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
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1a_4PYuFDGR8-WhbgXKd9Kkpj-kmTRP_x/view?usp=sharing

or the Excel spreadsheet here
https://drive.google.com/file/d/11XDuEZJIIyO1Bsn0DjLKxCFilnY-iHPq/view?usp=sharing


AGENDA

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
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/agendas/2019-12-10_finance_committee_agenda_fy20_capital_plan_1.pdf


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

Releated post on the Finance Committee meeting of Dec 10
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2019/12/franklin-ma-finance-committee-agenda.html

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 foti@franklinma.gov


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.
"Tune into Panther TV LIVE Tuesday night at 7 PM for the Concert Band and Wind Ensemble's Winter Concert. "
Watch on YouTube live:  https://www.youtube.com/c/PantherTVLive/live

Other FHS  accounts to follow:



Panther TV
Panther TV

"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."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20191209/franklin-teen-family-organize-gift-drive-for-young-cancer-patients



"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 http://bit.ly/36mVIdr 
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."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20191204/theatre-institute-brings-musical-theatre-showcase-to-dean-college

Additional info on the Theatre Institute can be found on page 40 of the program guide  https://www.hockymca.org/shared/docs/hockymca-youth-program-guide-2019-20.pdf


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

Monday, December 9, 2019

Franklin, MA: Finance Committee - Agenda - Dec 10, 2019

FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 6:15 PM

Franklin Town Hall, 3rd Floor Training Room 355 East Central Street, Franklin, MA 02038

AGENDA

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) 


Balance Update
• General Stabilization $6,137,866
• Recreation Fields $304,951
• Open Space Acquisition $1,121,867
• Budget Stabilization $396,332
• Free Cash $3,482,875
• OPEB $5,852,978
• Property Acquisition $269,781
• Fire Truck Stabilization $209,595

OPEB Obligation as of 6/30/18 (PAYGO): $68,554,870


The full agenda doc including supporting capital budget materials
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/agendas/2019-12-10_finance_committee_agenda_fy20_capital_plan_1.pdf

King St and Washington Sts intersection before the snows covered the ground
King St and Washington Sts intersection before the snows covered the ground

Tracy Grammer with Jim Henry at OCC Coffeehouse Jan. 11

TRACY GRAMMER
with JIM HENRY
at OCC Coffeehouse
Saturday, Jan. 11, 7:30 PM

Tracy Grammer with Jim Henry at OCC Coffeehouse Jan. 11
Tracy Grammer with Jim Henry at OCC Coffeehouse Jan. 11
TRACY GRAMMER is one of contemporary folk music's most beloved artists. Renowned for her springwater-clear alto, perfectly intoned violin, and guitar playing that is by turns percussive and delicate, Grammer is also a gifted storyteller whose incantations add a rare mixture of vulnerability, intimacy, and hard-won insight to her performances. As one fan puts it, "With Tracy, it's never just about the music; it's a soul journey." 

And what a journey it has been. Grammer rose to acclaim as half of the "postmodern, mythic American folk" duo, Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer. From 1998-2001, the duo released three internationally celebrated, chart-topping albums featuring Carter's mytho-poetic Americana songcraft and in 2002, toured with Joan Baez, both as featured artists and Baez's bandmates. Called "the new voice of modern folk music," the duo was clearly in its ascendancy when in July, 2002, Carter suffered a fatal heart attack mid-tour. He was 49; Grammer, 34.

Grammer is currently on tour celebrating the release of LOW TIDE, her first album of original songs. "I've been a writer all my life, but it was never my intention to be a songwriter," she says. "However, the road has curves we can't see at the outset of the journey. At some point along the path, writing songs became the most effective medicine for the pains and unresolved questions of my life. LOW TIDE is an album of revelations, confessions, and ultimately, healing. I am proud of the writing and utterly thrilled with the sounds. I took risks. I tried new approaches. I told the truth, and delivered my multitudes. My eleventh album is the first one that really sounds like me." Co-produced with long-time touring partner Jim Henry, LOW TIDE was released January 19, 2018 on Grammer's own label, Tracy Grammer Music, and is available through Fish Records in the U.K.

It's hard to know where to start when describing Jim Henry. He does a lot of things and he does them well. As a sideman, on a variety of electric or acoustic guitars, or on mandolin or dobro, Jim can render emotional sensitivity in one moment then tear into a rock or country solo with such fire it's hard to catch your breath. He is a master of adding whatever is needed at any musical moment. At center stage, whether as a solo artist or leading a band, Jim delivers his finely crafted original songs with a smooth, rich baritone voice and engaging storytelling and humor.

Tickets for the concert are $20, available at the church office, 508-384-3110, or at https://www.musicatocc.org/. The event will be in Fellowship Hall at the back of the church with entry from the parking lot behind the church. Parking is available behind the church and in the lot across the street. 

For more information and to be added to the mailing list, visit the website or contact Ken Graves, 508-384-8084, occmusic99@gmail.com.

OTHER SHOWS IN THE 2019-2020 SEASON

AT OCC COFFEEHOUSE: Tickets are now available for all shows on the website. All shows are general admission seating, so arrive early for good seats.

** Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, Everly Brothers Experience featuring The Zmed Brothers. Since 2016, brothers Zachary and Dylan Zmed have been performing internationally to enthusiastic crowds to honor the memory of America's greatest Rock 'n' Roll singing sibling duo, the Everly Brothers.

** Friday, March 20, 2020, Tom Paxton & The Don Juans. Folk artists Tom Paxton, Don Henry and Jon Venzer have received many honors, including Grammy nominations and awards. Their songs have been covered by Harry Belafonte, Neil Diamond, Ray Charles, John Denver, Bob Dylan and more.

** Saturday, April 25, 2020, Aztec Two-Step 2.0, featuring Rex Fowler, Dodie Pettit & Friends. Now that Neal Shulman has retired, Rex continues on, recapturing the sound of the duo's original studio recordings.

** Sunday, May 24, 2020, Ted Vigil, John Denver Tribute. Ted is an award-winning singer, songwriter and tribute artist. He performs internationally, and wows the crowd, selling out theatres everywhere. A typical comment is "I can't believe how much he looks and sounds like John Dever."


See website for complete season schedule, more details, and for ordering tickets.

LET'S LAUGH TODAY in Franklin is on Tuesday, December 10

Let’s Laugh Today in Franklin is on Tuesday, December 10 (and every second Tuesday once a month) from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Meetinghouse of the First Universalist Society in Franklin, 262 Chestnut Street, Franklin, Massachusetts. 

Enjoy this delightful practice, appropriate for all ages and levels of fitness. When we laugh, we energize our bodies and revive our spirits. All that is involved is deep breathing and a few stretches, playful laughter exercises (no jokes or comedy), clapping and deep relaxation. It has many benefits besides the joy of laughter. It can strengthen the immune system, combat the negative effects of stress, and is a powerful antidote to depression and anxiety. 

$5 donation to the church, $10 maximum per family. 

Please bring your water bottle because laughing can be dehydrating. 

Led by Certified Laughter Yoga Master Trainers and Laughter Ambassadors, Linda and Bill Hamaker. See www.letslaughtoday.com for opportunities to laugh in other towns. 

If you have any questions, just e-mail billandlinda@letslaughtoday.com.

LET'S LAUGH TODAY in Franklin is on Tuesday, December 10
LET'S LAUGH TODAY in Franklin is on Tuesday, December 10

Franklin Garden Club Holiday Auction Open to Public - Dec 10

The Franklin Garden Club is opening its annual holiday auction to the public. The event will take place on Tuesday, December 10, beginning at 6:00 PM at the Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill Street, Franklin. 

A silent auction will run from 6:00 – 7:00 PM followed by a live auction beginning at 7:00 PM. Appetizers and desserts will be served throughout the evening.

The auction will feature a wide variety of holiday items made by Franklin Garden Club members, as well as other donated articles. Items will include beautiful live flower and evergreen arrangements, holiday decorations, baked goods, gift baskets, and other types of home and garden items. There will also be a raffle of nine holiday centerpieces.

“The auction is a wonderful way to jump start your holiday decorating and purchase gifts for friends and family,” noted Susan Childers and Debra Degrazia, co-presidents of the Garden Club.

All proceeds from the auction help to support the Club’s programs and community activities, which include the awarding of a scholarship to a graduating high school student, the distribution of pine tree seedlings to Franklin first graders to mark Arbor Day, and maintenance of the Franklin Town Common Garden in partnership with the Town. 

The Franklin Garden Club, founded in 1987, is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts. 
Franklin Garden Club Holiday Auction Open to Public - Dec 10
Franklin Garden Club Holiday Auction Open to Public - Dec 10

FM #185 - Plastic Waste Reduction approved to move to Town Council

FM #185

This internet radio show or podcast is number 185 in the series for Franklin Matters.

This recording shares Economic Development Subcommittee meeting held on Wednesday, Dec 4, 2019.

One item was on the agenda for this session, the FHS student proposal on “Plastic Waste Reduction.” Yes, this is the revised proposal name as this is the first step to address the plastic shopping bags, then as time and resources permit, address other plastic items.

With a new Town Council elected in November 2019, there was a slight re-organization of this subcommittee. Councilor Matt Kelly is no longer a member and he has been replaced by Councilor Andy Bissanti. Councilor Melanie Hamblin now is Chair for this subcommittee. Councilors Glenn Jones and Eamon McCarthy Earls remain as members.

After going around in discussion, the measure was voted to bring forward to the Town Council for the Dec 18 meeting. The vote was 3-1 (Earls voting no).

The meeting runs approx 38 minutes.


https://www.hipcast.com/podcast/HyrcVWxX



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