Franklin is effectively sitting upon a treasure trove of historical items, the value of which is hard to determine as the inventory and caring processes had been put together by volunteers. Now the volunteers have done well for what they had, but many weaknesses were highlighted and a part time curator would be very worthwhile. The summer project effectively set up a framework for future work to build upon. There needs to be a continued investment in people and supplies.
Now that the Historical Commission has a better understanding of what is required, as well as the Town Council, it would not be surprising to see a proposal for a part time curator during the budget cycle.
In other key items, the Town Council referred a set of bylaws to the Planning Board. These items would establish a 'country store' zone to enable the Hillside Nursery to expand their operations on Washington St. After the Planning Board does their public hearing and makes revisions (if necessary), the items come back to the Town Council for public hearings (and possible revisions) before being voted on.
In the Citizen Comment, Michael Swetz Jr, 3 Kara-Lyn Drive detailed the ground installation of a solar panel grid that is apparently being governed by the shed bylaw. The lack of proper guidance in the shed bylaw for such an installation is creating a safety hazard. You can find a copy of the text presented with photos here http://www.franklinmatters.org/2016/10/present-permitting-for-residential.html
The notes reported live during the meeting can be found here:
The published agenda for the meeting can be found here
|new crosswalk being added on Pleasant St to enable access to the DelCarte property |
and foster walking on the newly installed sidewalk