The Standard Times, Wednesday, December 3, 2014 – Page A7

Freetown – Selectmen signed a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Agreement with Internet retailer Amazon on Monday, an action they had been authorized to take by voters at the November 19 Special Town Meeting.

The TIF allows Freetown to provide Amazon with targeted incentives for the development of the 1-million-square-foot distribution facility the company intends to build in the South Coast Life Science and Technology Park on the Fall River-Freetown Line.

The board also signed a non-disclosure agreement with the company. Town Counsel Mark Rich noted that the agreement includes language stating that it would be in accordance with Public Record laws and that the town would not be held liable for complying with the laws.

Selectmen also signed an intermunicipal agreement with Fall River, which allows the two communities to cooperate on the project.

In other business, the board appointed Tracy Knowles as the town’s new veterans agent. Her term will last until March 31, 2015.

Knowles replaces Donat LeBlanc, who has filled the position for the past three years. LeBlanc announced his decision to retire from the position last month and will help Knowles prepare for the job.

Selectman Paul Sadeck praised LeBlanc’s service to the town. “Dan LeBlanc has helped so many veterans in town,” he said.

By John Garcia
Contributing Writer