Monthly Archives: December 2020

Office Hours = next Friday, 8-9AM

Select Board Office Hours will be next Friday 8-9AM

This month’s Select Board office hours will be Friday January 8, 2021 from 8-9AM, due both to New Years Day being tomorrow and the Massachusetts Select Board Association holding its annual meeting next Friday at 9AM,

I usually hold regular monthly office hours at The Center on the first Friday of every month from 9:00 to 10:00 AM. 

Residents are welcome to call me at that time at 508-359-9190 to talk about any town matters.

I can be reached via 508-359-9190 or this blog about Medfield matters https://medfield02052.wordpress.com, where any schedule changes will be posted. 

New Years resolution = donate to the MFi!

Still time to make a 2020 donation to the Mfi

Below is the first ever Medfield Foundation annual appeal, that went to about 3,300 homes. If you want to donate for 2020, just date your check today, or contribute on-line at https://www.medfieldfoundation.org/give.

Donor Information
First Name Last Name
Address
City, State, Zip
Phone Email
I would like my donation to be anonymous
I would like more information on becoming a Legacy Fund Founder
My employer oers matching gifts to double the value of my donation
Please complete reverse side
Please make your checks payable to Medeld Foundation, Inc. All donations are tax deductible.
Medeld Foundation is a 100% volunteer-run organization. 100% of this donation goes directly to support your cause.
Gift Donation Form
Medeld Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprot organization (Tax ID #04-3559057) which makes all donations to us
tax-deductible. Make your donation by December 31 to ensure that it can be deducted from this year’s taxes.
Gift Donation Form
Angel Run Public Need Fund Donation $50 $100 $250 Other:
Legacy Fund Founder Donation $5,000 Legacy Fund Founder
$5,001 - $9,999 Partner Circle
$10,000 - $24,999 Heritage Circle
$25,000+ Legacy Circle
Legacy Fund General Donation $50 $100 $250 Other:
Founder Level donations may
be paid over one to four years.
Desired number of annual
payments:
Please complete reverse side
Please return in the enclosed envelope
Proceeds from our annual Angel Run benet Medeld residents in need. This year, more than
ever, your donation is critical for our ability to continue our 15th year of supporting the local
community.
I would love to share that I am a single mom of four
children... I’ve been out of work for three weeks, still
waiting on my unemployment, and it is so nice to
know that this program is there and helping so
many. I can’t say enough good about this amazing
program. God bless and thank you so very much.
When you are told that there are people that care
about their community to donate something they
have that others don’t, it means so much. It really
took a lot of pressure off me so I thank you with
all my heart. . .my guardian angel.
The Medeld Foundation Legacy Fund is an endowment created to support community driven
projects to ensure a strong and vibrant Medeld, now and in the future.
Friends of the Medeld Rail Trail
First ever MFi Legacy Fund grant recipients
The Friends of the Medeld Rail Trail was a recipient of a $5,000 grant, which they
felt was key to showing community support as they applied for state funding. Since
that time, the Rail Trail has received a total of $200,000 in additional grants from the
Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation for the creation of the
Medeld Rail Trail. Recently the Medeld Select Board signed a lease with the MBTA
for the rail righ-of-way and construction on the project should begin in the spring
of 2021. Visit them at medeld.baycolonyrailtrail.org
Medeld Cares About Prevention (MCAP) was a recipient of a $5,000 grant
to enlist the services of Bright Solutions Consulting to help them apply for a
federal “Drug-Free Communities” grant. The grant request was successful and
Medeld was awarded $625,000 to be used over a ve-year period to implement
comprehensive strategies to reduce youth substance use in Medeld.
Visit them at MedeldCares.org
The Cultural Alliance of Medeld (CAM) was a recipient of a $10,000 grant from the
MFi Legacy Fund. Under the guidance of Jean Mineo, The Cultural Alliance is working
to develop an Arts Center at the Medeld State Hospital. The Medeld Select Board
and the State of Massachusetts have approved a long-term lease with the Cultural
Alliance which is now in the process of raising additional funds for the renovation and
operations of the Arts Center from private resources.
The MCAP coalition owes the success of the $625,000 DFC grant application to the
Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund grant, which allowed MCAP to hire an experienced
grant writer,” said Chelsea Goldstein-Walsh LICSW, of Medfield Outreach. “We are
looking forward to launching a proactive and comprehensive effort to decrease youth
substance use and promote wellness in the community.
I don’t know what to say. You saved 3 people.
Testimonials from some of the people helped through your donations
.
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Medfield Helping Hands, a Medfield Foundation initiative

Colleen Sullivan’s article in the Medfield Patch –

Please Consider Joining “Medfield Helping Hands”

The Medfield Helping Hands is a volunteer network that supports Medfield families in temporary crisis. Please Join!!!

Colleen M. Sullivan's profile pictureColleen M. Sullivan, Patch MayorVerified User BadgePosted Mon, Dec 21, 2020 at 9:00 pm ET|Updated Mon, Dec 21, 2020 at 9:03 pm ET
Katie Henebry, Kathleen Cahill and Laurie Nealon
Katie Henebry, Kathleen Cahill and Laurie Nealon (Courtesy photo)

Please Consider Joining “Medfield Helping Hands”

Although this time of year is stressful for most people it can be devastating for those struggling with a temporary crisis of some kind and this year with the added stresses of COVID-19, “Medfield Helping Hands” hopes to get more Medfield residents to join in helping their neighbors in need.https://72490c44d4a364f5c538a333c0a49828.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

Some people may remember this group when it was called “Medfield Angels” then it was became “Medfield Neighbor Brigade” and now it is the “Medfield Lotsa Helping Hands”. For many years this group of volunteers has been making meals for Medfield families dealing with a temporary crisis.

Joining simply means that you will be on an email list and receive notifications of local needs. Once you receive an email, you will log into your account and if possible sign up to help make and deliver a meal (you choose the date) based on the Volunteer Calendar provided.

The Medfield Helping Hands is a volunteer network that supports Medfield families in temporary crisis and they support other Medfield volunteer organizations as well.

Medfield residents, Katie Henebry, Kathleen Cahill and Laurie Nealon work with other organizations (Medfield Outreach and the Medfield Food Cupboard) to determine the needs in the community and they manage the Medfield Lotsa Helping Hands website.https://72490c44d4a364f5c538a333c0a49828.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.htmlSubscribe

To join, please visit https://lotsahelpinghands.com, then click on Join a Community. Under Community Name enter Medfield Helping Hands.

Letter to MSBA today re PSR

<img src="https://medfield02052.files.wordpress.com/2020/12/20201223-msba-l_page_1.jpg?w=790" alt="December 23, 2020 Ms. Mary Pichetti MEDFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS Office of the Superintendent 459 Main Street – 3 rd Floor Medfield, Massachusetts 02052 Jeffrey J. Marsden, Ed.D Superintendent jmarsden@email.medfield.net (508) 359-2302 Director of Capital Planning 40 Broad Street Boston, Massachusetts 02109 Dear Ms. Pichetti: The Dale Street School Building Committee CSBC") has completed its review of the Feasibility Study's Preferred Schematic Report for the Dale Street School Project (the "Project") and on December 9, 2020, the SBC voted to approve and authorize the Owner's Project Manager to submit the Feasibility Study related materials to the MSBA for its consideration. The SBC, however, has informally authorized the Owner's Project Manager to submit the Feasibility Study related materials to the MSBA for its consideration. A letter of certification of the vote by the Superintendent of School and a copy of the SBC Meeting Minutes, which includes the specific language of the vote and the number of votes in favor, opposed, and abstained, is included in the Dale Street School Preferred Schematic Report Submission. Since the MSBA's Board of Directors invited the District to conduct a Feasibility Study on December 12, 2018, the SBC has held twenty-six (26) meetings regarding the proposed project, in compliance with the state Open Meeting Law. These meetings include: • SBC Meeting January 23, 2019 Town Hall, Cherney Rm. 7:00 PM • SBC Meeting March 27, 2019 Town Hall, Cherney Rm. 7:00 PM • SBC Meeting April 18, 2019 Town Hall, Warrant Committee Rm. 7:00 PM • SBC Meeting April 25, 2019 Medfield High School Library 7:00 PM • SBC Meeting May 6, 2019 Public Safety Bldg., Training Rm. 7:00 PM • SBC Meeting September 23, 2019 Town Hall, Cherney Rm. 7:00 PM • SBC Meeting October 23, 2019 Town Hall, Cherney Rm. 7:00 PM • SBC Meeting November 13, 2019 Town Hall, Cherney Rm. 7:00 PM • SBC Meeting December 11, 2019 Public Safety Bldg., Training Rm. 7:00 PM • SBC Meeting December 17, 2019 Town Hall, Cherney Rm. 7:00 PM • SBC Meeting January 8, 2020 Public Safety Bldg., Training Rm. 7:00 PM • SBC Meeting February 26, 2020 Public Safety Bldg., Training Rm. 7:00 PM • SBC Meeting March 4, 2020 Public Safety Bldg., Training Rm. 7:00 PM • SBC Meeting March 26, 2020 Online Webinar Meeting 7:00 PM • SBC Meeting April 22, 2020 Online Webinar Meeting 7:00 PM Local Approvals and Actions Page 2 • SBC Meeting May 13, 2020 Online Webinar Meeting 7:00 PM • SBC Meeting May 27, 2020 Online Webinar Meeting 7:00 PM • SBC Meeting June 17, 2020 Online Webinar Meeting 7:00 PM • SBC Meeting July 07, 2020 Online Webinar Meeting 7:00 PM • SBC Meeting August 12, 2020 Online Webinar Meeting 7:00 PM • SBC Meeting September 09, 2020 Online Webinar Meeting 7:00 PM • SBC Meeting September 16, 2020 Online Webinar Meeting 7:00 PM • SBC Meeting October 21, 2020 Online Webinar Meeting 7:00 PM • SBC Meeting November 23, 2020 Online Webinar Meeting 7:00 PM • SBC Meeting December 09, 2020 Online Webinar Meeting 7:00 PM • SBC Meeting December 21, 2020 Online Webinar Meeting 7:00 PM The agendas outlining the topics of discussion at each meeting, the meeting minutes and presentation materials are provided with the Meeting Minutes in the Appendix of the Preferred Schematic Report Submission. All votes are recorded in the Meeting Minutes and all Meeting Minutes are posted on the Medfield Public Schools' Dale Street School Project website for public review at https: //www.medfield.net/o/medfield-public-schools. In addition to the SBC Meetings listed above, the District held six (6) public meeting, which were posted in compliance with the state Open Meeting Law, at which the Project was discussed. These meetings were: • Public Forum December 9, 2019 Dale Street School Cafeteria 6:00 PM • Public Forum January 28, 2020 Dale Street School Cafeteria 6:00 PM • Public Forum March 9, 2020 Dale Street School Cafeteria 6:00 PM • Public Forum May 19, 2020 Online Webinar Meeting 7:00 PM • Public Forum October 14, 2020 Online Webinar Meeting 6:00 PM • Public Forum November 02, 2020 Online Webinar Meeting 7:00 PM The Public Forums were hosted by the Dale Street School High School Building Committee. Members of the School Committee, Board of Selectmen and Town Officials were present. The Public Forums were opened by Superintendent Marsden and presented by the Designer, Arrowstreet, Educational Consultant, New Vista Design and the OPM, LeftField. The public announcements that include the agenda, the meeting minutes and presentation materials are provided in the Appendix of the Preferred Schematic Report Submission. The presentation materials for each meeting, meeting minutes, and summary materials related to the Project are available locally for public review on the Medfield Public Schools' Dale Street School Project website at https://www.medfield.net/o/medfield-public-schools and at the Town of Medfield's website at https: //www. town. medfield .net/AgendaCenter /Search/?term =&CIDs=69 ,&startDate=&endDate =&dateRange=&dateSelector=. Hard copies are available and at the Office of the Superintendent of Schools. To the best of my knowledge and belief, each of the meetings listed above complied with the requirements of the Open Meeting Law, M.G.L. c. 30A, §§ 18-25 and 940 CMR 29 et seq. Local Approvals and Actions Page 3 If you have any questions or require any additional information, please contact Lynn Stapleton, Owner's Project Manager, lstapleton@leftfieldpm.com, 508-269-0457. By signing this Local Action and Approval Certification, I hereby certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, the information supplied by the District in this Certifi ation is true, complete, and acr-::>!'h… By: Osler Peterson Title: Chief Executive Officer By signing this Local Action and Approval Certification, I hereby certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, the information supplied by the District in this Certification is true, compl and accurate. Title: Superintendent of Schools Date: 1¥~ By signing this Local Action and Approval Certification, I hereby certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, the information supplied by the District in this Certification is true, complete, and accurate. / Title: Chair of the School Commi:e:

SEE THE MATRIALS AT:

Medfield Public Schools’ Dale Street School Project website at https://www.medfield.net/o/medfield-public-schools

and at the Town of Medfield’s website at
https: //www. town. medfield .net/AgendaCenter /Search/?term =&CIDs=69 ,&startDate=&endDate=&dateRange=&dateSelector=

Eversource update on Christmas eve storm – expected winds over 70mph

From: communityupdates <community.update@eversource.com>
Date: Tue, Dec 22, 2020 at 2:56 PM
Subject: Eversource Storm Update- Southboro EOC- December 22nd, 2020
To:

Good afternoon,

Due to the forecast that calls for heavy rain and elevated wind gusts, Eversource will be declaring a Level 3 ERP on Thursday, December 24th. Please remember, safety to our crews is of the utmost importance. With expected wind gusts to be over 70mph, we cannot begin to assess damage and make repairs until the weather is safe for our crews.

A follow up email will be sent tomorrow afternoon with schedules of your dedicated Community Liaisons.

In the meantime, please continue to communicate with your Blue Sky Community Relations Specialist with any questions.

-MA Liaison Team

MCSP funds another year of Interface Referral Service

The raising of the funds to renew the Interface Referral Service annual membership (off of the town’s property taxes) was championed by MCSP stalwart Andreea Cazacu Hagood, MD.

This from the Medfield Patch –

MCSP funds another year of Interface Referral Service

The Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention is proud to announce the renewal of Interface Referral Service for 2020-2021.

By Colleen M. Sullivan, Patch MayorVerified User Badge
Dec 18, 2020 9:00 pm ET|Updated Dec 18, 2020 9:02 pm ET
  • https://patch.com/img/cdn20/users/321386/20201214/034720/styles/patch_image/public/medfield-interface-card-front___14154315676.jpg
  • https://patch.com/img/cdn20/users/321386/20201214/034720/styles/patch_image/public/interface-card-back___14154333211.jpgInterface Referral and Resource Card. (Courtesy photo)
Interface Referral and Resource Card.
Interface Referral and Resource Card.

MCSP funds another year of Interface Referral Service

The Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention (MCSP) is proud to announce successfully funding the renewal of Interface Referral Service for the Town of Medfield for 2020-2021. In a year as emotionally trying as 2020, MCSP hopes to increase the awareness of this valuable service for any resident of Medfield.

The William James INTERFACE Referral Service, offered through the Freedman Center, is a mental health and wellness referral Helpline available Monday through Friday, 9 am-5 pm, at 888-244-6843 (toll free). This is a free, confidential referral service for residents of participating communities. Callers from these participating communities are matched with licensed mental health providers from an extensive database, on average, within 2 weeks of their call to INTERFACE. Each referral best meets the location, insurance, and specialty needs of the caller.

MCSP would like to thank the following organizations for their support and generous contributions that allow for the continued service: Norwood Hospital/Steward Health Care, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Needham, and CHNA7 – Community Health Coalition of Metrowest.

In addition to the aforementioned health partners, there are others to thank. Several local businesses and many community members have supported programming that raises funds for the coalition; others have shown their support by making donations. Special thanks to long time supporters: Tracy Buckley of Medfield Yoga Studio, Burning Wheel Yoga, and Karen Johnson.

MCSP is an initiative of Medfield Foundation, Inc. (MFi), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization administered by Medfield Outreach. For more information, visit medfieldfoundation.org. To donate, visit the Medfield Foundation’s Network for Good page. When making a donation through Network for Good, please be sure to include the name of the coalition (Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention) in the designation of the online form.

The Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention welcomes you to join monthly meetings and learn more about what we do! If you’re interested please email medfieldoutreach@medfield.net to be added to MCSP’s email list. Be sure to check out our social media and website at www.facebook.com/medfieldcsp and www.medfieldcsp.org

SB 12/22

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://medfieldnet.
zoom.us/j/82095363190?pwd=b2hpMW9oSVk5ZGpSRmlwSjFhTjFBQT09
b. Enter Password: 171914
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: 820 9536 3190
b. Enter the password: 171914
Board of Selectmen
Board or Committee
PLACE OF MEETING DAY, DATE, AND TIME
Remote Meeting held on Zoom Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 6:00 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
Discussion (potential votes)
Action Items
1. Local Actions and Approvals Letter for the Preferred Schematic Report submission to the
Massachusetts School Building Authority for the Dale Street School project
Posted:
2. Proposal from Clean-Footprint for Alternative On Bill Credit Agreements for solar
projects at the Kingsbury Club
Consent Agenda
Citizen Comment
Town Administrator Updates
Next Meeting Dates
January 5, 2021
January 19, 2021
Selectmen Reports
Informational

$50K MassDevelopment grant for RFP assistance re MSH

The town received a $50,000 state grant to assist with the RFP for the former Medfield State Hospital site. Here is the announcement letter that came yesterday, despiteits date. –

99 High Street
Boston, MA 02110
Main: 617-330-2000
Fax: 617-330-2001
massdevelopment.com
Charles D. Baker
Governor
Karyn E. Polito
Lieutenant Governor
Mike Kennealy
Chairman
Lauren A. Liss
President and CEO
December 8, 2020
Nicolas Milano
Assistant Town Administrator
Town of Medfield
459 Main Street
Medfield MA 02052
nmilano@medfield.net
Re: MassDevelopment Real Estate Services Award – Medfield State Hospital Reuse
Dear Mr. Milano:
We are pleased to inform you that the Town of Medfield’s application for technical assistance through MassDevelopment’s Real Estate Services Call for Proposals has been accepted for the FY2021 funding round for a budget not to exceed $50,000. Given this is a site-specific project, the repayment clause will apply in the Memorandum of Agreement between the Town of Medfield and MassDevelopment.
This year’s overwhelming level of interest made the funding round highly competitive. Forty communities applied with a combined request of $1.5M in technical assistance. Ultimately, 9 projects were selected to move forward in FY2021.
One of MassDevelopment’s Real Estate project managers will reach out to you in the next few weeks to discuss project start-up and next steps. If you have any questions in the meantime, please feel free to reach out to Christine Madore, Vice President, Real Estate Services at cmadore@massdevelopment.com or 617-330-2053.
Sincerely,
Cassandra McKenzie
Executive Vice President, Real Estate
MassDevelopment

SBC’s Wheelock Neighborhood Traffic Questionnaire Open

From Anna Mae O’Shea Brooke –

Wheelock Neighborhood Traffic Questionnaire Now Open!

The School Building Committee has released a traffic questionnaire intended, but not limited to, the Wheelock School Neighborhood. The data from this questionnaire is anticipated to be used to fine tune existing traffic calculations and adjustments, to understand additional concerns other than traffic increases, and to most importantly focus on developing mitigation strategies that would best serve the neighborhood and the future school development.

CLICK HERE for the Traffic Questionnaire open until January 8th at noon.

For more information about the Project and to subscribe to our email list, please visit medfield.net. Please also follow the Dale Street School Building Project on Facebook.

Any questions: email DaleStreetSchoolProject@gmail.com.

Thank you for your input and time!

Better electrical line reliability expected early next year

Emails from Town Administrator Kristine Trierweiler and Representative Denise Garlick this morning pushing for improvements to the electrical lines, given seven power outages in the last seven storms in the Main Street and Causeway Street areas, and an initial report –

I met with Eversource this AM, they have identified several issues including engineering and vegetation management. I have asked them to summarize the issues in a memo to me that I will share with the Board as soon as I have it. The engineering design change won’t happen until the first quarter of 2021, Chief Carrico and I requested that be moved up based on the past seven storm outages. I will update you as soon as I receive the memo from Eversource. 

KT

———- Forwarded message ———
From: Garlick, Denise – Rep. (HOU) <Denise.Garlick@mahouse.gov>
Date: Wed, Dec 16, 2020 at 10:36 AM
Subject: Concerns About Medfield Power Outages and Tree Maintenance


The Office of State Representative Denise C. Garlick 

Vice Chair, House Committee on Ways and Means
State House | Boston, MA 02133 

Phone: (617) 722-2380 | Fax: (617) 722-2847 

E-mail: Denise.Garlick@mahouse.gov 

December 16, 2020 

Mr. Jared Blandino  

Community Relations and Economic 

Development Specialist 

Eversource 

Dear Jared, 

As the State Delegation representing the town of Medfield, we are writing to express serious concerns about frequent power outages in Medfield as well as a lack of tree maintenance near power lines.  

We are very worried that the Causeway/Main Street section of town has lost power in the last 7 out of 7 storms.  We understand that in cases of major storms, power outages are inevitable, but to lose power during every single storm is unacceptable to the residents, business owners, town leaders, and to us.  The timing could not be worse as so many are now home working remotely and/or have children and teenagers home trying to learn remotely.  Reliable residential power is essential now more than ever. 

We are also concerned over a lack of tree maintenance near power lines.  There are branches and limbs hanging over and on wires which we believe has contributed to power outages in other neighborhoods over the past several months.  This is a significant concern as we head into the winter months where heavy snow can bring those branches down and the power lines with it. 

By December 20th, can you please send us Eversource’s Tree Maintenance Plan for Medfield?  We would like to see that there is an adequate plan in place to trim branches and limbs before we start to feel the full impact of a New England winter.  Also, can you provide us with plans for resolving the issue that is causing the power outages in the Causeway/Main Street section of town?   We do not want our constituents to face any more time without power as the temperatures begin to drop. 

Any correspondence can be directed to Representative Garlick at denise.garlick@mahouse.gov, and it will be shared with the entire delegation.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation. 

Sincerely, 

Representative Denise Garlick 

Representative Shawn C. Dooley 

Senator Paul R. Feeney 

Cc:  Kristine Trierweiler, Town of Medfield