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Select Board 3/30/2021

Meeting Materials

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I took this photo of the beaver dam that is to be breached per the emergency order requested by the MASS DOT from the Town of Medfield’s Conservation Commission. That application and emergency order are in the packet of meeting materials. The dam was built by the beavers where a culvert goes under the North South Framingham to Walpole RR line, between the tracks and McCarthy Park, ponding water where none had before and putting the railbed at risk per MASS DOT. I accompanied Conservation Commissioner Deborah Bero on her site walk before the emergency order issued.

The beavers had previously dammed the other side of the RR tracks, between the RR tracks and Rte. 27, causing large numbers of trees along Rte. 27 to die, and great blue heron to start nesting in the dead trees this past year. However, that former beaver pond activity area between the RR tracks and Rte. 27 is now no longer flooded by the beavers, so the beavers appear to have moved to the other side of the tracks.

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Board of Selectmen
Board or Committee
Remote Meeting held on Zoom
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 7:00 pm
Agenda (Subject to Change)
Call to Order
Disclosure of video recording
Chair to identify Board members who are participating remotely
We want to take a moment of appreciation for our Troops serving around the globe in defense of our country
Annual Board Reorganization
Appointments / Potential Votes
First Posted:
1. Town Administrator Kristine Trierweiler requests Board of Selectmen appoint Mark Bryson as the Veterans Service Officer for the Town of Medfield
2. Keegan Van Sicklen requests Class II Motor Vehicle Sales License at 27 Brook Street
3. Roberta Lynch, Council on Aging to discuss reopening the CENTER to the public
4. Board of Health to discuss Public Health Nurse Position and provide COVID-19 update
5. Geoffrey Pedder requests one day beer permit for May 14 and June 11 to serve beer at the Pollard’s Texas Que temporary site at the MSH
6. Kim Price and Janie Boylan request permission to decorate Straw Hat Park for the Rolling Rally
Discussion (potential votes)
7. COVID-19 Status Update and CARES Funding Update
8. Fiscal Year 2022 Operating and Capital Budgets and Financial Policies
9. 2021 Annual Town Meeting and Warrant Articles
Action Items
10. Maurice Goulet requests the Board of Selectmen vote to award annual contract with Stumpy’s Tree Service for Town-wide tree services
11. Maurice Goulet requests the Board of Selectmen vote to award contract with Weston & Sampson for Chief Operator services at the Wastewater Treatment Plant
12. Maurice Goulet requests the Board of Selectmen vote to award Contract with Truax Corporation for catch basin cleaning
13. Gazebo Players requests permission to use MSH on July 24 and July 25 to provide free Shakespeare performances
14. Board of Selectmen to vote to direct the SBC to pursue a Net Zero building and pursue all options for savings to maximize the return on the town's investment.
Consent Agenda
Town Administrator Updates
Next Meeting Dates
• April 1, 2021 Annual Warrant Hearing
• April 6, 2021
• April 20, 2021
Selectmen Reports

Chicken found at MSH

This friendly and happy chicken was found by Deb and Kristen near the Overlook at Medfield State Hospital yesterday afternoon.  Call me at 508-359-9190 or email me at if it is yours.


Happy news! – Honey Dew home!


(just like all the time on TV)

Happy Ending

honey dew

The dog missing for a week from the animal adoption facility on Adams Street was trapped in Deb’s and my trap this morning, according to the phone message from Dr. Joanne Wilkinson, who runs the animal adoption facility.

Yesterday afternoon, just moments after I mentioned to Deb, in response to the many signs around the area, that I feared the coyotes had gotten the dog, we saw the pup  along the side of West Mill Street.  I was out walking into the woods trying to catch it (before Deb read the fine print on the sign and called me off) when moments later Joanne appeared in response to a call from someone else.

We went home and returned to give Joanne two raccoon sized animal traps to use and a can of cat food (all we had).  This morning Joanne reported that while the dog was not there when they first checked the trap today, that the dog was trapped later this morning.  We told Joanne to keep the two traps for their next lost dog – sorry Jenny Cronin, but you had said you did not really need them.

MFD rescues dog in Charles

30+ years ago, my Newton dog walker friend went in to the pond by the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln after her golden retriever that had fallen through the ice, and my friend drown.

25+ years ago my golden retriever, Charlotte, went into the Charles on our weekend run one March morning, off the really beautiful trail that goes along the river behind the police firing range, just at the point where the river turns, such that the full current hits the bank where Charlotte went in.  Because all the flow hitting at that point, the current was so strong that Charlotte had trouble  getting back to the opening, despite paddling as fast as she could.  For a few moments as I watched her struggle, I contemplated going in to help her out.  Why not, after all, I had gone in the water to “teach her” to swim as a puppy – but that had been summer.  Fortunately, Charlotte put on one sustained strong effort and got back to the opening and climbed out, and only one of us went home icy wet, while the other was left with strong memories of what almost happened.

Charlotte always went in the water on our winter runs, unless things were frozen solid.

The whole article is here –

Medfield firefighters rescue dog that had fallen through ice

MEDFIELD – Local emergency personnel rescued a dog that fell through the ice midday Tuesday.

Run in the 2018 Angel Run, apprentice for the 2019 Angel Run, run the 2020 Angel Run


Rose Colleran and Susan Weisenfeld (above) have co-chaired the Medfield Foundation Angel Run for many years, and today announced that they will do so for two more spectacular, family fun filled Angel Runs, this December 2 and in 2019.

Therefore, the Medfield Foundation is looking for someone interested in learning how to operate the Angel Run over the next fifteen months by apprenticing to these two pros, to learn the ropes, and to then take over running the Angel run to be held in early December 2020.  The Angel Run is Medfield premier family fun event, and raises monies for Medfield families in need.


  • Run in the 2018 Angel Run

  • Apprentice in the 2019 Angel Run

  • Run the 2020 Angel Run


Angel Run

Open farm day – 10/28

Borgstein Alpaca Farm Open Farm Day 10/28


I saw the Borgstein Alpaca Farm booth at Medfield Day, loved it, and said I would post about their open house.

I really like that we have an operating farm in town.  Plus pictures of alpacas on the Internet makes for a nice change from pictures of cats.  The Borgensteins have 17 of their goal of a 20 alpaca herd, per the count up screen.

Juvenile mink, not rabid fisher cat



Further research lead the four observers to conclude that we saw a mink, not a fisher cat on Saturday in our neighborhood.  Deb and I concluded that its head was that of a fisher cat.

I have never seen either a mink or a fisher, and had no idea that a mink could be that large and stand with it rump that far off the ground.

The animal control officer (probably Robert LaPlante) said to Deb that someone called in about the animal eating berries right next to him in the area, and that the ACO opined that it was probably just a juvenile forced by its parents to find new territory and not rabid.  That sounds more likely to me too, versus the odd behavior being a sign of it being rabid, as it was not acting and/or looking sick – just not afraid of people.

So in sum, probably a juvenile mink, not a rabid fisher cat.

Fisher cat acting oddly


Odd behavior by Fisher Cat on Copperwood Road

This morning Deb and I had an encounter with a fisher cat that did not seem fearful of us at all – it came within about ten feet of me.  My neighbor later told me that it had squabbled with her dog and then peered in their screen door at them.

I alerted Jenny Cronin, the Town of Medfield Animal Control Officer, as the odd behavior made me wonder whether the fisher cat might be rabid.  Jenny said that if you see the fisher cat and know where it is at that moment, call the Medfield Police Department at 508-359-2315, and they can dispatch Jenny to see if she can capture it.

Deer vs dog at MSH

FYI:  This email from Chief Meaney about a deer being aggressive behind the Medfield State Hospital came this afternoon –


In case it comes up tonight, a deer went after a dog in the Dover section of the hospital property this afternoon around 2 PM. The dog and owner were beyond the fields behind the hospital on a path that leads to the Dover-Sherborn soccer fields and eventually to the school.


Jenny checked and learned that this is typical behavior this time of year. There are many baby deer around. Most likely the doe had a baby bedded down in the vicinity and felt threatened by the dog.


The dog was taken to the vet clinic Jenny will come up with some wording for a sign which we will post on that particular gate and also by the boat launch.


While this is typical behavior, Jenny has not had this occur before.

5/8 BoS minutes

Lyme Disease Study Committee:  Medfield deer hunt costs town $1500 to cull 30 deer, or $50 per deer, versus state deer hunt at Blue Hill which cost nearly $300,000 in 2015 and 2016, translating to a cost of at least $2,200 per deer.  Medfield’s annual number of deer/vehicle crashes continues the decline that started with onset of the deer hunt eight years ago.  The committee’s primary goal is to reduce the incidence of ticks, with one secondary goal being to reduce the adverse effects on our forests from the over grazing by too many deer.

Minutes May 8, 2018 Chenery Meeting Room PRESENT: Selectmen Michael Marcucci, Gus Murby, Osler Peterson; Assistant Town Administrator Trierweiler; Town Counsel Cerel; Administrative Assistant Clarke Chairman Marcucci called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM and announced this meeting is being recorded. He asked for a moment of appreciation for our Troops serving in the Middle East and around the world. 7:00 PM LYME DISEASE STUDY COMMITTEE; MEMBERS CHRIS KALDY AND FRANK PERRY Ms. Kaldy remarked that she is here to present the committee's annual update on our activities. The committee was formed eight years ago and in general we feel that we have been successful in our efforts of the deer management program and also educating the public to raise awareness that protection is vital to prevent illness from tick bites. She went on to report that first and third graders receive tick check cards, and this year as a new educational item, Tick Check Shower Cards were ordered from the University of Rhode Island that were distributed to third graders. The committee posts warning signs around Town about ticks, particularly at the playing fields. Frank Perry remarked that they encountered no issues the past year with deer culling. The average number per year has been approximately 30 deer. So we feel we have met our goal annually regarding deer management. He noted that he has been tracking deer hit by vehicles in Town and the number continually has gone down. Chris remarked that Barbara Gips and Nancy Schiemer will not continue as members of the committee; she will be looking to step out in a while. Frank and Barry Mandell will continue. Frank said that we have about 47 hunters involved with our program, 43 are very active. He offered that he will contact the hunters to see if anyone may be interested in joining our committee. Selectman Marcucci said that you are the first committee to respond to our new committee structure, thank you. The Board thanked the committee for their continuing good efforts. 7:15 PM MEDFIELD LIONS CLUB MEMBER RON GUSTAVSON Mr. Gustavson said that he is requesting the Selectmen's permission for the Lions to conduct their annual Toll Booth on Saturday May 19. Lions will be stationed at North and Main Streets, Pleasant Street, in front of Needham Bank, SWAP area at the Transfer Station and this year we added Starbucks and Blue Moon Bakery. Our goal is to collect $5-7,000 for eye research. He remarked that he has been in contact with Chief Meaney and he approves our date of May 19, and time 9 AM to Noon. Mr. Gustavson also announced that the Eye Mobile will be in the Shaw's parking lot this Saturday May 12 from 9-noon for eye screening. 'Vote: Selectman Murby made a motion to approve the Medfield Lions Club holding their annual Toll Booth on May 19 at the locations as mentioned by Ron Gustavson. Motion seconded by Selectman Peterson and the vote was unanimous May 8, 2018 Page two ACTION ITEMS MEDFIELD HISTORICAL COMMISSION Selectmen received a letter from Co-Chairmen David Temple and Dan Bibel letting them know that member William Hasapidis has resigned due to a job change. They recommend that the Selectmen vote to appoint Seth Meehan as his replacement. 'Vote: On a motion made by Selectman Murby, seconded by Selectman Peterson it was voted unanimously to appoint Seth Meehan as a member of the Historical Commission for a three year term ending June 2021 and as recommended by Co-Chairmen David Temple and Dan Bibel The Selectmen extended their appreciation to Bill Hasapidis for his service. LIP PROJECT, MEDFIELD GREEN, 41 DALE STREET 'Vote: Selectman Murby made a motion, seconded by Selectman Peterson to authorize Chairman Marcucci execute both the application page and letter of support for the 36 Unit project. Additionally voted unanimously for the Board of Selectmen to sign the Memorandum of Understanding ENERGY GRANT CONTRACT Facilities Director Jerry McCarty requests the Selectmen vote to sign contract with Rise Engineering for exterior LED light upgrades at the middle school, high school, library, town hall, memorial elementary and wheelock elementary schools. Contract amount is $130,515. Grant monies will cover $128,286 and the remainder of $2,228 will be paid from the Town budget. 'Vote: On a motion made and seconded it was VOTED unanimously to sign the Energy Grant Contract with Rise Engineering, Cranston, Rhode Island for exterior LED light upgrades at several municipal buildings EAGLE SCOUT The Selectmen are invited to attend the Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Samuel Weston Evans on Saturday June 16, 2018 at the United Church of Christ at 1:00 PM DISCUSSION ITEMS Mr. Marcucci said that at the Affordable Housing Trust meeting we discussed the Medfield State Hospital and what we could be doing to help move the project forward. The Committee May 8, 2018 Page three authorized funds provisionally for a site survey and subject to Board of Selectmen approval. We also talked about a subdivision plan but that could come later. Selectman Marcucci remarked that he had discussion with Steve Nolan about it who feels that a subdivision plan is premature. Selectman Peterson agreed that a site survey is needed for whatever we do up there. Holding off on a subdivision plan makes sense. Discussion continued highlighting that Judith Nitch did a survey for boundary lines a while back. That should be reviewed again. Bill Massaro said that he and John Thompson have walked the back area many times without finding any markings to indicate any back lines. Mr. Murby queried would this be a survey to document where those lines are. Yes, that is what we/ MSH Committee would want. Cost for this survey could be in the $38,000 range and $10-12,000 for a subdivision. Mr. Marcucci said that he thought it best to take this up now and come the fall when we need it we will have it. Mr. Murby agrees that anything we can do to get the preliminaries out of the way is prudent. Selectman Marcucci said that he will let Sarah know she can get the RFP going. June 11, 2018 ballot Town Counsel Mark Cerel advised the Board that he has written a document that only clarifies and ratifies the Selectmen's May 3, 2018 vote regarding the June 11, 2018 proposition 2 Yi ballot questions. He remarked that he feels this spells it out and hopefully if explanation should be needed in the future for overrides we have it in hand. Actually it is G.L. Ch. 59 Section 21C that mandates how a ballot question may be worded. As such, he advised that the document be part of the Selectmen's record. There are a few minor word changes that the Board agreed to. Selectmen are requested to vote to sign 'Vote: On a motion made by Selectman Murby that the Selectmen approve and sign the Document Clarifying and Ratifying the May 3, 2018 vote to basically define the nature of the five override questions on the June 11, 2018 ballot, seconded by Selectman Peterson, and the vote was unanimous LICENSES AND PERMITS (CONSENT AGENDA) Granted as noted by the Chair: Memorial Day Committee parade permit and discharge of firearms permit for May 28, 2018 MEMO permission to hold Summer Concert Series June 14 through August 16 and to hang a banner across Main Street announcing the event MEMO permission, a common victualler permit and to hang a banner across Main Street Promoting the 39th Annual Discover Medfield Day to be held September 15 High School Swim Team permission for May 19 car wash behind Town Hall Norfolk Hunt Club one-day wine and malt beverage permit for Sunday May 27, 2018 Notch Brewing, Salem, MA one-day wine and malt beverage permit for three dates, July 27, July 28 and July 29, 2018 for Traveling Biergarten event at Rocky Woods Reservation May 8, 2018 Page four MINUTES 'Vote: Move to approve the May 1, 2018 and May 3, 2018 meeting minutes as submitted SELECTMEN REPORT Selectman Peterson, no special report Selectman Murby remarked that as of this date the housing survey has had a strong response, 550 returns which is about 25% from approximately 2200 residents. Selectman Marcucci reported that the Affordable Housing Trust has learned of a proposed project on Adams Street and a prospective group home is being researched. Mr. Marcucci remarked that it was a great day for the baseball parade last Sunday. ADJOURNMENT Selectman Murby made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:45 PM, seconded by Selectman Peterson and the vote was unanimous.20180508_Page_220180508_Page_320180508_Page_4