Thursday, July 10, 2014

Recycling center to open on Sundays, Citizens Committee renamed

In the first of three presentations at the Town Council meeting on Weds, July 9th, the MA DEP and EPA jointly appeared looking for assistance with the clean up of hazardous waste at 300 Fisher St. The site has held many different operations over the years. There is ground water and soil contamination that is spreading to Mine Brook but not to Beaver Pond. The MA DEP and EPA would work with the site owner to develop a plan for the clean up. To get the process started, Franklin was asked to leverage their connections to get the governor to write a letter to the EPA asking for the site to be added to the National Priorities Listing (NPL). The Council made a motion and passed it unanimously to put that letter together.

map of 300 Fisher st showing the areas of contamination
map of 300 Fisher st showing the areas of contamination

The second discussion item resulted in a decision to open the Recycling Center on Sundays from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. This expands the service available to Franklin residents. The $25 sticker is good from July 1 through June 30, 2015. Once paid, residents can bring the items listed on the recycling flyer without additional charge.

The third discussion item resulted in the changing of the name and scope for what was the "Citizens Committee" to the "Advisory Committee." The scope of the effort is now reduced from the broad set of actions to a single focus:
"to solicit, encourage and promote quality development that is financially beneficial and aesthetically complimentary to the community"
The renaming and the adjusted scope are good changes.

My full set of notes from the meeting can be found here

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