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Newton’s isolation from Needham almost over

Per the Newton Needham Chamber of Commerce –

Bridge connecting Newton and Needham close to reopening


The Elliot Street-Central Ave. bridge is expected to reopen to cars and pedestrians as early as this Saturday and hopefully by no later than Dec. 15.


Read the Needham Times article here.

Holiday parade

Marched behind the band this year. Got an earful of drumming the whole way, but that was really fun. I wish I could play the drums.

No way I would make the same mistake from last year to lead the parade, given the slew of firetruck sirens right behind that deafened us.

Angel Run – noon tomorrow


Don’t Miss the Angel Run!

There’s Joy to share,

An event to remember:

Get your bells and your bib

Wear your Wings, your Antlers or Holiday gear

It’s that Festive Time of Year!

There will be hot cocoa and Christmas Carols

Beautiful Bells and Jazz Ensembles.

You can walk or you can run

For 5K or ‘til you’re done.

Bring the kids, the dogs and Gran,

Call your friends and make a plan.

For Charity and for Fun –

This Sunday,

It’s the Angel Run!


Leanne LaBelle 2016


Join Us!  December 4, 2016 at 12:00pm

Holiday Stroll

Such a success! Thanks Jean, Ron, Diane, and all others who made it happen!

BoS minutes for 11/1

Meeting Minutes November 1, 2016 draft PRESENT: Selectmen Fisher, Peterson, Marcucci; Town Administrator Sullivan; Assistant Town Administrator Trierweiler; Town Counsel Cerel; Administrative Assistant Clarke Chairman Fisher called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM and announced this meeting is being recorded. We want to take a moment of appreciation for our Troops serving in the Middle East and around the world Executive Session at the close of meeting to discuss potential land acquisition 7:00 PM Public Hearing - Fanner Series Pouring Pennit -Seventh Wave Brewing Chairman Fisher declared that the public hearing was opened. Co-owners Owen Hawkins and David Strymish are present. Mr. Hawkins said that he will be the manager and reported that the business location is 120 N. Meadows Road. Beer samples will be limited to four 2 oz samples, however we will not sell beer for consumption on site. At this time we will not provide any food. Eventually we will have on display and sell other brewery merchandise. When queried about the amount of water they will use in their brewery the response is three gallons of water to one gallon of beer. The Zoning Board approved their application and set the business hours at 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM. Mr. Hawkins said that the hope is to open in December or early January. As there were no further questions from the Board, the hearing was declared closed. VOTE: On a motion made by Mr. Peterson, seconded by Mr. Marcucci it was voted unanimously to approve Seventh Wave Brewing Inc. application for a Farmer Series Pouring Permit PERMANENT BUILDING COMMITIEE, JOHN NUNNARI CHAIR Mr. Nunnari is happy to report that the construction of the building was on schedule and has come under budget by about $600,000. The official ribbon cutting ceremony was held this past Saturday and we were pleased to have Senator Timilty, Representative Garlick and Representative Dooley attend. The response from the community was terrific. The Police department will move in tomorrow and the next day the Fire Department. The Selectmen thanked Mr. Nunnari, the committee and Chief Meaney and Chief Kingsbury on a job well done. TOWNWIDE MASTER PLAN STEERING COMMITIEE Michael Quinlan, Chair reported that the committee was established to research and update the Town's 1997 master plan. There are six committee members, including one from the Warrant Committee and a Planning Board member. We have been working towards producing a guide in areas of zoning, housing programs, open space and recreation, growth and November 1, 2016 Page two development. We have reached out to other towns that have recently developed a master plan. The cost to develop a master plan could be between $100,000 to 150,000 and take one to three years to complete. Mr. Quinlan remarked that he will return to the Selectmen with updated information from the committee so that the Board may determine if an article for funding to develop a plan should be placed on the 2017 warrant. 7:30 PM FY 2018 BUDGET MEETING/ WARRANT COMMITTEE/ TOWN DEPARTMENTS Warrant Committee Chair Marth Festa remarked that she is asking town departments' level fund their budgets. We have to be thoughtful and respectful to the fact that right now we are over budget by 1.9 M. We really do not want to have an override but this is where the departments come in. We are asking that at this time please do not consider the hiring of additional personnel. We would like to see if there are any departments that may share resources and/or consolidate. Ms. Festa went on to say that the Warrant Committee would like to know those departmental proposed increased budgets by December 15th. If the Warrant Committee does not hear from a department by January 17 we will assume the budget is level funded. RAIL TRAIL STUDY COMMITTEE, CHRISTIAN DONNER MEMBER Mr. Donner reported that Needham completed their wor.k and opened their part of the trail in May and Newton just opened a few weeks ago. The Town of Dover passed a rail trail article at their town meeting; however they are working on logistics. The committee is working on a phased approach for Medfield as a trail is feasible and also most desirable for the Town. A design study will provide a good cost estimate to construct the trail. At the moment a local volunteer group is coming together and will continue the work of the Study Committee and hope to present a design study to the town in March 2017. They will prepare to advocate for the Trail at Town Meeting. NEW POLICE OFFICER Chief Meaney introduced candidate Michael Saulnier, remarking that Michael's father is a retired police officer having worked in Wrentham. He said that he is a graduate of King Philip Reginal High School and Anna Maria College where he majored in criminal justice. Chief added that Michael has worked as a dispatcher in Medfield for about a year and a half. I recommend that the Selectmen appoint Michael Saulnier as an officer with my department and in doing so he will be eligible to enter the academy in January. VOTE: Selectman Peterson made a motion, seconded by Selectman Marcucci to appoint Michael Saulnier as a Medfield Police Officer and as recommended by Police Chief Meaney. Vote was unanimous November 1, 2016 Page three MEDFIELD STATE HOSPITAL John Thompson stated that he is seeking the Selectmen's approval to obtain a quote to conduct an indoor air quality test at the Chapel. He would like to hire a contractor to help get a good idea as to what can be done specifically with the chapel as it is earmarked for preservation. John feels that for personal protection we should first know about any levels of mold/asbestos. VOTED unanimously to support a plan to hire a contractor to conduct an Indoor Air Quality Assessment in Building 24, The Chapel Mr. Thompson continued by explaining that there continues to be trespassers who are breaking into the buildings. He is concerned because DPW cannot do the repair work immediately leaving the building exposed to others. Mr. Sullivan's thought is to try and catch these trespassers and arrest them as an example to deter this activity. MEETING MINUTES VOTED unanimously to accept the meeting minutes of September 26 and October 4 and the minutes of October 12, 2016 as amended HEALTH INSURANCE RATES VOTED unanimously to authorize Town Administrator sign Acceptance Form for Retiree Health insurance rates for January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017 OPEN SPACE AND RECREATION PLAN VOTED unanimously to sign a comment letter to Open Space and Recreation Planning Committee in support of their diligent and hard work that went into their final document SENIOR HOUSING STUDY COMMITTEE VOTED unanimously to appoint Tyler Brawner to the Senior Housing Study Committee and as recommended by Selectman Peterson AFFORDABLE HOUSING The Selectmen engaged in a lengthy discussion about the Town's options to reach safe harbor. Expanding Tilden Village is one significant option, the construction of one or more group homes and developing an affordable housing trust is another. The time frame is the hurdle the Town faces, 21 units per year to help keep away unfriendly housing developments. The Town has submitted its Housing Production Plan to Department of Housing and Community Development November 1, 2016 Page four for their approval. Ms. Trierweiler will follow up with gathering group home details and the possibility of hiring a housing specialist. LICENSES AND PERMITS VOTED unanimously to grant the Medfield Garden Club permission to post signs advertising their annual Greens Sale to be held Saturday December 3, 2016 VOTED unanimously to grant permission for signs to be posted advertising the Lowell Mason concert that will be held December 3, 2016 VOTED unanimously to grant the Friends of the Dwight-Derby House permission to post signs promoting their Holiday Shoppe and Free Photos with Santa, both events are part of the Holiday Stroll on December 2, 2016 INFORMATIONAL The Selectmen received an email regarding Advanced Life Support (ALS) services. The Town was covered by a private ambulance service, however they went out of business and the second provider Brewster Ambulance Service notified Chief Kingsbury that they will not provide the service after all. Chief Kingsbury indicated at a previous meeting that his staff does not have an interest to go through the process of becoming paramedics. Medfield is only one among many other towns trying to figure this out. EXECUTIVE SESSION The Board of Selectmen will be going into executive session for the purpose of discussing potential land acquisition with the expressed intent not to return to open session. By positive roll call vote the Selectmen went into executive session at 9:50 PM.20161101_page_220161101_page_320161101_page_4

BoS minutes from 10/18

Meeting Minutes October 18, 2016 draft PRESENT: Selectmen Peterson, Marcucci; Town Administrator Sullivan; Town Counsel Cerel; Administrative Assistant Clarke; Absent Selectman Fisher Selectman Peterson called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM Selectman Marcucci made a motion to nomina~e Selectman Peterson serve as Chairman ofthe Board; motion passed. Selectman Peterson made a motion to nominate Selectman Marcucci serve as Clerk of the Board; motion passed This meeting is being held at the High School Auditorium for the applicants' presentation of the proposed Medfield Meadows project on Dale Street, a 200 unit rental complex and in anticipation of a large crowd the meeting is being held at the high school auditorium. Chairman Peterson announced this meeting is being recorded. He asked for a moment of appreciation for our Troops serving in the Middle East and around the world NEW BUSINESS The Selectmen are requested to vote to sign Agreement for Facilitation Consulting Services with Consensus Building Institute pertaining to the Medfield State Hospital property and it was so voted MEDFIELD HOUSING PRODUCTION PLAN At a duly called and posted meeting on Monday October 17, 2016 the Board of Selectmen and the Planning Board met jointly to review the housing production plan, which was originally drafted in 2012. Discussion ensued and a motion was made and seconded to approve the plan. The Selectmen are requested to vote to sign the submittal letter addressed to the Department of Housing and Community Development and it was so voted. PRESENTATION OF MEFIELD MEADOWS Attending: developer John Kelly, Architect John Winslow and the developer's consultant Geoff Engler; Senator Timilty, Representatives Garlick and Dooley and approximately 700 residents. The project, 200 rental units to be located on Route 27 and Dale Street; three to five story building on the north side with underground parking and a four story building on the other side of 27 also underground parking. Mr. Engler explained that 25% of the units will be affordable, which will give the Town the 10% required by the state's 40B law. In fact all the units will have the Town well over the 10%. He said that they anticipate Medfield residents who are looking to downsize and stay in Medfield will be attracted to these units. October 18, 2016 Page two About 35 or 40 people came to the microphone to voice their opinions about the project. The common thread from all is that this project does not belong in Medfield where there are no other apartment buildings of this size. A resident remarked that the proposed high rise buildings do not belong in Medfield, its place is in Boston. It will overshadow the neighboring established homes; traffic on Route 27 is very heavy now this project will add more than the roads can handle. The developer estimates it will add about 326 vehicles. It will put a burden on municipal services and will increase the school population. Attendees are very surprised to learn that the south side building will have only one entrance and exit on to Dale Street opposite the cemetery. Most residents said that no one is opposed to 40B housing, in fact this project is right near a 40B neighborhood that was built in the early 90"s. It is the size of the buildings and the location that many are opposed to. Geoff Engler stated that the state wants more affordable housing and traffic and increase in school population will not deny a 40B project. Mr. Kelly remarked that they will work to make this project more acceptable to the Town. The audience was dismayed to learn that this is the first project for the developer in the United States. He has done construction in Europe and Canada. Senator Timilty feels that this proposal is more of an urban project for instance in Somerville. The 40B law was meant to increase housing; now developers use it as a weapon to make money. Representative Garlick said that this project is not viewed favorably by MassHousing and that the developer is aware of this fact. Representative Dooley also stated that he will help in any way to make certain this project does not move forward. Selectman Marcucci advised the audience that anyone wishing to make a donation to help defray the Town's cost for special counsel may do so by sending a check to the Town Treasurer noting it is for 40B gift account. Written comments should be emailed to Michael Sullivan or Administrative Assistant Evelyn Clarke. The meeting adjourned at 10:30 PM20161018_page_2


BoS on 12/6

TOWN OF MEDFIELD TOWN CLERK MEETING NOTICE __ . . KlCEll/£0 f UWN Or MEDFIELD. MASS. POSTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF M.G.L. CHAPf~ ~e~~Tl~N 11~~ ts AMENDED. Board of Selectmen OFFICE OF THE TOWN CLERK Board or Committee PLACE OF MEETING DAY, DATE, AND TIME Town Hall, Chenery Meeting Room 2nd floor Tuesday December 6, 2016 @ 7:00 PM AGENDA (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) 7:00 PM Public Hearing - Farmer Series Pouring Permit -Astraluna,LLC Located at 45 West Street, Unitl, Andrew McCabe Manager 7:15 PM Transfer Station and Recycling Committee, Meagan Sullivan, Chair Update Selectmen on activities NEW BUSINESS Vote to authorize Chairman Fisher sign Tree City application Maurice Goulet, DPW Director requests the Selectmen vote to sign Chapter 90 Reimbursement Request in the amount of $432,324.50 for North Meadows Road, Pine Street and Winter Street project Other business that may arise Signature f7--- Z--1~ Date I