BoS 4/24 informational materials

20180424–agenda and informational

TOWN OF MEDFIELD MEETING NOTICE POSTED: TOWN CLERK ,U,ll ¥ t U iO ii:i OF MEDFIELD. MASS 2018 APR 20 A 10: 33 POSTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF M.G.L. CHAPTER 39 SECTION 23A AS AMENDED. OFF ICE OF THE Board of Selectmen TOWN CLERK Board or Committee PLACE OF MEETING DAY, DATE, AND TIME Town Hall Chenery Meeting Room Tuesday April 24, 2018 @7:00 PM AGENDA (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) 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 Executive Session at close of meeting to discuss Collective Bargaining Citizen Comment Action Item Police Chief Meaney requests the Selectmen vote to appoint Police Officer Candidate Paul Treggiari to the Department Vote to authorize Chairman Marcucci sign letter regarding Application for the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Grant Program Vote to sign Memorandum of Understanding for the proposed project, Medfield Green LIP, developer John Kelly Vote Warrant Articles Town Administrator Update Selectmen Report Informational Copy of Town Counsel Cerel's letter regarding Rockwood Lane basketball hoop and backboard

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MMA on House budget

This alert came today from the Massachusetts Municipal Association about the areas needing protection by our legislators in the House budget negotiations this coming week.  I did email both our representatives to ask that they follow the Massachusetts Municipal Association recommendations.

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House to Start FY19 State Budget Debate on Monday

 

Representatives to Decide on Many Municipal and School Amendments

Please Oppose Costly Health Insurance Amendments

 

Please Call Your Representatives Today

 

April 20, 2018

 

Dear Osler Peterson,

 

This coming Monday, April 23, the House is scheduled to start debate on the fiscal 2019 state budget. House members will take up the 1,400 amendments that were filed by the deadline last Friday, including dozens related to municipal and school aid accounts, and many on important policy issues that affect local government. Debate is expected to wrap up by the end of the week.

 

The MMA has sent a detailed letter to all House members, taking a position on the major local government amendments. The House Ways and Means budget (H. 4400) and the proposed amendments can be found on the Legislature’s website.

 

Please Click Here for a Copy of MMA’s Budget Letter on House Amendments

 

Please review the MMA’s House budget letter, and call your Representatives to let them know how these amendments would impact you. This is the best time to influence their support for the issues and amendments that matter most. Please call on them to support amendments that would fully fund state obligations, such as the special education “circuit breaker” and charter school reimbursements, and oppose amendments that would pre-empt local decision-making in the area of health insurance.

 

This is a quick reference to amendments covered in the MMA letter.

 

Municipal Aid

Support for: Payment-in-Lieu-of-Taxes (#830), Shannon Anti-Gang Grants (#40), Planning Grants (#282 and #731), and Public Libraries (#1171)

 

School Aid

Support for: Charter School Impact Payments (#952), Special Education “Circuit Breaker” (#693), Chapter 70 Minimum Aid at $50 per Student (#1154), McKinney-Vento Student Transportation (#930), Regional School Student Transportation (#29, #785, #823 and #974), Out-of-District Vocational Student Transportation (#192 and #1278), Summer Learning (#888), and Sumer Jobs (#456)

 

Labor Relations and Health Insurance

Oppose: Undermining Municipal Retiree Health Insurance Authority (oppose #1048 and #13)

Support for: Mediation and Dispute Resolution (#1153, #248 and #1160) and, and Municipal Police Training Fund (#1235 and #1380)

 

Other Amendments

Support for: Community Benefit Districts (#1074), Municipal Impact Statements (#62), water Infrastructure Funding (#813), Community Preservation Act Revenues (#466), Conservation Tax Credit (#1248), Bulk Purchasing of Naloxone (#223, #226, #477 and #1209), and Firefighter Equipment Cleaning Grants (#1189).

 

If you have any questions about amendments, please contact MMA Legislative Director John Robertson at jrobertson@mma.org or (617) 427-7272.

 

Please Call Your Representatives Today and Ask them to Support Cities and Towns in the House Budget Debate

 

Thank You!!

 

DOR data

Massachusetts Department of Revenue maintains lots of data on the cities and towns, and put it out via a dashboard that makes interesting reading:

https://dlsgateway.dor.state.ma.us/reports/rdPage.aspx?rdReport=Dashboard.Category_4

https://screenshots.firefox.com/aBaT7jE7U768w4Y0/dlsgateway.dor.state.ma.us

When I checked our Total Budget per Capita figures against the other 351 cities and towns, we were solidly lined up amongst the other Metrowest communities.  We are not alone in being financially strapped and pressured by the declining state assistance, causing more of our town services to be paid for on the property tax.

Below is the DLS newsleter about the DOR dashboard, without the graphics:

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Identifying Fiscal Stress Using the DLS Trend Dashboard
Tony Rassias – Bureau of Accounts Deputy Director

This article follows Deputy Commissioner Sean Cronin’s introduction of the Division of Local Services’ (DLS) Municipal Finance Trend Dashboard. As outlined in that article, the Dashboard “is comprised of key municipal fiscal health indicators based upon data that is part of required municipal submissions to DLS, annual financial statements, state agency databases, and the US Census. It graphically displays trends in revenues and expenditures, municipal operating positions, demographic information, unfunded liabilities, property taxes, Proposition 2½ data, and debt.”

It is our hope that this new resource will help local officials identify areas that may be trending in the wrong direction and negatively affecting fiscal health. Cities, towns, school and special purpose districts can utilize these metrics to both assess current conditions and track performance over time. To assist in these efforts, this piece will define and highlight indicators of fiscal stress as they relate to governmental financial operations. Utilizing the DLS Municipal Finance Trend Dashboard, local officials can identify and monitor these early warning signs. In future articles, we will outline approaches, practices, and procedures to address difficult circumstances and prevent their re-occurrence.

What is Fiscal Stress?

Fiscal stress doesn’t necessarily imply that the fiscal roof is about to collapse, but rather foretells that significant challenges may loom ahead should a community or district continue down a certain path. These challenges may then eventually affect taxpayers, creditors, vendors, employees, retirees, local officials and the local governmental entity itself.

According to a Pew Charitable Research Report of July 2013:

When budget gaps widen and a city cannot pay its bills, meet its payroll, balance its budget, or carry out essential services, the local government is viewed as distressed. Officials usually respond with some combination of service cuts, worker layoffs, tax and fee increases, reserve spending, and borrowing. If those measures do not work and the city no longer has the money to meet its obligations, the distress can escalate into a crisis or financial emergency, which may include defaulting on a bond payment or, in rare instances, filing for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection.

A fiscal crisis can occur in any city, town, regional school or special purpose district. It causes public discontent with government, breeds low morale with its employees, prompts concerns by retirees about retiree benefits, and sends signals to the credit market of heightened credit risk.

Identifying Fiscal Stress Using the Dashboard

Monitoring fiscal activity within a fiscal year and trended over multiple fiscal years can determine whether a community is meeting its objectives. Our Municipal Trend Dashboard can be used to view indicators of fiscal stress including operating position, unfunded liabilities, property taxes, revenues and expenditures, demographics, and debt. Below please find some examples of Dashboard information revealing potentially problematic trends.

Operating Position


Combining the above metrics, we see a community that has no available reserves. Obviously, this is a very precarious situation to be in financially. DLS recommends that the local government establish a sound reserve policy as outlined here.

Unfunded Future Liabilities

Taking the above three metrics together, we see $250 million in unfunded liabilities. Such liabilities could put a strain on the community’s future ability to provide core services to the public.

Revenues and Expenditures

Property Taxes

In the above combination, there is excess levy capacity to tackle additional expenditures inside the Proposition 2½ levy limit, but this community’s average single family tax bill as a percent of income is one of the highest in the Commonwealth. As a result, policymakers must reconcile the need for revenue with the demands of the overall tax burden on residents and businesses. Such challenges are faced every day by local officials across Massachusetts.

The above are just a few examples of how city, town, regional school or special purpose district officials can use the DLS Municipal Trend Dashboard to identify fiscal stress indicators. In coming issues, we will delve further into other areas of concern and establish a road map back to fiscal health for distressed communities.

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BoS 4/24

TOWN OF MEDFIELD MEETING NOTICE POSTED: TOWN CLERK ,U,ll ¥ t U iO ii:i OF MEDFIELD. MASS 2018 APR 20 A 10: 33 POSTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF M.G.L. CHAPTER 39 SECTION 23A AS AMENDED. OFF ICE OF THE Board of Selectmen TOWN CLERK Board or Committee PLACE OF MEETING DAY, DATE, AND TIME Town Hall Chenery Meeting Room Tuesday April 24, 2018 @7:00 PM AGENDA (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) 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 Executive Session at close of meeting to discuss Collective Bargaining Citizen Comment Action Item Police Chief Meaney requests the Selectmen vote to appoint Police Officer Candidate Paul Treggiari to the Department Vote to authorize Chairman Marcucci sign letter regarding Application for the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Grant Program Vote to sign Memorandum of Understanding for the proposed project, Medfield Green LIP, developer John Kelly Vote Warrant Articles Town Administrator Update Selectmen Report Informational Copy of Town Counsel Cerel's letter regarding Rockwood Lane basketball hoop and backboard

Mosquito aerial larvicide application 4/19 – 4/27

THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS The State Reclamation and Mosquito Control Board NORFOLK COUNTY MOSQUITO CONTROL DISTRICT 144 Production Road, Suite C, Walpole, MA 02081 (781) 762-3681 fax: (781) 769-6436 www.NorfolkCountyMosquito.org ROBINL. CHAPELL NORMANP. JACQUES MAUREENP. MACEACHERN LINDAR. SHEA RICHARDJ, POLLACK, PHD Commissioners DAVID A. LAWSON Director To: Public Safety Departments Date: 04/17 /18 RE: Aerial Application Norfolk County Towns CAROLINE E. HAVILAND Field Operations Manager This is to notify you that the Norfolk County Mosquito Control Project and its contracted helicopter company, JBI Helicopter Services, Inc., will be conducting aerial larvicide applications in your town, beginning Thursday April 19 through Friday, April 27, 2018, between the hours of 6:00 am and 7:30 pm daily. The targets for this application are wetlands in your town that have been determined to breed mosquitoes. We will be using three or four helicopters to treat wetlands in the entire district. There will be one or two helicopters working in your town at a time. On each day that we work in your town we will call the Fire and Police departments first thing that morning. The following is a list of the numbers of the helicopters and a brief description of them to help you confirm their presence if residents call. If it is circled, this is the helicopter we know will be in your town. If not it may be any one of the four. Bell Jet Ranger #N64JB Blue/Yellow/Silver Bell Jet Ranger #N445JB Blue/Yellow/Silver Bell Jet Ranger #N802JB Green/Gold/Rose Bet Jet Ranger #N800JB Blue/Yellow/Silver Thank you for your cooperation. Please pass this notice on to all shifts. Further questions? Call the office at 781-762-3681 or see our website listed above. Norfolk County Mosquito Control District 2018 Medfield Targeted Spring Aerial Wetlands Map features courtesy of: Office of Geographic and Environmental Information (MassGIS), Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs Legend Spring Aerial 201820180418-Norfolk County Mosquito Control-notice from_Page_2

House budget #s

The Division of Local Services (DLS) today put online the House Ways and Means Committee’s numbers (copy attached below).  The Senate typically gives us a little more.

Massachusetts Department of Revenue Division of Local Services Municipal Databank/Local Aid Section Preliminary Municipal Cherry Sheet Estimates 1. Where present, uncheck NULL boxes and enter values (no commas) to set min and max data ranges. 2. Report will always include all data, but will display only communities within set ranges. 3. Click “View Report” and scroll down to check report status. 4. To view or sort data, export to Excel. Close Municipality (type municipality name): Fiscal Year (must be greater than 2010) of 2 ? Find | Next FY2019 Local Aid Estimates Medfield FY2018 Cherry Sheet Estimate FY2019 Governor's Budget Proposal FY2019 House Budget Proposal FY2019 Senate Budget Proposal FY2019 Conference Committee Education: Chapter 70 6,137,784 6,188,024 6,213,144 School Transportation 0 0 0 Charter Tuition Reimbursement 13,415 0 0 Smart Growth School Reimbursement 0 0 0 Offset Receipts: School Choice Receiving Tuition 0 0 0 Sub-total, All Education Items: 6,151,199 6,188,024 6,213,144 General Government: Unrestricted Gen Gov't Aid 1,448,128 1,498,812 1,498,812 Local Sh of Racing Taxes 0 0 0 Regional Public Libraries 0 0 0 Urban Revitalization 0 0 0 Veterans Benefits 15,060 13,811 13,811 State Owned Land 27,898 43,926 43,926 Exemp: VBS and Elderly 36,842 35,498 35,498 Offset Receipts: Public Libraries 16,164 16,623 16,484 Sub-Total, All General Government 1,544,092 1,608,670 1,608,531 Total Estimated Receipts 7,695,291 7,796,694 7,821,675

BoS 4/17

The Select Board meets tomorrow night, mainly to interview the candidate for the fire chief position.  We also meet nest Tuesday.  The agenda and informational materials for the April 17 meeting are available here – 20180417-agenda

TOWN OF MEDFIELD MEETING NOTICE I POSIBD: TOWN CLERK ,;;:.1.,;U n:.u ·· SS rowrt Jr MEOflELO. nA POSTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF M.G.L. CHAPTElita> fBtttttnf13A: £°MENDED. PLACE OF MEETING Town Hall Chenery Meeting Room Board of Selectmen Board or Committee OFFICE OF THE TOWN CLfRK DAY, DATE, AND TIME Tuesday April 17, 2018 @7:00 PM AGENDA (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) 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 Citizen Comment Appointments 7:00 PM John Kelly I LIP Application 7:30 PM ALS Committee update Action Item Vote to sign the Warrant Pending Continued discussion regarding Financial Policies Town Administrator Update Selectmen Report Informational Copy of letter from Tri-County High School regarding Certified Copy of Assessments and Budget Summary DEP April 2 letter approving pilot study for removal of iron and manganese from Well No.3 c QQ