Monthly Archives: September 2020

SB 9/22 – new Dale siting

TOWN OF MEDFIELD
MEETING
NOTICE
Posted in accordance with the provisions of MGL Chapter 39 Section 23A, as amended
Due to the COVID-19 emergency, this meeting will take place remotely. Members of the public
who wish to view or listen to the meeting may do so by joining via the web, or a conference call.

  1. To join online, use this link:
    a. https://zoom.us/j/94326010901?pwd=ZXZrc0lkek5jbHVLOXR2dEhzWEx1Zz09
    b. Enter Password: 246771
  2. To join through a conference call, dial 929-436-2866 or 312-626-6799 or 253-215-8782
    or 301-715-8592 or 346-248-7799 or 669-900-6833
    a. Enter the Webinar ID: 943 2601 0901
    b. Enter the password: 246771
  3. The agenda packet for this meeting is available at this link:
    https://www.town.medfield.net/DocumentCenter/View/4568/BOS-Meeting-Packet-September15-2020
    Board of Selectmen
    Board or Committee
    PLACE OF MEETING DAY, DATE, AND TIME
    Remote Meeting held on Zoom Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 7:00 pm
    Agenda (Subject to Change)
    Call to Order
    Disclosure of video recording
    We want to take a moment of appreciation for our Troops serving around the globe in defense of our country
    Board of Selectmen to discuss Dale Street School Project
     Potential vote on site selection/preferred schematic

    Town Administrator Updates
    Posted:
    Meeting Minutes
    Next Meeting Dates
    Selectmen Reports
    Informational

Light up Medfield – Suicide Awareness Month

Andreea Cazacu, M.D., a local pediatrician and the stalwart leader of the Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention’s campaign to illuminate the town in purple and other colored lights in recognition of September being Suicide Awareness Month, reports the following successes to date:

As you might have noticed the many of the local stores and businesses are adorned with the colored lights. Please let your friends and family know to look for it:

Noon Hill Grill has a new purple sign at the entrance in the parking lot and purple lights inside

Park Street Books has green lights

Go Fresh has a string of Purple lights

Larkins has changed their sign and is teal with purple

Nosh and Grog has purple lights

Starbucks has 2 jars with purple lights by their cash register by the main door

Absi Jewelers store has 2 jars with purple lights

Salon one has jars with purple lights as well

Brothers store has purple lights at the street

Avenue has white and purple lights hanging over their tables

Be Charmed has a purple light shining on their sign

Medfield TV has purple lights inside

A house on Main street has purple lights on their column

A house on North has purple lights in the windows upstairs

48 confirmed, 5 active

The Board of Health has announced the following case numbers of COVID-19 in Medfield: 48 confirmed, 5 active

UPDATEView all updates
September 17, 2020 08:30 AM
The Board of Health has announced the following case numbers of COVID-19 in Medfield: 48 confirmed, 5 active Read on
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Volunteer for town committee

The Town of Medfield needs residents to fill positions on the following town committees.

Capital Budget

Safety Committee

Selectmen’s Insurance Advisory Committee

OPEB Trust Committee (3 Year Term)

Historic Commission 

Interested individuals can contact me or Evelyn Clarke at the Town House – 508-906-3012.

Small businesses get energy saving opportunity

Eversource press release announces energy saving assistance for our town’s businesses –

Eversource Energy : Partners with Medfield to Launch Energy Efficiency Campaign for Small Businesses

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09/15/2020 | 02:55pm EDT

Energy company helps business owners identify specific ways to save on building’s operating costs now and in the future

BOSTON September 14, 2020 – Eversource is working with Medfield next month on the Main Streets energy efficiency initiative to help local, small businesses reduce their energy costs, save money and have a positive impact on the environment. From September 14th until September 18th, energy experts from Eversource-approved contractor, Rise, will be in the community meeting with businesses, scheduling no-cost energy assessments and answering questions about energy-efficient equipment upgrades and improvements.

‘Energy efficiency provides businesses of all sizes with a competitive edge and directly impacts their bottom line through energy savings,’ said Eversource Vice President of Energy Efficiency Tilak Subrahmanian, ‘Many small businesses are facing financial hardships right now, and this effort will help connect small business owners with ways to save on their energy costs.’

Medfield is one of 15 communities chosen for this initiative in 2020. In 2019, Eversource visited nine communities and helped small business owners reduce their energy use by more than 2.7 million kWh and save more than $400,000 as a result of this initiative.

The Main Streets energy efficiency program begins with a no-cost, no-obligation energy assessment identifying energy-saving opportunities for small businesses, such as new lighting, occupancy sensors, programmable thermostats, refrigeration controls, insulation and more. Some of the improvements, such as installing aerators and spray valves, happen on the spot at no cost to the customer. Larger improvement projects, like HVAC equipment upgrades or the installation of energy-efficient motor controls, are scheduled for a future date. For a limited time, Eversource has increased incentives for a range of energy-efficiency improvements to further offset the cost of upgrades, and interest-free financing is available for any remaining costs.

Local, licensed electricians contracted by Eversource will complete approved projects, ensuring minimal disruption to daily business operations. All contractors are required to follow state-of-the-art health and safety guidelines to minimize the spread of COVID-19, and all high-efficiency products installed as part of the program will include warranties for both materials and labor.

Eversource has delivered postcards with more information about the program to Medfield businesses. For more information about the program and to schedule a free assessment at a convenient time, businesses should contact Eversource’s contractor, Rise, directly at 401-784-3700 x 6158.

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Yoga on the Turf this Sunday

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

The Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention, (MCSP), a MFi initiative, administered by Medfield Outreach, welcomes the Medfield community to participate in Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. 

In an effort to raise awareness of Suicide Prevention, we are inviting businesses and residents alike to #LightUpMedfield!  Lights of either color, purple or turquoise, both associated with suicide prevention, can be strung out in display of support for the cause. 

Please be on the lookout for the many businesses around town that will be participating in Suicide Prevention Awareness Month by displaying purple or turquise lights!  We suggest you show your appreciation by supporting those businesses, which include:  Noon Hill Grill, Park Street Books, Salon One, Butterfly Tree Boutique, Be Charmed, Avenue, Nosh and Grog, Unitarian Church, St. Edwards, and 266 Main Street.  Medfield residents can also participate by hanging lights or tying a ribbon of the same colors around a light post, mailbox, fence, anywhere you see fit on your property.  Let’s demonstrate how much we care!  These are trying times for many; let’s unite and show our support for those who have been touched by depression and suicide. 

In addition to lighting up Medfield, MCSP will be offering resources on our social media site https://www.facebook.com/medfieldcsp and an outdoor yoga session to promote physical and mental health later in the month.  Please be on the lookout at https://www.facebook.com/medfieldcsp and on the Medfield Outreach Facebook and Twitter pages: https://www.facebook.com/MedfieldOutreach and https://twitter.com/MedfieldOutrch.

Mental Health Emergency Resources and Helplines:

Riverside Community Care:  24 Hour Emergency Services Program Available 24 hours/7 days for mobile crisis intervention for children and adults for both mental health/psychiatric emergencies at your home, our office, or other community locations. 1-800-529-5077 or 1-781-769-8674

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Since its inception, the Lifeline has engaged in a variety of initiatives to improve crisis services and advance suicide prevention. 1-800-273-8255  http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Samaritans’ mission is to reduce the incidence of suicide by alleviating despair, isolation, distress and suicidal feelings among individuals in the community, 24 hours a day; to educate the public about suicide prevention; and to reduce the stigma associated with suicide. They accomplish this through services that emphasize confidential, nonjudgmental, and compassionate listening.  Call anytime 24 hours/7 days per week (877)870-4673.  http://samaritanshope.org

Call2Talk is a confidential mental health and emotional support call line that assists individuals and families through stressful times in their lives, helping the despondent and those who may be suicidal.When calling Call2Talk, those who are struggling with mental health concerns have a safe place to call and will be encouraged to discuss their current experience. By sharing their personal stories of tragedy, recovery, despair and grief, callers feel relief, comfort and hope. Check out their website for more information.  A text line is also available. HELPLINE:  2-1-1 OR (508) 532-2255 https://www.uwotc.org/call2talk

SB 9/15/20

TOWN OF MEDFIELD
MEETING
NOTICE
Posted in accordance with the provisions of MGL Chapter 39 Section 23A, as amended
Due to the COVID-19 emergency, this meeting will take place remotely. Members of the public
who wish to view or listen to the meeting may do so by joining via the web, or a conference call.

  1. To join online, use this link:
    a. https://zoom.us/j/98390860697?pwd=VWhyMjVOL2R2cENVSnkwT0VicFI0Zz
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    b. Enter Password: 241623
  2. To join through a conference call, dial 929-436-2866 or 312-626-6799 or 253-215-8782
    or 301-715-8592 or 346-248-7799 or 669-900-6833
    a. Enter the Webinar ID: 983 9086 0697
    b. Enter the password: 241623
  3. The agenda packet for this meeting is available at this link:
    https://www.town.medfield.net/DocumentCenter/View/4568/BOS-Meeting-Packet-September15-2020
  4. Board of Selectmen
    Board or Committee
    PLACE OF MEETING DAY, DATE, AND TIME
    Remote Meeting held on Zoom Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 7:00 pm
    Agenda (Subject to Change) Revised
  5. Call to Order
  6. Disclosure of video recording
  7. We want to take a moment of appreciation for our Troops serving around the globe in defense of our country
  8. Appointments
    Posted:
    Posted Sep 11, 2020 3:59 PM
  9. Patti Allan and Amanda Spears, Medfield Coalition for Public Education, to discuss a
    community painting fundraiser and potential use of Town property
  10. Jean Mineo to discuss Medfield State Hospital Chapel signage
  11. Michael Taylor, Dwight Derby House, to discuss lease and to request funding assistance with maintenance projects
  12. Discussion (potential votes)
  13. COVID-19 Status Updates/Operations
    Dale Street School Project process update, site selection, preferred schematic
    Action Items
  14. Agreement with MetroWest Medical Center for medication exchanges
  15. Agreement with Steward Norwood Hospital Inc. for medical control services
  16. Annual Appointments: Individual appointments
    a. Appointment of Blake McDermott and James Sullivan as associate members on
    the Planning Board
  17. Trailside Road – Online Wine Auction Permit
    Town Administrator Updates
    Meeting Minutes
    Next Meeting Dates
    Selectmen Reports
    Informational

Sen. Feeney on RR track upgrade

The North South rail line through town has been getting upgraded for several months, and a resident queried Senator Feeney about what was being done. Today Senator Feeney informed the resident what he heard back from the railroad as follows:

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Below is the update we received from Mass Coastal as of yesterday. Unfortunately they are not mandated by statute or regulation to notify abutters regarding rail work. We have urged them to do so previously and will continue to ask for updates if the work is going to be prolonged. This is part of a larger project to replace older rail with “Continuous welded rail”.  I hope this update helps to understand the scope of their work.  In the meantime, we as a delegation have communicated about this issue, agree with you wholeheartedly, and will shake the trees with MassDOT and advocate for communication to the neighborhood by Mass Coastal. 
Best,-Paul
Update from Mass Coastal:


 “As information, Mass Coastal is overseeing a MBTA & MASS-DOT Rail Unit Project that is upgrading the rail along the Framingham Secondary between Framingham and Mansfield. We are changing the over 100 year old sectional-jointed rail to Continuous Welded Rail (CWR). Along with that change, the project involves spreading ballast stone and “surfacing” the rail to provide smooth alignment.

   As you are likely aware, this rail line is very active transporting freight. Consequently the operational windows that we have afforded the contractor results in erratic hours. We take every step to avoid disruption, but one of the problems with CWR is that laying it in extreme heat conditions is not conducive to the requirements. Therefore early starts and working late are necessary.

   There are a couple of weeks left before we are finished. 

I am copying the folks at the MBTA and DOT that are my direct report.“ 

Office hours cancelled

I was kindly reminded of the school standard, namely to stay home for 24 hours after a fever, so I have canceled the office hours for tomorrow. Good advice. Thank you.