Archive for October, 2015

Board of Selectmen Agenda 10/19/2015

October 16, 2015

Board of Selectmen agenda for this Monday evening before Town Meeting

Thank you,
​Wally​

BOARD OF SELECTMEN
AGENDA
October 19, 2015

Regular Meeting – 6:30 p.m. Teacher’s cafeteria, Lynnfield Middle School, 505 Main Street

****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.

6:30 p.m. Pledge of Allegiance

Recommendations on warrant articles

Appointment of Assistant Town Accountant

Use of Town facilities: Jumin, Inc., common, September 11, 2016

One-day liquor license: None

Minutes: October 2, 2015

Proclamations: None

Administrative matters: Signing of warrants

A letter about upcoming Town Meeting from Katy Shea #lynnfield #TownMeeting #mapoli

October 14, 2015

Dear Lynnfield Residents,

On Monday, October 19 at Town Meeting, we will be voting on Article 4, in hopes of increasing the number of Selectmen from three to five. After much consideration, I am in favor of this Warrant article and believe its passing will be the right decision for Lynnfield. The three Selectmen Board in the past has served us well but, we are no longer a small “bedroom community” north of Boston. We now have a robust shopping area, four fairly new apartment buildings, an increase of new homes and more changes coming if we continue with this progressive agenda. After considering the following information, I hope you will attend town meeting and cast a positive vote for Article 4.

According to Massachusetts General Law, since 2 members would constitute a quorum, our Selectman cannot speak to each other outside of a public meeting. Nor can they speak to each other through the Town Administrator. A five member Board will allow them to work in groups of two to tackle current issues, similar to the way our School Committee works now, without violating the Open Meeting Law. The Town of Lynnfield is changing and our Charter with a three Selectmen Board, created 48 years ago should be changed to reflect the new realities. It is my opinion that we need to be represented by a larger, more collaborative Board of Selectmen with a more independent, diverse and objective outlook.

From my perspective, we need additional Selectmen who can commit the time to take a closer look at the issues to best position us for the future. We have many pending issues such as Pension and Healthcare funding for Town employees, rising taxes, Centre Farm, Perley Burrill, potential Market Street expansion with a movie theater, High Pressure Gas Pipelines installation, closing of Union Hospital, Market Street Traffic, a new Library, Reconfiguration of Lynnfield Center, road repairs, ongoing building and field maintenance, Route One Business Expansion, Digital Billboard Signage, addressing the “F” rating of route 129/Salem Street, the opening of the King Rail Golf Course and placement of cell towers. Never in the past have we had to deal with so much expansion and changes that affect our town.

Outstanding pension obligations (OPEB) are a continuing problem and could be a gating item for many of our Town improvement plans. In Wakefield, there are seven Selectmen and they have funded $8 Million of their OPEB obligations so far and are receiving interest on their invested funds. Our increasing OPEB obligation and our pool of employees continues to increase and is projected to cost the town taxpayers $56M for the life time of the benefit recipients. Former and existing Finance Committee Chairs have not made it a priority for funding and are pushing the debt into the future. Jim Boudreau, our new Town Administrator, at the last BOS Meeting, stated Lynnfield has contributed only $200 thousand to an UNFUNDED, current balance of $21M (OPEB Year-To-Date balance provided by Town Auditors). Healthcare and pension funding is THE issue crippling corporations, states and towns and we must get a handle on it and make a significant contribution to it yearly. We cannot continue to ignore it in the “Pollyanna” hopes that we, and all the other communities in the United States, will be rescued by the Federal Government.

Twice last year Town Meeting Vote was overturned by a 2 to 1 vote of our Board of Selectman (Please visit Lynnfieldtransparency.com for more details on these voting issues). In my opinion, a three person Board makes it too easy for two Members to march in blind “lock-step” and take such actions as thwarting the Will of the People by ignoring Town Meeting Votes. We have spent the last two years with Mr. Crawford and Mr. Nelson voting the same way and now Mr. Barrett has shown signs of the same behavior. Mr. Barrett immediately broke tradition when he did not vote the third year Selectman as Chairman (Mr. Terranova is our third year Selectman). The Chairman position is critical since it sets the Towns agenda and controls the Selectmen public meetings and discussions. Instead, Mr. Barret voted for Mr. Crawford as Chairman for a second term. In addition, our three person Board poses problems with the cleanup of the Perley Burrill property. We may end up having one Selectman able to vote on this issue and he could not do so because of absence of a quorum. (Mr. Barrett is a direct abutter and his property value could directly increase from the Town funded efforts he may be voting on. It is anticipated ethics charges will be filed to remove Mr. Barrett from voting on this issue. Mr. Terranova continues to recuse himself from this matter.)

It is time to stop the name calling and dysfunctional behavior. It is time to move forward and assemble a diverse, collaborative board that focus’ on the town issues and long range planning. It is clear that the lack of communication amongst our Selectman is not working for the citizens of Lynnfield. A five member Board of Selectmen will correct this problem and provide additional diversity and objectivity to the Board all to the benefit of the Town of Lynnfield.

I look forward to seeing you at town meeting and hope you vote “YES” for article 4.

Sincerely,

Katy Shea

Thank you,
Wally

Fall Town Meeting – Oct 19th Proposed recodified bylaws now available online #Lynnfield #CTPL

October 11, 2015

Thank you,
Wally

Voters at the fall town meeting, to be held on Monday, October 19, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. at the Lynnfield Middle School auditorium, Main Street, will be asked to consider the recodification of the Town’s general bylaws (excluding the Town’s zoning bylaws, the recodification of which is still under consideration by the Planning Board). This recodification is the result of a project through which the Town has reviewed its existing bylaws and with the assistance of a consulting firm has organized and standardized the bylaws and brought them into full accordance with state laws and regulations.

A redlined copy of the proposed recodified bylaws, available in Microsoft Word and showing all proposed additions and deletions, can be found at:

http://www.town.lynnfield.ma.us/Pages/LynnfieldMA_townmeeting/index

Under the Additional Links listing, click on 2015 Bylaw Recodification.

New post Last Day To Comment On Pipeline October 16

October 11, 2015

Road Paving on Main Street #lynnfield #traffic

October 4, 2015

Thank you,
Wally

ATTENTION!

PAVING ON MAIN ST(Rte 128 to Old Towne Rd), LOWELL ST(Old Wood Rd to Main St.),
LOCKSLEY RD(Moulton Drive to Friars Lne), WING RD, STROUT AVE, and MIRABEAU LNE

The Department of Publics Works is set to begin paving on Main Street(Route 128 ramps to Old Towne Rd), Lowell Street(Old Wood Rd to Main St.), Locksley Road(Moulton Drive to Friars Lane), Wing Road, Strout Ave, and Mirabeau Lane on Tuesday, October 6, 2015(weather permitting). The paving of these streets will take approximately 3 days to complete.

As with any construction project of this nature we ask for your cooperation while this work is being performed. Please expect some inconvenience during construction including delays and possible detours. During construction road work will start at 7 am so we ask that all cars parked on those streets to be removed by then. Access will be provided to residents homes during paving.

Public Works will make every effort to minimize the time that you may be inconvenienced. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the DPW office at (781) 334-9500.

Board of Selectmen Agenda 10/05/2015 – #Lynffield

October 1, 2015

Lengthy agenda and being held at Market Street

Thank you,
Wally

BOARD OF SELECTMEN
AGENDA
Monday, October 5, 2015

Regular Meeting – 6:30 p.m. Al Merritt Center, 600 Market Street

****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.

6:30 p.m.

7:00 p.m.

7:15 p.m.

Request for executive session under MGL Section 30A, Sec. 21(A)(3), regarding litigation strategy in re: Lynnfield v. Pascucci

Pledge of Allegiance

Fire Lt. Cohen commendation

North Shore Workforce Investment Board Memorandum of Agreement

Public hearing, petition for joint or identical pole locations, Verizon New England Inc. and Reading Municipal Light Department, Parsons Avenue, VZ N.E. Inc. Plan No. 40BU6J dated July 20, 2015

Change of manager, Kings Bowl of Lynnfield, dba Kings, Christopher
Michael Barrows

Class II motor vehicle dealer license application, Michael DiCorato, 3 Melch Road, wholesale license only

Appeal of shade tree hearing – Parsons Avenue

LIFE, Inc. request to increase sale prices at Center Village and Essex Village

Common victualler license, Sweetgreen New England, 675 Market Street

Capital Facilities Advisory Committee

Police Department staffing

Kinder Morgan pipeline update

Union Hospital update

Perley Burrill update

Camp Curtis Guild cell tower update

Recommendations on warrant articles

Use of Town facilities: October 30, common, Lynnfield Recreation, Halloween parade
One-day liquor license: None
Minutes: September 9, 2015
Proclamations: Knights of Columbus Tootsie Roll Drive,
Fire Lt. Theodore Cohen
Administrative matters: Signing of warrants

Articles being discussed on Friday morning selectmen’s meeting #lynnfield

October 1, 2015

Here is the link to the articles being discussed on Friday at 8:00 AM.

http://www.town.lynnfield.ma.us/pages/LynnfieldMA_BOS/Selectmen%20Meeting%20Materials/October%202%202015.pdf

Thank you,
Wally
Wallace McKenzie