Archive for June, 2014

Town Meeting votes overwhelmingly in favor of Land and Building purchase

June 30, 2014

Lynnfield Town Meeting just spent 1.5 million to purchase land and house in center of town. Town Administrator said the town has a yearly surplus of about 750K and this would minimal impact on taxes.

Thank you,
Wally

Lynnfield 300 th anniversary today, June 21st

June 21, 2014

The Tricentennial Celebration 2014 Events

http://www.lynnfieldhistoricalsociety.org/2014-tricentennial-celebration.html

Observations on the Selectmen’s meeting to discuss the June 30 Special Town Meeting with only one article

June 11, 2014

1. Funniest statement of the evening was Chairman Dave Nelson at the start saying “We’ll let Town Meeting decide

2. The price is up to 1.5 million when repairs are included

3. No one asked questions about the purchase price other than, “looks okay”. Gustus said the price is now 1.400,000 instead of 1,490,000. 6% reduction

4. Discussion about how it will be used vs preserved.   Are we preserving it or just buying it and it will sit as is.

5. We will pay for it via, partially from land sales from the homes around the pre-school on Salem Street and new revenue from Market Street.

6. The land sales from Salem Street were supposed to be used to pay off the 12 million dollar Reedy Meadow, but have now been used:

  1. for Reedy Meadow
  2. partially to pay for the 8.7 million for the new fields and now
  3. Being proposed for this 1.5 million purchase.

Great that the sales are being used for 3 things, but the first one still isn’t paid off.

7. Pat Campbell mentioned having an agreement in place on the actual use before town meeting. Else it might be used in way we haven’t imagined

Lynnfield and the Lottery

June 5, 2014

I saw that story. The Lottery is a graduated tax on stupidity. The only way to win is to not play.

On Jun 5, 2014, at 6:59 PM, Wallace McKenzie <wam> wrote:

​Interesting link in the Globe today.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/06/04/massachusetts-lottery-often-provides-aid-affluent-and-takes-from-poor/lkFzu37BSvxlDcmCITwmKI/igraphic.html

We spent 101 per capita or $1,176,779 total

Receive $76 per capita or $879,672 total

And there are only 9 lottery agents in town.

Thank you,
Wally

Lynnfield and the Lottery

June 5, 2014

​Interesting link in the Globe today.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/06/04/massachusetts-lottery-often-provides-aid-affluent-and-takes-from-poor/lkFzu37BSvxlDcmCITwmKI/igraphic.html

We spent 101 per capita or $1,176,779 total

Receive $76 per capita or $879,672 total

And there are only 9 lottery agents in town.

Thank you,
Wally

Questions to Chairman Nelson and Selectman Crawford

June 1, 2014

Good Morning,
After working 10 hours on Monday April 28th I raced over to Lynnfield Middle School to do , what I thought was, my civic duty and right as a citizen of this town. After 11:00pm I arrived home after leaving my house at 7 that morning but I wasn’t complaining because it was my right to vote so it was worth it.( so I thought). That will be the last Town Meeting I waste my time on. I have lived in this town for 22 years and have never been this disappointed in town government. Mr Bourgue stated at Town Meeting that this format was still the most fair way to vote and at the time I agreed. If you want to be heard you go to Town Meeting and speak and vote on the Articles. Please someone explain to me how after the vote of the town was taken, 2 members of the Town of Selectman can change the will of the people?? If my vote didn’t really count that night how do I have faith that any future vote at Town Meeting will be worth anything?
Thank you Mr Terranova for voting with the people of this town and please forward my email to Mr Crawford  as his email is not listed on website.
Looking forward to a response from Mr Crawford and Mr Nelson. I would like a simple answer why do you think you have the right to vote against the people of this town??
Thank You,
Carol Boehner
42 Huckleberry Rd West
Lynnfield, MA 01940

Additional Comments on the Selectmen overturning Town Meeting

June 1, 2014

May 30, 2014

 

To the editor:

 

I was very disappointed reading the front page article in the May 21 Lynnfield Villager “Section of public way renamed Market Street”. This happening even after the vocal oppositions, negative responses and winning ‘no’ votes from residents. To quote resident Susan Dunn “I spent five hours at Town Meeting and… when I heard that this might be overturned by a Board of Selectman, at minimum it felt disingenuous at a maximum, it felt bold”.

 

The action taken by Town Administrator William Gustus, Selectman Dave Nelson and Selectman Phil Crawford confirms what many residents in Lynnfield believe, that there is no use in expressing any opinions or concerns because they (town government) just do what they want. As Selectman Nelson said, “Market Street is here to stay”.  Mr. Nelson, that does not mean the town government or residents have to succumb to every request. Remember the old expression, give them an inch…. What’s next the sixteen theater multiplex or perhaps an amusement park? I think some in the town government forgets that they are there to serve in the best interest of the voters and residents of Lynnfield.

 

I appreciate Selectman Tom Terranova for standing up for the residents of Lynnfield with his statement “The problem I have is the town had a vote and they voted ‘no’ for whatever reason”. Thank you Selectman Terranova.

 

Sincerely,

Joe Yurkus

Walnut Street

Selectmen Overule Town Meeting Voters

June 1, 2014

In a display of unprecedented arrogance ,at the last Selectmen’s meeting, Selectmen David Nelson and Phil Crawford for the first time in Lynnfield history chose to impose their personal views and sidestep the will of the people of Lynnfield as voted at the Spring Town Meeting. For three hundred years town leaders have accepted and acceded to the views of the people as voted at Town Meeting.

Nelson and Crawford chose to not act as their predecessors but act as rulers rather than leaders. It disgraces the office of Selectman. It negates the phase often heard in town “The people will decide at Town Meeting”.

In a packed Selectman’s room Nelson and Crawford reacted negatively as speaker after speaker asked that they respect the vote of the people. As an alternative some (including myself,David Basile and others) asked that the BOS use this opportunity to alleviate some of the traffic pressure at exit 43 and help their constituents by asking the DOT for a fifth sign directing some traffic to the Wakefield (exit 42) entrance.

Lacking the vision,understanding and compassion to do so Nelson and Crawford refused to even acknowledge the worthiness of such an idea.

All Nelson could do was keep repeating that National Development needed these signs.

Town Administrator Bill Gustus never answered the question posed by Rod Boone why is it “crucial” as Gustus was reported as saying in the papers. Is this is where we have to come to in this town because of this project? People who should be town leaders listen to and coddle the needs of a powerful developer over listening to and helping the needs of their fellow town’s people

Nelson has repeatedly stated that he liked and went to Market Street on a regular basis. Great for him that he can drive across town and enjoy his few hours and return to his quiet home. But for many Market Street is there twenty four hours a day with the trucks with their jake brakes and congestion and noise that it brings day and night.

If Mr Nelson can not or will not seek to alleviate some of these difficulties for the townspeople most impacted by Market Street he should step down as Selectman because he is being derelict in this crucial duty.