Sunday, March 31, 2013

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - Apr 3, 2013

March 6, 2013

This meeting is being recorded by Franklin TV and shown on Comcast channel 11 and Verizon channel 29. This meeting may be recorded by Franklin Matters.








1. Resolution 13-21: Acceptance of Real Estate Payment Agreement Between Town and Franklin Community Cable Access, Inc., RE: Property at 23 Hutchinson Street
2. Resolution 13-22: Long Range Financial Planning Process
3. Resolution 13-23: Appropriation: Town Clerk, Poll Workers, Expenses
4. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-706: Changes to Chapter 185-5. Zoning Map, Adult Use Overlay District – Referral to Planning Board
5. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-707: Changes to Chapter 185-47. Adult Entertainment Establishment Districts – Referral to Planning Board
6. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-708: Changes to Chapter 185-3. Definitions – Referral to Planning Board
7. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-709: Changes to Chapter 185-4. Districts Enumerated – Referral to Planning Board
8. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-710: Changes to Chapter 185-5. Zoning Map, Medical Marijuana Use Overlay District – Referral to Planning Board
9. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-711: Changes to Chapter 185-7. Compliance Required – Referral to Planning Board
10. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-712: Changes to Chapter 185-49. Medical Marijuana Use Overlay District – Referral to Planning Board





Negotiations, Litigation, Real Property, as May Be Required


The full set of documents released for this meeting can be found here:

Franklin Updates

The Franklin webpage had a bunch of updates Thursday and Friday of this week. I have shared them here:

DelCarte Recreation Plans and Maps

Street Sweeping
The Department of Public Works will commence street sweeping operations on Monday, April 29th. Sweeping will start downtown and will be followed by primary roadways. Secondary roadways and subdivisions will be swept based upon the order for the 2013 street sweeping zones. Street sweeping is expected to take up to 3 months and is weather dependent. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact the Department of Public Works.   Link to map

Dog Licenses
Town Clerk, Deborah L. Pellegri is reminding dog owners that licenses are due April 1st.  Owners have until July 1ST to come into the office or mail in a renewal to obtain a 2013 license without any additional fees.  After July 1, the late fee will be $25.00 plus the cost of the dog tag.  Please remember to license your dog TODAY and avoid any late charges.  All dogs must show updated rabies information if it is not on file with us.

4th Quarter Property Tax Bills
Treasurer Collector James P. Dacey has mailed fourth quarter fiscal 2013 real estate and personal property tax bills. Bills are due May 1, 2013. Payments received after due date are charged 14% interest.

Cultural Council

The Cultural Council is looking for member Please see contacts above if you would like information about the committee.  If you are interested, please complete the committee request form and return to the Town Clerk's Office.  Committee Request Form

Hydrant Flushing

"it’s getting better, but it’s not great"

At Northeastern University’s Center for Labor Market Studies, director Andrew Sum uses data collected in the census to estimate how many people stopped actively looking for work in 2011 and 2012. 
In data compiled monthly during the past two years, the number of people in Massachusetts who were unemployed, wanted jobs but had stopped looking was about 108,000. 
They gave up.
Read more:

You don't need to give up. In addition to the state Workforce Development Centers in Framingham (as mention in this article) or in Milford (the closest to Franklin), there are networking groups around. If you choose to be actively involved in your job search, you can find a group.

In Hopkinton, there is a group meeting every other week at St John the Evangelist Church Parish Center. During the better part of the two years that I was looking for work, this group was a great resource.

On June 14th, there will be a Job Search Jam Session held in conjunction with the Hopkinton Networking Group. For a nominal cost (about $10), you get coffee, lunch and snacks during the day long event. There will be sessions to provide information on what you need at the moment in your search. Sessions on your resume, the use of LinkedIn, networking, and other similar topics will be offered.

You can visit the event webpage and sign up for future updates via email.

Jane's Frames: April Zentangle Class


Zentangle Class "Anything is possible, One Stroke at at Time"

Upcoming Events, April 11th, 6:30PM - 8:30PM
  • Zentangle
  • Dear Steve,
    Experience Zentangle! "You Can Do Anything, One Stroke at a Time." Enjoy an evening of relaxation and fun with Certified Zentangle Instructor Cathy Corcoran. Learn the process of "Tangling," a meditative art form that is a unique and exciting tool for accessing and encouraging quiet mind while creating beautifully patterned paper tiles. 

    (Yes, you can ~~~ anyone can learn to "Tangle!").

    Zentangle helps to open your intuitive connection, heighten creativity, improve focus, calm anxiety, and help to manage pain.

    Zentangle provides the perfect space for inspirations and solutions to flow, as well as improving your problem-solving capabilities.
    It is a remarkable stress buster, and most of all, IT IS FUN!!!

    Everything is provided for you, just bring an open mind and heart, and be ready to explore a new aspect of your soul. ABSOLUTELY NO ART OR CREATIVE TRAINING REQUIRED!!!
    Jane Curran

    "You Can Do Anthing, One Stroke at a Time"

    When doing Zentangle I relax so easily and I have not only started seeing the world with an artists' eye again, I have gone back to creating art! Hope you can join us!
    Zentangle tiles from class
    Where & When

    11 East Central St
    Franklin, Massachusetts 02038
    April 11, 2013
    6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    Cost for class is $35.00 which includes your Zentangle Start up kit
    Come relax your mind and have some fun!

    Jane's Frames
    11 East Central Street
    Franklin, Massachusetts 02038

    Jane's Frames, Your Custom Picture Framer, we preserve your keepsakes and memories. We put the WOW in your decorating by creating amazing picture frame designs!!

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    Franklin Library: Teen Advisory Board - M.A.G.I.K.

    America's First Public Library

    Director's Welcome

    Welcome to the Franklin Public Library Blog. A place to find out what's happening at the library. We invite you to explore this site and welcome your ideas and suggestions on what you would like to see and how we can better serve you. Our success depends on your constructive feedback and we thank you for your support as we continue to explore ways to inform, excite, and enrich your library experience.

    March 30, 2013

    Teen Advisory Board - M.A.G.I.K.

    Franklin Public Library - 118 Main Street Franklin MA 02038 - 508.520.4940

    Saturday, March 30, 2013

    Alisa Vitti: What If Drugs Weren’t The Answer?

    Jonathan Fields has a great video series underway called the "Good Life Project". Alisa Vitti is his most recent guest. She provides some great insights into the relationship between what we eat and how healthy we are.

    Viewing this, I am changing how I drink coffee.
    Coffee, yes...

    Spend 45 minutes and this may change your approach to what you eat and drink

    What do you think?

    Red Sox Nation alert!

    Author Glenn Stout will be coming to the Franklin Library Monday, Apr 8th at 6:30 PM. He'll talk about his book "Fenway 1912"

    library: Glenn Stout
    Library: Glenn Stout

    "the licensing of gaming establishments"

    With the possibility of a casino coming to Milford up the road along i495, I'll share items related to the permitting process. The Gaming Commission will be holding a public hearing on May 3. The specific time and location of the hearing remains to be determined.
    Casino developers will be required to submit a ‘Phase 2’ application that includes a specific site plan proposal if they pass the background checks currently being performed by the commission on the first-round applicants. 
    Further information relative to time and location of the public hearing will be released at a later date. Those who wish to submit written comments on the draft regulations may do so by sending an email to with ‘draft regulations comment’ in the subject line.” Please be certain to identify in your comments the section number of the regulation for which you are commenting. 
    For more information, please click here:

    Read more:

    To go directly to the "Master draft' of the new regulations, follow this link

    To go directly to the existing regulations, follow this link:

    Friday, March 29, 2013

    New Sculpture Park Opening in Franklin

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    New Sculpture Park in Franklin

    We need your help.

    The Town of Franklin has approached the Franklin Art Center to combine their resources in order to create a unique, and first of it's kind, Sculpture Park.

    The town has agreed to donate the land, the landscaping, and insurance. Construction of a parking lot is already underway as is the clearing of the land. Franklin Art Center will be responsible for contacting artists and sculptors, delivery, and design of placement of 10/15 pieces of sculpture, depending on size and complexity. Franklin Art Center has also agreed to approach the business and the community to try and raise money in order to make this an original and distinctive park, for the enjoyment and pleasure of the residents of Franklin, schools and surrounding areas.

    All donations raised will go to the artists involved to assist with transportation, the construction of foundations if necessary, and installation of these one of a kind works of art.

    Please help Franklin develop this special space that we call all enjoy. Even the smallest donation will help. Thank you.

    Donate now →

    More from the Center

    Know A Sculptor

    We are also looking for work to be on display at the park.

    Contact us now →

    Franklin Art Center

    The team at Franklin Art Center wants to extend a hearty 'thank you' to all of our wonderful students. You're made the Art community shine, and we want to keep that going!

    Learn about the Center →
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    Dean College: 'Godspell' opens Apr 3

    Godspell opens at Dean College on April 3, and runs through April 7. For tickets, visit

    Franklin Liquors Easter Newsletter

    Let Us Help You With All Your Easter Needs. In This Newsletter Are Sale Items, Gift Ideas, New items And Wine Suggestions For Easter. From Our Family To Yours Have A Very Happy And Safe Easter.

    Franklin Liquors
    Franklin Liquors

    The newsletter can be found here

    In the News: Tri-County, DelCarte, casino

    Lt. Gov. tours Franklin's Tri-County Tech

    Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray visited and toured Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical School on Wednesday.

    Franklin's DelCarte Conservation Area a 'hidden jewel' no longer

    The DelCarte Conservation Area’s 136 acres of pristine, untamed woodlands soon will become a full-fledged recreational park, complete with an improved trail system and a nature-themed playground.

    Casino Free Milford hopes to expand to more towns
    A group of residents from the towns surrounding Milford who opposes the proposed casino here is seeking to expand its membership to include more area communities.

    Weekend Travel Tips

    MassDOT encourages travelers to plan ahead and travel safely during the upcoming weekend, with heavy traffic expected due to Easter Sunday observances. 
    The heaviest traffic congestion on I-90 during busy weekends is expected at the I-84 interchange at Exit 9 in Sturbridge and at Exit 11A, I-495.

    For more travel tips and tricks, follow this link

    Thursday, March 28, 2013

    Live reporting - Finance Committee - Budget Hearing

    Present: Smith, Dufur, Quinn, Roche, Dewsnap, Aparo
    Absent: GoldsmithFeldman, Huempfner

    Susan Gagner, Jeff Nutting and Jim Dacey (from right to left as you watch the video broadcast)

    Action Items 
    Elections: $12,400 Source of Funds: Free Cash
    Motion to approve, passed 6-0

    Budget hearing

    Debbie Pellegri, Town Clerk

    Town Clerk A-33
    Elections A-36
    Historical F-11

    simple budget expenses all the same, next year may go higher as expenses are increasing but not this year. salaries increase a little, otherwise not much of a change

    Need to print hard copy for binding, and to microfilm the official copies
    while the world seems to be going digital and web, the government hasn't

    The Town election is completely funded by the town for November, no State help for this one

    Traffic is increasing at the Museum
    little league teams are celebrating 60 year anniversary 
    the increases in budget due to needs for manikins, etc.

    no admission, donations are accepted to the Friends of the Historical Commission

    Tri-County School District
    Stephen Dockray, Superintendent
    John Roy, School Business Administrator

    24% of the assessment is what Franklin contributes
    could absorb the capital plan either in budget or decide to go with a debt exclusion to fund this

    Bob Fahey, Veterans 
    Veterans E-15

    28 people on case load, 15 are widows, all but four are veterans in the 50+ age group
    all medical costs are covered and reimbursed through the program, Medicare B

    The State reimburses 75% of the expenses incurred

    Are the pockets of people we are not reaching?
    It is possible, we do a lot of out reach through the town, the cable channel, etc.

    has been processing claims recently for Vietnam veterans for Agent Orange
    had six lung cancer cases where they passed away during the past couple of years, their widows are now entitled to receive benefits

    Bryan Taberner, Director of Planning and Community Development
    Planning A-40

    Steady as we go
    started rough with the loss of Nick Alferi the Conservation Agent who passed away last July.
    Replaced with two part people instead of the one full-time 

    Can you recap some of the projects you have worked on?

    • NuStyle currently in work
    • working with DPW on Downtown Project with easements for the work
    • a lot of zoning work, biotech zoning district
    • increase economic opportunity areas, Hamilton Tech took advantage of
    • working on initiatives for retail downtown
    • cultural economic travel with the MetroWest Region
    • worked on the DelCarte project

    Jeff Nutting will be attending a meeting on the Milford casino project
    what is not said is that the above listing is all over and above the statutory requirements that are a priority
    advertising is usually refundable to the Town as these are recovered by fees

    Cindy Souza
    Animal Control B-72

    split arrangement with Bellingham
    we pay for the dog pound and expenses, Bellingham pays the salaries
    an increase of coyotes this year being seen this year

    wildlife is attended to if is sick or injured

    Stephanie Lutz, Director
    Human Resources A-23

    with state and federal changes, health insurance is becoming more and more complicated and time consuming
    health insurance renewals for current employees, involved with the 9 labor unions
    active safety committee to minimize risk and injuries
    unemployment, health insurance for all the retirees
    flexible spending, dental, life insurance claims

    on the Joint Management committee for the State to help work other labor disputes

    Benefits G-6
    two vendors wouldn't quote as our rate is lower than the State GIC rate
    have been leading among municipal governments for employee co-pays, and deductible changes
    retired teachers were taken out of the State program 7 years ago, more subscribers and still $300,000 less than they were paying 7 years ago

    Cindy Dobrzynski, Chair, Library Board of Directors
    Felicia Oti, Director
    Library F-1

    increase in books to expand collection and replace some older books
    a beautification committee now formed, looking at safety concerns
    looking to improve services and make it a more inviting place
    engaging community to solicit feedback
    afternoon programs for 6-18
    44 kids yesterday afternoon for arts and crafts, so Facebook and communications are helping

    The book budget was $175,000 back when we were spending $900,000 on the library
    Engineer looking at the interior of the Library to evaluate what can be done and for how much
    may require some expense and possible borrowing to be handled under the debt plan

    would really like to see the Library open on Sundays in addition to more more of this and that

    Chief Gary McCarragher
    Deputy Chief Paul Sharpe
    Fire B-14
    really should have 48 people, currently have 44 
    to provide the full staffing with minimal overtime

    while call volumes have remained steady, there are anticipated increase coming with the two new assisted living facilities coming online
    increased work load has increased overtime and increased injuries which has then contributed to additional overtime, a vicious cycle

    a one minute response time improvement can improve life by 13%

    response time chart shows the performance vs the staffing levels

    increasing reliance on overtime
    # of lost time injuries continues to rise

    in the next 5-7 years, approx 1/3 of the workforce will be lost due to retirements
    institutional knowledge and experience will be lost

    cost savings with regional savings can help fund personnel

    working with HR to get a back training program
    the difference between us and the Boston Celtics is we work 365x7x24 and our wins and losses are measured far differently
    my personal belief is to right size the workforce
    we have a 24 hour shift and a team sport, take one person out and the performance and the team suffers

    Mike D'Angelo, Director
    Facilities A-192

    full coverage for all the facilities, construction, capital projects
    decreases in budget due to better contracts for electricity, natural gas (out to bid now), 
    materials and supplies, costs are continuing to increase, less than 1% increase for all of the facilities

    more maintenance required as systems age account for fire alarm and monitoring systems increases

    comparison of operating costs for new high school versus today's building
    electricity will go up, gas will go down, water will decrease
    not a lot of issues in first year as the warranty covers those items, after the first year we get to pick up those

    There are a zillion little things that the average person doesn't see
    looking to put LED lighting into the parking lots, cost to maintain, length of time between replacements will go up

    Police Capt Stephen Semerjian

    coming back to add $35K for part-time dispatchers given the other moves on the regionalization efforts underway
    it is very uncomfortable to be alone in the dispatch area

    even if the Council approves this in May, it will take a couple of months to get folks on and trained

    Jim Dacey
    Debt G-1

    will need to amend the budget once the money is actually funded in August
    it was modeled at 4.25% and could be a lot less than 4%
    it is a good time to do this, the overall school building budget is less and the current interest rates are low, when looked at over 25 years, it makes a difference

    very important to maintain reinvestment, the approx $480,000 short of the 3.5% would need to come from some other budget. With debt at 3.5%, it is a small amount given the total budget

    it would be equivalent of a $1750 mortgage payment for the whole year, not just monthly (on a $50,000 annual income)

    pension blended with all the communities, with a new GASB ruling, they will have to decouple and tell each community its own share
    we are the largest contributor to the Norfolk County system

    no layoffs expected this year so unemployment insurance holding its own. The schools do layoff the new teachers that don't make it and are not rehired so they use the unemployment

    8 of 9 collective bargaining agreements in place, the fire dept is the one outstanding

    Liability Ins G-16

    Memorial Day F-13
    flags for veterans day that the Boy Scouts put on the graves

    Cultural Council F15
    local money plus State funding results in the grants

    Norfolk Aggie C-3
    20 students at $2,000 per student
    based upon the number of students enrolled in October

    this covers all the budget hearings, could cover all the documents now or cover these for our regular session on Apr 2

    will cancel the 4/1 and 4/4 sessions