Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Live reporting: Town Council - April 6, 2015

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

– March 9, 2016, March 23, 2016
motion to approve, seconded, passed 8-0

– 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.


– 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.

  • Jim Hill

regarding pipeline forum being put together by Sharon
all the communities that would be involved with the pipeline
what the impact is for each community
long list of special guest scheduled to speak at the forum (see listing) hoping to encourage some of the Council and administration take part to learn about the Spectra Energy project.
Being put on by citizens of Sharon




Michael G. Bellotti, Sheriff, Norfolk County

an overview of the Sheriff's office
sheriffs are all elected officials
avg detention is about 39 months
decreased from 380 to 320 employees over the past several years
90% of the budget is care and custody of those being held
half of the officers are sworn as deputy sheriffs
love working on K9 or other mutual aid arrangements
offenders coming in, up to 90% alcohol and substance issues
lack of vocational skills
assessment of the offender, where are their deficits
try to match them with a program either within the facility or outside organizations
manage some recovery home beds within Norfolk County
Northeastern Univ has been doing an ongoing study with the County
2 of 3 offenders do go through an enhanced program
they do get good time for doing the program
1 of 3 are recidivists, national average is about 65% so 33% is pretty good
what we are finding is that the offenders are much younger
no longer just an urban thing, heroin is evolving
investing in those stakeholders and making sure those limited resources are being spent on keeping people from coming back;
transition from incarceration to medium security to bracelet on a campus, earning their freedoms along the way
mandatory sentences hinder the step down process

it refreshing to see some many folks here some who have committed for years and others are new folks; thanks to the police chief for working with us in the community in a law enforcement role

would love to locate a youth academy in the area, a ropes course, or something of that nature
do have a model in Braintree that works

Dellorco - opened a drop in center in Milford last night, will open in Franklin next week
if they need help, we will get them help

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