Archive for August, 2012

Treegate Day 71

August 31, 2012

Hopefully next week National Development and WS Development will be responding to MA DOT with their plan. interesting that buildings can go up, but they can’t prepare a plan for how they will replace at max, 300 feet of trees.

They have to have incredible influence…

The Trees at Market Street (8-28-12)

August 28, 2012

Updates have been posted including the latest response from MA DOT. Demonstrates the seeming influence National Development and WS Development have. Thinking of changing the title to Treegate.

The Trees at Market Street (8-28-12)

August 28, 2012

Day 68

The official response from MA DOT.  Amazing how they did not respond when Joe and I sent a formal request.  Didn’t respond when Senator Clark called them, but did respond after she talked to Ted Tye.    Amazing influence National Development and WS Development seem to have.

MA Highway response to second Public Records Request

The Trees at Market Street (8-27-12) – response to comment

August 27, 2012

There was a comment asking if the Selectmen have expressed any interest in replacing the trees and Chairman MacKendrick has stated on several occasions that it is between National Development and the state. It is actually between National Development and WS Development and the state.

Joe and I have asked about the process because we do not understand how the state can approve a plan without the town being involved since it is the "largest project in the towns history". Chairman MacKendrick though has stated there hasn’t been any communication with the town. Hence our second Public Records request.

The Trees at Market Street (8-27-12) – Why

August 27, 2012

To put the 67 days in perspective…

The Dodgers and Red Sox started and completed the process to trade 9 players and move 250 million dollars (quarter of a billion) in three days.

Why is it taking so long?

Will it wind up that National says, "We are creating the berm, that should be enough" and the state agrees?

The Trees at Market Street (8-27-12)

August 27, 2012

We still don’t have an answer to the question of the process. From what Ted told Senator Clark, National Development is still developing a plan to remediate how to replace a maximum of 300 feet of trees.

For those that are wondering how long it has been.
Date Trees Cut Down 5/13/2012
Date Notice of Violation Issued 6/21/2012

Days Since Violation Issuance 67

To put this in perspective it was the first day of summer when the notice was issued and it may be fall before it is resolved.

The Trees at Market Street (8-27-12)

August 27, 2012

Last Friday Senator Clark spoke to Ted Tye at National Development and he told her

The plan is not yet complete. National Development is still in the drafting process. The Senator has been assured that the plan will be final within the next two to three weeks. At that time, it will be sent to MassDOT for approval.

We now have to wait 2-3 weeks to see if they send then plans.

EEE update from the town

August 22, 2012

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has classified Lynnfield in a “moderate” risk level based one mammal-biting EEE positive mosquito. As of August 21, 2012 at 3:00 p.m .this risk level has not changed. Any change in risk level will be posted on the Town’s website.

Under a moderate risk, the MA DPH does not urge cancellation of outdoor events but rather recommends that people take precautions and use insect repellants. If the risk level is changed to “high” and sports or other outdoor events are scheduled, one should check with the coach/organizer for an alterative schedule. Again, any change in the risk level will be posted on the Town’s website. http://www.town.lynnfield.ma.us

The Trees at Market Street (8-22-12)

August 22, 2012

Some progress but nothing firm to report. "Curiouser and curiouser as they say"

The Trees at Market Street (8-21-12)

August 21, 2012

Again, nothing in today’s mail from District 4, MA Dept of Transportation