Monthly Archives: October 2011

Charter & Bylaw Review Committee

The Board of Selectmen are the guests tonight of the Charter & Bylaw Review Committee.  Let me know of anything particular that you feel should be changed.

  • Should the town clerk be appointed?
  • Should town meeting be moved away from the school vacation week?
  • Should the municipal election be moved to coincide with a state election to get greater numbers voting?
  • Should the zoning be changed anywhere?

Recycling our scrap metal

Took our broken riding lawnmower to Allied Recycling, 1901 Washington Street, Walpole, and they gave us $44 for the scrap metal value.  Interesting experience to see the operation, lots of employees, and crazy busy on a Saturday.

Medfield to get $88,651 “treat” from state

Per Joanne Muti, Legislative Aide to Representative Dan Winslow, the town will be receiving a Halloween treat in the form of $88,651 from the state.  This is the state returning some FY11 monies they earlier took away, when their budget looked worse. The Office of the State Comptroller will be closing the State’s Finance books by October 31st, at which point funds will be formally recognized and distributed by the Department of Revenue.

Warrant Committee members for this year

Moderator Scott McDermott’s letter from yesterday setting forth his appointments to the Warrant Committee for this upcoming fiscal year –


October 23, 2011

Carol Mayer, Town Clerk
Town of Medfield
Medfield MA 02052

Re: 2011-2012 Appointments to the Warrant Committee

Dear Ms. Mayer:

I am very pleased to confirm the appointment of Joanna Hilvert of 14 Pueblo Road and Edward P. Doherty of 17 Belknap Road to the Warrant Committee of the Town of Medfield. Ms. Hilvert will succeed Diane Hallisey and her term shall expire in 2014. Mr. Doherty shall succeed Deborah Mozer and his term shall expire in 2013.

I am also pleased to affirm the re-appointment of the following Medfield residents to the Warrant Committee:

James O’Shaughnessy of 21 Indian Hill Road [term expires 2014];
Maryalice Whalen of 260 South Street [term expires 2014].

Finally, I am pleased to report that the following five members of the Committee are continuing in the service of the Town:

Gustave H. Murby of 122 Harding Street [term expires 2012];
Catherine Steever of 7 Acorn Circle [term expires 2012];
David Fischer of 22 Stagecoach road [term expires 2012];
Gregory Sullivan of 73 South Street [term expires 2013];
Thomas J. Schlesinger of 7 Country Way [term expires 2013].

I have asked each new and re-appointed member to contact you to arrange to take the oath of office at your earliest mutual convenience.

As always, thank you for your assistance.

Very truly yours,
Scott F. McDermott

cc: Board of Selectman
Warrant Committee
Town Administrator

Weekly Political Report – Week Ending October 21, 2011

Redistricting Committee Releases Maps for New Senate and House Districts

On Tuesday, the Joint Committee on Redistricting released maps redrawing the 160 districts of the Massachusetts House of Representative and the 40 Senate districts. The redistricting process was initiated after the release in March of the 2010 U.S. Census data. The committee commenced a seven-day public comment period on Tuesday and scheduled an executive session for next Tuesday, Oct. 25 to vote on House and Senate districts. Given that candidates for the Massachusetts House of Representatives must establish residency in their district one year prior to Election Day, there is pressure to quickly complete deliberations on the new maps.


The central part of Massachusetts and the south coast have had the biggest changes in population, with Worcester growing the fastest of all counties in Massachusetts over the last 10 years. Other areas that experienced a population growth include Amherst, Middlesex, Suffolk, Norfolk, and Plymouth County. The redrawn maps feature the following changes:


·         Northbridge, Needham, Winchester are newly split communities under redrafted Senate district maps


·         Barnstable, Belchertown, Melrose, Revere, Saugus, Somerville, and Woburn will be reunited under redrafted Senate district maps


·         Total number of spilt towns under the new Senate draft is 21 which is down from the current 25 towns


The Committee will focus on drawing a Congressional map in early November, when it will have to decide how to consolidate 10 seats into 9.


Wagner to lead Gambling Bill Conference Committee

Representative Joseph Wagner (D-Chicopee) was named as House Chair of the conference committee that will negotiate a consensus gambling bill. Representative Brian Dempsey (D-Haverhill) and Representative Paul Frost (R-Auburn) were also appointed to serve on the committee. On Thursday, House leadership insisted on adoption of its version of expanded gambling legislation. The Senate adjourned early for the week and will likely name its conference committee members on Monday.


Governor Patrick Offers New Spending Plan

This week, Governor Patrick filed a $161 million FY 2012 supplemental budget and increased tax-collection estimates by $395 million. The adjustments in the estimation were made based on projected federal reimbursements, fees, and licensing receipts. The supplemental budget includes $35 million for adult day health care for low-income seniors and disabled individuals enrolled in MassHealth; $39 million for homeless or at risk homeless families; $20.4 million for information technology; $20 million for county correction facilities; $10 million to hurricane damage; $3.5 million for child care for low-income families, and $2 million for services to youth offenders.


The House and Senate also sent a $480 million FY11 budget bill to the Governor’s desk. The spending bill allocates $460 million in surplus funds that remained when Fiscal Year 2011 ended in July.



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Town’s debt – 5 schedules

Mike gave the Board of Selectmen several schedules describing the town’s debt this week, and I have uploaded them.

1.  Debt Service by year FY12 – FY21 —

2. Historic Debt Figures —

3.  School Building Assistance schedule —

4.  Sewer Betterments by FY 2011 to 2026 —

5.  Debt payments by project and by year —

Bay Colony Rail Trail

I have been asked to meet with Dover and Needham officials next week to discuss the Bay Colony Rail Trail –  I will let you know what comes out of the meeting.