Category Archives: Town Meeting

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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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

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

Town Hall Options Poll

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/

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