Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Live reporting: Town Council - 5/7/14

Present: Feldman, Padula, Mercer, Kelly, Vallee, Pfeffer, Jones, Bissanti, Williams


B. ANNOUNCEMENTS – 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.



Karen Alves, Erin Rodgers

Franklin Senior Center (presentation to be added later)
"Independence, information and connections"

4400 residents 60+ per 2010 census
projected to increase to 6600 by 2020 and 9200 by 2030

1200 active participants in Senior Center
General Fund covers 54%
revolving accounts, grants and Friends of Franklin Elders provide the balance

30% males, 70% females - compared to other seniors centers that never see a male, this is good

multiple programs offered (see listing)

liaison with Gatra for transportation

based upon cafe with breakfast and lunch
some folks say that the Senior Center meal is the only one freshly cooked

happy to have the police present, the seniors feel more comfortable making the call when necessary

health and wellness is a huge component of the services provided
evidenced based programs, reducing hospital and doctor visits
"A Matter of Balance" offered frequently and well utilized

volunteer installed grab bars for seniors at home, bath rooms, etc.

support groups for specific areas (eye health, weight loss, etc.)

Senior Expo in Sept (Sep 26th)

Caregiver support programs added, providing increasing support to community
"The Sunshine Club"
in home respite for care givers being launched May 16th as a internet based resource

legal help, tax preparation assistance,
Social Service Coordinator (Erin)

housing, transportation, government assistance guidance, etc.

socialization - key reason for the Senior Center

recreation - closely aligned with socialization

computer training for about 10 years, added phone and tablet training as the demand for that has been rising

lecture series with Dean College to be formalized to recognize Stella Jeon

volunteers are such a valuable resource, provided 11,190 hours of service to help the center's operation
students volunteered 1,130 hours as well

$67,960 recovered via the tax workoff program by 93 seniors
department heads appreciate the work

Free medical equipment and supplies available at the Senior Center

Franklin Connection Newsletter sent out monthly available in the mail or via online at the Senior Center page


  • affordable and accessible housing
  • transportation (evening and weekends)
  • tax relief

Kelly - you both do a wonderful job, the question on the tax workoff came from me?
Alves - we have 95 slots, used 93 last year, have them filled this year, there is some change during the year

Jones - the Senior Center does a great job, thank you and to all the volunteers

Feldman - I did have to utilize the equipment for a family member, thank you
Alves - we probably should be doing better advertising that

Bissanti - chess team?
Alves - Weds at 2:00

Pfeffer - councilors will resume visiting on the second Tuesday of the month for breakfast

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