Monday, May 23, 2016

Did you think of snow on Sunday?

Probably not. 

It was around 60 degrees and while overcast with occasional drizzle, there was no cold white snow to be seen in these parts. Some of the Franklin DPW team were thinking and learning about snow removal techniques: 

"Your DPW Snow Removal team is attending the National Snow and Ice conference this Sunday morning. This morning we will be participating in the Winter maintenance supervisor certificate program. This is a great opportunity for us to work with other DPW professionals from across the country on the latest technologies, techniques, and cost savings measures in snow and ice removal operations."
image from Franklin DPW Facebook posting
image from Franklin DPW Facebook posting

  • For more about the Franklin DPW your can visit their Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/FranklinDPW/


  • or their website

http://town.franklin.ma.us/Pages/FranklinMA_PublicWorks/index

Franklin Library Board of Directors: Agenda - May 23, 2016

Franklin Public Library Board of Directors Meeting
May 23rd, 2016
7:00 PM
Franklin Municipal Building Room 106


Call to Order
Public Comment
Minutes
Report of Board members
Renovation/expansion update
Policies:

  • Collection Development Policy
  • Meeting Room Policy
  • Bulletin Board Policy
  • Art display/exhibit Policy
  • Patron Behavior Policy


Library Director's report

  • Introduction of Assistant Director
  • Staff Information – Names, positions, job descriptions
  • Status of Youth Services Librarian
  • Staff Meetings and workshops
  • FY2017 Action Plan
  • Monthly Budget Expenditures
  • Website update
  • Relocation update

Agenda items for June 27th, 2016

Adjourn

Friendly reminder that the LIbrary is operating it's normal hours from the temporary location  at 25 Kenwood Circle while the renovations take place for the next year
Friendly reminder that the LIbrary is operating it's normal hours from the temporary location
at 25 Kenwood Circle while the renovations take place for the next year

Franklin Medway American Legion 5 Miler



The American Legion Annual 5 Miler Scholarship Fund Road Race

Saturday June 25th, 2016 at 8 AM

Help support our effort to give scholarships to high school students looking at the high cost of secondary education. All profits from this event will go to the Scholarship Funds for Medway Post 367 and Franklin Post 75.

Registration: 7:00 – 7:45am
Start Time: 8:00am
Start / Finish: Medway High School
88 Summer Street
Medway, MA 02053
Run: 5 mile loop on paved roads
Entry Fee: $25
$15 High School Students
  • Post race refreshments
  • Prizes awarded by category
  • T-Shirts for entrants
  • Raffle Prizes

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Norfolk County Registry of Deeds Announces Mobile Friendly Website



Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

O'Donnell Announces Mobile Friendly Norfolk Registry of Deeds Website

Register William P. O'Donnell today announced a redesign of the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds website, www.norfolkdeeds.org, making it easier for users of portable devices, including those using smartphones and tablets, to navigate the website.

"In today's world," stated Register O'Donnell, "more and more individuals, particularly young people, are browsing the Internet with a mobile device. People are constantly looking for information and seeking more accessible ways to obtain it. They don't want to be chained to their home or work desk to get things done.

"Having a more accessible and friendly web presence for mobile phone users is a critical component to ensuring our customers experience is a good one. One of the major benefits of the redesigned website is the resizing of its content to fit on a phone or tablet's screen."

Register O'Donnell listed some of the practical ways that mobile phone and tablet users will benefit from the newly redesigned website. "It will be easier to obtain information on acquiring a copy of your property deed; appreciate the advantages in filing a Homestead application; seek foreclosure information; study county real estate data; learn how to avoid paying an outrageous price for a copy of your deed; understand the importance of ensuring mortgage discharges are filed in a timely manner and the advantages to sign-up for the Registry's free Consumer Notification Program, alerting you to any recording changes made to your property."

Concluding his remarks, Register O'Donnell stated, "Staying up-to-date on the latest technologies is truly critical when it comes to responding to the changing needs of the consumers. I am proud of our redesigned website and the way it ensures a more mobile friendly experience. I want to thank my staff and our website design vendor Getfused for their outstanding work on the project."

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

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Norfolk Deeds webpage
Norfolk Deeds webpage

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - May 24, 2016

Vision Statement
The Franklin Public Schools will foster within its students the knowledge and skills to find and achieve satisfaction in life as productive global citizens.

AGENDA
"The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which
may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed
and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent
permitted by law."

Franklin Public Schools - "the key to learning"
Franklin Public Schools - "the key to learning"

1. Routine Business
Citizen’s Comments
Review of Agenda
Minutes: I recommend approval of the minutes from the May 10, 2016 School Committee Meeting.
Payment of Bills - Dr. O’Malley
Payroll - Mrs. Douglas
FHS Student Representatives
Correspondence: none

2. Guests/Presentations
a. Parmenter Update
b. Horace Mann Update

3. Discussion Only Items
Policy – First Readings

  • IHBA-R - Programs for Students with Disabilities
  • IHBHA - Alternative School Programs
  • IJOAB - Extended Field Trips


4. Action Items
a. I recommend moving the following Policies to a second reading at the next School Committee meeting:

  • IHBA-R - Programs for Students with Disabilities
  • IHBHA - Alternative School Programs
  • IJOAB - Extended Field Trips


b. I recommend acceptance of a check for $150.00 from various donors for the FHS Castelline Scholarship.

5. Information Matters
Superintendent’s Report
School Committee Sub-Committee Reports
a. Policy Sub Committee
School Committee Liaison Reports

6. New Business
To discuss future business that may be brought before the School Committee.

7. Motion to Adjourn 
– Dr. O’Malley

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - May 25, 2016


A. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
– April 27, 2016 and May 11, 2016

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.
2. FY 2017 Budget Hearings will be held tonight, Wednesday 5/25/16 and tomorrow,
Thursday 5/26/16 at 7:10 pm.

C. PROCLAMATIONS/RECOGNITIONS

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 not engage in a 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

F. HEARINGS
- 2017 Budget Hearing – 7:10 pm

G. LICENSE TRANSACTIONS
- La Cantina Winery - Farmer-Winery, Farmer’s Market License

H. PRESENTATIONS/DISCUSSIONS
- Veterans Officer

I. SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS

J. LEGISLATION FOR ACTION
1. Resolution 16-32: Compensation Plan – FY 2017 – Simple majority vote Budget Resolutions: Simple Majority
2. Resolution 16-34: Establishment of a Use of Facilities Account for FY 2017
3. Resolution 16-35: Establishment of a Fire Department Fire Rescue Training Revolving
Account for FY 2017
4. Resolution 16-36: Establishment of a Council on Aging Supportive Day Program Revolving
Account for 2017
5. Resolution 16-37: Establishment of a Council on Aging Senior Center Activities Program
Revolving Account for FY 2017
6. Resolution 16-38: Establishment of a Council on Aging Senior Center Respite Program
Revolving Account for FY 2017
7. Resolution 16-39: Adoption of Amendment to Town Council Procedures Manual
8. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 16-753: Zoning Map Changes from Single Family Residential IV
to General Residential V in an Area on or near West Central Street – 2nd Reading (Motion
to adopt Zoning Bylaw Amendment 16-753 - Roll Call 2/3 majority-6 votes)
9. Bylaw Amendment 16-759: Amendment of Service Fees: Solid Waste and Recycling – 2nd
Reading (Motion to adopt Bylaw Amendment 16-759 - Roll Call - Simple Majority )
10. Bylaw Amendment 16-760: Amendment to Water System Map – 1st Reading (Motion to
move Bylaw Amendment 16-760 to a 2nd Reading - Simple Majority)
11. Bylaw Amendment 16-761: Amendment to Sewer System Map – 1st Reading (Motion to
move Bylaw Amendment 16-761 to a 2nd Reading – Simple Majority)

K. TOWN ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT

L. OLD BUSINESS

M. NEW BUSINESS

N. COUNCIL COMMENTS

O. EXECUTIVE SESSION

P. ADJOURN

The agenda and associated documents with links from each item to the applicable document can be found here



Franklin Municipal Building
Franklin Municipal Building

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Budget Hearing #2 - May 26, 2016


A. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

B. ANNOUNCEMENTS

– This meeting is being recorded by Franklin TV and shown on Comcast channel 11 and Verizon channel 29. This meeting may be recorded by others.

C. PROCLAMATIONS/RECOGNITIONS

D. CITIZEN COMMENTS


E. APPOINTMENTS


F. HEARINGS

– 7:10 PM Budget:FY 2017 Budget Hearing

G. LICENSE TRANSACTIONS

H. PRESENTATIONS/DISCUSSIONS


I. SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS


J. LEGISLATION FOR ACTION

1. Resolution 16-33:Adoption of the FY 2017 Budget

K. TOWN ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT

L. OLD BUSINESS


M. NEW BUSINESS


N. COUNCIL COMMENTS


O. EXECUTIVE SESSION


P. ADJOURN



Executive Summary FY 2017 Budget

While fiscal challenges remain, our resolve to overcome them is relentless. The FY 17 proposed budget will be balanced budget without a requirement to reduce full time staff, request an override or use other one time funds. Further, I am requesting we maintain the one additional Police and Fire department personnel we discussed in the recent past and add a deputy Town Treasurer Collector in preparation of the potential retirement of the Treasurer and Deputy Treasurer in 2018

We continue to face huge challenges in properly funding our Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB) and roads. We should continue to maintain proper debt capacity in the annual operating budget to fund capital improvements.

The Town’s property tax revenue (not including debt exclusions) will increase by 2 1⁄2 % plus new growth, or about $2.305 million. Local receipts, which include the excise tax and permit and license fees, etc., will increase $310,000. This increase is due to increased motor vehicle commitments. Net State Aid (based on House budget) will decrease by $71,638. The FY 16 “net” revenue increase is estimated at $2.65 million.

Proposed FY 17 Highlights


Treasurer Collector – The budget adds another Deputy Treasurer Collector in preparation of the retirement of the Treasurer and Deputy Treasurer Collector in 2018. We will reassign one clerk to another department.

Police – No change in staffing. The Council authorized an additional officer last fall. A recent study showed that our staffing is consistent with like size communities.

Fire – The budget reflect one additional position to help with fire prevention, education and Regional Dispatch – The target date to open the new center is the fall of 2017. The building is currently under design and should be bid this fall.

Franklin Schools – The schools face rising costs of special education. They will deal with the problem for FY 17 by using one time and revolving funds. This will be an item of concern The Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter School has located new space and has been approved to add students from other communities. Their plan is relocated to Washington Street and complete the project in fall of 2017. The charter school formula results in a net decrease in our state aid.

Employee Benefits – This budget is increasing for several reasons. Pension costs increased by about 10%, OPEB is funded at $450,000 and health insurance continues to be a challenge. We have not finalized the Health insurance budget as of this date.

In compliance with Article Six, Sections 6-3-1 through 6-5-2 of the Franklin Town Charter, I am submitting the proposed FY 15 budget to the Town Council and Finance Committee.


The Agenda document for May 26





The full FY 2017 Budget




Franklin Municipal Building
Franklin Municipal Building

In the News: Street price of heroin, Lemanowicz serves as intern

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin

"It all starts with a $20 to $30 purchase. 
That's the average street price of heroin today, according to Framingham Police. But if that one purchase is a bad batch, too strong, or if the user injects too much, that's all it takes to cause an overdose. Although the proliferation of the overdose-reversal drug Narcan - the market name for naloxone - has saved innumerable lives, more than 1,000 people are dying a year in Massachusetts from heroin and other opioid overdoses. When you crunch the numbers, that overdose costs a whole lot more than $20. 
As Framingham Police Chief Ken Ferguson can attest, emergency workers in every community are responding to more and more overdoses. On Tuesday, Gov. Charlie Baker announced a new $250,000 "Make the Right Call" initiative - a campaign to encourage people to call 911 if somebody is overdosing."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20160521/cost-of-overdose

The SAFE Coalition drop in centers are now open on  the 1st and 3rd Tuesday's in Milford and the 2nd and 4th Thursday's in Franklin
The SAFE Coalition drop in centers are now open on  the 1st and 3rd Tuesday's in Milford and the 2nd and 4th Thursday's in Franklin

"Sen. Richard Ross, R-Wrentham, was pleased to have Franklin resident Conor Lemanowicz intern in his Statehouse office. 
Lemanowicz has lived in Franklin for most of his life. He graduated from Franklin High School in 2015 and just completed his freshman year at Boston College, where he is studying finance and business analytics as well as political science. 
“It was great having Conor intern with my office this past semester. With formal session every week, Conor was prompt, professional and dependable — qualities that are essential for success in state government,” said Ross. “There is no doubt in my mind that Conor will continue to go far and has an incredibly bright future ahead of him.”

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20160521/franklin-resident-interns-for-sen-richard-ross

In the News: Franklin's Beautification Day, Dean's 150th Commencement

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin
"Volunteers adorned the streets of Franklin with nearly 1,000 pots of flowers Saturday as part of the town’s annual beautification day. 
The event’s chairwoman, Eileen Mason, a Garden Club and Downtown Partnership member, said that annual event was established about 14 years years ago by the Garden Club, with a simple goal to “put a little more color into downtown.” 
The event is a collaborative effort put on by the Franklin Garden Club and the Franklin Downtown Partnership, with the help of many volunteers."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20160521/hundreds-of-flowers-planted-in-franklin



"Dean College held its 150th commencement exercises on May 14 at the Dean College campus in Franklin. More than 300 students received their degrees, with a large number of family and friends in attendance. 
Continuing with tradition, the 2016 commencement ceremony was held outside along Awpie Way, considered by many as the most beautiful and iconic part of campus. 
The keynote address was provided by Dean College President Paula Rooney, who encouraged students to push themselves out of their comfort zones and keep an open mind."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20160521/dean-college-holds-150th-commencement

Dean College set up for the graduation along Awpie Way
Dean College set up for the graduation along Awpie Way