Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Get the tri-fold brochure with all the Cultural Festival info

The tri-fold brochure is available for download and to print on your own now. Copies will be available at all the events this week.

On Wednesday, July 27, the Cultural Festival opens at the Town Common and then shifts to THE BLACK BOX.

On Thursday, July 28, the Historical Museum and the Town Common share events.

On Friday, July 29, the events are spread among the high school, the Town Common, and the Sculpture Park.

On the final day, Saturday, July 30, all the events will be held inside and outside (under a tent) at THE BLACK BOX.

Come on down to sample all the cultural arts Franklin offers!

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Mandatory Water Ban Effective Monday July 25, 2016

In recent weeks, the Town has experienced excessively high demands for water due to outdoor water use, while water supplies are extremely low due to drought conditions.  As a result, a full water ban has become necessary to ensure that adequate water is available to meet the public health and safety needs of the Town of Franklin.  This measure is necessary to maintain the water levels in the tanks for fire protection and normal consumption.  

The following water uses are NOT allowed:
• irrigation of lawns and landscaping via sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems;
• washing of vehicles, except in a commercial car wash or as necessary for operator safety; and
• washing of exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways or sidewalks, except as necessary to apply surface treatments such as paint, preservatives, stucco, pavement or cement.

The following water uses are allowed:
• watering gardens, flowers and ornamental plants by means of a hand-held hose.

Non-compliance with these regulations could adversely affect public health and safety. Violators are subject to fines up to $200.       

Private irrigation wells are not required to follow the water ban, however, please remember that irrigation wells are taking water from the same aquifer as Franklin's drinking water wells, so please water wisely!  

mandatory water ban now in effect for Franklin, MA
mandatory water ban now in effect for Franklin, MA

In the News: Troop 126 pioneers, water ban imposed, 2-way traffic arrives today

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"Scouts from Troop 126 in Franklin recently participated in a Pioneering Weekend, where they put their camping and lashing skills to work. 
The Scouts constructed two towers using nothing but rope and wooden poles and used the towers for a game of capture the flag. In addition, several members of the Troop constructed a 25-foot flagpole on which they raised an American flag."

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"DPW Director Robert "Brutus" Cantoreggi said this is the latest step in an effort to conserve water. The town had been on a water restriction - in which residents were allowed to water their laws one day a week - and DPW employees had been patrolling for violations after seeing spikes in usage. 
"Since we started enforcement a couple of weeks ago, peak demand has gone down," he said. "This drought, though, has caused our aquifer to go down to the point that - even if it started raining every day - it would take a while for it to recover." 
The town is limited, Cantoreggi said, because it must draw water from the ground - it does not have a reservoir at hand."

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water ban imposed effective July 25, 2016 until further notice
water ban imposed effective July 25, 2016 until further notice

"After a week-long delay, the downtown is changing to two-way traffic Tuesday morning. 
The change - one of the final steps in a two-year streetscape project - is set to take place at 5 a.m., said Deputy Town Administrator Jamie Hellen. 
"We should be having additional officers there to make sure everyone's going the right way down the roads," he said. "Traffic will probably be a little slower than usual as people are getting acclimated."

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Are you confused by the shared lane markings (SLM) or 'sharrows" now appearing on Franklin roads?

Get used to recognizing these, we are likely to see more of them.

"Shared Lane Markings (SLMs), or “sharrows,” are road markings used to indicate a shared lane environment for bicycles and automobiles. Among other benefits shared lane markings reinforce the legitimacy of bicycle traffic on the street, recommend proper bicyclist positioning, and may be configured to offer directional and wayfinding guidance. 
the bicycle markings seem to be causing some confusion for drivers
the bicycle markings seem to be causing some confusion for drivers

The shared lane marking is a pavement marking with a variety of uses to support a complete bikeway network; it is not a facility type and should not be considered a substitute for bike lanes, cycle tracks, or other separation treatments where these types of facilities are otherwise warranted or space permits. The MUTCD outlines guidance for shared lane markings in section 9C.07."

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"On November 7, 2015, the 80th birthday of the MUTCD, and throughout the year when you see an easy-to-read sign, a bright edgeline marking on a foggy night, the countdown timer at a crosswalk, or a well-placed bike lane, take a moment to reflect on the eighty years of progress and innovation that the MUTCD embodies. This progress has resulted in safer, more efficient travel on our Nation's roads. 
Over the years, the MUTCD has unknowingly become the traveler's best friend and silent companion, guiding us on our way along the streets, bikeways, back roads, and highways. As the direct means of communication with the traveler, traffic control devices speak to us softly, yet effectively and authoritatively. From glass “cat’s-eye” reflectors to glass beads to microprismatic sheeting, nighttime sign visibility has advanced significantly. Active devices at rail crossings save lives by giving us a positive message about train traffic. And countdown timers on pedestrian signals help us cross a busy street. 
So the next time you hit the pavement, the path, or the pedals, you can be sure that the MUTCD, through our dedicated professionals who make complex decisions on what devices to install, will help you get where you want to go safely, efficiently, and comfortably! The MUTCD…it's all about you!"

Monday, July 25, 2016

Franklin Historical Commission schedules historical meeting

The Franklin Historical Commission will host a reception for area Historical Commissions on Sunday afternoon, August 7th. 
Commission members from Wrentham, Norfolk, Medway, Bellingham, Millis, Foxboro, Plainville and Blackstone have been invited to participate in a meet and greet reception and the Franklin Historical Museum. 
In appreciation of our shared goal of preserving the history and culture of our respective New England Towns, we organized this reception with the purpose of expanding the spirit of cooperation. 
The afternoon will consist of introductions, informal conversation and an opportunity to get to know one another. We hope to get to share ideas, successes, challenges, goals and establish a network of support for our respective museums. Cake and coffee will be served.
Franklin Historical Museum
Franklin Historical Museum

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Reminder: Traffic patterns change downtown on Tuesday

After several months of construction to prepare, the traffic patterns downtown will change from one way for sections of Main St, Emmons St, and West Central to two way.

My walk downtown Sunday night shows there is still work that remains to be done. Crosswalks remain to be coated with polymer, the trees remain to be planted and the fire station entrance is only half done. 

The roadway striping appears complete and the signals all seem to be operational. The change over seems ready to go.

West Central in front of Dean College and Davis Thayer School
West Central in front of Dean College and Davis Thayer School

crosswalk at East Central and Summer St remains to be filled in
crosswalk at East Central and Summer St remains to be filled in

The fire station entrance has been half done
The fire station entrance has been half done

Be aware of the change in traffic on Tuesday and stay alert for continuing construction downtown. We're not done yet!

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"I think we got to a really good outcome"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"The school district has reached agreements with its secretaries, van drivers and cafeteria workers, putting those employees under contract for the next three years. 
The School Committee signed those contracts at its meeting last week. Each of the pacts will run until June 2019. 
Committee Chairman Kevin O'Malley briefly discussed the negotiation process. 
"We met with people who are indispensable to who we are as a district," he said. "We have, after negotiation, come to some agreements that we are now prepared to sign."
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summer wishes on the Parmenter School sign
summer wishes on the Parmenter School sign

Register O'Donnell Highlights Registry Customer Service Center

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

Register O'Donnell Highlights Registry Customer Service Center

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell reminds consumers if they have a question or concern about a land document related issue, the answer is just a phone call away by dialing the Registry's Customer Service Center at (781) 461-6101. The department is open Monday through Friday from 8:30AM to 4:30PM.

"The Customer Service Center is a one-stop consumer shop," said O'Donnell. "It provides homeowners and real estate professionals alike with detailed information about a wealth of land document related issues. These subjects include questions you might have about confirming current ownership of a particular property, and verifying to see if a discharge of a property's mortgage has been filed after the loan has been paid off. We are glad to help, whether you come through the doors of the Registry or call us by phone."

Register O'Donnell further noted, "The department can also inform customers about the cost of filing land documents. Also, upon a customer's request, whether by visiting us here at the Registry or by direct mail request, we can provide copies of documents for a fee of $1.00 per page, plus an additional $1.00 per document to cover postage cost. The Registry only accepts cash or check for payment. In addition, Customer Service Center staff are happy to answer questions about the Homestead Act, which provides limited protection against the forced sale of a homeowner's primary residence to satisfy unsecured debt up to $500,000," noted Register O'Donnell.

Register O'Donnell went on to say, "For many, trying to decipher information on land documents can be a very frustrating experience. Our trained customer service staff are well versed in all areas of land document research. By utilizing our state-of-the-art land document research system, which is also available to members of the public via www.norfolkdeeds.org, we can get people the answers to their property questions."

Notary services are also offered by the Customer Service Center. "All staff members are notary publics. We are more than glad to notarize any land document provided the person requesting the service appears before us and presents satisfactory proof of identification by showing either their driver's license or passport," said O'Donnell.

In conclusion, the Register stated, "Providing first-class customer service is a core objective of the Registry's mission to serve the public. The residents of Norfolk County deserve nothing less than a positive experience when interacting with us. The bottom line is: We are glad to be of service to you."

To learn more about these and other Registry of Deeds events and initiatives, like us at facebook.com/NorfolkDeeds or follow us on twitter.com/NorfolkDeeds.

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, located at 649 High Street, Dedham, is the principal office for real property in Norfolk County. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate, accessible land record information. Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center at (781) 461-6101, or on the web at www.norfolkdeeds.org.

Register William P. O'Donnell
Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

phone: 781-234-3336
Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, 649 High Street, Dedham,, MA 02026-1831

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