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Hospital Road 40B


Hospital Road 40B filed with State

The Larkin Brothers of Reading and Fred Santucci of Needham filed with the state to start their permitting process for their planned 40B development off Hospital Road adjacent to the former Medfield State Hospital site.  Below is a draft of the current town response, which the selectmen will seek to finalize at the meeting tonight.

The Larkins shared with me last Thursday that they were willing to start meeting with the town representatives again, meetings they broke off to focus on their state filing.  The real question will be whether they will be willing to make real changes to their project to make it more acceptable to the town, to the point that the town would be willing to seek to help them facilitate their permitting.

The big sticking points are the current density, the costs, and the target buyers not matching town needs.

July 23, 2016

Mr. Gregory P. Watson, AICP
Manager of Comprehensive Permit Programs
Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency
One Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108-3110

Re:     Application for Project Eligibility Determination/Site Approval Country Estates
Municipal Comment Letter; Due July 29, 2016

Dear Mr. Watson:
In response to an application for Project Eligibility Determination/Site Approval (the “Application”) submitted to the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency (MassHousing) by Country Estates of Medfield, LLC for a proposed development of forty-eight (48) units on Hospital Road in Medfield pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 40B, Sections 20-23 (Chapter 40B), the Medfield Board of Selectmen submits the enclosed material as written comment pursuant to 760 CMR 56.04 (3). The correspondence contains comments from Town department heads and officials. It is our understanding that some Medfield residents will be submitting their own comments.

I.    Introduction
The proposed project (the project) would include forty-eight (48) units on 7.34 acres, 0.02 acres of which are wetlands. The breakdown of the development is proposed as follows: twenty-eight (28) three bedroom units and twenty (20) four bedroom units; 24 single family units with attached two-car garages (24 buildings) and 24 duplex units with attached one- or two-car garages (12 buildings). The existing property is adjacent to conservation land owned by the Town of Medfield and open space land owned by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The property fronts on Hospital Road, a well-traveled public way that connects North Meadows Road (Route 27) to Harding Street.

II.    Previous communication with developers
Prior to submittal to MassHousing the Applicants had a series of meetings with town staff, officials, and residents on the general concept and layout of the project.
•    December 1, 2015 – Applicants, Michael Larkin and Patrick Larkin, expressed their intent to submit a 40B on Hospital Road to Sarah Raposa, Town Planner.
•    February 3, 2016 – Applicants, Michael Larkin, Patrick Larkin, and Fred Santucci, met with Michael Sullivan, Town Administrator, and Sarah Raposa, Town Planner, to discuss the proposed project. The Applicants were informed of the Town’s draft Housing Production Plan and were recommended to meet with the Council on Aging to understand the needs of the Medfield’s aging population.
•    March 14, 2016 – Applicants, Michael Larkin, Patrick Larkin, and Fred Santucci, met with Osler Peterson, Selectman, Michael Sullivan, Town Administrator, Sarah Raposa, Town Planner, Frank Perry Member, Board of Assessors, and Ralph Costello, Resident. The Applicants proposed sixty (60) units with a mix of duplexes, triplexes, and quadplexes. The Applicants were provided feedback about density, price points, site design, and connection to open spaces. The Applicants were also queried on their ability to provide “reasonably” priced homes suitable for seniors.
•    April 4, 2016 – Applicants, Michael Larkin, Patrick Larkin, and Fred Santucci, met with Osler Peterson, Selectman, Michael Sullivan, Town Administrator, Kristine Trierweiler, Assistant Town Administrator, Sarah Raposa, Town Planner, Frank Perry, Member, Board of Assessors, and Ralph Costello, Resident. The plan was reduced to forty-eight units comprised of singles and duplexes all with the ability to have first floor master bedrooms.
•    April 20, 2016 – Applicants, Michael Larkin, Patrick Larkin, and Fred Santucci, Jon Studebaker, Architect, and Bradley McKenzie, PE, met with Osler Peterson, Selectman, Michael Sullivan, Town Administrator, Kristine Trierweiler, Assistant Town Administrator, Sarah Raposa, Town Planner, Frank Perry, Member, Board of Assessors, and Ralph Costello, Resident. The elements of the site plan and design elements were presented by Studebaker and McKenzie. Feedback was given on utilities, infrastructure, stormwater, mature trees, stone walls, and open space connections. Town staff remained concerned about the proposed unit size and affordability.
While the Town was assured there would be an additional meeting to better understand the pro forma prior to submission to MassHousing for Project Eligibility, we were disappointed when communication ceased.

III.    Comments from Town Staff and Officials
Based on the conceptual, un-dimensioned, un-detailed plan that was submitted with the Application, the Town offers the following comments, hopefully useful in developing the plan set for application to the Medfield Zoning Board of Appeals:
A.    Environmental, Historical, and Archeological:
•    The former use of part of the subject property was a gas station/garage, Ford dealership, and a small business making street sweeping brooms in the back of the garage.
•    A large portion of the property is shown to contain Prime Farmland Soils
•    Add vegetation to property boundary – do not rely on State-owned fields as buffer
•    Keep large trees (and protect during construction). Any loss of significant vegetation within 10 years of project completion will require replacement (same location, substantial height and caliper size).
•    Add additional substantial vegetation along Hospital Road to buffer new construction.
•    About half of the property is in the Well Protection District, Aquifer Overlay Zone
•    Retain and enhance the stone wall along Hospital Road.
•    Retain any historical site features (gates, fences, stone walls).
•    Use drought tolerant lawn grasses and vegetation throughout the site.
•    The proposed project is not in an Archeological Protection District.
•    The proposed project not in Hospital Farm Historical District.
•    Hospital Road is not a Scenic Road.

B.    Infrastructure:
•    Water and Sewer connections were made as a courtesy to the former residents who sold their land to the developers. Otherwise, a 5-year moratorium would be in effect.
•    The Board of Water and Sewerage agrees with the Fire Chief’s proposed hydrant locations as sketched on concept plan.
•    Mega lugs will be necessary at all hydrants.
•    Six (6) inch ductile iron pipe and six (6) inch gates must be used at all hydrants.
•    The Medfield Water Department requires a looped water system with eight (8) inch ductile iron pipe.
•    It will be necessary to place one gate valve at each roadway and one gate valve at approximately halfway into the subdivision circle. All valves will be eight (8) inch.
•    One (1) inch Type K, copper service, piping will be required at each house.
•    The Medfield Sewer Department requires manholes to be installed 300 feet apart and at all turns.
•    Provide four (4) foot sumps and catch basins.
•    Proposed infiltration basin design to the standards of the July 1, 2017 EPA standards (PE stamps required).
•    Ensure that the detention area appropriately sized to handle run-off; not too sloped so that it may appear as an amenity rather than necessary infrastructure. Alternatively, provide adequate safety provisions to prevent residents from entering/accessing the drainage structures.
•    Provide operations and maintenance agreement for stormwater system
•    Inclusion of LID Best Management Practices (bioretention, rain gardens)
•    Provide draft homeowners association agreement with submission for maintenance of stormwater system (roadways, common areas, vegetation)
•    Provide operations and maintenance agreements
•    Provide dark sky compliant site lighting / street lights (include photometric plan with cut-sheets for submission)
•    Provide traffic impact report with submission
•    Provide estimated water and sewer usages for proposed units
•    Natural gas service exists in road, in front of 21 Hospital Road
•    Upgrade sidewalks, ADA compliance
•    Provide underground utilities
•    Snow storage areas have not been designated. Lack of planning for this could result in reduced visibility for drivers and pedestrians in the development.
•    Provide earth importing, movement, and removal information that will be required to establish grades that will accommodate the dense development in this site.

C.    Fire Protection and Life Safety:
•    Building setbacks should be at least 8-10 feet apart
•    20’ wide one-way road circulation with Cape Cod Berm instead of vertical granite curbing
•    Use vertical curbing on Hospital Road and at curved radii.
•    No parking on street (with enforcement via Homeowners Covenant) or provide wider streets
•    Install three (3) fire hydrants on loop around Road A (locate at access points and mid-way around Road A)
•    Ensure ability to flush hydrants but locate hydrants so they are useful in fighting fires
•    Shaft liner for duplex units

D.    Overall Site Plan:
•    The site plan is aggressively dense.
•    The density and alignment of the units around the ring road does not respect the street view or country road.
•    Provide more differentiation in the unit design and face them in a purposeful direction not just vehicular (the way the decks and backs of the houses face the center circle does not create much of a neighborhood).
•    Eliminate one of the structures at the end of Road C in order to free up space for visitor parking (also removes Conservation Commission jurisdiction).
•    Eliminate one of the structures in the northwest area in order to free up space for visitor parking.
•    Create bus stop and mail locations.
•    Include fully dimensioned detailed site plans showing setbacks, FARs, lot coverages, etc.
•    No further expansion of dwellings allowed.
•    Provide for third party building inspection.
•    Provide for third party road and infrastructure construction inspection.

E.    Municipal Planning and Affordable Housing Comments:
•    Housing goals articulated in Medfield’s 1997 Master Plan Goals & Policies Statement  remain applicable today:
o    Protect Medfield’s environmental quality, town character and fiscal condition as growth continues. (LU-2)
    Decisions affecting land use should be guided by an understanding of the environmental, social, and fiscal implications of development.
o    Medfield will accommodate residential development that is consistent with the Town’s character and its ability to provide high quality services. (H-1)
    Residential development should be concentrated in areas that can accommodate development without jeopardizing the environment and town character.
    Ensure that densities reflect infrastructure and natural resource constraints.
o    New housing development will include the variety of lot sizes, unit sizes and housing costs that contribute to Medfield’s diverse community. (H-2)
    Plan for and support development of a wide range of housing options in order to accommodate households with diverse housing needs, as well as changing family structures.
    The Town should take a direct role in provision of affordable housing in order to protect the character of the community while meeting identified needs and targets.
o    These goals formed the basis for the housing vision stated in Medfield’s 2004 Community Development Plan:
    Medfield will accommodate residential development that is consistent with the Town’s character and its ability to provide high quality services while ensuring that units that are affordable to a range of incomes are also developed.
•    The Town has completed a draft Housing Production Plan and intends to submit it to DHCD by the end of the year. One of the promising strategies for providing broader types and affordabilities of housing in Medfield is in the redevelopment of the nearby former Medfield State Hospital. The Town purchased the property from the State in December 2014 and is currently undergoing a master planning process.
o    The size and price of the of units do not meet the needs of the community as evidenced by the following key findings for the HPP:
    Medfield’s housing stock is relatively homogenous, and there is a need for more diverse housing options in town suitable for households of all ages, sizes, and incomes. Increasing the diversity of housing options in Medfield will enable seniors, younger adults, and extended family households to establish and maintain long-term residence in the community.
    There is a need for affordable rental units suitable for families, including single parents. Medfield has a large population of families and large family sizes. Even though most families are homeowners, there is a population of families in town who rent. Medfield’s existing rental units are very small – the median number of rooms is only 3.4 – which suggests a need for larger units suitable for families.
    Medfield’s homes are large, and there are few options for seniors and empty-nesters to downsize and remain in the community. Smaller single family homes or condominiums would allow residents an opportunity to stay in Medfield as they age.
    Single family homes in Medfield are very expensive. There is a need for more affordable homeownership opportunities for younger adults, people who work in town, and care providers. Medfield will have an increasingly difficult time recruiting quality candidates for municipal, school department, service, or other private sector jobs as employees cannot afford to live within a reasonable commuting distance.
    Demand for the existing rental properties in town is high, suggesting a surplus demand for rentals in town. Conversations with social service providers in the region suggests that there is a need for rental housing for all types of households, including young adult households, single parents, traditional families, seniors, and single individuals.
•    Medfield’s Subsidized Housing Inventory is approximately 6.7%
•    Provide potential school impact estimates

IV.    Conclusion
Overall, our suggestions about this project relate to the density and unit sizes proposed which seem to be somewhat excessive given the surrounding residential neighborhoods and the interest in providing affordable housing for families of modest means. The variation of pricing between the affordable units and the market units appears to be excessive. The Town would like to see some of the market units priced at a more reasonable level to accommodate the needs of residents who are being priced out of the local housing market as prices skyrocket. In addition, it would seem that the disparity in price between affordable units ($200,000) and market units ($500,000 to $720,000) may not be the most advantageous arrangement. The site has water and sewer in the adjacent street, substantially reducing development costs, which should permit unit housing costs to be reduced to a more reasonable level for the market units. We have discussed this with the developers and suggested scaling back the size and the amenities in the market units to put them within the price range of moderate income families, e.g., reduce square footage of the units, eliminate granite countertops and high end appliances, offer lower priced options in flooring and bathroom fixtures, etc. Medfield currently has six 40B developments, including a recently completed 92–unit rental complex. It has never turned down a 40B project and is proud of its track record of welcoming a variety of housing types. Three of these developments are for families, two for senior housing and one for developmentally disabled individuals. Recent housing surveys have indicated a strong demand for affordable housing for older individuals, whose children have left home, who would like to downsize and would like to stay in the town where they have lived for all or most of their lives. Presently, we have seen an outflow of older residents to surrounding communities because the type of housing they would like to purchase or rent is not priced within their means. The vast majority of Medfield’s housing stock consists of large single family homes, not suitable for an aging household. In supporting a 40B project we would hope that it would serve people of modest means, both low and moderate incomes. We do not consider the purpose of a 40b development is to maximize a developer’s profit margin.  Given your mission we are confident that you will concur with this position by requiring that both the affordable and market units be reasonably priced and not be priced at levels well beyond the reach of average citizens. We would also ask that, given the diversity of our existing 40B projects, that the need in Medfield for housing options for aging families be incorporated into this project.
In addition to the above observations, we do have some concerns about the lack or suitable parking spaces proposed within the development. Given the number of bedrooms and of dens, and family rooms suitable for conversion to bedrooms, as well as the proposed street widths of 20 feet, we do not feel that the proposed parking is adequate. Keep in mind that this is a somewhat rural site with no public transportation and that Medfield, with a population of just over 12,000 issues some 12,000 motor vehicle excise tax bills each year. Finally, we are concerned that the building designs seem to be based more on how many units can be configured than on how the development will look and function as a neighborhood. When we made suggestions about placement of garages and decks, we were told that the design was based on minimizing the asphalt surfaces. A well-designed neighborhood should be based more on how it works for the residents than on how asphalt is measured. A little creativity in design could do wonders for both.

Chairman, Board of Selectmen

cc: Jessica L. Malcolm, 40B Specialist, MassHousing

Personnel changes

Maurice Goulet

Maurice Goulet is new DPW Director

Mo Goulet takes over the Medfield DPW starting August 1.  Mo has been with the Town of Easton’s DPW since 1995, and its Operations Manager since 2006.  For the ten years before the Easton DPW, he ran his own surveying and drafting business in Franklin, and prior to that he worked for fifteen years at Trucchi’s Supermarkets in Taunton.  He obtained a BS from Bridgewater State University in 2003, and is a long term resident of Franklin, where he has had many coaching and volunteer involvements.

A Century of Service to Medfield Ends

Ken Feeney

Ken Feeney already retired after almost 38 years with the DPW, most recently as the Town’s long serving Superintendent.  Since March Ken has been working 25 hours a week to bridge over to the new Director starting.

Robert Kennedy, Sr.

Mr. Kennedy will be retiring from a 62 year career with the Medfield DPW this summer.  He is one of the longest serving municipal employees in all of Norfolk County.  Between these two DPW employees the town is losing almost a century of experience.

Justin Hinkley

Mr. Hinkley was a mechanic for the DPW for 6 years, and left July 1 for a job at Caterpillar and to be closer to his daughter.

Alan Peterson

Alan Peterson is leaving his Facilities Manager position with the schools.  Alan also served as an active member of the Medfield Energy Committee, as well as serving on  his own hometown’s energy committee in Pembroke.

Andrew Seaman

Andrew Seaman is leaving his relatively new position as the town’s Energy Manager, to follow his wife and new daughter, Emily, to new adventures in Philadelphia, where Andrew’s doctor wife has employment with the University of Pennsylvania.

BoS minutes for 6/21

Meeting Minutes June 21, 2016 Chenery Meeting Room draft PRESENT: Selectmen Fisher, Peterson, Marcucci; Town Administrator Sullivan; Town Counsel Cerel; Administrative Assistant Clarke Chairman Fisher called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM. He announced this meeting is being recorded. Chairman Fisher asked for a moment of appreciation for our brave servicemen and servicewomen serving around the world. PENDING ITEMS MEETING MINUTES VOTED unanimously to approve the June 7, 2016 minutes as amended The Selectmen agreed to hold the board, commission, committee appointments until their July 19 meeting Ms. Clarke reported that one resident came forward requesting information regarding the Senior Housing Study Committee, however has not confirmed his interest in appointment. Hold item for next meeting. The Planning Board submitted Teresa James as their nominee to the Town wide Master Planning Committee. STATE GRANT The Town has been awarded a $30,000 grant for facilities assessment and capital planning. The Selectmen are required to authorize Chairman Fisher sign documents to be submitted to the state. VOTED unanimously to authorize Chairman Fisher execute Commonwealth of Massachusetts Standard Contract Form and documents relating to the $30,000 grant PROPOSED HOSPITAL ROAD DEVELOPMENT Selectman Peterson remarked that he was under the impression that there were to be additional meetings with the developer Larkin Real Estate Group regarding their plan prior to submitting it to the state; however now knowing that they have made application to the state it appears they want to move forward more quickly. A site visit is scheduled for Wednesday June 22 at 10 AM. June 21, 2016 Page two MEDFIELD ENERGY COMMITIEE The Committee's June 15 letter urges the Board to write to the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) supporting Stretch Code Provisions for improved energy codes that highlight the costs to operate a building (heat, cool, light, etc.); costs that are in addition to mortgage payments. VOTED two to one to write a letter to the DOER in support of Stretch Code Provisions Selectman Marcucci abstained APPROPRIATION TRANSFERS VOTE: Selectman Peterson made a motion, seconded by Selectman Marcucci to approve the following Appropriation Transfers: Transfer from Highway Equipment salary to Highway Equipment Operations $4,500 for gasoline purchases for the month of June; Transfer from Cemetery Salary to Cemetery Operations $5,000 to cover invoice for June burials; Transfer from Sewer Department Salary to Sewer Sludge Disposal $15,000 due to increase in cost to remove sludge at the Wastewater Treatment Plant; Transfer from Administrator Salaries to State Hospital Maintenance $8,715.60 due to depleted budget; Transfer from Town Administrator Salaries to depleted Town Counsel budget $7,402.50 to cover outside counsel legal fees for personnel issues and additionally authorize Chairman Fisher execute Appropriation Transfer Forms. Vote was unanimous Selectman Marcucci queried what was allocated to Town Counsel's FY16 budget for outside counsel; response $18,000. Well into the budget process the Town encountered civil service and MCAD cases that require ongoing labor counsel service. These cases depleted the budget. Town Counsel Cerel offered that as counsel also in Franklin they engage outside labor counsel when necessary. MEDFIELD KINGSBURY CLUB Brad Harris, general manager reported to the Board that this is the first season for the Club's new outdoor pool for members only. We would like to add a patio area near the pool to setup tables, chairs and a snack bar to serve alcoholic beverages and food. Mr. Harris submitted a floor plan for the Board's review. The ABCC considers this as an alteration of the premises. The necessary application has been completed for the ABCC. The Selectmen agree that this will be a good addition for the Club. VOTE: Selectman Peterson made a motion, seconded by Selectman Marcucci to approve the Medfield Kingsbury Club's request to add an outdoor patio area to the facility to serve alcoholic beverages and food subject to the submitted floor plan. Vote was unanimous June 21, 2016 Page three STRAW HAT PARK UPDATE Committee member Minta Hissong remarked that the construction of the park has been moving forward very smoothly and is near completion. The sod was recently installed as well as engraved bricks and two benches. We expect delivery of two game tables and chairs very soon. A ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for Wednesday July 13. The committee is very grateful to the Highway Department for their many hours of work. A big thank you to the families and friends for their donations that has made this project come to fruition. ARTSMARKET AGREEMENT The Town is ready to enter into an agreement with Arts Market to conduct a feasibility study for a cultural facility at the state hospital property. Total fee for services is $16,800. Town Counsel has reviewed and approved the agreement. The Selectmen are requested to execute same. VOTE: On a motion made by Selectman Peterson, seconded by Selectman Marcucci it was voted unanimously to sign proposal for consulting services between the Town and ArtsMarket, located at Coffee Creek Road, Bozeman, MT. LICENSES AND PERMITS VOTED unanimously to grant the High School Girls and Boys Varsity Cross Country team to hold a fundraising car wash behind Town Hall Saturday September 10 (rain date October 1) SELECTMEN REPORTS Mr. Peterson remarked that the special exhibit "Hidden In Plain Sight" that Medfield Cares About Prevention took part in at the Natick Mall was well received. Attended the Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee meeting where he learned that the VHB financial model is about 95% complete. The Planning Board and the State Hospital committee held a joint session focused on strategy to consider what the town can do to develop a housing plan. Mr. Peterson went to the event Amilia's Light Garden Party, a fundraising event. Proceeds will be donated to "Saving Young Women" in Uganda from human trafficking which is a remarkable undertaking for this group. Medfield Girl Scouts had a terrific celebration at the Gazebo for their 100 year anniversary. Mr. Marcucci attended Medfield High School Graduation. 230 students received their diplomas. It was a nice day and well attended. He went to the Zullo Gallery's annual Arts Festival that was a great event. Terrific crowd, good music, good food. Mr. Fisher attended the graduation commenting it was a good day. He went to the Environmental Business Council of New England Awards Celebration on Thursday June 16. June 21, 2016 Page four Kristine, Bill Massaro and John Thompson were also in attendance. It was wonderful to have Medfield be recognized for their outstanding collaboration for the state hospital remediation and major restoration of the wetlands on the Charles River. It was a terrific event with a great attendance. Mr. Fisher displayed the award, an engraved wood plaque. ENERGY AND MAINTENANCE AGREEMENTS Andrew Seaman, Energy Manager requests the Selectmen vote to sign several contracts regarding municipal energy. VOTED unanimously to sign the following annual agreements; Select Energy Development LLC, Hopkinton, MA for solar array maintenance at the Wastewater Treatment Plant fee $5,516; CAM HVAC, Smithfield, RI maintenance on the units at the Town Garage and Wastewater Treatment Plant, fee $5,802; Century Elevator, Inc., Scituate, MA preventative maintenance for Town Hall and Library elevators, fee $3,000; Energy Efficiency Incentive Agreement with Columbia Gas Co. for the Public Safety Building Andrew remarked that the new solar array has saved the town about $6,000 since it became active and that the town will be on track for the projected annual savings of 300,000 kilowatt hours. He continued reporting that today that some members of the Energy Committee held interviews with four solar installer companies for the town's solarizing program. All bidders met the requirements as set out in the RFP. The committee agreed to award the contract to New England Clean Energy, Hudson, MA. Andrew reported that there was a good response from residents expressing interest to join the program. The contract will be between the homeowner and the vendor, New England Clean Energy. VOTED unanimously to approve New England Clean Energy, Hudson MA as the vendor to participate in Solarize Medfield program and as recommended by the Medfield Energy Committee The Selectmen expressed their appreciation to Andrew for all his help he has given the Town during his time with us. We wish you well as you and your family move to your new surroundings in the Philadelphia area. Andrew in turn thanked the Board for all your support. ADJOURNMENT On a motion made by Selectman Peterson at 8:10 PM to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Selectman Marcucci the motion carried.20160621_Page_220160621_Page_320160621_Page_4


BoS 7/19

TOWN OF MEDFIELD MEETING NOTICE I POSTED: rowN OF MEOflELO. MASS. 2Dlh JUL rs • P 12: lrt POSTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF M.G.L. CHAPTER39 SECTION 23A AS AMENDED. OFFICE OF ·THE Board of Selectmen TOWN CLERt< Board or Committee PLACE OF MEETING DAY, DA TE, AND TIME Town Hall, Chenery Meeting Room, 2nct floor Tuesday July 19, 2016@ 7:00 PM AGENDA (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) 7:00 PM School Department update on Wheelock boiler project and field replacement 7:15 PM Dave Maxson, discuss the proposed cell tower to be installed on utility pole near the Subway Shop, Main Street OLD BUSINESS Discuss Selectmen's calendar September through December PENDING Board, Committee, Commission appointments NEW BUSINESS Veteran's Services I discuss Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War and Veterans Home Act, Senate Bill 2325 LICENSES AND PERMITS High School Football team requests permission to hold a car wash behind Town Hall Sunday August 28, 1 l-2PM Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Team requests permission for a car wash behind Town Hall Saturday October 8 Other business that may arise and come before the Board of Selectmen Signature 1- 1£-l EXISTING SECONDARY POWER TO POLE ACROSS STREET PROPOSED 60A FUSED DISCONNECT & SURGE ARRESTOR GROUND LEVEL ELEV.~ O'± (AGL) 180'± (AMSL) 5' -8.5' (AGL) IN ACCORDANCE WITH UTIUTY COMPANY REQUIREMENTS ELEVATION 11x17 SCALE: 1"=5' 22x34 SCALE: 1 "=2.5' LE-2 PROPOSED (1) ANTENNA 15.1"t;!l x 24.2"H PROPOSED 3 FT.± FIBERGLASS POLE-TOP EXTENSION MOUNT L EXISTING SECONDARY POWER TO BUILDING EXISTING COMM WIRES c EXJSTJNG TELCO TO BUILDlNG UU EXISTING CUMBING PEGS 5 (ALTERNATING SIDES) PROPOSED CONDUIT (COAX FROM RRH) PROPOSED CONDUIT (FIBER) PROPOSED (1) 1/2" COAX PROPOSED AC/DC CONVERTER q; MOUNTED BEHIND RRH ~ PROPOSED (1) 70DMHz RRH@ PROPOSED SAR-0 @ MOUNTED BEHIND RRH 4 LE-3 1--EXISTING UTILITY POLE #6X GROUND ROD 2.5 0 - ".J'~t=' 2tg ~ -f-109:: -oC-Jo=> - w 5 = AN ANALYSIS OF THE CAPACITY OF THE EXISTING STRUCTURE TO SUPPORT THE PROPOSED LOADING HAS NOT BEEN COMPLETED BY PROTERRA DESIGN GROUP, lLC. DRAWINGS ARE SUBJECT TD CHANGE PENDING THE OUTCOME OF A STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS. PHOTO DETAIL SCALE' N.T.S. l fA3E EXHIBIT THIS LEASE IS SCHEMATIC IN NATURE AND IS INTENDED TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION REGARDING THE LOCATION AND SIZE OF THE PROPOSED WIRELESS COMMUNICATION FACILITY. THE SITE LAYOUT WILL BE FINALIZED UPON COMPLETION OF SITE SURVEY AND FACILITY DESIGN. IMAGE SOURCE' PROTERRA 05/07/15 (2 ~ 1- iii :c xw w en

Solarize Medfield launched

solarize mass medfield 


For Immediate Release


Marie Zack Nolan

(508) 361-8786


Medfield Launches Community-Wide Solar Initiative


MEDFIELD, Mass., July 15, 2016 – Medfield homeowners and businesses can have solar energy systems installed on their properties at discounted prices through the new Solarize Medfield community program, Marie Nolan, the program’s Solar Coach and a Medfield Energy Committee member, announced today. An installer — New England Clean Energy of Hudson, Mass. — has been selected after a competitive bidding process, and a “Meet the Installer” event will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27 at the Medfield Town Hall.

The event is free and open to all Medfield residents and business-owners. Information about solar benefits, incentives and pricing, and how the program works, will be presented by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, New England Clean Energy, and Solarize Medfield. Attendees can ask questions and sign up for property assessments at the event. Light refreshments will be provided.

“Medfield has been very active in using renewable energy to reduce town costs and help our environment. Solarize Medfield, with its tiered pricing structure that offers increased savings for everyone as more people sign up, was a natural step to allow more people in town to participate and benefit from solar,” said Medfield Energy and Facilities Manager Andrew Seaman.

“Our goal is to increase the adoption of solar energy systems through a grassroots educational campaign, driven mainly by Medfield volunteers. I encourage people to get involved. Even those with roofs that are not good candidates for solar can help the community and the planet by volunteering and spreading the word to their friends and neighbors,” Nolan said.

Solarize Medfield offers discounted prices from the start. As more people sign up and new tiers are reached, the discounts become greater. Everyone in the program gets the final discount, regardless of when in the program they sign up. Those who sign up first will have their systems installed first. The program has five tiers. It ends on November 30.

“The residential sector makes up 70% of Medfield’s total energy use, so there is an opportunity for significant energy savings if many homeowners participate. So far we have 39 residential solar arrays in Medfield.  With the Solarize Medfield program it would be great if we could have 30 more or even double the existing systems, so we could reach tier 5 and get the best price for everyone,” added Nolan.

New England Clean Energy is offering solar electric systems for purchase, with financing available, as well as leased systems for those with limited tax liability. The company also offers energy-efficient ductless heating and cooling systems, installed in conjunction with solar or on a standalone basis.

Representatives from the Town chose New England Clean Energy as the installer after a rigorous review process. The company has installed 700 systems in this region since being founded 10 years ago. It has more positive reviews than any Northeast installer on independent website Solar Reviews.

“Solar in Massachusetts continues to be an amazing deal for homeowners and small businesses. Federal and state tax credits, net metering, and the green income generated by ‘SRECs’ make solar extremely economical, and financing such as the Mass Solar Loan makes it easy to own your system without a large upfront investment.  We are very excited to be working with the Solarize Medfield team to bring more clean solar energy to the community,” said Mark Durrenberger, New England Clean Energy president.

The Town of Medfield was selected to participate in the Solarize Massachusetts program in March.  Solarize Massachusetts is co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (Mass CEC) and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, Green Communities Division.

For more information about Solarize Medfield, including a calendar of events and a sign-up form, visit:  or call Marie Zack Nolan, Solar Coach at 508-361-8786. Property owners ready to have their roofs evaluated for solar can complete the registration form on the Solarize Medfield website or call New England Clean Energy directly at 978-567-6527.



My AAJ on our jury trial right

AAJ-forced arbitration

Wall Street might finally lose its favorite get-out-of-jail free card, but it’s not giving up without a fight.  Take Action

In May, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed a rule that would restrict the abusive use of forced arbitration and restore consumers’ ability to bring class actions when Wall Street engages in widespread wrongdoing.  But this long-awaited and widely supported proposal is facing well-financed attacks from powerful corporate interests.

Tell Congress to prioritize consumer rights over corporate interests and support the CFPB’s forced arbitration rule!  Take Action

Consumer rights champions in Congress are circulating letters to the CFPB expressing strong support for the forced arbitration rule. Tell your elected officials to join them by signing the letter! Take Action

If Wall Street is not accountable, our financial security is at risk!

Learn more about Wall Street’s fine print tricks.


Straw Hat Park opening tonight

Straw Hat Park opening invite

Medfield’s one earmark vetoed by Governor

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Medfield was scheduled to get only one earmark in the FY17 state budget, $150,000 for the state to build a new road to the Charles River Overlook on state land, so that the easement over the town’s former MSH property could be eliminated.  Per John Nunnari’s email this morning, Governor Baker vetoed that money.  Many such vetoes are overridden by the legislature.

John closely follows the legislature for the architects, and always knows what is happening.


Just fyi, but as part of the Governor’s veto message, the following has been eliminated:

 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

 I’m hearing that the House/Senate intend to take up the Governors vetoes during Formal Sessions on Thursday  – with the potential for it to extend into a rare Friday Formal Session.

House and Senate leadership are upset with the Gov’s $256M in reductions over 303 line items (which included approx.. $60M in earmarks – which the Medfield State Hospital roadway project would be considered).

More to come.


MEC minutes – next Thursday PM


MEC Meeting Minutes – June 9th, 2016  – – – Next meeting July 14

Attendance: Fred Bunger, Cynthia Green, Paul Fechtelkotter, Lee Alinsky, Pete Peterson, Fred Davis, Marie Nolan,  Andrew Seaman .

1.    May 12th meeting minutes accepted with corrections.

2.     Energy Manager’s Report
a.    Presented energy baseline data to Selectmen June 7 noting major energy users and energy users with high energy use index (EUI).  Selectmen support 5 year 20% improvement goal
b.    WWTP Solar at full capacity with bad inverter replaced.
c.     Public Safety Building solar change order issued.
d.     DPW solar RFP being prepared by New Ecology using funds from OATA. Target RFP issued 7/5 with award in August.
e.    Andrew to meet 6/14 with Kelly Brown of DOER and Steve Gratton of Eversource to clarify what is needed for 20% improvement plan submission and discuss areas where Eversource can provide help.
f.    LED streetlights still on hold pending getting evidence from other towns on LED maintenance experience.  –Fred Davis volunteered to draft letter to send to other towns asking for information.

3.    Discussed Andrew’s leaving.  Hopes to leave in July.  Job description to be updated and more Facilities Manager content added.  Asked Energy Committee members for recommendations where to recruit for Andrew’s replacement.

4.    Solarize Medfield: RFP  sent out to select installers,  replies due June 13th.  Will review by June 22nd and select in early July.  A “meet the installer” will be held in July/August and September.  Marie will reserve space for Medfield Day with Energy Committee to help man the booth.

5.    Stretch Energy Code Support:  Energy Committee will urge the Selectmen to write to the State to support a strong Stretch Energy code.  Fred B to draft a letter, circulate via e-mail to Committee members for editing.

6.    Green Communities 20% Energy Reduction Plan
a.    Charts prepared to show major energy users: MHS, Middle School, Town Garage,  Dale School, Memorial School, Wheelock School and diesel fuel account for 80% of Town energy.
b.    Chart of Energy Use Index(EUI) shows excessive energy use in Town Garage, Pfaff center, Dale School, MHS, COA, Memorial, Middle School.  All are more than 20% above US medians for similar buildings.
c.    Andrew will add police & fire buildings and streetlights into baseline data
d.     Committee discussed focusing energy reduction efforts on Town Garage, MHS, Middle School, Memorial and Wheelock.
e.    An energy conservation program will be developed for each Town Department/major energy user.  Fred recommended that every effort be made to have the individual departments and personnel participate in preparing their own energy reduction plan so that there will be commitment to execute the plan.
f.    Andrew and Fred scheduled meeting June 20th with School Superintendent and School Committee to review the energy baseline and get support for the department to develop a schools energy reduction plan.
g.    Development of 20% improvement plan:
i.    Schools – Paul and Fred D. work with Alan Peterson to review earlier projects and add detail to 20% energy  improvement plan.
ii.    Department of Public Works, diesel & gasoline – will discuss with new Superintendent of Works when hired.
iii.    Water & Sewer Department   –  energy committee volunteer: Fred Bunger
iv.    Street lighting proposal already developed
v.    Town House, Library, The Center and Parks and Recreation – no action planned at this time
vi.    Recommended MassSave energy audits on COA, Pfaff and Dale to see if there are low cost quick fixes available.  Dale’s age and uncertain future may preclude doing much to lower energy use.

6.  Meeting was adjourned at 9:27

Next Meeting:  Thursday July 14th

Office hours tomorrow


Office Hours Tomorrow

My regular monthly office hours at The Center (usually on the first Friday of every month) will happen tomorrow instead this month, from 9:00 to 10:00 AM.

Residents are welcome to stop by without the need for an appointment, 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.