MFi volunteer recognitions due 2/28


Nominations for the 2018 Medfield Foundation volunteer awards are due by February 28, 2018.  Complete the form on-line at

The MFi’s 2018 volunteer recognition reception is scheduled for 3 -5 PM on Sunday, April 8 at The Center. The public is invited, and assured to be moved. Since 2008 almost over 100 residents have been nominated for recognition by their fellow residents – this year let the MFi include your favorite volunteer.

These are some of the past volunteers recognized.





Photo courtesy of Colleen Sullivan.


2/27 BoS materials


These are the materials for the Board of Selectmen meeting on 2/27/18, that just arrived –  20180227-agenda & materials.  I also added the link to get them to my earlier post of the agenda.

BoS on 2/27

The back up materials are here.20180227-agenda & materials

TOWN OF MEDFIELD POSTED: MEETING NOTICE 2018 FEB 2 3 A II: 5 ~j I : POSTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF M.G.L. CHAPTER 39 Siffi:1fJR~2~ 1°~t-MENDED. TOWN CL ERt< Board of Selectmen Board or Committee PLACE OF MEETING DAY, DATE, AND TIME Town Hall, Chenery Meeting Room 2"d floor Tuesday, February 27 2018 7:00PM Announcement Disclosure of Video Recording We want to take a moment of appreciation for our Troops serving in the Middle East and around the world. Warrant Hearing scheduled for Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 7:30PM Appointments 7:00 PM Barbara Gips 7:10PM • Senior Housing Survey Discussion Department Head Budget Presentations • John Naff, Inspections o Request for approval of new fee structure • Maurice Goulet, DPW • Roberta Lynch, COA • Dawn Alcott, Youth Outreach • Eoin 0' Corcora, IT Citizen Comment Action Items Request to sign contract amendment for Community Opportunities Group, Inc for affordable housing consulting services Request from Maurice Goulet to sign Chapter 90 Reimbursement request in the amount of $17 ,250 for the Philip Street Bridge Vote to sign Eversource Grant of Location to relocate two poles on Hospital Road. Work is necessary to provide clearance for roadways for new residential development(Country Estates) Discussion Discussion of Assignment of 2018 ATM Warrant Articles Pending Items Town Administrator Evaluation Process Town Wide Goals Distribution Annual Appointments (Board of Health) Licenses and Permits (Consent Agenda) tLCt.!VdJ TOWN Of MEDFIELD. MASS ZOl8 FEB 23 A II: SL! OFFICE OF THE TOWM CLER}{ Medfield Garden Club requests permission to post signs March 18-26 to promote the 20th Annual Art'N Bloomtto be held at the Medfield Public Library March 22 to March 25, 2018 5th Grade Girl Scout Troop 8892 requests permission to hold the 2"d annual Pet Parade on Sunday May 20, 2018 at Memorial School. Topic for the event is to raise awareness to Save the Bees Pastor Jonathan Chechile requests the Selectmen vote to grant permission for the 4th annual Goii Lovew lvledflel20180227-agenda_Page_2

AI medicine coming

This sounds like a gismo out of Star Trek – Dr. Google coming soon – see the full article here


Google’s new AI algorithm predicts heart disease by looking at your eyes


Experts say it could provide a simpler way to predict cardiovascular risk

The algorithm could allow doctors to predict cardiovascular risk more simply by using scans of the retina.
Stock photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images

Scientists from Google and its health-tech subsidiary Verily have discovered a new way to assess a person’s risk of heart disease using machine learning. By analyzing scans of the back of a patient’s eye, the company’s software is able to accurately deduce data, including an individual’s age, blood pressure, and whether or not they smoke. This can then be used to predict their risk of suffering a major cardiac event — such as a heart attack — with roughly the same accuracy as current leading methods.



See the rest of the article here

Hazardous Waste Day 3/24

This is one of the email alerts the town now sends out to those who sign up on-line –

DPW sign

March 24, 2018 09:00 AM

Household Hazardous Waste Day

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Date March 24, 2018
Time 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location Town Garage
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Medfield, MA 02052
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20180306-EDC-Downtown Parking Public Meeting Flyer 03-06-18

Downtown Medfield Parking Strategy Public Meeting

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Public Safety Building (First Floor Training Room)

The Economic Development Committee (EDC) and their consultants from Nelson\Nygaard will discuss and request in formulating strategies for a parking management plan for downtown Medfield. This process is funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Downtown Initiative Technical Assistance (MDI) Program. The guiding principle of the MDI is to address economic and community development needs holistically and provide a framework of interrelated activities that promote positive change in a downtown to keep it healthy and prosperous. The EDC would like to hear from property owners, business owners, residents, and users of the downtown about locations and availability of spaces, walkability, safety, and signage.


Please take our survey: 


All are welcome to share concerns as well as ideas on how to improve parking management!



Sarah Raposa, AICP

Town Planner
459 Main Street
Medfield, MA  02052
(508) 906-3027

MEC on 1/11/18


Minutes of the January 11, 2018 Meeting of The Medfield Energy Committee



Lee Alinsky

Fred Davis

Jerry McCarty

Osler L. Peterson

Marie Nolan

Paul Fechtelkotter

Cynthia Greene

Mike Sullivan

Sophie Gustafson (Student, Medfield HS)


Meeting minutes taken by Paul Fechtelkotter



  • Adjusted and corrected minutes of the 2 November meeting. Committee approved as amended. Lee will submit to the town.
  • Marie is still trying to reach Andrew to get permissions to allow the broader committee to edit Google drive documents.


Green Communities Grant status – Jerry

  • The state gave us tentative approval for items relative to retro–commissioning and software upgrade at Blake Middle School. The state turned down our request for funding projects at the high school. Jerry is closing issues with Rise Engineering (in conjunction with Trane) to finalize a proposal with a specific dollar value for the Blake project to get the funding approved and released. If approved this project would consume ~$102K of the $146K grant available.
  • Funding for retro-commissioning at the high school will likely come from the town budget.
  • There was a 6 month delay in the DOER approval of the retro commission request.
  • State approved funding request for exterior lighting at both Blake and Memorial. Gerry is looking at lighting projects for additional schools to help consume the remaining funding available from the original grant. Approval should be quick for these projects (~3 weeks).
  • We cannot apply for grants for fiscal 2018 until we have spent this year’s grant funds.
  • The committee agreed to work to start submitting fiscal 2019 projects for review and “pre-approval” to the degree possible.


DPW Solar– Gerry

  • We are rebidding the project to consume the ~$267K in remaining funding (~$220K available for construction costs and balance in soft costs). Gerry reached out to Solar Design to define the scope of services necessary to create a phased design to fit within the ~$220K construction budget in a base bid with incrementally phased add-ons.


  • The Permanent Building Committee will need to review design documents once they become available.
  • There is the potential of securing additional funds through a warrant at the town meeting if that becomes necessary.
  • Pete said we collected ~$68K through SREC credit and generated ~40% energy savings at the waste water treatment plant, making the project cash positive for the year. The savings helped reduce the planned increase in town water/sewer rates from the anticipated 4% to an actual 2%. We need to highlight these successes in the committee report for town meeting.


Street Lighting

  • Mike expressed a desire to understand exactly what is in the Eversource contract and be very clear on what the town is buying and what its responsibilities will be once the town has assumed ownership of the lighting assets.
  • Mike would also like to get a better understanding of the exact cost savings and associated risks. The committee agreed on the need to get a final report from our consultant and then arrange to have him present the findings to the committee.


Ne Zero Communities – Fred

  • Fred presented slides from an MAPC Webinar held in late 2017.
  • Multiple towns in MA have already committed to significant carbon and energy reductions.
  • Fred is planning to attend MMA and will report on what happened to the committee.