Select Board 5/10/22

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Board of Selectmen
Board or Committee
Chenery Hall, Medfield Town House
Remote participation available through Zoom Tuesday, May 10, 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
1. DPW Director Maurice Goulet to discuss water restrictions due to repairs at Well 6
2. Abby Marble, Kelly Fallon, and Kirsten Poler to discuss proposed renovation of the
playground at Hinkley Park
3. Medfield Energy Committee to discuss electrical vehicle charging stations
a. Potential vote to approve Eversource Electric Vehicle Charger Site Host
Discussion Items (Potential Votes)
4. Discuss Annual Town Meeting 2022
Action Items
5. Vote to appoint Andrew Foster as Town Accountant
6. Request from the Medfield Cultural Alliance to sign a letter of support for their
application to the MassDevelopment Underutilized Properties Program
7. Vote to accept the resignation of Heidi Groff from the Council on Aging
8. Vote to allow car wash fundraisers on Sundays to allow for rescheduling of canceled
fundraising events due to the current water restrictions
9. Vote to sign letter of engagement with Attorney Drew Hoyt to provide environmental
legal services for the Medfield State Hospital
10. Vote to award bid to Comcast Cable Communications Management, LLC for a lease of
land located at 55 North Meadows Road and lease agreement (renewal to existing lease)
11. Vote to approve departmental appropriations transfer requests
12. Vote to approve agreements with Solect Energy Development for the Town Garage solar
a. Power Purchase Agreement
b. Lease Agreement
c. Payment in Lieu of Taxes (“PILOT”) Agreement
Citizen Comment
Consent Agenda
13. Block party request from Charles Intravaia for 29-31 Kenney Road from 2 pm to 6 pm on
May 21
14. Block party request from Kristen Storer for between 39 and 41 Rocky Lane on May 21
from 4 pm to 6 pm
15. Charles River Valley Trustees requests one-day beer/wine permit for Friday, May 13 and
Saturday, May 14 at Rocky Woods from 6 to 10 pm
16. Medfield Together and Cultural Alliance of Medfield requests yards signs and sandwich
boards on Main/North and South/Route 27 for the 2 weeks prior (September 24 to
October 8) to the CultureFest at Bellforge scheduled for October 8
17. The Gazebo Players of Medfield request permission to post signs at the usual locations
between July 11 and July 24 to advertise their performances of A Midsummer Night’s
Dream, including July 23 and July 24 at the Medfield State Hospital
18. Hinkley Helpers request permission to post signs at the usual locations to advertise their
kickoff event on May 15 at Hinkley Playground from 11 am to 2:30 pm
Meeting Minutes
May 26, 2020
December 22, 2020
March 2, 2021
March 30, 2021
April 6, 2021
July 13, 2021
August 3, 2021
August 17, 2021
August 25, 2021
February 1, 2022
February 15, 2022
March 1, 2022
April 5, 2022
Town Administrator Updates
Next Meeting Dates
Selectmen Reports
● Board of Appeals on Zoning Notice of Decision for Royal Pizza
● Board of Appeals on Zoning Notice of Decision for Nosh & Grog Provisions

ATM report = we have a new SBC bylaw

Photo not from last night.

The proposed new School Building Committee bylaw was the sole controversial issue at the annual town meeting (ATM) last night. It passed by a vote of 162 – 149.

Digital tech bad for kids

Wisdom and a warning this morning from the New York Times – see below – connect to article here

“What makes less sense to me is why our society has done so little to protect children from the apparent damages of ubiquitous digital media. They are almost certainly larger for most children than the threat from Covid.”

Also, there was an excellent 60 Minutes piece on Sunday on the increased mental health issues youth are experiencing – via this link

May 10, 2022
Author HeadshotBy David Leonhardt
Good morning. We look at the mental health crisis facing adolescents — and the role of digital technology.
The local Boys and Girls Club in Glasgow, Ky.Annie Flanagan for The New York Times
On the phone, alone
Many measures of adolescent mental health began to deteriorate sometime around 2009. It is true of the number of U.S. high-school students who say they feel persistently sad or hopeless. It’s also true of reported loneliness. And it is true of emergency room visits for self-harm among Americans ages 10 to 19.
This timing is suspicious because internet use among adolescents was also starting to soar during the same period. Apple began selling the iPhone in 2007. Facebook opened itself for general use in late 2006, and one-third of Americans were using it by 2009.
Last month, The Times began publishing a series on adolescent mental health, and the latest piece — focusing on pediatricians who are struggling to help — has just published.
The author of the series is Matt Richtel, who has spent more than a year interviewing adolescents, their relatives and their friends. In my recent conversations with Matt about his reporting, he has gone out of his way to emphasize the uncertainty about the specific causes of the crisis, including how much of a role social media plays.
“When you look at specific research on the role of social media impacting young people, it’s quite conflicted,” he said. Some studies find that adolescents who use social media heavily are more likely to feel sad or depressed, while others find little or no effect. There is no proof that, say, TikTok or social media’s “like” button is causing the mental-health crisis.
But Matt also thinks that some of these narrow questions of cause and effect are secondary. What seems undeniable, he points out, is that surging use of digital technology has changed life’s daily rhythms.
It has led adolescents to spend less time on in-person activities, like dating, hanging out with friends and attending church. Technology use has also contributed to declines in exercise and sleep. The share of high-school students who slept at least eight hours a night fell 30 percent from 2007 to 2019, Derek Thompson of The Atlantic has noted.
Technology use is not the sole cause of these trends. Modern parenting strategies, among other factors, play a role as well. But digital technology — be it social media, video games, text messaging or other online activity — plays a strong role, many experts say.
“If you’re not getting some outdoor relief time and enough sleep — and you can almost stop at not enough sleep — any human being is challenged,” Matt said. “When you get the pubescent brain involved in that equation, you are talking about somebody being really, really challenged to feel contented and peaceful and happy with the world around them.”
The role of any specific social-media platform or behavior may remain unknown, but the larger story about American adolescents and their emotional struggles is less mysterious.
“They have too much screen time, they’re not sleeping, on phones all the time,” Dr. Melissa Dennison, a pediatrician in central Kentucky who sees many unhappy adolescents, told Matt. Dennison regularly encourages her patients to take walks outdoors or attend church.
It’s true that the decline of in-person interactions has had a few silver linings. Today’s adolescents are less likely to use tobacco, drink alcohol or get pregnant. But the net effect of less socializing is negative. Most human beings struggle when they are not spending time in the company of others.
The Covid-19 pandemic, of course, has exacerbated isolation, loneliness and depression. In December, the U.S. surgeon general warned of a “devastating” mental health crisis among America’s youth.
A 12-year-old patient of Dr. Dennison in Kentucky.Annie Flanagan for The New York Times
I find Covid to be a particularly relevant comparison. Over the past two-plus years, millions of American parents have demonstrated intense concern for their children by trying to protect them from Covid. Fortunately, Covid happens to be mild for the vast majority of children, causing neither severe illness nor long-term symptoms. One sign of that: Young children, not yet eligible for vaccination, are at considerably less risk on average than vaccinated people over 65.
Still, I understand why so many parents remain anxious. Covid is new and scary. It taps into parents’ fierce protective instincts.
What makes less sense to me is why our society has done so little to protect children from the apparent damages of ubiquitous digital media. They are almost certainly larger for most children than the threat from Covid.

ATM redux Monday at 7PM

From the Moderator –

Scott F. McDermott
Town Moderator

An Open Letter to Friends and Neighbors in Medfield

May 6, 2022

This is a note about coming together. As a town, and more importantly as a community, we have very important reasons to do just that. One reason to come together has immediacy, and the other reasons to come together are strategic to the future of Medfield.

On the ‘immediate’ front, this Monday evening, May 9, at 7:00PM, we need to come together as a quorum of voters to conduct our Annual Town Meeting. This is important. As you likely witnessed or heard, last Monday night we gathered in the high school gym and failed to reach the required quorum of 250 voters.

So we will try again on Monday night. Your participation is what makes our local government work. Much of the annual town meeting is about conducting the business of the town. We come together. We try to be efficient; we almost always complete our town’s annual governance responsibilities in one evening. This Monday, I assure you, we will complete our 2022 annual business in a couple of hours. In that time we will address the town’s FY 2023 operating and capital budgets, zoning articles, personnel matters, and certain financial appropriations and transfers. And, important to all, we will again address the process for the appointment of our next School Building Committee.

Please join us on Monday the 9th at 7:00PM at the high school gymnasium and cafeteria. I look forward to welcoming you and a quorum of our friends and neighbors. Please spread the word. Bring a friend. And come and enjoy the flavor of direct, participatory, democratic self-government.

Note: Covid health concerns continue. I believe the town has been highly effective over the last two years in the ‘balancing tests’ of managing through a pandemic. For Monday evening, the gymnasium will be ‘mask optional’ and the cafeteria will be ‘mask required and socially distanced.’

On a ‘strategic’ dimension, we need to come together as well. In the long life of a town, not all times are equal. Not all times are as dynamic and strategically important as the moment we are in today. As early as next month, we will be making a decision regarding the development of a portion of the land we own at the site of the former Medfield State Hospital. And, after a somewhat bruising 2021, we know the time is now to pick ourselves up, come together, and re-focus on our elementary school building needs. These are big responsibilities for a community. We face decisions and actions of great opportunity and long term consequence. We will do better with these decisions and actions if we come together as a community.

In addition, we need to look at how we self-govern. How do we preserve the core values and virtues of an open town meeting? And how do we stimulate changes to maintain those values and virtues as we head deeper into the 21st century? I will recommend that we move quickly to appoint a citizen commission to consider these questions and help to advance civic engagement and volunteerism in the key activities of our local government.

Very truly yours,

Scott F. McDermott
Town Moderator
Scott F. McDermott
Town Moderator

TOMCAP workshop 5/19 at 7PM

From the Medfield Energy Committee –

7:00 – 8:30 PM
Inaugural public
presentation of the
draft Town of
Medfield Climate
Action Plan (TOMCAP)
We want to hear from
YOU! Ask questions
and give feedback on
the draft plan
All are welcome!
Hosted By MAPC and
the Town of Medfield
Register here: Dale Street School
45 Adams St., Medfield, MA

Medfield 50th safest town/city in US

Per SafeWise (via WDHD, Rich Coulombre, and Chief Guerette –

Well #6 repair causes water use restrictions – nonessential outdoor water use prohibited

Water Conservation Restrictions

Current Water Conservation Status: Tier 4 – All nonessential outdoor water use is prohibited, effective May 5, 2022

Due to an emergency equipment repair at Well #6, we have had to take the well offline. As a result, the Department of Public Works has declared an immediate Tier 4 water restriction: nonessential outdoor water use, except by handheld hose, is prohibited. 

We anticipate completing the repairs within 2 to 4 weeks and will continue to provide updates. 
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. If you have any questions, please contact the Water Department at 508-906-3004 or by email to 

The Town has five active water wells: 
Wells 1 and 2, located along the Charles River off Route 109
Wells 3 and 4, located off Elm Street, behind the Wheelock School. The Town is currently building a new water treatment plant to treat manganese at Wells 3 and 4. The project also includes establishing a new Well 3A to replace the existing Well 3 which is failing. 
Well 6, located off Route 27 near the Sherborn Town Line. Well 6 is the Town’s highest producing well

In 2021, Well 6 pumped approximately 53% of the Town’s total water supply. In 2020, it pumped approximately 55% of the total. 

Information about Water Restrictions:
When elevated restrictions are in place, nonessential outdoor water uses that are subject to mandatory restrictions include: 
Irrigation of lawns via sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems; 
Washing of vehicles, except in a commercial car wash or as necessary for operator safety; 
Washing of exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways or sidewalks, except as necessary to apply surface treatments such as paint, preservatives, stucco, pavement or cement. 
The following uses may be allowed when mandatory restrictions are in place: 
Irrigation to establish a new lawn and new plantings during the months of May and September;
Irrigation of public parks and recreational fields by means of automatic sprinklers outside the hours of 9am to 5pm; 
Irrigation of lawns, gardens, flowers and ornamental plants by means of a hand-held hose. 

Water uses not subject to mandatory restrictions are those required: 
For health or safety reasons; 
By regulation; 
For the production of food and fiber; 
For the maintenance of livestock; 
To meet the core functions of a business (for example, irrigation by plant nurseries as necessary to maintain stock).

Refi of Wilkins Glen assures it remains affordable

From the New England Real Estate Journal – Refi of Wilkins Glen assures it will remain affordable for 30 years –

Rockport Mortgage closes $21.3 million refinance loan for 103-unit Wilkins Glen – a mixed-income housing community located in Medfield, MA

April 29, 2022 – Front Section

Medfield, MA Rockport Mortgage has closed a $21.3 million, HUD Section 223(f) refinance loan. The transaction will preserve affordability of 82 out of the 103 units at the rental housing development for 30 years.

Select Board office hours tomorrow, 5/6 at 9AM

Selectman Office Hours this Friday

I hold regular monthly office hours at The Center on the first Friday of every month from 9:00 to 10:00 AM.

Residents are welcome to stop by to talk in person about any town matters.

Residents can also have coffee and see the Council on Aging in action (a vibrant organization with lots going on).

Fun at the Forge – 5/14

From Stacey David of Bellforge Arts Center –


Medfield, MA (May 3, 2022): The Bellforge Arts Center is pleased to present Fun at the ‘Forge, a free family festival on the grounds of the former Medfield State Hospital (MSH) on Saturday, May 14, 2022, from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Bellforge’s third event in their summer series includes musical performances by Stacey Peasley and Wayne Potash; a puppet show by Rotem Goldenberg; arts and crafts with Kurt Jackson; science fun with The Inventor Mentor; and face painting and more with Raddo. In addition, attendees can help create a colorful on-site art installation with the PopUpCycler. The festival is free with registration at A rain date has been scheduled for Sunday, May 15.

“Stacey Peasley’s cheerful, folksy, sing-along tunes have made her the Pied Piper of the under-10 crowd for years,” says Jean Mineo, the Executive Director of the Cultural Alliance of Medfield, who are currently working to build the Bellforge Arts Center at MSH. “She has quite the following in MetroWest, and we are thrilled to be able to have both Stacey and Wayne Potash perform at this event. Wayne has similar appeal, with his quirky, fast-paced and downright funny songs. I think the kids are going to be up and dancing all afternoon.”

In addition to the musical performances, Rotem Goldenberg will be delighting the audience with her tiny puppet theater. Goldenberg is a Community Creative Fellow, an initiative powered by the Jewish Arts Collaborative (JArts) and Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP). Her art is for audiences of all ages and exists between the spaces of visual theater, performance, storytelling, and clowning.

In between the performances, festival-goers can explore a variety of fun science projects with The Inventor Mentor, including bubbles, foam stations, rockets, parachutes, and more, or have children’s entertainer Raddo twist up a balloon hat, paint their face or airbrush a tattoo. Kurt Jackson from the Zullo Gallery will also be engaging the kids in a simple watercolor art project using a masking technique to create a beautiful landscape for them to make and take home. With Kim Bernard, from the PopUpCycler, attendees can use recycled plastic to create colorful disks to decorate the exterior of the Bellforge’s chapel in a unique crowd-sourced art installation.  

Food, drink, and Magic Tree Henna, who will have a booth providing beautiful henna designs, are the only fee-based activities at the festival.

Bellforge will host a variety of concerts, festivals, and fun family days on most Saturdays from May through October. The majority of events are free; schedules and registration information can be found at the Bellforge website at or by registering for their newsletter at