Thursday, June 13, 2013
Wrentham votes down a design on a new building for town departments.
The Wrentham Town Meeting approved a loan of about $800,000 for capital improvements fir the fiscal year 2014. The loan was originally requested at $900,000, the $100,000 for a design on a new building for many town offices including the building department, the health board and the recreation department. Dubbed “the land use building,” the design project would have created an addition to the aging Wrentham Department of Public Works building to include these offices and take out the DPW offices from the building. “The building was created as a phase one for the DPW,” said selectman chair Joseph Botaish. “There was another phase coming but it never came. Our proposal would keep that building as a garage and bring the office staff out of …
Monday, June 10, 2013
The Plainville selectmen will be meeting tonight at the town hall.
1. There will be partly sunny skies fade with the chance for a shower by mid afternoon, according WHDH. Highs are suppsoed to be in the 70s with more soaking rain in the evening and overnight. 2. The Wrentham Town Meeting will be held Monday, June 10, at King Philip High School, starting at 7:30 p.m. 3. The Plainville selectmen will be meeting at town hall at 6:40 p.m. You can find the agenda for the meeting here. 4. The deadline to take part in the Wrentham Summer Basketball Clinic is June 18. The cost is $75 per session and the clinics are for grades one-six. Here's the link to more information. For any questions, please contact Mark Maguirem Maguirem@wrenthamK12.ma.us or call 508-384=2125. 5. We would like to blog around your favorite …
Friday, June 7, 2013
A look at the Town Meeting Warrant Wrentham will be voting on for Monday.
The Madison Street development will once again be voted on for rezoning when Wrentham holds its town meeting Monday, June 10, King Philip High School at 7:30 p.m. The property's owner, Joe Larusso, is looking to rezone the area for a commercial label. In 2010, a previous attempt to pass the article was voted down, 245-5, and, if one cares to look on many of the signs on Wrentham's font lawns, support for the project this year is not overwhelming. Resident Joanne Driscoll, who lives on Madison Street, said the impact from the proposed Market Basket on Route 1 in Plainville will also be hard on Madison Street residents. She said her main issue is she feels Lorusso isn't entirely specific on how he wants to develop the land once the …
The following was submitted by the White Barn Farm.
Friday, June 7
The following was submitted by Christy and Chris Kantlehner Wrentham residents/registered voters please support us at town meeting June 10th Vote yes on adding an accessory use to agricultural zoning (this is completely separate from the re-zoning on Madison St. that you see all the lawn signs about). "The mission of White Barn Farm is to preserve open space and this historic family property by growing food in a beautiful living landscape that will inspire feasting in celebration of natural beauty and our local economy. White Barn Farm aims to make Wrentham a funner and tastier place to live." We dream of hosting a film series projected on the barn, musical performances, farm tours and dinners, and weddings in alignment with our mission of…
Monday, April 22, 2013
Selectmen discussed ways of involving and educating Wrentham's youth in the inner workings of their town.
The Wrentham Board of Selectmen discussed recently how they could produce more interest in the town’s government. Their answer? Early involvement and investment in the town’s children. “Finding people who are interested in joining committees is always a challenge,” selectman Michael Carroll said. “There are a few things that we might try that would not have immediate dividends, but would pay off eventually. There are groups in town that might have an interest.” Carroll said involving kids and youths in town government early would help them to understand the importance of getting involved in the town. “When I was a kid in Boy Scouts, the troops would get together in town hall,” he said. “The troops elected Boy Scouts as selectmen, school …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Wrentham does not have a need to supplement budget in 2014 with free cash, according to the town administrator.
Town administrator William Ketcham told selectmen on Tuesday Wrentham has at this point enough revenue not to use free cash in the fiscal year 2014 budget. Free cash is a term used to describe extra one-time use funds in the town’s budget. Last year, the town used $760,000 to supplement operational costs that weren't themselves a one-time use. “I strongly urge that free cash should be saved or devoted to capital spending, which would be non-repeated spending rather than put into our operational costs,” Ketcham said. “There is no need for free cash.” While selectmen agreed using free cash to substitute yearly incoming revenue is a bad idea, quitting “cold turkey” may not be good for the town. “We’ve been using free cash for the last few …
Friday, April 12, 2013
Wrentham selectmen candidates Joseph Botaish and George Smith aired their views during the Wrentham Citizens Alliance Debate Wednesday night.
Wrentham selectmen candidates Joseph Botaish and George Smith tackled the issue of the town's tax base in the Wrentham Citizens Alliance Debate Wednesday night. The other candidate, Gail Pratt, was unable to attend. Botaish and Pratt are the incumbents, while Smith is the challenger. All three are vying for the two open seats on the board. Both Smith and Botaish were asked mainly about expansion of the town’s tax base, which is a hot button issue. The proposed rezoning of property on Madison Street abutting Route 1 and Route 495 was the main topic of debate. Madison Street property owner Joe Lorusso has put an article on this year’s town meeting warrant that, if passed, would rezone the property from residential to commercial. In 2010, …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Appropriations approve include a new fire engine, new servers for Wrentham Town Hall and a new police vehicle.
With a small warrant and a just as small crowd in attendance, last night’s Special Town Meeting quickly went by with only Article 4 being withdrawn and the remaining articles passing with no resistance. The most discussed item on the agenda was Article 7, which created a 20-acre adult entertainment zone near the Shire Industrial Park. After multiple attempts over the years to create the zone for adult businesses, the town voted to approve Article 7 at last night’s Special Town Meeting to create one that cannot even be accessed through Wrentham. To get near it, one has to drive though the industrial park in Norfolk. Under the new law, any business falling under the town’s definition of an adult business has to open in the area zoned for …
Monday, June 11, 2012
It's the annual town meeting tonight.
1. The annual town meeting will be held tnight at King Philip Regional High School at 7 p.m. 2. The Wrentham Boy Scout Troop 61 will be meeting tonight at 7 p.m.at 120 Taunton St. 3. It will be the grade 5 Colonial Day from noon-3 p.m. today. 4. The Braves and the A's are tied for first place with nine in the Wrentham Youth Baseball League Major League standings. 5. It will be partly cloudy today high of 74 and a low of 55.
Friday, June 8, 2012
The residents of Wrentham will have a chance at Monday's town meeting to vote on whether a highway commercial district will be created on Route 1.
The lsdy few years have seen an effort to capitalize on the economic opportunities that exist on Route 1. While Foxborough has greatly benefited from Gillette Stadium and Patriot Place and Planville enjoys an area of the highway that features Target, Lowes, and restaurants, the Wrentham portion has largely remained vacant with no major development. With the economy in its current state, the town is looking for anything that can help bring jobs and an economic boost to Wrentham. The chance to give the town when a proposal to create a highway commercial district will be up for a vote at Monday’s town meeting. There will be seven articles to vote on at the meeting that will requite a two-thirds vote to pass. Most significant are articles nine…