Monthly Archives: June 2018

MEC on 5/24

MEC

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 –

  1. Jerry will ask George Woodbury about the fixtures, bids on labor and other documentation.
  2. Jerry will ask the Police Chief what they consider the main roads and where to put the 4,000K LEDs.
  3. Jerry will meet with the Board of Selectman regarding the purchase agreement with Eversource. Jerry will get the new documentation that is needed as the last purchase agreement expired.

Green Communities

  • There is a signed contract for LED lights for the MS, HS, Memorial, Wheelock, Library and Town Hall. Installations should be done by the end of the summer. RISE submitted paperwork to Eversource for the rebate and once Eversource gives the OK we will purchase the lights.  Contract is for $130,515.  Eversource incentive $60,005, $68,281.15 from the GC grant and the Town will pay $2,285.50
  • Retrocommissioning was given the go ahead by DOER. The contracts have been signed by RISE and it has been given to Train the subcontractor, and we are waiting for a schedule.  Jerry is aiming to have this work completed by October.
  • Jerry will send the GC quarterly report to the committee before the next meeting and before he sends it to the state. If you have a comment, respond just to Jerry.
  • Lee will call Kelly Brown to find out when the next round of grants for the GC are expected to come out.

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

Cynthia Greene

Deer vs dog at MSH

FYI:  This email from Chief Meaney about a deer being aggressive behind the Medfield State Hospital came this afternoon –

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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.

Election results

All questions passed, but margins vary.  Taxes will go up about 10% to pay for budget increases and the overrides.

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Election today

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2018 Override Information Town of Medfield, Massachusetts The Medfield Board of Selectmen have prepared this information sheet to provide information regarding the five (5) Override questions on the June 11, 2018 Election Ballot. What is Proposition 2 ½? Limits the annual increase in the amount of revenue a city or town may raise from local property taxes. This is known as the annual levy limit. The actual tax rate, up to the levy limit, depends on the amount of spending approved by the Annual Town Meeting and other sources of revenue like state aid and excise tax revenue. The law allows the city or town to increase the levy limit with approval of voters at an election like the one we are having on June 11th . Also restricts amounts a town can borrow without specific authorization, but this is not applicable for the items on the June 11th ballot. Operating Override—permanently increases Medfield’s levy limit and becomes part of the base for calculating future years’ allowable 2 ½ % increases in levy limits. Capital Exclusion— increases the amount of property tax revenue a community may raise for only one year in order to fund a specific project. It does not increase the community’s levy limit used to determine allowable taxes in future years. Stabilization Fund Override—permanent override that is earmarked for a stabilization fund voted by Town Meeting. After the first year, the Selectmen decide the amount to be appropriated each year into the stabilization fund up to the amount approved by voters plus an annual 2 1/2 % increase. The amount is decreased if the Selectmen vote to appropriate a lower amount than what was originally authorized when the override was approved, with the decreased amount then becoming the new base against which the 2 1/2 % increase is calculated in each future year. PROPOSITION 2 ½ BALLOT QUESTIONS Question #1: Shall the town be allowed to assess an additional One‐Million Dollars ($1,000,000) in real estate and personal property taxes for the purpose of funding the Municipal Buildings Stabilization Fund created pursuant to GL Chapter 40, Section 5B for the fiscal year beginning July first, two‐thousand and eighteen? Type: Stabilization Fund Override Yes Vote: If you vote YES you are agreeing with the Annual Town Meeting Vote to increase the levy limit by One Million Dollars and create a stabilization fund. For FY19 the One Million Dollars would fund the Dale Street Feasibility Study. In the following year the Board of Selectmen may appropriate an amount up to the One Million Dollars plus 2 ½ percent for the Municipal Buildings Capital Stabilization Fund to maintain, upgrade, or construct municipal/school buildings, with subsequent year limits rising by 2 ½ % each year. No Vote: If you vote NO, the Dale Street Feasibility study will not be funded and the Municipal Buildings Capital Stabilization Fund will not be funded. June 11, 2018 Special Election CENTER at Medfield One Ice House Road Polls Open 6AM to 8PM Question #2: Shall the Town of Medfield be allowed to assess an additional One‐Million Six‐Hundred and Sixty Three Thousand One‐Hundred Three Dollars ($1,663,103) in real estate and personal property taxes for the purpose of increasing school and town departmental operating budgets for the fiscal year beginning July first, two‐thousand and eighteen? Type: Operating Override Yes Vote: If you vote YES you are agreeing with the budget adopted by the Annual Town Meeting, which requires an increase in the levy limit of $1,663,103. This reflects a 3.88% increase to the Town’s operating budget (including a 9% increase in health and pension benefits for Town and School employees) and a 6.16% increase to the School Department budget. This increase in the tax levy will be a permanent increase in the base used to determine future year’s levy limits. No Vote: If you vote NO, the town will not increase the levy limit and will instead adopt the balanced budget as voted at Town Meeting. A balanced budget reflects a 3.37% increase to the Town’s operating budget (including a 9% increase in health and pension benefits for Town and School employees) and a 3% increase to the School Department Budget. Question #3: Shall the Town of Medfield be allowed to assess an additional Two‐Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($250,000) in real estate and personal property taxes for the purpose of providing Advanced Life Support (ALS) services for the fiscal year beginning July first, two‐thousand and eighteen? Type: Operating Override Yes Vote: If you vote YES, you are agreeing with the Annual Town Meeting vote to provide ALS services within the Fire Department by hiring additional Paramedic personnel and/or training existing FF/EMT’s as Paramedics. No Vote: If you vote NO, the Town of Medfield will not provide an ALS level of service and will remain at a basic life support level (BLS) Question #4: Shall the Town of Medfield be allowed to assess an additional One‐Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($150,000) in real estate and personal property taxes for the purpose of preparing a Feasibility Study for a new park and recreational facility for the fiscal year beginning July first, two‐thousand and eighteen? Type: Capital Exclusion Yes Vote: If you vote YES, you are agreeing with the Annual Town Meeting vote to temporarily increase the tax levy for one year to conduct a feasibility study to evaluate potential sites for a new Parks and Recreation facility. This increase in the levy limit will only be in effect for FY19. No Vote: If you vote NO, the feasibility study for a new Park and Recreation facility will not be completed. Question #5: Shall the Town of Medfield be allowed to assess an additional One‐Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars ($150,000) in real estate and personal property taxes for the purpose of preparing a Town‐wide master plan for the fiscal year beginning July first, two‐thousand and eighteen? Type: Capital Exclusion Yes Vote: If you vote YES, you are agreeing with the Annual Town Meeting vote to temporarily increase the tax levy for one year to fund an update to the last comprehensive Master Plan which was completed in 1964. This increase in the levy limit will only be in effect for FY19. No Vote: If you vote NO, completion of an update to the current Master Plan will not be accomplished in FY19.

Snow deficit was $122,664.58

Per email today forwarded by Mike Sullivan –

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From: Joy Ricciuto
Date: Thu, Jun 7, 2018 at 12:37 PM
Subject: Final snow deficit

$122,664.58

MMA on state budget

This today from the Massachusetts Municipal Association, with a good summary of the state budget issues –

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LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE FINALIZING FISCAL 2019 STATE BUDGET – MILLIONS IN MUNICIPAL AND SCHOOL FUNDING AT STAKE

 

PLEASE CALL YOUR LEGISLATORS TODAY TO SUPPORT LOCAL AID FUNDING AND KEY MUNICIPAL ISSUES

June 7, 2018

 

Dear Osler Peterson,

 

Now that the House and Senate have each passed their own versions of next year’s fiscal 2019 state budget, the next step is for a conference committee to iron out the differences and present a balanced budget for adoption by July 1.

 

While both budgets would increase municipal and school aid, there are significant differences between the branches, especially in funding for essential K-12 education accounts. It is imperative that you contact your legislators today and ask them to support the full appropriations, and make municipal and education aid a top priority.

 

Earlier this morning, the MMA delivered a detailed letter to the conference committee emphasizing the key local aid accounts that need to be funded at the highest possible level. Please call your legislators today and ask them to support the highest possible funding amounts for these municipal and school aid programs.

 

Please click here to download a copy of the MMA’s letter, so you can read and reference it when you speak with your legislators

 

The House and Senate budgets would both add to the municipal and school aid recommendations made by the governor in January, which is good news. When you talk with your local legislators, please thank them for making local aid a priority during the budget process this year, and ask that they contact conference committee members in support of the highest possible funding for municipal and school aid.

 

Millions of dollars are at stake: if the conference committee agrees on full funding by adopting the higher number for municipal and school aid accounts, this would return over $75 million more to cities and towns, compared to the funding that would result from adopting the lower number.

 

Here is a summary of the key priorities for cities and towns:

 

Unrestricted General Government Aid (UGGA)

The House and Senate both appropriated $1.099 billion for the Unrestricted General Government Aid (UGGA) account, an increase of $37.2 million over the fiscal 2018 level of funding. The 3.5 percent increase reflects the policy of increasing general municipal aid at the rate of growth in state tax collections reflected in the consensus tax forecast. This policy has been adopted by the Governor and the House and Senate since fiscal 2016, and is supported by the MMA. The good news is that the $37.2 million UGGA increase has already been agreed to by the House and Senate!

 

Chapter 70 School Aid and Local Contributions

The House funds the basic requirements of Chapter 70 education aid (7061-0008 and section 3), adopts provisions to continue to implement the recommendations of the Foundation Budget Review Commission, phases in target share funding for those communities where the local contribution exceeds the target share amount, and funds minimum aid at $30 per student. This would provide a Chapter 70 increase of $124.6M – which is significantly higher than the $103.6M increase in the governor’s budget proposal.

 

The Senate budget builds on the House approach by closing 100% of the target share gap and establishing an enhanced English language learner (ELL) foundation budget factor. These two changes would provide a Chapter 70 increase of $160.6M, or $36M more than the House. The MMA is supporting the Senate funding level.

 

Both the House and Senate would supplement Chapter 70 by providing $12.5 million to provide assistance to communities impacted by changes in how low-income students are counted. They do this in different accounts. What matters is that the final budget maintain the $12.5 million.

 

Special Education Circuit Breaker

Please ask your legislators to support the Senate’s full funding of the Special Education Circuit Breaker Program at $319.3 million, through which the state provides a measure of support for services provided to high-cost special education students. This is critically important.

 

Charter School Impact Mitigation Payments

Please ask your legislators to support the Senate appropriation of $100 million for Charter School Impact Mitigation Payments (7061-9010). This reflects an increase of $19.5 million above the current fiscal 2018 level of funding. This is a vital account for those communities impacted by charter schools.

 

Charter School Impact Analysis and Accountability

Please ask your legislators to support sections 61 and 62 in the Senate bill, which would bring a much-needed level of accountability related to state decisions to approve new and expanded charter schools that would include an assessment of the impact on local public schools.

 

Regional School District Student Transportation

Please ask your legislators to support the Senate appropriation of $68.9 million to reimburse regional school districts for a portion of the cost of transporting students.

 

McKinney-Vento Homeless Student Transportation

Please ask your legislators to support the House appropriation of $9.1 million for this account to reimburse municipalities and school districts for a portion of the cost of transporting homeless students as required under state and federal rules.

 

Payment in Lieu of Taxes on State-owned Land

Please support the Senate appropriation of $28.5 million to pay a portion of the payment-in-lieu-of taxes amount due to cities and towns to offset the property tax exemption for state-owned land. We support the additional $1.7 million set aside in the Senate appropriation language to ensure that Cherry Sheet PILOT payments next year are not reduced below the fiscal 2018 level due to the revaluation of state-owned land that takes effect next year.

 

Shannon Anti-Gang Grant Program

Please support the Senate level of funding of $8 million for the highly effective and valuable Shannon Anti-Gang Grant Program that has helped cities and towns respond to and suppress gang-related activities.

 

Reserve Fund for Municipal Improvements

Please support the House appropriation that would provide $2.8 million for the District Local Technical Assistance Fund (DLTA) that helps support local efforts to regionalize local government services. Please support the Senate appropriation that includes $2 million to support the Community Compact Cabinet program to facilitate the adoption of municipal best practices in cities and towns.

 

Community Preservation Act

Please support sections 45, 46, 47, 142, 143 and 196 of the Senate bill which would strengthen the Community Preservation Act (CPA) by updating the Registry of Deeds fee schedule to provide adequate revenue to restore the state match to an estimated 30 percent.

 

Municipal Police Training Fund

Please support sections 13, 14, and 70 in the Senate bill that would create a $2 surcharge on each rental car transaction in the Commonwealth to help fund an expanded police training program.

 

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact MMA Legislative Director John Robertson at 617-426-7272 ext. 122 or jrobertson@mma.org.

 

Thank you very much!

Nicest “Thank You” card

Every year Bonnie Wren-Burgess asks me to judge her tenth grade Medfield High School honors English class debates, where the students are supposed to apply the methods of Blaise Pascal.  And every year I have to figure out exactly what that means.

This year Bonnie informed me that I had been judging her debates for fifteen years, which she told her students was as long as they had been alive.

My reward, in addition to hearing how smart and eloquent the students are, is to get a really cool thank you note – this is the one from this year –

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Good news story

From the Boston Globe –

This Medfield man wasn’t expecting to befriend Eagles fans. Then he rescued two of them in Bermuda

Paul and Anita Trenholm pose with Allen Yannone, of Medfield (center), in Bermuda after he rescued the couple from the water, where they had become stranded.
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Paul and Anita Trenholm pose with Allen Yannone, of Medfield (center), in Bermuda after he rescued the couple from the water, where they had become stranded.

A Patriots fan from Medfield wasn’t expecting to make friends with Philadelphia Eagles fans when he went snorkeling in Bermuda last week, but he did just that after rescuing a couple from rocky waters, where they had become trapped.

Allen Yannone, 28, was on a getaway with his wife when they decided to snorkel in Church Bay last Tuesday, he said. But conditions turned out to be less than ideal.

“There was a little rain coming in and of course rip tide and current — kind of a perfect storm,” Yannone said.

After being tossed around by a few rough waves, Yannone decided to return to dry land. That’s when he heard a cry of distress.

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“I thought I heard someone yell ‘help,’ ” Yannone said by telephone Wednesday. “But I wasn’t sure if it was a person or a bird or what.”

 He found a woman, Patricia Trenholm, on the shore looking out toward the water. Trenholm told Yannone that her brother and sister-in-law had become stuck on the rocks. He snapped into action, swimming back out toward where the couple had become stranded.

“They were pretty cut up,” Yannone said. “The waves were hitting them harder than I thought.”

Yannone checked out the couple’s wounds, and found Paul Trenholm was cut badly at his knees. His wife, Anita Trenholm, also suffered cuts to her arms. Yannone said both were bleeding, but he was able to determine the wounds were not too serious to return to shore.

“I knew there was no way we could go back the way I came,” Yannone said. “It was way too rough. Once I realized they could walk, we decided to walk the rocks and go as far as we could toward the shore on the rocks before we could get back in the water and swim.”

As they made their way back to shore, Yannone engaged in friendly banter to help the couple calm down.

“I said, ‘Oh, you’re from Philly, so you must be Eagles fans,’ ” and they said, ‘Yes,’ ” Yannone said. “And I said, ‘I’m from Boston, so I’m a huge Pats fan, so I’ll see you back at the beach.’ ”

Of course, Yannone was joking, he said, and the trio laughed and talked about the
Super Bowl as they navigated back to shore. After making sure the Trenholms were OK, Yannone went back to his vacation.

A few days later, he had returned home when he got a text message from his mother asking him if he had been on Facebook recently. When he logged on, he found that the Trenholms had been trying to track him down to thank him.

 

“They were so gracious and so generous, and I never thought in a million years that I would see them or hear from them,” Yannone said. “I would do that 10 out of 10 times. It was one of the coolest, most humbling things that’s ever happened.”

Yannone has been in touch with the couple and says he hopes to see them when they make an annual visit to Boston in the fall.

“The way I was raised was to always do the right thing,” he said. “I’m glad I did the right thing that day because I got to meet two amazing people. I’m no hero or anything like that.”

Laney Ruckstuhl can be reached at laney.ruckstuhl@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @laneyruckstuhl.

Stuff the truck!

This today from Susan Gorog –

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Don’t forget to Vote and Donate on Monday, June 11!  Food donations will be collected in a DPW truck at the voting polls…help us stuff the truck!

Needed items are peanut butter, jelly, pasta sauce, large bottle of juice and juice boxes.

You can also stuff the truck on Tuesday – Saturday, June 12-16 at the Fire/Police station. THANK YOU!

 

It is the small things – an appreciation

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At my office hours Friday, resident John Palombo reported to me that the manholes on Rte. 27 were set down too low in the area by St. Edwards.  I had not personally noticed the issue, and knew nothing about it, but I knew who would know, so I emailed Maurice Goulet, Director of Public Works.  Today when Mo got back in his office I received his report (a copy of the emails appear below).

It is nice to have the DPW already aware and on top fixing of such issues for we residents.  One of my favorite memories as a selectman was the day I met then DPW employee and Water Department foreman, Ed Hinkley, the day he drove the Selectmen to perambulate the town bounds, as I quickly learned that Ed had an encyclopedic knowledge of the layout of the town and its systems.  Our DPW employees really know our town well.

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Mo,

At my office hours last Friday, John Palumbo related to me his concern that the height of the manhole covers in Rte. 27 in the area by St. Edwards is not right.  I think he said the manhole covers appear to be sinking.  I related that I would pass the concern along to you to handle.

Thanks in advance for getting back to Mr. Palumbo about his concern.

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Gentlemen,

We have a contractor scheduled to come in next Tuesday /Wednesday to adjust and reset these manhole covers. They will be doing possibly 20 of them throughout the town. The manholes you call out happen to be on our list already. The company that will be doing the work is Tasco Construction from Belmont MA.

Thank you.