Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Live reporting: Town Council - October 21, 2015

Present: Feldman, Padula, Kelly, Vallee, Pfeffer, Bissanti, Williams, Dellorco, Mercer (via phone)
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.



Legislation for Action

  • Resolution 15-70: Authorizing Tax Increment Financing, Cole Chain Technologies, Inc. And Knickerbocker Properties, Inc. XLIII
EDC Chair -Bissanti, the committee recommends this as a win-win

Nutting - the TIF financing has been used a couple of times, they are looking to expand to Forge Park moving 180 jobs and expand. The TIF allows for collection of the base taxes, some of the increase in taxes based upon the improvements is collected some is a tax advantage for the company to maintain the manufacturing in MA

Larry Gordon, CEO Cole Chain, 47 years in business
small insulated shipping company for seafood, now thermal packaging for health products, shipping at proper temperature is a requirement. Located elsewhere. 140 employees and 40 contractors, 135 Constitution Blvd would fit the company.

Roger Nelson, consultant to the company
started discussion a couple of weeks ago, the team has done well in making us feel welcome

Nutting - our ability to move quickly and be proactive is needed in this competitive environment

Gordon - we have anticipation of hiring and would look to hire local where possible

passed 9-0 via roll call

15-52: Whether public safety, necessity and convenience requires laying out and acceptance of a portion of Lewis Street currently private, as a public way. 7:10 PM- 2nd Reading

opened as public hearing, no public comments
property owners have signed the paperwork

this is the end of Lewis St which had not been previously accepted as a public way, about 8 from Crocker to the end of Lewis

roll call to close hearing - 9-0

  • Resolution 15-52:Order of Layout, Acceptance, and Taking of a Portion of Lewis Street, Currently a Private Way -2/3 vote
motion to approve waive of reading, passed via 9-0

motion to approve, passed 9-0 via roll call

Other legislation

  • Resolution 15-66: Reconstructing, Adding to, Equipping and Furnishing the Franklin Public Library-2/3 vote
access for handicap
meeting room with movable wall
more computer space
reading hall returned to its glory
constrained with technology and storage
collections up 68%
programs up 117%
sprinkler system upgrade, plumbing, heating upgraded
tween space, teen space

Library Board of Directors, Friends of the Library
Library will be closed for 1 year, if not the construction would be 18-24 months

old paper records needs to be digitized

Drayton, with LLB Architects
children's are more than doubles in to the new area
rest rooms on first floor
main entrance for access to meeting rooms, can be shut off from the rest of the building

original building will have the interior utilities updated and other interior areas will be restored

additional staffing will be required, we are understaffed now
likely an additional 2-3 part-timers

staffing costs would likely be part of the FY 2018 or so budget
the building can only be the building and infrastructure work

attempted to make use of maximum space by minimal staff with proper positioning of the service stations

about 14 years ago, adopted a fiscal policy of 3.5% of the budget as debt
the debt schedule as old debt gets paid off, the new debt will be used to other infrastructure

we worked with the Treasurer to set out a plan and we have a plan to use the capacity within the plan

the tax bill doesn't go up as a result of this, it will go up anyway for other reasons

either modulars or rental spaces could be utilized for temporary space to provide some operation while the construction is underway

vote to approve, seconded, via roll call 9-0

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