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Camille July 19, 2014 at 06:07 PM
To quote your site, Paul, "Paul Maisano democrat for congress": Paul stood up to testifyRead Moref or affordable housing in Massachusetts communities. Paul believes affordable housing can be an integral part of any city or town, provided the communities are able to maintain control over their own destinies. So he presented a statewide Home Rule regulation to preserve a community's right to protect master planning and local zoning laws against the misuse of Comprehensive Permit provisions under Chapter 40B I think the operative words here are "provided the communities are able to maintain control over their own destinies" and "...a community's right to protect master planning and local zoning laws against the misuse of comprehensive permit provisions under 40B". Whether you agree or disagree with this development, it is the right of citizens to insist on representation when there is a matter of importance to the town. Increased traffic and safety concerns are paramount in determining whether Weiss Farms should be developed into 264 apartments. Ask the police. Ask the fire department. Ask people who are forced to commute daily on an already overtravelled street.
Devon Manchester July 19, 2014 at 10:28 PM
I am amused that mr. Maisano would attempt to scold someone for attempting to pressure a board .Read MoreWhi ch is something that he has done countless.
Russ July 20, 2014 at 07:17 AM
The reality is that three ZBA board members said publicly, after one of their meetings, that thereRead Morew as no use 'fighting' this. They had not studied the 40b issue, nor for that matter bothered to recuse themselves where appropriate for conflicts of interest. There is neither any sense of shame nor responsibility to the town residents. Kudos to Paula, Camille and Devon for putting the town residents first among many others.
Frank Pignone July 15, 2014 at 01:08 PM
I know we do 'Flushing' and the'Fire Dept... and a few Water Breaks.. but I've always 'felt' thereRead Morea re people who 'don't have meters.. or have the 'wrong size'.. I want to build a 'Meterage' committee with 'teeth' and who decisions are worthy of 'subpoena power'........Re read all I wrote.. We are even paying retirees pensions with 'water bills ?..'...Going to stop.. I'll be at the Finance Board Monday Evening.. This letter will b e in the Independent and Sun this week I hope.
Frank Pignone July 15, 2014 at 01:21 PM
The 'Budget' to pay the Water and Sewer Bills including Kraft Foods is a total of $ 11, 500,000.Read MoreThe MWRA bill is only $ 8 Million. When Kraft Foods leaves, our Budget for Water and Sewer will be a total of $ 10,500,00 . The MWRA bill will be $ 7 Million . We will still have the Town Costs mentioned above...and we have to pay $ 3.5 million to collect $ 10,500... ( I'll fight that.. and 'very hard.'..)...The 'History' of this whole 'Mish Mash' goes way back to the beginning when they took all of these town costs from the Property Taxes and shifted them to the Water/Sewer Bill.. And then.. Without the States' permission or Dept. of Reveue.. PLUGGED in the "Holes' with further expenses.. I call it an ILLEGAL OVERRIDE.... ( I Still do )......
Frank Pignone July 15, 2014 at 01:25 PM
As a note: There are two parts to your bill : One is 'The Bill' from the MWRA for water whichRead More'every city and town pays The Same.. $3,200,000 per million gallons. Then its up to the cities and towns to loud on top of that as you can see by my letter....Read my letter.. slowly. It shall all become clear..
Russ July 14, 2014 at 03:38 PM
This is the first in a series of critical meetings regarding the Weiss Farm Projects. We need toRead Moreinf orm this board that their decision could destroy the town of Stoneham. It is their decision that will start us on either the road to survival or the road to destruction.
Paula B Sarno July 15, 2014 at 09:58 AM
The following was sent to our neighbors in Melrose of the Melrose Patch speak out section: DearRead MoreMel rose Neighbors and City officials I am forwarding the notice sent to all members of the Friends of Stoneham to alert you timely to the start of the ZBA hearing on the comprehensive permit of the Corcoran Group for the Commons at Weiss Farm. As our neighbor we are not only concerned about the community of Stoneham but how this project which is TOO BIG FOR STONEHAM will create serious soil erosion, flooding and sewerage problems on Franklin Street and surrounding neighborhoods of Melrose. There will be significant traffic problems on Franklin Street which will cause acute transportation problems to both Melrose and Stoneham residents attempting to traverse this street and reach routes 128 and 93 not only during peak workday hours but also weekends when you attempt to worship at the churches on Franklin St and neighboring places of worship. We need to unite and voice our concerns to the ZBA and Mass Housing that the Corcoran Groups application should be soundly denied.. Remember it has only just begun to stop this travesty. > Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:37:33 -0700 > From: friendsofstoneham@yahoo.com > Subject: Zoning Board of Appeals meeting Thursday, July 24, at 8PM in the Town Hall Auditorium > To: FriendsOfStoneham@yahoo.com > Friends and Neighbors, > On June 30, John M Corcoran & Company filed its Application for Comprehensive Permit on the Weiss Farm Apartment Project with Stoneham’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). > > In spite of efforts by the Town to meet and cooperate with the developer, no substantial changes have been made to the Project since it was originally filed with MassHousing on October 2, 2013. If the Application is approved by the ZBA in its present form, the developer will be able to impose this massive Project on our Town over riding many of our by-laws. > > Within 30 days of June 30, ZBA must open a public hearing on the Project which will last 180 days. After the public hearing is over, the ZBA must make a decision on the Application. Its decision will be to approve the project, approve it with conditions or deny it altogether. > > What can we do about it? Attend all ZBA public meetings!!! While it is not possible to know which meetings are more important than others, your attendance at any and all meetings will be observed and it will send a huge message that you are interested in the outcome. Please attend every meeting that you can. > > The first ZBA public meeting will be at 8 PM on Thursday, July 24, the Town Hall Auditorium (http://www.stoneham-ma.gov/sites/stonehamma/files/file/file/board_of_appeals_july_24.pdf). Put that meeting on your calendar and make a special effort to attend. > > See you there! > Friends of Stoneham
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