Monthly Archives: January 2013

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Gov at MMA meering

Tomorrow is last day to nominate a volunteer

Friday, January 25 is the last day to nominate an extraordinary Medfield volunteer for special recognition for their volunteer efforts as the Medfield Foundation volunteer of the year – adult, youth, or lifetime achievement.  The form to make the nomination is at the Medfield Foundation’s website.

If the person was already nominated once before, you can just ask for that former nomination to be re-submitted this year – nothing easier.

Join the fun, by submitting a nomination, and then at the 4PM reception on 3/10/13 at The Center tell your Medfield neighbors and the whole world (Medfield.TV puts their video of the reception on-line) about your favorite Medfield nominee.

The reception is sponsored through the generosity of the Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation.

Lyme Disease Study Committee info

TICKS / LYME DISEASE

And other tick-borne diseases

Lyme disease can be a chronic and debilitating disease. The Medfield Board of Health and the Medfield Lyme Disease Study Committee has determined Lyme disease to be a health threat to the residents of Medfield. Please review the following information.

Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases are transmitted to humans by tick bites. As the warm weather approaches and we spend more time outside, our chance of becoming host to a tick increases significantly. If at all possible, use repellents according to the instructions on the Lyme disease Fact Sheet issued by the MA. Dept. of Public Health. In any case, it is essential that you perform a daily tick check on your children, yourself and your pets after having spent any time outside. If you find circumferential redness (bull’s eye) around a known or highly probable site of a tick bite seek medical attention. Lyme disease can be treated successfully if diagnosed in a timely manner.

For answers to all your questions about Lyme disease, please go to www.mass.gov/dph

And click on “Public Health Fact Sheet” –right side of link and download the LYME DISEASE FACT SHEET.

You do not have to be walking in the woods to be bitten by a tick. Please try to reduce the number of ticks around your home by taking the following steps:

  • Create a three-foot wide woodchip, mulch or gravel barrier where your lawn meets the woods. Ticks are less likely to survive crossing the barrier into the lawn because they are prone to drying out.
  • Remove leaf letter and brush from around your home, keep your grass cut short.
  • Prune low lying bushes and keep the plants around stone walls cut short.
  • Keep woodpiles and bird feeders off the ground and away from your home.

Please use the Tick Card and the Fact Sheet for guidance and do not hesitate to seek medical advice when in doubt.

Lyme Disease Study Committee website

Building Committee at 6:30AM

I attended the Building Committee meeting this morning – they started at 6:30 AM, and I got there about 15 minutes in.   They heard an update on the DPW garage planning progress from Roland Lavallee of HNTB and started the master planning process for the Dale Street municipal campus with the recently selected architect, HKT Architects, Inc.

Still lots of planning needed to get the DPW garage ready for presentation to the residents at the annual town meeting (ATM) for a vote.  The hope is to also have an annual town meeting (ATM) vote to allocate planning monies to pursue a new public safety building, which is a major part of the master planning.  The committee at 8:30 went off to hold a visioning session with the chiefs of the MPD and the MFD, and I went to work.

Sr. staff raises

My apologies, as I got it wrong in a recent post about the senior staff raises.  Here is the  correction from Kristine Trierweiler –

The merit increases that were just discussed at the Selectmen’s meeting were approved at the Town Meeting in April 2012. The Department head staff is not being given increases early than anyone. There has been no merit for the prior three years for department heads, department heads also had two years with a zero percent increase for cost of living.

I defer to Rachel Brown and the Board to discuss the recommendation that was made at the Personnel Board last Tuesday night.

 

Kristine Trierweiler, AICP

Assistant Town Administrator

Town of Medfield

Medfield Green

Email from Medfield Green, with a full calendar of events and lots of of good information  –

We  hope you will join us for the next session which will be this Thursday January 24th from 1-2 pm in the Medfield Library Meeting Room.  Please feel free to come if you can, and bring a friend or not.  It is definitely a low-key casual discussion and you are welcome to come once or every time.

Last Thursday we talked about recycling and trash reduction.  Some notes and thoughts are below.

January 24th we will discuss Energy Conservation and etc.  We will share information about the Thermal Imaging done in Medfield by Sagewell, Home Energy Assessments, choosing your electrical energy supplier and other energy saving tips.

January 31st will focus on learning about chemicals in our enviroment and how to keep the bad ones out of our bodies.  Dana Ravech will speak about how to “Clean Green” and we will also talk about Personal Care Products and Lawn Care.

February 7.  to be determined.  What would you like to know?

 

Some notes and tips from our January 17th meeting on Recycling:

Take a few minutes to watch the videos:

The Story of Stuff

The Story of Bottled Water

www.storyofstuff.org

1. Reduce what you are consuming.

Opt out of unwanted catalogs & junk mail (www.catalogchoice.org)

Choose products with less packaging

Can you invest in a few items that will help you reduce waste?  My favorites are a seltzer/soda maker, dry cleaning bag, water bottle, coffee mug, cloth napkins & shopping bags (did you know you can buy a tag for $1 at CVS that will give you $.25 extra bucks everytime you use  your own shopping bag?).

How about sharing yard tools with a neighbor instead of getting  your own for use occasionally?

 

2. Reuse

Visit consignment and thrift shops first.

Get a library book or e-book instead of a new one

And when you are done with something, try to give it a new life.  See the Medfield Green Reuse/Recycle Guide for local places to donate items. http://www.medfieldgreen.org/uploads/M.Green2011_Reuse.3.17.11.pdf

 

Visit freecycle.org and sign up for the local Walpole or Millis groups.  Here you can give away items to folks looking for them.  No money is exchanged.  I’ve had great luck getting rid of latex paint I didn’t need (someone painting murals loved it!), also kids toys and some other household items I didn’t know what to do with.  I always try freecycle first.  It is usually very quick with someone coming to pick up the same or next day.   It’s worth a try to find a home for something that you’d otherwise send to the incinerator.

 

Use the Swap Area at the transfer station.  As the saying goes, “One man’s trash is another’s treasure.”

 

Participate in Medfield Green Day.  It is a one-stop reuse and recycle donation event. We bring together many charities so you can bring your items to a single spot. This year MGDay  will be held on Saturday May 4th from 9 – 12 at the American Legion.  Details for this year will follow but here is a link to the flyer from last year.  http://www.medfieldgreen.org/uploads/MGD_website_flyer_for_website.pdf  If you’d like to know more or to get involved you can contact Donna White at 508-359-0197.

 

3. Recycle

Recycle all you can, especially aluminum & paper.  Both of these are easy to recycle and mean so much to the enviroment if we can keep from deleting new resources.

Make sure you are familiar with the transfer station policies or those of your waste removal company.

Plastic Bags do not go in single stream recycling (even if they have a # on them) but can be recycled at the local grocery stores.  Here is a link to details about which bags can be recycled.  There are so many that can.  www.plasticbagrecycling.org

Textiles are never trash.  Who knew?  There is an afterlife for even the most dilapidated torn and tattered, stained and worn-out clothing, shoes, belts, purses, draperies, cloth shower curtains, pillows & stuffed animals etc.  They must be clean & dry but if they are, don’t throw them out.  Instead, donate them to an organization like Goodwill.    If they are clearly rags or worse (but clean & dry) put them in a bag and mark them rags.  They will get turned into rags or insulation or carpet padding.  And by the way, Goodwill gets paid for this!  If they have some life left, Goodwill will try and sell them at a thrift shop or will sell them to someone who will use them or turn them into rags.  I like donating to Goodwill because I know they start with the products having a chance at reuse locally and then have a complete stream where products can move down the chain but still have a life beyond the incinerator.

 

4. Repurchase

When you have the opportunity, choose something made of recycled materials to close the loop.  If there is more demand for these products, then the price paid for the recycled materials will be higher and more people will benefit.

 

5. Rot

Start a compost pile in your yard.  The Medfield Garden Club often sells bins at a great price. Watch for this!

 

Hope this is helpful.

 

Megan

Megan B. Sullivan
508-359-8274

Medfield Green
http://www.medfieldgreen.org

Garlick reports to town 2/6

Representative Denise Garlick has indicated that she will “Report to The Community” at 7:00 PM on February 6, at the Medfield Town House.

Her listed topics are:

  • 2012 the year in review
  • 2013 the year in preview

Eagle Scouts Alex Carpino, John & Patrick Dalton

Eagle Scout court of honor this afternoon for three from Troop 89 at the UCC.  Three great, poised and accomplished young men.

W&S

Water & Sewer Commission meeting last night could not proceed, due to a lack of a quorum.  It was reported however that there is a 1/28/13 hearing before the Appellate Tax Board on the Gulf Resources (the Medfield Commons Carwash) appeal of its failure to pay its contested sewer bill of about $45,000.  Gulf argues that its water does not go into the sewer.  Town argues that it just allocates half the cost of the combined water and sewer system to water and half to sewer, and does not allow others (such as those using water to water their lawns to have separate meters for the irrigation water as other towns do) to just pay the water portion.

W&S will meet 1/24/13 at 7PM.

Downtown Study Committee

Downtown Study Committee met with Garden Club President Nancy Tella to seek assistance in planning plantings around Meeting House Pond.  She offered their expertise, and even their money, but indicated that others would have to undertake to maintenance going forward.

Starbucks developer was reported to have closed on the Mobil station site, with plans to have it opened come September.  The town land between the station and Zebra's will hopefully get fixed up as a pocket park as part of the process, with outdoor seating.  MEMO has already promised a bench for the site.

That same developer, Greg Salvatore, has purchased the Lord's site, and reports that there is an interested tenant who may take the whole site, that dividing the space into three stores is possible, and that the conversion will take a year to complete.  The town is working to save the Lord's sign.

A new town tree will be planted in front of Larkin's, donated by MEMO, come April, when the town will celebrate becoming a national arbor town.