Monthly Archives: October 2015

More Vic Cevoli photos

Photographer Victor Cevoli has been sharing with me his photos of the former Medfield State Hospital site, and these were from last weekend –

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BoS – 10/27


7:00 PM Solid Waste Study Committee, Meaghan Sullivan Chair
Discuss recycling program, renewal of recycling contract (expires December 30, 2015); organic food waste recycling; report on SW AP area

Vote to sign Arbor Day Proclamation

The Planning Board recommends the appointment of Greg Sullivan as Associate Member of their Board ,

Vote to sign Eversource pole location permit for Green Street

In 1872, J. Sterling Morton proposed to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture
that a special day be set aside for the planning of trees, and
the holiday, called Arbor Day, was first observed with the planting of
more than a million trees in Nebraska, and
Arbor Day is now observed throughout the nation and the world, and
trees can reduce the erosion on our precious topsoil by wind and water,
lower our hearing and cooling costs, moderate the temperature, clean the
air, produce oxygen and provide habitat for wildlife, and,
trees are a renewable source giving us paper, wood for our homes, fuel for
our fires, and countless other wood products, and
trees in our own town increase property values, enhance the economic
vitality of business areas, and beautify our community, and
trees wherever they are planted, are a source of joy and spiritual renewal,
a total of fifty five trees of twelve different varieties were planted at the
Medfield Charles River Gateway

NOW, THEREFORE, we the Medfield Board of Selectmen, do hereby proclaim Friday, October 30, 2015 as ARBOR DAY
In the Town of Medfield, and I urge all citizens to celebrate Arbor Day and to support efforts to protect our trees and woodlands, and Further, I urge all citizens to plant and care for trees to gladden the heart and promote the wellbeing of this and future generations.

Dated this TWENTY SEVENTH, day of OCTOBER, in the year 2015.


To: Richard DeSorgher, Chair, Board of Selectmen
CC: Michael Sullivan, Town Administrator
From: Sarah Raposa, Town Planner

Date: October 20, 2015

Re: Planning Board Associate
At their duly posted meeting on October 19, 2015, the Planning Board unanimously recommended appointment of Greg Sullivan as Associate Member of the Planning Board.

His letter of interest is attached for your consideration.

Town of Medfield 459 Main Street Medfield, MA 02052
(508) 906-3027

Gregory C. Sullivan, Architect
122 Green Street • Medfield, MA 02052
p 857.719.3147 •

September 29, 2015

Evelyn Clarke
Town of Medfield
Town House
459 Main Street
Medfield, MA 02052

Re.: Town Planning Board Associate Member position

Dear Ms. Clarke:

This is a letter of interest in the Associate Member position on the Medfield
Planning Board.

I have been a Medfield resident for over thirteen years and have served
on the Town’s Warrant Committee the last five years and will finish my sixth
and final year in 2016. My experience on the Warrant Committee has
given me an understanding of how many things are accomplished in
town and the politics behind these accomplishments. I have reviewed
many Zoning Bylaw changes as part of my Warrant Committee
responsiblities and understand that public education and clearly
articulating the intent and consequences of Zoning Bylaw changes is
critical in getting such changes approved by the residents. Sitting on the
Warrant Committee I have learned that our recommendations, no matter
how well intentioned and based on in the best interest of the town, can
still lead to controversy. I have also come to understand the residents of
Medfield’s general libertarian leanings that they don’t want government
telling them what they can and cannot do, especially when it concerns
their property. A very compelling reason is required for them to allow such

I am registered architect with almost 30 years of experience ranging from
single family residential projects to large office buildings. I have had
experience presenting projects to various Planning Boards, Zoning Boards
of Appeals, and Historic Commissions over my career. Through my
education and experience as an architect I know how important Planning
Boards are to a town and how it can shape a town’s built enviroment
both for good and the bad. I know that the qualities of the built
enviroment is integral to a vibrant and well functioning town.

Gregory C. Sullivan, Architect
122 Green Street • Medfield, MA 02052
p 857.719.3147 •

I understand how critical this particular time in the town’s history is with the
future development of the Medfield Hospital site. The Medfield Hospital
development will impact the town like no other project has or will in the
foreseeable future. The town has a unique and historic chance to create
something special that will be jewel in our crown for many decades or
something that can be a burden on the town for just as long. The
Planning Board will play an important part in shaping and steering of the
development of the Hospital site.

The Planning Board is also a big part of the stratagies to address the 40B
issues that are on every citizens mind now adays. I think that this issue
cannot and should not be solved with one large project in a single
location. I believe that this could create more problems than they were
meant to solve. I think that the solution to this challenge is to spread
smaller projects around in strategic locations that add to our affordable
housing stock throughout the town based on the content and density of
each particular project.

Medfield is no longer the sleepy rural community it was fifty or more years
ago. The Town of Medfield is also not just a suburban bedroom
community that is totally dependent on the Metro-Boston area but is and
should be town with a center that is thriving and independent. The town
should have both commerical and residential uses that complement
each other instead of competing against each other. The density of
Medfield will only increase and it is imparative to manage this growth such
that we are able to preserve some of the rural and open parts of the town
as well as the remaining historic structures while creating a vibriant and
lively town center that is a magnet for not only Medfield town residents
but those of the surrounding towns. I think that there are types of
development such as small Mixed Use projects the town can use to
create such places. Mixed Use projects can be things such as live/work
projects and retail/housing projects that would enliven the town and even
help with the 40B issues. I also think that a comprehensive look at parking
issues in the commercial districts is an important part of managing the
growth of the town and that the Planning Board should be a leader in the
planning and management of this endevor.

Gregory C. Sullivan, Architect
122 Green Street • Medfield, MA 02052
p 857.719.3147 •

I know that the Planning Board is a instrument to control and manage the
growth of the community it serves. It can also be an organization that
can lead in the creation of an enviroment that will promote and
encourage the types of development that are beneficial to the town and
that creates a community that we are all proud to be a part of.
I am very interested in being part of the Planning Board. I believe that I
can be a benefit to the town in this capacity during this exciting time of
changes and the growth of the Town of Medfield.

Gregory C. Sullivan

Friends of Library this Saturday events

Medfield Public Library Friends

The Friends of the Medfield Library invite you to stop by the library on Saturday, October 24th any time between 10:00 and 5:00 to join in the fun.

Buy a bag (or many) of books for only $5.00 each.

Join the Friends for 2016 and receive a surprise gift (generously sponsored by MEMO).

Enjoy an amazing balloon animal artist & magician from 11:00 – 12:30.

Enter a raffle to win a basket full of surprises, including gifts from our sponsors, Park Street Books, Sluggers Academy and Butterfly Tree, among others.

Sample refreshments, courtesy of Blue Moon Bagel Cafe.

Thanks to funds raised from book sales and the annual membership drive, the Friends contribute more than $20,000 annually to support library programs, services, and materials.

Join the Friends and support your library!




Medfield Green’s month continues

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This Saturday,  9-1, will be the fourth Saturday of  Medfield Green Month at the Transfer Station

 Did you recently purchase a new mattress and need to get rid of the old one?  Do you have an old mattress that has just been hanging around taking up space somewhere in your house?  Bring it to the Transfer Station this Saturday, Oct 24th from 9-1.  New Life Home Refurnishing will be on hand to accept clean, usable mattresses.  All others will be dismantled and the parts will be recycled.  Along with the mattresses, New Life will be collecting pots and pans and small kitchen appliances i.e. toasters, coffee makers, toaster ovens, blenders etc. to provide to their clients.  NLHR is a not-for-profit furniture bank which serves area communities. They serve individuals and families overcoming difficult circumstances such as fires or floods, homelessness, veterans of war and recent refugees.  They are in great need of mattresses and boxsprings.  More info at

The discounted backyard compost bins were so popular that we sold out of our stock!  We will continue to take orders (only for compost bins, not the kits with the kitchen buckets and liners) this Saturday and next Saturday from 9-1 at the Transfer Station.  The bins will be available for pick up in a few weeks.  See attached order form.  Checks made out to Town of Medfield.

This is the last full Saturday for the Swap.  Get your stuff to the swap this weekend!

Last day for drop offs is Friday, October 30th. It closes for the season on Saturday, October 31st at noon and volunteers will pack up from 12-3. If you wish to help pack up, let us know by calling 359-7251. BOXES NEEDED!   Thanks!

Thanks to all of the volunteers who spend many, many hours at the Swap!  It is a great example of the purpose of Medfield Green Month –  Donation, Reuse and Recycling and it is open May-October during Transfer Station hours.

See you at the Transfer Station, the place to be in October!

Miscellaneous updates


This email from Mike yesterday afternoon –

We met with the MBTA, Oliveria Construction and Mass Coastal Railroad today and they will be putting the water main under the tracks at the Hospital Road crossing starting at 7:00 a.m. on October 30. No trains will run from Friday morning until Sunday night. After the pipe is installed, they will also replace the grade crossing and on Monday morning, when the asphalt plants are open will pave the disturbed roadway, up to the new railroad crossing. The railroad people would also like to replace the railroad crossing on route 109 the weekend of November 13 – 15, Friday the 13th. We will have a pre-construction meeting before that to work out the details of the traffic patterns, business interruptions, etc. Ken and the Chiefs are aware of this and are on board.

Columbia Gas was here today repairing the sidewalks. We also received the license from the MBTA to work on the Harding Street rail crossing. I’ll sign it and send it back with our insurance certificate. We have to notify them five days before we start, so I’ll check with Ken and Bobby to see when they will be able to do it.  Ken is meeting tomorrow with the Eversource folks to go over the pole relocation on Green Street. We need some kind of approval from the Board for Eversource to work on our public way so we might have something on next week’s agenda for that. The boiler at the Pfaff center has to be replaced so, given the weather, we are trying to get it done as quickly as possible. We will probably need a reserve fund transfer.


That’s all for now. Mike

BoS goals for year



Annually the selectmen try to put to writing their goals for the upcoming year, so as both to agree on priorities and to give the administrators guidance to what the selectmen think are the important town issues.  Each selectman authors his own goals, and Richard has taken the three sets and combined them.  This year the combined goals are as follows:

Draft Board of Selectmen Goals 2015-2016

I.    Communications
1.    Promote and encourage a collegial and supportive atmosphere for all volunteer committees and boards, ensure that their voices are heard and their work recognized. Promote and encourage supportive atmospheres with the Board of Selectmen and our Town Administrator,  Superintendent of Schools and all department heads and employees
2.    Improve the town’s web site, including putting the town budget on-line
3.    Working with the Assistant Town Administrator, explore ways to better inform town citizens on the happenings at town hall and on town-wide events, projects, plans, etc
4.    Keep the annual calendar current and on-line

II.    Planning
1.    Work towards completion of a town-wide master plan
2.    Have ongoing discussions with the Town Manager and Assistant Town Manager as to the current and future makeup of the management staff of the Town
3.    Work with all town department heads and committees to get five-year plans
4.    Develop an affordable housing plan
5.    Adopt the Green Community Act
6.    Expand solar power in the town and increase recycling rates
7.    Become a Tree City that is progressive and not in name only, adding money in the budget for tree plantings
8.    Ensure that the town continues to provide a high quality of education to its children and provides a high quality of munici pal services to its citizens in the most cost-effective manner possible.

III.    Capital Projects
1.    Provide direction as the Town moves forward with the clean-up and redevelopment of the State Hospital Grounds. Support and encourage the State Hospital Redevelopment Committee as they move forward with a plan to redevelop the site
2.    Provide support and direction to the Permanent Building Committee as they proceed with the construction of a new Public Safety Building

IV.    Finances
1.    Ensure that the annual budget process and town meeting move forward in a productive and cooperative manner that is always in the best interest of the citizens of Medfield
2.    Work to implement a three-year budget forecast, seek savings and increase revenue and work towards property tax relief for senior citizens
3.    Complete un ion contracts on time.
4.    Analyze overtime expenditures.
5.    implement a 20-year capital improvement plan

V.    Downtown
1.    Promote and encourage the development of a robust and pedestrian-friendly downtown area that will entice the public to embrace our small businesses and help them to grow and thrive
I.    Work with the Chief of police on traffic and parking issues
2.    Support, plan and follow-up on the recommendations from the Downtown Summit and from the Downtown Vision and Action Plan
3.    Complete Straw Hat Park
4.    Open dialog on Design Review and  Sidewalk Master Plan

Community Compact

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The Baker Polito administration initiated the Community Compact  to provide state assistance to towns.  Medfield has now applied to be a member, and specified the three areas with which Medfield wants state assistance:

  • capital planning
  • transperancy
  • citizen engagement

This was the state response today to Medfield’s application to join –

Dear Kristine Trierweiler,

Thank you for completing the Community Compact application for Medfield. Your application is now with the Division of Local Services for review.

According to your submission the Best Practices you will commit to are:

Best Practice #1 –  Financial Management

Capital Planning // Best Practice: Funding capital needs on a regular basis is critical to maintaining publicly-owned assets and delivering services effectively. The community develops and documents a multi-year capital plan that reflects a community’s needs, is reviewed annually and fits within a financing plan that reflects the community’s ability to pay.

Best Practice #2 (optional) –  Information Technology

Transparency // Best Practice: There is a documented open data strategy including timelines for making municipal spending and budget information accessible from the city or town website in a machine readable and graphical format.

Best Practice #3 (optional) –  Information Technology

Citizen Engagement // Best Practice: There is a documented citizen engagement strategy for deployment of technology solutions, including a public communication strategy and a professional development strategy to ensure that internal resources can effectively engage with users via technology.

As part of the review process, the Division of Local Services may be contacting Kristine Trierweiler with follow-up questions.  Once the review of your application is complete and the best practice area(s) are agreed upon, I will be in touch regarding the signing of the Compact. We are looking forward to working with your community as you continue to strive toward excellence!


Sean Cronin
Senior Deputy Commissioner of Local Services
Division of Local Services