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Selectmen to decide on Gov. Stoughton property next week

Posted by Sarah Favot  June 8, 2011 08:00 AM

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The Board of Selectmen will take a public vote on the five proposals that it received for the Governor Stoughton property at a meeting on June 15, according to town officials.

The selectmen, who are trustees of the property bequeathed to the town by Colonial-era Massachusetts Governor William Stoughton, have kept their deliberations on the proposals behind closed doors in executive session.

The board had made a Request for Proposals for lease or sale agreements for the property earlier this year, saying in the RFP that the property is being underutilized.

Selectman John Shields said in an interview that there has been a lot of deliberation about the fate of the property and that there are many people in town who are curious about what the selectmen will decide.

“It’s fair that we make a decision sooner rather than later,” said Shields.

At a Board of Selectmen meeting at the end of April, former-chairwoman Marion McEttrick said the selectmen had narrowed the field from five proposals down to two.

The selectmen have not made any specific information public regarding the proposals.

The five proposals were received from Frank Mulligan, as manager of the Governor Stoughton Land Preservation LLC; Boston-based Weston Associates; Westborough-based Pulte Homes of New England LLC; Boston-based The Community Builders Inc.; and Milton’s Copeland Family Foundation, according to Town Administrator Kevin Mearn.

The RFP posted on the town’s website stated that the anticipated award date would be April 21. But Shields said the selectmen have 120 days to make an award decision after receiving the proposals, which would come in July.

Shields said that after the meeting next Wednesday, all of the information about the five proposals that the selectmen received would be made public.

According to the RFP, each of the proposals would be evaluated on the following criteria: benefit to the poor and the community, relation to the surrounding neighborhood, environmental impact, historical preservation, traffic impact, and impact on services, like police and fire.

In 1701, Stoughton bequeathed the 40-acre property to the town to be used to benefit the poor of Milton. The will also stipulated that the selectmen be trustees of the property.

Next week's meeting will be at the Council on Aging. The selectmen will have an executive session from 6:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. and then go into public session to discuss the vote, said Mearn.

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