Category Archives: Town Counsel

Wanted: Town Manager

Paicos = Gone
Cutler = Acting Town Manager
Why = ?
Peace = Priceless?

We were warned about Paicos and have to wait a few weeks- until executive session minutes are released- to see what the real story is. Paicos tapped Cutler to be his stand-in while Paicos was out of town on National Guard duties. Selectmen voted not to renew Paicos’ contract which will expire June 30, 2014. They appointed Cutler Acting Town Manager on June 25. Cutler’s appointment as acting town manager can not exceed 180 days. Board has less than 6months to find and hire a new town manager. Tick Tock……

  1. http://foxboroughma.gov/Pages/FoxboroughMA_ExecutiveMin/
  2. September 2010 (24)
  3. August 2010 (15)
  4. https://foxborough.wordpress.com/tag/town-manager/
  5. https://foxborough.wordpress.com/category/town-manager-2/
  6. http://www.foxbororeporter.com/articles/2013/08/09/news/13797509.txt
  7. http://www.foxbororeporter.com/articles/2013/08/09/news/13796959.txt
  8. http://www.foxbororeporter.com/articles/2013/08/09/opinion/editorials/13796896.txt
  9. http://www.foxbororeporter.com/articles/2013/06/28/news/13607543.txt
  10. http://foxborough.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/foxborough-selectmen-remain-mum-on-absent-town-manager
  11. http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/regionals/south/2013/06/29/foxborough-selectmen-appoint-town-clerk-bob-cutler-acting-town-manager/q5rLFSsC7TSemmCfCSiUQO/story.html
  12. http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2013/06/29/foxborough-selectmen-appoint-town-clerk-bob-cutler-acting-town-manager/gYDWFKM2qkh9DUgkBxkMcO/story.html
  13. http://http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2013/06/29/foxborough-selectmen-appoint-town-clerk-bob-cutler-acting-town-manager/gYDWFKM2qkh9DUgkBxkMcO/story.html
  14. http://www.thesunchronicle.com/news/local_news/foxboro-grants-paicos-leave/article_15ba8758-0eaa-5993-9e74-e956dd5f23de.html
  15. http://billsinsidelook.blogspot.com/2013/06/foxboro-and-paicos-part-it-was-time.html
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December Special Town Meting

Town meeting will be Dec. 11th if the high school auditorium is available or Dec. 12th if not.

Warrant Closes for special town meeting Oct. 30th. All citizen’s petitions should be submitted by then. What will be on the warrant? Articles 25-27 from May’s town meeting? Town Hall Renovation? Turf Field? Town garage expansion? Zoning changes? Renewable energy? Wind turbine? Solar farm? Route 1 set-backs? Sale of town owned property?

Walsh tried discussing holding a Saturday town meeting – to help get seniors and others who have difficulty participating on a weeknight – was put off until later. Selectmen will discuss it for May’s meeting.

  1. http://foxbororeporter.com/articles/2012/10/18/opinion/letters/12355265.txt
  2. Figures show less expensive options for Town Hall woes
  3. Foxboro voters to take up field
  4. Money aplenty in Foxboro
  5. Much was ignored in deciding on a new Town Hall
  6. Plan calls for new Town Hall without tax hike

Schools, Boy Scouts, & Town

Older kids in South Foxborough knew he was a “perv” but no adults did? Police looked into a claim in the late 1990s but nothing came of it…………who did they talk to? How extensive was the investigation? Where are officers on the force during the 60s and 70s when this was happening? Why doesn’t the School Department have an accurate record of where he was teaching and when? What did local pastors know?

“That is the real question which Foxboro is still struggling to come to grips with after 40 years. Why did no one intervene? It’s the one question that Sheehan’s alleged victims, deserve to have answered. ” ………… “At this point, all anyone can realistically hope for is peace of mind.”

That’s a load of bs! Thse adults who knew and didn’t say anything should be ferreted out and held just as accountable. If someone knew in the early years but did not say anything or try to or do anything to stop it and the perpetrator, they -in their silence- contributed to the harm done to boys following the initial victim. Shame on you adults of the time who said nothing and stood by while our most vulnerable were victimized!

Waiting for the lawsuits.

  1. Sheehan not included on scout volunteer list
  2. Pastor details 1970 incident with ex-youth leader
  3. Safety in scouting now paramount
  4. After 40 long years, now comes healing
  5. Sheehan probe only ‘tip of iceberg’
  6. Attorney in priest scandal contacted
  7. For some, Boy Scouts list disclosure too late
  8. Victim: Peers knew scout leader was ‘pervert’
  9. Sheehan blamed Prop. 21/2 for departure
  10. Nine more allege abuse
  11. More in Foxboro alleging abuse
  12. Sheehan said he left town for job security
  13. Former Sheehan colleague at Ahern asks why no one followed up on abuse claim
  14. Shock over Foxboro abuse claim

Town Counsel Redux

After not seeing their first choice of Town Counsel on the initial Meets Qualifications list and not bothering to have interviews with those who did meet the MQs, then redefining the qualifications for Round II of the RFPs, Gellerman and Cabral finally met the Minimum Qualifications.

Who did they go with????

If you guessed G and C, you are correct! All five Selectmen chose Gelerman and Cabral………………After Sullivan said he wanted time to think about the information from the RFPII second round of interviews, then backed off that and fell into step with the others. Vote taken without any discussion of the qualifications, good points, bad points etc.! Only items discussed were (barely) the fee structure-which both firms said they would reconsider if the Selectmen asked- and having a contract. Appears to some the process was rigged!!

Why did each Selectmen chose Gelerman? Haven’t they learned from the past few years?

Some of our bylaws conflict and other need/ed updating, warrant items under his tenure often were changed at the last minute at town meeting so many people had no idea what they were voting on, another resident has been bringing up the “this is not being done the right way” which is answered by “but it was always done that way when Andy was here”…Gelerman was here too and didn’t right the ship then etc. The most he appeared to say during the interviews was that he worked for the town for thirty years and he helped with the stadium deal. Gelerman also refered to his firm not our our firm (why bring Cabral to the meeting?) Why should we place lack of lawsuits over missteps in the way Town Hall functions and procedures are handled? Paicos seems to get most of those processes and procedures correct- and has already corrected some.

The other finalists showed a working knowledge of 40B, 40R, land use, contracts, dealing with the Kraft Group and more. Seemed better suited to help the town than the good ole’ boy networking that appeared to be going on.

How long till the next RFP for town counsel goes out?
https://foxborough.wordpress.com/2012/02/24/another-mistake/
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http://foxbororeporter.com/articles/2012/07/12/news/11765401.txt

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

https://foxborough.wordpress.com/2008/01/08/renewable-energy/

https://foxborough.wordpress.com/2012/02/24/renewable-energy-in-foxborough/

Solar / Renewable Energy in Foxborough

RFP Round II

Selectmen put out new bid for town counsel
“The new bid specs will no longer require applicants to have served as town counsel in at least five municipalities. That earlier bid specification technically made two of the six applying firms ineligible, and may have discouraged other firms from applying, selectmen said.

HICKEY: Start again on town counsel
“In a remarkable CYA (Cover Your Donkey) memorandum, Paicos put the board of selectmen on notice that they are ‘ignoring . . . Minimum Qualifications (as they) proceed to interview any or all candidate firms (2/23/12, Reporter).’

The RFP (Request for Funding Proposal) was written by Paicos, approved by selectmen and advertised. However, it appears either selectmen didn’t read all the details or town officials snuck through a couple of provisions that not all selectmen caught until too late.

But what of the RFP? Is it fatally flawed? In short, yes. The Paicos memo published in last week’s Reporter seems to give bad advice while actually giving them impetus to do the right thing. By urging selectmen to go ahead and make whatever decision they want, despite it looking “somewhat unusual to the ‘proposer community;’ (Town Counsel law firms) and may look somewhat odd to Foxborough’s citizens as well,” he is refreshingly blunt.

Columnist’s information on town counsel’s bill half-true

Route 1 Billboards

November 10, 2011 Regular Session Minutes

Didn’t the BOS say we shouldn’t be in the advertising business? Town hopes to increase revenue from Route 1 ads