“Emergency” Meeting of the Feoffees

Posted for tonight, September 5th, at 7:30PM in Room C of Town Hall.  The agenda seems to imply that the interesting parts of the meeting will likely be in executive session.  Presumably this is related to their recent request for extension filed with the Supreme Judicial Court.


Ipswich Citizens for Public Trust Incorporated

Ipswich Citizens for Public Trust, Inc. is now incorporated as a non-profit in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Our corporate filing can be found here.  As a result, donations to support our efforts can now be made by clicking on the donate button on the front page or sending a check to:

PO Box 1
Ipswich, MA  01938

No amount is too small or too large.  Although all of the legal services we receive are either pro-bono or discounted, the anticipated costs to move forward to the Supreme Judicial Court will be significant.  Send us email if you want to discuss details of the anticipated costs to get a sense of what a reasonable contribution might be for you.

We expect that donations will be tax deductible once we receive our 501(c)(3) status, but cannot guarantee when this might happen.  Tax receipts would be sent out at that time.

Thank you for your continued interest in the issue, regardless of whether you decide to contribute financially.

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.

Town Meeting Article 15 Public Information Session

We have reserved Room C of the Town Hall on May 2nd at 7:30PM for a public information session regarding Article 15 of the Annual Town Meeting warrant.  Town Meeting itself will take place on May 8th at 7:30PM.  This article will be a non-binding referendum on the agreement between the Feoffees and the School Committee that would allow the proposed sale of Little Neck.