Sunday, May 19, 2013
A look at what happened around the region this past week.
FOXBOROUGH Foxborough Town Meeting Approves Invensys Tax Break on $33M Renovation Project Arguably the most important article approved at Foxborough’s Annual Town Meeting Monday was Article 28, the Invensys TIF agreement, which grants the company with over 100-year-old roots in town a 15-year tax break to invest $33 million into renovating its existing buildings on Mechanic Street and Neponset Avenue and retain at least 900 jobs in town. "At the end of the day it is really quite a simple proposal," said Foxborough Town Manager Kevin Paicos on Town Meeting floor Monday. "Invensys is going to spend $33 million for improvements of their buildings. It takes time to realize profit from that investment so they asked us to forgive some of the …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
With just over 200 residents in attendance at Monday’s Annual Town Meeting, voters swiftly approved 21 warrant articles and took no action on five others.
Foxborough's Annual Town Meeting came and went Monday with a small quorum of just over 200 residents representing the town to vote on 26 warrant articles, including the FY14 operating and capital budgets, the Invensys TIF agreement, police contracts and more. Voters swiftly approved 21 articles and took no action on five others in just under two hours Monday. Arguably the most important article approved Monday was Article 28, the Invensys TIF agreement, which grants the company with over 100-year-old roots in town a tax break to invest $33 million into renovating its existing buildings on Mechanic Street and Neponset Avenue and retain at least 900 jobs in Foxborough. "At the end of the day it is really quite a simple proposal," said …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Town Meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. inside Foxborough High School’s auditorium. Here’s what you need to know.
Foxborough voters will gather inside the auditorium of Foxborough High School Monday night to say "Yes" or "No" to 29 warrant articles, including the proposed TIF for Invensys (Article 28) and the installation of 70 surveillance cameras throughout Foxborough’s five public schools. Foxborough selectman James DeVellis encouraged residents to get out and exercise their democratic right as voters. “[A lot of people] worked hard on 29 articles,” DeVellis said. “You hate to see only a couple hundred people come out for a population that we have and decide on some important articles. … If you can come out and vote please do so.” To view the town’s warrant, click here. Foxborough's Advisory Committee has announced its positions on 20 articles, …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Foxborough’s Board of Selectmen approved the town’s TIF negotiating committee’s request to accept Invensys’ TIF proposal and recommend it at next month’s Town Meeting.
Invensys took a significant step Tuesday towards investing approximately $33 million into its existing buildings to stay in Foxborough as the town's Board of Selectmen unanimously agreed to recommend the company's Tax Increment Financing (TIF) proposal to voters at Town Meeting on May 13. The proposal calls for a 15-year TIF agreement between Invensys and the town that would save the company approximately $1.8 million while producing roughly $7.6 million in additional tax revenue over that timeframe. If approved, the town would exempt Invensys completely from new tax payments in years 1-4 of the agreement. The proposed exemption term (year-by-year) for Invensys' properties - both the 70 Mechanic St. and 38 Neponset Ave. buildings - is as …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Here's five things you need to know in Foxborough for today, Feb. 27.
For more town news and instant updates on stories like this (and more!), follow Foxborough Patch on Facebook and Twitter, or sign-up for our e-mail newsletter. Editor's note: Five Things You Need To Know Today is a Patch column that provides readers with essential, daily information at a glance. If you know of something happening in town that did not make our list, please add it in the comment section! Today’s weather in Foxborough, according to the National Weather Service based in Taunton, calls for rain. Patchy fog. High near 40. East wind 13 to 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New precipitation amounts between three quarters and one inch possible. Wednesday night: Rain before 3 a.m., then rain and snow likely. Patchy fog…
Friday, February 15, 2013
Here's a round up of news briefs from around Foxborough.
Foxborough’s Board of Selectmen announced last week it will no longer be pursuing Saturday Town Meetings. “Topic is officially dead,” said Board of Selectmen chair James DeVellis. Selectmen had spent the last several months discussing the possibility of moving future Town Meetings to Saturdays as a way to improve attendance, especially among the senior population, but the concept received little support from the community. “I have heard nothing more [from the community] about [moving Town Meeting to Saturday],” said Foxborough Board of Selectmen vice chair Mark Sullivan. “Other than the first conversation I had in my last election I haven’t heard a thing about it.” Said selectman Lorraine Brue: “I haven’t received any requests for it but I…
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Here's a roundup of events and meetings in Foxborough this week, Dec. 4-9. Have an event you would like to add? Upload it to Patch’s events calendar!
The following meetings and events will be held in Foxborough this week: To view the meeting’s agenda, click here.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Foxborough's Advisory Committee voted 9-3 against recommending Article 6 of December’s Special Town Meeting Warrant.
When the warrant article for the proposed turf field project is presented at Town Meeting on Dec. 11, it will not have the support of Foxborough’s Advisory Committee. Article 6, “Artificial Turf Field,” of the Special Town Meeting Warrant failed to meet the approval of the Advisory Committee after a nearly two-and-a-half hour discussion at Wednesday’s meeting. “We would all love to say yes to this project,” said Advisory Committee chair Larry Thomas. “I understand the importance of athletics. [However], I don’t see how having a turf field is this quantum leap in athletic opportunity. … I’m not sure we can afford this with more debt coming down the pike.” Ad-Com, citing several concerns with the timing and cost of the project, voted 9-3 …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Foxborough's Board of Selectmen were split in its support of Article 6 of the Special Town Meeting Warrant at its Nov. 20 meeting.
While the school department’s support of a community turf field in Foxborough has been overwhelming the same cannot be said for the town’s Board of Selectmen. On Nov. 20, selectmen were split in their support of Article 6 of the Dec. 11 Special Town Meeting Warrant, voting 2-2. Board of Selectmen chair James DeVellis recused himself from the table because he is the chair of the Turf’s Up committee, a community group that has spent the last four years trying to bring a turf field to Foxborough. Selectmen Lynda Walsh and Mark Sullivan expressed support of the turf field project at the Nov. 20 meeting. “This started out as a community project and folks really got behind it and supported it as much as they could,” Walsh said. “$60,000 is a lot…
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Foxborough Board of Selectmen chair James DeVellis recently sat down with Foxborough Patch to discuss the town’s need for sewer and a new Town Hall and his desire to bring a turf field to the community.
Foxborough Board of Selectmen chair James DeVellis has lived in Foxborough for 11 years and for as long as he can remember; sewer has been an issue in town. “I’ve spent a lot of time going to [Foxborough’s] Master Plan meetings and the underlining charge is sewer,” DeVellis said. “It has been that way for as long as I can remember. I think we are at the crossroads now. If we are going to get the sewer, it seems like the planning board, the selectmen, the zoning board and the town government are all aligned to get this done one way or the other.” DeVellis believes sewer is the single most important issue the town is currently facing because without it there is no future growth in downtown Foxborough. “I think that’s the biggest challenge,” …