A FEW SELECTMEN DO NOT WANT TO BE SUBJECTED TO TOWN MEETING “MICRO-MANAGEMENT”, BUT WANT TAXPAYERS TO FUND $1.5+M CENTRE FARM PURCHASE

“During the June 16 Selectman’s Meeting, Selectman Terranova offered the following motion to be used at the upcoming Town Meeting to implement the Article regarding the purchase of Centre Farm. In the absence of any planned use for the property, the motion provides that, in the event of purchase, final approval of any determined use would be subject to prior Town Meeting approval. Even though this proposed purchase requires Town Meeting approval and is outside the normal course of Lynnfield government operations, the majority of the Selectmen had no interest in permitting Town Meeting to have any say in the subsequent use of the unique property claiming, among other things, that they would thereby be subjecting themselves to Town Meeting “micro-management”.

MOTION FOR ARTICLE 1 (as presented by Selectman Terranova corrected for latest cost estimates)

“I move that the Town Authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire by purchase the real property known and numbered as 567 Main Street, Lynnfield, Massachusetts, including the structures and fixtures thereon erected being the same property conveyed by deed dated December 28, 2007 and recorded with the Essex South District Registry of Deeds at Book 27459, Page 242 to Denault M. Donovan, Charles S. Donovan and Ailis F. Kiernan, Trustees of the Centre Farm Nominee Realty Trust II, under declaration of trust dated December 28, 2007 and recorded with said Deed at Book 27459, Page 234, consisting of seven (7) acres, more or less; to appropriate the sum of $1,520,000 for such acquisition providing the new deed transferring said property shall incorporate the restriction that, except for single function uses, all long term future uses of all or a portion of the said Centre Farm real property shall be subject to the prior approval of Town Meeting; and to fund said appropriation by authorizing the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, to borrow the said sum pursuant to the provisions of G.L. c 44, section 7(3) or any other enabling authority and to authorize the issuance of bonds or notes therefor.”

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One comment on “A FEW SELECTMEN DO NOT WANT TO BE SUBJECTED TO TOWN MEETING “MICRO-MANAGEMENT”, BUT WANT TAXPAYERS TO FUND $1.5+M CENTRE FARM PURCHASE
  1. Tom Duggan says:

    In my opinion, the inclusion of the proposed Trojan Horse Clause in the deed would be a violation of the Selectmen’s fiduciary responsibility. It would convert a clean marketable deed to a problem deed. It would create an ongoing and expanding approval gauntlet and uncertainty for all users. It would undermine the operations management authority of our Town’s elected, appointed, and insured management. It would taint a marketable asset deed and reduce its collateral value. I think most people understand and are sympathetic to the intent of the proposede clause, but it is not something a “buyer” should add to a deed. Tom Duggan 6/20/2014

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