State grant website

The state has a new website that lists all state grants

http://www.mass.gov/anf/budget-taxes-and-procurement/grants/

BoS agenda for 9/23

Tuesday September 23, 2014@ 7:00 PM

AGENDA (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

7:00 PM Superintendent Feeney and Cemetery Commissioners
Discuss cemetery regulations

7: 15 PM Selectman DeSorgher wishes to discuss Pine Street widening with
Superintendent Feeney and Police Chief Meaney

7:30 PM Medfield Energy Committee, Marie Zack Nolan Chair
Update on committee projects

ACTION

Vote to award Joint Salt Bid as recommended by Superintendent Feeney
Boy Scout Troop 89 requests permission to post a sign at the Transfer Station announcing their annual Christmas Tree Pick-up and Recycling Program, in its 19 year

PENDING

Vote to sign water tower contracts

Discuss Sudbury Senior Tax Program

Other business that may arise


Town of Medfield
TO: Board of Selectmen
FROM: Kenneth P. Feeney, Supt. ,-l1JF
DATE: September 17, 2014
SUBJECT: JOINT PURCHASE OF SALT 2014-2015 BID RESULTS
It is my recommendation that the following bid be awarded according to the
low bid prices and the Town of Medfield specifications:

Joint Salt Bid

  • Morton Salt    cc    $59.98
  • Eastern Minerals   Solar   $63.00

State grant website

Per the DLS of the DOR, in its newsletter, Massachusetts has launched a website that lists all state grants that are available.


New One-Stop-Shop Web Portal for Municipal Grants Now Available
Executive Office of Administration and Finance

The Patrick Administration has recently unveiled a new web portal for cities and towns to easily identify grant opportunities that could benefit their communities.

The Municipal Grant Finder is a one-stop-web shop for local officials and residents to learn about grant opportunities across state government, regardless of which state agency manages a grant program. This tool represents the latest of the Patrick Administration’s initiatives to help local officials deliver core services to residents and businesses effectively and efficiently.

The web portal will highlight what resources exist and where to find them, as management of these grants and resources is decentralized among a multitude of state government agencies. The Municipal Grant Finder will now help them navigate state government, by succinctly profiling more than 60 funding and support opportunities for cities and towns.

To use the Municipal Grant Finder, a local official simply selects the appropriate category and is presented with a list of available resources. The user is then connected to detailed information about the grant, the available funding, how to apply and contact information. Local officials no longer need to know which of the Commonwealth’s many state agencies manage a specific grant program. With a few clicks, the Municipal Grant Finder can help a local official identify:

  • Training to enhance local public safety responses to complex emergencies
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  • Resources to rehabilitate abandoned and vacant property in a community
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  • Funding to reduce the municipal solid waste and household hazardous waste in the general waste disposal stream
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  • A program to support residents transitioning from renting to purchasing a home for the first time
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  • Funding for renovations to a local library
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  • Financial support to mitigate the cost of adding a local transit station
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  • A grant to convert an old railway line to a scenic recreation trail

Working together, the Patrick Administration and the Commonwealth’s municipalities have already achieved real, meaningful savings and structural changes to keep costs down so municipalities can make the necessary investments in community services that keep them thriving. Municipal health care reform is providing significant and immediate savings to cities and towns and 257 communities and school districts across the Commonwealth have already collectively saved more than $247 million in health insurance premiums over the past three years as a result of the landmark municipal health care reform law signed by Governor Deval Patrick in July 2011.

Including Municipal Health Care reform, the Patrick Administration has provided cities and towns with the tools to realize $3.78 billion in savings, revenue and investments through new local option taxes, increased capital investments and pension reforms.  Communities are also achieving savings through innovations achieved through the Community Innovation Challenge Grant and municipal performance management programs.

To utilize this new tool, click here.

The Pianos Are Coming! The Pianos Are Coming!

Calling all piano players!  This today from cultural instigator Jean Mineo -


 

Hello,

An update – the two pianos are due to arrive in the two parks tomorrow afternoon, Friday Sept. 19. I’ll be there for the installations and hope you’ll come check them out and help spread the word inviting people to play. My home and cell phone are below if needed (not for public distribution, please), I’ll be around on Medfield Day to keep an eye on them. Starbucks and Larkins have agreed to help un/cover the piano in the Straw Hat Park daily, and the library and Zullo will do the same for the one in the gazebo. I welcome any and all “eyes” on them during their stay, they will be going to new homes at the end of the project during the weekend of Oct. 4 – 5. If you get to enjoy an impromptu performance during lunch or a break, please post phone photos on the Facebook page!

Thanks everyone, for your support on this exciting project!

Jean

H 508-242-9991

C 617-877-5158

 

Pianos In the Parks

(Medfield, MA): The Medfield Cultural Council is pleased to bring two pianos to two parks in the Medfield Cultural District for public play for two weeks beginning Sept. 19. The pianos are located in the Straw Hat Park and under the gazebo. They have been generously donated by two local families and will be covered overnight and in the event of inclement weather. They are available for anyone to play otherwise.

 

“The idea is based on the wildly popular Play Me I’m Yours project that installed 75 pianos in Boston and Cambridge last year,” says Cultural Council member Jean Mineo. “I was lucky enough to experience several impromptu performances and each one was amazing. This past summer, I heard local musician Tom Duprey playing outside on the Zullo roof deck one afternoon and thought we could do something similar here.” The Council encourages families, friends and others to share their talents either solo or in ensembles in these unusual venues. “Lots of people can play,” said Mineo, “we hope to entice them to play in public a little bit.” The pianos will be available through Oct. 4.
The Council invites everyone to post their photos and share stories and videos of performances on its facebook page: www.facebook.com/MedfieldCulturalCouncil. For more information about the Cultural Council, visit www.MedfieldCulture.org.

 

“This program is supported in part by a grant from the Medfield Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.”

 


 

BoS news

At the board of selectmen meeting last evening there were several important announcements and pieces of information:

  • Jim Snyder, director of Medfield Parks and Recreation Commission, has submitted his resignation, effective September 30. Jim has accepted a job as the assistant recreation director for the town of Framingham.I spoke with Jim this morning to thank him for his 16 years of service to the town of Medfield in which he greatly improved and enlarged upon the offerings by the Medfield Park and Rec Commission and I can report that he is looking forward to his new job in Framingham, despite having a slightly longer commute.
  • Ken Feeney, Superintendent of Public Works announced his retirement effective next year. The specific date was not stated.
  • Members of the Permanent Building Committee presented status updates on both the new Highway Garage and the proposed Public Safety Building.
  • The garage is reported to be 95 to 98% completed and about $750,000 under the $11.1 million budget.  Mike Quinlan, committee co-chair, has been in charge of the garage project for the committee, and he handled the reporting.  He stated that their current goal is to get the DPW in before the snow flies.
  • John Nunnari, the other committee co-chair, in charge of the Public Safety Building, handed out budgets and Gantt charts with timelines indicating that the total cost of the 40,900 sq. ft.  Public Safety Building will be $20,350,000, about $450/sq. ft. The committee has approved design documents as of June 6, 2014. The value engineering process resulted in the committee accepting about 56% of the $1.3 million of suggestions for value engineering changes. The schedule has the bidding getting started at year-end, approval at a special town meeting on March 23, 2015, an override vote at the annual town election on March 30, 2015, and construction, if the project is approved by the town, starting April 1, 2015 and finishing around December 9, 2016. During construction the Fire Department would be relocated into the new Highway Garage and the Police Department would have temporary quarters in the Comark building on West Street.
  • It was announced at the meeting that the Larkin Brothers, real estate developers, who are currently building a 10 unit townhouse condominium on North Street, and have just finished a four unit development on Harding Street at the intersection with West Mill Street, have agreed to donate $15,000 towards the construction of Straw hat Park.  Construction figures for the park have so far been estimated at around $80,000.
  • Look for the two pianos to be located at Straw Hat Park and the Gazebo starting this weekend and staying for several weeks.
  • Mike Sullivan opined that the town will have to build a parking deck on top of the municipal parking lot behind the Ord’s Block due to the high demand for parking in the downtown with the opening of Brothers Marketplace and the other new development in the immediate area. The new development of the Ord’s Block would have required 53 parking spaces for the various proposed building uses (plans showed four retail establishments on the first floor, three offices on the second floor, and three apartments on the top floor) whereas the site actually has very few spaces on-site. A zoning bylaw permits the ZBA to exempt new uses from the parking requirements for businesses located in the downtown business district.  I suggest that in the future the town seek contributions from developers towards a parking fund when their developments do not provide sufficient parking, so that the town can accumulate monies to then later provide such needed parking.
  • Cities and towns got extra monies from the state this year to cover the cost of road repairs due to the extremely harsh winter.  Mike Sullivan reported that Medfield got $59,000 of such extra monies, which are being put towards the repaving of Route 27 that is currently ongoing.

Tesla wins in SJC

Other car dealers had sued Tesla, under a Massachusetts statute designed to prevent car manufacturers from competing against its own brand’s dealerships, to stop Tesla Motors from displaying cars at the Natick Mall, and this afternoon the Supreme Judicial Court said those other dealers did not have the right (legally called “standing”) to try to use that statute to force Tesla to close its showroom.  The language below is from the SJC’s holding -


Conclusion. With a proper understanding of the language, history, and purpose of the statute in mind, we hold that G. L. c. 93B, § 15, does not confer standing on a motor vehicle dealer to maintain an action for violation of G. L. c. 93B, § 4 (c) 24 (10), against a manufacturer with which the dealer is not affiliated. We therefore affirm the Superior Court’s judgment dismissing the plaintiffs’ action for lack of standing.

Solar Coaches needed

From Medfield Green, for the Medfield Energy Committee -


Are you interested in Solar Energy?  Do you want to help bring Solar Energy to Medfield?  If so, read on for a great opportunity to make a difference!  Marie Nolan, Chair of the Medfield Energy Committee forwarded the following email about the Solarize Mass Program looking for “Solar Coaches” to spearhead the effort in various communities.  Please contact Marie at (508) 361-8766 or mznolan@comcast.net if you are interested or would like to discuss further details.  Proposals are due Oct. 15th.

 

2015 Solarize Mass – Community RFP

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and DOER are seeking proposals from Massachusetts cities and towns to demonstrate local interest and engagement in the 2015 Solarize Massachusetts program.

This program will drive community adoption of solar PV projects through a partnership focused on localized marketing and installation efforts, which help to drive down the installation cost of small-scale solar electricity within the selected communities. The MassCEC and DOER plan to select a minimum of ten (10) communities (or groups of communities) to participate.

Click here to access the Community RFP documents. All inquiries should be submitted by email to Solarize@MassCEC.com and must contain “RFP for Communities” in the email subject line.

Community applications are due October 15, 2014.

Energy Efficiency from Coast-to-Coast:  New Blog Post

Read the new Energy Smarts blog post, “Building Efficiency Gurus Exchange Ideas on Just About Everything,” from DOER’s Municipal Efficiency Coordinator, Aimee Powelka. The blog is based on her exchange of ideas with other states and the presentation of her paper, Massachusetts Green Communities: A Model Program for Energy Efficiency, at the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy’s (ACEEE) summer study on energy efficiency in buildings.

NSTAR’s Distributed Generation Interconnection Workshop

The interconnection process is complex and being improved. Utility-hosted “Distributed Generation Workshops” are helpful for anyone seeking to get more familiar with the process. They are free and sponsored by the Massachusetts utility companies as part of their agreement filed with DPU in October 2013. To register for the September 10 seminar, attendees can emailElaine.Zimmerman@NU.com no later than Sept 9th, 2014. Please include your full name and company name along with your e-mail and telephone number.

If you are registering more than one person, please include their contact information, too. Due to limited space NSTAR will not be able to accommodate on-site registration, so pre-registration is required.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 8:30 a.m.
One NSTAR Way Westwood, MA 02090

Are Your Neighbors Saving More Than You?

DOER is pleased to offer two municipal meetings focused on energy efficiency opportunities through the Mass Save® program:

  • Tuesday, Sep. 30 in Dartmouth – this meeting will bring together municipalities in the Southeast Regional Planning and Economic Development District (SRPEDD) to discuss energy efficiency in the region. Agenda and registration.
  • Thursday, Oct. 2 in Hudson – this meeting will bring together municipalities with municipal lighting plant electric service to highlight gas efficiency opportunities available through Mass Save. Agenda and registration.

Please contact your Regional Coordinator with questions.