Monthly Archives: November 2019

“Changing Lives campaign at NLHF

From Susan Maritan for New Life –

New Life Furniture Bank

“Shopping” at New Life Brings Clients Dignity and Delight

Medfield, Mass – November 14, 2019: What makes the place where you eat, sleep and live feel truly like a home? Some might say it’s the treasured items collected over a lifetime; others might say it’s attractive art, accent pillows or current paint colors that makes a dwelling a home. Rich Purnell, the Executive Director at New Life Furniture Bank of MA, would tell you that he and the others who work and volunteer at New Life have a different and more powerful answer to that question. They are witnesses to the importance and emotional impact of the furniture basics that many of us take for granted.

“When clients “shop” at New Life I see them breathe a sigh of relief,” shared Purnell. “At last their empty apartment will feel like a home. And what do they take delight in? It’s a few simple things. As one of our clients wrote, ‘I have been sleeping on the floor…. New Life is giving me the opportunity to offer my children a place to sleep, eat and sit without worrying about getting into more debt.’ ”

Because of the high demand for affordable housing in the Boston area, many of New Life’s clients have spent months or even years in homeless shelters. Once they get housing, the wait for furnishings can be as long as seven weeks, due to the high demand for New Life’s services. During that time they may be actually living – eating, sleeping, relaxing – on the floor. Kitchen tables, beds and couches bring clients dignity, and in turn, make an empty apartment a home. This is the concept behind New Life’s end-of-year fundraising campaign entitled Changing Lives.

The Changing Lives campaign has an ambitious goal of raising $115,000 by December 31. These funds will support New Life’s growth, specifically, serving more households – and to that end, renting more warehouse space, hiring additional staff and purchasing beds to supplement those that are donated.

New Life has grown tremendously in its first six years of operation. The organization is seen as an important contributor in the battle against homelessness in Massachusetts, and the campaign is critical to New Life’s continued growth. Since its inception, New Life has served over 2,400 households, and has gained a reputation across eastern Massachusetts as a reliable resource that provides those in need with quality, gently-used home.

Gifts may be made on the website, newlifefb.org/changinglives, or by check payable to New Life Furniture Bank of MA, sent to P.O. Box 573, Medfield, MA 02052.

BoS 12/3/2019

The back up materials can be found here –  https://www.town.medfield.net/663/Agenda-Packets

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BoS 11/26/19

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                  TOWN OF MEDFIELD POSTED:

 

 

 

           MEETING                              TOWN CLERK
             NOTICE  
 

POSTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF M.G.L. CHAPTER 39 SECTION 23A AS AMENDED.

 
  Board of Selectmen  
                                   Board or Committee  
 

 

PLACE OF MEETING DAY, DATE, AND TIME
Town House, Chenery Meeting Room, 2nd Floor

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 7:00 PM

 

Agenda (subject to change)

7:00 PM           Call to order

Disclosure of Video Recording

We want to take a moment of appreciation for our Troops serving in the Middle East and around the world

 

Tax Classification Public Hearing

Board of Assessors

 

Council on Aging

Discussion of proposed garage

 

FY21 Budget Meeting including Capital Budget Discussion

Warrant Committee, Town Departments

 

Citizen Comment

 

Action Items

  1. Vote to accept gift of land from Michael Taylor at 609R Main Street
  2. DPW Director, Maurice Goulet, requests the Board of Selectmen vote to approve the following:
    1. Contract with Eastern Minerals, Inc. and Champion Salt, LLC
    2. Recycling contract with E.L. Harvey &Sons, Inc.
  3. Principal Assessor, Yvonne Remillard, requests the Board of Selectmen approve contract with Patriot Properties for computer licensing and software support
  4. Town Planner, Sarah Raposa, requests the Board of Selectmen approve an award supplement for ZBA review of the Aura at Medfield
  5. MEMO requests Parade Permit for annual Holiday Parade, December 7, 2019 at 1:00PM.
  6. Vote to approve all Alcohol License and Common Vic Licenses
  7. Fire Chief, William Carrico, request the Board of Selectmen vote to sign
    1. HGAC Cooperative Purchasing Program Contract
    2. Mutual Aid Agreement with Norfolk County Control

 

Consent Calendar

  1. Request from Zelus Brewery for Ugly Sweater Run on December 15, 2019 at 3:00PM.
  2. Richard DeSorgher requests that the Town of Medfield Nomination for the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds Notable Land Records, Volume III include Admiral Jeffrey Alan Cook, United States Navy

 

Discussion

Special Town Meeting /Next steps for MSH

 

Town Administrator Update

 

Selectmen Reports

 

Approval of Minutes

 

Next Meetings

            December

January 7, 2020

 

Informational

Colonial Water Company request that the BOS adopt zoning overlay district in ZONE II

DCAMM Letter to Enbridge regarding AUL

Conservation Commission Decisions

Verizon Pricing Information Increases

Comcast Pricing Information Increases

FIOS TV Programming Changes

Letter from Representative Joseph P. Kennedy, III notifying the Town of MCAP grant award

Letter from NRC regarding Revised Permanent Solution Statement with No Conditions for Marshalls, 242 Main Street

 

 

 

 

 

Medfield movie gets a rave review

Brush with Hollywood –

Filmed (partly) in Medfield – on Rte. 27, and they also stored their trailers at Medfield State Hospital –

★★★★
Any way you slice it, ‘Knives Out’ is hilarious
Pound for pound, actor for actor, laugh for laugh, “Knives Out” may be the most entertaining movie of the year, writes Globe critic Ty Burr, who gives the movie four out of four stars.

It’s a gift and a skewering, a love letter and a pratfall — an old school murder mystery breathed into riotous new life by a young Jedi master of moviemaking, Rian Johnson. And it really deserves the establishment of a new Oscar category for Best Honey-Baked Ham, whose 2019 recipient could only be Daniel Craig.

Read the full review.

DOR approves town’s “free cash”

Dept. of Revenue Email to Town Officials Last Week Appears Below-

 

Massachusetts Department of Revenue Division of Local Services
Christopher C. Harding, Commissioner
Sean R. Cronin, Senior Deputy Commissioner of Local Services

11/19/2019
NOTIFICATION OF FREE CASH APPROVAL – Town of Medfield

Based upon the un-audited balance sheet submitted, I hereby certify that the amount of available funds or “free cash” as of July 1, 2019 for the Town of Medfield is:

General Fund     $2,234,402.00
Enterprise Fund   Water Enterprise Funds Ch 44 S 53F 1/2   $635,298.00
Enterprise Fund   Sewer Enterprise Funds Ch 44 S 53 F 1/2   $1,031,497.00

This certification is in accordance with the provisions of G. L. Chapter 59, §23, as amended.

Certification letters will be emailed to the mayor/manager, board of selectmen, prudential committee, finance director and treasurer immediately upon approval, provided an email address is reported in DLS’ Local Officials Directory. Please forward to other officials as you deem appropriate.

Sincerely,

Mary Jane Handy
Director of Accounts
Massachusetts Department of Revenue

 

SUBMITTED BY PHONE FIELD REP FREE CASH CALCULATION BEGIN: UNRESERVED UNDESIGNATED FUND BALANCE 2,689,194 LESS: PERSONAL PROPERTY TAXES RECEIVABLE 8,363 REAL ESTATE TAXES RECEIVABLE 328,739 OTHER RECEIVABLE, OVERDRAWN ACCOUNTS, DEFICITS - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Additional Sheet - - FREE CASH VOTED FROM TOWN MEETING NOT RECORDED - ADD: DEFERRED REVENUE (CREDIT BALANCE +, DEBIT BALANCE -) (117,690) 60 DAYS TAX COLLECTIONS - OTHER MISCELLANEOUS ADJUSTMENTS: - 2,234,402 FREE CASH, JULY 1, 2019 REVIEWED BY: DATE: Medfield Amy Handfield 11/18/19 Amy Handfield 11/14/19 11/18/19 - - - - PLEASE SEE CERTIFICATION LETTER FOR DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTS APPROVAL CITY/TOWN/DISTRICT SUBMISSION DATE SUBMISSION COMPLETE DATE Joy Ricciuto 508-906-3022 SUBMITTED BY COMMUNITY FIELD REP FUND RETAINED EARNINGS CALCULATION - ENTERPRISE FUND PART I CASH 2,136,939 SUBTRACT: CURRENT LIABILITIES, DESIGNATIONS OF FUND BALANCE Warrants Payable Encumbrances 56,912 Expenditures 566,050 800,160 78,519 OTHER TOTAL 635,298 PART II RETAINED EARNINGS - UNDESIGNATED 635,298 SUBTRACT: ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE (NET) OTHER TOTAL 635,298 PART III FIXED ASSETS: DEBITS CREDITS Total - - FIXED ASSET VARIANCE - REVIEWED BY: DATE: 11/18/19 FOR DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTS APPROVAL Amy Handfield PLEASE SEE CERTIFICATION LETTER Joy Ricciuto Medfield Amy Handfield Water Continuing Appropriations Debt Service SUBMITTED BY COMMUNITY FIELD REP FUND RETAINED EARNINGS CALCULATION - ENTERPRISE FUND PART I CASH 1,434,890 SUBTRACT: CURRENT LIABILITIES, DESIGNATIONS OF FUND BALANCE Warrants Payable Encumbrances 21,699 Expenditures 303,742 49,865 28,086 OTHER TOTAL 1,031,497 PART II RETAINED EARNINGS - UNDESIGNATED 1,031,497 SUBTRACT: ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE (NET) OTHER TOTAL 1,031,497 PART III FIXED ASSETS: DEBITS CREDITS Total - - FIXED ASSET VARIANCE - REVIEWED BY: DATE: 11/18/19 FOR DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTS APPROVAL Amy Handfield PLEASE SEE CERTIFICATION LETTER Joy Ricciuto Medfield Amy Handfield Sewer Continuing Appropriations Debt Service20191119-DOR-free cash certification-Medfield FY19_Page_220191119-DOR-free cash certification-Medfield FY19_Page_3

MCAP Receives $625K Grant

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MCAP Announces Receipt of $625K Federal Grant

The Medfield Cares About Prevention (MCAP) substance abuse prevention coalition, a Medfield Foundation Initiative, announced that it was awarded a FY 2019 Drug-Free Communities Support Program grant in the amount of $625,000 over five years by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, in cooperation with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. This grant will allow the coalition to hire a full-time prevention coordinator who will carry out evidence-based strategies aimed at preventing youth substance use in the Medfield community. Superintendent of the Medfield Public Schools and MCAP coalition member, Dr. Jeff Marsden, responded to the news of the grant award: "I'm so happy for our kids and community that we will have someone dedicated to substance use prevention. The collective efforts of MCAP really came through for our community and our district looks forward to this important work." Medfield is honored to receive this grant and is prepared to launch a proactive and comprehensive effort to decrease substance use. The goals of the Medfield Cares About Prevention coalition are to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to decrease youth substance use. The coalition will seek to achieve its goals by implementing the following strategies: providing information and support, enhancing skills, providing incentives and disincentives for youth substance use, changing the physical environment, and modifying policies. The coalition will specifically target alcohol and electronic vapor products and will promote positive alternatives to substance use through community collaboration. This successful grant application was made possible by the tireless efforts of coalition members, as well as by a coalition consultant, Amanda Decker of Bright Solutions Consulting. MCAP was able to contract with Bright Solutions Consulting thanks to a generous grant from the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund, an endowed fund of the Foundation for MetroWest. Securing this mini grant of $5,000 positioned MCAP to secure grant writing consultation services and set the coalition up for a successful award of the DFC grant.

The Works

Rubber Chip Seal is a preventative maintenance method used to extend the life of a roadway and is part of the roadway toolbox in the Town of Medfield’s Pavement Management System. Although rather inexpensive in relation to roadway reconstruction, the rubber chip seal method installs an aggregate that begins as a course riding surface that will smooth out within months. The “chips” that are laid down will adhere to the applied emulsion and the excess can be swept completely within minutes after installation. This method of roadway rehab will assist us in funding more construction projects to continue improving our infrastructure and extend the useful life of the roadway M E D F I E L D D E P A R T M E N T O F P U B L I C W O R K S ** The DPW presents “THE WORKS”, a quarterly newsletter to inform the residents of Medfield on the happenings of their Public Works Department including updates on projects, current events, and upcoming developments ** Sidewalk Rehabilitation Highway Projects 1 Water Maintenance 1 Wastewater Maintenance 2 Special Event 2 Employee Spotlight 2 DPW Safety Tips 2 Inside this issue: The Works M E D F I E L D D P W ’ S Q U A R T E R LY N E W S L E T T E R Volume 1, Issue 5 October 2019 Rubber Chip Seal Roadway HIGHWAY PROJECTS: Causeway Street Resurfacing by means of Rubber Chip Seal Highway Division of the DPW conducting Sidewalk Rehabilitation on a section of Main Street WATER MAINTENANCE: Hydrant Flushing Hydrant Flushing was conducted in late Sept. into early Oct. Our crews worked overnight for these two weeks so that vehicle traffic, schools and work schedules were not affected. This is a very important step in our maintenance schedule to provide the Town with clean drinking water and extend the life of our water main infrastructure.. VOLUME 1, ISSUE 5 Page 2 Employee Spotlight Wastewater Treatment Plant—Parkson DynaSand Filtration System DPW SAFETY TIPS The Wastewater Treatment Plant personnel performed a large scale rehabilitation/ maintenance project over the summer months. The Parkson DynaSand Filtration System needed to be repaired with approximately 300 tons of specific quality grade sand replaced (picture to the left shows bags of the specialized treatment sand) With the completion of this needed operation, the Wastewater Treatment facility showed tremendous improvement in their regulatory compliance measures for water quality. The sand replacement required the use of the DPW’s large front end loader (seen at the bottom left of the picture) to lift each bag to be emptied into place. DID YOU KNOW? (Winter Safety Tips)  Keeping your hands in your pockets increases the risk of you falling or completely losing your balance in case you slip while walking on ice or snow.  With your fingers touching each other inside mittens, they generate more body heat than when they’re inside gloves. Meet Bill Donovan, Assistant Chief Operator of the Medfield Wastewater Treatment Facility. Bill is a 33 year veteran of the department who has earned a Grade 7 Mass Wastewater License from his tenure in the field. He is also a military veteran serving in the Navy and being recalled in the early 90’s to Active Duty in Desert Shield/ Storm. Along with working with the Department of Public Works, he has spent 32 years as an oncall Firefighter with the Town and obtained E.M.T. status from 1996-2011. He has been a leader in the wastewater industry for many years and an integral part of the wastewater treatment operation for the town. On September 25, 2019, the DPW hosted the NBM annual mechanic’s workshop for the second straight year. There were 100 mechanics from across the state in attendance. This annual event will most likely be held in our DPW facility again as we are centered geographically in the NBM area. Many vendors conducted presentations of new technology and methods that benefit all of these municipal mechanics. Lunch was also provided by the NBM Association including pulled-pork, corn bread sausage sandwiches and baked beans. For more information or have questions, please contact our main office at (508) 906-3003 or visit our town website @ www.town.medfield.net WASTEWATER MAINTENANCE: Norfolk Bristol Middlesex (NBM) Highway Association Mechanic’s Workshop SPECIAL EVENT:20191119-The Works October 2019_Page_2