Category Archives: Elections

Board Of Selectmen

Chris Mitchell won a seat on the BOS! He will join Ginny Coppola, John Gray, David Feldman, and Jim DeVellis.

Will relations with our largest corporate taxpayers (Kraft, Schneider, etc.) and residents improve?

Are these items heading to Foxborough’s BOS agendas?

  • Sewer
  • Housing
  • Schools
  • 40B
  • Rail Service
  • Infrastructure
  • Taxes
  • Roads
  • Attracting Business Development (Downtown, Route 1, Foxfield Plaza, Foxborough Plaza, Route 140, Green Street, Chestnut Green, Etc.)
  • Town Hall
  • Future Space Needs
  • Crime
  • Recreation
  • Open Space
  • Affordable Housing
  • Retaining Our Senior Population

Will we see increased transparency and accountability?

How will they impact developments?

Economic Deveopment in Foxborough

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Lincoln Hill Property

WOW! If you don’t succeed the first time in fooling the taxpayers, try again! It’s been about a year and a half, but the BOS-Chairman is trying to sell off Conservation Land once again. Brought to the BOS table under the guise as something coming from what should be the Asset Review Committee but NO, it was the BOS Chair and Town Manager.

The Asset Review Committee hasn’t met since when? Last meeting announcement is for 12-15-2009. Conservation land is conservation land. We bought it, leave it alone.

If there are parcels the town accepted years ago that now some think could be more valuable if sold, too bad. We accepted the property with conservation restrictions, easements etc. The people who donated or bought the land did so knowing about and accepting those restrictions and reasons. It is a violation of the PUBLIC TRUST to undo it.

Learn from mistakes of the past- isn’t that why one board member brought up accepting land in lieu of taxes isn’t always a good idea?-, don’t repeat them, and move on.

Do they realize people are paying attention and many remember and fact check? Is it forgotten there are written and taped records of their words and actions?

Foxboro Cable Access has an inventory of recorded selectmens meetings, many meetings from 2008 to present are online, the Foxboro Reporter has many years of information about the goings-on of town boards and town meetings, and all minutes, votes and legal documents should be on file at Town Hall.

Oak Street, Camp Lincoln Hill, Recreation, Conservation, & White Marbled Salamanders

Town talks assets January 24, 2013

Foxborough Committee Recommends Sale of Town Land to Raise Revenue

SELECTMEN’S MEETING MINUTES November 9, 2010

05/13/2013 ATM

Oak Street, Camp Lincoln Hill, Recreation, Conservation, & White Marbled Salamanders

We voted to buy this land for conservation and recreation, so it should not be sold off. To do so is a violation of the public trust. Part of the land was used by the scouts for their activities and camping, some was used by the Jaycees for the Annual Haunted House. Part of the land also serves to help protect the wells, which we are currently upgrading to better serve the town. In doing this, we already infringed on the home territory of the Frosted Elfin butterflies and forced them to move, why is the Town Assest Review Committee in such a hurry to infringe upon yet another species’ habitat?  

In another 180, Brue now appears to be the one clamoring to sell off this property, but a November 2011 article states

“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.”

 

The same article claims the Foxborough-owned former Camp Lincoln Hill land was designated for conservation and recreation uses only at a town meeting in the early 1970’s.  Judi Johnson and Jim DeVellis recently clarified this and stated it was the 1974 annual town meeting.

Not only is there protected wildlife on the property, almost forty years ago we spent money to protect the property yet, now, some think that’s not important so we should sell it off to spend even more money on new buildings. New land is being formed in Hawai’i, not here. Again, to sell off any of this property would be a violation of the Public Trust!!

The parcels under review are the old firehouse opposite the Common, the former Keating funeral home on Market Street, the former Camp Lincoln Hill property on Oak Street, landlocked parcel on Pine Acres Road, and a parcel on Garrett Spillane Road.

 

Because of their relative scarcity in the state, marbled salamanders are protected in Massachusetts and listed as “threatened,” just one level above endangered, under the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act. They are near the northern limits of their distribution here, which is a contributing factor to their rarity, said Kubel.

Healing

There are a number of websites and pages out there devoted to Foxborough; this is one of them. Some have been around for years, others are very new. A few have been highlighted in the newspapers recently with the addition of the owners’ businesses touted in the last paragraphs. Others have not proclaimed themselves to the newspapers and seem to do their thing quietly and without fanfare.

The moderator of one anti-casino page has started a new page “minus the gossip” yet continued the gossip there and included on both pages a snippet or link to an article about another residents’ drive to get the casino issue as a town-wide vote. Why do that if your aim is to heal? A bit of “do as I say, not as I do”? A teachable moment.

“Our town was torn apart by the casino issue. There are many other issues that we do agree on, and as we work on these issues we will be working on healing.”

Our town was torn apart by people behaving badly, not an issue.

The town meeting vote in 2004 mentioned so often by people opposed to a casino was marred by the controversial developer and did not and could not include casino style gambling because it was not legal in Massachusetts yet.

It’s unfortunate that some do not understand others are able to differentiate between candidates and issues. There are good things happening in town like the expansion of Boyden and volunteerism, but our community will not “heal” until a vote by town meeting or ballot is taken. Not a vote for candidates, but one on the issue of gambling as it is allowed now- or a casino.

http://www.foxbororeporter.com/articles/2012/05/28/opinion/letters/11520047.txt

http://www.foxbororeporter.com/articles/2012/05/28/news/11530606.txt

http://www.thesunchronicle.com/articles/2012/05/30/foxboro/11538447.txt

Powers And Duties Of Town Officials

In case anyone is wondering, here is information about the powers and duties of some of our elected, appointed and hired employees and volunteers.

  1. Article 2 “Town Officials”
  2. Chapter 5 of 2004 “Strong Town Manager”
  3. Chapter 11 of 2012 “Strong Town Manager” Amended

Why is this confusing and why do we need yet another consultant to tell us what they all mean?

Some have said what was and wasn’t intended with the 2004 change in form of government, but intentions aren’t what was legalized by that ballot vote and legislative approval of the vote.

Town Employee Pay

At the May 22 meeting, town manager said Selectmen can ignore the vote of town meeting and include in contracts extra compensation for town empoyees who are in the military and get deployed. While waving the “it’s patriotic” flag, how American is ignoring a stated “No” by town meeting on the issue? Unlike the casino where the May ballot did not state “are you in favor of a casino?”, the town meeting warrant article was specific. The article can be brought back to town meeting as the Meals Tax was- it was approved on the third try. Circumventing a majority of voters’ wishes on specific legislation by writing it into a contract the TM and Selectmen negotiate seems sneaky, at best.

Doubtful those opposed to the article at Town Meeting are UnAmerican or UnPatriotic. What about other residents who are not town or state employees in the same predicament? We don’t have a draft anymore so are extra perks from the town or state required since people sign up knowing the implications and possible hardships they might be subjected to? How is Foxborough’s safety net helping- is it or isn’t it?

Yesterday’s meeting was equally enlightening as to how the town manager and some of our officials approach things. A 19 slide presentation on Fire Over Time (FOT).

“If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit.”
― W.C. Fields

If we consistantly have that much OT and $$$ under-budgeting, change how you’re doing things. All changes to any employee’s schedule is a change in the budget numbers. One of the slides contained a simplistic math formula but seemed to ignore different pay rates for employees. If one firefighter is paid $35/hour and another is paid $34/hour, even that small initial difference could lead to a much bigger difference when all is said and done. Different starting base pays will not change the hours of OT but will change the money now and later for salary/pay, benefits (medical, disability, pension etc.) and other. OPEB is already underfunded by about $60 million. How does time spent (straight and OT) for stadium events factor into the equations? If employees time for stadium events are paid for by the stadium/Kraft orgs, how is the OT and money accrued by those employees covered further out when it’s retirement time?

Why does the chief get OT? Shouldn’t that be a salaried position? Managers have to work as long as needed to accomplish their tasks- all for a set amount of money stipulated in their CONTRACTS. What verbiage do town employee contracts contain?

Annual Town Meeting

May 14th is the Annual Town Meeting. Preceding this is a Selectmen’s meeting and Advisory Committee meeting.

Here are the agendas:

6:30p.m. Board of Selectmen

6:45p.m. Advisory Committee

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING, MAY 14: Advisory Committee recommendations

7:30p.m. Warrant

  1. ARTICLE 1: Elections
  2. ARTICLE 2:Reports of Town Officers
  3. ARTICLE 3: Reports of Town Committees
  4. ARTICLE 4: OPERATING BUDGET  Employee compensation and Transfer/borrow for FY.
  5. ARTICLE 5: CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT BUDGET
  6. ARTICLE 6: PERSONNEL BY-LAW
  7. ARTICLE 7: FIRE CONTRACT
  8. ARTICLE 8: POLICE CONTRACT
  9. ARTICLE 9: HIGHWAY CONTRACT
  10. ARTICLE 10: BOYDEN LIBRARY EMPLOYEES CONTRACT
  11. ARTICLE 11: FISCAL YEAR BUDGET ADJUSTMENTS
  12. ARTICLE 12: DEPARTMENT REVOLVING FUNDS
  13. ARTICLE 13: FUND QUALIFIED OPEB FUND
  14. ARTICLE 14: FUND STABILIZATION
  15. ARTICLE 15: REDUCE BORROWING FOR BOYDEN LIBRARY PROJECT
  16. ARTICLE 16: REDUCE BORROWING FOR OAK STREET WATER TREATMENT FACILITY
  17. ARTICLE 17: EXPEND HIGHWAY FUNDS
  18. ARTICLE 18: LEASE OF TOWN PROPERTY FOR LANDFILL SITE
  19. ARTICLE 19: GRANT OF CONSERVATION RESTRICTION ON TOWN PROPERTY
  20. ARTICLE 20: PUBLIC WAY DISCONTINUANCE
  21. ARTICLE 21: OAK STREET EASEMENT
  22. ARTICLE 22: STRETCH ENERGY CODE BY-LAW Stretch Energy Code – Information
  23. ARTICLE 23: ACCEPTANCE OF CHAPTER 137 OF THE ACTS OF 2003, AN ACT RELATIVE TO PUBLIC EMPLOYEES SERVING IN THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES
  24. ARTICLE 24: PARKING BY-LAW
  25. ARTICLE 25: AMEND ZONING BY-LAWS  There is no section 3.4 in the zoning by-laws and if this article is accepted the sentence would be modified to read – “The Board of Appeals shall not have authority to authorize a use variance”
  26. ARTICLE 26: AMEND ZONING BY-LAWS  An affirmative vote on this article will cause the page and a half of copied state statute to be replaced by a simple reference to the state statute.
  27. ARTICLE 27: AMEND ZONING BY-LAWS  Regulation of the siting of “Family Day Care, Large or Small”
  28. ARTICLE 28: AMEND ZONING BY-LAWS  Add a number of streets to the Design Review Overlay District
  29. ARTICLE 29: AMEND ZONING BY-LAWS  Updates to flood plain maps and designations

Next up? Town Meeting Monday

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