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Lynnfield Center Water District announces Level 3 water use restriction

June 17, 2019

The Lynnfield Center Water District announces that it has implemented a Level 3 Water Restriction.

During a Level 3 restriction, outdoor lawn and garden watering is permitted two days per week — on Tuesday’s and Saturday’s — between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. The move to a Level 3 restriction was triggered by the stream flow in the Ipswich River.

The Lynnfield Center Water District maintains a year-round watering restriction schedule mandated by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. More information about the restrictions is available online at www.lcwd.us.

"Water restrictions are a fact of life for us during this time of year," LCWD Board of Water Commissioners Chair Robert Almy said. "We ask that all district members adhere to these modest regulations in order to ensure water is not wasted during daylight hours."

First time violators of the restriction will receive a warning, followed by fines up to $250 for subsequent and repeated violations.

Lynnfield Center Water District serves a portion of the Town; the southern portion is served by Lynnfield Water District.

Pillings Pond to be treated on May 29

May 28, 2019

WARNING
PILLINGS POND TO BE TREATED ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 29, 2019

THESE WATERS HAVE BEEN CHEMICALLY TREATED TO CONTROL THE GROWTH OF NUISANCE AQUATIC VEGETATION

DO NOT USE THE WATER FOR THE FOLLOWING PURPOSE(S) UNTIL THE DATE NOTED BELOW:

DRINKING AND COOKING
5/31/2019
BOATING, FISHING AND SWIMMING
5/30/2019
WATERING OF LIVESTOCK
5/30/2019
IRRIGATION
6/3/2019
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Lynnfield Conservation Commission: 781-334-9495
THIS CHEMICAL TREATMENT IS BEING CONDUCTED PURSUANT TO A PERMIT ISSUED BY THE MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION (MASSDEP) AND AN ORDER OF CONDITIONS ISSUED BY THE LYNNFIELD CONSERVATION COMMISSION DEP FILE # 209-0380
THIS SIGN MUST REMAIN POSTED 7 DAYS AFTER TREATMENT OR UNTIL THE LATEST DATE LISTED ABOVE

Memorial Day parade and observance Monday

May 26, 2019

This year’s Memorial Day parade & observance will be held on Monday, May 27. The parade will muster in the parking lot of Our Lady of Assumption Church at 8:15 a.m. Once assembled, the parade will march to the South Burying Ground on Salem Street and then to the Willow Cemetery on Summer Street. Ceremonies will be conducted at each location. The parade will then return to the South Lynnfield Fire Station for a brief recess.
The parade will reassemble at the Middle School at 10:00 a.m. and will march to the West Burying Ground, Old Burying Ground, and Forest Hill Cemetery. Ceremonies will be conducted at each location. The parade will then march to the Meeting House and common for final ceremonies to begin at approximately 11:00 a.m. This year’s featured speaker will be newly elected Planning Board member and twenty-year retired Air Force Major Thomas Wallace. Our celebration will include music and a cook-out at the conclusion of the ceremony on the common. We hope to conclude all activities by 1:00 PM. All veterans and residents are encouraged to participate in some or all of the ceremonies.
In case of heavy rain, the ceremony will be held in the Middle School Auditorium at 11:00 a.m.
Lynnfield’s American Legion Post 131 will be on site and donations may be made to them after the ceremony.

Town Moderator seeking people for Finance Committee

May 13, 2019

The Town Moderator is seeking candidates/nominations for Lynnfield’s Finance Committee – 3 year term member.

Working with other members, the duties include contributing to thought processes’ regarding the Town’s operational and capital budgets and financial position and strategies, reviewing, evaluating and discussing departmental budget requests, providing recommendations for upcoming warrant articles, researching strategies and items that arise, and providing an overall budget recommendation to be voted on in the Annual Town Meeting. Members are expected to gain familiarity with applicable Massachusetts General Laws and general financial principles.

Members must be available to attend committee meetings which are held on a Monday night each month. Meetings are held more frequently during the budget preparation season (January- April).

Interested applicants should email a letter of interest to Joe Markey at joe.markey

Correction: Six Million not five

May 6, 2019

The settlement with National Development is actually SIX million not five.    Settlement document is available at:

https://topics01940.files.wordpress.com/2019/05/fully-executed-settlement-letter-marketstreet-lynnfield.pdf

FIVE Million Dollar Tax Reduction for National Development

May 2, 2019

At Town Meeting the Town Administrator confirmed that the Town spent 36,000 dollars to defend itself against 4 cases at the state Appellate Tax Board. The resultant settlement lowered National Development assessment of Market Street by FIVE million dollars and the town had to refund 102,000 dollars rather than continue spending money on legal fees. This is important for the following reasons:

  1. The reduction in the assessment saves National approximately 85,000 per year. In two years they will have saved approximately 272,000. Almost the same amount they proposed “donating” for the fields. In summary the donation would not cost National Development anything.
  2. The FIVE million dollars reduction will be made by spreading the cost over all the property taxpayers in town.

This case was settled in Oct 2018, but has never been publicized.

So much for transparency

 

National Development’s withdrawal letter

April 21, 2019

Dear Selectmen,

Thank you, particularly to Mr. Dalton and Mr. Crawford, for your continuing efforts to work with MarketStreet and for the best interests of the community.  You have reflected the true spirit of partnership that has marked MarketStreet’s twelve year relationship with the Town of Lynnfield.  We have appreciated the opportunity to explore our proposal and work with you, the MarketStreet Advisory Committee, the Town of Lynnfield, and the greater Lynnfield community.

The decision not to proceed to spring Town Meeting is a difficult one.  In the end, we believe that it is an unfortunate outcome for both Lynnfield and MarketStreet.  Our application was delayed for a year to allow the MarketStreet Advisory Committee to study the project.  Waiting another year, as suggested by some, would yield no new information.

One of the things that we said when we came before the Board several months ago was that we hoped the discourse could occur in a constructive manner.  Unfortunately, the idea of civil discourse was not embraced by all.  Misrepresentations, inaccuracies and name calling by several vocal opponents will, without doubt, contribute to a poor long-term result for the town.

MarketStreet will continue to be the premier retail destination on the North Shore.  We will also continue to contribute over $4 million to Lynnfield’s tax base and, in time, build the remaining approximately 60,000 square feet of already permitted space within MarketStreet.  What we will not be able to do without the development of the theater is provide a smart signal system, ramp improvements, additional parking or make a major contribution to Lynnfield’s park improvements.

Thank you to those in Lynnfield who gave us their time and attention overt the last few months.  We look forward to continuing our partnership with the Town for many more years.

 

Ted Tye
Managing Partner
617-559-5050
tye@natdev.com
 

National has withdrawn the cineplex article

April 9, 2019

At tonight’s selectmens meeting, National Development submitted a letter withdrawing the Cineplex article.

We will publish the letter when we get a copy.

Thanks to everyone.

 

David Morales letter

April 6, 2019

Letter to the Lynn Item by Lynnfield resident on why to Vote No on Article 14

https://www.itemlive.com/2019/04/05/letter-to-the-editor-more-data-needed-on-lynnfield-cinema/

National Developments Latest Ad

April 6, 2019

National Development’s latest ad is another doozy!

Phil Crawford crows that MarketSreet has paid over $22 million in taxes. Yeah Phil, they have and they are wildly successful. That’s good and bad. They are a victim of their own success. Being 4 times as successful as first anticipated has brought 4 times the traffic overwhelming the road system around MarketStreet. Those of us who live here see it every day. Spend a day down here and see for yourself. We don’t bite. I’ll buy you a roast beef sandwich. You’ll see the road system is full.

The Cineplex will help sustain the vibrancy of MarketStreet. You guys really need to read the paper. Have you heard of the internet? Entertainment research shows a steady decline in movie attendance. 2017 was the worst year in 25 years. The average adult sees just 5 movies a year and 2/3 of adults say their movie attendance is declining. You guys want to keep MS vibrant, but you’re backing the wrong horse.

And don’t brag that the new garage will add 300 parking spots, because it will eliminate 140 spots. The net gain is only 160 for an 800-seat megaplex.

Significant traffic flow improvements are speculative, at best, because you won’t make them first so we can see if they work. If you are so sure they work, prove it first before you generate significantly more traffic. PS: Your own traffic guy says the adaptive lights won’t work in heavy traffic. Hello Newton Company! We have heavy traffic!

You will give the town $300,000 development contributions if we do what you want. Sorry, I’m not for sale. And if I were, it wouldn’t be for a measly $300K.

Generate over $350,000 in annual tax revenue. Apparently you don’t listen to your own financial guy. Because when asked at his MSAC presentation, he admitted that if an office building was built instead of a cinema, that financially, it essentially was a wash.

Provide over $200,000 in permitting fees. Yep and do you think we would let you build an office building for free? We will get permitting fees for office space too! Think again.

Provide recreational enjoyment for all ages. According to well-documented research by the entertainment industry, the average adult views 5 movies a year and this number is dropping. ND have you heard of the Internet? You know Netflix? Boy are you out of touch.

According to industry research, the target market for movie theaters is the 13 to 26 year old market. Your movie theater will bring them from all the surrounding towns as in “Let’s hang out in Lynnfield.”

This is the problem of having old guys run National Development. They are nostalgic for their youth. As in the words of Tom Wolfe, “You can’t go home again.”

Let’s cut to the chase. A development company from Newton whose managing partner lives in Boston could not care less if we are tied up all day in traffic as long as they are making money. Sadly, there are some residents of Lynnfield who feel the same way, as long as it somebody else’s pain, what do I care. Sad. It was never like this in Lynnfield before. Does anyone care that this town is being split in half? Oh well, I guess it’s just follow the money.

Vote NO on Article 14 – it is a bad idea for Lynnfield because it won’t do what they say it will and it will make a horrible traffic situation exponentially worse.