Just got the back up materials for the Tuesday meeting – 20180904-materials
This morning Deb and I had an encounter with a fisher cat that did not seem fearful of us at all – it came within about ten feet of me. My neighbor later told me that it had squabbled with her dog and then peered in their screen door at them.
I alerted Jenny Cronin, the Town of Medfield Animal Control Officer, as the odd behavior made me wonder whether the fisher cat might be rabid. Jenny said that if you see the fisher cat and know where it is at that moment, call the Medfield Police Department at 508-359-2315, and they can dispatch Jenny to see if she can capture it.
Photo by Phil Tuths
Email today from the Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee –
Email today from the Board of Health –
the state has upgraded the ENTIRE state to the “moderate” level due to increase in activity re: WNV exposure.
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From: Officer, MRPC Duty <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, Aug 21, 2018 at 12:08 PM
Subject: Situational Awareness: Statewide West Nile Virus Risk Level Change
To: MRPC Stakeholders
Date: Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Subject: Statewide West Nile Virus Risk Level Change
Description: MDPH has elevated the West Nile virus risk level to moderate statewide. This wide-scale increase was driven by expanding and intensifying positive mosquito findings. A press release will be issued shortly. The majority of WNV human cases occur during August and September. Please take this opportunity to urge your residents/patients to take personal protective activities to avoid mosquito bites. Please visit results: http://www.mosquitoresults.com for updated risk maps and positive findings. If you have questions please call Matt Osborne at (617) 983-4366.
Regional Impact: Multiple communities across Region 4AB have a moderate risk for West Nile Virus exposure according to http://www.mosquitoresults.com, the Massachusetts Arbovirus daily update provided by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services
MRPC Activation Level: Steady-State Monitoring, non-activated.
Follow up: The MRPC will continue to monitor the State’s West Nile Virus severity in the region and will provide updates from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as they become available.
MRPC Duty Officer
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (not monitored 24/7)
Today I got this email follow up, below, from the developer that the Medfield Housing Authority selected for the proposed project on Medfield Housing Authority land next to Tilden Village. I also met with the Legion and its developers this week about their plans, and the issue of how their timing fits in to the town’s safe harbor needs, so I asked Brain McMillin about the timing of his plan, and he reported “it’s not out of the question that it could take until 2022 or 2023 until these units are ready to be leased up.” –
I should probably point out that The Rosebay at Medfield is not public housing, so it is technically not an expansion of Tilden Village. It will be a privately-owned development located on land leased from the Medfield Housing Authority under a long-term ground lease.
Although it will not be public housing like Tilden Village, all of the units in the proposed development would still be affordable and age-restricted (62+) to meet the Housing Authority’s requirements. For the Town of Medfield, all 45 of the proposed units would count toward its Chapter 40B Subsidized Housing Inventory and further goals stated under its Housing Production Plan.
The basic structure we have proposed is fairly common and has been used around the country for privately-owned developments built on housing authority land. We are aware, however, that that it may require some explanation and we plan to provide that detail during our Comprehensive Permit hearing before the Zoning Board.
Brian J. McMillin | NewGate Housing LLC
This email yesterday from Sarah Raposa about the Medfield Housing Authority’s planned expansion adjacent to its Tilden Village site having taken its first step by means of a filing with the Department of Housing and Community Development –
We haven’t received the hard copy from DHCD but Mike was cc’d on the submission to DHCD.
Here is the link to the application on the Town’s website:
Sarah Raposa, AICP
The developer, Brian McMillin of NewGate Housing LLC, Westwood, MA stated to me that while the plans are “available on the Town’s website. . . they are a required step in preparing to file for a Comprehensive Permit for The Rosebay at Medfield, and they contain only basic preliminary information. More detailed information regarding the proposed development will be provided in the Comprehensive Permit application.”
The clock is ticking – today is the last day to register to vote before the September 4th primary in Massachusetts. So if it’s been sitting on your to-do list, it’s time to get it done!
And if you or your friends are registering by mail, it’s not too late to send as long as it gets postmarked today.
Primary day is less than 3 weeks away – so make a plan to vote!
Email from Kristine Trierweiler yesterday afternoon –
Assistant Town Administrator
Town of Medfield
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MEDFIELD – A local effort to help needy children attend summer camp raised more than $5,000 this summer.
The initiative – organized by the Medfield Foundation – is now in its second year, said foundation member Osler Peterson. With the funds raised through the program, a total of 18 local children were able to attend 28 weeks of the camp put on by the Medfield Parks & Recreation Department. The money also allowed for nine additional swim pond passes, which gave about 34 people access to the pond.
Peterson said Medfield Youth Outreach leaders had first raised the matter with the foundation in 2017, as that group interacts quite a bit with people in need.
“Kids going to camp is not just about a fun time for the children,” he said. “It also allows parents to go to work.”
However, the idea was first discussed in June, forcing the foundation to move quickly to raise its $5,000 goal.
“We started it at the eleventh hour,” Peterson. “There was sort of a blitz to get information out on social media.”
This year, the drive was greatly bolstered by a $5,000 grant from the Medfield Home Committee.
“The Home Committee was impressed by the Medfield Foundation’s Camp Fund during its initial year last summer,” Committee Chairwoman Kathy Thompson said in a statement. “This year, the Home Committee wanted to support such a great, local goal for Medfield kids.”
Though the Home Committee provided the bulk of the money raised, the foundation was able to garner about $1,000 from other community donations, Peterson said. Those who wish to contribute to the drive may do so at the foundation’s website, www.medfieldfoundation.org, or by mailing checks to the group, care of the Medfield Town House.
The Medfield Foundation itself, Peterson said, grew out of a desire to bolster private philanthropy in town. Under its aegis, there have been efforts to provide a new football field for the high school and build an outdoor classroom for the Dale Street School, among other projects.