This Sunday’s Rolling Stones concert at Gillette Stadium will provide the first major challenge for Foxboro’s new regional dispatch program.
The new regional dispatch agency — which provides emergency public safety communications for Foxboro, Easton, Mansfield and Norton — commenced operations on Monday.
The start-up is being temporarily located at the Foxboro public safety building while permanent headquarters are outfitted in an existing communications building off Route 1 in the High Rock section of the F. Gilbert Hills State Forest.
Selectmen last week issued a license for the July 7 Stones concert, which had been postponed from an original tour date of June 8 after singer Mick Jagger was diagnosed with a medical issue.
Jess Enos, the stadium’s director of external affairs, told board members that parking lots would open at 3:30 p.m. for the sold-out show. Tickets range in price from $65 to $499.
Endorsing the Rolling Stones application, George Bell, who chairs the town’s Stadium Advisory Committee, noted that traffic conditions in the Beach Street area improved significantly during the June 21 Luke Bryan concert.
Bell added that pre- and post-event traffic patterns evolve over time, and more recently have been affected by wide acceptance of ride-share providers such as Lyft and Uber.
According to Enos, a ride-share lot has been located in the south retail complex at Patriot Place.
“We’re in a good place now, but I think in the coming year we’ll look to make a more efficient way to deal with ride-share,” Enos said.
Changes to EDC?
A routine vote to reappoint members of municipal boards and committees sparked a brief exchange about reshaping the town’s Economic Development Committee.
Acting at the board’s June 25 meeting, selectmen voted to collectively renew year-long appointments to a variety of town boards and committees.
But not before board member Leah Gibson recommended changes to the town’s 14-member Economic Development Committee.
With a majority of the committee up for reappointment, Gibson suggested the economic panel had become imbalanced — with Route 1 interests over-represented and downtown interests under-represented. She also noted that not all appointed members, comprised largely of business and community leaders, reside in Foxboro.
“I think we need more definition on that committee and I think we need to look at who makes up that committee,” Gibson said.
Selectman David Feldman, who serves on the EDC in an ex-officio capacity, said that when the committee was revived selectmen deemed it important to include the town’s largest employers.
Pointing out that the year-long appointments are staggered, board member Chris Mitchell said there would be time to contemplate changes going forward.
“There’s definitely time to shape that committee,” he said.
More recently, the EDC’s comparative ranking of three competing proposals for the former fire station/funeral home property urged selectmen to name Douglas A. King Builders Inc. of North Easton to develop the mixed-use project.
Selectmen on May 30 made that decision official by choosing King Builders over Gibson Corner Realty Trust of Foxboro and MPZ Development LLC of Milton/Traggorth Companies LLC of Boston.
Beer & wine licenses issued
Acting on separate requests from Foxboro’s two Papa Gino’s outlets, selectmen last week issued the final two beer & wine serving licenses available to the town.
Town Manager William Keegan said papa Gino’s North Street and Commercial Street locations both held beer & wine serving licenses in the past, but let them lapse.
Keegan said the town has all-alcoholic serving licenses available at present, but no more of the beer & wine variety.