Category Archives: Safety

Suicide prevention training 7PM Tuesday

Learn in two hours how to be comfortable talking to loved ones about self harm.

The newly-formed Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention (“MCSP”) invites interested community members to attend a FREE suicide prevention training taught by Riverside Trauma Center. The training is intended to help address this public health crisis by rais-ing awareness of suicidal behavior and teaching tools that can help prevent suicide. The MCSP particularly encourages parents and adults to attend. We hope to offer train-ing specially targeted to youth at a future date. Tuesday, December 5, 2017 7:00-9:00 p.m. The United Church of Christ in Medfield 496 Main Street, Medfield, MA 02052 FREE to the Public For questions, contact Heather Krauss at hacarlson@hotmail.com If you are inclined to financially support the MCSP, please consider making a donation through its Go Fund Me page at https://www.gofundme.com/MedfieldCoalitionforSuicidePrevention RSVP not required, but kindly appreciated. To RSVP, please visit: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084ba5af2ea3f94-free

 

 

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Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention

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The Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention, is a newly formed steering-committee (created September 2017) of community members/professionals who desire to create a coalition that promotes mental health resources.  We recognize that a public health crisis has touched our town and by coming together, we can form an initiative that raises awareness and has the potential to save lives . The MCSP has created this GoFundMe account in order to raise funds that will:

  • hire a consultant to effectively guide our development of a strategic plan for suicide prevention among all ages in Medfield
  • create and disseminate printed resources
  • fund future QPR trainings
[The Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention is a program of Medfield Cares About Prevention (MCAP).]
Funds raised will benefit:
Medfield Foundation, Inc.

  Certified Charity
Medfield, MA

Texting & driving

When you drive, please just drive – don’t try to text and drive – it is just too dangerous

https://www.facebook.com/news.com.au/videos/1402985913062111/?pnref=story

Marijuana shops opt out ballot & ATM questions

Both our town election on 3/27 and our annual town meeting (ATM) on April 24 we will be voting to determine whether Medfield should allow or ban marijuana stores.

The following materials were put together by residents Carol Read, a Public Health/Prevention Specialist, and Cathy Callaghan, a Nurse Practitioner, both with lots on knowledge about the issues.

I will personally be voting to ban marijuana businesses from our town, as pot shops downtown or anywhere in town would send the wrong message to our children, namely that use by them is OK.  The data is too clear as to the damage that marijuana use does to our children, by increasing their risks of problems later in life.  Adolescent brains are not fully formed until their mid-twenties, and we owe it to our children to give them as much protection until then as we can.

Vote YES on March 27th to STOP POT SHOPS in Medfield What does the new law really mean? Last November, Massachusetts voters approved the Recreational use of marijuana law (Question 4) that legalized adult (21 years and older) personal use, possession and growing of marijuana for recreational purposes. Medical use of marijuana is a separate law*. In addition to legalizing adult personal use The Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act (Chapter 334 of the Acts of 2016) also legalized all marijuana related businesses in 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth automatically. What are “marijuana businesses”? Pot shops: Shops sell smoke-able plant marijuana products, edible products including candy, brownies, cookies and sodas with highly potent THC levels. Commercial growing and production sites: Staff grows hundreds of marijuana plants, extract THC oils from the plants to make highly potent THC smoke-able products and use oils to make edible products including candy, cookies, and brownies. Does Medfield have to allow pot shops and grow sites? Although Medfield was one of 90 towns in the Commonwealth that voted against the law our town will very soon be “open” to pot shops unless we vote to “opt-out”. The Marijuana Policy Project, an advocacy group that writes marijuana ballot questions nationwide specifically put an “opt-out” provision in our law requiring the expensive and time consuming steps of an “opt- out” by the voters. Medfield residents CAN vote to “opt- out” The Medfield BOS unanimously voted to prohibit marijuana businesses by adding an “opt-out” question to the town election ballot on March 27th and added “opt-out” warrant articles that will prohibit marijuana businesses for Town Meeting on April 24th. Voting YES to “opt-out” at the town election and at town meeting will STOP POT SHOPS in Medfield. Vote YES to STOP POT SHOPS for youth health and safety: Keeping pot shops out of Medfield will prevent youth access to highly potent marijuana candy, brownies and cookies and sodas that are packaged to attract youth. Edible products make up nearly 60% of Colorado’s marijuana industry; emergency departments are routinely treating children who have ingested edible products with 90 + % THC levels (compared to 20% in a typical joint) Vote YES to STOP POT SHOPS to prevent youth use increases: Youth marijuana use in Washington State has risen since legalization among 8th and 10th graders; Colorado past- month (30 day) marijuana use rates among the population ages 12 and older are the highest in the nation. Youth in legalized recreational states report significant declines in their perception of harm from using marijuana. Vote YES to STOP POT SHOPS to protect our services and resources: Pot shops and grow sites require extensive inspection of operational security as well as testing of all products for mold and contaminates. The cost of these requirements would outrun the potential revenue Medfield would take in from marijuana businesses. Vote YES to STOP POT SHOPS will prevent our public safety and health inspection resources being shifted to the security, monitoring and inspection of marijuana businesses. Vote YES to STOP POT SHOPS to preserve Medfield’s character. Medfield places the highest value on our family friendly culture, working hard to support our town services and schools and to preserve open space, protect the health of our senior population and promote businesses that align with these goals. Many of our neighboring communities Westwood, Norwood and Walpole are also voting to “opt-out” of marijuana businesses. Will the “opt-out” change adult personal use? Voting YES to “opt-out” of pot shops will NOT change adult person use. As of December 15th recreational personal use, possession and home growing is legal in Medfield for anyone 21 years and older. It is legal in Medfield to: (1) Grow up to 12 marijuana plants in a home (6 plants per adult) (2) Possess up to 10 ounces of marijuana (about 600 joints) in a home. (2) Personally possess and transport 1 ounce of marijuana (about 60-75 joints) (3) Give away up to 1 ounce of smoked marijuana, including 5 grams of marijuana concentrate (oils) which are used to make brownies, cookies and candy. Thank you very much for your time and consideration of this information. Carol Read, Public Health/Prevention Specialist and Cathy Callaghan, Nurse Practitioner *This new law follows the voter approved the Medical use of marijuana law in 2012 which legalized the medical use of marijuana for all age residents with a doctor recommendation.20170303-cr-medfield-opt-out-letter-3-3-2017-with-photos_page_2

Transfer Station closed tomorrow

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The DPW has announced that the Transfer Station will be closed tomorrow in recognition of Veterans Day.

Town control over speed limits

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One part of the recently signed Municipal Modernization Act gives towns greater rights with respect to setting speed limits.  Previously the town had limited control over what the speed limit would be, because the town had to set speed limits at what 85% of the drivers were going, which was usually higher than the town wanted.  this is the new provision:

Local Speed Limits / Safety Zones (Sections 193-194)
Provides municipalities with flexibility around the establishment of speed limits. Cities and towns can now establish a speed limit of 25 MPH on any roadway inside a thickly settled or business district on any way that is not a state highway. It also allows for the creation of designated safety zones on, at, or near any way in the city or town that is not a state highway, and with the approval of MassDOT if the same is a state highway.  Such safety zones would have a posted speed limit of 20 MPH.

Energy Committee from 2/11

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Town can save $34,740/year by buying our streetlights, and switching to LED streetlights.  The selectmen said we want the town meeting to make the decision, but let’s not wait a whole year and lose that much money in the interim.

We save money, we get better, safer lighting too – it’s a no-brainer.


 

MEC Meeting Minutes-February 11, 2016

Attendance: Andrew Seaman, Lee Alinsky, Cynthia Greene, Pete Peterson, Maciej Konieczny, Fred Davis, Marie Nolan

  1. January 13 meeting minutes accepted with additions.
  2. High School Students – not in attendance.
  3. Energy Manager’s Report
    1. WWTP Solar – Could start generating next week. PV system will be accepted by Town 3/1/16. On wait list for SRECs.
    2. 60 kW system is being considered for Public Safety Building. Roof weight and conduits sized for this system. Dore & Whittier drawing up plans. About a 7 to 9-year payback with SRECs. Options include having it done by GC or going out to bid later. Building construction estimated to be done October 7, 2016. Awaiting word on expansion of SREC program before moving forward with these plans.
    3. LED streetlights – Revised analysis provided by Fred D and Andrew S. Fixtures and installation costs $104,864 ($88,677 after incentives). Results in savings of $34,740/year including utility incentives and installation. Simple payback of 2.6 years to replace all 347 lamps with new LED fixtures after purchasing old HID fixtures for $1. Andrew confirmed $1 price from Eversource, offer good until April after Town Meeting. If Medfield did not purchase streetlights, likely replace with high sodium fixtures like existing on as need basis. Concluded best to replace all 347 streetlight all at once. Westwood used this approach with grant money from Green Communities. Andrew S. will investigate adding line item for streetlight purchase in this year’s capital budget or adding a warrant article. If wait one year, then forgo the $34,000 savings for one year. Streetlights are mounted on Verizon poles. Town owns arm and lamp itself. LED light warranty is 10 years. Money could be set-aside annually in reserve fund to pay for replacement in 15 years.
  4. Solarize Massachusetts’ status – Marie N. presented proposal at last week’s Selectmen’s meeting.   The program received endorsement by them and a letter of support was written. Andrew S. is to submit application with attachments to Mass CEC tomorrow. It could take 4-6 weeks to learn whether application is accepted.
  5. Community Shared Solar – similar to virtual net metering. Lee A. described the renewable Mass based program and will present possible projects for Medfield residents to consider at a future meeting.
  6. Next steps for Green Communities: MEC presented at Warrant Committee and Hospital Reuse Committee. Warrant committee will vote on stretch code article at their February 23rd MEMO meeting cancelled due to snow. Andrew S. scheduled to present at Permanent Planning & Building Committee but he may be on leave at the time. COA meeting to be scheduled. Recommended that at least I MEC member joins Andrew S at these meetings. Other community groups to present at: Lions, New in Towne, Medfield Green, and Legion. Andrew S will develop 5-year Energy Plan pending stretch code approval at Town Meeting. Press Release to be written on town energy-related initiatives. Looking into a possible writer to interview Andrew S.
  7. MMA Annual Meeting, Energy Session attended by Fred D. – Reported out the remarks made by the ISO-New England representative and the MA Energy Commissioner.   General sentiment was that new natural gas pipelines are not needed in the state.   Also reported at the meeting that over half (155) of MA towns are designated Green Communities.

Next month’s meeting – tentatively scheduled for March 17, 2016. Location and date to be confirmed.