BoS on 5/26

Tuesday May 26, 2015 @ 7:00 PM
AGENDA {SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

**Tour of temporary Police Department, West Street; if time allows tour of Fire Department site at Town Garage

MEETING AGENDA

Economic Development Committee, Pat Casey Chair

Discuss RFP for Lot 3

MEMO and Cultural Alliance to discuss Straw Hat Park, additional parking on Town land at rear of Ord Block and other downtown issues

Energy / Facilities Manager Andrew Seaman

Continued discussion from May 19 meeting

INFORMATIONAL
New bridge at Meetinghouse Pond installed by Girl Scout Emily Piersiak
(Gold Award project)

Senate budget

This is how we do under the Senate’s budget –


FY2016 Local Aid Estimates
All Municipal
FY2015 Cherry Sheet Estimate
FY2016 Governor’s Budget Proposal
FY2016 House Final Budget Proposal
FY2016 Senate Final Budget Proposal
FY2016 Conference Committee
Education:
Chapter 70
3,730,480,705
3,828,556,906
3,830,886,519
3,833,516,810
School Transportation
154,078
110,488
124,430
130,136
Charter Tuition Reimbursement
76,974,357
74,728,135
74,431,420
81,866,459
Smart Growth School Reimbursement
436,743
436,743
250,000
436,743
Offset Receipts:
School Choice Receiving Tuition
45,494,828
46,648,312
46,648,312
46,648,312
Sub-total, All Education Items:
3,853,540,711
3,950,480,584
3,952,340,681
3,962,598,460
General Government:
Unrestricted Gen Gov’t Aid
945,750,001
979,797,001
979,797,001
979,797,001
Local Sh of Racing Taxes
816,585
710,500
710,500
710,500
Regional Public Libraries
2,501,833
2,521,970
2,601,883
2,601,883
Urban Revitalization
1,286,806
1,286,306
1,286,306
1,286,306
Veterans Benefits
50,344,210
51,516,162
51,516,162
51,516,162
State Owned Land
26,770,000
26,770,000
26,770,000
26,770,000
Exemp: VBS and Elderly
24,416,788
24,673,163
24,673,163
24,673,163
Offset Receipts:
Public Libraries
9,000,000
8,826,300
8,847,300
9,029,000
Sub-Total, All General Government
1,060,886,223
1,096,101,402
1,096,202,315
1,096,384,015
Total Estimated Receipts
4,914,426,934
5,046,581,986
5,048,542,996
5,058,982,475
Although the School Lunch program is funded in both the FY2015 final budget and the FY2016 Governor’s, House Final and Senate Final budget proposals, we have removed the estimate from the cherry sheet as this program is an education offset that has no impact on the tax rate setting process.

Cultural Alliance of Medfield

Cultural Alliance of Medfield

May 15, 2015
CULTURAL
ALLIANCE
of Medfield

Dear Medfield Board of Selectmen (and Town Departments),

We wanted to bring to your attention, the current initiative of the Cultural Alliance of Medfield.  We are reaching out to multiple organizations throughout town as a way of understanding how best to connect with these groups as integral members in the Cultural Alliance of Medfield.

This new organization grew out of an initiative of the Medfield Cultural District when the committee chose to adopt a larger vision of including all of Medfield’s cultural activities in a comprehensive platform, not just the ones defined by the District’s downtown boundaries.  Thus, the Alliance welcomes under its umbrella many organizations and its town-wide public programs while the District continues a more localized approach.

How can local organizations benefit fully in the new Cultural Alliance of Medfield?
• Regularly email program calendars including graphics to calendar@medfieldculture.org
•Submit newsworthy articles by the 20th of each month for publication in the Alliance’s free monthly newsletter info@medfieldculture.org
•Subscribe to the Alliance’s newsletter (Keep up with Medfield Culture!)
http://www.medfieldculture.org
•Adopt a link to the Cultural Alliance http://www.medfieldculture.org in other organization’s newsletter and promotions

Please share this information about inclusion in the Cultural Alliance of Medfield with the various Town departments as we all develop a stronger and more dynamic community presence.

Sincerely,
Diane Borrelli
Kristen Chin
Kirtsen D’ Abate
Rob Gregg
Jean Mineo
Bill Pope
Sarah Raposa
(Steering Committee)

The Alliance has applied to the IRS for Section 501 © (3) status as a charitable organization; approval is pending.

Marijuana grow operation

This press release is from the DA’s office –


Medfield man pleads not guilty To growing, distributing marijuana

Jack Keverian, 28, of Tannery Drive in Medfield pled not guilty to three charges at his Dedham District Court Arraignment today, May 19, 2015, according to Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey:

  1. Possession with intent to distribute class D, marijuana
  2. Possession with intent to distribute class C, Tetrahydrocannabinol
  3. Cultivation of Marijuana.

Defense AttorneyPatrick Reddington waived the reading and entered a plea of not guilty on his client’s behalf.

Assistant District Attorney Jaclyn K. Sexton requested $10,000 cash bail. Defense counsel requested personal recognizance, citing his ties to the community. Judge Michael Pomerole set $10,000 cash bail and ordered the defendant to surrender his passport. The case is scheduled to return to Dedham District Court on June 16, 2015 for pre-trial conference.

Medfield responded to a call from a resident of the property at 5 Tannery Drive reporting an explosion at roughly 9:42 p.m. on Saturday, May 16. Responding police and fire personnel observed significant damage to the doors of the property’s 3-car garage and a substantial amount of visible marijuana and associated processing equipment.

A search warrant was obtained and executed beginning at roughly 6 a.m. Sunday. In addition to the contents of the garage, police reported finding growing marijuana plants and associate cultivation equipment in two sheds behind the main house. In all, authorities allege to have found about 200 growing plants and some marijuana that had already been processed into Tetrahydrocannabinol, a potent derivative and class C substance.

Medfield Police Chief Robert E. Meaney, Jr. was present at the scene and directing the activities of detectives from Plainville, Norwood, Framingham, Wellesley, Needham and Walpole processing the scene and the evidence as part of the Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council (METRO-LEC) mutual aid organization. Chief Meaney was also in direct contact with Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey, who provided several personnel from the detective unit and Drug Task Force assigned to his office. Because of the volume of evidence that needed to be seized, members of the State Police Evidence Unit also responded on Sunday morning.

“It reflects well on the Medfield Police Department, Chief Meaney and these area departments that they have such strong working relationships – with each other and with the State Police,” District Attorney Morrissey said. “As an office, we are certainly ready to provide assistance however we can.”

David Ruggiero receives 2015 Maguire Award

This from Susan Maritan (personally, I love that marimba band, so my personal congratulations to Mr. R too!!) –


David Ruggiero Selected to Receive Robert C. Maguire Global Perspectives in Education Award

Last week members of the Robert C. Maguire Award Committee met to review the nominations submitted by the Medfield community for MCPE’s Robert C. Maguire Global Perspectives in Education Award.

This award, honoring the recently retired Superintendent, is given to a Medfield Public School staff member whose efforts embody Bob’s vision for further developing students’ global understanding and readiness to engage in the expanding global economy. The recipient is someone who inspires students to look beyond the town of Medfield and learn more about the global community through innovative programs and technologies. After reviewing the applications received, the award committee came to a consensus that David Ruggiero, a Medfield music teacher who teaches at Memorial and Dale, was the best candidate.

The members of the Bob Maguire Award Committee were extremely impressed by his passion and commitment to his students, music and the marimba program he started in the schools.

Mr. Ruggiero, fondly known as “Mr. R” by his students, wrote an MCPE grant proposal several years ago to start the Ngoma Dzakanaka Marimba Band. The marimba is an instrument from Zimbabwe, and the title of the band means “beautiful songs”. The grant was funded, and he has been leading the marimba band since its inception in January 2011.

“The introduction of the marimba band exposed our community beyond the usual confines of our music curriculum,” wrote one parent. “By bringing music from Zimbabwe into the schools of Medfield, Mr. R added a whole new dynamic and energy both to student learning and to concerts.  Kids connect to music, and our marimba band students and those who have heard them really connected to the rhythm and beat of the songs. Music, like history, art and language, can enhance the cultural proficiency of our schools and students. Mr. R has given us this gift and this insight.”

The nominator went on to say, “The marimba bands have helped with the Dale Street School fundraising for Zimbabwe and, in so doing, students have seen the connection between their work in school and the music.”

“Music is a powerful tool to build bridges with other cultures, and Mr. R has shown us what is possible. By integrating something diverse and unique into our school communities, he truly serves as a role model for others.”

Mr. Ruggiero will be recognized and presented with the award on Wednesday, May 27th at 7 PM at the Zullo Gallery when the Medfield Coalition for Public Education holds its annual meeting. The public is invited to attend.

The Medfield Coalition for Public Education (MCPE) is an independent, non-profit organization funded to provide system-wide support and academic enrichment for the Medfield Public Schools, with particular attention to academic needs that exceed the parameters of the school budget.

Open data

CORRECTION ==> The correct link is http://www.visgov.com, not .org as I originally posted – sorry.

Does Medfield want open data?

I have suggested that Medfield’s budget data and checkbook should be online so that anyone can easily see what the town spends its monies on and can also easily research the town budget priorities.  There are software apps that make this easy to do.  The state uses one to put its checkbook online, and i have seen two apps that focus more on the department budget side of the data, via http://www.opengov.com and http://www.visgov.com, which would provide their apps for a few thousand dollars a year.  Visgov.com is actually open source software, and we could use it at no cost if we installed it on our own.

The selectmen, the Warrant Committee and the Water and Sewer Board are supposed to meet soon to resolve budgeting issues that arose in the months prior to the annual town meeting,  and I am suggesting that we use that financial summit meeting to both resolve expectations as to our budgeting process going forward, but also to implement online budgeting to make the town finances more transparent.

Therefore, I was especially interested when today I saw the article below that indicates a high percentage of residents want the data available to them and expect that having it available will make their towns operate better.


Study: How Tech Can Improve Citizen Engagement

Citizen Perceptions of Data
The Pew Research Center recently conducted a survey to benchmark public sentiment on government initiatives that aim to leverage open data streams to improve services. The survey aimed to gauge:

  • People’s awareness of government efforts to share data
  • Whether these efforts translate into people using data to track government performance
  • If people think government data initiatives have made, or could make, government performance better or improve accountability
  • The more routine kinds of government-citizen online interactions

The survey analyzed citizen perception of government data use in the early stages at the local, state and federal levels. Overall, the public seems optimistic of open data government initiatives – specifically with improving accountability. While most participants use online data portals to find basic government information, the vast majority are not using the information to monitor government performance.

The Findings
The survey revealed:

  • 65 percent of Americans have used the internet to find data or information about government in the last 12 months
  • 19 percent could think of an example of where the local government did a good job providing information to the public about data it collects
  • 19 percent could think of an example of where the local government failed to provide enough information about data and information to the public
  • 56 percent hope open data can help journalists better cover government activities
  • 53 percent hope open data can make government officials more accountable
  • 49 percent expect open data to improve the quality of government services
  • 48 percent want open data to allow citizens to have more impact on government affairs
  • 45 percent predict open data to enable government officials to make better decisions

The majority of respondents are comfortable with the idea of government agencies collecting and sharing public data on a variety of platforms. Yet many remain cautious of providing their own data to the government such as mortgage information.

Driving Engagement
According to a recent IDC Government Insights report governments should invest in 3rd platform technologies – cloud, mobile, social and big data – to effectively drive citizen value and engagement. The study predicts more than 50 percent of government agencies will direct at least 25 percent of their citizen engagement budgets to 3rd platform technologies and the Internet of Things (IoT) solutions by 2020.

New digital channels coupled with a more comprehensive approach to redefining the citizen experience will align the goals of values of local leaders and residents. The research identifies five maturity stages for the citizen experience to help governments better understand the needs and goals of each group and select appropriate technologies to meet these expectations:

  • Ad hoc: Citizens request information across multiple channels
  • Opportunistic: CRM applications enable front-end automation so citizens can access information on their own
  • Repeatable: Digitization of workflows across channels allow citizens to handle services through full automation
  • Managed: Digital self-service allows citizens to show across multiple agencies and enables interactive handling of citizen requests
  • Optimized: Omni-channel citizen experience ensures consistent, convenient experience at very low cost to the government

The research suggests investment in 3rd platform technologies and the Internet of Things will help governments reduce costs while improving overall performance and accessibility. These interactive solutions better deliver new capabilities to public agencies and residents, while optimizing resource allocation and improving the way services are delivered.

Lack of Awareness
One major constraint many public agencies face when considering investment in new technologies and the Internet of Things is a lack of knowledge. A recent survey found only half of American adults are familiar with the term Internet of Things – which refers to the network of physical objects embedded with sensors and technologies to collect data that will guide decision making to improve services.

Because many Americans are unaware of how the Internet of Things works with existing infrastructure and services, 85 percent have concerns about the increased risk to breach of security and privacy. Furthermore, 70 percent fear IoT investment will have a negative impact on daily interactions and 51 percent are concerned about technical issues and the cost of repairing them.  If the public had a better understanding of how IoT and other new technologies are driving efficiency, there may be more support behind these investments.

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