Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Live reporting: Town Council - May 20, 2015

Present: Feldman, Padula, Mercer, Kelly, Pfeffer, Bissanti, Williams, Dellorco
Absent: none


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

» Tri-County School
Councilor Pfeffer talked of the presentation made to the Tri-County students yesterday and posted here

Gail Cherdon
commenting on the gas pipeline proposed
safety issue and health concern
nurse of 47 years, worked with patients of black lung disease and other lung diseases
the safety issue is most acute and dramatic
pipeline would transport fracked gas through MA to the coast for export
the export will increase the cost of gas for US consumers
Gov Baker has approved of the payment for the pipeline through fees passed on to the consumers
with another winter like this year, we could be in trouble
it was supposed to be going under the Charles River multiple times, now apparently it is going once, that is once too often
there are currently 10 natural gas pipeline explosions in the US
the pipelines currently there are old and need of repair
getting the feel that this is a 'done deal'
if that was so, I wouldn't be here nor would I be a nurse

I am saying this to further educate ourselves and those who are not here

Henry Maddox, 90 Elm St, Franklin, MA
built here 40 years ago using Franklin contractors
currently abutters to the powerlines and gas line
they have an obligation to maintain the lines
we insist that they don't use herbicides on the property
what would they do to our wells and water?
Spectra wants to put in a 30" line
would go right through the driveway and take down all the trees we have grown over the years to block out the power lines
the story is changing constantly, we don't know what to believe
we would like to sit on our back porch and listen to the birds and trees and not construction equipment
we are concerned about the fracking they are doing
methane in the atmosphere is a lot worse than CO2

There is a hearing on May 28th

» British Beer Company – Change of Manager- 7:10 pm
motion to approve transfer as outlined, seconded, passed 9-0

(return to citizens comments)

Christine Mann, Dover Circle
went to the meeting at Hawthorne Suites about the pipeline
lots of incredible speakers but no answers to any questions
they took a lot of notes but no answers to any questions
they'll get back to our engineers
something about Jun 11th on the website, they are writing feverishly
one man from Western MA was quite explicit about references to laws being broken and they have no answers to the questions

3. Resolution 15-28: Creation of a Horace Mann Statue Committee

motion to approve committee, seconded, passed 9-0
there is a signed P/S with a proposed closing date of Nov 30th

» Horace Mann Statue Committee
motion to approve committee membership, seconded, passed 9-0
see names in the agenda


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