Thursday, May 25, 2017

Live reporting: Town Council - Budget Hearing #2

Present: Pellegri, Padula, Mercer, Kelly, Pfeffer, Bissanti, Dellorco, Jones
Absent: Vallee

A. Approval of Minutesnone
B. Announcements
1. This meeting is being recorded by Franklin TV and shown on Comcast channel 11 and Verizon channel 29.  This meeting may also be recorded by others.
C. Proclamations/Recognitionsnone
D. Citizens Comments
Citizens are welcome to express their views for up to five minutes on a matter that is not on the Agenda.  The Council will not engage in the dialogue or comment on a matter raised during Citizen Comments.  The Town Council will give remarks appropriate consideration and may ask the Town Administrator to review the matter.
E. Appointments
G. License Transactions - none
H. Presentations/ Discussions - none
I. Subcommittee ReportsSenior Center update

High School - final paper received, audit about to begin

Library - discovered water leak on roof and it is being estimated to be fixed. New front walk to be put in. Special handling for Ben's book gift, found switch to the lights over the fire place

FOFL brick sale underway, group celebrating for 25 yr anniversary

conservator coming in for their work

EDC - watch planning board board meeting regarding the beer, distillery bylaw; made one alteration to the sq footage for the tasting room. to come back to the Town Council for a meeting in June

Communications - migration to Google mail underway
Franklin TV getting back up generator in place, Franklin Radio operating at 102.9. Franklin Almanac now on episode 7


J. Legislation For Action
1. Resolution 17-33: Adoption of FY 2018 Budget
1. Resolution 17-33: Adoption of FY 2018 Budget
K. Town Administrator's Report no update tonight
L. Future Agenda Items found typo on 5 Yr outlook in Regional School forecast
M. Council Commentsno comments
N. Executive Sessionnot required
O. Adjourn
The FY 2018 budget document can be found here

FY 2018 budget resolution can be found here

F. Hearings
FY 2018 Budget Hearing: 2nd Hearing: 7:10 PM

hearing opened at 7:14

determining not to read the budget line items

hearing closed at 7:15

J. Legislation For Action
1. Resolution 17-33: Adoption of FY 2018 Budget
1. Resolution 17-33: Adoption of FY 2018 Budget

motion to approve, seconded, passed 7-0
(Vallee absent), 

motion to move Regional line item first, Jones abstained
7-0 passed, (Vallee absent) 

move the balance of the budget, seconded
passed 8-0 (Jones can vote on this, Vallee absent)


Eileen Mason says thanks for the help with Beautification Day

"Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped with the plantings in Downtown Franklin, MA on Saturday. As you can tell from these photos it was fun and work! The effort was very much appreciated! Enjoy the Summer. Special thanks to Paul Vicario for the Professional Photography!!! 
Franklin TV was also on-site to video the events both downtown and at the Town Common. 
Kevin Flynn, Laura Brandon, Colleen McConaha, Grace LoPresti, Jamie Hellen - Depty Town Administrator, Gary Donelan - Middlesex Bank, Melanie Hamblen - Agway. 
"And a HUGE thanks to the Franklin DPW for their assistance and great work. It was great to have Derek and Nate help out! Gettin' It Done!

the horse trough on the triangle downtown looks good filled with flowers




On behalf of the Franklin residents, our thanks to Eileen, the Downtown Partnership, the sponsors and all the volunteers for helping to make Franklin look so good!

Another quality Eagle Scout project completed

"Another quality Eagle Scout project completed. Brian LaRowe constructed three picnic tables and spread 6 yards of hard wood chips at the lower Dacey Field picnic area for our disc golf community. 
Please be sure to carry in/carry out all trash and keep our parks and playground clean. 
Thanks to Franklin Department of Public Works for dropping off wood chips."

Another quality Eagle Scout project completed
Another quality Eagle Scout project completed
(via Franklin Recreation Facebook posting)




For more about the Recreation Dept visit them on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/FranklinRecreationDepartment/

or on the Town of Franklin site
http://www.franklinma.gov/recreation-department

FHS girls lacrosse top KP 18-6, boys tennis top Hopedale 3-2

From Hockomock Sports, we share the results of the FHS spring sports action on Wednesday, May 24.



Boys Lacrosse = Franklin, 15 @ Dover-Sherborn, 16 – Final (OT)

Girls Lacrosse = King Philip, 6 @ Franklin, 18 – Final
– Franklin led by just three (7-4) at halftime but pulled away with a dominant second half to beat KP. Caroline Lounsbury had four goals and three assists, Annie Walsh added five goals and two assists and and Jordan Jette finished with two goals and three assists. FHS head coach Kristin Igoe Guarino said Grace MacCallum and Annie Walsh did well on the draw, combining for 15 draw controls. Freshman Gianna Cameron made eight saves in net for the Panthers.

Boys Tennis = Franklin, 3 vs. Hopedale, 2 – Final


For the results around the Hockomock League
https://hockomocksports.com/wednesdays-schedule-scoreboard-052417/


FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

“We’ve been using (the funds) in the last few years to maintain a level services budget”

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Town officials said they were pleased to present a balanced fiscal year 2018 budget of $120 million, but said there could be tough decisions in coming years. 
The Town Council held the first of two budget hearings Wednesday night, running through the proposal and speaking with local department heads on future needs. 
Town Administrator Jeffrey Nutting thanked town personnel for their work on the budget, but noted the future held some concerns. 
“This is pretty much a status quo budget, but it does address our growing population,” he said. “(In the budget) the schools will be using $2.8 million in funds that will not be available next year - that will certainly put street on the fiscal year 2019 budget.”

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20170524/franklin-council-begins-budget-review

Franklin Town Clerk Teresa Burr swears in new police office Nick Palmieri
Franklin Town Clerk Teresa Burr swears in new police office Nick Palmieri

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Live reporting: Closing



K. Town Administrator's Report
K. Town Administrator's Report
L. Future Agenda Items
L. Future Agenda Items

SAFE to come before council, needed to reschedule

M. Council Comments
M. Council Comments

reiterating condolences to the Doherty family

call s from State and Boston Fire called to help

the sense of community make me proud to be a resident

thanks to the staff for keeping us updated through all this

N. Executive Session
N. Executive Session
O. Adjourn
O. Adjourn

Live reporting: Action items

returning from break

I. Subcommittee Reports
no reports tonight

J. Legislation for Action
1. Resolution 17-32: Salary Schedule, Full-Time Elected Official
1. Resolution 17-32: Salary Schedule, Full-time Elected Official (Motion to Move Resolution 17-32 - Majority Vote (5))

motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0

2. Resolution 17-34: Request for Special Legislation Re: Authorization for Town to Establish a Local Agricultural Commission with Limited Authority
2. Resolution 17-34: Request for Special Legislation Re: Authorization for Town to Establish a Local Agricultural Commission with Limited Authority (Motion to Move Resolution 17-34 - Majority Vote (5))


motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0

thanks to Jamie and Jeff for being on top of this


3. Resolution 17-36: Upgrading Street Lighting System
3. Resolution 17-36: Upgrading Street Lighting System (Motion to Move Resolution 17-36 (Majority Vote - (5))

motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0 (via roll call)

anticipated $70K savings per year on electric costs
may not actually need to ban the money to generate long term savings
the payback was 9-10 years, the grant program in this years budget at State is 30% recovery
NationalGrid also provides a rebate
borrowing is actually a requirement of the grant program


4. Resolution 17-37: Appropriation - Town Administration - Water BAN Interest
4. Resolution 17-37: Appropriation - Town Administration - Water BAN Interest (Motion to Move Resolution 17-37 - Majority Vote (5))

motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0

not a water ban, a Band Anticipation Note


5. Bylaw Amendment 17-793: Amendment to Water System Map - 1st Reading
5. Bylaw Amendment 17-793: Amendment to Water System Map - 1st Reading (Motion to Move Bylaw Amendment 17-793 to a 2nd Reading - Majority Vote (5))

motion to move to 2nd reading, seconded, passed 9-0

for an extension in to Acorn Place

the developer will cover curb to curb paving to cover the work




Live reporting: Budget Hearing #1


F. Hearings
FY 2018 Budget Hearing

status quo budget but doesn't address needs of growing community
schools also use $2.8M funds that are one-time so that will need to be address for the FY 2019 budget
police down 4 policemen
DPW still now up to where they had been
the EPA stormwater rules were appealed but that is hung up and will eventually need to be addressed

the Clerk will read the Town Council to vote numbers
if you want to hold, call it out, and they'll address those at the end

holds
HR salaries, Mercer
replacement working for less, also including part timer ro help cover

Technology expenses, Mercer
why 25% increase?
all the licensing fees increased (Google email, etc.), e-permiting, etc
increased fees to cover the increase in
was in capital program earlier, now in regular budget
.
Public Property Buildings, Dellorco
why no increases? actually an increase of 150,000
actually water and sewer was part of the increases, water for the town fields

Police expenses, Dellorco
do you have everything yo need?
we are 4 short and in anticipation of more residents, we do need more officers
how many on the midnight shift?
I'd rather not put that out there, it is down from where it was

Nutting, we'll need to come up with a game plan for how to address FY 2019
if we don't get some more revenue we are not even going to keep what we have for 19

Padula, part of that is luck to be a safe community, this isn't going to be something we'll address by talking
I can ask, but the real question is how are we going to pay for it
we did get overtime to help keep the shifts operational

Fire, Kelly
ambulances?
we would need to add about 12 to 16 FTE to staff a third ambulance
last year was the busiest call year, I'll beat that next week
when we are out of resources, we are luck to not get another call
part of what we are asking for it additional management support for the call volume
for 2-3 times per day, for 2-3 hours we are out of resources
the complexity of our world is changing things
who would ever think we had a meth lab in Franklin?
we are making headway on the assisted living facilities, some are holding, some are down
if you don't get me resources, then the only thing I can do is reduce the calls we get 

central dispatch contracts signed, construction will start soon and take about 14 months
Gary Premo is the executive (formerly with the Police Dept)
Plainville, Wrentham, Norfolk and Franklin are the four regional participants

when you call 911 on a cell phone you get State police, that should change when we get the regional center

Regional Dispatch, Padula
this is for training of the new regional center 
the inter-municipal agreement is based upon call volume
there are technical options for remote support
there are issues with safe havens
folks are working on the game plan for next years budget

Schools, Mercer
Town Council doesn't have control over the line items of the school budget
using reserve funds to help maintain programs, the end of these funds must be nearing
$2,8 M in revolving funds as one time use
refer to the budget presentation for the details
keeping the same level of service, no additional positions
we are using $6.3 million from recurring, $2.8 is one time funding

one of the big unknowns is special education, could you share some of those concerns
15% special ed enrollment, it is not about numbers but about the intensity of needs
79 are not kept in our schools, these are served elsewhere; $5M this year but 6+ next year; some funding is reimbursed from the State but it doesn't cover the expense
Federal funding is at risk and that would force decisions locally, i.e development of training of teachers among other items

there are Federal mandates and State mandates, but not funded
it is recognized that the Council needs to advocate for the funding of the mandates 

enrollment, what is the current projections
the high school is at about 1800, it was built for 1600
families are moving here for the high school
declining at the elementary, middle school growing, students coming back from Charter
apartments up by Garelick Farms, we'll be looking at their residential impact

students in the apartments are tending to be more high cost, i.e. 

did build some accounts in anticipation of these needs
(similar to the enterprise accounts - water, sewer)

redistricting can't be a knee jerk reaction, you need to see where the students are
even if is done well, no one is happy
the last one worked out well as we have not had to make changes to it

7 years later we are getting less funding from the State
we have worked hard to control our costs
the FEA has been an amazing partner, have been using interest based bargaining the last several years and it is a more sustainable contract with lower growth

Regional, Kelly
Councilor Jones will be refraining from voting on the regional high budget

Library, Kelly, Mercer, Dellorco
31 libraries needed a waiver this year, Franklin was one of them
if it opens in Sept/Oct it would only be funded for part of the year
we are funding at 85% and next year could be at 100% and not need a waiver
once open, there might be additional requests but they'll need to evaluate based upon the operations

11 currently
adding 3 part time, in wait and see move

Library expenses, Mercer
any of these expenses to be incorporated in the Library project?
no, these were for circulation items and operational costs

the Capital requests were not part of the Town Budget, part of the building project

Recreation, Jette
100% are self funded, but we need the start up funding and it is recovered in the fees


Live reporting: Town Council - May 24, 2017

Present: Pellegri, Padula, Mercer, Kelly, Pfeffer, Bissanti, Dellorco, Jones, Vallee
Absent:  none



A. Approval of Minutes
A. Approval of Minutes
none for approval tonight

B. Announcements
B. Announcements:
1. This meeting is being recorded by Franklin TV and shown on Comcast channel 11 and Verizon channel 29. This meeting may also be recorded by others.

C. Proclamations/Recognitions
C. Proclamations/Recognitions:
Swearing in - Police Department - Nick Palmieri

3rd in class of 700 at NYPD when he started
worked in Upton before coming to Franklin
Franklin resident for 11 years, with wife and 2 children

D. Citizen Comments
D. Citizen Comments - Citizens are welcome to express their views for up to five minutes on a matter that is not on the Agenda.  The Council will give remarks appropriate consideration and may ask the Town Administrator to review the matter.
E. Appointments
E. Appointments
none tonight
F. Hearings
FY 2018 Budget Hearing
G. License Transactions
Sreefarminghamma Inc.: New All Alcoholic Beverages Restaurant License - 7:10 PM

motion to approve, seconded,

did open last week, will operate upstairs in restaurant
downstairs will be only a test kitchen and not open to the public

operates 10 restaurants around the country

approval conditional upon receipt of paperwork for outdoor seating/diagram

H. Presentations/Discussions
Veteran's Agent - Dale Kurtz

slight change in agenda order, as hearing starts at 7:10

Veteran Memorial Day breakfast
6 Korean War veterans to be honored
will also participate in the parade on Monday




Mindfulness in Nature: a Guided Meditation Walk

a free mindful walk at the DelCarte Conservation Area on June 7 at 6:00 PM



Shared from the Franklin Cultural Council Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/FranklinCulturalCouncil/photos/a.399579373729229.1073741828.399575860396247/452894465064386/?type=3&theater

"What an AMAZING Day! Franklin Unified Track - South Sectional Champions!"

From Hockomock Sports, we share the results of the FHS spring sports action on Tuesday, May 23. And from the Twitterverse, we share photos from the Unified Track meet hosted at FHS with about a dozen school districts participating.



Softball = Franklin, 0 @ Bishop Feehan, 1 – Final
– Franklin junior Jackie Cherry and sophomore Ally Shea both played well for the Panthers according to FHS coach Kate Fallon-Comeau.

Boys Tennis = King Philip, 3 @ Franklin, 2 – Final
– King Philip’s second doubles pairing of Aidan Ignatius and Marco DiStefano rolled to a straight set win over Franklin just this past Friday. Trailing 1-4 in the second set against a new Franklin duo, the pair rallied and earned a 6-2, 6-4 win and clinching the Warriors at least a share of the Kelley-Rex title. It marks KP’s first league title since 2013. Cole Ginter (first singles, 6-4, 6-1) and Martin Matous (third singles, 6-2, 6-0) also picked up wins for KP. Franklin’s Eli Brooks won 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 at second singles and James Johnston and Derek Wu earned a 6-2, 6-0 win at first doubles.

Girls Tennis = Franklin, 1 @ King Philip, 4 – Final
– King Philip didn’t drop a game at second or third singles and swept doubles play to earn the win and set up a winner-take-all situation on Wednesday against Taunton for the Kelley-Rex title. KP’s Erin Regnier (second) and Meghan Sepich (third) won 6-0, 6-0 in their respective singles matches. The team of Megan Davenport and Carly Adams won 6-2, 6-2 at first doubles and Corinne Palumbo and Lucy Barnard won 6-1, 6-0 at second doubles. Franklin senior Hannah Sweeney earned a 6-0, 6-1 win at first singles.


https://hockomocksports.com/tuesdays-schedule-scoreboard-052317/

What an AMAZING Day! Franklin Unified Track - South Sectional Champions! @fhs_unified #PantherPride pic.twitter.com/7eQJRPizE3
What an AMAZING Day! Franklin Unified Track - South Sectional Champions! @fhs_unified #PantherPride pic.twitter.com/7eQJRPizE3

Via the Twitterverse

















Petition to nip the nip bottles


"Empty "nip" bottles are littered across the Massachusetts landscape. Take a walk along any roadside or sidewalk, and the problem is easy to see. 
In the past, nips were found primarily on airplanes. Today, they are sold at liquor stores virtually everywhere and as a result, nips are one of the most highly littered items in Massachusetts. 
State House Representative Randy Hunt of Sandwich has filed a Bill (House Bill H3528) that would add a 5-cent deposit on the sale of “nips.” The Bill will give consumers an incentive to return empty nip bottles for the 5 cent deposit, rather than toss them onto the streets. 
The Bill defines a nip as “any sealable bottle, can, jar or carton which is primarily composed of glass, metal, plastic or any combination of those materials that has a capacity of not more than 100 milliliters and is produced for the purpose of containing an alcoholic beverage.” 
If you are tired of seeing empty nip bottles littering our landscape, please sign this petition and let Massachusetts legislators know you support this common sense solution.
The petition and additional info can be found online
https://www.change.org/p/massachusetts-legislature-let-s-nip-the-nip-bottles-in-massachusetts

In my walks around Franklin, I see dozens of nips. Including these on a fence along Washington St.

dozens of nips including these on a fence along Washington St
dozens of nips including these on a fence along Washington St

In the News: LED lighting proposal; review of foundation budget urged

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"The Town Council may give its approval this week to a plan that would convert local streetlights to LED, improving energy efficiency and possibly saving the town money. 
A measure, which would authorize $650,000 in borrowing for the project, is on the council’s agenda Wednesday. 
The move, said Deputy Town Administrator Jamie Hellen, is being brought forth after the state Department of Energy Resources (DOER) began offering a 30-percent grant on labor and materials costs for such a project. 
If approved, Hellen said, the $650,000 amount would start several processes."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20170523/led-streetlights-possible-for-franklin



"The School Committee passed a resolution urging the state to change the way it calculates the foundation budget for school districts. 
The committee voted unanimously Tuesday night in favor of the resolution. 
The foundation budget is set by the state based on a formula, and determines the minimum amount a school district can spend on education. 
Committee member Denise Schultz brought the resolution to the committee’s attention."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20170523/franklin-school-committee-urges-budget-review

The link to the resolution text can be found here
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0wjbnXDBhczbVpCVVNxc3lxUk9OTGNWcFNUSGtWY2NENmJ3/view?usp=sharing

flowers added to the downtown areas from the weekend effort to beautify  Franklin by the Downtown Partnership and dozens of volunteers
flowers added to the downtown areas from the weekend effort to beautify
Franklin by the Downtown Partnership and dozens of volunteers