Monthly Archives: April 2018

Globe vouchers for the MFi

mfi logo

Please consider submitting your Boston Globe voucher that was emailed to you this morning for the Medfield Foundation ( (a copy of my email appears below).

The MFi has already raised over $2m. in private monies since 2001 for public purpose in the Town of Medfield, and is now creating an endowment for our town’s future (the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund).


Use this $100 GRANT voucher to support your favorite non-profit.


The Boston Globe is proud to announce the return of GRANT (Globe Readers And Non-profits Together), a community initiative that allows subscribers like you to help deserving non-profits earn free advertising space in The Globe.

As a 7-Day subscriber, you have $100 in a GRANT voucher to allocate to the certified 501(c)(3) of your choice.

Submitting your GRANT voucher is easy — just click the button below and enter the name of the organization you’d like to support. The non-profit you select can later redeem the GRANT vouchers it has accumulated for free advertising space in the Globe. The more GRANT vouchers earned, the larger the advertising space provided. Submission deadline is July 31, 2018.

Submit your voucher »

Thousands of Globe subscribers participated in GRANT last year, and over 3,000 organizations were recognized. Altogether, more than $3 million in advertising space was donated at no cost to our subscribers or to the groups selected.

For more information and to stay up-to-date on subscriber contributions, go to

Thank you for subscribing to The Boston Globe and joining us in supporting our remarkable community.

The Boston Globe

New Fire Chief William Carrico

The Sandwich Enterprise ran an interesting, well written article on Medfield’s new Fire Chief (a copy of the article appears below), leaving his job in Sandwich to become Medfield’s new Fire Chief –


Fire Chief Carrico Leaving For Medfield

Sandwich Fire Chief William Carrico
Sandwich Fire Chief William Carrico


Fire Chief William C. Carrico II will be leaving his Sandwich post next week to become the Medfield fire chief.

Chief Carrico did not respond to a request this week to explain why he wants to leave Sandwich and what he views as his top accomplishments during his four years with the town.

He did, however, discuss those topics with the Medfield Board of Selectmen during a televised meeting earlier this month.

He said that he had met the top challenges in Sandwich—building up staffing levels; ensuring that the firefighters and paramedics have safe, new quarters; and bringing professionalism to the department.

“I am ready to take on the unique challenges of Medfield,” Chief Carrico told the selectmen. He added that he wanted to come to the Medfield area for “personal reasons.”

Sandwich Town Manager George H. (Bud) Dunham said he was saddened by the news that the chief was leaving.

“I knew he was a finalist in Medfield and have been contacted by various people doing reference checks on him over the last few weeks, which led me to believe he was their primary candidate,” Mr. Dunham said in an e-mail on Tuesday, April 24. “It’s a huge loss to the fire department and the town.”

Chief Carrico helped the town secure a $1.2 million federal grant that enabled the East Sandwich fire station to be renovated and fully staffed.

“Staffing this station will reduce response times to East Sandwich and provide proper response times for fire and EMS calls,” Chief Carrico said at the time. “The FEMA grants are extremely competitive; to be awarded a grant of this size is a game-changer for the community.”

The grant came from the US Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Mr. Dunham said at the time that the two-year grant would allow the town to hire firefighter/paramedics, and move ahead with its public safety plan, despite conflicting messages from voters.

At the 2016 Town Meeting, Sandwich residents overwhelmingly approved a $17 million plan to build a public safety complex in South Sandwich, and renovate the East Sandwich station—adding dormitories and other amenities. At that meeting, residents also approved a separate $750,000 allocation to hire eight firefighters/emergency service personnel.

But the $750,000 measure—technically called a Proposition 2 1⁄2 override—also required a majority vote during a regular election three days later. The override failed, narrowly, when voters went to the polls.

In the days before that Town Meeting and election, Mr. Dunham said that if the override failed, the East Sandwich renovations would be scrapped because the town could not afford to staff the improved facilities.

The $1.2 million grant changed all that.

The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grants were created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter organizations to help them increase or maintain the number of trained, frontline firefighters available in their communities, according to the FEMA website.

Chief Carrico also helped negotiate for administrative offices to be added to the $17 million public safety complex now under construction at Cotuit and Quaker Meetinghouse roads. The complex will house a new police headquarters building and a fire substation.

“Receiving the award provides a sense of accomplishment because it is very competitive,” the chief said at the time. “My goal for Sandwich is to create a response structure that increases the safety of the citizens, the safety of the firefighters and, most importantly, decreases response times.”

Chief Carrico told the Medfield selectmen he had similar goals for that town. He also wants to add paramedics and ambulance service to the department.

Medfield Town Administrator Michael Sullivan said on Thursday that Chief Carrico’s salary has not yet been made public because contract details are still being worked out. The previous chief’s annual salary was $136,000, Mr. Sullivan said.

Medfield, southwest of Boston, encompasses about 14.5 square miles. The town, which has a population of about 12,000, has been searching for a new chief since last June, when William Kingsbury announced his retirement after nearly 30 years as chief.

Shortly thereafter, the town appointed retired Hull Fire Chief Robert Hollingshead as interim chief.

“He’s the right man for the job,” Mr. Hollingshead said of Chief Carrico when introducing him to the Medfield selectmen.

Mr. Carrico served as chief of the Halifax and Duxbury fire departments before coming to Sandwich. He believes in beginning cadet programs and talking with high school students to encourage them to consider careers in emergency services.

“I like coming in and seeing what I can do to make things better,” Mr. Carrico told the Medfield selectmen. “I’m looking forward to it.”

Become the Angel Run Treasurer or Sponsorship Coordinator


Volunteer Treasurer and Sponsorship Coordinator Opportunities

Medfield’s number one family fun event since 2006, the Medfield Foundation Angel Run, has two openings for organized and motivated individuals to fill the roles of:

  • Treasurer
  • Sponsorships

The treasurer is the bigger role – experience is helpful, but really just need people who are detail-oriented and willing to help out. The Angel Run is held annually at the beginning of December, attracts 1500 participants, and raises money for Medfield families in need.

Interested parties can contact Medfield Foundation President, Evan Weisenfeld at or 508-740-4367.

New Fire Chief William Carrico

From Wickedlocal for Sandwich –

Fire chief to leave Sandwich for Medfield

Sandwich Fire Chief William Carrico has resigned from his post after four years leading the department.

Town Manager Bud Dunham advised selectmen April 26, that Carrico has submitted his letter of resignation in order to become the new fire chief in Medfield.

Carrico’s last day is May 4. Dunham said he is poised to appoint Sandwich Deputy Chief John J. Burke as acting fire chief.

Dunham praised Carrico and his tenure in Sandwich.

“He’s a true leader in my opinion,” Dunham said. “He’s been great to work with. On many issues. A great sense of humor.”

Run Registration Closes 5/3

From Susan Maritan –


New Life 5k

ATTENTION!  There are only 8 days left to register on-line for the New Life 5k!

Do you LOVE the Angel Run? Then we think you’re going to LOVE New Life Furniture Bank’s “1st Annual New Life 5k Trail Run”.

This fundraising event will be held at 9:00 am on Saturday, May 5th at the scenic Medfield State Hospital grounds. The event is open to the public, and all ages are encouraged to RUN, JOG OR WALK in this family-friendly event.

To register or for additional information, go to

ON-LINE REGISTRATION CLOSES MAY 3RD. Last minute registration WILL BE open on the morning of the event.

School Committee office hours 7PM tomorrow

From Anna Mae O’Shea Brooke –

library sign

Because of the upcoming override and the questions that the citizens of Medfield may have, we are offering another option for School Committee Office Hours this week:
– Newly added: Tuesday, April 24 from 7-8pm in the conference room at the Medfield Public Library
Wednesday, April 25 from 9-10am at Dale Street School

Conference room available

Medfield office

CONFERENCE ROOM (hourly, per diem)

Deb has a first floor conference room/reception area available on an hourly or per diem basis for those in need of a private meeting/work space in downtown Medfield.  Rates are negotiable. Second floor space suitable for an office/conference room may also be available.   Call Deb at 508 269 9364.

BoS 4/24 informational materials

20180424–agenda and informational

TOWN OF MEDFIELD MEETING NOTICE POSTED: TOWN CLERK ,U,ll ¥ t U iO ii:i OF MEDFIELD. MASS 2018 APR 20 A 10: 33 POSTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF M.G.L. CHAPTER 39 SECTION 23A AS AMENDED. OFF ICE OF THE Board of Selectmen TOWN CLERK Board or Committee PLACE OF MEETING DAY, DATE, AND TIME Town Hall Chenery Meeting Room Tuesday April 24, 2018 @7:00 PM AGENDA (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) Announcement Disclosure of Video Recording We want to take a moment of appreciation for our Troops serving in the Middle East and around the world Executive Session at close of meeting to discuss Collective Bargaining Citizen Comment Action Item Police Chief Meaney requests the Selectmen vote to appoint Police Officer Candidate Paul Treggiari to the Department Vote to authorize Chairman Marcucci sign letter regarding Application for the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Grant Program Vote to sign Memorandum of Understanding for the proposed project, Medfield Green LIP, developer John Kelly Vote Warrant Articles Town Administrator Update Selectmen Report Informational Copy of Town Counsel Cerel's letter regarding Rockwood Lane basketball hoop and backboard

MMA on House budget

This alert came today from the Massachusetts Municipal Association about the areas needing protection by our legislators in the House budget negotiations this coming week.  I did email both our representatives to ask that they follow the Massachusetts Municipal Association recommendations.


House to Start FY19 State Budget Debate on Monday


Representatives to Decide on Many Municipal and School Amendments

Please Oppose Costly Health Insurance Amendments


Please Call Your Representatives Today


April 20, 2018


Dear Osler Peterson,


This coming Monday, April 23, the House is scheduled to start debate on the fiscal 2019 state budget. House members will take up the 1,400 amendments that were filed by the deadline last Friday, including dozens related to municipal and school aid accounts, and many on important policy issues that affect local government. Debate is expected to wrap up by the end of the week.


The MMA has sent a detailed letter to all House members, taking a position on the major local government amendments. The House Ways and Means budget (H. 4400) and the proposed amendments can be found on the Legislature’s website.


Please Click Here for a Copy of MMA’s Budget Letter on House Amendments


Please review the MMA’s House budget letter, and call your Representatives to let them know how these amendments would impact you. This is the best time to influence their support for the issues and amendments that matter most. Please call on them to support amendments that would fully fund state obligations, such as the special education “circuit breaker” and charter school reimbursements, and oppose amendments that would pre-empt local decision-making in the area of health insurance.


This is a quick reference to amendments covered in the MMA letter.


Municipal Aid

Support for: Payment-in-Lieu-of-Taxes (#830), Shannon Anti-Gang Grants (#40), Planning Grants (#282 and #731), and Public Libraries (#1171)


School Aid

Support for: Charter School Impact Payments (#952), Special Education “Circuit Breaker” (#693), Chapter 70 Minimum Aid at $50 per Student (#1154), McKinney-Vento Student Transportation (#930), Regional School Student Transportation (#29, #785, #823 and #974), Out-of-District Vocational Student Transportation (#192 and #1278), Summer Learning (#888), and Sumer Jobs (#456)


Labor Relations and Health Insurance

Oppose: Undermining Municipal Retiree Health Insurance Authority (oppose #1048 and #13)

Support for: Mediation and Dispute Resolution (#1153, #248 and #1160) and, and Municipal Police Training Fund (#1235 and #1380)


Other Amendments

Support for: Community Benefit Districts (#1074), Municipal Impact Statements (#62), water Infrastructure Funding (#813), Community Preservation Act Revenues (#466), Conservation Tax Credit (#1248), Bulk Purchasing of Naloxone (#223, #226, #477 and #1209), and Firefighter Equipment Cleaning Grants (#1189).


If you have any questions about amendments, please contact MMA Legislative Director John Robertson at or (617) 427-7272.


Please Call Your Representatives Today and Ask them to Support Cities and Towns in the House Budget Debate


Thank You!!


DOR data

Massachusetts Department of Revenue maintains lots of data on the cities and towns, and put it out via a dashboard that makes interesting reading:

When I checked our Total Budget per Capita figures against the other 351 cities and towns, we were solidly lined up amongst the other Metrowest communities.  We are not alone in being financially strapped and pressured by the declining state assistance, causing more of our town services to be paid for on the property tax.

Below is the DLS newsleter about the DOR dashboard, without the graphics:


Identifying Fiscal Stress Using the DLS Trend Dashboard
Tony Rassias – Bureau of Accounts Deputy Director

This article follows Deputy Commissioner Sean Cronin’s introduction of the Division of Local Services’ (DLS) Municipal Finance Trend Dashboard. As outlined in that article, the Dashboard “is comprised of key municipal fiscal health indicators based upon data that is part of required municipal submissions to DLS, annual financial statements, state agency databases, and the US Census. It graphically displays trends in revenues and expenditures, municipal operating positions, demographic information, unfunded liabilities, property taxes, Proposition 2½ data, and debt.”

It is our hope that this new resource will help local officials identify areas that may be trending in the wrong direction and negatively affecting fiscal health. Cities, towns, school and special purpose districts can utilize these metrics to both assess current conditions and track performance over time. To assist in these efforts, this piece will define and highlight indicators of fiscal stress as they relate to governmental financial operations. Utilizing the DLS Municipal Finance Trend Dashboard, local officials can identify and monitor these early warning signs. In future articles, we will outline approaches, practices, and procedures to address difficult circumstances and prevent their re-occurrence.

What is Fiscal Stress?

Fiscal stress doesn’t necessarily imply that the fiscal roof is about to collapse, but rather foretells that significant challenges may loom ahead should a community or district continue down a certain path. These challenges may then eventually affect taxpayers, creditors, vendors, employees, retirees, local officials and the local governmental entity itself.

According to a Pew Charitable Research Report of July 2013:

When budget gaps widen and a city cannot pay its bills, meet its payroll, balance its budget, or carry out essential services, the local government is viewed as distressed. Officials usually respond with some combination of service cuts, worker layoffs, tax and fee increases, reserve spending, and borrowing. If those measures do not work and the city no longer has the money to meet its obligations, the distress can escalate into a crisis or financial emergency, which may include defaulting on a bond payment or, in rare instances, filing for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection.

A fiscal crisis can occur in any city, town, regional school or special purpose district. It causes public discontent with government, breeds low morale with its employees, prompts concerns by retirees about retiree benefits, and sends signals to the credit market of heightened credit risk.

Identifying Fiscal Stress Using the Dashboard

Monitoring fiscal activity within a fiscal year and trended over multiple fiscal years can determine whether a community is meeting its objectives. Our Municipal Trend Dashboard can be used to view indicators of fiscal stress including operating position, unfunded liabilities, property taxes, revenues and expenditures, demographics, and debt. Below please find some examples of Dashboard information revealing potentially problematic trends.

Operating Position

Combining the above metrics, we see a community that has no available reserves. Obviously, this is a very precarious situation to be in financially. DLS recommends that the local government establish a sound reserve policy as outlined here.

Unfunded Future Liabilities

Taking the above three metrics together, we see $250 million in unfunded liabilities. Such liabilities could put a strain on the community’s future ability to provide core services to the public.

Revenues and Expenditures

Property Taxes

In the above combination, there is excess levy capacity to tackle additional expenditures inside the Proposition 2½ levy limit, but this community’s average single family tax bill as a percent of income is one of the highest in the Commonwealth. As a result, policymakers must reconcile the need for revenue with the demands of the overall tax burden on residents and businesses. Such challenges are faced every day by local officials across Massachusetts.

The above are just a few examples of how city, town, regional school or special purpose district officials can use the DLS Municipal Trend Dashboard to identify fiscal stress indicators. In coming issues, we will delve further into other areas of concern and establish a road map back to fiscal health for distressed communities.