MSH visioning report

The Medfield State Hospital visioning report is available, per email today from the Town Planner, Sarah Raposa -

Hi all,

Apologies for the delay in getting the final version of the report to you. It’s a large document so here is the link to download it from Dropbox. Let me know if you have difficulties accessing it.

All the best,


MCAP hits social media

Medfield Cares About Prevention (MCAP) has entered the social media world.  Now you can easily follow MCAP on

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MEC’s ATM articles

The Medfield Energy Committee has provided the following explanation of its two annual town meeting (ATM) warrant articles, that if passed will allow Medfield to become a green community under the Green Communities Act -

Medfield Energy Committee

Recommends a YES vote on

Article #34

“.. .add new Section 19, Large-Scale Solar Photovoltaic Overlay District (PVOD)…”


  • Solar Photovoltaic is a very safe, proven, economical way of generating non-carbon, renewable energy
  • The purpose of this Section is to promote and regulate the use of commercial and municipal solar photovoltaic facilities within the Town of Medfield and encourage their location and use in a manner which minimizes negative visual and environmental impacts on scenic, natural and historic resources and to the residents of Medfield.
  • The purpose is also to provide adequate financial assurance for the eventual decommissioning of such installations. 
  • The by-right overlay district will be the IE district (the industrial area North of West Street)
  • Over 50 Massachusetts communities have passed by-right Solar Bylaws, including Sherborn, Medway, Dedham & Ashland
  • 30 Communities have reduced their energy costs by installing large-scale Solar generation on town land
  • Passage of this article puts Medfield one step closer to becoming a Green Community which would qualify the Town for a $148,000 grant
  • Passage of this Bylaw will facilitate Town interest in solar energy generation to further reduce Town energy bills. Estimated return on solar investment is 9 to 12%
  • Energy Committee & Town are studying Solar for Waste Water treatment plant, Town Garage and other locations.
  • Article #34 passed unanimously by the Planning Board and supported by the Board of Selectmen.


Vote YES on Article #34


Medfield Energy Committee

Recommends a YES vote on

Article #35

“…enact…“Stretch Energy Code”, for the purpose of regulating the design and construction of buildings for the effective use of energy…”


  • Stretch energy code promotes energy efficient buildings. Over 70% of Medfield energy use is for buildings
  • Added cost of construction is paid off by reduced energy bills.


Large Home 4,462 sq. ft.

o       Added construction cost to meet code   $6,462

o       Energy savings                                         $1,455/yr

o       Return on investment                                22%

o       Increase in 30 yr. mortgage                     $471/yr

o       Annual net savings                                    $984/yr

Small home renovation 1706 sq. ft.

o       Added construction cost to meet code   $4,162

o       Energy savings                                         $583/yr

o       Return on investment                                14%

o       Increase in 30 yr. mortgage                     $302/yr

o       Annual Net Savings                                   $281/yr

  • Stretch energy codes eventually become State building codes. Current Stretch Code to be adopted as State code in July 2014.
  • Passage of this article on Stretch Energy Code puts Medfield one step closer to becoming a Green Community and qualifying the Town for a $148,000 grant
  • A no vote means NO $148,000 but the Stretch Code becomes law in July anyway.
  • Future editions of Stretch Code will continue energy and dollar savings balance.
  • This article saves money for homeowners, but builders and developers may not like that it adds cost to construction.
  • Article #35 supported by Board of Selectmen. Building Commissioner stands ready to enforce Stretch Energy Code

Vote YES on Article #35

MMA on Transportation bill

This today from the Massachusetts Municipal Association -

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


House & Senate to Vote on Transportation Conference Committee Report this Week

Ch. 90 Funds Should be Available Immediately After the Bill is Signed into Law

Early last night, the House-Senate conference committee reached agreement on the final version of the Legislature’s statewide transportation bond bill, and filed the compromise measure with the House Clerk. This sets up a final vote to approve the bill and send it to the Governor’s Desk this week. The House plans a vote on Wednesday, April 16, and the Senate plans a vote the next day. After that, the Governor will have 10 days to sign the bill.

Lawmakers have stated that they have written the final bill to include the so-called “terms bill” language that has usually passed as separate legislation after the Governor signs the bond bill. This is intended to eliminate the long delay between enactment of the bond bill and the official release of Chapter 90 and other transportation funds. Absent unforeseen developments, this means that the fiscal 2015 provisional Chapter 90 authorization letters will become official once the Governor signs the bond bill into law.

The sweeping 5-year $13 billion bond bill includes a $300 million Chapter 90 authorization for fiscal year 2015, matching the fiscal 2014 authorization passed last summer. In spite of the higher authorization from the Legislature, the Patrick Administration has already announced that they plan on releasing just $200 million. On April 1st, MassDOT sent provisional letters of authorization to cities and towns announcing that they plan on officially releasing $200 million after the passage of the transportation bond bill.

The release of the full $300 million Chapter 90 authorization continues to be a major issue of contention between the Legislature and the Governor, with lawmakers siding with local officials in support of releasing the full amount. The House chair of the transportation committee stated this week that the Legislature will continue to support $300 million for Chapter 90, and that the authorization would stay in place so that the current Administration or the new Governor in January could act to release the full amount.

Earlier this year, lawmakers in the House and Senate had each approved different versions of the statewide transportation bond bill that includes future funding for the vital Chapter 90 program for the maintenance and repair of local roads. The Senate bill included a $1.5 billion Chapter 90 authorization intended to provide $300 million in annual funding over the next five years, from fiscal 2015 through fiscal 2019. The House bill provided only one year of funding at $300 million for fiscal 2015. Language in the Senate bill included several new rules governing the use of Chapter 90 funds that would have reduced local flexibility to address municipal needs by imposing unnecessary and overreaching new reporting and accounting requirements. The House did not include this language.

The final compromise bill ironed out by the House and Senate conferees settled on the House’s one-year Chapter 90 authorization at $300 million, and softened the restrictions proposed by the Senate. The final bill states that a community will only be able to carry forward more than 50 percent of the allocated Chapter 90 authorization from one year to the next if the city or town submits a 5-year spending outline to MassDOT. Also, the bill includes language requiring MassDOT to provide “preliminary notice” of the Chapter 90 authorizations by March 1 of each year. This is a change from past practice in previous Chapter 90 bond bills, which included language requiring cities and towns to receive official notice of their Chapter 90 authorizations by April 1 of each year.

Clearly, municipal leaders have succeeded in convincing Representatives and Senators of the need to increase Chapter 90 funding to $300 million a year – that is a significant victory. Winning release of the full $300 million will continue to be a top priority for the MMA, and we will not cease until all of the funds flow directly to cities and towns. In addition, we will continue to monitor the state’s administration of the Chapter 90 program to secure timely notification and release of the funds to maximize planning and make full use of the construction season, and oppose any state rules to restrict local flexibility.

The MMA is continuing to analyze the details of the sweeping transportation bond bill, so please check the MMA website at for more information. Thank You.


Chap. 90 monies may get funded

This courtesy of Statehouse News Service, by way of John Nunnari -

House and Senate negotiators reached a deal Monday afternoon on a $13 billion transportation borrowing bill that includes a one-year $300 million authorization for local road repairs in fiscal 2015 and funding for the Green Line extension, South Coast rail, the expansion of South Station and scores of other local projects. The House, which plans to meet on Tuesday in an informal session, could accept the report of the conference committee ( H 4046) and schedule a vote to engross the bond bill for Wednesday. The Senate could take it up as soon as Thursday when it plans to meet in a formal session. The compromise bill was negotiated by Transportation Committee Chairmen Rep. William Straus and Sen. Thomas McGee, Reps. Stephen Kulik and Peter Durant, and Sens. Stephen Brewer and Robert Hedlund. Straus told the New Service that despite cities and towns being informed by the Patrick administration to only expect $200 million in Chapter 90 road money this year, he’s hopeful the full amount will be eventually authorized. The conferees opted against a five-year Chapter 90 authorization as proposed in the Senate version of the bill. “We’ve authorized $300 million because we believe that’s a reasonable level and it did not escape our attention that Deval Patrick will only be governor for half of the next fiscal year. It may be that the next governor is inclined to make full use of the $300 million authorization,” Straus said. The bill also includes language to preserve the “right of way” and spend up to $2 million to update environmental impact documents related to a potential underground rail link between North and South stations. In addition to authorizing the purchase of new Red and Orange Line cars, Straus said the conference report also calls for those T cars to be assembled in Massachusetts and requires the potential for job creation to be considered when choosing a location where the work will be done. The bill would also earmark $65 million for the dredging of Boston Harbor to increase the depth of the port and make it more accommodating to large cargo ships. “There’s a lot of competition with East Coast cities and to get Boston harbor to a good 40 foot depth is important,” Straus said. To view the full conference report, visit: – M. Murphy/SHNS

John Nunnari, Assoc AIA
Executive Director, AIA MA

$59,369 of state pothole money

Email yesterday from Mike Sullivan -

We received a letter from the Mass Dept of Transportation this morning advising us that our share of the $30 million in pothole money for street repairs was $59,369. These funds must be obligated by June 30, 2014 and spent by September 30, 2014 on road repairs or other limited projects related to damage from this winter’s weather. We have to return a contract form signed by the Chairman within a week, so I asked Evelyn to add it to the agenda. I also spoke to Ken and he felt the best use of the money would be to expend it on crack sealing and sealcoating. He said that he gave you a list of streets when he met with you recently, so you may wish to review it before tomorrow night


Catch some Jazz ‘Round Town tomorrow

This from the Chris McCue of the Medfield Music Association  -

Catch some Jazz ‘Round Town tomorrow

The Medfield High School Jazz Band is one of just 15 bands chosen from across North America to compete in the Essentially Ellington competition at Lincoln Center next month. If you missed the recent Jazz Night, you can catch smaller performances by members of the jazz band as they play around town tomorrow, April 12, to raise money for their trip. Just listen for the music, and look for the Duke Ellington-style top hats being used to collect donations as part of the “Dollars for Duke” campaign.

Our local businesses have been tremendously supportive of the MHS Jazz Band in many ways, and four will be hosting small jazz ensemble at their sites. Here is the schedule:

Blue Moon and Needham Bank – 9:30 to 11 a.m.;

Lovell’s – 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and

Starbucks – 2 to 3:30 p.m.


At Blue Moon, “guest artist” Tim Borchers will be joining the ensemble after winning the slot at a Jazz Night drawing!


In addition, Needham Bank is allowing community members to make donations to the trip via its coin machine all week long. If you have spare change you’d like to get rid of, this is a great use for it!  The bank will also donate $100 to the Jazz Band for anyone who opens up a checking account on Saturday.


At Lovell’s, the MMA is hosting a bake sale, and 10% of Accents purchases the entire weekend will go toward the Jazz Band trip.