The Board of Selectmen held a brief meeting on Tuesday that culminated with the presentation of the Historical Commission’s 2012 Historic Preservation Award being given to Rob Gregg.
Historical Commission co-chair David Temple presented the award to Gregg for his work with the Vine Lake Preservation Trust, a nonprofit charitable corporation promoting appreciation and preservation of the cultural, historical, and natural resources in the town’s Vine Lake Cemetery (founded in 1651).
A full board was present including Ann Thompson, Osler "Pete" Peterson, and Mark Fisher; as well as Town Administrator Michael Sullivan and Assistant Town Administrator Kristine Trierweiler.
Other business included:
- Selectmen appointed Kristine Trierweiler to the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, and authorized Chairman Ann Thompson to sign a letter to that effect.
- Selectmen approved meeting minutes of June 19, 2012, with the following revisions: The “amended” mission statement was adopted for the Medfield State Hospital Redevelopment Committee; and Selectman Osler “Pete” Peterson supports the idea of the town exploring the possibility of purchasing a portion of the former state hospital site.
- Selectmen made its first round of re-appointments included those highlighted here with two exceptions: (1) Metropolitan Area Planning Council representative is now Kristine Trierweiler; and (2) there is one opening on the Americans with Disabilities Compliance Review Committee due to one member moving out of town. It was also noted that volunteers are needed to serve on the Affordable Housing Committee.
Medfield State Hospital Update
- Assistant Town Administrator Kristine Trierweiler reported that the Medfield State Hospital Mediation Committee held a mediation session on June 19, 2012 and the next one is scheduled for July 10 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Selectmen learned the World Radiosport Team Championships will conducting an amateur radio test station at the MSH site which will include construction of a temporary twoer and lighting near the “R” building between July 13-15.
Town Administrator Report:
- Town Administrator Michael Sullivan reported that the town has submitted its annual report regarding municipal health insurance costs. Under Massachusetts health care reform, towns are required to submit a report that compares a town’s current health insurance costs with a private provider (Medfield has Blue Cross Blue Shield through 2014) versus the state’s GIC (Group Insurance Commission) plan. Sullivan said that members are happy with the BCBS plan and rates.
- Sullivan said the Lowell Mason Foundation had applied for, but did not receive, a grant to make renovations to the relocated house.
- Sullivan said the town had applied for, but did not receive, a sewer grant to study the sewer treatment plant, however, the Department of Energy will be working with the town on the project.