Monthly Archives: July 2011

Medfield Elected & Appointed Officials for 2011

Attached is the list of the Medfield Elected & Appointed Officials for 2011.  The positions indicate by whom they are appointed.  Since this was the list we on the Board of Selectmen used to make appointments this year, all those highlighted in yellow on the list  are appointed by the Board of Selectmen.

If you have any interest in servicing on a town board or committee, fill out the form to volunteer and/or contact the Town House.  It both helps your town, and gets you interesting information on how your town functions and what is going on in town.

Swap Area Update

1.  Items now have to be dropped off before 2:00 PM.

2.  The ad hoc monitors had the swap area totally cleaned up at its close this past Saturday, so that the Transfer Station operators had much less to do in terms of picking up and tossing left over items.  There were still three bins of former swap areas items that the ad hoc monitors had loaded into the bins, and the operators  needed to haul those away on the front of their front loader.  However, it was reported that in the past there were as many as six full bins of former swap area items that then had to get picked up and bumped at the end of the swap time.  The ad hoc monitors had first segrated the swap area items during the day into categories, second sorted out the cardboards and other items to recycle so that less gets dumped, and third had picked up the swap area site themselves at the end of the day.

3.  Anyone interested in being considered to be on the Swap Area Subcommittee of the solid waste committee should let the Board of Selectmen know of his/her interest by our 8/2/111 meeting, as that is when we indicated that we would make appointments.

4.  Electronic recycling will now occur regularly on the first Saturday of every month at the Transfer Station, with a charge levied.  The same Norfolk vendor Steve Catanese got to come to Medfield Green Day will be running the monthly service.

DCAM to Convene Working Group with Town

DCAM Commissioner Cornelison has yet again been good to her word to work collaboratively with the Town of Medfield on the clean up of the Medfield State Hospital site.  At my suggestion (borrowing Billl Massaro’s idea), she has agreed to convene a working group to discuss the environmental issues, where the current PIP and others processes are too overly formalistic to get to fast answers and to allow input by the town.  Medfield will be represented on  the working group by the chair of the State Hospital Environmental Review Committee (SHERC) and the two town administrators.  This morning the first meeting still had not been scheduled, but it should take place this week.

Weekly Political Report – Week Ending July 22, 2011

Massachusetts Unemployment Stays at 7.6% in June

Unemployment in the state stayed constant at 7.6% last month, according to a Patrick Administration jobs report.  Although the state added 10,400 jobs, the unemployment rate did not change and has stayed below 8% for the last three months. This is the first time since 2009 that the rate has been below the 8% benchmark level for more than a month in a row. Currently the Commonwealth’s unemployment rate is 1.6% below the national rate of 9.2%.


Tax Collection Figures For First Half of July Up 13.8%

This week the Massachusetts Department of Revenue released the tax collection figures for the first half of July. Tax revenues for this period were $68 million above state budget benchmarks. According to Navjeet Bal, the state revenue commissioner, the gains were due to increased withholding and estate tax collections. Tax collections from the previous few months have also exceeded budget benchmarks, leaving a state budget surplus, something taken into consideration during drafting of the final FY2011 budget.


Revenue Surplus Expected for FY2012, Could Trigger Income Tax Reduction

At the close of FY2011, state tax collections rose almost $2 billion compared to FY2010. Because of the 10.6% rise in revenue, state coffers will begin to show a revenue surplus, barring any sudden or unexpected tax collection deficit. According to Senate President Therese Murray (D – Plymouth), the strong tax collections could trigger a reduction in the state’s income tax, from 5.3% to 5.25%. Under state law, the income tax that the Commonwealth collects would fall to 5.25% if two conditions are met: more than 2.5% growth in FY2011 inflation-adjusted baseline revenues over FY2010 revenues as well as three consecutive months of positive revenue growth compared to the same period one year earlier. President Murray said she would know more about the likelihood of the tax cut by October of this year.


Near Term Legislative Agenda Clearer

With the passage of the FY2011 budget and House Speaker DeLeo’s (D – Winthrop) announcement last week that legislative debate on gambling will begin in September, the near-term legislative agenda is becoming clearer. The Legislative Committee on Redistricting is currently holding public hearings to determine how new districts will be drawn. Hearings will continue through the end of this month, with a first draft of the redrawn districts expected to be released in the fall. Gambling debate as well as redistricting are expected to take up much of the legislature’s agenda for September, October and November.



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DCAM Commissioner Agrees to Meet About Clean Up

DCAM Commissioner Carole Cornelison has been good to her word about working collaboratively with Medfield, as she has agreed to have DCAM meet this next week with town officials to seek to work out differences over the MSH environmental clean up issues.

Sign up with Selectmen as Swap Monitor

Those who are interested in being swap area monitors should advise BoS. We will start making appointments 8/2/11.

Medfield State Hospital – DCAM’s Proposal to ConCom for an Immediate Response Action

After consulting with an expert, SHERC chair, John Thompson, on the environmental clean up of the Medfield State Hospital site DCAM proposes to the Conservation Commission, I suggest that DCAM alter its proposal so as to conform to the best interests of both the Town of Medfield and the general public.

1.    The oil in the Charles River should be removed, not just capped, and
2.    The C & D area should be excavated so that the fill there is no longer in contact with groundwater (instead of being capped in place).  The fill does not need to be taken off-site, as a capped on-site area could be designed parallel with the topographic contours along the gas line. The goal should be to keep the fill above the water table and away from the flood plain.

The town’s concern is that the C & D area is (1) adjacent to the area from which the town’s well #6 draws water, and (2) the land beneath the C & D area is considered as a “potentially productive aquifer,” which could be used for future water supply purposes.  However, if the C & D area is capped with the currently proposed temporary measure, I am told that it is unlikely that the land could ever get permitted for any water supply use.  Therefore leaving the fill below the water table is a bad idea.