Monthly Archives: October 2020

Master Plan – forum Sunday at 5PM

https://zoom.us/j/92833674553?wd=b0IvcnZla01pVE00T3RBRU5YcVpwQT09

Meeting ID: 928 3367 4553 Passcode: 653653
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63 confirmed, 9 active / poop plots bad

The Board of Health has announced the following case numbers of COVID-19 in Medfield: 64 confirmed, 9 active

UPDATEView all updates
October 26, 2020 05:34 PM
The Board of Health has announced the following case numbers of COVID-19 in Medfield: 63 confirmed, 9 active Read on
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Email below, from Bill Harvey, Chair of the Water & Sewer Commission, today indicates that the poop plots from the MWRA Deer Island plant indicate we are are facing as much COVID-19 now as we did in the spring –

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Subject: Plot of COVID in Deer Island MWRA Wastewater Plant –

Interesting plot… Current data is close to the highs in the Spring.  The solid lines are 7 sample moving averages that are slower to react to individual points shown.

http://www.mwra.com/biobot/biobotdata.htm

Bill Harvey

56 confirmed, 2 active

The Board of Health has announced the following case numbers of COVID-19 in Medfield: 56 confirmed, 2 active

UPDATEView all updates
October 22, 2020 02:56 PM
The Board of Health has announced the following case numbers of COVID-19 in Medfield: 56 confirmed, 2 active Read on
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Halloween

The Board of Health is asking that residents follow the CDC and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health guidance in order to most safely celebrate Halloween amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. With these guidelines in mind, the Board of Health recommends you keep Halloween activities outside, maintain social distancing, wear a protective face mask (instead of, or in addition to, a costume mask), and maintain good hand washing. As a reminder, any Halloween activities are subject to Governor Baker’s order on gathering size limits

MA Department of Public Health Tips for a Safe and Healthy Halloween 

The Center for Disease Control has offered guidance on low, moderate, and high-risk activities: Center for Disease Control Guidance

SB on 10/20

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.

To join online, use this link:
a. https://medfieldnet.
zoom.us/j/84666846844?pwd=TWVDd0xnSE05QVFWT2ZsSHM3bFV5dz0
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b. Enter Password: 860782

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: 846 6684 6844
b. Enter the password: 860782

Board of Selectmen
Board or Committee

PLACE OF MEETING DAY, DATE, AND TIME
Remote Meeting held on Zoom Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 6:00 pm

Agenda (Subject to Change)

Call to Order

Vote to enter Executive Session for the following purposes:
 To investigate charges of criminal misconduct or to consider the filing of criminal complaints
 To consider the purchase, exchange, lease or value of real property:
o Property on Elm Street

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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.To join online, use this link:
a. https://medfieldnet.
zoom.us/j/82095363190?pwd=b2hpMW9oSVk5ZGpSRmlwSjFhTjFBQT09
b. Enter Password: 171914

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: 820 9536 3190
b. Enter the password: 171914

The agenda packet for this meeting is available at this link:
https://www.town.medfield.net/DocumentCenter/View/4624/BOS-Meeting-Packet—October- 20-2020


Board of Selectmen
Board or Committee

PLACE OF MEETING DAY, DATE, AND TIME
Remote Meeting held on Zoom Tuesday, October 20, 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

Appointments

  1. Representative Denise Garlick to discuss the state budget
    Posted:

2. John Thompson to discuss letter to DCAMM commissioner regarding Environmental Comments and Road Relocation Proposal

3. Public Hearing – Eversource request to install conduit in the public way (North Meadows Road)

4. Brett Poirier, MedfieldTV, discuss Halloween Event at the Medfield State Hospital

Discussion (potential votes)

5. Update on COVID-19 status/operations and CARES Funding

6. Dale Street School Project next steps

7. Authorize the Town Administrator to sign the letter DCAMM commissioner regarding Environmental Comments and Road Relocation Proposal

Action Items

8. Request for pole and transformer license at 45 Hospital Road (Medfield State Hospital)

9. Chapter 90 Reimbursement Request
a. South Street Extension in the amount of $275,927.98

10. Medfield Rail Trail:
a. Insurance requirements
b. Request for Determination of Applicability submission to the Conservation Commission

11. Sign Arbor Day Proclamation

12. Appointments
a. Kathy Thompson, School Nurse, to the Board of Health

13. Agreement with MetroWest Medical Center

Consent Agenda

14. Boy Scout Troop 89 request permission to post a sign at the Transfer Station for the annual Christmas Tree pick-up program

Town Administrator Updates

Meeting Minutes
Next Meeting Dates
November 8, 2020 – Town Wide Master Planning Committee Public Forum
November 10, 2020- Board of Selectmen Meeting (Dale Street School Project Vote)

Selectmen Reports

Informational
Tier 5 Water Restriction

MSBA approves town’s extension

Email received from the Massachusetts School Building Authority –

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From: Jennifer Flynn
To: osler.peterson@verizon.net <osler.peterson@verizon.net>
Sent: Thu, Oct 15, 2020 3:11 pm
Subject: MSBA/Medfield- Dale Street Elementary School Extension Request

Good afternoon, Mr. Peterson:  

This email serves as notice that the Massachusetts School Building Authority (the “MSBA”) has approved the Town of Medfield’s (the “District’s”) September 24, 2020 request for an extension to the schedule and Feasibility Study Agreement for the Dale Street Elementary School project. The MSBA accepts the updated project schedule and notes the new Feasibility Study Agreement expiration date is November 30, 2021. 

If you have any questions or require additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Jenn

Jennifer Flynn

Senior Project Coordinator

Massachusetts School Building Authority

40 Broad Street; Suite 500

Boston MA 02109

617-720-4466

www.massschoolbuildings.org

54 confirmed, 7 active + Superintendent’s email + guidance from Kathy Thompson, RN, MPS Nurse Leader

The Board of Health has announced the following case numbers of COVID-19 in Medfield: 54 confirmed, 7 active

UPDATEView all updates
October 13, 2020 08:53 AM
The Board of Health has announced the following case numbers of COVID-19 in Medfield: 54 confirmed, 7 active Read on
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From: Marsden, Jeffrey <aspen-sysadmin@myfollett.com>
Date: Mon, Oct 12, 2020 at 6:26 PM
Subject: Message from the Superintendent- COVID-19 Update #25- Postive Cases
To: <jmarsden@email.medfield.net>

Dear Parents,

We were informed this afternoon by the Public Health Nurse that a student at Blake Middle School and a student at Medfield High School have tested positive for Covid-19. It’s important to note that these students did not participate with in-person classes during their infectious period, which is defined by the Massachusetts Department of Health as 48 hours before the beginning of symptoms. Because of this, there are no in-school close contacts. All community close contacts have already been identified and contacted.

Though we cannot provide specific information about the students who tested positive, if you have not been contacted, your child was not a close contact with either of the affected students. See the definition of a close contact below:

What is a close contact?: Per Massachusetts DPH, if a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, their close contacts will be defined as only those who have been within 6 feet of the individual for at least 15 minutes, while the person was infectious.  All close contacts should be tested but must self-quarantine for 14 days after the last exposure to the person who tested positive, regardless of the test result. 

Our students and staff will continue to adhere to the safety protocols during school and during after-school activities including mask-wearing, hand washing, and physical distancing. We are grateful for the continued vigilance of our families as your efforts, coupled with the school safety measures continue to help reduce the risk of transmission in Medfield. It is critical that families whose students/family members test positive for COVID-19 report the results to our school nurses and the Medfield Health Department. Please see the attachment with important COVID-19 resources.

Sincerely,

Jeff Marsden

Jeffrey J. Marsden, Ed.D

Superintendent 

Medfield Public Schools

508-359-2302

Follow me on Twitter @JeffreyJMarsden and @DaleStProject

#medfieldps  #medfieldpln–

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Medfield Public Schools
COVID-19 Resources
Kathy Thompson, RN, MSN
Medfield Public Schools Nurse Leader

  1. Daily Home Screening
    A. If your student has any of these symptoms or situations below, do
    not send them to school and please call the school nurse. We may
    recommend you call their health care provider for further follow-up
    and/or testing.
    ■ Fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher) or chills
    ■ Cough (not due to other known cause, such as asthma)
    ■ Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    ■ New loss of taste or smell
    ■ Sore throat
    ■ Headache (in combination with other symptoms)
    ■ Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
    ■ Fatigue (in combination with other symptoms)
    ■ Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other know
    causes such as allergies) and when in combination with other
    symptoms
    ■ Muscle aches and/or body aches
    B. If your student is a close contact of someone who has tested
    positive, they must quarantine for 14 days after last exposure to them.
    Close contact with a COVID + person is defined as within 6ft of them for
    15 minutes during their infectious period. The i nfectious period is 2 days
    before symptoms start or the date of positive test for individuals without
    symptoms.
    C. If your student travels outside of Massachusetts to a high risk
    state, they must follow the MA Travel Order BEFORE they can return to
    school. Please contact the school nurse if they have travelled outside of
    MA (or have plans to).
    2 . If your child needs to be dismissed through the nurse’s office, we ask that
    someone be available to pick them up within 30 minutes of the call. Be sure your
    emergency contacts in ASPEN are current.
    3 . If you/your student needs to get tested, it must be the more reliable PCR test.
    4 .Here is a list of all testing sites in MA: MA Testing Sites . It is advised that you
    check with your insurance before getting tested Stop the Spread Marlborough is
    a free site with relatively quick turn around (24-48 hours) for a PCR test.
    5 . Due to changes in where students eat snack/lunch and lack of Allergen
    Free table please refrain from sending your student to school with ANY foods
    containing peanuts or tree nuts.
    6 . Please have your student get a flu shot this year by 12/31 as it is a new
    immunization requirement for all Massachusetts school students.
    SCHOOL NURSE CONTACT INFO:
    Memorial , Kim Maguire, RN, BSN: (508) 242-8576
    Wheelock , Aimie Kiegan, RN, BSN: (508) 242-8577
    Dale , Kathy Thompson, RN, MSN: (508) 242-8573
    Blake , Tricia Williams, RN, BSN & Arlene O’Driscoll-Dricoll RN,
    MSN: (508) 242-8554
    MHS , Liz Bennett, RN, BSN & Brittany Hardiman, RN, BSN: (508)242-8568

Watering lawns now prohibited

An alert from the Town of Medfield DPW –

Water Restriction Update – No Outdoor Water Use

** Updated October 14, 2020 **

All nonessential outdoor water use prohibited

Following the state’s declaration of a Level 3 drought for the Charles River watershed, the Town of Medfield is now subject to a mandatory prohibition on all nonessential water use. This restriction goes into effect immediately and remains in effect until further notice. This state-mandated restriction prohibits all nonessential outdoor water use. The state’s announcement of the new restrictions can be found at this link. 

In addition, since Monday, September 28, 2020, the Town has been working on a long-planned maintenance project on the Mt. Nebo Water Tower that will take approximately two months to complete. The Mt. Nebo Water Tower has been drained and taken temporarily offline. The Town’s contractor is making repairs to and painting the outside of the water tower as well as making repairs to the interior of the tank. This project will extend the life of the water tower. The Town currently has only one water tower in operation (the Medfield State Hospital Water Tower). 

The Medfield Board of Water and Sewage and the Medfield Water Department will continue to monitor the weather, water demand, and the Town’s infrastructure throughout the Mt. Nebo project.

Thank you to all residents for your continued diligence in helping to conserve our water resources. 

A Tier 5 water restriction prohibits nonessential outdoor water use. 

Examples of nonessential outdoor water use that are now prohibited include:

  • Irrigation of lawns, gardens, flowers, and ornamental plants via handheld hoses.
  • Uses that are not required for health or safety reasons
  • Irrigation of lawns via sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems
  • Washing of vehicles other than by means of a commercial car wash, except as necessary for operator safety
  • Washing of exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways or sidewalks, except as necessary to apply paint, preservatives, stucco, pavement or cement

This water restriction was put into place due to the state’s Level 3 drought declaration for the Charles River watershed.  

The Town’s Water Rules and Regulations include additional information on water restrictions and can be found at this link. MassDEP maintains a list of all communities with water restrictions in place. 

Water uses not subject to mandatory restrictions are those required:

  • For health or safety reasons
  • By regulation
  • For the production of food and fiber
  • For the maintenance of livestock
  • To meet the core functions of a business (for example, irrigation by plant nurseries as necessary to maintain stock).

Thank you for adhering to this new water restriction and working together to reduce our water consumption.

Questions about the water restriction can be directed to Director of Public Works Maurice Goulet at 508-906-3004 or mgoulet@medfield.net

Dale public forum – 6PM tomorrow

Posted at the request of Anna Mae O’Shea Brooke –

Here is the Zoom link set to work – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87861244383?pwd=R2toV1VoRjBIS3hLQkdMMFlQNEtZQT09

This public forum is being held by the School Building Committee, but the Select Board is holding a concurrent posted meeting as part of the public forum.

3 MCPE activities

From Clair Meehan –

MCPE Launches One Medfield Fundraisers

With the school year underway, Medfield Coalition for Public Education (MCPE) is hosting a series of activities to bring the community together as One Medfield–all in support of our K-12 public schools.

In the month of October, community members can show their town spirit by signing up to have a special logo painted on their driveways. Between October 5 and November 15, let’s continue to be active.

Join the Medfield Movement Challenge and walk, run, bike, rollerblade, swim or skip your way to 20.52 miles (a play on the best zip code in the world, 02052!). Sign up to receive a weekly motivational email, a log to track your progress, and a t-shirt upon completion.

Then, on November 19 at 8:00pm, MCPE launches its “Medfield Night In” series with a virtual flower arranging class in conjunction with Alice’s Table. All you need are scissors and water. Fall flowers and a decorative container will be delivered to your door, anywhere in the USA, the day before the class. Sign up now for one of the few remaining spots!

MCPE thanks their generous sponsors of these events, Will’s Hardware and Medfield Orthodontics.

Stay tuned for more ways to keep connected to your community while raising money for a good cause.