AdCom’s Recommendations for Tuesday’s Special Town Meeting
Here’s an overview of the warrant articles on Foxborough's Special Town Meeting warrant and the article-by-article recommendations the Advisory Committee is expected to make Tuesday.
In advance of Tuesday’s Special Town Meeting at Foxborough High School, the town’s Advisory Committee has taken positions on each of the warrant’s 13 articles.
Of the 13 articles on the warrant, AdCom will recommend approval on seven, no action on three and disapproval on three, including Article 6, the community turf field project.
Below is a summary of AdCom’s recommendations for Special Town Meeting, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Foxborough High School on Tuesday, Dec. 11.
To view the Special Town Meeting warrant, click here.
|ARTICLE 1: Fire Contract||12-0-0 (Approval)
||Summary will be available at Special Town Meeting.|
|ARTICLE 2: Police Contract||10-0-0
|There is currently no signed contract.|
|ARTICLE 3: Highway and Water Contract||10-0-0 (Approved)||
This article proposes funding for the collective bargaining agreement recently negotiated by and between the Town of Foxborough and the Foxborough Highway and Water Employees Union
The proposed agreement would cover the period from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013, and add $25,644 in additional cost to the FY13 budget.
1. Article IV (Compensation): The salary schedule will increase 1% after July 1, 2012, and
2. Article III Section E: This is an acknowledgement by the Highway and Water Employees
3. The proposal also contains $4,027 in miscellaneous FY13 increases such as: (a) increase
|ARTICLE 4: Unpaid Water Bill||11-0-0 (Approval)||
The Advisory Committee voted to recommend approval of this article to fund an unpaid water
Background: The Town of Mansfield provides water to a small number of Foxboro homes
The Town of Foxboro did not receive its 2011 water bill from the Town of Mansfield until 2012. This water bill is a legitimate expense incurred by the Town of Mansfield on behalf of the Town of Foxboro, but because it was received after the closing of the prior fiscal year, it will require
|ARTICLE 5: Town Hall||10-0-0
|The Board of Selectmen requested that we move No Action on this article after a detailed
analysis of the proposed funding mechanism revealed s shortfall several years out.
|ARTICLE 6: Artificial Turf Field||3-9-0 (Disapproval)||
If approved by Town Meeting, this article will allow $125,000 from Overlay Surplus to be
Additionally, approval of this article will indicate approval of the spending of funds from the following funding sources:
The field would be built at the high school in the area where the Baseball and Softball fields are
In addition, lighting and a community-donated scoreboard would be constructed at the turf field.
Phase two, which would cost an additional $1.8 million, (appropriated in the future) would fund the construction of bleachers, an 8 lane track, a press box, concession stands and bathrooms.
The advisory committee believes that this project is too expensive given that we have recently
In addition we know that we have a number of large capital articles coming up in the near future including the Burrell School renovation and a replacement or renovation of Town Hall. We believe that the $1,000,000 left over from the High School renovation project would be better spent on whichever of these projects comes forward first.
|ARTICLE 7: Organ Donor||0-11-1 (Disapproval)||
The purpose of this article is to see if the Town will vote to accept the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, chapter 149, section 33E, which allows an employee of the commonwealth or of a county, or of a city or town that accepts this section, may take a leave of absence of not more than 30 days in a calendar year to serve as an organ donor, without loss of or reduction in pay, with loss of leave to which he is otherwise entitled and without loss of credit for time or service; or take any other action relative thereto.
After careful consideration and discussion, the Advisory Committee recommends not approving
|ARTICLE 8: Water and Sewer Employees||12-0-0 (Approval)||
The goal of this Article is to allow the Town Manager to oversee directly the water and sewer
This change is unanimously supported by the Town Manager, Board of Selectmen and the Water and Sewer Commission.
Procedurally, this Article is a little different from other Articles in the Warrant because this
|ARTICLE 9: DISABILITY COMMISSION||0-11-1 (Disapproval)||
Currently the Town has a disability committee to advise the Town, its elected officials and other committees and departments on matters effecting residents with disabilities and how such town officials, committees and departments may want to consider such resident’s disabilities when undertaking projects, setting policy and making other decisions that may impact residents with
Since the Town already has an active disability committee in place today and adopting the
Since the the Advisory Committee had only a very short period of time to explore all the details of this proposal or to meet with the committee members, the Advisory Committee determined that adopting this Article was not in the best interest of the Town at this time.
|ARTICLE 10: TIER I ASSESSMENT||11-0-0 (Approval)||
This Article asks Town Meeting to appropriate the funds to do a study to see if there is any
The property came into the towns possession some time ago for failure to pay taxes and abuts the old Fire House property both of which we would like to sell.
Knowing if there is any contamination on the property is important because it could put a potential buyers mind at ease or if there is
|ARTICLE 11: AMEND ZONING BY-LAWS
This is a housekeeping article. The section of the Zoning By-Laws referenced in this article
There is no section 3.4 in the zoning by-laws and if this article is accepted the sentence would be modified to read - “The Board of Appeals shall not have authority to authorize a use variance.”
|ARTICLE 12: AMEND ZONING BY-LAWS||11-0-0 (Approval)||Norfolk County has redone the flood plain maps and designations. In order for businesses and
residents within the Flood Plain Overlay District to be able to continue to buy flood insurance we
need to modify our definitions. This Article would implement that change.
|ARTICLE 13: MUNICPAL HOUSING TRUST||11-0-0
|After discussing this article with members of the Planning Board and the Town Planner it was
agreed that more information was needed. For that reason we recommend no action and we
expect that this article will be brought forward at a future Town Meeting.