Category Archives: Town Services

An appreciation of our town employees

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An appreciation for a job well done

I have been thinking this morning about the Town of Medfield employees who provide we residents with the services that allow our lives to continue with as much semblance of normalcy as possible at all times, but most especially in these truly unsettling circumstances we are currently experiencing. Our water goes on, public safety continues to serve us, the Transfer Station even added Sunday openings, and all the town government systems continue to function, if behind a digital curtain, all so that we residents can continue our lives.

The town employees are providing essential services, so while they likely share the same unease that envelopes us all, they continue to work their jobs.  I wanted to publicly share with the Town of Medfield employees my sincere appreciation for their efforts  and to thank them.

I am extremely appreciative of what all the town employees are doing now, working under difficult circumstances – I want to let them all know just how much this one resident, one who tries hard to observe closely the functioning of the town government so as to understand it as well as possible, truly appreciates what our team of town employees are accomplishing for we residents.

Medfield Board of Health recommendations

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TOWN OF MEDFIELD
BOARD OF HEALTH
TOWN HOUSE, 459 MAIN STREET
MEDFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS 02052-0315
(508) 906-3006 (phone)

To: Town of Medfield
From: Medfield Board of Health

Date: March 18, 2020

Re: Playdate Guidance for Medfield Families

The Medfield Board of Health today issued tangible recommendations to help Medfield families better navigate the social distancing strategies advocated by Governor Charlie Baker, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

With schools and childcare services closed, many parents may be struggling to cope with children at home. Working from home with children present can be challenging, especially when they are younger.

It is important to remember that playdates put people in your family and community at greater risk of getting COVID-19. The best way to protect vulnerable members of your family and your community is to not have playdates; however, for some families, it may not be feasible to completely eliminate them.

If you must have playdates, there are strategies you can use to greatly reduce transmission risk:

  • Have fewer playdates
  • Locate playdates outside and minimize shared equipment
    • Good options: going for hikes, riding bicycles or scooters
    • Activities to avoid: playing on communal play structures or sandboxes.
  • Include as few participants as possible (see recommendation below regarding ‘monogamy’)
  • Encourage your children to play in a way that maintains social distance.
  • Have children wash hands for 20 seconds with soap and water after the playdate.

Consider Playdate Monogamy

Consider a “monogamous” playdate relationship. If, because of your work or family situation, you must have your children participate in some playdates, consider partnering exclusively with another family, and sticking with them throughout the COVID-19 outbreak. Pick a family that is in a similar situation and is also serious about social distancing. If the adults in both families are consistently practicing social distancing, and their children are only playing with children of one other family, that is much better for slowing down the spread of COVID-19 in our community than a situation where children are playing with children from different families each day.

Please see the enclosed Washington Post article
(https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2020/03/14/parenting-tips-coronavirus/) which contains very good recommendations. This article emphasizes the importance of establishing a routine with your children. It also provides several resource links for homeschool resources, working from home with kids, and screen time strategies.

Guidance and information regarding COVID-19 is being updated frequently. We recommend the following resources:

 

Medfield Board of Health
Carol Read, Chair
Stephen Resch
Melissa Coughlin
Holly Rand

Monday repairs to the Hawthorne Booster Station

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From Kristine Trierweiler –

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On Monday, March 23, the Medfield Water Department will be conducting necessary, planned, repairs to the Hawthorne Booster Station.  This will work will begin at 8:00 am and should only last a few hours.  During this time, your neighborhood may notice a decrease in water pressure.  If you have any questions, please contact the Water Department at 508-906-3004 or email Tracey Klenk at tklenk@medfield.net.

Below is a list of the streets that may be affected:

  • Alcott Way
  • Boyden Road
  • Chestnut Lane
  • Derby Lane
  • Hawthorne Drive
  • Martingale Lane
  • Minuteman Road
  • Overfield Drive
  • Pederzini Drive
  • Pine Street (part)
  • Quail Run
  • Quarry Road
  • Snow Hill Lane
  • Steeplechase Drive
  • Sturbridge Road
  • Vine Brook Road
  • Walden Court

Thank you,

Kristine Trierweiler

Town Administrator

ktrierweiler@medfield.net

508-906-3011

Virus update – closures

March 15, 2020

Town House Closing to Public

The Town House will be closing to the public effective Monday, March 16. Other town facilities have already closed to the public.… Read on

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TOWN OF MEDFIELD

Office of BOARD OF SELECTMEN
TOWN HOUSE, 459 MAIN STREET
MEDFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS 02052-0315

Kristine Trierweiler
Town Administrator
(508) 906-3011 (phone)
(508) 359-6182 (fax)

To: Town of Medfield
From: Kristine Trierweiler, Town Administrator
Medfield Board of Selectmen

Date: March 15, 2020

Re: Town of Medfield’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update #3

The Town of Medfield today announced that the Medfield Town House (508-906-3012) will be closed to the public, effective Monday, March 16, 2020. In addition to the Town House, the following Town facilities have been closed to the public:

● Medfield Public Schools – closed Friday, March 13 (508-359-2302)
● The CENTER at Medfield – closed Thursday, March 12 (508-359-3665)
● The Medfield Public Library – closed Friday March, 13 (508-359-4544)
● The Pfaff Center – closed Friday, March 13 (508-359-2715)
● The Department of Public Works Town Garage – (508-906-3003)

Police and Fire will remain open to respond to public safety related matters as they arise.
Emergency dispatch has included enhanced screenings to further diagnose any calls with
infectious diseases.

Although Town buildings will be closed to the public, staff will continue to work. Residents seeking services or having questions may contact Town departments directly. Many Town services can be provided over e-mail, by phone, or by mail. Residents are also able to use the Town website for many services: https://www.town.medfield.net/.
Any questions or concerns can be directed to the Board of Selectmen’s office by phone at 508-906-3012 or by e-mail to Town Administrator Kristine Trierweiler at ktrierweiler@medfield.net.

Town officials would like to thank the public for their understanding during this challenging time for our community. The situation involving COVID-19 continues to evolve and Town officials remain in close contact with state officials, the Board of Health, and the Town’s Emergency Management Director to share information and guidance. These building closings are intended to help employees and the public practice social distancing, a tactic aimed at helping stop the spread of COVID-19. At this time, there remains no indication of community spread of coronavirus in Medfield.
The Town website will be the best place to stay up to date on local information and we created a page dedicated to COVID-19 information:

https://www.town.medfield.net/1860/CoronavirusInfo-COVID-19

The Town recently converted to a new emergency notifications application (CivicReady). Due to the evolving situation with COVID-19, we moved up the roll-out of this new service. Residents can create an account to receive alerts and notifications here:
https://www.town.medfield.net/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=183

Any residents who are having issues with signing up can contact Nicholas Milano, Assistant Town Administrator, at nmilano@medfield.net or by phone at 508-906-3009.

Medfield’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update #2

Kristine Trierweiler Town Administrator TOWN OF MEDFIELD Office of BOARD OF SELECTMEN TOWN HOUSE, 459 MAIN STREET MEDFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS 02052-0315 (508) 906-3011 (phone) (508) 359-6182 (fax) To: Town of Medfield Residents Medfield Boards and Committees From: Kristine Trierweiler, Town Administrator Medfield Board of Selectmen Date: March 13, 2020 Re: Town of Medfield’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update #2 The Town of Medfield, in consultation with the Medfield Board of Health, today announced several closures and cancellations due to the evolving situation with coronavirus (COVID-19). Superintendent Jeff Marsden also announced that the Medfield Public Schools will close for one week and are tentatively scheduled to reopen on Monday, March 23, 2020. The school department will continue to monitor the situation and keep students, faculty, and parents updated. In addition to the school closures, all meetings, programs, activities, and special events in Town buildings are cancelled, except for essential meetings of Town of Medfield boards and committees. All Town of Medfield boards and committees must receive approval from the Town Administrator before scheduling meetings. The following Town buildings and programs are affected:  Medfield Town House will be open for regular business, but residents are asked to only come in if necessary. Many of our services can be provided over the phone or via the Town website. Residents who are unsure whether they need to come in to conduct business are asked to call ahead first.  The CENTER at Medfield was closed to the public on Thursday, March 12, 2020 and will remain closed until further notice. Council on Aging staff are working and available by phone and e-mail for assistance.  The Medfield Public Library was closed to the public beginning Friday, March 13 and will remain closed until further notice. Library staff are working and available by phone and e-mail for assistance.  All Medfield Parks and Recreation programs are cancelled, effective immediately and until further notice. The Pfaff Center is closed to the public.  The Public Safety Building is now closed to all non-Town hosted meetings. Town boards and committees must first receive approval from the Town Administrator before scheduling meetings in the Public Safety Building.  Police and Fire will remain open to respond to public safety related matters as they arise. Emergency dispatch has included enhanced screenings to further diagnose any calls with infectious diseases.  The Department of Public Works Town Garage is now closed to all non-Town hosted meetings. Town boards and committees must first receive approval from the Town Administrator before scheduling meetings in the Town Garage. The Town recently converted to a new emergency notifications application (CivicReady). Due to the evolving situation with COVID-19, we moved up the roll-out of this new service. Residents can create an account to receive alerts and notifications here: https://www.town.medfield.net/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=183 Any residents who are having issues with signing up can contact Nicholas Milano, Assistant Town Administrator, at nmilano@medfield.net or by phone at 508-906-3009. The COVID-19 situation continues to evolve and additional closings may be necessary. We thank you for your understanding and support during this difficult time for our community. Our website will be the best place to stay up to date on local information and we created a page dedicated to COVID-19 information: https://www.town.medfield.net/1860/Coronavirus-Info-COVID-19Medfield COVID-19 Memo 2 to Public - 3.13.2020_Page_2

Town update re virus

TOWN OF MEDFIELD Office of BOARD OF SELECTMEN TOWN HOUSE, 459 MAIN STREET MEDFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS 02052-0315 (508) 906-3011 (phone) (508) 359-6182 (fax) Kristine Trierweiler Town Administrator To: Town of Medfield Residents From: Kristine Trierweiler, Town Administrator Medfield Board of Selectmen Medfield Board of Health Date: March 13, 2020 Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Social Distancing Recommendations for Medfield Residents The Town of Medfield has taken several measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission and slow its spread through our community. There are a number of things Medfield residents can do to further protect our community. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Massachusetts Department of Health recommend all persons:  Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.  Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze using a tissue or inner elbow, not your hands.  Clean things that are frequently touched (like doorknobs and countertops) with household cleaning spray or wipes.  Stay home if you are sick.  Limit close contact with others as much as possible (about 6 feet). Because COVID-19 can be transmitted from an infected person before they feel sick, “social distancing” –that is, limiting close contact with others-- is a very important strategy for slowing its spread through our community. We strongly urge Medfield residents to avoid gathering in groups where it would be difficult for participants to maintain social distance. This includes, for example: community organization events, house parties, birthday parties, and indoor “play dates” for children from more than 2 families. With schools closed and many organized activities cancelled, we encourage parents to encourage older children to avoid gathering in large groups (especially indoors). To the extent possible, parents of younger children are encouraged to make childcare arrangements that minimize the number of children their children come in close contact with. Guidance and information regarding COVID-19 is being updated frequently. We recommend the following resources:  The Town of Medfield is maintaining a webpage about COVID-19 on its Town website and will post additional information and announcements at this link: https://www.town.medfield.net/1860/Coronavirus-Info-COVID-19  The Massachusetts Department of Health COVID-19 website: https://www.mass.gov/resource/information-on-the-outbreak-of-coronavirus-disease- 2019-covid-19  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention coronavirus website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.htmlCOVID19 Social Distancing Recommendations for Medfield Residents Final_Page_2

From: Marsden, Jeffrey <aspen-sysadmin@myfollett.com>
Date: Fri, Mar 13, 2020 at 4:37 PM
Subject: Message from the Superintendent- COVID-19 Update #5- Important
To: <jmarsden@email.medfield.net>

 

Dear Parents,

After several conference calls today with state officials and other superintendents, as well as a meeting with the Town Administrator and the Medfield Board of Health, the decision has been made to close the Medfield Public Schools for at least the week of March 16th to March 20th.  Given the emerging data from infectious disease modelers, there is a strong possibility that an additional week may be needed.  Please note that our last day of school will be June 22, even if there is a need for additional absences. You will receive additional information from principals on Monday regarding expectations for students during the closure. I’ve attached a letter from the Medfield Board of Health with very important social distancing recommendations for all Medfield residents. We still do not have a presumptive or confirmed case of COVID-19 in Medfield, (probably due to the lack of testing), therefore, following this guidance around gatherings and “play dates” is critical to slow the spread of the virus.

I recognize how disruptive this will be to our families, but this decision is really in the best interest of our students, staff, and the entire community.  I thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time.

Sincerely,

Jeff Marsden

 

Jeffrey J. Marsden, Ed.D

Superintendent

Medfield Public Schools

508-359-2302

Follow me on Twitter @JeffreyJMarsden and @DaleStProject

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Jeffrey J. Marsden, Ed.D

Superintendent

Medfield Public Schools

508-359-2302

Follow me on Twitter @JeffreyJMarsden and @DaleStProject

#medfieldps  #medfieldpln

Medfield Town Alerts

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