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SB 12/1/2020

TOWN OF MEDFIELD
MEETING
NOTICE
Posted in accordance with the provisions of MGL Chapter 39 Section 23A, as amended
Due to the COVID-19 emergency, this meeting will take place remotely. Members of the public
who wish to view or listen to the meeting may do so by joining via the web, or a conference call.
1. To join online, use this link:
a. https://medfieldnet.
zoom.us/j/82095363190?pwd=b2hpMW9oSVk5ZGpSRmlwSjFhTjFBQT09
b. Enter Password: 171914
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: 820 9536 3190
b. Enter the password: 171914
The packet for this meeting can be found at this link:
https://www.town.medfield.net/DocumentCenter/View/4699/BOS-Meeting-Packet-December-1-
2020
Board of Selectmen
Board or Committee
PLACE OF MEETING DAY, DATE, AND TIME
Remote Meeting held on Zoom Tuesday, December 1, 2020 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
Appointments
1. John Porter, Clean Footprint, to discuss solar project at the Kingsbury Club, Alternative
On-Bill Credit Agreement, and tax agreement
Posted:
2. Fred Davis, Medfield Energy Committee, to introduce Susan McPhee to discuss
Sustainability Manager services
3. Medfield businesses to provide update on impact of COVID-19
4. Jean Mineo and Jerry Potts to discuss proposal for outdoor music series at the Medfield
State Hospital
5. Lauren Zembron to discuss request to install free little library at Straw Hat Park
6. Mohammed Akrouche to discuss request to film music video at the Medfield State
Hospital
Discussion (potential votes)
7. Update on COVID-19 status/operations and CARES Funding
8. Medfield Youth Outreach logo
Action Items
9. Annual Committee Appointments – list of appointments is included in the meeting packet
10. Annual License Renewals
11. Rail Trail insurance update
Consent Agenda
12. Sign Requests:
a. Lowell Mason House Holiday Concert to be broadcast on MedfieldTV on
December 5, 2020 at 7 pm
Citizen Comment
Town Administrator Updates
Next Meeting Dates
Board of Selectmen: December 15, 2020
Meeting Minutes
April 16, 2020
May 5, 2020
Selectmen Reports
Informational

Taxation of PPP

Greg Reibman, President of the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber has been sending a daily e-newsletter since COVID started in March, and this was in his one today –

IRS PPP ruling adds another 2020 hurdle 

I hate to spoil your appetite one day before the big event but here’s the latest on the PPP.

Earlier this year, the IRS ruled that expenses (like payroll) that businesses typically deduct from their taxes aren’t tax deductible if they used PPP dollars to pay for them.

Last week, the IRS issued new guidance prohibiting any small business that has a reasonable expectation of eventually receiving PPP loan forgiveness from deducting those expenses in 2020, even if it takes until 2021 or 2022 to be granted forgiveness, or if the business hasn’t submitted a forgiveness application yet, writes Andy Medici for the BBJ.

In other words: The IRS has just made it harder for businesses that are desperately trying to survive this pandemic by eliminating a potential strategy to defer their 2020 tax liabilities for one year while waiting for the economy to rebound.

Or as one expert tells Medici: “Without the PPP, small businesses would have laid off staff, saving on expenses and saving cash. The only reason they kept staffing levels is because of the PPP, and the IRS is effectively punishing that action by pretending it wasn’t a legitimate business expense.”

Interested in a sharp stick in the other eye (related to federal COVID relief support for our businesses)? Try this.

Eversource says its 46 customers should be back up by noon

Email from Kristine Trierweiler –

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FYI. They are reporting to have the remaining 46 customers back on by Noon. 

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Good Morning Christine,

No, this was not a planned outage. We had a few phases come down which affected some customers in the area. Currently, we have crews on-site and there are 46 customers that remain out. The remaining customers should be picked up no later than noon today but may be restored sooner.

I’ll send you another update once I have it.

Thank you,  

Jared

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Jared M. Blandino

Community Relations & Economic Development Specialist

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Quiz

What Medfield personage lists his/her occupation on the official annual town census that he/she is a “RODEO CLOWN?”

Maintaining the integrity of the town records requires me to inquire, Sir/Madam, when was your last rodeo?

Noticed while using the town census to send out the Medfield Foundation’ first annual appeal.

The Medfield Foundation hopes to have 100% of the town’s rodeo clowns supporting its first annual appeal.

And in fact 100% of all of our hometown’s residents – together building our shared community – https://www.medfieldfoundation.org/give

SBC forum – 6PM 10/14

SAVE THE DATE!

Dale Street School Project
Public Forum

Wednesday, October 14 2020
6.00PM

Topics: updates, cost projections, q&a

SB 10/6/20

TOWN OF MEDFIELD
MEETING
NOTICE

Posted in accordance with the provisions of MGL Chapter 39 Section 23A, as amended

Due to the COVID-19 emergency, this meeting will take place remotely. Members of the public
who wish to view or listen to the meeting may do so by joining via the web, or a conference call.

To join online, use this link:
a. https://medfieldnet.
zoom.us/j/84564745299?pwd=QXEvRjd3emMwQSt1TGN5Lyt2ZEZGZz09

b. Enter Password: 615023

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: 845 6474 5299
b. Enter the password: 615023
The agenda packet for this meeting is available at this link:
https://www.town.medfield.net/DocumentCenter/View/4599/BOS-Meeting-Packet-October-6-
2020

Board of Selectmen
Board or Committee

PLACE OF MEETING DAY, DATE, AND TIME
Remote Meeting held on Zoom Tuesday, October 6, 2020 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

Appointments
1. Bay Colony Rail Trail Association to discuss lease agreement with MBTA for the rail
trail project

2. Candace Loewen to discuss a vacancy at the Medfield Housing Authority

3. Jay Duncan, Townwide Master Plan Committee to provide an update on the Master Plan

Discussion (potential votes)

4. Update on COVID-19 status/operations and CARES Funding
a. Craig Neubecker, Nosh and Grog, requests Shared Spaces Grant be used to reimburse for expenditure on architectural plans for outdoor seating

5. Selectman Murby to provide Annual OPEB Update

Action Items

6. Vote to sign warrant for November 3, 2020 Presidential Election

7. Vote to appoint election workers for the November 3, 2020 Presidential Election

8. Contract with Peregrine Urban Initiative, LLC for real estate advisory and development consulting services for the Medfield State Hospital Development Committee

9. Contract with BETA Group Inc., for engineering design for the Dale Street and North Meadows Road intersection, to be funded by a Medfield Meadows mitigation payment

10. Contract with EJ Prescott to provide and install a FlexNet water meter reading system

11. Contract with EJ Prescott to provide Sensus Wall Mount Smart Point MXUs

12. Contract with Woodard and Curran for engineering consulting for Infiltration and Inflow

13. Contract with Woodard and Curran for maintenance and service of the SCADA system

14. Contract with Nitsch Engineering to study five Medfield intersections

15. Acceptance of 2020-2021 Salt Bid Prices

16. Chapter 90 Project Requests
a. $10,300 to fund the intersections improvement study with Nitsch Engineering
b. $64,750 to fund the ADA Self-Evaluation/Transition Plan and Sidewalk Master Plan

17. Accept a grant in the amount of $36,030 from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to survey Town property for stormwater issues and design structural stormwater Best Management Practices for 3 sites and authorize the Town Administrator to sign the grant documents

18. Accept a grant in the amount of $3,500 from MEMA for the annual Emergency Management Performance Grant and authorize the Town Administrator to sign the grant documents

19. Accept a grant in the amount of $12,500 from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources Municipal Energy Technical Assistance Grant Program for a solar photovoltaic project at the DPW Town Garage and authorize the Town Administrator to sign the grant documents

20. Committee Appointments
a. Request to appoint Mike Pastore to the OPEB Trust Committee
b. Request to appoint Alexandra Maider to the Safety Committee
c. Request to appoint Megan Sullivan to Capital Budget Committee
d. Request to appoint Nassar Ismail to Capital Budget Committee
e. Annual Appointment Process Continued

Town Administrator Updates

Consent Agenda

21. Sign Request: Medfield Foundation requests permission to place sandwich boards promoting the 2020 Virtual Angel Run Meeting Minutes

Next Meeting Dates
October 14, 2020 – Dale Street School Project forum
October 20, 2020 – Board of Selectmen
November 8, 2020 – Town Wide Master Planning Committee Public Forum

Selectmen Reports

Informational
William and Linda Donovan Letter re: Medfield Meadows
Notification from Xfinity
Notification from the Planning Board
26 Spring Street documents

Executive Sessions:
Vote to enter Executive Session for the following purposes:
 To investigate charges of criminal misconduct or to consider the filing of criminal complaints
 To consider the lease of real property (space on and at the Mt. Nebo Water Tower located off Eastmount Road)

Small businesses get energy saving opportunity

Eversource press release announces energy saving assistance for our town’s businesses –

Eversource Energy : Partners with Medfield to Launch Energy Efficiency Campaign for Small Businesses

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09/15/2020 | 02:55pm EDT

Energy company helps business owners identify specific ways to save on building’s operating costs now and in the future

BOSTON September 14, 2020 – Eversource is working with Medfield next month on the Main Streets energy efficiency initiative to help local, small businesses reduce their energy costs, save money and have a positive impact on the environment. From September 14th until September 18th, energy experts from Eversource-approved contractor, Rise, will be in the community meeting with businesses, scheduling no-cost energy assessments and answering questions about energy-efficient equipment upgrades and improvements.

‘Energy efficiency provides businesses of all sizes with a competitive edge and directly impacts their bottom line through energy savings,’ said Eversource Vice President of Energy Efficiency Tilak Subrahmanian, ‘Many small businesses are facing financial hardships right now, and this effort will help connect small business owners with ways to save on their energy costs.’

Medfield is one of 15 communities chosen for this initiative in 2020. In 2019, Eversource visited nine communities and helped small business owners reduce their energy use by more than 2.7 million kWh and save more than $400,000 as a result of this initiative.

The Main Streets energy efficiency program begins with a no-cost, no-obligation energy assessment identifying energy-saving opportunities for small businesses, such as new lighting, occupancy sensors, programmable thermostats, refrigeration controls, insulation and more. Some of the improvements, such as installing aerators and spray valves, happen on the spot at no cost to the customer. Larger improvement projects, like HVAC equipment upgrades or the installation of energy-efficient motor controls, are scheduled for a future date. For a limited time, Eversource has increased incentives for a range of energy-efficiency improvements to further offset the cost of upgrades, and interest-free financing is available for any remaining costs.

Local, licensed electricians contracted by Eversource will complete approved projects, ensuring minimal disruption to daily business operations. All contractors are required to follow state-of-the-art health and safety guidelines to minimize the spread of COVID-19, and all high-efficiency products installed as part of the program will include warranties for both materials and labor.

Eversource has delivered postcards with more information about the program to Medfield businesses. For more information about the program and to schedule a free assessment at a convenient time, businesses should contact Eversource’s contractor, Rise, directly at 401-784-3700 x 6158.

Sen. Feeney on RR track upgrade

The North South rail line through town has been getting upgraded for several months, and a resident queried Senator Feeney about what was being done. Today Senator Feeney informed the resident what he heard back from the railroad as follows:

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Below is the update we received from Mass Coastal as of yesterday. Unfortunately they are not mandated by statute or regulation to notify abutters regarding rail work. We have urged them to do so previously and will continue to ask for updates if the work is going to be prolonged. This is part of a larger project to replace older rail with “Continuous welded rail”.  I hope this update helps to understand the scope of their work.  In the meantime, we as a delegation have communicated about this issue, agree with you wholeheartedly, and will shake the trees with MassDOT and advocate for communication to the neighborhood by Mass Coastal. 
Best,-Paul
Update from Mass Coastal:


 “As information, Mass Coastal is overseeing a MBTA & MASS-DOT Rail Unit Project that is upgrading the rail along the Framingham Secondary between Framingham and Mansfield. We are changing the over 100 year old sectional-jointed rail to Continuous Welded Rail (CWR). Along with that change, the project involves spreading ballast stone and “surfacing” the rail to provide smooth alignment.

   As you are likely aware, this rail line is very active transporting freight. Consequently the operational windows that we have afforded the contractor results in erratic hours. We take every step to avoid disruption, but one of the problems with CWR is that laying it in extreme heat conditions is not conducive to the requirements. Therefore early starts and working late are necessary.

   There are a couple of weeks left before we are finished. 

I am copying the folks at the MBTA and DOT that are my direct report.“ 

Office hours cancelled

I was kindly reminded of the school standard, namely to stay home for 24 hours after a fever, so I have canceled the office hours for tomorrow. Good advice. Thank you.

SC votes to ban mascot

The School Committee just voted to have the school system discontinue the use of the warrior head logo.