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

COOA's Center_and_sign


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
TweetKnits on Twitter
“It is what it is and everything will be alright.”

MMA (& OLP) to legislators


The Massachusetts Municipal Association today asked me to lobby our legislators about pending items, and in response I sent our Senator and Representatives the email below:

Dear Senator Timilty, and Representatives Garlick and Dooley,

I have generally come to have great faith in the Massachusetts Municipal Association, and therefore when the MMA asks me to support things, I usually believe that doing so is the right thing to do.

For your information, I have inserted below the MMA’s agenda for the remainder of your legislative session:

June 27, 2016




With Just 5 Weeks Remaining in the Session, Now is the Time to Ask Legislators to Address Municipal Concerns and Priorities


With the end of the formal legislative sessions just a few weeks away (the two-year legislative session will end on July 31), the House and Senate are looking at a long list of bills, large and small, that will need final approval by July 31 or have to start anew next January. Many of these bills would significantly impact cities and towns.


Please talk with your legislators this week and ask them to prioritize cities and towns during the end-of-session rush. The major issues in play include the following:


Balancing the Fiscal 2017 State Budget without Harming Cities and Towns


The House and Senate have each approved $39.5 billion state budget proposals for fiscal year 2017 (H. 4201 and S. 2305), and are now negotiating a final consensus bill. However, this process has been thrown into disarray by a major slump in state tax collections. The Governor has announced that fiscal 2017 revenues will certainly come in far below earlier predictions, saying that the shortfall is at least $450 million and as much as $750 million.


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 cuts at this point would be incredibly disruptive.


Ask your legislators 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 sending plans. Also ask your legislators to oppose Section 46 of the Senate budget (S. 2305), which would strip cities and towns of their ability to change contribution ratios for retiree health insurance, and make it extremely difficult to address runaway OPEB costs.


Now is the Time for the Senate to Pass the Municipal Modernization Act


The Municipal Modernization bill filed by the Governor last December has moved through a long process, and has received unanimous approval by the House. H. 4419 includes over 200 sections to streamline and update state laws and regulations that interfere with the administration of local government. Although some of the stronger reforms in the original bill have been taken out, the Municipal Modernization Act still includes a wide array of long-overdue and very welcome updates to municipal finance and administrative laws.


Please ask your Senators to promise swift and timely action on H. 4419 to make sure that the bill makes it to the Governor’s Desk. This must be a key priority for legislators – there is absolutely no reason to delay action on this long-overdue legislation.


Ask Your Senators and Representatives to Oppose the New Unfunded Mandates in the Municipal Solid Waste/Recycling Bill (S. 2308)


This week, the Senate is expected to take up legislation to require cities and towns to reduce municipal solid waste to a maximum of 600 pounds per capita by 2018 and 450 pounds per capita by 2022. This bill (S. 2308) would provide NO financial support, meaningful technical assistance or effective pathway to achieve these mandated limits. In effect, S. 2308 is the classic example of an unfunded environmental mandate. The bill is well-intentioned, but completely fails to recognize the financial limitations that exist in cities and towns, and makes no effort to have the state assume any responsibility for providing any funding or resources. Please ask your legislative delegation to oppose this bill. The Senate could vote as early as Tuesday, June 28, so it is important that your Senators hear from you as soon as possible.


Click here to download a copy of MMA’s letter to the Senate outlining the problems the legislation would cause.


Ask Your Representatives to Reject the Intrusions on Local Zoning Passed by the Senate


On June 9, the Senate approved a surprisingly broad and intrusive housing and zoning bill (S. 4419) that completely overrode an earlier planning bill that had been in the works for years. The Senate-voted bill would override important features of local zoning bylaws and ordinances and expose cities and towns to lawsuits. The bill would require cities and towns across the state to make zoning changes to create “as-of-right” multi-family housing districts or face legal action brought by either the attorney general or builders and land developers seeking permits. S. 4419 would also require accessory apartments to be permitted as-of-right and would override the dozens and dozens of accessory apartment bylaws currently in place based on special permits. In effect, the bill would grant unprecedented new “as-of-right” powers to for-profit developers, with NO requirements that these developers produce any affordable units. Instead, developers would be incentivized to pursue high-end, luxury developments, making it harder for communities to meet their affordable housing goals. The bill also made significant changes to weaken the inclusionary zoning provision that local officials have been promoting for many years, and would provide only a limited authority to collect development impact fees. The bill would also subject municipal zoning codes to challenge under the state’s anti-discrimination statue.


Please ask your Representatives to hold and take no action on the Senate’s housing bill. It is too late in the year to try to finalize a bill of this importance and with such major differences between the original planning bill and the Senate re-write. Unfortunately, work on this this important issue must wait until next year. Rushing S. 4419 through at this time would have an extraordinary impact on municipal zoning, with very little understanding of the consequences for downtown development and the quality of life in neighborhoods throughout the state.


Other Bills on the House and Senate Calendars


There are dozens of bills on the ongoing House and Senate calendars that would have an impact on local government, including many that have posted there for weeks or months awaiting action. There are more than 60 of these bills on the House calendar alone. Some would help cities and towns, but many would reduce local revenues or impose new unfunded mandates. As the legislative session draws to a close, there will be pressure brought to bear in both branches to quickly approve these long-held bills.


Ask your legislators to keep an eye on bills moving from the House and Senate calendars to make sure there are no burdensome special interest bills that make it to the Governor’s desk. Extra vigilance is needed at the end of session.


MMA Board Votes to Oppose Marijuana and Charter School Ballot Questions


As the final signatures are being submitted for the statewide ballot questions, we want to update you on the vote of the MMA Board of Directors earlier this month. On June 14, the Board voted unanimously to approve the recommendation of the Municipal and Regional Administration Policy Committee to oppose the marijuana ballot question (H. 3932). The Board also voted unanimously to support the recommendation of the Fiscal Policy Committee to oppose the charter school ballot question (H. 3928). The MMA will be providing more information on the ballot questions next month, after each receives final approval to appear on the ballot at the November 8, 2016 election.


If you have any questions on the issues highlighted above, or on any other measure, please contact MMA Legislative Director John Robertson or any member of the Legislative Division at 617-426-7272.




Osler L. Peterson, Esq.


DEP site walk at LCB

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs Department of Environmental Protection Central Regional Office • 8 New Bond Street, Worcester MA 01606 • 508-782-7650 Charles D. Baker Governor Karyn E. Polito Lieutenant Governor Mr. Lee Bloom LCB Senior Living 3 Edgewater Drive, Suite 101 Norwood, MA 02062 Dear Mr. Bloom: June 23, 2016 Re: Wetlands/Medfield DEP File# 214-0635 361 & 363A Main Street Medfield, MA 02052 Request for Depruirnental Action Site Meeting Notice Matthew A. Beaton Secretary Martin Suuberg Commissioner The Department of Environmental Protection (Depruiment) is in receipt of your Request for Departmental Action as the applicant for the Assisted Living Residence project. The Medfield Conservation Commission issued an Order of Conditions denying the project on May 26, 2016. The Deprutment, under the provisions of General Laws, Ch. 131 § 40 and in prepru·ation for the issuance of a Superseding Order of Conditions, will hold an informal on-site meeting with all concerned patties. The site meeting will take place at 353/355 Main Street on June 28, 2016 at 3:00 pm to informally discuss the issues relevant to the appeal. No activity may commence on any portion of the project subject to the jurisdiction of the Wetlands Protection Act, Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 131, Section 40 until all appeal periods have elapsed and all proceedings before the Depruirnent have been completed, 310 CMR 10.05 (7)(k). Please contact me at (508) 767-2711 if you have any questions. Sincerely, ~t.Jlly Environmental Analyst Bureau of Water Resources Division of Wetlands and Waterways cc: Medfield Conservation Commission (via Gloria Yankee, 361 Main Street, Medfield (via Stephen J. Browne, 303 Main Street, Medfield (via Michelle & John Linnert, 353/355 Main Street, Medfield (via Renee McDonough, Goddard Consulting (via This Information Is available in alternate format. Call Michelle Waters-Ekanem, Diversity Director, at 617-292-5751. TTY# MassRelay Service 1-800-439-2370 MassDEP Website: Printed on Recycled Paper

Upcoming projects – revised

Revised schedule of upcoming projects

Attached is a revised schedule of upcoming projects. Donna could you post this on the web site? Thanks. Mike [Sullivan]


June 23 and 24 – DPW to remove excess fill from High School field in conjunction with field and track reconstruction


June 27 through July 15 – grinding and paving of Green Street and North Meadows Road from West Street to the Charles River.


Friday June 24 – activate electric service to new Hospital Road water tower


Week of June 27th – complete sterilization of new water tower and fill


No date established yet – removal of old hospital water tower


Week of June 27 – start replacement of South Street gas main from Pound Street to Philip Street


Sunday, June 26th 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Car show at former state hospital site.