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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

Angel tree – make wishes come true

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Angel Tree program relies on the generous spirit of Medfield residents

The Angel Tree is up in the Medfield Public Library and needs your help! This program helps Medfield families who need some extra assistance this holiday season by providing two “wants” and two “needs” for each child or teen in the family. Participating families submit a wish list of items for their children, and those wishes are added to paper Christmas angels that adorn the Angel Tree on display in the library.

To support a family in our community, simply visit the tree during normal library hours, select one or more angels, fulfill the child’s wish listed on the angel, and return the wrapped gift to the Angel Tree with the paper angel attached to the gift. The program runs until Wednesday, December 14th, so please be sure to return your wrapped gift to the tree by 5:30 pm on that day. The gifts will then be collected and distributed to families so their holidays can shine a little brighter.

This program is made possible by the generosity of Medfield residents, and we are so grateful for your warmth and caring spirit! Questions about the Angel Tree can be directed to Medfield Youth Outreach at (508) 359-7121 or medfieldyouthoutreach@medfield.net.

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Reps support town’s grant application for parking study

Emmy Hahn THE GENERAL COURT OF MASSACHUSETTS STATE HOUSE, BOSTON 02133-1053 Program Coordinator, MA Downtown Initiative 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 300 Boston, MA 02114 Dear Emmy Habn, November 28, 2016 As the elected delegation from Medfield, we are writing to support the Town's application for Downtown Technical Assistance through the !viassachusetts' Downtown Initiative Program. The funding requested will support the Town's preparation of a parking management plan to accommodate recent and potential new growth in their downtown area. In 2014, the Town of Medfield retained the services of McMahon and Associates ta· prepare an evaluation of the existing parking supply in the town. The study indicated that wbile there was not a current parking problem, with further development of existing buildings, the Town's parking capacity would soon be maximized. Downtown Medfield has experienced significant turnover in business tenants recently and these updates have created a need for additional parking. In February, the Town of Medfield held an Open House public meeting to engage the community and receive input from residents. Though much of the feedback was positive, the community identified four rnajor challenges that need to be remedied: 1. Traffic congestion is extreme; 2. Drivers operating in a manner dangerous to pedestrians and other vehicles; 3. Lack of Downtown parking; 4. Pedestrians are not safe. The Town of Medfield is requesting $15,000 to perform updates to the existing parking conditions, examine parking requirements and land use for parking spaces, analyze a downtown buildout, and hold a number of public meetings to engage the community. Downtown Medfield has the space to expand and there is strong public support for pursing new parking strategies. The town is open to shared public/private parking, zoning tweaks, lot reconfiguration, and new parking structures. We respectfully request your full support of this important funding application. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. Yours in service, ~~ Shawn C. Dooley State Representative State Representative Cc: Medfield Board of Selectmen Micbael Sullivan, Medfield Town Administrator Sarah Raposa, Medfield Town Planner James E. Titnilty State Sen at or

E-cig explosions burn users

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This today in my daily updates from the American Association for Justice –


Two lawsuits in Florida seek to hold vape retailers, manufacturers liable for burn injuries.

The Orlando (FL) Sentinel (11/28, Brinkmann, 684K) reports a lawsuit pending in Volusia Circuit Court in Florida seeks to hold the Sunshine Vapor vape shop, “along with Kangertech and Perfect Vape,” liable for an e-cigarette explosion that sent user James Dardini to the hospital for burns suffered in December 2015. A second lawsuit handled by the same attorney seeks to hold Destin, Florida vape shops the Vape Master, Nitecore Store, and Uvaper LLC liable for burns user James Lauria suffered in July 2015.

Group homes to avoid the Mega-B

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Building affordable housing via group homes so as to avoid the Mega-B

This morning I met with the Riverside Community Care CEO, Scott Bock, and its VP of Real Estate and Facilities Management, Chris Burke, along with Mike Sullivan, Kristine Trierweiler, and Jeff Marsden.  We were exploring the town assisting Riverside to locate a group home in Medfield.  The town is especially interested at the moment as we gets credit for each bed in a group home as an affordable housing unit, and hence group home beds could assist the town in building the twenty-one affordable units per year we need to build to have a safe harbor from unfriendly 40Bs.

Riverside Community Care stated that while they want to create a four bed group home in Medfield, the housing costs here make it hard for them to do.  They can buy the same house in Bellingham for less money, so there is a financial gap that needs to be closed for them to afford to create a group home in town.

Riverside needs a 2500 sq. ft. to 3000 sq. ft. home for its four TBI clients, and Chris Burke figures on $150/sq. ft. for construction costs, so around $450,000 for build out.  However, the economics require that the property, all in, only cost Riverside about $500,000,

If Riverside stretched, we ball parked the financial gap at about $300,000 to $400,000 per group home, that would need to be filled by creative financing means.  A direct town payment is too problematic and difficult to achieve (a town meeting vote is needed), so private monies seem to be the most likely means by which it can be done.

The Larkins’ 40B on Hospital Road is slated to give the town twelve affordable units in 2017, if it gets approved, so we would need nine more affordable units in 2017 to be protected for a year.  I have been focusing on group home beds due to my understanding that they would count as soon as the building permits were pulled, and because group homes have been held by case law to be exempt from local zoning as “education uses,” the agencies can go directly to pull a building permit without needing other permitting from the Zoning Board of Appeals or the Planning Board.

If the town can protect itself by creating the twenty-one affordable units the first year, the town still needs to be diligently exploring a myriad of other alternatives for the out years, but I favor the Tilden Village expansion of 40+ units to give us protection for years two and three.  In later years beyond that we will even have enough time to start to explore the use of town owned land.

This morning I gave Riverside a list of eight properties, four of which are on the market starting at $500,000, and four of which are not on the market, but which might work.

The possible ways to bridge the financial gap that we discussed included:

  • land donation, with tax deductions to the owners
  • money donations
  • private fund raising

RU DISTRICT OWNERS

Owners of single family homes in the downtown RU district, who have enough land, can create a two-family house as of right, just by pulling a building permit, so if there are any such home owners in the RU district who would like to have the extra income from allowing a group home to be added onto their existing home, as their “second house” for their two-family, in their own back yard, they should get in touch with me.

 

DHCD corrects HPP date

When the Department of Housing and Community Development(DHCD) approved the Town’s Housing Production Plan this past month, it incorrectly stated the effective date in it approval.  Today the DHCD corrected that error with a new letter (copy attached below) noting the correct date.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT Charles D. Baker, Governor + Karyn E. Polito, Lt. Governor + Chrystal Kornegay, Undersecretary November 28, 2016 Mr. Mark Fisher, Chairman Medfield Board of Selectman Town House/ 459 Main Street 02052 Dear Mr. Fisher: The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) approves the Town of Medfield's Housing Production Plan (HPP) pursuant to 760 CMR 56.03(4). The effective date forthe HPP is October 19, 2016, the date that DHCD received a complete plan submission. The HPP has a five year term and will expire on October 18, 2021. Approval of your HPP allows the Town to request DHCD's Certification of Municipal Compliance when: • Housing units affordable to low and moderate income households have been produced during one calendar year, totaling at least 0.5% (21 units) of year round housing units. • All units produced are eligible to be counted on the Subsidized Housing Inventory (SHl). If you have questions about eligibility for the SHl, please visit our website at: www.mass.gov/dhcd. • All units have been produced in accordance with the approved HPP and DHCD Guidelines. I applaud your efforts to plan for the housing needs of Medfield. Please contact Phillip DeMartino, Technical Assistance Coordinator, at (617) 573-1357 or Phillip.DeMartino@state.ma.us, if you need assistance as you implement your HPP. Sincerely, Louis Martin Associate Director cc Senator James E. Timilty Representative Shawn Dooley Representative Denise C. Garlick Sarah Raposa, Town Plarmer, Medfield Osler. L. Peterson, Clerk, Board of Selectman, Medfield Michael J. Sullivan, Town Administrator, Medfield Wright C. Dickenson, Chair, Planning Board, Medfield Stephen M. Nolan, Chair, Affordable Housing Committee, Medfield 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 300 Boston, Massachusetts 02114 www.mass.gov/dhcd 617.573.1100

Office hours this Friday at 9

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Office Hours Friday at 9AM

I hold regular monthly office hours at The Center on the first Friday of every month from 9:00 to 10:00 AM (my 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).

I can be reached via 508-359-9190 or this blog, where any schedule changes will be posted.