Saturday, June 9, 2012

Parmenter 5K and Bottle/Can drive

On Sunday, when you get ready to run (or walk) the Parmenter 5K, put your bottles and cans aside to bring to the school.

Parmenter - 5K, Bottle/Can drive

Visit the Parmenter 5K website for additional details and to register. The first 150 get t-shirts!

For specific questions, one can email

PHOTOS: Lighting the way in Franklin

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The Relay For Life is held Friday night and Saturday morning at Franklin High School. The event includes teams of people walking around the track to raise funds to fight cancer, as well as a lap by cancer survivors.

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Farmers Market

The Farmers Market opens today and will run every Friday through November 2.

It will open at noon on the Town Common and close at 6:00 PM.

Grateful Farm

I am not sure whether the red chili peppers that caught my eye last year will be available today or not. Stop by to see and buy the good fresh produce from the local area farmers like Grateful Farm.

Note: The Franklin Food Pantry does purchase CSA shares from Grateful Farm for distribution to our neighbors.

Comparing the House and Senate Budgets

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  • Finally, to see how the Senate and House budgets vary across each major area of state government--from health care and education to public safety and the environment—see our recently-released Budget Monitor.
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"offer healthier choices"

Framingham, Hudson and Marlborough are participating in a regional collaborative with implications for other communities like Franklin. Reporting on the results of a study done for the three communities that was presented at a meeting recently, the Milford Daily News writes in part:
Fenton said studies of the three communities show that 19 percent of adults are obese, 77 percent consume fewer than the five recommended servings of fruits and vegetables a day, and 19 percent report leading completely sedentary lifestyles. 
Fenton said that towns and cities can make changes that are shown to encourage more active and healthy lifestyles for residents, but he noted that the solution can’t just be a stop-gap. 
“Simply telling people to exercise more is not enough,” he said. “What we have to do is build a system where healthy choices are the new normal.”
Fenton said there are several changes leaders can make to build communities where people are more active, like encouraging mixed-use developments that mix housing with commercial enterprises. If people live within walking distance to a business, for example, they are less likely to drive there, he said.

Read more: MetroWest towns, cities can make healthy choices - Franklin, MA - Wicked Local Franklin

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Strawberry Stroll Today

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Come spend the afternoon with us today at the 
Strawberry Stroll in Downtown Franklin!
We're scooping up fun and Delicious Strawberry Shortcakes rain or shine!

Click here for a downloadable Strawberry Stroll Map.

2012 Strawberry Stroll poster

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Strawberry Stroll - 2012

Young Artists Gallery Show 2012

June 2012
Dear Steve,

You  are Invited
 to an
Art Gallery Show
Showcasing Art work by Artists of the Future

June 7th

Student Art
    Student Artists' Reception
at Jane's Frames
Featuring Framed Art of  First time exhibitors  
Come view a variety of Framed Art by Young People of many ages and talents. See how a frame can show the creativeness  of a  young person, and also make a beautiful decorative statement in your home or office.

Sidewalk Sale during  
Strawberry Stroll 
Bargains galore!! - 100's of  prints for $2.00-5.00 each 

A Selection of Framed Art  at 50-75% off!!

Jamie Barrett :Sometime between 4:00-6:30
Kai Olsson :Sometime between 6:30-8:00
Strawberry Festival June 7th 

Join Jane's Frames,  along with 26 local businesses, for special events    onJune 7th,  some locations from 4-7 p.m.  (and others later)

We will be entertaining you until 8pm
The Strawberry Stroll is sponsored by the Franklin Downtown Partnership whose mission is the revitalization of Downtown Franklin.   

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Don't Bug Me! 6/16/12

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Curious about what's been eating its way through your garden?  

Bring your questions to the Franklin Community Garden at the King Street Memorial Park on Saturday, June 16 at 9 AM, where garden coordinator Chris Clay will be discussing common garden pests and the safe, earth-friendly methods you can use to deal with them.  

The King Street Memorial Garden is an organic garden.

This event is free and open to the public.

cutworm larva

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In the News: leadership, DelCarte, bullies, Relay, Strawberry

Adventurous Franklin teen off to D.C.

Town Council - 06/06/12

The collection of posts reported live from the Town Council meeting on Wednesday, Jun 6, 2012 can be found here:


Action items - part 1

Action items - part 2


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Live reporting - Closing

Plenty of local events, Strawberry Festival Thursday

Waiting on infrastructure study from National Grid

Powderly - maybe the long term outlook would be appropriate but would like to have at least an annual update on each of the stabilization items

Nutting - yes an annual report would be good
on the cable question, we did give them an initial $400K to get started and they are supposed to let us know where they are before we fund anything else


Bissanti - thanks to Matt, Judy and Matt for their work on the Memorial Day parade it was an honor for my father and my family

Vallee - we have embarrassing holiday decorations can we do something about that?
Nutting - we can have the DPW staff at least come up with a game plan to look at better lighting there? What trees can be used? Do we wire underground, etc. You have sole authority over the common so you'll need to decide. I'll ask the staff to come up with a game plan

Jones - where I grew up in Watertown, all trees were lined with lights, there are some issues with that as the bulbs and wires stayed with the tree year round.

Kelly - I think Jeff's on the right path of this, let them put together a plan. There could be a holiday common committee and have them work with the staff to see what we can do

Nutting - let's get a game plan and then see what it would need money wise
I do know the electric service under the gazebo would need to be replaced

Roy - did a great job with Memorial Day, a meaningful recognition
Pfeffer - it is one of the best parade ever, the streets are lined forever.
Dellorco - give a shout out to Rick Davis who will be playing in the all star game this weekend.
Kelly -Thanks to the Electric Youth for coming tonight, it was wonderful
Powderly - one of those things that makes us proud to be of Franklin
there were lots of clean up of old accounts, thanks to Jim Roche for heading that

motion to adjourn, passed 9-0

Live reporting - Action items - part 2

5. Resolution 12-44: Authorization to Transfer Funds – Dam Repairs

Vallee notes that the Council voted this down last year
Nutting - Dam 3 is a registered dam and needs to be repaired
the plan is to repair both dams, there are some legal and structural issues involved as well as environmental
the long term plan is also to put in a playground in the area including a canoe launch
there would be walking trail around the town and conservation land
Could be the premier recreation space in the Town
Have applied for $300,000 grant for recreation improvements

Pfeffer - this is an asset of the town of Franklin, there is a family of swans there
it is an excellent asset of the town, it needs to be maintained and taken care of

Bissanti - are people using it now
Nutting - there is a small parking lot, the pools do contained big mouth bass and other fish

Kelly - I think it is great for recreation, it is a perfect spot. We are well on our way to making something very beautiful spot

Dellorco - a lot of people are using the trails now when they aren't really good

Powderly, I concur with a lot of points already made, because of the registration, if we don't decide the State will decide it for us. I'd rather figure it out on our time line

Jones - I agree that is a valuable asset of the town, if we approve this, how long would it take?
Nutting - it is a heavily permitted process and we are working on it, we have to wait for the permit

motion to approve, passed 9-0

6. Resolution 12-45: Establishment of a Senior Center Capital Improvement Stabilization Fund
creating capital funds for known future investments, projected to grow from 4400 to 7500 in the next ten years. Make money contributions each year as funds are available. You can create the account and then start putting the money in it to plan ahead. We are planning ahead!

If you at the pecking order of the items on the listing, we can see what the others will cost and see how much we have debt available

Pfeffer - this is a good idea, putting money aside now is good
Nutting - can always appropriate the hotel/motel taxes in anticipation at about 400K a year.

Pfeffer - the Friends of Franklin Senior Center is a 501c3 organization that accepts charitbale donations, they have an account for the elevator already

Mercer - it is roughed out and ready to go
Bissanti - it is great thing that we did building the Senior Center

Roy - I am supportive of getting these items on the listing and planning for it, getting it to a discussion is good

motion to approve, passed 9-0

7. Resolution 12-46: Appropriation Senior Center Capital Improvement Stabilization Fund
amount requested, $150K, approved by the FinCom by a vote of 8-0

motion to approve, passed 9-0

8. Resolution 12-47: Establishment of an Athletic Fields Capital Improvement Stabilization Fund
similar to the fund creation above, this for the replacement of the turf fields when they will be needed in a few years

motion to approve, passed 9-0

9. Resolution 12-48: Appropriation Athletic Fields Capital Improvement Stabilization Fund

amount requested, $150K, approved by the FinCom by a vote of 8-0

motion to approve, passed 9-0

10. Resolution 12-49: Establishment of a Fire Truck Stabilization Fund
similar to the fund creation above, this for the cyclical replacement of a fire truck according to the rotation, every five years

motion to approve, passed 9-0

11. Resolution 12-50: Appropriation Fire Truck Stabilization Fund

amount requested, $75K, approved by the FinCom by a vote of 8-0

motion to approve, passed 9-0

12. Bylaw Amendment 12-683: Amendment to Chapter 170, Vehicles and Traffic-Parking- 2nd Reading
motion to approve, passed 9-0 via roll call

13. Bylaw Amendment 12-684: Amendment to Chapter 82, Appendix A, List of Service Fee Rates – 2nd Reading
a modest increase effectively to a dollar a day, $360 per year

motion to approve, passed 9-0 via roll call

14. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 12-685: Amendment to Chapter 185, §24. Floodplain District – Referral to Planning Board
needs to go to the Planning Board and will come back, changes a few lines a couple of maps, minimal changes but required to be settled in July

referral to planning board, passed 9-0

15. Bylaw Amendment 12-687: Amendment to Chapter 25, Personnel Regulations, Appendix A - Classification Plan and Appendix B – Pay Schedules- 1st Reading

referral to planning board, passed 9-0
this sets the salary range but does not affect the actual salary of any particular employee

Live reporting - action items - part 1

Senators Spilka and Ross – Budget Update
postponed until the next meeting (Jun 20th)


1. Resolution 12-25: Order of Layout, Acceptance, and Taking of Beaver Court, Mark’s Way and J.R.’S Lane and Order of Taking (Extinguishment) of Related Right-of-Way Over Abutting Town-Owned-Land

Pfeffer talks of this as a win-win situation
These are short streets

motion to approve, passed 9-0

2. Resolution 12-41: Appropriation:Roads/Sidewalks/Drainage/Stormwater/Infrastructure
FinCom recommended by a vote of 8-0; amounts as specified in doc from the FinCom meeting

Due to the good fortunes from an excess in the snow and ice account and an increase in the free cash, we have some extra funds available

Appropriated from this year's funding but the work will be done next year

motion to approve, passed 9-0

3. Resolution 12-42: Authorization for DPW Garage/Storage Building
Transfer of surplus funds as accounted for during the FinCom meeting

Appropriated money earlier this year to demolish the old build for structural issues, space is also being lost with the new high school - did get three estimates for this type of building, located at Fisher St (not Hayward)

want to get the building up, could add heaters and blowers later but don't want to do so now to avoid an increase in cost

motion to approve, passed 9-0

4. Resolution 12-43: Authorization to Transfer Funds – Davis Thayer Study
The need has been there for many years, this authorization for an architect to do the study to get estimates for the renovations necessary

Jones - question for Councilor Roy
Roy - Thayer was space that would be needed by the district

Nutting - the TC did authorize money to remove the portable class rooms as they are getting old

motion to approve, passed 9-0

Live reporting - Town Council - June 6, 2012

Present: Mercer, Dellorco, Kelly, Powderly, Vallee, Pfeffer, Jones, Bissanti, Roy
Absent: none

May 2, 2012, May 16, 2012

motion to approve minutes, addition of a request to
passed 9-0

This meeting is being recorded by Verizon, Comcast, and Franklin Matters

Franklin School for the Performing Arts "Electric Youth" group performs
Rae Lynn Mercer introduces the group

Council Chairman Bob Vallee reads and then presents the proclamation to Rae Lynn

Ken Norman, apologies for the poor video broadcast of the high school graduation. It was recorded and will be rebroadcast.

Franklin Disability Commission - Deborah Bean
motion to approve, passed 9-0

Joint Appointment of Planning Board Member - Brian Lyra, Jeffrey T. Harris, Douglas Hartnett, Greg Rondeau
selection by hand raising
Lyra - 0
Harris - 1
Harnett - 2
Rondeau - 6

Joint Appointment of Member of the Board of Assessors - John Neas
motion to approve, passed 9-0



Franklin Food Pantry: Volunteer Opportunities

Heavy Lifting/Driving Volunteers Needed
The Franklin Food Pantry is looking for a few volunteers for some very heavy lifting/van driving tasks.  One of the regular opportunities is twice a month we drive our van down to Taunton to pick up our Greater Boston Food Bank orders.  These orders can range between 2,000-3,000 pounds and have to be manually loaded from the dock into the back of the van, case by case.  We have to be in Taunton on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 12:30 and the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 10:30.  We usually leave Franklin about 1 hour before the scheduled pickup time to arrive  in Taunton a little early.  We do usually have volunteers back at the Pantry to help unload the van.  We do have a van that we use, but if you have, or know someone who has, a truck with a lift for the dock so they can drive the forklift straight in that is much easier.  We are looking for someone who is willing to commit to either one of the pickups or both on a regular basis. 

Some other opportunities that we are looking for volunteers for would be on a less consistent basis.  Sometimes we get calls from local businesses with donations that we need to go pick up that day.  One of these businesses is Garelick Farms.  They will email us in the morning to let us know that they have product available and we would need to get there that day.  Fresh dairy products are not easily obtained at the Franklin Food Pantry, so when we are offered milk, yogurt, cream, etc., it is greatly appreciated by our Clients.  We use our van to pick up the items, and usually each crate weighs up to 40 pounds so it is heavy lifting into the van and then unloading at the Pantry and stocking the refrigerators with the product. 

Thank you for considering the Franklin Food Pantry for your volunteering opportunities.  These opportunities are normally performed Tuesday-Friday between 9:00am-1:00pm.  We ask that no one under the age of 18 respond as there will often be Clients in the Pantry and we don't have student volunteers when the Clients are here.  Also we ask that you be prepared to sign a confidentiality agreement as a volunteer and also have a safe driving record and a valid driving license as we may have to included you as a driver on our van's insurance policy.

Again, there is a lot of heavy lifting, stairs, etc. involved with this opportunity and if you know of anyone or a company that may be willing to help out, especially if they have a small truck that the forklift can load directly onto at the Greater Boston Food Bank, then please forward them this request or have them contact me directly.

Farmer's Market Volunteers Needed

The Franklin Food Pantry has received a grant that offers any SNAP (food stamp) recipient to double their money at the Franklin Farmer's Market every Friday from June 8, 2012 through November 2, 2012.  We are looking to fill slots from 11:30am-6:00pm every Friday at the Franklin Town Common.  The volunteers would help the clients process their transaction on the handheld EBT terminal (easy training), and also we will provide other documentation if anyone is looking for information on the Food Pantry, SNAP, WIC, etc.  There are times when it is very slow and I will try to have 2 volunteers at all times so there is someone to talk to and if someone needs to leave for a moment there is someone else there at the table.  The table will be next to Grateful Farms and one of our Board members will be at their table so any questions or concerns can be handled immediately by a Franklin Food Pantry Board member.  Also the volunteers may have to stop at the Pantry prior to arriving at the common to pick up the tables, chairs, canopy, documentation, vouchers, terminal, cooler with waters, etc., and and then help set up and later break down the table, chairs and canopy.  The volunteers would have to be adults, we ask that no one under the age of 18 be at the table at any time and they will be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement.  This is a very private situation for a lot of families and confidentiality is very important.  Also it is very important for the volunteers to know that the market opens rain or shine, hot or cold weather, and should always plan accordingly.  Volunteers should be willing to work 1-2 Fridays per month for a minimum of 3-6 hours.

Thank you again. 


Linda Sottile

Franklin Food Pantry

(508) 528-3115

Strawberry Stroll - Thursday - Jun 7

Longer daylight, not much school left, must mean strawberry shortcake time!

The annual Strawberry Stroll put on by the Franklin Downtown Partnership will take place on Thursday, Jun 7 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

Strawberry Stroll - 2012

The map of the participating locations downtown can be found here:

Additional details on the event can be found on the Franklin Downtown Partnership pages here and here

Free Silver Line Ride: Logan to South Station

The timing of this 'free ride' is interesting given the fare increase that kicks in soon. For Franklin area commuters, the train can deliver you to South Station and then it is a free transfer via the Silver Line to Logan Airport.

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Bus Dual Mode-TunnelMassport, MassDOT, and the MBTA are teaming up to raise customer awareness of public transit options to and from Logan Airport.

The transportation partners today announced a three-month "On Us" pilot program that will let Logan passengers board for free inbound Silver Line bus service to South Station.

The pilot begins on June 6 and runs through September 3, 2012. Massport is offering the service in an effort to improve high occupancy vehicle (HOV) usage and improve terminal curbside traffic flow.

"Thanks to transportation reform, MassDOT, Massport and the MBTA are working together to test an ambitious plan to reduce the growing number of passenger vehicles on-airport, and encourage the use of public transportation and other HOV alternatives," said MassDOT Secretary Richard A. Davey, who chairs the Massport Board.

The Silver Line started service in 2006 and is key to Massport's promotion of HOV ridership to and from the airport to reduce congestion at the terminal curbs and on airport roadways, as well as reduce vehicle emissions. Massport purchased eight clean-fuel Silver Line buses in 2005.

"As Logan passenger numbers grow, our footprint, roadways and terminal curbs cannot grow with them so increasing HOV usage – Logan already is a national leader in HOV usage – is critical to the airport functioning as we head north of the 30 million passenger number," said David S. Mackey, Massport's Interim CEO & Executive Director.

The "On Us" pilot is the latest effort to attract Logan customers to public transit. Earlier this year the MBTA began offering real-time arrival information of the Silver Line to South Station from each terminal and improved signage within Terminal C directing passengers to the "T." Improved signage will be rolled out in the remaining terminals this year; and an advertising campaign promoting the use of the Silver Line and Blue Line to and from the airport.

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"the signal will help alleviate that traffic"

The Milford Daily News reporting on the Big Y hiring 150 writes in part:
D’Amour-Daley said construction, which began last summer, has progressed steadily thanks to the mild winter. 
“We are proceeding right on course and all is going well,” she said. 
Heavy snow and frigid temperatures have plagued past store constructions, she said.
D’Amour-Daley said the store — across the street from the Franklin Municipal Building, on the former site of the Franklin Buffet restaurant — will open sometime in the fall, after the traffic light at the supermarket’s entrance is installed.

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Suspect in Franklin home invasion being held

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A Rhode Island man, who police said is a suspect in a November home invasion, is being held without bail at the Rhode Island Adult Correctional Institute awaiting trial on an unrelated charge, police said.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Live reporting - Finance Committee - Jun 5, 2012

Present: Feldman, Goldsmith, Dufour, Quinn, Roche, Messere, Dewsnap, Smith
Absent: Huempfner

Jeff Nutting, Susan Gagner, Jim Dacey

Approval of meeting minutes (list of meetings to be added)
Announcement and recognition of service on committee and in particular with the meeting notes by Phyllis Messere who has decided not to return after June 30, 2012

Note: the general Stabilization account has decreased by the $350,000 used in the recently approved budget and should be $4,779K not the $5,129K shown

Action items

Fire Dept
amount to be transferred not exactly known, this is the working number. If it is over, it will end up in free cash. If it is short, he'll need to comeback for more. We do know that it is needed.

Q - on policy for free cash?
A - no specific policy to set the amount, it fluctuates from year to year. Varies year to year on expense side and of course on the revenue side we do under forecast to ensure we have enough. Consistently between 2 and 3 million.

Q - questioning about the free cash as it relates to decisions tonight
A - we normally would have used much of the free cash for snow and ice but with the weather we are benefiting and using it elsewhere
A - the policy I think you are referring to, is the target for the stabilization amount

Q - we are giving guidance?
A - This is a result of folks being out injured that were not anticipated at the time the approval was made to increase the Fire Dept to be able to staff the two ambulances

Ending up voicing approval in concept but not for a specific dollar amount

While we have money now, let's take the opportunity to put some money aside for when we will need it. Money is appropriated annually and what is left over goes into the trust, the trust has gone down and we are trying to put some money into the trust

motion to appropriate $50K to the unemployment trust fund
Approved 8-0

Street Acceptance
putting money into this account to allow for public notices on street takings, increasing our amount of streets also increases our state aid reimbursement, do need to plow etc. but to reconstruct the street itself, we can't do it without the street ownership (i.e. public way)

Q - what would it cost to take all of them?
A - I don't know, we are trying to take the easy ones first. There might be title research required. In the newer sub-divisions the street was owned by the developer, in the older developments, the street may have been owned by each of the home owners to the middle of the street.

Q - the whole process was too expensive
A - under the home rule now, it is easier, some will be free, some will cost something depending upon the research required, maps updated, etc. I can keep track and report back as we go

Motion to appropriate $25K for street acceptance
Passed 8-0

Spreadsheet provided as handout

This shows the various projects and the sourcing of the funds associated with each. Some accounts are being closed (rolling over their amounts to the projects).

DPW storage facility needed to replace building approved to be torn down and to replace the space to be lost when the new high school comes online (existing space at the High School is used by DPW)

Davis Thayer, the modular units will be going away over the next three years, the space at the school will be needed. This is to get an estimate

DelCarte dams are to going to bid later this year, while we have some time and the money available, put it aside now.

Senior Center was built with a second floor but it was not built out. From the census, the estimate of the senior population for Franklin is shown as 2500 in 1990, about 4500 now, and 7600 in the next several years as the 'baby boomers' age.

Artificial turf fields supposed to get 15 year services, no fields have lasted that long, we are at 8 years now, let's put some money aside now so when it does come time we'll have some money to do so

Fire truck - put some money aside as we are on a rotation program replacing trucks regularly instead of all of them at once.

Just received word that the Lincoln St bridge will need to be repaired, our share could be $350K
Old museum and old municipal building could be items for the future

Roche - I applaud that we are looking ahead. We are planning, a lot of it happens in the back ground. We have talked quite a bit of these items in the budget subcommittees. There is thought and planning behind this. This is a level of planning that is thinking ahead. We are taking this moeny now and moving it ahead. Some of this is still at the beginning of the discussion.

Q - stabilization accounts, requires separate votes to go into and take out of. Any administrative issues?
A - we have 65 bank accounts so three more won't be an issue

Davis Thayer
Parmenter portables will be removed in June, you already appropriated $70K for that. The school needs some facilities work, elevator and ADA accessibility to be addressed. We'll only have the summer to do the work so it would be a several year project and want to get the estimates for it.

Q - how long?
A - if you get the study, then you get the architect, it will take some time, no later than 2014 but it may go into 2015. Once we knew what the work was, we could figure out how it would affect our bond planning. Our debt is on decline so we have some opportunity.

When we stared out debt plan years ago, it was many lines now it is down, only the debt excluded lines remain. If we can keep our 3-3.5% debt, it can be useful for what we would need to do

motion to appropriate $25,144 for the Davis Thayer study
passed 8-0

Senior Center Improvements Stabilization Fund
We could use more adult day care but we are doing fine now, and these others are more of a priority
If you segregate them, it is easier to track. If you have it all as one, something could come along and someone would get upset if the money was used for something else. We have done this in the past for the DPW and the Debt Stabilzation, the State also recognized the need and now allows this where before it was only one account.

At the end of the day, the Council by a 2/3 vote can change this and take the money

We are not locking ourselves into this, we are funding this a year at a time. In some years, it may be more or less. If you want to expand the Senior Center, we will need the money.

The policy is on the general stabilization account and not on these other accounts.

Motion to appropriate $150K for Senior Center
passed 8-0

Fire Truck Stabilization
motion to appropriate $75K for Fire truck
passed 8-0

Athletic Fields Capital Improvement
About a half million dollars per field at today's dollars, we're planning ahead and the amount might end up being shy but we'll be closer than not having any money set aside

motion to appropriate $150K
passed 8-0

DPW building
This is for the cheaper option but we don't want to come back if we can avoid it. If there is anything left over, it can be re-allocated. One building to replace two existing facilities. A good portion coming from the snow and ice budget that we did not need to use this year

Q - given the history on snow and ice, is this okay?
A - we have changed our process operationally and the price of salt has come down. We may not hit our peak again.

Q - I am not questioning the projects, just looking to help cover us for the snow and ice
A - we usually watch the winter carefully and use the free cash to cover us for snow and ice before we do our capital accounts

Nutting - There is no DPW space in the model school program. This was the old shop. We are not replacing half of it between what we are loosing and what we are asking for. We can get small containers for temp storage. A wood building won't last as long as a steel building but if we can get 40 years out of it, we'll be doing good.

motion to appropriate $630,000
passed 8-0

Panther Way/Streets - Roads
Our original plan was for $400K but we have changed that with these proposals

Yes, the roads are a pressing need and more money should be put there. With a 25 million exposure, $750K is not much

Q - Is there much foot traffic there now?
A - Not today but with the re-design of the school, the street will be more of a through way. If you build it they will come.

Q - re-doing the old pool?
A - yes, the sculpture and walkways will be coming, that will increase traffic also

Brutus Cantoreggi, DPW Director - every road we are looking at, we are reducing the road width, removing sidewalks, doing storm water treatments with catch basins, etc. Putting rain gardens into cul-de-sacs reduces the cost of work and ongoing maintenance as well as handling the storm water

motion to appropriate $750K
passed 8-0

DelCarte dam repairs
7 dams, one is registered which means we are legally liable for it to be repaired
earthen dams with concrete sluceways that are falling apart
if we don't fix them, we will end up with more mosquitoes
the DPW was able to make a road way into the property to help save some money

The problem with getting to dam 5 is access is almost impossible without huge cost

Q - The 1.4 million is a one time cost
A - yes, the grant would cover the recreation trails. Inspection every year could be done with our staff, no other recurring costs per se.

Q - any other federal or state opportunities for the dams?
A - we have looked, not likely

Q - could we approve and not get permission?
A - the dams are in conservation control, the recreation land is in town hands so it is in our control. We have to front the money and then get reimburse with the grant. We do have some money in the open space account that we could use but would rather use the grant

Nick Alferi - Conservation agent
We'd like to get the bid out this summer and get both dams done at the same time. We are not likely to have the same building schedule during next winter but we still should be done in a year. The playground would be done after the dams are repaired.

We would do the repairs first and then the playground so we wouldn't be running construction vehicles over the new playground. The good news is that we have the money from Four Corners (where Walgreen's is) for recreation and open space.

Motion to appropriate $1.4 million
Passed 8-0

There will be a vacancy on the Finance Committee, send your interest to Jeff Nutting

Assume next meeting in Sep

motion to adjourn
passed 8-0

Reminder: Parmenter 5K - Jun 10

This year's 4th Annual Parmenter Fun Run for All Ages will be held on Sunday, June 10th at 10am.

Visit the Parmenter 5K website for additional details and to register. The first 150 get t-shirts!

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