Helen Huang, a senior at FHS was recognized by both the Town Council and the MA Legislature for winning the Distinguished Young Women competition earlier this year. The meeting schedule adjusted slightly to allow some business to be conducted awaiting the arrival of Representative Jeff Roy to make the presentation on behalf of Senators Karen Spilka and Richard Ross.
|Helen Huang was recognized by Rep Roy and Town Council Chair Matt Kelly|
A group of FHS students lead by Alicia Felli presented a proposal to create a ban on the plastic bags used by most retail stores. An online petition had about 700 supporters at the time of the meeting. The proposal was well thought out and presented jointly with each of the students taking turns.
|some of the FHS students making the plastic bag ban proposal to the Town Council|
A copy of the presentation is linked to here
The Town Council will take up the bylaw at a future meeting. As with all bylaws, there are two public readings, a public hearing, and a vote to move to second reading before the vote to move to enact the measure.
The Town Council voted to allocate an additional $162,000 for the school budget. The kindergarten grant had been budgeted at the State level but did not make it through the final budget signed by the governor and then the reinstatements by the Legislature.
A plot of land along Lincoln St was accepted by the Town Council as part of a deal negotiated by the developer with the Planning Board. Some of the councilors objected to the deal with one (Bissanti) going on record voting against it. There was an accompanying measure to create an easement and a private road for access to the land/development.
The Town Council approved an easement for Mass Electric on the land at the Public Library so the work on the renovations could continue.
|the concrete foundation is complete and steel girders should start appearing in the next week or so|
The video of the meeting can be viewed anytime via Franklin TV here
The Actions Taken document as published by the Town Council
My notes as reported live during the meeting
- Helen Huang announcement from August, 2016