Monthly Archives: November 2015

Sports complex for Lot 3 withdrawn


The proposal for an indoor sports facility on Lot 3 off of Ice House Road was formally withdrawn today by means of a letter from the attorney to the Economic Development Committee. A copy of that letter appears below.

The Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee had previously voted unanimously within the past month and written last Monday to the Board of Selectmen that the MSHMPC recommended no action on the Economic Development Committee’s pending RFP for the lease of Lot 3 until the planning process for the MSH property was completed.  The MSHMPC has been targeting Lot 3 and the Hinkley lot for senior housing due to the synergies of its location next to the The Center and the agreed need for such housing in town.  A copy of the MSHMPC’s recent missive to the BoS is also attached below



To: Board of Selectmen
From: Stephen Nolan, Chair, MSHMPC
Date: November 23, 2015

Re: Economic Development Committee – LOT 3 Proposal

At the duly posted meeting of the Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee on October 7, 2015, the Committee approved a motion to recommend that the Town should not proceed with the leasing proposal for a private athletic facility on Lot #3 Ice House Road pending completion of our development plan for the former state hospital and surrounding properties. Five members supported the motion, while two abstained from the vote, and one member was absent. The Committee believes that Lot #3 Ice House Road and the Hinkley property may be ideal sites for possible senior and/or affordable housing as they have the twin virtues of being in the vicinity of the Center and not being subject to the sales partnership model, which requires sharing of sales proceeds with the State. As you know, the Hinkley property and Lot #3 were included within our charge when the Selectmen appointed us to work on a master plan for the former MSH property. The Committee is considering plans for a phased development of the Town-owned property in the vicinity of the former MSH and the possible sale of the Hinkley property and Lot #3 might provide a short term response to the demand for additional senior housing in Town while also providing possible seed monies for use in re-developing the MSH property. While any disposition of Lot #3 and the Hinkley property would require a competitive bidding process, we believe that if the properties were re-zoned to allow for some combination of senior and affordable housing they might well command a significantly higher price than available under current zoning.


The Law Offices of
Post Office Box 1327
Sherborn, Massachusetts 01770

November 30, 2015

Economic Development Committee
c/o Sarah Raposa, Town Planner
Town of Medfield
459 Main Street
Medfield, MA 02052

Re: Future Development of Ice House Road Lot 3

Dear Sarah:

Please consider this letter to be confirmation of Medfield Investment, LLC’s
willingness, along with the Town, to terminate and/or have deemed withdrawn its previous submittal of a Proposal to enter into a Long Term Ground Lease with the Town of Medfield for the development of a sports facility on the property commonly known as Ice House Road Lot 3.

To the extent necessary, Medfield Investment LLC releases the Town from any
obligations that the Town may have had to respond to its Proposal, and likewise
considers this letter to be a corresponding release by the Town of any rights, duties or obligations that Medfield Investment, LLC may have had to the Town.
With the different recommendations from the State Hospital Committee and the
EDC, it was recognized that the timing to move forward with this proposal now was not optimal and that it would be best to withdraw gracefully at this time. Thank you to the many people who gave this matter attention. I understand that you will bring this letter to the attention of the Town Administrator, Mr. Michael Sullivan and to the Selectman.

Please let me know if this letter is sufficient or if you need anything further from
me or from my client.

Very truly yours,

James W. Murphy, Esq.


Vic Cevoli photos of MSH

Hi Osler, it’s been a while since I’ve sent along photos from the Medfield Hospital project.  Here’s a quick update.
It seems that each time I photograph the property it presents a different facet of itself.  This past Saturday was no exception.  The weather was most unpleasant and the resulting photographs captured the dark and dreary mood that I observed that morning.  They are by no means “beautiful” photographs, but I believe they have a role to play in the story.
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Eagle Scouts John Walsh & Ethan Murby

At the UCC this afternoon was the Eagle Scout Court of Honor for John and Ethan, back from college for the ceremony.

Norfolk Hunt

This was the first stop of the 30 or so riders who took part in the Norfolk Hunt Club Thanksgiving day hunt. This was around 9am at the sledding hill at the Medfield State Hospital. There are probably 20 of the highly trained and unique looking fox hounds as well. And then there were probably about 60 hunt followers tracking the hunt around its course by car, some antique.

Great and interesting Medfield Thanksgiving tradition.

BoS agenda for 12/1


Town Hall, Chenery Meeting Room, 2nd floor Tuesday December 1, 2015@ 7:00 PM


7 :00 PM Public Hearing – Eversource
Grant of location to install one (1) new pole at 445 Main Street

7: 15 PM Public Hearing – Permission to solicit
Solar City I solar panels

7:30 PM Economic Development Committee, Pat Casey Chair
Lot 3 discussion

Due to the holiday, other items will be added

To tho Board of Selectmen of the Town of Medfield, Massachusetts:
Respectrully represent NSTAR ELECTRIG COMPANY dba Eversource Energy and VERIZON N~W ENGLAND, INC. companies subject to Chapter 166 of Iha General Laws {Tar.Ed.), that they desire to construct a line upon, along and across lhe public way or ways hereinafter specified.
WHEREFORE, your petitioners pray that after due notice and hearing as provided by law the Board of Selectmen may by Order grant your petitioners joint or Identical locations for the erection or construction of poles, to be owned and used in common by them, and for such other fixtures Including anchors and guys as may be necessary to sustain or protect the wires or the llne, said poles to be located, substanlially as shown on the plans made by A. Debenedictis dated October 27, 2015 and filled herewith, upon along and across the folfowing public way or ways or said town:

Janes Ave- Northeasterly side, approxfmatoly 160:1: feet northwest of Main Street

Install one (1) now pole 29/6
Hearing Required
Also for permission to lay and maintain underground laterals, cables and wlres In the above or Intersecting public ways for the purpose· of making connections  with such poles and buildings as each of said petitioners may desire for distributing purposes. Your petitioners agree to reserve space for one Crossarm at a suitable point upon each of said poles for the telephone, fire and police signal wires owned by the town and used for municipal purposes.

Jlllam D. Lemos
Rights and Permits, Supervisor

Pated this ____ day of 2015
Town of MEDFIELD, Massachusetts
Received and filed ______ ____.,2015

·In conformity with the requirements of Section 22 of Chapter 166 of the General Laws, a public hearing
will be held Tuesday December 1, 2015 at 7:00 PM at the Medfield Town House, 459 Main Street upon
petition of NSTAR ELECTRIC COMPANY d/b/a EVERSOURCE ENERGY and VERIZON for the purpose of
obtaining a Grant of Location to install one (1) new pole (29/5). The work is necessary to provide service
to 445 Main Street. All Town Boards and interested parties are invited to attend.
Richard P. DeSorgher, Chairman
Board of Selectmen
Medfield Press: Please publish above notice in the November 27, 2015 edition of the newspaper. Send
invoice to above address, attention Evelyn Clarke. Thank you

Notice is hereby given that under the provisions of Section 28 of Article IV of the Town of
Medfield by-Laws a public hearing will be held on Tuesday December 1, 2015, 7:20 PM at the
Medfield Town House, 459 Main Street, on application of Evan Gray, representing Solar City,
Norwell, MA, to solicit in Medfield selling solar panels. All town boards and interested parties
are invited to attend.
Richard P. DeSorgher, Chairman
Board of Selectmen
Medfield Press: Please publish this notice one time only in the November 27, 2015 edition of
the newspaper. Send invoice to Board of Selectmen, 459 Main Street, Medfield, MA 02052

BoS 11/17 minutes


Meeting Minutes
November 17, 2015
Chenery Meeting Room draft

PRESENT: Selectmen DeSorgher, Fisher, Peterson; town administrator Sullivan; Assistant Town Administrator Trierweiler; Town Counsel Cerel; Administrative Assistant Clarke

Chairman DeSorgher called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM and made note this meeting is being recorded. He asked for a moment of appreciation for our brave servicemen and women  serving around the world and for all who have suffered during the terrorist attack in Paris.

Mr. DeSorgher expressed condolences to the Coulter and Arrone families for their recent loss.

As the Selectmen request additional time to review the goals, it was agreed to hold for the December 1 meeting. The Selectmen also request that their calendar be brought up to date for the next meeting.

VOTED unanimously to approve the November 3, 2015 minutes as submitted

The Board received an invitation to attend the Eagle Court of Honor for Ethan Murby and John Walsh on Saturday November 28, 2015.

Mr. DeSorgher expressed a big thank you to Police Chief Meaney, Fire Chief Kingsbury, Superintendent Feeney and the Highway Department for their good assistance with the reconstruction of the rail tracks. The crossing was closed from Friday November 13 to Monday afternoon, a huge project that involved extensive planning. All in all it went very smoothly and the Town did their best to accommodate those businesses in the area.

Mr. Sullivan said that the railroad people were very pleased with Medfield’s assistance and cooperation. The Cottage Street crossing will be repaired in the spring. He continued commenting that the railroad’s plan is to redo all railroad ties between Framingham and Mansfield. When completed trains traveling will have an increase in their speed up to 20 mph.

Selectman Peterson said that it makes good sense for Medfield to adopt the CPA. Medfield should be getting the matching funds from the Commonwealth as other towns do. He commented that he learned Medway received over $259,000 as a CPA trust fund distribution amount. Town Counsel remarked that Medway’s contribution is 3%. Participating towns and cities may contribute 1-3% with 3% receiving the higher matching funds from the state. These funds may be used for planning, park and recreation, conservation, affordable housing and historic preservation projects. The Selectmen agree that a study committee should be
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Appointed to gather CPA information to then propose an article on the town meeting warrant. Advise interested residents that would like to be appointed to the committee to contact Town Hall.
Present: Tax Assessor Yvonne Remillard, Board members Ed Beard, Frank Perry and Tom Sweeney Selectman Fisher read the legal notice that was published in the November 5th edition of the Medfield Press.
Ms. Remillard explained that the purpose of this hearing is to determine if the Town should maintain a single tax rate that benefits all known as a uniform tax rate. The Town has so little commercial property that historically Medfield has maintained a single tax rate that relieves industrial/commercial properties of a tax burden. She reported that surrounding towns, i.e. Dover, Norfolk, Millis and Sherborn also adopt a uniform rate. Medfield’s full valuation for fy16 is $2,485,214,555.00.

Mr. Sullivan advised the Selectmen that they will need to sign the appropriate DOR documents electronically after the meeting adjourns this evening.

VOTE: Selectman Fisher made a motion, seconded by Selectman Peterson to close the 2015 tax classification hearing. Vote was unanimous

VOTE: On a motion made by Selectman Fisher, seconded by Selectman Peterson it was unanimously voted to adopt a single tax rate for the Town of Medfield and as recommended by the Board of Assessors

Board member Ed Beard remarked that his Board is very pleased that we came through this process for a full revaluation year very easily. He extended a sincere thank you to Yvonne, Kathy and Donna for all the work they do.

Selectman DeSorgher was requested to advise the Board about House Bill H.1656. This pertains to the geographical jurisdiction of the Housing Court Department. If passed this will ensure residents of the Commonwealth will have access to a fair hearing on landlord I tenant issues. MHA requests the Selectmen vote to sign a resolution in support of this bill to send to our Boston delegation urging them to vote to adopt the bill.

VOTE: Selectman Fisher made a motion, seconded by Selectman Peterson and it was resolved that the Medfield Board of Selectmen directs the Town Administrator to express the Town’s full support for the enactment of House bill H.1656 An Act relative to the Geographical Jurisdiction of the Housing Court Legislation before the completion of the current legislative session, and to take all steps necessary to engage our legislative

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delegation and others, to achieve this outcome in 2015

VOTE: On a motion made and seconded it was voted unanimously to sign Chapter 90 Reimbursement Request in the amount of $70,228.54 for Green Street project and as recommended by Superintendent Feeney

Notice received that we have been awarded a Sustainable Materials recovery Program grant for up to $4,000.00 for food waste collection and additionally $1,000 for educational materials to help make the public aware of the collection program. The Board is requested to vote to authorize Chairman DeSorgher to execute the document and it was so voted.

VOTED unanimously to grant MEMO a parade permit for the 2015 Christmas Parade to take place on Saturday December 5, 2015

VOTED unanimously to grant Basil Restaurant, Tom McGue owner a time extension on their liquor license to 1:00 AM Thanksgiving Eve November 25, 2015

Mr. Fisher attended the Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Samuel Johnson and Andrew Maritan. He remarked that he was again quite impressed with the young men and their ability to speak before the well-attended event. It was a nice ceremony. The Medfield State Hospital Committee continues to make progress. He continued saying that all three Selectmen attended Strategic Planning Focus Group for the school department last week. The plan presented involves the community in the planning process to review the challenges and strengths of our
school system.

Mr. Peterson said the plans for the December 6 Angel Run are moving forward. Runners may register on the day of the race. He voiced a plea for volunteers to help on the day of the race.  He remarked that Veterans’ Agent Ron Griffin did an excellent job organizing the breakfast on November 11. While he was at the MSH committee meeting he learned that they suggest the Economic Development Committee not go forward with the RFP at this time for Lot 3. MSH wants a closer look at the property Selectman Peterson held his first Friday hour at the CENTER and talked with resident Justin Brady who has a few issues with town meeting. Mr. Brady suggests there be written ballots, hearing accommodations, take into consideration older people have hard time sitting for a

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length of time. Mr. Sullivan advised that those issues be brought to Town Moderator Scott McDermott’s attention.

Mr. DeSorgher requested that the gas company come to a Selectmen’s meeting to discuss the older underground pipe lines; suggests Superintendent Feeney, Dr. Marsden, Chief Meaney make sidewalks a priority; agrees Veterans’ Agent Ron Griffin is very professional and the lighting ceremony at Baxter Park was well organized by the Ladies Auxiliary. Mr. DeSorgher made note that on his walks through town he sees posters on many utility poles about a lost cat. He advises they come down.

Selectman DeSorgher asked Mr. Sullivan to review how the town’s water bills are calculated as he has received many residents’ comments. Mr. Sullivan said that as the summer was very dry some residents may have used more water than in the past years. He made a point that the water rate increased by 8% and sewer by 2%. The Board of Water & Sewerage held a public hearing in the spring before voting the increases. It was their recommendation to raise the rates due to the projects; a new town water tower at the state hospital site that includes the water mains from the tower to well #6, replacement of older leaking pipes and the state
mandate that individual water meters be replaced every 10 years. Medfield has a multi usage rate system, the more water an individual uses a higher rate is
charged. Many other towns have this rate system also. Residents are invited to review a posting of rates from other towns in our water department. They will see that Medfield has the lowest water rates in the area.

Selectman Fisher made a motion at 8:10 PM to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Selectman Peterson. The vote was unanimous

MSH photos

More Edmund Prescottano photos of the Medfield State Hospital  –

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Holiday Art & Craft Stroll 12/4

Holiday Stroll

Buy Handmade for the Holidays….

Please save the date and join us for the first annual Holiday Stroll in Medfield on Dec. 4 from 4 – 9 pm. We’re so excited to bring some terrific artists to town (including an outdoor ice sculptor!) in conjunction with M.E.M.O’s Joy to the World Singing contest and tree lighting. The artists will be at the United Church of Christ, the Library and Zullo Gallery.

In addition, you’ll find live music, activities for kids, photos with Santa, caroling, and holiday food samples from Brothers Marketplace. The complete schedule can be found at

cultural map w dd

On behalf of the Cultural Alliance, we wish you all a joyous, healthy and happy Thanksgiving week.

See you on Dec. 4!

MSH night photos


The photographer, Edmund Prescottano, took these wonderous looking photos of MSH at night, with really long exposures.    Click here to see all the photos.   The photos were shared by David Temple, the explanation below is from Ed. –


How Ed Prescottano took these unusual pictures:

These were all taken between 7 pm and 11 pm. Exposure were all around 5 minutes. I light painted all the buildings with a flash light. The horizon light or brightness is from the light pollution from Sherborn or even  Natick when facing north or any other town in the distance when facing other directions. The streaks in the sky was due to the clouds moving during the long exposure. Later in the evening the clouds became very thick so there is less streaking and fewer startrails to be seen if any.

I hope to do more up there at night but will need to get permission from someone.

It really is a fascinating place and I would love to document it before much is gone or changed



MCPE – blue ribbon for the holidays


Blue Ribbon for the Holidays

Are you looking for a way to let your child’s teacher, a school staff member, a coach, a bus driver or an administrator know just how much you and your child appreciate them?

Consider MCPE’s Blue Ribbon Program. It is an easy and thoughtful way to recognize the efforts of a member of our school community during the holiday season. Each person recognized with a donation will receive a card, customized with a thank you note from you, indicating that a donation was made in his or her honor. To thank a school member with this Blue Ribbon recognition, please go to the MCPE website:

Blue Ribbon requests submitted by Friday, December 18th will be delivered by December 23rd for the 2015-2016 holiday period.

Thank you for making the success of our schools a community effort!