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Foxborough Town Meeting Passes Gillette Stadium Area Parking Bylaw

Foxborough Town Meeting bylaw designed to prevent unauthorized parking in the Gillette Stadium area.

 

Three articles on the annual Foxborough Town Meeting warrant drew most of the attention Monday night. Town meeting was able to finish all of the articles in one night.

Articles to eliminate unlicensced parking in the Gillette Stadium area passed, while an article to have towns pay the base salary difference between military pay and their town worker pay and one for a Stretch Energy Code bylaw both failed.

Residents in the area of Gillette Stadium will face a $100 fine if they park cars on their property without a license during events at Gillette Stadium with a crowd of more than 15,000 in attendance. The article passed by a 73-50 margin.

Foxborough Police Chief Edward O'Leary said the bylaw was necessary because of safety concerns in the areas surrounding the stadium.

"You can't have a commercial parking lot in a residential area," he said, calling it a public safety issue.

Article 23 would have provided town employees with the difference in pay between their town base salary and their base Armed Forces pay. Both Foxborough Veterans Agent Michael Johns and town manager Kevin Paicos, who is in the Army National Guard, spoke in favor of the article, but it was defeated by a 70-65 vote.

The advisory board had a difficult time voting on their recommendation on the article, even making a point to discuss it again before town meeting started. By a 6-5 vote, the board decided not to recommend it be approved.

Article 22 woulth have put a Stretch Energy Conservation Code into effect in residental and town buidings in an effort for effective use of energy. It required a cost to home owners and businesses, but the advisory said that amount would be made up in energy savings and rebates. The articles failed, 102-24.

Town meeting members also voted to approve a new payment plan for non-union personnel, which is based on merit increases.

Voters also approved the budget for town of $58,274,085 with little discussion.

Contracts with the fire, police, highway and Boyden Library personnel was negotiated all weekend long, but more time is needed to look them over, so no action was taken on their articles.

(Check back on Foxborough Patch for more coverage of the annual town meeting.)

Shoreline May 16, 2012 at 02:56 AM
I still hope we get that casino...
Amy May 16, 2012 at 11:11 AM
I absolutely agree with residents near the stadium requiring a license to park on their own property during large events at Gillette. The town is tying to stop the obnoxious people who use their driveways and LAWNS as a paid parking lot for Gillette patrons. I bet those same people wanted the casino so they could make even more profits when it had big events.
truth May 21, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Its a public safety issue to charge for parking on residential property? That whole area is a public safety issue when there is a game. Residents who live on that street have to put up with the traffic, noise, people on their lawns, litter and property damage during a game. They can't make a few bucks for their troubles? Wow you guys in foxboro are tough.
Chris A May 22, 2012 at 02:08 PM
I am one of those residents who live in the stadium area. I thought the town had a good policy in place for the 10 car per resident rule. However, these few residents who knowingly abused the rule and turned their residence into a parking lot totally blew it for everyone. I understand the need for action and safety. However....I have friends who I have season tickets with that park at my house (I don't charge them, we cookout, and no more than 10 cars max if ever). It's my understanding that the town may issue town 'colored cards' to place in the windshield of friend cars...which they tried something similar a few years back and fell apart. Suddenly it's my job to track down friends to get these cards back should they leave early??? We've never had issues with the police and I don't anticipate any hassels, etc. I believe the police know who these problem residents are. I just hope it doesn't become an issue where residents who simply have their friends over have to organize and challenge it legally. But again, I don't anticipate any issues as the police have been very understanding.
Amy May 22, 2012 at 04:43 PM
You're right Mr. "truth" It's not a public safety issue, its a low class issue. Nicer communities have rules that you can't, let's say, put cars with "For Sale" signs on their lawns, store their boats on their lawns, put cinder blocks and giant spools on their lawns. Foxboro doesn't want people parking cars on their lawns. Maybe they should build a fence.
Foxboro Born May 22, 2012 at 07:02 PM
I have to agree. I don't live near the stadium, but it seems the people who do should be able to park cars on their lawns if they want to. There isn't enough parking anyway. People like Chris who live near there shouldn't have to have "cards" just to let his friends park in the driveway. Bad law. I don't see how they can enforce it.
Steve May 22, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Chris is right...a few greedy people spoiled it for evryone. The town was forced to take action. Jeepers one guy cleared his whole back yard and put in a parking lot for like 50 cars!! If the majority of the residents truly want to have paid parking allowable, they can petition for a change to the towns by-laws. The "truth" is, in my opinion, the majority of residents in the surrounding area do NOT want that.
R. Hood May 22, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Could you please site the ordinance that prohibits people from parking cars on lawns? I'd like to make a list of all the low class people in town and submit it to the proper authorities. Also, do you know what the limit is on the # of cars my next door neighbor is allowed at his daughter's graduation party? For months we've been touting Foxboro as the ideal middle class community, now in one short post we've become the Wellesley of Norfolk county.
Amy May 22, 2012 at 11:32 PM
"R Hood" I love how people forget about the whole reason of this argument. Spin it however you want. This is not about parking cars on your lawn for private parties, it's about using your front yard as a paid parking lot. Chris (for once I agree with him) and Steve are right. A few bad apples ruin it for everyone.
Steve May 23, 2012 at 12:10 PM
point taken but what about the people that live in that area that don't want to live next to a weekly tailgate parking lot with people urinating all over their bushes and everything else that goes along with tailgating?? I have not seen one porta-john at any of these houses that collect money for parking.
Amy May 23, 2012 at 06:37 PM
I agree Steve. Last September I was coming home from a birthday party on route 1 a couple of hours before the game. Because I missed the Sharon exit, it took me one hour to get home! Seasonal Specialty Store uses their lot as a paid parking lot during events. People were barbecuing, drinking, etc........But there aren't a bunch of houses right next to them.
R. Hood May 24, 2012 at 12:59 AM
"Amy" First I agree with the new parking bylaw. Now could you come down off your soapbox and put some spin on your statement that it wasn't a safety issue, rather it was a low class issue? I really do feel the need to stick up for our fellow townspeople that you unfairly took a shot at.
Amy May 24, 2012 at 04:39 PM
"R. Hood" It's good that you got their back. I assume you have some unsightly things on your front lawn as well? You know, comparing Wellesley to Foxboro is quite a stretch. Just because I feel (as well as many others) that parking boats, as well as many other obnoxious things on your front lawn is an eyesore (and alittle bit trashy), does not make this a snooty community. But now that I think more about it, yes, parking cars for patrons of Gillette events who may or may not be drinking in a residental community is a public safety issue.

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