Now, about that proposed CVS . . .

A person using the Internet handle “Mouse” asked about the CVS situation,

“Ah-em, the town’s business? Can we solve the mysteries of the East some other time? Now, about that proposed CVS? Bob, care to comment? (Comment by Mouse,” June 29, 2008 @ 9:36 am )

I replied,

“Ah. Town business. Because I am on the planning board and they may appear before that body in the future, it would not be appropriate for me to comment. Instead, I will post a brief description of the situation and I have added a poll. As with all policy discussions, the community’s participation and input should drive the process and determine the outcome. (Comment by admin — June 29, 2008 @ 10:25 am)

Mouse then said,

May appear Bob? How about those itsy-bitsy variances? I would think they ought to appear, don’t you? Since you cannot comment on your opinion of the proposal, maybe you can tell us when this proposal hit town? Has the Host Committee been engaged? As a Selectman and Planning board member, I’m sure your poll will be fair and balanced.” (Comment by Mouse,” June 29, 2008 @ 11:05)

To which I replied,

“Thanks for bringing up CVS. This is a great discussion. I,m bringing it up to the front page. It is exactly the sort of thing I hoped would fill the pages of this blog. (Comment by admin  June 29, 2008 @ 11:30 am)

The Current Situation

To the best of my knowledge, the process is as follows: CVS must appear before the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) for the zoning variances because they intend to build in a non-conforming lot. If they prevail at the ZBA, they will then have to apply for a special permit, which is a planning board matter.

It is accurate and appropriate to say “may appear” because, as far as I know right now, the ZBA has not decided on their application. And I do not want to influence the process. The community should drive the process.

I will follow up with the ZBA to learn the status CVS’s application and I will share the information here. I will also follow up with the Host Committee.

Regarding the poll, and polls in general on this web site. The software prohibits duplicate votes. Everyone in town has the opportunity to visit here and cast a vote. The results will be like Town Meeting: they will reflect the opinons of those who choose to participate.

Board Reaffirms Mission Statement and Statement of Values Unanamously

Editor’s note: This speech was delivered at the June 3rd Board of Selectmen’s meeting. I did so to inspire my colleagues to act in the best interest of the town.

Achieving excellence requires many things. Hard work and talent lie near the top of the list. A team committed to the mission and to working together for the benefit of others rises head and shoulders above all.

Achieving excellence also requires us to embrace high-minded and honorable intentions ferociously.

These intentions set the stage for all that is to come and they keep us on the right path when feet falter and compasses go awry.

Our predecessors on this board understood this when they wrote the “Statement of Values” in the Town of Wrentham Policy Manual in 2005.

With that in mind, I challenge this board to reaffirm these principles and to keep them in their hearts and minds as we set policy, deliberate on the issues and work together for the benefit of the community.

[The following was read into the record]


The Town of Wrentham is a municipal government that seeks to promote and support a high quality of life for its citizens. Through the development and contribution of all employees to the maximum of their potential, the Town will provide quality service that result in the highest achievable levels of customer satisfaction and recognition for excellence. Service delivery will be cost effective, based on the needs of the community and the requirements of local ordinances, and state and federal laws. Our goal is to be the best local government for our size in Massachusetts and to be recognized throughout the Eastern United States for providing quality service to citizens and visitors.


The quality of life and environment in the Town of Wrentham depends upon a partnership between the citizens, elected officials’ and Town employees. To protect and enhance the quality of life and environment of the Town, the Town of Wrentham will promote the following values:

Service is our only product. We value providing the best possible service and will consider the needs of all segments of the community in setting the priorities of the Town for services.

The Town values balanced growth because it leads to fiscal stability, which benefits all citizens. The Town will, therefore, endeavor to make decisions that provide service levels, economic benefits and long-term solutions that promote balanced growth.

The Town will be cost conscious. As a local government, we are expected to spend tax dollars wisely and effectively for the benefit of aIl.

The Town will make and support good, sound public policy and uphold the values of the democratic process.

In the Town of Wrentham, all citizens and employees will be treated with dignity, respect and fairness.

The Town of Wrentham will achieve and maintain excellence through a team work approach to problem solving.

The Town of Wrentham values new ideas and creative thinking and will continue to be in the forefront of the municipal field.

The Town of Wrentham values access to the public decision-making process by the citizens of Wrentham. Decisions made by the Town will be honest, ethical and fair.

We are committed to planning for the future and, therefore, value the provision of infrastructure and maintenance of the facilities within the Town of Wrentham.

Employees are the most important asset of Town government. The Town will, therefore, endeavor to attract and retain the best employees possible. The Town values personal and professional growth of all employees and will work to improve the quality of life of the employees and the community.

I move that we reaffirm the “Mission Statement” and “Statement of Values” as written in the Town of Wrentham Policy Manual. And further that we commit to rigorously following the policies contained therein along with the rules and regulations governing this body as set forth by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the By-Laws of the Town of Wrentham.