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Dog Park Revival…2016

If reports are true, a giant shout out goes to Conservation Commission for keeping most people in the dark for two years!

A site for a dog park has been “found” and neighbors recently notified.

What were the other contenders? Has it been demonstrated Foxborough needs a dog park? Foxborough has miles of trails in our town and state forest, sidewalks, and yards.

  • Parking lot on County Street never filling up (convert portion to a dog park)
  • 20 acreClosed, Capped Landfill on East Belcher Road (use part as dog park and recreation facility). 5.5 acres is for 1.556 megawatt photovoltaic (solar) array. Part is leaf/compost pile. Many acres useable.
  • New development areas – neighborhood parks/play areas
  • Fire station property or other town owned “surplus property”
  • Camp Lincoln Hill/Oak Street property
  • Corner of Washington, North Street
  • Work with the Y to find space there and institute classes for people exercising with their pets

What do you think? Fill out a survey

https://foxborough.wordpress.com/2008/02/

http://www.foxbororeporter.com/articles/2016/04/11/news/18727886.txt

http://www.thesunchronicle.com/news/local_news/foxboro-revives-search-for-dog-park/article_67f2bead-90d5-5527-a577-8692460c6e3f.html

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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

Annual Town Meeting 2015

7:30 PM May 11, 2015
Foxborough High School Auditorium
(It’s going to be a long night!)

ATM Warrant Articles

  1. ANNUAL TOWN ELECTIONS
  2. ANNUAL TOWN REPORTS
  3. REPORTS OF COMMITTEES
  4. OPERATING BUDGET
  5. CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLANNING (CIP) BUDGET
  6. NON-UNION MANAGERIAL & SEASONAL PAY PLAN
  7. FIRE CONTRACT
    Addition of Administrative (a.k.a. Day) Captain
  8. DISPATCHER CONTRACT
  9. HIGHWAY & WATER CONTRACT
  10. FY ’15 OPERATING BUDGET ADJUSTMENTS
  11. FY ’15 CAPITAL BUDGET ADJUSTMENTS
  12. UNPAID BILLS FROM PRIOR YEARS
    Veteran’s Director/unpaid expense reimbursements totaling $1,811.12
  13. DEPARTMENT REVOLVING FUNDS AUTHORIZATION
  14. FUND QUALIFIED OPEB (Other Post-Employment Benefits) TRUST
  15. EXPEND HIGHWAY FUNDS
  16. STABILIZATION FUND FOR SOUTHEASTERN REGIONAL VOCATIONAL TECHNICAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
  17. REVISED GENERAL BY-LAW (TOWN WARRANT)
    Allow Town Warrant to be posted electronically on the Town Of Foxborough website instead of requiring the full warrants to be published in a local newspaper.
  18. AMEND OSRD (Open Space Residential Development) BY-LAW
  19. AMEND FLOOD BY-LAW
    Update Flood Maps to new FEMA Flood Inusurance Rate Map (FIRM) and Norfolk County Flood Insurance Study (FIS) report dated July 16, 2015.
  20. ACCEPT McNAMARA WAY AS A PUBLIC WAY
    Located within “Fairway Woods” subdivision (off North High Street)
  21. ACCEPT MICHELMORE WAY AS A PUBLIC WAY
    Located within “Rosewood Estates” subdivision (off Oak Street)
  22. LAND ACQUISITION
    Land behind the DPW Garage on Elm Street
  23. AMEND SEWER SERVICE AREA MAP
    22 Morse Street, 44 Morse Street, 119 Morse Street, 131 Morse Street #9, 1 Commercial Street, 213 Central Street, The Gables At Foxboro Green (Green Street Lot 1A, Green Street Lot 4A, Green Street Lot 11), and 28 Carpenter Street
  24. EXECUTIVE POWER OF WATER & SEWER COMMISSIONERS

WARRANT & Advisory Committee Recommendations

What Is Trolley Service? Where Would It Run?

The Planning Board’s first question in last week’s poll (“Your Thoughts About Trains”) was “Trolley service should be provided connecting Foxborough with Walpole and Mansfield.” with no explanation of what this meant.

Did those posing the question mean:

  1. Train service to Walpole and Mansfield, continuing on to Providence or Boston on the existing CSX line in Foxborough (no transfers necessary)
  2. Train service to Walpole and Mansfield only (no through service to Providence/Boston) on the existing CSX line in Foxborough with connections to only Mansfield and Walpole (transfers necessary)
  3. Road based Trolley service to Walpole and Mansfield instead of train service on the CSX line to Foxborough
  4. Road based Trolley service to Walpole and Mansfield in addition to train service on the CSX line to Foxborough
  5. Bus service to Walpole and Mansfield instead of train service on the CSX line to Foxborough
  6. Bus service to Walpole and Mansfield in addition to train service on the CSX line to Foxborough
  7. Something else?

Did the question writers also mean one of the following?

  1. Between Gillette Stadium Parking Lot and train parking lots in Mansfield and Walpole
  2. Between Gillette Stadium Parking Lot and somewhere in Mansfield and Walpole
  3. Between somewhere in Foxborough and train parking lots in Mansfield and Walpole
  4. Between somewhere in Foxborough and somewhere in Mansfield and Walpole
  5. Somewhere else?

There is an existing railroad track line, known as the Framingham Secondary line which runs through Foxborough from Framingham to Mansfield. Currently, there are one to two freight trains travelling through Foxborough daily. On game days, the train takes fans to Gillette Stadium from Boston and Providence. The MBTA has recently acquired a portion of this line, including the Foxborough segment, from CSX rail. A proposal for daily commuter rail service connecting to Boston has been floated. The Weekly Poll wants to know what you think. Please check whether you Strongly Agree, Agree, Disagree of Strongly Disagree with each of the statements below.

Reporter claims there were about 250 respondents to this poll, 94% live in Foxborough.

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

The Question Has Been Answered!

“How long till the next RFP for town counsel goes out?”

The question was asked in July 2012. The public has the answer…2014

The next question is “WHY?”. Did Gelerman & Cabral not do something right, did they fumble one ball too many for the BOS Chaiman, did they not follow marching orders they thought were illegal or not right, did they cost too much in negotiating time versus litigating in the towns best interest? What are all the reasons this was brought up? Why can the Chairman add this to an agenda with no forewarning and no specifics?

Other boards have often used outside counsel for some issues- Selectmen too; one member said two other boards have sought outside counsel yet she refused to name those boards. She claimed Gelerman & Cabral were too accommodating (non-litigious) but didn’t tell what other matter G&C had let her down about…was it the 2 OML violations?

Why does it look of the selectmen on the board in 2012, Devellis is the only one that does his homework, remembers their actions and holds it up for the public to see?

Selectmen in market for new town counsel

Town Hall Options Poll