Monthly Archives: October 2017

MEC on 9/29


DRAFT September 28, 2017 Medfield Energy Committee Meeting minutes

Attendees: Fred Davis, Jerry McCarty, Marie Nolan, Lee Alinsky and Cynthia Greene

  1. Meeting minutes from June 7 were reviewed.  Fred requested a change to the recusal information.  It was noted that since the minutes there is new information about the Blake Middle school hot water heater.  Minutes were accepted and Lee will determine who should receive them at Town Hall so that they are posted on the Medfield Town Website and he will post them on the MEC google docs.
  2. Update on Blake – DOER said that Blake Middle School domestic hot water heater ASHRAE audit for $7,875 is not needed.
  3. We discussed who was officially on the Committee and what constituted a quorum. Lee will check in with Town Hall to determine.
  4. Google documents – Lee could not manipulate the documents. Marie will look at how to give Lee administrative rights.
  5. LED street lights. Fred Davis emphasized that he has recused himself from a specific bid on the LED street lights for Medfield, but he is allowed to help advise us on the process, but not the purchase.

Jerry gave us an email from Light Smart with the status on the project

  • The field audit has been completed
  • Looking at preliminary design
  • Expect a document with the preliminary design in a week.
  • At the next meeting the committee has to approve whether to go with MAPC and receive a 30% incentive from DOER (for Medfield that is $22,400) or to go through an independent process. Light Smart indicated that if we went independently it would be faster as MAPC is doing bundling of town requests.

Fred Davis explained that the process at the MAPC is evolving, that DOER thinks that bundling is better.  The faster we do the work the more time for savings.   The estimated annual savings for the Medfield project is $32,600.  Unless we were significantly delayed (10months or more) it is more cost effective to go with MAPC, although we do not know how much transactional costs there will be with MAPC vs going independently with Light Smart.

The Town must decide on the types of lights and fixtures.   There are two kinds of lights being sold now.   In the past the lights were 5,000 Calvin that emitted a blueish light.   The options now are for 3,000 Calvin, a warmer, yellower light or 4,000 Calvin a neutral, but blueish light.   Medfield could do a pilot as was done in Cambridge and Northampton, to see which light color the community members like.  The way to do this would be for committee members to observe and then let the community know and take opinions.   Northampton did this, but the results were not conclusive.  We also discussed that Westwood and Cambridge have smart controls on their lights, but that is more upfront costs.   Westwood and Cambridge have 4,000 Calvin lights.   Both lights are the same price.

Cambridge video

Fact sheet



  1. Green Communities.  Jerry handed out an email received on 9/26/17 with questions from DOER on our May submittal.   Jerry and Axum Teferra, from MAPC, will be discussing the comments.  Jerry will then take the questions to RISE Engineering.  We do not know how long RISE will take to answer and then for DOER to approve the answers and the project.  Jerry will discuss with Axum the timeframe on spending these funds.   The funds have to be spent before the town can apply for further Green Communities grants.  The cost of the retro commissioning for the energy management systems is $117,000 for both schools.   The grant is for $138,000.  Jerry has a $70K request in the Capitol budget  for new software to replace the 1996 version that is currently running in the schools.
  2. DPW roof. Jerry has a contract with Solect engineers to look at the roof and to see if it is structurally adequate for PV.  The engineer’s site visit is next week.  Once Jerry has their report he will give it to the Building inspector to see if the roof is viable for a solar installation or it first would need modifications.
  3. Public safety building. The PV system is up and running.  The dashboard is being worked on.  We will try to meet at the public safety building so we can see the dashboard.

Future Work for the committee.   Lee outlined some of his ideas and others added ideas and all were discussed.

  1. Microgrids for the town buildings.   Cynthia explained that microgrids cannot cross public ways in MA, but that the hospital development might be a good location for a microgrid.  There are state incentives for microgrids.  We all want to be better educated on microgrids.


MA microgrids

  1. Use of the landfill site for PV array.  Lee would like us to get MA DEP’s current advice on this as Solar Design has already given us specifications for an array at this location.  If a study is needed to determine the adequacy of the landfill closure for PV, we could investigate if we could use the Green Communities funds to do the study.
  2. Solar canopies at the Middle and High School parking lots with EV charging stations. The town could potentially take advantage of the EV charging station incentives.  Fred suggested that we invite the energy managers from Westwood and Wayland to speak with us as they have done a lot of work in energy improvements, Wayland doing them all at once including PV at their town hall parking lot.  We discussed other places with parking lot PV canopies – REI, Walden Pond, and Logan Airport.

Walden Pond




  1. Net Zero planning. Fred Davis would like us to consider this at a future meeting.   There is a MAPC Oct 11 meeting on getting to net zero and a 45 minute MAPC webinar.  Concord passed a net zero article at their Town Meeting.



Meeting adjourned 9:15 pm.

Next meeting – Tuesday Oct 17 at 7:30 pm (hopefully at the Public Safety Building.)

Respectfully submitted by Cynthia Greene

Office hours postponed one week to 11/10


Office Hours postponed one week, from this Friday to the next Friday (11/10/17)

I hold regular monthly office hours at The Center on the first Friday of every month from 9:00 to 10:00 AM (my litigation schedule permitting).

This month my office hours need to be postponed one week from Friday 11/3 to Friday 11/10/17 due to a late re-scheduled deposition.

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 this blog about Medfield matters, where any schedule changes will be posted.

Power back by this afternoon

Eversource emailed update shared by Mike Sullivan this AM –



Eversource Community Update – Tuesday, October 31, 2017 – 9:30 AM Southboro/Walpole/Waltham EOC – Level 3 ERP

Good Morning,


Eversource crews have made progress and power has been restored to more than 175,000 Massachusetts customers. There are currently less than 15,000 customers without power in Eastern Massachusetts.  We anticipate having power restored in the Metro West region of the state, served by our Walpole, Waltham and Southborough service centers, substantially complete by 6 p.m. today.


Restoration on Cape Cod and in the Plymouth and South Shore areas, served by Plymouth, New Bedford and Yarmouth, is expected to be substantially complete by midnight tonight.  It is important to note that crews will work continuously and will be restoring customers throughout the day.


Best regards.

Only A Few Days Left to Register for the 2017 Angel Run


Registration Closes Wednesday 11/1

To those of you who have already registered, thank you! We look forward to seeing you on December 3rd at 12:30pm.

To those of you who haven’t registered yet, don’t miss out on your chance to register for the 2017 MFi Angel Run. Early bird registration closes at midnight on November 1st. Register now before the price goes up and so you still get the famous Angel Run shirt.


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Donate $50 with your registration and you can put a special message on the back of the Angel Run shirt. Your donation helps support Medfield residents in need.

Needham Bank is the Exclusive Presenting Sponsor of the 2017 MFi Angel Run



P.S. The advertisement that ran on Thursday in the Hometown Weekly was run incorrectly. The race is on December 3, 2017 at 12:30pm. The deadline to register is 11/1. We apologize for any confusion.



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Globe covers Medfield Memorial Library every 100 years

From Colleen Sullivan –

In [Sunday]’s Boston Globe West (Informer Column)!!!

library 100-3

PS – Colleen said that the original Medfield Memorial Library dedication in 1917 appeared in the Boston Globe too.

Trick of Treat for UNICEF

From Kaitlyn Maritan for the MHS UNICEF club –


Nice anniversary

Enjoying this reminder from a N.J. personal injury attorney colleague on my American Association for Justice listserv –

hell freezes over

Today is World Statistics Day by 10/20/10 UN Statistical Commission edict for worldwide celebration of statistics; Royal Statistical Society UK also launched its “get stats statistical literacy” campaign at 20:10 on 20.10.2010. And

1817: 1st Mississippi “Showboat” left Nashville, TENN on its maiden voyage;  it was NOT a steam powered paddle wheeler, but rather a keelboat purchased by 20 yr old actor named Noah Miller Ludlow for $200, and thus named “Noah’s Ark,” which passed down Cumberland, to the Ohio, then down Mississippi River to New Orleans – arriving 10 months later in NOLA; and

1873: P. T. Barnum’s “Great Roman Hippodrome” featuring “Greatest Show on Earth” opened in NYC (site of MSG today);

1924: 1st Negro League World Series game was played: KC Monarchs (Kansas City MO) shut out Hilldales (Darby, PA), 5-0.

1947: House Un-American Activities Committee began investigation into Communist infiltration of Hollywood, resulting in the infamous “Hollywood Blacklist” that prevented some from working in the industry for many years; and

1998: 1st Mark Twain Prize for American Humor was awarded to Comedian Richard Pryor

2004: Pro Sports Comeback Record:  After losing the first three games of the ALCS, the Boston Red Sox won four consecutive games to win the AL pennant, beating NY Yankees in Bronx, 10-3. Johnny Damon’s 2 home runs, including a grand slam,  and Derek Lowe’s solid pitching help Boston join 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs, 1975 NY Islanders, 2010 Philadelphia Flyers, and the 2014 LA Kings, as the only teams in professional sports history to overcome a 3-0 series deficit to win a seven-game series.

PS: KC won 1924 World Series vs “Darby Dandies” 4-1-1 (1 tie); and BoSox swept St. Louis Cards 4-0 games in 2004 Series.

Philips Street bridge timing

philip st bridge

Maurice Goulet, DPW Director, sent a resident an email update today on the timing of the Philips Street bridge repair (a copy of the email appears below) –


The RFP has been sent out to prospective bidders. Within 2-3 weeks we should have a fabricator selected and begin the manufacturing of the deck. The final repairs of the bridge will be determined by the winter weather and the awarding contractor availability at the time coordination is setup with the delivery of the pre-fabricated bridge.


We were previously told that the fabrication will take about 16 weeks.

Based on information and belief, there is some concern that once the bridge work is completed, that bridge abutter Alec Stevens may not cede back to the town his basketball court (f/k/a Philips Street).

Municipal Facilities Evaluation and Capital Plan

Jerry McCarty, Facilities Director, presented his tome, Municipal Facilities Evaluation and Capital Plan, to the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday.

Jerry’s work evaluates the current conditions of the town buildings, lists deferred maintenance, and lays out routine expected maintenance over the next 20 years. This is the first time that the town has had this data compiled, and the bad news is that we have allowed about $43 m. in deferred maintenance to accumulate and we face an estimated $68 m. more of routine maintenance over the next 20 years.

We owe Jerry a huge thanks for taking on and completing this task, much of it done on his own time, so as to not interfere with his regular work. Jerry will include the pavement management plan when that is completed, and add sections for the Public Safety Building, the DPW Garage, and the Dwight-Derby House when his has the time. Then if we add the vehicle replacement schedule we should have most town capital expenses covered and we can plan how to implement the work and pay for it. It would have been better to plan this way long ago.

This is a link to the whole 558 page report  Medfield Facilities Report 10-2017.pdf

And these pages are the Executive Summary (NB – I left out the text of all 558 pages in the “Alt. Text” window which allows all the text to be word searched, as I think that amount of data may have been what was crashing the prior two attempts to post this, as that had to be a lot of data) –


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Municipal Facilities Evaluation and Capital Plan