Archive for November, 2013

Board of Selectmen Agenda 12/02/2103

November 28, 2013

BOARD OF SELECTMEN
AGENDA
Monday, December 2, 2013

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

****NOTE*****
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.

7:15 p.m.

7:30 p.m.

Pledge of Allegiance

Public hearing: Tax classification

Public hearing: Application for change of premises, King’s Bowl of Lynnfield, LLC, dba King’s, 427 Walnut Street Building 500

Application for change of manager, King’s Bowl

Public hearing: RMLD petition application for new pole LC/4/28S Lowell Street near North Hill Drive

Charge for Capital Facilities Advisory Committee

FY15 revenue projections and budget review

Police Department K-9 Grant

LIFE financing plan and PILOT agreement

Contract for Approval: DPW

Contract for Approval: Clerical

Contract for Approval: Fire

Use of Town facilities: None

One-day liquor license: None

Minutes: November 18, 2013

Proclamations: None

Administrative matters: Signing of warrants

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Market Street restaurants open New Years Eve

November 24, 2013

Many of of thought it was surprising when National Development withdraw their application for extended last call hours at MarketStreet and didn’t even ask for New Years Eve. Well, they came back this past Monday requesting a closing time of 1:00 AM for severael of the restaurants and the Selectmen approved their request. Not all all restaurants will be open so it would be wise to check with the establishment you are thinking about going to.

Thank you,
Wally
McKenzie

New Supt

November 22, 2013

Jane Tremblay, principal at the Summer St school, has been selected to be the new supt.

Gone by the end of the year.

November 19, 2013

The sign is temporary and will be gone by the end of the year. This is an email from Paul Stedman, MA Highway District 4 Manager

Stedman, Paul (DOT)
to Mike, me

Hi Wally – we met with local officials about a month ago and they raised concerns with people exiting I-95 North destined to the development that were mistakenly turning right and ending up turning around on some of the residential side streets near Salem Street. In an effort to assist the community, we authorized the temporary placement of the sign. It will be removed at the end of the year.

Let me know if you need anything further.

Paul

Thank you,
Wally McKenzie

New Signage

November 17, 2013

There is a new sign on the exit ramp at Exit 43 and several people have asked a couple of questions:

1. how did it get there?

2. will more signs be added?

We will attempt to find out. This is on state land so we have started there. Stay tuned.

Thank you,
Wally McKenzie

Lynnfield in Boston Globe this week

November 17, 2013

This may have been a record high week for Lynnfield in the Globe the past 10 days. With the football, soccer and volleyball teams all in the playoffs it was a busy week in the Sports pages. In the North Section today there is an article about Lynnfield being dining destination. Article is attached.

Thank you,
Wally McKenzie

Globe_2013_11_18.pdf

Lynnfield-Themed Ornaments Raising Money For Scholarships – Good News – Lynnfield, MA Patch

November 13, 2013

From the Lynnfield Business Coalition that sponsor Shadowing Day for High School Juniors, Candidates Night and an annual scholarship. These make great holiday gifts and benefit a great organization in town and I am a member.

http://lynnfield.patch.com/groups/goodnews/p/lynnfieldthemed-ornaments-raising-money-for-scholarships?ncid=newsltuspatc00000001&evar4=picks-1-post&newsRef=true

Thank you,
Wally McKenzie

Another way to help fund the cost of the fields

November 6, 2013

Dear Lynnfield Residents,

I would like to thank our Fields Committee for their time and commitment to improving our playing fields.  Like many of you, I agree that our children need better playing fields; but I am not convinced that using school property is the only approach.

Some facts:

  • Up to $400,000 Massachusetts PARC grants are available to cities and towns that are improving or creating athletic fields for their communities. Therefore, many cities and towns have turf fields that are dedicated and deeded for park and recreation purposes only. To qualify for these grants, land must be dedicated to park and recreation purposes and not under the care and control of the School Committee.

For example, when North Reading upgraded their athletic field on school property to turf, the School Committee turned the land over to the Parks and Recreation Department.   This positioned the field to qualify for PARC state grant funding, up to $400,000.  (These grants can be obtained for new and renovated fields.)

 

  • The life expectancy of a turf field is estimated to be 10-15 years, after which at the very least, the playing surface should be replaced for an estimated $300,000 per field. Based upon the projected heavy usage from youth, high school and several adult organizations that currently use the fields, we can anticipate an estimated useful life of 10 years for our 4 turf fields (Please keep in mind, the larger more aggressive athletes, combined with weather conditions will adversely impact the best case estimate of a 15 year replacement of turf fields)

The town will take out a 20 year bond at $3.94M to build the proposed turf fields.  For budgetary purposes, we will assume the four turf fields will be replaced twice during the life of the loan.  During the 20 year bond payment schedule, field replacement costs may be $2.4M.  Presently, the taxpayers of Lynnfield will bear that cost of the turf replacement because we cannot qualify for state grants.  

As we all know, a Capital Planning Committee is being formed to review the potential of a new police station and library. Based on Lynnfield Finance Committee Meeting minutes dated February 19, 2013, Reedy Meadow will be considered as a possible site for these new buildings.   Would it benefit us to have a few grass athletic fields at Reedy Meadow?  Would it help to keep our costs down?  Should we have the High School and Middle School fields dedicated to park and recreation purposes, to help us qualify for existing state grants?  As we move forward, to improve our athletic fields, I hope these questions are considered.  Meeting our fields and capital improvement projects will be of great interest to Lynnfield’s taxpayers.

Sincerely,

Katy Shea

 

 

“Last Call for alcohol” request withdrawn

November 5, 2013

great!

“Last Call for alcohol” request withdrawn

November 4, 2013

The request by National Development to extend the "last call for alcohol" at MarketStreet was withdrawn and they agreed to a request by Joe DeMaina to remove ambiguity about proposed uses. A good night for Lynnfield.

Thank you for all who attended and or wrote emails or called the Selectmen.

Thank you,
Wally

McKenzie