Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Office of Campaign and Political Finance presentation

Present: Chandler, Hamblen, Pellegri, Dellorco, Mercer, Kelly, Earls, Bissanti 
Absent: Jones

Many of the School Committee, Finance Committee and other departments heads present

Jason Tait, Director to make presentation. Copy of the deck to be shared later.

primary responsibility is disclosure and reporting

should also contact the Ethics Commission to make sure that you are covered

they don't look for the headlines, they are providing help to raise money properly, spend it properly and report it to the public

independent agency, appointment for 6 years
joint decision between Republican, Democrat, Sec of Commonwealth 

public employees can NOT solicit (phone calls, sell tickets)

social media is ground zero for public employees; need to be very careful about what is said and done about ballot or political campaigns

OCPF will write some regulations based upon recent changes to campaign finance law

public employees can not have fund raisers at their private homes

public employees may not be treasurers for political committees

spousal exception for fund raising at a home, the wife would need to leave the house if the husband would be holding the fund raising event

no government email addresses as part of campaign emails or mailing snail mail

information can be provided and some level of advocacy but not a clear campaign advocacy for or against an issue

equal access needs to be provided for meetings or information at public property

no contribution limits for ballot questions, for candidates, yes....

who, what, when, where, why ok but not advocacy
but not Town resources, ballot question committee

FM #186 - Finance Committee - Capital Budget FY 2020- session 1 of 2

FM #186

This internet radio show or podcast is number 186 in the series for Franklin Matters.

This recording shares the Finance Committee meeting held on Tuesday, Dec 10, 2019.

This is the first of two sessions to review the Capital Plan for FY 2020. This session started with the Schools and covered all the departments except for the DPW and the enterprise Water and Sewer accounts. Those will be addressed in the second session scheduled for Tuesday, Dec 17 at the Senior Center beginning at 6:30 PM.

The documents for the meetings are available on the Town of Franklin page as well as Franklin Matters. The links are contained here so you can follow along.

The meeting runs about 90 minutes so without further ado here is the Finance Committee meeting of Dec 10.

FY 2020 Capital Budget document

FinCom Agenda doc

Meeting Recording


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sidewalks have been part of the plan but not this year
sidewalks have been part of the plan but not this year

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Middle School Glee Starts Feb. 3, 2020

Lifelong Music Academy

Lifelong Music Academy

Registration Now Open for Middle School Glee (grades 6–8)

Middle school singers and performers, please join our weekly singing and movement class featuring Pop music, Broadway music, and movie soundtracks!

· Mondays from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Franklin High School.
· Class begins Monday, February 3, 2020. 
· Concert Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 6:00 PM.
· Tuition for the 13-week program is $160.00.

Choose "Lifelong Music Academy" then "Chorus School".

"Replacing old and damaged turnout gear is a financial challenge"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito today announced $920,000 in grant awards to 174 Massachusetts fire departments for gear and equipment that will reduce firefighters’ exposure to cancer-causing chemicals on the job.

“These grants will help local departments purchase critical gear to support firefighters as they put themselves in harm’s way to protect the Commonwealth’s communities,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Helping to protect them from the physical and occupational hazards of the job is a key way we can show our appreciation for the dedicated service of our first responders.”

“Many fire departments across the Commonwealth are all too familiar with the increased risk of occupational cancers faced by fire service personnel,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “These grant awards will support many ongoing cancer prevention initiatives at the local level by reducing the amount of cancer-causing chemicals thousands of firefighters are exposed to in the coming years.”

“On a daily basis, modern firefighters face countless dangers, but we now know that occupational cancers caused by exposure to smoke and other combustion byproducts are as dangerous to them as knocking down fires and conducting rescue operations,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Security Thomas A. Turco III. “Fire departments across Massachusetts have made significant changes to the way they work to combat these risks in recent years, and these grant programs will help many to move their cancer prevention efforts forward.”

Franklin is on the list to receive $2480 from this grant

This kind of gear and the cleaning equipment for it was part of the capital budget discussion on Tuesday, Dec 10. The Finance Committee will complete their discussion with the DPW next Tuesday, Dec 17 and forward the recommendation to the Town Council for action to vote on to approve all or part of the $1.7M capital currently in the discussion.

The meeting recording is available

Franklin Fire Department
Franklin Fire Department

FTC settlement against University of Phoenix

FTC settlement against University of Phoenix
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In fact, the FTC says that's just what one for-profit university did as part of an extensive advertising campaign.

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FTC settlement against University of Phoenix
FTC settlement against University of Phoenix

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Finance Committee - Capital Budget summary worksheet

Trying to make sense of how much of the $1.7M remaining free cash is proposed for the capital budget? Or how much is on the "wish list"? I put together the listing of departmental requests from the Agenda document on a spreadsheet to help keep track.

You can get the PDF copy here

or the Excel spreadsheet here


1. Call to Order
2. Departmental Capital Budget Presentation:

  • a. Schools
3. Public Comments
4. Approval of Minutes
5. FY20 Town Administrator Capital Plan and Free Cash Overview
6. Departmental Capital Budget Presentations:
  • a. Facilities
  • b. Recreation
  • c. Technology
  • d. Administration
  • e. Fire
  • f. Police
7. Adjournment (Next meeting December 17, 2019 6:30@ Senior Center) 

The full agenda doc including supporting capital budget materials

Finance Committee - Capital Budget summary worksheet
Finance Committee - Capital Budget summary worksheet

Releated post on the Finance Committee meeting of Dec 10

Franklin Public Library Closed Monday, December 16 Through Wednesday, December 18

Franklin Public Library Closed Monday, December 16 Through Wednesday, December 18

The Franklin Public Library will be closed on Monday, December 16 through Wednesday, December 18, 2019 for the cleaning of its brick hallways on the first floor. 

All fines will be waived on materials returned during that week. Items on the hold shelf will be made available for pickup for an additional three days. Museum passes reserved for those dates may be picked up by Sunday, December 15. 

For more information, please contact Library Director Felicia Oti at 508-520-4941 or

You might be asking "Why close now?"
This period is actually a slower period. Folks are busy preparing for the holidays. Once on school break, the Library will be a busy place so they want to get the work done now.

Why close the Library to clean the floors?
Two of the entrances have brick walkways. Even if they shut both those doors, that would only leave one door open. Not good for safety sake. As part of the cleaning process they also need ventilation and while the library has windows, they don't open. So the doors, fans, and tubes need to be used to ventilate and it would be nosier and inconvenient.

cleaning of its brick hallways
cleaning of its brick hallways

cleaning of its brick hallways 2
cleaning of its brick hallways 2

Concert Band and Wind Ensemble's Winter Concert - broadcast on Panther TV

Can't get to the high school to watch the concert, tune in from your mobile device or smart home system.
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Panther TV
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"a need to provide more for teens and young adults"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"Giving can be infectious.

Mason and William Roddy have experienced that feeling in spades in the process of organizing their Toys for Tufts gift donation drive. Although they’ve been doing the drive for three years, this is the second “official” year that Franklin’s Keller Elementary School and Annie Sullivan Middle School have been involved.

The drive continues through this week, with pick-up of donations planned early on Friday, Dec. 13.

“We are so excited to be doing this again, and to have the support of so many,” says Paetra Ranieri, the boys’ mother."

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"a need to provide more for teens and young adults"
"a need to provide more for teens and young adults"

Economic Development Survey - Closes this Friday, Dec 13

If you haven't taken the opportunity to provide your input, this is the time to do so. Takes only a few minutes to say what you want to say and reply to this survey on economic development for Franklin.

Economic Development Survey - Closes this Friday 12/13/19! 
The Town of Franklin, in conjunction with the MAPC (Metropolitan Area Planning Council) in conducting a community survey regarding economic development in our town.  
Please click on this link to access the survey form 
This survey will be available until December 13. There are hard copies available in the town administrator's office if needed. Thank you in advance for your input, ideas, and feedback!

Economic Development Survey - Closes this Friday, Dec 13
Economic Development Survey - Closes this Friday, Dec 13

The Theatre Institute performs Sat - Dec14

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"As a culmination of their learning, a group of 18 high school students will present an evening of songs and scenes for members of the public at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 in the Guidrey Center at Dean College, 99 Main St., Franklin.

Over the past three months, the students have been exploring various techniques in acting, singing and dancing through a course offered by The Theatre Institute of the Hockomock Area YMCA.

Meeting twice a week for three hours, the students have honed their skills in audition technique, script analysis and musical theater performance."

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Additional info on the Theatre Institute can be found on page 40 of the program guide

The Theatre Institute of the Hockomock Area YMCA
The Theatre Institute of the Hockomock Area YMCA