Monthly Archives: January 2022

State local aid to go up 2.7%

The Lt. Gov. was giving her last speech to the municipal leaders this morning at the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s annual meeting. She got emotionally choked up at the end as she said goodbye to us for the last time. Tomorrow we hear from Gov. Baker, Sen. Markey, and Sen. Warren. The MMA annual meeting went from being in person to virtual (and free) in about a week. Both Polito and Baker are former Select Board members, so they are especially liked.

From the Massachusetts Municipal Association –

  Breaking News from the MMA  


At MMA Annual Meeting, Lt. Gov. Polito announces 2.7% local aid increase in FY23 budget proposal

Speaking to 500 local leaders from across the state this morning during the virtual MMA Annual Meeting, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announced that the fiscal 2023 state budget the administration plans to file next week proposes to increase Unrestricted General Government Aid by $35.1 million, or 2.7%.

The increase would match the consensus state revenue growth forecast announced last week, but the MMA is pointing out that the forecast fails to account for record-breaking tax collections in fiscal 2021 and so far in fiscal 2022. …

TOMCAP Forum 1/31 at 7:30PM

you can click on https://tinyurl.com/TOMCAPwebinar to join the webinar.

Nomination papers due 2/7/22 for election on 3/28/22

50 signatures of Medfield registered voters makes you a Medfield candidate.

From the Town Clerk –

ELECTION WILL BE MARCH 28

Posted on: December 7, 2021

Nomination Papers for 2022 Annual Town Election

The Annual Town Election will be held on Monday, March 28, 2022

The following positions are open for nomination:

One Selectman for a term of three years

A Moderator for a term of one year

One Assessor for a term of three years

Two School Committee members for a term of three years

Two Library Trustees for a term of three years

One Planning Board member for a term of five years

Two Park Commissioners for a term of three years

One Housing Authority member for a term of five years

One Trust Fund Commissioner for a term of three years

Nomination papers are available at the Town Clerk’s Office (1st floor of Town Hall). Nomination papers require 50 signatures of Medfield registered voters per candidate and are due back to the Town Clerk’s office by February 7, 2022 at 4:30 pm.

Select Board 1/18/2022

  1. To join online, use this link:
    a. https://medfield-net.zoom.us/j/81577342022?pwd=ZTV3VU1EMnRBOHJINGh6
    SS9wV3dvdz09

    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 available at this link:
    https://www.town.medfield.net/DocumentCenter/View/5640/BOS-Meeting-Packet-January-18-2
    022
TOWN OF MEDFIELD
MEETING
NOTICE
Posted in accordance with the provisions of M.G.L. c. 30A, §§18-25
This meeting will be held in a hybrid format. The Board of Selectmen will attend in person and
members of the public may attend in person. In addition, members of the public who wish to
participate via Zoom may do so by joining by one of the following options:
1. To join online, use this link:
a. https://medfield-net.zoom.us/j/81577342022?pwd=ZTV3VU1EMnRBOHJINGh6
SS9wV3dvdz09
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 available at this link:
https://www.town.medfield.net/DocumentCenter/View/5640/BOS-Meeting-Packet-January-18-2
022
Board of Selectmen
Board or Committee
PLACE OF MEETING DAY, DATE, AND TIME
Chenery Hall, Medfield Town House
Remote participation available through Zoom Tuesday, January 18, 2022 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
Executive Session at the conclusion of the regular meeting:
● Vote to enter Executive Session for the purpose of discussing the purchase, exchange,
lease or value of real property
7:00 PM - Public Hearing
Medfield Community Electricity Aggregation Plan
● Vote to approve the aggregation plan
Appointments
1. Rob Gregg, Vine Lake Preservation Trust, to provide an update about the Trust and
dissolution of the Trust
2. David Cashman, SEB Housing, to request Board of Selectmen approval of a 5% rental
increase for current tenants & Property Specific Maximum Rents for vacant units
Discussion Items
3. FY2023 Budget outlook / revenue projections
4. Free Cash/Financial Policy Certification
5. Annual Town Meeting Warrant Articles / Board of Selectmen Warrant Articles
Action Items
6. The Board of Selectmen are requested to sign letter to the Department of Housing and
Community Development requesting local preference for the affordable housing lottery at
Aura at Medfield
Citizen Comment
Consent Agenda
7. The Council on Aging requests a one day beer/wine permit for Wednesday, January 19,
Wednesday, February 23, and Wednesday, March 16 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. for the monthly
Supper Club
Meeting Minutes
January 4, 2022
January 26, 2021
February 23, 2021
June 1, 2021
June 4, 2021
June 15, 2021
March 23, 2021
October 19, 2021
November 16, 2021
December 7, 2021
Town Administrator Updates
Next Meeting Dates
January 25, 2022
January 31, 2022 (Invited to Town of Medfield Climate Action Plan Presentation)
February 1, 2022
February 8, 2022 (State Representative Denise Garlick’s Annual Report to the Community)
February 15, 2022
Selectmen Reports
Informational
● Massachusetts Downtown Initiative Technical Assistance Award - $25,000 for
Downtown Wayfinding
● Groundwater Sampling Events: March, June, Sept. & Dec. 2022
● Results of Groundwater Sampling Conducted Dec. 9, 2021

The Beacon – the MMA’s magazine

From the Massachusetts Municipal Association –

Hello Members!

Happy New Year! Here’s the January 2022 issue of The Beacon – packed with the latest news affecting local government plus details about many upcoming MMA member group meetings, both remote and in-person.

https://www.mma.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/MMA-Beacon-January-2022.pdf

Here are a few highlights:

• MMA Annual Meeting is around the corner

• Gov. Baker and Lt. Gov. Polito to speak at Annual Meeting

• Budget outlook for FY23 is a balance of strong revenue and uncertainty

• Legislature, MMA see several priorities for 2nd year of session

• In letter to Treasury, congressional delegation calls for changes in ARPA rules

• DHCD releases draft multifamily zoning guidelines for MBTA communities

• Gov. Baker updates mask advisory, announces hospital support

• MMA to present fiscal policy resolution at business meeting

• Link to the January 2022 issue of The Beacon (no login required)

By publishing The Beacon as a PDF, we can ensure that we get you the very latest information that you need ASAP. (If you did not receive this email directly, please share your email address with us – along with name, title and city/town – at database@mma.org.)

Best regards,

John Ouellette

Manager of Publications and Digital Communications

Jennifer Kavanaugh

Associate Editor

Meredith Gabrilska

Digital Communications Specialist

Office hours this Friday (make up)

Select Board Office Hours this Friday

I hold regular monthly office hours at The Center on the first Friday of every month, but this month The Center was closed last Friday due to the snowstorm. So I am holding my office hours this coming Friday, January 14 from 9:00 to 9:45 AM instead.

Residents are welcome to stop by to talk in person about any town matters.

Town House closed Friday, January 7, 2022 due to snow

Town Administrator, Kristine Trierweiler, just announced that the Town House will be closed tomorrow, Friday, January 7, 2022, due to the impending snowstorm.

MSH press release from Select Board

TOWN OF MEDFIELD

Office of the

BOARD OF SELECTMEN

TOWN HOUSE, 459 MAIN STREET

MEDFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS 02052-0315

(508) 906-3011 (phone)

(508) 359-6182 (fax)

MEDIA RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE USE

Thursday, January 6, 2022

PROPOSED MEDFIELD STATE HOSPITAL REDEVELOPMENT ADVANCES

Trinity Financial Proposal Designated as Most Advantageous

MEDFIELD, MA –The proposed redevelopment of the Medfield State Hospital has achieved a critical milestone, with the Board of Selectmen voting unanimously to designate the proposal submitted by Trinity Financial of Boston, MA as the most advantageous received in response to its Request for Proposals issued on April 5, 2021. The Board of Selectmen further authorized the Medfield State Hospital Development Committee to negotiate a provisional development agreement with Trinity Financial for its review.  

The agreement, expected to be executed by the Board of Selectmen later this month, would grant Trinity Financial an exclusive period to conduct additional due diligence activities on the site, further advance its financing assumptions, and more fully engage with Town officials to address remaining questions or potential concerns regarding the proposal. 

Town Administrator Kristine Trierweiler said, “We look forward to working with Trinity, the Development Committee, and other relevant Town boards and committees to drill down further on Trinity’s proposal, continue to evaluate impacts to the Town, conduct additional technical reviews, and seek adjustments to the proposed redevelopment, if necessary.”  

Although the Trinity designation is an important step, there are still several more steps in the process.   

“After the due diligence process is complete and the Town has drafted a Land Disposition Agreement with Trinity that incorporates any negotiated changes to their proposal, the proposed sale of the property will need to go before Town Meeting for approval,” said Trierweiler.  

Throughout this process, the Town has sought public input and looks forward to continuing to engage with residents about this potential redevelopment. If approved by the voters at Town Meeting, Trinity still must complete required design and permitting reviews for the site, with construction activity likely beginning no sooner than 2023.      

Trinity Financial’s proposal calls for the development of up to 334 apartments on the site through the renovation of existing buildings using federal and state historic tax credits. The proposal would maintain the campus’ extensive open space areas and provide for continued public access to the property, while also complementing the Cultural Arts Center proposed by the Cultural Alliance of Medfield.  The planned development will incorporate sustainability measures to reduce environmental impact subject to historical rehabilitation standards.   In accordance with Town Zoning bylaws, 25% of the apartments would be designated as affordable housing, with a potential partial set-aside for artist housing, and the remaining 75% of the project will be market-rate. The proposal as submitted is generally consistent with major elements of the Town’s Strategic Reuse Master Plan for the Medfield State Hospital campus that was developed with extensive community input between 2014-2018.  

In addition to the Trinity proposal, the Town received a proposal with three different development scenarios from Pulte Homes of New England.  All three Pulte Homes scenarios included demolition of existing buildings, with the two variations applicable to the historic “core campus” calling for between approximately 600-700 newly constructed for-sale or rental housing units. In exchange for denser development, Pulte Homes proposed a higher purchase price to the Town. Proceeds from the sale of the property are required to be split with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in accordance with the Land Disposition Agreement between the Town and Commonwealth.       

“The Trinity Financial proposal received higher ratings from Development Committee members across all evaluation categories identified in the Request for Proposals and comments from all stakeholder groups and the general public were significantly more favorable,” said Todd Trehubenko, Chair of the Development Committee.  

The Development Committee, which unanimously recommended that the Board of Selectmen designate Trinity, noted that the proposal is intended to fund all of the project’s infrastructure costs as part of the construction and according to Trinity’s projections will generate over $700,000 per year in net tax revenues to the Town.  

“Trinity’s proposal represents a less intensive use of the site than competing proposals, and at the same time was the only proposal received that would put Medfield well-above its town-wide 10% affordable housing goal for the foreseeable future,” said Trehubenko.  

The Town’s Request for Proposals was issued in April 2021 after several rounds of public comment. Responses were due by August 2, 2021 and were posted to the Town’s website.  Proposals were then reviewed over the next 90 days through a process led by the Development Committee.  

This process included an evaluation against criteria published in the Request for Proposals, several rounds of developer Q&A, developer interviews (available on YouTube), input from the general public, and advisory reviews from stakeholder organizations including the Medfield Historic District Commission, the Medfield Historical Commission, the Medfield Energy Committee, the Cultural Alliance of Medfield, and the Massachusetts Historical Commission.  

The potential sale of the Medfield State Hospital is subject to state laws governing the disposition of public property, M.G.L. c. 30B §16. Technical assistance was provided to the Development Committee by Peregrine Group (Rumford, RI) through funds made available by MassDevelopment, the Commonwealth’s development finance agency.  

ABOUT MEDFIELD STATE HOSPITAL

The Medfield State Hospital is a historic former psychiatric hospital campus in Medfield, MA, established in 1892 as the state’s first facility built specifically for chronically ill mental patients. The campus was designed by William Pitt Wentworth and developed between 1896 and 1914.  At its peak the complex included 58 buildings and had a capacity of 2,200 patients. The property and buildings were closed in April 2003, after decades of declining population. The grounds have since been reopened to the public for passive recreation from dawn to dusk, while the buildings remain closed.  Some of the buildings have been demolished. For more information, please go to http://www.town.medfield.net/556/Medfield-State-Hospital-information .

ABOUT MASSDEVELOPMENT

MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development agency, works with businesses, nonprofits, banks, and communities to stimulate economic growth. Through these collaborations MassDevelopment helps create jobs, increase the number of housing units, revitalize urban environments, and address factors limiting economic growth including transportation, energy, and infrastructure deficiencies. Under its Real Estate Technical Assistance program, MassDevelopment works with municipal officials, planners, local stakeholders, and others to address site-specific and districtwide economic development challenges. For more information, please go to www.massdevelopment.com .

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Nicholas Milano, Assistant Town Administrator

nmilano@medfield.net  

781-856-5287

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Office hours tomorrow 9-10 AM

Selectman Office Hours this Friday

I will hold my regular monthly office hours at The Center – the first Friday of the month – from 9:00 to 10:00 AM.

Masked residents are welcome to stop by to talk in person about any town matters.

Cool survey shapes town’s environmental future

Really interesting survey from the Medfield Energy Committee re the Town of Medfield Climate Action Plan (TOMCAP).

Get the questionnaire at https://tinyurl.com/23tnp6vv  and answer questions that look like this

Medfield Plans to Decarbonize
to Meet Our Net Zero by 2050 Goal
The Medfield Energy Committee is asking all residents to complete
a questionnaire so your thoughts, concerns and ideas can be
included in the development of the Town of Medfield Climate Action Plan TOMCAP.
n After reading the fact sheet below you can access the
questionnaire at https://tinyurl.com/23tnp6vv.
n It will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.
n If you want to participate in the development of the
TOMCAP please email us at TOMCAP@Medfield.net
Please pass this on to friends and neighbors!
This event is not sponsoreed or endosed by the Medfield Public Schools.
Medfield Emissions InventoryResidentialBuildings 39.1%PassengerVehicles 41.6%C&I Buildings and Manufacturing Industries 12.3% Municipal Buildings 3.0%Commercial Vehicles 1.6%Other 0.5%Wastewater Treatmentand Discharge1.2%Municipal Vehicles 0.5%Waste 0.2%(2017 Baseline)Town of MedfieldCLIMATE CLIMATE TOMCAP@medfield.net ACTIOACTIO N PLANN PLAN
Medfield is Planning for Decarbonizing
Medfield voted to support a Net Zero 2050 Goal and to develop a Climate Action Plan to reach that goal (Town Meeting, May 2021).
This public outreach effort by the Medfield Energy Committee (MEC) aims to inform and engage residents in developing the Town of Medfield Climate Action Plan (TOMCAP).
What is Net Zero carbon emissions?
The Medfield Net Zero 2050 goal is in line with Federal and Massachusetts goals and strategies. "Net Zero" means that we reduce most greenhouse gas emissions and offset the rest. Most reductions will be achieved through personal actions that are voluntary and make economic sense.
What strategies are available to reduce our emissions significantly?
Medfielders can remove the most carbon by driving an electric vehicle, installing a heat pump to heat and cool your home, reducing energy needs (insulation, high efficiency lighting and appliances) and supporting
electricity made from renewable sources.
When do I act?
The best time to make low carbon choices is at natural transition points, such as when you need replace your car, upgrade your heating/cooling system, or renovate your home.
Why “electrify everything”?
Massachusetts has already moved away from coal-generated electricity. Our local grid is substantially less fossil-fuel intensive than previously and is mandated to continue to improve. The consensus path, at all levels, to continue to reduce carbon footprint is to “Electrify Everything”.
Why buy an electric vehicle (EV)?
In Medfield, the largest source of GHG gases is from our cars (42%). To significantly reduce our carbon footprint, most new cars will need to be electric. Starting in 2035, only EVs can be sold in Massachusetts.
EVs are already quiet, clean, highly efficient, over all less expensive, require less maintenance, offer huge
public health benefits and new options are becoming available.
What about our homes?
In Medfield, running our homes produces close to 40% of our carbon emissions. We can reduce our
energy needs, use heat pumps for heating and cooling needs and shifting to renewables.
1. Get a free MassSave energy audit and use their incentives and rebates to insulate your home and get the highest efficient lighting and appliances.
2. Electrify your HVAC. Heat pumps are currently the most efficient technology for heating and cooling homes. MassSave offers substantial incentives for installing heat pumps.
3. Install solar panels directly or support solar installations through a community solar program. This can be profitable while supporting the transition to local renewable electricity.
Want to get started? Find information & resources on the Action Portal at SustainableMedfield.org
If you want to engage with the TOMCAP process, email us at TOMCAP@Medfield.net
Where do Medfield’s carbon
emissions come from?
The MEC carried out a
Greenhouse Gas Inventory
of Medfield, pictured on
the right. The vast majority
of carbon emissions come
from our cars and our
homes (81%).
Please take our
informational questionnaire
Use https://tinyurl.com/23tnp6vv to access the Questionnaire
This fact sheet will be a handy
companion to the questionnaire.
Thank you!
Medfield Emissions InventoryResidentialBuildings 39.1%PassengerVehicles 41.6%C&I Buildings and Manufacturing Industries 12.3% Municipal Buildings 3.0%Commercial Vehicles 1.6%Other 0.5%Wastewater Treatmentand Discharge1.2%Municipal Vehicles 0.5%Waste 0.2%(2017 Baseline)Town of MedfieldCLIMATE CLIMATE TOMCAP@medfield.net ACTIOACTIO N PLANN PLAN