LYNNFIELD COMMUNITY FORUM FOR CITIZEN INPUT ON NEXT TOWN ADMINISTRATOR

November 20, 2017

This is an opportunity to assist the Selectmen on the qualifications and characteristics of the next Town Administrator

Forum will be held Wednesday, November 29, at 7:30 p.m. at Merrrit Center

LYNNFIELD, MA – The Lynnfield Board of Selectmen is pleased to announce it has scheduled a community forum for November 29 to give citizens the opportunity to share their thoughts on the qualifications and characteristics they would like the Town’s next Town Administrator to possess.

The forum will be held on Wednesday, November 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Al Merritt Media and Cultural Center, 600 Market Street (second floor).

“We want to hear Lynnfield residents’ recommendations regarding the qualifications and experience they would like to see in the candidates for our next Town Administrator,” said Christopher Barrett, Chairman of the Lynnfield Board of Selectmen. “It is important to the Board that Lynnfield’s citizens are an integral part of the Town Administrator selection process.”

The Town has hired the consulting firm Community Paradigm Associates, LLC, to assist in the search process. Representatives from the firm, including Principal Bernard Lynch, will attend the community forum along with representatives of the Board of Selectmen.

Current Town Administrator James Boudreau recently submitted his resignation after being selected as the Town of Scituate’s next Town Administrator. He will be leaving his position in Lynnfield at the end of 2017 following a three-year tenure.

For more information on the November 29 community forum, please contact the Lynnfield Board of Selectmen’s office at 781-334-9410.

Read more: http://www.town.lynnfield.ma.us/node/8503

Thank you,
Wally

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Lynnfield Veterans Day Celebration

November 8, 2017

Lynnfield will be celebrating Veteran’s Day this Friday at 10:00 AM.

Details can be found at:

https://www.town.lynnfield.ma.us/home/events/7903

Thank you,
Wally

New post IMPROVING LYNNFIELD’S ELDERLY TAX CREDITS

November 6, 2017

Interesting post on another Lynnfield blog

lynntrans posted: "Elderly Tax relief is becoming a hot topic, throughout the state. Several elderly residents have spoken with me about rising taxes and I think it’s time for Lynnfield to provide an improved tax benefit for our elderly residents. With Reading adopting a Se"

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IMPROVING LYNNFIELD’S ELDERLY TAX CREDITS

by lynntrans

Elderly Tax relief is becoming a hot topic, throughout the state. Several elderly residents have spoken with me about rising taxes and I think it’s time for Lynnfield to provide an improved tax benefit for our elderly residents. With Reading adopting a Senior Tax Break, some research was done to assist and help jumpstart the discussion of a tax credit for Lynnfield’s elderly homeowners.

Why? Why should we grant tax relief to the elderly? They have worked hard their entire lives, paid into the system, and raised their children here. The elderly constitute 18.8% of the Town. They are a significant and vulnerable population. The most deserving elderly should be granted some relief on moral grounds. After all, the measure of a good society is judged by how its children and elderly are treated.

We can afford it. The Town has millions in retiring debt. Much of this money will be committed to new building projects, but surely we can spend some of it on our qualifying seniors. The state also reimburses the Town for qualifying tax credits. The state will help fund the elderly tax credits and can do so at a much more generous level of funding.

The tax relief we give now is insufficient. We give a credit of $500 to 18 seniors in town. That credit is paltry compared to an average family property tax bill of $8,525 for this year. The criteria for the current tax credit are too exclusive. To qualify, Seniors must have less than $40,000 in assets in their possession. The current credit is only available to those who make less than $7,000 after Social Security. This current credit is so restrictive that we have seen a 50% decline in enrollment.

We have options. The state has allowed more generous options. One choice would be to adjust the income limitations on the current credit. We could even double the size of the credit to $1000. Another alternative would be to adopt Clause 41C½ which has no asset limit and the income limits are fixed by the state. Last year the state set the limit at $86,000 for married couples. As long as we do not exceed the guidelines, the state will reimburse the town accordingly.

Adopting Clause 41C½ would have a real impact. According to the most recent state numbers 284 people could qualify under the state formula. However the state number is based on individual income tax returns, and does not account for the need to file property tax by household, so the number eligible is a little smaller. Nonetheless that number is far greater than the 18 people under the current restrictive credit. This could impact roughly $379,000 which could be abated to taxpayers , with the town receiving reimbursements from the state. The current credit only abates $13,500 to Lynnfield’s tax payers.

Current Credit (Clause 41C) Potential Clause 41C½
People Qualifying 18 284
Income Limits $7000, after deduction for Social Security $71,000 single person; $86,000 married
Asset Limits $40,000 for all possession No limit
Amount Abated to each House $500 5%-20% of the median assessed property value
Amount in play $13,500 $379,000 (est.)
*Default for 41C1/2: must own here for min. 10 years and 70 years old by July 1 of filing year.
Current Credit (Clause 41C) Potential Clause 41C½
People Qualifying 18 284
Income Limits $7000, after deduction for Social Security $71,000 single person; $86,000 married
Asset Limits $40,000 for all possession No limit
Amount Abated to each House $500 5%-20% of the median assessed property value
Amount in play $13,500 $379,000 (est.)
*Default for 41C1/2: must own here for min. 10 years and 70 years old by July 1 of filing year.

As Lynnfield residents, it is time to ask ourselves what priority our elderly have with so many future demands on our tax dollars. This may not be the elderly tax credit the town adopts, but it will start the discussion on what kind of tax relief our qualifying seniors will or should receive. I hope you have found this information useful and look forward to supporting our town boards as they solidify improved Elderly Tax Credits for Lynnfield’s deserving Elderly homeowners.

Respectfully,

Katy Shea

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Reminder Lynnfield Multicultural Celebration today at the Middle School from 4:00-6:30

October 16, 2017

Quick reminder about today’s event. Details at:

http://www.lynnfield4love.org/

or on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/lynnfield4love/

Thank you,
Wally

Lynnfield MarketStreet Berm Update

October 9, 2017

All,
​The following two items that were mentioned in the last post have not been brought before the Board of Selectmen in approximately two years. The current Board has not had a chance to act on the issues, but we are hopeful they will act on them in the upcoming months.

The two items were:

  1. The town has not identified who is responsible for enforcing the berm design standard.
  2. The Board of Selectmen have not acted on requests to incorporate the agreed upon noise standards into the general bylaws so the police can enforce them

Berm and Noise Presentation to MarketStreet Committee (MSAC)

September 30, 2017

Joe DeMaina, Dave Basile and others made statements at the Sept 14th hearing.

Main points were:

  1. The town has not identified who is responsible for enforcing the berm design standards
  2. The Board of Selectmen have not acted on requests to incorporate the agreed upon noise standards into the general bylaws so the police can enforce them.

In addition all member of the MarketStreet committee were provided with a copy of

a. The attached presentation.

b. 2007 Development Agreement

c. 2011 Development Agreement

d. The Design Standards

e. The 2007 presentation that National Development used at Town Meeting to sell the project.

All of the documents are available on the website at:

www.ctpl01940.org

Berm_and_Noise_2017_09_14.pdf

Lynnfield Market Street hearing this evening

September 14, 2017

Reminder the Noise and Berm hearing is this evening (Thursday ) Sept 14th at 7:00 PM at the Merritt Center, 600 Market Street.

Lynnfield MarketStreet Berm and Noise Hearing Thursday Sept 14 at 7:00 PM

September 10, 2017

There will be a public hearing regarding the MarketSteet Berm and Noise Issues on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 7pm in the Al Merritt Room – 600 Market Street, Lynnfield (Entrance is found between Fugakyu and Sweet Greens, proceed to 2nd Floor). For those unable to attend, feedback can also be shared via email at msac. The deadline for all feedback shared via email is Tuesday, September 12, 2017.

Additional details are contained in the following press release is:

Established by the Lynnfield Selectmen on May 8, 2017, the MarketStreet Advisory Committee’s (MSAC) mission is to establish a means of effective and ongoing communication for Lynnfield residents, Town of Lynnfield representatives, and WS Development and National Development, the firms that own and manage MarketStreet Lynnfield. The result of this communication will lead to better collaboration and a strengthened partnership between all parties involved with MarketStreet Lynnfield. This Committee will play a critical role in making sure MarketStreet Lynnfield is a success for the Town of Lynnfield now and in the future.

Made up of 13 Lynnfield residents representing all four precincts, MSAC has spent the summer getting organized, establishing processes and identifying top matters of interest concerning MarketStreet. The matters of interest include the Berm, (the hill between Walnut Street and MarketStreet), Noise Management Improvement, Traffic Improvement, Advisement on Parking, Advisement on Financial Impact, Updating on the Development of Building 1350 (the building with Lahey Health as a tenant) and Advisement on the Potential Development of a Theatre/Cinema (currently, there is no theatre/cinema proposal from National Development for consideration). Sub-committees have been assigned to each matter of interest and have been tasked to educate themselves on stakeholders’ perspectives and report back to MSAC on their findings. The committee at large will consider those findings and when applicable, draft an advisement to be given to the Board of Selectmen.

Among other resources, feedback from Lynnfield residents is paramount to this discovery process. MSAC will designate an agenda item at upcoming meetings to hear feedback on these matters of interest.

The first two matters of interest discussed will be the Berm, and Noise Management Improvement. MSAC invites residents to share feedback on these topics by attending the MSAC meeting on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 7pm in the Al Merritt Room – 600 Market Street, Lynnfield (Entrance is found between Fugakyu and Sweet Greens, proceed to 2nd Floor). For those unable to attend, feedback can also be shared via email at msac. The deadline for all feedback shared via email is Tuesday, September 12, 2017.

This MSAC hearing is limited to feedback relative to the Berm and Noise Management during the September 14th meeting. Future MSAC meetings will be designated as hearings for the remaining matters of interest.

Thank you,

Wally

Lynnfield King Rail Golf Course clubhouse hearing Tuesday Sept 12 7:30

September 10, 2017

At the Tuesday Board of Appeals Agenda is the application for a special permit by King Rail Golf Course for the Clubhouse. Anybody interested in influencing the hearing deliberations should attend this meeting on Tues Sep 12, 2017; 7:30PM at the Middle School.

Lynnfield Board of Selectmen Agenda 08/21/2017

August 18, 2017

MEETING NOTICE
TOWN OF LYNNFIELD

Board/Committee Name: Board of Selectmen

Day/Date: August 21, 2017

Time of Meeting: 6:30 PM

Location: Merritt Center, 600 Market Street

This~meeting~is being recorded and transmitted via cable television.

AGENDA

1. Pledge of Allegiance

2. Little League proclamation

3. Appointments/interviews
· Historical Commission
· Recreational Path Committee
· Town Meeting Study Committee
· Finance Committee
· Board of Appeals

4. Common victualler license – Countryside Deli, 12 Salem Street – Patrick Mastorilli

5. Petition for change of manager, Efrain Roman, Legal Sea Foods, LLC, dba Legal Sea Foods, 427 Walnut Street

6. Petition for change of manager, Brendan LeBlanc, Kings Bowl of Lynnfield, dba Kings, 510 Market Street

7. Petition for change of officer, Ninety Nines Restaurants of Boston, LLC, dba 99 Restaurant and Pub, 317 Salem Street

8. Request for extended holiday hours, Market Street

9. Personnel Board – proposed personnel bylaw revision

10. Community Survey Presentation (Recreation Results/Heather Sievers)

11. Recreation Commission – Presentation of new fields policy

12. Open fall town meeting warrant

13. Street signs – Veterans/Gold Star

14. Sewer agreement: Town of Wakefield, Market Street, MWRA

15. Exemption for Finance Committee member under Chapter 268(A) Section 20(B) for municipal contract for DJ services

16. Ratification of contracts with Department of Public Works bargaining unit, clerical workers bargaining unit

17. Meeting schedule for 2017-2018

18. Selectmen Update:
· Townsend Award (Chairman Barrett)

19. Town Administrator Update:
· Action item list

20. Public Comment:
· Opportunity for residents to bring matters before the Board of Selectmen that are not on the official agenda.

21. Proclamations: see above

22. Use of Town Facilities
· September 11, 2017 – common – First Responders Day
· Banner for First Responders Day, August 29-Sept. 11
· Use of streets – Best Buddies road race, October 1

23. Administrative Matters
· Signing of warrants