Monthly Archives: November 2013

State approved tax rate

Email from Mike Sullivan, forwarding notification of the state approval of our tax rate set by the Board of Selectmen last night, and certified by each of us by means of electronic signatures at the DOR website after our meeting  –


fy14 tax rate of $16.12 was approved this morning. I guess your electronic signatures did the trick. Happy Thanksgiving. Mike

Sent: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 10:43 AM
Subject: Tax Rate Approval Notification

Massachusetts Department of Revenue Division of Local Services
Amy Pitter, Commissioner
Robert G. Nunes, Deputy Commissioner & Director of Municipal Affairs

Medfield Assessors                Date: Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Dear Assessors:

The Fiscal Year 2014 tax rate has been certified by the Bureau of Accounts for Medfield.

The four pages of the tax rate recapitulation form and the levy limit worksheet (not
applicable to districts) are available on the Division of Local Services website:

Tax Rate Recapitulation Form

Levy Limit Worksheet

Page one of the tax rate recapitulation form includes the Director of Accounts’ electronic
signature and the date of approval. This letter is your notification of approval pursuant to
Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 59, section 23. Please forward copies of this notification
to other officials as you deem appropriate.

We wish to thank you for your cooperation and assistance in the tax rate setting process.

Gerard D. Perry
Director of Accounts

SHAC’s 12/5 agenda

Below is the agenda for the 12/5/13 meeting of the State Hospital Advisory Committee (SHAC) at 7:30 PM at the Town House’s Chenery Room (me, I am especially curious about the paranormal society request)  –

AGENDA (Subject to change)

1.    Reports of Subcommittees:

     A.              Legislative Relations

     B.              Building Assessment

     C.              Visioning Process

2.    Review of survey results to date

3.    Discussion of purchase from DCAMM

4.    Review of status of additional materials to be submitted to visioning consultant

5.    Discussion of requests from photographer and paranormal society  

Tax rate set

At the Board of Selectmen meeting last night, after hearing from the Assessors, the tax rate for the current fiscal year was set at $16.12 per thousand of property value.  This compares to the tax rate of $15.73 for the past two years.  The Assessors reported that the average home value in town is about $600,000, which means that average home will have a tax bill of $9,672 this year.

The Board of Selectmen also adopted the recommendation of the Assessors to continue with a single tax rate for both residential and commercial property, given that we have so little commercial property, that any move to a split rate will provide only small savings for the residential property owners and result in huge increases for the commercial tax payers.  It was felt that we should not discourage commercial taxpayers from locating in town by taxing them at excessively high rates.

Frank Perry, Chair of the Board of Assessors stated that split tax rates (i.e. where the commercial properties are taxed at a higher rate, up to 150% of the residential rate) only really works when one has 15-20% commercial property.  Medfield’s property tax base currently breaks down as 94% residential, 3% commercial, 1% industrial, and 1.4% personal property.

When asked to opine, the Assessors stated that they felt the development at the Medfield State Hospital site should include housing for seniors and be revenue positive for the town.

This selectman has decided that given our location that is not a magnet for commercial entities, that we can best increase our property tax base without increasing our municipal costs by building the sort of housing that does not incur municipal costs, and I point to the example of Old Medfield Square.  Ralph Costello states that his development will provide $600,000 of property taxes to the town when it is completed, and that at the moment there is only one school child in the 27 occupied units.  If that ratio continues, the total municipal costs for the 42 units when complete will be about $26,000, generating a net profit to the town each year of $574,000.  A couple of more projects like that and the town can significantly reduce its tax rate and taxes to everyone else.

Plans to clean up VOC’s at MSH

The Board of Selectmen last night signed a letter (copy inserted below) to send our sent comments to DCAMM about the latest plans to clean up the volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) at the Medfield State Hospital site.  Boss’s comments were developed for us by the State Hospital Environmental Review Committee (SHERC), composed of four Licensed Site Professionals (LSP’s) and an attorney.  Bill Massaro also submitted his own, which appear below.

The status of the VOC clean up was discussed at both the meeting and by this participant with Bill Massaro after the meeting, and there seems to be general agreement that the state by DCAMM is pursuing the proper plan to clean up those VOC’s.  The VOC plume extends from under the former laundry building (recently demolished) at the crest of the hill over looking the Charles River, down the hill towards the Charles River.  In general terms, the state clean up will involve the insertion of chemicals into wells to oxidize the VOC’s, and DCAMM has recently decided upon the agent to use, hydrogen peroxide.  The method is reported to be both proper and effective, such that the VOC’s will eventually be removed from the ground, and the area will meet ground water drinking standards.  The VOC’s present in the soil now actually only exceed the ground water drinking standards by a small increment at this time.


Town Administrator

November 21, 2013

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Division of Capital Asset Management
One Ashburton Place, lS’h Floor
Boston, MA 02108

Attention: Mr. Allen Wiggin

RE: Comments on DCAMM Submittal for Former Medfield State Hospital Draft Phase IV – SPD Area and Power Plant Area Groundwater Remedy Implementation Plan, November 2013
DEP RTN 2-3020799

To Whom it May Concern:

On November 7, 2013 DCAMM and Weston & Sampson presented their Draft Phase IV – Special Project Designation Area & Power Plant Area Groundwater Remedy Implementation Plan.  Copies of this document were released to the Town for review. These reports were reviewed by some members of the PIP Group, the State Hospital Environmental Review Committee (SHERe), along with the Town’s consultants. The Town was given 20 days to review and comment on the Plan.

The following comments do not include a discussion of the petroleum issue related to the Power Plant underground storage tanks, as this issue will be discussed at a future technical meeting with DCAMM and the Town. In order to facilitate the discussions, draft comments on the petroleum issue are being sent to DCAMM under separate cover.

We appreciate the opportunity to comment on these draft submittals.

Mark L. Fisher
Osler L. Peterson
Richard P. DeSorgher

Phase IV – SPD Area Groundwater RIP

1. We appreciate that the areas of highest concentration ofPCE are planned to undergo ISCO remediation. What is the plan, natural attenuation or otherwise, for addressing wells within the Potentially Productive Aquifer that have dissolved PCE above G W -I standards so that permanent closure can be achieved (PP-MW-IOI, 102, 103, CD-MW-IOO, 101, etc)?

2. As acknowledged in Section 3.2.1 on page 3-1 of the RIP, the specific source locations of PCE in the groundwater (if they exist) have not been identified, and PCE has not been identified at elevated concentrations in the soil suggesting a source area. The report should consider that the sewer line from the Laundry building to the river could be a source area, such as in the area of SPD-MW-50I near the Laundry building, near PP-MW-205 at the former power plant, and SPDMW-508 and 506 near the river. The old sewer construction, which appears to be brick, may not have been tight. If low levels of PCE still exist in soil around this piping, continued leaching may result in continued rebound above GW-I standards in the groundwater.

Again, thank you for the opportunity to comment on these documents.

cc: Ms. Carole Cornelison, Commissioner, DCAM
Mr. John O’Donnell, PE, lSP, Deputy Director, DCAM
Ms. Sandra Duran, Director, DCAM
Mr. Mark Baldi, Section Chief, MassDEP Central Regional Office
Mr. Frank RiCCiardi, P.E., lSP, Weston & Sampson
Ms. Margaret Van Deusen, Deputy Director and General Counsel, CRWA
Mr. John Thompson, lSP, SHERC Chairman
Ms. Deborah Bero, Esq., Medfield Conservation Commission, SHERC
Nancy Benotti, Board of Health
Mr. Ralph Tella, lSP, SHERC
Mr. Cole Worthy, LSP, SHERC
Ms. Andrea Stiller, lSP, ADS
Dr. Cheryl Montgomery, US ACE – ERDC
Town of Medfield Repository, Public library


William J. Massaro
36 Evergreen Way
Medfield, MA 02052

26 November 2013

Mr. Allen Wiggin
MassachusettDs ivision of Capital AssetM anagement
AshburtonP lace,l5 thF loor
Boston,M A 02108

Re: Comments – Draft Phase IV- dated November 2013 SPD Area & Power Plant Area GW RIP RTN 2-3020799

Dear Mr. Wiggin:

This letter is written in responseto DCAMM’s requestf or comments/questions/concerrns regarding the subject Draft PhaseI V RemedyI mplementationP lan presentedb y Mr. John O’Donnell and Mr. Frank Ricciardio n 7 November2 013t o Medfield Selectmen, representatives of the Selectmen’s State Hospital Environmental Review Committee (SHERC), PIP members, and concerned residents.

Although the initial draft of my comments/questions/concems had also addressed unresolved Power Plant Area petroleum issues, they have not been included in this final letter based on discussions with SHERC and correspondence from DCAMM confirming that they will be the subject of joint technical discussions in the near future.

Regarding the Groundwater Remedy Implementation Plan :
There are two exceedences of GW-l standards within the C&D Area at CD-MW-101 and at CDMW-100.  Although these locations and their PCE concentrations are clearly shown on Figure 3 and Figure 5, I could not find them on any of the Tables or in any of the text. While these 2 locations are not in the “Power Plant” or the “SPD Area”, they were the subject of previous comments sent on 3l January 2011  regarding the Supplemental Phase II SOW-CVOC Issue dated January 2011. These comments had specifically requested additional monitoring wells downgradient of CD-MW-101.

The Settlemen Agreement for Remediation of the C&D Area calls fbr monitoring in the C&D Area until “detected contaminants are below drinking water standards for 4 consecutive quarters, but in no event less than 2 years”.

a. Why have C D-MW-100 and C D-MW-101, the only remaining CVOC exceedences to GW-l associated with the plume, been omitted from this discussion of the GW RIP?

b. Excavation of C&D Area contaminateds oil is currently scheduled to begin Summer 2014 and to complete by Fall of 2015. What is the post-injection CVOC monitoring plan for CD-MW-100 and CD-MW-101?

Thank you for the opportunity to submit these questions.


Mr. Mark Baldi, Mass DEP CERO-BWSC
Mr. John O’Donnell, Mass Division of Capital Asset Management
Medfield Town Administration (M. Sullivan, K. Trierweiler)
Medfield Town Selectmen( M. Fisher,O . Peterson, R . DeSorgher)
Ms. Andrea Stiller

Masters Touch closing store

Notice below from Master Touch today that they are moving to Holliston effective 2/1/14, and that their Medfield store will only be open by appointment starting next week, thus opening a key retail location.

Exciting News from Masters Touch! 
After ten wonderful years at our Designer Showroom in Medfield, we are excited to announce we are moving to a new location that will better accommodate our thriving business!

Our new address will be 24 Water Street in Holliston.

Our mailing post office box will remain the same.

Thanksgiving and Winter Hours

Masters Touch will be closed from 10 AM Wednesday, November 27th through Sunday, December 1st.  

Our Medfield office will be open by appointment only during December and January. 

 Our new Design Studio in Holliston should be open on February 1, 2014.

Split tax rate examples

Fiscal 2014 Classification Hearing

No Shift Factor:

At no shift with a preliminary projected rate of$16.12 on residential property valued at $600,000 is $9,672.00.

A preliminary projected rate of $16.12 on commercial/industrial property valued at $600,000 is $9,672.00. .

The impact of 150% shift in the tax burden for Fiscal 2014 150% Shift Factor:

Tax rate of$15.63 for residential/open space on property valued at $600,000 is $9,380.00

Tax rate of $24.18 for commercial/industrial/personal property valued at $600,000 is $14,508.00.

A shift for RJO would save the residential taxpayer $292.00

A shift for C/VP would increase the commercial tax by $4,836.00

Please note: For purposes of this hearing the tax rate is an example only. The final rate will be determined after the Department of Revenue has approved the Tax Recap. Any rate spoken or written about is an estimate!

Medfield’s freecash

Sent: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 11:10 AM
Subject: Freecash Approval Notification for Medfield

Massachusetts Department of Revenue Division of Local Services
Amy Pitter, Commissioner
Robert G. Nunes, Deputy Commissioner & Director of Municipal Affairs

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Joy Ricciuto
Town Accountant
Town of Medfield


Based upon the unaudited balance sheet submitted, I hereby certify that the amount of available funds or “free cash” as of July 1, 2013 for the Town of Medfield is:

General Fund $ 2,670,660
Water Enterprise Fund $ 351,840
Sewer Enterprise Fund $ 542,290

This certification is in accordance with the provisions of G. L. Chapter 59, §23, as amended.

Certification letters will be e-mailed to the mayor/manager, board of selectmen, prudential committee, finance director and treasurer immediately upon approval, provided an e-mail address is reported in DLS’ Local Officials Directory. Please forward to other officials that you deem appropriate.

Gerard D. Perry
Director of Accounts

Nominations Open for MFi Volunteer Awards

Nominate an extraordinary person for the 2014 Medfield Foundation volunteer awards by 1/31/14.

Rick Abecunas

Rick Abecunas was nominated for last year’s Medfield Foundation Volunteer Awards.

Rick Abecunas was nominated last year for his work with the Lowell Mason Foundation, the Green Street & Dale Street Playgrounds, Soup to Go Medfield, the Scouts, the Medfield Music Assoc., & the All Night Graduation Party (ANGP).

Nominate someone for the 2014 Medfield Foundation volunteer awards by downloading the form from, and e-mailing your nomination as an attachment to no later than January 31, 2014.

The MFi’s 2014 volunteer recognition reception, again sponsored through the generous community spirit of the Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation, will be held from 3 -5 PM on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at The Center – all are welcome.


“Love ’Em and Leave ’Em”

From Commonwealth Magazine –

Some towns are telling their residents to mow over their leaves rather than bag them, which is considered better for lawns and less costly for the towns, the New York Times reports.

Medfield has a big composting operation behind the Transfer Station.

Mulching leaves has worked well for me since getting the mulching mower two years ago, plus its way easier and faster for me to boot.  I have also stopped using chemicals on the lawn, except to kill the grubs when they appear, and the lawn seems to have adjusted to its new chemical and fertilizer free regime.

Angel Run – help the MFi help Medfield families in need


Sunday, December 8th is the date of the 2013 Angel Run. While the Medfield Foundation has taken over running the Angel Run, it still benefits families in need. If you’ve never been, it’s a great event, and if you have attended, then you know how much fun it is.

Laura Mills- Smith is running the Angel Run Party this year and is in need of bakers to share a favorite treat to help make the party happen. If you could volunteer to make a couple dozen of one of your family’s favorites, it would be wonderful! Treats should be wrapped in individual servings (Plastic wrap or Baggies), and no nuts please (per the Board of Health).

You can bring your goodies to the Wheelock cafeteria on Sunday, December 8th starting at 11:30. If you won’t be able to be at the Run on Sunday, but still like to bake, you can deliver your item on Friday or Saturday to Laura, at 102 Elm Street (house is on the corner of Philip and Elm- driveway on Philip). There will be a cooler on her screened in porch if she’s not home. Please tuck a slip of paper in with your goodies that includes your name and what you baked.

You can confirm that you will bake by contacting Laura at or 359-0161. She will be able to answer any questions you may have. (If you’ve already received a request to bake, we’re sorry!)

Thank you for helping to make the Angel Run a success.