W&S rates 30% below MWRA


Medfield is fortunate to have Jeremy Marsette on its Water and Sewer Board, since in his day job Jeremy runs the Natick DPW.  Jeremy sent along the following information that compares water and sewer rates from around greater Boston –

Hello all,

The annual survey of Water and Sewer Retail Rates performed by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority Advisory Board was just published.  They included Medfield as one of the communities surveyed.  Attached are several pages of note from the survey.


Based on an AWWA standard for historical usage of 120 HCF of annual water consumption the average combined water and sewer bill for all MWRA serviced communities was found to be $1,524.84 for the calendar year 2016.  For comparison, a bill from Medfield for the same usage was found to be $1,073.48.  This represents that Medfield’s rate structure for combined water and sewer usage is 30% less than the average of all 60 MWRA serviced communities.


The major difference in costs is on the sewer side of the bill.  The MWWTP is the key contribution in making Medfield’s sewer costs much lower than the costs seen by MWRA communities.


On average MWRA communities increased water/sewer rates by 3.4% from 2015 to 2016.  Medfield increased rates by 2.4%, based on the survey’s calculations.


I have copies of the full rate survey, and it is also available on the MWRA Advisory Board’s website at http://www.mwraadvisoryboard.com . Please feel free to forward this information.


Thank you,





Jeremy Marsette, PE

Director of Public Works

Town of Natick


Office hours tomorrow 9-10AM

The Center - winter


Selectman Office Hours

Selectman Osler “Pete” Peterson holds regular monthly office hours at The Center on the first Friday of every month from 9:00 to 10:00 AM (his litigation schedule permitting).

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).

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

Lou Fellini feted – BoS from last night already available

I just noticed an email from Twitter telling me that our selectmen meeting from last night is already up on-line – fast work Medfield.TV!  Nice going.

Medfield Selectmen (1-03-2017): via

Lou Fellini was honored at the the Board of Selectmen meeting last night for his substantial and lengthy service to the town.  Lou Chaired the Council on Aging during both the lengthy process of getting the town to vote the monies to build The Center and then actually getting The Center built.  Lou also volunteered on the Building Committee which most recently oversaw the successful planning and completion of the Public Safety Building – on time and under budget.



This second photo of Lou Fellini’s photo op is the first one taken on my new phone – which caused me to be a little slow in getting through the screens to actually taking the picture (and causing others to tell me I was being slow).

Public Safety Bld. nets energy efficiency $ from Eversource

Mike circulated this notice this afternoon.  The accompanying piece noted that the “Gross Annual kWH Savings” was 185,039 – January 03, 2017 MICHAEL J SULLIVAN MEDFIELD TOWN OF-PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING 114 NORTH ST MEDFIELD, MA 02052 RE: Project Number: NC140639 - MEDFIELD TOWN OF-PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING Dear MICHAEL J SULLIVAN: I am pleased to inform you that your energy efficiency incentive in the amount of $34,549.00 has been approved for payment, which will be in the form of a check paid to the order of TOWN OF MEDFIELD . The mailing address is 114 NORTH ST, MEDFIELD, MA 02052. Please allow approximately 30 days for the payment to be processed and delivered. For additional project details, please see the attached customer report. Thank you for participating in Eversource's New Construction Program. At Eversource, we're committed to delivering great service. You may be receiving a survey asking you to evaluate your experience with this program. I hope that you will take the time to complete it so that we may use your feedback to continuously improve our programs. If you have questions regarding this incentive, please call me at 781-441-3781. Sincerely, David Giza-Sisson Energy Efficiency Consultant, Energy Efficiency Services CC: Mark Rooney 247 Station Drive, SW360 Westwood, Massachusetts 02090

MHA cancels for tonight


From Evelyn Clarke this afternoon – the Medfield Housing Authority has cancelled for tonight –


FYI Medfield Housing Board will not attend tonight’s meeting

Candace Loewen telephoned Michael to let him know the individual she is collaborating with regarding financial assistance with the expansion at Tilden is unable to attend the meeting.

We will confirm at a later date if they will be available for the Jan. 31 or February 7 meeting.

MFi Volunteer Award nominations open



Do you know someone in Medfield who volunteers countless time and energy to a worthy community cause or initiative?  If so, now is your chance to recognize that person as part of the Medfield Foundation volunteer awards.

Anyone interested in submitting a nomination for one of the 2017 Medfield Foundation volunteer awards can download the form at www.MedfieldFoundation.org.  Completed forms should be e-mailed to “MfiVolunteerAward@gmail.com” no later than January 31, 2017.

The  MFi’s 2017 volunteer recognition reception is scheduled for 3 -5 PM on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at The Center.

Above in the photo are the 2015 nominees:

  • Chris McCue Potts was the 2015 Volunteer of the Year for her work with the Medfield Music Association, and also with Zullo Gallery, Medfield Afterschool Program (MAP), Skate Park Committee, Bay Colony Rail Trail Committee, Medfield Cares About Prevention, and the Mfi volunteer awards.
  • Binit Shah was the 2015 Youth Volunteer of the Year for his initiation of the Tech Club at the Medfield Memorial Library, and also for Medfield.TV, MFi Youth Leader program, and Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
  • Jeanne Bastanier Sullivan received a Lifetime Achievement Award for almost three decades volunteering in many roles at the Medfield Food Cupboard, the Church of the Advent, the schools, and the Medfield Animal Shelter.
  • Mike and Caroline Stanley received a 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award for six decades of volunteering for Medfield.  Between the two of them, they have served on the Library Board, Planning Board, Historical Commission, Historical Society, Historic District Commission, Master Plan Implementation Committee, Medfield State Hospital Reuse Committee, Medfield State Hospital Preservation Committee, Town Hall Renovation Committee, Conservation Commission, Open Space Planning Committee, Long Range Planning Committee, Committee to Evaluate Senior Tax Work Off Program, and Zoning Board of Appeals.

Eight Medfield volunteers received recognition in 2015.

The Medfield Foundation, Inc. is a volunteer-run private nonprofit, tax deductible 501(c)(3) corporation created in 2001 to raises private monies for public purposes in the Town of Medfield.  The MFi allows donors to designate their donations for particular purposes.  The MFi also allows motivated groups to raise monies for Medfield purposes under the rubric of the Medfield Foundation.  To date, the MFi has raised over $1,800,000.00 for the Town of Medfield and celebrated over one hundred volunteers.

Apple’s patented tech could safeguard phones from distracted driving

From my American Association for Justice daily news feed –

Family blames Apple’s FaceTime for fatal wreck.

AP (1/2) reports that the family of Moriah Modisette, a 5-year-old girl killed near Dallas in a Christmas Eve 2014 crash with a vehicle operated by a driver who was purportedly using Apple’s FaceTime video chat app while driving at 65 mph, had filed suit against the tech giant. The complaint, filed in Santa Clara Superior Court and obtained by KTLA, alleges that police found FaceTime running on the driver’s iPhone and that Apple knew the risks associated with using FaceTime while driving, but it nonetheless failed to implement iPhone technology that would have automatically disabled FaceTime when used in a vehicle moving at highway speeds – technology which Apple had itself patented in 2008.

The Washington Post (1/2, Wootson, 11.43M) reports that the driver, Garrett Wilhelm, was following the Modisette family’s Camry, and police believe that Wilhelm, due to his use of FaceTime, never saw the Modisettes’ brake lights when their car stopped, and his SUV “slammed into the Camry at full highway speed.” The Post adds that Wilhelm’s iPhone survived the collision and when police found the device, FaceTime was still running. While Wilhelm faces criminal manslaughter charges, the Modisette family believes Apple is also at fault, because iPhones should detect whether the user is operating a moving vehicle and disable the FaceTime app preloaded on iPhones. The Post notes that the Modisette case represents “yet another example of drivers’ crashing while distracted by apps on their smartphones..”

Business Insider (12/30, Price, 3.42M) quotes the central allegations of the Modisettes’ complaint, which avers that Apple’s “failure to design, manufacture, and sell the iPhone 6 Plus with the patented, safer, alternative design technology already available to it … and failure to warn users that the product was likely to be dangerous when used or misused in a reasonably foreseeable manner … rendered the Apple iPhone 6 defective when it left defendant APPLE INC.’s possession, and were therefore a substantial factor in causing plaintiffs’ injuries and the decedent’s death.”