Saturday, July 3, 2010

Franklin, MA: 2010 Midyear Review

Let's take some time to review what matters here in Franklin, MA. July 1 is upon us, celebration of the 4th happens this weekend. Let's take a mid-year look back at what has happened in the past six months and ahead to see what we have for the remainder of the year.

biotech bylaw changes introduced
discussion on snow removal process for sidewalks

School Dept received results of the “fiscal review”
Best Buddies, Town Common Veterans Memorial fund raising recognized
Teenangels presentation

charter revisions reviewed by subcommittee
Downtown Revitalization Project previewed
New trash/recycle process introduced

Budget workshop held on Jan 25th

Finance Committee hears the capital budget
Town Council gets into real discussion on trash/recycle process

More on the trash/recycling process as the vote to reduce the fee and finance the bins occurs

Abatements, etc for seniors
Bio-tech bylaw changes in formal hearing
Audit report for FY 2009 came up basically clean

School Committee got first look at FY 2011 budget
Bully task force formed
Franklin Arts Academy approved quietly
Charter revisions got a formal hearing
The BIG Y proposal came before the Planning Board

Finance Committee was broadcast while the School Committee used the cable broadcast

Parmenter solar project
Capital budget approved

Financial Planning Committee bringing report up to date

Charter changes approved by a 6-2 vote (Jones, Zollo, voted no – Vallee was absent)
Capital budget was approved

Earth day, raised garden beds
Charles River cleanup
BSA Venture Crew work along Mine Brook at the VFW Post on Pond St

Practically all budget all the time from the discussion to put forward an override vote to the ongoing discussions pro/con

VanRoon Chiropractic's proposal for Jordan Road came forward

Finance Committee began their series of budget hearings
Downtown Revitalization Project workshop
Historical Museum opens
EPA Storm water open forum held

Scott Mason sat for a wide ranging interview to review discussion items for the override

The big news as we close the first half of 2010 was the override vote on June 8th. All the posts related to the override can be found here:

I refreshed the split tax versus single tax rate publication I had done in 2009

Town Council formalized the budget in their two hearings on June 9 and 10

The Big Y has been approved, Van Roon Chiropractic has not been approved
The proposal for the Price Chopper gets to start all over again due to a technicality.

The new trash and recycling bins were delivered and the first pickups were scheduled for July 1

Looking ahead

July should get the kinks out of new trash/recycle process
August gets final prep on the school year with less teachers, less buses and maybe some word on the contract negotiations
Road construction on Sahlin Circle, Chestnut St and Wachusett St will be completed
September school opens

also on the calendar but not in a particular month

we should find out about the Charter revisions, are they really going to be on the ballot in November?
Plans for the Downtown Revitalization should get finalized
The annual tax rate setting exercise will be held (likely in Dec)

What else is on our plate?

Did I forget something?

Please feel free to comment and I can add it to the listing.

As I close this session this week, let me remind you that
If you like what I am doing here, please tell your friends and neighbors
If you don’t like something, please tell me


Thank you for stopping by to read!

For additional information, please visit

If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com

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Crackerbarrel Classic, Wrentham, MA

One of my favorite road race courses is nearby in Wrentham where the Crackerbarrel Classic 5K will run on Sep 18th.

If you run for fun, or exercise, or the competition, this is a good race to participate in.

Date:  Saturday, September 18, 2010

Start time: 9:00 a.m.

Where: Wrentham Developmental Center, Wrentham, MA
(Crackerbarrel Fairgrounds Bandstand)

Course: A 3.1 mile loop around scenic country roads (flat, no hills)
USATF certified MA-927021RN
Time Splits at one mile and two miles. Water stations along the course and at the finish.

Timing: Time Splits, water stations and computerized results (Spitler Race Systems)

Entry Fee: $17 pre-registration, $20 on Race Day

For more information including online registration or to printout the registration form to mail in, visit the website here:

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Friday, July 2, 2010

Trash/Recycle Facts: tips for good service

Make sure to place the right items in the right cart:

Solid waste only in the 65-gallon BLACK TOP cart

and recycling only in the 65-gallon YELLOW TOP cart.

Once service begins on July 1st, your old trash barrels will no longer be accepted for waste or recycling materials, use new DPW supplied carts. Carts should be placed curbside by 7:00 am the day of your collection.

Make sure all materials fit inside your carts with the lids closed. Always keep the lid closed to keep rain, snow and animals out.

Do not place any unacceptable materials in the cart. Use the handle provided to move the cart. Tilt the cart on its wheels to roll it. Remember that it’s easier to pull the cart uphill and push it downhill. Remove your cart as soon as possible after collection to maintain the appearance of your neighborhood.

Clean your carts periodically by rinsing them with water and letting them dry in the sun with the lid open.
Trash collection is limited to one cart per residence per week.

Make sure you recycle all you can, and use the Bulky Items and White Goods collection service for those items.

There are currently no restrictions on street parking on collection days. Since automated waste collection requires clearance for the vehicle’s lifting mechanism, any cars parked at the curb should be at least 5 feet from the cart.

Leave 3 feet between your solid waste and recycling carts when placing them curbside to allow the truck to collect both easily.

This information comes from the Franklin Solid Waste website here (PDF):

and here

The collection of Franklin Matters posts on the new process can be found here:

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Bottle-Can Drive - July 10th

Franklin Boy Scout Troop 2 will be holding a Bottle and Can Drive on July 10th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Scouts will be accepting your donations of redeemable bottles and cans at two locations: 
1) the William F. Ray Lodge of the Franklin Odd Fellows at 330 West Central Street (by the intersection of Beaver Street)
2) in the parking lot of the Franklin Federated Church, 171 Main Street (just across from the Common).
Please help support Franklin’s newest Scout troop, and come meet some of the members and leaders!

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In the News - Pulaski detour, casinos

Pulaski bridge work causes detour in Bellingham

Mass. Senate approves bill licensing three casinos

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Municipal Calendar

From the MA Dept of Revenue, Division of Local Services "City & Town" Newsletter for July 2010 comes the following. I don't pretend to know this in detail. It may very well go over your head too. The point of sharing it is as many folks head into vacation time, there is much still to be done in the Municipal Building. The fiscal year just closed June 30th, which means the books need to be closed, accounts balanced, etc. The following provides some detail into the behind the scenes stuff that just happens!

Municipal Calendar
July 1: Collector:Mail Annual Preliminary Tax Bills
For communities issuing annual preliminary tax bills, the preliminary quarterly or semi-annual bills should be mailed by this date.
July 15: Accountant: Certification Date for Free Cash: Anytime after Books are Closed
Two weeks after the close of a fiscal year, all accounts are closed out and the resulting balance sheet and supplemental documentation submitted to DOR. Free cash is certified any time after this date.
July 15: Accountant: Report Community Preservation Fund Balance: Anytime after Books are Closed After the close of a fiscal year, the fund balance is submitted to DOR (Form CP-2) and notice given to the Community Preservation Committee and other financial officers. The fund balance may be appropriated anytime after that report.
July 15:School Business Officials: Certification Date for Excess and Deficiency (E&D) Fund
Two weeks after the close of a fiscal year, all accounts are closed and the resulting balance sheet (a pre-closing trial balance or audited financial statements will not be accepted unless requested by the Director of Accounts) and supplemental documentation are submitted to DOR. E&D Fund is certified any time after this date.
July 15: Assessors: Deadline for Appealing Commissioner’s Pipeline Valuations to ATB
July 20: DOR/BLA: Notification of Changes in Proposed EQVs (even numbered years only)
July 20: DOR/BLA: Notification of Changes in Proposed SOL Valuations (every 4th year after 2005)
August 1: Taxpayer: Quarterly Tax Bills — Deadline for Paying 1st Quarterly Tax Bill Without Interest
According to M.G.L. Ch. 59, Sec. 57C, this is the deadline for receipt of the 1st Quarter preliminary tax payment without interest, unless the preliminary bills were mailed after July 1. If mailed by August 1, the 1st Quarterly payment is due August 1, or 30 days after the bills were mailed, whichever is later, and the 2nd Quarterly payment is due November 1. If mailed after August 1, the preliminary tax is due as a single installment on November 1, or 30 days after the bills were mailed, whichever is later.
August 1: Taxpayer: Annual Boat Excise Return Due
August 1: Accountant: Notification of Total Receipts of Preceding Year
The total actual local receipts (e.g., motor vehicle excise, fines, fees, water/sewer charges) of the previous fiscal year must be included on Schedule A of the Tax Rate Recapitulation Sheet (Recap) which is submitted by the Assessors to DOR. On the Recap, the Accountant certifies the previous fiscal year’s actual revenues, and the Assessors use this information to project the next fiscal year’s revenues. Any estimates of local receipts on the Recap that differ significantly from the previous year’s actual receipts must be accompanied by documentation justifying the change in order to be approved by the Commissioner of Revenue.
August 1: Assessors: Deadline for Appealing EQVs to ATB (even numbered years only)
August 1: Assessors: Deadline for Appealing SOL Valuations to ATB (every 4th year after 2005)
August 15: Assessor: Deadline to Vote to Seek Approval for Authorization to Issue Optional Preliminary Tax Bills For semi-annual communities issuing optional preliminary property tax bills, the Assessors must vote to seek authorization to issue the bills from DOR by this date. After receiving approval, Assessors must submit a Pro-forma Tax Rate Recap Sheet to DOR for review and issue the tax bills by October 1.
August 31: Taxpayer: Last Filing Day for Classified Forest Land, M.G.L. Ch. 61
August 31: DOR/BOA: Issue Instructions for Determining Local and District Tax Rates A copy of the Tax Rate Recap Sheet and its instructions are forwarded to the town.
August 31: Assessors: Begin work on Tax Rate Recapitulation Sheet (to set tax rate for semi-annual bills) Until the Tax Rate Recap Sheet is completed and certified by the Commissioner of Revenue, the community may not set a tax rate nor send out its property tax bills (unless it issues preliminary quarterly tax bills or requests from DOR the authority to send out pre liminary tax notices if DOR requirements are met). Communities should begin gathering the information in enough time for the tax rate to be set and tax bills mailed by October 1. The Tax Rate Recap Sheet provides Mayors or Selectmen with a ready-made financial management tool because the town’s most important financial management information is summarized on this form. The Mayor or Selectmen should review the Recap Sheet in preliminary form in order to understand the following financial information: Page 1 (Tax Rate Summary) — The proposed tax levy should be compared to the levy limit. If a town does not levy to its limit, the remaining levy is referred to as excess levy capacity. Excess levy capacity is lost to the community for the current fiscal year although it will always remain in the levy limit calculation. Page 2 (Amount To Be Raised) — This section includes appropriations and other local expenditures not appropriated. These include overlay deficits, revenue deficits, state and county charges, Cherry Sheet offset items, and the allowance for abatements and exemptions. By comparing this information to the prior year(s), any significant changes can be determined. Page 2 (Estimated Receipts & Revenues From Other Sources) — In particular, Sec tion C shows the amount appropriated from free cash and other available funds. By comparing the amounts appropriated to the balances in these accounts (available from the Accountant/Auditor), the Mayor or Selectmen can get a sense of how their non-property tax revenues are being used. Page 3, Schedule A (Local Receipts Not Allocated) — By comparing these figures to prior year(s), the Mayor or Selectmen can determine any changes in these revenues. Page 4, Schedule B (Certification of Appropriations and Source of Funding) — This section includes financial votes of City/Town Council or Town Meeting not previously reported on last year’s recap.

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Native Plants: What's your name? Summary

Opening guidelines and first photo

Michelle's first post in the series on native plants
answer = pinesap
answer = milkweed
answer = ???

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Franklin, MA: Express Line #10

The current edition of the Franklin newsletter "Express Line" is now available:

Express Line 10

You can subscribe to receive your own copy via email here:

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4th of July - schedule of events

The schedule of events for the Franklin, MA 4th of July are as follows:

Franklin 4thJuly 2010 Schedule

Additional information can be found on the 4th of July Coalition website here:

Franklin Schools Advocacy Association

The idea would be to form an organization, the "Franklin Schools Advocacy Association", to advocate for appropriate levels of funding and support for the Franklin school system for the long term.

Goals of the group might include any the following:

1) Obtain a prop 2.5 overide just for the school system

2) Get out the vote

3) Ensure that new school money is spent appropriately on hiring teachers and buying educational materials

4) Watch and report on the town meetings to see where the money goes when it does not go to the school system

5) Visibly and obviously publish and distribute a record of the ongoing votes of town counsellors on funding of town projects (probably its published, but I'm darned if I can find it, and probably nobody looks at it)

6) Create a website for the exclusive use of this association

The activities of the group would be decided by the people attending the meetings. I am proposing to host an exploratory meeting in September. I would set the date after checking with all interested people. I have gathered six names within the first couple of days of posting this. I would like to get 15 names of people who would most likely attend.

I would like people to send me their contact information at

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Trash/Recycle Facts: recycling

You will also receive a green 65-gallon wheeled cart with a YELLOW TOP for Single Stream recycling in which you may place all of your recyclable materials. Your recycling container shall be placed curbside every week on the same day as your regular trash collection. With the new Single Stream Recycling program you will be able to place ALL of your recyclables neatly into to one container.


After July 1st, you will no longer be able to use your current recycling bin and any materials outside of the recycling cart will not be accepted.

We are providing you with this comprehensive recycling guide in order to help you properly prepare your recyclables and maximize the amount you recycle. This chart also outlines items, which cannot be placed in your recycling cart. Please refer to the calendar and street listing to determine your collection day and week. We will continue to follow the same collection schedule that is in place currently.

This information comes from the Franklin Solid Waste website here (PDF):

and here

The collection of Franklin Matters posts on the new process can be found here:

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In the News - new trash/recycle service begins

Solid Waste Coordinator Chris White said he's heard similar complaints regarding the size of the bins.
"If someone puts out a lot of trash, they're going to pay more. The people who can live within 65 gallons will pay less," White said. "If you recycle more and put out less trash, the rate goes down. If you don't, it goes up."

Read the full article here:

View the video the Chris white refers to here:

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Video on Franklin's New Automated Trash and Recycling Process

The DPW has posted their own video of the trash/recycling system in action


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Chamber Holds Small Manufacturers' Summit

                                            The United Regional Chamber of Commerce logo 
Local Manufacturers Attend Summit Featuring U.S Manufacturing Czar and Congressman

Jack & Ron Bloom       Summit Manufacturing Group Photo          
Jack Lank and the Senior Counselor to the U.S.             
President for Manufacturing Policy Ron Bloom

 The United Regional Chamber of Commerce proudly sponsored the June 28 Small Manufacturers' Summit at Living Waters Conference Center in North Attleborough. The event featured keynote speakers U.S. Congressman James McGovern and the Senior Counselor to the U.S. President for Manufacturing Policy Ron Bloom. In addition to a private meeting and tour held at Cookson Precious Metals and Bell's Powder Coating, they addressed issues facing small business manufacturers in the Northeast during the Summit. Other event sponsors include for the event included Bell's Powder Coating, Inc., Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America, Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Cookson Precious Metals, Stern-Leach and Living Waters Conference Center.
 MassMEP          MJSA logo
Cookson logo   Stern Leach logo
                                       Living Waters 
Jack & Jim McGovern                 Manufacturers Summit Eric
            Jack Lank with U.S. Congressman James McGovern                                   Eric Nakajima
                                                                                                                                    Senior Innovation Policy Advisor
                                                                                                                             for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Trash/Recycle Facts: cart placement

Proper Cart Placement

The placement of your cart is important since the collection vehicle’s lifting arm requires clearance: 3 feet on both sides, and 12 feet overhead. The cart should be no more than 3 feet away from the curb or road edge, and the arrows on the lid must be pointing toward the street. Please leave 3 feet between your recycling and trash container when placing them curbside.

Thanks to Jim Robinson, a fan of the Facebook Franklin Matters page for prompting the search of YouTube for a video of the trash truck in action.

Thanks to Parker, for getting his parents to make this video because he likes the trash truck to come and take the trash.

This process would be similar to that beginning July 1. We have two containers, one for trash and one for recycling.

Note: email subscribers will need to click through to Franklin Matters to view this video of the trash truck making a pickup.

Additional information can be found on the Franklin Solid Waste website here

The collection of Franklin Matters posts on the new process can be found here:

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In the News - 4th July, trash/recycle

Franklin Fourth fete has fresh features

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Trash/Recycle Facts: what goes, what doesn't

All regular household trash should be bagged and placed in the 65-gallon trash cart for collection. Items outside of the cart will NOT be collected except 33G DPW overflow bags.

Do not place the following items in the trash cart:
• Recyclables
• Yard Waste
• Dirt, sod, concrete or rock
• Construction/demolition debris
• Household hazardous waste
• Hot ashes or flammable materials such as oil, gas or paint

NOTE: Latex paint cans must be dried out and contents bagged and disposed of in municipal trash. Put completely dried latex paint cans (no oil based paints) in the trash. Oil based paints should be safely stored and can be disposed of at the annual Household Hazardous Waste Day, October 2, 2010.

Preparing your solid waste:
• Bag your trash before placing it in the cart.
• Bagging your trash will help to keep the cart clean and sanitary, and prevent litter on windy days.
• All trash must fit in the cart so that the lid is closed. No material may be sticking out of the cart.

This information comes from the Franklin Solid Waste website here (PDF):

and here

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In the News - Ruchira Parikh, fitness, Blackstone Valley

Franklin girl wins awards

Mass. residents among the fittest in U.S.

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Attn: Franklin commuters -> MBTA: Faster, Easier Parking

Sent to you by Steve Sherlock via Google Reader:

via Commonwealth Conversations: Transportation by Klark Jessen on 6/28/10

MBTA logo-mbta

The MBTA today announced a simpler system for parking lot payments that will allow everyone from daily commuters to visitors to use their mobile phones and an online account to pay for parking at MBTA lots.

Beginning July 23rd, customers parking in MBTA-owned and operated lots with existing cash honor boxes will be able to pay for parking online or via phone while in their cars or once they board a train, bus, or commuter boat. 

As part of a new partnership with Parkmobile USA, customers can visit and enroll in the new program for free, and have access to their on-line accounts 24 hours a day/7 days a week. T riders can also download a mobile app.

Once registered, customers can use the mobile app, the internet, a text message or a phone call to pay for parking. TTY service is also available. The phone number will be displayed on signs at MBTA parking facilities.

The new service will be available for 23,733 parking spaces at nearly 70 MBTA-owned lots with existing cash honor boxes. In the weeks and months to follow, the T will work to expand the new system to lots that are not operated by the MBTA.  Only two U.S. transit systems offer more parking spaces than the MBTA.  Informational signs will be posted over the next few weeks to inform T customers about the change in service. For MBTA news and updates visit MBTA on the web.

Things you can do from here:

Trash/Recycle Facts: cart ownership

Cart (bins, totters, etc.) ownership

Carts (bins, totters, etc.) are the property of the Franklin DPW and must stay at the delivered destination

Each cart includes a serial number and imbedded RFID tag to identify owner and location. Each resident is responsible for their carts. Make sure all carts stay at the delivered location.

Note: the bar coded serial number for each cart appears in the photo above. The RFID chip is reported to be contained in the handle.

Waste and recycling collection

There will be no changes to your regular collection days. Solid waste will continue to be collected weekly. Recycling will continue to be collected every week, however it will now be collected in a single stream, with paper, cardboard and commingled materials placed in the same container. Sorting of recyclables is no longer necessary!

Contact DPW for any lost, stolen or misplaced carts. A Police report will be filed for missing carts.


Q - Why are the carts identified?
A - The RFID chip is read when each pick up occurs. This can help address timely service issues. This also enables easier billing. If you are going to be away for some time, the tracking can confirm that the trash/recycling were not used for the away period.

This information was found on the Franklin Solid Waste website here (PDF)


and from the multiple Town Council meetings where this was discussed and approved.

The collection of Franklin Matters posts on the new process can be found here:

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In the News - downtown consignment

Updated 5/17/11 - sometime in the past couple of months, Downtown Consignment moved to an unknown location in Plainville. The Franklin Art Association now has a gallery in this location.

Downtown Consignment a new deal in Franklin

Downtown Consignment in Franklin Matters

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

In the Globe - music at the core

While athletic and academic prowess usually get the most attention, music provides a different method of learning — fostering creativity, innovation, and teamwork toward a common goal, supporters say.

“It’s through music and the arts that we tell the human story,’’ said Bill Pappazisis, the fine and performing arts director for the Belmont schools.

The National Association of Music Merchants surveyed teachers and administrators to distinguish 174 districts and schools in 30 states. Each school was selected based on criteria including funding, the amount of staff and their credentials, student participation and career paths, curriculum, facilities, and public support.
Read the full article in the Boston Globe West Section here

The Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter School was named.

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pay more taxes, voluntary? right!

The functions of these programs differ widely, but they all share one remarkable feature. The taxpayer dollars were not wrenched from the pockets of the Commonwealth’s residents. Instead, thousands of Bay Staters checked off boxes on their income tax returns opting to contribute to the funds. These people paid, in other words, what sounds like the ultimate oxymoron: voluntary taxes.
Though voluntary tax programs could never generate enough money to run a state, more people chip in than you might expect (more, that is, than none). And according to some enthusiasts, we could be doing more to capitalize on this surprising willingness to give. Voluntary taxes, these thinkers say, offer a politically palatable way to raise additional revenue and perhaps even to strengthen Americans’ sense of patriotism and citizenship. And in the current political and fiscal climate, lawmakers are frankly desperate for creative solutions.
and this from a study referenced by the article
The authors concluded that dislike of taxes may be not just a matter of reluctance to part with our money, or mistrust of the government: It may be largely about the lack of control over where exactly our money goes.
I think too little is paid to this particular aspect of control. Several of the comments on the Milford Daily News pages mentioned this lack of specifics as to where the money was to be used. Even though the authorization from the Town Council was for the $3 million to be divided with $1.8 M for the schools, $300,000 for the Town and $900,000 for road repair, the question on the ballot per state guidelines was phrased as:
Shall the Town of Franklin be allowed to assess an additional $3,000,000.00 in real estate and personal property taxes for the purpose of the operating budget for which monies from this assessment will be used for the fiscal year beginning July 1, two thousand and ten?
Indeed, the article does go on to say
... it seems that giving taxpayers some control over the funds is key. The University of Texas economists found that when subjects were permitted to earmark their donations, contributions more than doubled. 
Read the full article in the Boston Globe Ideas section here:

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Trash/Recycle Facts: frequently asked questions

Q - Should I continue to bag my trash?

A - YES. Bagging your trash will help to keep the cart clean and sanitary, and prevent litter on windy days. All bags must be placed curbside in the solid green 65-gallon cart only.

Q - What do I do with leaves and yard waste?

A - Leaves and brush will continue to be collected curbside or accepted at the Beaver Street Recycling Facility. Dates for curbside waste collection will be published in the Municipal Guide and on the DPW website.

Q - I am moving or cleaning out the garage and have a lot of refuse to get rid of right away; where will I be able to dispose of it?

A - The automated refuse collection program is not intended to provide this type of service. For large projects you may contact Waste Management for information at 1-800-972-4545.

Q - Will my collection day change?

A - NO, there will be no changes in the collection schedule. Please continue to place your containers to the curb by 7am, as there may be some changes in the time of day during which your trash and recycling is collected.

Q - What should I do if I have a problem with the new cart?

A - Your carts are made of durable plastic and should give you years of maintenance free use. For cart issues please call the DPW at 508-553-5500 to schedule a repair.

Q - What can be recycled at the Beaver St. Recycling Facility?

A - The Recycling Center is open: Tuesdays 12-3 (April thru Nov.) Fridays and Saturdays: 8-3

Q - What can I do with my old refuse and recycling containers?

A - If you wish to dispose of old refuse barrels or recycling bins, they may be dropped off empty and clean at the Beaver Street Recycling Facility, they will be recycled once collected.

Q - How do I have an appliance, grill, TV or other large metal item picked up?

Call Waste Management at 800-972-4545 by Tuesday at 3:00 for a pickup on Thursday. You can pay by credit card over the phone or by check.

Q - What about a large non- recyclable item such as a sofa?

Included in the current fee, you are allowed one large item such as a sofa to be picked up at no additional charge. Call Waste Management at 800-972-4545 by Tuesday at 3:00 for a pickup on Thursday.

Q - I have more trash than can fit in the large cart; what should I do?

A - Experience in a range of communities has shown that the 65-gallon cart is more than adequate for most homes, presuming you remove all paper, glass, plastic and other recyclable materials from your trash. If after recycling everything possible, you find you consistently have more trash than the cart will hold, you may request a second cart from the DPW for $150 per year. Overflow bags are available for $3 each at
the DPW office.

Q - What about street parking on collection day?

A - At the present time there are no parking restrictions. Remember, however, that automated collection requires that the cart be accessible to the collection vehicle, so any cars you park at the curb should be at least 5 feet from the cart.

Q - What is the Large Item fee schedule?

TV up to 25" -> $ 25.00
TV 26" and up -> $ 35.00
Freon Appliance - > $ 30.00
Appliance -> $ 25.00
Grills/Lawn Mower/Metal -> $ 25.00
Microwave -> $ 25.00

This information comes from the Franklin Solid Waste website here (PDF):

and here

The collection of Franklin Matters posts on the new process can be found here:

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Use Trash/Recycle bins on July 1

New Trash and Recycling Carts
Your new trash and recycling carts are currently being
delivered to your homes.
Thank you.

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In the News: Open Meeting rules

Boards required to take note of new meeting rules

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