Monthly Archives: June 2016

Medfield $ in state budget


John Nunnari provided the final Medfield money in the state budget, which includes money for the state to build its own road to the Charles River Overlook, so Medfield does not have to encumber our MSH land with that access, if we decide it is not in our best interest.


Municipality/Regional District 7061-0008 Chapter 70 Unrestricted General Government Aid Annual Formula Local Aide
FY ’15 Actual Appropriation $5,862,409.00 $1,289,875.00 $0.00
FY ’16 Actual Appropriation $5,925,859.00 $1,336,310.00
Governors FY ’17 Proposal $5,975,759.00 $1,393,771.00 $0.00
Medfield (House FY ’17 Proposed Numbers) $6,063,084.00 $1,393,771.00 $0.00
Medfield (Senate FY 17 Proposed Numbers) $6,063,084.00 $1,393,771.00 $0.00
FY ’17 Conference Committee Report           July +/- $6,063,084.00 $1,393,771.00 $0.00



2810-0100 For the operation of the division of state parks and recreation;…. provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for the creation of a roadway at the former Medfield State Hospital property in the town of Medfield


John Nunnari, Assoc AIA
Executive Director, AIA MA

State budget protects Medfield

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The state economic downturn will effect our state services, but not the state aid to education or local state aid for Medfield (see text I put in red below), as the state cuts monies for programs and cancels an income tax cut in order to balance its FY17 budget.

This Statehouse News Service article was shared by John Nunnari.


By Matt Murphy

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JUNE 29, 2016…..House and Senate leaders on Thursday will seek passage of a $39.15 billion budget accord for the fiscal year that begins on Friday, crafting a compromise in the face of unstable economic conditions that cuts $750 million in projected revenue and $413 million in proposed spending from previous plans.

The deal, reached on Wednesday by six negotiators from both branches, preserves increases to local aid and school funding for cities and towns, as well as substance abuse programs, but made tradeoffs that will result in many agencies and programs receiving level funding as the page turns Thursday night from fiscal 2016 to fiscal 2017.

The compromise plan would increase Chapter 70 school aid by $116 million and unrestricted local aid by $42 million, Dempsey told reporters.

House Ways and Means Chairman Brian Dempsey said the compromise cuts $260 million from the roughly $39.5 billion spending plans approved by the House and Senate in April and May, including $142 million from Medicaid by deferring some payments until fiscal 2018 and reducing caseload estimates in public assistance and health insurance programs.

The budget bill, which will be put before House and Senate lawmakers Thursday for passage, also cancels a proposed $200 million deposit in the state’s reserves due to lower than anticipated capital gains taxes, which have taken a hit from the volatility in the stock market.

Dempsey said the budget conferees, with the help of the Baker administration, identified $100 million in savings through “procurement efficiencies,” and are no longer assuming a reduction in the income tax rate from 5.1 percent to 5.05 percent in January, freeing up $80 million in taxes for spending.

“I think that this action on the part of the House and Senate, the conferees that have worked very, very hard over the last several weeks, shows that we are taking strong action that will certainly deal with the challenges and adjustments that we see with respect to revenue,” Dempsey said.

As a result of the lower anticipated revenues in fiscal 2017, automatic transfers to the School Building Authority and the MBTA from sales taxes will occur at lower levels, reducing the amount delivered to each entity by about $30 million, Dempsey said.

Senate budget chief Karen Spilka plans a 5 p.m. budget briefing.

[The News Service will have further budget coverage as more details become available]


Serving the working press since 1910

Office hours next Friday, not this week

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Office Hours are Friday July 8

I had to postpone my regular monthly office hours at The Center, a week, until July 8.  The time remains the same, from 9:00 to 10:00 AM. Usually my office hours are on the first Friday of every month.

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).

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

Water ban = odd even

water towers at MSH

Photo by Richard DeSorgher

Medfield Press article on the current water ban and high usage.  The state triggers the water ban, which the town is required to declare, and the town is also required to enforce it.

Mike Sullivan told me this week that Ken had told him that the water levels in the Mt. Nebo water tower went down 17′ in one day, and that it is especially problematic as the town is currently trying to fill up the new Medfield State Hospital water tower.  The town has been lucky not to have had an emergency water need, such as for a large fire, while we were on only one water tower, as we could have run short.

Medfield water ban in effect until October

Water ban in full effect until October

Posted Jun. 28, 2016 at 3:39 PM


Department of Public Works Director Ken Feeney said Medfield is under a water ban from June 15 until October in an effort to combat what he called a “crisis level for water.”

He said the water ban will limit homeowners to watering their lawns every other evening, with no watering at all from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Even numbered houses will be able to water their lawns on even numbered days, and odd numbered houses will be able to water on odd numbered days outside the 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ban.

Feeney said the town is in a dry spell right now, with June usually being a tough month because schools are getting out for the year and families are not on vacation yet. He said this creates greater water consumption at home. He said the town usually pumps about 900,000 gallons a day for water in the winter, but is currently pumping 120,000 gallons an hour at 20 hours a day – almost three million gallons a day, Feeney said. He said the water tower was down to 72 feet full, while the town tries to keep it at 90 to 98 feet full.

“We are using to many gallons a day on lawns,” he said. “Every small town with water wells has a hard time this time of year.”

It has been hard getting residents to follow the ban, he said. There is a warning, then a $50 fine if residents don’t comply. The third step is a $100 fine and the final step is shutting off someone’s water. The fines can be issued by the town or police.


Straw Hat Park opening

Straw Hat Park opening invite

Brexit to cost Medfield $


MMA alert today –

Tuesday, June 28, 2016



Brexit Vote Destabilizes World Economy, State Leaders Predict Further Loss of Tax Revenue for Fiscal 2017

As we reported in an MMA Action Alert yesterday (Monday), deliberations on the fiscal 2017 state budget have been thrown into disarray by a major slump in state tax collections. Unfortunately, the state’s fiscal picture has darkened even more.

Late yesterday afternoon, Governor Baker announced that the revenue shortfall for fiscal 2017 is likely to be $200 million worse than the gloomy projections made less than two weeks ago, mostly as a result of widespread unrest and financial volatility stemming from the Brexit vote, combined with lower-than-expected tax collections as the state closes fiscal year 2016.

The new estimate is that fiscal 2017 tax revenues will be $650 million to $950 million lower than originally thought.

This is bad news, because a revenue loss of this magnitude will force deep cuts across all aspects of the new state budget. The three separate fiscal 2017 budgets set by the Governor, House and Senate were all based on the original, higher revenue projection, which means all of the plans are out of balance.

The Legislature has passed a temporary 1-month budget to cover state obligations through the end of July and provide some breathing room for legislators while they dramatically scale back their fiscal 2017 budget.

It is imperative to remind your legislators that cities and towns have already set their budgets based on reasonable estimates of local aid and education funding. Any cuts to municipal or school accounts would trigger major budget problems in all 351 cities and towns. Any local aid reductions at this point would be incredibly disruptive, and would force communities to reopen their already-passed budgets and impose mid-year cuts.

Please call your legislators today to oppose cuts to Cherry Sheet Unrestricted General Government Aid (UGGA), Chapter 70 school aid and other municipal and school aid accounts that are included in your local spending plans. Reliance on the property tax to fund municipal and school services is at a 30-year high, and it is too late to pursue tax overrides to replace lost local aid. Any local aid reduction would translate into cuts in essential services and programs that are necessary for our economic growth and stability.

Please Call Your Legislators Today and Ask Them to Protect Local Aid


Adamson family


Dear Medfield Angels,

For the past several years the the Medfield Neighbor Brigade has supported the Adamson Family with meals while Renee received treatment for cancer.  Sadly, Renee passed away last week.  Renee leaves behind two children.  A son in college and a daughter who will be a HS senior next year.

Renee’s husband passed away 10 years ago from cancer.  Since the passing of her husband Renee’s neighbors and friends have surrounded her and her children with love and support.  To help the children get through this incredibly challenging time the neighbors have decided to create a fund for the kids.

Please see the message below from Lisa McFetridge.

Thank you,

Kathleen & Laurie

Our neighbor, Renee Adamson, passed away on June 18th after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Her husband, John, passed away 10 years ago.
Since it takes a village to raise a child, we would like to let folks know that there is a fund established to help
Renee & John’s two children through the coming years of college and life.
If you would like to contribute to this fund, you can do so by sending a check made out to:
2016 Adamson Family Trust

c/o Lisa McFetridge
161 Granite Street
Medfield, MA 02052
Her family and our neighborhood would like to thank all of the people who have helped in so many ways over the last 15 years with food, rides,
and just always being there in so many ways with so much generosity.

Please share this email, if you wish, with others who may know of the family and wish to help. Again, thank you.
My email is if you have any questions.

Lisa McFetridge LISAGMC on Ravelry
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“It is what it is and everything will be alright.”