Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Live reporting: Administrators Report to Closing

thanks for the wonderful Veterans Walk

Recycling open for yard waste will be open this weekend, more details on Thursday

Brutus all call coming

LED Street light project, about a quarter done, could be done by end of year
some folks have asked to dial down the wattage

Happy Thanksgiving

Charter School - progress?

Amazing day Sunday, a really great celebration
thanks for the response to the power line down on Daniels st
decoration downtown with the Downtown Partnership Saturday put the greens together
then decorate the town Sunday

great turn out
thanks for the election work, did well, great job as always

great job on the walkway

echo sentiments on Sunday
happy thanksgiving
District 4 representative outreach coming, trade show Jan 19 in Boston

'movember' or no shave, November, donate $100 for the month for Homebase Initiative
December for a Franklin family, won't do it more than the 2 months
condolences to the Bissanti family, Andy's mother passed away
shame on the newspaper for saying 200 people, it was 2,000 people

thanks for support on being the clerk for another year (still in training)
Lumins for light, not watts
great event, the memorial alone is a statement

Nov 16, Harlem Wizards Friday night vs Team Franklin

Thanks for letting me serve as Chair for the past several years

Condolences to the Bissanti family
Administrator to address the Lippert situation and report back
thanks again for the great work and fine event on Sunday

thanks for Councilor Kelly providing his leadership the past few years
happy thanksgiving to all

None Scheduled

motion to adjourn

Live Reporting: Legislation for Action (continued)

a. Capital Budget Subcommittee
b. Budget Subcommittee
c. Economic Development Subcommittee
Resolution 18-43: Appropriation of Developer Mitigation Funds for Dean Ave Roadway Improvements (Motion to Approve Resolution 18-43 - Majority Vote (5))

part of the negotiations with the apartment complex, from Ray St all the way to Pleasant St, water line in the spring 

motion to accept, seconded, passed 9-0

Resolution 18-63: Grant of Utility Easements: Town Owned Land on Easterly Side of Grove Street (Motion to Approve Resolution 18-63 - Two-Thirds Majority Vote (6))

with the Charter School expansion, running utilities across our property 

motion to waive reading, seconded, passed 9-0
motion to accept, seconded, passed 9-0

Resolution 18-64: Authorization for the Town of Franklin to Participate with other Governmental Units in the Joint Negotiation and Purchase of Health Insurance (Motion to Approve Resolution 18-64 - Majority Vote (5))

to join with MECC (47%) and CRPCD (65%) in this effort
a win win for Franklin as there is no risk on our part and if they reduce costs, we pay less to both entities

motion to accept, seconded, passed 9-0

Zoning Bylaw Amendment 18-820: Zoning Map Changes on or Near King Street, Summer Street, Lawrence Drive, and Uncas Ave- 2nd Reading(Motion to adopt Zoning Bylaw Amendment 18-820 Two Thirds Majority Roll Call Vote (6))

motion to waive reading, seconded, passed 9-0
motion to accept, seconded, passed 9-0 (via roll call)

Zoning Bylaw Amendment 18-821: Zoning Map Changes on or near Plani Street, Pond Street, and Palomino Drive - Referral to the Planning Board (Motion to Refer Zoning Bylaw Amendment 18-821 to the Planning Board Majority Vote (5))

motion to waive reading, seconded, passed 9-0
motion to refer to Planning Board, seconded, passed 9-0 

Bylaw Amendment 18-826: Chapter 170, Vehicles and Traffic - 1st Reading (Motion to Move Bylaw Amendment 18-826 to a 2nd Reading Majority Vote (5))

motion to waive reading, seconded, passed 9-0
motion to refer to Planning Board, seconded, passed 9-0 

Richard McNeil, Apline Place
has created distress for parking on both side
sides on one side

Ruth Garcia, 71 Alpine
sidewalk is wider (due to ADA) the neighborhood is not designed for that

minimum size sidewalk, either that or no sidewalk

did fix the trip step but had to come back to fix it
house next to me has a slant 

street light at corner, there was a light at 64 and it is gone

Nutting - we are in the middle of re-doing the lights, we can check it out and let you know

possible speed bump? 

Bylaw Amendment 18-827: Amendment to the Water System Map - 1st Reading (Motion to Move Bylaw Amendment 18-827 to a 2nd Reading Majority Vote (5))

motion to waive reading, seconded, passed 9-0
motion to refer to Planning Board, seconded, passed 9-0 

Live Reporting: Legislation for Action

a. Update on West Street Parking

reporting on parking by 3rd shift Police
declined 35 to 26 over night

vehicle with 6 unpaid parking citations was towed and hopefully has helped, things declined further
parking control officer returned Oct 12

Joann Rosetti

resident - complaining about dispatcher that said the police were too busy to ticket

John Doherty, 67 West St
why only a part time meter maid?
cars at night are parking where they are not supposed to be

lines in the street why were they put there? for Dean not to park there, parking for anyone?
problem on Nason and Church as well

long before I became Chief, that move was made
we ask for it, we do the best we can
we should be at 57 police and four civilians

students are parking at night and know they won't be tagged until 7

parking at the corner is an accident waiting to happen

John Davidson, 25 Church Ave
cars parking less, parking lot for Dean is also less
still something, we are not clicking yet

Pam Young, 59 West St
marijuana can't be smoked in a public place
and they are either in or outside their cars and smoking

Anita MiIller, 25 Church Ave

James McGloughlin, 27 Church Ave
"party corner"
can't get someone down on the weekends to do work with the parking
a third rate citizen in your own neighborhood
not the way the neighborhood should be
in the summer time it is beautiful

Andy Morriotti, 32 West St
consider expanding the hours
parking in the Dean Lot costs, they are parking on the street for free
need to get Dean involved

Dellorco, Dean hasn't done anything for us
if not, we need to do something

Jones, steps to approach to fixing the problem
like the idea of extending the hours
if Dean is charging $500, it is worth a discussion

Trash and parking conflict can be addressed

Padula - thanks for the response from the Town
pleased with positive results, should the hours be tweaked, those are fair questions

Kelly - someone will answer the emergency over Dean kids parking
we could extend the hours, but that won't solve the issue
if we go to residents parking only, how about a family member to visit over night?
we do need to talk to Dean
I don't want to sugar coat it that changing the hours is going to fix the issue
I am willing to work with you on this but I want a solution that works

Pellegri - don't agree with being too bust to do something for you
I think the resident stickers could work, have extras for the visitors

Live Reporting: Town Council - Nov 14, 2018

Present: Hamblen, Dellorco, Mercer, Kelly Jones, Padula, Pellegri, Earls, Casey (late)

Agenda ItemSummary
Town Council Meeting Agenda
Meeting of November 14, 2018 - 7:00 PM
a. This meeting is being recorder by Franklin TV and shown on Comcast Channel 11 and Verizon Channel 29. This meeting may be recorded by others.
2. COUNCIL REORGANIZATIONvote for Chair, Vice Chair and Clerk

motion for Chair - Tom Mercer
vote to approve, 8-0

motion for Vice-Chaiur - Matt Kelly
vote to approve, 9-0 (Casey arrived)

motion for Glenn Jones
vote to approve, 9-0

a. 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.
October 10, 2018 and October 17, 2018

motion to approve Oct 10, seconded,  passed 9-0

motion to approve Oct 17, seconded,  passed 9-0
Design Review, Ralph Niemi

motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0

Design Review, Melissa DeVito

motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0

Dale Lippert, 8 Beth Road
re: drainage problems

reference to article in Woonsocket Call
statement from DPW on pumping station, due to lack of easement
permission was 'not enough', yet it had been using the permission for many years
Mr Carlino head of DPW at the time, records couldn't be found
yet he had been to town meetings where it was discussed

water flooded basement in 1970's
pumped into Tyson Road storm drain for 7 weeks

pictures from 1967 
1971 cellar floor problem

2010 more flooding, picture depicts grandson and friend in a canoe with a fishing rod

recent water problems, lifted the cellar floor 6 inches
in or 2 up to 8" in the cellar
structural engineer came out, safe now foundation is good, mold exists

house should never have built, Town problem, how to resolve
they built the drainage 
new pumps and generator just purchased

Richard McNeal, Alpine Place
agenda item F

Broadway Series: Sara Jean Ford - Friday, Nov 16

THE BLACK BOX is proud to present the next concert in its Broadway Series: Sara Jean Ford on Friday, November 16 at 8 PM. In her solo concert, “Generations,” Sara Jean Ford explores all the many generations of music introduced to her over the years and how that music has come to shape and heal her as she made her way to the Broadway stage and beyond. 

Whether it was through her Grandmother’s love of cheesy soprano ballads, Her Mother’s love for Joni Mitchel and all things Beatles, or her Daughter’s love of Disney music and... Barbie, Sara weaves together a story of passion, perseverance, and positivity through a love of music, and the many generations that introduced it all to her.
Sara Jean Ford
Sara Jean Ford

Ford is best known for starring as Christine DaaĆ© on Broadway and in the National Tour of the worldwide sensation The Phantom of the Opera. Also on Broadway she has been seen in Cats (Jellylorum), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Smitty), A Little Night Music (Mrs. Anderssen, Anne/Petra cover), and Finian’s Rainbow (Arlene, Sharon cover). 

Outside of New York, her credits include Wicked (Glinda/Nessa Rose cover), The Music Man (Marian), Into the Woods (Cinderella), Sunday in the Park With George (Dot), Candide (Cunegonde), Carousel (Carrie), and originating the role of Nellie Oleson in Little House on the Prairie: The Musical. 

Her concert work includes “Dream of Now Dream of Then” and Anyone Can Whistle at City Center Encores!, “Defying Gravity: the Music of Stephen Schwartz and Eric Whitacre” at Lincoln Center, and “Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings” at Carnegie Hall, Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre, and Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Sara is making her return to Franklin having performed as a special guest at Franklin Performing Arts Company’s annual Gala and Broadway in Franklin weekend. She has also guest taught multiple times at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts. “Generations” is sponsored by Childs Engineering.

Tickets can be purchased at or by calling the box office at 508-528-3370. 

“It was like a Franklin community homecoming, a class reunion of sorts”

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

"The change of seasons brings about reflection, introspection and new vision and this was especially felt this fall by the multitude of volunteers who had brought the Feast of St. Rocco to life every August for the past 40 years. 
This past Aug. 12 marked the last day of the final Festival of Food so lovingly run by members of St. Mary Parish. To honor the hundreds of volunteers who made the feast a part of their summer, a Mass of thanksgiving and reception of gratitude was held recently to begin the transition from one tradition to the next. 
The Mass and reception brought 40 years of faith, family, community and tradition full circle. Fr. Michael Guarino, the brainchild of the event in 1979, was the principal celebrant of the Mass. 
His homily was built on the theme of the number 40 in the Bible. He pointed out that the Israelites wandered the desert for 40 years; Moses, Elijah and Jesus fasted in the desert for 40 days; and the great flood lasted 40 days."
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Photos from the St Rocco Festival in 2013


FHS volleyball team ends playoff run against Barnstable

Ryan Lanigan, founder and Editor-in-Chief of, provides the game recap for the volleyball semi-final played at Franklin High School on Tuesday.

"In a battle of two of the top teams in the state of Massachusetts, the Franklin volleyball team gave everything the Barnstable Raiders could handle. 
The Panthers, who secured the Central-West sectional title in a dramatic five-set win, push the Raiders, champions of the South sectional, to the limit. But ultimately, Barnstable made one final run to come away with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-23) win and a return trip to the D1 State Final. 
“I couldn’t really ask for more,” said first-year Franklin head coach Kelsey Weymouth. “They knew they’d have to be matched up with [Barnstable] eventually so why not the state semifinals? We prepared them the best we could for them, and for [Barnstable outside hitter] Riley James. We knew blocking was going to be key today, and we had some really good moments for our blocks, we just needed a little bit more. But honestly, what the girls did, how hard they worked, I couldn’t ask for anything more.” 
The Raiders are a perennial power in the state, having won the D1 State title 13 times since 2000 and entered Tuesday night’s match without having lost a single set this year. While that didn’t change, Franklin gave Barnstable its toughest test of the season and scored more points (62) against the Raiders than any other team has in 2018."
Continue reading the game recap online

For a photo gallery from this game

Franklin’s Lily Galluccio (7) and Maggie Doyle go up for a block against Barnstable’s Riley James. (Ryan Lanigan/
Franklin’s Lily Galluccio (7) and Maggie Doyle go up for a block against Barnstable’s Riley James. (Ryan Lanigan/

Urgent: Recycling Center Closed until Tuesday, November 20

The Recycling Center will be closed the week of November 13 for renovations. This includes Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Recycling Center will reopen Tuesday November 20.

The DPW Facebook post adds a little more detail into the suddenness of the closing
"Due to planned improvements and an unexpected electrical panel fire, the Recycling Center will be closed until November 20th"

Urgent: Recycling Center Closed until Tuesday, November 20
Urgent: Recycling Center Closed until Tuesday, November 20

This was shared from the Town of Franklin page

In the News: Franklin Police collecting toys; 6 artificial flavors removed

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

"During the holiday season, Franklin Police will be delivering more than justice. 
For the past four years, the department has helped out Santa Claus with an annual toy drive. From binkies and bibs to baseball gloves and gift cards, Franklin police Detective Eric Copeland said officers delivered hundreds of gifts last year. 
Donations of new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the Franklin police station until Dec. 20. For monetary donations, checks can be made out to the Franklin Police Association. Used toys can’t be accepted. 
Santa will also be stopping by the station from 9 a.m. to noon on Dec. 15 for kids to rattle off their wish lists and snag a photo with Santa. Though the event is free, Copeland said gift donations are greatly appreciated."

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Donations of new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the Franklin police station until Dec. 20
Donations of new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the Franklin police station until Dec. 20

"Six artificial flavors are being ordered out of the food supply in a dispute over their safety, but good luck to anyone who wants to know which cookies, candies or drinks they’re in. 
The dispute highlights the complex rules that govern what goes in our food, how much the public knows about it, and a mysterious class of ingredients that has evolved over decades largely outside of public view. 
On food packages, hundreds of ingredients are listed simply as natural flavor or artificial flavor. Even in minute amounts, they help make potato chips taste oniony or give fruit candy that twang. 
“The food system we have is unimaginable without flavor additives,” said Nadia Berenstein, a historian of flavor science based in New York."

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