Monthly Archives: April 2012

Poll: Let Us Vote by Ballot

As so eloquently stated in some letters to the editor in the newspaper and stated by the BOS in the Fall, let all of Foxborough vote on the proposed Wynn casino by a ballot measure. If we vote after more concrete- rather than conceptual- details are released, that will settle the debate once and for all.

Town meeting is not a fair place for many reasons: it has a limited capacity, time is not good for enough people (500? at town meeting versus thousands at the polls) and there are always last minute changes to town meeting warrant articles.

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How to Shut Down Town Government

Local groups are requesting residents and non-residents show up for meetings. If enough or too many people show up at these meetings so that room capacity is reached and people are not allowed in, the meeting has to be canceled. If this happens, and happens repeatedly, Foxborough government business will grind to a halt.

Is that really what people want to do to try to get their point across about issues important to them?

If your group has something essential to say, designate a speaker or two; the whole world doesn’t need to be present to get your views across. Thanks to the hard working volunteers at Foxboro Cable Access, BOS, School Committee meetings are shown live on cable, the web and on weekend repeats. We can phone and e-mail officials too.

Town Manager

Where to begin? In August, the chairman and town manager met with Kraft Group and the subject of a possible casino came up. Do you think that Kraft Group told either gentleman which companies had shown an interest in a casino or just that some had? The chairman and town manager let the board and public know they had a meeting with the Kraft Group. When the town manager put forth articles for the board and planning board to consider that related to Kraft land on route one (the articles were written by a Kraft lawyer) in late August early September, he said he had received calls from companies (about four) showing interest in siting a casino Foxborough. At this time, town manager said we should be prepared so we could have a seat at the table. In early December when news came out it was Wynn wanting a casino, town manager cried foul claiming he knew nothing about a casino or anyone wanting one. When did his view of it being good for the town to have a seat at the table change and morph into what we saw at the December 27, 2011 meeting where he read a multipage letter stating why he was advising the town not to consider being a host and the subsequent adamant stance against anything casino? Whiplash from the 180o about face on the casino issue?

The BOS first voted to not put the articles on the special town meeting warrant and not force the planning and advisory boards and themselves not to do a ton of extra work to get those articles researched by the fall special townm meeting. As put here earlier ( https://foxborough.wordpress.com/2011/09/
https://foxborough.wordpress.com/2012/01/03/a-seat-at-the-table/
https://foxborough.wordpress.com/2011/12/
https://foxborough.wordpress.com/2011/12/17/what-changed/ )

the selcetmen could not and did not outlaw gambling in town.

During the March 13th meeting, town manger advised the BOS chairman that the Kraft Group representatives should not be allowed to speak. Despite the attorney’s statement that they were not a bidder and would not be a bidder, they were not allowed to speak. Is this because it wouldthen be knowbn that town manager’s “hard ball” position is to threaten eminent domain during negotiations? A hard stance from both sides of a negotiation is to be expected; arbitrary threats of land taking should not. At one of the March meetings, Randy Scollins said he had opened the March 5th letter from Kraft Group stating they were not bidding, then Scollins went on to say he thought this was just for the first round and there would be a second round. How could both Scollins and Paicos not understand the Kraft Attorney saying at the March 13 meeting they were not and would not be a bidder for the billboard management deal?

More stunning is that Paicos did not have a copy of the letter in question, but Brue did and appeared to be the only Selectman that did. How did that happen?

Now we have another lawsuit against the board.

We also have an unhappy town manager. The “yes casino” crowd has talked about ways to and wanting to oust the town manager while the “no casino” crowd thinks he’s the cats meow. Despite articles in the newspaper, talk amomg locals and at local establishements the town manager first claimed he didn’t know about the talk of people wanting him ousted, then he says there was talk among board of selectmen members- how can he have it both ways and be a fly on the wall to know what more than one selectman has or has not discussed with other selectmen outside of their regular meetings? Anyone have whiplash over the town manager’s statements and actions? When the Selectmen were meeting to discuss the lawsuit and restraining order, the town manager was busy doing TV interviews said the chairman.

What say you?

Poll: Trader Joe’s

Groceries, Liquor & Distribution

We’ve been fortunate to have neighborhood convenience and small, snack-type food stores such as the Little Shop, Orville’s, Dias’, Emporium, $.05 & $.10, and Cumbies but Almacs was the only modern-era grocery store. After Almacs closed we finally got Stop & Shop. Big Y pulled out of the Foxfield Plaza deal after the State insisted they pay for roadwork improvements. Now, Trader Joe’s wants to come to Patriot Place.

Will TJ’s get the go ahead or will they be stymied by the “Spirits” and location controversies? The one remaining 7 Day/All Alcohol License is owned by Central Wine & Spirits. CW&S put the license up for sale years ago and had entered into an agreement with Dinesh Patel, then big-box wine retailer Wine Nation. The store has been dwindling their stock in anticipation of transferring their liquor license. After locating Wine Nation at Patriot Place and the $325,000 license transfer deal fell through, CW&S shelf stock continued to remain limited. Now Trader Joe’s would like to purchase the last all alcohol liquor license in town for more than $200,000 and locate a store at the now empty Circuit City in Patriot Place; Trader Joe’s has signed a lease deal with Patriot Place ownership.

CW&S stated at the April 10th BOS meeting the economy and downtown competition has affected his business. Is all of it due to these two things or was more at play such as the reconstruction of the downtown area, traffic, type of or lack of product, hours of operation, and parking situations?

Another Route 1 business owner is complaining about the possibility of siting an all alcohol licensed establishment at Patriot Place. He complained when Haddigan’s successor wanted a license for a small section in the convenience store/gas station. Did Route 1 Liquors, the representative of the Route One Business Asssociation or any other business complain when Wine Nation was trying to locate in Patriot Place?

Selectmen are getting “jiggity” by things like “nips”, “spirits”, Trader Joe’s plans for a new business model, DUI’S, and alcohol violations from other businesses at Patriot Place instead of focusing on what the issue is: a license transfer and loss of a true package store for the whole public. They’re also not taking into account personal responsibility of both facility owners and management and consumers. If the rules are followed and all IDs are checked all the time, staff trained, it is not the fault of ownership or management if someone with a good enough fake ID gets impaired, drinks more than they should on or off site- or in the parking lot-, or someone drives while under the influence: even sixteen year olds understand personal responsibility and what you should and should not be doing! Selectmen can’t regulate others’ stupid and unlawful choices in life. If ownership, management or staff do not follow the law, the Police Department and BOS can then step in and regulate (i.e. punish) the business.

Do Selectmen have the legal authority to put conditions on a license transfer- call it by agreement or not? Can they require the license to stay downtown? For economic dvelopment, public service/convenience or other reason? Is there a per capita/per area condition of the spacing of licenses? Can we be top heavy (Route 1/North Foxborough) on the alcohol establishments and leave very few in downtown and Foxborough’s other commercial areas?

If Trader Joe’s new business model is to include spirits- of whatever price point- can selectmen interfere with their business? If they ask to not have spirits sold on game days or events over a certain number of attendees, shouldn’t they stipulate that for all retail establishments with the same kind of license? To do otherwise would be an unjust requirement and would have an unfair economic impact on said business as well as opening the board and town up to more lawsuits.

There wasn’t an outcry like there is over Trader Joe’s when BigY pulled out of Foxfield Plaza deal, why not? What did the town do to try to help site BigY here? Is this hypocrisy and snobbery of residents rearing it’s ugly head?

Trader Joe’s- yeah or nay. What say you Selectmen?

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    Spirited interest over Trader Joe’s liquor license
    Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES LICENSE GENERAL INFORMATION