Monthly Archives: February 2020

Town election 3/30 – no contests

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No contested seats

There are no contested races in the Town Election scheduled for March 30. And there is an open seat on the Trust Fund Commission.

Former Town Clerk Carol Mayer recently retired.  Town Administrator, Kristine Trierweiler arranged for State Representative Shawn Dooley (who is also the Town of Norfolk, Town Clerk), to help the Town of Medfield in the two-week interim before Jim Mullen takes over as Medfield’s Interim Town Clerk.

The Town of Medfield’s town clerk position will only be officially filled when a new town clerk is elected next year, when Carol Mayer’s three year term ended.


Select Board 2/18


TOWN OF MEDFIELD MEETING NOTICE POSTED: i·. • ~l f .·1 Ul J i .~lJ I 1...,_.:, , ,,-.,,..._ ZlllO fEo i 3 P I: 5 LJ POSTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF M.G.L. CHAPTER 39 1~1}Q'[~9~~3frf't-S AMENDED. •· r w i I I~ I F Rf{ Board of Selectmen Board or Committee PLACE OF MEETING DAY, DATE, AND TIME Town Hall, Chenery Meeting Room, 2nd floor Tuesday February 18, 2020 (a), 7:00PM 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 Citizen Comment Appointment Charlie Harris, discuss the annual June 2020 Car Show Mark Anastasio, Coolidge Corner Theater Foundation Discussion of movie screening event to be held at MSH May 2020 Action Items Appoint Representative Shawn Dooley as Interim Town Clerk until March 4, 2020 Vote to close the 2020 Annual Town Meeting Warrant Discussion Item Hinkley property RFP FY2021 Budget Annual/Capital Budget Annual Town Meeting Warrant Articles Licenses and Permits (consent calendar) Permission is requested to display signs from March 2 to March 14 advertising the annual WL..vl.t"ev C(l'l,fl"VU°NcUt event to take place Saturday March 14, 2020, 1 OAM-3PM at the Memorial School Medfield Garden Club requests permission to place signs March 22 to March 29 promoting the annual Avt1N 13Loo-vw event to be held at the Library March 26 to March 29, 2020 Town Administrator Update Selectmen Report Informational Town Clerk certifies ANR subdivision at 49 Dale Street From Comcast, Annual Complaint Filing; copy of program changes

Master Planning’s public forum video

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Townwide Master Planning  Committee’s public forum held on 10/20/2019

Medfield TV video summary of the 10/202019 Townwide Master Planning  Committee public forum is posted on youtube:

The Works

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 ** Water main breaks are a common occurrence during the year. You see them highlighted on the evening newscasts in mostly larger cities and towns as huge amounts of water buckles pavement and runs down the streets like a river. This also happens in Medfield but hopefully to a lesser degree. Older water main pipes sometimes develop cracks or leak at connections caused by age, frost heaves, ground shifting, other utilities in close proximity and sometimes contractor error. Depending on the time of year, these breaks could be very difficult to handle. Issues arise such as frigid temperatures, high ground water and mechanical breakdowns. Our Water Division staff is very well trained and proficient however there are times that mutual aid assistance from nearby towns are welcomed as in this instance with great help from our friends in Hopkinton, borrowing their vactor trailer to alleviate some of the soaked material around the pipe. They not only let us borrow their much needed equipment, they also got into the excavation trench to help any way they could. The large trench box was borrowed for safety from one of the local contractors along with their compressor to run a large drain pump. After the repair was made to the water main break, our Highway Division sent out a crew to make repairs to the roadway which included backfill, compaction and paving the large, disturbed area of the roadway. One special note is that each division of the DPW pitches in on projects when needed or called upon. Water Division 1 Misc. Events 1,2 Employee Spotlight 2 DPW Fun Facts 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 6 January 2020 WATER DIVISION: Water Main Breaks MISC. EVENTS: Medfield Green Development The 40B Development on the backside of the Medfield DPW Garage property is moving along quickly. The weather has been cooperating so far this winter season for the construction. VOLUME 1, ISSUE 6 During this year’s Holiday Stroll celebration in early December, the temperatures were hovering around the freezing point. The Highway Division sent out our sanders to salt the areas around the center of town to ensure the safety of our visiting attendees of the event. There was also personnel that walked along the sidewalks and into the park spreading ice melt to eliminate any icy patches which occurred as the crowds grew. Meet Jean Ouelette, Heavy Equipment Operator of the Medfield DPW Transfer Station. Jean was born and raised in Medfield and has been employed by the town for the past 14 years. He has worked at the Transfer Station his entire career taking over the position from his brother Paul. Jean was a veteran of the U.S. Army and has been operating heavy equipment for as long as he can remember. He is a true professional as a facility operator and is highly respected amongst his peers and the residents of the community. His personal interests includes being a classic street rod enthusiast. He has restored and continues to maintain his own classic vehicle. We are extremely fortunate to have such a dedicated professional and skilled employee in Jean. Page 2 Employee Spotlight De-Icing around the Holiday Stroll A Tribute to a Fallen DPW Worker DPW SAFETY TIPS DID YOU KNOW?  When using mapping apps or navigation, set the home address in your smartphone, GPS, and other devices to an address near your home, but not to your actual home address.  Long periods of time without proper breaks can lead to a decrease in focus or alertness. This can possibly also cause a loss in productivity; make sure you are taking regular breaks within your work day. For more information or have questions, please contact our main office at (508) 906-3003 or visit our town website @ MISC. EVENTS: Authorities identified a Lawrence Department of Public Works employee fatally shot while performing road work on Wednesday afternoon, January 15th. Officers responded to the shooting and found Marcos A. Ruiz- Rodriguez, 52, of Methuen, suffering from gunshot wounds which eventually took his life. A tribute was organized by the DPW community to recognize the fallen worker. Our Medfield DPW sent one of our vehicles to join the procession on Thursday January 23rd. There were hundreds of DPW vehicles and personnel on-site to pay their respects to the victim’s family.20200205-The Works January 2020_Page_2

Office hours this Friday

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Selectman Office Hours this Friday

I hold regular monthly office hours at The Center on the first Friday of every month from 9:00 to 10:00 AM and will be there 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 508-359-9190 or this blog.


Please note the numbered Post-Its on the sign above, which were created after one Ralph Parmigiane yelled at me one month for taking too long talking with someone when “people were waiting” to talk with me.  I had not been aware that Ralph was waiting to talk with me, but the issue he raised was real, so I added “Ralph’s numbers” so I could be aware when people were waiting.  In perfect Ralph fashion (loud, brusque, opinionated, but lovable) he made what I was doing better.  I will miss him.

Ralph’s wake is tomorrow evening from 4-8 PM at Roberts Mitchell Caruso Funeral Home and the funeral is a graveside service w/ full military honors on Friday Feb 7th 10am at Vine Lake Cemetery.