5 Things: Town Raises Water & Sewer Rates, Taylor School to Host Cake Bake, Property Tax Payment Reminder & More

Here's five things you need to know in Foxborough for today, Jan. 29.

Editor's note: Five Things You Need To Know Today is a Patch column that provides readers with essential, daily information at a glance. If you know of something happening in town that did not make our list, please add it in the comment section!

1. Wintry Mix of Rain, Snow in Foxborough Tuesday

Today’s weather in Foxborough, according to the National Weather Service based in Taunton, calls for a slight chance of snow showers, freezing rain, and sleet before 11 a.m., then a slight chance of rain showers and sleet between 11 a.m. and noon. Patchy fog between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 34. North wind 5 to 8 mph becoming northeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Tuesday night: A chance of showers, mainly after midnight. Patchy fog. Otherwise, cloudy, with a temperature rising to around 40 by 5 a.m. Light and variable wind becoming south around 6 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

2. Water & Sewer Commissioners Raise Rates

Despite severe water quality issues and hundreds of angry and concerned residents, Foxborough's Board of Water & Sewer Commissioners voted unanimously Monday to increase the town's water rates 6 percent and sewer rates 7.5 percent.

"If we didn't have to raise the rates we wouldn't be raising the rates," Commissioner Michael Stanton told concerned residents Kevin Weinfeld and Rich Feeley of Mayfair Realty & Development, who attended Monday's rate increase hearing at the town's Water Department Office.

Weinfeld and Feeley told commissioners the water quality at their residential communities on Ledgeville Road and Chestnut Street is unacceptable and hurting their business.

"We have residents saying we are going to move out," Weinfeld said. "Not just out of [Mayfair properties] but out of Foxborough."

Commissioners heard the complaints and concerns regarding the town's water quality but continued to stress the point that there's no quick fix to the issue.

"If there was a quick fix, believe me, we would do it," Stanton said.

The problem is said to be an expensive one as the town will ultimately have to replace the old section of the system in the Chestnut and Mechanic Street area that is mainly responsible for the brown water.

Furthermore, the commissioners maintained their position of not providing residents rebates for brown water, despite the rate increases.

For more information on the brown water issue in town, click here.

Foxborough Patch will update this story with complete coverage of Monday's rate increase hearing. Sign up for Patch's free, online newsletter to receive the updated story in the inbox of your e-mail.

3. Taylor School’s 5th Annual Cake Bake

All Foxborough children are welcome to attend Taylor Elementary School’s Cake Bake on Tuesday in the cafeteria.

Children bake and decorate a cake at home and bring it to Taylor at 6 p.m. to be judged by the elementary school’s panel of local cake bakers. Judges will award cakes with winning category ribbons for many categories (tallest cake, most colorful cake, best use of sprinkles and so many more) while the children are entertained by Tad/Mr. DJ with a variety of games and dances. Then ribbon winners will be read and contestant can try their own cakes. Fun family night for all. $5 to attend. All proceeds benefit the Taylor Family Fund.

4. Third Quarter Property Taxes Due Friday

Foxborough’s third quarter property taxes are due by end of the day Friday, Feb. 1. The town is offering a convenient, safe and secure, online, payment option for your property taxes - click here. Otherwise stop by Foxborough Town Hall by Friday to drop off your payment.

5. Patriot Place Events:

Here’s what’s happening around Patriot Place today:

  • 11 a.m. - Storytime at Showcase Cinema de Lux: Meet Arthur at Kids Club Storytime Tuesday.
  • Town Night at Winter Skate: Residents of Walpole may simply show proof of residency at the counter and $2 of your admission will be donated back to your town’s recreation department. Click here for more information.
Steve January 29, 2013 at 03:45 PM
Jeremie, I am confused about the rate hike for the water and sewer. Did the Water commisioners say specifically why they needed this rate hike? Are they actually going to start to dig up old infrastructure and install new pipes?
Dennis Naughton January 30, 2013 at 12:49 AM
Last night, in case you missed it, there was a "hearing" on the issue of a water rate increase for Foxborough. I was not able to attend, but as an alternative, I shared my thoughts with water superintendent Bob Worthley on the phone prior to the meeting. (1) I suggested that his contribution to the 2012 town report include a ten-year history of water rate increases, perhaps in the form of a chart, to keep the citizens informed. (2) I suggested that the Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners consider that the Board of Selectmen, by cutting the business tax rate by 50%, have already increased the average taxpayer's bill by $300.00, and that this is not a good time to add to the citizens' burden with a water rate increase. (3) I suggested that there might be a way of differentiating water charges, for example, between those who use water for a subsistence vegetable garden versus using it for a swimming pool. Mr. Worthley, who said that any increase could be anywhere between 0% and 6%, promised to present my concerns to the Commissioners at the hearing. This morning in the Patch article above, we all got to see how that turned out. The history of water rate increases in Foxborough, and the degree to which the money is spent under a long-range, well thought out plan as opposed to ad hoc fixes, could stand some serious press scrutiny.
Jeremie Smith January 30, 2013 at 01:35 AM
@Steve: Commissioners said the rate increase is happening because the enterprise account has not brought in enough revenue to cover the water department's bills. This round of increases will not get the town any closer to addressing its water problem but it is my understanding the Commissioners will look at more rate increases in six months and will need to draft a capital improvement plan to replace infrastructure and install new pipes. I will have a detailed report from the hearing published at 5:45 a.m. Wednesday.


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