Monthly Archives: January 2014

BoS 2/4 agenda

Board of Selectmen
Board or Committee
Town Hall, Chenery Meeting Room, 2nd floor Tuesday February 4, 2014 @ 7:00 PM


7:00 PM Council on Aging
Discussion regarding FY15 budget and Lot 3 on Ice House Road

7:20 PM Town Bylaw and Charter Review Committee
Discuss Town Meeting Warrant Article

Decision as to which articles to include in warrant
Discuss wishes to accept donation of land on Pine Street
Vote to approve meeting minutes of December 3, 2013 and January 7, 2014

Vote to close Annual Town Meeting Warrant

Vote to close March 10,2014 Special Town Meeting Warrant

The Memorial and Wheelock School Committee requests permission to post signs advertising the annual Winter Carnival to be held Saturday March 15, 2014


DEPARTMENT Council on Aging
ORGANIZATION CODE 01-541-1 AND 01-541-2

FY20l4 FY2015
Appropriation Request
TOTAL SALARIES (Include Longevity) $ 143,775 $ 154,359
TOTAL OPERATIONS $ 61,441 $ 61,440
TOTAL BUDGET $ 205,216 $ 215,799

The Medfield Council on Aging provides remarkable programs and services to the Medfield community. We not only work with the older adults but fmd that our scope with adult children caring for parents has grown enormously. We provide unique COA progrannning to meet the needs of the independent adults which include offering 13 different exercise programs during any given week at a small cost ranging from 0 to $5.  Educational programs are offered through video series, instructors or our guest presenters at our monthly breakfast or birthday celebrations. Social engagement is a priority as the effects of aging can be lonely and depressing. We offer regular scheduled activities, socials and trips to provide an avenue that promotes friendship and community. The Adult Respite Care Program (ARCP) offered through a grant from the Metro West Health Foundation (MWHF), is now in its second year and very successful. Meeting the needs of the frail elder with guided supervision and dedicated staff has proven to be a positive experience for the client, family and COA.

The Council on Aging has a limited paid staff comprised of full time (benefited) Director, fulltime (benefited, however currently declined) Transportation CoordinatorlBuilding Support, thirty (30) hour (benefited) Social Worker, (15 hour) Formula Grant paid Volunteer Coordinator, eighteen (18) hour MWHF grant paid ARCP Coordinator and eighteen (18) hour grant paid ARCP Activity Assistant.  The scope of what the COA provides can not always be described but can be experienced. I welcome the Warrant Committee members to stop into the Center and experience the energy, the support, the caring and the enthusiasm that permeates the building.

The budget being submitted includes an increase in hours for the Outreach Worker from 30 to 37.5 hours. This is already a benefited position and would only require an increase of approximately $8,490.30. The Outreach position provides information and  referral services, fuel and food stamp application assistance, identifying housing options for elders, support through individual counseling, along with facilitating a care-giver and a low-vision support group. The position works to identify potential clients for “The Club”, along with attending and support of any legal action as it relates to guardianship and evictions. The position provides support for individuals without family or with physical limitations and has escorted residents to Department of Transitional Assistance, Social Security and Probate Court. Cheryl Lavallee currently works more than her scheduled 30 hours, her case load is that of a 37.5 (full-time) position and I request that you approve the increase in hours for the Outreach position. As we are all aware, people are living longer and we are seeing the affects of that at the COA.

The total operating budget remains unchanged. We are fortunate to have the rental income that does help with some larger building needs. Most recently, the rental revenue covered the installation of key locks on two exterior doors and the replacement of ballasts, bulbs and cleaning of the large hall pendulum lights. Future maintenance projects will include the refinishing of the large hall floor, lawn reseeding and cleaning of the exterior of the building.

Demise of our Patch

This today in CommonWealth Magazine –

Trying to Patch the sinking news lifeboat

Thursday, January 30, 2014


Soccer is the game of the future, its deriders have long said, and always will be. After the latest news that Patch, the pet project of AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, has laid off two-thirds of its remaining staff, you have to wonder if hyperlocal news sites are becoming the European football of journalism.


About two weeks ago, AOL turned over its majority stake in Patch to Hale Global, a technology investment firm specializing in turning around troubled assets. In Patch, it has its work cut out for it, as the reporting and aggregating sites have lost up to $300 million since Armstrong launched them in 2007 when he was at Google.


The ax fell on hundreds of staffers in a cold conference call by Patch COO Leigh Zarelli Lewis, whose blunt, matter-of-fact, mass-firing contrasts with the hyperlocal focus the company tried to build its foundation on. Unsurprisingly, one of the enterprising (now-unemployed) journalists on the conference call recorded it and handed it over to media blogger Jim Romenesko.


“Hi everyone, it’s Leigh Zarelli Lewis. Patch is being restructured in connection with the creation of the joint venture with Hale Global. Hale Global has decided which Patch employees will receive an offer of employment to move forward in accordance with their vision for Patch and which will not. Unfortunately, your role has been eliminated and you will no longer have a role at Patch and today will be your last day of employment with the company. …Thank you again and best of luck.”


Romenesko says as many as two-thirds of the staffers at the 900 sites in 23 states were laid off, while Fox Business says just 100 staffers – reporters, editors, and advertising reps – remain to populate and sell space on the sites. Patch officials say all the sites will remain active but it’s hard to imagine they’ll be more than zombie sites, aggregating local feeds and offering bloggers a place to write. In Massachusetts, one of Patch’s prime regions, there are at least 82 sites. But who remains where is anybody’s guess.


Patch’s problems are not surprising to anyone who has watched. Back in August, AOL laid off nearly half of the 1,100 Patch staffers and the constant hemorrhaging of money nearly cost Armstrong his job. Not only is Patch competing with hyperlocal sites that are truly boots-on-the-ground in their communities, it is butting heads with legacy media that are also trying to leverage their news-gathering organizations and lay claim to their surrounding regions.


When GateHouse Media was formed about six years ago, it bought up more than 500 existing daily and weekly newspapers around the country, including such venerable institutions as the 175-year-old Patriot Ledger in Quincy and the State Journal-Register in Springfield, Illinois, where Abraham Lincoln awaited word of who would be the Republican presidential nominee in 1860. But while those outlets gave the company instant access and instant credibility, the idea was to turn those assets into hyperlocal sites, which they dubbed Wicked Local. But, given the recent sale and bankruptcy of GateHouse, they, too, have yet to figure out a way to monetize their sites.


The Boston Globe also dabbled in hyperlocal content, launching the Your Town sites on But the sites are mostly aggregators and bloggers, failing so far to live up to the hope and promise of their launch.


It’s a vexing problem, how to make a living off providing news, especially at the local level. Local media critic and Northeastern University professor Dan Kennedy examined new age journalism in his book “Wired City,” focusing mainly on the New Haven Independent. But Kennedy also spotlighted some other seemingly successful ventures at the local and national level.


And there clearly are success stories. Here in Massachusetts, Universal Hub and The Dig have been able to find their niches. Perhaps that’s the lesson for megaplayers such as Patch and GateHouse. All news is local. The operators should be as well.



New public safety building

The Board of Selectmen had a hour plus presentation by the Building Committee at our Tuesday evening meeting.  The speakers made an excellent case for the long overdue need for a new combined police and fire facility, and provided a clear description of the proposed new facility that is still in the planning and design process.

See the information about the proposed new public safety building for the Medfield Police Department and the Medfield Fire Department.

West Street 40B

I was reminded because of my post about the West Street 40B project developer (Gatehouse) apparently having difficulty securing its financing, that even if the developer is having those troubles with its financing as was reported to me by knowledgeable sources at the Massachusetts Municipal Association annual meeting last week, that the 40B permit itself that Gatehouse has in hand remains open and good for three years, so that the permitted 40B project for the 92 unit development remains active, if moribund.  Even if Gatehouse is not able to proceed, they could sell the permit to another developer who is able to secure financing.

Lyme Disease – deer cull up & vehicle collisions down

These minutes from the Lyme Disease Study Committee –

Town of Medfield Lyme Disease Citizen Study Committee

Meeting Minutes – Monday, Jan 13, 2014 – 7:00 pm

Attendees: Chris Kaldy (Chair), Frank Perry, Barry Mandell, Erica Reilly, Carolyn Samson, Pete Peterson
Minutes – reviewed meeting minutes from Nov 18 (no December meeting)


Controlled Hunt Fall 2013 – Season finished

Frank reported that 40 deer (to be confirmed) were culled this season from all over town.  Feels the hunters who did best were those working in teams.  We did not receive any negative feedback this season.  Mike Francis would like to hold a cookout for Dover & Medfield hunters.

Ideas to improve next year’s hunt, address town land use and illegal hunters more clearly:

  1. Update Hunting Season sign to say No Hunting except by permit.
  2. Create a permanent sign to post on town land and add the second sign in season.  Maybe Jason Spiess can produce these for us.
  3. Evaluate all hunters since now 3 seasons and some have not taken any deer.
  4. Require some community service hours of all hunters.
  5. Reaffirm at Selectmen’s meeting our authority to be the only group that can issue hunting permits.
  6. Obtain key to gate at entrance to water department land.
  7. Request additional budget to purchase a couple trail cameras and tree stands (for our “community”) as well as a stipend for Barry’s service.
  8. Encourage private owners to use our program rather than private hunters.
  9. Consider when to do background checks again.


Barry reported he’s collecting data from animal control officers on the number of deer collisions in Medfield and neighboring towns for the past years, including Millis, Medway, Franklin, and Bellingham.  Data to date:

2009    ‘10       ‘11       ‘12       ’13                   Average over 5 yrs

Medfield           41        59        43        29        18                    38

Dover               41        46        38        38        41                    41



  • Chris to remind hunters to remove stands by end of January.
  • Frank to confirm deer taken and send list to Mike Francis.
  • Frank & Barry to collect hunter logs.
  • Chris to contact Mike Francis about cookout.
  • Carolyn to find out our current budget balance and if we can spend it on items other than those in our original budget, i.e. trail cameras, tree stands, Barry.
  • Chris to ask Evelyn to be on Feb 4 Selectmen’s meeting agenda
  • Chris to find out Denise Garlick’s office hours to meet to discuss hunting rules.
  • Chris to finish pamphlet.



Tick & Lyme Education / Website

1.  Tick Check Posters – Carolyn received new batch

  • Carolyn will take new ones to Nancy to distribute in schools.


2.  Sports Coaches – Erica and Carolyn decided the best way to reach kids’ parents would be to have a tick notice added to the emails sent out by the coaches to the parents, rather than relying on the coaches or coaches’ meetings to inform parents and kids.

  • Erica & Carolyn will contact spring sport coaches (baseball, soccer, lacrosse) at the appropriate time and give them blurb for emails.


3.  Park & Recreation – new director coming on

  • Erica will meet with new director to educate him/her on ticks and offer signs to be put up around McCarthy Park.


4.  New ‘N Towne

  • Carolyn will check in with President to be ask if they’re still handing out data at newcomers’ meetings and if blurb could be added to emails as well as on website.


5.  Recent articles in our favor discussed –

1.  Article in Time Magazine (Dec 9) reported on the need to manage various overabundant wildlife species by responsible hunting.

2.  Article in Boston Globe (Dec 9) reported how 2 state Senators (Robert Hedlund, Weymouth, and Richard Ross, Wrentham) recovered from bad cases of Lyme disease.

3.  Article in Boston Globe (Dec 13) reported carditis from Lyme disease caused 3 deaths, indicating that Lyme can be fatal.




1.  Scout Project – Chris reported that Robert hung 10 owl boxes in the water department land by Wheelock and so has completed his project for us.




Next Meeting:  Monday, Feb 10, 2014 in the Warrant Meeting Room at Town Hall, 7 pm

Submitted by Chris Kaldy

Sad news

This email from Theresa Knapp just now –


1/29/2014 5:02PM
Patch site
Knapp, Theresa
“Theresa Knapp, Editor” <>

Hi all.

As of 5pm today, this email address will no longer work.  It has been a pleasure covering the Town of Medfield and working with all of you.


AOL sold the whole Patch network this past month, and from the new owner’s press release it seemed ominous, as that new owner indicated that the Patch sites would continue as a place for individuals and municipalities to post materials — but there was no mention of “reporters” being part of the future plans.

I am assuming that Patch has now removed our editor.

Medfield was indeed fortunate to have two fine and hard working journalists create our Patch site, first Jeremie Smith and most recently Theresa Knapp.  We are indebted to them, for both the amount and the depth of the information that they have shared with us.   They have made us more knowledgeable and better for it.

Thank you Theresa for all that you have done for the Town of Medfield!

Nominate volunteers by Friday

2013 Medfield Foundation volunteers of the year at the reception on 3/10/13 at The Center

2013 Medfield Foundation volunteers of the year at the reception on 3/10/13 at The Center

Nominate an extraordinary volunteer for recognition in the 2014 Medfield Foundation volunteer awards by downloading the form from, and e-mailing it as an attachment to no later than January 31.

The MFi’s 2014 volunteer recognition reception will be held from 3 -5 PM on Sunday, March 23 at The Center – all are welcome. The seventh annual MFi volunteer awards are again sponsored by the Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation, for the third year.

“I wish more people knew about the ceremony.  It’s quite a special event for everyone who attends.  We all leave there feeling happier and very proud of our town for cultivating such terrific, kind people and volunteers.” Patti Garofalo

Free furniture for the needy

This new effort sounds like a wonderful addition –

New Life Home Refurnishing, a new nonprofit furniture bank serving this area, is in desperate need of mattresses and box springs of any size in good condition (no stains, visible marks or tears), as well as bedding of any size. We have several people in a queue waiting to “shop” for furniture until we add some mattresses to our inventory. Most of our limited selection of mattresses went to several clients before Christmas. 

New Life Home Refurnishing is a brand new non-profit organization that accepts tax-deductible donations* of “gently used” furniture and household items, warehouses them and then makes them available at no charge to those in need. We are located just over the Medfield line at 102 Elm Street (Route 27) in the brick mill building after the railroad bridge.

New Life helps individuals and families in transition: victims of fires or floods, those escaping domestic abuse, people coming out of homelessness, veterans of war and recent refugees. In order to qualify, clients need to provide a letter of referral from a social service agency or clergy member. Donors also benefit through this local opportunity to recycle furniture and household items they no longer need.

New Life Home Refurnishing moved to its new warehouse space on January 18. (We outgrew our donated space in Medfield after only three months!) Now we are anxious to build up our inventory of furniture in order to serve the growing list of clients in our queue. Although we will be grateful for any donations of furniture and household items in good condition, we especially need the things listed at the bottom of this page. See if you have questions about what we accept. The warehouse will be open to receive donations from 9-11 AM on Saturdays. We will also pick up large items during that time frame. Please contact us at or 774-316-6395.

Volunteers are needed for all facets of our operation, from 2.5 hours on a Saturday morning to a variety of behind the scenes tasks. Let us know of your interest by email or phone.

ATM warrant article list

Mike Sullivan sent out an updated list of draft annual town meeting (ATM) warrant articles.   Let me know if there is anything that you would like to have added.  –

Preliminary Warrant Articles for 2014 ATM

  1. Town Election.
  2. Report of Town Officers.
  3. Accept Cemetery Perpetual Care Funds.
  4. Reauthorize Fire Alarm Revolving Fund (Chapter 44, Section 53E 1/2).
  5. Reauthorize Ambulance Revolving Fund  (Chapter 44, Section 53E 1/2).
  6. Reauthorize Advance Life Support Fund (Chapter 44, Section 53E 1/2).
  7. Reauthorize Community Gardens Fund (Chapter 44, Section 53E 1/2).
  8. Reauthorize Rental Income Revolving Fund (Chapter 44, Section 53E 1/2).
  9. Reauthorize Library Revolving Fund (Chapter 44, Section 53E 1/2)
  10. Reauthorize Respite Care Revolving Fund (Chapter 44, Section 53E 1/2).
  11. Vote to reduce residency requirements for qualified veterans from five years to one year as provided in last paragraph of Chapter 59, Section 5, Clause 22.
  12. Accept Provisions of Section four, Chapter 73 of the Acts of 1986; tax-exemptions  (routine-voted every year)
  13. Accept MGL Chapter 60A, Section 1, Paragraphs 6, 7 & 8, exempting from motor vehicle excise tax qualifying active and full time military members or veterans with qualifying disabilities
  14.  Accept MGL Chapter 60A, Section 9 to permit deferral of motor vehicle excise tax for a member of the Mass National Guard or reservist or dependent of a member of the Mass National Guard or reservist for up to 180 days after completion of that service.
  15. Fix Salary and Compensation of Elected Officials.
  16. Amend Personnel Administration Plan-Classification of Positions and Pay Schedule as set out in the Warrant.
  17. Operating budgets.
  18. Capital Budgets.
  19. Appropriate a sum of money to provide for payments under the Senior Tax Work-off Program and the Veterans Volunteer Work Tax Abatement Program
  20. Amend the Town of Medfield By-laws to regulate public consumption of  marijuana.
  21. Appropriate sewer betterments paid-in-advance to Sewer Stabilization Fund.
  22. Transfer funds from Fy14  County Retirement budget to  the Unfunded Retiree  Health Insurance Stabilization Fund and appropriate funds and/or transfer a sum of money  from free cash to the Unfunded Retiree Health Insurance Stabilization Fund.
  23. Accept MGL, Chapter 32B, Section 20 establishing an Other Post Employment Benefits    Liability Trust Fund and (?) appoint a Health Care Security Trust board of trustees, as provided in MGL, Chapter 29D, Section 4, and transfer all monies in the Unfunded Retiree Health Insurance Stabilization Fund to the Other Post Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund

24 Authorize Conservation Commission to enter into lease of Holmquist land for agricultural and/or other conservation related uses, such as organic farming and/or organic cooperative farming..

25 Appropriate funds, determine financing and/or authorize borrowing for preparation of design and construction documents (and for the construction, equipping, furnishing and landscaping) of a public safety building.

26 Appropriate funds for the reconstruction of a sidewalk on Main and South Streets and transfer the balance of funds appropriated under Article 30 of the 2013 Annual Town Meeting for preservation of the Lord’s sign.

27 Appropriate funds and authorize borrowing and easements for the construction of a replacement water tower and associated water mains at the site of the former Medfield State Hospital.

28 Appropriate the sum of $139,207 said sum to be transferred from the Water Enterprise Fund unrestricted fund balance to the General Fund Stabilization Fund, to reimburse the General Fund Stabilization Fund for monies appropriated under Article 2 of the October 2013 Special Town Meeting to pay for design of a water tower and associated water mains

29 Appropriate sums of money from the Water and Sewer Enterprise Funds for the purpose of inspecting, repairing and upgrading the water and sewer infrastructures.

30 Authorize Board of Selectmen to lease Lot 3, a parcel of Town-owned land off Ice House Road, for ? purposes.

31. Transfer care, custody and control of Lot 3, a parcel of Town-owned land off Ice House Road to the Park & Recreation Commission.

32 Appropriate a sum of money to match the funds received from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for Cultural Council awards or put in Selectmen’s budget? Joy says can’t do.

33 Appropriate a sum of money for the Veteran’s Day recognition breakfast or put in Veteran’s Services budget?

34   Articles for updating of by-laws? Remove limitation on number of town meeting speakers. Anything else?

35.   Codify By-laws.

36. Establish by right zoning district or overlay zone for solar generation and/or other uses (R & D, manufacturing, generation).

37.  Vote to adopt stretch code for building construction (Energy Committee not sure how it will proceed) (Planning Board will not sponsor. Should Selectmen co-sponsor?)

38. Appropriate a sum of money for hiring consultants to advise on matters relating to former Medfield State Hospital site.

39. Appropriate funds for construction of a pocket park on Town-owned land between Starbucks and Zebra’s and/or name park?

40   Accept ROW easement from Wild Holly Lane to Holmquist Conservation land.

41.   Authorize Application for Public Library Construction Program grant.

42.  Vote to put on ballot question to accept the Community Preservation Act.

43.  Accept a gift of a parcel of land on Pine Street between existing street and layout.

44. Designate the Peak House/Clark Tavern Historic District

45  Appropriate free cash to reduce tax rate

BoS 1/21 agenda

Board of Selectmen
Agenda January 28, 2014

The Medfield Board of Selectmen needs to meet in Executive Session (closed session) at close of meeting for the purpose of discussing threaten litigation, RGL LLC vs. Town of Medfield and Trustees of Red Gate Farm

We want to take a moment of appreciation for our brave servicemen and women serving in Afghanistan

This meeting is being recorded

6:00 PM William Donovan, Town employee

Discuss snow plowing policy for Wastewater Treatment Plant employees

6:15 PM Park and Recreation
Discuss FY2015 budget

6:30 PM Town Counsel
Discussion of Town Bylaw update

7:00PM Permanent Building Committee, Chief Kingsbury, Chief Meaney

Public presentation of proposed Public Safety Building

8:00PM Medfield Energy Committee
Discuss of green communities certification and energy grant manager application

8:30PM Discussion of sidewalk in front of Brothers Marketplace

Decision as to which articles to include in Warrant

Discuss wishes to accept donation of land on Pine Street

An invitation was received from Boy Scout Troop 89 to attend the Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Eric Lundstrom, Jake Lester and Benjamin Wilson on Saturday February 8,2014 at the United Church of Christ

Vote to approve meeting minutes of December 3, 2013 and January 7,2014

Church of the Advent respectfully requests a one-day wine and malt permit for annual dinner event on Saturday March 1, 2014



Resident’s letter of appreciation regarding the Public Visioning Workshop on January 11
Estimated cherry sheet
From Norfolk County Retirement System, Town’s FY15  Appropriation
Packet of information from Conservation Commission


January 22,2014

(508) 359-4698

Board of Selectmen
459 Main Street
Medfield, MA 02052

Re.: Land gift


If you’ll draw up the paperwork, my wife Meg and I would like to donate to the Town of Medfield a small piece of land, located on Pine Street, being shown as Parcel lion Map No. 66 of the Medfield Assessors. A photocopy of the land as it appears on the Map is enclosed herewith, highlighted in yellow. The parcel consists of approximately 6,100 square feet ofland, and is located between the pavement of Pine Street and the Norfolk County layout.

Please let me know if, in behalf of the Town, you’re interested in accepting the gift.

Thank you for your courtesies.

R. Edward Beard
18 Ledgetree
Medfield, MA 02052

459 Main St.
Medfield, MA 02052

Dear Selectmen:

I attended the Hospital Visioning Workshop on January 11th, and came away impressed with the professionalism of the presentations and the knowledge of all of the people involved who have given so much of their time.

Sometimes, communities have to make a decision without having adequate information; not in this instance. And all of my questions were answered during the discussions before I even had to ask them.
The event was well organized and I thank all of the citizens who did all of the work to reach this point.

Also, being able to participate that day was much appreciated by me.

Justin Brady

Norfolk County Retirement System
December 16,2013
To: Board of Selectmen
Town of Medfield
From: Norfolk County Retirement System
Subj: Town of Medfield Fiscal Year 2015 Appropriation

The Norfolk County Retirement System has received several inquiries relative to the member unit appropriation amounts for Fiscal Year 2015. We have received the appropriation figures. The units have two payment options,

1) Paying the appropriation in two equal payments, one due on July 1, 2014 and the second due on January 1, 2015,

2) Paying the appropriation in a single payment on July 1, 2014 at a reduced rate, approximately 2% less than option 1.

The amounts of each are set forth below. Please note that your  Fiscal Year 2015 appropriation includes prior Early Retirement Incentives (ERIs), where applicable.

Option 1:  $1,720,395.00 payable in two equal payments of
$860,197.50, the first on July 1, 2014 and the second on
January 1, 2015.

Option 2:  $ 1,686,967.00 due in full on July 1, 2014.

The actual appropriation bills will be sent out at a later date.

We hope the above information is helpful. If you have any questions, please contact
Patrick LePage at 781-821-0664. Thank you.