JohnCraine — October 22, 2009 - 9:36am
from Boston.com 10/22/09
This project went from Newbury Street to Seekonk in a short time
No financial entity is going to back this project
Ok Dave try to get one BOS to answer this very simple question.
The town is suppose to be guaranteed 2.5 million from CC&F for fiscal year 2011, are they going to pay YES or NO?
If our BOS can't get the 2.5 it's going to be a hard sell to the residents to accept any kind of override. It's time to play hard ball with CC&F and stop catering to them. We the residents are going to pay for their miscalculations to say the least.
I just wonder why this blog receives no feedback from town officials. Is it that hard to answer questions or post some information? After all, we are all in this boat together and the more we work together the more we will get accomplished. I know when Jay Doherty wanted something from the residents, he posted a blog update. Where are these updates now? The community website hasn't been updated in years. I wish people could submit ideas and discuss ideas like they are supposed to do on blogs.
Are there any other options on the table for University Ave? How do town residents feel about the loss of tax revenues from businesses that had to leave University Ave or about perfectly good buildings being knocked down prematurely.
Just a couple of thoughts.
Have town officials thought about the effects of large housing developments such as Jefferson Place and Station 250 on our town? Have town officials done any research to see what effects these developments have had in Dedham? This might be something to do while waiting for funding for Westwood Station. It gives the town time to decide if they truly want 1000 rental condos in this town. Dedham did not receive what they were promised for these LUXURY rentals. Do we have the chance to think about other options? I hope officials are doing that.
The economy is bad and we are probably looking at 2 overrides in the next several months. How do residents feel about the Library override for a new building? Then in May we most likely are looking at an operational override.
Is it Westwoods answer to everything by asking the voters to support overrides? Do we not have any BOS members and political figures in this town that can think outside the box. Anyone can say raise taxes and make threats of cuts but few can think outside the box.
Lets see if any of the people who visit this blog can think of some outside the box suggestions to help raise revenue for our Westwood tax base.
Tonight at their meeting. The warrants for Annual Town Meeting and Special Town Meeting will be opened tonight or at least it is on their agenda for this evening. So, we shall see what sort of override or money is being asked for.
The BOS can open town warrants tonight but unlike a petition article they can put a warrant article on much later. I'm guessing the request for an operational override may not come until late winter or early spring. I don't believe they will scare residents away from the library override by making them worry about another override in May.
Posting from Commisioners website sent by email on Dec. 31: From: Dan Matthews To: email@example.com Sent: Thursday, December 31, 2009 12:48 PM Subject: County Commissioners Deny Canton Street Petitions Norfolk County Commissioners 614 High Street, Dedham, MA 02026 Tel: 781-461-6105 Internet: www.norfolkcounty.org For Immediate Release For Further Information Please Contact: Dan Matthews, County Director, 781-461-6105, firstname.lastname@example.org December 31, 2009 County Commissioners Deny Canton Street Petitions The Norfolk County Commissioners have denied petitions by the Town of Westwood for changes to the layout and traffic engineering changes to portions of Canton Street in Westwood. The petitions, which were the subject of two contested public hearings, were ordered denied without prejudice based on findings that the petitioners did not sustain their burden of showing that common convenience and necessity required the proposed alterations. The decision of the Commissioners, Chairman Francis W. O'Brien of Dedham, John M. Gillis of Quincy, and Peter H. Collins of Milton, was unanimous. Proposals for reengineering of Canton Street have been advanced in relation to the pending Westwood Station development and existing traffic management issues. Canton Street is a County way, and part of the regional transportation network. Alteration, relocation, and discontinuance of County ways are within the County Commissioners? jurisdiction. Copies of the petitions, the Commissioners? decision and related material are on file at the Norfolk County Engineering Department at 649 High Street, Dedham (tel: 781-461-6128).
Maj. Robert Steele, the Continental Army drummer boy during the Battle of Bunker Hill is buried in Old Westwood Cemetery.
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