Please help us kickoff the Payson Road Recreation Area project by celebrating on Tuesday August 12th from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the Tot Lot parking area. For more information, please call the Planning Board at (508)543-1250.

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We were very fortunate to receive THREE bids from exceptional local contractors for the work at the Payson Road recreation area. We are very close to completing contract negotiations with the low bidder and will make the announcement soon.

At this time, construction is tentatively scheduled to start mid- to late-August, with the clearing, earthwork, drainage, grading, loaming, seeding, and planting of trees scheduled for this Fall. Work in the Spring will include repair to existing gravel paths and construction of new paths, an asphalt sidewalk from Payson Road to the baseball field area, and concrete pads for the picnic pavilion and tot lot equipment. We will be complete by the state’s deadline of June 1, 2015.

We will post exact starting dates and schedule when we get them.

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Please click on this link:

990125A 3-Master Plan

Call 508-543-1250 to get a printed copy. Thanks!

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Invitation to bid out now!

We’re delighted to report that the Invitation to bid on the Payson Road recreation area construction is out and available for contractors to review and submit a bid. Responses are due Wednesday June 4th at 2:00 p.m. We are on track to meet the state’s requirement to begin construction by July 1, 2014.

We’ve had questions about the trees marked with orange tape. The ones marked are the ones to be saved. We will be leaving a buffer of trees and shrubs similar to the one in front of the Ernie George Field; enough trees to soften the appearance, not so many that it’s impossible to see through.

Lastly, please join the Boyden Library, the Foxborough Planning Board, and the Foxborough Conservation Commission in welcoming Kevin Gardner, author of The Granite Kiss, to the Boyden Library on June 2, 2014 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Kevin will discuss the genesis and history of stone walls, their significance, and include information on constructing and maintaining stone walls. A generous question and answer period will follow Kevin’s talk. The talk is free and open to the public; for more information, please call 508-543-1250.

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Grant on track

The concept plan in the last post was well received by public meeting attendees. Work on developing specifications and plans for early May bidding is proceeding. We will provide links to final plans as they become available.

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Neighborhood meeting held, plan attached

Playing Fields 01-30-14 Color

Public Meeting 1/30/14

Some 20 people braved the cold and attended the informational meeting last night. The color handout is attached above.

The schedule moving forward is:

Construction out to bid June 1, 2014
Construction start July 1, 2014
Construction complete June 1, 2015

We will keep you updated with a more detailed schedule as we move forward. Thanks for all the support!

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SAVE THE DATE — Neighborhood Meeting

The Planning Board will hold a neighborhood meeting to explain the project and schedule for the Payson Road recreation area.

The meeting will be

Thursday, January 30, 2014
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Boyden Library

Please call 508-543-1250 for more information.

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The Planning Board was thrilled to be notified that the Payson Road project has been selected for funding during the FY14-15 grant cycle. We thank Secretary Sullivan and the Division of Conservation Services for their support.

We have begun the processing for accepting the grant and will be developing detailed plans and specifications for the work WITH YOUR HELP. Stay tuned for workshops and more details.

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Sign survey

The Planning Board is one of the boards represented on the Town’s Billboard Advisory Committee. The Billboard Advisory Committee is working with a consultant to write a new sign bylaw for the town that addresses all signs, including billboards and electronic billboards. The consultant has developed a survey for people who live and work in town to share their feelings about existing signs and types of signs.

The survey is on-line at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FoxboroSignBylaw. Please take the survey and share the link with friends in other parts of town.

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The required Town Meeting vote to accept the PARC grant IF THE TOWN IS AWARDED ONE is Article 6 on the November 4, 2013 Town Meeting. This is a procedural requirement, so that if successful, the Town can begin work fairly quickly. It also assures the state that the Townspeople support the project.

At this time, it appears that Doug King will make recreation mitigations payments before Town Meeting so that the all required matching funds will have been paid by developers. NO ADDITIONAL TOWN MONIES will be needed if we’re a successful grant recipient.

If you’d like more info, please call the Planning Board at (508)543-1250.

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