Archive for November, 2014

Trucks on Sparhawk, Signage and exit 42

November 30, 2014

Wally

Trucks on Sparhawk, Signage and exit 42

November 30, 2014

#lynnfield. This truck was turning around on Sparhawk this morning. Same truck that delivers to Market Street. Appears that:

1. Ted saying he would talk to vendors to use exit 42 isn’t working

2. The signage that Chairman Nelson overrode Town meeting for isn’t working.

Thank you,
Wally

Happy Thanksgiving

November 27, 2014

​A Happy Thanksgiving to all. Much to be grateful for.

Selectmen Mtg on 11/24/14 re TM Article 23

November 25, 2014

All

Last night the BOS voted 2 to 1 to not honor the April Town Meeting Article 23 request for a dual budget presentation scenario at upcoming Town Meetings. Most of the Department Heads were under the impression [which was not corrected by the Selectmen] that Article 23 was attempting a “zero-base” budget approach [it does not, it only explores a budget alternative that does not include the 2 1/2% voluntary, permissible increase]. The incorrect premise on the part of the Department Heads severely impinged on their ability to step forward and accept the wishes of Town Meeting and “work-the-problem”.

This is the second time in 6 months that the Selectmen have taken the unprecedented action of ignoring Town Meeting votes – the first concerned Mkt St. naming and signage.

Dave

On Nov 25, 2014, at 6:30 AM, Wallace McKenzie <wam> wrote:

All

A reminder of the Walnut Salem St traffic hearing this evening at 7:00. Flyer is attached.. Hope to see you there.

Thank you,
Wally
Wallace McKenzie
781.462.1517 – office
wam – email

<2014 11 25 WALNUT & SALEM STREET MEETING.pdf>

Reminder- Traffic hearing this evening at 7:00 PM at Market Street meeting room

November 25, 2014

All

A reminder of the Walnut Salem St traffic hearing this evening at 7:00. Flyer is attached.. Hope to see you there.

Thank you,
Wally
Wallace McKenzie
781.462.1517 – office
wam – email

2014 11 25 WALNUT & SALEM STREET MEETING.pdf

Tuesday Nov 25th Walnut and Salem Street Traffic meeting

November 21, 2014

Please attend. Details below.

Thank you,
Wally

2014 11 25 WALNUT & SALEM STREET MEETING.pdf

Joe DeMaina’s thoughts on cancelled traffic meeting and traffic issues

November 15, 2014

It is incredibly unfortunate that Dave Nelson canceled the traffic meeting that he had arranged. Even more so that he so poorly informed the public that some people showed up to locked doors.

We can only hope that some good comes from it and maybe it will. Tom Terranova has been out front on this issue for a long time and others are stepping forward maybe now something will be done.

Phil Crawford has asked myself, Wally McKenzie, David Basile and Bob Casoli to meet with Chief Breen this coming Wednesday. I hope a way can be found to give those badly impacted citizens relief from the traffic issues that now plague their neighborhood.

I think the issue is a simple one. We don’t have enough police with the extra traffic we are experiencing all over town. It’s simple math. Before the Market Street(MS) development there were 7,000 households in town  and two police cruisers on duty. Now with 7,000 households, a shopping mall and an almost doubling of traffic we still have just two cruisers. You can’t expect the Chief and his officers to be everywhere all day. And as Wally McKenzie frequently notes the project is only 57.5 percent built out. There is more traffic coming.

When the MS project was originally proposed it was noted that to deal with crime like credit card fraud and shoplifting at the project the town would need a detective and one was provided out of the funds realized from MS. At that time it was thought that MS would produce one million dollars a year for the town. But the town and developer underestimated both the revenue, the town will receive almost double that original amount, and the traffic the project would engender. So the town does have the resources ,from MS, to mitigate the awful impact the traffic is having on people’s lives and property values. A realtor recently told a homeowner that because of the traffic his home would be valued $100,000 less than other wise. That’s bad for him and bad for other homeowners across town and the town itself..

In a recent phone conversation with Mr Crawford he agreed that the town does need a traffic officer and that the town does have the resources to provide one. And in a conversation with Chief Breen he indicated he would gladly accept the added needed personnel .A traffic officer would be useful all over town where there is increased traffic and speeding from drivers cutting through town and those headed for Market Street.

In short it’s time to get this done for multiple reasons. There rightly has been a lot of heat generated by this issue and it’s time for the Board of Selectmen and the town to get this accomplished so that the town can move on to other pressing issues

New Traffic Study being conducted

November 12, 2014

Yesterday, I sent the following email to Chairman Nelson, and cc’d William Gustus , Joe Yurkus , Phil Crawford , Tom Terranova, David Breen , Andrew Lafferty, Paul Stedman, and Joe DeMaina as these were items I had hoped could help the Town better understand the traffic situation.

The chairman has not responded, but Bill Gustus did and his response states that the town will be redoing the traffic study and will hopefully address the questions I proposed. Really would have been nice to have had the meeting and allowed everyone to participate. Not sure what the next steps are but we will try and keep everyone informed.

Letter to Dave Nelson

(see Town Administrator response below)

Dave,

Sorry that you decided to cancel the traffic hearing but I will let people know.

Since you cancelled the meeting and Bill has about six weeks left I believe you will be the point person on issues until the new Town Administrator comes on board.

I am disappointed that the hearing is cancelled. I had hoped that the following items could be answered or discussed.

  1. Currently at 57.5% of the sq footage of MarketStreet is open
  2. In the VHB traffic study it was stated that the traffic intersection would go from an F Level Of Service (LOS) to a C LOS. Is that the current level?
  3. How is a LSO C defined? I could not find it in the VHB reports. If this is level C then perhaps we have to live with this.
  4. Will current level C be maintainable when next phase open?
  5. Will current level C be maintained when last 109,000 sq ft be open
  6. What are the primary issues that need to be addressed to get it to a level C and is it a town of state responsibility
  7. A few months ago the town allowed additional signage on I-95 , on the ramps, and on the Market Street public way for the purposes of reducing people not knowing where Market Street is and for public safety. How is impact of new signage being measured?

I believe that if what comprises LOS C, it would help if this is what the entire Town has to live with.

Thank you,
Wally

Response from the Town Administrator

Hi Wally,

These are all good questions and I will try to get some answers for you. I met with a new Engineering Group (Beta Engineering) just yesterday to discuss a complete review of the original plans and studies done in connection with the development of the design and light configurations. From there they will document the reality of the situation and compare it with those assumptions. They will either validate or refute them and they will then prepare a plan of action for improving things.

I should have a proposed scope of work tomorrow and will share it with the group for comments and suggestions when it is available. I will also have them review your questions and ask them to provide answers as part of this scope of work.

We have also asked them to review the entire Walnut Street corridor from Saugus to Summer Street and come up with viable proposals to improve things. They will also be reviewing the origins of traffic converging on the area and match that up against the design assumptions on volume and origin of traffic flow.

In short, we really do want to know what is going on here and will continue to seek solutions.

Thanks,

Bill

Wally

Board of Selectmen meeting of November 13, 2014 is canceled

November 12, 2014

​It’s official, the traffic hearing is cancelled. Why they mailed hundreds of invites and then Chairman Nelson cancelled is ​baffling.

The Board of Selectmen meeting that was to be held on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at Lynnfield High School auditorium has been canceled.

Liquor truck 2 20 heading North on Walnut

November 11, 2014

Wonder where they are heading?

Thank you,
Wally