Thursday, January 31, 2013

Annual Report 2012: Veterans' Services

The Veterans’ Services Officer’s job is to council, advise and assist Veterans and their dependents in whatever way he can. Duties encompass, but are not limited to dispensing state-sponsored Veterans Benefits under M.G.L. Chapter 115, and assisting Veterans and their dependents or survivors in obtaining Federal Benefits or entitlements for which they may be eligible.

The current Veteran population in Franklin is 1343. Of this total, 899 are seniors over 60.

Veteran Appointments FY 2012
Under 60 135
Over 60 210
Veteran’s widows over 60 64
Total 409

Senior Center - Veteran's Watch 2
Feb 2011, Statues at Franklin Senior Center

Mass. Veterans Benefits vary according to need and income. They have been described as “Benefit of last resort”, because the Veteran/Widow can have no more than $1,600 in assets (savings, checking amount, etc.). Amount of Benefits varies, but it can add an estimated $5,000 - $10,000 annually to income, since it usually includes payments of health insurance and other medical costs.

In Fiscal Year 2011, there were 33 Franklin residents who received Mass. General Law chapter 115 Veteran’s benefits; 16 of these were veterans’ widows. Monthly payments ranged from $130 – 995, and included reimbursement of all medical costs for health insurance and prescription copays. This is a significant benefit to those eligible in maintaining an adequate lifestyle. The Town of Franklin is reimbursed 75% by the state for the cost of this program.

Applications for VA benefits continued to increase. Benefits requested included; service-connected disability compensation (a significant number of these applications were from Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange, who now suffer from various illnesses related to this exposure), widows pensions, burial benefits, aid and attendance for wartime veterans and their widows, who require assistance with activities or daily living, such as, bathing and dressing. This benefit can provide a VA payment of up to $1,704 monthly to be used for personal care services. All VA claims must be submitted on designated forms. This can be done through my office. Average time for decision on claim is 6 months.

It is significant to note that the Dept. of Defense predicts that 30% of Iraq/Afghanistan veterans will suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and/or Traumatic Brain Injuries. This office has already filed 6 VA claims related to these conditions for Franklin’s veterans who served in these areas.

Veterans’ Services would like to thank these True Friends of Veterans’.

  • The Franklin Garden Club for the care and maintenance of the Veterans’ Memorial site on the Franklin common.
  • Franklin Lodge of Elks 2135 for their continued sponsorship of the Veterans’ Memorial Day breakfast, the Free Fuel Program for needy veterans and their widows, and all their good work on behalf of our veterans, especially those who are hospitalized.
  • Franklin VFW Post 3402, always ready to assist Franklin Veterans Services with whatever the need, especially placement of the Memorial Day flags on the graves of our deceased veterans, and their annual visit to the Franklin Nursing Home on 12/13/10 to remember residents, who are veterans, at Christmas.
  • The Friends of Franklin Elders for their ongoing sponsorship of the Veteran’s Day breakfast at the Senior Center. 
  • Veterans Services Volunteer Assistant, Dale L. Kurtz, for his extensive efforts on behalf of this office.
  • Outreach volunteer, John Hogan, for his extensive work with Fuel Assistance applications, and other Senior Benefit Programs.

Respectfully Submitted,

Bob Fahey,
Veterans’ Service Officer

Additional information on the Police Dept can be found on the Franklin webpage

Published by the Town Clerk, this comes from the 2012 Annual Report

Blood Drive at Team Fitness

Team Fitness is holding a Blood Drive on Saturday, Feb 2 with special offers for new members

Team Fitness is located in the Franklin Village Plaza

In the News: PSAT scores, RT 9, not guilty

Franklin puts greater focus placed on PSAT data

High school officials have started poring over PSAT results to learn how to better prepare students for college, a measured shift from working chiefly with MCAS data.

$12M expansion of Rte. 9 part of transportation plan

With Rte. 9 commuters accustomed to backups and bottlenecks near I-495, state Transportation Secretary Richard Davey announced Wednesday the state will spend $12 million to widen a section of Rte. 9.

Ex-chemist pleads not guilty to obstruction in drug lab scandal

A former Massachusetts chemist accused of faking test results at a state drug lab pleaded not guilty Wednesday to six counts of obstruction of justice in a scandal that could jeopardize thousands of drug cases. 

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Annual Report 2012: Police Department

Franklin Police Department: FY 2012
Report from the Office of The Chief of Police

It has been just over 8 months now since I had the good fortune of being sworn in as Police Chief for the Town of Franklin. I thank Town Administrator Jeff Nutting and the members of the Franklin Town Council for allowing me this opportunity to serve you, our community. I could never have imagined in 1978, the year I began my police service for the Town, that I would one day be seated in this office. I think back to the 1960’s and 70’s growing up in Franklin and graduating from FHS Class of ‘72’. We were the first senior class to graduate from the then “new” Franklin High School. Well, Franklin will now have another “new” High School; a necessity that will surely benefit the youthful and older citizens of Franklin for many years to come. Doesn’t it sometimes seem these times were so very long ago? Don’t you find yourself asking “where has all the time gone?” I know I do. To those of you who can identify with me, stop and think. We have seen this Town grow by leaps and bounds. No longer is Franklin considered a small bedroom community of fewer than 15,000. We are now pushing a population of 33,000. At one time we all knew our neighbors and our neighbors knew us. We willingly and easily kept an eye out for one another. When I started we had 21 police officers, I was number 21.

We now have 44 and I would like to add more. If I remember correctly there were 7 police cars, we now have 23 plus two motorcycle units. All of my predecessors from years past would have a difficult time understanding all of the changes in the Town and the nature of police work as it is now. Police work is much more complex than it was years back and because of that we have continued to strive to better educate our police officers so that they can better serve you, the Town and the public at large. Franklin was once  considered to be “in the country”. People not from around here would ask you “where is Franklin?” Well, all of us who call Franklin home now know that we are definitely on the map.

In my 34 years of police service for the Town of Franklin I have yet to tire of it. Yes, there are still good and bad days, but as a rule I look forward to going to work each and every day. I enjoy the interaction I have with our police officers and civilian employees, people whom I personally consider as friends and you, the community which we serve. In this, my first year as your Chief of Police I want to thank all of you for making Franklin a safe and secure place to live and raise our families. It is my sincere hope that this trend among our citizenry will continue for many years to come.


Stephan H. Semerjian
Chief of Police

Franklin Police Department: Safety Division - FY 2012

The Safety Division is comprised of four Community Service Officers. They are tasked with developing citizen/police partnerships, with the understanding that the Police alone are never the answer to community problems. The Safety Division’s goal is to make the Town of Franklin a safer community for two of our most valued resources; our elderly and our children populations. With programs such as D.A.R.E., Summer Camps, Bowling Nights, Halloween Festival, Child and Infant Safety Seat Installations, Project Lifesaver and Bingo events at the Senior Center, we are constantly striving to strengthen the ties between our citizens and its Police Department.

The Safety Division was also the recipient a grant issued by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security. The grant was a Pedestrian Safety Crosswalk Enforcement grant in the sum of $7,493.00.

This report is a general summarization of the many tasks the Franklin Police Department Safety Division provides. These figures do not reflect the totality of the functions this Division encounters.
Safety Talks 140
Summer Camps 2
Traffic/Safety Issues 350
Elder Affairs 65
School Assistance Calls 822
Child Safety Seat Installations 220


Christopher Spillane, Sergeant
Donald MacLean
James Mucciarone
Eric Cusson

Franklin Police Department: Detective Division - FY 2012

The Detective Division consists of six detective investigators and one court prosecutor. A detective sergeant and one detective are assigned to the day watch as well as one each to the evening watch. These four detectives are responsible for the day to day investigations required of the Franklin Police Department. Detective cases can be received in a number of different ways by the police department. Examples would be a patrol call for service in which the responding officer forwards a detailed narrative for follow-up investigation; other police sources, phone calls, letters, direct conversation and/or anonymous information from any number of sources which provide information directly to detectives. Our two remaining detective patrolman are assigned to high impact and drug investigations. Their work hours are fluid and are dictated by the nature of the investigation(s) they are involved in. These two detectives work cooperatively on a regular basis with other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies thus allowing for mutual sharing and cooperation, and a broader range of enforcement by breaking down the jurisdictional
barriers which limit effective law enforcement work. The court prosecutor is responsible for the administration of criminal court cases and works hand in hand with the Assistant District Attorneys assigned to the Court on a daily basis ensuring that the resolution of criminal cases are in the best interests of the Town of Franklin and the victims of crime.


James A. Mill, Detective Sergeant
Lee A. Drake, Detective Sergeant
Detectives Michael Kenney, Timothy Nagle,
Christopher Baker, Eric Copeland
Jason Reilly, Court Prosecutor


The CMVE Unit consists of two highly trained uniformed patrol officers who have expertise in the weights and necessary safety components of over-the-road commercial truck vehicles. These officers are charged with random safety checks and inspections of commercial vehicles that travel the roadways in the Town. Their main purpose and function is to ensure trucking industry compliance with all state and federal laws making motor vehicle and pedestrian travel safe for everyone. You may notice them set up in locations from time to time in Unit 620, the department Ford F-250 pick-up truck which has been specially outfitted for this purpose by Franklin Police Department Officers. The CMVE Unit is manned by: Patrolmen Joseph MacLean and Douglas Nix

Franklin Police Department: Uniform Division - FY 2012

The Uniform Patrol Division is the largest and most visible division within the police department. Officers assigned to patrol are responsible for answering calls for service, responding to emergencies, and also enforcing the traffic laws. They also respond to motor vehicle accidents, alarms, disturbances and any other call from a citizen for assistance.

The Uniform Division has specialized units to include a canine unit, the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit, whose mission is to ensure the safe operation of commercial vehicles within the Town of Franklin, while reducing crashes, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks, a Safety/DARE Division and Detective Unit.

This past fiscal year officers issued 2184 traffic citations with 2727 charges, ranging from red light violations to operating a
motor vehicle with a suspended license to crosswalk violations.

Our officers responded to 731 motor vehicle accidents, 92 with injuries and 639 without injuries.

The prosecutor’s office handled 323 arrests and 376 criminal complaints.

This report is a summary of what the Department has encountered during this past year.

Thomas J Lynch

Franklin Police Department: Communications Division

An integral part of the Franklin Police Department, the Communications Division, consisting of five full time and two part time civilian dispatchers, acts as the liaison between the public and various divisions throughout the Police Department. The dispatchers are responsible for answering 911 calls, business calls, officers requiring assistance/information, assisting the public walking into our lobby and maintaining an electronic record of all activity twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, three hundred and sixty five days a year.

This past fiscal year our dispatchers kept busy processing 5142 emergency 911 calls, 80,593 business line calls and 69,239 radio transmissions. They also made 28,535 entries into our computer aided dispatch/records management computer systems.

We have several methods for residents to stay informed and track what your Police Department is doing. You can follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Visit our website to sign up for our reverse 911 service, called Connect-CTY, or sign up for our email list.

If you have an emergency any time, day or night, and call 911, rest assured you will be connected to a professional well trained dispatcher ready to assist you.


Gary M Premo
Communications Director

Additional information on the Police Dept can be found on the Franklin webpage

Published by the Town Clerk, this comes from the 2012 Annual Report

FEF: Trivia Bee - March 21, 7:00 PM

Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
Horace Mann Middle School

Always a fun night for Franklin families, the 16th Annual FEF Trivia Bee will be held on Thursday, March 21st, at the Horace Mann Middle School at 7:00 p.m.

This year's theme is MUSIC!!

Franklin Education Foundation: Trivia Bee - flyer

Team sponsorships are $300 each.

Companies, organizations, parents and individuals can enter a 3-person team of their own or sponsor a team of Franklin students.

Be sure to attend and test you music knowledge!

To sponsor a team or donate a raffle item contact:

Maureen Roy at 508.528.5170 or

More information about the Franklin Education Foundation can be found on the following website and Facebook page

South Station - the end of the line or the beginning?

When you think of Boston South Station, you most likely think about catching a train or bus, commuting home, or taking a weekend trip to New York City or Providence. It would be no surprise if, like many of the 22 million passengers who passed through South Station in 2011, you primarily regard the station as a means to get where you want to go. You may also appreciate the food and amenities that South Station offers, the holiday and art displays, and the connections to the MBTA Red and Silver Lines.
Read more about the early history of South Station here

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Annual Report 2012: Purchasing Dept


  • Optimum utilization of the Town’s Purchasing Power
  • Identify smart cost-saving value driven opportunities and strategies for attracting competitive vendors

Back in March 2012, the Town completed the bidding and contract award process to W. T. Holmes Transportation Co. for a possible five (5) year contract for Pupil Transportation. The Holmes Family offered the Town valuable cost savings including no extra fuel adjustments and reduced the late bus rate during the first year of the agreement. The Contract also identifies extra transportation opportunities should the High School needs expand once the new High School construction commences in mid-October

Thanks to the sincere and generous efforts from Whitson’s Food Services the contract renewal option for the Food Service Management is in place for the new Fiscal Year starting on July 1, 2012.

Franklin continues it’s membership in several consortiums to achieve the lowest and best price for the supply of unleaded, diesel and road salt. Many of the formal bids completed in the spring netted considerable unit price reductions over last spring. As an example, this office bids propane annually for all of the Water/Sewer lift stations and portable classrooms. The price submitted by the local Eastern Propane for the one-year supply of propane went down to $1.49/gallon from $2.265 per gallon. The Town’s building projects and capital improvements utilized the Purchasing Office for all contract action items, change order, payment
processing, budget monitoring and ordering furnishings and fixtures.

The Massachusetts School Building Assistance (MSBA) offers an online reimbursement payment system utilized by purchasing for expenses paid related to the High School Building Project. To date, the Design Services and Owner Project Manager Contracts are being reimbursed via the electronic payment process through the office.

In late May 2012, this office received proposals from 112 Contractor’s looking to be pre-qualified as a General Contractor or in one of the 15 Filed Sub Trades categories identified for the High School Construction. Once pre-qualified, those Contractors will be invited to bid on the High School construction bid.

As the Affirmative Marketing Officer for the Town, Purchasing monitors the Supplier Diversity percentage for work funded by the Town’s portion of Chapter 90 funds through Spring 2012 are required to participate in this program which is reported quarterly to the State by Purchasing.

Purchasing has become a personal champion as an environmental practitioner. Every bid launched from our PC’s “test drives opportunities to be greener. The expansion of online services reaches out to each one of us in government services. The office also has a drop off container for toner cartridges. Thanks to Facilities the recycling turnover is weekly.

Offer value and appreciate what people bring to the organization that includes social expertness and personal influences.

“Diligence is the mother of good luck”. Quote from Ben Franklin

Respectively submitted:

Norma R. Collins
Chief Procurement Officer
Town of Franklin

Additional information on Purchasing can be found on the Franklin webpage

Published by the Town Clerk, this comes from the 2012 Annual Report

In the News: needle kiosk, mindfulless, Tri-County

Franklin's needle disposal kiosk has new location

The town’s needle disposal kiosk has been moved to the lobby of the Department of Public Works office, 257 Fisher St.
Interesting that this is being touted as "new". It was established in July 2012 and moved to this location in Sep 2012.

Day of Mindfulness event planned in Franklin, Feb. 2

The Path of Peace Sangha invites everyone to enjoy a Day of Mindfulness on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 9-4 at the First Universalist Society in Franklin, 262 Chestnut St.

Tri-County students to compete in culinary contest

Tri-County Regional High School culinary students will compete in the Massachusetts Restaurant Association 6th annual ProStart Massachusetts Student Invitational on Feb. 8 at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Cambridge.

Franklin Library: Fun Club - Minute to Win It

Sent to you by Steve Sherlock via Google Reader:

via Franklin Public Library by Franklin Public Library on 1/28/13

Things you can do from here:

Monday, January 28, 2013

Annual Report 2012; DPW - Solid Waste and Recycling

The Department of Public Works is organized into several divisions. Each of their sections in the Annual Report will be published separately to allow for better reading.

Solid Waste Division

Chris White, Solid Waste Coordinator

The responsibilities of the Solid Waste Division include oversight of the waste and recycling contracts, waste reduction initiatives, and management of the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

The Automated Cart System continues to drive cost effective enhancements such as:

  • Continue to lower annual cost to residents while incurring $50,000 of inflation costs each year
  • Ease of auditing and accounting
  • Increase of business recycling via carts
  • Introduction of recycling at fields, Common, Dog Park and other municipal areas
  • Manage trash more effectively at common areas including fields
  • Increase usage of Recycling Center
  • Optimal efficiency of resources and costs

With a one year success achieved, moving forward will include additional recycling awareness, business recycling programs utilizing the cart system and continued expansion of the school programs and Beaver Street Recycling Facility.

The Beaver Street Recycling facility continues to see increased usage and enhancements including:

  • Mattresses, box springs and carpet recycling
  • Elimination of cash and use of check, credit and debit cards
  • Cardboard compactor
  • Styrofoam recycling
  • Dedicated computer and printer recycling
  • Printer toner and ink cartridges
  • Rigid plastic recycling
  • Standardized policies and procedures

Over 50 tons of rigid plastic is recycled at the center, all of which previously went in the trash stream. The 40 foot Styrofoam container filled is recycled at least once a month. The Recycling Center will continue to be a focus for additional recycling initiatives and improvements.

Fiscal year 2012 Curbside collection of trash, recycling and yard waste was provided by Waste Management.

Chris White
Solid Waste Coordinator


The first section of the DPW Annual Report can be found here (Administration)

The second section (Engineering)

The third section (Water and Sewer)

The fourth section (Highway and Grounds)

Additional information on the DPW activities can be found on their webpage

Published by the Town Clerk, this comes from the 2012 Annual Report

Salt on the roads

In the Annual Report section on the Water supply, we recognize that Franklin gets all its water from underground aquifers. Hence, what goes onto the ground can eventually get into the water supply. The concern about phosphorus getting in the Charles River is as much an issue as salt getting into the Franklin water supply.

Franklin needs to walk a fine line between using salt to treat icy and snowy roads. Too much salt will harm our water. The presentation to the Town Council last Wednesday had a slide with the increase in salt from 17.4 ppm (2000) to 59.7 ppm (2012). The amount of salt in the water tripled in 12 years.

Do we have salt on the roads?

Main St, Franklin, Fri Jan 25, 2013
The road has this whitish grey look because of the salt.

DPW presentation on winter road treatments

Water Sewer section of the Annual Report for 2012

Annual Report 2012: DPW - Highway and Grounds

The Department of Public Works is organized into several divisions. Each of their sections in the Annual Report will be published separately to allow for better reading.

Highway and Grounds Division

The Highway and Grounds Division major functions are:
  • General Highway
  • General Grounds
  • Central Motors
  • Tree Program
  • Snow and Ice program
  • General Highway Work

Major Pavement Maintenance Projects FY 2012
  • Sections of Washington Street from South Street to Bellingham town line overlaid with new asphalt 
  • Greensfield Road was reconstructed and overlaid with new asphalt
  • Riverside Road was reconstructed and overlaid with new asphalt
  • Evergreen Drive was overlaid with new asphalt
  • Bullukian Drive was milled and overlaid with new asphalt
  • Parmenter School parking lot was milled and overlaid with new asphalt
  • Wachusett Street was reconstructed paved and new sidewalks were installed

Chip Sealing and Crack Sealing
Plain Street, Linda Lane, Copperfield Lane, Crestwood Drive, Juniper Road, Venus Circle, Simmons Circle, Skipper Circle, Rosewood Lane, Peter’s Lane, Rizoli Circle, Adams Circle, Heaton Circle, Grant Circle, Jackson Circle, Heritage Way, Ashbury Drive, Oakland Parkway, Downingwood Drive, Old Carriage Lane.

Annual Maintenance Works
Centerlines of roads, crosswalks and stop lines were painted as needed. Highway crews installed and/or repaired street signs as necessary. Traffic signals were repaired and maintained. All streets in the town were swept. Brush cutting was performed in the town right-of-way. Catch basins were cleaned throughout town and reconstructed as needed. Crews repaired and/or rebuilt sidewalks, patched potholes and other road imperfections in addition to grading and repairing gravel roads.

The Highway and Grounds Division responded to calls from residents 24 hours a day concerning drainage, brush, road repair, etc. and assisted other town departments when called upon.

General Grounds Work
The Highway and Grounds Department maintains the following fields and Town roperties: Fletcher Field, Theron Metcalf Field, King Street Memorial Park, Nason Street Park, Police Station, Fire Stations 1 and 2, Senior Center, Museum, Recreational Department, Red Brick School House, Municipal Building, Chilson Field, Dacey Field, Meadowlark Field and the playing fields behind the Remington Jefferson School, Town Common, Chilsen Beach and Beaver St. Park.

The Highway and Grounds Department works closely with the School Administration to provide a clean safe environment for students on school grounds. The Highway and Grounds Division perform numerous maintenance practices on school grounds including:
  • Weekly mowing and trimming
  • Pruning trees and shrubbery
  • Weeding and mulching planting beds
  • Playground maintenance
  • Fertilizing athletic fields
  • Insect and weed control
  • Maintenance on the High School synthetic field
  • Trash and recycling
  • Irrigation installation and repairs
  • Field preparation for all High School sports programs
  • Assisted with bleacher set-up for High School Field House Activities
  • Snow removal

Town Parks and Field Improvements
The Highway and Grounds Department renovated three baseball fields, with the financial assistance from Franklin Youth Baseball. These fields were located at Fletcher Field, Dacey Field Complex and King Street Memorial Park. Also with the financial assistance from Franklin Youth Softball both fields at the Pisani Field Complex were renovated. Also a number of Soccer Fields throughout town were renovated with the cooperation and financial assistance from Franklin Youth Soccer.

I want to give a special thanks to Ryan Jette and all the Franklin Youth Leagues for all their cooperation and support

Central Motors/Equipment Maintenance
Central Motors has a permanent staffing level with only three mechanics. They perform tire repair and replacement, scheduled maintenance and specialized maintenance and repair. The 100+ pieces of DPW equipment which they maintain includes heavy duty trucks, pickups, cars, street sweepers, riding lawn mowers, backhoes, loaders, pumps, sewer jet machines, and miscellaneous other pieces of equipment. In additionto the DPW equipment, they maintain 19 vehicles for the Fire Department, 27 Police Department vehicles, 2 Assessors Department vehicles, Building Department vehicles, Board of Health vehicles, Council on Aging bus, 9 school vans and all school equipment such as trucks, blowers, etc., as well as assisting many other departments throughout the town.

Tree Program
The Division trimmed and pruned trees, removed decayed trees or trees deemed to be safety hazards. The Parks and Ground Department also responded to residents calls on all tree safety concerns. Protects all Shade Trees under M.G.L. Chapter 187.

Snow And Ice Removal Operations
FY12 The winter season was below normal for snow accumulation, a total of 12 inches were recorded. Snow and ice operations started on 10/29/11 with a 6” snow event. There were 2 full plowing storms this winter and sanders were called in for 6 sanding events.

The Members of the Highway and Grounds Division, Mechanics, Water/Sewer Divisions and 68 contractors are involved to keep roads clear of snow and ice during major storms.

Election Set-Up: The Highway and Grounds Department works with other DPW departments and the Town Clerk to prepare for elections at the High School Field House for every election in the Town of Franklin.

Flags: Crews raised and lowered flags in the downtown for State and National holidays and funerals of veterans.

4th of July: The Highway and Grounds Department along with other DPW departments works annually with the 4th of July Coalition

Town Beautification and Events: Crews assisted the Beautification Committee in placing the planters, assisted the Holiday Committee by erecting the annual Christian and Jewish decorations at the Town Common and assumed responsibility for the installation and removal of the Bandstand on the Town Common for the Concerts on the Common events and assisted with the annual Strawberry Festival.

Public Out Reach: Hosted the annual “Touch a Truck” at the DPW facilities, assisted with the biannual Town Library book sale, supported numerous volunteer events including the construction of the Town’s first community garden and hosted numerous tours to school children on the importance of public works.

I wanted to give a special thanks to my two foremen, mechanics and crew all their hard work and effort. Additionally, I would like to thank my fellow managers for all their support. Finally, I would like to thank the clerks for their support in handing the never ending calls from residents asking for assistance.

Respectfully submitted,

Carlos Rebelo
Highway and Grounds Superintendent


The first section of the DPW Annual Report can be found here (Administration)

The second section (Engineering)

The third section (Water and Sewer)

Additional information on the DPW activities can be found on their webpage

Published by the Town Clerk, this comes from the 2012 Annual Report

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - Jan 29, 2013

Vision Statement
The Franklin Public Schools will foster within its students the knowledge and skills to find and achieve satisfaction in life as productive global citizens.

"The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law."

1. Routine Business
Citizen’s Comments
Review of Agenda
Minutes: I recommend approval of the minutes from the January 15, 2013 School Committee Meeting.
Payment of Bills Mrs. McIntyre
Payroll Mrs. Douglas
FHS Student Representatives

2. Guests/Presentations
a. FEF Grants Awards
b. FHS Update – Peter Light, David Soulard

3. Discussion Only Items
2013-2014 Calendar adoption

2012-2013 Calendar date change

4. Action Items
a. I recommend adoption of the 2013-2014 School Calendar as discussed.
b. I recommend a change to the 2012-2013 calendar moving ½ elementary professional day from April 12, 2013 to June 10, 2013 as discussed.
c. I recommend approval of the Budget Transfers as detailed.
d. I recommend approval of the request of Peter Light to declare library materials surplus as detailed.
e. I recommend approval of the request of the FHS Foreign Language Department to travel to New York City on April 20-22, 2013 as detailed.
f. I recommend acceptance of a donation of a Nikon N5005 Camera, Lenses and camera case valued at $100.00 from Lea Rice for the Franklin High School.

5. Information Matters
Superintendent’s Report
School Committee Sub-Committee Reports
School Committee Liaison Reports

6. New Business
To discuss future business that may be brought before the School

7. Executive Session
Contractual Negotiations
Approval of January 15, 2013 Executive Session Minutes.

8. Adjourn

FHS - School Improvement Plan

The Franklin High School presentation scheduled for discussion at the School Committee meeting on Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013

School calendar revision 2012-2013

The school calendar for this year is being revised again. The change is the move of a 1/2 professional day from April to June.

The draft school calendars up for discussion and approval on the School Committee meeting for Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013 can be viewed here:

Rev A

Rev B

Proposed school calendar -> 2013 - 2014

The school calendar for 2013-2014 is scheduled for discussion and approval on the School Committee meeting, Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013

Rev A

Rev B

In the News: sports conditioning, kindergarten catches

High School Notebook: Programs are working out

At both Lincoln-Sudbury and Franklin, strength and conditioning have helped players properly work out off the ice. Both in on-field success and fewer injuries, there's been great benefit.

Full-day kindergarten catches on

Under growing pressure to boost academic performance, many school districts in MetroWest and the Milford area are going to full-day kindergarten which educators say gives those students a jump-start in learning.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Annual Report 2012: DPW - Water and Sewer

The Department of Public Works is organized into several divisions. Each of their sections in the Annual Report will be published separately to allow for better reading.


Deacon P. Perrotta, Superintendent

The Water and Sewer Division has had an active fiscal year in “2012”. I would be remiss if I did not start by acknowledging the retirement of Anthony Mucciarone, Director of Operations. Tony a 36 year veteran of the DPW took me under his wing and mentored me for the last two years. His good nature, warm heart and institutional knowledge were essential to the success of the Water and Sewer Department and Public Works in general. Tony’s understated management style always put the water and sewer crews first and established relationships that help solidify the union/management relationship. The majority of the customer requests for service would start by asking for Tony by name, emphasizing his relationship with the community. He will not only be missed as a colleague but as a friend. The staff all wishes you continued good health and a happy retirement.

The Water and Sewer Division is responsible for the supply of water for all purposes to residents, commercial establishments and industries in Franklin, adhering to all State and Federal regulations, and maintains adequate water supply and pressures for fire protection. This Division is also responsible for the collection of wastewater from residential, commercial and industrial sources and transmission of such wastewater to the Charles River Water Pollution Control Facility.

Other responsibilities of the Water and Sewer Division are capital planning, yearly budgeting, ordering and maintaining an adequate inventory of supplies, developing plans and specifications to meet the needs of the Division, including review of plans and specifications prepared by outside consultants.

Total Annual Water Production:
2011                       2012
974,042,000        938,145,000

Water/Sewer Personnel
Personnel in this Department consist of a Superintendent, ten man water section, and a five-man sewer section. Also, four summer employees were on board to supplement our regular crews with maintenance duties.

The Department also relies on automation to provide 24 hour supervisory control over both water and sewer facilities. The Department upgraded its SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system to provide a more comprehensive and thorough overview of daily operations.

Water/Sewer Statistics
Miles of water mains …………..….160
Number of fire hydrants ………… ±2000
Number of water services ……….. 9608
Miles of gravity sewer ……………. ±110
Miles of force main sewer ……….. ±10
Number of sewer manholes …….. ±2050
Number of sewer connections …… 7300

Water Facilities
Thirteen (13) wells; Six (6) Water Storage Tanks located at (2) Hillside Road, Pleasant Street, Forge Hill, Franklin Industrial Park, and Bald Hill. Eight booster stations located at Bright Hill, Pleasant Street, Franklin Industrial Park, Jefferson Road, Cornwallis, Tanglewood, Washington Street and Susan’s Way. The town also operates a state of the art Micro Filtration treatment plant at Public Works Way.

In addition, the Town of Franklin is in a cooperative program for the operation of monitoring river and pond flow in the Charles River at Medway, Miscoe Brook in Franklin and Kingsbury Pond in Franklin by the U.S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Division.

Sewer Facilities
Sewer pumping stations: Grove Street #1 and #2, Milliken Avenue, Franklin Industrial Park, East Central Street, Anthony Road, Sahlin Circle, Oxford Drive, Washington Street, Dawn Marie Circle, Bridle Path, Squibnocket Road, Ainsley Drive, Monterey Drive, Jackson Circle, Jefferson Road, Kenwood Circle, Miller Street, Charles River Drive, Palomino Drive, Red Gate Lane and Public Works Way.

July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012 precipitation recorded at the DPW Garage on Public Works Way was averaged for a total of 52.3 inches.

Precipitation July 2011 – June 2012
Month - Inches
July - 2.72
August - 8.23
September - 6.98
October - 7.30
November - 4.57
December - 4.51
January - 3.09
February - 0.60
March - 1.80
April - 4.11
May - 3.93
June - 4.46

Water Pumping Station Operators
Our Pump Station Operators monitor the daily operation of ten (10) water well pumping stations with chemical feed facilities, seven (7) water booster stations and six (6) water storage tanks.

A gauging station, which monitors the flow of the Charles River, is located on Bent Street and at Dix Brook on South Street. Included in the daily operations are the monitoring of chemical feeders and the maintenance of all pumps, electric motors, and standby power supplies. Water pump Station Operators record all daily pumping records and chemicals fed into the water distribution system which are kept on file for submission to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (D.E.P.). This section also samples Franklins’ water for bacteria once a week, for a total of over 65 samples each month. The samples are tested by a state-approved laboratory for reporting to D.E.P. The pH of the water system is monitored daily. Fluoride, which is continuously added to the Town’s water distribution system, is sampled and tested daily to ensure that the amount of fluoride added to the water is within acceptable limits set by the Department of Public Health as mandated by the Center of Disease Control.

I am extremely proud to announce that the Franklin DPW Water Operators were awarded the “2011 Water Fluoridation Quality Award” by the State Public Health Department and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, United States Department of Health and Human Services for their consistent and professional adjustment of the water fluoride content to the optimum level for oral health for 12 consistent months.  Consistent, high-quality water fluoridation practice, as demonstrated by the Franklin Water Department, is a safe and effective method to prevent tooth decay, improving the oral health of community residents of all ages. Community water fluoridation has been recognized by the CDC as one of the 10 great public health achievements of our lifetime. Steve Nunnery, Richard Griffin and our newest operator J. P. McNeil were chiefly responsible for this accomplishment.

Water/Sewer Activities:
Project and plan reviews conducted by the Water and Sewer Department included:

  • Grove Street water main project
  • E. Central Street water main, and street reconstruction
  • Wheelock Circle water main
  • Pyne Circle water main
  • Phase 3 Sewer construction

Our crews were also responsible for installing over 500 feet of water main on Wheelock Circle replacing a 2 inch water main. This in-house project improved fire protection through the installation of a new fire hydrant. Also water quality issues and water main dependability were greatly improved.

Water and Sewer Maintenance Crew
Water and Sewer Maintenance crews are responsible for the maintenance and repair of all water and sewer infrastructure. The crew’s responsibilities include the maintenance and repair of water mains, water gate valves, water service shut-offs and hydrants. The staff also maintains and repairs gravity sewers, sewer manholes, and sewer easements. The Water and Sewer Maintenance Crew is responsible for maintaining records of location of all existing water and sewer services for private contractors, utility companies, engineering firms, and the general public.

Our crews continued to perform the annual hydrant flushing program to help ensure high quality water and reliable fire hydrants. Our staff in conjunction with the Highway and Grounds crews flushed 1817 fire hydrants. As a result of this flushing program, the maintenance crews repaired seventy-four (74) fire hydrants and replaced four (4). In addition crews repaired four (4) hydrants truck by vehicles.

Our Water and Sewer Maintenance crews are also responsible for the repair of thirteen (13) sewer manholes and the jetting of numerous sewer and drain lines ensuring operability of the drain and sewer system. Crews repaired twenty-two (22) service leaks in conjunction with our leak detection program: eight (8) fire hydrants, one (1) water main ad thirteen (13) water services. Our leak detection program surveys over 166 miles of water main annually. This feat is accomplished using the latest electronic leak detector using audio frequencies created by underground leakage.

Digital leak noise correlators were used when needed to pinpoint leak locations. The survey resulted in finding one leak in approximately every 7.54 miles of main surveyed. Our crews assisted in twenty-nine (29) water service renewals.

Field crews were also instrumental in testing new water mains on East Central St., Old Forge Hill, Pyne Circle, Beech St., Dean College, Winter St. and South St. Testing ensures that water mains were installed properly by pressure testing and water quality is correct by chlorinating and testing mains prior to returning them to normal operation in the distribution system.

Fire flow tests were conducted and supervised in eleven (11) locations throughout town. Fire flow tests are used to determine the available flows in the distribution system under fire fighting conditions. These tests are used by the Office of Insurance Services to determine insurance rates for commercial and residential properties.

Our crews were also responsible for making fifteen (15) trench repairs, thawing out three (3) frozen service pipes. Water and Sewer crews responded to one hundred and fifty (150) service calls and fifteen (15) plugged sewers.

Lastly, and most importantly our crews effectuated six (6) main breaks last year. As expected these events happen at the least opportune times. Late night, early morning; week-ends, during snow storms or below freezing temperatures seem to beckon these emergency situations. In all circumstances our Water and Sewer Maintenance crews answer the bell and perform expletory work under the most severe conditions and complete them in a timely and most importantly safe manner.

Sewer Pump Station Operators
The Sewer Pump Station Operators keep pumping and maintenance records and monitors the daily operations of 23 sewer pump stations, and one (1) storm water lift station. This includes performing maintenance and repair on all sewer pumps, electric motors, air compressors, and standby power supplies to ensure that these facilities are kept in good operating condition.

These pumping stations must also be constantly washed down and sanitized by the Sewer Pumping Station Operators. The Sewer Pumping Station Operators are responsible for maintaining flows in all transmission mains and unclogging these mains with sewer jet machines whenever the need arises. Sewer pump stations include:; Miller Street, Dawn Marie Circle, Milliken Avenue, East Central Street, Washington Street, Jefferson Road, Kenwood Circle, Jackson Circle, Anthony Road, Franklin Industrial Park, Grove Street Stations #1 and #2, Squibnocket Road, Ainsley Drive, Charles River Drive, Red Gate Lane, Bridle Path, Oxford Drive, Monterey Drive, Sahlin Circle, Lewis Street, Populatic Street, Palomino Drive and the storm water lift station on Beth Road; all received regular and preventative maintenance.

The Water and Sewer crews were proud in completing the refurbishing of the Milliken Ave. facility to consolidate sewer appurtenances formally stored at different facilities. This reorganization has made repairs easier and more efficient.

The Water and Sewer Department strongly believes in educating its’ work force. The Department holds memberships in the New England Water Works Association, Plymouth County Water Works Association, Mass Water Works Association and the American Water Works Association. All these resources are used to help train and educate our employees.

The Water and Sewer Division provides general and technical assistance to all town departments as part of its normal duties. This year the Water and Sewer Department erected sheds at the Davis Thayer School, Senior Center, Kennedy School, and the Keller Sullivan School. In addition, the Water and Sewer Department hosts the Annual Book Sale in the Water and Sewer Garage. The Water and Sewer Division also works closely with and provides assistance to the Engineering and Highway Departments, including sanding and snow plowing operations.

As a result of a “team effort” demonstrated by all the Water and Sewer Department employees, we are able to provide excellent customer service. Thanks to the Highway and Grounds crews who were instrumental in making our flushing program a success. A special thank you to all the administrative staff for their assistance and support throughout the year. A happy and healthy retirement to Faith Flaherty our Accounts Payable clerk.

Respectfully submitted,

Deacon Perrotta
Water and Sewer Superintendent


The first section of the DPW Annual Report can be found here

The second section

Additional information on the DPW activities can be found on their webpage

Published by the Town Clerk, this comes from the 2012 Annual Report

Purchase your Franklin Recycling Center permits by phone!

Recycling Center permits (stickers) can now be purchased by telephone using Visa or Mastercard only by calling 508-553-5500 during DPW office hours. A sticker and use form will be mailed and can be used after receipt and affixing on vehicle. 
Purchase in person at DPW office - 257 Fisher St. or at Town Clerk’s office – 355 East Central St. or 
Purchase at Recycling Center during business hours – 445 Beaver St. Visa/Mastercard or checks accepted.

Beaver St Recycling Center entrance

Additional information on the Recycling Center hours, process, what can and can not be recycled can be found on the Franklin webpage

Sunrise Montessori - Open House - Today

Are you starting to look for a preschool or kindergarten for the fall? Or do you have a 3 year old that you think could benefit from starting before then? Consider Sunrise Montessori in Franklin.

Sunrise will be having an Open House Saturday, January 26 from 11:00am- 1:00pm. Please stop by to meet the teachers, discuss the program and explore the classrooms.  Sunrise has many great program options.  They offer half day programs as well as full day programs. They also have the added flexibility of before and after school care for working parents.  Stop by and see for yourself!

Sunrise Montessori School Open House
Saturday, January 26, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
31 Hayward St
Franklin, MA

You can view or download their flyer here

"I’m very, very cautious"

The MA Budget discussion began in earnest this week with the publication of the Governor's version. The House and Senate will separately draft their versions and all three will ultimately be reconciled before the Governor gets to sign the final budget before June 30.  Milford Daily News talked with some of the local community officials to get their viewpoint.

Franklin Town Council Chairman Robert Vallee said he is glad Patrick is seeking to invest in transportation infrastructure and education. Vallee said the education aid would be helpful for Franklin as it is the town’s largest expense. 
Valle said he expects Patrick’s plan will likely be embraced by the heavily Democratic Legislature. 
"It’s the right thing to do," he said of supporting education and transportation.

Read more:

The Governor's budget can be found here:

The MassBudget analysis of the budget can be found here

In the News: suspect search, Kennedy visits

Franklin cops search for suspects in two robbery tries

A pair of potential robberies were thwarted on Wednesday, but not by the authorities.

Dean College welcomes Kennedy

U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III toured Dean College on a frigid Friday afternoon and spent some time discussing the merits of an individualized education with the institution’s president, Paula M. Rooney.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Annual Report 2012: DPW - Engineering

The Department of Public Works is organized into several divisions. Each of their sections in the Annual Report will be published separately to allow for better reading.

Engineering Department

During the fiscal year 2012 the Engineering Department managed a very active Capital Improvement Project schedule to the town’s infrastructure. Capital Improvement Projects substantially completed this past year include:

  • Anchorage Road roadway and Storm Drain System.
  • Emmons Street, Dean Avenue, Depot Street and Ray Street Roadway and Storm Drain System.
  • Partridge Street Culvert
  • East Central Street Water Main
  • Wilson Road Culvert
  • Daniels Street Roadway
  • Partridge Street Roadway
  • Mill Street Roadway
  • Summer Street Roadway
  • Lockewood Drive Detention Pond Upgrade
  • High Ridge Circle Detention Pond Upgrade

The Engineering Department completed inhouse design drawings and specifications for the following projects:

  • East Street, West Street, Nason Street, Walnut Avenue and Church Street. Water line and Roadway Reconstruction.
  • Crescent Street, Garfield Street, Martin Avenue and Charlotte Court water line and roadway reconstruction.
  • Miller Street, Green Street and Wyllie Road Storm Drainage System 
  • Wilson Road Culvert
  • High Ridge Circle Detention Pond Rehab

Capital Improvement Projects currently under construction or out for bids include:

  • East Street, West Street, Nason Street, Walnut Avenue and Church Street water line and roadway reconstruction.
  • Crescent Street, Garfield Street, Martin Avenue and Charlotte Court water line and roadway reconstruction.
  • Miller Street, Green Street and Wyllie Road Storm Drain System
  • Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Phase IV
  • Greensfield Road Roadway
  • Evergreen Drive Roadway
  • Riverside Drive Roadway
  • Overlook Drive Roadway

At the end of the fiscal year, the department included the following staff.

  • William Yadisernia, P.E., Town Engineer
  • Michael Maglio P.E. Assistant Town Engineer
  • Warren Groth, Engineering Assistant
  • William Wenners, Construction Inspector

The Engineering Department has completed construction for the three-storm water treatment system upgrades included in a $131,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The projects include construction of an infiltration basin on Panther Way and upgrades to the existing detention ponds on  Lockewood Drive and High Ridge Circle. These storm water retrofits are designed to improve sediment removal, phosphorous nitrogen reduction and will significantly increase groundwater recharge to our drinking water aquifers and will improve base flow to the adjacent streams and rivers.

The Engineering Department completed the design of storm drainage improvements at the intersection of Miller Street and Green Street and at the end of Wyllie Road. These storm drain improvements are part of a DEP and EPA grant. They are designed to improve sediment removal, phosphorous and nitrogen reductions and will significantly increase ground water recharge to our drinking water aquifers.

The Engineering Department has its own experienced Resident Engineer Staff that inspects and monitors Capital Improvement projects resulting in a significant cost savings to the Town of Franklin.

In addition to the listed highlighted public projects, the division was involved in many other projects and provided engineering services to other Town departments, boards, and entities. These services include mapping, surveying, and preparation of conceptual designs, property research, cost estimating, developing charts/graphs, and review of contracts.

The Engineering Department provides technical reviews of all proposed new private commercial projects and residential subdivisions and submits recommendations to the Town Council, Planning Board, Conservation Commission and Board of Appeals.

The Engineering Department conducts preconstruction conferences with commercial and residential developers and provides construction inspections and bond estimates for completion of the work.

Respectfully Submitted,

William Yadisernia, P.E.
Town Engineer


The first section of the DPW Annual Report can be found here

Additional information on the DPW activities can be found on their webpage

Published by the Town Clerk, this comes from the 2012 Annual Report

"We have to make another attempt"

One of the important discussion items on the agenda of the Town Council meeting was the presentation by Jim Dacey, the Treasurer/Collector. The Milford Daily News gets around to reporting on that section of the meeting that you read about here already.
"The next treasurer/collector should not be decided by who has the most signs, biggest newspaper ads, and most people standing at the polls during Election Day, handing out trinkets," said James Dacey. "I was elected. That’s how I got the job. But after being here 13 years, I’ve seen the job evolve tremendously." 
Most of the towns that surround Franklin appoint their treasurer/collector, Dacey said. He said the towns that do not, tend to have relatively small populations. 
At present, the only qualifications to run for treasurer/collector are that the candidate be at least 18 years old and live in Franklin.
Read more:

Franklin DPW: Winter Road Treatments and Snow Removal Plan

The presentation on the Winter Road Treatment or Snow Removal by the DPW at the Town Council meeting can be viewed here. DPW Director Robert Cantorregi and Carlos Rebelo, Highway Superintendent delivered this presentation and answered questions.

My notes from Weds will be updated to include a copy of this presentation

Office Hours: Rep Jeff Roy

Rep Jeff Roy will be holding his first office hours in Franklin and Medway.

  • Tues, Jan 29th - 6:00 PM at the Franklin Municipal Bldg, Room 106
  • Tues, Feb 5th - 8:00 AM at the Medway Municipal Bldg, 2nd Fl

Additional details can be found in the notice shown below:

MassBudget: analyzing the Governor's budget

MassBudget    Information.
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Budget Monitor
Yesterday, the Governor filed his budget proposal for FY 2014. Our new Budget Monitor shows how the Governor's budget would affect core programs in state government, from health care and education to public safety and the environment--including information on tax revenues.

This Budget Monitor expands and updates our analysis of the Governor's major proposals to increase education funding, repair and improve our transportation system, and raise new revenue. It also describes:

  • The first funding increase for Local Aid in five years

  • Limitations on funding for--and access to--emergency shelters, connected to the Governor's broader effort to move people towards permanent housing

  • Changes to Health Care programs as a result of the "Affordable Care Act"


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