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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

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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.

Liquor Licenses

Foxborough Realty Associates LLC was denied a change to the premises to extend the stadiums liquor license to cover the Dana Farber Field House and fenced areas behind the stadium.

Splitsville was denied a liquor license apparently because three of the five selectmen did not like Howl At The Moon brand. Using one call to a Texas location and internet surfing, how can this be considered good qualification for denial?

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

The Election & Selectmen

After last week’s elections, the board of selectmen makeup has changed. Gone is Harrington. Returning is Brue. Newcomer is Coppola. While the ballot did not say “do you want a casino” or “do you want information about a casino”, the acting Chairman DeVellis and Sullivan claim as much by their words on May 8th.

Wynn and Kraft “suspended” their offering. As sometimes is the case in campaigns, maybe this means they will be back. Kraft Org should not be forced to leave the land fallow or a forever parking lot due to Foxborough’s zoning and NIMBYisms.

At the first meeting of the newly formed board, DeVellis was elected Chairman, Sullivan vice-chairman, and Brue clerk. Folks in town keep talking about the need to “heal”; if this is really the wish, why did they not offer one of these positions to Walsh? She has been there as long as DeVellis and longer than Sullivan’s current term and longer than Brue.

  • DeVellis, Chairman- term expires 2013
  • Walsh- term expires 2013
  • Sullivan, Vice-chairman- term expires 2014
  • Brue, Clerk- term expires 2015
  • Coppola- term expires 2015

Or maybe she didn’t want one of the positions? Since members aren’t supposed to discuss business in more than threes outside of public meetings, how did it come to pass that the three nominated and elected to the named positions were all seated at the top of the table at the beginning of the meeting?  Sullivan and Walsh were in the seats they had occupied for the last year, but Brue and DeVellis were not. What i the protocol for nominations of the Board of Selectmen positions by its members? First to speak, first to get a vote on their preference?

The talk seemed to sound as if the decision had been made before the meeting began. During the Trader Joe’s meeting, Harrington first alluded that DeVellis would be Chairman when he spoke about what the next selectmen could do and what “he” the next Chairman could do and one of them said “or she”. Do outgoing or up-for-election folks talk about the positions and the who’s for the next term before election day?

DeVellis looks for calmer days

BY THE NUMBERS

Poll: Trader Joe’s