Category Archives: Selectmen matters

BoS 4/17

The Select Board meets tomorrow night, mainly to interview the candidate for the fire chief position.  We also meet nest Tuesday.  The agenda and informational materials for the April 17 meeting are available here – 20180417-agenda

TOWN OF MEDFIELD MEETING NOTICE I POSIBD: TOWN CLERK ,;;:.1.,;U n:.u ·· SS rowrt Jr MEOflELO. nA POSTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF M.G.L. CHAPTElita> fBtttttnf13A: £°MENDED. PLACE OF MEETING Town Hall Chenery Meeting Room Board of Selectmen Board or Committee OFFICE OF THE TOWN CLfRK DAY, DATE, AND TIME Tuesday April 17, 2018 @7:00 PM AGENDA (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) Announcement Disclosure of Video Recording We want to take a moment of appreciation for our Troops serving in the Middle East and around the world Citizen Comment Appointments 7:00 PM John Kelly I LIP Application 7:30 PM ALS Committee update Action Item Vote to sign the Warrant Pending Continued discussion regarding Financial Policies Town Administrator Update Selectmen Report Informational Copy of letter from Tri-County High School regarding Certified Copy of Assessments and Budget Summary DEP April 2 letter approving pilot study for removal of iron and manganese from Well No.3 c QQ

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BoS 4/12

TOWN OF MEDFIELD POSTED: MEETING RK NOTICE · (Or · • 10~ ,~ ul· r u~ 2 3 1ni f~R -C p POSTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF M.G.L. CHAPTER 39 ~E.!=T5N1~ AS AMENDED. G· 1f oI 'NCNt c' .t r. Rf c Board of Selectmen Board or Committee PLACE OF MEETING DAY, DA TE, AND TIME Town Hall Chenery Meeting Room Thursday April 12, 2018 @7:00 PM AGENDA (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) Announcement Disclosure of Video Recording We want to take a moment of appreciation for our Troops serving in the Middle East and around the world Citizen Comment Appointments 7:00 PM Fire Chief Interview 8:00 PM Resident Douglas Marshall, New Life Board member Discuss request for one-day malt beverage permit for SK Trail Run event Discussion Item MSH Master Plan Pending Remote participation Rockwood Lane discussion Action Items Vote to sign Philip Street Bridge Replacement Contract in the amount of $99,999.00 Vote to sign Annual Town Meeting Warrant Town Administrator Update Selectmen Report

BoS 4/10

The back up materials for the Tuesday meeting are available here 20180410-agenda & materials

TOWN OF MEDFIELD MEETING NOTICE I POSTED TOWN CLERK POSTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF M.G.L. CHAPTER 39 SECTION 23A AS AMENDED. Board of Selectmen Board or Committee PLACE OF MEETING DAY, DATE, AND TIME **Medfield High School Library** Tuesday April 10, 2018 @7:00 PM AGENDA (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) Announcement Disclosure of Video Recording We want to take a moment of appreciation for our Troops serving in the Middle East and around the world Citizen Comment 7:00 PM Joint meeting with Warrant Committee and School Committee Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) discussion/ Capital Policy discussion 8:00 PM Board of Water & Sewerage member Bill Harvey/ warrant article discussion 8:30 PM Scott McDermott/ Fire Selection Committee update LICENSES AND PERMITS (CONSENT AGENDA) Resident Michelle Luhrmann, Founder and President, Amilia's Light requests permission to post signs in designated areas promoting Arn£UaJK- Lujh;t:Ga¥"de¥l!Pct¥tyto take place on Thursday May 24 Medfield Youth Baseball and Softball Opening Day is Sunday May 6, 2018. Request is made for a parade permit and to post signs announcing the event. Selectmen are invited to participate in the parade Town Administrator Update Selectmen Report Informational Notices received from Medfield Conservation Commission I

BoS 4/10

Agenda for 4/10 is below – no back up materials as yet.

TOWN OF MEDFIELD MEETING NOTICE I POSTED TOWN CLERK POSTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF M.G.L. CHAPTER 39 SECTION 23A AS AMENDED. Board of Selectmen Board or Committee PLACE OF MEETING DAY, DATE, AND TIME **Medfield High School Library** Tuesday April 10, 2018 @7:00 PM AGENDA (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) Announcement Disclosure of Video Recording We want to take a moment of appreciation for our Troops serving in the Middle East and around the world Citizen Comment 7:00 PM Joint meeting with Warrant Committee and School Committee Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) discussion/ Capital Policy discussion 8:00 PM Board of Water & Sewerage member Bill Harvey/ warrant article discussion 8:30 PM Scott McDermott/ Fire Selection Committee update LICENSES AND PERMITS (CONSENT AGENDA) Resident Michelle Luhrmann, Founder and President, Amilia's Light requests permission to post signs in designated areas promoting Arn£UaJK- Lujh;t:Ga¥"de¥l!Pct¥tyto take place on Thursday May 24 Medfield Youth Baseball and Softball Opening Day is Sunday May 6, 2018. Request is made for a parade permit and to post signs announcing the event. Selectmen are invited to participate in the parade Town Administrator Update Selectmen Report Informational Notices received from Medfield Conservation Commission I

SJC on Open Meeting Law today

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SJC interprets Open Meeting Law as mandating no opinion sharing outside meetings

Today the Supreme Judicial Court issued an opinion stating the Board of Selectmen of Wayland violated the Open Meeting Law when it circulated by email to select board members ahead of a select board meeting (held to evaluate the town administrator’s performance) the evaluations done by each selectman and a composite summary.  This violated the Open Meeting Law because the evaluations contained the “opinions” of the board members, and thus constituted a prohibited “deliberation” outside a posted meeting.

 

This is what the SJC held:

We conclude that this exemption was enacted to foster administrative efficiency, but only where such efficiency does not come at the expense of the open meeting law’s overarching purpose, transparency in governmental decision-making.
As the individual and composite evaluations of the town administrator by the board members contained opinions, the circulation of such documents among a quorum prior to the open meeting does not fall within the exemption , and thus constituted a deliberation to which the public did not have access, in violation of the open meeting law.  We therefore affirm the judge’s decision allowing summary judgment for the plaintiffs on this ground.  We agree with the board, however, that the judge erred in “striking” the Attorney General’s determination, and vacate that portion of the judge’s decision.
The SJC also told us that there is a solution, namely by making the select board materials with the opinions available to the public at the same time as the select board shares them, such as by posting the materials on the town website:
If board members wish to circulate documents containing board member  opinions among a quorum in advance of an open meeting, as here, prior and relatively contemporaneous public disclosure of those documents , where permissible, is necessary in order to comply with the open meeting law and to
advance the statute’s over-all goal of promoting transparency in governmental  decision-making.

Office hours Friday 9-10AM

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Selectman Office Hours Friday, 9-10AM

My regular monthly office hours at The Center are on the first Friday of every month from 9:00 to 10:00 AM, and will happen this coming Friday, April 6.

Residents are welcome to stop by to talk in person about any town matters.

Residents can also have coffee and see the Council on Aging in action (a vibrant organization with lots going on).

I can be reached via 508-359-9190 or my blog about Medfield matters https://medfield02052.wordpress.com/, where any schedule changes will be posted.

BoS 4/3

The Board of Selectmen agenda and back up materials for the meeting at 7PM next Tuesday, April 3 are available here – 20180403-agenda

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