Archive for August, 2013

Planning Board Meeting Summary

August 28, 2013

#1 and 3 the most interesting

#mapoli #lynnfield At times tonight it felt like the movie “The Star Chamber”. Tonight’s planning board meeting met on the following three items dealing with Market Street

1. Application for Minor Modification Phase II The chairman, John W. Faria, asked if the members if the application met the five criteria and then asked for a vote to approve. When people asked what they were voting on we were told it was on file in the Planning Board office and we could review it there and that the procedure is that they only can discuss if it meets the five conditions. They did not have to discuss the content of what they were voting on. There was discussion about National filing the document on July 31 but people only receiving notice of the meeting on Monday Aug 26th. In the end the Planning Board voted 5-0 to approve the minor change without giving a hint on what they approved. The chairman did agree that he will think about how to inform citizens about when documents come in. In my 35 plus years of attending government hearings I have never seen anything like this. Someone will go down and look at the documents and let us know what was approved.

2. The Application for Approval Not Required (ANR) was approved with little discussion, because the Planning Board said it was a formality

3. The third and final segment dealt with Signage and shimmering wall. The revolved around the design standards and the King’s Bowling sign in particular. The Planning Board consultant explained that under the design standards, there are currently two Buildings, Whole Foods and King’s Bowling where the town has little control over the signage. The shimmering wall that appears to be part of the sign is actually part of the wall and not subject to signage control.

More when we find out what was voted on.


Mosquito spraying to be conducted on August 28

August 27, 2013

Planning Board Meeting this Wed Aug 28th

August 27, 2013

There is a Planning Board meeting that you may want to attend Wed evening., as it deals with Market Street and request for changes to the zoning by law.

The last time a minor modification was allowed, the street size went from approximately 40 ft to 120+ft.
We will post an update on the website after the meeting.


Town Hall
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
7:30 PM

Application for Minor Modification Phase II
Application for Approval Not Required Plan
Discussion on Signs and Shimmering Wall


Selectmen meeting Summary

August 19, 2013

Interesting Selectmen’s meeting this evening. Key items:

1. In discussing lnoise and traffic at Market Street one neighbor poiinted out”It isn’t just the neighbors, it is about the town”.

2. The chief of police said that at times traffic may be “onerous and overwhleming”, but the town will take steps to mitigate it. This will may happen even with only Phase 1 opening. Phase 1 is only 56% of the square footage being developed.

3. In discussing noise, the town administrator, Bill Gustus, pointed out that the development agreement states that “3.10 Noise. Noise from loudspeakers or amplified sound from special events within the Traditional Neighborhood Village Sub-District shall not exceed 9dB as measured at the Project’s property line without the approval of the Board of Selectmen. ” 9 decibels is silence, so at walnut street property line there should be silence.


Mosquito spraying to be conducted Tuesday, August 20

August 19, 2013

August 9 2013 spraying map.pdf

Mosquito spraying scheduled for August 12, 2013

August 19, 2013

August 9 2013 spraying map.pdf

Construction working past 7:00

August 18, 2013

It is a little late now but we sent a note to the Town Administrator Bill Gustus about the work that is being done after 7:00 PM when the development agreement states it should end at 7:00 PM. He said that the developer pointed out that the agreement says "exterior work" and the work now being done is interior. He did say that if we notice or hear exterior work being done we should contact him and he will have the building inspector act on it.

This appears to be similair to the design criteria where sentences have "should be" instead of "shall".

If you do hear construciton work after 7:00 PM please do contact the town adminsitrator at:

Board of Selectmen Agenda 08/19/2013

August 17, 2013

Several Licenses dealing with Market Street

Monday, August 19, 2013

Regular Meeting – 7:00 p.m. Selectmen’s Hearing Room, Town Hall

As a result of changes in the Open Meeting Law, the chair must announce at the outset of every meeting that the meeting is being recorded and transmitted via cable television.

7:00 p.m. Pledge of Allegiance

Public hearing: Billiard, shuffleboard and bocce court license application, Kings Bowl, 427 Walnut Street

Continuation of a public hearing: Bowling alley license application, Kings Bowl, 427 Walnut Street

Common victualler, Sunday entertainment and weekday entertainment applications, Kings Bowl, 427 Walnut Street

Common victualler and weekday entertainment applications, 427 Walnut Street, LLC, d/b/a Davio’s

Common victualler and weekday entertainment applications, Stellar Restaurant Group d/b/a Boloco, 425 Market Street

Common victualler and weekday entertainment applications, Chestnut Tree LLC d/b/a Grove Boutique and Café. 525 Market Street

Common victualler and weekday entertainment applications, Yard House USA, d/b/a Yard House, 340Market Street

Common victualler application, Panera Bread, 430 Market Street.

Dock application, Derrick DeLuties, 41 Island Road

Interviews: 2014 Celebration Committee

Market Street security and traffic plan

Fields study committee report

Veterans Services Director

Agreements with Wakefield on inspectional service positions

Memoranda of Understanding

Request for executive session under M.G.L. Chapter 30A, §21A(3) – collective bargaining

Use of Town facilities: Sept. 8, Sept. 15, car wash LHS boys soccer team – South Hall lot
Sept. 10, Rotary Barbecue – common. Also banner.
Sept. 29, Oct. 6, car wash Lynnfield Hockey Boosters, South Hall lot
May 18, 2014 – Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides walk – common
One-day liquor license: August 24, Knights of Columbus, birthday party, 7-11 p.m.
Minutes: July 15, 2013
Proclamations: None
Administrative matters: Signing of warrants

West Nile Spraying this evening

August 12, 2013

Just received this from the Town Hall
8/12/2013 12:19:58 PM EST – Due to a positive test for West Nile virus in Lynnfield, there will be mosquito spraying tonight. Go to for details.

Another number to remember – 56%

August 11, 2013

In addition to 81%, being the % of the Town Meeting that voted not to have a cinema here is another number to remember. 56%

Several people asked about the Phase 1 and Phase 2 referred to in a recent North Shore magazine artcile and story in the Patch. The Town Administrator confirmed that there are two phases and that the first phase that is being completed is only 275,000 of the total of 495,000 sq ft of retail and office space that has been approved. So when the development is fully operational in the next few months we will only be seeing 56% of the traffic and other effects.