Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Live reporting: legislation for action




  • Resolution 15-52: Order of Layout, Acceptance & Taking of a portion of Lewis Street, Currently a private way – Referral to Planning Board

discovered during the process of replacing the sewer lines, that the property had not been in the public way, property owners have approved
motion to refer, seconded, passed 9-0

  • Resolution 15-53: Funding Horace Mann Statue

transfer of small sums from two trust funds for the Horace Mann statue
$50K from State budget, balance to be from the above trust funds

letter from Rep Roy read for the record
urging action and funding for the statue

Debbie Pellegri
everything has been said already
recognize the members of the committee
May 20th the Council appointed us to commission the statue
former Horace Mann high school is 150 Emmons St
do have the birthplace marker at the Shaw's Market Plaza
Roger Calarese, developer of the land will be putting in $150K of his own money for the landscaping
a business and community plan working together to put this statue

Maureen Sabolinski, School Superintendent
thank you for your consideration in this resolution
we look forward to the unveiling

won't cost Mr and Mrs John Q Public anything from their pocket
it makes terrific sense

if you have had a chance to read more about Horace as I have over the last few months
this project is really exciting

the committee did lots of really good home work
4 or 5 sculptures came in and they make a really good choice

the fact that Roger donated $150K for this project speaks to the nature of his work
he didn't have to do that

we knew he was the right guy for the job
especially as the next door neighbor, I can wait to see the new building up

Mr Calarese is before the planning board next week
RFP P&S is for Nov/Dec so likely spring construction

construction of the sculpture will take about a year

is the design chosen? yes, copy in agenda packet

motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0

  • Resolution 15-55: Ratification of the Franklin Public Library Staff Association Contract
motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0
this is inline with the other agreements, language changes and
  • Resolution 15-56: 2015 Amended Schedule of Town Council Meetings
charter requires Council to be sworn in on seconded Wednesday
as it is a holiday (Nov 11) moving to Nov 12
motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0
  • Zoning Bylaw Amendment 15-750: Zoning Map Changes from Industrial to General Residential V District in an Area on or Near Dean Ave – 2nd Reading – 2/3 Vote
motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0 (via roll call)
in accordance with Master Plan recommendation
would ultimately eliminate the old factory down there and replace with residential

Kelly - this is a great opportunity for the downtown to create space for walking to the train

  • Bylaw Amendment 15-751: Changes to Chapter 181, Wetlands Protection – 2nd Reading
motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0
recommended by Conservation Commission to streamline the process

  • Zoning Bylaw Amendment 15-752: Nonconforming Buildings, Structures, and Uses – Referral to Planning Board
motion to refer, seconded, passed 9-0
allows flexibility, more so than the current wording today

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