Monthly Archives: March 2013

MCAP

Medfield Cares About Prevention (MCAP)’s grant application to the Federal government seeking $625,000 funding over five years has been submitted for the second straight year.  Dawn Alcott, Director of Medfield Youth Outreach, and Dr. Susan Andersen-Navalta of McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School, a Medfield resident, took the lead to prepare the grant application again this year.

MCAP is a coalition formed to eliminate substance abuse amongst young people in Medfield.  MCAP has been holding monthly meetings for almost two years.

Needham and Natick have both already received the grants.  Medfield resident Carol Read is the grant funded staff person in the Needham program, and have been hugely helpful to MCAP by sharing how the Needham effort has progressed and what they have done that has been successful.

2nd superintendent interview

Today I again lunched with one of the three finalist candidates for the superintendent position.  Today it was Glen Brand, currently the assistant superintendent in Sharon.  Yesterday it was John Fallon, currently the assistant superintendent in Milton.  The third and final lunch time interview is Thursday.

Former red house next to the Beehive

Second house next to the Beehive was also demolished this past week.  There are for sale signs in front of both, so the owner must be looking to sell lots.  It is a big parcel, much wet, but I seem to recall being told that uses are limited to use of the existing house footprint.

Beehive house demolished

The house at the corner of Harding and West Mill Streets, known as the Beehive, was demolished this past week, with the red single story house next to it also coming down. 

I am guessing that the owner waited out the demolition delay period, as there seemed to be activity around the house about a year ago, and then a long period of inactivity.  Another part of Harding’s history is gone.

Woodcocks have returned

I thought I was hearing woodcocks last week in the twilight as I got home, and then Friday evening while walking to the Kingsbury Club I saw one clearly against the sky as it flew up off the ground when I flushed it by walking nearby. A sure sign of spring in my neighborhood, and one that probably took me a couple of Yeats to figure out what I was seeing as I witnessed their mating flights and listened to their calls in the spring twilight as I walked my golden. 

Solar PV meeting this AM

The Waste water Treatment Plant was the site this morning of a three hour presentation on  solar photovoltaicic installations for the town, organized the by WWTP’s new head operator, Bob McDonald.  There were three presentations, giving the perspectives of doing it yourself, having a turnkey installation by a professional engineering company, and from a DEP expert.  In attendance were the Energy Committee, the Board of Selectmen as it will be constituted after the election on Monday, town Administrator Mike Sullivan,Ken Feeney,  and several interested people.

It was a truly high quality, in depth examination of the options and how the town can best get get it done, with informative handouts.  This participant regarded it as time really well spent to get the town to its first solar PV installation.  The MEC will examine the options at its Tuesday evening meeting.

Mike Sullivan wants the town’s first solar PV site to be on the land just behind the WWTP.  That site was a bee hive of DPW activity this morning as they were working with large earth moving equipment and dump trucks to clear and level that site so that it can be the temporary town garage site if the new DPW garage is voted in, as it has to be, by the town at both the town meeting on 4/29 and the election on 4/30.

The first PV presenter was a Dept. of Corporation employee and Norfolk resident, who overseeing the many PV installations owned by the DOC.  He talked about the model where one pays for the system oneself, and reaps a higher ROI.  Sounded like minimal oversight is needed, but it would be important to have someone like him to do the small things that do need to be done.

The package system is achieved by means of a power purchase agreement, where the town puts out an RFP, and merely signs up with a provider, who then provides the soups to nuts.  In exchange the town’s rate of return is less than if it buys the system on its own.

The DEP employee provided a handout that walked us through the options and issues, and related the issues to watch for.

PV panels are still dropping a  lot in price, however, the state initiative may be running out soon.  If we proceed with DPW garage, the site will not be available for at least a year, so PV at that site cannot happen until the DPW vacates the site.

Alternatives discussed included lowhead hydro on the outflow of the WWTP and even inside the pipes of the water distribution system, as well as solar hot water.

Lots to follow up on.  Big savings are available to the town if it proceeds.  The Dartmouth town administrator told the MEC at a meeting a couple of months ago that they are saving $700,000 in electric charges from seven PV sites and similar sorts numbers were quoted this AM.  Medfield needs to move as soon as possible to make PV happen, to get in on the savings.

After the meeting, Bob McDonald gave us a tour of the WWTP.  The WWTP continues to amaze me as quite the complex operation.  The painting and clean up at the WWTP that Bob has done looked good.

Ann Thompson family

Ann Thompson’s family and large crowd fete Ann at her going away party.