In-Town Report

2008 - 2014
The Great April Fools Election Special Finale


Being a TM Rep is what you personally make it out to be. After being involved with my
neighborhood in a fight over a proposed 40B project for the Westlands in 2006/2007,
I decided that knowledge is power.
"Ignorance is bliss" is what the developers and those who threaten neighborhoods with
"out of place" developments and zone creeping think how residents should think. The Board
of Selectmen at that time told us nothing could be done about this proposed 40B project that
was to be located on the Daycare site on Chelmsford Street. The Selectmen’s hands were
tied. We just had to accept this change was coming. Well we didn't.
Thanks to my wife, Diane, who studied and looked at every angle (with the help of the
Community Development director at the time) and researched the deeds at the Registry of
Deeds, a solution was found. She discovered a "Covenant" on the Daycare property which
made it illegal to put a 40B housing project there.
Since that win for the neighborhood I had decided not to stick my head back into the sand
and instead pay attention and be alert to what was going on around us in my town. So the
chances of me/us being blindsided again by some situation that develops in my/our
neighborhood or town would be minimal.
Along with becoming a Town Meeting Rep. I created the In-Town Report, that I began
emailing out to about a dozen of my Westlands' neighbors since 2008 (over time it has grown
and gone out to folks from all over town).
"Knowledge is power" and if you aren't paying attention to what is going on around you,
you too may get blindsided.
After 6 years the In-Town Report closes down it's PDF email/ E-zine/ Newsletter or
whatever you call it at the end of this 2014 election season.
I hope it helped you keep informed.
The ITR will continue on as a Facebook page bringing news in from all over town to you on
a daily basis.
Roy Earley
Town Meeting Representative:Precinct 6
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-The Great April
Fools ElectionAnnual Town Election: April 1, 2014

Chelmsford town-moderator

debate turns to credibility
By Grant Welker,
UPDATED:   03/27/2014 11:06:58 PM EDT
Lowell Sun

CHELMSFORD -- In a series of debates this month, Town Moderator Richard DeFreitas has
attacked challenger Jon Kurland's alleged inability to be unbiased on some matters that
might come before him at Town Meeting.
Kurland has, in turn, criticized what he calls DeFreitas' sometimes unfriendly demeanor at
Town Meeting, something he said has turned some meeting representatives off from running
for re-election.
They hammered those arguments home again Thursday, in the final debate before the April
1 election.
"I'm a human being; I can get frustrated," DeFreitas, seeking a second term, said when
the candidates were asked about times when their tempers may have gotten the best of
"But I never hold a grudge against anyone, and I never intend to hurt anyone with my
When asked what they learned during the campaign, DeFreitas said he was told people find
him to be "fair and balanced."
"Most residents I talk to... don't seem to be as frustrated as Jon would have you
believe," he said. "They actually think Town Meeting is being run quite well, and
everything is transparent."
Kurland said he understood the scope of meeting representatives' unhappiness with how
the meeting is run only once he talked to people during the campaign.
DeFreitas criticized Kurland for giving his thoughts on an issue that will go before Town
Meeting, grinder sewer pumps.
"Since you've taken a side, I really don't know how you can be neutral," he said.
Kurland says he does something like it every day in his job as an attorney.
"I'm fully aware that you can be an advocate and not take sides," he said.
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This race is about substance and not about style. Ask yourself the
following questions:
Which of the two candidates is the frequent, political FaceBook and
Patch blogger?
Which of the two candidates has stated that he can advocate for one
side of an issue, today, and then advocate against the same issue,
Which of the two candidates has publicly expressed political opinions on major issues on a regular
basis, including pending Town Meeting Warrant Articles?
I am not a frequent blogger in the Patch or FaceBook. I can not take one side one day and take
another side the next day… it’s not in my nature or my training. I am totally neutral and I avoid
expressing any opinion publicly or privately.
Being Moderator is a great responsibility and I take the role very seriously…
The Moderator must control the tempo of Town Meeting.
The Moderator must be impartial and not have any political agenda of his own.
The Moderator must also have no public opinion on any article before Town Meeting.
The Moderator must be familiar with the rules at all times and apply them fairly.
The Moderator must be knowledgeable of the articles that come before Town Meeting.
The Moderator must respect the decisions of the town meeting members.
I am running for a second term as Town Moderator with a commitment to fulfill four basic principles:
Fairness, Balance, Accountability and Transparency.
I will continue to appoint qualified individuals, who apply and wish to serve, on the Finance
Committee. I encourage anyone who is interested to apply.
I will support and apply the recommendations of MARCOM, the Moderator’s Advisory Rules
Committee, and I will encourage their continuance as an oversight committee.
I will continue to be prepared for each Town Meeting to moderate the Town’s legislative agenda in a
respectful and non-political manner.
Here are some comments taken from many letters of endorsement…

“As a veteran Chelmsford town meeting representative, I think Dick has done a very good job
as Town Moderator and I am actively supporting his reelection…
Dick has spent countless hours learning all the rules and bylaws necessary to lead town
meeting. He has forged a good working relationship with town staff, elected officials and town
meeting representatives while remaining non-partisan… During his first term, he has helped

make electronic voting successful, appointed well qualified Finance Committee members and
convened a Moderator’s Advisory Committee to update town meeting rules and bylaws... …he
has the proven experience and leadership as moderator needed to keep Chelmsford moving
…Paul Gleason, Precinct 7, Town Meeting Representative
“I called Chelmsford Town Moderator, Richard DeFreitas, and asked if he would be willing to
spend a few minutes to discuss his views on the implementation of electronic voting… The few
minutes turned into hours of his guiding me through the process of implementing electronic
voting. He saved me hours of work by providing me with guidelines and other material that he
had prepared for the implementation of electronic voting in Chelmsford.
Richard has become a great resource for me as we both have the same desire to do the best
possible job for our respective towns. I found Richard to be a great representative of the Town
of Chelmsford.”
…Gilbert A. Moreira, Billerica Town Moderator
“Dick, overall, has done an outstanding job as Town Moderator.
He sought out and encouraged the required ‘knowledge’ that he needed to do his job as
Moderator and do it well. Some of that information came from fellow Town Moderators, from
Chelmsford Town Counsel, also from the rules, regulations and by-laws governing Chelmsford
Town Meeting, and I applauded Dick for seeking such ‘knowledge’.
He has successfully appointed qualified candidates for the Chelmsford Finance Committee
and created the Moderator’s Advisory Committee comprised of Town Meeting Representatives
from each Precinct to monitor and update the rules and regulations governing Town Meeting.
I find Dick to be an honest, upstanding member of the Chelmsford community and has always
strived to be fair, and just, when he moderated over Town Meeting. Who could ask for more?”
…Maria Karafelis, Precinct 2, Town Meeting Representative
“It is crucial that a Town Moderator leave his personal politics and agenda at home. Choosing
Finance Committee members is a very big responsibility, not an opportunity to push an
agenda… Richard left it up to the Finance Committee to debate issues free from his influence.
The Town Moderator should not see the Finance Committee as a reflection of his point of view
or a reflection of his ego… Richard appoints members who are free thinkers and willing to do
their homework. Richard will not set one profession above another when looking for potential
members. It takes more than a title to be a good member of any committee, and Richard knows
what it takes. …he can be compared to a referee, an official
who watches a game closely to ensure that the rules are
adhered to and who keeps his personal opinion where it
belongs, out of the game.”
…Patrice Garvin, Previous Chairman of the Chelmsford
Finance Committee
I have endeavored to be an effective Moderator and would
gratefully appreciate the opportunity to serve Chelmsford residents
for another three year term. I respectfully ask for your support and
your vote on April 1st. …Thank You!

Richard DeFreitas

This campaign is unlike any run in town in a generation.
Tuesday the voters will consider the candidates, not on
issues, but on demeanor, attitude and meeting management
skills. The Moderator is always neutral on the issues and
should conduct an efficient and respectful meeting without
losing his temper or chastising Town Meeting Reps.
I believe, like so many of you, that my leadership style is
a better fit for Chelmsford than my opponent’s.

That is one reason Dennis McHugh who was our Moderator for over 30 years, has endorsed me.
Dennis had wonderful style that did not lead to conflict and confusion time and again as we have seen
for the past three years. Dennis was quoted in the Lowell Sun that he knows I would make a “great
Moderator.” I am humbled by his unwavering support and his confidence in my abilities. The current
Moderator says he is endorsed by the Moderator of Billerica…. Honestly, I believe that the
endorsement of our 30 year Town Moderator, Dennis McHugh, is much more important. Mr. McHugh
knows what a respectful and efficient Town Meeting looks like in Chelmsford, and I am thankful for
his vote of confidence.

This position is non-partisan, as I was for 8 years as a member of the Finance Committee. Those who
served with me on FinCom will tell you that all my contributions were non-partisanship and I now
enjoy the support of most of them. The Moderator must also be fair, respectful and always aware of
what issues are being voted on. That has not happened for the past three years.

The Moderator must have the respect of the Town Meeting Representatives but that respect must be
earned. How can the Town Meeting Reps respect a Moderator who publicly embarrasses a Rep at
Town Meeting over a minor error? Although there was a public apology on FaceBook the Rep never
received a call from him with a personal apology which, in my opinion, would be the proper and
respectful way to do it with the public apology. Would a Town Meeting Rep respect a Moderator who
has publicly stated that 40% of Reps are not prepared for Town Meeting? Which 40%? That statement
casts a pall on ALL Reps. How does the voter know whether his or her Rep is one of the alleged 40%.

The current Moderator also suggested that the reason why we have so few Reps running for reelection is because they are unwilling to explain their votes which have been public for 2 ½ years
since we have electronic voting. I have heard from many Reps who were astonished to hear the
Moderator utter such speculation. Many Reps have stated that they will not serve until we get a new
Moderator. There has been at least one letter in the media from a Rep of 18 years who is not running
this year primarily because of the way that the current Moderator runs the Meetings. You can see it on
line if you haven’t read it. And many other Reps have spoken to me during the campaign with the
same concern. If the Moderator doesn’t respect the Town Meeting Reps why should they respect him?

We need to return to respectful Town Meeting where we can get the work of the town done efficiently.
I believe, as do so many of you, that I can do that. Should I have the chance to serve, there will be no
more confrontations and apologies for harshness. Together we can create a new positive, respectful,
collegial direction. Actually not new but a return to the hardworking respectful meetings of only three
years ago.

I respectfully ask for your vote on Tuesday, April 1st, for Jon Kurland for Town Moderator. This small
change will make a very big difference. Thank you.


Photo by Eric Sciacca

-The Great April Fools ElectionASK THE CANDIDATES 2014
Recap Round 1
Annual Town Election: April 1, 2014

ITR: With the lull in the real estate market over the last few years Chelmsford hasn't
really had to deal much with 40B developers and projects but with-in the last year
that seems to be changing.

What are your thoughts on the Chapter 40B law? And

more specifically what are your thoughts on the proposed 40B project on Mill Road.
Is that area a good fit for an affordable housing project of that size? Why or why not?

Bob Joyce: I am not a fan of Chapter 40B,
however we must provide affordable housing to those
who need it. Many of our young families and seniors
find limited affordable housing options available in town.
I favor projects that are sponsored by our local Housing
Authority like the one proposed for Littleton Road. This
project is being partially funded by the town as well as
the developer, and because these units are rentals, ALL
of them will count towards the 10% state mandated
affordable housing goal.
The proposed Mill Road project is the type of 40B
project that I oppose. In this case if they build 100 units
only twenty are required to be affordable.
Even though the Mill Road location was listed in the
affordable housing report done last year, it was noted to
be the worst location of all the others listed. There will
be major infrastructure improvements that need to be
done like road improvements, traffic lights and sewer
upgrades to name a few. The Town of Chelmsford
should not be expected to pay for any these things.
Also, the density for this site is totally out of line with the
adjoining neighborhoods and commercial buildings
nearby. This project will negatively affect the character
of the neighborhood and the lives of those residents,
now and for future generations. I find this unacceptable
and as a Selectman I will do everything I can to fight for
the residents to preserve their quality of life.

Joe Ready: To better protect communities
such as Chelmsford, Massachusetts General Laws,
Chapter 40B needs to be reformed. This
controversial state statute forces the Zoning Boards
of Appeals to approve developments under flexible
rules as long as 20-25% of the units have long-term
affordability restrictions. Unless a community, like
Chelmsford, has met a 10% affordable housing
threshold, they are subject to application of Chapter
40B. In many cases, it is difficult to stop these
projects and may cost tax payers additional money
in legal fees accrued. My approach is to look at
every project on a case by case basis.
I feel the best tactic is to work with applicants and
developers to better manage the project at a local
level. History has shown that taking a hardline
approach to fight these developments results in a
less desirable outcome for the community.
I am not in favor of the project on Mill Road
because I oppose zoning creep. Chelmsford is an
appealing town because our zoning provides
appropriate balance and protection for our
neighborhoods. Building residential homes in an
industrial area causes issues for both residents and
businesses. However, if the project does move
forward, the town would recognize some benefit
since the project would be all rental units.
Regardless of how many units are affordable, 100%
of the rental units would count towards increasing
our affordable housing stock and helping us better
achieve the 10% threshold.

ITR: Let me beat the CBA to the punch TAX CLASSIFICATION.
Why is a split tax rate not good for the town of Chelmsford and explain why it could not work here?
Why would a split tax rate be good for the town of Chelmsford and explain how it could work here?

Bob Joyce:
After reviewing the analysis provided to
me by the Board of Assessors, and in
light of the fact that we still have many
retail and commercial vacancies that
need to be filled in town, I believe now is
not the time to raise the Classification
Rate. I believe we should periodically
review Classification to see if the
situation changes.

Joe Ready: I am not in favor of changing the
current single rate tax structure. The change would
have a negative impact on small business owners.
Chelmsford utilizes our single rate tax structure to
attract businesses and help increase the commercial
tax base. Currently, Commercial, Industrial & Personal
Property (CIP) represents less than 20% of our tax
base or roughly $850 million dollars in assessed value.
Chelmsford’s total taxable assessed value is $4.437
billion dollars for FY14 and residential values represent
over $3.5 billion dollars. The long term benefits of
attracting and retaining businesses outweighs the small
benefit residences see from a business tax increase.
A higher tax rate on businesses would only set us back,
as many commercial property owners would stop reinvesting in their buildings and their businesses. I’d
like to continue working to make the business
community a vibrant part of Chelmsford and encourage
them to continue to give back to our town and our
As a Selectman, I would make it a priority to encourage
larger businesses to relocate their companies to
Chelmsford and fill some of our available industrial
space. When companies re-invest in the capital
infrastructure of those buildings, it brings additional tax
revenue to offset the residential tax base. Over the
next three years, I intend to work to regain our former
30 year high for CIP (Commercial, Industrial and
Personal Property) of 27% of the tax base. As a result,
we will save money for the average tax payer, create
new jobs for the region and help our local business

ITR:How do you feel about the grinder pump issue? Should the town shoulder the responsibility and cost of
residents who were forced into installing grinder pumps when the sewer system came to their neighborhoods?
What is the fair thing to do concerning this subject and the residents it affects?

Bob Joyce:

Joe Ready:

I commend the Sewer Fairness Alliance for advocating for
their cause. They believe very strongly that they have
been treated unfairly and have communicated their
concerns in a professional and respectful manner. I also
commend Selectman George Dixon, who had the idea that
a committee be formed to fully analyze this issue and make
recommendations for solutions. Town Meeting directed the
Board of Selectmen to form the Grinder Pump Study
Committee and I believe this was a great idea.

I am in favor of helping the residents who installed
grinder pumps at the order of the Sewer
Department. In full disclosure, I do not have a
grinder pump on my property, nor do I have any
family with a grinder pump. I sympathize with
residents who have grinder pumps and feel their
position has some merit. I voted at Fall Town
Meeting to send it to committee to evaluate any
unforeseen liabilities and devise a feasible
implementation strategy. I look forward to
reviewing the findings of the Grinder Pump Study
Committee. The committee is working hard and
their recommendation will help me to make an
informed decision for my Town Meeting vote.

Before I answer this question, I will wait until the Grinder
Pump Study Committee provides their recommendation. I
have been attending this committee’s meetings regularly
and have learned a great deal from all sources. This is
clearly an issue that has divided the town into “the haves
and have nots”. The problems here go beyond the
financial aspects of maintaining and repairing the grinder
pump systems – it is also a matter of health and quality of
life. I believe Chelmsford is a town made up of residents
that helps and protects one another and we do not turn our
backs on those in need. I look forward to the Town coming
together to provide a solution that is fair and cost effective.  

ITR:What is the main thing you would like to accomplish by the end
of your 3 year term as Selectman?

Bob Joyce: I am running for Board of
Selectmen because I love Chelmsford. This is a
wonderful town that has provided my family with a
great quality of life. As your Selectman I will work
hard to ensure that all residents are able to enjoy
the quality of life that Chelmsford can provide,
including our town’s seniors who made Chelmsford
what it is today. Chelmsford is great – and I want
to keep it that way! But we also need to keep it
Over the past few years Chelmsford has made
substantial investments to improve our Town. We
have renovated The North Town Hall and Center
Town Hall, both of which serve as great resources
for our community. Two new turf fields and track
allow residents of all ages to enjoy a safer sporting
environment. A new center fire station
headquarters and Department of Public Works
building are investments that will provide improved
services for many years to come.
As I talk with residents about my candidacy, the
resounding message I have received is “tax relief”.
Residents are weary of town spending and want to
see a slower rate of growth of their property taxes.
And they expect the Board of Selectmen to not
only hear this message, but to be leaders and
make “tax relief” a priority. I will bring business
experience and 25+ years in local government to
the Board of Selectman, and as your Selectman I
will work hard to make “tax relief” both a priority
and a reality.
We need to slow down the rate of growth of our
property taxes and this will require some tough
discussions as a Town. The Board of Selectmen
must provide leadership in this matter. Tax relief is
a possibility, but it takes courage to go against the
status quo. I pledge to you that I will listen to the
residents’ requests to slow down the growth of
property taxes and will make the tough decisions
necessary to slow that growth.
My name is Bob Joyce and I pledge to bring
accountable leadership, fiscal responsibility and
transparency in town operations. I respectfully ask
for your vote on Tuesday, April 1st for the
Chelmsford Board of Selectmen.  

Joe Ready: Our community has many
exciting and worthwhile projects in development.
In particular, the Brook Walk is a project that I
would like bring from an idea to fruition by lobbying
for state funding. I know the Center Village Master
Plan Committee has worked diligently on making
this an achievable and viable project and I want to
ensure we continue to spotlight this project to get
state aid. In addition to enhancing the aesthetics,
it will revitalize our downtown by improving the
functionality of the area for pedestrians and
I look forward to discussing any issues of
importance to you and answer questions you may
Please feel free to email me at
or call me at 978-884-6972. I respectfully ask for
your vote on Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

The Wit

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taking their comedians seriously
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government and
report the facts.
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of saying 'Nice doggie'
until you can find a
There are three kinds
of men. The one that
learns by reading. The
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observation. The rest of
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electric fence for

Live in such a way
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town gossip.

Chelmsford CVS site sold for $4.3M
By Grant Welker,

UPDATED:   03/16/2014 07:00:53 AM EDT
Lowell Sun

CHELMSFORD -- The owner of the Chelmsford Town Center plaza at the north end of
Boston Road has sold the portion of the property that includes the new CVS pharmacy for
more than $4.3 million.
Proceeds from the sale will help owner and developer Winstanley Enterprises afford the
complete overhaul of the former Stop & Shop and Marshalls building, said Barbara Green, a
senior vice president for Winstanley. The company bought the property for $7.6 million last
year and is investing at least $5.4 million in renovating the building that once housed a Stop
& Shop grocery store.
Winstanley may have gotten a bargain on the overall property when it bought it from a Stop
& Shop subsidiary last year, based on how much Winstanley received for the CVS land,
which makes up a fraction of the entire plaza site. The entire site was last assessed at $7.9
The CVS site sale, which will include the lease the pharmacy has for the building, closed
Jan. 31. It was purchased by Chelmsford Pharmacy Exchange, LLC, registered at the Illinois
address of Inland Continental Property Management Corp.
Bank of America and Friendly's, which also have leases at the site, remain on the larger
portion of the property owned by Winstanley.
The new CVS building, which opened in August 2012, pleased town planning officials with a
more aesthetically attractive design than its adjacent predecessor, which was then
The entire plaza overhaul will include more brick and glass, along with a clock tower, that
will also blend in better with other buildings in the town center. The plan also calls for
clearing brush from around the adjacent Beaver Brook and having outdoor restaurant
seating at that end of the building.
Winstanley has an anchor tenant in Choice Fitness, along with Nobo Modern Japanese
Restaurant & Bar and Sports Clips, a men's hair salon. The first stores are expected to open
by July.
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Chelmsford election candidates
underscore their differences
By Grant Welker,
UPDATED:   03/19/2014 06:35:47 AM EDT

Lowell Sun

CHELMSFORD -- Town Moderator Richard DeFreitas and challenger Jon Kurland briefly agreed on one
thing: An analogy could be made for the moderator's role at Town Meeting.
"A good town moderator is like an offensive lineman in football," Kurland said Tuesday night at a
debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters. "If the offensive lineman is doing his job, no one
knows who he is. It's only when they make mistakes that the spotlight shines on him."
But DeFreitas called the analogy flawed.
"You see, the lineman has a vested interest in winning the game," DeFreitas said. "I think the
moderator is more like the referee, who doesn't care who wins the game. He just wants to make
sure the rules are followed and the game is played fairly."
The two have had a sometimes contentious campaign, with Kurland, a former selectman, criticizing the
way DeFreitas has run Town Meeting during his term. DeFreitas has cited what he calls a learning curve for
the job and said he's been open to changes.
DeFreitas has formed a committee that will recommend changes for the meeting, including some that have
been unpopular with meeting representatives, such as having separate microphones for supporters and
opponents on an issue. Kurland has said he agrees with the likely changes.
"I think it would have been advantageous to have it three years ago when we had a transition" in
moderator, Kurland said.
The town-moderator race is one of only two contested races for the April 1 election, along with two
seeking an open Board of Selectmen seat. Bob Joyce, a Planning Board member, and Joe Ready of the
Economic Development Commission are battling for the seat.
Both have made tax relief a central component of their platforms, but they approach it from different
Joyce has called for reducing the capital budget, returning to taxpayers a certain amount of free cash each
year, and pushing for filling business vacancies to bring in additional tax revenue.
Free cash, Joyce said "doesn't belong to the (town) manager. It doesn't belong to the selectmen. It
belongs to the taxpayers."
Ready has advocated for encouraging blighted or underused properties to be fixed up to increase their
taxable value. He has also called for regionalizing services like 911, but said spending shouldn't be curbed
so much that the town isn't making investments in services.
"If we don't put money into our education system, no one's going to want to live here," Ready said.
"It will become very affordable because people won't want to buy property in Chelmsford."
Joyce had earlier criticized Ready when the candidates were asked about tax relief, saying Ready wouldn't
institute any spending reductions.
"Joe's platform has been a spend-spend-spend platform," Joyce said.
The next debate is Thursday at 7 p.m. at the police station. It is sponsored by the Republican Town
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Candidate Debate

-The Great April Fools ElectionASK THE CANDIDATES 2014
Recap Round 2
Annual Town Election: April 1, 2014

ITR:    TAX  RELIEF:    If  you  support  tax  relief,  give  three  ideas  to  
slow  the  growth  of  property  taxes  in  town?


Joe Ready: I  support  tax  relief  for  residents  by   Bob Joyce:    The  first  thing  I  would  do  is  cut  
crea4ng  be6er  efficiencies,  advoca4ng  for  more  state  
aid  and  economic  redevelopment.
Finding  efficiencies  through  regionaliza4on  of  services  
like  the  911  dispatch  center  or  energy  aggrega4on.    
The  town  saved  millions  by  switching  to  the  
Massachuse6s  GIC  (Group  Insurance  Commission).      
Create  cost  savings  by  maintaining  our  current  bond  
ra4ng.    Planning  for  the  future  by  increasing  our  
stabiliza4on  fund  and  paying  down  other  liabili4es.    
Find  innova4ve  ways  to  fund  future  projects  similar  to  
how  we  funded  $18  million  dollars’  worth  of  upgrades  
to  municipal  and  school  buildings  through  an  energy  
services  contract  with  Johnson  Controls.    
Work  collabora4vely  with  our  legislators  to  bring  
more  Chapter  70  funding  to  Chelmsford  or  more  local  
aid.      Con4nue  to  push  for  the  $5  million  dollar  bond  
money  from  the  state  to  improve  the  center  village  to  
make  the  downtown  more  vibrant  and  walkable.    
Con4nue  to  push  FEMA  and  MEMA  to  help  the  
residents  of  Williamsburg  obtain  state  and  federal  aid  
to  fix  the  erosion  impac4ng  the  river  bank.    
Encouraging  the  redevelopment  of  run  down  or  
dilapidated  buildings  to  bring  them  from  their  lowest  
use  to  their  highest  and  best  use.      This  increase  on  
the  value  of  commercial  buildings  will  help  offset  the  
taxes  paid  by  the  residents.    I’d  like  to  look  at  overlay  
zoning  on  129  as  a  method  of  taking  single  use  
structures  and  possibly  break  them  up  into  mul4-­‐use  
tenancies  for  high  tech,  telecommunica4ons  or  health  
care  companies.      Look  at  the  possibility  of  leasing  out  
the  Katrina  Road  site  to  help  generate  revenue  for  the  
town  to  help  offset  costs.  


My  goal  would  be  to  fund  any  and  all  future  
expenditures  within  the  budget  and  work  to  pay  
down  our  debt  exclusion  in  an  effort  to  reduce  taxes.      
I  would  not  support  an  override  to  fund  future  
buildings  or  other  programs.      We  need  to  work  as  a  
town  to  figure  out  how  to  keep  taxes  affordable  for  
the  residents,  while  also  funding  the  necessary  
services  that  our  children,  families  and  seniors  
depend  on.    

back  the  Capital  Budget  to  $2.5    or    $2.0  Million  
per  year.  The  reason  I  say  this  is  because  a  lot  of  
the  big  items  have  been  covered  by  last  year’s  
$18  million  dollar  appropriaIon  for  an  energy  
saving  contract  and  therefore  being  eliminated  
because  they  were  covered  under  the  $18  
The  second  thing  I  would  do  is  set  Policy  around  
the  use  of  “Free  cash”  and  StabilizaIon  funds  
that  provides  equality  to  the  tax  payers.
My  third    item  would  be  the  establishment  of  a  
policy  calling  for  a  Five  Year  Strategic  Plan  to  be  
done  by  the  Town  Manager  similar  to  what  the  
School  Department  currently  does,  but  at  a  
Town  Level.

ITR:    MIXED  ZONING:    Many  buildings  in  the  Route  129  industrial  corridor  are  currently  empty.    

Most  employees  wind  up  driving  into  Billerica  for  lunch  or  other  services.  Do  you  support  crea4ng  
an  overlay  district  there  (to  allow  shops  and  restaurants).    Why  or  why  not?

Joe Ready:  I  am  intrigued  by  

Bob Joyce:  To say “many buildings” is an

what  overlay  zoning  on  129  could  
 do  for  the  retenIon  of  larger  
 businesses.    I’d  like  to  explore  the  
types  of  services  that  could  go  in  
there,  while  sIll  giving  the  town  
and  residents  control.      I’d  like  to  
work  to  make  sure  we  put  in  a  
soluIon  that  works  for  both  the  
residents  and  the  current

incorrect statement. There are some buildings
with vacancies not as many as one would
think. As a planning board member I opposed
this overlay because all it did was add density
to the lots that are already built on and would
allow parking lot spaces to be used by owners
to build additional buildings.

Chelmsford  businesses.    I  would  like  
to  conduct  a  forum  that  brings  all  
the  stake  holders  together  to  see  if  
an  overlay  would  be  feasible.  

The neighborhood on Rte 129, as well as the
local merchants were opposed to it. We need
to support our already existing businesses in
the Center, Summer Street and Chelmsford
Street before we overbuild on our industrial

ITR:    RECYCLING:  Would  you  support  Chelmsford  having  its  own  recycling  facility  as  a  source  of  
revenue?    Residents  would  bring  all  their  recyclables  to  a  central  locaIon  instead  of  outside  pick  up.    
Why  or  why  not?

JR:  I  would  not  support  the  eliminaIon  

Bob Joyce:    I  would  not  support  this  

of  curb  side  pickup.  We  currently  have  a  
single  stream  recycling  program  that  
generates  us  revenue.    As  a  result  of  
this  program  we  have  increased  
recycling  by  over  30%      I  am  in  favor  of  
having  addiIonal  overflow  dumpsters  
for  cardboard,  which  do  generate  
addiIonal  revenue  for  the  town.      We  
need  to  find  an  appropriate  locaIon  for  
these  addiIonal  recycling  faciliIes.    

at  Richardson  Road,  but  I  would  support  
it  in  another  area  that  could  
accommodate  this  type  of  operaIon.  
Many  towns  do  provide  drop-­‐off  recycle  
centers  and  someImes  can  add  revenue  
to  the  town.  I  would  not  eliminate  the  
curbside  pickup  because  it  is  so  
successful  percentage  wise,  but  would  
offer  it  for  other  items  like  cardboard,  
light  bulbs  and  other


recyclables    that  are  not  picked  up  at  the  

ITR:    AMBULANCE  SERVICE:    With  the  opening  of  the  new  and  improved  fire  staIon  this  summer,  
would  you  be  open  to  revisiIng  the  proposal  of  the  town  running  its  own  ambulance  service  
as  a  source  of  revenue.    Why  or  Why  not?

Joe Ready: The  town  recently  
approved  a  new  3  year  contract  for  our  
ambulance  service.    I  have  a  strong  belief  
that  government  should  not  be  in  the  
business  of  making  money  when  there  are  
private  enterprises  that  will  compete  for  
the  business.      This  compeIIon  o`en  
results  in  a  cost  savings  and  reducIon  in  
liability  that  the  town  would  otherwise  
need  to  take  on.      This  issue  has  been  
studied  by  two  separate  commiaees  in  the  
past  that  determined  that  it  did  not  seem  
feasible  here  in  Chelmsford.    It  is  
important  to  know  that  the  current  service  
is  a  source  of  revenue  and  the  town  
receives  over  $70,000  a  year  for  this  

Bob Joyce:    This was an issue twenty one
years ago when I first served as Selectman. The
study committee at that time as well as others
since have indicated that it is not viable. I would
like to re-evaluate this from time to time and
would be open to another study and keep an open
mind on this. Most towns around us have Firebased ambulance services and they seem to be able
run them at a profit. In Westford it has been so
profitable that it has allowed the Fire Department
to purchase vehicles without putting them thru
their capital budget.
While the current ambulance company (Trinity)
has been very profitable, it’s ownership has been
very generous to charitable groups in town which
makes them quite popular.

ITR:  TOWN  COUNCIL  vs.  BOS  vs.TOWN  MEETING:  Over  the  past  few  years,  we  have  had  fewer  and  
fewer  candidates  for  Town  MeeIng  RepresentaIve.  What  do  you  think  of  exploring  the  concept  of  a  
Town  Council  (eliminaIng  Town  MeeIng  and  increasing  the  Town  Council  seats  (formerly  the  Board  of  
Selectmen)  from  5  to  9  members  (either  by  Precinct  or  at  large  or  a  combinaIon)?  


Joe Ready: The  current  system  is  

Bob Joyce:  Our  charter  was  wriaen  

good  because  it  allows  a  large  number  of  
volunteers  to  remain  acIvely  involved  with  
the  town.    Before  the  town  charter  changed,  
town  meeIngs  would  be  either  
overcrowded  or  sparsely  aaended.      The  
system  we  have  now  allows  us  to  maintain  a  
consistency  in  respects  to  oversight  of  town  
government  and  the  administraIon.      For  
the  purposes  of  accountability  and  
transparency,  I  would  suggest  having  more  
parIcipaIng  than  less.      

twenty  five  years  ago  and  I  do  believe  it  
should  be  reviewed  regularly.  I  would  be  in  
favor  of  establishing  another  Charter    
Commission  in  the  future  who  would  be  
elected  at  large  or  by  precinct.  This  
commission  would    recommend  any  
changes  to  the    style  of  government.  It  then  
would  need  to  be  approved  by  the  voters  at  
large  and  Town  meeIng.  They  might  not  
recommend  a  Town  Council  as  there  are  
many  different  forms  of  government  

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Chelmsford town manager pleased
with local aid plan
By Molly Loughman
Posted Mar. 20, 2014 @ 12:01 pm
Chelmsford Independent

State legislative leaders have announced the local aid agreement for fiscal year
2015, which covers general government aid and Chapter 70 education funding
and guarantees a roughly $125 million boost for both accounts.
Chelmsford is set to benefit from the agreement, which calls for $4.4 billion in
the Chapter 70 education fund — the largest appropriation in the program’s
history. The agreement reflects a $99 million increase over the FY2014 funding
level, said state Sen. Mike Barrett, D-Lexington.
The resolution also includes $945.75 million in unrestricted general government
aid, an increase of more than $25 million over last fiscal year’s appropriation.
This is the largest amount of unrestricted local aid since lottery aid and
additional assistance were consolidated in FY2009.
"We are pleased by the state Legislature's commitment of additional
local aid beyond the amounts included in the governor's proposed FY15
state budget. This would restore local aid funding to approximately the
$15.5 million level of seven years ago in FY 2008," said Chelmsford Town
Manager Paul Cohen.
The education funding level ensures school districts reach their foundation
budget and also provides additional aid to communities who receive less state
aid than called for by the formula.
Under the FY 2015 local agreement, Chelmsford’s education funding from the
state goes from $10,218,568 to $10,346,618, an increase of $128,000.
Chelmsford’s local aid funding, which communities use to fund a variety of
government services, receives a boost from $4,394,475 to $4,516,342, a 2.8
percent increase. In total, the agreement gives the town an additional $249,917
in the new fiscal year.
During the past seven years, Chelmsford’s cost for personnel, health insurance
benefits, energy, and other costs have grown as they have for businesses and
residents, explained Cohen. The additional $250,000 in local aid towards the
Town's $115 million operating budget will reduce the town's deficit in funding the
costs of its Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB) for active employees and
"Our overall goal remains to maintain the provision of the current level
of governmental services, while reducing the unfunded liability that will
need to be paid by future generations," said Cohen

Updates to Chelmsford town center approved
By Brenda J. Buote

MARCH 20, 2014
Boston Globe

With its running brooks, picturesque evergreens, and broad meadows, Chelmsford’s historic
Center Village has been a gathering place since the arrival of the town’s earliest settlers in 1653.
The 27-acre village remains a hub of commerce and civic life, with a center for the arts, boutique
shops, and the Bruce Freeman Trail running through it. Chelmsford town leaders hope to
capitalize on its many assets and make the area a destination for both residents and visitors by
creating a meandering pedestrian walkway along Beaver Brook that would link to businesses
and the popular trail.
Those plans, approved by the Board of Selectmen, Planning Board, and Conservation
Commission, recently got a boost from state lawmakers. Legislators included $5 million for
improvements to Chelmsford’s town center in both the House and Senate versions of a bond bill
designed to fund improvements to the Commonwealth’s transportation system over the next
five years.
“If we get the funding through the state bond bill, I think it will be the catalyst we
need to secure other commitments for this project,” said Selectman James M. Lane Jr.,
who was chairman of the committee that developed the town’s Center Village master plan.
The plan calls for preserving and expanding the village character of Chelmsford’s traditional
business district while securing additional parking in and around Central Square, at the
intersection of routes 4, 110, 129, and 27.
Key to the success of the plan is a proposal to transform Beaver Brook into an attractive and
accessible landmark for the center.
If the transportation bond bill is signed by the governor, the money earmarked for Chelmsford
would go a long way toward making that vision a reality, said state Senator Michael Barrett, a
Lexington Democrat who represents Chelmsford.
Town leaders would like to use the state funding to create Beaver Brook Walk, a pedestrian path
from the Bruce Freeman Trail to Summer Street; new signs to direct visitors to local landmarks
and parking lots; and infrastructure changes that would make the Center Village more
pedestrian-friendly, including better sidewalks and more strategically located crosswalks.
Additional bicycle racks also would be installed to encourage cyclists to stop in the village rather
than just pedal through it.
Rediscovering Beaver Brook has been in the town’s plans since 1998, Lane said. Turning that
vision into reality will require private and public partnerships, including agreements with
abutting property owners, he noted.
“This will be a substantial project, making this happen,” added Jack Handley, owner
of Chelmsford Gift & Card Shop, a fixture in Central Square since the 1960s.
A member of the Chelmsford Historic District Commission, Handley served with Lane on the
Center Village Master Plan Committee because he believes the project would revitalize the town
center while “retaining the character of our old Central Square.”
The Brook Walk, estimated to cost between $1.6 million and $2.4 million, is the most expensive
element of the master plan.
Overall, implementation of the master plan could cost between $5 million and $7 million,
depending on when the project is put out to bid.

“It’s uncertain at this point how much town funding would be required,” said Town
Manager Paul Cohen, noting that the town is looking to develop plans as the project moves
“The key challenge will be getting the future governor, whoever that may be, to
release the funding,” Cohen said, adding that every project is “subject to appropriation.”
Plans for the center would build on recent and ongoing improvements, including the opening in
2009 of the Bruce Freeman Trail; the renovation in 2012 of the former Town Hall, home to the
Chelmsford Center for the Arts; the recent elimination of overhead utility lines in parts of the
town center; and the ongoing renovation of the former Stop & Shop plaza off Boston Road.
The aging plaza is being transformed into an upscale shopping center with a new look and a new
name: Chelmsford Town Center. Concord-based Winstanley Enterprises LLC is adding a clock
tower, a brick-and-glass facade, and new landscaping.
The developer also is clearing land around Beaver Brook at the northern edge of the site and is
committed to providing the town whatever easement is needed to install a footbridge to the
property, Lane said.
The new shopping center is expected to open by July. Choice Fitness and Nobo Modern
Japanese Restaurant & Bar already have signed leases in the 59,874-square-foot development.
CVS, Bank of America, and Friendly’s stayed open during construction, and space remains
Members of the Master Plan Committee said the vision outlined in the document has been well
received by local business owners.
“We’ve got a lot of folks who are very excited about this,” said Lane, whose family has
lived in Chelmsford for four generations.
“People love the fact that we’re starting to revitalize some areas and get projects
accomplished that were at first visions, and are now becoming reality.”
The next step for Center Village would be the design phase, Cohen said, noting that detailed
design drawings could cost as much as $300,000.
He is hopeful the state will release a portion of the transportation funds designated for the
project to cover that expense.
Brenda J. Buote can be reached at


A historic pedestrian bridge on Forest Path, when
renovated, would connect the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail
to the Bartlett Woodlot and Center Village.

Spending ideas, impartiality mark Chelmsford debate
By Grant Welker,
UPDATED:   03/21/2014 06:34:50 AM EDT

Lowell Sun

CHELMSFORD -- In the third of four debates Thursday before the April 1 election, two selectman
candidates haggled over spending ideas and two candidates for town moderator strove to portray
himself as the more impartial choice.
The debate was sponsored by the Republican Town Committee and lasted nearly an hour for the
two contested races.
Bob Joyce and Joe Ready, the two selectmen candidates, were more aggressive than in past
debates in staking their claim as the better candidate. In a portion in which the candidates could
ask questions of one another, Ready asked Joyce about a statement he made at an earlier debate
in which he seemed to show indifference for how the portion of the town's free cash, not set aside
for tax relief, would be spent.
"Can you explain to the voters how that demonstrates accountable leadership?" Ready asked.
"Well, I think the accountable leadership and the fiscal responsibility is in taking the 50
percent (toward tax relief) and giving it back to taxpayers," Joyce said.
Joyce called Ready a "spend-spend-spend" candidate. Where would all the money come from for
programs he wants to support? he asked Ready.
"I know you want to pigeon-hole me as a 'spend-spend-spend' guy, but I'm actually an
invest-invest-invest guy because at the end of the day, you have to make sure you put money
into these projects so we're not floating money down the road," Ready said.
Joyce has advocated for reducing the capital budget by $1 million and has stressed tax relief as a
central part of his platform. Ready has advocated more investing in schools and other services,
though he's also said he'd work to find budget efficiencies to save taxpayers.
Both were asked how they'd address the issue of employee retirement liabilities known as OPEB, or
other post-employment benefits.
Joyce said he might devote half the town's free-cash reserve to pay down the liability. Ready said
he'd push for making OPEB costs part of the budget so a consistent amount could be set aside
each year. Both said they're open to the idea of including such costs in departmental budgets.
In the other contested race, Town Moderator Richard DeFreitas is being challenged by former
Selectman Jon Kurland. Both repeatedly used words like "nonpartisan" and "unbiased" to
describe themselves as able to stay objective at Town Meeting.
"Total political neutrality," DeFreitas said when asked the most important quality of a town
Kurland cited his eight years as a member of the Finance Committee.
"During those years, no one had any idea as to my political leanings," he said. "If you ask
anyone who served with me on FinCom, they will agree."
The next debate is Thursday at 7:15 p.m. at the police station and is sponsored by the Democratic
Town Committee.
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Chelmsford selectmen candidates
debate at The Sun
By Grant Welker,
UPDATED:   03/27/2014 02:30:47 PM EDT
Lowell Sun

LOWELL -- The two candidates for Chelmsford Board of Selectmen will give voters on April 1
two very different options, as they made clear in a debate with The Sun editorial board
Candidates Bob Joyce, 62, and Joe Ready, 32, both have names familiar to voters.
Joyce was a selectman from 1993-'96 and has been an outspoken Town Meeting
representative since 1989. Ready is the son of former selectman Dennis Ready, who this
month had the Town Hall main meeting room named in his honor.
Both were asked about how their backgrounds shape their candidacy.
"It's an older Bob Joyce, that's for sure," Joyce said. "But certainly I am what I am. I've
always been the type of person that will question things and ask the difficult
Joyce said he's someone who cares most for the issues that affect neighborhoods,
mentioning his opposition to the location to the new central fire station and a planned
housing development on Mill Road.
"I've become more of a neighborhood-friendly type of person," he said.
Ready was asked about how much he's relying on his family's name.
"I am relying a certain amount of my family's good will," Ready said, "mostly because I
think with my father and I, the apple didn't fall far from the tree. If any of his children
reflect who he was, I think I would probably be the closest."
"But I've also forged my own pathway since," he said.
Ready has never run for public office before but has been involved in the candidates for two
other current selectmen, George Dixon and Matt Hanson.
"Certainly, having my father be Mr. Chelmsford helps," he said. "And I think that's
because he did a lot of great things, and I'm not going to try to shy away from that."
Ready was also asked about his connection to Hanson, the board chairman, in another way
-- the fact that Hanson works as a real estate agent in the office Ready owns and serves as a
broker. Ready, who has previously said he's asked the State Ethics Commission about the
relationship, said it won't serve as a conflict.
"Matt is an independent contractor. I am the broker of the office," Ready said. As a
broker, he said, he's responsible for the operations of the business. But Hanson largely works
independently, he said.
"I certainly am in some respects, by state law, his boss," Ready said. "But I don't see
that being a conflict in what we're trying to do for the town of Chelmsford. I see it as an
advantage because he and I certainly work well together."
The potential for full-day kindergarten in Chelmsford, as one of few Massachusetts school
districts without it, has been a central part of the campaign. Ready called it one of his top two

priorities for the coming years, but Joyce said the school department is autonomous and
that the Board of Selectmen shouldn't have a direct say in the matter.
Superintendent Frank Tiano has proposed setting aside $1 million in four coming fiscal
years to eventually be able to start full-day kindergarten.
"They're going to have to find some way to fund it," Joyce said of the school district. He
asked where money would come from in the town's budget, though.
"Are we going to cut firemen, police, DPW?" he said, suggesting jobs may need to be
reallocated to free up money.
"It's coming down the road, no matter how we look at it," Ready said, adding that he
would advocate for full-day kindergarten. He said he thinks money can be found within the
town budget to pay for starting the program.
"I'm not totally convinced the money isn't there" to start the program, Ready said.
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Chelmsford selectmen candidates, Bob Joyce and Joe Ready, speak out during
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Chelmsford selectmen
candidates don't see eye to
eye on town's transparency
By Grant Welker,
UPDATED:   03/27/2014 10:35:01 PM EDT

Lowell Sun

CHELMSFORD -- Selectmen candidates Bob Joyce and Joe Ready offered different views
on transparency and reviews of the town manager and competing styles in a debate
Thursday, the last before Tuesday's election.
When asked to give instances when town government has shown a lack of transparency,
their answers illustrated their differing stances on officials.
"I actually think we have a great amount of transparency already in government,"
Ready said, adding that he would add transparency on a personal basis by discussing
topics with residents.
Joyce said the planning process for the central fire station on Billerica Road, now under
construction, is lacking in transparency. Selectmen waited too long to reach out to
neighbors, and voters weren't given enough information to know exactly what they were
voting on, he said.
The two also gave differing answers when asked to rate the performance of Town Manager
Paul Cohen.
"I think Paul's doing a decent job," Joyce said.
A better credit rating for the town could be attributed to the town's entire finance team, not
only the town manager, he said.
Ready, on the other hand, mentioned the town's overall good performance and particularly
its better credit rating, for why Cohen has done his job well.
"He's had very good performance compared to the goals set forth for him," Ready
The candidates were also asked for their top two priorities for the coming years.
Ready said his priorities would be education and public works. Joyce said tax relief and
creating a five-year strategic plan would be his priorities.
Joyce and Ready also debated earlier in the day in a meeting of The Sun's editorial board.
Both were asked about how their backgrounds shape their candidacy.
"It's an older Bob Joyce, that's for sure," Joyce said. "But certainly I am what I am. I've
always been the type of person that will question things and ask the difficult

Joyce said he's someone who cares most for the issues that affect neighborhoods,
mentioning his opposition to the location to the new central fire station and a planned
housing development on Mill Road.
"I've become more of a neighborhood-friendly type of person," he said.
Ready was asked about how much he's relying on his family's name.
"I am relying a certain amount of my family's good will," Ready said, "mostly because I
think with my father and I, the apple didn't fall far from the tree. If any of his children
reflect who he was, I think I would probably be the closest."
"But I've also forged my own pathway since," he said.
Ready has never run for public office before but has been involved in the candidates for two
other current selectmen, George Dixon and Matt Hanson. Joyce has run more from the
perspective of an outsider.
"Certainly, having my father be Mr. Chelmsford helps," he said. "And I think that's
because he did a lot of great things, and I'm not going to try to shy away from that."
Ready at the editorial-board meeting was also asked about his connection to Hanson, the
board chairman, in another way -- the fact that Hanson works as a real-estate agent in the
office Ready owns and serves as a broker. Ready, who has previously said he's asked the
State Ethics Commission about the relationship, said it won't serve as a conflict.
"Matt is an independent contractor. I am the broker of the office," Ready said. As a
broker, he said, he's responsible for the operations of the business. But Hanson largely
works independently, he said.
"I certainly am in some respects, by state law, his boss," Ready said. "But I don't see
that being a conflict in what we're trying to do for the town of Chelmsford. I see it as
an advantage because he and I certainly work well together."

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for Debates

-The Great April Fools ElectionASK THE CANDIDATES 2014
Round 3 FINAL
Annual Town Election: April 1, 2014

ITR: In the past, Chelmsford had a Traffic an Safety committee. With traffic burgeoning every year and the
town becoming a cut through for out of town traffic, would you consider bringing back this committee? What
other solutions might you have for this continuing problem.

Bob Joyce:
During  my  first  term  on  the  Board  of  
Selectmen  from  1993-­‐96  we  had  a  Traffic  
and  Safety  Commiaee  which  laid  the  
groundwork  for  a  lot  of  the  signalizaIon  
we  have  today.    I  know  that  there  are  
several  traffic  issues  within  the  town  
today,  but  I  believe  that  between  the  
Police  Department  ,    Engineering  
department  and  Board  of  Selectmen  
these  issues  can  be  resolved.  Sefng  up  a  
commiaee  is  not  always  the  right  answer,  
we  have  goaen  to  a  point  where  we  have  
so  many  commiaees  that  the  same  
people  are  on  mulIple  commiaees.

Joe Ready:
Bringing  back  the  Traffic  and  Safety  
Commiaee  would  be  a  great  idea.  I  would  
suggest  forming  the  commiaee  with  a  Police  
Officer,  Fire  Fighter,  Safety  Officer,  Community  
Development  Director,  Selectman,  and  two  
residents.  There  was  a  Traffic  and  Safety  
Commiaee  in  the  past  and  the  soluIons  that  
were  implemented  in  the  center  of  town  on  
North  Road  have  made  a  big  difference.  
Traffic  paaerns  change  over  Ime.  New  traffic  
issues  also  arise  when  new  buildings  and  
services  are  created  such  as  the  new  fire  
staIon,  Stop  and  Shop  on  110  and  new  plaza  
in  the  center.  It’s  important  to  work  on  the  
Iming  of  lights  to  beaer  control  traffic  issues.  
I’ve  spoken  to  residents  that  have  concerns  
about  pedestrian  safety  as  well.  I  would  like  
the  commiaee  to  look  into  the  possibility  of  
adding  addiIonal  cross  walks  and  sidewalk  for  
residents.  My  vision  for  Chelmsford  is  to  have  
a  more  vibrant  and  walkable  town  for  
recreaIonal  purposes.  

ITR: Water Commissioner Bill Martin has discussed the possibility of a "Chelmsford Light and Power Company",
where we would have local control over the electrical power and perhaps cable operations as well. Wakefield,
Peabody, Hudson, Holden and Littleton are among the many towns that have a municipal power company.
The citizens get better service for a cheaper price. What steps would you suggest to improve the service we get
from National Grid and Verizon and would you commit to working toward that goal?"

Bob Joyce:

I  liked  Billy’s  idea  of  boaling  Center  Water  
and  selling  it.  
A  lot  of  the  communiIes  that  are  listed  as  
doing  Power  and  Light  services  have  been  
doing  it  for  a  long  Ime.  This  is  a  major  
infrastructure  that  we  would  have  to  be  put  
in  place.  Costs  would  certainly  be  in  the  
millions.  I’m  sure  it  would  take  years  to  
recover  any  return  on  our  investment  would  
be  successful.
I  do  not  believe  that  gefng  into  the  cable  
market  would  be  successful.  We  have  three  
major  players  in  this  market  FIOS,  XFINITY  
and  DISH  services  and  they  are  killing  each  
other  for  the  business.

Joe Ready:
 I’m  always  in  favor  of  residents  and  those  who  
serve  Chelmsford  thinking  outside  the  box  to  
improve  quality  of  life  for  our  residents.  This  
would  be  a  worthy  idea  for  the  residents  to  
pursue.  I’m  all  in  favor  of  creaIng  beaer  
service  and  cost  savings  for  the  residents.  
Check  out  Lialeton,  MA  Electric  website  as  an  
We  should  setup  a  commiaee  to  explore  the  
possibility  of  making  such  an  idea  a  reality.  We  
would  need  to  explore  what  type  of  
infrastructure  we  would  need  to  purchase,  
what  type  of  capital  equipment  would  be  
necessary,  would  we  need  to  purchase  or  lease  
uIlity  poles  and  other  infrastructure  from  
Verizon  or  naIonal  grid?  What  would  the  real  
cost  savings  be  vs.  simply  going  the  route  
energy  aggregaIon?  Etc.  
As  a  Selectman,  I’m  open  to  exploring  these  
ideas  and  seeing  if  we  can  make  a  difference  in  
the  lives  of  residents  both  in  quality  and  in  

ITR: Should Chelmsford have all day kindergarten ? If so how should we pay for it?
Bob Joyce:

If  the  School  Department  wishes  to  have  Full  
Day  Kindergarten  it  should  include  it  within  
their  budget,  but  be  prepared  to  fund  it  within  
their  own  budget,  I  am  not  in  favor  of  cufng  
funds  from  the  town  side  of  the  budget  (Police,  
Fire  and  DPW)  to  fund  this.  
The  school  commiaee  should  look  for  
efficiencies  within  their  budget  to  
accommodate  this.  StarIng  out  with  a  paid  full  
day  might  be  more  efficient.

Joe Ready:
Yes,  we  should  implement  full  day  kindergarten  
within  the  budget.  I  have  6  possible  funding  
sources,  none  of  which  would  increase  taxes.  
Here’s  how:  
1.  For  the  next  3  years,  we  anIcipate  a  $600K  
reducIon  from  our  previously  anIcipated  health  
insurance  premium  increase.  
2.  One  consultant  that  made  a  presentaIon  in  
front  of  the  Board  of  Selectman  in  regards  to  
energy  aggregaIon  stated  that  the  town  could  
receive  a  credit  of  $170K  per  year  for  entering  into  
an  energy  aggregaIon  contract.  
3.  Local  aid  numbers  appear  to  be  coming  in  higher  
than  anIcipated.  The  school  can  use  school  choice  
funds,  which  they  have  been  building  up  in  a  
stabilizaIon  fund.  
4.  The  school  department  will  receive  addiIonal  
funding  from  the  state  if  they  implement  full  day  
5.  Full  day  Kindergarten  will  reduce  the  busing  
costs  because  it  will  eliminate  a  2nd  trip  that  is  
required  during  the  day.  
6.  Schools  can  absorb  any  of  the  remaining  cost  
into  their  budget  
An  exact  funding  plan  would  have  to  be  developed  
by  the  school  commiaee  and  the  school  
superintendent.  The  school  commiaee  has  been  
studying  the  issue  of  full  day  kindergarten  for  over  
a  year.  With  these  mulIple  funding  sources,  
support  from  the  town  and  the  Board  of  
Selectman,  I  feel  confident  that  we  can  implement  
full  day  kindergarten  within  the  parameters  of  the  
town’s  operaIng  budget.  

ITR: I would like tax relief. Everyone wants tax relief,
I would like my taxes to drop by $200 a year, 
what would it take for the town to give every tax payer
a tax break of $200 a year?

Bob Joyce:

Joe Ready:

I  believe  that  it  takes  a  cut  of  $1Million  to  effect  
a  $70  reducIon.  In  order  to  get  a  $200  reducIon  
we  would  have  to  cut  $3million.  I  don’t  see  that  
in  the  foreseeable  future,  but  we  could  begin  by  
cufng  some  of  our  Capital  spending  and  
decreasing  our  debt  service

It  would  require  a  $3,000,000.00  reducIon.  
Chelmsford  has  completed  many  of  its  major  
capital  projects  over  the  past  few  years,  such  as  
the  Library,  DPW  acquisiIon,  Police  StaIon,  
New  Center  Fire  StaIon,  Middle  School  
RenovaIon  Project,  Historic  Town  Halls,  Turf  
Fields,  etc.  I  do  not  anIcipate  any  more  major  
capital  projects  in  the  next  5  years.  
Over  the  next  ten  years  you're  going  to  see  a  
rapid  decline  in  our  excluded  debt  from  
$5.593M  to  1.765M.  Excluded  debt  projects  are  
projects  that  were  done  over  the  proposiIon  
2.5%  tax  levy.  As  these  projects  debts  are  
reIred,  you'll  begin  to  see  real  tax  relief  on  your  
residenIal  bill.  Since  I  do  not  support  overrides,  
we  should  hopefully  eliminate  most,  if  not  all  of  
our  excluded  debt  from  the  tax  roll.  
My  opponent  has  stated  that  he  would  like  to  
see  more  excluded  debt  for  projects  vs.  funding  
it  within  our  budget.  This  would  actually  
increase  your  taxes  overall,  since  the  debt  is  
outside  the  allowed  2.5%  tax  levy.  I  think  it's  
important  to  live  within  your  means  and  plan  
carefully  for  the  future.  
In  the  past  we’ve  put  our  free  cash  towards  our  
stabilizaIon  fund.  This  has  allowed  us  to  
increase  our  bond  raIng  twice  in  the  past  few  
years.  This  has  saved  the  town  hundreds  of  
thousands  of  dollars  in  interest  payments.  We  
have  re-­‐issued  current  debt  at  beaer  interest  
rates  to  produce  immediate  savings.  Giving  back  
free  cash  only  produces  a  one  Ime  savings  to  
the  tax  payers.  This  approach  gives  back  
conInuous  savings  over  the  long  term.  

ITR: If you were a Selectman right now and had to give Town Manager Paul Cohen his review what would it
be? What do you think are his strengths and what are his weaknesses?

Bob Joyce:

Joe Ready:

 It  is  unfair  to  try  to  rate  the  Town  Manager  if  
you  not  sifng  on  the  Board  of  Selectmen.  From  
an  outsiders  view,  I  would  say  he’s  doing  a  
decent  job  compared  to  Managers  from  
surrounding  Towns.  

I  would  rate  Town  Manager  Paul  Cohen  as  having  
consistently  exceeded  expected  level  of  
performance.  Paul  has  done  an  excellent  job  at  
negoIaIng  collecIve  bargaining  agreements  and  
maintaining  consistency  in  his  negoIaIons.  

Paul’s  biggest  strength  is  spinning  his  
accomplishment  of  increasing  the  bond  raIng  
for  the  Town  when  in  reality  it  is  a  full  team  of  
people  that  give  us  that  raIng.  

Paul  has  a  done  a  great  job  with  fiscal  
management  and  we’ve  seen  two  improvements  
in  our  bond  raIng  over  the  past  few  years.  Paul  
has  done  a  good  job  overseeing  the  efforts  to  
design,  plan  and  build  a  new  fire  staIon,  turf  
fields,  club  house  funcIon  hall,  ESCO  contract,  

Paul’s  biggest  weakness  is  his  inability  to  accept  
criIcism,  instead  of  accepIng  it  and  working  on  
it,  he  lashes  out  at  the  person  he  is  trying  to  
help  him.

Paul  has  done  a  good  job  at  exploring  opIons  for  
regionalizaIon  of  services  and  has  found  ways  to  
save  money  through  group  health  insurance.  
In  my  opinion,  the  Town  Manager,  Paul  Cohen  
has  the  following  strengths:  
1.  Excellent  negoIator  
2.  Understands  complex  problems  and  is  capable  
of  finding  soluIons  
3. Finds  innovaIve  ways  to  produce  cost  savings
In  my  opinion,  the  Town  Manager,  Paul  Cohen  
has  the  following  weaknesses:  
1.  Approach  to  speaking  with  residents  on  
controversial  issues  could  be  so`er  and  gentler  
2.  Be  more  open  to  receiving  construcIve  
criIcism  from  Board  Members  

ITR: With the election coming down to the wire,
here is your last chance to tell the voter why they should vote for you?

Bob Joyce:
I  am  experienced  as  a  Selectmen  and  can  hit  the  
ground  running.  No  “on  the  job”  training.  
My  name  is  Bob  Joyce  and  I  am  running  for  the  
Chelmsford  Board  of  Selectmen.  I  have  lived  in  
Chelmsford  for  nearly  40  years,  where  my  wife  
Rosemary  and  I  have  happily  raised  our  two  
children  Nelson  and  Andrea.  
I  have  a  B.S.  in  Business  AdministraIon  from  
Northeastern  University  and  I  am  currently  
employed  as  an  IT  Team  Leader  at  Sonus  
Networks  in  Westord...
I  am  running  for  Board  of  Selectmen  because  I  
love  Chelmsford.  This  is  a  wonderful  town  that  
has  provided  my  family  with  a  great  quality  of  
life.  As  your  Selectman  I  will  work  hard  to  ensure  
that  all  residents  are  able  to  enjoy  the  quality  of  
life  that  Chelmsford  can  provide.
Over  the  past  few  years  Chelmsford  has  made  
substanIal  investments  to  improve  our  town  
which  will  provide  improved  services  for  many  
years  to  come.
Residents  are  weary  of  town  spending  and  want  
to  see  a  slower  rate  of  growth  of  their  property  
taxes.  And  they  expect  the  Board  of  Selectmen  to  
be  leaders  and  make  “tax  relief”  a  priority.  I  will  
bring  my  business  experience  and  25+  years  in  
Town  government  experience  to  the  Board  of  
Selectman,  and  as  your  Selectman  I  will  work  
hard  to  make  “tax  relief”  both  a  priority  and  a  
My  name  is  Bob  Joyce  and  I  pledge  to  bring  
accountable  leadership,  fiscal  responsibility  and  
transparency  in  town  operaNons.    I  respectully  
ask  for  your  vote  on  Tuesday,  April  1st  for  the  
Chelmsford  Board  of  Selectmen.
If  you  would  like  more  informaIon  about  my  
candidacy  please  visit  my  website  or  call  me  at  

Joe Ready:
I  respectully  ask  for  your  vote  on  Tuesday,  April  
1st  because  I  want  to  help  residents  with  all  
issues.  The  Board  of  Selectman  should  be  acIvely  
working  to  find  soluIons  to  problems  that  face  
all  facets  of  our  government.  
Tax  relief  is  important  to  me,  but  we  also  have  
other  issues  that  need  to  be  addressed  such  as  
educaIon,  public  works,  licensing,  policy  sefng,  
budget  planning  and  government  oversight.  The  
issues  will  always  change,  but  it  is  how  I  
approach  the  problem  that  makes  me  the  right  
choice  for  Selectman.  
I’m  always  here  to  listen  to  you,  understand  the  
issue  or  problems  and  work  with  you  to  find  
feasible  soluIons.  As  your  representaIve  to  
government,  I  am  here  to  advocate  for  you.  My  
office  is  here  in  town  and  I  am  available  during  
the  day  and  evenings  to  discuss  maaers  
important  to  you.  
I’ve  always  been  involved  in  public  service  and  
volunteerism  because  I  truly  love  helping  people.  
I  love  Chelmsford  and  I  want  to  make  sure  that  
we  take  the  smart  approach  towards  conInuing  
its  success  for  all  residents,  young  and  old.  Please  
feel  to  reach  out  to  me  anyIme  if  you  have  any  
quesIons,  comments,  or  concerns:  
JOE  READY  Cell:  

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are soon elected.
It isn't what we
don't know that
Wisdom of gives us trouble,


it's what we know
that ain't so.

The only time
people dislike
gossip is when you
gossip about them.

If you ever
injected truth
into politics
you have no
Buy land. They ain't making
any more of the stuff.

I joked about every
prominent man of my time,
but I never met a man I
didn't like.

All I know is just
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Chelmsford 'not
walking away'
from full-day
By Grant Welker,
UPDATED:   03/24/2014 06:34:38 AM EDT

Lowell Sun

CHELMSFORD -- The potential for full-day kindergarten in Chelmsford schools, an idea that
has become a hot-button topic after years of consideration, has not disappeared since school
officials decided not to begin offering the service for the coming school year.
Superintendent of Schools Frank Tiano has included $1 million across a four-year span
beginning in fiscal 2016 devoted to starting the long-planned full-day kindergarten program.
Costs for implementing full-day kindergarten will also be one of three fiscal issues, along
with employee retirement costs and tax relief, to be studied and prioritized in regular
meetings among the Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee and School Committee.
School officials had been studying the potential for implementing the program for about two
years, but then decided earlier this year that the district wouldn't be able to afford the
estimated $1 million needed to hire new teachers, among other costs.
"We're not walking away from (full-day) kindergarten. We brought forward a
plan. It didn't work," School Committee Chairman Mike Rigney said at a meeting last
week. "We're going to find a way to do it, and this is a good start toward that, I
Tiano's proposal calls for spreading out the costs over four years, setting aside $400,000 in
fiscal 2016 and lower amounts each year through fiscal 2019.
"At no cost to parents," he said.
Starting the program without charging a fee has been the preference of school officials.
Supporters of offering kindergarten for a full day have said doing so would improve early
education in Chelmsford schools and allow the town to join the vast majority of
Massachusetts communities that offer the service. A survey of school districts in the state
found 94 percent offered the full-day program last year, according to a recent presentation by

Full-day kindergarten has also been made a priority by the state Department of Education,
which began a grant program in 2000 for districts to implement the program. Since then, the
percentage of Massachusetts students enrolled in full-day programs rose from 29 to 83.
Gov. Deval Patrick included in his fiscal 2015 budget proposal in January $3.1 million for
full-day kindergarten in communities without them.
Nearly every other Lowell area community offers kindergarten full-day, some free and others
at a charge. Billerica approved free full-day kindergarten for all students last month. It had
previously offered full-day classes at a charge of $3,000.
Opponents in Chelmsford have likened full-day kindergarten to taxpayer-subsidized day care,
School Committee member Nicholas DeSilvio said, but it's far more than that.
"That's ridiculous," he said of the claims.
The Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee and School Committee in the coming months
will also discuss full-day kindergarten. Officials will weigh costs of implementing the program
with other fiscal needs, including tax relief and employee retirement costs known as "other
post-employment benefits," such as health care.
A committee made up of representatives from those three boards was proposed, but
selectmen said the fiscal issues were too important to not meet with the full board
memberships. Selectmen are scheduled to vote at their meeting tonight whether to have the
boards meet in full or appoint a committee of representatives.
"It's a very, very important discussion, and I think we should all be at the
table," Selectman Janet Askenburg said.
Not all three -- kindergarten, tax relief and retirement costs -- can be given top priority, Town
Manager Paul Cohen said.
"It's a matter of, 'OK, folks, what's it going to be?'" he said.
The average Chelmsford tax bill through last year has risen by 71 percent since 2000.
Unfunded liabilities for other post-employment benefits for the town have been estimated at
$169 million.

Chelmsford School Committee
discusses budget, full-day K
By Molly Loughman
Posted Mar. 26, 2014 @ 10:19 am
Chelmsford Independent

The School Committee on Tuesday continued hearing details of the district’s fiscal year
2015 budget plan.
The district’s fiscal 2014 budget totals $49,259,443 and its fiscal 2015 spending request is
set at approximately $50 million. Town Manager Paul Cohen requested a level services
budget. If approved by Town Meeting in a month, the district will receive an additional
$740,557. The school department anticipates savings in utilities from its energy
agreement, lowering its percentage increase from 3 percent to 1.5 percent from the town
Superintendent Frank Tiano explained to committee members that since February the
district has been preparing details for its budgetary hearing April 8. Because of the ongoing
budgeting process, the district has been seeking feedback from the Finance Committee and
School Committee, resulting in additions to the drafted presentation.
The presentation will include foundation enrollment, instrumental in determining a school
district’s budget and Chapter 70 state education aid. Out-of-district per pupil expenditures
will also be key to the presentation. Tiano said this figure can be difficult to interpret when
comparing districts because it’s generally a combination of high-cost special education
placements and lower-cost School Choice, charter school, and other out-of-district settings.
Tiano said the presentation would compare CPS to 21 other area school districts for the
average cost per pupil in 2013. Chelmsford ranked number eight at $12,157.
Joining the discussion was Cohen, who was given clarification on how the district
anticipates its approach for funding for full-day kindergarten, a $1 million implementation
cost. Based on the district’s typical budgetary increase each year, it’s willing to soon
implement full-day kindergarten by taking short-term budgetary hits, in areas such as
programming. By FY 2019, CPS’s five-year increase is expected to be approximately $8
Once absorbed after a four- to five-year period, then the district can continue on with its
level service budget, explained School Committee member Nick DeSilvio. Business Manager
Kathy McWilliams explained that if spread out across the district’s accounts over a five-year
period, the full-day kindergarten plan is viable.
"I think the issue of concern is the uncertainty. There’s going to be an election in
November, there will be a new Legislature, a new governor, there will be an
economy that we don’t know," said Cohen, calling the district’s linear projection "good."
"I think you’re right, you need to hold reserves, the town needs to hold reserves,
so when you hit the bumps, you can survive the reserves and come out of that,"
Cohen said.


Politically Incorrect

Tom Christiano

Guests: Bob Joyce


(Selectman Candidate)
Evelyn Thoren
(School Committee)
Jeff Apostolakes
(Planning Bd. Alternate)
and Tom Newcomb
(Town Meeting Rep. Candidate, Pr. 9)
Topics included: The upcoming
Chelmsford Election...The proposed 40B
Development on Mill Road...Full Day
Kindergarten...Ideas to make sure that
the major appointed boards in town -like the ZBA -- have published email
addresses & phone numbers, so they
are readily accessible by the
residents...State mandates on the
schools...and returning Free Cash back
to the taxpayers.

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