Reminder – LYNNFIELD COMMUNITY FORUM FOR CITIZEN INPUT ON NEXT TOWN ADMINISTRATOR

November 29, 2017

TONIGHT

This is an opportunity to assist the Selectmen on the qualifications and characteristics of the next Town Administrator

Forum will be held Wednesday, November 29, at 7:30 p.m. at Merrrit Center

LYNNFIELD, MA – The Lynnfield Board of Selectmen is pleased to announce it has scheduled a community forum for November 29 to give citizens the opportunity to share their thoughts on the qualifications and characteristics they would like the Town’s next Town Administrator to possess.

The forum will be held on Wednesday, November 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Al Merritt Media and Cultural Center, 600 Market Street (second floor).

“We want to hear Lynnfield residents’ recommendations regarding the qualifications and experience they would like to see in the candidates for our next Town Administrator,” said Christopher Barrett, Chairman of the Lynnfield Board of Selectmen. “It is important to the Board that Lynnfield’s citizens are an integral part of the Town Administrator selection process.”

The Town has hired the consulting firm Community Paradigm Associates, LLC, to assist in the search process. Representatives from the firm, including Principal Bernard Lynch, will attend the community forum along with representatives of the Board of Selectmen.

Current Town Administrator James Boudreau recently submitted his resignation after being selected as the Town of Scituate’s next Town Administrator. He will be leaving his position in Lynnfield at the end of 2017 following a three-year tenure.

For more information on the November 29 community forum, please contact the Lynnfield Board of Selectmen’s office at 781-334-9410.

Read more: http://www.town.lynnfield.ma.us/node/8503

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Market Street Advisory Committee Agenda Nov 30th

November 28, 2017

Market Street Advisory Committee

AGENDA

Al Merritt Center – 600 Market Street

Thursday November 30, 2017 7:00pm

  1. Chairperson Bayer, calls meeting to order
  2. Agenda review, meeting goals and expectations
  3. Welcome National Development. Chair provides overview of partnership to-date including the Noise and Berm sub-committees discovery findings and advisement.
  4. Sub-committees to provide updates. National Development to provide updates when applicable.
  1. Updating on the development of Building 1350
  2. Traffic Improvement
  3. Advisement on financial impact
  4. Advisement on parking general
  5. Advisement on potential theatre/cinema proposal
  6. Advisement on potential parking structure

Expectations for next meeting

Vote on minutes from 10/26/17 Meeting

Public Comment

Adjourn Will update all after meeting

LYNNFIELD COMMUNITY FORUM FOR CITIZEN INPUT ON NEXT TOWN ADMINISTRATOR

November 23, 2017

This is an opportunity to assist the Selectmen on the qualifications and characteristics of the next Town Administrator

Forum will be held Wednesday, November 29, at 7:30 p.m. at Merrrit Center

LYNNFIELD, MA – The Lynnfield Board of Selectmen is pleased to announce it has scheduled a community forum for November 29 to give citizens the opportunity to share their thoughts on the qualifications and characteristics they would like the Town’s next Town Administrator to possess.

The forum will be held on Wednesday, November 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Al Merritt Media and Cultural Center, 600 Market Street (second floor).

“We want to hear Lynnfield residents’ recommendations regarding the qualifications and experience they would like to see in the candidates for our next Town Administrator,” said Christopher Barrett, Chairman of the Lynnfield Board of Selectmen. “It is important to the Board that Lynnfield’s citizens are an integral part of the Town Administrator selection process.”

The Town has hired the consulting firm Community Paradigm Associates, LLC, to assist in the search process. Representatives from the firm, including Principal Bernard Lynch, will attend the community forum along with representatives of the Board of Selectmen.

Current Town Administrator James Boudreau recently submitted his resignation after being selected as the Town of Scituate’s next Town Administrator. He will be leaving his position in Lynnfield at the end of 2017 following a three-year tenure.

For more information on the November 29 community forum, please contact the Lynnfield Board of Selectmen’s office at 781-334-9410.

Read more: http://www.town.lynnfield.ma.us/node/8503

Thank you,
Wally

LYNNFIELD COMMUNITY FORUM FOR CITIZEN INPUT ON NEXT TOWN ADMINISTRATOR

November 20, 2017

This is an opportunity to assist the Selectmen on the qualifications and characteristics of the next Town Administrator

Forum will be held Wednesday, November 29, at 7:30 p.m. at Merrrit Center

LYNNFIELD, MA – The Lynnfield Board of Selectmen is pleased to announce it has scheduled a community forum for November 29 to give citizens the opportunity to share their thoughts on the qualifications and characteristics they would like the Town’s next Town Administrator to possess.

The forum will be held on Wednesday, November 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Al Merritt Media and Cultural Center, 600 Market Street (second floor).

“We want to hear Lynnfield residents’ recommendations regarding the qualifications and experience they would like to see in the candidates for our next Town Administrator,” said Christopher Barrett, Chairman of the Lynnfield Board of Selectmen. “It is important to the Board that Lynnfield’s citizens are an integral part of the Town Administrator selection process.”

The Town has hired the consulting firm Community Paradigm Associates, LLC, to assist in the search process. Representatives from the firm, including Principal Bernard Lynch, will attend the community forum along with representatives of the Board of Selectmen.

Current Town Administrator James Boudreau recently submitted his resignation after being selected as the Town of Scituate’s next Town Administrator. He will be leaving his position in Lynnfield at the end of 2017 following a three-year tenure.

For more information on the November 29 community forum, please contact the Lynnfield Board of Selectmen’s office at 781-334-9410.

Read more: http://www.town.lynnfield.ma.us/node/8503

Thank you,
Wally

Lynnfield Veterans Day Celebration

November 8, 2017

Lynnfield will be celebrating Veteran’s Day this Friday at 10:00 AM.

Details can be found at:

https://www.town.lynnfield.ma.us/home/events/7903

Thank you,
Wally

New post IMPROVING LYNNFIELD’S ELDERLY TAX CREDITS

November 6, 2017

Interesting post on another Lynnfield blog

lynntrans posted: "Elderly Tax relief is becoming a hot topic, throughout the state. Several elderly residents have spoken with me about rising taxes and I think it’s time for Lynnfield to provide an improved tax benefit for our elderly residents. With Reading adopting a Se"

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IMPROVING LYNNFIELD’S ELDERLY TAX CREDITS

by lynntrans

Elderly Tax relief is becoming a hot topic, throughout the state. Several elderly residents have spoken with me about rising taxes and I think it’s time for Lynnfield to provide an improved tax benefit for our elderly residents. With Reading adopting a Senior Tax Break, some research was done to assist and help jumpstart the discussion of a tax credit for Lynnfield’s elderly homeowners.

Why? Why should we grant tax relief to the elderly? They have worked hard their entire lives, paid into the system, and raised their children here. The elderly constitute 18.8% of the Town. They are a significant and vulnerable population. The most deserving elderly should be granted some relief on moral grounds. After all, the measure of a good society is judged by how its children and elderly are treated.

We can afford it. The Town has millions in retiring debt. Much of this money will be committed to new building projects, but surely we can spend some of it on our qualifying seniors. The state also reimburses the Town for qualifying tax credits. The state will help fund the elderly tax credits and can do so at a much more generous level of funding.

The tax relief we give now is insufficient. We give a credit of $500 to 18 seniors in town. That credit is paltry compared to an average family property tax bill of $8,525 for this year. The criteria for the current tax credit are too exclusive. To qualify, Seniors must have less than $40,000 in assets in their possession. The current credit is only available to those who make less than $7,000 after Social Security. This current credit is so restrictive that we have seen a 50% decline in enrollment.

We have options. The state has allowed more generous options. One choice would be to adjust the income limitations on the current credit. We could even double the size of the credit to $1000. Another alternative would be to adopt Clause 41C½ which has no asset limit and the income limits are fixed by the state. Last year the state set the limit at $86,000 for married couples. As long as we do not exceed the guidelines, the state will reimburse the town accordingly.

Adopting Clause 41C½ would have a real impact. According to the most recent state numbers 284 people could qualify under the state formula. However the state number is based on individual income tax returns, and does not account for the need to file property tax by household, so the number eligible is a little smaller. Nonetheless that number is far greater than the 18 people under the current restrictive credit. This could impact roughly $379,000 which could be abated to taxpayers , with the town receiving reimbursements from the state. The current credit only abates $13,500 to Lynnfield’s tax payers.

Current Credit (Clause 41C) Potential Clause 41C½
People Qualifying 18 284
Income Limits $7000, after deduction for Social Security $71,000 single person; $86,000 married
Asset Limits $40,000 for all possession No limit
Amount Abated to each House $500 5%-20% of the median assessed property value
Amount in play $13,500 $379,000 (est.)
*Default for 41C1/2: must own here for min. 10 years and 70 years old by July 1 of filing year.
Current Credit (Clause 41C) Potential Clause 41C½
People Qualifying 18 284
Income Limits $7000, after deduction for Social Security $71,000 single person; $86,000 married
Asset Limits $40,000 for all possession No limit
Amount Abated to each House $500 5%-20% of the median assessed property value
Amount in play $13,500 $379,000 (est.)
*Default for 41C1/2: must own here for min. 10 years and 70 years old by July 1 of filing year.

As Lynnfield residents, it is time to ask ourselves what priority our elderly have with so many future demands on our tax dollars. This may not be the elderly tax credit the town adopts, but it will start the discussion on what kind of tax relief our qualifying seniors will or should receive. I hope you have found this information useful and look forward to supporting our town boards as they solidify improved Elderly Tax Credits for Lynnfield’s deserving Elderly homeowners.

Respectfully,

Katy Shea

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Reminder Lynnfield Multicultural Celebration today at the Middle School from 4:00-6:30

October 16, 2017

Quick reminder about today’s event. Details at:

http://www.lynnfield4love.org/

or on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/lynnfield4love/

Thank you,
Wally

Lynnfield MarketStreet Berm Update

October 9, 2017

All,
​The following two items that were mentioned in the last post have not been brought before the Board of Selectmen in approximately two years. The current Board has not had a chance to act on the issues, but we are hopeful they will act on them in the upcoming months.

The two items were:

  1. The town has not identified who is responsible for enforcing the berm design standard.
  2. The Board of Selectmen have not acted on requests to incorporate the agreed upon noise standards into the general bylaws so the police can enforce them

Berm and Noise Presentation to MarketStreet Committee (MSAC)

September 30, 2017

Joe DeMaina, Dave Basile and others made statements at the Sept 14th hearing.

Main points were:

  1. The town has not identified who is responsible for enforcing the berm design standards
  2. The Board of Selectmen have not acted on requests to incorporate the agreed upon noise standards into the general bylaws so the police can enforce them.

In addition all member of the MarketStreet committee were provided with a copy of

a. The attached presentation.

b. 2007 Development Agreement

c. 2011 Development Agreement

d. The Design Standards

e. The 2007 presentation that National Development used at Town Meeting to sell the project.

All of the documents are available on the website at:

www.ctpl01940.org

Berm_and_Noise_2017_09_14.pdf

Lynnfield Market Street hearing this evening

September 14, 2017

Reminder the Noise and Berm hearing is this evening (Thursday ) Sept 14th at 7:00 PM at the Merritt Center, 600 Market Street.