Monthly Archives: March 2018

Kim Agricola – MFi Lifetime Achievement Award

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Kim Agricola

MFi Lifetime Achievement Award

Kim Agricola was nominated for the MFi Lifetime Achievement Award for her decades of work for the Medfield Animal Shelter.  Interestingly, this year Kim also nominated another Animal Shelter volunteer as the Medfield Foundation volunteer of the year.  This was Theresa Burns’ nomination:

Primary organization or initiative where she/he volunteers: the Medfield Animal Shelter

How many years has the nominee be donating her/his time? At least 20.
Kim and her husband, Mike, after years of dedication to the Medfield Animal Shelter, decided to spearhead a group to raise funds to build a new, state-of-the-art facility. Optimistically, they need the initiative Shelter 2000. While it was not built by 2000, it was built. Mike made sure that each arterial used was cost effective, durable, easy to clean, and the optimal for the animals. Kim markets the facility, organizes the volunteers and rescues animals from other shelters to be adopted from Medfield.

 

The public is invited to the reception honoring all the MFi volunteer award nominees at 3PM on Sunday, April 8 at The Center.

The Medfield Foundation volunteer awards are made possible through the sponsorship of Roche Bros. and Brothers Marketplace, as well as a contribution for Rockland Trust.

 

MFi Volunteer Awards honors Liz Sandeman

Liz Sandeman

Liz Sandeman

MFi Volunteer Awards honoree

Liz told me the photo above was taken at a road race in Hawaii.  Liz was nominated by Errin Chapin:

Primary organization or initiative where she/he volunteers: New England Donor Services

Other organizations where she/he volunteers: Lions of Medfield, Medfield Public Schools (Blake and the High School as parent volunteer), Amelia’s Light, Hannah Adams

How many years has the nominee be donating her/his time? 3

New England Donor Services is by far Liz Sandeman’s most treasured volunteer work as raising awareness of organ donation strikes home for her. Her 54-year-old sister died while on a lung transplant wait list. Such losses are too frequent as the need for organ donors is chronic. Liz chose to honor her sister by actively educating people about how to increase the availability of vital organs. Liz speaks in favor of organ donation all over the area at drivers ed classes, hospitals and schools. She emphasizes the benefits of becoming a living organ donor as well as indicating one’s preference to be a giver of life through organ donation at the end of one’s own life. Liz also volunteers her time stuffing envelopes at the main headquarters. One way or another she is volunteering here on a weekly basis. Through these efforts, Liz is highly respected and valued by the organization. She is also an active member of the Medfield Lions Club where she serves on the board. Liz’s efforts for the annual Chowder Fest, the Christmas tree sale and Spring Gala are greatly appreciated. She volunteers weekly at her three children’s schools, pitching in where needed. This past year, she also began volunteering at fundraising activities for Amelia’s Light, an international, nonprofit organization that empowers survivors of human trafficking. In all of these organizations, Liz is an ardent supporter, advocate and fund raiser. Liz brings her positive personality and talents to tasks great and small and generously gives her time to make Medfield a caring, supportive community. While I know she does these things selflessly, I would like to show her our community’s appreciation of her efforts through this award.”

 

The public is invited to the reception honoring all the MFi volunteer award nominees at 3PM on Sunday, April 8 at The Center.

The Medfield Foundation volunteer awards are made possible through the sponsorship of Roche Bros. and Brothers Marketplace, as well as a contribution for Rockland Trust.

 

Warrant Committee positions on town meeting articles, to date

This list below from Warrant Committee chair, Tom Marie today on the Warrant Committee positions on the various warrant articles for the annual town meeting (ATM).  Here is my annotated list of those warrant articles – 20180306-warrant articles

Warrant Articles (including votes taken) ·      Articles 1-10 RECOMMENDED (9-0)

·      Article 15 DISMISSED (9-0)

·      Article 24 RECOMMENDED (9-0)

·      Article 25 DISMISSED (8-1)

·      Article 30 RECOMMENDED (9-0)

·      Article 31 RECOMMENDED (9-0)

·      Article 32 RECOMMENDED (9-0)

·      Article 33 RECOMMENDED at $400K (9-0)

·      Article 34 RECOMMENDED (9-0)

·      Article 35 RECOMMENDED (9-0)

·      Article 36 RECOMMENDED (9-0)

·      Article 39 RECOMMENDED (9-0)

·      Article 42 DISMISSED (9-0)

·         Article 26 – West St/Rt 27 – dismissed (9,0)

·         Article 27 –Pre-disaster plan – recommend  (9,0)

·         Article 38 – Dog Control  – recommend (9,0)

·         Article 19,20,21,22 – dismissed (9,0)

·         Article 23 – MSH more affordable housing – recommend (7,2)

·         Article 14 – MPR building – recommend (5,4)

  • Article 16 – in house ALS – dismissed ( 6,3)

 

 

Take the parking survey

From Sarah Raposa –

parked in no parking zone with available parking nearby

Reminder!

The Economic Development Committee (EDC) and their consultants from Nelson\Nygaard are requesting public input in formulating strategies for a parking management plan for downtown Medfield.

Please take our survey: www.surveymonkey.com/r/MedfieldParking

The survey closes Monday, March 26, 2018 at 8 am. Thank you!

 

 

Sarah Raposa, AICP

Town Planner
459 Main Street
Medfield, MA  02052
(508) 906-3027
sraposa@medfield.net

www.town.medfield.net

 

BoS on 3/20

These are the back up materials – 20180320-materials

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Ingenious uses of technology

This article from my Route Fifty e-newsletter had a list of the winners of pitches of technology made at the SXSW Mayor’s Summit.  All were interesting, but this winner seemed especially ingenious to me:

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5G may look different in Medfield

Medfield already has one Verizon permitted antennae on a light pole, in front of Palumbo Liquors, and according to this article, we may be seeing many more.  The Board of Selectmen were told when presented with that pole antennae application, that in Massachusetts Verizon had the right to install on an existing pole.  The town gets no revenue from that antennae.  By contrast, the antennae on our two water towers pay, from memory, about $30K/year /antennae).

 

Why Cities Should Jump at the Chance to Add Cell Towers to Streetlights

COMMENTARY | In a contributed piece, the authors suggest compromises and efficiencies to ensure cities do not get left behind in the 5G revolution.

This is the first in two contributed articles on broadband access and local government’s role in building better connectivity for its citizens. Read the second one here.

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. —  Numerous state lawmakers are filing bills to encourage or even compel large cities to incorporate cell towers into existing municipal infrastructures. Not everyone is sold on the proposition.

Wireless carriers want to install miniature cell towers on utility poles and streetlights to keep up with fifth-generation—commonly known as 5G—cell phone technology. Carriers plan to install more than 250,000 small cell sites across the U.S. in the next few years, but they require broad access to public property in order to proceed. Legislators have introduced wireless siting bills in 25 states so far this year, with hopes to begin work on installations in 2018.

In Illinois, for instance, legislation intended to streamline this process has enjoyed a cold reception. The Small Cell Wireless Bill passed the Illinois House and Senate during the 2017 veto session, though State Senate President John Cullerton decided to hold the legislation after public outcry from area communities. Policymakers said they hoped to negotiate with local officials who have called on Gov. Bruce Rauner to veto the bill.

 

Meanwhile, both sides of this ongoing debate have been clashing in California Gov. Jerry Brown late last year vetoed a bill that would have made it easier for telecommunications companies to install the small transmitters on public property. Brown argued the permitting process for new technology must be weighed against the right of local governments to manage public property under their jurisdiction.

Skeptics claim these small cell sites will be more of an eyesore than an asset, but city dwellers should welcome this beneficial blend of private tech and public property.

 

A Rising Tide Lifts All Ships

Opponents argue that this integration of street furniture and tech will harm community aesthetics and historical preservation. Local and state representatives who oppose the legislation, however, will cause self-inflicted wounds to the long-term prosperity of their communities.

By attaching small cell antennas to streetlights and other street furniture, carriers will be able to use 5G technology to deliver wireless data much more effectively. Wireless customers in affected areas will enjoy improved coverage, fewer dropped calls, and faster download speeds.

 

5G technology saw an informal test in Minneapolis during Super Bowl LII, after Verizon crews installed 250 of the small cell sites throughout downtown Minneapolis to accommodate the hundreds of thousands of out-of-town visitors for the big game. The stadium itself was blanketed in wireless signals, with antennas hidden in everything from handrails to small boxes scattered among the stadium’s seats.

As 5G technology gains traction, wireless carriers hope to eventually supplant cable as the primary provider of home internet service. Speeds on 5G networks are better than traditional cable internet, and the wireless service can compete with high-end fiber networks. Homes within reach of these small cell sites would no longer require wired connections, but the infrastructure for this sort of network does not exist in many communities. As a solution, carriers want to pepper small cell antennas on existing street furniture.

Critics contend the wireless industry’s initiative will roll back public efforts to expand broadband access to underserved and rural areas. In truth, the push to install cell antennas on public furniture would actually support these efforts by forcing cable providers to bolster their infrastructure and reduce their rates in order to remain competitive.

According to Deloitte, the U.S. must spend more than $100 billion over the next five to seven years to support fiber infrastructure demands. Wireless providers can ease this burden by densifying their networks, increasing consumer access along the way. Carriers would partner with municipalities to design, permit, and construct saturated wireless networks, benefitting all parties involved.

Residents want improved connectivity, but they fear unsightly additions to city structures. To mitigate this aesthetic issue, cities should require companies to shroud antennas and install non-transmitting equipment below ground.

In exchange, cities should agree to give wireless carriers and cable companies a free market in which to solve the digital divide. To build seamless networks, wireless companies will need to serve all high-density areas — including impoverished districts. By simplifying the installation and permitting processes, cities will be able to facilitate better services for their citizens with minimal effort.

Leaping from Legislation to Implementation

Before this technology can change things for the better, local leaders must modify municipal policies and procedures. Steep lease rates for cell towers on private property inflate the operating expenses of wireless carriers. Low-cost access to public street furniture would remedy this issue, reducing operating expenses for carriers and freeing up capital for infrastructure improvements and denser networks.

Many municipalities lack defined fee structures and approval processes for the corporate use of public property. By creating straightforward licensing procedures, cities can help carriers plan ahead for new networks. Public works departments should interfere as little as possible, only stopping proposals that overstep the common sense of aesthetics and function. If cities keep rates fair and permitting reasonable, carriers can pass their savings on to customers.

Communities that oppose the installation of 5G technology on their assets risk falling behind other municipalities that cooperate with carriers. Technology-fueled startups and participants in the gig economy prefer areas with better technology. If one city is saturated with high-speed wireless service while another avoids upgrades, startups are more likely to flock to the city with the better technological offering.

Fast internet service is the lifeblood of the global economy. In nations with fewer regulations on wireless infrastructure, carriers provide denser networks with better service at lower costs. Without reliable, affordable access to these advanced systems, American communities will trail behind their global counterparts.

To remain globally competitive, government officials must work with the wireless industry to rethink commercial access to public assets. By cooperating with carriers on permitting and reasonable use rates, municipalities can create room for compromise on the shrouding and location of new equipment. Opening city hall for business will create new economic opportunities for wireless generations to come

MSH water tower wins award

ACCE award for MSH water tower

Photo shows DPW Director Maurice Goulet, second from left, and town’s consultants.

This email yesterday evening from Water and Sewer Board member Jeremy Marsette –

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Passing along this good news.  The Town and its consultant, Environmental Partners Group, won an award this evening from the American Council of Engineering Companies for the replacement of the water storage tank at the former Medfield State Hospital.

 

The award was presented at their annual Engineering Excellence Awards Gala.  The award notes “Reaching new heights modernizing water infrastructure on an historic site”.

 

Congratulations to EPG and the Medfield Public Works Department.

 

Btw, Medfield’s roads have looked great these past two snow storms.  Kudos to the Department for that too.

 

Thanks

Jeremy

 

 

MFi volunteer awards nominee, Susan Holbrook

Susan Holbrook

Laurie Mills’ nomination of Susan Holbrook for the Medfield Foundation volunteer awards

Susan is an amazing person.  She is so dedicated to helping those in need, both in Medfield and the broader community.

In January 2009, while volunteering at Cradles to Crayons, she noticed that there were many donated socks and underwear that needed packaging.  The staff and volunteers in the giving factory did not have the time to get all this done in a timely manner.  She approached the leaders at Cradles to see if she could take those items back to Medfield and have church volunteers help with sorting and packaging.  They were happy to have UCC partner with them!

Since that time, this program is a major part of UCC Medfield, the broader community (including a Cradles to Crayons club at Medfield High School) and Cradles to Crayons.  Many, many families are involved in packaging these items with their children.  It has given our community an opportunity to involve our children in something that’s helping others in need without having to drive into Boston to do so.  This has grown into a huge ministry.  In 2017, UCC Medfield and the broader community packaged 6,800 sock packs, 2,700 underwear packs and 2,000 newborn cap packs.  She has a mini factory set up at the church!

Last year, Susan found another need.  Men and women living in homeless shelters are in desperate need of hats and scarves for the cold winter months.  Susan formed a group call “”Knitting for Others”” to help fill this need.  This group meets weekly and hand knits gorgeous and warm items.  Her goal was to deliver 250 items to the Woods Mullen Shelter by the end of 2017.  And she reached that goal!  The women were so grateful to receive these beautiful items.

One or two times per month, Susan serves lunch to the residents at Woods Mullen Shelter in Boston.  She drives a homemade lunch into Boston, serves the ladies and plays bingo with them.

She collects items for bingo prizes such as warm socks, new underwear and toiletry items.  The ladies have so much fun with bingo and really appreciate a prize that is useful to them.

For many years, Susan has been the leader of a bible study group at UCC Medfield.  Susan does a wonderful job leading this group of 15-20 people.  She is very thoughtful about what studies the group should do and spends many hours researching new studies to provide a nice variety throughout the year.  Every week, from September to May, she prepares the bible study content and facilitates the group discussion.  Many times the discussion can get emotional and personal, and Susan shows such compassion and understanding.  Her leadership has kept many members of this group together for years, supporting each other through life’s challenges and celebrating life’s joys.

A common theme in many of the bible studies is finding ways to shine god’s light in the world.  Susan truly embodies this.  She is always thinking of different ways we can help those in need and then moving into action.  Susan gets things done selflessly and show’s us how to do the work God has called us to do.

I can’t think of a more deserving person for this award.  She has made our community so much richer by involving church members and community residents is many initiatives to help others.  I am so blessed to know Susan and grateful to call her my friend.

Susan Holbrook’s comments on her nomination

I was overwhelmed and humbled earlier this week when I received the news that I was nominated by Laurie Mills for recognition of my volunteer work in the Medfield community.    My volunteer work with the Cradles to Crayons organization over the past 12 years has been and contInues to be very fulfilling particularly with the growing support of the whole Medfield community.   My most recent work at establishing a Knitting for Others Ministry at UCC Medfield has been incredibly fruitful with over 500 items knit for those in need in our community and throughout Massachusetts.  Recent excitement has centered on several elementary age students learning to knit so they can be a part of this as well.  I have been blessed to facilitate a weekly women’s Bible study for the past 15 years or so and treasure my time learning and growing in faith with such incredible women.

Medfield Foundation volunteer awards April 8

The public is invited to the reception to honor all the nominated volunteers at 3PM on Sunday April 8 at The Center.

Roche Bros. and Brothers Marketplace sponsor

The Medfield Foundation volunteer awards are made possible through the sponsorship of Roche Bros. and Brothers Marketplace, as well as a contribution for Rockland Trust.

Weather results

Tweet from Medfield Police Department this afternoon –

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March 13, 2018 10:00 AM

Board and Committee Meetings Canceled on 3/13/2018

Due to the storm the Town Hall is closed today 3/13/2018. All Board and Committee meetings have been canceled for today. Read on