Monthly Archives: February 2021

23 cases over the last 14 days

Medfield’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard has been updated with case and testing data as of 2/25/2021. Medfield remains in the yellow category and has a case count of 23 cases over the last 14 days.

UPDATEView all updates
February 26, 2021 02:07 PM
Medfield’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard has been updated with case and testing data as of 2/25/2021. Medfield remains in the yellow category and has a case count of 23… Read on
Click here to open the dashboard.

MMA on State’s Steps

Breaking News from the MMA  

Mass. to return to Step 2 of Phase 3 Monday, advance to Phase 4 on March 22

The Baker-Polito administration announced today that Massachusetts will return to Step 2 of Phase 3 of the state’s four-phase reopening plan on Monday, March 1, and will transition to Step 1 of Phase 4 three weeks later, on March 22.

Gov. Charlie Baker said the steps to further reopen the Commonwealth’s economy were being taken because public health metrics continue to trend in a positive direction, including drops in average daily COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, while vaccination rates continue to increase.

The administration released its reopening plan on May 18, 2020, conditioning any progress on sustained improvements in public health data. The state had advanced to Step 2 of Phase 3 last October, but returned to the previous step on Dec. 13 in response to an increase in new COVID infections and hospitalizations following the Thanksgiving holiday. The step back reduced capacities across a broad range of sectors and tightened several other workplace restrictions. …

CVS today had vaccine appointments

CVS in Medfield did have available vaccine appointments earlier today.

Elementary School Project – Sustainability Forum 7PM Thursday

Elementary School Project

Sustainability Forum this Thursday

Zoom Link: from Arrowstreet, the new Elementary School Project architect, about the design considerations to be made over the next two months related to energy efficiency and net zero emissions:What is it?Why do it?Where is MA headed?Case StudiesOther Agenda Items:Utility incentives New Elementary School ProcessOther Building Types & Net Zero/Energy Efficiency Incentives for residential users Q&A/Break-out discussions  A net zero building uses only as much energy as it can generate and being able to achieve that is a function of the building design. 
 Please join us to learn more on Thursday!
 Sponsored by the the Sustainability Subcommittee of the Dale Street School Building Committee and the Medfield Energy Committee.

Please follow and share our Facebook page and visit our Elementary School Project website for updates.  Any questions: email

Select Board 2/23

Posted in accordance with the provisions of M.G.L. c. 30A, §§18-25
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:
b. Enter Password: 060672
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: 815 7734 2022
b. Enter the password: 060672
The packet with meeting materials for this meeting is located at this link:
Board of Selectmen
Board or Committee
Remote Meeting held on Zoom
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 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 / Potential Votes
1. Todd Trehubenko, Medfield State Hospital Development Committee to discuss the Medfield State Hospital Request for Proposals
Discussion (potential votes)
2. COVID-19 Status Update and CARES Funding Update
3. FY2022 Operating and Capital Budgets
4. 2021 Annual Town Meeting and Warrant Articles
Action Items
5. Committee Appointments
a. Appoint Margret Vasaturo to the Board of Registrars for a one-year term
b. Appoint Jennifer Keating to the Board of Registrars for a three-year term
6. Vote to sign Warrant for the Town Election on March 29, 2021
7. Vote to authorize deficit spending for the snow and ice budget
8. Kingsbury Club Solar Project
a. Tax Agreements, subject to Town Meeting approval
b. Alternative on Bill Credit Agreements
9. North Street Solar Project
a. Approve Tax Agreement, subject to Town Meeting approval
Consent Agenda
Citizen Comment
Town Administrator Updates
Next Meeting Dates
• March 2, 2021
• March 16, 2021
• March 23, 2021
Selectmen Reports
• Massachusetts DHCD Public Housing Notice 2021-01 re: Changes Pertaining to Town Appointed Tenant Board Members, effective May 15, 2021
• Medfield Vegetation Management Plan
o Public Hearing: Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 11 am

Read the MMA’s magazine, the Municipal Advocate

Hello Readers! 
The pandemic has caused everyone to retool and reprioritize, including us at the MMA. We’ve shifted our focus in order to provide as much relevant and timely information as possible to help municipalities navigate this challenging time. There are, however, a range of ongoing pre-pandemic challenges that will need our attention as soon as we’re able, and key among them is climate change. Today, we present the new issue of the Municipal Advocate on that topic. This issue features articles on: • The Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness program, which provides tools and grants to communities to address concerns on the front line• The Massachusetts Climate Action Network, which is partnering with cities and towns to dramatically reduce emissions and purchase more local renewable energy• The collaborative work of 15 Cape Cod towns to develop and deploy preventative, mitigating and adaptive climate strategies• Lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic that can help us take bold and multi-faceted action to address climate change• The Trustees of Reservations’ effort to assess the vulnerability of five key coastal areas As an added convenience, all the links in the document are clickable, as are the story titles in the table of contents. We hope you enjoy this issue. Best regards,John OuelletteMMA Manager of Publications and Digital Communications

Vaccinations – on-line improvements

From new on-line vaccine help from –

State unveils new and improved website:
Gov. Charlie Baker has obviously concluded the state’s original vaccination website wasn’t as easy to use as he once touted. GBH’s Mike Deehan reports that state has rolled out a new and (hopefully) improved vaccination-search website –, the Globe’s John Hilliard reports that the state’s COVID-19 call center has expanded to weekends.GBH

Eversource’s storm prep

From: communityupdates <>
Date: Sun, Feb 14, 2021 at 4:59 PM
Subject: Eversource Storm Update- Southboro EOC- Level 4 ERP Declaration 2/15

Good evening, 

As you know, Eversource is preparing to respond to a significant storm expected to impact Massachusetts Monday evening into Tuesday morning. Forecasts are calling for high winds, and heavy snow, rain and ice. These are damaging winds that down trees and poles, block roads and cause significant power outages. In addition, these icy conditions will lead to hazardous driving conditions.

Based on the latest forecast, Eversource will be declaring a Level 4 Emergency Response Plan (ERP) on Monday, Feb. 15, with first liaison shift beginning at 6pm. The Liaison schedule will be sent in a follow up email on Monday (2/15) morning.

We are preparing for: 

·                     Up to 1,800 damage locations. 

·                     As many as 70,000 customers experiencing an outage at peak.

·                     A multi-day event, with restoration activities taking 24-48 hours after the storm passes. 

When and where it is safe for our crews to work, we will be addressing the priorities embedded in our ERP:  

·                     The first 24 hours our focus will be on FPS1 Life Safety police and fire calls, E-911 calls, life-threatening situations and damage assessment.  

·                     Our top priorities are critical facilities, particularly hospitals and healthcare facilities; blocked roads; and circuit backbones and lateral feeders enabling us to restore the largest number of customers first. 

As a reminder, our liaison organization will be functioning remotely during this pandemic and will be available on their mobile phones and by email. We have proactively communicated with all our community liaisons and armed each with the tools they need to successfully stay in touch with you.  

We remain committed to providing you with the latest information to ensure you have constant communication with our team throughout the duration of the event. Your dedicated liaison will be contacting you to exchange their contact information with you.  

Thank you for all you do for our communities.    


Your Eversource MA Liaison Organization 

Medfield Foundation – opportunities

Opportunities to get involved with the Medfield Foundation:


  • Town meetings – Get involved distributing water and promoting MFi initiatives at Town Meeting
  • Medfield Day Booth – help on Medfield Day to promote MFi and its initiatives – help with set up/breakdown, host game, distribute information, meet and greet. Help with Angel Run Booth and race registrations.
  • MFi’s Angel Run – run a subcommittee or volunteer to help during the event itself. Man booth on Medfield Day. Help by doing behind the scenes work leading up to the event.
  • Volunteer Awards – work with other committed volunteers to promote this important initiative. Get involved in the process, decision making and the event itself.  Help fundraise for the event and coordinate all the small things that make this such a great event.  Coordinate the day in which the volunteers are honored. 


  • Initiate paperwork for new funds and initiatives.
  • Keep fund/initiative paperwork up to date
  • Record and distribute minutes at our monthly meetings.
  • Write press releases
  • Enhance our PR/ Publicity/ Marketing
  • Database management of email addresses and donors
  • Web site maintenance – Work with our website manager to keep content current.


  • Grant writing – find &/or write grants for our general fund as well as our initiatives
  • Fund liaison – work closely with our initiatives to give support and guidance
  • Fundraising for general fund
  • Volunteer Awards committee volunteer
  • Search out corporate sponsors

Medfield Foundation ( If interested, please contact me at or 508-359-9190.

MHC allows for demolition of Clark Tavern

1740 Clark Tavern

Medfield Historical Commission – Release for demolition – 1740 Clark tavern, 353-355 Main Street

Release for demolition – 1740 Clark tavern, 353-355 Main Street
From: David Temple
To: Gary Pelletier 
Date: Thu, Feb 11, 2021 10:59 am

After more than two hours of testimony and debate last night, with over 30 people in Zoom attendance, the Medfield Historical Commission voted 3-2 to allow the MacCreadys (Open Space Developers) to proceed with their replication plan for the Clark tavern, which had been outlined in the ZBA decision. The plan calls for them to disassemble the tavern, recreate its exterior appearance, and, where possible, reuse elements such as wide plank flooring, timbers, wainscoting, and the arched carved beams in the ballroom.
As a condition, the MacCreadys must arrange for an archaeological site examination survey to be done before ground is broken for construction, similar to the survey done in 2017 by The Public Archaeology Laboratory on land surrounding the tavern. 
The Clark tavern is one of Medfield’s most important historical assets. The commission had no trouble determining the obvious: (1) the Clark tavern is historically significant, and (2) it should be designated “preferably preserved.”  The latter required the commission to impose, under the bylaw, an 18-month delay on the demolition. The bylaw also allows the commission to lift the delay if certain conditions are met, such as there being little or no likelihood of anyone else stepping in to save the structure.    
No one on the commission wanted to demolish it, but in view of its poor and rapidly deteriorating condition (including a big hole in the roof) and the 14 years of unsuccessful attempts to get it restored, this was the best option, so we lifted the delay.  The MacCreadys have a long history in Medfield and did a great job on the 1880 Ord block, and the commission is deeply respectful and grateful to them for undertaking the Clark tavern project.

In your reply, please include my original message.

David F. Temple
President, Medfield Historical Society
Chair, Medfield Historical Commission
300 South Street
Medfield, MA 02052