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.

Federal covid monies for Medfield

This email today from the Division of Local Services (DLS) contains a link to a spreadsheet that details the Federal covid related monies the Town of Medfield and the 350 other Massachusetts cities and towns have been allocated and have received – by clicking here;

COVID-Related Federal Funding Information

On behalf of Governor Baker, Lieutenant Governor Polito, and Secretary Heffernan, please find information about COVID-related federal funding that is available to or has already been claimed by the municipalities. The goal of these documents is to consolidate existing information and present it in a format that can be a resource for you.
 
Please be advised that this information changes regularly as the federal government provides updates and additional guidance.
 
The information provided, which is current as of April 1, 2021, includes:
An excel spreadsheet with information broken down by municipality available by clicking here;
 A companion document, entitled “Municipality Program Descriptions”, which explains each source of funding and their eligible uses as determined by the federal government available here.For additional details on general Covid-19 Federal Funds, you can also refer to this website: http://www.mass.gov/federalfunds.
 

New Life 5k Trail Run Update

From Tod Dimmick –

Here’s an update on the New Life 5k Trail Run. Six teams have entered already!

Tod
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New Life 5k Trail Run Update

Now is the time to register for the 2021 New Life 5K Trail run. The event is open for runners, walkers and everyone in between. Participants have the choice of registering to run in-person on May 8th at Medfield State Hospital, or virtually between April 17th and May 8th. Each year the event brings out hundreds of enthusiastic supporters. Last year, the “Virtual 5k” was a tremendous success, after organizers offered one of the first virtual races in Massachusetts. Virtual runners participated last year from as far away as Australia!

The in-person component will only occur if Massachusetts moves into the stage of Phase 4 that allows Road Races.  The organizers will determine whether or not the in-person event will occur by April 30th (If the in-person event is not permitted, in-person registrations will become virtual registrations). The in-person 5k Trail Run will include measures to ensure safe participation, such as staggered start times throughout the day on May 8th.   

The virtual component will be structured much like last year. Participants create their own 5k route, or use fitness apps like MapMyRun and Strava, and then complete their route anytime between April 17 and May 8. Participants can log their times on RaceWire. On May 9, results will be posted and awards will be given.

The event benefits New Life Furniture Bank of MA, which collects high-quality gently-used furniture and household essentials that are made available at no cost to individuals and families transitioning out of homelessness. New Life has remained vigilant throughout the pandemic and has continued to serve people in need by finding creative and safe ways to operate online and with minimal contact.  In 2020, New Life served almost 500 families.  The Medfield-based not-for-profit organization operates a Walpole Donation Center, and serves the MetroWest and Greater Boston area. New Life provides a meaningful option for folks who are downsizing, renovating or disposing of a loved one’s property to donate their gently used goods and furniture. 

New Life 5k Trail Run registration is open at www.newlifefb.org/5k, with discounts for teams of four or more.  New teams are welcome. The registration fee is $30, and T-Shirts are available for purchase. Those interested in being a sponsor, volunteering, donating home furnishings, or making a financial contribution are encouraged to visit www.newlifefb.org.

Town gets $160,500 state grant

The email below came this afternoon from the Department of Housing and Community Development about the Town of Medfield being awarded a $160,500 state grant towards engineering and design of intersection improvements at West Street and Rte. 27 – which needs a better traffic signal.

Medfield The Town of Medfield will direct funding toward engineering and design of intersection improvements at the Route 27 (North Meadows Road) and West Street intersection.  $160,500 

Assistant Town Administrator, Nick Milano tells me that credit is mainly due to Town Planner, Sarah Raposa, qualifying the Town of Medfield under the Choice Community program.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts
DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING &
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
Charles D. Baker, Governor  Karyn E. Polito Lt. Governor  Jennifer D. Maddox, Undersecretary
100 Cambridge Street, Suite 300 mass.gov/dhcd
Boston, MA 02114 617-573-1100
March 23, 2021
Mr. Osler Peterson
Chair, Board of Selectmen, Medfield
459 Main Street
Medfield, MA 02052
Dear Mr. Peterson:
On behalf of Governor Charles D. Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn E. Polito, I am pleased to award Medfield a FY 2021 Housing Choice Community Capital Grant in the amount of up to $160,500. Congratulations on being one of the successful applicants.
This award is contingent the execution of a grant contract between Medfield and DHCD and the satisfaction of its special conditions and requirements. We will send your grant contract to the contact person identified in your application.
All grantees will be provided guidance regarding grant administration and contract requirements, including training about how to administer this grant. This will help ensure that all grantees understand their contractual and regulatory obligations before proceeding with activities for which DHCD has authorized grant funding. If you have any questions concerning this award, please contact Chris Kluchman, FAICP, by email Chris.Kluchman@mass.gov.
Congratulations once again. I look forward to working with you to address Medfield’s housing and community development needs.
Sincerely,
Jennifer D. Maddox
Undersecretary, DHCD

Dear Chair Peterson – 
Please find attached a copy of the award letter for your community’s FY 21 Housing Choice Community Capital grant.  Congratulations, and thank you for all the work you are doing to promote housing production in Massachusetts. Please keep this digital letter, no hard copy will be sent.  Here is a link to the Commonwealth’s press release about the grant awards.  
I expect the grant contract will be sent to you and your staff in the next few weeks.  
Sincerely, 
Chris Kluchman______________________________

Chris Kluchman, FAICP

Deputy Director, Community Services Division

DHCD, 100 Cambridge Street, Ste 300

Boston, MA  02114

cell:  857-288-9141 *please use this number until further notice*

desk:  617-573-1167

chris.kluchman@mass.gov 

Select Board 4/6/2021

Meeting materials available here – http://www.town.medfield.net/663/Agenda-Packets

  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 will be uploaded at this link: https://www.town.medfield.net/DocumentCenter/View/5124/BOS-Meeting-Packet-April-6-2021-  


Board of Selectmen
Board or Committee

PLACE OF MEETING	DAY, DATE, AND TIME
Remote Meeting held on Zoom	Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 7:00 pm
 
Agenda (Subject to Change)

Call to Order

Disclosure of video recording

Chair to identify Board members who are participating remotely 

We want to take a moment of appreciation for our Troops serving around the globe in defense of our country

Appointments / Potential Votes 

1.	Board of Water and Sewerage to discuss Water Treatment Plant Project, Owner’s Project Management Services, and SCADA system services 

2.	Maurice Goulet requests Board of Selectmen approve Change Order 02 for Final Design of the Water Treatment Plant

3.	Maurice Goulet to provide update on nighttime Infiltration and Inflow (I&I) work in April

4.	Transfer Station and Recycling Committee requests increase to the 2021-2023 Transfer Station Sticker fee

5.	Kathy McDonald, Outreach Director, requests permission to hang flyers at Medfield State Hospital for May Mental Health Awareness Month 

Discussion (potential votes) 

6.	COVID-19 status update

7.	Federal Funds update and discussion: CARES, FEMA, and American Rescue Plan Act

8.	Fiscal Year 2022 Operating and Capital Budgets and Financial Policies 

9.	2021 Annual Town Meeting and Warrant Articles 

Action Items 

10.	Town Administrator requests Board of Selectmen to approve Melanson Heath as the Town’s auditor for Fiscal Years 2021, 2022, and 2023

11.	Approve the Interconnection Service Agreement with Eversource for a solar installation at the DPW Town Garage 

12.	Accept FY21 Firefighter Safety Equipment Grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Fire Services in the amount of $15,000 to purchase new brush gear and authorize Town Administrator Kristine Trierweiler to sign the standard state grant contract

Consent Agenda

13.	Boy Scouts request permission to camp at Medfield State Hospital on April 10 to April 11, 2021 

14.	Rolling Rally Graduation requests permission to post fundraising signs in the approved locations

Town Administrator Updates

Next Meeting Dates
•	April 20, 2021
•	May 4, 2021
•	May 11, 2021
•	Annual Town Meeting May 17, 2021

Selectmen Reports

Informational

Select Board office hours this Friday, 9-10 AM at The Center

Select Board Office Hours this Friday

The town’s newly elected Select Board member will hold his monthly first Friday of the month office hours at The Center this Friday from 9-10 AM.


Residents are welcome to stop by to talk in person about any town matters.

I can be reached via 508-359-9190 or this blog about Medfield matters. 

Election results – Leo Brehm re-elected

Newly elected Town Clerk, Marion Bonoldi, in her first act as our Town Clerk reported yesterday’s election results as follows:

A huge thank you from this candidate to all the residents who voted for him. Please know both that it is humbling to receive your votes, and that I will continue my most diligent efforts to deserve the trust you have placed in me.

Select Board 3/30/2021

Meeting Materials

The meeting materials are now available here – https://www.town.medfield.net/663/Agenda-Packets

BEAVER DAM

I took this photo of the beaver dam that is to be breached per the emergency order requested by the MASS DOT from the Town of Medfield’s Conservation Commission. That application and emergency order are in the packet of meeting materials. The dam was built by the beavers where a culvert goes under the North South Framingham to Walpole RR line, between the tracks and McCarthy Park, ponding water where none had before and putting the railbed at risk per MASS DOT. I accompanied Conservation Commissioner Deborah Bero on her site walk before the emergency order issued.

The beavers had previously dammed the other side of the RR tracks, between the RR tracks and Rte. 27, causing large numbers of trees along Rte. 27 to die, and great blue heron to start nesting in the dead trees this past year. However, that former beaver pond activity area between the RR tracks and Rte. 27 is now no longer flooded by the beavers, so the beavers appear to have moved to the other side of the tracks.

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 will be uploaded at this link:
https://www.town.medfield.net/DocumentCenter/View/5075/Board-of-Selectmen-Meeting-Packet-March-30-2021 https://www.town.medfield.net/DocumentCenter/View/5058/BOS-Meeting-Packet-March-23-2021
Board of Selectmen
Board or Committee
PLACE OF MEETING
DAY, DATE, AND TIME
Remote Meeting held on Zoom
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 7:00 pm
Agenda (Subject to Change)
Call to Order
Disclosure of video recording
Chair to identify Board members who are participating remotely
We want to take a moment of appreciation for our Troops serving around the globe in defense of our country
Annual Board Reorganization
Appointments / Potential Votes
First Posted:
1. Town Administrator Kristine Trierweiler requests Board of Selectmen appoint Mark Bryson as the Veterans Service Officer for the Town of Medfield
2. Keegan Van Sicklen requests Class II Motor Vehicle Sales License at 27 Brook Street
3. Roberta Lynch, Council on Aging to discuss reopening the CENTER to the public
4. Board of Health to discuss Public Health Nurse Position and provide COVID-19 update
5. Geoffrey Pedder requests one day beer permit for May 14 and June 11 to serve beer at the Pollard’s Texas Que temporary site at the MSH
6. Kim Price and Janie Boylan request permission to decorate Straw Hat Park for the Rolling Rally
Discussion (potential votes)
7. COVID-19 Status Update and CARES Funding Update
8. Fiscal Year 2022 Operating and Capital Budgets and Financial Policies
9. 2021 Annual Town Meeting and Warrant Articles
Action Items
10. Maurice Goulet requests the Board of Selectmen vote to award annual contract with Stumpy’s Tree Service for Town-wide tree services
11. Maurice Goulet requests the Board of Selectmen vote to award contract with Weston & Sampson for Chief Operator services at the Wastewater Treatment Plant
12. Maurice Goulet requests the Board of Selectmen vote to award Contract with Truax Corporation for catch basin cleaning
13. Gazebo Players requests permission to use MSH on July 24 and July 25 to provide free Shakespeare performances
14. Board of Selectmen to vote to direct the SBC to pursue a Net Zero building and pursue all options for savings to maximize the return on the town's investment.
Consent Agenda
Town Administrator Updates
Next Meeting Dates
• April 1, 2021 Annual Warrant Hearing
• April 6, 2021
• April 20, 2021
Selectmen Reports
Informational

MCPE’s OneMedfieldOnward

From Clair Meehan for MCPE –

MCPE”s #𝙊𝙣𝙚𝙈𝙚𝙙𝙛𝙞𝙚𝙡𝙙𝙊𝙣𝙬𝙖𝙧𝙙 campaign starts TODAY!

All year, you have asked how YOU CAN HELP get our kids back into the classroom as safely as possible, and Monday is the time to come together and make it happen!!

Today we officially launch a 5 day fundraising initiative to help cover needs that have emerged as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as air filters, disinfecting spray and wipes. Keeping our kids, teachers, staff and administrators safe is critical, but it’s not free. Join us next week by making a donation and encouraging your friends and neighbors to do the same!

To learn more, or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit the MCPE website.

Election today

Town Election Today

Polls at The Center are open until 8PM.

When I voted I was #75 if Precinct 1, so maybe about 300 total so far.

Select Board 3/30/21

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 will be uploaded at this link:
https://www.town.medfield.net/DocumentCenter/View/5075/Board-of-Selectmen-Meeting-Packet-March-30-2021 https://www.town.medfield.net/DocumentCenter/View/5058/BOS-Meeting-Packet-March-23-2021
Board of Selectmen
Board or Committee
PLACE OF MEETING
DAY, DATE, AND TIME
Remote Meeting held on Zoom
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 7:00 pm
Agenda (Subject to Change)
Call to Order
Disclosure of video recording
Chair to identify Board members who are participating remotely
We want to take a moment of appreciation for our Troops serving around the globe in defense of our country
Annual Board Reorganization
Appointments / Potential Votes
First Posted:
1. Town Administrator Kristine Trierweiler requests Board of Selectmen appoint Mark Bryson as the Veterans Service Officer for the Town of Medfield
2. Keegan Van Sicklen requests Class II Motor Vehicle Sales License at 27 Brook Street
3. Roberta Lynch, Council on Aging to discuss reopening the CENTER to the public
4. Board of Health to discuss Public Health Nurse Position and provide COVID-19 update
5. Geoffrey Pedder requests one day beer permit for May 14 and June 11 to serve beer at the Pollard’s Texas Que temporary site at the MSH
6. Kim Price and Janie Boylan request permission to decorate Straw Hat Park for the Rolling Rally
Discussion (potential votes)
7. COVID-19 Status Update and CARES Funding Update
8. Fiscal Year 2022 Operating and Capital Budgets and Financial Policies
9. 2021 Annual Town Meeting and Warrant Articles
Action Items
10. Maurice Goulet requests the Board of Selectmen vote to award annual contract with Stumpy’s Tree Service for Town-wide tree services
11. Maurice Goulet requests the Board of Selectmen vote to award contract with Weston & Sampson for Chief Operator services at the Wastewater Treatment Plant
12. Maurice Goulet requests the Board of Selectmen vote to award Contract with Truax Corporation for catch basin cleaning
13. Gazebo Players requests permission to use MSH on July 24 and July 25 to provide free Shakespeare performances
14. Board of Selectmen to vote to direct the SBC to pursue a Net Zero building and pursue all options for savings to maximize the return on the town's investment.
Consent Agenda
Town Administrator Updates
Next Meeting Dates
• April 1, 2021 Annual Warrant Hearing
• April 6, 2021
• April 20, 2021
Selectmen Reports
Informational