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Chief Operating Officer and Senior Land Planner
Director of Development and Inspectional Services
Town of Northbridge, MA
Norfolk Agricultural High School
BOARD OF SELECTMEN’S MEETING
, and Adam Gaudette, Heritage Design Group.
Mr. Gaudette explained that the developers of Quaker Ridge Estates were supposed to notify the Town last fall about paving the subdivision roadway, however, due to a communication error the road was paved without proper notification to the Town for inspection. Mr. Gaudette stated that in an effort to right a wrong, Quaker Ridge has volunteered to do a public improvement project [with input from the Northbridge Playground & Recreation Commission] and as such has offered to donate $6,000 to the Town of Northbridge to be used for improvements/resurfacing at the Linwood basketball courts. A motion/Mr. Collins, seconded/ Present: Dennis Rice, Executive Director; Michael Siebold, Program Director; Adam Gaudette, Heritage Design Group; and John Austin, Mr. Gaudette briefly explained that a Historic Mill Conversion Bylaw was recently passed at the Spring Annual Town Meeting. He noted that the bylaw essentially would allow for adaptive reuse of old mills in town. In essence, he said that the bylaw would allow for different types of uses that normally are not allowed in a mill setting. In Alternatives' case for example, the proposed plan calls for residential space, additional office space, and a restaurant, in addition to the community space that Alternatives needs for its social objectives. Mr. Gaudette concluded his portion of the presentation and commented that the process has begun: design work, civil work, and architectural work as well as meetings with both the Planning Board and Conservation Commission. Likewise, he stated that permits would be filed with the Conservation Commission as well as with DEP and other state agencies. The Board thanked Mr. Rice, Mr. Gaudette, and Mr. Austin for a superb presentation.
The students presented their revitalization plans
Present: Rob Knapik, Attorney for WRT Management/Granite Hill Development, Rick Goldstein, WRT Management, and Adam Gaudette, Heritage Design Group.
Next, Mr. Adam Gaudette of Heritage Design Group, displayed the schematic drawings of the project as well as provided the following details with respect to the project: Location: the proposed project is bordered by Rumonoski Drive, Highland Street and the "Hills at Whitinsville" subdivision. Mr. Gaudette responded not at this time because this was just a preliminary review; that at this time there has been no formal review by the Town, however, he also added that as the project moved forward; those concerns could be addressed by the applicant. Richard Sasseville, DPW Director, asked Mr. Gaudette: 1) where they proposed to tie into the public sewer and 2) whether there would be a pump station due to the elevation. In response to Mr. Sasseville's questions, Mr. Gaudette replied that the project would tie into the public sewer at the "Hills at Whitinsville" and the Rumonoski Drive subdivisions.
Spencer, Town of | TOWN INFORMATION - Quaboag Hills Chamber of Commerce,MA
Adam D. Gaudette
Town Adminstrator Phone: (508) 885-7500 x155
According to Adam Gaudette, Town Administrator in Spencer, his town has been deeply impacted by the Chapter 70 requirement of fulfilling minimum local contribution requirements, by decisions of the Mass Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for setting regional school district budgets and also by Chapter 74 obligations for municipalities to fund out-of-district vocational tuition and transportation mandates.
Those statutory requirements are negatively impacting Spencer's ability to maintain general government services, public safety, public works, health & human services and culture and recreation activities, according to Gaudette. "We have been unable to keep up with the financial burden of these education statutes and have been forced to fund in-district and out of district assessments at levels that require municipal staffing and service reductions," Gaudette wrote in his letter to Princeton Selectmen. Parks and Rec programs have been eliminated, town hall is open only three days a week, library hours have been reduced with possible decertification, the town is unable to provide adequate fire department training and positions on the highway department have been eliminated, added Gaudette. Gaudette is inviting other towns experiencing the same challenges to meet in a symposium format to discuss possible solutions to maintain municipal services.
Town Administrator Adam D. Gaudette said including tuition and transportation, the town spends about $37,000 for a student to attend Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in Northampton, and $42,000 for another student to go to Norfolk Agricultural High School in Walpole.
"The problem is when you send a kid out of district there's no Chapter 70 money, so you have to pay the full cost," said Mr. Gaudette.