Monthly Archives: November 2018

Volunteer Sunday for Angel Run

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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

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904084eadaa2da20-volunteer3

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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MEDFIELD ELECTION HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 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).

 

 

MEDFIELD GENERAL ELECTION – TIDBITS :

 

  • 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:

http://www.town.medfield.net/DocumentCenter/View/2179/State-Elec-Nov-6-2018-results-pdf?bidId=

 

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.

BoS 11/27

Today I received these informational materials and the agenda for the Board of Selectmen meeting on November 27 – 20181127-agenda & materials

TOWN OF MEDFIELD MEETING NOTICE POSTED: i; ' ·~· ZOtil NUIJ 20 P 2: zq POSTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF M.G.L. CHAPTER 39 S~~f1?~ 2tj~ ffl('-MENDED. --~· r- '" ~' !"I ,...t R K "i 1,_Jf'!:~ .. J -- - ,. Board of Selectmen Board or Committee PLACE OF MEETING DAY, DATE, AND TIME Town Hall, Chenery Meeting Room, 2nd floor Tuesday November 27, 2018@ 7:00 PM 7:00 PM Call to order Disclosure of video recording AGENDA (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) We want to take a moment of appreciation for our Troops serving in the Middle East and around the world Announcement: Planning Board Public Hearing on Monday December 3 at 8:05PM, Town Hall regarding proposed Upper Spring Street Overlay District and the rezoning of three Parcels near Peter Kristof Way 7:00PM Public Hearing -Annual Tax Classification Board of Assessors will provide relevant information regarding Medfield's property tax rate 7:15PM Developer Robert Borelli to present relevant information to the Board of Selectmen regarding application for the proposed affordable housing project at 96 Adams Street, an LIP project 7:45PM 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 Overly Funds Zoning Board of Appeals requests 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 for 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 n not to exceed $19,260 • 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 Agreement 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 Trierweiler Discussion Items Continued discussion regarding Town Wide Master Plan; vote to adopt charter and appoint initial members 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 The Rosebay at Medfield development Discuss January 2019 Selectmen meeting schedule Licenses and Permits (Consent Agenda) MEMO requests the Selectmen vote to grant a parade permit for the annual Christmas Parade on 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 in the American Legion parking lot (formal vote) Town Administrator Update Discussion of Meals Tax distribution Acceptance/and or Correction of Meeting Minutes for October 2 and 30, 2018 Review Board of Selectmen Action List Selectmen Report Informational -- -· ~ --- ' ' -·:~1 ~: ~·-~ -·~~tr . , .,f~, rr-1 :-) c ;: Tl ;u-l :r.:;::C l"1"1 MAPC extends invitation to their November 30 breakfast meeting to discuss the future of the region ,_, "'' .......... C::l ~- = ,,,_ c ~c::. "'l'" '-· ~ ,•. -.r•-:-1 N f11~~-. OP- 0 -_...,.c--_- ~rr. TJ r-c- 0 r;-? 3: )> V.J (ft 0 (;!'> Notice from ZBA regarding public hearing Thursday December 13 at 7PM regarding 41 Dale Street project Planning Board hearing Monday January 7, 2019 8:05PM regarding proposed amendments to the Zoning By-laws COMCAST announces TV Channel Updates and price changes Verizon announces Fios TV Programming change Z&cJL ! l ~ ?,-0 -  S' I r20181127-agenda_Page_2

New Life Thanksgiving video

From Susan Maritan –

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New Life Furniture Bank of MA is celebrating five years of changing lives for individuals and families in transition, specifically, those coming out of homelessness, those escaping domestic abuse, victims of fires and floods, and veterans. With donors’ help they provide, at no cost to the individuals, high-quality, gently-used household essentials and furniture, including beds for all family members.

Their Changing Lives campaign began this month with the goal of raising $100,000 by year-end to support their growth, specifically: serving more client households, renting more warehouse space, purchasing more mattress sets, purchasing a new box truck, and hiring full- and part-time staff.

 

Below is a clever video they produced showing happy faces of clients. Would you please share this link with your community, many of whom are donors and might appreciate seeing actual video messages from New Life clients.

 

Thank You and Happy Thanksgiving,

New Life Furniture Bank of MA

 

www.newlifefb.org/changinglives

 

Current draft of town response

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This email yesterday from Sarah Raposa, Town Planner about the town’s draft letter to Department of Housing and Community Development about the Rosebay project –

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TOWN OF MEDFIELD
Office of

BOARD OF SELECTMEN

TOWN HOUSE, 459 MAIN STREET

MEDFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS 02052-0315

 

November 27, 2018

 

Catherine Racer, Associate Director

Division of Housing and Development

Department of Housing and Community Development

100 Cambridge Street, Suite 300

Boston, Massachusetts 02114

 

RE:      Chapter 40B Comprehensive Permit

Project Name: The Rosebay at Medfield
Location: 30 Pound Street, Medfield, MA, 02502
Number of Units: 45 Units (45 affordable)
Subsidizing Agency: DHCD
Applicant: Newgate Housing LLC

 

Dear Ms. Racer,

 

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the Project Eligibility Application under the Chapter 40B program, for a proposed Low Income Housing Tax Credit (“LIHTC”) development.  The Rosebay at Medfield, a 45-unit senior housing rental development proposed by Newgate Housing LLC contains 37 one-bedroom units and 8 two-bedroom units as well as programming space for elder services. The project site, which is currently in partial use as a Medfield Housing Authority senior housing property (“Tilden Village”), which currently contains 60 units within six two-story buildings and is served by existing municipal infrastructure. As Tilden Village is not served by elevators and none of the upper-story units are accessible, and as the proposed development includes programming space for elder services, it is logical to locate new senior housing on the undeveloped two-acre portion of the site; particularly as there is very limited available land in Medfield that is served by public water and sewer – including most undeveloped Town-owned land and the former Medfield State Hospital Site; thereby presenting significant challenges to the provision of affordable housing on other Town-owned sites. In order to increase both the supply of affordable senior rental housing, and also handicap accessible housing, as well as to provide a modest number of two-bedroom units to accommodate households with authorized home care workers, and the inclusion of space for elder services, the site at 30 Pound Street is ideal given its proximate location to the Town Center, existing senior housing, and local services.

 

The Medfield Board of Selectmen has reviewed the application and is in support of the concept to construct affordable senior housing on this site; but has some reservations about the design and potential traffic impacts of the proposed building. Having recently completed a Housing Production Plan which underscored the need for more diverse housing units in terms of unit size, tenure, and cost, the Plan specifically identified both Tilden Village and the Town Center as a target area for affordable housing. The Town-led effort to allow further development at Tilden Village has been a partnership between the Board of the Selectmen, the Medfield Affordable Housing Trust, and the Medfield Housing Authority to develop and issue and RFP for this site, and then to select the most responsible proposer [Newgate LLC].  The applicant has worked with the Town to develop a development program to create additional senior housing. The building, which has not yet undergone local permitting, has generated concern from neighboring residents and within the Town government. Although the applicant states that much of the design issues could be worked out during the Zoning Board of Appeals (“ZBA”) process, the Town would prefer the applicant to revise their design program prior to appearing before the ZBA as incomplete applications could potentially undermine concerted efforts on the Town’s part to make the plan review process as transparent as possible. The applicant’s permitting strategy to wait until after the commencement of a hearing at the ZBA could damage newly formed public trust and could lead to confusion and the spread of misinformation, which could be detrimental to an already sensitive proposal for much needed housing and add considerable time and acrimony to the process. Due to these factors, the Board of Selectmen may opt not to support this project unless the applicant changes approach and becomes more responsive to community concerns regarding design and traffic impacts, and consequently, they may recommend that the Zoning Board of Appeals deny this project, as is their right due to the Town’s position in Safe Harbor.

 

In addition to the Town’s efforts to improve public perception regarding affordable housing, the Town has made significant strides to increase the actual production of affordable housing opportunities within the Town. Since the completion of the Housing Production Plan, the Town has authorized the formation of an Affordable Housing Trust (“Trust”), passed a $1m bond to capitalize the Trust, and adopted an aggressive Inclusionary Zoning Bylaw at Annual Town Meeting in 2017. The Town has been involved in further planning efforts including the Trust’s completion of a Five-Year Action Plan and Strategy and a Master Plan for the State Hospital site, which features provisions for affordable housing opportunities. Since the adoption of the Housing Production Plan, the Town has met their targets to reach Safe Harbor by approving the following developments: Cushman House at 67 North Street (rental, 8 units, 2 affordable), 71 North Street (rental, 8 apartments, 2 affordable), Chapel Hill Landing (ownership, 49 units, 13 affordable), Hillside Village (rental, 16 apartments, 4 affordable), and is currently reviewing Medfield Green at 41 Dale Street (mixed tenure, 36 units, 27 SHI eligible units).

 

The Medfield Planning Board took the opportunity to comment on the proposal early in concept at their August 28, 2017 meeting and again at their September 17, 2018 meeting. The Planning Board is concerned about the design of the building; in particular with respect to the roofline and the massing. Although the school complex is a large institutional building, Tilden Village consists of modest two-story structures and the surrounding neighborhood contains single family homes. The Planning Board is concerned that the proposed building is not in keeping with the architectural vernacular of the area and would like to see more effort to appropriately mass the building so as to minimize impacts on neighboring properties.  Medfield’s local design standards discourage long unbroken facades, and they should be avoided and broken up with recesses and projections, changes in materials, and complimentary landscaping; although these standards are not applicable to a development pursuant to Chapter 40B, they do offer insight as to what the Town might consider appropriate design. The Planning Board also requested a traffic report and recommended the Zoning Board of Appeals consider obtaining technical assistance for the design review of the proposed building.

 

A site visit with DHCD was conducted on November 6, 2018. During the site visit, the following issues were discussed:

 

  • Identification of project in Housing Production Plan
  • Services and amenities offered and available in the community near the project site
  • Amount of affordable family housing available in Medfield
  • Level of support from the Town and residents
  • Comments related to the school, such as retention of an existing path
  • Minimum age restriction (55 versus 62)
  • Bedroom counts; necessity for two-bedroom units
  • Height, bulk, massing and architectural context
  • Lockbox gate in rear
  • Absence of wetlands or natural heritage areas

 

Following the site visit, Town Officials have submitted the following comments:

 

TOWN ADMINISTRATOR

The Town Administrator is not supportive of this proposal. The Town Administrator believes that the proposed neighborhood has faced a lot of recent development, including the 2005 renovation of the Middle and High Schools (originally constructed in 1961), a recent multifamily conversion resulting in the preservation of the historic Cushman House and resulting in 8 units including two affordable handicap accessible units, and a proposed adjacent multifamily project, also resulting in an increase of 8 units including two affordable units for a total of 16 units within a half mile radius of the project site. Further, Pound Street is currently used as a commuter cut through which would be impacted by this project. The Town Administrator would prefer to focus development at the Former State Hospital Site.

 

BOARD OF HEALTH

Due to the project site’s location within the Aquifer Protection Zone [which covers much of the Town], the applicant is requested to infiltrate, at a minimum, the first one-inch of run-off from the site entire site, and that run off from impervious surfaces be treated to the highest regulatory standard prior to infiltration. The Board of Health believes this will help ensure that the Town can maintain a clean and adequate supply of drinking water to its citizens, including those who reside and/or work at this project site.

 

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS

Although the Department of Public Works (DPW) anticipates that all drainage, water, and sewer utilities will be shown on future plans as the project progresses, there are still some concerns about other missing elements. The current plans do not address snow removal for the planned development. It is unclear if there will there be snow storage areas dedicated for winter operations or if the snow be removed from the site. DPW notes that if the snow is planned to be removed from the site, accommodations for larger removal equipment such as, loaders, trailer dumps or large blowers should be considered. Parking vehicles within the right-of-way while snow removal in the development takes place should not be entertained as the town enforces parking bans throughout the winter months. In addition, the applicant shows a driving lane and two parking spaces located within a 20’ wide drainage easement held by DPW. Further discussion between the applicant and DPW will be required regarding the easement. In addition, details for handicap accessibility should be shown for each of the sidewalk approaches to the main entrance driveway on Pound Street. Lastly, DPW notes that all permits should be obtained before any work has commenced for street opening, trenching, and water and sewer connections; and believes the applicant should satisfy concerns related to increased traffic.

 

COUNCIL ON AGING

The Council on Aging is supportive of this proposal but has some concerns about the appearance of the building, as well as the size and height.

 

MEDFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS

The Medfield School Department is concerned by how close the building and parking is to adjacent Middle and High School complex. Many students at both the middle school and high school walk to school, and use an existing path that runs through the site to access the school.  Maintaining the safe pedestrian access through the site for students should be a priority. There is also concern that the current road on the school side will be used as an emergency egress into the property. The school property has consistent traffic from 7am -11 pm from Sunday-Saturday for the period of September – June, and could be impacted by this project. Finally, the School Department notes that part of the Housing Authority property is currently in use as a playground for the School’s daycare.

 

MEDFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT

The Medfield Police Department is supportive of this proposal, but would like to see more details related to site illumination and traffic impacts.

 

MEDFIELD FIRE DEPARTMENT

The Medfield Fire Department would prefer the applicant use a lockbox at the gate for emergency egress in lieu of Opticon, a barcode scanning system.

 

RESIDENT COMMENTS

In addition to those comments by Town Officials, a number of neighbors and residents have also submitted comments on the proposed project. Most comments related to concerns related to the Aquifer Protection District, the appropriateness of the building, the design of the building, and traffic impacts; however, not all letters spoke in opposition and several residents did issue letters of support.

 

GENERAL COMMENTS

Finally, the Town has some concerns regarding the pro forma and the long-term financial viability of the project once the compliance period ends for tax credit recapture. The Town recognizes that there are real challenges with respect to finding income eligible tenants who can afford LIHTC rents without a rental subsidy. With no long-term rental subsidy or other known recapitalization plan, there is some concern as to what position this may put the Housing Authority in should they wish to regain control of the property upon the dissolution of the Limited Partnership Agreement in light of the need to also pay for maintenance and management expenses. The Town also notes that the fair market rents for 2019 have been issued and should be used in New Gate LLC’s pro forma calculations. Due to long-term funding challenges, the Town also recognizes that the affordable units in this development are smaller than those required by DHCD but believes this will assist with future affordability. As the project consists of three fully handicap accessible units and two hearing impaired accessible units, and the building is served by an elevator, the Town is satisfied that the units will provide significant housing opportunities for lower income senior households. Although DHCD has advised against the inclusion of two-bedroom units, the Town would like to see the two-bedroom units to remain so as to allow for the occupancy of an authorized home care worker and believes such units would provide a significant benefit the Town.

 

In consideration of the above comments, and those enclosed, it is our expectation that you will agree that the Rosebay at Medfield is eligible for funding by DHCD so they may proceed with applying for LIHTC credits.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions that you may have.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Michael Marcucci, Chairman

Medfield Board of Selectmen

 

Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund Announces $20,000 in Local Grants

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Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund Announces $20,000 in Local Grants

The Medfield Foundation (MFi) Legacy Fund has announced its inaugural grants totaling $20,000 to three nonprofits serving the  Medfield community. An award celebration and presentation of the grants will take place in Medfield on the evening of November 29. The grants are the first to be awarded by the MFi Legacy Fund, founded in 2016, and are made possible by the generosity of Medfield donors.

Chris Cahill, Co-Chair of the MFi Legacy Fund, said: “We are honored to support a range of exciting programs and projects benefiting Medfield. The focus and dedication of these organizations to making a difference in town is truly impressive.”

The 2018 MFi Legacy Fund grants are going to:

  • Cultural Alliance of Medfield
  • Friends of Medfield Rail Trail
  • Medfield Cares About Prevention

The MFi Legacy Fund seeks to invest in Medfield-based initiatives that help ensure a strong and vibrant community.  The MFi Legacy Fund is a newly formed endowment for the long term, engaging in annual grant-making for impact now and in the near future.

About Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund

The Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund, an endowed fund of the Foundation for MetroWest, was formed to support community-driven projects in Medfield, ensure a strong and vibrant community, and respond to diverse needs and voices into the future. MFi Legacy Fund is a permanent grantmaking source of funding to support community needs and opportunities, and provide ways for donors to give back or leave a legacy to the community. For more information, visit www.foundationformetrowest.org/medfield.

About the Medfield Foundation 

The Medfield Foundation, Inc. a volunteer-run private nonprofit, tax deductible 501(c)(3) corporation created in 2001 to raises private monies for public purposes in the Town of Medfield, Massachusetts. The Medfield Foundation allows donors to designate their donations for particular purposes. The Medfield Foundation allows motivated groups to raise monies for Medfield purposes under the rubric of the Medfield Foundation.

To date, the Medfield Foundation has raised, administered, and passed through over $2,000,000.00 in private donations for the Town of Medfield to help fund, create, and/or facilitate the senior bus, the Medfield Night Fireworks, the Dale Street Playground, the Field of Dreams at the Medfield High School, the track and bleachers at Medfield High School, the Domeshek Library Fund, the Angel Run, the town’s Youth Outreach Worker, the Zullo Gallery, the Adult Community Center, the Middle School auditorium, the schools in general, the Animal Shelter, the veterans plaques, the Cultural Council, among others.

A variety of planned giving opportunities are available.

The Medfield Foundation annually

  • Celebrates Medfield’s volunteers at an end of March reception,
  • provides water to town meetings, and
  • operates the Angel Run.

About the Foundation for MetroWest

Established in 1995, the Foundation for MetroWest is the only community foundation serving the 33 cities and towns in the region. We promote philanthropy in the region, help donors maximize the impact of their local giving, serve as a resource for local nonprofits and enhance the quality of life for all our residents. Since inception, the Foundation has granted $15 million to charitable organizations and currently stewards more than $22 million in charitable assets for current needs and future impact. To learn more, please visit www.foundationformetrowest.org or call 508-647-2260.