Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Live reporting: Town Council - Sep 17, 2014

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


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. 

Harvest Festival - downtown Franklin, Oct 5th

Lisa Piana, Executive Director of Downtown Partnership
touting the new brochure for Franklin
they are available at the Municipal Building, Downtown Partnership and many business
they will also be available at the Harvest Festival


new citizen addressing the train whistle problem
reference the quiet period per bylaws
newer technology available to minimize the noise
he is meeting with Norfolk to see how they

motion to go to the legislature items before getting to the appointments 
1. Resolution 14-56: Franklin Advisory Committee
motion to approve, seconded, passed 8-0 
2. Resolution 14-57: Support for House Bill 1840, Seniors and Retired Volunteers Act of 2013
motion to approve, seconded, passed 8-0 
3. Resolution 14-58: Authorization to Issue Request for Proposals – Emmons Street Property
Kelly recuses himself from consideration
motion to approve, seconded, passed 8-0 

much talked about proposal to put out and solicit proposals for the purchase of the property
reserving green space
60 days from time of advertisement to reply
responses reviewed by Economic Development and brought to the Council for decision
not a binding proposal, could re-issue if necessary with no legitimate responses

Jones - Economic Development committee approved 
maintaining an easement and green space
request the Council to move on this

Public comments

Lisa Piana, Downtown Partnership
2 questions would like to still address
1 - concerned with traffic backup if there would be a drive through
why not a clause to that effect
2 - question on the easement vs. town ownership
as to whether this would effect any grant funding for the statue
did speak with Rep Roy, should have an answer in a couple of days

Pfeffer - agrees with the EDC
with the easement and green space there are enough restrictions as to whether there would even be a response from a developer

Bissanti - EDC was left in the request proposal, hesitant about food but not against it overall
that is the meeting that I heard, there is also a committee formed to raise the funds for the statue

Nutting - at the end of the day, a P&S agreement could be worked out if the town needed to retain ownership

Mercer - I will support the measure tonight while sharing concerns about the drive through, we will have opportunity to address down the road

Franklin Advisory Committee
Deborah L. Pellegri
Joseph F. Halligan Jr.
Paul R. Compton
Richard Ciccone
 motion to approve, seconded, passed 8-0 



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