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Medfield Town Moderator is Reaching Out: Can We Talk?

From Town Moderator, Scott McDermott –

Medfield Town Moderator is Reaching Out: Can We Talk?  Scott McDermott using a series of Open Forums and Open Letters to connect with the community. He has important appointments to make and would like to have ‘a conversation with the town.’

I have 6 or 7 appointments to make (4 SBC and perhaps 3 to WC), so it is an important time for me to have a conversation with the town.  

Attached is the pdf. version of my first Open Letter. Here is a link to the Letter on the town website:

The first Open Forum is tomorrow night and here is a link to town website page that has the Zoom info at the bottom:

I appreciate any promotion on this effort.  And, beyond the focus on the upcoming appointments (which are important), I also want to listen, learn, and discuss two other topics: (i) Town Meetings of the Future; and (ii) Power of Volunteerism in Community.


Scott McDermott


Hello Medfield:
I hope you’ve had a great summer, around town or wherever your travels may have taken you. I enjoy the annual rhythm of Medfield, and how the beat slows down a little during the heart of the summer. And now, as we get deeper into August, the familiar tempo begins to return.
It is an important time for our community. For me as Moderator, it is filled with a unique opportunity, but also a big challenge. To be successful, I need to create a conversation with all of you in Medfield. I need a dialogue that will prepare, guide, and enable me, as Moderator, to make six or seven highly significant appointments.
First, I have two or three appointments to make to our Warrant Committee. Making these appointments, annually at this time of year, is not new to me as Moderator. I’m proud of the heritage of the committee’s excellent service to the community. They do a great job. The Warrant Committee is the key advisory committee to our legislature -- the Town Meeting. They have stepped-up in a big way for our community in recent years as we have addressed a wave of important issues. Bringing talented, committed, and collaborative neighbors to Warrant Committee is an annual privilege of the Moderator.
And, per our vote on a bylaw amendment at our Annual Town Meeting, I have four appointments to the new School Building Committee. I am honored to have the opportunity to appoint three citizens at-large and one member of the Warrant Committee. It is time for Medfield to move forward renewing our commitment to elementary education. In Medfield, we are about being a great community with great schools. We need to come together. We need to go forward as a smart, collaborative, civil, and open town. This fall’s appointments to the new School Building Committee will be instrumental to ‘coming together’ and ‘moving forward.’
Now you can see why I need a conversation with the town! I need to hear from more neighbors. I need to understand differing perspectives. I need to meet a whole lot of new friends. And, although the conversations need to be focused on the Warrant Committee and the School Building Committee appointments, we also have a need to ignite separate conversations about both the spirit of volunteerism and open town meeting in the 21st century.
So, how will I be connecting with you? First, I will begin the conversation by hosting Open Forums. The first three forums are scheduled for:
Wednesday August 24, 7:00pm Medfield Town House live and on Zoom
Wednesday August 31 7:00pm Public Safety Building live and on Zoom
Wednesday September 14, 7:00pm Medfield Town House live and on Zoom
Details can be found on the Town’s website. I will also be corresponding through a series of open letters like this one. And I always encourage you to reach out to me at:
I’m excited to engage and hear your thoughts. Let’s come together. More to come – stay tuned!
Scott F. McDermott
Town Moderator
August 22, 2022

Trinity passed at STM, almost unanimously

The special town meeting (STM) last night went quickly, and resulted in a virtually unanimous vote to proceed with the Land Disposition Agreement (LDA) with Trinity Financial to build 334 units of rental apartments (25% affordable) in the existing buildings at the former Medfield State Hospital site. Over 800 residents were spread out between the gym, a tent in front of MHS, and a separate air conditioned area for seniors in the MHS library.

The Select Board and Trinity signed the LDA last night. Next Trinity will begin its permitting.

Chipolte permitting begins at Shaw’s Plaza

From Town Planner, Sarah Raposa –

Departmental Review
(ZBA Special Permit & PB Site Plan Approval)
FYI to Boards, Commissions, Committees

Comments Due By: 05/09/22 (noon)            
ZBA Hearing Date: 05/11/22 (7 pm)
PB Hearing Date: 05/16/22 (7 pm)
– R K Medfield, LLC (owner/applicant) seeks the following relief from the PB: RK Medfield, LLC (owner/applicant) seeks Site Plan Approval for the project known as “Chipotle.” The proposed project is includes the construction of a new 2,325 +/- sf building on the northwestern corner of the site, as well as associated sidewalks, landscaped areas, stormwater management components, utilities, and an outdoor seating patio. Minor parking modifications to include ADA parking are also proposed. The property is located at 230 Main Street (at the Shaws Plaza which is the subject of Site Plan Approvals from January 29, 1979 and November 23, 1987.
– R K Medfield, LLC (owner/applicant) seeks the following relief from the ZBA:
1)    A Special Permit under the Medfield Zoning Bylaw (the “Bylaw”) – 300 Attachment 1 :3 Sec. 4.2 to allow the construction of a building for use as a restaurant in the northwest corner of locus on an area that is currently a grass slope.
2)    A Special Permit under Bylaw Sec. 300-8.2.G that the proposed parking to be provided for the new restaurant building will be adequate.
3)    As an alternative to item #2 above, a Variance from the parking requirements of Article 8 to allow the proposed parking to be provided for the new restaurant building will be adequate.
4)    A Special Permit under Bylaw Sec. 300-9.1.C.(3) to allow the expansion of the existing nonconforming property where the existing maximum lot coverage already exceeds the 40% limit set forth in Bylaw Sec. 300-16.8.A.(2)(a) so that the maximum impervious lot coverage will change from the current 64.5% to a proposed 65.5%.
The property is the subject of ZBA Decision Nos. 309 (1979) and 874 (2001).
The property is located at 230 Main Street (at the Shaws Plaza) in the B Zoning District with Partial Secondary Aquifer Overlay and is shown on Assessors’ map 51 as lot 058. 
o      No comment                 o      Comments below (or attached):
See links for Applications, site plans, arch plans, sign plans, stormwater report, traffic report

Sarah Raposa, AICP
Town Planner
459 Main Street
Medfield, MA  02052
Office Phone: (508) 906-3027
Work Cell: (339) 206-1773

Listening Session for New School, Thursday 7PM

From Jessica Reilley –

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The School Committee, together with the Board of Selectmen, will hold a listening and feedback session entitled:

“Priorities and Progress: Moving Forward to a New Elementary School Project”

Thursday, April 7th

 7:00 p.m.

Public Safety Building Training Room & via Zoom

The BOS and the School Committee would like to hear the community’s future-focused thoughts about how to create a facility that meets the educational needs of our town and achieves a level of consensus that reasonably ensures passage at a future Town Meeting and ballot vote.

Feedback will be taken both in person as well as through Zoom. There will be an open comments document available on both the Town and School websites for additional thoughts after the feedback session.  The meeting agenda for the joint session may be found here.

Tonight April 6, the Medfield Hospital Development Committee will hold a feedback session on the potential sale & development plans of the site to Trinity Financial. The Dale Street project and the disposition of the Former Medfield State Hospital land are long-standing issues within the town. If you would like to attend that session in person or via zoom, more information may be found on their Town of Medfield website.

We sincerely thank you for your continued support of our students and our town,

The Medfield School Committee

Jessica Reilly, Chair

Leo Brehm, Vice Chair

Timothy Knight, Recording Secretary

Michelle Kirkby, Member at Large

Anna Mae O’Shea Brooke, Member at Large

Select Board 3/8/2022 – workshop on new school with School Committee

  1. To join online, use this link:
    a. Webinar ID: 812 5008 9206
    b. Password: 808096
Posted in accordance with the provisions of M.G.L. c. 30A, §§18-25
This meeting will be held in a hybrid format with both in person attendance and remote
participation permitted. Members of the public who wish to participate remotely on Zoom may
do so by joining by one of the following options:
1. To join online, use this link:
a. Webinar ID: 812 5008 9206
b. Password: 808096
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: 812 5008 9206
b. Enter the password: 808096
Board of Selectmen / School Committee
Board or Committee
Chenery Hall, Medfield Town House
Remote participation available through Zoom Tuesday, March 8, 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
New Elementary School Workshop
1. Approach to Moving Forward with a new Elementary School

School Building Bylaw Review Committee membership

From the Moderator –

February 28, 2022
Via email
Board of Selectmen
Town of Medfield
Michael Marcucci, Chairman
Gus Murby
Osler L. Peterson
Good afternoon:
I am very pleased to appoint the following seven of our neighbors in Medfield to the School Building Bylaw Review Committee:
 Carolyn Casey
 Cynthia Greene
 Russ Hallisey
 Joanna Hilvert
 Sarah Lemke
 Thomas Marie
 Robert Morrill
I thank each of them for their willingness to serve. Service to Medfield is a hallmark of this group. All of us in town have had the opportunity to witness and benefit from their significant contributions. I am confident that this committee has deep insight, experience, appreciation of this important procedural step, and considerations of the best interest of the town.
Scott McDermott
Scott F. McDermott
Town Moderator
cc: Kristine Trierweiler, Town Administrator
Nicholas Milano, Asst. Town Administrator
Marion Bonoldi, Town Clerk
Scott F. McDermott
Town Moderator

Moderator seeks members for charter review committee

From the Moderator –

The Board of Selectmen voted to request Scott McDermott, Town Moderator, appoint seven members to a charter review committee to draft charter amendments or bylaws which will govern the appointment of Medfield’s next school building committee. The committee will offer their amendments or bylaws as an Article for consideration at our Annual Town Meeting on May 2.  The appointment of the committee was authorized by the passage of an article sponsored by citizen petition at the 2021 Annual Town Meeting. The Moderator expects that the thrust of committee’s work will be from late February to early April.  Any Medfield registered voter interested in serving on the committee should send an email to Scott at: no later than February 15.


NO 2,109 – YES 1,962

Town of Medfield Special  Town  Election November  15, 2021 Unofficial  Results Question  1 Precinct  1 Precinct  2 Precinct  3 Precinct  4 Total Percent Yes No Total  Votes Cast 441 564 1,005 542 422 964 520 601 1,121 459 522 981 1,962 2,109 4,071

Election tomorrow

Elementary School Debt Exclusion Vote
Town of Medfield, Massachusetts
The Medfield Board of Selectmen has prepared this information sheet
regarding the Debt Exclusion question on the November 15, 2021 Special
Town Election ballot.
What is a Proposition 2 ½ Debt Exclusion? A Debt exclusion is a temporary
increase in property taxes for the period required to pay the principal and interest
on an authorized borrowing. The Town’s other debt exclusions include past
construction projects for schools, the DPW Garage, the Public Safety Building, as
well as some land acquisitions.
Question #1: Shall the town of Medfield be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one half, so
called, the amounts required to pay for the bonds issued in order to pay costs of constructing a new elementary school
located on the campus of the Wheelock School at 17 Elm Street in Medfield, Massachusetts, to replace the Dale Street
School, including the payment of all costs related to designing the new school project, equipping and furnishing the
school, site improvements, and all other costs incidental and related thereto?
YES ______ NO ______
A YES VOTE will allow the Town to increase property taxes to pay the annual debt service for the bonds issued to
construct the proposed new elementary school at 17 Elm Street, outside the limits of Proposition 2 ½ levy limit. This
project is eligible for the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) grant for a portion of the construction costs
(not to exceed grant of $19,599,995)
A NO VOTE will not allow the Town to borrow the funds necessary to construct the proposed new elementary school
at the Wheelock Campus.
Why are we having two votes on the project?
The Special Town Meeting vote and the Special Town Election vote are two separate votes. In order for the school
project to move forward, both votes need to be approved. The Special Town Meeting vote is to appropriate the total
cost of the project and authorize the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, to borrow the Town’s
share of the project. The Ballot vote is to approve a property tax increase and exclude the annual debt service costs
from the limits of Proposition 2 ½.
How many votes are needed to approve the Ballot question?
The question is approved if a majority of the votes cast in the Special Town Election vote “Yes.”
Why are we having the Special Town Election since the article failed at the Special Town Meeting?
Once a Special Town Election is called it cannot be canceled. The Board of Selectmen called the Special Town Meeting
and the Special Town Election in close succession due to the upcoming holiday season and the required MSBA time
limits. The process allows the Board of Selectmen to call for a subsequent town meeting and/or election if there is a
failed town meeting vote, ballot vote, or both within a 120 day period. If a second town meeting does not take place
within the 120 day window and result in an approval of the project, this debt override approval will expire due to lack
of an appropriation of funds.
How many people need to attend the next Special Town Meeting (if another one is held)?
The quorum of any Special Town Meeting is 250 voters. In order for the article to pass at the Special Town Meeting it
would still need 2/3 of the registered voters present at the Special Town Meeting to vote yes on the Warrant Article

Why I support the Wheelock site

How I came to favor Wheelock

Twenty years ago as a newly elected select board member I was uncertain when the schools, under Superintendent Bob Maguire, announced that the town needed to renovate three schools at a cost of $56m. I knew nothing about building schools or any other municipal buildings, so I attended about two dozen meetings over the course of the next year, held by the then School Building Committee under the leadership of its Chair, Tim Bonfatti. That resulted in my learning a lot and ultimately supporting the town renovating the Memorial School, the Medfield High School and the Blake Middle School.

After that year of SBC meetings I learned that schools are expensive and why municipal buildings are about one-third more expensive to build than private construction (required statutory safeguards due to past transgressions). I learned why past decisions limit alternatives (the current Blake Middle School, then the MHS, could not be renovated to house the number of MHS students we had because ten years earlier a renovation had installed 8′ wide hallways and state regulations required 10′ wide hallways for schools with the number of students we had). And I learned that no one wants to have their taxes increased, and that some will opt to not agree to any higher taxes no matter the need.

About two years ago I began to attend the current School Building Committee meetings, because I knew Select Board members would need to vote on the issues. I was often one of only a dozen residents at those meetings. Like everyone in town, I already knew the Dale Street School needed fixing or replacing. Twenty years earlier I had not participated in the MSBA part of the process, but this time I watched that MSBA process occur, and was impressed at the detailed steps the town was mandated to take. I also learned that the current School Building Committee Chair, Mike Quinlan, was in many ways a clone of Tim Bonfatti, as both were knowledgeable building professionals, both calmly ran fact based meeting despite some contention, and both seemed to have a total command of the endless details of the projects.

When the decision on school siting got to the Select Board in September 2020, I had an opinion that favored Wheelock from listening to the consultants to the School Building Committee at their meetings. At our joint Select Board and School Building Committee meeting, that opinion was only reinforced as I heard why the School Building Committee members unanimously favored Wheelock.

This is why I ultimately favor the Wheelock site, in the order of importance to me:

• the building professionals opined that the Dale site is too tight/small, and if we built there they said we would get a “compromised” school

• there are educational synergies from having grades 2 – 5 on one campus

• the cost of building at the two sites are similar enough, compared to the total costs, as to not be dispositive

• building a grade 2-5 campus creates additional future use flexibility

• there is no danger to the town wells from building at Wheelock, and the planned Wheelock pavement improvements actually increase protection of our wells

• there is lots of open space around Wheelock

• neighborhood traffic issues will be addressed

• I see opportunities in a vacated Dale Street building, not just costs

I thought that the Warrant Committee did a remarkable and complete analysis of the details of the decision for our town, and the Warrant Committee endorsed the Wheelock site choice by a near unanimous 8-1 vote.

In sum, the town had the benefit of in depth analysis of the proposed new school and its siting decision by an impressive group of individual residents who serve on both our School Building Committee and on our Warrant Committee, and nearly all endorsed the Wheelock site. Additionally, all of the School Committee and Select Board members endorse the Wheelock site.

At the special town meeting a week ago, I found it disappointing that such a small percentage of our residents attended. However, if the election ballot tomorrow on 11/15 indicates enough support for the override, which I interpret as a surrogate for proceeding with the school at the Wheelock site, and where the statutory structure allows Select Boards to call for an additional special town meetings to consider the question anew, I would favor giving residents another chance to show up at another special town meeting. My gut tells me that more than two-thirds of our residents do want our new school at Wheelock.