From the Lyme Disease Committee –
From the Lyme Disease Committee –
The Lyme Disease Citizen Study Committee and its hunt in town are remarkable well organized, as witnessed by its attached minutes.
Selectmen recently heard from the Trustees of the Reservations’ ecologist, Russ Hopping, about the beavers, but who also reported that at the TTOR Moose Hill property in Sharon the deer have eaten all hardwoods in the forest so completely that there are now no new hardwoods growing under six feet in height – dramatic changes in that forest. He also confirmed that due to the excessive number of deer over eating our forests, that habitat for ground nesting birds, such as the grouse and woodcock, and the birds themselves, are just disappearing from the area.
Restoring balance in our forests is one of the additional benefits of culling the deer by our town hunt.
Town of Medfield Lyme Disease Citizen Study Committee
Meeting Minutes – Monday June 15, 2015 – 7:00 pm
Attendees: Chris Kaldy (Chair), Frank Perry, Barry Mandell
Minutes – reviewed meeting minutes from Apr 29.
Controlled Hunt, Fall 2015 (season 5)
Frank starting interview process of new hunters. Will need to schedule proficiency testing.
October 3 is a new MA kids hunt day. Discussion about additional hunting property. Hospital land issue – large fields on each side of hospital are state owned. Medfield property is only the buildings; Dover owns behind buildings down to the river. Need to work with Dover. Maybe Selectmen can help recruit private properties.
Would like to send thank you letter to private property owners, signed by Selectmen.
Want to promote TTOR membership to hunters. Only a few showed up for work days.
Barry reported 20 deer hit by vehicles in Medfield in 2014, up from 18, per the animal control officer.
Tick & Lyme Education
Ongoing during tick seasons: Facebook site posts & Medfield TV 30 second spots.
– P&R would like more signs. Frank to drop off.
– Met with Susan Cowell to update school curriculum. Have a few items to follow up on. Susan will find out from grade 3 teachers whether value in distributing tick check cards a second time (1st & 3rd graders receive cards currently). Cost is $1.75 ea so budget issue.
– NNT never came back with date to speak to members. Chris will follow up in fall.
– New member possibility – Chris met with Allie Sahr (involved with field spraying effort)
Spraying fields – Chris reported through Michelle Whelan’s and others’ efforts, Park & Rec erected blue fencing around the edges of the fields at McCarthy Park. Norfolk County Mosquito applied a low volume organic spray at the start of June for mosquitos and ticks. P&R also cut back the brush another 10 feet and put a 3’ mulch barrier behind the fence. Signs are posted on the fence to not go into the area to retrieve balls and that the area is tick habitat. They will continue to keep the grass cut short and enforce the rule of no dogs off leash. P&R is looking into the possibility of tick tubes and deer stakes. They plan to do tick dragging to measure effectiveness of prevention measures. Hinkley is also part of plans.
They plan to meet with Dr. Marsden and try for a similar plan at the Wheelock fields.
Budget – Note: Need to submit any expenses by end of June. Buying 3 new stands will use up most of balance of budget.
Next Meeting: TBD Sept 2015 in Warrant Meeting Room at Town Hall
Submitted by Chris Kaldy
From the Lyme Disease Study Committee chair –
From Chris Kaldy, chair of Lyme Disease Study Committee –
|Medfield Lyme Disease Study Committee Information site|
|Some very hopeful news!|
Time to start Tick Control on your pets!
If you stopped your pet’s tick preventive over the winter, get it started again NOW. Outdoor dogs and cats will likely be the first family members to find a tick. There are three basic types of products; be sure to use the product that best matches your goals. Ask your vet which suits your pet best.
1 Products that kill ticks pretty much on contact before they attach and start feeding (quick tick knockdown).
The Lyme Disease Study Committee reported on its work for the past year to the selectmen last night. In sum:
The program is hampered by the state’s 500″ no shooting zone around dwellings (whereas a state report said 150″ is enough) and lack of hunting on Sundays. The 500′ setback precludes many identified areas of heavy deer concentrations that would benefit from the culling.
The committee is seeking new members – contact Chris Kaldy at 359-1017 –
To the Honorable Board of Selectmen and Residents of Medfield,
The Medfield Lyme Disease Study Committee is pleased to report on its activities for the
past year. The Committee’s approach to manage the health threat posed by Lyme and
other tick-borne diseases is through education on personal and property prevention and
protection as well as deer reduction.
The Committee implemented new and continued with previous efforts to teach about
means of personal protection from tick bites as well as property protection from ticks.
Toward this end, the committee utilizes various media as well as the school, sports and
other town organizations to disseminate its information. The three local television
channels are playing 30 second tick awareness videos created by the Mass Dept. of
Public Health (MDPH) during the active tick seasons. A Facebook page was created to
spread information to residents. Emails were sent by sport coaches and scout leaders to
parents to remind families about tick protection. Our selectmen publish information on
their biogs. Notices were published on the Medfield Patch about the active tick season
and methods for prevention and protection. Links to valuable websites are listed on our
committee’s page on the town’s website. Posters published by the MDPH reminding
children and residents to check for ticks are in our Town Hall, schools and also the
Medfield Afterschool Program. A notice to parents was sent again through the school
nurses to students’ homes warning about the active tick season and methods to protect
against tick bites. Tick check cards were given again to all first and third graders. The
committee’s warning sign about ticks was posted at more locations around town
including Park & Rec properties. At Medfield Day, information was available at the
Board of Health booth. The New ‘N Towne organization gives out information to new
The committee also continued its organized deer-hunting program in the fall for its fourth
season by qualified, volunteer, bow hunters on town land, properties owned by The
Trustees of Reservations (TTOR), and private parcels. Again the program was
successfully implemented and completed with no incidents or safety issues reported to
the committee or the Police Dept. It was held during the Massachusetts state archery
season from October 20 through December 31. Thirty deer were culled. State hunting
laws as well as additional requirements of the committee and TTOR were followed.
Hunting took place only from fixed tree stands placed away from marked trails. Signage
was posted on trails and entrances to the selected properties. Hunters were authorized
after interviews and testing, including a proficiency test of their archery skills as well as a
background check by the Medfield Police. Some illegal hunters were discovered and
removed, so that hunting occurring on town or TTOR land was through our strictly
regulated program. Residents thanked bow hunters for making this effort.
As part of its broader plan, the committee is in touch with nearby towns to encourage
education and deer reduction across the area.
Chris Kaldy, Chair
This from Lyme Disease Study Committee chair Chris Kaldy –
Looking for community involvement in 2015? The committee needs a new member or two to help keep our educational efforts up in town. Please consider and spread the word. (And always add more Medfield friends to the group please!) Contact me directly by sending a message, and thanks! Chris Kaldy