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Anomalous state programs – entry #1

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This is the first time that I have heard of this particular state revenue sharing.  The state is sending the Town of Medfield our $0.20 per rides with Transportation Network Companies that originated in town.  Below is an email from Mike Sullivan and the forwarded email from the state DPU.  I see that Boston is getting about $3.5m.


Just received this. Medfield’s distribution amount is $734.70. this might just cover the overhead administrative costs to comply with the reporting requirements. If any left over, maybe we can use it to put 109 underground through the center. Mike


———- Forwarded message ———-
From: O’Connor, Angie (DPU) <>
Date: Fri, May 25, 2018 at 10:56 AM
Subject: Municipal Disbursement
To: “O’Connor, Angie (DPU)” <>
Cc: “Lubitz, Katherine (DPU)” <>, “Hawkins, Ryan M (DPU)” <>

Dear Municipal Official:

I write in regards to trips conducted by Transportation Network Companies (“TNCs”) in Massachusetts for the 2017 calendar year and the requirement of a $0.20 per‑ride assessment.  St. 2016, c. 187, § 8.  The Transportation Network Company Division (“Division”) of the Department of Public Utilities (“Department”), as the oversight authority for TNCs, has recently collected assessments from all TNCs and will be proportionately distributing the funds to municipalities.  A spreadsheet of municipal disbursements is attached to this email.  In addition, the Division has recently collected and analyzed TNC trip data across Massachusetts, and has made this information publically available.  The purpose of my writing to you is to provide information regarding municipal use of funds received from the assessment, as well as the published information on TNC trip data.

Chapter 187 of the Acts of 2016 established a Commonwealth Transportation Infrastructure Fund (“Fund”).  St. 2016, c. 187, § 8(a).  As required, each TNC has submitted to the Division the number of rides from the previous calendar year that originated within each city or town and a per‑ride assessment of $0.20, which has been credited to the Fund.  St. 2016, c. 187, § 8(a).  One‑half (½) of the amount received from the Fund will be distributed proportionately to each city and town based on the number of rides that originated in that city or town.  St. 2016, c. 187, § 8(c)(i).  In addition, one fourth (¼) will be distributed to the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency, established in G.L. c. 23G, § 2, in order to provide financial assistance to small businesses operating in the taxicab, livery, or hackney industries and to encourage the adoption of new technologies and advanced service, safety, and operational capabilities and to support workforce development; and one fourth (¼) to the Commonwealth Transportation Fund, established in G.L. c. 29, § 2ZZZ.  St. 2016, c. 187, §§ 8(c)(ii) and (iii).

We expect to disburse these funds within the coming weeks.

The distributed funds are special revenue without further appropriation.  The funds must be used “to address the impact of transportation network services on municipal roads, bridges and other transportation infrastructure or any other public purpose substantially related to the operation of transportation network services in the city or town including, but not limited to, the complete streets program established in [G.L. c. 90I, § 1] and other programs that support alternative modes of transportation.”  St. 2016, c. 187, § 8(c)(i).  Each city or town receiving distribution from the Fund must submit a report to the Division not later than December 31, 2018, detailing the projects and the amount used or planned to be used for transportation-related projects, as described above.  St. 2016, c. 187, § 8(d).  The Division is required to compile the reports and post the projects and amounts of money used on its website, located at  St. 2016, c. 187, § 8(d).

In addition, as required by regulation, the Division has recently collected data regarding TNC trips throughout Massachusetts, such as data on ride origination and destination, and average time and distance of trips.  220 CMR 274.12(2)(a).  The Division has published this information, along with preliminary analyses, which can be located at  Lastly, the Department intends to continue working with TNCs to obtain and publish further information regarding their contribution to the Commonwealth’s transportation landscape.

I hope that you find this information beneficial.



Angela M. O’Connor


Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities

One South Station

Boston, Massachusetts 02110



Chief Meaney retiring in August

Robert Meaney

Medfield Chief of Police, Robert Meaney, told the Board of Selectmen last night that he will be retiring in August.  Chief Meaney counseled selectmen that with Deputy Chief John Wilhelmi already in place there should be no loss of continuity or need, in his opinion, to appoint an interim chief.

The selectmen reconstituted the committee that just finished the search for the new Medfield Fire Department Chief, leading to the hiring of Chief Carrico, to lead the town search to find a new police chief.  The town will also employ the same search consultant firm it has in the past, so that it was projected that a replacement chief will be hired this fall.

Under state statutes, Chief Meaney faced mandatory retirement in July 2019 at age 65.

BoS 11/21/17

One more set of minutes came today.



Board of Selectmen

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Chenery Hall



Present: Osler Peterson, Michael Marcucci, Gus Murby, Michael Sullivan, Mark Cerel, Kristine Trierweiler


Selectmen Peterson called the meeting to order at 7:00PM and disclosed the meeting is being video recorded.


Selectmen announced a moment of appreciation for our Troops serving in the Middle East and around the world.




7:05     Holiday Stroll Road Closures

Chief Meaney has had numerous discussions with the stakeholders from MEMO as well as the businesses regarding closing Route 109 for the Holiday Stroll due to safety concerns. Chief Meaney proposed creating a safety zone with blockades/jersey barriers to double the size of the sidewalk and create a true barrier between pedestrians and traffic. Arts Council agrees to move the ice sculpture to the library to limit crossing Route 109. Additional lighting will be brought in for the railroad track area, and Eversource will be notified of any lights that need to be replaced along Route 109.


Selectmen discussed adding additional police to assist in anyone crossing Route 109. Jennifer Sleaser, owner of the Noon Hill Grill, thanked the Selectmen and the Police Chief for working to not close Route 109 completely for the evening. It is one of their busiest evenings of the year.



7:15     Medfield State Hospital Building and Grounds Committee


John Thompson, Chair of the Building and Grounds Committee. Mr. Thompson provided a quick update of the work done by 20th Century Fox. Mr. Thompson is still repairing things that were left behind. Volunteers have been working on brush pick up; heavy wind storms caused some tree damage and debris.  Little to report on vandalism although there are still people being caught trying to enter the buildings.


Mr. Thompson discussed the revolving fund established at Town Meeting. The money will go to landscaping, keep grass cut and tick population down, fall clean up etc. Committee has been spending money on fixing the roofs of the buildings, masonry work on the buildings, and there may need to be more high value masonry work completed. Masonry is affected by water and neglect, etc. The revenue from the movie has offset the cost of some of the roofs and the plan is that the Committee would not need to ask for money at town meeting in 2018.


Selectmen Marcucci requested the Selectmen retain control of the revolving funds to be spent. Requests can be made to the Board of Selectmen for expenditures. Mr. Thompson discussed that the Committee tries to avoid expending money on buildings that will come down instead spending funds on buildings that are in the plan for reuse. Ms. Trierweiler will work on the bid for landscaping for 2018 which was a large expense last year. Would still like to request funds for the fall clean up which was estimated at $20,000.


Selectmen Murby agreed using the revolving funds gained from the movie was a better approach then appropriating additional funds at Town Meeting in 2018. Selectmen agreed to control the expenditures from the revolving fund.


Selectmen discussed that a stabilization fund had been created for the sale of items at MSH that would need to be declared surplus by the Town. Mr. Thompson suggested that he have a consultant come in and conduct a survey of what was valuable in the buildings and on site. Mr. Massaro stated concerns if no appropriation for the funds for MSH what happens if additional legal, environmental work is required for the disposition. Ms. Trierweiler has money available in the MSH planning article for this purpose.


Selectmen Peterson thanked Mr. Thompson for all of his work at MSH, his ongoing tours and his work with the movie company. The revenue from the movie should fund ongoing maintenance for 2-3 years.



Action Items

Selectmen invited to the Eagle Scout Court of Honor on Saturday, December 2, 2017 for the following:             Garrett Theodore Gipson

                        Robert A. Raine

                        Tyler James Hatch

                        Stephen Daniel Williams


Vote: Selectmen Marcucci made a motion to approve and sign all Eagle Scout Certificates, seconded by Selectmen Murby and the vote was unanimous.



Discussion of Selectmen 2018 ATM Articles

Selectmen will be putting forth an article on Hinkley Property not on Lot 3.


Mr. Centore has requested that Town staff create the plan, the warrant article on behalf of the Senior Housing Study Committee. COG is currently working on the article for the ATM. Selectmen Murby stated concerns regarding no clear agreement on ownership, rental, layout etc. The affordable units will need to stay affordable in perpetuity not just the first owner. Selectmen discussed the type of services that may be necessary to support this type of housing.


Proposed daycare is putting in a forced main sewer and has requested that Water and Sewer allow them to tie into the public sewer. Both parties have met but no decision has been made. Mr. Sullivan does not support this project or sewer connection. Water and Sewer will seek consultant and peer review before making a decision.


Veterans Service Officer

Mr. Sullivan in still in talks with a nearby town to create a joint Veterans district. Mr. Sullivan will continue to discuss the details with the Town Administrator, but Veterans Agent is interested and willing to work with both Towns.


MSH RFP for Facilitation Services

Steve Nolan from the MSHMPC presented a change order on the main consulting contract with CBI as timetables have shifted. Schedule is preparing for a March Special Town Meeting and will need CBI to continue working with the Committee. At this point the CBI contract has run out and we are looking at a new RFP for facilitation services.


Vote: Selectmen Marcucci made a motion to solicit three quotations for facilitation services for $25,000, seconded by Selectmen Murby and the vote was unanimous.



Lot 3 Discussion

Selectmen Peterson recused himself from the discussion and moved to the audience.


Selectmen discussed Lot 3 and the overlay zoning concept and the possibility of doing commercial or having housing as an overlay zone. Selectmen asked Mr. Nolan to review the 40R vs 40B district including incentive payments, quicker timeline, etc. Concerns were raised by Mr. Sullivan that if Medfield agreed to a 40R, the zoning could become denser without local approval. Concerns were raised by Selectmen Murby that if Lot 3 and Hinkley were not included in the master plan that will be presented in March then there appears to be a miscommunication between the Selectmen and the Committee that this was to be a priority area to be analyzed.


Board of Selectmen discussed that if a special town meeting does not happen then there needs to be consideration of the disposition articles at the Annual Town Meeting so that the property is moving forward in 2018. Mr. Massaro suggested the Selectmen still investigate 40R so that there is no delay. Ms. McCabe will meet with COG to begin drafting language for the 40R and other disposition articles. Selectmen agreed that 40R discussions need to move forward at the ATM and not be an obstacle for moving forward.


Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Nolan discussed that that the RFP for Lot 3 proposals contain evaluation criteria so that the Selectmen can evaluate multiple uses for the property.
Selectmen discussed whether a referenda from the ATM about senior housing or a sports complex or the RFP is the appropriate way to determine what is best for the Town’s best interest. Selectmen Murby did not feel the RFP was the mechanism to utilize. Selectmen Marcucci did not feel a referenda was the best way to go. Information is still missing such as costs of proposals, property taxes, how to evaluate the proposal, market intelligence. Selectmen still need to determine if the proposal is net tax positive and how that will be determined.


Selectmen discussed the process at the Special Town Meeting. Will Lot 3 be disposed of separately or as part of the Master Plan? Will Master Plan be presented in phases? The issue that arises in voting Lot 3 as part of the Master Plan is that it results in only two members of the Selectmen able to vote on the Master Plan. Mr. Nolan indicated the intention of the Committee was not segment the Master Plan particularly when looking for a 2/3 vote. The Committee could consider removing Lot 3 from the Master Plan as a separate vote. Mr. Cerel advised another discussion with the Ethics Commission regarding Lot 3 and Selectmen Peterson.


Mr. Massaro indicated he still has concerns about the numbers being presented at a special Town Meeting in March. Selectmen Murby questioned why Lot 3 was included in the MSH Master Plan. The voters voted in 2014 at the ATM to give the lease/sale opportunity to the Selectmen. Selectmen Murby indicated he has concerns too regarding the Committee not speaking to the abutters of Lot 3 or cost/benefit numbers from the Committee on Lot 3.


Selectmen Marcucci favors the open ended RFP accepting multiple uses for evaluation. Town Meeting has already committed the property to the Selectmen. There are potential developers interested in the property that should be investigated.


Selectmen discussed there are two constituencies interested in Lot 3: those that want a sports complex and those that want senior housing. Selectmen Murby stated that senior housing in other areas of Town may be acceptable to the senior housing constituency. Seniors also want tax relief which could come in the form of commercial development on Lot 3. Mr. Massaro asked the Selectmen to look at Ms. McCabe’s charts from over six months ago that indicate housing is more beneficial than commercial use. Mr. Nolan indicated the Committee would like approval of the plan as presented including Lot 3 as a change from housing to commercial on Lot 3 could make the disposition of the core campus more difficult.


Dale Street 40B

Selectmen Peterson rejoined the Board of Selectmen.


Selectmen Marcucci updated the Selectmen on Mr. Kelly’s proposals for Dale Street. Currently he has two proposals for the DPW side of Route 27. Mr. Kelly is looking to present to the AHT Board in December. The AHT will hear a proposal for a 12-14 unit development at 90 North Meadows Road and on 12/5 the BOS/AHT joint meeting will take place to discuss the 93-95 North Street proposal.  The discussion for Dale Street will be extensive so will look to schedule meeting with the Selectmen in January. Selectmen discussed timing of the meeting, neighborhood concerns, and impact to the SHI.


Town Administrator Evaluation

Mr. Sullivan updated the Selectmen that he is working on the evaluation and will be put on the agenda for the next meeting. Selectmen Murby would like to separate the compensation and performance discussion. Selectmen need to more forward and identify goals for the next fiscal year. Selectmen discussed the types of goals, day to day operations that could be used to form metrics that would assist in the evaluation.



Selectmen discussed Constables and their role in Medfield. Mark Cerel updated how Medfield has used Constables as primary keepers of the lock up.


Board of Selectmen reviewed the appointments as presented, would like more clarification on the Bay Colony Rail Trail at a future date.


Vote: Selectmen Marcucci made a motion to approve all appointments as discussed, seconded by Selectmen Murby and the vote was unanimous.




Licenses and Permits (Consent Agenda)

Katie Walsh, owner of Capsule at 70 North Street, requests a one day Liquor permit for the Holiday Stroll on December 1, 2017 and from 5PM to 9PM and on December 7, 2017 from 6-9PM for Sip and Shop.


MEMO requests a Parade Permit for the Annual Holiday Parade on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 1:00PM. MEMO also invites the BOS to lead the parade and participate in the Tree Lighting Festivities on December 1, 2017 at Baxter Park.


Friends of the Dwight Derby House request approval for signs at official sites as well as a yard sign at top of Frairy on 12/1/2017 to direct visitors to the Dwight Derby House.


Selectmen discussed with Mr. Cerel the need for Ms. Walsh of Capsule to apply for a permit for this type of event. After the discussion it was determined that Ms. Walsh does not need to apply for a permit.

Vote: Selectmen Marcucci made a motion to approve all items in the Consent Calendar except for the request by Ms. Walsh as it is not necessary, seconded by Selectmen Murby and the vote was unanimous.



Town Administrator Update

Mr. Sullivan provided an update on the November 11, 2017 meeting with the DOT and Legislators regarding West Street/Route 109 Bridge. Legislators will work with the Towns to try and secure funding for the 109 bridge.


Selectmen asked to get an update on North Street for the next meeting.



Citizen Comment




Selectmen’s Report

Selectmen Murby updated everyone on the ALS study committee. At this time the Committee is still moving forward with the concept of hiring staff in the department as the most economical way to provide this service.


Selectmen discussed the implications of the appropriating funds for the OPEB liability or issuing a bond to address the issue. Mr. Sullivan stated that an appropriation is better long term under tax reform rules.


Selectmen Peterson provided an update on Veterans Day activities, MCAP meeting, and the Coalition for suicide prevention subcommittee activities. Selectmen Peterson thanked Maurice Goulet and Chief Meaney for coming up with a solution at Gun Hill and Millbrook to slow the traffic turning into the neighborhood.



Vote: Selectmen Marcucci made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 10:30PM, seconded by Selectmen Murby and the vote was unanimous.





BoS from 10/17/17 & 11/7/17


NB  – the Board of Selectmen is catching up on approval of its minutes at tnonight’s meeting.


Board of Selectmen

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

7:00 PM

Town House, Chenery Hall



Present: Osler Peterson, Michael Marcucci, Gustave Murby, Michael Sullivan, Mark Cerel, Kristine Trierweiler


Selectmen Peterson called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM and disclosed the meeting was being recorded. A moment of appreciation was taken for our troops serving in the Middle East and around the world.


Selectmen Peterson extended their condolences to the families of Dorcas Owen and Jack O’Toole, two former employees for the Town that passed away this week.


Selectmen Peterson announced the following:


  • Medfield Transfer Station and Recycling Committee is seeking new members. Interested residents can contact the Town Hall.
  • Arbor Day Celebration will take place on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 10:00AM at Montrose School on North Street.





7:00 PM  Council on Aging Director Roberta Lynch


Board of Selectmen discussed the vacancy at the COA and the possibility of it being combined with the Veterans Service Officer. Ms. Lynch stated that she did not feel cutting the FT position in ½ would be work for the clients of the COA as it would limit services, duplication some services, and be an administrative challenge to manage. Recruitment would be difficult and add to the inability of Ms. Lynch to attend conferences outside of the building. Ms. Lynch reminded the Board of Selectmen that her department requests had been unmet in terms of personnel requests. A part time receptionist has not been funded; there is no full time building maintenance person. The staff at the COA is doing the shoveling, mowing, etc., and it’s not fair to the employees. Some of the work is outsourced to a private company but that money could be spent elsewhere.


The COA board member Richard Ryder agreed with Ms. Lynch that there would be issues of confidentiality if the staff person was two people versus one. They are fully in support of keeping one Outreach Worker as it is now as job sharing is not effective. This position has been vacant almost eight weeks which is unacceptable and this is the wrong department to try and put the Veterans Agent into.


Selectmen Marcucci said the premise of the discussions would be a FT VSO, assigned to the COA, a second PT employees assigned to the COA as Outreach. Essentially creating a 1.5 position versus the one person the COA structure currently has in place. Selectmen were looking for a hybrid model of a social worker and VSO to meet the law and increase staffing at the COA.


Perry Costas from the COA board disagreed with the idea and suggested that the two positions need to be separate from each other and both should be filled immediately. Ms. Trierweiler confirmed she has spoken with the Boston College Department of Social Work and she had no response from someone who is a licensed social worker as well as a veteran.


Selectmen Murby stated that the Selectmen have not made any decisions but there is overlap in the populations serviced, former VSO Ron Griffin suggested there is a synergy with the COA outreach worker.


Mr. Morrill, resident, stated that the VSO Ron Griffin was extremely helpful to him as well as the Outreach workers and has allowed him to age in place and both of these positions are crucial to the Town.


Selectmen Peterson suggested since the COA was not welcoming of this idea that it might be more appropriate to talk to Youth Outreach to see if they would be interested.


Mr. Sullivan reminded the BOS that there are candidates that have applied for the position and we need to move forward on filling this position to meet our VSO obligations. Selectmen Murby suggested we have more discussions with the State about the inability to fill it with a full time position and ask for consideration of a part time VSO.


Selectmen will look into the other personnel requests including maintenance at the COA. There is a need for a consistent plan for all Town buildings and grounds.


Ron Griffin was present and asked the Selectmen to view the POW/MIA chair in the meeting room. Mr. Griffin gave a brief history of the chair and informed the Selectmen that it represented one less serviceman missing in action. LT Richard Horwitz was lost in the mountains over Northern Italy on 2/28/1945. The LT was from Canton and was buried in West Roxbury earlier today. Mr. Griffin asked that a moment of silence be had for Mr. Horwitz.



7:15 PM Facilities Director Jerry McCarty, Permanent Building Committee, Capital Budget Committee, Medfield Energy Committee


Jerry McCarty presented a twenty year capital that is a culmination of site inspections, information gathering, out sourced engineering. Plan examines existing conditions of items in need of repair and plan for anticipated fixing. Life cycle of items and replacement costs are included in the spreadsheets as part of the plan. One of the major take aways is the need for a roof replacement plan for town buildings.


PBC will be crucial to the next steps of the process which is to determine priority. Additional engineering work will need to be done at Dale Street School as most of the maintenance has been deferred resulting in major expense. Mr. McCarty explained that in prior towns where he has worked, the Facilities Department had a capital repair account to address these items in the capital plan as part of operational expenses every year. The PBC in those towns would weight and prioritize what would be accomplished each year. Without funding it is impossible to address the items in the plan and items that need emergency repairs.


Mr. Sullivan pointed out the plan was developed looking at the energy efficiency of projects as well. Mr. Alinsky, Chair of the Energy Committee, echoed Mike’s comments that the projects identified as part of Green Communities Act have been included in this plan including LED light replacement, building reconditioning, HVAC system upgrades, etc, all things that could tie into the use of the Green Community Funds. Committee is now looking out farther than a five year plan with the help of Mr. McCarty. Mr. McCarty pointed out an example of a GCA project would be the middle school water heater which is at the end of its lifecycle. Town could look for reimbursement on that project through the GCA.


Selectmen Peterson asked for comments from the Board of Selectmen:


Selectmen Murby

Concerned when reading the executive summary but reading of the report was a great explanation of why the costs of the plan seem so high. Report is tremendously detailed but concerned there are still some items that need more information. Selectmen Murby would like to see what other funding is available from existing budgets to cover some of the capital expenses. Need to identify the difference between routine maintenance and the capital projects. Projects should not all fall to Facilities Manager; some responsibility lays with other departments and the department heads. Selectmen Murby questioned that Public Safety, DPW, Dwight Derby and the WWTP are not in the plan yet.


Mr. McCarty will be adding those assets to the plan. They are newer assets and didn’t require the research for the older buildings. Facilities budgets have been consolidated, if COA has a building maintenance issue she calls the Facilities Department to handle it. A facilities maintenance person has also been hired to manage the daily routine maintenance items. The budget is new this year and is closely being tracked.


Selectmen discussed setting up a reserve account or stabilization funds to allow the PBC and Mr. McCarty to expend throughout the year on some of these projects that can’t wait for ATM approval every year. Selectmen Murby asked Mr. McCarty to continue to work on the report and refine the capital request amounts so that we can look at them for the Annual Town Meeting. Mr. McCarty agreed while pointing out that the requests will be “school heavy” as they are the biggest buildings in town that are used the most. You can anticipate a 60/40 split in terms of repairs/expenses between school and town buildings.


Mike Quinlan, Chair of PBC stated that is so valuable and Mr. McCarty should be commended on the report. This report reflects years and years of deferred maintenance. This isn’t an issue ready to be solved in April. Town needs to start having conversations about how best to address the issue, add in the other assets and develop a capital funding plan.  Selectmen Murby agreed but didn’t want to not address some of these issues in April. An ongoing plan of how to address all the issues will need to be developed.

Selectmen Marcucci cautioned this plan can’t be looked at in isolation. This year’s town meeting will need to look at OPEB, pensions, pavement management, fleet management all together. Should the town be breaking it down into 5, 10 and 15 year segments for funding? Town needs to examine best way to fund all of these issues in terms of bonding, capital expenditures, and map out the lean years where the town can fund more projects. The capital budget committee could be a year round committee working with the PBC as we develop building capital projects and non-building capital projects.


Board of Selectmen thanked everyone for attending the meeting and thanked Jerry McCarty for all his work on this plan.







Mike Quinlan Chairman, Permanent Building Committee

Requests Selectmen’s review of proposed draft charter for Permanent Building Committee


Committee is currently ad hoc without formal governing principles. Committee is looking for approval to have this Charter incorporated into the town bylaws, in order to have a structure so that it memorializes the process. Selectmen have seen this draft before so seeking comments and direction at this point. If the Selectmen approve, it will go to bylaw committee, town counsel and final draft to Town Meeting.


Selectmen Murby asked for clarification on several items

  • Charter says all town buildings, is Dwight Derby town building? Yes.
  • Volunteers have to be registered voters? Yes, intention is registered voters with expertise in the identified areas.


Selectmen Murby suggested it is okay to appoint non taxpayers whom are willing to serve if they have expertise. Suggested the Committee should have staggered terms of three years versus five years. A flow chart for how the process works may be helpful.


Mr. Quinlan stated the first is to create a formal process of how departments work with the PPBC and Jerry McCarty.  If the structure is in the bylaws then Committee can develop policy on process.


Selectmen Marcucci suggested that town employees not be included on this committee. Facilities master plan should be defined as to when updates will occur. Goal is to make it clear in the bylaws that the PPBC is the gate keeper of these projects. A proposed change to Section 1.12 is that it should be filed with the BOS and then referred to the PBC by the BOS.


Selectmen Peterson stated concerns those departments such as the COA says they have their own money for projects but it is a town asset and would like ensure they follow this process. Also, some concerns that some of the recently constructed buildings are starting to need work after only eight years.

Selectmen opened to questions from the audience:


Bill Massaro, Longmeadow Road

Cited concerns that the facilities plan should include MS as they are town owned buildings and repairs are being done. Mike Quinlan suggested once an actual plan for MSH is in place and if they are Town owned facilities then yes they would be Town assets then the PPBC would be overseeing the capital projects related to them.


Selectmen Murby discussed at this point the only building that PPBC should be looking at is the chapel building as it is still the only building that has a plan for the future.


Mike Quinlan thanked the BOS for their time, will incorporate the comments and contact the bylaw review committee for their input.



Rockwood Lane

Town Counsel Mark Cerel requests the Selectmen vote to authorize action regarding encroachment issue within Rockwood Lane.


Selectmen Marcucci went to view the Rockwood Lane basketball hoop, and feels it is in the discretion of the BOS, there is a curb cut that was not approved. There doesn’t seem to be an issue, if there is any damage the homeowners would be liable for the damage. Issue appears to be the equivalent to mail boxes. The benefit of living in a small town is the BOS can make accommodations like this for residents and would favor not asking them to remove it.


Selectmen Murby was concerned permission was not requested to put this in the right of way. Citizens can’t just do what they want on town property and requested the homeowners come speak to the BOS to discuss further. It would appear to be a bad precedent for the Board to set if there is damage to Town property.


Selectmen discussed the possibility for a policy or license agreement that would address liability, accidents, property damage, insurance etc. It could be the neighbors need to have an agreement with each other regarding the roadway. Homeowners will be invited in to discuss the issue.



Director Public Works Maurice Goulet requests the Selectmen vote to sign:

Chapter 90–Final Report (1) Resurfacing Green Street, $176,794.72

(2)  Resurfacing North Meadows Road $973,773.15


Vote: Selectmen Marcucci made a motion to sign the Chapter 90 as requested by Maurice Goulet, seconded by Selectmen Murby and the vote was unanimous.




Maurice Goulet requested the BOS sign a contract with Environmental Partners Group, for landfill monitoring, $30,600.00


Vote: Selectmen Marcucci made a motion to sign the contract for landfill monitoring as requested by Maurice Goulet, seconded by Selectmen Murby and the vote was unanimous.


Maurice Goulet requested the BOS sign a contract with Eastern Minerals for joint purchase of road salt for 2017-18 to the following: CC $45.20, Solar $45.20 and Treated Salt $62.20


Vote: Selectmen Marcucci made a motion to sign the contract for joint purchase of road salt as requested by Maurice Goulet, seconded by Selectmen Murby and the vote was unanimous.


Town Administrator Merit

Selectmen discussed the process for the Town Administrator merit and the need for a formal evaluation. Ms. Trierweiler reported that a new process will be in place for the following fiscal year. Selectmen Peterson cited concerns that a formal process should be adopted and the BOS are not fulfilling their responsibilities to evaluate the Town Administrator. Goals for the coming year will need to be decided and work with the Annual Calendar is one of those main goals. Selectmen will review the process as proposed and discuss at the next meeting.



Pending Items


Selectman Murby discussed a draft letter in support of cultural uses at MSH. Selectmen agreed letter was fine and Selectmen Peterson will sign.


Selectman Murby discussed updated status of Town Goals. The plan would be to continue to update the goals with the edits that have been received; at this point they are being tracked in one document. Selectmen discussed new edits to be made to the capital maintenance section. Edits identified will be made and Ms. Trierweiler will send out via email to everyone. If additional edits are necessary please send to Ms. Trierweiler before the next meeting.



Annual appointment discussion will be deferred to the next meeting.


Selectmen continued the discussion of the Veterans Service Officer. Retired VSO Ron Griffin stated his concern that for twelve weeks the Town has not named a replacement. Selectmen Murby stated that Town is trying and has tried to locate a district to join, or create shared positions in the Assessors Department and the Council on Aging. The Town is trying to make this work for everyone. It will be discussed at the next meeting.




Medfield Garden Club requests permission to post signs advertising the annual Greens Sale to take place December 2.  Signs in place November 26 to December 2


Matt Triest requests a one-day permit for November 8 event from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at his shop Be Charmed located at 70 North Street


Katie Walsh requests a one-day permit for Holiday Season event at her shop CAPSULE 70 North Street to take place on November 2 6:30 to 8:30 PM


Resident Tom Marie requests permission for sign posting advertising high school boys sign-up for a 3 v 3 tournament on Friday November 10 (added item)


Vote: Selectmen Marcucci made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda as presented, seconded by Selectmen Murby and the vote was unanimous.



Mr. Sullivan presented an update on the meeting in Millis regarding the bridge repairs at Bridge Street and Route 109. Maurice Goulet met with the Millis Town Administrator as well as local delegation to discuss the cost sharing arrangement.


Ms. Trierweiler updated the Selectmen on the site visit for 93-95 North Street.



September 19, 2017


Vote: Selectmen Marcucci made a motion to accept the minutes of September 19, 2017 seconded by Selectmen Murby and the vote was unanimous.




Selectmen Marcucci asked Mark Cerel to investigate an MOU for LIP projects including the terms and agreements of the BOS support for a project. The AHT is currently working with several local developers interested in presenting LIP projects to the state. Selectmen Marcucci would like to have draft in place for the December Affordable Housing Trust Board meeting.


Selectmen Marcucci is also working with Chief Meaney on the closing Main Street for the Holiday Stroll. Chief Meaney is working with MEMO to come up with a plan to make the street and event safer for everyone. Chief will update the Board when a plan is in place.


Selectmen Murby provided and update on the ALS study committee. Committee is making progress and optimistic not zero cost to the Town but less than what we originally thought. Committee is meeting with stakeholders including the Medical Review Officer for the Town.


Selectmen Murby attended the annual Board of Selectmen conference and would like to look into and adopt the remote participation statute if possible. Public Records Law is going to continue to be an issue for Town.


Selectmen Peterson also attended the fall BOS meeting and the Mass Municipal Association did a nice job putting the meeting on and the presenters all provided everyone with good discussions.



  • Selectmen receive thank you note for taking part in the Library Centennial Celebration
  • Copy of appreciation memo regarding Mike Lueders of Lueders Tree and Landscape for tagging trees at Vine Lake Cemetery
  • Copy of Town Counsel’s letter to Noon Hill resident regarding Conservation Commission Enforcement Order

Mark Cerel is addressing on Thursday, issue has been going on for months, lack of response, no approvals, has to be something done. Residents will not address and have missed the first two hearings.


  • Copy of Noon Hill resident’s response to Town Counsel (added item)
  • Copy of Open Meeting Law changes effective October 6, 2017
  • Letter from Peter Godwin, Builder regarding good assistance from John Naff, Building Commissioner (added item)



Vote: Selectmen Marcucci made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:45PM, seconded by Selectmen Murby and the vote was unanimous.





Board of Selectmen

Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 7:00PM

Chenery Hall



Present: Osler Peterson, Michael Marcucci, Selectmen Murby, Michael J. Sullivan, Town Counsel Mark Cerel


Meeting was called to order by the Chairman at 7:00PM. Chairman announced the meeting was being recorded. Chairman asked for a moment of appreciation for our Troops serving in the Middle East and around the World. Selectmen extended their condolences to the victims of New York City and Sutherland Springs Texas.


Mike Sullivan asked the Board of Selectmen to acknowledge that Veterans Day is Saturday, November 11, 2017. There is no Veteran’s Day Breakfast this year.


Chairman announced that there will be an executive session at the conclusion of the meeting to discuss pending land acquisition and pending litigation.


Citizen Comment

Ms. Reed was present to discuss an issue under Citizen Comment portion of our agenda. Ms. Reed wanted to briefly follow up on application and intention to serve on Board of Health. Ms. Reed sent a letter to Mr.  Sullivan requesting appointment Ms. Reed is asking for consideration to serve on the BOH as an appointed member.


Selectmen discussed the size of the Board of Health: 3 vs 5 members. The BOH has indicated they are looking for someone with engineering and/or septic background to fill the vacant third spot. Selectmen will discuss the issue with the Board of Health.


Action Items

Board of Selectmen asked to ratify Animal Control Officers order regarding constraint of dangerous dog at 12 Adams Street.


Mark Cerel stated that there is a tenant in an apartment on Adams Street that has a pit bull, owned by her father in Marshfield, there have been two issues with the dog in Marshfield. It has been here since September and the incidents include a dog killed in Marshfield and a person bit in Pembroke. The dog owner from Marshfield would like Medfield to handle. The owner is leaving Medfield with the dog at the end of November and is agreeable to conditions imposed by the ACO. The other towns have not taken action, State Department of Agriculture does not have jurisdiction but have also weighed in. The letter is an order of the board and the dog will be gone at end of November. If order is violated before then, I would advise a dangerous dog hearing. No incidents in Medfield. The letter was written into the record. Chief Meaney stated that the dog will be licensed per the Animal Control Officer and the owner. The owner has been very receptive to working with the ACO, it is behind three locked doors, muzzled on a leash. Owner has agreed to terms of the letter.


Vote: Motion to adopt the Letter of the Animal Control Officer as read by Selectmen Marcucci as an order of the Board of Selectmen, seconded by Selectmen Murby, and the vote was unanimous.


DPW Director Maurice Goulet requests the Selectmen vote to sign Chapter 90 Forms as follows:


Reimbursement Request for Main and North Street paving, amount $257.837.26

Final Report for project Main and North Street paving $295,861.69

Final Report for FY17 Street Resurfacing $210,404.45


Maurice Goulet stated this is a request for the final reimbursement for North Street and two final reports for the projects.


Vote: Selectmen Marcucci made a motion to authorize the Reimbursement Request for Main and North Street paving, amount $257.837.26 and accept Final Report for project Main and North Street paving $295,861.69 and Final Report for FY17 Street Resurfacing $210,404.45, seconded by Selectmen Murby and the vote was unanimous.



John Naff, Building Commissioner requests the Selectmen vote to appoint Donald J. Colangelo as an additional alternate Building Inspector.  Also requests the Selectmen vote to appoint William A. Cooke Jr. as additional alternate Wiring Inspector.


John Naff stated that alternative inspectors from Medway and Westwood are getting busy. We need to bring in more alternates to cover the work here; both local people and can help cover the inspections.


Vote: Selectmen Marcucci made a motion to appoint Donald J. Colangelo as an additional alternate Building Inspector and to appoint William A. Cooke Jr. as additional alternate Wiring Inspector, seconded by Selectmen Murby and the vote is unanimous.


Board of Selectmen received a letter of resignation received from Rebecca Erlichman, Associate member of the ZBA. Sarah Raposa stated that additional associates have been appointed as the resignation was in September. This letter serves to formally acknowledge her resignation.


Ms. Trierweiler requests the Selectmen vote to sign the Local Initiative Project application for Robert Borelli’s affordable housing development at 71 North Street. Mr. Sullivan explained it is located on North Street next to the current development at Jacob Cushman Project. Selectmen Murby stated there have been no negative discussions about this project. This will provide eight of 21 units necessary for second year of safe harbor under the Town’s Affordable Housing Production Plan.


Vote: Selectmen Marcucci made a motion to sign the Local Initiative Project application for Robert Borelli’s affordable housing development at 71 North Street, seconded by Selectmen Murby, and the vote was unanimous.


Selectmen Peterson asked about the project at 93-95 North Street as he is receiving multiple inquiries and letters from abutters. Selectmen Marcucci updated the board that that the item was not on the agenda for the AHT or the BOS tonight, not aware that they are requesting money for the project, and no revisions to the plan have been submitted to the AHT. The AHT and the AHC will both be involved and are currently laying out a formalized process for LIP projects as well as projects looking for funding from AHT.




FY2019 Budget meeting /Warrant Committee/Town Departments Boards/Commissions


Chairman Tom Marie gave the opening remarks from the Warrant Committee. He cautioned that while the Revenues and expenses are being closely monitored the services and community expectations are ever changing.  The Town is tasked with meeting those changing services with a  62-63 million dollar budget. Local aid is not increasing even though Massachusetts economy is performing well.


Town has major projects on horizon: MSH, OPEB, Norfolk County Retirement, Park and Rec facility, Dale Street School, Iron and Manganese Facility, Expansion of COA Respite Care, Burying Utility Lines, Collective Bargaining for Fire fighters and Teachers, ALS, ongoing 40B, Lot 3, Master Plan, deferred maintenance/Capital Plan, as well as rising Health Insurance costs.


Warrant Committee is asking all departments to be waste adverse and very conservative. Departments will be asked to fully justify the need to add any full time staff. This year the Warrant Committee is diving deeper into historical analysis for budgeting. In recent years we have funded our greatest asset the Medfield Schools at the expense of other departments. This may compromise services from other departments.


The Warrant Committee is the watchdog for the taxpayer, we want long range revenue and expenditure forecasts. In the past we have held the line and we have avoided prop 2 ½ overrides. The Warrant Committee thanked all the department heads for a workshop where the agenda was to discuss cost savings and efficiencies. The Warrant Committee looks forward to working with departments over the next few months as we develop a budget.


Chairman Peterson asked for questions from the Board of Selectmen:


Selectman Marcucci

Concerns about funding OPEB and employee costs, in the past it was not attributed to a particular department. We have made a small dent in existing liability but nothing towards future liability. Have you thought about moving it to each department so the full cost of hiring employees is included in that budget? OPEB and health insurance costs should be moved to individual budgets.


Mr. Marie stated that has not been considered at this point, but Committee will talk about it. Selectmen Marcucci suggested feathering it into the budgets. The OPEB deficit reflects this as a promise of benefit to our employees. We should be paying for our benefits to employees as we go.


Selectmen Murby agreed that there is a need to decide how we are going to recognize the full impact of hiring someone. We recognize the current cost in salary, we recognize current benefit cost in terms of paid time off, but we don’t look at long term financial obligation. Retiree health insurance for active employees is the long term commitment. There are issues with how to recognize the long term implications, that can’t easily be recognized from actuarial factors, and then be budgeted. The OPEB Trust Fund is looking at how to manage the trust as well as all the these challenges; we should have a briefing by December for the Board of Selectmen.


Selectmen Peterson suggested another long term budget issue will be the building survey completed by the Facilities Manager, Jerry McCarty. This plan indicated tens of millions of dollars of deferred maintenance that can’t be ignored.


Mr. Sullivan said the unfunded pension liability is also an issue for the Town including Norfolk County and Mass Teachers Retirement. He discussed the long term impacts to local, state and federal budgets. It is an issue that the country needs to address not just Medfield.


Selectmen Murby believes Medfield is in relatively better shape than any other town in the state, not that we don’t have a problem but we have done things to address this, and Medfield’s health care obligation percentage is lower than most towns. Selectmen Murby addressed how the actuaries arrive at their numbers and how it impacts their calculations.


Selectmen Marcucci suggested the Warrant Committee a look at long term planning as it relates to the capital planning. The Town has to address the 20 year capital plan and cannot do that by funding a $350,000 capital budget each year. It may require an update to the scope of the capital budget committee.


Mr. Sullivan reviewed the preliminary articles for the Annual Town Meeting for 2018. Submission of warrant articles and budgets should be received by December 1, 2017. Warrant will close mid-January but any articles requiring legal review need to be submitted ASAP. If articles are not submitted by the deadline they will not be included in the warrant this year.


Mr. Sullivan reviewed the tax rate estimate that showed the Town’s debt is being financed from Free Cash. The amount of free cash used every year is increasing and we are headed for trouble if we continue at this rate.  There is significant additional debt that is being discussed tonight.


Selectmen Peterson strongly suggested the Town adopt financial policies as recommended by the Mass Municipal Association.



Board of Water and Sewerage and Maurice Goulet, DPW Director


Bill Harvey, Chairman of Water and Sewerage, have finished the rate setting process, a little later than would have liked, but have a process in place for going forward. Need to look at the expenses and capital plans with rigor and to develop rate setting process that takes several months to complete. Have to keep in mind that this process requires public meetings before the rates are set and the rates are supposed to be set in April in order for that to happen. Need to get information on operating expenses many weeks earlier than we have been able to get them from the Town in order to complete the models for rate setting. Board wants to look several years ahead in terms of rate setting. Starting this week the Water and Sewer Board is working to get this process back on track for the timeline to happen.


Selectmen Marcucci asked what else was needed for rate setting right now. Bill Harvey stated that in looking at the timeline the Board needs to review the capital projects. Maurice stated that information would be available at the next meeting. Bill Harvey stated they need the analysis of the debt to complete the process.


Michael Sullivan stated that the Assistant Town Accountant has developed a model for the Water and Sewerage Board to look at for this collaboration. Bill Harvey said we know what we need to do; we just need to do the tasks sooner than we have doing.


Mr. Harvey discussed the Iron Manganese capital project which is a much larger project than the Board has done in the past ten years. Project has evolved into something larger than originally anticipated in both design. Board is still trying to understand if it is a 2 million project or a 12 million dollar project. Board is looking at alternatives to treating the worst well in the system and maybe another source is available by utilizing test wells that are currently being explored.


Mr. Harvey also discussed the repainting project for MT Nebo Water Tower. Work on Nebo was delayed due to the construction of the State Hospital Water Tower. Results of the tests on MT. Nebo to determine costs are expected shortly. A warranty item, the static mixer, will also be addressed at the time of painting. Board is discussing the need for an engineer to write the specifications for the work at the water tower. Estimate of one million dollars would covers the painting inside and outside of the tank, but inspections will determine if the inside needs to be definitively painted.


Selectmen discussed further the timeline for rate setting. Board has all the information necessary but is still looking at the amount of water sold, questions have arisen that the Board has sold a lot less water this cycle due to the weather patterns. Revenue is being examined to determine if there is a shortfall based on the initial projections. Bills were issued in November and the analysis is available from the Water Department and will be reviewed at the next Water and Sewer Board Meeting. Maurice will prepare a draft operating budget by the December Water and Sewer Board Meeting as well as the Warrant Articles: Mt. Nebo and Iron Manganese Engineering/Design. Water and Sewer Board will work with the Warrant Committee on setting up meetings between the two groups. Mr. Harvey will notify the Selectmen


Selectmen Murby questioned the timing of the rate increase for 2018. Concerned that in the past billing cycle rates were increased just before the billing. The process as laid out and presented tonight, will it be a problem to meet any milestones? Mr. Goulet stated that the Board is meeting more often and it should be fine. Mr. Violette stated the iron manganese plant estimates made it hard to predict how the rates should be effected which contributed to the delay in setting the rates. Mr. Harvey agreed that the questions surrounding the iron manganese issue did delay the project but going forward that should be easier to address with the new research that is happening now.


Christian Carpenter recognizes that the town departments involved have other departments to work with as well but with the Board finding it difficult to meet missing a deadline could make it hard for Water and Sewer to meet the deadlines as it could push off things for an additional month. Selectmen discussed the process has to work as laid out or it needs to change.


Mr. Harvey updated the Selectmen on the last item he wished to address. The Water and Sewer Board is updating the rules and regulations. Haven’t been updated since 1995, and they should be available to the public on the website. The fees that are charged and process should be updated as well.


Selectmen Peterson appreciated Mr. Peligian’s spreadsheet on the rate setting process and the variable tool. Is it being used by the Town?  Mr. Harvey stated that the tool that Mr. Peligian designed would utilize a 20 year look ahead for the rate structure. It was very advanced and no one here could take it on as a user. The Town is using a five year model that was designed by Mr. Violette which simplified the tool for the town. Mr. Violette said no matter the tool the revenue is always a guess because they are weather dependent.


Selectmen requested notification if the timeline is not being reasonably met for whatever reason.


Action Items


BOS asked to sign the SERSG contract for DOT Drug Testing


Vote: Selectmen Marcucci made a motion to sign the contract for the SERSG DOT drug testing, seconded by Selectmen Murby, and the vote was unanimous.


BOS asked to review RFP for facilitation services


Selectmen discussed having Steve Nolan review the request at the next state hospital meeting for further clarification. It will be brought back at a later date.


BOS asked to sign license agreement with Draper Labs for use at the MSH property


Vote: Selectmen Marcucci made a motion to sign the license agreement for Draper Labs, seconded by Selectmen Murby, and the vote was unanimous.


BOS asked to award contract for HubTech for risk assessment project in the amount of $15,000 for town’s systems. Selectmen Murby spoke with Ms. Trierweiler who has stated that there are two hacks at the town Hall including the lighting system at the Public Safety building. A second phase will be for the training and protocol system on an ongoing basis.


Vote: Selectmen Marcucci made a motion to sign the contract subject to Mark Cerel’s review and approval, seconded by Selectmen Murby, and the vote was unanimous.


Warrant Committee requests the BOS appoint Abby Marble to the Warrant Committee.


Vote: Selectmen Marcucci made a motion to appoint Abby Marble to the Warrant Committee, seconded by Selectmen Murby, and the vote was unanimous.


Board of Selectmen requested to open the 2018 Annual Town Meeting Warrant


Vote: Selectmen Marcucci made a motion to open the 2018 Annual Town Meeting Warrant, seconded by Selectmen Murby, and the vote was unanimous.




Town Administrator Evaluation

Ms. Trierweiler circulated a form that she recommended be used for the evaluation. Selectmen Peterson distributed items that were collected at MMA meetings for review as well. Both process start with asking the Town Administrator for his goals and self-evaluation. Selectmen Murby suggested that the process going forward should be a set of new goals.


Selectmen discussed with Mark Cerel the laws regarding an evaluation of an employee’s performance in open or closed session. Selectmen Murby had concerns about violations of basic human resources principles. There were no formal goals set for the current year, so Mike will work on listing of accomplishments that occurred over the past years.


Selectmen Peterson would like to see the Annual Calendar put in place so that there is predictability for the residents. During the summer after the town meeting the Selectmen and the Town Administrator should be establishing goals for the coming fiscal year.


Selectmen Marcucci agrees time to set goals is after the Town Meeting and then review at the end of the year. Mr. Sullivan has been here 42 years and there has never been a process for his evaluation. Difficult to retrofit a process for someone with that tenure, instead develop a new process for the next Town Administrator.


Mr. Sullivan will give an update on accomplishments for the prior year and the goals for the next six months. Selectmen Murby credited Mike for his service and stated that may not be reflected in a one year project goal but is an ongoing asset for the Town.


Town Wide Goals

Discussion will be continued to next meeting.


Rockwood Lane Basketball Hoop

Selectmen discussed the Selectmen’s authority to allow this type of diversion of public property to private use. Mr. Cerel stated limited authority and can be done under a licensing agreement. The hoop has been installed on town land so Mr. Sullivan questioned the liability for the Town and injuries to people walking in the cul de sac. Selectmen Marcucci asked if the Town has inventoried all incidents of this throughout Town.


Selectmen Murby was concerned a private contractor installed the basketball hoop and made adjustments to the Medfield roadway. His concerns included snow plow operations, dog walkers, safety issues that could arise from this location. Would the Town allow this on the front lawn of someone who doesn’t live in a cul de sac or if one neighborhood puts it up in another neighborhood?


Selectmen Marcucci would like to see a policy in place for a situation like this that is communicated to all residents. It is a discretionary act by the Selectmen, and the Town would be able to recover any cost of damage to town property from the homeowners.


Mr. Cerel has drafted a license agreement and advises that this situation is not allowed unilaterally and should be decided on a case by case basis. Selectmen Peterson suggested that a better location would have been on their own property would have been a better location and is concerned about what precedent this will set. Selectmen Marcucci discussed the need to identify all the areas in Town that this has occurred if we are not going to allow this one on Rockwood.



Vote: Selectmen Murby made a motion to notify the owners of the Rockwood Lane Basketball Hoop and advise them it needs to be removed as it was not authorized by the Town, seconded by Selectmen Peterson, opposed by Selectmen Marcucci.  Vote was 2-1.


Selectmen Marcucci asked Mr. Sullivan to have an inventory of all Town Owned property where this type of situation has occurred as well as an update on all laws not being followed in Medfield including the speeding laws. Selectmen continued a discussion regarding the necessity of a policy to allow this type of installation to occur.


Veterans Service Officer

Dawn Alcott sent an email to the Selectmen she is interested in taking on the VSO position in her department. Mr. Sullivan has been in contact with Ron Griffin and there is the potential but needs a few weeks to finalize discussions. It would allow the Town to share a full time VSO with another Town.


Annual Appointments

Ms. Trierweiler asked that voting on the Annual Appointments be held until the next meeting when she would be present. Selectmen Murby has spoken with Ms. Trierweiler and has sorted, identified and listed the committees that the Selectmen are responsible for appointing. There are over 100 appointed positions and boards in Town. The SWAP collaborative can be removed from the listing and the MSH development Committee should be added to the grouping.


Selectmen Marcucci asked to discuss the MSH Master Planning Committee. It was brought to his attention that Mr. Costello is the listing agent for the 40B Larkin Brothers development on Hospital Road that has been rebranded as Chapel Hill Landing and uses the Lee Chapel in the branding materials. Selectmen Marcucci met with Mr. Costello as well as the MSH Committee and discussed conflict of interest concerns. It was not disclosed to the Selectmen or the MSH Committee and could color the work of the MSH Master Planning Committee.


Committee discussed the timing of the reappointment and the impact. Selectmen Peterson was obligated to talk to the State Ethics Committee for his own property being close to Lot 3. After thinking about it has determined what happens at MSH will have an economic impact on Chapel Hill Landing.


Selectmen Murby appreciates the work that Mr. Costello has done on projects in Town but in this case it appears to be a conflict of interest. At this time we need convey it to Mr. Costello that he is not being reappointed. Mr. Cerel discussed the process of asking the Ethics Commission for an opinion on this situation as well as an opinion on doing any work on the MSH ground going forward. Selectmen Marcucci will contact Mr. Costello and notify him that while no vote has been taken, what the sentiment of the Selectmen is after tonight’s discussion.


Licenses and Permits (Consent Agenda)

Medfield Music Association requests permission to post signs for the following 2017/2018 school year:

Spaghetti with Santa and Guests: Wednesday, December 8, 2017

Ithaca A Cappella Night: Tuesday, January 19, 2018

Jazz Night: Friday, May 4, 2018


Lions Club Member Barbara Gips requests a one-day wine and malt permit for the Holiday Luncheon for Seniors on Sunday, December 10, 2017 Noon to 2:00 PM at the Legion.


William Pope, Exec Director of the Zullo Gallery request a one-day wine and malt beverage permit for live music event Friday November 17. In addition, he requests one-day wine and malt beverage permits for First Thursdays January through June 2018.



Vote: Selectmen Marcucci made a motion to approve the Consent Calendar as presented, seconded by Selectmen Murby, and the vote was unanimous.


Selectmen’s Report

Selectmen Marcucci presented the Affordable Housing Trust tracking sheet for potential projects with the AHT. Jim Brand has put it together for the Board and it shows approved projects, items being discussed etc. Next application will be a LIP for 90 North Meadows Road on property with Goddard School. In December the AHT will talk with Lifeworks about a group home proposal in Town. The Trust has recommended $25,000 be expended by the Trust for work related to the expansion of Tilden Village legal review. The timeline for Tilden proposal is most likely two years out.


Currently there are no developments in Town that are impacted by the new bylaw for inclusionary zoning. Selectmen discussed the LCB proposal and the impact on the 40B count for Medfield. Mr. Sullivan discussed statewide zoning changes that are being proposed that could impact Medfield as well.


Selectmen Murby thanked Medfield TV for all of their work. The Selectmen were not able to attend Mr. Centore’s housing presentation at the COA but Selectmen Murby was able to watch it on the Cable 8 Channel and proposed that the Selectmen hold a hearing at the BOS to clarify information and update seniors regarding senior housing and the Medfield State Hospital. Selectmen Murby will work with Ms. Lynch to get a date for a hearing in the afternoon. Selectmen discussed senior housing options: rental vs ownership, floor plans etc.


Selectmen Peterson attended new committee meeting for the Coalition for Suicide Prevention. Interface is a new referral service provided by the Schools and the Police. All Town residents are eligible for the service. Interface is not a crisis team but a referral service.


Lot 3 Discussion

Selectmen Peterson recused himself from the Lot 3 Discussion and moved to the audience.


Selectmen Marcucci asked to discuss Lot 3 with the impending deadline of Warrant Articles. Selectmen Marcucci and Selectmen Murby agreed to talk about the procedure for handling Lot 3 since there is a difference of opinion between them.


Selectmen Murby is on record that commercial development is the appropriate use for Lot 3. Hinkley should be utilized for Hinkley Farm Property. MSH Committee plan for 16 units on the site is a good and a good project for the AHT to delve into community housing. On the other side of the designated wetlands there is another buildable lot on the property that the MSH Committee should be addressing. It is an asset that needs to be included in the discussions. Senior housing format is not an issue on this lot.


Selectmen Murby indicated that Town Meeting has already voted on Lot 3 to sell/lease the property for commercial purposes so no reason to include a warrant article on the 2018 Annual Town Meeting. Selectmen Murby cited the need to diversify the tax base and Icehouse Road has no neighborhood issues and there is a demand for a Fore Kicks type facility. There has been commercial interest in the property. Parks and Recreation are discussing an indoor turf field which is complicated process when there is a commercial developer that is already interested. Kingsbury Club is interested in developing it himself or subleasing the property to get the project completed.


Selectmen Marcucci agrees with Selectmen Murby that it never made sense to transfer Lot 3 to the MSH Committee. The MSHMPC consultant has analyzed the property and a senior housing project is more marketable than a commercial development.  It satisfies a Town Goal in providing much needed senior housing, synergy with the Hinkley Property and at a low cost to the Town it addresses the 40B. No reason to rezone Lot 3, but an RFP that could be a proposal for senior housing or could propose the commercial project.


Selectmen Murby discussed conversations with Ms. McCabe, MSH Consultant, regarding her analysis on Lot 3 and what was dictated by the MSH Committee.  In 1995 the taxpayers were told the Town was buying these three lots to keep commercial/industrial property in Town. In 2014 the taxpayers voted to proceed with the commercial proposal for the site. The BOS less than a year later referred the property to the MSH Committee. Lot 3 is suitable for a scaled down Fore Kicks facility as an extension of Kingsbury Club.


Selectmen Marcucci agreed with the history of the site as discussed.  The RFP could be issued with actual proposals on the revenue, which then the Selectmen could review for the tax benefits vs impact on services. An RFP could be a compromise between the two positions.


Selectmen discussed what the senior population is really looking for in terms of housing and where that should be located: Lot 3 or Downtown. Selectmen Murby doesn’t want to draw housing away from Lot 3 or take commercial property away. Dale Street redevelopment could be an impact to this process as well.


Selectmen discussed the procedure for issuing an RFP and additional votes necessary from a Special Town Meeting in order to utilize the site for senior housing. Selectmen would prefer to enter Town Meeting on a unified front.


Mr. Casey, Chair of the Economic Development Committee, did an RFI in 2014. There were three proposals received in 2014: two senior housing and one Fore Kick type facility. MSHMPC is looking at senior housing due to the location of the CENTER at Medfield. Selectmen discussed the location so far outside of Town may not be the best place for seniors. Mr. Casey asked if the mix of uses at the MSH site would influence the decision for Lot 3. There is commercial space called for at MSH including assisted living and office space. Selectmen discussed other catalyst opportunities and Ms. McCabe’s reluctance for commercial space at MSH. Selectmen discussed the demand for a Fore Kicks facility and the indication from voters that they are interested in that type of facility.


Selectmen were in agreement for an article for Hinkley Property. The TM Article/RFP can include what the contribution could be from the AHT. Selectmen Marcucci will work with COG on drafting the article for Town Meeting.


Selectmen Marcucci opposed rezoning for Lot 3 as it could be done as a Comprehensive Permit. Mr. Cerel confirmed that 2014 Town Meeting Article allowed for a ground lease to a private developer for 99 years.


Board of Selectmen voted to go into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing land acquisition, as having those discussions in open session would have a detrimental effect on the Town’s Position. Selectmen will not resume in open session. Selectmen Marcucci asked for a roll call vote:

Selectmen Murby—Yes

Selectmen Peterson—YES

Selectmen Marcucci—Yes


































5/8 BoS minutes

Lyme Disease Study Committee:  Medfield deer hunt costs town $1500 to cull 30 deer, or $50 per deer, versus state deer hunt at Blue Hill which cost nearly $300,000 in 2015 and 2016, translating to a cost of at least $2,200 per deer.  Medfield’s annual number of deer/vehicle crashes continues the decline that started with onset of the deer hunt eight years ago.  The committee’s primary goal is to reduce the incidence of ticks, with one secondary goal being to reduce the adverse effects on our forests from the over grazing by too many deer.

Minutes May 8, 2018 Chenery Meeting Room PRESENT: Selectmen Michael Marcucci, Gus Murby, Osler Peterson; Assistant Town Administrator Trierweiler; Town Counsel Cerel; Administrative Assistant Clarke Chairman Marcucci called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM and announced this meeting is being recorded. He asked for a moment of appreciation for our Troops serving in the Middle East and around the world. 7:00 PM LYME DISEASE STUDY COMMITTEE; MEMBERS CHRIS KALDY AND FRANK PERRY Ms. Kaldy remarked that she is here to present the committee's annual update on our activities. The committee was formed eight years ago and in general we feel that we have been successful in our efforts of the deer management program and also educating the public to raise awareness that protection is vital to prevent illness from tick bites. She went on to report that first and third graders receive tick check cards, and this year as a new educational item, Tick Check Shower Cards were ordered from the University of Rhode Island that were distributed to third graders. The committee posts warning signs around Town about ticks, particularly at the playing fields. Frank Perry remarked that they encountered no issues the past year with deer culling. The average number per year has been approximately 30 deer. So we feel we have met our goal annually regarding deer management. He noted that he has been tracking deer hit by vehicles in Town and the number continually has gone down. Chris remarked that Barbara Gips and Nancy Schiemer will not continue as members of the committee; she will be looking to step out in a while. Frank and Barry Mandell will continue. Frank said that we have about 47 hunters involved with our program, 43 are very active. He offered that he will contact the hunters to see if anyone may be interested in joining our committee. Selectman Marcucci said that you are the first committee to respond to our new committee structure, thank you. The Board thanked the committee for their continuing good efforts. 7:15 PM MEDFIELD LIONS CLUB MEMBER RON GUSTAVSON Mr. Gustavson said that he is requesting the Selectmen's permission for the Lions to conduct their annual Toll Booth on Saturday May 19. Lions will be stationed at North and Main Streets, Pleasant Street, in front of Needham Bank, SWAP area at the Transfer Station and this year we added Starbucks and Blue Moon Bakery. Our goal is to collect $5-7,000 for eye research. He remarked that he has been in contact with Chief Meaney and he approves our date of May 19, and time 9 AM to Noon. Mr. Gustavson also announced that the Eye Mobile will be in the Shaw's parking lot this Saturday May 12 from 9-noon for eye screening. 'Vote: Selectman Murby made a motion to approve the Medfield Lions Club holding their annual Toll Booth on May 19 at the locations as mentioned by Ron Gustavson. Motion seconded by Selectman Peterson and the vote was unanimous May 8, 2018 Page two ACTION ITEMS MEDFIELD HISTORICAL COMMISSION Selectmen received a letter from Co-Chairmen David Temple and Dan Bibel letting them know that member William Hasapidis has resigned due to a job change. They recommend that the Selectmen vote to appoint Seth Meehan as his replacement. 'Vote: On a motion made by Selectman Murby, seconded by Selectman Peterson it was voted unanimously to appoint Seth Meehan as a member of the Historical Commission for a three year term ending June 2021 and as recommended by Co-Chairmen David Temple and Dan Bibel The Selectmen extended their appreciation to Bill Hasapidis for his service. LIP PROJECT, MEDFIELD GREEN, 41 DALE STREET 'Vote: Selectman Murby made a motion, seconded by Selectman Peterson to authorize Chairman Marcucci execute both the application page and letter of support for the 36 Unit project. Additionally voted unanimously for the Board of Selectmen to sign the Memorandum of Understanding ENERGY GRANT CONTRACT Facilities Director Jerry McCarty requests the Selectmen vote to sign contract with Rise Engineering for exterior LED light upgrades at the middle school, high school, library, town hall, memorial elementary and wheelock elementary schools. Contract amount is $130,515. Grant monies will cover $128,286 and the remainder of $2,228 will be paid from the Town budget. 'Vote: On a motion made and seconded it was VOTED unanimously to sign the Energy Grant Contract with Rise Engineering, Cranston, Rhode Island for exterior LED light upgrades at several municipal buildings EAGLE SCOUT The Selectmen are invited to attend the Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Samuel Weston Evans on Saturday June 16, 2018 at the United Church of Christ at 1:00 PM DISCUSSION ITEMS Mr. Marcucci said that at the Affordable Housing Trust meeting we discussed the Medfield State Hospital and what we could be doing to help move the project forward. The Committee May 8, 2018 Page three authorized funds provisionally for a site survey and subject to Board of Selectmen approval. We also talked about a subdivision plan but that could come later. Selectman Marcucci remarked that he had discussion with Steve Nolan about it who feels that a subdivision plan is premature. Selectman Peterson agreed that a site survey is needed for whatever we do up there. Holding off on a subdivision plan makes sense. Discussion continued highlighting that Judith Nitch did a survey for boundary lines a while back. That should be reviewed again. Bill Massaro said that he and John Thompson have walked the back area many times without finding any markings to indicate any back lines. Mr. Murby queried would this be a survey to document where those lines are. Yes, that is what we/ MSH Committee would want. Cost for this survey could be in the $38,000 range and $10-12,000 for a subdivision. Mr. Marcucci said that he thought it best to take this up now and come the fall when we need it we will have it. Mr. Murby agrees that anything we can do to get the preliminaries out of the way is prudent. Selectman Marcucci said that he will let Sarah know she can get the RFP going. June 11, 2018 ballot Town Counsel Mark Cerel advised the Board that he has written a document that only clarifies and ratifies the Selectmen's May 3, 2018 vote regarding the June 11, 2018 proposition 2 Yi ballot questions. He remarked that he feels this spells it out and hopefully if explanation should be needed in the future for overrides we have it in hand. Actually it is G.L. Ch. 59 Section 21C that mandates how a ballot question may be worded. As such, he advised that the document be part of the Selectmen's record. There are a few minor word changes that the Board agreed to. Selectmen are requested to vote to sign 'Vote: On a motion made by Selectman Murby that the Selectmen approve and sign the Document Clarifying and Ratifying the May 3, 2018 vote to basically define the nature of the five override questions on the June 11, 2018 ballot, seconded by Selectman Peterson, and the vote was unanimous LICENSES AND PERMITS (CONSENT AGENDA) Granted as noted by the Chair: Memorial Day Committee parade permit and discharge of firearms permit for May 28, 2018 MEMO permission to hold Summer Concert Series June 14 through August 16 and to hang a banner across Main Street announcing the event MEMO permission, a common victualler permit and to hang a banner across Main Street Promoting the 39th Annual Discover Medfield Day to be held September 15 High School Swim Team permission for May 19 car wash behind Town Hall Norfolk Hunt Club one-day wine and malt beverage permit for Sunday May 27, 2018 Notch Brewing, Salem, MA one-day wine and malt beverage permit for three dates, July 27, July 28 and July 29, 2018 for Traveling Biergarten event at Rocky Woods Reservation May 8, 2018 Page four MINUTES 'Vote: Move to approve the May 1, 2018 and May 3, 2018 meeting minutes as submitted SELECTMEN REPORT Selectman Peterson, no special report Selectman Murby remarked that as of this date the housing survey has had a strong response, 550 returns which is about 25% from approximately 2200 residents. Selectman Marcucci reported that the Affordable Housing Trust has learned of a proposed project on Adams Street and a prospective group home is being researched. Mr. Marcucci remarked that it was a great day for the baseball parade last Sunday. ADJOURNMENT Selectman Murby made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:45 PM, seconded by Selectman Peterson and the vote was unanimous.20180508_Page_220180508_Page_320180508_Page_4

BoS on 5/22

Agenda and informational materials for the Board of Selectmen meeting on May 22 –  20180522-agenda &amp; information

Board of Selectmen Board or Committee PLACE OF MEETING DAY, DATE, AND TIME Town Hall Chenery Meeting Room Tuesday May 22, 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 Last day to register to vote in the June 11, 2018 Special Election is May 22. Town Clerk's Office will be open 8:30AM to 8:00PM. You may check your registration status on line at ELECTIONS AND VOTING Citizen Comment Appointments 7:00 PM Police Chief Meaney Discuss conditional offer of employment for a police officer 7:15 PM Christain Donner, Rail Trail Study Committee Discuss committee reappointment Action Item DPW Director Maurice Goulet requests the Selectmen vote to sign the Agreement For Professional Services with BETA Group, Inc. Norwood MA for Route 109 Corridor Improvements Concept Plan, amount $30-35,000. Selectmen are requested to appoint Police Chief Meaney and Deputy Chief of Police Wilhelmi as Records Access Officers for the Police Department Discussion Items Preparation for May 29, 2018 joint meeting with Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee Police Chief Search Licenses and Permits (Consent Agenda) The Gazebo Players of Medfield will perform their summer production of Otfie{(o July 21 and 22, 2018 for the second year at Rocky Woods Reservation. Permission is requested to post signs two weeks prior to promote their seventeenth season Selectmen Report Informational Notice from MllA regarding Medfield's preliminary FY19 contributions/pricing Planning Board Reorganization as of May 7, 2018 From Zoning Board Decisions number 1335 and 1339 Packet of information from Medfield Conservation CommissionPages from 20180522-agenda_Page_2

FDA: e-cigarettes and children

From today’s American Association for Justice’s TRIAL magazine, FDA focusing on e-cigarette use by minors (see blue text below)



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FDA releases new action plans for medical devices, e-cigarettes

May 2018 – Kate Halloran

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The FDA recently announced action plans for medical device safety and reducing sales and marketing of e-cigarettes to children under 18. The “Medical Device Safety Action Plan: Protecting Patients, Promoting Public Health” outlines the agency’s priorities for addressing safety for the more than 190,000 devices that it regulates, and its Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan aims to hold manufacturers and distributors accountable for illegally selling these devices to children.

The FDA recently announced action plans for medical device safety and reducing sales and marketing of e-cigarettes to children under 18. The “Medical Device Safety Action Plan: Protecting Patients, Promoting Public Health” outlines the agency’s priorities for addressing safety for the more than 190,000 devices that it regulates, and its Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan aims to hold manufacturers and distributors accountable for illegally selling these devices to children.

The medical device action plan highlights five areas: creating a patient safety net, improving the postmarket process for safety-related changes, encouraging development of safer devices, improving device cybersecurity, and enhancing the “total product life cycle” approach to device safety within the FDA.

Many of the plan’s objectives illustrate the role that technology will play in medical device oversight. For example, the patient safety net will rely on the National Evaluation System for Health Technology (NEST), which is run by the nonprofit Medical Device Innovation Consortium. NEST’s goal is to collect electronic health data from a variety of sources—such as medical records, device registries, and patient complaints—to share real-time data among providers and the agency to expose adverse events and safety issues more quickly. As part of its action plan, the FDA intends to devote more resources to its role in NEST and to seek additional funding for the system.

Another example is device cybersecurity, which has garnered increased scrutiny as more medical devices integrate internet-based features that place the device and the patient at risk when there are software vulnerabilities. The FDA’s plan includes possibly adding premarket cybersecurity requirements for medical device manufacturers, such as having to build into devices the ability to update software and address cybersecurity threats and having to disclose to the agency an inventory of the software in a device as part of the premarket submission process—information which also must be made available to the public. Other potential changes include updates to premarket guidance on protecting against cybersecurity risks that pose a danger to patients, developing standards for timely disclosing risks, and creating a separate entity that would oversee device cybersecurity and the response process with manufacturers when a risk is identified.

The agency also announced steps it is taking to address marketing and sales of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS)—often called e-cigarettes—to minors. As part of a ramped-up Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan, the FDA is targeting e-cigarette use among minors to reduce nicotine addiction and to reduce the transition to traditional tobacco products in the next generation. The use of e-cigarettes—known as vaping—has become especially popular with teenagers, partly due to the discreet nature of the devices, which can resemble a USB drive, and the fruit and candy flavors of the liquid used in the devices.

A critical component of the FDA’s plan is increasing enforcement actions against companies that improperly market and sell e-cigarettes to children. One company, JUUL, has become a particular focus: Since March, the agency has sent JUUL 40 warning letters over its sales to minors and has requested documents about the company’s marketing tactics, health and behavioral research that it has conducted on its products, and information about whether design features or ingredients appeal to certain demographics.

Lawrenceville, N.J., attorney Domenic Sanginiti, who handles e-cigarette cases, noted that regulatory efforts initiated when e-cigarettes became popular left a loophole that has impacted minors. “When the FDA extended its tobacco regulation arm to include e-cigarettes, the industry was put on notice that selling and marketing to children under 18 would be banned. The FDA did not, however, issue a similar ban regarding the use of flavors known to appeal to children and young adults—as it did for cigarettes in 2009.” Sanginiti explained that as a result, products that would appeal especially to children “flooded” the marketplace. “JUUL has a sleek design like a flash drive, is easy to hide, and comes in cool colors and fruity flavors. This has caused its popularity in school-age children to skyrocket, prompting some schools to ban flash drives and doctors and educators to condemn JUUL as a major teen health threat,” he said.

Other elements of the FDA’s initiative include collaborating with online retailers such as eBay to remove listings that target children, requesting information from and increasing enforcement against additional manufacturers, and running an online e-cigarette prevention advertising campaign. Sanginiti noted that although these efforts are a step in the right direction, the agency should treat e-cigarettes more aggressively, as it does traditional cigarettes—from banning flavors that appeal to children to lowering and eventually removing nicotine from e-cigarettes.

Sanginiti also pointed out that regulatory rollbacks of the FDA’s “deeming rule” to include ENDS products in its tobacco-regulating authority have exacerbated the situation. “The original deeming rule would have already required e-cigarette companies to file FDA applications for existing and new tobacco products. . . . However, after a comment period, the FDA pushed that requirement out to 2022. Had it not done so, it’s possible that the JUUL product and others would not have been approved without modifications.”

LCB restart


The permitting for the proposed LCB assisted living facility behind the Clark Tavern on Main Street with the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Planning Board is starting up again with a Zoning Board of Appeals hearing on 5/23 at 7PM at the Blake Middle School auditorium.  In advance of that ZBA hearing Town Planner, Sarah Raposa circulated the most recent peer review by the town’s engineering consultants, BETA Engineering, dated 4/19/2016, which gives a summary of where things stand.

20160419-BETA-Medfield Senior Living Peer Review (002)


Also, I believe that there are still two outstanding and as yet unresolved apeals by LCB of the wetlands determination issues by the Town of Medfield Conservation Commission.  I understand those appeals are pending with the state DEP and at the Norfolk Superior Court.  The ConCom determined that Vine Brook is a “perennial stream” (i.e. it flows year round) and as a result that building setbacks are subject to the 200′ Rivers Act requirements.  I believe that LCB takes the position that Vine Brook is only “intermittent,” and that therefore the Rivers Act setback do not control.


Below is Sarah’s transmission email to town department heads –


LCB is coming back from continuance-hiatus next Wednesday night (5/23) with the ZBA. I wanted to refresh your memories on the project and where Beta is at with the reviews. The application and plans may be viewed here: Dropbox Link

Attached is the most recent civil and traffic engineering review from Beta.


For some departments, your predecessors submitted comments on the project. Previously submitted comments are HERE. You may wish to update departmental comments, if so, please provide written comments by next Wednesday at 10 am.


Looking closely, I don’t having anything from the Fire Department (though I know Chief Kingsbury reviewed the plan).


I did not include the COA and School Dept. in 2015 but feel free to submit if you have any comments for the ZBA.


I do have several documents from the Historical Commission that I didn’t attach here but are online. I know you’ll be at the meeting on Wednesday to submit comments in person.


All are welcome to the public hearing session: Wednesday, May 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm at the Blake Middle School Auditorium.


Thank you,




Sarah Raposa, AICP

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


6/11 ballot

Town Clerk, Carol Mayer, posted this specimen ballot for the 6/11/18 over ride election –

20180611-specimen ballot


Call the INTERFACE® Helpline 617-332-3666 x1411 or 1-888-244-6843 x1411 WILLIAM JAMES COLLEGE INTERFACE Referral Service Where can you learn about Mental Health Resources in or near your community? How can you access Mental Health Services for all ages? Find answers at the INTERFACE Referral Service. Call Monday-Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm to consult with a mental health professional about resources and/or receive personalized, matched referrals. For additional information and resources, please visit interface. wil liam james .edu/ community /medfield. Funding for this valuable service is generously provided by the Medfield Public Schools and the Town of Medfield.

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INTERFACE is a Mental Health Service Resource & Referral Helpline.  

Be on the lookout for new postcards promoting William James College INTERFACE Referral Service, a Mental Health Resource & Referral Helpline available Monday through Friday between the hours of 9-5 by calling 617-332-3666, ext 1. INTERFACE matches callers from subscribing communities with appropriate outpatient mental health resources and referrals in their area.

This FREE service is new to Medfield since November 1, 2017. 

Dr. Jeffrey Marsden, Superintendent of Schools, purchased this service in collaboration with the Town of Medfield, for all of Medfield’s residents, in response to reports that residents were having difficulty finding outpatient mental health providers in a timely fashion.

Seeking mental health care on one’s own has become more difficult than ever in today’s ever changing healthcare market. Providers who are on lists from referral sources such as primary care offices or insurance companies may not be taking new clients/patients, be the right match for the insurance plan of the client/patient, or have the expertise in the mental health service being sought. Residents were reporting that when they sought care for themselves or a loved one, it often took multiple phone calls, endless waiting, and much wasted time in securing an appropriate provider.

INTERFACE is free for ALL Medfield residents and is a tool in accessing mental health care by providing a service that matches a person seeking outpatient mental health care with specialized providers from a large data base of licensed and vetted mental health providers, thereby reducing the burden on residents seeking to connect with outpatient mental health treatment.

As of March over 32 Medfield residents have received assistance in securing an outpatient mental health provider through Interface.  INTERFACE resource and referral counselors work hard to secure an appropriate match and if for any reason the match is not successful; they will continue to work with the caller until the right fit between caller and provider is in place.

Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention (MCSP) has created postcards to inform Medfield residents about the INTERFACE service and local mental health support services as part of their mission to inform every resident of this important service.  With leadership from Medfield resident Carol Read, a prevention specialist in a nearby community and Medfield Board of Health member, the cards were designed and completed by the MCSP publicity committee and are now being distributed throughout various locations in the community.

Find them at the Public Safety building, The Center at Medfield (Council on Aging), Medfield Youth Outreach, Town Hall and Medfield School Dept, 3rd floor, Town Hall, Medfield Public Library, schools, medical professional’s offices, and at various businesses.

 If you wish to host the cards at your organization, reach out to MCSP through the Medfield Youth Outreach office at 508-359-7121.

For additional information and resources, please visit