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Town loses stellar VSO, Ron Griffin

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Ron Griffin to Retire as Veterans Service Officer

Ron Griffin emailed town officials yesterday to confirm his long planned, and much deferred, retirement as the town’s Veterans Service Officer, leaving huge shoes to be filled.

First and foremost, I want to thank Ron for his exemplary and expansive service to the Town of Medfield, its veterans, and really, by his extension of the scope of the VSO work, to all of our residents.  It has been one of my great pleasures to see how he used that VSO position to make so many things happen to honor the veterans, but also to involve so many facets of the town in the process.  Thanks to Ron the Blake Middle School students now meet annually with veterans, Medfield Foundation volunteer of the year honorees receive flags flown over the Capital, the town this year is honoring Vietnam War vets, and the town now celebrates all veterans on Veterans Day with a breakfast in their honor served by the Medfield High School students from their Warriors for Warriors club.  Also, through his Legion connections, housing for veterans is now being explored at the Legion.  Ron is clearly a leader of both vision and action.

The defeat of Ron’s motion to amend the Veterans Service Officer budget at the annual town meeting (ATM) was the low point of that meeting.  That was when I first learned that the Warrant Committee was not supporting that funding request, and the issue had not been discussed by selectmen.  In hindsight, I wish I had added a plea for support on its behalf, since the expanded position could have coordinated with Medfield Youth Outreach and the Council on Aging to serve those most in need in Medfield (see Ron’s proposal below).

Below are Ron’s email, and then Ron’s previously presented plan for the expanded VSO position.  Maybe a future town meeting, as a tribute to Ron Griffin and his extraordinary service to all Medfield residents, will enact his recommendations:

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April 27, 2017

Dear Selectman Pete Petersen, Mike Marcucci, Gus Murby and Town Manager Mike Sullivan

In October of 2015 I submitted my intention to retire at the end of that fiscal year.  I gave advance notice so as to give the town time to prepare a solution to the states full time service officer requirement and to find a suitable replacement.  When neither was accomplished by the end of that fiscal year, I agreed to continue in my position until December 2016 with the understanding that the town would be able to find a replacement and achieve state compliance by that time frame.  Now the 2018 fiscal year is approaching and to the best of my knowledge there has been no advancement by the town to fill the position nor actions planned to secure compliance to the State’s General Law.

This places me in the intolerable position to abandon my post, which I will do at the end of this fiscal year.

As the position of Veteran Service Officer carry’s with it appointments to the Memorial Day Committee and Committee to Study Memorials, I am resigning from those committees as of July 1, 2017.

As the town moves forward to find solutions to serve it’s veteran population I fear it will encounter difficulties.  If the town tries to fill the position and not also meet compliance with State law, the appointment will be rejected by the State.  In addition the state might freeze certain Veteran reimbursements through the Cherry Sheet until the town is in compliance.  The State is under some pressures to take actions on the few communities that are not in compliance with State Law in providing Veteran Services.   I fear Medfield will become the example used to prod other communities into compliance.  I also fear that the veteran community statewide along with the media, will strongly vocalize and condemn the town for its non-actions to bring the town into compliance with the state law.  I also fear the Town of Medfield will be depicted as hostile community to veterans.  This will greatly sadden me, as I know the Town of Medfield is one of the most supportive veteran communities in the state.

It is also possible that none of my fears will materialize.  However it is these undesirable real fears along with a strong concern to insure that the valuable services provided by this office continue without interruption that has motivated me to continue my duties throughout this past fiscal year.

Please understand, I regret the actions I am taking now.  I trust you can agree that I have done all that I could to insure that an orderly transition of my position was achieved.

Until then, I remain at your service.

Ron Griffin
Medfield Veteran Service Officer

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March 22, 2017 Subject - VSO Job description expansion - Office of Veteran and Community Services I am very aware that the following is not within the context of my responsibilities and has not been solicited. However, it is being offered with the intent of advancing the town toward compliance with State Law requiring the Town of Medfield provide full time access to Veteran Service Officer services. I fully agree that the current Medfield veteran population is in rapid decline and not large enough to warrant full time services, however the law uses town population to determine the requirement. Last year I submitted a budget for a full time position and I have done so this year as well. So I would like to offer rational to expand the duties of the VSO, while preserving its primary function. I met with Warrant Committee member Tom Marie to discuss my 2018 budget proposal and essentially had this same conversation. The VSO Position administrative overview The veteran Service Officer must be the primary function of the VSO position, however others duties may be assigned. The VSO position must be occupied by a veteran. The VSO position requires subject knowledge and certification on general areas specific to veterans and their families. Providing knowledge and information the VSO identifies benefits and guides clients through various matrices toward acquiring them. The pathway mostly consists of benefit explanation, developing the correct documentation and delivering it to the correct resource. The VSO does not determine, deny or ratify benefits and is non judgmental in offering assistance to any individual. However, the VSO does administer Massachusetts Chapter 115 benefits. Expanding VSO duties Where much of a VSO’s expertise is in subject explanation, documentation development and resource identification it is probable that these skills can be used on other non veteran related programs needed by the town’s citizens. Generally NEEDS based programs do not require unique expertise and many community programs may only require the dissemination of information. Needs based programs already exist that are managed by various town departments, sometimes under-utilizing the expertise of the person managing them. All to often, citizens are denied assistance because they simply do not know it exists. Often our citizens most in need of services are the least able to acquire them on their own. Because discussions about these services are provided in a confidential private setting, there is little visibility that these assisting services ever took place. Generally the community population who are not exposed to these services are seldom aware of the their need nor of their importance. Each of you probably have had an experience with one of our citizens who had an issue and had no idea where to turn for help. My experience is that generally what is missing is an understanding of the problem. Yes, occasionally our bureaucratic systems do error and when they do, it is usually very difficult for an individual to correct. In today's society, little can be accomplished without computer knowledge and internet access. Paper forms are now restricted and agency's often defer to web based solutions. More often computers are the decision makers and generating correspondence while the human analysis works to understand the computers choice rather than applying a solution. Often agency's do authorize electronic access to their systems that help identify individual issues. There is a BOLD line that separates assisting in a situation and owning that situation. I do not propose that this position administer any benefit (other than Chapter 115). That bold line is too easily crossed due to a natural compassion that develops with the client. While it is appropriate to provide guidance toward appealing undesirable results, it is not appropriate to participate in the appeal as that would require specific professional expertise. Development of VSO knowledge and skills can easily take more than a year. Knowledge development of non Veteran needs assistance will be substantially less. Identification of non veteran based services can be developed independently, but the following programs are offered as potential candidates. Non- Veteran Needs based services already provided by Medfield (The following is a collaboration list identified by Dawn Alcott, Chelsea Goldstein-Walsh, Cheryl Lavallee and Ron Griffin) Assistance with filling out applications: SNAP (formerly the food stamp program) Mass Health Other health insurance through health care connector SSI/SSDI when appropriate Department of Mental Health Department of Developmental Services SHINE (Medicare) Fuel Assistance Assistance with locating food resources: SNAP Medfield Food Cupboard A Place to Turn Natick (individual or family can go every 2 months for 2 weeks of food with a new social service referral each time…we have many families involved in this United Way program and we do their referrals every two months) Abundant Table Home Delivered Meals (if over age 60) (this is common when a senior is in the home of a family we serve) Assistance with financial help SMOC Housing Home Committee Angel Run Fund (we screen many referrals for ARF…usually 2-5 per week) Fuel Assistance (as SMOC representative for Medfield Community both MYO and COA do applications for residents) Assistance with obtaining basic necessities (clothing, furniture, etc.) New Life Home Refurnishing: (Furniture Resource)Must be referred by social service agency. That agency coordinates client visit on their behalf. This is a once in a life time referral…so it is a thorough and complete as possible process. Dress for Success Boston: (Clothing) Social service agency referral needed. A woman returning to the work force or changing careers can get one interview suit/outfit and an additional outfit following hire. Other agencies: ARC of Southern Norfolk County (for respite funds to hire caregivers and other programs) I hope you will consider the information provided as an opportunity to better utilize the VSO position to better serve all of our citizens. Ron Griffin Medfield VSO20170322-rg-veteran and community services position march 2017_Page_2

ATM votes last Monday on ALS & AHT

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ALS Study Committee & Affordable Housing Trust at ATM

The town posted a summary of the votes on each warrant article at last Monday’s annual town meeting (ATM) (20170424-Warrant_votes_2017) .

On the only two substantially disputed warrant articles, my own estimate of the votes was that the warrant article:

  • #15 about ALS had the ATM voting about 80% against giving $500,000 to the selectmen to implement ALS as it saw fit in the next year if the selectmen felt it was needed – a clear mandate that the residents wants to make that decision themselves, rather than delegate it.  ALS will now go to the study committee that both the Warrant Committee and selectmen recommended; and
  • #17 about funding the Affordable Housing Trust with a $1m. bond had the ATM voting about 80% in favor.  Those monies will provide the town a financial tool to use to create affordable housing, in its efforts to get to 10% affordable housing and to therefore eliminate unfriendly 40B’s.  The town needs about 139 more affordable housing units to reach that 10% threshold, or about 160 if one considers the likely increase in housing units in town to be needed after the 2020 census.

Residents interested in serving on either the newly created ALS Study Committee or the just created Affordable Housing Trust should contact Evelyn Clarke (eclarke@medfield.net) to make his or her interest known.

LED’s at ATM

This from the Medfield Energy Committee chair, Fred Bunger –

LED streetlight

Letter to Editor

 

I am writing in support of Article #25 on the Town Meeting warrant.  Article #25 proposes that the Town save $31,870/yr. on lighting cost by converting 347 streetlights in Medfield to LED.   Medfield would join over 50 other Massachusetts towns that have made the conversion to LED.

 

The net cost of the project is $67,600 after State grants and utility incentives.  This gives a simple payback of 2.1 years or 47% return on investment. With conservative allocation for future replacement and doubled maintenance costs, the payback is still an excellent 3.1 years.

 

The LED lights will provide a more natural light than the HID lights currently used.  LED lighting improvements in the last few years have permitted adjustments to the light color to avoid the harsh blue light seen in earlier LED installations.  To see what the Medfield lights might look like, take a drive on Route 109 into Westwood, which converted to LED recently.

 

The Medfield Energy Committee has been considering LED street lighting for several years.  The recent availability of State grants makes this an excellent time to implement the project.  We urge your support.

 

Sincerely,

Fred Bunger, Chairman Medfield Energy Committee

 

 

Motions for ATM

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Mike Sullivan emailed yesterday the motions that are to be used at the annual town meeting (ATM):

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Consent Calendar

Move that Articles 2,3,4,5,6,7 8,28,31 and 32 be voted as set out in the warrant and that Articles 20, 22, and 23 be dismissed.

 

Move that Article __ be voted as set out in the Warrant.

 

Move that Article __ be dismissed.

 

Article 9. Move that , $1,495 be appropriated for the purpose of paying a fy16 medical bill incurred by the Medfield  Police Department and that to meet said appropriation $1,495 be raised on the fy18tax levy.

 

Article 10.  Move that  $_____________ be appropriated to the fy17 Reserve Fund, Account 01-997-2 and that to meet said appropriation $_______________ be raised on the fy18 tax levy.

 

Article 11.  Move that Article 11, fixing the salary and compensation of elected officers be voted as set out in the Warrant.

 

Article 12.  Move that the PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION PLAN and CLASSIFICATION OF POSITIONS AND PAY SCHEDULE be voted as set out in the warrant, to take effect as of July 1, 2017.

 

Article 13.  Move that the sum of $_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ to defray the operating expenses of the Town for the fiscal year commencing July1, 2017 be appropriated as set out in the warrant and/or as amended on the floor of the Town Meeting and that to meet said appropriation the following sums be raised on the fiscal 18 tax levy and/or transferred from other available funds as follows:

 

 

Cemetery – Perpetual Care Interest         $———————$20,000

Water Enterprise Fund                                  $__________$1,942,715

Sewer Enterprise Fund                                  $__________$1,650,000

Pension Reserve Fund                                   $_____________ 75,000

Free Cash                                                            $___________        -0-

Sewer Betterment Stabilization Fund      $____________400,000

Bond Premium Sawmill Brook                     $______________1,042

Bond Premium June’07 Issue                      $______________3,357

Bond Premium Red Gate Farm                   $______________2,408

Bond Premium HS Field Renovation         $______________3.000.

Bond Premium Solar Array                           $______________3,683.

Use of School Property Revolving              $_____________30,000.

MWPAT Title V Septic Loan Receipts        $______________4,100.

MA Schl Bldg. Authority BAN Int.reimb.  $_____________44,501.

MSBA grant to Offset School Debt            $__________1,183,535.

Sub-total  Other Revenue Source  $  5,364,086

 

Fy18 Tax Levy $________________________________________

Total Appropriation_____________________________________

Article 14.  Move that the Town appropriate $_______________________________________________

to fund the fy18 Capital Budget, as set out in the warrant and/or as amended, and that the meet said appropriation the following sums be transferred from available funds and/or raised on the fy18 tax levy as follows:

Park & Recreation Revolving Funds                                                                          $____________37,123                  Unexpended Appropriation Funds (as set out in the Warrant Report)       $____________72,694                  fy18 Tax Levy                                                                                                                               $ __________ 361,006

Total  $__________________

Article 15.  Move that the Town appropriate $_______________________________________________ 

for the purpose of providing Advanced Life Support services, said sum to be raised on the fy18 tax levy, and that the Board of Selectmen be authorized to expend said funds, provided that the appropriation authorized under this article be contingent upon approval of a so-called Proposition 2 ½ operating override in accordance with General Laws, Chapter 59, Section 21C.

Article 15.  Move that Article 15 be dismissed.

 

Article 16.  Move that the Town accept Mass G.L., Chapter 44, Section 55C, and establish a municipal affordable housing trust fund,  to be known as the Medfield  Affordable Housing Trust Fund and amend the Code of the Town of Medfield to add a new Chapter: Chapter 15 Medfield Affordable Housing Trust Fund , to read as set forth in the Warrant.

Article 17.  Move that the Town appropriate One Million Dollars ($1,000,000)for the purposes of acquiring public land and/or public property, designing and/or constructing affordable public housing within the Town, and for the payment of all costs incidental and related thereto, said sum to be transferred to the Medfield Affordable Housing Trust Fund for said purposes; and that the Treasurer/Collector, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen,  be authorized to borrow in accordance with the provisions of M.G.L. c.44, s.7(1) or any other enabling statute, as may be appropriate, and that the Medfield Affordable Housing Trust Fund be authorized to expend said funds, to enter into contracts with federal, state and/or private parties, and to apply for and accept federal, state and/or private grants to accomplish said purposes, provided that all appropriations authorized under this article be contingent upon approval of a so-called Proposition 2 ½ debt exclusion, in accordance with M.G.L. c.59, s.21C.

 

 

 

Article 17. Moved that Article 17 be dismissed.

 

Article 18.  Move that the Town appropriate $100,000. said sum to be raised on the fy18 tax levy,  for the purpose of providing ongoing maintenance and security at the site of the former state hospital.

 

Article 19.  Move that the Town appropriate $100,000, said sum to be raised on the fy18 tax levy, for the purpose of hiring consultants, engineers, and/or attorneys to assist the Town with ongoing preparation of a master plan for reuse of the former hospital and surrounding areas and to advise the Town on matters concerning the site’s disposition, reuse and environmental remediation, said funds to be expended   under the direction of the Board of Selectmen, with the understanding that the Board of Selectmen may authorize any other Town board, commission, committee or department to expend a portion of said funds for such purposes.

 

Article 20.  Move that Article 20 be dismissed.

(No Report)

 

Article 21.  Move that the Town appropriate $15,000,, said sum to be raised on the fy18 tax levy, for the purpose of making improvements to the downtown, said sum to be expended under the direction of the Board of Selectmen.

 

Article 22.  Move that $16,000 be appropriated, said sum to be raised on the fy18 tax levy, for the purpose of preparing a downtown Phase II Parking Study, said funds to be expended under the direction of the Economic Development Committee, and that and that said Committee be authorized to apply for and accept grants, loans or gifts from the state and federal government or private agencies, and to enter into contracts with such.

 

Article 22.  Move that Article 22 be dismissed.

 

Article 23.  Move that Article 23 be dismissed.

 

Article 23.  Move that $10,000 be appropriated, said sum to be raised on the fy18 tax levy, for the purpose of making repairs and improvements to the Dwight-Derby House, said sum to be expended under the direction of the Facilities Manager, in consultation with the Friends of the Dwight-Derby House.

 

Article 24.  Move that $3,000. be appropriated, said sum to be raised on the fy18 tax levy, and that said sum be used with funds from the Bay Circuit Rail Trail Association (BCRTA) to prepare plans for a bike trail on an abandoned Massachusetts Bay Transportation rail line, which runs in Medfield from Ice House Road to the Dover town line.

 

Article 24.  Move that Article 24 be dismissed.

 

Article 25.  Move that the Town appropriate $67,626, said sum to be raised on the fy18 tax levy, to purchase the existing street lights, brackets and other associated fixtures and equipment located in the public ways of the Town from Boston Edison, and/or Eversource, or their successor entities and to pay for the purchase and installation of LED streetlights, said lights, brackets and other associated fixtures and equipment, to be owned and maintained by the Town of Medfield, and further, to authorize the Board of Selectmen to enter into a contract/contracts and to accept grants, loans or gifts from private contractors, state, federal and or private parties to accomplish said purposes and to effectuate the transfer of ownership,

Article 25. Move that Article 25 be dismissed.

 

Article 26.  Move that the Town appropriate $5,000, said sum to be raised on the fy18 tax levy, for the purpose of trapping beavers and removing beaver dams and lodges throughout the Town, said sum to be expended under the jurisdiction of the Town Administrator.

 

Article 27.  Move that the Town name the bridge crossing Mill Brook at Elm Street the “Colonel Douglas C. MacKeachie Bridge, and  appropriate $500 to fund a sign designating this bridge as such and to fund appropriate ceremonies in recognition of the occasion.

 

Article 28.   Move that the Town transfer $158,287 from sewer betterments paid-in-advance to the Sewer Stabilization Fund, established under Article 31 of the 2004 ATM in accordance with the provisions of General Laws, Chapter 40, Section 5B, as amended by Chapter 46 of the Acts of 2003.

(Consent Calendar)

 

Article 29.  Move that the Town appropriate $50,000 from the Ambulance Revolving Fund, to the General Fund Stabilization Fund to reimburse that fund for a temporary loan from said Stabilization Fund in fy17 to cover the purchase of a replacement ambulance for the Medfield Fire Department.

 

Article 30.  Move that the Town appropriate $400,000 to the Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) Trust, fund 81-001, said sum to be raised by transferring $41,299 from the fy17 County Retirement Contribution  Budget, account 01-911-2, $7,154 from the Water Enterprise Fund, $33,400 from the Sewer Enterprise Fund,  $200,000 from Free Cash and by raising $118,147 on the fy18 tax levy, for the purpose of setting aside monies to cover the unfunded retiree health insurance costs.

 

Article 31.  Move that the Town accept a public right-of-way over a portion of the following street:

 

Vinald Road, between Mitchell Street and Cottage Street, as laid out by the Board of Selectmen and also, as shown on a plan captioned “Plan of Land Medfield, Mass. Scale 1” = 40’ Dated: January 20, 2016 Carlson Survey Company 261 Union Street Millis, Mass. 02054” recorded at Norfolk County Registry of Deeds in Plan Book 652 at Page 16 and authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire by eminent domain or otherwise, such rights, titles and easements, including drainage easements, as may be necessary to accomplish such purposes.

 

(Consent Calendar)

 

Article 32.  Move that the Town accept as public ways all or a portion of the following streets:

Quarry Road Extension from Station 8+88.09 to Station 16+97.87

Erik Road Extension from Station 0+00.0 to Station 9+00.00

 

, as laid out by the Board of Selectmen and as shown on a plan referred to in the Order of Layout on file with the Town Clerk’s Office and to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire by eminent domain or otherwise, such rights, titles and easements, including drainage and trail easements, as may be necessary to accomplish such purposes.

 

(Consent Calendar)

 

 

Article 33.  Move that  the Town amend the Code of the Town of Medfield Chapter 270 Water Article I Water Conservation by striking the existing article in its entirety and replacing it, as set out in the Warrant.

 

Article 34.  Move that the Town amend the Code of the Town of Medfield, Division 2: Regulations, 270 Water, by adding a new Article II Public Water Supply System and a new Section 270-15 Water Department Access, thereunder, as set out in the Warrant.

 

Article 35.  Move that if the Town  appropriate $275,000, said sum to be transferred from the Water Enterprise Fund, Unreserved Fund Balance, for the purpose of hiring an engineering firm to conduct studies and/or design an Iron/Manganese Treatment/Removal facility for wells three (3), four (4) and/or five (5) of the Town’s water supply system.

 

 

Article 36.  Move that the Town authorize the Board of Selectmen to lease space to private wireless providers on the new Town water tower on the site of the former state hospital property for the location of wireless facilities.

 

 

Article 37.  Move that the Town will vote to amend the Code of the Town of Medfield to add a new chapter 235, Stormwater Management, as set out in the Warrant.

 

Article 38.  Move that the Town  amend the Code of the Town of Medfield Chapter 270, Water, by adding a new Article III, Water Pollution Abatement, as set out in the Warrant.

 

Article 39.  Move that the Town amend the Medfield Town Code Chapter 300 Zoning Attachment 1 Table of Use Regulations, by adding the following symbol and definition:

SPPB – A use which may be permitted in the district by a special permit from the Planning Board in accordance with appropriate By-Laws.

Article 40.  Move that  the Town amend the Medfield Town Code Chapter 300 Zoning Attachment 1 Table of Use Regulations, by adding the sections in bold as set out in the Warrant.

 

 

Article 41.  Move that the Town amend the Medfield Town Code Chapter 300 Zoning Attachment 3 Table of Height and Bulk Regulations, by adding the sections in bold as set out in the Warrant.

       

 

Article 42.  Move that if the Town amend the Medfield Town Code Article 300 Zoning by adding a new Section 300-14.15 to create requirements for special permits by the Planning Board, as set out in the Warrant.

 

Article 43.  Move that the Town amend the Medfield Town Code Chapter 300 Zoning Article 2 Definitions, by striking the existing definition of DWELLING, MULTIFAMILY and replacing it in its entirely with the following definition of DWELLING, MULTIFAMILY shown in bold  in appropriate alphabetical order:

DWELLING, MULTIFAMILY

A building containing three or more dwelling units.

DWELLING, MULTIFAMILY A residential development consisting of three or more dwelling units on one single contiguous parcel, not necessarily contained in one building.

 

Article 44.  Move that if the Town amend the Medfield Town Code Chapter 300 Zoning Attachment 1 Table of Use Regulations, Section 1.4 by striking “PB” and replacing with “SPPB”, as shown in bold, as set out in the warrant.

 

Article 45.   Move that if the Town amend the Medfield Town Code Chapter 300 Zoning Attachment 2 Table of Area Regulations by adding in the “Use” column “(4+ units)” and by striking the existing numbers shown in the ”Area” column and replacing them with the numbers set out in the Warrant.

 

Article 46.  Move that if the Town amend the Medfield Town Code Article 300 Zoning by adding  Section 300-14.16. Inclusionary Zoning Bylaw, as set out in the Warrant.

 

Article 47.  Move that the Town vote to amend the Medfield Town Code Chapter 300 Zoning Attachment 3 Table of Height and Bulk Regulations  by adding the language and numbers set out in the Warrant.

 

Article 48.  Move that if the Town will amend the Code of the Town of Medfield, Division 1: Bylaws, Part II General Legislation, Chapter 175. Marijuana and Tetrahydrocannabinol by adding a new Section 175-3 as set out in the Warrant.

 

Article 49.  Move that the Town amend the Code of the Town of Medfield Chapter 300 Zoning  Attachment 1 Table of Use Regulations by adding a new section 4.10b NON-MEDICAL MARIJUANA ESTABLISHMENTS with the designation “NO”  in all zoning districts, as set out in the Warrant.

 

Article 50.  Move that the Town will authorize the Board of Assessors to use $_____________________________________________________________________________from free cash in the Treasury for the reduction of the tax rate for the fiscal year 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BoS annual report

Thanks to Selectman Mike Marcucci for authoring the Board of Selectmen report to the town:

public safety building opening

Public Safety Building Ribbon Cutting

 

BOARD OF SELECTMEN

 

2016 was a year of transition, with a reminder of where we have been and where we need to go as a Town.  On the Board of Selectmen, we started the year with three members who had served a total of 29 years on the Board, with tenures that began as far back as 1980.  With Richard DeSorgher stepping down after the 2016 Town Election, and Mark Fisher announcing that he would depart the Board after three terms at the final meeting of the year, the 2017 Board will feature two members serving their first terms for the first time in recent memory.  In August, we bid farewell to Ken Feeney and Bobby Kennedy, Sr. who retired from the Department of Public Works after more than a century of combined service to the Town.  This is part of a transition in leadership that began with the retirement of Superintendent Robert Maguire in 2013 and which will see transitions in most major Town posts from their long-term occupants by 2020.

 

As we thanked these gentlemen for their long service to the Town, in 2016 we also began moving forward to plan Medfield’s future.

 

Townwide Master Plan and Town Website

In April, the Board established the Town-wide Master Plan Steering Committee which is charged with developing the process by which the Town will update its Master Plan.  The current Master Plan, adopted in 1964 with a small update in 1997, is due for a refresh.  We expect to move forward with the process recommended by the Steering Committee no later than the 2018 Annual Town Meeting. The goal is to complete that process in a timely fashion with appropriate public input so that we can move toward implementing its recommendations.

 

The 2016 Annual Town Meeting also appropriated funds for an overhaul and upgrade of the Town’s website.  Everyone in Town government understands that the website needs a substantial upgrade to meet the needs of our citizens to communicate with and obtain information from their town officials.

 


 

Capital Plan and Permanent Planning & Building Committee

The Town also took advantage of a state grant to begin preparations for a 20-year capital plan that will be completed under the direction of our new Director of Facilities and Energy Manager, Jerry McCarty, and which will be completed this summer.  This will enable us to project capital costs over the next two decades and set our budget priorities accordingly with an eye toward maintaining a stable tax rate.  There likely will be some tradeoffs as we look ahead, but armed with this information we are in a better position to appropriately assess how to spend our taxpayers’ limited resources.

 

In addition, we opened the new Public Safety Building on time and under budget thanks to the efforts of Chief Kingsbury and Chief Meaney, as well as John Nunnari, Mike Quinlan, Tom Erb, Lou Fellini, and Tim Bonfatti of the Permanent Planning and Building Committee.  The completion of the Public Safety Building was the second phase in addressing the building needs identified by the Town in 2008—DPW Garage, Public Safety Building, Parks and Recreation, and Dale Street School.

 

We submitted an expression of interest for Dale Street to the Massachusetts School Building Authority and Parks and Recreation began a programmatic feasibility study to determine the economics of a new Parks and Recreation facility.  As of now, it is not likely that we will be in a position to move forward to renovate or, more likely, replace Dale Street School until 2020 or 2021.  That would be an ideal time, as substantial debt comes off of the books between 2021-2023 from the High School, Blake Middle School, and Memorial School projects.  It would be better if that debt were mostly paid off before any new debt associated with Dale Street is incurred. The timing is somewhat out of our hands, however, with the Commonwealth picking up 40% of the tab, when they are ready to move, we need to be ready to move.

 

Medfield State Hospital

The Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee, with the assistance of Carrie Hulet from the Consensus Building Institute, made progress toward a 2017 Fall Special Town Meeting to vote on a Master Plan.  The MSH Master Plan would include the MSH campus as well as Lot 3 and the Hinkley Property which are also under their purview.  The future of MSH is important to Medfield achieving its Town goals, and the property presents a tremendous opportunity for the Town to address many of its present needs.  We owe the MSH Master Planning Committee, it’s Resource Committee, and the MSH Building and Grounds Committee thanks for all the time and effort they put in during the year.  There is more work to do, but we think we can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

 

Affordable Housing and 40B

Town affairs in the latter part of 2016 year were dominated by an issue that was not prominent on the Town agenda when we started 2016 but likely will remain at the forefront of Town discussion in 2017: affordable housing.

 

With the unveiling of the 200 unit proposed Medfield Meadows development on Dale Street, the Town spent most of the fall protecting itself from that project.  More than 800 residents came to the Board of Selectmen meeting at the High School to hear from the developers and standing up for the Town and opposing a proposal that could have had a serious, negative impact on the Town.  The Dale Street neighbors group mobilized the town but also marshaled the facts and evidence to persuade MassHousing to reach the right conclusion and deny the application.  These citizens, acting as citizens, won victory for the Town. In doing this, they also won also a second chance or the Town to control our own destiny on Affordable Housing.

 

Specifically, the Medfield Meadows proposal spurred action on our long-gestating Housing Production Plan, which was adopted by the Board of Selectmen and the Planning Board on October 17, 2016. Since then, Town administration and both boards have been working to bring Medfield toward compliance with the requirements of the Commonwealth’s 40B law.  If Medfield can add 21 units per year to its subsidized housing inventory (“SHI”) until we reach the 10% compliance threshold with 40B, any housing development will have to comply with our zoning by-laws.

 

There is much work to do, but 2016 saw a substantial step forward for the Town’s efforts to meet its obligations under the 40B law and to maintain control over our affordable housing development destiny.


 

 

Awards, Accolades, and Solar Panels

The Medfield High School boys hockey and lacrosse teams won state championships in 2016.  Our music program continued to bring honor and sweet sounds to our town with hundreds of participants from Dale Street all the way to the High School.

 

Through the efforts of Fred Bunger and the Medfield Energy Committee, we became a “Green Community” in 2016 and are now eligible for additional state grants.  “Solarize Medfield” under the leadership of Marie Zack Nolan continued on the residential side what we have accomplished at our Town buildings—becoming a leader in solar energy.  We opened the new solar array at the Wastewater Treatment Plant and moved toward installing arrays at the DPW garage and the Public Safety Building.  These energy initiatives contribute to protecting the environment and to improving the Town’s bottom line

 

2016 was a year of transition and progress.  We will need many hands to fulfill the promise of efforts begun and advanced last year.  We appreciate the efforts of the many Town employees and volunteers who put in the time, often extra time, to make our Town a better and more livable place.

 

Respectfully Submitted

 

Mark L. Fisher

Osler L. Peterson

Michael T. Marcucci


ATM

This about the annual town meeting (ATM) at 7:30 PM on 4/24 from Scott McDermott, Moderator –

To my friends and neighbors in the Medfield community: As a sure sign of spring, it is my honor and pleasure to invite you to attend our Annual Town Meeting to be held on Monday evening April 24, 2017 at 7:30pm at the Amos Clark Kingsbury High School Gymnasium. Please join us and participate as a member of Medfield’s legislative branch. Our collective determinations on the 24th will become the laws, regulations, and budgets of the Town of Medfield. This April we have a particularly robust and weighty agenda of Warrant Articles. I have issued an ‘advisory’ to the Board of Selectmen and to the School Department declaring a reasonable chance we may not be able to conduct and complete all of the town's business in one evening. If that determination is made necessary because of time constraints, then the Annual Town Meeting will adjourn on Monday the 24th and reconvene on Tuesday evening, April 25, at 7:30pm. Every meeting I’ve moderated requires the balance of ‘due consideration’ with ‘due expedience.’ But this year the efficiency and pace of the meeting will need to be closely monitored to make sure that we are allowing for appropriate town dialogue, debate, and discussion on a range of important issues. Consistent with past practice, reasonable and necessary time limitations will be placed on certain discussions. In order to address the Articles in an expedient and well-ordered fashion, we have grouped the articles in eight (8) cohorts for consideration and action together: Standard Town Business (called first); Town Budgets; Zoning & Planning; former Medfield State Hospital property; Commercial Sale of Recreational Marijuana; Advanced Life Support; Affordable Housing; and Independent Articles. We will use our traditional lottery system to determine the timing and order of the treatment of the seven (7) groupings of Articles after conducting the referenced Standard Town Business (please see the preliminary meeting agenda (page 2) and meeting ‘architecture’ (page 3). Here in Medfield, we have a special place to call our home. We value education, community, open space, safe streets and homes, the well-being of the young and the old, quality municipal services, and the advancement of local commerce. But we’ve learned it takes hard work, open and active communication, and a deep commitment to the town’s best interests for us to achieve these common objectives. Our Annual Town Meeting, even with all of its imperfections, is the night we gather to speak with one another, deliberate as a law-making body, and demonstrate our pledge to balance and advance the forces which continue to make Medfield a ‘special place.’ We need a minimum quorum of 250 ‘citizen legislators’ -- please join us at town meeting and be a part of the dialogue, deliberations, and determinations. Engagement in this forum provides you with an important opportunity to contribute to the future of Medfield. It is an important time for Medfield. Change comes in waves – advances come in steps. It is easy to feel and appreciate the change and growth evidenced by: current and future change in key personnel and contributors; the current and future growth and development of town facilities and schools; the opportunity and challenges afforded by ownership of the former state hospital property; generational evolution; and evolving expectations of the residents of the town. These, and other forces and factors, tell me we are living in ‘transformative times’ in 2017 in Medfield. We are blessed by a very rich heritage reaching back for over three and a half centuries; and, going forward, our community will continue to benefit by thoughtful, informed, and clear thinking people engaging in open dialogue, meaningful discussion, and making sound decisions. As for procedures, the law of the Commonwealth provides: "The moderator shall preside and regulate the proceedings, decide all questions of order, and make public declaration of all votes." At the beginning of our meeting on the 24th, I will describe the guidelines for our dialogue and deliberations. My guidance at the meeting will come from the traditional blend of fairness, prudence, expedience, respectful communication, and consideration of the best interests of the community. In the weeks ahead, I ask that you review your Report on the 2017 Warrant (will arrive in the mail before the meeting). Please bring your copy with you to the Annual Town Meeting as a guide and “scorecard” as we address the warrant articles and the town’s operating and capital budgets. I look forward to seeing you on Monday evening, April 24. And please hold Tuesday evening April 25 on your calendar in the event we need part of a second evening to fully address the range of issues before the town. Respectfully, Scott Scott F. McDermott Town Moderator TOWN OF MEDFIELD Scott F. McDermott Town Moderator 1 2017 ANNUAL TOWN MEETING Amos Clark Kingsbury High School Gymnasium Monday April 24 6:50 Medfield High School Musical Presentation 7:28 Quorum Announced (250 Registered Voters Required) 7:30 Welcome National Anthem & Pledge Moment of Silence Introductions Meeting Guidelines Highlighted Town Financial Snapshot Standard Town Business Consent Calendar Miscellaneous Business Personnel Matter Public Ways Water & Sewer Dept. Dept. of Public Works LOTTERY FOR DETERMINING ORDER OF CONSIDERATION OF GROUPED ARTICLES Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4 Block 5 Block 6 Block 7 Time Checks 10:00pm, 10:30pm and 10:45pm* *Moderator required determination of completion of all articles within 30 minutes DISSOLUTION OF MEETING [OR ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING IF REQUIRED]. If required, adjournment of Meeting will be to Tuesday April 25 at 7:30pm Moderator Advises Residents to Reserve this Date for Possible Meeting Continuation and Completion The schedule above and the grouping of articles on the following page are preliminary and may be subject to further refinement before town meeting. TOWN OF MEDFIELD Scott F. McDermott Town Moderator 2 Please see the Groupings of Articles on Page 3 ANNUAL TOWN MEETING 2017 GROUPINGS OF ARTICLES FOR TOWN CONSIDERATION Former Medfield State Hospital Brief Update Presentation from MSH Master Planning Committee Article 18 Maintenance & Security Article 19 Consultants & Engineers Town Budgets Article 13 Operating Budget Article 14 Capital Budget Commercial Marijuana Article 48 Adopt New General Bylaw Article 49 Ament Zoning Bylaw Zoning & Planning Article 39 Article 40 Article 41 Article 42 Article 43 Article 44 Article 45 Article 46 Article 47 With reports from the Planning Board Advanced Life Support Article 15 Advanced Life Support Affordable Housing Article 16 Establish Trust Fund Article 17 Appropriate Funds for Trust Independent Articles Article 21 Downtown Improvement Article 24 Rail Trail Article 25 Street Lights Article 26 Beaver Dams Article 27 Bridge Naming Subject to Lottery Subject to Lottery (cont.) Article 50 Free Cash Consider Last Standard Town Business Consent Calendar: Articles 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 28, 31, and 32 for passage. Articles 20, 22, and 23 for dismissal Miscellaneous: Articles 9, 10, 29 Personnel: Articles 11, 12 OPEB Trust: Article 30 Water & Sewer: Articles 33, 34, 35, 36 Public Works: Articles 37, 38 Considered First 320170411-SM-MEDMod 2017 Annual Town Meeting Moderator Announcement_Page_220170411-SM-MEDMod 2017 Annual Town Meeting Moderator Announcement_Page_3

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Annual Town Meeting (ATM) Warrant

Kris this morning circulated the warrant for the annual town meeting (ATM).  For those of you who do not want to wait for your mailed copy, it is available in a digital format via this link – 2017 Annual Town Meeting Warrant.  Maybe in the future at the ATM we will all be following along on our tablet versions of the warrant, and voting via buttons on the screens.

For now, mark your calendars and plan to attend the ATM at 7:30PM on Monday, April 24, 2017 at the Medfield High School gym.  This is the annual time and place, open to all, when the voters of the Town of Medfield make all the town’s decisions on how we want our town to work, and how we want to spend our money to make those things happen.