbor and our drive to 10%, 25% of the apartment units are affordable, allowing the town to receive credit for all 56 units and provide two years of safe harbor for 2020 and 2021.  Being self-financed or carrying low debt, there is low risk financing will not come through.  This will bring us to a total of 411 units and 9.7% assuming Medfield Meadows received ZBA approval.

The only other significant development on the horizon is Rosebay on Pound Street, the proposed 45 unit senior housing development.  For several reasons, including those stated in the Town’s comment letter and the development’s dependence on DHCD tax credit funding, it is unlikely that this project would ready for the Town’s 2020 safe harbor deadline if it proceeds at all.

 

At the 2-4-19 meeting the Affordable Housing Trust board vote 4-0-1 (two members absent, one abstained) to endorse this project to the Board of Selectman for consideration as a Local Initiative Project.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Jim Brand

Affordable Housing Trust member

BoS 2/19 & Peak House’s sign

I posted the agenda for the Tuesday meeting already.  I will insert the agendas again at the end of this post.

The agenda and informational materials for the Tuesday meeting of the select board are available here – 20190219-agenda and materials

Peak House sign

Peak House sign

My favorite part of the materials is the letter to Senator Feeney, from the MassDOT Administrator, about the request from the Peak House Heritage Center to correct the factual errors in the MassDOT sign at the Peak House.

First, it is instructive as to what matters most in state government, since MassDOT gotthe letter about the issue from the Peak House Heritage Center, with letters of support from both the Board of Selectmen and Senator Feeney.  MassDOT opted to address its response to the writer who had the least to do with the matter and the Town of Medfield, our State Senator, rather than to the person who addressed the issue to them.

Second, I was fascinated to learn where and why the sign originated, as it is certainly substantially nicer than most state signs.

Third, I was amused by the language MassDOT used to deny the request:  “MassDOT would be reluctant to deface the marker because of minor factual
errors that have come to light after such a long period of time.”

MassDOT’s letter does propose a “compromise” solution, a new MassDOT sign to be added that notes the error in the original sign:

Please be aware that the Peak House marker is one of 275 cast iron roadside historical markers that were erected throughout the Commonwealth in 1930 by the Massachusetts Department of Public Works, MassDOT’s predecessor agency, to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the founding of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The Massachusetts Bay Colony Tercentenary Commission designed the markers, chose the historical subjects, and prepared the text under the guidance of Samuel Eliot Morison, eminent author and Professor of History at Harvard University. Approximately 170 of these markers still exist. 

Mr. Robert Gregg of the Peak House Heritage Center has notified MassDOT that the text on the Peak House marker contains three factual errors. Mr. Gregg has suggested to Mary Rafferty of the MassDOT Environmental Services staff that MassDOT should remove the errors by grinding off certain raised cast iron letters and numbers from the marker and then applying new letters and numbers to provide the correct information. The Medfield Board of Selectmen has endorsed Mr. Gregg’s proposal in a letter to MassDOT dated January 15, 2019.

MassDOT considers the Tercentenary Markers to have historical significance in their own right, above and beyond the text conveyed on each marker. The original markers are nearly 90 years old and they interpret history as it was understood at the time of the Tercentenary commemoration. MassDOT would be reluctant to deface the marker because of minor factual errors that. have come to light after such a long period of time.

TOWN OF MEDFIELD MEETING NOTICE I POSTED: , TOWNCLERK 1 L f..i[i ,) tet , ifot> UF MEDF IELD. HASS Z0!9 H:.5 l Lt P lf: OC POSTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF M.G.L. CHAPTER 39 SECTION 23A AS AMENDED. "' f-~· 1'' t- ·; tvt:. 0F THE·. Board of Selectmen T("11.,.!/ l;l CL. ERK Board or Committee PLACE OF MEETING DAY, DATE, AND TIME Town Hall, Warrant Committee Room, I st floor Tuesday February 19, 2019 @6:30 PM Town Hall, Chenery Meeting Room, 211 d floor Tuesday February 19, 2019 @ 7:00 PM AGENDA (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) 6:30 PM Declare meeting open 6:30 PM Vote to go into Executive Session to consider the lease or value ofreal property with respect to Town property currently leased to the Kingsbury Club 7:00 PM Call to order Disclosure of video recording We want to take a moment of appreciation for our Troops serving in the Middle East and around the world Appointments 7:05 PM Presentation Mayrock Development LLC; proposing Chapter 40B project under the Local Initiative Program for 56 non-aged restricted rental units located at 50 Peter Kristof Way 7:30 PM Darci Schofield, MAPC Present Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan 7:50 PM Resident Andrea Costello Discuss Medfield Plastic Reduction Initiative and Annual Town Meeting Article 8:05 PM Medfield Historical Commission Discussion of Warrant Article I Demolition Delay Bylaw Citizen Comment Action Items Vote to appoint Richard Hooker and George Darrell to the Conservation Commission Vote to appoint Cynthia Greene and Matthew Triest to the Town Wide Master Planning Committee Ongoing FY2020 Budget Review and Discussion Town Finance Discussion Vote to approve preliminary Town Budgets Licenses and Permits (consent agenda) ,,c_1, L / C:.U , Medfield High School Theater Society requests permission to~post s:il~W.§ lMJA~~o 1 7 advertising their spring show the musical 13~ F0Jv l1Ji9 Fltl I Lt P ~: 020190219-agenda_Page_2

BoS 2/19/2019

TOWN OF MEDFIELD MEETING NOTICE I POSTED: , TOWNCLERK 1 L f..i[i ,) tet , ifot> UF MEDF IELD. HASS Z0!9 H:.5 l Lt P lf: OC POSTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF M.G.L. CHAPTER 39 SECTION 23A AS AMENDED. "' f-~· 1'' t- ·; tvt:. 0F THE·. Board of Selectmen T("11.,.!/ l;l CL. ERK Board or Committee PLACE OF MEETING DAY, DATE, AND TIME Town Hall, Warrant Committee Room, I st floor Tuesday February 19, 2019 @6:30 PM Town Hall, Chenery Meeting Room, 211 d floor Tuesday February 19, 2019 @ 7:00 PM AGENDA (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) 6:30 PM Declare meeting open 6:30 PM Vote to go into Executive Session to consider the lease or value ofreal property with respect to Town property currently leased to the Kingsbury Club 7:00 PM Call to order Disclosure of video recording We want to take a moment of appreciation for our Troops serving in the Middle East and around the world Appointments 7:05 PM Presentation Mayrock Development LLC; proposing Chapter 40B project under the Local Initiative Program for 56 non-aged restricted rental units located at 50 Peter Kristof Way 7:30 PM Darci Schofield, MAPC Present Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan 7:50 PM Resident Andrea Costello Discuss Medfield Plastic Reduction Initiative and Annual Town Meeting Article 8:05 PM Medfield Historical Commission Discussion of Warrant Article I Demolition Delay Bylaw Citizen Comment Action Items Vote to appoint Richard Hooker and George Darrell to the Conservation Commission Vote to appoint Cynthia Greene and Matthew Triest to the Town Wide Master Planning Committee Ongoing FY2020 Budget Review and Discussion Town Finance Discussion Vote to approve preliminary Town Budgets Licenses and Permits (consent agenda) ,,c_1, L / C:.U , Medfield High School Theater Society requests permission to~post s:il~W.§ lMJA~~o 1 7 advertising their spring show the musical 13~ F0Jv l1Ji9 Fltl I Lt P ~: 020190219-agenda_Page_2

Give the MFi your Globe GRANT

Please consider donating your GRANT from The Boston Globe to the Medfield Foundation, Inc.:

 

Fred Davis gets NESEA Distinguished Service Award

Medfield’s Fred Davis, a longtime stalwart of the Medfield Energy Committee, is being honored for his work on larger stages:

 

Distinguished Service Award

This award recognizes a NESEA Member who has made a significant contribution of time and service to the organization. Learn more about the award here.

For over three decades, Fred Davis has been a trailblazer in the field of energy efficient lighting products. His company, the Fred Davis Corporation, is a leading wholesale supplier of efficient lighting products, and is active in multi-family, weatherization, and municipal markets nationwide. Fred has been engaged participant in NESEA since the 1980s. Read more…

About the Awards

NESEA’s awards represent the diversity and richness of our community, honor our history, and celebrate our future. With these awards, we recognize both the longtime pioneers who have shaped the organization and the next generation of high-performance building leaders who will keep NESEA strong and relevant in the future.

The awards will be presented to Mariel and Fred on March 14 during NESEA Night at the BuildingEnergy Boston Conference + Trade Show.

 

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ATM Warrant Articles (draft)

Draft as of 2/5/2019 –

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TOWN OF MEDFIELD

WARRANT FOR THE ANNUAL TOWN MEETING

2019

 

On Monday, the twenty-ninth day of April 2019 commencing at 7:00 PM the following Articles will be acted on in the Amos Clark Kingsbury High School Gymnasium, located at 88R South Street in said Medfield, viz.

 

Article 2.  To see if the Town will vote to accept the reports of the several Town Officers for the past year.

 

Article 3.  To see if the Town will vote to accept the following names sums as Perpetual Trust Funds for the care of lots in the Vine Lake Cemetery, the interest thereof as my be necessary for said care, viz.

 

PERPETUAL CARE 2018
Scalfarotto, Henry $600.00
Armstrong, Barbara P 600.00
Caruso, Roger and Claudette 3,000.00
Morreale, Charles and Hope 3,000.00
Fawcett, John W, 1,500.00
Caughey, Kevin J and Lisa A 600.00
O’Rourke, Joann 600.00
O’Rourke, Joann 600.00
O’Rourke, Joann 600.00
Colella, Geraldine A 3,000.00
Barros, Nestor Abel 750.00
Joseph, Margaret 600.00
Fedor, Robert G 600.00
Clair, Joseph P & Lauren M 3,000.00
Bain, Deborah 750.00
Johnson, Stephen C 600.00
Kallio, Richard W 3,000.00
O’Brien, Eric and Erin 3,000.00
Mark R Fuglestad 3,000.00
Robert Curry 3,000.00
Anthony & Marlene Kalinowski 600.00
Anthony & Marlene Kalinowski 600.00
TOTAL $33,600
   

 

 

(Cemetery Commissioners)

 

Article 4. To see if the Town will vote to set Expenditure Limits for 53E ½ Revolving Funds established under the Code of the Town of Medfield, Chapter 117 Departmental Revolving Funds for Fiscal Year 2020, as follows:

 

Section   Amount
5.1 Fire Alarm Revolving Fund  
5.2 Ambulance Revolving Fund  
5.3 Advance Life Support Revolving Fund  
5.4 Community Gardens Revolving Fund  
5.5 CENTER at Medfield Building Maintenance Revolving Fund  
5.6 Library Revolving Fund  
5.7 Respite Care Revolving Fund  
5.8 Transfer Station Recycling Revolving Fund  
5.9 Former State Hospital Revolving Fund  
  Total  

 

 

Or do or act anything in relation thereto.

 

(Board of Selectmen)

 

Article 5.  To see if the Town will vote to accept M.G.L. Chapter 44 §53F ¾ to establish a Public, Educational and Governmental (PEG) Access and Cable Related Fund, to reserve cable franchise fees and other cable-related revenues for appropriation to support PEG access services and oversight and renewal of the cable franchise agreement, and vote to transfer all cable related funds, except the annual license fee, which shall be credited to the General Fund, and to appropriate a sum of money for said purposes, the fund to begin operation for fiscal year 2019, which begins on July 1, 2018, or do or take any other relating thereto.

 

Article 6.  To see if the Town will vote to appropriate a sum of money and determine in what manner said sum shall be raised for the purpose of paying a FY18 unpaid bill of the XXXXX Department in the amount of $XXX, or do or take anything in relation thereto.

 

(Board of Selectmen)

 

Article 7.  To see if the Town will vote to fix the salary and compensation of the following elected officers: Moderator, Town Clerk, Selectmen, Assessors, School Committee, Trustees of the Public Library, Park and Recreation Commissioners, Planning Board, Housing Authority, and Trust Fund Commissioners, or do or act anything in relation thereto.

 

(Board of Selectmen)

Article 8.  To see if the Town will vote to amend the Personnel Administration Plan and Classification of Positions and Pay Schedule, effective July 1, 2019, as set out in the warrant, or do or act anything in relation thereto.

 

(Personnel Board)

 

Article 9.  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate and/or transfer from available funds, sums of money requested by the Selectmen or any other Town Officer, Board, Commission, or Committee to defray operating expenses of the Town for the fiscal year commencing July 1, 2019, or such other sums as the Town may determine, as required by Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 41, Section 108, or do or act anything in relation thereto.

 

(Board of Selectmen)

 

Article 10. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate from the FY2020 Tax Levy and/or transfer from available funds and/or borrow for capital expenditures, including the following:

 

FY2020 Capital Budget

 

 

And to authorize the Board of Selectmen to sell or trade Town-owned equipment and or property, as set out in the warrant report, the proceeds of which shall be applied to the FY20 Capital Budget procurements, or do or act anything in relation thereto.

 

(Capital Budget Committee)

 

Article 11.  To see if the Town will vote to appropriate a sum of money and transfer said sum from the Municipal Building Stabilization Fund created under Article 43 of the 2018 Annual Town Meeting for the purpose(s) and amount(s) below:

 

Purpose Amount
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

, or do or act anything in relation thereto.

(Board of Selectmen)

 

Article 12.  To see if the Town will vote to appropriate a sum of money and determine in what manner said sum shall be raised, to be sued with funds from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Town of Millis, for the purpose of making repairs to the Bridge Street (West Street) Bridge and to authorize the Board of Selectmen to enter into contracts with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Town of Millis and private contractors and to accept and/or receive funds and/or grants from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Federal Government and/or private parties for such purpose, or do or act any other action in relation thereto.

 

(Board of Selectmen)

 

Article 13. To see if the Town will vote to amend the Code of the Town of Medfield, Bylaws, Chapter 30 Finances, Section 30-6 Disposal of personal property by deleting “having a value of $1,000 or less”, or do or act any other action in relation thereto.

 

(Director of Public Works)

 

Article 14.  To see if the Town will vote to transfer $XXX funds received from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation for the Town’s share of the fee charged for Uber, Lyft, or other ride sharing services originating in the Town, said funds to be used for road and or sidewalk improvements, or do or act any other action in relation thereto.

 

(Board of Selectmen)

 

Article 15.  To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen, with the approval of the Water and Sewerage Board, to lease space on the Mount Nebo water tower for up to ten years for the installation and/or maintenance of cell tower antennae, on such terms and conditions as they may deem to be in the best interests of the Town, or do or act any other action in relation thereto.

 

(Board of Selectmen)

 

Article 16.  To see if the Town will authorize the Board of Selectmen to accept a parcel of land off Indian Hill from Joseph and Deborah Desisto, containing approximately 1.04 acres, identified on the Assessor’s Maps as Map 3, Lot 62 for conservation purposes, or do or act any other action in relation thereto.

(Board of Selectmen)

 

Article 17.  To see if the Town will vote to appropriate a sum of money and determine in what manner said sum shall be raised for the purpose of making repairs to the Danielson/Ritchie Pond dam, and that the Conservation Commission be authorized to apply for and receive federal, state and/or private grants or loans, and to enter into contracts with private contractors to undertake such repairs, or do or act any other action in relation thereto.

 

(Conservation Commission)

 

Article 18.  To see if the Town will vote to appropriate a sum of money and determine in what manner said sum shall be raised for the purpose of making improvements to the economic vitality of the Town, or do or act any other action in relation thereto.

 

(Board of Selectmen)

 

Article 19.  To see if the Town will vote to transfer a sum of money from sewer betterments-paid-in-advance, to the Sewer Stabilization Fund, or do or act any other action in relation thereto.

 

(Town Administrator)

 

Article 20.  To see if the Town will vote to appropriate a sum of money and determine what manner said sum shall be raised for the purpose of making an annual contribution  to the Other Post Employment Benefits Trust Fund, or do or act any other action in relation thereto.

 

(Board of Selectmen and OPEB Trustees)

 

Article 21.  To see if the Town will vote to amend the Code of the Town of Medfield Bylaws, to add a new Chapter 195 Plastic Checkout Bag Prohibition, as follows:

 

Chapter 195 Plastic Checkout Bag Prohibition.

Section 195-1 Purpose and Intent.

 

Plastic bag ordinances have proven to be effective in reducing plastic bag consumption and litter and are part of a growing global movement towards sustainability.  As of January 1, 2019, 88 cities and towns in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts have enacted bylaws to reduce plastic bag usage.

 

The purpose of this bylaw is to eliminate the usage of thin-film, single-use plastic bags at checkout by all merchants in the Town of Medfield, on and after the effective date specified herein.

 

The Town is committed to protecting the environment and the public health, safety and welfare of its citizens.  This will help reduce the common use of plastic checkout bags and encourage the use of reusable bags by consumers, thereby reducing local land and aquatic pollution, advancing solid waste reduction, maintaining Medfield’s exterior beauty and improving the quality of life for the citizens of the Town.

 

Section 195-2 Definitions.

 

Checkout bags:  A carryout bag provided by a store to a customer at the point of sale or other point of departure for the purpose of transporting food or merchandise from the establishment.  Checkout bags shall not include bags, whether plastic or not, in which loose produce or products are placed by the consumer to deliver such items to the point of sale or checkout area of the stores.

 

Recyclable paper bag:  A paper bag that is:

 

  1. 100 percent recyclable, including the handles
  2. contains at least 40% post-consumer recycled paper content; and
  3. displays the words “recyclable” and “made from 40% post-consumer recycled content” (or other applicable amount) in a visible manner on the outside of the bag.

 

Retail establishment:  Any retail operation located in the Town which sells goods, food or provides personal services to the public, including restaurants.

 

Reusable checkout bag:  A sewn bag with stitched handles that is:

  1. specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse;
  2. can carry 25 lbs. over a distance of 300 feet; and
  3. is made of cloth or other machine washable fabric provided, that it may not be constructed of polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride.

 

Section 195-3 Requirements for Checkout Bags and Exceptions.

 

If any retail establishment, as defined in Section 195-2, provides checkout bags to customers, the bag must be either a recyclable paper bag or a reusable checkout bag, as defined in Section 195-2.

 

Customers are encouraged to bring their own reusable or biodegradable shopping bags to stores.  Retail or grocery stores are strongly encouraged to make reusable checkout bags available for sale to customers at a reasonable price.

Thin-film plastic bags used to contain dry cleaning, newspapers, produce, meat, fresh produce, bulk foods, wet items and other similar merchandise, typically without handle, are still permissible under this bylaw.

 

Section 195-4 Violations and Enforcement.

 

Any retail establishment violating the requirement(s) contained in Section 195-3 of this bylaw shall be subject to a fine as follows:

First Offense:                                                  Warning

Second Offense:                                             $ 50.00

Third and Subsequent Offenses:                    $100.00

 

Each day that a violation continues shall be treated as a separate offense.

 

This bylaw may be enforced by the Medfield Police Department, the Building Commissioner and Building Inspectors and the Board of Health Agent(s).

 

Section 195-5 Effective Date.

 

This bylaw shall take effect on and after November 1, 2019.

 

and to authorize the Town Clerk to renumber, re-letter, and/or to take any other action necessary to reformat this new bylaw to fit within the established format of the Code of the Town of Medfield, or do act anything in relation thereto.

 

(Transfer Station and Recycling Committee)

 

Article 22.  To see if the Town will amend the Code of the Town of Medfield, Bylaws, Chapter 270, Water, Article 1 Water Conservation: Water Use Restriction and Ban a new Section to add a new section to read as follows:

 

Fire Hydrant Access: No person shall obstruct access to a fire hydrant. Fire hydrants shall have a three (3) foot clear radius measured from the center of the stem on the top of the hydrant. No foliage, fencing, parking space, or other object shall obstruct the clear area. No person may landscape to change the grade around the base of the hydrant so as to prevent the use of a four inch cap. Location where existing objects, such as but not limited to building, walls, fences, trees, or sloping grades that does not permit a three (3) foot clearance radius, may be granted a waiver by the XXXXX Department. Before any waiver of the regulation is granted, all other possible locations must be considered,

 

And that the Town Clerk be authorized to change the numbering of the bylaws as appropriate, or do or act any other action in relation thereto.

 

(Town Counsel and Fire Chief)

 

 

Article 23.  To see if the Town of Medfield will vote to create an overlay district consisting of the following parcels as shown on the map titled “Proposed Upper Spring Street Overlay District (USSOD)” dated 10/09/18 which is on file with the Town Clerk and Planning Department (37-044, 37-044-01 through 11, 37-046, 37-047, 37-048, 37-049, 37-197, 37-039, 37-040, 37-04, 37-042, 37-043, 37-045, 37-015, 37-033, 37-035, 37-036, 37-037, 37-034, 37-031, 37-032, 36-123, 37-029, 37-030);

And further, to see if the Town will vote to amend the Medfield Town Code Chapter 300 Zoning Attachment 1 Table of Use Regulations, by adding the new section in bold as follows:

 

  Use A RE RT RS RU B BI IE
1 Residential
EXISTING

1.4.

Multi-family dwelling, including public housing for the elderly (See § 300-14. 15 & §300-14.16) NO NO NO NO SPPB NO NO NO
PROPOSED

1.4.a

Multi-family dwelling, including public housing for the elderly in the USSOD

(See § 300-14. 15 & §300-14.16)

NO NO NO NO PB NO NO NO

 

 

And further, to see if the Town will vote to amend the Medfield Town Code Chapter 300 Zoning Attachment 3 Table of Height and Bulk Regulations, by adding a new entry in bold as follows:

 

 

 

 

    Minimum Required
    Lots Yards
    Area* Perfect            
Zoning   (square Square Frontage Width Depth Front Side Rear
District Use feet) (feet)** (feet) (feet) (feet) (feet) (feet) (feet)
EXISTING

RU

 Multi-family dwelling  (three units)  30,000  200×200  200  200  100  30 20  50
  Lot area per additional unit

(4+ units)

8,000              
PROPOSED

RU (USSOD)

Multi-family dwelling  (three units) 24,000 200×200 200 200 100 30 20 50
  Lot area per additional unit

(4+ units)

6,000              

 

And further, to see if the Town will vote to amend the Medfield Town Code Chapter 300-14.12. Site plan approval by Planning Board, by adding a new language in bold as follows:

  • For multifamily site plans for which more than one structure is proposed, placement of structures on the site is appropriate to the site and compatible with its surroundings. To achieve this finding the Board shall review the proposal for:
    1. There shall be no more than two garage bays (or two interior parking spaces as defined by the Zoning Bylaw) per unit and they should be oriented so that they are in character with the streetscape and surrounding properties.
    2. Each dwelling unit should have access to private yard, patio, or other private outdoor space.
    3. Negative visual impacts of the development, if any, are screened from adjacent properties and nearby streets by landscaping or other site planning techniques. The Planning Board, in its discretion, may require additional screened buffer zone for the privacy of directly abutting properties. Screening can include use of existing trees and plants, new vegetation, fencing, or a combination of these options.
    4. Each parking space or driveway serving a multi-family dwelling shall be set back at least 10 feet from any side lot line and rear lot line and shall be designated on the site plan.
    5. Adequate provisions for snow removal or on-site storage should also be demonstrated.
    6. The access, egress, and internal circulation are designed to provide a network of pedestrian-friendly streetscapes.
    7. The dwellings are sited and oriented in a complementary relationship to: each other, the common open space, and the adjacent properties.

 

And further, to see if the Town will vote to amend the Code of the Town of Medfield Chapter 300 Zoning, Article 14 Administration and Enforcement Section 300-14.16 Inclusionary Zoning Bylaw by adding the new language shown in bold as follows:

 

300-14.16.A. Applicability.

  • In all zoning districts, the inclusionary zoning provisions of this section shall apply to the following uses:

 

  • Any project requiring a special permit under Chapter 300, Zoning, Attachment 1, Table of Use Regulations, Section 1.4, or Site Plan Approval under Chapter 300, Zoning, Attachment 1, Table of Use Regulations, Section 1.4.a that results in a net increase of six or more dwelling units, as measured over a 10-year time period, whether by new construction or by the alteration, expansion, reconstruction, or change of existing residential or non-residential space.

 

or do or act anything in relation thereto.

(Planning Board)

 

Article 24.  To see if the Town will vote to amend the Code of the Town of Medfield Chapter 300 Zoning, Article 14 Administration and Enforcement Section 300-14.10 Special Permits by Board of Appeals by deleting Subsection E and its Sub-subsections (1) through (10) in their entirety and replacing them, as follows:

 

  1. After the public hearing required by Subsection C has been concluded, the Board of Appeals may grant a special permit if it concludes that a special permit is warranted by the application and the evidence produced at the public hearing and if it makes the following specific findings of fact:

 

  • Overall design is consistent and compatible with the neighborhood, including as to factors of building orientation, scale, and massing.
  • Vehicular traffic flow, access and parking and pedestrian safety are properly addressed such that the proposed use will not result in a public hazard due to substantially increased vehicular traffic or parking in the neighborhood.
  • Drainage, utilities and other infrastructure are adequate or will be upgraded to accommodate development.

(4) The proposed use will not have any significant adverse effect upon properties in the neighborhood, including property values.

(5)  Project will not adversely affect or cause substantial damage to any environmentally significant natural resource, habitat, or feature or, if it will, proposed mitigation, remediation, replication, or compensatory measures are adequate.

(6) Number, height, bulk, location and siting of building(s) and structure(s) will not result in abutting properties being deprived of light or fresh air circulation or being exposed to flooding or subjected to excessive noise, odor, light, vibrations, or airborne particulates.

(7)  Water consumption and sewer use, taking into consideration current and projected future local water supply and demand and wastewater treatment capacity, will not be excessive.

(8)  The proposed use will not create any hazard to public safety or health in the neighborhood.

(9)  If public sewerage is not provided, plans for on-site sewage disposal systems are adequate and have been approved by the Board of Health.

 

Or do or act anything in relation thereto.

 

(Planning Board)

 

Article 25.  To see if the Town will vote to amend the Medfield Town Code Chapter 300 Zoning Attachment 1 Table of Use Regulations by updating the language used to cite regulatory references within the Zoning Bylaw (deleted text shown as strikethough, new text is shown in bold):

 

  Use A RE RT RS RU B BI IE
1 Residential
1.5 Open space residential development

(See Article 7 § 300-7)

NO SP SP SP SP NO NO NO
4 Commercial/Business (See Article 14 § 300-14)
4.21. Commercial communications and

television towers (See Article 17 § 300-17)

               
4.21a. Personal wireless communications

facilities (See Article 17 § 300-17)

               
4.30. Adult uses (See Article 18 § 300-18)                
4.32. Large-scale solar photovoltaic

facilities (see Article 19  § 300-19)

               
5 Wholesale and Manufacturing (See Article 14 § 300-14)
5.8. Earth removal, transfer or storage

(see Article 12  § 300-12)

               

 

Or do or act anything in relation thereto.

 

(Planning Board)

 

Article 26.  To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to dispose of, by sale or ground lease, a parcel of Town-owned land shown as “Parcel A” (Hinkley South) on a plan of land captioned “Approval Not Required (ANR) Survey Medfield Senior Center Medfield, Massachusetts” prepared by DiPrete Engineering, 990 Washington Street, Suite 101A, Dedham, MA 02026 dated June 26, 2018 and recorded at Norfolk County Registry of Deeds in Plan Book 672 at Page 75, containing 5.48 acres, to a private developer, pursuant to the provisions of G.L. Chapter 30B, Section 16, on such terms and conditions as the Board of Selectmen determine to be in Town’s interests, to develop and construct up to twenty-four single- or two-family homes, to be made available to senior households qualifying for market rate or affordable housing and, if deemed necessary or desirable, to authorize the Board of Selectmen to petition the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to enact special legislation to enable said development, and/or construction, or do or act anything in relation thereto.

 (Affordable Housing Trust)

 

 

Article 27.  To see if the Town will vote to amend the Code of the Town of Medfield Bylaws, Chapter 15 Affordable Housing Trust Fund by adding the new language shown in bold as follows and deleting the language shown as strikethroughs:


Chapter 15. Affordable Housing Trust Fund

There shall be a Board of Trustees of the Medfield Affordable Housing Trust Fund, composed of one ex officio non-voting member and seven voting members. The Town Administrator or the Town Administrator’s designee shall serve as the ex officio member. The voting members shall include: a member of the Board of Selectmen (chosen by the Board of Selectmen), a member of the Affordable Housing Committee (chosen by the Affordable Housing Committee), and five six members appointed by the Board of Selectmen.

 

(Affordable Housing Trust)

 

Article 28.  To see if the town will vote to authorize the Board of Assessors to use a sum of money form free cash in the Treasury for the reduction of the tax rate for the fiscal year 2019, or do or act anything in relation thereto.

 

(Board of Assessors)

 

Placeholders:

  • Town Clerk bylaw format authorization
  • Historic Commission definition of demolition
  • Medfield State Hospital Redevelopment Committee Funding
  • Water and Sewer bylaws and regulations (note from Mike’s file??)

 

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Gentle Enough for Babies’ Bottoms?

Last month we told you about a new report on the worst corporate conduct in 2018. Based on breaking news from Reuters, the New York Times and others, we may have our first “worst conduct” nominee for 2019. Internal documents uncovered in lawsuits against healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson indicate that the company knew for years that its iconic Baby Powder might be tainted with traces of cancer-causing asbestos. The company adamantly denies any link between its talc-based products and cancer, but nearly 12,000 lawsuits allege otherwise. Here’s what you should know about this troubling story.

New Report Says Baby Powder Giant Knew of Cancer Risk

Talc Danger
The fragrance of baby powder is distinct and comforting. It conjures images of newborn babies or toweling off after a warm shower. But the reality isn’t quite so idyllic for thousands of Americans who claim that trace amounts of asbestos in talc caused their cancer. Now a new investigation by Reuters argues that Johnson & Johnson, the world’s largest manufacturer of talc-based baby powder, may have known – and covered up – the cancer-causing risk of its iconic product for decades.

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12,000

Nearly 12,000 women suffering from mesothelioma and cervical cancer allege in lawsuits that Johnson & Johnson talc products caused their illnesses.

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Baby Powder Tainted by Asbestos, Says Report

Reuters reporter Lisa Girion tells MSNBC how Johnson & Johnson kept concerns about its baby powder secret for decades.

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