Monthly Archives: January 2017



Christian Donner provided the following links to data about the Bay Colony Rail Trail, and he also seems to maintain the website.   –

The Study Report:!At7W7NFH9EnTh2qKB7lfonO0cgFF

Medfield Parking Concepts (by Jeremy Marsette)!At7W7NFH9EnTiBUiUONWsUXHWyoT

Misc Documents

Bay Colony Railroad – Modified Rail Certificate!At7W7NFH9EnTiBuJn9Pqi6DbD2cP
(this is basis for bypassing the abandonment process)

MBTA Lease Agreement – Template!At7W7NFH9EnTiBm9QQNUlvc0eylc

BRAC Program Brochure, with contact info of brokerages!At7W7NFH9EnTiAGQheMAwHtsDEAT


Needham Rail Trail Cost Breakdown (actuals)!At7W7NFH9EnThzsZhkfEOk7QAJnA

Needham IFB Phase 1 (removal of rails and ties)!At7W7NFH9EnThz_lMGpuyZE8XCH9
(includes the MBTA lease and other documents)

Needham Phase 1 Bid Sheet – Results!At7W7NFH9EnThz1BVNE65bqnk2Dn
(comparison of bid submissions and cost breakdown)

Needham IFB Phase 2 (finishing surface)!At7W7NFH9EnTh0FBT520acg0nd7C

Needham Phase 2 Bid Sheet – Results!At7W7NFH9EnThzk-CFWV4-dFqGpb

Needham Warrant with lease and insurance article (pages 5 and 6)

Needham Study RFP!At7W7NFH9EnTiBNBhkGmJOa3lsLL


Dover – Memorandum from Law firm Anderson Kreiger regarding lease terms and environmental issues


Newton Legal Department – Opinion on 99 year lease!At7W7NFH9EnTiBfEmMKL6U13EFQE


Mike Sullivan just called to relate that Representative Denise Garlick reported to him that she was informed by MassHousing at her meeting with MassHousing this morning that MassHousing is denying the Mega-B.  The denial is reportedly based on the original proposal not being appropriate for the site, and the revised proposal still not being appropriate for the site.  Mike says that at this point MassHousing will require any revision to start from scratch.


Representative Denise Garlick will attempt to attend the Board of Selectmen meeting this evening at 7PM to personally deliver the word to the town – any weather cancellations will be post here.

Nominations close today

Today is the last day to put your volunteer in the next photo – these were the 2014 honorees.  Get the Medfield Foundation nomination form here.

VOTYs - Colleen Sullivanvoty-20140227-poster-nominees

Nominations close tomorrow

Put your favorite volunteer in the next Medfield Foundation volunteer awards photo – these stalwart Medfield volunteers were suggested in 2015.


The Medfield Foundation (MFi) annually fetes at its Volunteer Awards those individuals, suggested by fellow residents, whose extraordinary efforts and activities have made a special marked difference in the quality of life in Medfield.

At a reception at 3PM on March 19  at The Center the town will celebrate all the individual nominated this year, and the MFi will name its Volunteer of the Year, Youth Volunteer of the Year, and Lifetime Achievement Award recipients.

The Volunteers Awards are based entirely on nominations submitted by the public, and solely on the information submitted.  Give recognition to your special volunteer by submitting your nomination before January 31 on the form found at

Brothers Marketplace generously sponsors the MFi Volunteer Awards, and support is also received from The Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation.

Last call for MFi volunteer nominations – due 1/31



The Medfield Foundation (MFi) annually fetes at its Volunteer Awards those individuals, suggested by fellow residents, whose extraordinary efforts and activities have made a special marked difference in the quality of life in Medfield.

At a reception at 3PM on March 19  at The Center the town will celebrate all the individual nominated this year, and the MFi will name its Volunteer of the Year, Youth Volunteer of the Year, and Lifetime Achievement Award recipients.

The Volunteers Awards are based entirely on nominations submitted by the public, and solely on the information submitted.  Give recognition to your special volunteer by submitting your nomination before January 31 on the form found at

Brothers Marketplace generously sponsors the MFi Volunteer Awards, and support is also received from The Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation.


These were the people suggested in 2013:


State property taxes

This article was circulated with the DOR’s Division of Local Services newsletter I get.  I did not include all its charts, hence the holes you will see.   I thought the two maps were the most interesting.  Medfield is part of the over $10K/year tax belt of red in MetroWest.-

FY2017 Single-Family Residential Tax Bill Andrew Nelson, Supervisor, Bureau of Accounts (BOA) Tony Rassias, Deputy Director, BOA

The State Total single-family residential tax bill for FY2017 is $5,621, an increase of $202 or 3.7 percent from FY2016, according to data captured from 332 of the Commonwealth’s 351 cities and towns in the DLS Muncipal Databank.

In addition, the average value of a single-family residential home was $399,413, the highest value since the FY2008 average value of $403,705, which was set as values were starting to drop in the real estate market.

So far in FY2017, with 345 communities reporting valuation data to the Division of Local Services (DLS), single-family residential parcels statewide represent:

  • 66% of all residential class property assessed values;
  • 54% of all property assessed values;
  • 64% of all residential class parcels; and
  • 56% of all class parcels and articles of personal property

Analysis of data for this article is limited to single-family residential parcels, class code 101, and does not include condominiums, multifamily homes or apartment buildings.

This analysis and all charts and graphs included with the exception of Chart 5 do not include communities for which a residential exemption was adopted in any fiscal year, but later in this article presents the impact on their average bill if the property was eligible for the exemption For FY2017 only, the analysis does not include data for six communities for which no tax rate has yet to be certified by the Bureau of Accounts.

This article begins with a review of the State Total single-family residential property tax bill, a calculation performed by DLS for many years. The article then continues with a review of the statewide median of community averages since FY2008 followed by community averages. The article then reviews how both the State Total and statewide median of community averages have fared over time relative to inflation and finally takes a special look at the residential exemption’s impact on the 13 communities that had it in FY2017.

The State Total

Calculation of the State Total presumes that Massachusetts is one local governmental entity for which such a bill would be determined.  While not a median of all community averages, the State Total is presented and may be measured against itself from a prior fiscal year.

Chart 1 presents the calculation of the State Total from FY2008 to FY2017. Note that the State Total has annually increased over this period of time, yet not by more than 4%.

In addition, Chart 1 presents the average value for all single-family residential properties.  The average value decreased from FY2008 to FY2013 by 12.2%, but from FY2013 to FY2017 increased 12.7%.  Overall for the time period shown, the average value decreased by 1%.

Chart 1



The Median of Community Averages

Chart 2 shows the median or midpoint of all community averages for each fiscal year since FY2008.  For FY2017, this median tax bill of $4,745 represents an increase over FY2016’s by $202 or 4.4%



Note: For the six communities without an FY2017 tax rate and not represented in Chart 2, five have historically averaged below and one above the $4,745 median tax bill shown above. If history proves true once again for these communities, the FY2017 median amount shown would drop by less than $50.

The Average by Community

DLS calculates a community’s average single-family residential property tax bill by:

  • dividing the total class code 101 assessed property values in the community by the number of parcels in that community’s class code to establish an average property value for the class; and
  • multiplying that average property value by the community’s residential class tax rate as certified by the Bureau of Accounts for that fiscal year.

The following color-coded maps provide visual representations of the FY2017 community averages around the State as well as their dollar changes from FY2016.



This map shows how most of the communities in the western and central parts of Massachusetts have average tax bills at or less than the median of community averages, $4,745. The map also shows a cluster of communities with average tax bills over $10,000 just to the west of Boston.

For a larger version of this map, including community names, click here.


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This map, in conjunction with the previous map, shows that although many communities in the western and central parts of Massachusetts had lesser than median average tax bills, a number of them had greater than median average increases from FY2016. The median for all communities that increased their average tax bill was $174.

Statewide, 311 communities increased their average tax bill from FY2016 ranging from $1 in Hampden to $998 in Winchester.

Also seen is that a number of communities actually decreased their average tax bill from FY2016. Statewide, 21 communities did so, ranging from $2 in Sheffield to $305 in Peru. The median for all communities that decreased their average tax bill was $43.

For a larger version of this map, including community names, click here. 


 The Range of Averages

Graph 1 shows that more communities (81) have FY2017 community average single-family property tax bills in the $3,000 to $3,999 range followed by 78 in the $4,000 to $4,999 range category.



Graph 2 shows the number of communities increasing and decreasing their average tax bills from FY2016 to FY2017 on a percentage basis. For example, seven communities decreased their average bill anywhere from greater than1% to 2%. Also, 84 communities increased their average bill anywhere from greater than3% to 4%.

For the 21 communities that decreased their bill, their median percentage decrease was 1.1%. For the 311 communities that increased their average bill, their median percentage increase was 3.5%.

Communities that decreased their average bill ranged from .05% in Sheffield to 8.4% in Peru.  Communities that increased their average bill ranged from .02% in Hampden to 24.4% in Hancock



 The Highest and Lowest Averages

Chart 3 shows the communities having the 10 highest and lowest FY2017 average bills in descending order.



The Statewide Trend in Current and Constant Dollars

Chart 4 shows the State Total and Median of Community Averages in current dollars as presented earlier in this article in relation to a constant dollar, which controls for inflation.

The Chart shows that both the State Total and the Median of Community Averages dollar amounts have outpaced the rate of inflation over the time period shown.

For example, the Median of Community Averages FY2008 current dollar figure of $3,470 adjusted for inflation represents a constant dollar figure of $3,900 in FY2017.  FY2017 in current dollars is $4,745. As of FY2017 then, the current dollar figure has outpaced the constant dollar figure by $845 or 18%.

Note that the State Total is always in excess of the Median. As was stated earlier in this article, these two dollar amounts may be compared to themselves from a prior fiscal year but are not comparable to each other.



The Residential Exemption Communities

Thirteen communities that adopted a residential exemption are not included in either the State Total or Median Averages as the Bureau of Accounts does not receive sufficient information as to how many class code 101 residential properties are eligible for the exemption in those communities.

For those 13 communities, however, Chart 5 shows the FY2017 dollar impact of the residential exemption on single-family residential properties (1) assessed at the community’s median value and (2) deemed qualified to receive the exemption.  More information on this exemption can be found in the October 16, 2014 edition of City & Town.



For More Information

For more information on the State Total, Average Bills for Communities and Statewide Rankings, please visit the DLS Databank.

The authors would like to thank Theo Kalivas of DLS’ Technical Assistance Bureau for his assistance in creating the color-coded maps used in this analysis.

BoS minutes for 1/17/17

Meeting Minutes January 17, 2017 Chenery Meeting Room draft PRESENT: Selectmen Fisher, Peterson, Marcucci; Assistant Town Administrator Trierweiler; Town Counsel Cerel; Administrative Assistant Clarke; absent Town Administrator Sullivan Chairman Fisher called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM and announced the meeting is being recorded. Mr. Fisher asked for a moment of appreciation for our troops serving in the Middle East and around the world. SENIOR HOUSING STUDY COMMIITEE, TONY CENTORE CHAIR Members attending Ann Thompson, Jerry Kazanjian, Stephen Dragotakes, Roberta Lynch Mr. Centore presented a status report on th,e committee's work. He remarked that the committee's mission statement defines Medfield Seniors; their demographics, income, current home equity, housing preferences and their available options. Part of the committee's work was to put together a senior survey to help gather information about our aging population and what was discovered is 70% of seniors want to stay in Medfield with a preferred home price of $300,000 to 450,000. There were 126 responses. The committee feels that Lot 7 (Hinkley property abutting the Senior Center) is the most desired property. They intend to place on article on the warrant to use this property. Selectman Fisher said that his concern with Hinkley land is that the state hospital committee is also looking to include the lots with their plan. He suggests that the senior committee have a conversation with MSH. Selectman Marcucci queried whether this plan would move forward as a LIP that would help the Town to meet our affordable housing goals. It was agreed that the conversation continues regarding what the Town may be able to do to keep seniors in Town. COMMIITEE APPOINTMENT The Selectmen are requested to vote to appoint Paul and Patty Foscaldo to the Senior Housing Committee as recommended by the Committee and it was so voted. TOWN WIDE MASTER PLAN STEERING COMMIITEE Chairman Mike Quinlan said that the majority of the committee is in favor of developing a master plan. We learned from other towns that preparing a plan could take one to three years to complete with the assistance from a consultant. He went on to say that the committee has three options for the Selectmen to consider at this time: Option 1 . hire a professional consultant through the RFP process that will define the scope of work; most expensive option at a cost of about $150,000 Option 2. Consultant to prepare the master plan in phases over several years and include the committee and town employees in the planning efforts at an estimated cost of $100,000 Option 3. Town to complete the plan with minimal assistance from a professional; January 17, 2017 Page two estimated time three to five years; minimal cost $30,000. Should the Town determine this is the course of action to take, it should be noted that the biggest risk could be the plan is outdated by the time it is completed. The committee also would like to know if the Selectmen feel this is a priority for the 2017 town meeting warrant or hold for 2018. Mr. Quinlan remarked that the committee does support option one, and feel it is better to wait another year. Selectman Marcucci said that it is important for the Town to have a master plan; right now we are waiting for the state hospital planning committee to complete their plan, plus we are faced with costly issues that may require an override. His feeling is that the town wide master plan be deferred for another year to do it right and have the committee continue to work on it. The Selectmen and Mr. Quinlan agreed. BAY CIRCUIT ALLIANCE Town Counsel Cerel explained that the "Trail" extends from the north shore to the south shore and a portion passes through Medfield. He said that conversations have taken place with Town Administrator, myself and the Alliance's representative by Mr. Denny Nackoney about the Alliance's desire to have a formal agreement with the Town for continued use of Town land for the trail. Mr. Cerel continued saying that the Trail passes over land not only that the Board controls but several other boards and departments, i.e. School Department, Park and Recreation, Council on Aging, Water and Sewerage and Conservation land. The license agreement is both conditional and revocable. He requests the Board's support for this agreement. VOTE: On a motion made by Selectman Peterson, seconded by Selectman Marcucci it was voted unanimously to support in principle the license agreement as presented by Town Counsel Cerel subject to his discussions with all Town departments involved AFFORDABLE HOUSING SPECIALIST Ms. Trierweiler remarked that she had several companies showing interest in the RFP, however, the Town received only one formal response from Community Opportunities Group. As it turns out this company developed the Town's Housing Production Plan so they are very familiar with Medfield. Having COG on board will be of great assistance as we encounter the variety of phases to meet our numbers for affordable housing units. VOTED unanimously to award the contract for Affordable Housing Specialist to Community Opportunities Group, Boston January 17, 2017 Page three SEWER SLUDGE CONTRACT DPW Director Maurice Goulet requests the Selectmen vote to sign a contract with Waste Water Services, Inc. for sewage sludge transportation and disposal at a cost of disposal at $316.20 per dry ton and transportation at $321.30 per load and it was so voted to execute the contract DEED RIDER FOR SALE OF PROPERTY VOTED unanimously to authorize Chairman Fisher excecute the Eligible Purchaser Certificate pertaining to the sale of 2 Joseph Pace Road, in the Allendale development LICENSES AND PERMITS VOTED unanimously to grant permission for signs to be posted February 17 to March 11 promoting the annual Winter Carnival to be held at the Memorial School on March 11, 2017 PENDING Evaluation of Town Administrator postponed to next meeting as Mr. Sullivan is on vacation COUNTRY ESTATES Selectman Marcucci advised that he will draft a letter of support from the Selectmen to the Zoning Board of Appeals regarding the proposed development Country Estates Medfield LLC Hospital Road 2017 WARRANT ARTICLES The Board was provided with a draft list of 40 articles. It is suggested that a place be reserved for article pertaining to ALS. SELECTMEN REPORT Mr. Peterson reported that shortly MCAP will be issuing a survey. At his January office hour at the CENTER he listened to resident's concern about cul-de-sac not being sanded during a storm. Mr. Marcucci remarked that he thinks it is a great idea that the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund is now in partnership with the Foundation For MetroWest. Mr. Fisher reported that the Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee will hold a Public Outreach Session on February 7, 4-8 PM at the high school cafeteria. The committee will present four concepts for the hospital site. Please come to see all their work. Meeting adjourned at 8:20 PM20170117_page_220170117_page_3