Monthly Archives: November 2011

Stepping On Citizens

Foxboro land conservation bid gets backing

Wasn’t the Conservation Commission not managing the Cocasset River Park, but had ceded it to the Recreation Department (who were the ones with the keys)? Or – if they thought they were – were doing a bad job of it. After years of not paying attention to that land, they then whine about it being neglected and tried to shove a non-pre-existing use and incompatible use dog park into the area instead of somewhere more compatible. Now they want to amend the State legislation to shove more crud upon the citizens becauae they didn’t like the outcome of the dog park. How about putting the dog park on the unsellable Oak Street property? Read on about the entire situation: Cocasset River Park, more.

“Voters at the Dec. 5 special town meeting will decide whether to ask the Legislature to take the conservation commission out from direct control of the town manager, by amending the act that created Foxboro’s town manager form of government…..

At the town-owned former Camp Lincoln Hill, five house lots with frontage on Oak Street were under consideration for sale, but officials recently discovered that a town meeting in the early 1970s designated that land for conservation and recreation uses only…..

Those potential house lots will not be sold, Brue said, citing this as an example of how the conservation commission already has the authority to manage its land under the Town Manager Act. ”

Why try to do this at Town Meeting. It was a Ballot Question the first time around; shouldn’t changes to it begin through a ballot question?

Denied

$8 million Pedestrian Bridge project grant was denied by Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development.
http://www.sunchronicle.com/articles/2011/11/17/news/10503129.txt

Was It Approved?

Tickets for the August 25, 2012, New England Country Music Festival at Gillette Stadium go on sale in a couple of weeks (December 3) through Ticketmaster. Has the Board of Selectmen approved the “Brothers of the Sun” festival dates in town to be headlined by Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw yet?

New Jobs For Veterans’ Services

On July 21, 2011, “Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray, Attorney General Martha Coakley and Secretary Coleman Nee of the Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS) today contacted municipal managers in all 351 cities and towns, reminding municipalities that state law requires cities and towns in the Commonwealth to enforce Chapter 115 of the Massachusetts General Law by providing local veterans’ agents.” *.

At that time Foxborough- being a town of more than 12,000- already had a full-time VSO. “Along with today’s request, DVS has recently implemented an electronic benefit tracking and certification system, Web-VSMIS (Veterans Services Management Information Systems), to reduce the paperwork submission process and also increase efficiency and accuracy for veterans’ agents and accounting departments in cities and towns. This additional assistance will provide municipalities with an improved system as they work to comply with Chapter 115.”

We have a fulll-time VSO, a Veteran Services Advisory Committee, and a clerk, so, why does our VSO and others think he should be part of a 4-town district with at minimum- and required by law all be full-time employees- a director, one agent, and two clerks? Is the current workload too much for Foxborough’s VSO? Does he need a clerk to help with the paperwork? Will he need a clerk or assistant to help with his duties or the Web-VSMIS system?

If this regionalization plan is implemented, what will each employee be paid? What wil it cost each town? What will be the employees required raises and how often? Where will their headquarters be? Those are some of the basic questions that should be answered before any decisions are made. Why would this be a good idea, when the thought of sharing a VSO with Walpole was undeniably unwanted? Do Foxborough veterans care if their VSO isn’t a resident of the town?

See also:

  1. Kerry names Foxboro native to veterans post: Joseph Bykowski
  2. Veterans’ Task Force Established
  3. October 23rd, 2011: Helping ensure that Massachusetts veterans and their families have access to the full range of benefits and services offered to them, Attorney General Martha Coakley has created an office-wide task force focused on this effort.

  4. Regional services eyed for veterans
  5. Foxborough Veteran Services Department
  6. Vision Statement

    Advocate for Foxborough veterans, dependants and widows; providing access to every federal, state and local service & benefit to which they are entitled.

    Mission Statement

    Provide veterans access and referral to education, training and employment services. Help veterans with service record concerns. Provide direct service to veterans by answering questions and recommending resources. Counsel veterans and provide referrals to other professional services as necessary. Assist eligible veterans in applying for state wartime bonuses and annuities. Guide and assist veterans with disability claims to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Administer Massachusetts General Law Chapter 115 financial assistance and emergency financial aid to elibible veterans, dependants and widows. Additionally Foxborough Veteran Services will facilitate a veteran mutual support group.

  7. Veterans Services Advisory Committee
  8. Foxborough is looking into a proposal that may join a four-town veterans’ district.
  9. Foxboro touts regionalizing veterans services
  10. Mansfield may join a four-town veterans’ district
  11. Veterans’ support in place while regionalization explored in Norton and Easton
  12. Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services