Monthly Archives: February 2018

20180306-EDC-Downtown Parking Public Meeting Flyer 03-06-18

Downtown Medfield Parking Strategy Public Meeting

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Public Safety Building (First Floor Training Room)

The Economic Development Committee (EDC) and their consultants from Nelson\Nygaard will discuss and request in formulating strategies for a parking management plan for downtown Medfield. This process is funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Downtown Initiative Technical Assistance (MDI) Program. The guiding principle of the MDI is to address economic and community development needs holistically and provide a framework of interrelated activities that promote positive change in a downtown to keep it healthy and prosperous. The EDC would like to hear from property owners, business owners, residents, and users of the downtown about locations and availability of spaces, walkability, safety, and signage.


Please take our survey: 


All are welcome to share concerns as well as ideas on how to improve parking management!



Sarah Raposa, AICP

Town Planner
459 Main Street
Medfield, MA  02052
(508) 906-3027

MEC on 1/11/18


Minutes of the January 11, 2018 Meeting of The Medfield Energy Committee



Lee Alinsky

Fred Davis

Jerry McCarty

Osler L. Peterson

Marie Nolan

Paul Fechtelkotter

Cynthia Greene

Mike Sullivan

Sophie Gustafson (Student, Medfield HS)


Meeting minutes taken by Paul Fechtelkotter



  • Adjusted and corrected minutes of the 2 November meeting. Committee approved as amended. Lee will submit to the town.
  • Marie is still trying to reach Andrew to get permissions to allow the broader committee to edit Google drive documents.


Green Communities Grant status – Jerry

  • The state gave us tentative approval for items relative to retro–commissioning and software upgrade at Blake Middle School. The state turned down our request for funding projects at the high school. Jerry is closing issues with Rise Engineering (in conjunction with Trane) to finalize a proposal with a specific dollar value for the Blake project to get the funding approved and released. If approved this project would consume ~$102K of the $146K grant available.
  • Funding for retro-commissioning at the high school will likely come from the town budget.
  • There was a 6 month delay in the DOER approval of the retro commission request.
  • State approved funding request for exterior lighting at both Blake and Memorial. Gerry is looking at lighting projects for additional schools to help consume the remaining funding available from the original grant. Approval should be quick for these projects (~3 weeks).
  • We cannot apply for grants for fiscal 2018 until we have spent this year’s grant funds.
  • The committee agreed to work to start submitting fiscal 2019 projects for review and “pre-approval” to the degree possible.


DPW Solar– Gerry

  • We are rebidding the project to consume the ~$267K in remaining funding (~$220K available for construction costs and balance in soft costs). Gerry reached out to Solar Design to define the scope of services necessary to create a phased design to fit within the ~$220K construction budget in a base bid with incrementally phased add-ons.


  • The Permanent Building Committee will need to review design documents once they become available.
  • There is the potential of securing additional funds through a warrant at the town meeting if that becomes necessary.
  • Pete said we collected ~$68K through SREC credit and generated ~40% energy savings at the waste water treatment plant, making the project cash positive for the year. The savings helped reduce the planned increase in town water/sewer rates from the anticipated 4% to an actual 2%. We need to highlight these successes in the committee report for town meeting.


Street Lighting

  • Mike expressed a desire to understand exactly what is in the Eversource contract and be very clear on what the town is buying and what its responsibilities will be once the town has assumed ownership of the lighting assets.
  • Mike would also like to get a better understanding of the exact cost savings and associated risks. The committee agreed on the need to get a final report from our consultant and then arrange to have him present the findings to the committee.


Ne Zero Communities – Fred

  • Fred presented slides from an MAPC Webinar held in late 2017.
  • Multiple towns in MA have already committed to significant carbon and energy reductions.
  • Fred is planning to attend MMA and will report on what happened to the committee.

Flu shots

Newton-Wellesley Hospital



Walk-In Flu Clinic

Tues. Feb. 27, 4-7 p.m.

Newton-Wellesley Hospital

East Lobby

2014 Washington St, Newton


Have you gotten your flu shot this season? Take advantage of this free walk-in flu clinic! Open to adults 18 or older. For more information, please visit or call 617-243-5900.

MFi nominations due 2/28

mfi logo

Please help us recognize volunteerism in Medfield

Do you know someone in Medfield who volunteers countless hours and limitless time and energy to a worthy community cause or initiative?  If so, now is your chance to recognize that person as part of the Medfield Foundation Volunteer Awards.

Anyone interested in submitting a nomination for one of the 2018 Medfield Foundation Volunteer Awards should use our online form at Forms must be submitted no later than February 28, 2018.

voty 2017 photo of nominees

Photo of the 2017 nominees
Rear: Tracey Rogers, Tracy Fedak, Anne Phipps, Nancy Irwin,  and Mary Pat McSharry
Front: Jim & Patti Schwartz, Jean Mineo, and Lily Doctoroff
(photo courtesy of Colleen Sullivan)


The Medfield Foundation, Inc. also invites you to join us as we celebrate the nominated volunteers at a special reception in their honor.
The Volunteer Awards
Sunday April 8, 2108
The Center at Medfield
1 Ice House Road
3:00-5:00 PM
To date, the Medfield Foundation, a volunteer-run private nonprofit, tax deductible 501(c)(3) corporation created in 2001 to raises private monies for public purposes in the Town of Medfield, has raised over $1,800,000.00 for our community and celebrated over one hundred volunteers. For more information, please visit our website.

We look forward to celebrating your volunteers in 2018.

Thank you.

The Medfield Foundation Board of Directors

Evan Weisenfeld, President
Abby Marble, Treasurer
Leanne LaBelle, Clerk
Osler Pete Peterson
Bonnie Wren-Burgess
Dorrian Cohen Fragola
Jan Rimmel
Todd Trehubenko
John Byrne

P.S. Please share this email with those you know in town who may be interested in nominating someone.


GCA grant


When Medfield became a green community last year, DOER gave the town a $148K grant to spend on energy reduction projects.  The Medfield Energy Committee, with Facilities Manger, Jerry McCarty’s lead, identified exterior lighting upgrades (to LED’s) at the schools as a good solution to spend some of that grant money.

The MEC just circulated the RISE Engineering analysis of costs and benefits.  Total cost is $118K, Eversource incentive money is $52K, so net cost to town is $65K.  The lighting upgrades are all at schools, and four of five involve ROI pay backs of less than two years (the smallest $7K project at Wheelock had a six year pay back, but still a 16% annual ROI).

Jerry is also looking to upgrade the HVAC controls at both the Medfield High School and Blake Middle School as well.

New Life’s 5K

This from Susan Maritan –

Registration is Open for New Life’s 5K Fundraising Run/Walk

New Life Furniture Bank is excited to announce its 1st Annual New Life 5K Trail Run. This fundraising event will be held at 9 AM on Saturday, May 5th at the scenic Medfield State Hospital grounds in Medfield, MA.

Come out for a day of competition and fun in the fresh air at a beautiful and natural venue for the area’s most avid runners, walkers and everyone in between. (Pets welcome too!) The New Life 5K Trail Run is open to the public, and all ages are encouraged to run, jog or walk in what promises to be an annual family event not to be missed!

Registration is open now! The first 200 registrants will receive a free t-shirt. To register or for additional information, go to

New Life Furniture Bank is a 501(c)3 non-profit that collects high-quality gently-used furniture and household essentials and makes them available at no cost to individuals and families in extraordinary need.

New Life has made a difference in the lives of thousands of people transitioning from a homeless environment, victims of fire, military veterans and refugees, among others.  Visit us at

New Life 5k

Medfield School Committee Office Hours

This today from School Committee member Anna Mae OShea Brooke –


Medfield School Committee Office Hours


The Medfield SC is pleased to announce “office hours”.  We will start hosting these monthly to provide an opportunity for one or two members at a time to engage with the community.  All residents welcome.


Thursday, Feb. 15, 9-10am: Blake Middle School, LMC (please sign-in in the main office first)


Thursday, March 29, 7-8pm: Medfield Public Library, Meeting Room


Wednesday, April 25, 9-10am: Dale Street School


Tuesday, May 22, 7-8pm, Medfield Public Library, Meeting Room

Autonomous vehicles arrive

We need to plan for the changes autonomous vehicles will make in town, and to new developments, such as at the former MSH site.  I think this will be a boon to older residents who are no longer driving themselves, and also as a way to network various parts of town to the downtown and to one another, and, also, to link us to regional transportation hubs.  This article is from Efficient Government  –

The Driverless Taxis Are Here — This Year

Driverless Uber taxi in Pittsburgh.

Image: Flickr

They are not the future, in some cities, driverless taxis are taking riders now. Auto manufacturers are also ramping up orders and requesting Federal approvals for autonomous level four vehicle production.

Driverless taxis are already on the road in Pittsburgh, and GeekWire is covering all the details of what’s happening at the facility where 200 Volvos, equipped with LIDAR cameras, drive themselves in and out. According to Uber’s website, the test drives are collecting data with real passengers excited to take their self-driving selfiies:

We’re piloting a program now where you can get matched up with a self-driving Uber when you request uberX. When you do, you get a glimpse of the future AND access to the selfie machine. Mind. Blown.

But it’s not just Uber, and it’s not just Pittsburgh. Driverless taxis are operating in Phoenix, Arizona, and coming to Greenville County, South Carolina, and at least to the seven states that have already authorized autonomous vehicle operation.

According to the Greenville News, the Federal Highway Administration awarded the county $4 million to develop a public automated taxi system that would be the first of its kind in the nation.

These funds will help Greenville County lead the nation into a future with more driverless vehicles, which will improve mobility for some and reduce traffic congestion for all,” Acting Federal Highway Administrator Brandye L. Hendrickson said.

According to ArsTechnica, Waymo, the company conducting the first U.S. public trial of self-driving cars in Phoenix, just placed an order for an overwhelming number of Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans. The Google-spawned company suggested it is moving beyond self-driving tests in Phoenix, Michigan and Atlanta and scaling up for wider autonomous vehicle operations.

With the world’s first fleet of fully self-driving vehicles on the road, we’ve moved from research and development, to operations and deployment,” said John Krafcik, CEO of Waymo.

According to NBC News, General Motors (GM) plans is asking to sweep seven states with driverless taxis by 2019.

GM asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for waivers covering 16 regulations, said Kyle Vogt, the CEO of Cruise Automation, an autonomous technology company owned by GM. With Federal and state approvals, the company said it would produce 2,500 driverless Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles per year.

In addition to driverless taxis, cities like Las Vegas are testing driverless shuttles.

London’s Driverless Shuttle ‘Harry’ Begins Taking Riders

The GATEway driverless shuttle began taking riders around the Greenwich Peninsula in the U.K.’s first public trial of autonomous electric vehicles.

Volunteer nominations due by end of February

2015 VOTY Nominees

2015 nominees: Rear: Emily Zona, Chris McCue Potts, Susan Maritan, Binit Shah, Rose O’Reilly.  Front: Jeanne Bastanier Sullivan, Mike and Caroline Standley




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 April 8 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 February 28 on the form found at

New Alert Water Main Break Near 18 Snyder Road For

Medfield emergency alert follows. Sign up to get these at town website.

February 08, 2018 02:56 PM

Water Main Break Near 18 Snyder Road

Water Main Break near 18 Snyder Rd. Water shut off in area. Water quality may diminish and/or be shut off entirely at times during the repair. When repair is… Read on
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