Monthly Archives: March 2014

Hospital Question Passed

Email from our man at the polls,Bill Massaro, with the results of the MSH vote today.

Election today on MSH purchase

Today is the election on whether to buy the Medfield State Hospital site. When I voted at 8 AM I was the 26th in my precinct to cast a ballot, so maybe 100 voters town wide.   I hope people will take the time to register an opinion on what is a historic decision for the town.  Polls are open until 8 PM.

There are no contested elections for the town officials on the ballot.

BoS agenda for 4/1

Tuesday April 1, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

7:00 PM Representative Shawn Dooley
Discussion regarding state budget; local aid

7:15 PM Rob Gregg, Cemetery Commissioner
Cemetery report


Board of Water & Sewerage Commissioner Willis Peligian requests status change from full member to associate. William Harvey Associate member requests appointment as full member of the Board and requests appointment to the Enterprise Fund Committee


Medfield Youth Baseball & Softball announce Opening Day festivities on Sunday May 4, 2014; request a parade permit and request permission to place signs announcing the event

The Gazebo Players of Medfield request permission to perform their 13th annual Shakespeare in the Park production of The Winter’s Tale July 19 and 20 at 5:00 PM in the Gazebo Park. Also request permission to postsigns two weeks prior to advertise the event


MBTA letter for removal of tracks on Harding and Farm Streets

Park Street signage

140 – 0 in House

The Medfield State Hospital water tower and well field legislation passed 3/26/14 in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.   It still needs to be passed by the Massachusetts Senate.  This email from Representative Denise Garlick –

Dear Mike,

I am pleased to announce that the House of Representatives enacted the Medfield well field and water tower bill (S1889) yesterday in formal session.

State House News reported:

MEDFIELD: Question came on enacting S 1889 directing the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to transfer certain parcels of land in the town of Medfield. A roll call is required.


The bill will now move back to the Senate for enactment and onto the Governor!. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Think Spring!

Yours in service,

Denise C. Garlick

State Representative

13th Norfolk District
Needham, Dover and Medfield

Telephone: 617-722-2070


Assisted Living Not Always Safe

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Taking Care of Mom and Dad

Advertising for assisted living paints a glorious picture for seniors: “Enjoy your golden years in bright, polished, independent communities while licensed medical professionals monitor your every need.”

Reality can be a different story. As the baby boomer generation ages, assisted living has become a big business – and for too many residents and their families, a big problem. Uneven regulation has created a dangerous situation where some facilities are not properly equipped or staffed to care for an increasingly ill population. Before you check in your loved one, you should know how to find quality assisted living.

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There are 750,000 Americans living in assisted-living facilities. And as baby boomers age, that number is expected to grow.

Source: A Starter Guide for Assisted Living, Next Avenue

Per Month
The average cost for a private, one-bedroom apartment in an assisted-living residence averaged $3,450 per month in 2013 – nearly 5 percent more than in 2012.

Source: 2013 Cost of Care Survey, Genworth

Years Old
The minimum age for assisted-living caregivers in some states is just 16. Facility administrators aren’t required to have a high school diploma in 14 states.

Source: Elderly, At Risk and Haphazardly Protected, ProPublica


Resources for Residents, Families, Caregivers

Search for quality assisted living in your community with links and resources from the Administration for Community Living.

ProPublica and PBS Frontline Fight for Rights of Seniors

ProPublica and PBS “Frontline” have teamed up to investigate and highlight the loose regulations and increased risks to seniors in assisted living.

Service Rates Assisted-Living Facilities in All 50 States

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MCAP’s parent info night

The Medfield Press reports on the Medfield Cares About Prevention (MCAP) ( parent information evening at Medfield High Schoola week ago.  Be a Parent Not a Pal

For me the major take away facts I have learned at MCAP are

  • how much more likely our kids are to have later in life substance abuse problems, the younger they are when they start to use alcohol or marijuana, and
  • that human brain development is not completed until the mid-twenties, and both alcohol and marijuana use can have disproportionately detrimental effects on those not fully formed brains.

GCA forum 4/3

This from Fred Bunger of the Medfield Energy Committee –

Green Community Public Forum Thursday, April 3, 2014, 7PM
Town House – Chenery Room

Here’s an opportunity to learn about the Green Communities Act and the two articles on the Warrant in advance of the April 28 Annual Town Meeting. Voters will consider Article 34: Adopt Large-Scale Solar Photovoltaic Facilities Overlay District (POVD) Bylaw and Article 35: Adopt Stretch Energy Code. The Medfield Energy Committee and Town representatives will make brief presentations followed by a question and answer session. The agenda and related information is included below.

Adopting Articles 34 and 35 at Town Meeting are two of the requirements to become a Green Community through the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER). The Board of Selectmen voted in March to support the Medfield Energy Committee recommendation to pursue a Green Community designation to qualify for a base grant of approximately $148,000, with additional opportunities available for competitive grants.

7:00 – 7:05 Introductions
7:05 – 7:15 Overview of Green Communities Program
7:15 – 7:45 Overview Solar Photovoltaic By-Law
7:45 – 8:00 Overview of Stretch Energy Code
8:00 – 9:00 Facilitated Questions and Answers Session
8:55 – 9:00 Meeting Conclusion

Should Medfield own its streetlights?

This detailed report is from Medfield’s own Fred Davis on his company’s recent work for the Town of Dartmouth to install LED streetlights, and is taken from Fred’s company’s e-newsletter (see it here on-line if you prefer), documenting a 22% annual return on Dartmouth’s investment in LED streetlights.

Dartmouth is also the town using a system that I have been suggesting that Medfield copy, of making money ($2 m. in Dartmouth) by issuing RFP’s to buy solar power.  This year, until two weeks ago, I thought that I had an annual town meeting (ATM) warrant article coming up to give the selectmen the authority to contract for the 20-30 years required to take the next step to make that happen, but my article slipped through the cracks in the warrant preparation process without my noticing, so it will have to await the next town meeting. –

Time for Technology Upgrade:
Replacing Streetlights with High-Efficiency LEDs Saves Dartmouth Almost 70% 

The south coast town of Dartmouth may date to the 1600s, but in the 2000s it has been pursuing the most modern, smart, energy-saving technology. Town Administrator David Cressman adopted photovoltaics for Dartmouth’s municipal electricity. And in 2013, he converted all of Dartmouth’s streetlights to energy-saving LED fixtures.

Cressman had heard favorable reports about LEDs from neighboring Fairhaven as it began phasing them in along their roadways. So when Dartmouth’s maintenance contractor faced changing out many of the bulbs in the old high-pressure-sodium (HPS) fixtures, Cressman knew the time was right to make the change. He was able to complete all the steps to convert to LED technology in less than a year with the aid of recent regulatory and technological developments.

To make any changes to the old fixtures, the town had to first own them. Dartmouth had taken theirs over around 2000. (Since 1997, under MGL C. 164 s.34A, Massachusetts cities and towns may purchase their streetlights from their utility companies.)*

To purchase new LED fixtures, Dartmouth utilized State Contract FAC76 Category 6, which was put into place in 2012 by Massachusetts Operational Services Division in consultation with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. The contract provides a procurement path for an eligible municipal entity to purchase LED streetlight fixtures without having to go through a separate bid process.

Cressman worked with state contractor Fred Davis Corporation (FDC), a lighting products distributor with thirty years of experience in energy-efficient lighting. FDC proposed state-of-the-art Cree XSP LED roadway fixtures in five versions to replace the various fixtures that had been illuminating the streets of Dartmouth.

These fixtures bring the best in high-tech engineering to street lighting. High-quality LED streetlights offer extraordinary efficiency by using many small, latest-generation light-emitting diodes, each of which projects precisely the right amount of light in the right direction. Cree XSP fixtures exceed 100 lumens of directed light  per watt of electricity. Fixture efficiency of a representative HPS fixture is only 56 lumens per watt, and even much of that light is wasted.

FDC’s analysis projected overall electricity savings of 68% for Dartmouth’s new streetlights. The striking energy savings are even more remarkable considering that so many of the town’s old fixtures were already low-wattage types.

The proposal to adopt LED streetlights proceeded as would any project of its scale in the town, gaining requisite committee approvals from Capital Improvement, FinCom, and Selectmen. Final adoption came at Dartmouth Town Meeting in June 2013. Purchase, construction, delivery, and installation of the customized fixtures followed over the summer and fall.

The new fixtures come with a 10-year warranty and are rated to last much longer than that, whereas the old HPS fixtures had a life cycle of about six years, with even more frequent lamp and ballast replacements. Cressman was thus able to dramatically lower the cost of the town’s fixture maintenance contract.

The new LED streetlights promise major financial savings in electricity and maintenance. Add to that a substantial energy-efficiency incentive from NStar Electric, and the switchover is projected to pay for itself in under five years.

Residents are very pleased with the way the roads are illuminated. And town officials are thrilled with the cost-effectiveness of the project.

In just the last two years, the best-quality LED streetlight fixtures have dramatically increased in efficiency, and their price has come down at the same time. The Dartmouth project came in costing 30% less, and saving about 30% more energy, than the town originally anticipated.

Upgrading streetlights to LED technology has proven itself a smart opportunity for any city or town.

Number of LED streetlights
KWH annual reduction projected
Total cost
NSTAR incentive
Net municipal cost
Total annual Savings projected **
Simple payback period (years)
Annual return on initial investment

** Electricity at $.14 KWH plus maintenance
© 2014 Fred Davis

On being a selectman

I attended one of the new mini-town hall meetings last night on Elm Street.  This was my second such session.  It is a nice way to have a discussion on a more personal level.  Thanks to Tom and Kathy Powers for hosting me.

BoS agneda for this evening

Just got the agenda for the Board of Selectmen meeting this evening –

Board of Selectmen
March 25, 2014 Agenda
The Medfield Board of Selectmen needs to meet in Executive Session (closed session) at close of meeting for the purpose of discussing Kenny land litigation

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

This meeting is being recorded
7:00 PM David Lawson, Director Norfolk County Mosquito Control District
Discussion regarding Trustees of Reservations policy on mosquito control

Vote to award contract in the amount of $19,500.00 for building assessment at the state hospital site

Review FY 2015 town budgets

Review and assignment of 2014 Annual Town Meeting Warrant Articles