March 19, 2013
Chenery Meeting Room draft
PRESENT: Selectmen Thompson, Fisher, Peterson; Town Administrator Sullivan; Assistant Town Administrator Trierweiler; Administrative Assistant Clarke
Chairman Thompson called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM
7:00 PM PUBLIC HEARING, Earth Removal Permit application
Applicant Michael Lueders dba West Mill Street, LLC Mr. Leuders presented a set of plans and explained to the Selectmen that his intent is to convert the property located at 30 West Mill Street from a concrete plant to garage and office space from which to operate his lawn and tree care business that is currently located at 27 Brook Street. At the West Street location John Santucci will use part of the property for materials processing. It is necessary to remove piles of loam, gravel and sand to open the space for the construction of the business. At the end of the discussion a motion was made by Selectmen Fisher, seconded by Selectman Peterson and it was
VOTED unanimously to grant an earth removal permit to West Mill Street LLC, Michael Lueders owner subject to Earth Removal Regulations
MEDFIELD CULTURAL COUNCIL
The Council requests the Selectmen vote to execute a letter confirming that the Council is an appOinted committee in Medfield. The Council would like to raise funds to expand programs in town and this letter would be given to the donors. On a motion made and seconded it was
VOTED unanimously to execute a letter acknowledging that the Cultural Council is an appointed Town committee authorized to fundraise and receive tax deductible donations .
OPEN 2013 WARRANT
The Warrant Committee requests the Selectmen open the warrant to place an article to transfer funds from free cash to the reserve fund account. On a motion made by Selectman Fisher, seconded by Selectman Peterson it was
VOTED unanimously to open the 2013 Warrant to add article to transfer funds from Free Cash to the Reserve Fund Account
On a motion made and seconded it was VOTED unanimously to close the 2013 Warrant
Resident Richard DeSorgher submitted a letter of resignation from the Downtown Study Committee, Committee to Study Memorials and the Medfield Historical Commission. He has been a member ofthe Historical Commission for 30 years and served 26 years on the Committee to Study Memorials. Mr. DeSorgher is a candidate for selectmen, election to be held March 25, 2013.
VOTE: On a motion made by Selectman Fisher, seconded by Selectman Peterson it was Voted unanimously to accept Richard DeSorgher’s resignation with the deepest regrets
VOTED unanimously to accept the March 5, 2013 meeting minutes with revisions
Ms. Trierweiler said that she is postponing the discussion of Arbor Day until the next meeting
DEMOCRATIC TOWN COMMITTEE
Committee member Susan Bernstein explained that as it is difficult for some committee members to meet earlier in the evening before the Library closing time of 6 PM, the committee requests the use of a meeting room in Town Hall the 2nd Monday of the month moving forward. Town Counsel advised the Board that you may be setting a precedent for other groups that request permisSion to meet in Town Hall. Mr. Sullivan agreed; it could be interpreted as an implied endorsement. Ms. Bernstein responded that as the Democratic Committee is on an election ballot it sets them apart from other organizations. At the end of a short discussion Mr. Fisher made a motion, seconded by Mr. Peterson and it was
VOTED to allow the Medfield Democratic Committee to use a meeting room in Town Hall on the second Monday of April, May, September, October and November 2013
7:30 PM Public Hearing, Warrant Committee’s Annual Warrant Hearing
Selectmen resume their meeting at 8:25 PM
LICENSES & PERMITS
VOTED unanimously to grant a one-day wine & malt beverage permit for March 23 event “Reception to Honor Ann Thompson” to be held at the CENTER 1-5PM
VOTED unanimously to grant permission to the Medfield Music Association to post signs promoting Annual Jazz Night on April 26 at the high school auditorium
VOTED unanimously to grant permission to Norfolk Mosquito Control to land at the Route 27 landfill site for annual larvicide applications
VOTED unanimously to grant Council on Aging a one-day wine & malt beverage permit for two events; March 27, 2013 Supper Club and April 17 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
VOTED unanimously to grant the Medfield Baptist Church permission to use the Town Gazebo for a Gospel Concert on Saturday June 8, 2013, time to be determined
MEDFIELD STATE HOSPITAL STATUS UPDATE
Ms. Trierweiler reported that the Hospital Mediation Committee requests a meeting with the Selectmen in executive session at the close of the Board’s April 16 meeting. The Selectmen agreed.
Mr. Fisher reported that he enjoyed the Blue & Gold Banquet, the Magician put on a terrific show. The Medfield Foundation’s Volunteers ofthe Year event garnered a large audience and it was really very nice.
Selectman Peterson participated in “Reads across America” and had a great time with the students. He reported that the Permanent Building Committee has been very active meeting to discuss the proposed town garage; the Lyme Disease Study Committee met last night. He mentioned that Medfield Cares about Prevention (MCAP) grant application is due to be submitted this week. Dawn Alcott has worked very hard putting together the material seeking the $625,000 funding. Mr. Peterson said that the Medfield Foundation is very pleased about the Town embracing the volunteer award program. The work that each of the nominees perform is extraordinary. He went on to say that next year he will try not to have the program run so long.
Selectman Thompson said that there is a time to come and a time to go. This is my time to go.
I truly appreciate the Town giving me the opportunity to serve as Selectmen for 30 years.
Thanks to everybody for allowing me to take part in so many capacities. Thanks to all you guys
who put up with me. To my family and friends who put up with me doing it.
I appreciate the honor of receiving the Lifetime achievement award and mostly to be
nominated by a great group of people; Don Hayes, Aditi Thatte, Deborah Kelsey and Mike
Come May my first great grandchild is due. I’ll let you know when the baby arrives. My sincere
sympathy goes out to the family of Ralph DiGiacomo.
Mrs. Thompson went on to recall the highs and lows of being a selectman: she made good
friends with the 11 selectmen who sat beside her through the years; worked on the library
building to have more meeting space; taught CPR, was an EMT for 17 years and knows that she
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saved at least three or four lives; a low point was when there was a surprise write-in campaign
for Mark Wilson. The numbers were so close we had to have a recount. When Bob Larkin and
Ken Childs were on the Board the meetings started at 5 PM. A high point came at the recent
Foundation’s award ceremony having Don Hayes ask “What does Ann Thompson, Lindsay
Lohan, O.J. Simpson, Mike Tyson and Zsa Zsa Gabor have in common … we all did community
Paul Hinkley and I disagreed on issues but at one meeting we agreed and he said that the world
is about to come to an end; Bob Larkin had never served with a woman on a board so he called
me “The Madam” until he found out what it meant. Bob was excited about a new pair of shoes
he was wearing while marching in one of the Town’s parade that is until he stepped in a mess
from one ofthe horses.
Fred Rogers, if I made a vote he didn’t like my phone would ring the next morning and he would
chew me out. He always had a “Ann Thompson for Selectman” bumper sticker on his
wheelchair. I have the highest admiration for him.
Thanks to Medfield for allowing me to serve all these years.
The Board of Selectmen thanked Ann for her 30 years of service and presented her with a
bouquet of 30 roses one for each year.
The meeting adjourned at 8:55 PM.