Monthly Archives: December 2015

BoS minutes from 12/15


Meeting Minutes
December 15, 2015

Chenery Meeting Room – draft

PRESENT: Selectmen DeSorgher, Fisher, Peterson; Town Administrator Sullivan; Assistant Town Administrator Trierweiler; Administrative Assistant Clarke

Chairman DeSorgher called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM and announced this meeting is being recorded. He asked for a moment of appreciation for our brave servicemen and women serving around the world, especially those in the Middle East.

Ms. Raposa was invited to the meeting to discuss if zoning changes are warranted due to the increasing number of more than one house being built on single lots in the downtown area. Several residents from the neighborhoods of South, Oak and Pleasant Streets were in attendance voicing their concerns that this double house building is changing the character of the area along with the character of Medfield. They would be in favor of two family dwellings being allowed.

Ms. Raposa responded that at this time it is late to be presented at spring Town Meeting; the procedure for proposed zoning changes takes time. The Planning Board needs to discuss and write the zoning change and hold public hearings. She feels the Planning Board would want to be certain that such zoning change would have full support before bringing it to Town Meeting. Similar change was brought up about five years ago but was defeated.

Selectmen DeSorgher advised the residents attending to call Planning Board members to let them know their concerns with this issue and perhaps a Special Town Meeting could be called to vote on the zoning change. A 2/3 vote is required for a zoning change.

Selectman Peterson suggested that now may be the time to appoint a design review committee to address proposed plans for dense housing particularly in the downtown area.

Ms. Raposa remarked that the Planning Board’s budget is level funded at $91,963. This budget includes her salary. She said that the Zoning Board’s budget is again level funded as it has been for the past several years at $5,000. Ms. Raposa presented her five year plan for her goals and objectives as the Town Planner that the Selectmen very much appreciated receiving.

Mr. Sullivan presented the budget explaining that health insurance rates will increase by 7% beginning July lst. There is much to plan for taking into account new enrollments; invoices from other areas for retirees; school department new hires and any retirements. A new aspect that needed to be added to this budget is the cost of complying with submitting reports under the Affordable Care Act to the IRS for fulltime employees who work in excess of 30 hours per week.

This will cost the Town about $7,500.00. In addition we have the retiree medicare plans that must be accounted for. Health Insurance budget will increase by $146,413 that is 3.8% over last year’s budget for a total of $4,051,076.

The life insurance budget reflects a slight decrease of $159.00, -1.36% for a total requested amount of $11,554.00.

Resident Alec Stevens was recognized and he explained to the Board that the masonry wall and wood deck of the bridge is a very real concern as they are beginning to collapse into the stream. It could be 400-500 lbs. of stones that will block Mill Brook. Heavy truck traffic is doing damage to the wall beneath the bridge, so if the wall goes then the bridge will collapse. He continued saying that it is a historic bridge and there really should be a tonnage limit-weight restriction in place. Mr. Sullivan responded saying that he will talk with Ken to do a survey of the bridge and area.

VOTED unanimously to approve the November 24, 2015 meeting minutes as submitted Mr. Sullivan let the Selectmen know that we are waiting for a confirmation date for the Senator and Representatives to attend the selectmen’s January meeting.

VOTED unanimously to grant a one-day wine and malt beverage permit to the Zullo Gallery for First Thursday events January 7 through June 2, 2016

VOTED unanimously to support the Mosquito Control Board FY17 funding and further

VOTED to authorize Chairman DeSorgher sign the declaration

The Selectmen received an invitation to attend the Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Mark Lavalle Saturday January 16, 2016 at the CENTER of Medfield.

VOTED unanimously to award a three-year contract for Single Stream Recycling to E.L.Harvey and Sons according to their bid and as recommended by the Medfield Transfer Station and Recycling Committee


VOTED unanimously to appoint resident Robert Sliney to the Community Preservation Act Study Committee and as recommended by Town Moderator Scott McDermott

VOTED unanimously to recommend Town Counsel Mark Cerel draft an agreement between the Town and Open Space LLC for the use of town owned land on Janes Avenue for a municipal public parking lot

VOTED unanimously to sign two Chapter 90 Reimbursement Requests: $11,344.56 for Green Street Project and $42,039.82 for North Meadows, Pine, Winter, Harding Streets project and as recommended by Superintendent Feeney

The Selectmen previously advised that School Superintendent Jeff Marsden, Superintendent Feeney and Chief Meaney submit their priority lists for new sidewalks. All three were received.
The Board will review their preferences and advised they will have further discussion at another Selectmen’s meeting.

VOTED unanimously to open the 2016 Annual Town Meeting Warrant It was noted that the Selectmen will close the warrant at their January 26, 2016 meeting

Mr. Fisher reported that the Medfield Lions have sold all of their Christmas trees for this season. The Lions appreciate the support of the community and extend a big thank you.
Medfield’s holiday season opened with the annual tree lighting on Friday December 4 and the first Holiday Stroll was a great event with an excellent turnout. Hopefully this will be an annual holiday event. MEMO recently held their Christmas party where resident Colleen Sullivan had a wonderful showing of her photography.

Selectmen Peterson attended the recent Medfield Energy Committee meeting and listened to a presentation of an offer for energy aggregation which means towns will offer residents energy deals at less expensive prices for large groups purchasing good energy.

Mr. DeSorgher said that he discussed the street lights with Chief Meaney and proposed a program called lights on. The Town needs to make sure that any and all lights are on for safety. The chief will have his officers note the street light locations that are out and report those to the Eversource repair site.
Selectman DeSorgher further reported that he had a meeting with several high school students to discuss solar programs at the school. Discussion included the high school principal Robert Parga. He attended the retirement of Kathy Brennan, a member of the Friends of the Library and the celebration in honor of Buck Buchanan’s goth birthday. He agrees that the Christmas Parade and Holiday Stroll were very good events; a High Street resident contacted him about a large tree branch that is on town property overhangs Route 27 creating a safety hazard. He advised that the Tree Warden take a look.
Selectman DeSorgher announced that he will not run for re-election saying that he wants to let the citizens know early to give them an opportunity to take out nomination papers. I feel that I had something to offer Medfield when I ran for selectman three years ago and am leaving feeling confident that I have accomplished the goals I set. I will continue to be accessible until the end of my term. Thank you

On a motion made by Selectman Fisher, seconded by Selectman Peterson it was voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 9:00 PM.

BoS on 1/5


Tuesday January 5, 2016@ 7:00 PM


7 :00 PM FY17 Budget Review

  • Town Clerk Carol Mayer
  • Building Inspector John Naff


  • Vote to approve change in Bay Circuit Trail
  • Discuss proposed warrant articles

Other business that may arise

Election signatures needed this month


Town election March 28 – Selectman and Assessor

slots open

Anyone interested in being a town official, especially a selectman or assessor, should take out nomination papers from the Town Clerk and collect the required 50 signatures from registered voters ASAP – I do not see a submission deadline on the website, but last year the nomination papers had to  be submitted in early February.

There are open seats available on at least the Board of Selectmen, the Board of Assessors, and the Planning Board due to Richard DeSorgher and Ed Beard resigning, and Elissa Franco moving to Westwood.

Below is a description of the elected positions put out by the Town Clerk:


Brief Description of Elected Town Offices

*Indicates Candidate for Re-election Monday, March 28, 2016

Assessors-3 year term

*R. Edward Beard-2016 Frank Perry-2017  Thomas Sweeney, Jr.-2018

Inventory all town property.
Maintain accurate records of location and ownership of property.
Establish a tax rate after Town Meeting.
Bring property to full and fair cash value every three years.

Housing Authority-5 year term

*Eileen DeSorgher-2016 (MA.Appointment)
Neil DuRoss-2018 Lisa Donovan-2019 Eldred Whyte-2017
Robert Canavan-2020

Authorized by and operates under the provision of Massachusetts General Laws.
Keeps list that determines who is placed in an apartment.

Funded through the Executive Offices of the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.

Trustees of the Public Library-3 year term

*Andrea Cronin-2016
Tim Hughes-2017
*James Whalen-2016
Maura McNicholas-2018
Lauren Feeney-2017
Steven Pelosi-2018

Responsible for working with other board members to oversee the library, establishing policy and plans, determining the
final budget and advocating for the library.
Strives, as an independent town board, to provide the best possible library service to the residents.
Meet monthly, usually the 2nd Tuesday of the month, for about 1 to 1 1h hours.
Represent Medfield library patrons, so diversity is our goal; the more viewpoints expressed at trustee meetings, the better
our library users are represented. ·

Park Commissioners-3 year term

*Nicholas Brown-2016
Michael Parks-2017
*Mel Seibolt-2016
Robert Tatro-2018
Kirsten Young-2017

Committed to providing affordable, quality leisure, recreational & educational programs to our community.
Tasked with providing operational, budgetary, personnel and strategic oversight for the staff and instructors of the Parks
and Recreation Department. The staff consists of three full time employees; the Director, Program Manager and
Administrative Assistant. The department hires as many as 50 instructors and other seasonal employees on an annual
Tasked with a specific set of responsibilities as follows:
Operational: oversee the day to day operations of the department
Landscape and maintenance:
oversee the upkeep of the Department’s physical plant including parks and playing fields
Personnel: oversee human resource issues for staff and instructors and interface with Town
personnel board
New facility planning:
oversee the overall strategy for building a replacement facility-Pfaff Center
Fundraising: oversee all fundraising and publicity activities

Planning Board-5 year term

*Stephen J. Browne-2016 Keith Diggins-2017
Elissa Gordet Franco-2019 George Lester-2020 Wright Dickinson-2018

• Reviews subdivision plans.
Maintains the Zoning Bylaw and the Land Subdivision Rules and Regulations.
Oversees the development of the subdivision.
Abides by Massachusetts General Law Chapter 40A and Chapter 41

School Committee-3 year term

*Tim Bonfatti-2016
Eileen Desisto-2017
*Chris Morrison-2016
Anna Mae O’Shea Brooke-2017 Maryanne Sullivan-2011
Carries out the mission of the Medfield Public School System:

“The Medfield Public School System will create a dynamic and collegial learning environment. Curriculum and
instruction will guide students to achieve high standards and to meet the challenge of change. Through school, family,
and community partnerships, students will be prepared to become responsible, sensitive, contributing citizens and lifelong
“Establishes and reviews educational goals and policies for the schools in the district and makes sure they are consistent
with the requirements of the law and statewide goals and standards established by the Board of Education.
Participates in the budget process
Hires and evaluates the Superintendent of Schools.
Participates in contract negotiations.
Provides and encourages resources for professional development for staff.
Reviews and provides input to each school Site Council.
Advocates for adequate educational funding and for other issues.
Approves major adoptions or revisions of curriculum upon recommendation of the superintendent.”

Selectmen-3 year term

*Richard De Sorgher-2016 Mark Fisher-2017 Osler Peterson-2018

• Are technically and legally the executive heads of the Town of Medfield government, charged with the final operational
authority for the town’s municipal government.
• Delegate day to day operation of the town government to the professional staff at the Town House.
• Meet on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, at 7:00 PM, and more frequently as needed.
• Need to know a lot about municipal government operation. However, that can be learned and there are no particular
background skills or experience required.

Town Clerk-3 year term

Election will be in 2018
Provides services to the residents of Medfield:
• Election Administration
• Records Maintenance/Management
• Town Census
• Town Meeting
• Licensing
Brief Description of Elected Town Offices
*Indicates Candidate for Re-election Monday, March 28, 2016
• Information Office

Town Moderator-! year term

*Scott McDermott-2016

Appoints the Warrant Committee.
Is charged with the responsibility of presiding over and appropriately regulating the proceedings at Town Meeting,
including deciding all questions of order and making public declaration of all votes.
In Medfield stands for election every year in the annual March town election.
“Our Town Meeting is both a forum for stakeholders in the town’s affairs to transact the business of the town
(i.e. operating and capital budgets, personnel management, zoning by-laws, and strategic warrant articles) – and
also a gathering of neighbors participating in an extraordinary exercise of democracy and self-determination.”

Trust Fund Commissioner-3 year term

*Gregory Reid-2016 H. Tracy Mitchell-2017 Georgia Colivas-2018

Under the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Chapter 41, section 45 Medfield has created a board of
commissioners of trust funds to manage the funds given or bequeathed to the town. The members shall be elected or
appointed by the selectmen.


Selectman Office Hours on 1/8

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Selectman Office Hours on 1/8

This month my regular monthly office hours at The Center will be from 9:00 to 10:00 AM on January 8, since The Center it is closed New Years Day, my usual first Friday.  Residents are welcome to stop by to talk in person about any town matters.

Residents can also have coffee and see the Council on Aging in action (a vibrant organization with lots going on).

Peterson can be reached via 508-359-9190 or his blog about Medfield matters, where any schedule changes will be posted.

2015 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 22,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Pete’s comment = First, I liked the Syndey Opera House comparison when WP used it the first time – not so much this year.  Second, the thing the jumped out at me was seeing a March post highlighted about a new juice shop and knowing that juice shop only just opened – I will check to see if that delay was due to town permitting, as if so, we need to figure out how to make the permitting move faster.

Congress in January may reduce consumer & worker rights


This holiday season, tell Congress: Protect Workers and Consumers, Not Wall Street Corporations!  Take Action Now!

When the House of Representatives returns to Washington on January 5, one of the first items of business will be to demonstrate the lengths to which House leadership will go to offer corporate bailouts at the expense of consumers and workers.

Two completely different issues are being bundled into a single bill, H.R. 1927, the so-called “Fairness in Class Action Litigation and Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2015.”; The first section of the bill would all but prevent consumers from banding together in class action lawsuits against companies that have cheated them by prohibiting a court from certifying a class action unless all class members have suffered the same “type and scope” of injury as the named class representative or representatives. The second section of the bill would target individuals suffering from asbestos exposure who are seeking compensation through the asbestos trust system, requiring public disclosure on the Internet of sensitive personal information, including their names, work history, and likely a portion of their Social Security number.

But what both sections do accomplish is more bailouts for companies looking to avoid accountability when they’ve harmed consumers and who have knowingly exposed workers to asbestos.

Please take a moment to contact your representative in Congress and let him or her know that you don’t want more corporate bailouts, you want more protections for workers dying from asbestos exposure and consumers cheated by big businesses! Take Action


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Medfield Green’s Rachel Brown’s recycling tips

Medfield Green

How to Dispose of Holiday Packaging and No Longer Needed Items


Holiday gifting produces lots of packaging, and new gifts to replace worn, or less up-to-date items. Here are Medfield’s Transfer Station and Recycling Committee’s top 5 tips for their disposal:


  1. Use single stream recycling for the following:
  • regular cardboard and corrugated cardboard boxes (please flatten and make sure there is no packaging inside)
  • paperboard gift boxes
  • greeting cards (except those with foil, metallic inks, or glitter)
  • gift wrap, gift bags, tissue wrap (except those with foil, metallic inks, or glitter)
  • paper shopping bags (remove any handles that are not paper).
  • catalogs and calendars


The following does NOT belong in single stream:

  • ribbons, bows, and tinsel
  • packing peanuts and Styrofoam (see # 2 below)
  • holiday lights
  • plastic bags (see # 2 below)


  1. Hold your Styrofoam #6 (coolers, packing blocks, and packing peanuts) for the special collection on January 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Transfer Station. Packing peanuts and bubble wrap will be accepted if bagged separately. Air-filled packaging can be “popped” and recycled with plastic bags.


  1. Your Christmas tree (minus ornaments and tinsel) can be disposed of for composting at the Transfer Station. Wreaths should be disposed of on the tip floor as trash due to the wiring they contain.


  1. Electronix Redux will be at the Transfer Station January 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will accept unwanted computers, monitors, printers, faxes, entertainment systems, and other consumer products for a small fee. Electronix Redux is at the Transfer Station on the first Saturday of the month throughout the year, so if you miss them in January you can catch them another month.


  1. Donate unwanted items. The Town Garage office has the Medfield Reuse & Recycle Guide that provides a valuable resource of organizations that will accept your no longer needed items. The Transfer Station also has many recycling opportunities for these items including clothing, small electrics (Goodwill), books and DVD’s. You can find the reuse guide on the Town of Medfield Website under Transfer Station Brochures.


Begin the New Year with the resolve to make Medfield greener!

Medfield Green