Town Meeting Presentation and Discussion

Since some have asked, you can read the full transcript of Clark Ziegler’s presentation of Article 15 by clicking here.

For those who may have missed the festivities, you can also watch the full presentation and discussion on ICAM by clicking here.  Forward the video to about 2:03:30 to get to Article 15.


Motion to Compel Filing of Master Deed

In this motion, the School Committee is asking the court to compel the Feoffees to file the Master Deed that was, according to the Agreement for Judgment, supposed to be filed by May 1st.  The filing of the Master Deed is the trigger for the restructuring of the Feoffees outlined in the Trust Administration Order.  A hearing on this motion is currently scheduled for June 1st at 9AM in Salem.

Probate – SC – 120508 – Motion to Compel

Town Meeting is Tuesday, May 8

…at the Performing Arts Center starting at 7:30PM.

Article 15 is the opportunity that citizens have not been given up to this point to make their voices heard on the question of whether the agreement to sell Little Neck is in the best interests of the Town.  The motion at Town Meeting is expected to be worded as follows:

Moved that the Town express its disapproval of the December 23, 2011 settlement agreement between the School Committee and the Feoffees of the Grammar School Trust which would allow for the proposed sale of Little Neck and that the Town express its support for a privately-funded appeal by Ipswich citizens seeking to overturn that settlement agreement because it violates the conditions under which William Paine donated the land at Little Neck for the benefit of the Ipswich public schools in his last will and testament dated October 2, 1660.

Voting YES on this article is supportive of the intervener’s attempt to get the issue heard by the Supreme Judicial Court ASAP and disapproves of the agreement to sell Little Neck.  Sorry if this is confusing, but because we petitioned for this article to be on the warrant, it must be written such that we are advocating for the YES vote.  Think of it this way: in the past, the Town has voted YES to support the fight, and that is what a YES vote will do here as well.  One key difference, however, is that the Town is not voting to allocate any money to the fight this time, since it is being privately funded.

In case you lost or never saw the mailer that we sent last week regarding Article 15, you can find it here.