The PDF files have the backup materials for the June 26 meeting.
The Town of Medfield Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) is seeking to fill a vacant Associate Member position. Anyone who may be interested should submit a letter of interest to Evelyn Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org in the Board of Selectmen’s office by August 9, 2018. For questions regarding the ZBA or this specific position please contact Sarah Raposa, Town Planner at email@example.com.
The Zoning Board of Appeals is an appointed board and acts as a quasi-judicial body deciding whether or not to vary from the Zoning By-Laws. The Zoning Board is empowered to act on appeals, special permits, variances, modifications and comprehensive permits, in accordance with applicable sections of Massachusetts General Laws and the Town of Medfield Zoning By-Laws.
Virtually all matters which come before the Board are initiated by residents or businesses seeking relief from the Zoning By-Law. Each application is processed in accordance with the legal requirements and timetables established under the Massachusetts Zoning Act, the ZBA Rules and Regulations and the Medfield Zoning By-Laws.
The Zoning Board of Appeals holds public hearings on applications for zoning variances, special permits and decides appeals of administrative decisions of the Building Commissioner. Hearings are generally held on the second Wednesday of the month at 7:30 pm in the Chenery Room in Town Hall, 459 Main Street.
Letters should describe your interest in the ZBA as well as any professional experience or other qualifications that will complement the Board. Additionally, please contemplate the following in your letter of interest: Land use boards such as the ZBA do not always have the kind of discretion to approve or deny a specific project that residents often think they have. It is important to recognize and avoid any conflict of interest; not to pursue special privileges, and maintain confidentiality. Are you prepared for being thought of as a villain by some and a hero by others?
Prior to the joint three hour meeting last Tuesday evening of the Board of Selectmen, the Warrant Committee, and the Planning Board, the Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee (MSHMPC) shared its recommendations, without the full financial details, which will follow soon.
This was the email from Sarah Raposa, Town Planner, which includes a link you can use to get the materials.
BoS, WC, PB –
On behalf of the MSHMPC, here is a link to a dropbox folder with all the documents for tomorrow’s joint meeting:
That folder contains (as PDFs):
The attached documents will be printed as handouts at tomorrow’s meeting.
See you tomorrow night at 8 pm at the Public Safety Building,
Sarah Raposa, AICP
Medfield Energy Committee DRAFT
Meeting Notes for May 24, 2018
Attendees: Fred Davis, Jerry McCarty, Pete Peterson, Cynthia Greene and Lee Alinsky. Three members present so there was a quorum
Fred Davis recused himself from all discussions regarding the street lights
Past agendas and meeting minutes – Marion Bonoldi at Town Hall asked for agendas for 11/2/17, 1/11/18, and 2/15/18 and meeting minutes for 10/4/17 and 12/7/17. If you have these, please send to Lee so he can forward onto Marion.
April 19, 2018 meeting minutes accepted
Street Lights – Lee went to Millis and Marie and Cynthia went to Millis and Westwood to see their LED street lights. In Millis the main street lights are 4,000 K and the side streets are 3,000. We need to ask the designer what kind of fixtures and how the LEDs should be placed in the lights, parallel or perpendicular to the road.
Next Steps –
DPW Solar – Jerry is reaching out to Solar Design Associates for the design.
Board Committee Structure Policy document – The BOS is putting this into place so that each committee is formalized. Lee sent a draft to all on 5/8/18. The BOS want to make sure the committees are meeting and that they submit an annual report.
Next Step – Lee asked that all read and help fill in the blanks by 6/15/18.
Gas hot water heaters at the HS – had a catastrophic failure and Jerry is purchasing an energy efficient 130 gallon tank that will replace a 400 gallon tank. We discussed tankless water heaters, but by code Jerry has to have the hot water at the tap at 110 degrees and so a tankless heater would not meet that code.
Plastic bag ban – Andy Costello is championing this for the solid waste committee and she presented to the BOS who authorized her to continue to explore the option. Lee opened the subject up to the committee and Fred suggested we invite Andy to the MEC to explain the proposal.
Next meeting – June 21, 2018
Meeting adjourned at 8:58 pm
Notes respectfully submitted by
FYI: This email from Chief Meaney about a deer being aggressive behind the Medfield State Hospital came this afternoon –
In case it comes up tonight, a deer went after a dog in the Dover section of the hospital property this afternoon around 2 PM. The dog and owner were beyond the fields behind the hospital on a path that leads to the Dover-Sherborn soccer fields and eventually to the school.
Jenny checked and learned that this is typical behavior this time of year. There are many baby deer around. Most likely the doe had a baby bedded down in the vicinity and felt threatened by the dog.
The dog was taken to the vet clinic Jenny will come up with some wording for a sign which we will post on that particular gate and also by the boat launch.
While this is typical behavior, Jenny has not had this occur before.
All questions passed, but margins vary. Taxes will go up about 10% to pay for budget increases and the overrides.