Sparks fly over LCWD rate increase...

Jan 17, 2019 by

Published January 16, 2019 By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — Tensions ran high during the Lynnfield Center Water District (LCWD) Board of Water Commissioners meeting on Monday, as ratepayers railed against the new rate increase and the selectmen requested a special district meeting. Selectmen Chairman Dick Dalton and a group of residents submitted four citizens’ petitions requesting a special district meeting. Water Commissioners Chairwoman Connie Leccese said the four-article special district meeting will take place on Monday, Feb. 25. Article 1 seeks to elect a new water commissioner in the wake of retired LCWD Superintendent/Water Commissioner Ken Burnham’s resignation earlier this month. Article 2 would have the water commissioners appoint the next LCWD superintendent after the district’s annual meeting in April. According to the petition, Article 3 seeks to increase the LCWD’s filter rebate program...

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Perley Burrill auction set for Jan. 29...

Jan 17, 2019 by

Published January 16, 2019 By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — The Perley Burrill saga is close to coming to an end. Town Administrator Rob Dolan announced during last week’s Board of Selectmen meeting that the town will be auctioning the Perley Burrill property, 914 Salem St., on Tuesday, Jan. 29, beginning at 12 noon in the Joe Maney Meeting Room at Town Hall. A two-lot subdivision will be built on the 1.9 acre property. Library Trustee Rich Mazzola, 14 Sylvan Cir., said the Perley Burrill property is an “eye sore for South Lynnfield.” He inquired if the town could clean up the property before it gets auctioned. The selectmen took Mazzola’s request under advisement. According to a copy of the legal notice for the auction, “the successful bidder will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit...

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Staffing continues to dog police budget...

Jan 17, 2019 by

Published January 16, 2019 By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — The Police Department’s budget for fiscal year 2020 will be less than the current fiscal year, Police Chief David Breen told the Board of Selectmen last week. Breen has proposed a $3,231,065 budget for the Police Department for FY’20, representing a 1.2 percent decrease over FY’19’s $3,269,661 budget. The Police Department’s staff includes one chief, one captain, five sergeants and 15 patrol officers. The department also includes an administrative assistant, four full-time dispatchers, a part-time dispatcher and three crossing guards. Breen has budgeted $2,272,015 for police officer salaries for FY’20, equaling a 5.1 percent increase over FY’19’s $2,160,996 budget. The police chief noted overtime will be decreasing 29.4 percent in FY’20, totaling $401,865. The Police Department budgeted $568,985 for overtime in FY’19. “We had additional...

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Bali Hai Restaurant closes

Jan 10, 2019 by

Published January 9, 2019 By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — It’s the end of the line for another North Shore landmark. The Bali Hai Restaurant closed its doors on New Year’s Eve after previously serving Chinese and Polynesian cuisine and drinks since the 1950s. “We will be closing the restaurant after 40 plus years serving the Lynnfield community,” the restaurant’s owners, the Yee family, wrote on a note posted on the restaurant’s front door. “We’d like to thank all of our loyal customers who have come through these doors for so many years.” In an interview with the Villager, attorney Ted Regnante said the Yee family sold the restaurant to local developers Matt and David Palumbo for $600,000. In a Facebook post, Main Street resident and local attorney Jay Kimball wrote he was “sad” that...

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Selectmen: Let’s change way LCWD is run...

Jan 10, 2019 by

Published January 9, 2019 By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — On Monday, the Board of Selectmen supported taking a two-prong approach in order to make changes to the way the Lynnfield Center Water District (LCWD) is governed. Selectmen Chairman Dick Dalton and Selectman Phil Crawford voted 2-0 to submit proposed legislative changes to the LCWD’s enabling act to the town’s legislative delegation. Selectman Chris Barrett was unable to attend the meeting due to personal reasons. Town Administrator Rob Dolan gave an overview of the proposed legislative changes to the selectmen, which were crafted by Town Counsel Tom Mullen. “Over the last several months, under direction of the chairman, we have been asked to develop special legislation to petition the General Court of the Commonwealth to make changes to the governance of the Lynnfield Center Water...

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