Monthly Archives: July 2018

BoS from 6/5/18

Meeting Minutes June 5, 2018 Chenery Meeting Room draft PRESENT: Selectmen Marcucci, Murby, Peterson; Town Administrator Sullivan; Assistant Town Administrator Trierweiler: Town Counsel Cerel; Administrative Assistant Clarke Chairman Marcucci called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM and announced the meeting was being recorded. The Chairman asked for a moment of appreciation for our Troops serving in the Middle East and around the world. Appointments 7:00 PM Economic Development Committee; Downtown Medfield Parking Study Presentation Sarah Raposa let the Board know that unfortunately members of the EDC are not available to attend the meeting. Ms. Raposa continued saying that the Town received a state grant to gather findings about the parking situation in Medfield. William High and Cynthia Lin from Nelson/Nygaard were assigned to conduct the Downtown Parking Study. Mr. High opened the discussion reporting that data was collected in October 2017 and the result is that there are 1700 parking spaces, however only 5% of all off-street parking is publicly accessible; we only reviewed publically owned parking. During the day most people park in the North Street area and overall parking is readily available. Some recommendations on how to improve parking: encourage shared parking with businesses; striping onstreet spaces; install parking signage to indicate where the public may park and include time specific loading zones. Recommend that zoning be updated to accommodate more parking spaces. The take away from the study is that Medfield has adequate parking and with additional parking management the Town could have better parking available to the public. The Selectmen appreciate the effort and time Nelson/Nygaard gave to the downtown parking study. 7:30 PM Public Hearing/ Verizon Contract Renewal; present attorneys William Solomon (special cable counsel/liaison for the Town) and John Harrington outside counsel for Verizon Note: Selectman Marcucci recused from the hearing as Verizon is a client of his law firm 'Vote: Motion made and seconded to appoint Selectman Murby Acting Chairman Unanimous vote Chairman Murby declared the Public Hearing open to discuss public concerns regarding Verizon license renewal Attorney Solomon noted that there are few changes to this renewal from the previous contract; however, the most significant is the contract term will be five (5) years. Past contracts have been ten years and 20 communities have agreed to the five year term. Some of the changes include, adding a HD PEG channel to the standard definition channels; PEG Access Annual support is increased from 4.75% to 4.8%; capital support total $100,000 will be paid once per contract year in the amount of $20,000 plus .25% of gross revenue on a quarterly June 5, 2018 Page two basis; Verizon will provide a cable drop and monthly basic service to municipal buildings at no cost. Medfield Cable TV director Brett Poirier was recognized. He thanked Bill Solomon for his good efforts in working towards finalizing the Verizon contract renewal. Mr. Sullivan interjected that he has become aware of updated information from the state regarding payments from Verizon and Comcast that arrive for Medfield TV. It has been the Town's practice to endorse the checks and give them to cable. We now have to setup a revolving account, deposit the checks then write Town checks payable to Medfield Cable Access Corp. As there is no further discussion, Chair Murby will declare the hearing closed 'Vote: On a motion made by Selectman Murby, seconded by Selectman Peterson it was voted unanimously to declare the public hearing closed Motion made to grant the license renewal and execute the contract, term June 5, 2018 to June 4, 2023 and with the expressed hope that the current channels remain and ideally mirror those hi definition channels. Motion carried The Board extended their appreciation to Attorney Solomon, Counsel John Harrington, Michael Sullivan and Mark Cerel for their efforts during the negotiations. 7:50 PM Pocket Park Study Committee, Jean Mineo member Ms. Mineo opened the discussion by reporting that the Pocket Park Committee was established in 2013; members included Matthew McCormick, Monique Allen, Minta Hissong, Kevin Ryder, Bob Kennedy and Sarah Raposa. Through their efforts the Park opened in 2016 and this spring a new sign was installed funded by MEMO. Presently the committee consists of three members and we would agree to not being appointed. She continued saying that the maintenance at the park is minimal; grass cutting and removing trash, which Parks and Recreation has been doing. However we want to be certain that the fountain remains in good working order and to include the water is turned off for the winter season. Mr. Sullivan said that in addition to funds appropriated at 2015 Town Meeting for construction of the Park another $5,500 was added from the Downtown Improvement budget. Uncertain if any of that amount has been used up to now. Discussion ensued as to how the maintenance will continue in the future. Selectmen advised Sullivan and Trierweiler have conversation with DPW and Parks and Recreation to hopefully work out a plan and report resolution. Action Items DPW Director Maurice Goulet requests the Selectmen vote to sign Chapter 90 Project Request: 'Vote: On a motion made and seconded it was voted unanimously to sign Chapter 90 Project for Paving Main Street from Causeway Street to Millis town line in the amount of $113,000.00 and further voted to sign Chapter 90 Project Request for paving North Street from Pine Street to Dover town line in the amount of $330,000.00 June 5, 2018 Page three Also DPW Director requests the Selectmen vote to sign contract with Vanasse, Hangen, Brustlin 'Vote: On a motion made by Selectman Murby, seconded by Selectman Peterson it was voted unanimously to sign a one year contract with Vanasse, Hangen, Brustlin (VHB) Wethersfield, CT for professional engineering and material testing services in the amount of $25,000.00 and as recommended by DPW Director Maurice Goulet Landscaping Bid Ms. Trierweiler requests the Selectmen vote to award the Medfield State Hospital Landscaping Bid to Shady Tree Landscaping for a two year contract term in the amount of $93,000 and it was so voted New Cleaning Company for Municipal Buildings 'Vote: On a motion made by Selectman Murby, seconded by Selectman Peterson it was voted unanimously to award and sign a three year contract with Dynamic Janitorial Cleaning, Inc. Milford MA to perform the work at Town Hall, Library, DPW Offices, Council on Aging and Recreation Building, contract term July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2021 and as recommended by Facilities Director Jerry McCarty Proclamations Eldred Whyte 11 year elected member of the Medfield Housing Authority has resigned. A celebration will be held on Tuesday June 12, 2018. The Selectmen ae requested to declare June 12 Eldred "Al" Whyte Day and sign a Proclamation in his honor 'Vote: On a motion made and seconded it was voted unanimously to declare June 12, 2018 Eldred "Al" Whyte Day and further voted to sign a Proclamation in his honor Douglas Olsen, Music Director at Medfield High School since 1994 is leaving Medfield. The Selectmen are requested to declare June 14, 2018 as Douglas Olsen Day and further voted to sign a Proclamation in his honor 'Vote: On a motion made and seconded it was voted unanimously to declare Thursday June 14, 2018 to be Douglas Olsen Music Day in the Town of Medfield and further voted to sign a Proclamation in his honor Revision to Police Officer Appointment At the May 22, 2018 Selectmen's meeting the Police Chief requested the Selectmen vote a conditional offer of employment to a candidate. The request must now be withdrawn because June 5, 2018 Page four of a residency issue. Police Chief Meaney requests the Selectmen vote a conditional offer of employment to Michael J. Stanley, the next individual on the Civil Service list. 'Vote: On a motion made by Selectman Murby, seconded by Selectman Peterson it was voted unanimously to approve a conditional offer of employment to Michael J. Stanley Meeting Minutes Voted unanimously to accept the minutes of January 2 and January 16, 2018 as submitted Licenses and Permits {Consent Agenda) Granted as noted by the Chair: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation permission to ride through a part of Medfield October 6 for their 21st Annual Charity Bicycle Ride Charles Harris permission to place two directional signs at Route 27 and Hospital Road June 10 to June 24 for the car show at the hospital site; a one-day wine and malt beverage permit High School Football team permission to hold a car wash on August 25, rain date August 26 Zullo Gallery permission to post signs promoting their annual Arts Festival on June 16 Town Administrator Update Mr. Sullivan reported that the Transfer Station will open at 7:30 AM on an experimental basis through the summer months A new Building Inspector has been hired, start date Monday June 11. We appreciate John Naff's willingness to help during this interim period. As the HVAC system has been in operation for 20 years, Facilities Director Jerry McCarty has recommended that it go through a draining process. Selectmen Report Mr. Peterson held office hours at the CENTER June 1; resident reported manhole covers need attention. Congratulations to the high school seniors. Mr. Murby attended the Zoning Board's meeting regarding the proposed assisted living facility on Main Street saying that it was a light crowd attending, however, project heavily opposed. It was perfect weather for the high school graduation ceremony. Mr. Murby held two informational sessions at the CENTER regarding the ballot questions at the June 11 election and both sessions went well. He did not represent the Board of Selectmen but personally as he felt residents needed clarification. Mr. Marcucci reported that the Affordable Housing Trust will be meeting this Thursday evening, June 7 at the Town Garage. Adjournment The meeting adjourned at 9:35 PM.20180605_Page_220180605_Page_320180605_Page_4

BoS on 7/31

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The back up informational materials are available via these two links to PDFs.

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town seal TOWN OF MEDFIELD POSTED:

 

 

 

MEETING                              TOWN CLERK
NOTICE  
 

POSTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF M.G.L. CHAPTER 39 SECTION 23A AS AMENDED.

 
  Board of Selectmen  
  Board or Committee  
PLACE OF MEETING DAY, DATE, AND TIME
Town Hall, Chenery Meeting Room, 2nd Floor

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 7:00PM

 

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION AT THE CLOSE OF THE MEETING

                        Potential Litigation

                        Discuss Strategy for Collective Bargaining

Discuss Strategy for Non-Union Personnel

 

Announcement

Disclosure of Video Recording

Moment of appreciation for our Troops serving in the Middle East and around the world.

 

 

Appointment

 

Sergeant Daniel McCarthy Dedication

Chief Meaney to present discussion of monument installation

 

Adams Street Parking, Russ Hallisey

 

Suicide Prevention Week Discussion

Anna Mae O’Shea Brook to discuss request for Town Hall illumination

 

 

Citizen Comment

 

Discussion Items

 

Senior Housing Overlay District

 

Financial Policy

 

Capital Budget Committee Charter

 

Medfield State Hospital Plan Implementation/Development Committee

 

Board of Selectmen Goals

 

Action Items

Jerry McCarty, Facilities Manager, requests Selectmen sign two year contract with Solect Energy for monitoring of Town Owned Solar Panels.

 

Maurice Goulet, DPW Director, requests Selectmen to sign Chapter 90 Reimbursement for the following projects:

Redesign of Route 109             $30,000

North Street Paving                $330,000

Philip Street Bridge                $100,000

 

 

Kristine Trierweiler, Asst Town Administrator, requests Selectmen sign contract with Community Opportunities Group for ongoing Affordable Housing Specialist Services

 

Kristine Trierweiler, requests Selectmen to sign the License Agreement with SSCI for drone testing at Medfield State Hospital

 

Appoint Deputy Chief John Wilhelmi to Interim Chief effective on Friday, August 3, 2018

 

Sarah Raposa, Town Planner, requests Selectmen sign License Agreement with DCAMM for Nitsch Engineering to access Laundry Parcel for survey purposes

 

 

Licenses and Permits (Consent Agenda)

Thomas Upham House requests use of Baker Pond for Annual Grandparents Day Celebration on Saturday, September 8, 2018 and Sunday, September 9, 2018

 

Keith Curbow requests block party permit for 12 Pilgrim Lane on July 6, 2019 for wedding reception from 4PM to 11PM.

 

Minutes

January 3, 2017

February 21, 2017

December 19, 2017

 

April 12, 2018

June 5, 2018

 

 

Pending Items

Dog Hearing

 

Town Administrator Update

 

Selectmen Reports

 

Informational

Review of a Real Property Disposition by the City of Revere

MassDEP Superseding Order of Conditions for LCB

DCR notification of Medfield Rail Trail Grant application update

Food recalls

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More from the American Association for Justice daily newsletter –

FDA warns more secondary product recalls likely over potentially contaminated whey.

CBS News (7/25, Gibson, 6.78M) reports on its website, “Consumers can expect additional recalls of products possibly contaminated with salmonella in coming days” as “believe a common whey ingredient supplied by Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) may have been contaminated with salmonella.” FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said in a statement on Tuesday, “As there are likely other food products made by other manufacturers that also use this common ingredient, there may be other recalls initiated in the coming days,” citing certain food products under the Hungry Man label.

TIME (7/25, Ducharme, 19.27M) reports that Associated Milk Producers “reiterated in a statement that the whey powder recall is precautionary, and that all samples have so far tested negative for salmonella.”

The Food Poisoning Bulletin (7/25, Larsen) also reports.

Kraft Heinz recalls Taco Bell brand cheese dip over botulism concerns.

The Miami Herald (7/25, Neal, 1.07M) reports that Kraft Heinz “recalled about 7,000 cases of Taco Bell Salsa Con Queso dip on Tuesday night as a precautionary measure” against potential botulism contamination. No illnesses have been reported. According to the recall notice, “Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled.” .

CDC issues warning about salmonella outbreak from live chickens, ducks.

USA Today (7/25, May, 11.4M) reports that “at least 212 cases of salmonella infections have been linked to contact with backyard chickens, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns.” The CDC says as of Monday, about 25 percent of the reported cases are children younger than five years old, and at least 34 people have been hospitalized. The article says the outbreak has been reported in 44 states and includes several strains of salmonella.

Fox News (7/26, Lieu, 16.38M), the AP (7/25), the Bangor (ME) Daily News (7/25, Curtis, 168K), and the Connecticut Post (7/25, Cuda, 318K) report.

Gallup poll: 38% of Americans think vaping is “very harmful.”

Politico Pulse also highlights a new Gallup (7/25, 35K) poll, which found that 38% of Americans viewed vaping as “very harmful,” while 82% thought the same of cigarettes and 27% saw marijuana this way. A “majority” thought all of these substances, plus chewing tobacco cigars, and pipes, are “at least ‘somewhat harmful.’”

U.S. News & World Report (7/25, Lardieri, 1.97M) reports 96% of Americans consider cigarettes to be “at least somewhat harmful” to smokers. The coverage states, “Researchers even suggest that, as cigarettes become even more tightly regulated and laws governing marijuana use continue to loosen, a day could come in which more people report smoking pot than tobacco.”

Mass AG investigates vaping company

From my American Association for Justice daily e-newsletter –

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Massachusetts AG investigating whether Juul Labs took adequate steps to prevent sales to minors.

Reuters (7/24, Raymond) reports Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said at a press briefing that her office has opened an investigation into Juul Labs Inc. and online retailers Direct Eliquid LLC and Eonsmoke LLC to determine if they broke state law by “failing to prevent minors from buying their products.” The investigation intends to evaluate the effectiveness of Juul underage sales prevention efforts and what it does, “if anything” to stop its products from being sold by online retailers without age verification. The office said it was sending cease-and-desist letters to the online retailers to stop sales of Juul and e-cigarettes to Massachusetts residents “without adequate age verification systems.”

CNBC (7/24, LaVito, 4.81M) reports Healey said, “I want to be clear with the public. This isn’t about getting adults to stop smoking cigarettes. This is about getting kids to start vaping. That’s what these companies are up to. They’re engaged in an effort to get kids addicted, get them hooked so they will have customers for the rest of their lives.” Healey’s office will investigate whether the Massachusetts consumer protection statute or state e-cigarette regulations were violated.

The Hill (7/24, Wheeler, 2.71M) reports Healey “said Tuesday morning her office has sent Juul Labs subpoenas for information.” The Verge (7/24, Becker, 1.55M) reports the investigation is part of “a statewide push to end youth vaping and nicotine addiction.”

Also reporting are the Associated Press (7/24), Boston Globe (7/24, Campbell, 945K), and the Springfield (MA) Republican (7/24, 412K).

 

Swap

The Swap area at the transfer station gets more and more organized each year. It is looking really good this year.

State $ for town stays the same in final budget

The final Cherry Sheet numbers for the Town of Medfield in the FY19 state budget agreed upon this week appear below.  Our state aid is up about $61K over last year, and on a percentage basis the state aid continues to decline, so more of the municipal services to residents must therefore be funded from our property taxes.

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Representative Garlick has arranged for the Town of Medfield to also get $30,000 in the state budget this year to combat suicide.

Substance abuse issue

Interesting article from a Boston Globe email today.  20%  of Massachusetts adults drink excessively, which makes it a major societal issue, as lots of societal costs result from that behavior. –

 

Perspective | Magazine

The legal drug we should be worried about isn’t marijuana

Alcohol is a far more dangerous substance. Yet the state of Massachusetts is thinking about making it easier to get.

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Massachusetts recently issued its first recreational marijuana license, bringing pot more fully into the ranks of regulated substances. Bravo! Decriminalizing drugs is a tactic that has been demonstrated to reduce their harm, notably in Portugal. And legalizing pot in Colorado and other states has not led to a surge in usage and related crime — or indeed even that collective societal zombification predicted by legalization opponents. But regulation is not a panacea, as we’re seeing with a substance that’s been legal for much longer: alcohol.

Almost 1 in 5 adults in Massachusetts drinks excessively, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one of the higher rates in the United States. Consumption comes with substantial costs. For instance, the Massachusetts economy lost more than $5.6 billion in 2010, according to a 2015 study, from lost productivity, health care expenses, and other costs, including those from accidents caused by drunken driving. About 31 percent of driving deaths in the state in 2016 were alcohol-related. Nationally there are more than 88,000 alcohol-related deaths every year.

Beyond the statistics is the tragic personal impact of alcohol abuse: broken families, physical and sexual assaults, and infants born with physical abnormalities and mental disabilities when expectant mothers consume. Heavy alcohol consumption causes other serious illnesses, too. Liver disease and strokes are the two big killers, but as a medical student on rounds, I saw one patient whose drinking had caused issues leading to the removal of several abdominal organs. I was startled when that patient told me, “I would still drink if I could.” Also, people addicted to alcohol can die if they’re deprived of it, which is not the case with pot or even cocaine. Alcohol withdrawal syndrome claims the lives of between 5 and 10 percent of those who suffer from it.

Yet, we are bombarded with ads selling us on alcohol’s magical properties. Commercials seduce us with the promise that drinking will bring us happy, active social lives featuring sensual, fit men and women. Alcohol is indeed life altering; in 2010, British researchers ranked alcohol as the most harmful drug, legal or illegal, beating out heroin and crack cocaine.

The American approach to drinking is irrational, and must change. Two years ago, public health officials in the United Kingdom cut their recommended alcohol consumption limits to no more than seven 6-ounce glasses of wine or six pints of beer a week, for both men and women. A recent study by scientists at the University of Cambridge made the startling find that after five drinks a week, each one lowers life expectancy by 30 minutes. This is comparable to the life expectancy smokers are expected to lose per cigarette.

Care to guess what the recommended alcohol consumption limit is in the United States? The Department of Health and Human Services dietary guidelines allow men two drinks a day, or about 77 percent more alcohol per week than the United Kingdom does (suggested limits for US women are slightly lower than those in the UK).

From a public health perspective, the answer is crystal clear: We must immediately lower recommended drinking levels in the United States and then strive to reduce alcohol consumption. Following the model used for cigarettes, we should add strongly worded public health warnings on alcoholic beverages, ban alcohol advertisements, and decrease product visibility.

This will not be easy. The alcohol industry is a behemoth — the global alcoholic beverages market was valued at $1.34 trillion in 2015 — and is sure to fight back against attempts to enforce drinking guidelines. But we know it can be done. Tens of millions of people have quit smoking. If you are among them, never even touched a cigarette, or feel under siege for your habit, you are living proof that decades of coordinated assaults by public health experts on tobacco have worked. These efforts are estimated to have saved 8 million American lives over the last 50 years. Turning the public against the Marlboro Man shows societal attitudes toward drugs can change.

This is not a moral call, nor a cry for abstinence: The results of the American experiment with Prohibition were clear. And, drinking wine within recommended guidelines may reduce heart attack risk (sorry, beer and spirits drinkers, the same does not apply to you).

Instead of dogmatic approaches, we need a public conversation on why we drink to stupor, on the damage alcohol can cause, and on how to best regulate its consumption. All the controversy about where to let pot dispensaries open obscures the truth that we already patronize establishments dedicated to the consumption of legal narcotics: bars. Massachusetts is ridiculed for abolishing happy hour, but bringing it back would play into the hands of the liquor industry, which is known to target heavy drinkers, “super consumers” who are highly profitable for the industry. This is irresponsible if not immoral, and it ought to be illegal.

Late last year, the state’s Alcohol Task Force called for major changes in Massachusetts liquor laws, including relaxing some restrictions, which could increase drinking, while also recommending measures that will raise prices, which should lower consumption. The Legislature has since taken little action. You can help counter the power of industry lobbyists: Contact your state legislators and urge them to make sure any revisions to the law rein in cheap alcohol, help reduce binge drinking, and safeguard us from the worst effects of liquor.

Gianmarco Raddi is an MD/PHD student at the University of Cambridge and the University of California at Los Angeles. Send comments to magazine@globe.com. Get the best of the magazine’s award-winning stories and features right in your e-mail inbox every Sunday.Sign up here.