Archive for April, 2015

Lynnfield Town Meeting continues this Thursday at the Middle School at 7:30

April 28, 2015

The town meeting did not complete business on Monday night and a second session is scheduled for this Thursday April 30th at 7:30 PM at the Lynnfield Middle School.

Your attendance is important as there are several zoning articles still left and two of them deal with controlling the use of movable lights, etc.

Please attend.

Thank you,

Town Meeting Tonight , April 27th at the Lynnfield Middle School at 7:30 PM

April 27, 2015

Thank you,

Winners and Losers in Lynnfield Town Election #lynnfield #mapoli

April 21, 2015


Democracy – Voters were concerned and turned out in record #s for a town election. Went from 1,903 voters in 2013 to 2,675 in 2015, a 40% increase. In 2013 there were two selectmen races, this year; the only contested race was the selectmen race.

Katy Shea – She was able to articulate growing concerns with a large segment of the town. Concerns ranged from taxes to changing character of the community. She was able to bring new people into the election process.

Chris Barrett – Was able to use his school committee incumbency, current town officials endorsements, mailings and robo calls to win the election

Lawn Signs printers– Barrett easily outnumbered Shea signs and the printers for both of them were clear winners. No one uses bumper stickers anymore.


Arthur Bourque – The Town Moderator’s 4 page letter supporting Chris Barrett turned off a number of people with the characterization of Kate Shea’s supporters. I found his Orwellian history of the Market Street signage the most interesting. The email and letter probably did not have the positive impact he had planned. An interesting note is that although the number of voters from 2013 to2015 increased 40%, the number of write-ins for moderator increased 100%.

Chris Barrett – As Joe DeMaina said – "As Phil Crawford before him (evading Town Meeting votes not once but twice) Chris Barretts’ first act as a Selectman was to defy the long standing town tradition of voting in as Chairman the Selectman next up for election by voting in Phil Crawford as the new chairman. They believe the only opinions that matter are their own. Instead of being independent the new Selectman is beholding to Crawford and his base. He will do as he is told."

Katy Shea – Could not find a the final way to change 20 votes.

Unanswered Questions

Will Chairman Phil Crawford and Chris Barrett try and address the concerns that Kate Shea raised and will they try and bring others into the Town Government

What will Kate Shea do over the next year? Will she be able to continue to be an effective “change agent?”

According to the election results the Town Clerk sent out there were six people who did not vote in the Selectman’s race. It was the only contested race, so I wonder what uncontested race did they go down and vote for.

Thank you,

Barrett wins Selectman race by 1% #lynnfield #mapoli

April 13, 2015

Prec 1 Prec 2 Prec 3 Prec 4 Total

Barrett 361 259 310 424 1,354

Shea 373 282 290 370 1,315

Barrett wins by 39 votes

Thank you,

Katy Shea for Selectman #lynnfield #mapoli

April 11, 2015

Please for Katy Shea for Selectman this monday, April 13th.

All voting is at the high school , 275 Essex st, from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

Thank you,
Wally McKenzie

Board of Selectmen Agenda 04/13/2015 #lynnfield

April 10, 2015

Monday, April 13, 2015

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

Request for amendment to Market Street development agreement for extended hours for fitness facilities

Motions on warrant articles

Fiscal Year 2015 transfers and payment of bills from a prior fiscal year

Capital budget revision

Articles for inclusion in consent agenda

Linda Gillon – Resignation from Historical Commission

Announcement of Election Results

Swearing in and reorganization of Board

Use of Town facilities: Common, Memorial Day and Veterans Day observances, May 26 and November 11
South Fire lot, car wash, LHS boys lacrosse, April 26 and June 7
South Fire lot, car wash, LHS baseball, May 3 and May 10,
South Fire lot, car wash, LHS boys soccer, Sept. 13
Little League Parade, May 2, 2015
Common, May 17, Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Walk
Banner for Reid’s Ride
Banner for Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Walk

One-day liquor license: Knights of Columbus, May 22, 5-9 p.m., private party
Knights of Columbus, June 13, 7-11 p.m. private party

Minutes: March 9, 2015; March 23, 2015

Proclamations: None

Administrative matters: Signing of warrants

Question from Joe DeMaina #Lynnfield #mapoli

April 8, 2015

It has recently been told to me that Chris Barrett is saying that he has been attending traffic meetings right along. Has anybody else heard that ? Because as you surely know I have attended all the traffic meeting and I haven’t seen him. Curious.

Thank you,

Dave Miller response to Jack Adelson Letter

April 1, 2015

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