Monthly Archives: March 2016

DLS data


The state’s Division of Local Services sends me an interesting newsletter, which this time lead me to the data that they track on us at .


These are our FY15 receipts from the state:                                    ESTIMATED       ACTUAL

175 Medfield 2015 PAYMENTS IN LIEU OF TAXES 1,860 2,941
175 Medfield 2015 DEPARTMENTAL REVENUE – SCHOOLS 0 6,058
175 Medfield 2015 FINES AND FORFEITS 19,225 15,237
175 Medfield 2015 DEPARTMENTAL REVENUE – CEMETERIES 18,000 29,654
175 Medfield 2015 INVESTMENT INCOME 28,000 33,501
175 Medfield 2015 FEES 49,000 52,770
175 Medfield 2015 a.Meals 53,000 98,793
175 Medfield 2015 RENTALS 275,532 281,180
175 Medfield 2015 SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS 366,958 496,741
175 Medfield 2015 OTHER DEPARTMENT REVENUE 448,994 585,766
175 Medfield 2015 LICENSES AND PERMITS 642,901 779,442
175 Medfield 2015 MOTOR VEHICLE EXCISE 1,969,000 2,050,159



These are their estimates for FY16 –

NB – some have some large changes downward from the “actual” #s from last year.

175 Medfield 2016 PAYMENTS IN LIEU OF TAXES 2,941
175 Medfield 2016 FINES AND FORFEITS 15,237
175 Medfield 2016 INVESTMENT INCOME 38,000
175 Medfield 2016 FEES 49,728
175 Medfield 2016 a.Meals 120,000
175 Medfield 2016 RENTALS 281,180
175 Medfield 2016 SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS 333,128
175 Medfield 2016 OTHER DEPARTMENT REVENUE 514,284
175 Medfield 2016 LICENSES AND PERMITS 615,470
175 Medfield 2016 MOTOR VEHICLE EXCISE 2,050,000  


MHS students -> NO IDLING!

quit idling

Message to parents:

Hopefully you have noticed the new No Idling signs posted outside of our schools. Despite the signs, some parents are still idling their cars in drop-off and pick-up lines and in parking lots. Mr. Cowell’s High School Environmental Science students wrote and produced a terrific video to highlight the importance of not idling your car. Please take a few moments to watch the video via the link below, and perhaps to show it to your kids, as it is a fun way to educate them about this issue. The No Idling Committee and the students, faculty, staff and community members who breathe the air in our schools’ driveways and parking lots thank you!

Solarize Medfield! – town chosen

Marie Zack Nolan lead the Medfield Energy Committee effort for Medfield to be named to the one of the few Solarize Mass slots.


State Energy Officials Announce New Communities to Join Solar Program

Media Inquiries

Katie Gronendyke (DOER) (617) 626-1129
Matt Kakley (MassCEC) (617) 315-9339

Program Will Lower Costs of Installing Solar Electric Systems for Bolton and Medfield
Mar 17, 2016 –

State energy officials today announced the selection of two additional communities, Bolton and Medfield, to participate in Solarize Mass for 2016.  The community-based solar energy group-buying program is currently underway in Somerville, Natick and Shelburne, Colrain and Conway, with the latter three communities participating as a group.

“As Massachusetts looks to diversify its energy mix, partnering with local communities on programs like Solarize Mass drives down costs while reducing our carbon footprint and helping reach our goal of 1,600 megawatts of solar by 2020,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton.

A partnership between the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and local communities, Solarize Mass reduces the overall cost of solar in communities across the state, helping residents save as much as 20 percent on solar pricing (compared to the statewide average).  Through a competitive bidding process, communities select designated Solarize Mass installers that feature the most attractive pricing, outreach and community education packages.

“Reducing the cost of solar makes the technology more affordable for homeowners across the state and DOER is proud to partner with these communities on this initiative,” said DOER Commissioner Judith Judson.

“Solar electricity provides environmental and economic benefits for homeowners and our communities,” said MassCEC Interim CEO Stephen Pike. “Solarize Mass makes solar electricity even more affordable and accessible for residents in cities and towns across the Commonwealth.”

Since its launch in 2011, 51 cities and towns have participated in Solarize Mass, which has led to the contracting of more than 2,600 new small-scale installations at homes and businesses resulting in 18 megawatts of contracted solar capacity. To date, systems installed under Solarize Mass have reduced greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to removing 1,500 cars off the road annually.

Massachusetts currently has 1,058 megawatts of solar capacity installed statewide, more than halfway to the Commonwealth’s goal of 1,600 megawatts installed by 2020 and enough to power more than 161,000 homes. MassCEC and DOER are currently accepting applications from communities interested in participating in the 2016 round of the Solarize Mass program. More information on the application process can be found here.

“I want to congratulate the town of Bolton on their participation with Solarize Mass,” said State Senator Jennifer Flanagan (D-Leominster). “Clean energy solutions are certainly starting to lead the way, and programs such as Solarize Mass are the perfect opportunity for communities to not only benefit from the cost effectiveness of solar, but to also get excited about clean energy in general.”

“The Town of Medfield has once again shown their commitment to forward-thinking cost-saving efforts for their citizens,” said State Senator Jim Timilty (D-Walpole). “There were many proposals for the Solarize Mass project submitted and I am thrilled that MassCEC and DOER saw fit to bring this important state program to my district.”

“I am proud to see that the Town of Bolton will be participating in the next round of Solarize Mass,” said State Representative Kate Hogan (D-Stow). “Our region has long been committed to clean energy solutions and Bolton’s participation in this program will further increase local solar power opportunities. Thank you to all of the stakeholders, volunteers, and committed citizens who worked together to achieve this goal.”

“The Town of Medfield is a leader in its commitment to provide choice and opportunity to residents seeking a variety of energy sources,” said State Representative Denise Garlick (D-Needham). “This initiative aids the homeowner and also strengthens the Commonwealth’s environment and economic development through employment opportunities.”

“Medfield is excited to be selected for the next Solarize Mass program,” said Andrew Seaman, Energy and Facilities Manager for the Town of Medfield. “The Town has made great strides towards diversifying their electric supply by developing solar on Town land, and we are happy to have a similar initiative in place for residents to add solar to their property.”

“Bolton is delighted to be recognized as a Solarize Massachusetts community by MassCEC and DOER,” said Tony Jagodnik, Bolton’s volunteer solar coach. “We look forward to increasing education, awareness, conservation, and local adoption of solar via a best-quality and value group purchase for our homes and businesses, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and making the grid more-robust for everyone.”

– See more at: doerdoer

MHS debate judging

20160317-Pascal Debates

Bonnie Wren-Burgess had Maris Abbene and me judging her 10th grade Honors English debates this morning.  The debaters did impressive jobs of speaking and rebutting on their feet and on the fly, on topics they themselves crafted, vetted, and chose.  First debate was on using genetic modifications in health care, and the second was on  religion as the only moral course.  The debaters are to use Pascal’s method of reasoning.

Great project Mrs. WB!

LCB buys Clark Tavern

Good article from the Medfield Press –  the Clark Tavern now appears headed to becoming a private residence (to which the public will not have access).

Peak House & Clark Tavern

Peak House & Clark Tavern

LCB has purchased the old Clark Tavern.

LCB has purchased the old Clark Tavern. The company plans on fixing up the historic building and to plant a lot of pine trees on the property.
LCB has purchased the old Clark Tavern.John and Michelle Linnert have sold the Clark Tavern to LCB after giving up on their plans for the historic building that were tied up in the state’s land court for the past few years.

By Adam Stuhlman

Posted Mar. 17, 2016 at 8:42 AM


LCB Director of Corporate and Marketing Affairs Ted Doyle said his company has agreed to a purchase and sale agreement to take ownership of the historic Clark Tavern off Route 109 as part of their plan to develop a senior citizen assisted living facility on 361-363A Main Street. Of the 14.7 acres LCB owns, Doyle said that 2.7 acres would be developed, leaving approximately 12 acres unused.

Doyle anticipates LCB closing on the property during the summer.

Many Medfield residents are concerned about the proposed development and the effect it would have on the Clark Tavern and the Peak House. Residents want both historic buildings and the land they sit on protected.

John and Michelle Linnert sold LCB the Clark Tavern. They originally wanted to use the tavern, which today is in rough shape, as a restaurant and a multi-use function facility, according to a March 13, 2015 article in

David Temple, president of the Medfield Historical Society, said the Linnerts bought the property several years ago. The Linnerts’ plans, which were approved by the town, were delayed in state land court on multiple occasions by objectionable neighbors. The former owners become tired of the delays and decided to sell the property to LCB.

“I’m disappointed for them because they felt that due to stalling from neighbors in court that they had enough and were going to give up,” Temple said.

While Doyle said this design enhances the proposal without changing it, Temple said he has spoken with the Linnerts in the past about the tavern and is concerned that LCB might try and do something to it.

“I am concerned about whether or not the Linnerts could put in a clause to say that nothing will happen to the building,” he said. “Could the corporate headquarters of LCB decide to take it down?”

The Linnerts did not return a call in time for print.

Doyle is seeking to alleviate the worries of residents.

“People are concerned the tavern might be torn down,” said Doyle. This is “absolutely not our intention. The whole point in doing this is to protect it.”

“This [proposal] takes that [worry] off the table. We are trying to put our best project together and we see this as a real opportunity to work well with the community. We hope this is a win/win scenario because we want to maintain it as a two-family residential use and protect it from commercial development,” said Doyle.

Doyle said this proposal addresses many concerns that the citizens have.

“The combination of the assisted living community and a residential use of the tavern represent 48 percent less weekly traffic than the (previously) approved tavern project alone,” Doyle said.

The design proposal enhances the esthetics by “eliminating 43 parking spaces next to the Peak House” and adding area lighting. This plan would allow them to save numerous trees and do extensive planting of several dozen 20-foot tall pine trees throughout the site, thus allowing “for more privacy” while addressing “the visual concerns of the project,” Doyle said.

As a part of the agreement, LCB will pledge $5,000 a year for preservation and maintenance of the Peak House for as long as the company owns the assisted living property. In addition, they will donate $10,000 worth of supplies to the Medfield Food Cupboard and an internship program for local students.

Medfield resident David Stephenson, one of the lead antagonists towards the proposed development, and said it is good news that the future of the tavern is secure even if the development moves ahead. Following the concept of real estate – location, location, location, he maintained his opposition to the assisted living facility location.

“The proposed facility’s location is unacceptable. There is no amount of fine tuning they can do that will change our opposition to this,” he said.

Doyle said that if the assisted living project is rejected by the town, LCB would sell the land and the Clark Tavern.

Follow reporter Adam Stuhlman on Twitter: @adam_wtimes

House budget

This analysis from the Mass. Municipal Assoc. this afternoon of the budget we can expect soon out of the House, and what we should want it to contain.  The $100/children education funding versus the $20/student the Governor proposes is the biggest one for me.


Wednesday, March 16, 2016




The House and Senate budget committees have wrapped up public hearings on the fiscal 2017 state budget and are now drafting detailed spending plans that reflect the priorities of each branch. We know from our meetings with legislators that many of you have met with your legislators on local priorities for the many municipal and school aid accounts in the state budget.

With the House Ways & Means Committee’s version of the budget scheduled for release on April 13, it is imperative that you call your legislative delegation to highlight the importance of key local aid accounts before final decisions are made.

On February 29, MMA officers and other local officials testified on the many municipal and school aid accounts that the MMA tracks and supports. Please click here to see MMA’s detailed testimony. Please ask your Representatives to talk to the House Ways & Means Committee and ask that they support the main statewide priority accounts and your own local priorities.

This is a top priority. Ask your legislators to support the $42 million increase in the Unrestricted General Government Aid (UGGA) account included in H. 2, the fiscal budget recommendation submitted by the Governor in January. The UGGA account is currently funded at $979.8 million, and the 4.3 percent increase in H. 2 would simply track the growth in state tax revenues forecast for next year.

The Governor’s budget recommendation provides a far-too-small 1.6% increase in Chapter 70 school aid, which is much to low. Please ask your legislators to support funding increases for two key aspects of the Chapter 70 calculation for fiscal 2017. The first increase is to ensure adequate funding for the current basic school aid framework. The second is to begin implementation of the Foundation Budget Review Commission’s recommendations to correct outdated and obsolete aspects of the foundation budget framework.

MINIMUM AID SHOULD BE $100 PER STUDENT. Please support an increase in the “minimum aid” amount to $100 per student, instead of the $20-per-student amount in the Governor’s budget. This is an important way to offset the low inflation factor used to adjust foundation budget components for fiscal 2017 and to help correct the impact of the change in how low-income students are counted. We are also asking legislators to review how low-income students should be counted and added into the formula.

FLAWS IN THE CHAPTER 70 FORMULA SHOULD BE FIXED. Second, please ask your legislators to support the implementation of the Foundation Budget Review Commission’s recommendations to update the Chapter 70 “foundation budget” minimum spending standards for special education and health insurance costs for school employees, and to add to the spending standard a measure of recognition for the cost of services for low-income, English Language Learner (ELL) and other students who would benefit from more intensive services. The Chapter 70 framework is clearly outdated and inadequate, and the Commission’s recommendations would address the major shortcomings in the formula.

Please ask your Representatives to support full funding of the state’s legal commitment to reimburse school districts for the loss of a portion of their Chapter 70 aid that is redirected to fund charter schools. This is a growing financial burden on cities and towns that is becoming more acute as the state grants more charters and existing charter schools expand. The shortfall in charter school reimbursements is crippling funding for schools in scores of cities, towns and school districts.

Please ask your Representatives to support full funding of the Special Education “Circuit Breaker” Program, through which the state provides a measure of support for services provided to high-cost special education students. H. 2 would level-fund the Special Education Circuit Breaker program at $272 million. This means that the Governor’s budget likely underfunds reimbursements by approximately $10 million.



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Energy Committee from 2/11


Town can save $34,740/year by buying our streetlights, and switching to LED streetlights.  The selectmen said we want the town meeting to make the decision, but let’s not wait a whole year and lose that much money in the interim.

We save money, we get better, safer lighting too – it’s a no-brainer.


MEC Meeting Minutes-February 11, 2016

Attendance: Andrew Seaman, Lee Alinsky, Cynthia Greene, Pete Peterson, Maciej Konieczny, Fred Davis, Marie Nolan

  1. January 13 meeting minutes accepted with additions.
  2. High School Students – not in attendance.
  3. Energy Manager’s Report
    1. WWTP Solar – Could start generating next week. PV system will be accepted by Town 3/1/16. On wait list for SRECs.
    2. 60 kW system is being considered for Public Safety Building. Roof weight and conduits sized for this system. Dore & Whittier drawing up plans. About a 7 to 9-year payback with SRECs. Options include having it done by GC or going out to bid later. Building construction estimated to be done October 7, 2016. Awaiting word on expansion of SREC program before moving forward with these plans.
    3. LED streetlights – Revised analysis provided by Fred D and Andrew S. Fixtures and installation costs $104,864 ($88,677 after incentives). Results in savings of $34,740/year including utility incentives and installation. Simple payback of 2.6 years to replace all 347 lamps with new LED fixtures after purchasing old HID fixtures for $1. Andrew confirmed $1 price from Eversource, offer good until April after Town Meeting. If Medfield did not purchase streetlights, likely replace with high sodium fixtures like existing on as need basis. Concluded best to replace all 347 streetlight all at once. Westwood used this approach with grant money from Green Communities. Andrew S. will investigate adding line item for streetlight purchase in this year’s capital budget or adding a warrant article. If wait one year, then forgo the $34,000 savings for one year. Streetlights are mounted on Verizon poles. Town owns arm and lamp itself. LED light warranty is 10 years. Money could be set-aside annually in reserve fund to pay for replacement in 15 years.
  4. Solarize Massachusetts’ status – Marie N. presented proposal at last week’s Selectmen’s meeting.   The program received endorsement by them and a letter of support was written. Andrew S. is to submit application with attachments to Mass CEC tomorrow. It could take 4-6 weeks to learn whether application is accepted.
  5. Community Shared Solar – similar to virtual net metering. Lee A. described the renewable Mass based program and will present possible projects for Medfield residents to consider at a future meeting.
  6. Next steps for Green Communities: MEC presented at Warrant Committee and Hospital Reuse Committee. Warrant committee will vote on stretch code article at their February 23rd MEMO meeting cancelled due to snow. Andrew S. scheduled to present at Permanent Planning & Building Committee but he may be on leave at the time. COA meeting to be scheduled. Recommended that at least I MEC member joins Andrew S at these meetings. Other community groups to present at: Lions, New in Towne, Medfield Green, and Legion. Andrew S will develop 5-year Energy Plan pending stretch code approval at Town Meeting. Press Release to be written on town energy-related initiatives. Looking into a possible writer to interview Andrew S.
  7. MMA Annual Meeting, Energy Session attended by Fred D. – Reported out the remarks made by the ISO-New England representative and the MA Energy Commissioner.   General sentiment was that new natural gas pipelines are not needed in the state.   Also reported at the meeting that over half (155) of MA towns are designated Green Communities.

Next month’s meeting – tentatively scheduled for March 17, 2016. Location and date to be confirmed.


7 GS Gold Awards 3/19

March 4, 2016 Osler Peterson Medfield Town Selectman Medfield Town Hall 459 Main Street Medfield. MA 02052 Dear Selectman Peterson, GIRL SCOUTS It's that time of year again in Medfield! We are honoring an incredible number of Girl Scout Gold Award Recipients - seven! With over 40% of our 12th Grade Scouts being Gold Award Recipients, Medfield Girl Scouts ranks well above the national average of 5% - a very special distinction. In addition to recognizing these remarkable Scouts, seventeen of our 12th Grade Ambassador Scouts will be concluding their thirteen years of Girl Scouting and bridging to Adult Girl Scouts. Of additional note is that 9 of our 17 Ambassador Scouts have also earned various Girl Scout National Leadership Awards. Finally, we are very pleased to be celebrating 100 years of Girl Scouting in Medfield. We arc one of the oldest Service Units in the country. Enclosed is a detailed description of each Scout's Gold Award project for your perusal. These seven Girl Scouts join an elite group of young women who are respected throughout the world for their dedication, leadership, and concern for their community. As you can see, we have a lot to commemorate and we hope you can join us Saturday. March 19th at 1:00 PM with a reception directly following the ceremony. This year the ceremony will be held at St. Edward Church at 133 Spring Street in Medfield. We invite you to arrive by 12:30 to be a part of our opening ceremony and walk in with the other dignitaries. I will call your office in the next few days to see if it is possible for you to attend this very special event. Thanking you in advance for your attention to this matter, I remain with kind regards, Sincerely, Medfield Girl Scouts Gold Award Ceremony Committee Chair kcsteeger.a - 617-640-3277 - (c) MAR 1 4 2H6 About the Medfield Girl Scouts 2016 Gold Award Projects The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award available in Girl Scouting and is only earned by Girl Scouts who demonstrate an exceptional commitment to their communities and an outstanding dedication to achievement. In order to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, Scouts must first complete a series of prerequisites that take anywhere from 18 months to two years to complete. These pre-requisites are designed to give the Girl Scouts experiences in goal setting, leadership, career exploration and community service. Once the prerequisites are completed, each girl submits a plan for her Girl Scout Gold Award project that will require a minimum of 85 hours to complete. Each project needs to combine the skills and passions of the candidate in unique ways so that once completed, her project will leave a lasting mark on the community. Katherine Lyons My project addressed the issue surrounding the lack of knowledge of how poverty affects kids living on Cape Cod. Before beginning my project, even I was unaware of the severe poverty that affects many people living on the Cape and my goal was to make as many people aware of the issue in my hometown and surrounding areas as possible. I hope the awareness raised through my project benefits not only those who are Jiving in poverty, hopefully through increased donations and support, but by raising awareness to the fact that not all poverty is right before our eyes. I was able to put together 30 new backpacks filled with brand new school supplies and a few hundred books with bookmarks made by the kids at the Medfield Afterschool Program that were delivered over the summer and in the fall to Chatham Elementary School. My project also involved organizing the Cradles to Crayons 'Give Back with an Outfit Pack' drive within Medfield Girl Scouts. We were able to create 27 complete packs, 5 partially filled packs, 2 bags of additional items and had a total impact of 37 kids. Emily Piersiak My project addressed the issue of the absence of safe crossing at the end of Baker Pond in Medfield, and the Jack of encouragement for young women in the STEM fields. With the help of Girl Scout Troop 74900 and other members of the community, I constructed a bridge to span the runoff at Baker Pond. The project also included a class I taught at the Medfield Public Library, in which I was able to share my interest and knowledge in structural engineering and bridges. I am very pleased with the outcome of my project, especially the completed bridge and the information I imparted on all of the children who attended my classes. I would like to thank everyone who helped me complete this project, whether it was by donating materials or by physically helping to build it. I appreciate all of the help from my wonderful community, and I hope people enjoy all aspects of my project for years to come. Eliza beth Raine For Gold Award Project, Bats for a Cause, I addressed the decline of the local bat population due to human impact. I specifically designed this project not only to attempt to bolster the bat population for the purpose of offsetting human impact on the bats' local environment, but also to educate the public to the benefits of helping bats. I posted four bat boxes at the Trustees of Reservations as a refuge for migrating bats which would serve as nurseries for their newborn pups. My hope was that a growing bat population could help to regulate the recent overpopulation of mosquitoes, which may transmit harmful viruses to humans, like Triple E. Since the bats would stop the mosquitoes from transmitting those viruses, helping the bat population would ultimately benefit human healthcare. I also decided to educate the public about bats from around the world in order to dispel human fear of bats. I planned and executed presentations to various audiences in the community during Medfield Day, at MAP at Wheelock and Dale Street Schools, free time at Medfield's Council on Aging, and at Stony Brook's Earth Day Celebration. -OverZoe Smith Volunteering is something I value. It is a big pa rt of my life. For tunately, I had a program like Girl Scouts to start me on an early path of volunteerism. However, not everyone has t his type of opportunity. My goal for my Gold Award was to share my passion for volunteering in order to better my community. With this goal in mind, I chose to work with middle school students in my town to offer them diffe re nt opportunities to give back to the community in hopes of insti lling in them a passion to volunteer. I acted as a lia ison, connecting students with local volunteer organizations. Strong relations hips formed quickly. Many students are now volunteering regularly. Last ly, in order to receive their deserved recognition, students will have the chance to earn a President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA). The PVSA recognizes citizens for bettering the coun try by volunteering. By working with middle school students, I was able to establish a genuine passion for volunteering which they can continue to pursue throughout their lives. Grace Sowyrda My Gold Award project addressed the issue of the lack of poetry programs and creative outlets in school, particularly in my town of Medfield. Poetry is a positive vehicle for connecting with others through raw emotion. It has universal themes that inspire others in the message that we are not alone in our feelings. I saw a need to provide this type of creative outlet. I addressed this issue by creating an after school poetry program at Blake Middle School to provide a safe and fun place for teens to connect and learn about poetry. I also created a poetry hour program at the library where I read poetry to the children a nd did a creative craft. To connect the town, I led an all age poetry reading at the Medfie ld Public Library and also led a poetry reading at the Senior Center. To support my efforts, I created a poetry website with easy ways for teachers to incorporate poetry into the ir curriculums. With each event, I was amazed to see poetry work its magic in connecting all the pa rticipants. Poetry is a very important part of my life and I am so lucky to have had the privilege to share its beauty and power with so many wonderful people . . Julia Steeger My project, "Co nn ecting Kids Who Have with Kids Who Need': addressed the issue of poverty a nd the many ways poverty affects children. It was the SOth anniversary of the "War on Poverty" launched by President Johnson that gave me the idea. Even with 50 years of effort, 15% of our state's chi ldren continue to live in poverty. I created my Gold Award project to educate kids in Medfield about how poverty affects kids who live in it and what we could do together as a community to help improve t heir circumstances. I wanted kids here in Medfield to know there was something they could do to help kids who live in poverty and that by passing along their gently used clothing, books and toys, they could help kids in need. With the help of the school administration, I was able to have a Cradles to Crayons collection unit placed at the Wheelock School. I also ran several assemblies at the schools to educate kids about the affects of poverty on kids who live in it, and established several town-wide collections: an annual "Stuff the Truck" event for clothing, books and toys as well as a food drive for Medfield Food Cupboard. Olivia Taylor Previously, there had been no prominent tutoring service in Medfield for children in grades K-5. My project was to create a tutoring program that connected high school students with e lementary school students. It is a imed to improve core academic skills, as well as create a bridge between older and younger children. I ran a six-week program at the three elementary schools in Medfield for students in grades K-5, with 15 tutors and 36 participants across the three programs. The objective was to supplement what the kids were learning in class in a way that didn't fee l like school, a nd to help the kids with a new perspective. I also created a website to share my project, with an online sign-up to connect high school a nd elementary school students for one-on-one tuto r ing. In the end, I hope my project provided a new service for the children and their parents, and a leadership opportunity for the high school students.

The Girl Scout celebrate 100 years of scouting in Medfield at its spring gold awards and bridging ceremony on 3/19.  The gold award recipients always have such interesting, thoughtful, and substantive projects.  It is also great to see so many girls having such a good and productive time together and with family.20160304-GSA-invitation_Page_120160304-GSA-invitation_Page_3

Girls BB loses

From the principal –

Girls hoops sectional finals, Notre Dame 58, Medfield 53. Great effort by the Warriors, battled back & played hard for 4 qtrs. #warriorpride

BoS minutes for 3/1


20160301_Page_120160301_Page_220160301_Page_3Meeting Minutes March 1, 2016 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 servicewomen serving around the world. Mr. DeSorgher reminded the listening audience that the election polls for the presidential primary are open until 8:00 PM. CAPITAL, FACILITIES, TOWN-WIDE MASTER AND STATE HOSPITAL PLANS In attendance are members of the Warrant, School Permanent Building, State Hospital Master Planning Committees, Planning Board, Council on Aging, Capital Budget Park and Recreation Selectman DeSorgher opened the discussion by saying that we are happy to have all of you here this evening to give the Selectmen information before we take action on the 2016 warrant articles regarding these study plans. The Permanent Building Committee sets the course of action for each municipal building issue, i.e. park and rec new building; COA addition to the CENTER; schools/is it financially better to add on to the Wheelock School and save adding a principal, school nurse and office staff rather than build a new school particularly after learning that the state's school building assistance program is going down in reimbursements. The Town's auditors advised we need to add 5-6% annually to our free cash. We all want new things but what can we afford and how do we pay for them. The library has developed their strategic plan; personnel board updates their bylaws, however the 1964 master plan is past its prime so do we need volunteers to come together to develop a new way of accomplishing what needs to be done. These are some of the issues that need to be studied. Ms. Trierweiler remarked that the Capital Budget Committee meets each year to prepare a capital budget to consider proposed departmental projects. Items must meet a criteria of at least $5,000 and have a useful life of five years to be considered. A Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) is a 20 year plan that would present an evaluation of all existing municipal buildings and will serve to reduce operating costs and will help to reduce unexpected crisis in the future. To that end the Capital Budget Committee recruited bids for a CIP at an estimated cost of $80,000.00. The Town is fortunate to have been awarded a Community Compact Grant in the amount of $30,000 to help pay this cost. The requested appropriation for this article is in the amount of $50,000. March 1, 2016 Page two Permanent Building Committee member Mike McQuillan reported that a feasibility study was completed in 2012 to study the needs for town garage, public safety and park and recreation buildings along with the Dale Street School campus. Town Planner Sarah Raposa remarked that a town-wide master plan is important particularly with the visioning goals for the state hospital. It is a state requirement under MA general laws that the plan includes housing, land use, open space and recreation, economic development. It's important to have policies/goals in place for the reuse at the hospital site. She feels that a good start would be to have a draft housing production plan. Steve Nolan, hospital planning committee chair said that the Town hired VHB Consultants to assist the committee in developing a plan for the site. A 2016 warrant article is requesting $50,000 to continue preparation for the development of the site. We are hoping to have a consenus plan ready for the Town's review in about six months. Resident John Harney was recognized who commented that the hospital site seems likely for 40b development so that the Town can make their quota. He feels that the survey results from the residents points mostly to their desire for open space/recreation. So getting 2/3 vote for a zoning change may not be that easy. School Superintendent Jeff Marsden explained that a consultant was hired to conduct a fields study. Boring testing revealed that no drainage was installed subsurface so the Calvin Fisher field is our top priority although the turf at the middle school should be done but at $3M that is cost prohibited. The School Committee is pledging $300,000 to offset the cost of the new field. COA Director Roberta Lynch said that the building has 7900 sq ft of space, however by regulations it should be 12,000. This would allow us to offer additional programming to the great amount of people that come to the CENTER. The Council has $100,000 to hire a project manager and architect to begin work on construction plans that has been estimated to cost about $1M. This addition is very needed as we are running out of rooms; our Respite program has 36 individuals attending. Kevin Ryder Park & Rec Director explained the need for a new building. We have very limited space for our popular summer program and a wait list continues to grow. There are safety issues with the Pfaff Center and the lack of space is extremely hard for us on rainy summer days; the very necessary replacement this winter of the boiler was done at a cost of $25,000. We are requesting $100,000 to begin a feasibility study for a new building. March 1, 2016 Page three Michael Sullivan said that he attended a meeting this morning at Tri-County School and learned that they are developing a $SOM renovation plan for the school that will require Medfield to participate in the cost. All in all we need to look very closely at what we do need to move forward economically. The Selectmen agreed that all of this information is good input and thanked everyone for attending this evening. MEETING MINUTES VOTED unanimously to approve the meeting minutes of February 2, 16 and 23, 2016 as submitted SIGN WARRANT VOTED unanimously to sign the March 28, 2016 Town Election Warrant SNOW EMERGENCY VOTE Mr. Sullivan said that as he is waiting for additional information regarding the snow budget, he advised that conversation be held at the next meeting. LICENSES & PERMITS VOTED unanimously to grant the Medfield High School Girls Field Hockey Team permission to hold a fund raising car wash behind Town Hall Saturday September 10, 2016 SELECTMEN REPORT Mr. Fisher said that he is looking forward to First Thursday, March 3, at the Zullo Gallery; always an enjoyable evening. Mr. Peterson attended the State Hospital Master Planning Committee meeting where it was discussed that a new consulting firm has been hired and he feels they will add good value to the project. The Cub Scout's Blue and Gold Banquet was a great event; a magician for entertainment who was really very good. At the event it was announced that Cub Master Jim Hatch will be leaving and moving on to be a Scout Master with this son's troop. Selectman Peterson attended the recent MMA Breakfast meeting and gathered very interesting information on a variety of topics. Mr. DeSorgher requests that a representative from Columbia Gas attend our meeting to discuss the pipe line in South Street and why there is a strong gas odor in that vicinity. He remains March 1, 2016 Page four concerned that the utility poles on Green Street have not been moved and wants a Verizon rep attend our meeting to explain why. He also attended the Blue and Gold Banquet. Today he toured the Ord Block building that is under renovation commenting that the new restaurant will be really nice. The upper floors are being set up for office suites and from the second and third floors of the building the views of Medfield are terrific. The contractor is aiming for the restaurant, named Avenue to open mid-April. The meeting adjourned at 9:10 PM.