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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.

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Water & Sewer

Tick Tock…..how many years and counting? A laundromat couldn’t come to the Boch Building back in the 80’s or 90’s and still today the downtown area wouldn’t have enough capacity for one to start up there. Even with the development of Chestnut Green and Patriot Place Foxborough does not have enough water and sewer capacity to allow growth in the ways we have zoned for (Bio-tech, reusing fire station, development in downtown and plazas……). As Heydecker said in the meetings, there was a plant at the state hospital site and one at the High School yet they are unused. The fact we need more capacity and connections has been “discussed” to death for a number of years – it’s become clear the consultants didn’t grasp this or the history of the town’s water and sewer woes in their preparations. We flushed more than $7.5 million down the toilet by not requiring Kraft to build the plant on route 1 or give us money in lieu of Town meeting not approving Water and Sewer’s plan. Now we’ll be asked to come up with our own $7.5-$12 million to expand with Norton and Mansfield and be told ‘forget about what we did in the past’, bend over and kiss it goodbye, pay no attention to that man behind the curtain. When will they get it right?

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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.

Mitigation Money

YOUR LETTERS: Positive community development projects do not require mitigation payments to the town

Did the newspaper change or edit any of the letter?

Most projects require some form of mitigation. Foxboro Stadium, Cannon Forge, Witch Pond Estates, Gillette Stadium, Chestnut Green, Patriot Place, The Lodge at Foxborough to name a handful of large developments in Foxborough.

What other projects have required mitigation money?

Nearby are Walpole and Norfolk with state correctional facilities.

Walpole: “….that the Prison Mitigation money went through this year. D. Sullivan spoke to …. Patriot Place has not caused a dramatic impact to the Town. A.DeNapoli”

Norfolk
“1/28 6:05pm Is this true?

Can anyone explain why Walpole received $ 782,000 in mitigation funds while Norfolk received $ 88,000 ? Norfolk hosts three correctional facilities, two on Clark St and one on Industrial Way, while Walpole hosts only one at Cedar Junction. About 85 % of the land held by the Dep’t of Correction is in Norfolk while only 15 % is in Walpole. How do you justify Walpole receiving nine times as much ? Where can we find information on this? Maybe our town administrator can shed light on this. – SB”

Stepping On Citizens

Foxboro land conservation bid gets backing

Wasn’t the Conservation Commission not managing the Cocasset River Park, but had ceded it to the Recreation Department (who were the ones with the keys)? Or – if they thought they were – were doing a bad job of it. After years of not paying attention to that land, they then whine about it being neglected and tried to shove a non-pre-existing use and incompatible use dog park into the area instead of somewhere more compatible. Now they want to amend the State legislation to shove more crud upon the citizens becauae they didn’t like the outcome of the dog park. How about putting the dog park on the unsellable Oak Street property? Read on about the entire situation: Cocasset River Park, more.

“Voters at the Dec. 5 special town meeting will decide whether to ask the Legislature to take the conservation commission out from direct control of the town manager, by amending the act that created Foxboro’s town manager form of government…..

At the town-owned former Camp Lincoln Hill, five house lots with frontage on Oak Street were under consideration for sale, but officials recently discovered that a town meeting in the early 1970s designated that land for conservation and recreation uses only…..

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. ”

Why try to do this at Town Meeting. It was a Ballot Question the first time around; shouldn’t changes to it begin through a ballot question?

Footbridge News

The proposed pedestrian footbridge is back in the news and in the works at the local level.

Bridge no longer too far. With discussions swirling around gaming, “an up to 500-foot tall wind turbine, a high-tech office facility, a convention center, a roughly 20-story luxury hotel, and a range of related facilities“, signage fees, and other Route 1 updates, when did the Selectmen give the “go ahead” nod to the new Town Manager and Town Planner to apply for an “$8 million MassWorks Infrastructure Grant to build the walkover”? Did they have to?

Town Manager finalists-3

Scollins says he’ll do both jobs
BY FRANK MORTIMER SUN CHRONICLE STAFF
Monday, August 23, 2010 2:15 AM EDT

“Search committee Chairman Anthony LaChapelle recently said Foxboro may also need to hire an assistant town manager to help fill all the duties that Andrew Gala mastered during his 30-year career.

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Listing some of Gala’s duties, such as human resources, procurement, grant funding and collective bargaining, Scollins said he would want the town manager position only with his proposed reorganization, which is in line with a trend toward consolidation in municipal government. ……”