Category Archives: Town-Manager

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

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

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.

Special Town Meeting

December 11th is the Special Town Meeting. Preceding this- as of today- is a Capital Improvement Planning Committee meeting and a Selectmen’s meeting.

Here are the agendas:
6:00p.m. Capital Improvement Planning Committee

7:00p.m. Board of Selectmen

SPECIAL TOWN MEETING, December 11: Advisory Committee recommendations

7:30p.m. Warrant

  1. ARTICLE 1: FIRE CONTRACT
  2. ARTICLE 2: POLICE CONTRACT
  3. ARTICLE 3: HIGHWAY CONTRACT
  4. ARTICLE 4: UNPAID BILL FROM PRIOR YEARS
  5. ARTICLE 5: TOWN HALL PLANS
  6. ARTICLE 6: ARTIFICIAL TURF FIELD
  7. ARTICLE 7: MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEE ORGAN DONORS
  8. ARTICLE 8: WATER AND SEWER EMPLOYEES
  9. ARTICLE 9: M.G.L. CHAPTER 40 SECTION 8J
  10. ARTICLE 10: TIER I ASSESSMENT
  11. ARTICLE 11: AMEND ZONING BY-LAWS
  12. ARTICLE 12: AMEND ZONING BY-LAWS: FPOD CHANGES
  13. ARTICLE 13: MUNICIPAL HOUSING TRUST

https://foxborough.wordpress.com/2012/10/20/december-special-town-meting/

Selectmen & Event Applications

Selectman Coppola complained about the timing of applications and notification for some stadium events. About 7 or 8 years ago, then Selectman Delaney brought up the advertising for a “Vans Warped Tour” show at stadium knowing the event had not been approved by the Selectmen. This is the same kind of situation….nothing new. If she’s upset about this, Coppola should also complain about other groups doing the same thing – advertise for weeks and months in advance of events which require permission of the Selectmen, then come to the Board the week of the event asking for permission to hold it. If you’re going to make one group do something, you must make them all do it, regardless of the size, location or reason.

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