Monthly Archives: September 2011

Footbridge News

The proposed pedestrian footbridge is back in the news and in the works at the local level.

Bridge no longer too far. With discussions swirling around gaming, “an up to 500-foot tall wind turbine, a high-tech office facility, a convention center, a roughly 20-story luxury hotel, and a range of related facilities“, signage fees, and other Route 1 updates, when did the Selectmen give the “go ahead” nod to the new Town Manager and Town Planner to apply for an “$8 million MassWorks Infrastructure Grant to build the walkover”? Did they have to?

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Who Supports What?

Now that the house has voted for expanded gaming in the state and our local legislators have taken a position, our own Chairman of the Board voiced his opinion. All the other selectmen voiced theirs at the September 6 meeting but not the Chairman and not Barrows.

Paicos’ memo outlines position on gaming bylaw

No dice for casino

UPDATE: Selectmen vote ‘no’ on casino this time

Proposal to allow casinos rebuffed

Harrington: Gambling vote a ‘mistake’

Way cleared for casinos

Foxboro selectmen looking for new deal on zoning bylaw

Past & Present Collide

Here we go again. First, we’ll be asked to rewrite the text and redo the town ballot vote and approved legislation that created the Town Manager Act because Conservation Commission found out they didn’t like the wording and how it affected their realm.

Dog park trial looks at role of town manager

CHAPTER 5 AN ACT PROVIDING FOR A SELECTMEN – TOWN MANAGER FORM OF GOVERNMENT IN THE TOWN OF FOXBOROUGH. (see House, No. 4018, changed) Approved by the Governor, January 22, 2004

Then, we’ll be asked to rewrite the zoning regulations to something just slightly different than what the town meeting vote declined about a racino in 2004.

The economy was better in 2004 and now everyone is scrambling for money. In 2004, opponents railed against the supposed owner to be of a racino in town. Who are the players now bringing proposals to our officials and would there be similar opposition to them as there was 7 years ago?

Paicos righthfully brought the gaming topic up to the Selectmen. They didn’t vote against gaming, technicaly; they voted against putting the topic on a Special Town Meeting warrant and against having town departments to drop all else or add updating the work done for the 2004 racino bylaw to now be expanded gaming to their lists of things to do. Town manager spelled it out – if the possibility is there and wording is correct, only town meeting or town ballot can approve it at the local level.

Don’t like the wording or vote-keep bringing it up until you wear the opposition down. Meals tax, anyone?