Town calendar

David Stephenson pointed me to Needham’s really nice looking town calendar -


Thought you’d both be interested in this: Needham publishes a wide range of iCalendars to which you can subscribe!

– David

 

W. David Stephenson | Principal | Stephenson Strategies/Stephenson Voice-Overs

BoS budget reviews

NOVEMBER 4, 2014
TOWN HOUSE, 459 MAIN STREET
MEDFIELD,  MASSACHUSETTS  02052-2009

TO:              ALL TOWN DEPARTMENTS

FROM:        EVELYN CLARKE

SUBJECT:   SELECTMEN’S SCHEDULE FOR FY 2016 BUDGET REVIEW

PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU NEED TO MAKE A CHANGE IN YOUR SCHEDULED MEETING DATE OR TIME

TUESDAY DECEMBER 2, 2014 7:00 P.M.  TOWN CLERK
7:10 P.M.  COUNCIL ON AGING
7:20 P.M.  TOWN ACCOUNTANT
7:30 P.M.  PLANNING I APPEALS
7:40 P.M. HISTORICAL COMMISSION
7:50 P.M.  BOARD OF HEALTH

TUESDAY DECEMBER 16, 2014
7:00 P.M.  CONSERVATION
7:10 P.M.   ASSESSORS
7:20 P.M.   VETERANS’ AGENT
7:30 P.M.   INSPECTIONS
7:40 P.M.   PARK & RECREATION
7:50 P.M:   LIBRARY

TUESDAY JANUARY 6, 2014
7:00 P.M.  POLICE DEPARTMENT
7:15 P.M.   FIRE DEPARTMENT
7:30 P.M.   PERSONNEL

TUESDAY JANUARY 20, 2001
7:00 P.M.  TREASURER/COLLECTOR
7:15 P.M.   TOWN COUNSEL
7:30 P.M.   PUBLIC WORKS

W&S 2014 Gantt

Last post contained the the 2013 budget time line from the W&S Board’s budget planning document created last year.  Here is the current year’s version.

20141218_W_S_Cap_Plan_Gantt

W&S budget discipline

The Water & Sewer Board has crafted an incredibly detailed Budget Planning and Rate Setting Process document (copy attached).  The selectmen met with W&S last night to assist them in getting their process back on track.  The selectmen also last night charged the W&S Board with both

  1. the financial oversight of the W&S departments, and
  2. making the policy decisions for W&S, just as the selectmen do for the town as a whole.

This is the chart from the Water & Sewer Board’s Budget Planning and Rate Setting Process document that shows the separate steps required to ultimately get to both a budget and rates.

20141218-130817 W&S Budget Planning and Rate Setting Process

It would be an admirable town goal to have such a well documented and detailed planning process for all town budgets.

The W&S Board also has created an even more sophisticated and incredibly detailed model that they now use for planning purposes, in which all possible W&S variables can be entered and manipulated in order to plan for the future of its budgets and rates, assuming a multitude of various scenarios.  They call it the Tool, and it is now in its third year of being used.

It would be an admirable town goal to have such a detailed planning Tool for all town budgets.

Transfer Station holiday hours

Medfield Transfer Station – extra days

Transfer Station Holiday Hours

Please note the holiday hours for the Transfer Station are as follows:

12/23 Tuesday – 9am � 4pm

12/24 Wednesday � 8am – 1pm

12/25 Thursday � CLOSED

12/26 Friday � 9am � 4pm

12/27 Saturday � 9am � 4pm

12/30 Tuesday � 9am � 4pm

12/31 Wednesday � 9am � 4pm

Medfield Wonderland???

Also from Megan Sullivan this morning, an idea that appeals to me  -


Here’s a cultural idea…..how about the town of Medfield runs this at the state hospital to support the foundation?

http://milliswonderland.com/
Megan B. Sullivan


 

Last Year for Millis Wonderland
Holiday Pageant To Be Gifted to a Worthy Nonprofit

Recently, the Meehan family made the decision to give Millis Wonderland and all its assets (1,200 animations, 45 glass-encased floats, 100,000 lights, and all supporting equipment) to a suitable nonprofit after this season.   The critical factor in the gifting will be the charity’s pledge to use the assets for the celebration of Christmas and benefit of the community.   Essential, too, will be the nonprofit’s assurance that it will operate the display at its chosen new site for a significant span of years.

Styrofoam Collection on 1/3

This from Megan Sullivan of the town’s Solid Waste Committee -


 

Styrofoam Collection at Transfer Station Jan 3

I wanted to let you know that the Transfer Station is holding a Styrofoam Recycling Event on Saturday January 3rd from 9 – 1.

Start putting aside your Styrofoam and bring it to the collection on January 3rd.

 

Attached you can find details about the collection.

 

I am excited that the Transfer Station is holding this collection to keep more materials out of the trash.  After the January collection, there will be another Styrofoam collection in May as part of Medfield Green Month.

 

Here are some other tips for recycling this holiday season:

Wrapping paper and tissue paper are recyclable, but only if they do not contain foil, metallic inks, or glitter. Tape is OK.   Paper shopping bags and gift bags are also recyclable, remove plastic and rope handles.  Also recyclable are paper greeting cards (except those with photos on photo paper, foil, wire, glitter or button batteries), envelopes (plastic windows are OK, exclude any with foil liners), catalogs, calendars, corrugated cardboard boxes and paperboard gift boxes. When opening or wrapping presents, keep paper grocery bags, a paper lawn and leaf bag, or a recycling bin handy to collect mixed paper recyclables.

Don’t include the following items in Transfer Station recycling: ribbons, bows, tinsel, holiday lights, bubble wrap, packing peanuts, polystyrene (Styrofoam), plastic bags, and plastic “blister pack” packaging that requires scissors to open, photo cards/photos.

 

Have a wonderful holiday season.

 

Megan


Styrofoam Collection for Recycling

Saturday January 3rd, 9-1 at the Transfer Station

 

Start saving your Styrofoam for this collection! We know the holidays bring lots of packages and packaging so the Transfer Station is sponsoring this special Styrofoam collection day to divert this bulky material from the waste stream.

 

ReFoamIt takes any clean foam that has the recycling symbol 6 in the triangle with PS underneath it. 

  • Packing blocks
  • Produce and meat trays with the recycle symbol in the triangle (biodegradable trays do not have a recycle symbol)
  • Take out containers (please rinse and display a #6 recycling symbol)
  • Hot cups such as Dunkin’ Donuts, Honey Dew and Cumberland Farms
  • Foam egg cartons
  • Foam coolers
  • Trays
  • White insulation sheets

Other items for collection

  • #4 Polyethylene foam
  • #5 Polyfoam
  • Packing peanuts and bubblewrap will be accepted (bagged separately from your foam)

ReFoamIt does NOT take the following: Plastic utensils, Soft foam such as pillow stuffing, Foam cups infused with cardboard or paper such as McDonalds’ McCafe and Burger King (ice tea cup), Biodegradable produce and meat trays (for example, GenPak without the recycling symbol), Food containers without the number 6 recycling symbol, Cardboard Egg Cartons, Soft foam plastic, Hard plastic food containers, Food containers with plastic film attached (some ground turkey comes in these containers), Blue or Pink insulation sheets. See www.refoamit.com for further information.

A family-owned business in Leominster, ReFoamIt grinds and densifies the foam, which can then be processed to make consumer products such as picture frames, rulers and other products.

 

Medfield’s Single Stream recycling does not accept Styrofoam and if it is not recycled in a special collection, it will be incinerated along with the tip-floor trash.

 

The ReFoamIt truck will be at the Transfer Station on Jan. 3, from 9 – 1. Since there will also be the regularly-scheduled electronics collection on Jan. 3, the Styro/foam collection may be located within the area designated for the Swap Area in warmer weather. Additional information is available at DPW Town Garage office.