Monthly Archives: November 2017Image
Thank you for acting on the Ambulance Fee Alert we sent you on November 1st!
The sweeping health care cost containment bill approved by the Senate last week does NOT include the provisions opposed by the MMA to cap ambulance fees. Your calls on this important issue made a big difference.
As you recall, an early version of the Senate’s health care bill included provisions to cap municipal ambulance fees and impose a state-driven system to oversee the local fee-setting process. That proposal would have imposed financial burdens on cities and towns, and made it difficult for communities to fund emergency response services.
Fortunately, the Senate Ways and Means Committee eliminated the fee-capping provisions from the legislation that was debated and passed by the Senate. This came after productive conversations between the MMA, legislators, Senate staff, Fire Chiefs and other EMS Coalition partners, as we explained why ambulance fee caps would hurt local budgets and undermine high-quality municipal EMS programs. The MMA’s effectiveness on this issue was possible because of the large volume of calls that Senators received from local officials, as you responded to our Nov. 1 Action Alert. Your calls were the key to our success.
The health care legislation now moves to the House, where a bill is expected to emerge for debate early next year. When you see your Senators over the upcoming holiday season, please thank them for protecting local fee-setting authority for ambulance fees, and when you see your Representatives, please explain why ambulance fee caps would be bad for cities and towns. And please thank them all for supporting municipal issues throughout the year.
If you have any questions regarding ambulance fee legislation or the Senate health care bill, please call or email MMA Legislative Director John Robertson at (617) 426-7272 x122 at any time.
Thank You Very Much!
From the Medfield Food Cupboard, the MHS Cheerleaders and Football Team –
Turkey Bowl Food Drive
This year’s Thanksgiving Day “Turkey Bowl” football game will be held at Medfield High School. The Medfield Food Cupboard is teaming up with the Warrior football team and Warrior cheerleaders for a food drive at the field.
The Food Cupboard is encouraging the community to support the Warriors and the town by bringing a non-perishable, unexpired and unopened food donation to the annual Medfield vs. Dover Sherborn Turkey Bowl before half time. The game starts at 10 AM. Items most needed include: tuna, peanut butter, non- grape jelly, canned fruit, canned pasta and rice. (If it’s raining, please don’t bring any food packaged in cardboard.)
The Food Cupboard also noted: if residents are traveling at Thanksgiving or unable to make it to the game, they are always welcome to drop food donations in the bins at Shaw’s, the Medfield Public Library, St. Edward’s Church, the Senior Center, the Pfaff Center and the United Church of Christ.
Medfield voted down the Massachusetts Community Preservation Act (CPA) at our annual town meeting (ATM), maybe 7-8 years ago, and as a result we have missed out on huge amounts of state CPA matching monies that we could have been using to pay for our open spaces, our historic preservation, or our affordable housing. I hope that we can agree to finally adopt the CPA soon, as every year we are leaving state matching monies on the table, despite that we pay in to the Norfolk Registry of Deeds recording surcharges that create the pool of monies used for the matching funds. Our payments are instead going to other towns in their matching monies.
In recent years, the matching monies have been so low from the registry surcharges that the legislature has annually supplemented the matching monies via an appropriation – almost half the cities and towns have adopted the CPA, so a lot of legislators are interested in keeping the CPA match high.
When we do adopt the CPA, since the whole reason to do so is to get the most state matching monies, we should adopt the highest level surcharge, which is 3%, because only those who agree to the 3% CPA surcharge get the most and largest state matches.
I have been asking for several years in a row to have an ATM warrant article to adopt the CPA, and I have been requested to not proceed by CPA proponents due to their not having educated the residents sufficiently. This year I think we just need to go ahead, and expect that residents will understand that the CPA will save us money in the long run. The Community Preservation Coalition website (www.communitypreservation.org) is excellent at explaining the CPA.
This article below about the CPA matching monies just issued was in my Massachusetts Department of Revenue newsletter this week –
FY18 Community Preservation Act (CPA) State Match Info
Lisa Krzywicki – Municipal Databank Director
On November 14th, the Division of Local Services (DLS) released the FY2018 CPA state match to the 162 communities that have adopted the CPA surcharge. The CPA allows a community to adopt a local surcharge of up to three percent that is added to real estate property tax bills. The purpose of the CPA is to help communities preserve open space and historic sites, create affordable housing and develop outdoor recreational facilities. The CPA statute, M.G.L. 44B, provides a state match to eligible communities from revenues collected by the registry of deeds for surcharges on fees charged for recording various documents.
In FY2018, the available balance in the CPA state trust fund was $26M, and the local surcharges committed by cities and towns totaled $120.9M, which provided for a 17.2 percent base state match. Chapter 44B provides for an additional state match if a community adopted a three percent surcharge or the “blended” CPA by voting a surcharge of at least one percent and appropriating other funds to the community preservation fund so that the total equals three percent of the real estate tax levy. For FY2018, 76 communities are eligible for the second round or equity distribution and third round surplus distribution. The equity and surplus distributions use population and equalized valuation (EQV) to determine a ranking that would provide a greater portion of the balance of the state trust fund after the initial calculation to poorer and more densely populated communities. However, only those that committed a three percent surcharge whether by adopting a three percent surcharge or the blended CPA (as stated above) are eligible for these additional distributions. The decile ranking used to determine the equity and surplus rounds can be found by clicking here. The distribution summary can be found in this report.
The state community preservation trust fund was created in 2000 and revenues from the registry of deeds started funneling into the trust fund right away. In FY2003, communities started collecting the local CPA surcharge. The first state match occurred in FY2004 based on those local surcharges. In FY2003, 34 communities adopted the CPA and were eligible for the state match. In FY2018, 162 communities were eligible to receive the state match. Until FY2009, the state trust fund was sufficient to provide communities with a 100 percent state match. Due to increasing participation and declining registry collections, DLS has not been able to provide a 100 percent state match since then.
In FY2018, ten additional communities will begin assessing the local CPA surcharge and will be eligible for the state match in FY2019. In the spring of 2018, DLS will project the first round state match for the 172 communities eligible for the state match in FY2019. The ten new communities are Billerica, Boston, Holyoke, Hull, Norwood, Pittsfield, Rockland, Springfield, Watertown and Wrentham. For a complete list of all communities that have adopted the CPA, please click here. As of today, only one other community has scheduled a ballot question to adopt the CPA. Voters in the town of Northbridge will decide next spring whether to add the CPA surcharge at one percent. For the up-to-date listing of communities considering adoption of the CPA, please refer to the Community Preservation Coalition website at www.communitypreservation.org or by clicking here.
Hello friends and neighbors.
The Medfield Garden Club would like to invite you to the 2017 Holiday Home Sale, “Deck the Halls,” on Saturday, December 2 at the Unitarian Church, 26 North Street in Medfield from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. The Holiday Home Sale is our biggest fundraiser and this year we’ve created a new fashion forward look for any home decor, inside or out. We’ll still have traditional tabletop and boxwood favorites, but we invite you to experience our beautiful custom wreaths, our welcoming porch and entryway designs and our imaginative arrangements in unusual containers and materials sure to please any decorating taste.
Included in this email is a poster to share. Please tell everyone you know about our sale and please bring family and friends to our event. We want this “new” holiday sale to be a success so the Medfield Garden Club can continue to support its mission of conservation, community beautification and education.
The Medfield Garden Club has an eight-five year history in Medfield. Community support has been the cornerstone of our viability as a non-profit and we thank you for that generous support.
In appreciation from the Medfield Garden Club and wishing you the best this holiday season,
Michele Feinsilver Hoye
President, Medfield Garden Club
Registration is still open for the 12th MFi Angel Run which will take place on Sunday, December 3, 2017 starting at 12:30pm at Medfield High School. Please note this is a new start time.
Registration is available for $30.00 per person. Online registration closes on November 26, 2017 at Midnight. If you miss the online registration, you can register at the race on December 3 beginning at 11:00am in the Medfield High School cafeteria.
If you prefer to print and mail in your registration, you can download our registration form. Please be kind and print clearly. Mail-in forms must be received by November 25, 2017.
For anyone who hasn’t done the Angel Run in the past, this is usually a certified* 5K (see caveat below) with chip timing for the serious runner but it is also a fun-run and walk for anyone looking to enjoy the kick-off to the holiday season. From decorations all along the course to musicians and carolers to an amazing after-party, there’s something for everyone.
The Angel Run course is a USATF certified* 5K. Once again this year we will be offering chip timing to ensure accurate results for all participants. The race begins and ends at Medfield High School.
*Due to continued road construction on the Philip Street bridge, the 2017 course has been modified and is not USATF certified this year. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If the bridge construction is completed prior to the race, we will revert back to the original certified course. The modified route is posted below.
5K Training Plan
Are you getting ready to do your first 5K or trying to improve your overall performance? Download this 5K training plan and you’ll be ready to go in time for the 2017 Angel Run.
Jingle All the Way!
Enjoy this great kick-off to the holiday season that is sure to get you in the spirit. Over 1,300 enthusiastic runners, walkers, and volunteers – many with sleigh bells on their sneakers and holiday costumes – descend on the festively decorated race course while enjoying entertainment by carolers, and each other as they jingle their way to the finish line!
The Angel Run is open to the public with all ages encouraged to participate. Run, walk, push your stroller, bring your leashed dog, or volunteer…and feel free to costume up for this festive family event!
Upon finishing the route you will receive your race times and are invited to join us at the finish line for a Post Race Party.
Be a Volunteer!
In order to be race day ready we need your help. More than 1,300 runners will descend on the course at noon on December 3rd and there is much to do to be prepared. Please consider signing up for a small task many of which do not conflict with participating in the event.
Want to get involved? Visit our Sign-Up Genius page to pick the volunteer role that’s perfect for you. All volunteers welcome!
Do You Love to Sing?
Then the Angel Run is looking for you!
We are looking for a Medfield middle school or high school student to sing the National Anthem at the beginning of our race on Sunday, 12/3 at 12:30pm. To be considered for this honor, please enter our Sing the National Anthem contest!
- When: Accepting entries now through 11/1
- What: Videotape yourself singing the National Anthem a cappella. Entries will be accepted as a solo, duet or group.
- How: Submissions are no longer being accepted. Thank you to everyone who entered. We will be notifying the winner shortly. Good luck to everyone.
ntries will be reviewed and a winner will be selected by the Angel Run Planning Committee. Winner will be notified by 11/27 and also announced on Facebook and Twitter. Download the Official Rules for more information.
In 2006 family and friends of Natasha Domeshek organized the Angel Run as an MFI Initiative in remembrance of their beloved third grader. Once the initial goals of the Angel Run were reached in 2012, the Medfield Foundation Board decided to continue the holiday tradition. Since then, the majority of the proceeds support town residents in need.
Thank you to our corporate sponsors to date!
Official Presenting Sponsor
Dunkin’ Donuts of Medfield and Westwood
Friends of Medfield Foundation
- Beginning Years
- J&L Musto Construction Inc.
- Thomas Family Dental
- Dedham Savings
- Marcus Partners
- Michele Grondin Graphic Design
- A&D Appliance Center
- Wills Hardware
- Noon Hill Grill
- Starr and Glick Orthodontics
- Medfield Veterinary Clinic
- Blue Moon Bagel Café
- Starbucks Coffee
Thank You Sponsors!
Be a part of the season of giving through the Medfield Foundation by participating as a corporate sponsor. Your business will receive great exposure on the backs of over 1,000 runner shirts. Thank you to those already sponsoring the 2017 event. To join as a sponsor contact us.
Issues that came up this AM at my selectman office hours:
First, a Castle Avenue resident told me that there is a telephone pole that was in the middle of the cul-de-sac that broke off and needs replacement, and he is hoping it can be replaced 15-16′ to the West, out of the asphalt. It is a pole that hosts a guy wire to another pole, now leaning. Also, he abuts the rear of 93-95 North Street and he said that property floods after heavy rains and it takes 3-4 days to dry out at times.
Second, I had discussions with a resident about the town buying their land, how a price might get determined, timing, and their capital gain tax issues.
Third a resident wants to create a dog park in town where dogs can run off leash. I encouraged her to get in touch with the Animal Control Study Committee, and I put her in touch with them. She also had concerns over trucks parked on North Street in front of Nosh N Grog to make deliveries. She also suggested parking meters – I told her how happy I was that we had a parking problem, because it means things are going on, and I mentioned that a parking study is coming soon, so we will have data from which to make decisions. I also recounted how Wellesley was always tight on parking when I would commute home at night, until Blue Ginger closed, and now they have plenty of parking. We now have a similar restaurant effect at night downtown.
Lastly, I discussed senior housing with another resident who hopes for sale price point of $350-500K (with deeded owner profit limitations), preferences for Medfield residents, and town staff assistance in writing a warrant article for the annual town meeting.
Here is an updated agenda and the back up materials. These back up materials contain the Schedule A financial summary the Town of Medfield files annually with the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, that gives a complete summary of the town finances.
Selectman Office Hours
Selectman Osler “Pete” Peterson holds office hours at The Center tomorrow from 9-10 AM, due to a deposition on the first Friday of November.
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 https://medfield02052.wordpress.com/, where any schedule changes will be posted.