Monthly Archives: September 2022

TOMCAP published today

The Town of Medfield Climate Action Plan (TOMCAP) was published today after a year and a half of work by the Medfield Energy Committee TOMCAP working group.

Posted on: September 23, 2022

Town of Medfield Climate Action Plan (TOMCAP)

TOMCAP Opens in new window

In 2021, the residents of Medfield voted to support a Net Zero 2050 climate goal and charged the Town with writing a climate action plan.

The Energy Committee is proud to presenting the draft of the Town of Medfield Climate Action Plan (TOMCAP) for public comments.

The strategies and actions identified in the TOMCAP mirror the sustainability goals set in plans that Medfield has developed in the last few years such as the Townwide Masterplan, the Municipal Vulnerability Plan and the Rapid Recovery Plan.

Please use this form to comment on the TOMCAP 2022 draft. Thank you!

MHS Class of 1972 donates a linden at BMS

The Medfield High School class of 1972 donated a linden tree that was planted and dedicated Saturday, 9/17/22 in front of the Blake Middle School (which in 1972 had been their MHS). They are celebrating their 50th reunion this weekend. Members I knew were Ron Gustafson, Tom LaPlante, and Bob Meaney.

DPW alert on water restrictions

Water restriction explanation issued today by the DPW – “All non-essential outdoor water use (except watering with a handheld hose) is prohibited

Water Conservation Restrictions

Current Water Conservation Status (updated Sept 8, 2022): The Town of Medfield is in a Level 2 – SIGNIFICANT DROUGHT status. 

The Massachusetts Drought Management Task Force meets periodically to re-evaluate the conditions of the State’s water supply. We remind all residents that the Town of Medfield is in a Tier 4 water restriction until the drought status improves. All non-essential outdoor water use (except watering with a handheld hose) is prohibited at this time (this includes irrigation of new and existing lawns, car washing, house power washing etc.) We thank each and every one of our Medfield residents for their diligence in following the current water restrictions. 

More information about the state’s drought declaration is available here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/drought-status  

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. If you have any questions, please contact the Water Department at 508-906-3004 or by email to mgoulet@medfield.net 

Information about Water Restrictions:

When elevated restrictions are in place, nonessential outdoor water uses that are subject to mandatory restrictions include: 

  • Irrigation of lawns via sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems; 
  • Washing of vehicles, except in a commercial car wash or as necessary for operator safety; 
  • Washing of exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways or sidewalks, except as necessary to apply surface treatments such as paint, preservatives, stucco, pavement or cement. 

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).

MFD update

Chief Carrico updated the Select Board at its 8/2/2022 meeting on the Medfield Fire Department –

Chief Carrico’s quarterly update on Fire department operations 

FY2022 Operational Update for the past 12 months:

  • 1,363 incidents (586 ALS transports generated $438K; 207 BLS transports generated $105K)
  • Received mutual aid 70 times; gave mutual aid 82 times
  • Had 238 box alarms (used to handle second medicals, fires, larger events) which cannot be handled with on-duty members
  • Averaged 6.2 members per box alarm including the 3 men on duty shift
  • Average response rate of full-time firefighters is 2% on recalls
  • Overall average response rate for the Call firefighters is 28%
  • Five Call members had a 57% recall rate
  • Five Call members had a 21% recall rate
  • Five Call members had a 6% recall rate
  • Trouble getting Call people engaged and getting them to return.  People have other daytime jobs.
  • Ambulance 2 dispatched 84 times (60 second medicals, 4 third medicals, 30 mutual aid ALS transports) equalingequalling $66,000 in lost revenue because we couldn’t support second ambulance calls.
  • One full-time firefighter/medic left during his probationary period
  • We have a firefighter who replaced him that graduated from the State Fire Academy on Friday.
  • One outstanding AFG grant for portable radios
  • Equipment grant – waiting for 7 sets of fire gear 
  • Capital purchases – have a capital item for radios (waiting for award of 2021 AFG grant recipients)
  • AED’s on the capital list have been ordered

Future:

  • Continue to maintain an active Call force
  • Continue staffing a fourth member to provide a second ALS ambulance
  • Staffing option is applying for the SAFER grant (Staffing for Adequate Fire Emergency Response)
    • Provides funding for 4 full-time firefighter/medics at 3 years at no cost to the Town.
    • It covers salaries and benefits; it does not cover equipment and overtime.  
  • In December/January, Chief Carrico will make request to the BOS to apply for this grant.
  • Benefit to having another medic on each group:
    • Adds a third medic to each shift
    • Staffs a second ALS ambulance
    • Keeps ALS in town
    • Provide two trucks out the door without calling a mutual aid Town
    • We meet compliance with two in and two out when in IDLH atmosphere (two firefighters outside to rescue the two firefighters inside if there is a problem)

Fire Alarm Monitoring Issue 

  • The Fire Dept is operating a central station monitoring point for 66 locations.
    • Support for the software ends in January 2024  
    • New system cost is $70,000; we cannot find a vendor; not worth continuing
    • Consider getting rid of the service.  Tell citizens they will have to find their own monitoring especially if we ever go to a regional dispatch center.

Selectmen Peterson inquired about the intern program for young people interested in firefighting.

  • Chief Carrico said one young person attended the first and second class and is now a very active Call firefighter who will be attending EMT training.

The Chief said he needs the second paramedic to run the second ALS service.

He discussed revenue generation with Selectmen.  He said “it is never going to be self-sufficient, but the end result is providing a service to the community and taking care of our own which is where we want to be.  When we get deep with medicals, we have to call our mutual aid partners.”

Selectmen Peterson asked for confirmation that the SAFER grant would add a fourth firefighter/paramedic.  

  • Chief Carrico said yes, this would get the department four men on every group.  

Mr. Peterson asked for the breakdown between EMTs and paramedics in the department.

  • The Chief said he has 8 paramedics and 4 EMTs.

Chief Carrico discussed the expiration of software for the central station monitoring point and how this effects citizens.  He did look at a product by Norel which was not user friendly.

He discussed the regional system in which he would like the Town to engage.  

Selectmen Peterson inquired about fiber optic cables the Fire Dept. laid around Town many years ago.  Chief Carrico said the technology is outdated.  The systems currently in use are radio boxes.

Mr. Murby asked Chief Carrico to clarify how the boxes work and how citizens using the direct home monitoring will need to hire their own monitoring company which then notifies the Fire Department.

  • Chair Carrico said the fire alarm system is now connected to a radio box.  The radio box sends a signal to the Fire Department receiver, and it ends up on a computer screen.  Presently, the Fire Department charges each homeowner $180 annually to provide the service.
  • Chief Carrico said citizens could see a 30-45 second delay in the call.

Mr. Murby asked for confirmation that when they first looked at ALS with the Study Committee, they were projecting revenues to be around $150,000.  We are at almost three times that net revenue.  We’re thinking about bringing in a fourth one now so we can run a second ALS ambulance.

Medfield’s ARPA Allocation = $3.796m.

Medfield ARPA Allocation 

Direct (Treasury) $1,355,981.00 

Norfolk County $2,440,866.29 

                 Total $3,796,847.29 

                          Total Grant          Less 3% Admin Fee        Medfield Share 

Norfolk County $2,516,357.00     $75,490.71                       $2,440,866.29

State 62F tax refunds likely to be proportional to what you paid in

From the State House News Service today –


Budget Chief: Tax Relief Expected In “Proportion Paid In”
Heffernan Says Relief Timeline Is “As Quickly As Possible”


Chris Lisinski
9/14/22 10:58 AM

SEPT. 14, 2022…..Massachusetts taxpayers struggling with sky-high inflation should expect to get their chunk of a nearly $3 billion state surplus pot “in the proportion that they paid in,” a top Baker administration official said Tuesday.

However, details about when and how money will flow back to Bay Staters remain unclear one week before the Sept. 20 deadline for Auditor Suzanne Bump to certify the Baker administration’s estimate of $2.94 billion in excess tax revenue that must be returned under the 1986 voter-approved law known as Chapter 62F.

Addressing municipal officials at a meeting, Administration and Finance Secretary Michael Heffernan did not shed any light Tuesday on whether the relief would take the form of credits, rebates or something else.

Watering lawns still banned

Maurice Goulet, Director of the DPW addressed the status of the drought and the watering ban issues at the Select Board meeting last night.

My key take always were:

  1. despite recent rains and an easing of the drought tiers, the town still has an outdoor watering ban in effect, so that only hand held outdoor watering is currently permitted.
  2. Moe said that the town will re-examine that status in the near term (week to two weeks), to see if lawn irrigation can be permitted so as to allow residents to plant and establish new grass this fall before it becomes too late to do so.

For those like me searching for a lawn solution beyond my current tall fescue, I recently came across this interesting drought tolerant and very expensive grass, sold at Whole Foods Market.

I just bought a lot of white clover seed, to reinstall the clover in my lawn, which my recent reading tells me I killed off by fertilizing the grass. But clover needs watering too.

“CELEBRATE WOMEN” concert at Bellforge Arts Center 9/30

From Stacey David, Director of Marketing & Communications, Bellforge Arts Center

BELLFORGE ARTS CENTER ANNOUNCES “CELEBRATE WOMEN” CONCERT

(Medfield, MA): The Bellforge Arts Center and the Blackstone Valley String Quartet are pleased to bring you “Celebrate Women,” a concert celebrating notable female songwriters and composers, both modern and historical. From Taylor Swift to Madeline Sirmen, hear the works of fabulous female musicians as you enjoy this outdoor concert at Bellforge on Friday, Sept. 30 at 5:30 pm. Tickets are $19 and can be purchased at https://bit.ly/BellforgeCelebrateWomen. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket and a picnic dinner to enjoy this outdoor concert.

Celebrate Women is one of many concerts, festivals, and events organized by Bellforge for the summer. For more information about the Bellforge Arts Center, including a schedule of upcoming programs and events, please visit www.bellforge.org. For more information about the Blackstone Valley String Quartet, please visit www.blackstonevalleyquartet.com.

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The Bellforge Arts Center is a new multi-arts complex being built on the grounds of the former Medfield State Hospital to support artists, expand cultural opportunities, and nurture the creative community. Bellforge currently offers outdoor concerts, festivals, and community events, along with over 200 miles of nature trails and outdoor recreation space. Once fully renovated, the center will also offer visual and performing arts studios, arts education, a 300-seat performance venue, and more.

The Blackstone Valley String Quartet’s mission is to bring quality music to the community in the Blackstone Valley area and beyond. They provide community concerts, perform for local community events, volunteer time for community projects and provide event services. The BVQ is committed to the goal of providing quality musical experiences for all areas of community life.

Select Board 9/13/2022 – revisions

  1. Harding Street land added to the Executive Session;
  2. Kingsbury Club refinancing agreement and MHP MBTA Communities Early Action Technical Assistance award added to meeting.
15. Vote to authorize the Chair to sign the MHP MBTA Communities Early Action Technical
Assistance award letter/contract in order to comply with the state’s new multi-family
zoning requirement
Citizen Comment
Consent Agenda
16. Request to place sandwich boards advertising the Medfield Rail Trail Grand Opening on
October 1 for the 2 weeks leading up to the event at the usual locations
17. Coolidge Corner Theater requests use of MSH for the following dates and movies:
Friday, October 21 - THE WOLF MAN (1941) and AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN
LONDON
Saturday, October 22 - BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN and BRIDE OF CHUCKY
Sunday, October 23 - THE MUMMY (1932) and THE MUMMY RETURNS (2001)
18. Request to place sandwich boards advertising the opening of registration for Medfield
Youth Lacrosse from October 1 through the 15th at the usual locations
19. Request for a block party on Sunday, October 2 from 3-6pm in the Gun Hill Estates
Neighborhood from 95 Wood End Lane to the intersection of Wood End Lane and
Country Way
20. Request from Zullo Gallery for several one day beer/wine licenses for their Thursdays on
the Deck from 5:00-11:00 PM:
a. September 22
b. September 29
c. October 6
Meeting Minutes
June 14, 2022
June 28, 2022
July 12, 2022
Town Administrator Updates
Next Meeting Dates
Tues, September 27, 2022
Tues, October 11, 2022
Tues, October 25, 2022
Selectmen Reports
Informational

Select Board Office Hours Tomorrow

Office Hours this Friday 9-10AM

I hold regular monthly Select Board office hours at The Center on the first Friday of every month from 9:00 to 10:00 AM, but last week The Center was getting ready for primary voting, so September’s office hours will be tomorrow.

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

Residents can also have coffee and see the Council on Aging in action (a vibrant organization with lots going on). I can be reached at 508-359-9190.