Monthly Archives: August 2018

BoS on 9/4

Just got the back up materials for the Tuesday meeting – 20180904-materials

TOWN OF MEDFIELD MEETING NOTICE I POSTED: . TOWN CLERK 111_ ,,d at'1 1 u r,·1~ uF MEDFIELD. MASS. ZOi8 AtJG 30 P 3: lib POSTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF M.G.L. CHAPTER 39 SECTION 23A AS AMENDED. r.Jr· ·r·- ·1c· 'E OF THE . Board of Selectmen TOWN CLERK Board or Committee PLACE OF MEETING DAY, DA TE, AND TIME Town Hall, Chenery Meeting Room, 2nd floor Tuesday September 4, 2018@ 7:00 PM AGENDA (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) 7:00 PM Call to order Disclosure of video recording We want to take a moment of appreciation for our Troops serving in the Middle East and around the world Appointment Town Counsel Mark Cerel and Town Planner Sarah Raposa Discuss master plan update process Citizen Comment Action Items DPW Director Maurice Goulet requests the Selectmen vote to sign the following two contracts: Chadwick-Ba Ross, Inc., for the purchase of a Prinoth/Bomardier Model SW4S, total cost $161,406.00 MHQ, Inc. for the purchase of a 2019 Ford F250, cost $42,285.00 Vote to appoint Chris Kaldy to the Wildlife Management Committee Vote to accept Capital Budget Charter Pending Discussion of Board of Selectmen goals Medfield State Hospital MSH Master Planning Committee letter/Plan submitted to Board of Selectmen Special Town Meeting discussion Licenses and Permits (consent agenda) Neighborhood of Ledgetree Road request permission to hold their annual Block Party on Saturday September 15, 2018 4-9 PM Neighbors of Knollwood Road request permission to hold their annual Block Party on Saturday September 15, 2018 5:30-11:00 PM Acceptance and/or Correction of Meeting Minutes July 10, 2018 July 17, 2018 July 31, 2018 Town Administrator Update Selectmen To Do List Selectmen Report Informational COA proposed warrant article should there be a special town meeting Bike to the Beach for Autism charity bicycle ride September 1, 2018, starting on Elm St at 6:45 AM (no further action is required for this event) 2. C!J~(:;_ 8 - 30 - 10 ,__, c::;:. C) O.? -j •"f1 :.i-~°j~· ·:::> ··n c · :~E '(:-~ en Zr·1i w no 0 r-,, rn -o ;o-l ::l'::I: Vi rl1 .i.::- er c ~~ ~ i"'·~ ;;; ·~ :tr;·; ri·1 c O fT :2::'. rir·n r-c: Cl 3: }:>' (/) (/)20180904-agenda_Page_2

Fisher cat acting oddly


Odd behavior by Fisher Cat on Copperwood Road

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.

MSH MPC report released


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Photo by Phil Tuths

Email today from the Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee –

Medfield State Hospital Master Plan Committee Update

The Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee is pleased to announce the release of the Medfield State Hospital Strategic Reuse Master Plan for the State Hospital site after four years of intensive effort.



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The cover of the Medfield State Hospital Strategic Reuse Master Plan.


Preferred Master Plan Released

Residential, cultural, commercial, retail, and recreational uses are incorporated into the plan.  Key features include:

·         diverse housing types addressing needs for seniors, down-sizers, millennials, and affordability;

·         restoration and reuse of almost all of the existing buildings;

·         maximizing open space and vistas;

·         buildings and open area for a cultural hub; and

·         space designated for a recreational and athletic complex.

The plan balances the priorities and desires of the Community with the economic and financial objectives of minimal impacts on school and Town services, minimal effects on property tax rates, and the potential for profitable development from the investor’s perspective.

The Master Plan is available for your review on the Town’s website located at: Viewers are encouraged to read the four-page Executive Summary first.   A more detailed rationale and explanation of the plan is found in Chapter VIII, The Preferred Redevelopment Scenario (pages 85 – 122.)  A complete draft of the zoning by-law has also been prepared and can be read in the Appendix Document, Chapter 11, Draft Zoning By-law for Medfield State Hospital, (pages 137 – 175.)

See you at Medfield Day September 15, 2018!


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.

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Officer, MRPC Duty <>
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


Time: 12pm


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: 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, 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.


Attachments: None.


MRPC Duty Officer

Pager: (857)-239-0662

Email: (not monitored 24/7)

The Rosebay at Medfield

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

BoS on 8/21

This link goes to the agenda and backup materials 20180821-agenda&amp;materials

TOWN OF MEDFIELD MEETING NOTICE POSTED: TOWN CLERK ,-it:L-t.1 v c.u , uWn uf MEDFIELD. HASS l018 AUG 11 A II: 13 POSTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF M.G.L. CHAPTER 39 SECTION 23A AS AMENDED. OFFICE OF THE Board of Selectmen TOWN CLERK Board or Committee PLACE OF MEETING DAY, DA TE, AND TIME Town Hall, Warrant Committee Room 151 floor Tuesday August 21, 2018@ 6:00 PM Town Hall, Chenery Meeting Room, 2nct floor Tuesday August 21, 2018@ 7:00 PM AGENDA (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) 6:00 PM Executive Session with Conservation Commission for the purpose of discussing pending Litigation for LCB Executive Session at close of meeting for the purpose of discussing contract negotiations with non-union personnel and collective bargaining strategy for fire union 7:00 PM Call to order Disclosure of video recording Announcements: We want to take a moment of appreciation for our Troops serving in the Middle East and around the world Tuesday August 28, 2018 Retirement Celebration for Bob Meaney, 3-6 PM at the Public Safety Building Action Item Vote to sign contract for the replacement of the heating system at the Historical Society Building Vote to appoint Special Police Officers Thomas La Plante, Aldo D' Angelo, James Wackrow and as recommended by Interim Police Chief John Wilhelmi Vote to appoint Medfield State Hospital Development Committee Medfield State Hospital I Special Town Meeting Proposed Topics MSH RFI; Art Center and historic credits (Jean Mineo present for discussion); change Town Clerk to appointed position; accept local speed limits under MMA; senior housing overlay Licenses and Permits (consent agenda) Block Party Permits: Emerson Road Essex Road Kenney Road Martingale Lane Saturday Saturday Saturday Saturday September 15 4-8 PM (rain date 9/16 4-8PM) September 15 4-9 PM (rain date 9/22 4-9PM) September 15 3-8 PM (rain date 9/16 3-7PM) September 15 noon to 7PM Zelus Beer Company requests a one-day wine and malt beverage permit for Friday October 12, 2018 6-12 PM for Scary Movie Night to be held at Trustees property, Rocky Woods Hannah Adams Woman's Club request a one-day wine and malt beverage permit for wine tasting event at The Church of the Advent on Tuesday November 6, 2018 Discussion Item Continue discussion regarding September is Suicide Awareness month Senior Housing Survey Town Administrator position Capital Budget Committee Charter Informational Letter from Jerome McDermott, DCAMM Chief of Staff concerning matters at the hospital site, namely the access road; historic fill; laundry parcel Notice to Attorney General from the Planning Board regarding proposed Zoning By-Law Amendments relative to the Senior Housing Overlay; Public Hearing to be held September 10 at 8:05PM Copy of Medfield Conservation Commission Certificate of Compliance20180821-agenda_Page_2

Tilden expansion filed at DHCD


Tilden Village expansion – The Rosebay at Medfield

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:

Best,  Sarah

Sarah Raposa, AICP

Town Planner


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.”

Today = last day to register for the 9/4 primary


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!

Remember: you can register to vote online right here.

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!

Town House Phone System

Email from Kristine Trierweiler yesterday afternoon –

medfield town house

Phone system went down earlier today. IT dept has been working and it was determined a piece of Verizon equipment in the Town House has failed. Verizon will be on site at 8 AM Tuesday to try and resolve the issue. 

Kristine Trierweiler

Assistant Town Administrator
Town of Medfield

Medfield Press article on the Medfield Foundation Camp Fund

In case you have not seen the Medfield Press recently, Mike Gleason is one of the best reporters to ever cover the town.  He is journalist who understands the stories he covers and he gets the facts right.  It is truly refreshing to have a high quality journalist covering Medfield.  If you subscribe you can read his 2-3 bylines for $1 a week.


Fundraiser helps Medfield kids attend summer camp

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,, 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.

Mike Gleason can be reached at 508-316-2809 or For news throughout the day, follow him on Twitter@MGleason_MDN.