Category Archives: Town Meeting

ATM correction – Article 30 passed

Article 30 passed – thank you Chris McCue for setting me straight. Article 30 was the citizen petition asking to set up a committee to study how future School Building Committees are appointed.

ATM

At the annual town meeting (ATM) yesterday evening, the citizen petition, Article 29, asking for an advisory “sense of the town meeting” opinion with respect to the Dale Street School site selection passed 229-213, basically slightly favoring the Dale at Dale solution over the Wheelock site.

The only other article that generated any controversy was the other citizen petition, Article 30, which asked for the creation of a study committee to look into how future School Building Committees would be appointed, which was handily defeated.

Below is the view of the 450 town residents from the platform at the front of the ATM across the front of the bleachers – note Select Board photographer’s shadow to understand how residents had to look right into the setting sun. There were two great video screens at the front to either side of the front platform, just like at a concert, that were rented to assist viewing the speakers – they were the best addition to the ATM. We experienced typical New England weather, storm clouds with rain drops to start, then sunny and too hot, and at the end 63 degrees that felt like freezing after an hour of sitting still in it. Fortunately, at the very end at around 9PM, after four hours, the Moderator asked if anyone was still undecided on the last Article about siting the new school (only a very few hands appeared), and then he called the question. About a dozen people waiting at microphones then lost their opportunity to speak.

Annual town meeting yesterday attendees as seen from the front platform

ATM layout

Email from Town Administrator, Kristine Trierweiler –

This has been updated from last year. The most noticeable change is we will have two entrances to town meeting with check in by precinct to expedite entrance to the meeting.  We will also have two large video screens behind/above the bleachers for the presentations. 

Kristine 

Annual Town Meeting – Monday at 5PM

2021 Annual Town Meeting

The 2021 Annual Town Meeting will be held on the turf field at Medfield High School on Monday, May 17, 2021, at 5:00 PM.

The yellow covered booklet with all the warrant articles was mailed to all households, or you can download that booklet’s material from the town’s website here

NB – rain date is on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at 5:00 PM.  

MEA/MEC forum on warrant articles – 7:30PM on 5/6

From Helen Dewey of Medfield Environment Action –

Informational Webinar on
Energy Committee Articles
for Town Meeting
Article 21: Community Choice Aggregation (CCA)
CCA is a way of buying renewable electrical power in bulk for the town and its residents.
Article 22: Net Zero Climate Goal for Medfield
A Net Zero Climate Goal for Medfield will align with the State’s 2050
Net Zero Goal, will provide a target and engage the town and residents
to collaboratively develop a plan to get there.
Review of both Warrant Articles
Thursday, May 6th at 7:30pm via Zoom
Register in advance for this webinar here:
Webinar Registration
If you have not been able to attend any of the previous webinars this is for you! You will get all the pertinent information on both Articles and can ask all of your questions.
Hosted by
Medfield Environment Action & Medfield Energy Committee

ATM warrant articles to date

The following are the warrant articles that have been submitted for the annual town meeting (ATM):

DRAFT 02/27/2021
TOWN OF MEDFIELD
WARRANT FOR THE ANNUAL TOWN MEETING
2021
Article Issue Submitted By:
1 Accept Annual Reports Board of Selectmen
2 Perpetual Care Cemetery Commissioners
3 Revolving Funds Board of Selectmen
4 PEG Access and Cable Related Funds Board of Selectmen
5 Elected Official Compensation Board of Selectmen
6 Personnel Administration Plan Board of Selectmen
7 Appropriate funds for FY21 School Budget Covid-19
Deficit
8 Operating Budget Board of Selectmen
9 Municipal Building Capital Stabilization Fund Capital Budget Committee
10 Transfer MSBA Dale Street Reimbursement to
Building Capital Stabilization Fund Board of Selectmen
11 Creation and Appropriation of Capital Stabilization
Fund Capital Budget Committee
12 Capital Budget Capital Budget Committee
13 Authorize Vehicle Lease Purchase Capital Budget Committee
14 Water Treatment Plant Bond Authorization Water and Sewer
15 Water/Sewer Enterprise Fund Operating Budgets Water and Sewer/DPW
16 Medfield State Hospital Maintenance Appropriation Board of Selectmen
17 Transfer of DOT Ride Sharing Funds Board of Selectmen
18 Economic Vitality Fund Board of Selectmen
19 Sewer Betterments Paid in Advance Town Administrator
20 Authorize name change for Board of Selectmen Board of Selectmen
Personnel Plan Amendments (5) Personnel Board/BOS
21 Disposition of Lot 1, Icehouse Road Board of Selectmen
22 Landfill Lease for Solar Board of Selectmen
23 Town Garage Lease for Solar Board of Selectmen
24 Approval of Solar PILOT Agreements
Approval of Town Garage Solar PILOT Board of Selectmen
25 Authorize the BOS to enter into Solar PPA Board of Selectmen
Approval of Kingsbury Club PILOT Board of Selectmen
26 Hinkley South Property Affordable Housing Trust
27 Hinkley North Property Affordable Housing Trust
28 Community Choice Electricity Aggregation Medfield Energy Committee
29 Climate Goals/Resolution Medfield Energy Committee
30 Rezone Parcel on Janes Avenue BI to B Planning Board
31 Table of Use Regulations: Adult only tobacco store Planning Board
32 Food Trucks/Mobile Food Vendors Planning Board
33 Table of Use Regulations Height and Bulk Planning Board
DRAFT 02/27/2021
34 Table of Use Regulations Height and Bulk (sheds) Planning Board
35 Solar Photovoltaic Facilities Overlay District Planning Board
36 Authorize $20,000 for Zoning Diagnostic Planning Board
37 Creation of new Peak House Historic District Historic District
Commission
38 Recommendation for Dale Street School Site Selection
Amendment with MSBA Citizens Petition (Ganem)
39 Bylaw Committee for School Building Committee Citizen Petition (Potts)
Authorize lease of town property to Medfield Food
Cupboard
40 Update Stormwater Regulations Bylaw Board of Selectmen
41 Appropriate funds for Affordable Housing Trust Affordable Housing Trust
42 Adopt Scenic Road Designation for Elm, Plain, Farm,
Nebo Streets and Millbrook Road
Planning Board, ConCom,
Historical Commission
Appropriation for Interim Design funds for
Elementary School Project
BOS/Dale Street School
Building Committee
43 Retroactive Collective Bargaining Agreement Police Board of Selectmen
44 Retroactive Collective Bargaining Agreement Fire Board of Selectmen
45 Appropriation for a Prior Year Bill Board of Selectmen
Free Cash Board of Assessors

ATM warrant articles

These are the draft warrant article, to date, for the annual town meeting (ATM)

DRAFT 02/01/2021
TOWN OF MEDFIELD
WARRANT FOR THE ANNUAL TOWN MEETING
2021
Article Issue Submitted By:
1 Accept Annual Reports Board of Selectmen
2 Perpetual Care Cemetery Commissioners
3 Revolving Funds Board of Selectmen
4 PEG Access and Cable Related Funds Board of Selectmen
5 Elected Official Compensation Board of Selectmen
6 Personnel Administration Plan Board of Selectmen
7 Appropriate funds for FY21 School Budget Covid-19
Deficit
8 Operating Budget Board of Selectmen
9 Municipal Building Capital Stabilization Fund Capital Budget Committee
10 Transfer MSBA Dale Street Reimbursement to
Building Capital Stabilization Fund Board of Selectmen
11 Creation of Capital and Debt Stabilization Capital Budget Committee
12 Capital and Debt Stabilization Appropriation Capital Budget Committee
13 Authorize Vehicle Lease Purchase Capital Budget Committee
14 Water Treatment Plant Bond Authorization Water and Sewer
15 Water/Sewer Enterprise Fund Budgets Water and Sewer/DPW
16 Medfield State Hospital Maintenance Appropriation Board of Selectmen
17 Transfer of DOT Ride Sharing Funds Board of Selectmen
18 Economic Vitality Fund Board of Selectmen
19 Sewer Betterments Paid in Advance Town Administrator
20 Authorize name change for Board of Selectmen Board of Selectmen
21 Personnel Plan Amendments Personnel Board/BOS
22 Disposition of Lot 1, Icehouse Road Board of Selectmen
23 Landfill Lease for Solar Board of Selectmen
24 Town Garage Lease for Solar Board of Selectmen
25 Approval of Town Garage Solar PILOT Board of Selectmen
26 Authorize the BOS to enter into Solar PPA Board of Selectmen
27 Approval of Kingsbury Club PILOT Board of Selectmen
28 Hinkley South Property Affordable Housing Trust
29 Hinkley North Property Affordable Housing Trust
30 Community Choice Electricity Aggregation Medfield Energy Committee
31 Climate Goals/Resolution Medfield Energy Committee
32 Rezone Parcel Janes Avenue BI to B Planning Board
33 Table of Use Regulations: Adult only tobacco store Planning Board
34 Food Trucks/Mobile Food Vendors Planning Board
35 Table of Use Regulations Height and Bulk Planning Board
36 Table of Use Regulations Height and Bulk (sheds) Planning Board
37 Solar Photovoltaic Facilities Overlay District Planning Board
DRAFT 02/01/2021
38 Authorize $20,000 for Zoning Diagnostic Planning Board
39 Creation of new Main Street Historic District Historic District
Commission
40 Warrant Committee to post all materials within 48
hours of receipt Citizen Petition
41 Citizen Petition
42 Authorize lease of town property to Medfield Food
Cupboard
43 Update Stormwater Regulations Bylaw Board of Selectmen
Free Cash Board of Assessors

MEA’s Forum on Community Choice Aggregation – 7PM, 7/22/20

Mayor, Colleeen Sullivan’s article in Medfield Patch – register via MEAMedfield@gmail.com

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Community Corner

Medfield – Community Choice Aggregation Info Forum, 7/22/20

In anticipation of the vote at the next Town Meeting, the July 22 virtual forum will consider questions like how does CCA work, etc?

(Colleen)

The following authored by Fritz Fleischmann, Medfield Environment Action member.

Join Us: Community Choice Aggregation: Informational Forum on July 22

Medfield has a new environmental group: Medfield Environment Action (MEA). Its mission statement declares:

Medfield Environment Action (MEA) is a grassroots organization of residents. We share information about the accelerating environmental destruction and climate emergency to empower local action. We seek to build a movement of informed citizens, dedicated to the preservation of a living environment in Medfield and beyond. Our goal is for those informed citizens to support each other and work together for solutions.

MEA will work to:

  • initiate and support measures by our town and state governments that will positively impact our environment;
  • help reduce energy consumption and render the consumed energy renewable/sustainable;
  • reduce other environmental impacts in our community.

One of MEA’s first initiatives is to host two virtual forums, on July 22 and August 17, which will provide an opportunity to learn about two environmental choices for Medfield that will be voted on at the next Town Meeting: whether to embrace Community Choice Aggregation, and how to set Medfield’s climate goals.

The first virtual forum on Wednesday, July 22, at 7:30 p.m. will take up the question of Community Choice Aggregation (CCA). CCA is a method of buying renewable electricity in bulk for a town’s operations and for its residents. MCAN (the Massachusetts Climate Action Network) describes it as “a program towns and cities can use to switch everyone in the town who is on basic service over to cleaner energy. An energy broker helps the community purchase the amount of energy which best fits their needs. Residents may opt out at any time. The energy is still distributed and billed through the town’s original utility (i.e. Eversource or National Grid).” Voters in a growing number of towns in Massachusetts have either approved such a program (Melrose, Brookline, and Lexington were among the early adopters), or are the in various stages of adopting it.

In anticipation of the vote at the next Town Meeting, the July 22 virtual forum will consider such questions as: how does CCA work? What are the benefits (and are there any downsides)? Will residents save money? Can they opt out of it? Is it right for Medfield?

Interested residents can register for this forum by writing to MEAMedfield@gmail.com; once registered, they will receive an invitation with a link to the forum. Information about the second forum on August 17 will be published in due course.

ATM – updated plan

Email from Kristine Trierweiler –

Town Meeting 2020_V3

We had our final walk-thru today, we updated the field layout and map.

We have also changed from boom microphones to (4) standing mics for people to use, we have sanctuary mic covers that staff will change between users.

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Information I previously shared –

atm 2020 ANNUAL TOWN MEETING Logistics_KTEDIT

ATM – 11AM on 6/27/20 at MHS

Get all the detailed information for the 2020 annual town meeting (ATM) from the town website here

atm Town Meeting 2020 Field Layout

atm 2020 ANNUAL TOWN MEETING Logistics_KTEDIT

 

https://www.town.medfield.net/1842/2020-Annual-Town-Meeting