Monthly Archives: December 2016

BoS – 1/3/2017

Happy New Year to all!!!

DAY, DATE, AND TIME Town Hall, Chenery Meeting Room 2nd floor Tuesday January 3, 2017 @ 7:00 PM AGENDA (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) 7:00 PM Louis Pelini Recognition for his services to the Town 7:15 PM Steve Nolan, State Hospital Master Planning Committee Chairman General update; discuss contract for professional services with McCabe Enterprises 7:30 PM Medfield Housing Authority, Candace Loewen, Director Update on Tilden Village expansion NEW BUSINESS Selectmen are requested to vote to sign BETA Group, Inc., Norwood, MA Contract for Engineering Consulting Services regarding Planning Board On-Call Peer Engineer Town Wide Master Planning Steering Committee, Mike Quinlan Chair request the Selectmen vote to appoint resident Jay Duncan to their committee PENDING Selectmen' s to do list Other business that may arise

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RESOLVE TO MAKE A NOMINATION

MEDFIELD FOUNDATION VOLUNTEER AWARDS NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN

Nominate that extraordinary volunteer you know who devotes countless time and energy to worthy community causes for the Medfield Foundation Volunteer Awards.

Submit a nomination for one of the 2017 Medfield Foundation volunteer awards by downloading the form at www.MedfieldFoundation.org.  Completed forms should be submitted no later than January 31, 2017.

The  MFi’s 2017 volunteer recognition reception is scheduled for 3 -5 PM on Sunday, March 19, and the public is invited.

In 2013, these individuals were nominated:

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Youth Volunteer of the Year:
•    Greg Lyons for his tutoring work at the Medfield High School math lab
•    Emily Monac for her therapeutic horseback riding work at BiNA Farm
•    Katrina Simon for her work with the Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Association

Volunteer of the Year:
•    Rick Abecunas for his work with the Lowell Mason Foundation
•    Michelle Doucette for her work with the American Legion Auxiliary
•    Beth Eby for her work with the Medfield Food Cupboard
•    Cynthia Greene for her work with the Medfield Energy Committee
•    Rick McKinney for his work as scoutmaster of Troop 89 and Cub Scout Pack 200

Lifetime Achievement Award:
•    Albert Manganello, Jr. for his work with veterans
•    Ann Thompson for her work in town government

The Medfield Foundation, Inc. is a volunteer-run private nonprofit, tax deductible 501(c)(3) corporation created in 2001 to raises private monies for public purposes in the Town of Medfield.  The MFi allows donors to designate their donations for particular purposes.  The MFi also allows motivated groups to raise monies for Medfield purposes under the rubric of the Medfield Foundation.  To date, the MFi has raised over $1,800,000.00 for the Town of Medfield and celebrated over one hundred volunteers.

Medfield Foundation Volunteer Awards – nominate by 1/31, celebrate 3/19

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EXTRAORDINARY VOLUNTEERS RECOGNIZED

The Medfield Foundation (MFi) annually celebrates at its Volunteer Awards those individuals whose extraordinary efforts and activities have made a special marked difference in the quality of life in Medfield.  At a reception on March 19  the town will celebrate all the nominated individuals, and the MFi names its Volunteer of the Year, Youth Volunteer of the Year, and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient for 2017.  Nominations must be received by January 31.

The Volunteers Awards are based entirely on nominations submitted by the public, and solely on the information submitted.  Recognize your special volunteer on the form at www.medfieldfoundation.org.

Brothers Marketplace is generously sponsoring the 2017 Volunteer Awards, with additional support from The Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation.

Enough football?

Then take some time to nominate that special volunteer you always admired for the Medfield Foundation volunteer of the year awards – get the nomination form at www.MedfieldFoundation.org. Nominations are due by January 31.

These were the people nominated by their fellow Medfield residents in 2013.

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This year the Volunteer Awards are sponsored by Brothers Marketplace

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Now that the presents are opened . . .

Take some time to nominate that special volunteer you always admired for the Medfield Foundation volunteer of the year awards – get the nomination form at www.MedfieldFoundation.org.  Nominations are due by January 31.

These were the people nominated by their fellow Medfield residents in 2014.

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That year Andres Nevins was the Youth Volunteer of the Year, John Thompson the Volunteer of the Year, and Barbara Gips accepted her father, Andy Thompson’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

This year the Volunteer Awards are sponsored by Brothers Marketplace

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PB vacancy- corrected – submit by 1/11/17

The prior posting about the planning board vacancy had an error about the deadline date to submit, so please be guided by this one noting the 1/11/2017 deadline.

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Medfield Planning Board Vacancy – Associate Member

The Town of Medfield Planning Board is seeking to fill a vacant Associate Member position.  Anyone who may be interested should submit a letter of interest to Evelyn Clarke at eclarke@medfield.net in the Board of Selectmen’s office by January 11, 2017.  For questions regarding the Planning Board or this specific position please contact Sarah Raposa, Town Planner at sraposa@medfield.net.

The Planning Board is an elected town board of five members, each with a five year term. The purpose of the Planning Board is to guide the development of the Town in the best interests of all its residents. The Board has very specific responsibilities and authorities as granted by Massachusetts General Laws and the Medfield Zoning By-Laws.

The Planning Board generally meets in the evening 2-3 times per month. Regular meetings are scheduled for the first and third Monday and there is usually an additional work session scheduled.

The Planning Board is responsible for the review and approval of all subdivisions (the division of a tract of land into two or more lots) through a comprehensive process involving review by relevant regulatory agencies, public hearings, covenants with developers, performance bonding, and ongoing compliance monitoring.

Under “Site Plan Approval,” in the Zoning By-Laws, the Board also has the responsibility to assure that prior to any new construction or significant changes to an existing structure, other than single family dwellings, such factors as community needs, abutters’ concerns, visual amenities, safety issues, and environmental and historic features on the site and in adjacent areas are considered.

Any requests for Zoning By-Law changes or amendments are also reviewed by the Board. Public hearings are held to allow input from any abutters or other interested citizens. The Board is required to provide a recommendation on any Zoning By-Law amendment at Town Meeting, where a two-thirds vote is required to approve the change.

The Planning Board serves as a resource to assist interested individuals with the process of proposing plans or projects under the Zoning By-Laws. Communications are maintained on an ongoing basis with related Town agencies including the Zoning Board of Appeals and other planning groups within the Town such as the Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee.

Letters should describe your interest in the Planning Board as well as any professional experience or other qualifications that will complement the Board. Additionally, please contemplate the following in your letter of interest:

  • Do you have ideas about the direction the Board should be headed? If so, have you thought about integration of those ideas (meaning how the idea coalesces into existing regulations or whether new regulations would need to be created)?

 

  • Land use boards such as the Planning Board, do not always have the kind of discretion to approve or deny a specific project that residents often think they have. It is important to recognize and avoid any conflict of interest; not to pursue special privileges, and maintain confidentiality. Are you prepared for being thought of as a villain by some and a hero by others?
  • Planning Boards wear two hats, proactive and reactive, and the schedule is robust. The proactive hat is devoted to long-range planning and is often difficult to quantify as the effects aren’t recognized for several years, if at all. The reactive hat focuses on subdivisions and site plan review and the effects are more immediately seen and felt in the community. How would you rationalize your reactive hat with your proactive hat? Do you see an overlap?

 

ZBA & PB vacancies

This Christmas, give our town the gift of your services.  This from Town Planner, Sarah Raposa –

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Medfield Planning Board Vacancy

The Town of Medfield Planning Board is seeking to fill a vacant Associate Member position.  Anyone who may be interested should submit a letter of interest to Evelyn Clarke at eclarke@medfield.net in the Board of Selectmen’s office by October 1, 2015.  For questions regarding the Planning Board or this specific position please contact Sarah Raposa, Town Planner at sraposa@medfield.net.

The Planning Board is an elected town board of five members, each with a five year term. The purpose of the Planning Board is to guide the development of the Town in the best interests of all its residents. The Board has very specific responsibilities and authorities as granted by Massachusetts General Laws and the Medfield Zoning By-Laws.

The Planning Board is responsible for the review and approval of all subdivisions (the division of a tract of land into two or more lots) through a comprehensive process involving review by relevant regulatory agencies, public hearings, covenants with developers, performance bonding, and ongoing compliance monitoring.

Under “Site Plan Approval”, in the Zoning By-Laws, the Board also has the responsibility to assure that prior to any new construction or significant changes to an existing structure, other than single family dwellings, such factors as community needs, abutters’ concerns, visual amenities, safety issues, and environmental and historic features on the site and in adjacent areas are considered.

Any requests for Zoning By-Law changes or amendments are also reviewed by the Board. Public hearings are held to allow input from any abutters or other interested citizens. The Board is required to provide a recommendation on any Zoning By-Law amendment at Town Meeting, where a two-thirds vote is required to approve the change.

The Planning Board serves as a resource to assist interested individuals with the process of proposing plans or projects under the Zoning By-Laws. Communications are maintained on an ongoing basis with related Town agencies including the Zoning Board of Appeals and other planning groups within the Town such as the Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee.

Letters should describe your interest in the Planning Board as well as any professional experience or other qualifications that will complement the Board. Additionally, please contemplate the following  in your letter of interest:

  • Do you have ideas about the direction the Board should be headed? If so, have you thought about integration of those ideas (meaning how the idea coalesces into existing regulations or whether new regulations would need to be created)?

 

  • Land use boards such as the Planning Board or ZBA do not always have the kind of discretion to approve or deny a specific project that residents often think they have. It is important to recognize and avoid any conflict of interest; not to pursue special privileges, and maintain confidentiality. Are you prepared for being thought of as a villain by some and a hero by others?
  • Planning Boards wear two hats, proactive and reactive, and the schedule is robust. The proactive hat is devoted to long-range planning and is often difficult to quantify as the effects aren’t recognized for several years, if at all. The reactive hat focuses on subdivisions and site plan review and the effects are more immediately seen and felt in the community. How would you rationalize your reactive hat with your proactive hat? Do you see an overlap?

 

 

Medfield Zoning Board of Appeals Vacancy

The Town of Medfield Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) is seeking to fill a vacant Associate Member position.  Anyone who may be interested should submit a letter of interest to Evelyn Clark at eclark@medfield.net in the Board of Selectmen’s office by March 1, 2017.   For questions regarding the ZBA or this specific position please contact Sarah Raposa, Town Planner at sraposa@medfield.net.

The Zoning Board of Appeals is an appointed board and acts as a quasi-judicial body deciding whether or not to vary from the Zoning By-Laws. The Zoning Board is empowered to act on appeals, special permits, variances, modifications and comprehensive permits, in accordance with applicable sections of Massachusetts General Laws and the Town of Medfield Zoning By-Laws.

Virtually all matters which come before the Board are initiated by residents or businesses seeking relief from the Zoning By-Law. Each application is processed in accordance with the legal requirements and timetables established under the Massachusetts Zoning Act, the ZBA Rules and Regulations and the Medfield Zoning By-Laws.

The Zoning Board of Appeals holds public hearings on applications for zoning variances, special permits and decides appeals of administrative decisions of the Building Commissioner. Hearings are generally held on the second Wednesday of the month at 7:30 pm in the Chenery Room in Town Hall, 459 Main Street.

Letters should describe your interest in the ZBA as well as any professional experience or other qualifications that will complement the Board. Additionally, please contemplate the following in your letter of interest:

  • Land use boards such as the ZBA do not always have the kind of discretion to approve or deny a specific project that residents often think they have. It is important to recognize and avoid any conflict of interest; not to pursue special privileges, and maintain confidentiality. Are you prepared for being thought of as a villain by some and a hero by others?