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—February 27, 2012

1. Call meeting to order @ 6:00PM Marvin Peck & Jim Richardson present

2. Reviewed mail:

  • FY2013 Chapter land values - only woodland changed from $59 to $51 an acre
  • Mass GIS - has contract with Cartographic Associates, Inc. to create digital mapping of parcels

3. Signed Previous meeting minutes

4. Signed Motor Vehicle Excise abatements

5. Processed & Signed (2) Exemptions - Elderly & Veteran

6. Old Business

  • Reviewed letter sent to Flaccus notifying them that a change in use for their 2 acre lot in the future would mean roll back taxes would be due. Two acre commercial lot changed to 0.1 acre commercial lot for Fy2013, which is the building footprint (map 24 lot 1.1) & remaining 1.9 acres are Christmas trees under chapter 61. Record card changed - building use code was classified as Retail Store to Farm Building for storage - it is now used for storage only per email from Larry Flaccus
  • Discussed responses from Gary Blau at DOR Law RE:Apex Orchards -Tim Smith -

1.) Farm Stand buildings & parking lots as well as Worker dormitory -"With respect to each structure on c.61A land you should consider whether the primary use is related to agriculture or horticulture. For example, a barn adapted for use primarily as residential quarters would not qualify as a "related" or "incidental" use for agriculture or horticulture. The land under such non-agricultural/horticultural structures would be taxed at fair cash value, without reference to G.L. c.61A." 
"A farm stand & parking lot for customers would not be classified as "actively devoted" to an agricultural or horticultural use and would not be assigned a cropland value. The land devoted to the commercial sale of agricultural or horticultural products is still further removed from the c.61A eligible activity of growing crops on the land. And open space made available for the convenience of customers purchasing products from the store on-site stands in clear contrast to the which qualify for classification under G.L. c. 61A, processing and commercial marketing of products on site falls outside the scope of G.L. c. 61A."

It was agreed that the land under the house at 55 Peckville Road is correctly classified as a building lot & that the remaining land should be changed to "necessary & related" 61A land

It was also agreed that the land under the farm building & parking area at 154 Peckville Road is correctly classified as a building lot - Law department said that the section of the building used for apple storage would qualify as chapter 61A land.
Assessors decided to visit property on March 12 in order to measure storage area

  • Act on Susan Stark's request to put assessors records on-line - tabled until full board here

7. New Business

  • Reviewed Annual Report for FY2011-agreed to have information for Greenfield 
    Co-Op bank TIF
  • 45 Water Street classified as 111 multi family - buyer needs letter stating to bank that classification is incorrect-should be single family-Assistant went inside with realtor-only 1 kitchen-agreed to send letter notifying buyer that it is now classified as a single family house
  • Reviewed Averill deed and plan showing new boundary-it was disputed by him when a new plan was registered in 2007 changing the boundary between him and Healy - he had lost approximately 2.00 acres in FY2008 - Property Record card to be updated for FY2013

8. Adjourned Meeting @ 6:31PM

James T. Richardson
Marvin C. Peck