Monthly Archives: March 2016

Office hours tomorrow 9- 10

COOA's Center_and_sign

Selectman Office Hours Tomorrow 9-10 AM

Selectman Osler “Pete” Peterson holds regular monthly office hours at The Center on the first Friday of every month from 9:00 to 10:00 AM (his litigation schedule permitting).  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.

On being a selectman


One of the lesser known things the selectmen do is to sign the weekly warrants prepared by Town Accountant, Joy Ricciuto, which are long lists of each and every town expenditure.  Technically, no town money is to be spent without the approval of the selectmen, so each week Joy prepares the long lists of expenditures, and the selectmen sign off on her accounts, before the checks are issued. Those weekly warrants generally vary from $200,000 to over $2m.

This morning I stopped by the Town House early at 7:30 to sign the warrants.  Since I have gotten used to walking through the building in total darkness when I go to sign things after work, I generally never bother to turn on any lights.  As a result I scared the dickens out of Treasurer Collector, Georgia Colivas when she, getting to work early, rounded a corner in the morning gloom and found me where no one was expected. Fortunately no coffee spilled.

When I did then sign the warrants, by force of habit I signed on my old line, instead of moving up one line as I should have done, because on Monday we got a new selectman.  It is another one of those lesser known selectmen oddities that we tend to sign the warrants in our order of Chair, Clerk, third member, even though I am sure there is no requirement. So I welcomed Mike Marcucci by stealing his signature line on his first warrants.  However, no worries Mike, as the form has a fourth signature line.

MHS field report

SECTION 6 - FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS 66 MEDFIELD ATHLETIC FIELDS MASTER PLAN TOTAL COSTS FOR MULTI-USE FIELD/TRACK REPLACEMENT TOTAL COSTS SAVINGS FOR PHASE I COMBINATION OF MULTI-USE FIELD/TRACK AND PRACTICE FIELD Due to the high level of use of fields in the Town of Medfield and the current condition of the existing field at the High School it is recommended that the existing synthetic turf field with upgraded drainage system and synthetic track be replaced. The synthetic turf fibers are starting to deteriorate, a condition common found in a field with this amount of use and age of the product. The ability of the field to maintain infill in a stable condition will continue to be reduced in turn reducing the overall safety of the field to the athletes. Concerns over rising Gmax will continue to be an issue in the field. Currently there are multiple areas that flood on the field. This is an indication of a failing base/drainage system. It is recommended that a new drainage system replace the existing to alleviate flooding, additionally it is recommended that a trench and slot drain are added to the perimeter of the track to assist with drainage. The synthetic track has clear base issues at the long-jump triple-jump areas. It is highly recommended that the “D-Zone Areas” are built to include synthetic track surfacing which will also assist in the function of the areas when running track meets. The track has been over-sprayed once to date. The track has reached an age in which it should be sprayed again. This should occur during this process. It should be noted that a track can only be sprayed a minimum of three times which should make the track functional for an additional five to six years. This page lists a summary of the “Order of Magnitude” costs for upgrading the existing synthetic turf field and track at the high school. Provided are three alternates which the town should consider in making its decision in replacing the field. • Alternate #1: A higher grade of synthetic turf which is a mixture of a monofilament fiber and a slit film fiber reducing the splash of infill during play. This turf will have a face weight and more fiber which will provide a product which will perform well and stand up to the rigers of use. Additionally, it is recommended that a coated sand infill would be used. The coated sand provides an infill system that creates a firm, fast playing surface. The use of coated sand and the current warranties allow for an infill that can be reused for up to two cycles. Lastly, the alternate includes a shock pad. The shock pad provides absorbency within the field structure. This will reduce the overall Gmax in the field. Current warranties include a maximum Gmax for the life of the warranty which ranges between 20-25 years. • Alternate #2: A standard 2” turf with SBR Rubber and Sand Infill. Included in this alternate is a shock pad. • Alternate #3: Includes 5 storage units with concrete pads. An allowance for upgraded athletic field equipment. Opinion of Probable Cost - Medfield High School Multi-Use Synthetic Field and Track Item Quantity Unit Unit Price Total Base Bid Site Preparation Trailer and Temporary Utilities 1 LS $ 8,000.00 $ 8 ,000.00 Construction Entrances 1 LS $ 12,000.00 $ 1 2,000.00 Remove & Dispose Synthetic Turf 75000 SF $ 0.75 $ 5 6,300.00 Silt Sock 1,159 LF $ 3 .00 $ 3 ,500.00 Inlet Protection 2 EA $ 3 00.00 $ 6 00.00 Subtotal $ 8 0,400.00 Multi‐Use Field Concrete Curb 1150 LF $ 25.00 $ 28,750.00 Trench Drain 1150 LF $ 50.00 $ 57,500.00 F&I Field Drainage 75000 SF $ 1.75 $ 131,250.00 F&I Flat Drain 75000 SF $ 1.20 $ 90,000.00 F&I 8" Base Stone 75000 SF $ 1.00 $ 75,000.00 F&I 2" Finishing Stone 75000 SF $ 0.60 $ 45,000.00 Turf Material 75000 SF $ 3.50 $ 262,500.00 Rubber 75000 SF $ 0.56 $ 42,000.00 Sand (E+L) 75000 SF $ 0.17 $ 12,750.00 Football Uprights 1 PR $ 15,000.00 $ 15,000.00 12' Ball Stopper Netting 400 LF $ 90.00 $ 36,000.00 Subtotal $ 7 95,750.00 Synthetic Track Surfacing Gravel Base D-Zone 22000 SF $ 1.50 $ 33,000.00 Bituminous Concrete Paving D-Zone 22000 SF $ 2.75 $ 60,500.00 Track Surfacing 22000 SF $ 5.00 $ 110,000.00 Track Re-Surfacing 32000 SF $ 1.50 $ 48,000.00 Line Striping 1 LS $ 4,000.00 $ 4,000.00 Subtotal $ 2 55,500.00 SUBTOTAL OF SITE CONSTRUCTION ITEMS TOTAL $ 1 ,131,650.00 GENERAL CONDITIONS, BOND, CONTRACTOR OH&P $ 1 13,165.00 CONTINGENCY $ 5 6,582.50 SOFT COSTS $ 8 4,873.75 TOTAL $ 1,387,000.00 Opinion of Probable Cost - Medfield High School Multi-Use Synthetic Field and Track Item Quantity Unit Unit Price Total Alternate #1: Option A Base Bid $ 1,387,000.00 Deduct SBR Rubber and Sand $ ( 336,285.00) Upgraded Turf,Coated Sand Infill, and Shock Pad $ 583,912.50 Alternate #1 Total $ 1,635,000.00 Alternate #2: Option B Base Bid $ 1,387,000.00 Deduct SBR Rubber and Sand $ ( 336,285.00) SBR Rubber, Sand, and Shock Pad $ 472,650.00 Alternate #2 Total $ 1,524,000.00 Alternate #3 Equipment & Closeout 1 LS $ 30,000.00 $ 30,000.00 Storage Units with Pads 5 EA $ 12,000.00 $ 60,000.00 Alternate #3 Total $ 90,000.00 FIELD A: HIGH SCHOOL MULTI-USE SYNTHETIC FIELD AND TRACK

I had posted this report, but that was before I learned how to insert a JPEG of the file so you can now see the actual document, so here is the document. At the annual town meeting we will be asked to vote $1.4m. to replace the MHS turf field.

The initial evergreen field was installed around 2004 (from memory), funded entirely with private donations totaling over $600,000, as a Medfield Foundation initiative lead by Tim Nugent. The field when built had an expected ten year life, before it was to need substantial work.

This current report does not say how long the proposed field will last, but it does quote a 20-25 year life for the Alternate #1, which adds about $250,000 to the cost.  As I understand things, that is not the suggested option, since the cost I have heard stated is the $1.4m., which is the cost of the basic replacement in this report.  If that basic field still has a 10 year life, it may behoove the town to  pay the extra $250,000 now to get an extra 10-15 years of use before having to pay for another replacement, versus paying for a full replacement in another 10 years.

The field is located in an area that is wet, and was reportedly as a result always a marginal location for a playing field because of that wetness.  At the time the time of the original construction of the turf field the schools reportedly did not want to consider other less wet locations.

This is the sort of large expense that should be on the town’s new 20 year capital plan that the town is looking to create – a known large repeating expense for which we as a  town should budget and plan ahead.  Funding the creation of that new 20 year town wide capital plan is another ATM article.

Election today


Town election today at The Center, with pools open until 8PM.

Medfield Press on EDC’s report to BoS on downtown

Downtown Summit

Medfield Press has a  good article (copy also inserted below) on the report to selectmen at our meeting Tuesday on the downtown summit held by the town’s Economic Development Committee with the assistance of the MAPC.  The MAPC representative stressed that what the town will ultimately get in the end is a To Do List for our downtown.

Also, Adam Stuhlman of the Medfield Press reported to us on Tuesday that the Medfield Press now has two reporters covering the town, which is welcome news, as the town can only benefit from good newspaper coverage – and Adam is doing a good job.


Medfield study shows residents’ downtown wishlist

Posted Mar. 24, 2016 at 12:32 PM


The Economic Development Committee and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council released the results of a study from February that showed what residents felt were the strengths and weaknesses of the downtown area.

The study showed that while residents like the area, they are concerned about traffic and parking. The Board of Selectmen Tuesday agreed to a proposal to do a parking and sidewalk study. Before the study begins they want to reach out to old members of the dormant Downtown Study Committee, said Patrick Casey, chairman of the Economic Development Committee.

On Feb. 9, the committee and the council held a public forum at the Medfield Public Library to determine what residents thought of the area in terms of necessary changes and good uses. Casey said about 90 people attended, with the results showing most people enjoying what the area offers.

“People said the downtown area was walkable and visually appealing,” he said. “They like the fact that it has historic structures like the Peak House, Clark’s Tavern and the churches. They also liked the independent shops.”

At the same time, he said the results showed several needed areas of improvement, according to residents. People were worried about traffic, parking and pedestrian safety. Also mentioned was the low number of retail stores and there being “no gathering places for kids,” according to Casey.

Casey also said the committee talked to about 30 downtown area businesses last summer, with most of them saying the town has been good to work with.

“We have a good starting point and we want to make it stronger. We just need to remove negatives like traffic and parking to make a trip there easier,” he said.

Steve Winter, director of economic development for the MAPC said the study was paid for by the state and cost $15,000. He said a lot of work remains to be done on this project and that residents need to appreciate what they have in the downtown area.

“The history of Medfield is woven into the downtown area,” he said.

4/11 report on MSH planning

This meeting is an opportunity for all residents to both get informed about and also to provide input into the planning process for the MSH, before the scenarios to be studied in greater depth are selected.

Medfield State Hospital Master Plan Committee Update

The Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee (MSHMPC) will hold an open forum regarding the Medfield State Hospital property on Monday, April 11 at 7:00 PM in the Medfield High School Auditorium.



Lee Chapel at msh

Lee Chapel

Recent walking tour of the property led by Buildings & Grounds Chair John Thompson.
Photo courtesy of Kathy McCrossan


Community Meeting for the Medfield State Hospital Property

The April 11th meeting has two major goals.  The first is to provide transparency about the master planning process to Medfield citizens: to educate residents about the planning process; to summarize all that the Committee has learned; and, to outline the next steps. The second goal is to maintain an open dialog with the Town to ensure any proposal accurately addresses the goals of its residents.

MSHMPC will start with a brief overview of its work with VHB, an established master planning consultant that is assisting the Committee.  Results of the three surveys sent out this past summer will be reviewed.  These surveys provide invaluable feedback to MSHMPC in assessing the priorities given to any particular aspect of a plan. The Committee will discuss initiatives and uses that are under consideration and intends to introduce various study scenarios used to strengthen the planning process.  An explanation of the financial model employed in the study  scenarios will also be included.

An update on the Buildings and Grounds will be provided.  The property is becoming a popular venue for a broad variety of passive recreation uses and is increasingly providing a source of enjoyment to many residents.

Future outreach will be discussed. The forum will close with an extended Question and Answer period to get feedback from the residents and to answer questions.

All citizens are encouraged to attend. Medfield TV will cover the meeting for those unable to attend in person.

Green Street poles & South Street gas main

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I was just checking on the poles on Green Street, and there are new substantially larger poles now installed, but the old poles located in the paved surface are still there and they still have wires on them.  This email update from Mike Sullivan this afternoon –

I went down Green Street this afternoon and there were two Verizon crews working there,One was down by Bullards and the other was beyond Lowell Mason Road. I also heard from Carl Aiello,  Columbia Gas of MA, and he old me that the gas main replacement on South Street near the High School was still scheduled for late spring or summer. At the request of the Police and School Departments, Columbia Gas agreed that the work should not be started until school is out. Mike