Monthly Archives: November 2018




Dear Board of Selectmen,

As your Area Agency on Aging and Aging Services Access Point I wanted to share HESSCO’s latest reports. Attached please find the 2018 Annual Report for HESSCO and a Medfield-specific Community Impact Statement. We are making a new effort to ensure that our community leaders are aware of our efforts within their town. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or comments.


Sheryl Leary

Director of Planning and Community Development

One Merchant Street
Sharon, MA 02067
781-784-4944 (TTY)
Fax: 781-784-4922

FISCAL YEAR 2018 COMMUNITY IMPACT STATEMENT TOWN OF MEDFIELD – ALL SERVICES Sources: HESSCO Agency Summary Report; 2018 Client Satisfaction Survey of Case Management 98 Visits Assessing needs and coordinating services in Medfield in Fiscal Year 2018 4,408 Hours Homemaker, Chore, Personal Care or Companion Services provided to Medfield residents in Fiscal Year 2018 $179,394 Cost of all services provided to Medfield residents in Fiscal Year 2018 97% HESSCO survey respondents who say that the Care Management Staff involves them in discussing and planning for services 96% HESSCO survey respondents who say that their situation has improved because of the services their Care Manager has arranged Keeping the Consumer at the Center of All Care What do HESSCO Consumers say about our services… “I'm very impressed with (Care Manager) in the way she looks out for my well being. She looks ahead to determine future needs I may need or require. She has a willingness to listen and discern.” “HESSCO care with the guidance of (Care Manager) has absolutely changed the quality of my mother's life. The excellent care she receives in services is outstanding. Everyone is so professional and kind. They treat her and our family like their own family!! Thank you so much HESSCO and (Care Manager)!” “Great Team!” 9,758 Meals Provided to Medfield residents in Fiscal Year 2018

Care 1,562 Seniors Received 327,251 Hours of Homemaker, Chore, Personal Care or Companion Services Hot Meals provided to homebound or isolated seniors in the community Visits Made to assess care needs and coordinate services 162,988 3,146 Support 781 Volunteers gave 40,226 Hours of Service Calls came into HESSCO for information and to connect to services 5,295 Solutions SHINE Counselors had 3,779 Contacts with Seniors and spent 3,103 hours providing health insurance counseling HESSCO protective services responded to 606 reports of abuse and neglect 2018 Annual Report REVENUES EXPENDITURES Total Revenues $14,756,668 Total Expenditures $14,358,593 Contracted Client Services $7,998,935 State Contracts $11,548,674 Federal Contracts $540,207 Private Contracts $2,040,484 Client Fees and Donations $460,099 Fundraising $148,518 Other Revenue $18,686 Client Related Program Costs $4,082,735 Nutrition & Subgrants $1,218,683 Administration $1,058,240 One Merchant Street Sharon, MA 02067 Phone: 781-784-4944 V/TTY Email: Website: HESSCO is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization funded in whole or in part by contracts with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs and the US Administration on Community Living. HESSCO Mission and Board of Directors As the Aging Services Access Point (ASAP) and Area Agency on Aging (AAA), HESSCO’s mission is to provide South Norfolk County elders, caregivers and individuals with disabilities the opportunity to live life with dignity, independence, self-determination, and to achieve the highest possible quality of life. DONORS: David Adams Kelly Andre Anonymous Beverly Barbell Norma Barr Robert Barry Carolyn Baxter Linda Beaulieu Karen Becker Martin Becker Tina & Bill Belanger Marilyn Benjamin Ellen & Michael Bergeron Judith Black George Blumental Bridget Boles Anthony Bowser Lois Brown Al Bugeau Mitchell Burek Eunice & John Cadorette Cynthia Cheek Bo Clark Mary Ellen & Warren Cobb Susan & Leonard Conlin Susan & Bruce Creditor Lois & Philip Czachorowski Vera Dashkevich Mary & Dan Davis Jayne & William Davis Marcia & Richard Defanti Timothy Dineen Janice Dolan Richard Donovan Dennis Donovan Tom Driscoll James Duggan John Feist Sandra & Samuel Fish Sharon Fishbein Dennis Flaherty Bill Flemming Elvin Fowell Merle Franke Sharon Gallagher Chandra Ganapathy Constance Geiger Sheila Pallay & Herbert Glickman Gloria Greenfield Joanne Grossman Whit Hall Anne Heller Eunice Hildebrandt Gunta Hirsch J. Chuck Hrenchuk Vicky Hunt Marjorie Huse Dana Hyland John Jamieson Judy John Madhav Kacker Lakshimi Kailasam Frances Kenney Jerilyn & Joseph King Richard King Phyllis Kivi Bonnie & Laurence Klane Joan Klaus Karen & Dennis Kraez Enid Kublin Resa Kuhne Alice Kumer Linda Lacke Sheryl Leary Arkady Leon Rosamond & George Leonard Christopher Leong Gloria Lind Roy Lockhart Janet & Paul Logan Valerie Lomus George & Lyne Loomis Barbara Lund Lauren Lynch Eileen & Richard Mackey William Macphee Kathryn Maguire Elia Marganella Nancy & John Martin Mary Jean McDermott Marsha Medalie Lisa Meomartino Paul Meskonis Mary Ellen Morency R & S Nachowitz Diane Needle Maura Neely Maria & James Neville David Norton Susan & Howard Novick Lorraine Nye Anne & G. Russell Nykvist Elinor & Norman Ober Loretta O’Brien, JD Maureen Osolnik Heidi Fieldstone & Howard Ostroff Daniel Paolino Beverly Perkins Asnah Perlman Robert Pierson Dorothy & Robert Pike Kathleen Powell Florence Preisler James Quinn Marjorie Readdy- Sullivan Marie & Dennis Ross Elissa Royal Wendie Salisbury Paul Samuels Eileen Morgan & Alfred Sanders Richard Schantz Heather Scott-Wisehart Mary Shea Brian Shea Linda & John Sheehan Kathleen Sherbrooke Ann Marie Sheridan Liz & Dick Shiers Brian Silver Delores Somerville Barbara Stavros-Lynch Steven Steckel Deborah Terry Alexandra Tingus Andrea & William Traut Paula Trieger Russel L. Tupper, II Susan & Jim Warram Nat Weiner Gail White Annette White Donald Wightman Elaine Winer Ann Wood John Young Jane & Richard Zoppo IN HONOR OF: Steve & Lauren Adams Lenora Culley Margaret C. Duggan Margaret Marder Peggy McDonough Norwood Meals on Wheels Norman Ober Peg & Dick Patty Pomerleau’s 40 years with HESSCO Judy Rice Renee and Stuart Rotman Jane Shea The Generous Staff at HESSCO Westwood Meals on Wheels Volunteers IN MEMORY OF: Ralph Baker Sr Ellen Cobb Aldo D’Angelo Jackie Grosser Bruno Hirsch Rose Hrenchuk Barbara Hyland Vijai Kacker Donald King Bill Kivi Arnold Kublin Richard Lind, Sr. Ruthie O’Callaghan Howard Pierson Lillian Samuels Barbara Soares Helen Stavros Anita Sullivan Evelyn Thompson Herb and Micki Tobin CORPORATE DONORS: 2Sisters Senior Care Advisors Abbott Care Accelerated Performance Rehabilitation Amada Senior Care Anodyne Corporation Associated Home Care, Inc. Brigham & Women’s Mass General Health Care Center Bank of Canton Bateman Senior Meals BAYADA Home Health Care Be Safer at Home Best of Care Brian F. Mahoney, Attorney at Law Bridges by Epoch at Westwood Brightview Canton Central Auto Team CertainTeed Roofing Products Group Charles D. Sheehy, Inc. Charlwell House Charm Medical Supply Community Rehab Care Community VNA Cornerstone at Canton Cornerstone at Milford Dedham Institute for Savings Deutsches Altenheim Douglas A. King Builders, Inc. Ellis Nursing & Rehab Center Emerson Auto Service Corp Foxboro Lions Club Friendly Care, Inc. Friends of Foxboro Seniors Gillooly Funeral Home Greater Boston Home Health Care Hellenic Nursing & Rehab Center Hockomock Area YMCA Home Healthsmith Home Instead Senior Care Hope Health Insurance Advice & Advocacy for Seniors Julia Ruth House Koopman Lumber & Hardware Maples Rehabilitation & Nursing Center Medical Resources Home Health Members Plus Credit Union Middlesex Savings Bank Natale Company & Safety Care Needham Bank New Outlook Homecare Next Monitoring Inc. Norfolk Lions Club Norwood Bank Norwood Hospital Norwood Hospital Medical Staff Old Colony Hospice & Palliative Care Optimal Home Health Orangetheory Fitness - Walpole Original Congregational Church of Wrentham O’Sullivan & Connolly P.C. Pawtucket Credit Union Philips Lifeline Pipefitters Union 537 Plan of Mass & Rhode Island Pond Home QRGA, LLP Certified Public Accountants Rea-Craft Press, Inc. Rehabilitation Associates Right at Home Boston Southwest Rockland Trust Rotary Club of Foxboro Rubin, Hay & Gould Salmon VNA & Hospice Samuel, Sayward & Baler LLC Scituate Boat Works Senior Aerospace Metal Bellows Senior Whole Health Sharon Credit Union Steward Homecare & Hospice Sunrise Senior Living The Arbors at Stoughton The Branches at North Attleboro The Dedham Exchange The Doolittle Home The Julia Ruth House United Church in Walpole Vision Care Specialists Walpole Co-operative Bank Wegman’s Supermarket Company Whitney Place at Sharon Windrose at Weymouth Wingate at Norton Wingate at Sharon Wingate Residences at Boylston Place Wingate Residences at Needham Wingate Residences at Norton Wingate Residences at Weston Wizard Computer Services Zalkin Law Firm GRANTS/TRUSTS: Community Health Network Area 7 Fidelity Charitable Grant Joan Gallivan Fund Katharine C. Pierce Trust T/U/W Mansfield Bank Charitable Foundation Metrowest Health Foundation, Inc National Association of Nutrition & Aging Services Programs The Saint-Gobain Corporation Foundation Washington Trust Co Charitable Fund BOARD OF DIRECTORS Maria Neville, President Valerie Comes,Vice-President Jamie Brenner Gutner, Treasurer Helen M. Rice, Clerk Paul Bergeron Gerald Calhoun Jeanne Callahan-Lydon Debra Connolly ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS Paul Bergeron, Chairperson and Board Liaison Paul Dumas,Vice-Chairperson Rebecca Annis Emily Conrad Paul Dumas Pat Gavin Kathryn Maguire James Fitzpatrick Caitlin Gibbs Doris Ann Gladstone Anne S. Heller Vicky Hunt Julia Irvine Frances Kenney Linda Connor Lacke Betty Lethin Marybeth Lynch James Pellegrine Cindy Peterson Maryann Sadowski Sandra Tocman Every gift is appreciated. If you made a donation between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018 and your name is not listed, please accept our apology and let us know. Member of the Metrowest Aging and Disability Resource Consortium (ADRC) Fran Padula Lyssa Phillips James Timilty Senator Walter Timilty Cindy Wilson201130-HESSCO Annual Report 2018_Page_2


Warrant Committee appointments

November 20, 2018 Carol Mayer, Town Clerk Town of Medfield Medfield MA 02052 Re: Appointments to the Warrant Committee Dear Ms. Mayer: I am very pleased to confirm the following appointments  Robert Sliney to the Warrant Committee of the Town of Medfield. Bob will succeed Thomas Marie for a term expiring in 2021.  Amanda Hall to the Warrant Committee of the Town of Medfield. Amanda will succeed Abby Marble for a term expiring in 2019.  Kristine Barton to the Warrant Committee of the Town of Medfield. Kristine will succeed Thomas Mulvoy for a term expiring in 2019. The following represents the current composition of our committee as it prepares to address the laws, business, and policies of the town: Amanda Hall of 305 North Street [term expires 2019] Kristine Barton of 3 Jefferson Way [term expires 2019] Joanna Hilvert of 14 Pueblo Road [term expires 2019] Jeremy Marsette of 62 Colonial Road [term expires 2020] Sharon Kingsley Tatro of 12 West Street [term expires 2020] Michael E. Pastore of 6 Liberty Road [term expires 2020] John E. (Jack) Wolfe of 17 Harding Street [term expires 2021] Newton H. Thompson of 5 Evergreen Way [term expires 2021] Robert Sliney of 6 Overfield Drive [term expires 2021] On behalf of the town, I thank Tom Marie, Abby Marble, and Tom Mulvoy for their excellent service and deep commitment to Medfield. As always, thank you for your consideration. Very truly yours, Scott F. McDermott Scott F. McDermott cc: Town Administrator Board of Selectman Warrant Committee TOWN OF MEDFIELD Scott F. McDermott Town Moderator

School Committee office hours tomorrow

Email today from Anna Mae O’Shea Brooke –

wheelock school

Could you pretty please post that School Committee has Office Hours tomorrow (11/30) from 9-10am at Wheelock.  Here is the whole schedule:


2018-2019 School Committee Office Hours


Month Date Time Location
September Fri. 9/28 9-10am Memorial
October Thurs. 10/25 7-8pm Blake
November Fri. 11/30 9-10am Wheelock
December Fri. 12/14 9-10am Dale St
January Thurs. 1/31 7-8pm MHS
February Fri. 2/8 9-10am Memorial
March Thurs. 3/7 7-8pm MHS
April Fri. 4/5 9-10am Wheelock
May Thurs. 5/9 7-8pm Blake
June Fri 6/7 9-10am Dale St


Many thanks!!

Anna Mae

Revised agenda for tonight

NB – Additions are in red type.


Board of Selectmen

Agenda  November 27, 2018


6:00 PM  Declare meeting open


6:00 PM  Vote to go into Executive Session:  Exemption #2:  To conduct strategy session in preparation for negotiations with nonunion personnel:  discussion of Town Administrator contract for new Town Administrator Kristine Trierweiler


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


Announcement:  Medfield Lions Christmas Tree Sale; Colleen Sullivan to speak

Planning Board Public Hearing on Monday December 3 at 8:05 PM, Town Hall regarding proposed upper

Spring Street Overlay District and the rezoning of three parcels near Peter Kristof Way



7:00 PM  Public Hearing – Annual Tax Classification

Board of Assessors will provide relevant information regarding Medfield’s property

tax rate.  Vote to approve the residential factor


7:15 PM  Developer Robert Borelli to present relevant information to the Board of Selectmen

regarding application for the proposed affordable housing project at 96 Adams

Street, a LIP project


7:45 PM  Resident Eve Potts to present update on Plastic Bag Reduction Initiative


Citizen Comment


Action Items

Selectmen are requested to vote to sign letter to Board of Assessors regarding their release of excess

Overlay Funds


Zoning Board of Appeals requests the Selectmen accept resignation of Charles Peck as a full member

and appoint him as an Associate Member and vote to appoint William McNiff and Michael Whitcher as

members of the ZBA


Director of Public Works Maurice Goulet requests Selectmen vote to sign following contracts:

    .  Padula Bros., Inc. Lancaster, MA in the amount of $72,289.25 to purchase John Deere Tractor

(capital item)

    .  Tri-County Contractors Supply, Inc. West Springfield, MA in the amount of $61,125.00 for the

purchase of a flail attachment system to be used with the John Deere tractor

.  Environmental Partners Group, Quincy, MA for consulting services regarding unaccounted for water

assessment; fee amount not to exceed $43,100.00

    .  Environmental Partners Group, Quincy, MA for consulting services regarding water test pilot report;

fee amount not to exceed $19,260.00

.  Design Consultants, Inc. Somerville, MA for storm water management; fee not to exceed $20,000

(contractor assists the Town for compliance with our storm water permit)


Selectmen are requested to vote to sign Verizon and Eversource Agreements pertaining to Street Light

Pole attachment


Board of Selectmen are requested to vote to sign Agreement with Medfield Permanent Firefighters

Union regarding vacation accrual


Selectmen are requested to vote to approve and to sign Town Administrator contract with Kristine



Discussion Items

Continued discussion regarding Town Wide Master Plan; vote to adopt charter and appoint initial


Continued discussion regarding future space needs for Council on Aging and Parks and Recreation

Discussion of October 29, 2018 Special Town Meeting

Discuss draft municipal comment letter regarding proposed development, The Rosebay at Medfield

Discuss January 2019 Selectmen meeting schedule

Discussion regarding Pleasant Court water


Licenses and Permits (Consent Agenda)

MEMO requests the Selectmen vote to grant a parade permit for the Christmas Parade to be held

Saturday December 8, 2018.  Selectmen are cordially invited to participate in the December 7 Tree

Lighting festivities and the Parade


Medfield Lions Club request permission to post signs promoting Christmas Tree sales at their new

location, American Legion Parking Lot (formal vote)


Town Administrator Update

Discuss Meals Tax distribution


Acceptance / and or Correction of Meeting Minutes for October 2 and 30, 2018


Review Board of Selectmen Action List


Selectmen Report



MAPC extends invitation to their November 30 breakfast meeting; discussion the future of the region

Notice from ZBA regarding Public Hearing Thursday December 13, 7PM regarding 41 Dale Street project

Planning Board hearing Monday January 7, 2019 8:05PM regarding proposed amendments to Zoning Bylaws

COMCAST announces TV Channel updates and price changes

Verizon announces FIOS TV programming change









Plan to address our lack of a commercial tax base

I just responded to a great comment from Nic Scalfarotto, and since my general sense is that such comments and my replies are not likely seem by many, and sense Nic raised a big issue, I thought I would post both his comment and my reply here so more can see them.

Nic, I added a little more on as well.


Nic Scalfarotto

User Info

Accepting that developing differential tax rates would not provide benefit to home owners because there is a small industrial base, a plan to address the lack of such a base needs to be developed and communicated to residents.


Plan to address our lack of a commercial tax base

As a new selectman, my first search was for businesses that wanted to locate in town, and when that did not seem a likely result, I have turned to having a town policy of building housing that is revenue positive to the town.

We know that people want to live in town, but mainly not build businesses here. The can make tax money and reduce our current residents’ taxes by building the kind of housing that is more profitable, such as Old Village Square (42 units paying over $600K/year in taxes, with one school child the last time I heard) or the two Larkin brothers projects (Glover Place off North Street and Chapel Hill on Hospital Road, again, both with few school children).

See the analysis that Kathy McCabe, the consultant to the Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee, did of the potential taxes to the town from leasing the lot 3 land the town owns on Ice House Road to build 42 units of senior housing versus leasing to a commercial facility, and the town netted either more than double or more that triple the taxes from the residential use over the sports complex, depending on whether the  housing was either 100% or 25% affordable, respectively.  Those results were summarized in Steve Nolan’s 1/2/2018 memo to the Board of Selectmen available here –20180102-SN-Memo to MSHMPC re HinkleyIce House Road v2 – final sent to BoS and inserted below as well.

I think that many of the friendly 40B projects that we are currently allowing in order to be in safe harbor, will be revenue positive. Statistically, we are told that we will likely average about 1.5 school children per in single family houses, while we will likely average 0.15 school children per unit in multifamily housing. So multifamily housing may well be revenue positive for the town, even if not age restricted.

Additionally, the town is already mainly single family homes, so we really do not need any more single family homes options, while we do not have a sufficient variety of other housing opportunities for residents, especially for seniors. Current proposals in the pipeline will assist at filling in that gap:
8 units on North Street (two developments)
36 units on Dale Street
16 units on Adams Street, age restricted
42 units at the Rosebay, age restricted
56 units (from memory) at The Legion site

However, such diversification of the tax base can only accomplish so much with respect to reducing our individual tax bills. The other issue with which we need to deal is the town’s willing to spend, witness our vote at the last annual town meeting (ATM) to increase our tax bills by about 10%, over the objections of the Board of Selectmen and the Warrant Committee.


MEMORANDUM TO: Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee FROM: Stephen M. Nolan, Chair Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee RE: Hinkley Property and Lot 3, Ice House Road DATE: January 2, 2018 The original charge from the Board of Selectmen to the Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee (the "Committee") included Lot 3 on Ice House Road (“Lot 3”) and the adjacent Hinkley property (the “Hinkley Property”). It was our understanding that we were to take a fresh look at Lot 3 and the Hinkley Property in order to decide the most appropriate use for each parcel and how they might best be coordinated with the re-use plan for the Medfield State Hospital (“MSH”) core campus. It has since become clear that at least one of member of the Board of Selectmen believes that the best use for Lot 3 is an indoor sports facility, so that preference should be accommodated if possible in our final plan. A. Possible Uses of Lot 3 and the Hinkley Property. The consensus that has emerged from our public sessions, our meetings with the Council on Aging and the Senior Housing Study Committee and Committee deliberations is that the most desirable use for Lot 3 and the Hinkley Property is senior housing. The principal reasons for this are twofold: access to The Center and the possibility that a senior housing development could happen on a more expedited basis than the re-development of the MSH core campus because infrastructure is more readily available and the properties could be disposed of on an expedited track. The Council on Aging has expressed potential willingness to cede a small portion of the land at the corner of The Center adjacent to the Hinkley Property for purposes of enhancing the development potential of the Hinkley Property. The possible use of Lot 3 as an indoor sports facility on the other hand would respect a past Town Meeting vote to devote Lot 3 to an indoor sports facility and would increase the commercial tax base of the Town. On the latter point, our consultant, Kathy McCabe, did some research on the likely tax revenue from such a facility. Since the developable area of Lot 3 is only approximately 4.8 acres, the lot cannot support a large facility. Based on a survey of indoor sports facilities in MetroWest, it appears that a site of approximately 5 acres can likely support a facility of 100,000 square feet or less. The Forekicks facility in Norfolk is approximately 83,000 square feet and has a tax valuation of $5,000,000. Using that valuation as a basis for comparison, a 100,000 square foot facility would have a valuation of approximately $6,000,000, which would produce annual tax revenue of approximately $100,000. Kathy McCabe estimates that a 100% affordable senior rental housing project with 42 units would produce annual tax revenue of approximately $240,000 and the same project with only 25% of the units affordable (which would still qualify as 42 affordable units on DHCD’s Subsidized Housing Inventory) would produce annual tax revenue of approximately $320,000. So the revenue to the Town from a senior housing project would likely be significantly greater than the tax revenue of an indoor sports complex. This revenue must be off-set, however, by municipal expenses, which for 42 units of housing would be approximately $108,000 (assuming no school children). We have not been able to quantify the additional municipal services (traffic control, emergency services, road maintenance, snow-plowing) from a sports facility, but they should be factored into the cost-benefit analysis at some point. Even ignoring those costs, the net impact of a 100% affordable senior rental project would be at least $30,000 greater than an indoor sports facility while a 25% affordable senior rental project would be at least $110,000 more favorable to the Town budget than an indoor sports complex. Other possible impacts to be considered include traffic. Our consultant has advised that a sports facility on Lot 3 would create considerably greater traffic and possible over-flow parking than a 42-unit senior rental housing project, which could negatively impact The Center and a possible senior-appropriate homeownership development at the Hinkley Property. For example, parking at Forekicks in Norfolk requires about 1.7 acres, roughly equivalent to the size of the facility itself. Ingress and egress to and from the Norfolk Forekicks parking lots is a very serious problem during change-over times when cars are both entering and exiting the facility. In inclement weather conditions with snow and ice the traffic impacts are even worse. One other factor to be considered in deciding the possible use of Lot 3 is the Town’s disposition process. The difficulty in disposing of Lot 3 for a sports facility is that the Kingsbury Club has a provision in its lease that prohibits the Town from allowing a sports facility at Lot 3 without the consent of the Kingsbury Club. The Kingsbury Club has announced its interest in developing a sports facility on Lot 3, which suggests that the Kingsbury Club might use its consent right to thwart other possible developers interested in developing Lot 3 for a recreational facility. This needs to be factored into any possible disposition strategy for Lot 3. B. Rezoning. Lot 3 is already zoned to permit an indoor sports facility. The proposed overlay zoning being considered by the Committee would allow the development of both parcels for housing. The disposition process, described below, would need to control the use of each parcel. By using an overlay district, the underlying zoning of Lot 3 can be left intact, thus allowing for either housing or an indoor sports facility on Lot 3, depending on the Town’s preferences. If Lot 3 and the Hinkley Property are zoned for as-of-right housing under the Committee’s overlay zoning, a developer could start the development process as soon as disposition were completed, avoiding the process for obtaining a comprehensive permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals, a process that can be time-consuming and expensive. We should consider whether to exempt the houses on the Hinkley Property from the Town’s inclusionary housing bylaw in order to allow more flexibility in providing as many dwellings as possible at a moderate (although not 40B compliant) price-point. We should also consider including duplexes, at least for the moderately-priced units, in order to further reduce prices. C. Potential Disposition Process and Timing. The disposition process for Lot 3 and the Hinkley Property should be handled by either the Affordable Housing Trust or the Affordable Housing Committee if they are to be developed as housing or, in the case of Lot 3, by another committee, such as the Economic Development Committee, if it is to be developed as an indoor sports facility. The Selectmen should decide on the appropriate body to handle the dispositions so that they can be placed on the market as soon as possible to address the desire for senior housing. The Selectmen and the Affordable Housing Trust will also need to decide on whether to provide a subsidy to developers in order to encourage moderate sales prices on the homeownership units to be constructed at the Hinkley Property. That decision is a complicated one because the seniors who would likely purchase the units are not likely to qualify under any governmental program providing subsidies for affordable housing creation and the units would not qualify for the Subsidized Housing Inventory. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the price of new single-family homes, even those of smaller size and senior-appropriate design are likely to exceed $750,000. The Senior Study Committee has requested that homes be priced in the area of $400,000. Such a price-point would likely require a subsidy even beyond free land, so the Selectmen or the Affordable Housing Trust would need to decide to whether to provide an additional cash subsidy or allow developers to compete based on the number of units to be made available at the $400,000 price point. In other words, developers would bid not based on price, but rather on the number of units to be sold to seniors at $400,000. This would be a complicated disposition because some minimum specifications for the moderately-priced units would need to be incorporated, as would a local preference for those units. In addition, this decision must consider the equity and fairness in providing implicit or direct subsidies (through low or zero land values or cash subsidies) for one selected group -- such as senior citizens -- and not other worthy groups such as returning veterans or persons with physical or developmental disabilities. The selection of potential buyers of moderately-priced homes is also a matter that must be decided. Given that the Town would be providing a subsidy in the form of free land, questions will arise as to whether purchasers should be means tested or otherwise selected based on need. That is another issue that the Selectmen will need to resolve. Because Lot 3 and the Hinkley Property are not located at the MSH core campus and will have separate infrastructure needs, there appears to be no reason why the Town should not proceed to prepare a disposition RFP that would allow for selection of a preferred developer promptly after Special Town Meeting approval of the re-zoning. The 42-unit rental project on Lot 3, if initiated promptly, could help provide the Town with a two-year extension of the 40B safe harbor that is currently in effect.20180102-SN-Memo to MSHMPC re HinkleyIce House Road v2 - final sent to BoS_Page_220180102-SN-Memo to MSHMPC re HinkleyIce House Road v2 - final sent to BoS_Page_320180102-SN-Memo to MSHMPC re HinkleyIce House Road v2 - final sent to BoS_Page_4

Assessors tax classification hearing

The Board of Selectmen received the report below today from the Assessors for the tax classification hearing that will occur this evening as part of the select board meeting.  Towns in Massachusetts are permitted to charge the commercial and industrial taxpayers property taxes at a rate up to 50% higher than the residential rate (called a split tax rate), but Medfield never has.

Medfield’s reality is that because so little of our tax base is other than residential, even if we were to opt for the 50% higher tax rate on commercial and industrial properties, while the commercial and industrial properties taxes would go up by a lot (50%), the home owner would see little change – scant benefit to homeowners, while strong fiscal policy discouragement for any commercial/industrial uses.  For that reason Medfield has always kept a single tax rate.  See a PDF of the analysis here – 20181127-Assessors-tax classification hearing analysis

BOARD OF ASSESSORS Fiscal 2019 Classification Hearing Purpose The purpose of the classification hearing is for the Board of Selectmen to determine the allocation of the local property tax to be borne by the four classes of real property and personal property for Fiscal Year 2019. It is the responsibility of the Selectmen to adopt a residential factor. The residential factor is used to determine the percentage of the tax levy that is applied to each class of real and personal property. The Board of Assessors than applies these percentages to each property class (M.G.L. Chapter 40, section 56). It is the responsibility of the Assessors to provide the Selectmen with relevant information and to discuss the fiscal effects of possible alternatives. Tax Rate The tax rate is the tax levy divided by the town's taxable valuation. This is known as the Uniform Tax Rate. Under this rate each class of property pays a share of the tax levy equal to its share of the total town value. A. Residential Factor Adopting a residential factor of "1" will result in the taxation of all property at the same rate. However, the law allows the Commercial/Industrial/Personal Property, tax rate for the Town to be as high as 50% above the uniform ratei and the Residential/Open Space, R/O, to be as low as 65% of the uniform rate. B. Analysis of surrounding cities' and towns' FY18 tax rates: Town Res. Rate CIP Rate Residential% Dover 12.84 12.84 97.0783 Norfolk 18.62 18.62 92.2049 Millis 18.02 18.02 89.988 Sherborn 19.30 19.30 95.4188 Walpole 15.27 20.33 83.0286 Westwood 15.09 29.30 74.3145 Medfield 17.03 17.03 94.3434 C. History of differential tax rates in Medfield Historically Medfield has always maintained a single tax rate. Shifting the tax onto the Commercial, Industrial and Personal properties would create a tax burden for those properties, while the Residential properties would only benefit from a small savings. E. F. D. Tax Rate Scenarios Overall Scenario Commercial/Industrial/Personal Properties projected share of the tax levy: $2,621A38 Last Year's CIP share= $2,487,906 With a 10% shift With a 25% shift With a 50% shift $2,883,582 $3,276,798 $3,932,157 tax dollars would be paid by CIP tax dollars would be paid by CIP tax dollars would be paid by CIP Individual Scenario For a $600,000 home & commercial property based on an estimated tax rate of $17.87, Residential Commercial $600,000 $600,000 Single rate $10,722 $10,722 10% shift $10,660 $11,794 Difference ($62) +$1,072 25% shift $10,567 $13,403 Difference ($155) +$2,681 50% shift $10,412 $16,083 Difference ($310) +$5,361 Historical Commercial/ Industrial/ Personal Data: Year CIP% Tax Dollars Tax Le~ Tax Rate 2014 5.6966 $2,099,404 36,853,583 16.12 2015 5.4819 $2,100,312 38,320,353 16.04 2016 5.4950 $2,287,440 41,627,344 16.75 2017 5.4753 $2,339,247 42,723,595 16.89 2018 5.6566 $2,487,906 43,982,483 17.03 2019 5.4694 $2,621,438 47,928,863 17.87 Residential Category Single Family Averages Year SPA Value Tax$ 2014 569,600 9,182 2015 595,600 9,553 2016 615,600 10,311 2017 623,400 10,530 2018 634,700 10,809 2019 658,400 11,766 Please note: For purposes of this hearing the tax rate is an example only. The final rate will be determined after the Department of Revenue has approved the Tax Recap. I ~ ! ri I r20181127-Assessors-tax classification hearing analysis_Page_220181127-Assessors-tax classification hearing analysis_Page_3

Angel Run details

Important information for Sunday’s Angel Run
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The MFi Angel Run is this Sunday

Thank you to those who have already registered for the 2018 MFi Angel Run and for your support of the Medfield Foundation. And for those of you who haven’t, you can still register at the race this Sunday beginning at 11am.

This Sunday will mark the 13th anniversary of the Angel Run! Over 1,200 runners and walkers have already registered and will be lacing up their shoes and heading out on the course for one of Medfield’s most cherished events.

Here are a few details to help make sure you are ready for the big event.

  • The race starts at Medfield High School at 12:30pm.
  • Race shirts and bibs will be delivered to Medfield residents on Wednesday for those who signed up during early-bird registration. If you don’t receive your package by end of day Thursday, please email us at Be sure to look at your front door, side door or even in your mailbox before contacting us 🙂
  • If you live outside of Medfield, you can pick up your shirt and bib beginning at 11am on Sunday at the Registration desk in the Medfield High School Cafeteria. The high school is located at 88 South St, Medfield, MA 02052 or get directions here.
  • If you registered after early-bird registration, you can pick up your bib # (no shirt) at the registration desk starting at 11am on Sunday.
  • If you haven’t yet registered or have a friend who would like to participate, you can download the registration form and bring it with you on Sunday or fill one out in the Medfield High School Cafeteria. Registration opens at 11am. The cost per runner is $30 (no shirt is included). We take cash, checks (made out to Medfield Foundation) or credit cards if necessary.
  • A limited number of Angel Run shirts will be available for purchase for $15.00 in the cafeteria beginning at 11am.
  • The race ends at Blake Middle School around the back from the high school. There is a post-race party in the middle school cafeteria with tons of snacks and the awards ceremony which begins at 1:30pm. Be sure to stop in.
  • If you registered as a Competitive Runner or for the Sleigh Division, you will have special mark on your bib. The Sleigh Division will be in the first corral and start the race a few minutes before everyone else, followed a few minutes later by the Competitive Runner group. Both groups should be sure to be at the starting line before 12:30. Only those with the Competitive Runner or Sleigh Division marking will be allowed in this first groups.
  • Parking is available at both Medfield High School and Blake Middle School. There will be parking attendants on hand and please follow any parking directions. Overflow parking is available at Metacomet Park. We suggest arriving early to avoid the crowds.
Come Greet Santa

Santa will be arriving at approximately Noon courtesy of the Medfield Fire Department. Be sure to bring the kids and welcome Santa to the Angel Run.

Attention Parents of Medfield School Children

Friday is “Where Your Angel Run Shirt to School Day” at all Medfield schools. Be sure to have your child show their Angel Run spirit by wearing their shirt to school and seeing which of their friends will be participating.

We are still in need of volunteers willing to help out for the event. Do you have family that are planning to watch instead of participate? Their assistance could be very helpful. Open positions are listed on our Sign-up Genius site. And even if you are participating, we are looking for Bakers to provide some treats for the after party. Use the Sign-up Genius site to register as a Baker or donate other party items.
National Anthem

Congratulations to Maria Neafus, 15, who will sing the National Anthem at approximately 12:25pm next to the starting line. Maria is a sophomore at Medfield High School and enjoys acting and singing.

Bib Tag Timing
Your time will be automatic as the clock will start when you cross the starting line and stop when you cross the finish line. No more worrying about jockeying for position.

We ask that the Sleigh Division line up first, followed by the Competitive Runners, then casual runners behind that group, followed by walkers and families with strollers and or dogs. Be sure to look for the flags indicating where to line up for the start.

What about the Weather?

The Angel Run is a rain or shine event. If the weather is a bit unpleasant, we’ll still be doing the event. So dress appropriately and put on a smile.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please email us at
See you Sunday!
The Medfield Foundation Angel Run Team

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Volunteer Sunday for Angel Run


The Medfield Foundation Angel Run, which starts at 12:30 this Sunday, is the town’s most fun family friendly event.  The Angel Run is still in need of volunteers, so you and your family can still get in on the activities:

  • baked goods
  • donations for the party
  • party set up and clean up
  • parking
  • directing runners along the route

Don’t miss the Angel Run – sign up to volunteer, individually or with the family, at

The MFi Angel Run is a family fun run holiday themed 5K race, that entertains 1,500 participants, hnudreds of volunteers, and raises monies for Medfield families in need.

Today is the last day to register online to run, and day of race registration is also possible.



Election summary – 74% voted

From Eileen DeSorgher –

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  • There were 8,943 registered voters in Medfield on election day 11/6/18 and 6, 660 people voted.
  • 74% – Town of Medfield Voter turnout.


  • State Senator Paul Feeney-(D) beat Jacob Ventura– 59% to 36% and 5% “other”-(blanks and write in’s) in our local senate race.



  • 79% – State Representative Denise C. Garlick-R.N. (D).   Topped the ballot with the most votes in prec’s 1 and 2, and with the highest percentage of votes in the entire town of Medfield.
  • 75% – United State Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III – (D). Topped the ballot with the most votes in the entire town of Medfield.
  • 74.5% – Topped the ballot in prec’s 3 and 4 in Medfield and finished second in total votes in the town – Governor Charlie Baker (R).





  • Congressman Kennedy beat Governor Baker by 38 votes for the most votes in Medfield.  Congressman Kennedy topped the Governor in precincts 1 and 2 by 126 votes and Governor Baker edged out our Congressman in prec’s 3 and 4 by 88 votes.



  • U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren-(D), won 53% of the vote.
  • A.G. Maura Healey-(D), won 67%
  • Secretary of State Galvin-(D), won 68%
  • Treas. Deb. Goldberg-(D), won 61%
  • State Auditor Suzanne Bump-(D), won 67%



  • Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey-(D) 73%
  • Norfolk County Treasurer James Timilty-(D) 73%


Medfield voters and THE QUESTIONS:


  • #1- Nursing:   75% NO, 22% YES and 3%-other.
  • #2 Campaign Contributions: 68% YES, 28% NO and 2% other.
  • #3 Gender Identity:           69% YES, 28% NO and 3% other.




Here’s  the link to the election results at the town clerks site:


Eagle Scouts

This afternoon an Eagle Scout Court of Honor is being held at the UCC for Justin Plakias, Eric Plumb, Ian Gipson, and Caillian Sheehy.