BoS minutes for 2/7/17

Meeting Minutes February 7, 2017 Chenery Meeting Room draft PRESENr: Selectmen Fisher, Peterson, Marcucci; Town Administrator Sullivan; Town Counsel Cerel; Administrative Assistant Clarke Chairman Fisher called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM and remarked this meeting is being recorded. He asked for a moment of appreciation for our troops serving in the Middle East and around the world. Chairman Fisher announced that the Selectmen will go into executive session at the close of the meeting for the purpose of discussing acquisition of land APPOINTMENTS: 495 Partnership has postponed their meeting with the Selectmen tonight and also the Medfield Housing Authority has postponed GREEN COMMUNI1Y Chairman Fisher was pleased to report that the Department of Energy Resources has announced that Medfield has been designated a Green Community. Along with this designation the Town has been awarded a $146,815.00 grant. Congratulations to the Energy Committee who has worked very hard and being consistent in making certain that the Town met all of the program's criteria for this designation. Selectmen Fisher and Marcucci acknowledged Selectman Peterson as an ex-officio member of the committee and his involvement to make Medfield a Green Community. TOWN'S AUDITOR The Town has once again engaged Powers & Sullivan, LLC Certified Public Accountants to perform the audit for fiscal years ending June 30, 2017, 2018 and 2019. The Selectmen are requested to vote to sign the engagement letter. VOTED unanimously to sign engagement letter with auditing firm Powers & Sullivan, LLC PENDING Town Administrator evaluation. Mr. Sullivan has completed 42 years of excellent service to the Town. The Personnel Board has recommended a 4% merit increase. The Selectmen agree this amount is fair; Medfield does not give perks as other towns, i.e. vehicles, matching deferred comp amounts. Selectman Peterson advised that a review of Town Administrator goals should be done each year to check off completed items and perhaps add new ones. Selectman Peterson would like to see town and school finances come under one director. Mr. Sullivan remarked that Town Treasurer, Town Accountant, Tax Assessor work very well together and accomplish all that is necessary very smoothly. Medfield is fortunate to have such a cohesive group. February 7, 2017 Page two Voted unanimously to approve a 4% merit increase for Town Administrator Michael J. Sullivan for Fiscal Year 17 LICENSES AND PERMITS VOTED unanimously to grant a one-day wine and malt beverage permit to St Edward Parish for event to take place Saturday February 11, 2017 7-9 PM PENDING ITEMS: WARRANT ARTICLES Marijuana Resident Carol Read remarked that she really wants to be sure that Medfield voters have the opportunity to opt out of retail stores and cultivation of marijuana. Discussion ensued regarding should it be a town meeting vote, or take the safest way and place the question on the town election ballot. In the end it was agreed to make it a ballot question; prohibit marijuana sales and growing of marijuana in Medfield. Ms. Read presented a print out of wording used by the Town of Westborough that the Selectmen agreed Medfield should follow. Mr. Sullivan mentioned that there are warrant articles regarding zoning, placing a moratorium on all marijuana business along with taxing recreational marijuana. All to be discussed at annual town meeting. Several articles were highlighted: appropriation for providing ongoing maintenance and security at the hospital site in the amount of $50,000; lease space on the new water tower to wireless providers for up to 20 years; increase the senior tax work off amount from $500 to $1,000. Mr. Sullivan pointed out that there is a citizen petition regarding the Dwight Derby House; appropriate $10,000 for making improvements and repairs. He suggests using the $9,500 grant for downtown improvements for this purpose. Additional discussion to follow regarding overrides, ALS services, appropriate $5,000 for trapping beavers and also amending zoning bylaws. The Selectmen agree that should a special election be necessary for three overrides (operating budget, ALS services and affordable housing trust) the election will take place after annual Town Meeting. MEDFIELD AIR FIELD /MODEL AIRCRAFf This area is located near the hospital site adjacent to the Charles River and has been used for a very long time by those who enjoy flying model aircraft. However, recently some have been flying the popular drones at the site. Wright Dickinson, Harding Street resident present tonight reported to the Board that he is concerned about the noise level emitting from the model airplanes. These models can be very loud and some are using radios to play music, again at February 7, 2017 Page three quite a high volume. He feels it is a disturbance to those who enjoy hiking in the area and suggests that perhaps some dialog be started to help alleviate the situation. Recently a Millis resident sent an email to Medfield suggesting that a Medfield Appreciation Day be held at the site to promote this activity as an educational and exciting hobby. It is believed that there has been some negative press about model aircraft flying. Inviting the community to the site would help to show that many fliers are conscientious about their interests. The discussion concluded by proposing that the Millis resident be invited to a future Selectmen's meeting to discuss the issues. 2017 ANNUAL TOWN MEETING WARRANT VOTE: Selectman Peterson made a motion seconded by Selectman Marcucci to close the 2017 Town Meeting Warrant. Vote was unanimous SELECTMENT REPORT Selectman Peterson reported that he attended the Planning Board meeting to learn more about the proposed zoning bylaw changes. It is a very large undertaking by the members of the board. At one of the sessions he attended during the recent MMA annual meeting the secretary of elder affairs talked about the fact that funding is very difficult to find for expansion projects such as Tilden Village. Ms. Trierweiler noted that she will be meeting next week with the Affordable Housing Specialist the Town has engaged, Community Opportunities Group. EXECUTIVE SESSION Selectman Peterson, Clerk of the Board read the following: the Medfield Board of Selectmen needs to meet in executive session for the purpose of discussing acquisition of land and not reconvene in open session. Roll call vote at 9:30 PM, Mr. Marcucci yes; Mr. Fisher yes; Mr. Peterson yes.20170207_page_220170207_page_3

One response to “BoS minutes for 2/7/17

  1. Seems funny that growing pot at home and selling it at a commercial site would be on the same ballot question. They should be two different questions.

    Why would the town seek to change a law people voted yes on, that allows them to grow pot in the privacy of their own homes? This subverts the democratic process.

    On Fri, Mar 3, 2017 at 4:02 PM, Medfield02052’s Blog wrote:

    > Selectman Osler “Pete” Peterson posted: “” >


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