Monthly Archives: July 2009

Medfield State Hospital environmental clean up consultation session 7/20 at 2:30

MEPA notice received by Town of Medfield regarding the Medfield State Hospital environmental clean up remediation work planned by DCAM:
An Environmental Notification Form (ENF) has been submitted to the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) office for this project. The project involves the restoration of a previously disturbed resource area at the former Medfield State Hospital (MSH). Fill material contaminated with oil and/or hazardous material, including metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, will be removed from the resource area and consolidated at an upland location in compliance with the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP). Wetland resource area impacts are estimated to include 500 linear feet of Bank, 2,500 square feet (sf) of Bordering Vegetated Wetlands, and 43,700 sf of Riverfront Area. The project requires an Order of Conditions from the Medfield Conservation Commission, and review by the Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program under the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act (MESA). The project will be funded by the Division of Capital Asset Management (DCAM).

A consultation session will be held to receive advice and comments from agencies, officials, and citizens regarding which environmental issues, if any, are significant for this project. Opinions as to the extent and significance of possible environmental impact will be welcome.

The meeting is scheduled as follows:

Date: Monday, July 20th, 2009

Time: 2:30 pm

Location: Meet at the former Medfield State Hospital, 45 Hospital Rd,
Medfield, at the FRONT GATE

Comments on the project will be welcome in writing prior to July 28,
2009. A Certificate on the ENF will be issued on August 7, 2009.

Project Contact: James Okun, O’Reilly, Talbot & Okun, 413.788.6222,

Pursuant to the requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act,
this Meeting Notice is available in alternative formats upon request.
Questions on the meeting may be answered by contacting Purvi Patel, MEPA Analyst at 617.626.1029.

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today held Dell Computer’s mandatory arbitration clause violated public policy and is not enforceable.

Rail Trail – Newton wants RR for new Green Line to Needham Highlands. See proposal at

Rail trail possible in Medfield along the Bay Colony RR line owned by the MBTA – see more at

Medfield Rail Trail Possible Along the Bay Colony RR Right of Way

I was contacted this past week by Christian Donner of Medfield and Tom Connors of Needham about the Town of Medfield’s interest in and support for establishing a rail trail along the soon to be unused Bay Colony RR line from Newton to Medfield. See the groups they have formed at and

Tom gave me the contact information at the MBTA, and one call indicated that Bay Colony will likely discontinue its rights soon and the MBTA will grant the Town of Medfield a no cost 85 year lease to the right of way for purpose of creating a bicycle rail trial.

Needham and Newton groups are working of mobilizing the support for those communities to ask for the same deals.

I now wish more than ever that the Town of Medfield had filed this year the Mass in Motion grant application that Deb prepared in April, as that grant could have provided up to $30,000 in planning monies just for this sort of project.

All in all this is an exciting new possibility for Medfield, and one that may dove tail nicely with the Medfield State Hospital development, which could become a bicycle smart growth development.

Kris Trierweiller says all town budget reductions (before tax rate set) caused by lower state revenue sharing require special town meeting.