Monthly Archives: February 2019

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Selectman Office Hours – 3/1/19

My regular monthly selectman office hours are at The Center on the first Friday of every month from 9:00 to 10:00 AM (this Friday).

Residents are welcome to stop by to talk in person about any town matters. Residents can also have coffee and see the Council on Aging in action (a vibrant organization with lots going on).

I can be reached via my cell phone at 508-359-9190 or this blog about Medfield matters, where any schedule changes will be posted.

 

Read Across America at Memorial

Sorry to be missing my reading at Memorial School this year, due to the conflict with the selectman office hours – because of the snow delay today.  Here is what it looked like a few years ago – the kids get to pick the hat I wear, and so far the jester hat has won every year.  Thanks to Katie Novak for organizing it this year.

reading across america

 

New Life FB’s Towel Drive

From Susan, Barbara and Laura of New Life Furniture Bank –

 

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MARCH TOWEL DRIVE FOR NEW LIFE FURNITURE BANK

A set of fresh towels makes the perfect gift. It is a thoughtful housewarming gift for a young person, a terrific shower gift for a future bride, and a much-needed gift for the new college student. It can also be an impulse purchase as a quick, affordable pick-me-up for a dull bathroom. New Life Furniture Bank knows that its clients, likewise, appreciate having a fresh and clean washcloth, hand towel and bath towel for every family member — the reason behind their March Towel Drive.
New or gently used bath towels, hand towels and/or washcloths  (they don’t have to match, but no beach towels, please) would be greatly appreciated and may be dropped off at the United Church of Christ, Saint Edward’s Church, Park Street Books, Medfield Parks and Recreation, and Medfield High School. Towels, as well as other household donations, may also be dropped off any Saturday morning at the New Life Donation Center at 102 Elm Street Walpole between 9:00-11:30.

New Life provides high-quality, gently-used household essentials and furniture at no cost to its Metro West and Greater Boston clients through a referral process. For five years New Life has been helping individuals and families in transition and coming out of homelessness, including those escaping domestic abuse, victims of fires and floods, refugees and veterans.

 

In FY2018, New Life provided furniture and housewares for 547 households, which included approximately 1350 towel sets. The expectation is that 650 households will be served this year. New Life asks that you please help them meet the increased need by donating towels this March.
New Life Furniture Bank is a volunteer-based organization with a donation center in Walpole that is always in need of helping hands, household donations and financial donations. To learn more, please visit: newlifefb.org.

Michael Sullivan has died

Mike

Michael Sullivan passed away this evening around 6:00pm, at Charlton Memorial Hospital, in Fall River, surrounded by his family. Mike had been found unconscious in his Fall River home yesterday, and had been listed by the hospital as being in critical condition for the past day.

The Fall River house was his childhood home. that he continued to own, as his second home. He had lived there for more than a year while he tore down and built his replacement home in Medfield about 20 years ago.

Mike had only just retired within the past month from his job as Medfield Town Administer, a job which he had held for 44 years, and which was perhaps only his second job – he had previously been an assistant in Arlington. Mike had been the longest serving town administer for about the last ten years.

No one knew more people in Medfield, nor more of the facts about and the history of the town during the many decades of his tenure. A huge part of our town’s history has ended with Mike’s death.

Mike was extremely bright, perceptive, and a wonderful and enjoyable social companion.

I already miss you, my friend.

TMPC begins

First meeting of the Townwide Master Planning  Committee took place last night.  Impressive and talented group of residents volunteered, and will try to produce a master plan within the next year (if possible).  The emails below are from Town Planner, Sarah Raposa, who ran the meeting, and both explained how to launch a new town committee and how to do master planning.

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Photo by Kristine Trierweiler

 

Hi – thank you all for completing the doodle poll. It took a little while because the committee is so big but we were able to get a quorum for the first two meeting dates. Please mark you calendars for the following:

 

The first meeting is scheduled for: Tuesday, February 26th at 7 pm at the Town Garage Training Room (55 North Meadows Road). Please park and enter on the Dale Street side of the building, not the salt shed side.

 

Agenda:

    • Introductions
    • Committee Charter
    • Process/Expectations
    • Schedule (bring your calendars!)
    • Draft RFP (Jay reviewing draft now, will send out soon)
    • CPTC Training

 

The second meeting is scheduled for: Tuesday, March 12th at 7 pm at the Town Garage Training Room (55 North Meadows Road).

 

Unfortunately not everyone will be able to attend every meeting so I urge folks to get in touch with me or a co-committee member for a debrief after a missed meeting.

 

In general meeting agendas will be emailed out in advance of the meetings but they may also be viewed HERE when they are posted with the town clerk (minutes are posted there as well.

 

A collection of recent master plans may be viewed HERE.

MAPC’s Community Engagement Guide HERE

Various Medfield Plans & Studies HERE (please take a look and if you think anything is missing, please let me know)

 

A MASTER PLAN:

  • Documents and illustrates what a community looks like today and what direction it has decided it wants to go for the future; it includes assessments of existing resources and issues, projections of future conditions and needs, and consideration of collective goals and desires.
  • Is a policy guide and provides a framework for future land use decision-making and the physical development of the municipality. It will not only address buildings and infrastructure, it will also include the important social, natural resource and economic values of the community. The Master Plan is a method of translating the community’s values into specific actions.
  • Covers an approximate time frame of 20 years; it is assumed that shorter-term reviews will keep it current with the changing needs of the community.
  • Is closely integrated with other municipal documents and initiatives.

The Master Plan is NOT a zoning ordinance, a subdivision regulation, a budget, a capital improvement program or other regulatory document. It is meant to provide the framework for the development of these implementation tools.

MGLChapter 41 Section 81D: Master plan; economic developmentsupplement

Section 81D. A planning board established in any city or town under section eighty-one A shall make a master plan of such city or town or such part or parts thereof as said board may deem advisable and from time to time may extend or perfect such plan.

Such plan shall be a statement, through text, maps, illustrations or other forms of communication, that is designed to provide a basis for decision making regarding the long-term physical development of the municipality. The comprehensive plan shall be internally consistent in its policies, forecasts and standards, and shall include the following elements:

(1) Goals and policies statement which identifies the goals and policies of the municipality for its future growth and development. Each community shall conduct an interactive public process, to determine community values, goals and to identify patterns of development that will be consistent with these goals.

(2) Land use plan element which identifies present land use and designates the proposed distribution, location and inter-relationship of public and private land uses. This element shall relate the proposed standards of population density and building intensity to the capacity of land available or planned facilities and services. A land use plan map illustrating the land use policies of the municipality shall be included.

(3) Housing element which identifies and analyzes existing and forecasted housing needs and objectives including programs for the preservation, improvement and development of housing. This element shall identify policies and strategies to provide a balance of local housing opportunities for all citizens.

  • HPP (2016)

(4) Economic development element which identifies policies and strategies for the expansion or stabilization of the local economic base and the promotion of employment opportunities.

(5) Natural and cultural resources element which provides an inventory of the significant natural, cultural and historic resource areas of the municipality, and policies and strategies for the protection and management of such areas.

  • Existing from OSPR

(6) Open space and recreation element which provides an inventory of recreational and resources and open space areas of the municipality, and policies and strategies for the management and protection of such resources and areas.

  • Conditionally approved OSRP

(7) Services and facilities element which identifies and analyzes existing and forecasted needs for facilities and services used by the public.

(8) Circulation element which provides an inventory of existing and proposed circulation and transportation systems.

(9) Implementation program element which defines and schedules the specific municipal actions necessary to achieve the objectives of each element of the master or study plan. Scheduled expansion or replacement of public facilities or circulation system components and the anticipated costs and revenues associated with accomplishment of such activities shall be detailed in this element. This element shall specify the process by which the municipality’s regulatory structures shall be amended so as to be consistent with the master plan.

Such plan shall be made, and may be added to or changed from time to time, by a majority vote of such planning board and shall be public record. The planning board shall, upon completion of any plan or report, or any change or amendment to a plan or report produced under this section, furnish a copy of such plan or report or amendment thereto, to the department of housing and community development.

A city or town which has an established master or study plan under section eighty-one A and applies for a state grant from the commonwealth shall prepare and keep on file within such city or town an economic development supplement; provided, however, that such city or town shall not be required to prepare such supplement if such city or town has a supplement on file. Such supplement shall be at least one page in length and shall contain the goals of the city or town with respect to industrial or commercial development, affordable housing, and preservation of parks and open space.

 

Sarah Raposa, AICP

Town Planner
459 Main Street
Medfield, MA  02052
(508) 906-3027
sraposa@medfield.net

www.town.medfield.net

 

 

On Wed, Feb 13, 2019 at 10:28 AM Sarah Raposa <sraposa@medfield.net> wrote:

Hi all – Thank you for agreeing to participate in the Townwide Master Planning Committee!

By now, you should have received your appointment slips from the Selectmen’s office. If not, please let me or Evelyn know. Carol Mayer, Town Clerk, will swear you in at your convenience – always best to phone ahead – and give you the appropriate forms to fill out (more about this at the end of the email).

 

HERE is the link to your committee webpage with current list of members and charter.

 

On behalf of chair pro tem, Jay Duncan, I wanted to get the first couple of meetings scheduled. The first meeting will be primarily introductory but we also want to schedule a master plan “training” for you. The training is sponsored by the Citizen Planner Training Collaborative (an extension of UMass Amherst) and it is geared towards folks like yourselves who serve on local planning boards, ZBA’s, master planning committees, etc. They will provide an experienced master planner to give a presentation and answer any questions that you may have.

 

Our initial hurdle is going to be aligning all of our schedules. Jay proposed the following dates on this Doodle Poll:

  • 2/19 (this one will be hard to schedule given Open Meeting Law requirements)
  • 2/25-28 (first meeting)
  • 3/11-14 (CPTC training)

Please indicate your availability to meet and provide notes on other regular obligations that we should try to avoid. Choices are yes, no or ‘if-need-be’. I added a traditional 7-9 pm time slot but also added a 6-8 pm option because sometime folks may have a 7 pm obligation but could meet for the first part of the meeting. It might not work given work schedules but I’m throwing it out there.

 

I’ve started drafting an RFP which we will send out with some additional master planning info shortly.

 

Those of you who serve on other committees will probably have done the online ethics training in the past but we need to get everyone’s certificates updated by April 5th. If you can find some time, please take the online training (please see email below for computer settings suggestions):  http://www.muniprog.eth.state.ma.us/

The entire online training takes approximately 60 minutes. If you’ve taken it before, you may be able to complete the quiz more quickly. Please print and submit your certificate to me via email or at an upcoming meeting.

 

Many thanks!
Sarah

 

Notice to All Municipalities Concerning the Conflict of Interest Law Education Requirements

 

Dear Municipal Clerks:

 

The annual conflict of interest law education and training requirements are again upon us.  The current compliance period runs December 2018 through April 5, 2019, unless your municipality has adopted a different compliance schedule.  For this compliance period, the following is required:

 

  1. The summary of the conflict of interest law for municipal employees should be distributed to all employees and written acknowledgments collected from the employees within 30 days; and
  2. All employees must again complete the online training program.

 

Summary of the conflict of interest law – Not attached; Carol will give you this info at your swearing in.

The summary of the conflict of interest law is attached to this notice.  Note that it was revised in November 2016 to clarify that town meeting members and charter commission members are not municipal employees subject to the conflict of interest law.  Summaries of the conflict of interest law are also available on the Commission’s website in Spanish and Portuguese translations  Remember that you may distribute the summary and collect the acknowledgments via email or through some other electronic means.

 

Online training program for municipal employees

All municipal employees should complete the Online Training Program for Municipal Employees and provide a completion certificate to their municipal employer.  The program can be found at http://www.muniprog.eth.state.ma.us/.  Please remember to inform your employees to disable pop-up blockers in their web browser before completing the online program or they may have difficulty printing a completion certificate.  Also, the program cannot be completed using a mobile device.  We ask that you provide your employees with the attached Notice to Municipal Employees which explains this and other computer settings requirements so that employees can complete the program and print a completion certificate.  The deadline to complete the online program is April 5, 2019.

 

If you have questions, please review the Education and Training Guidelines available on the Commission’s website, www.mass.gov/orgs/state-ethics-commission.  The guidelines provide helpful information about who is required to comply with these statutory requirements, record-keeping requirements, and the process to exempt certain municipal positions from these requirements.

 

Please note:  Charter schools are considered state agencies for the purposes of the conflict of interest law.  Charter school employees should complete the state/county online training program and acknowledge receipt of the summary of the conflict of interest law for state employees.

 

Thank you for your time and attention to this important matter.  If you have any questions, please call me at 617-371-9505 or email me at David.Giannotti@mass.gov.

 

Sincerely,

 

David

 

___________________________________________
David Giannotti

Public Education and Communications Division Chief

State Ethics Commission

One Ashburton Place, Room 619

Boston, MA  02108

617-371-9505

email: David.Giannotti@mass.gov

www.mass.gov/orgs/state-ethics-commission

 

Please note that my email address has changed to David.Giannotti@mass.gov.

 

 

Sarah Raposa, AICP

Town Planner
459 Main Street
Medfield, MA  02052
(508) 906-3027
sraposa@medfield.net

www.town.medfield.net

Mayrock at Legion site recommended to BoS by AHT

The Board of Selectmen today received the memo below from Jim Brand of the Affordable Housing Trust recommending that the Board of Selectmen approve as a friendly 40B the Mayrock Development of 56 rental units at the Legion site.

If John Kelly’s Medfield Meadows project on Dale Street gets Zoning Board of Appeals approval and if Mayrock is approved too, Jim Brand states that “[t]his will bring us to a total of 411 units and 9.7% …”  Plus the 45 unit Rosebay project on the Tilden Village site is still in the works, which could put the town comfortably over the 10% affordable housing threshold that allows the town to avoid unfriendly 40B’s.

The town owes a lot of thanks to the Affordable Housing Trust members for their work sheparding the many various developer initiated friendly 40B projects that have the town on the cusp of achieving a permanent 40B safe harbor.

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To:                   Board of Selectmen

From:              Jim Brand, Affordable Housing Trust Board of Trustees

Date:               February 17, 2019

Subject:           Mayrock Development at 50 Peter Kristof Way

 

I write as an Affordable Housing Trust member and project liaison to brief the Board of Selectman on the process and deliberations leading to the endorsement of the Mayrock Development, Inc’s LIP proposal for the American Legion site at 50 Peter Kristof Way.

The Legion property is listed as a potential project in Medfield’s Housing Production Plan and tracked by the Affordable Housing Trust (AHT) since first convening in August of 2017.  As is the process, I was assigned as the project liaison to keep open channels with the property owner and any potential developers, serving as a resource and a way to keep the Trust informed.

The American Legion entered into a purchase agreement with Mayrock Development, LLC in late July of 2018 and Mayrock immediately engaged in the Medfield prescribed “friendly 40b” process.  Mayrock proposed a 56 unit four story apartment building comprised of 32 one, 18 two, and 6 three bedroom units, 25% of which will be affordable.  Additionally, the proposed development includes a common meeting room that will be used by the Legion for their meetings.

The formal interactions of the AHT and Mayrock are as follows:

8-2-18          – Intro meeting with Mayrock, Sarah Raposa and Jim Brand as AHT liaison

9-26-18        – Abutter meeting held by Mayrock at the American Legion.

10-4-18        – AHT Meeting #1 – Presented design.  AHT requested traffic & market surveys.

12-6-18        – AHT Meeting #2 – Provided material, took additional questions.

2-4-19          – AHT Meeting #3 – Presented final material, AHT voted to endorse to BoS.

 

The abutter meeting had very few abutters in attendance, but had a few other citizen and Legion members.  There were generally no significant objections voiced about the proposed project.

During the formal AHT meetings Mayrock was open to the comments and suggestion of the Trust, and performed requested traffic studies and housing market analysis.   These showed a minimal impact on total traffic, and a satisfactory housing demand and saturation rate for apartments of the type and cost being considered.  Concurrently the AHT initiated a “mini market review” through its housing consultant Community Opportunities Group (COG) that looked at Medfield and the neighboring towns taking into account the development that is in the pipeline.  This similarly showed market support.

Building size, unit count and traffic were taken into consideration as part of the deliberations, it was generally felt by the Trust that this location could adequately accommodate a development of this size without negative impact to the area.

As it relates to safe harbor and our drive to 10%, 25% of the apartment units are affordable, allowing the town to receive credit for all 56 units and provide two years of safe harbor for 2020 and 2021.  Being self-financed or carrying low debt, there is low risk financing will not come through.  This will bring us to a total of 411 units and 9.7% assuming Medfield Meadows received ZBA approval.

The only other significant development on the horizon is Rosebay on Pound Street, the proposed 45 unit senior housing development.  For several reasons, including those stated in the Town’s comment letter and the development’s dependence on DHCD tax credit funding, it is unlikely that this project would ready for the Town’s 2020 safe harbor deadline if it proceeds at all.

 

At the 2-4-19 meeting the Affordable Housing Trust board vote 4-0-1 (two members absent, one abstained) to endorse this project to the Board of Selectman for consideration as a Local Initiative Project.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Jim Brand

Affordable Housing Trust member

BoS 2/19 & Peak House’s sign

I posted the agenda for the Tuesday meeting already.  I will insert the agendas again at the end of this post.

The agenda and informational materials for the Tuesday meeting of the select board are available here – 20190219-agenda and materials

Peak House sign

Peak House sign

My favorite part of the materials is the letter to Senator Feeney, from the MassDOT Administrator, about the request from the Peak House Heritage Center to correct the factual errors in the MassDOT sign at the Peak House.

First, it is instructive as to what matters most in state government, since MassDOT gotthe letter about the issue from the Peak House Heritage Center, with letters of support from both the Board of Selectmen and Senator Feeney.  MassDOT opted to address its response to the writer who had the least to do with the matter and the Town of Medfield, our State Senator, rather than to the person who addressed the issue to them.

Second, I was fascinated to learn where and why the sign originated, as it is certainly substantially nicer than most state signs.

Third, I was amused by the language MassDOT used to deny the request:  “MassDOT would be reluctant to deface the marker because of minor factual
errors that have come to light after such a long period of time.”

MassDOT’s letter does propose a “compromise” solution, a new MassDOT sign to be added that notes the error in the original sign:

Please be aware that the Peak House marker is one of 275 cast iron roadside historical markers that were erected throughout the Commonwealth in 1930 by the Massachusetts Department of Public Works, MassDOT’s predecessor agency, to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the founding of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The Massachusetts Bay Colony Tercentenary Commission designed the markers, chose the historical subjects, and prepared the text under the guidance of Samuel Eliot Morison, eminent author and Professor of History at Harvard University. Approximately 170 of these markers still exist. 

Mr. Robert Gregg of the Peak House Heritage Center has notified MassDOT that the text on the Peak House marker contains three factual errors. Mr. Gregg has suggested to Mary Rafferty of the MassDOT Environmental Services staff that MassDOT should remove the errors by grinding off certain raised cast iron letters and numbers from the marker and then applying new letters and numbers to provide the correct information. The Medfield Board of Selectmen has endorsed Mr. Gregg’s proposal in a letter to MassDOT dated January 15, 2019.

MassDOT considers the Tercentenary Markers to have historical significance in their own right, above and beyond the text conveyed on each marker. The original markers are nearly 90 years old and they interpret history as it was understood at the time of the Tercentenary commemoration. MassDOT would be reluctant to deface the marker because of minor factual errors that. have come to light after such a long period of time.

TOWN OF MEDFIELD MEETING NOTICE I POSTED: , TOWNCLERK 1 L f..i[i ,) tet , ifot> UF MEDF IELD. HASS Z0!9 H:.5 l Lt P lf: OC POSTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF M.G.L. CHAPTER 39 SECTION 23A AS AMENDED. "' f-~· 1'' t- ·; tvt:. 0F THE·. Board of Selectmen T("11.,.!/ l;l CL. ERK Board or Committee PLACE OF MEETING DAY, DATE, AND TIME Town Hall, Warrant Committee Room, I st floor Tuesday February 19, 2019 @6:30 PM Town Hall, Chenery Meeting Room, 211 d floor Tuesday February 19, 2019 @ 7:00 PM AGENDA (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) 6:30 PM Declare meeting open 6:30 PM Vote to go into Executive Session to consider the lease or value ofreal property with respect to Town property currently leased to the Kingsbury Club 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 Appointments 7:05 PM Presentation Mayrock Development LLC; proposing Chapter 40B project under the Local Initiative Program for 56 non-aged restricted rental units located at 50 Peter Kristof Way 7:30 PM Darci Schofield, MAPC Present Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan 7:50 PM Resident Andrea Costello Discuss Medfield Plastic Reduction Initiative and Annual Town Meeting Article 8:05 PM Medfield Historical Commission Discussion of Warrant Article I Demolition Delay Bylaw Citizen Comment Action Items Vote to appoint Richard Hooker and George Darrell to the Conservation Commission Vote to appoint Cynthia Greene and Matthew Triest to the Town Wide Master Planning Committee Ongoing FY2020 Budget Review and Discussion Town Finance Discussion Vote to approve preliminary Town Budgets Licenses and Permits (consent agenda) ,,c_1, L / C:.U , Medfield High School Theater Society requests permission to~post s:il~W.§ lMJA~~o 1 7 advertising their spring show the musical 13~ F0Jv l1Ji9 Fltl I Lt P ~: 020190219-agenda_Page_2

BoS 2/19/2019

TOWN OF MEDFIELD MEETING NOTICE I POSTED: , TOWNCLERK 1 L f..i[i ,) tet , ifot> UF MEDF IELD. HASS Z0!9 H:.5 l Lt P lf: OC POSTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF M.G.L. CHAPTER 39 SECTION 23A AS AMENDED. "' f-~· 1'' t- ·; tvt:. 0F THE·. Board of Selectmen T("11.,.!/ l;l CL. ERK Board or Committee PLACE OF MEETING DAY, DATE, AND TIME Town Hall, Warrant Committee Room, I st floor Tuesday February 19, 2019 @6:30 PM Town Hall, Chenery Meeting Room, 211 d floor Tuesday February 19, 2019 @ 7:00 PM AGENDA (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) 6:30 PM Declare meeting open 6:30 PM Vote to go into Executive Session to consider the lease or value ofreal property with respect to Town property currently leased to the Kingsbury Club 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 Appointments 7:05 PM Presentation Mayrock Development LLC; proposing Chapter 40B project under the Local Initiative Program for 56 non-aged restricted rental units located at 50 Peter Kristof Way 7:30 PM Darci Schofield, MAPC Present Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan 7:50 PM Resident Andrea Costello Discuss Medfield Plastic Reduction Initiative and Annual Town Meeting Article 8:05 PM Medfield Historical Commission Discussion of Warrant Article I Demolition Delay Bylaw Citizen Comment Action Items Vote to appoint Richard Hooker and George Darrell to the Conservation Commission Vote to appoint Cynthia Greene and Matthew Triest to the Town Wide Master Planning Committee Ongoing FY2020 Budget Review and Discussion Town Finance Discussion Vote to approve preliminary Town Budgets Licenses and Permits (consent agenda) ,,c_1, L / C:.U , Medfield High School Theater Society requests permission to~post s:il~W.§ lMJA~~o 1 7 advertising their spring show the musical 13~ F0Jv l1Ji9 Fltl I Lt P ~: 020190219-agenda_Page_2