Monthly Archives: July 2012

Solar at the closed landfill

Marie Zack Nolan,  chair of the Energy Committee, circulated a DOER email promoting its seminar to encourage towns to build solar and/or wind facilities at old landfills.  From DOER –


Friendly reminder that the renewable on landfills workshop is two weeks away and that registrations are still being accepted.

The third “Renewable Energy at Closed Landfills” workshop will take place on Thursday, July 26, at the Holiday Inn Boxborough. For additional information and to register, please visit:

Municipal Representatives: Please note that DOER Green Communities Scholarships are available for up to two municipal employees and/or officials per city or town. To obtain a registration code you can enter online to attend this workshop at no cost, contact me before you register at: 978-694-3315 or

The workshop is sponsored by the Massachusetts Departments of Energy Resources (DOER) and Environmental Protection (MassDEP), with support from the Environmental Business Council of New England.

Should you have any questions, please let me know. We hope you will be able to join us!

Kelly Brown, Regional Coordinator

Green Communities Division

Central Region

Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

BCRT lease approved by MBTA

The Boston Globe reported on Friday that the MBTA had voted, as expected, to lease for 99 years the old rail line to the three towns that are exploring whether to turn it into the Bay Colony Rail Trail.  The three towns, Medfield, Dover an d Needham, had written to the MBTA to ask whether the MBTA would lease the old right of way to them, and now each town must on its own decide whether it will accept the offer by the MBTA to lease the rail line.  Both Medfield and Dover have town committees looking at the issues invovled in developing the Bay Colony Rail Trail, and Needham has already established the Bay Colony Rail Trail as part of its master plan.

Commonwealth Magazine article on MSH

Good article today in Commonwealth Magazine on the clean up of the Medfield State Hospital site differences the Town of Medfield is having with the state, and why the town is seeking more clean up than is technically required by state law.  Thanks Will for noting it to us.


Final Cherry Sheets are out

I got notice this afternoon from DOR that the final Cherry Sheets have been issued, these after the Governor’s line item vetos, and so the FY13 state budget is final now.  The bottom line for Medfield  are the same as came out of the legislature’s budget, and we are about $210K better off than last year.