Thursday, November 5, 2015

In the News: Library construction, new police officers, splash park at Y

From the Milford Daily News, clips of interest to Franklin

The council at its Oct. 21 meeting voted unanimously in favor of a one-year, $10.5 million project at the library. During construction, library services would be relocated. 
Town Council member and Library Committee Chairwoman Judith Pfeffer said the committee had approved the project's designs, and the project manager and architects were working to finish work on specifications. 
"I don't think we're going to be able to go out to bid until the first of the year," she said, adding that construction would likely begin sometime around June or July.

Police Chief Stephan Semerjian announced that two officers graduated from the police academy. 
Michael Bolze and Michael Colecchi graduated from the 26-week recruit officer course at the Massachusetts Municipal Police Academy’s Randolph campus on Oct. 30. 
Their graduation marks the first time the Franklin Police Department has hired new recruits since 2004, now bringing the department to 45 members. Officers Bolze and Colecchi have begun their 10-week field training program and upon completion will be assigned to a shift.

The Hockomock Area YMCA is in the midst of a project that will open a "splash park" at its Franklin location next spring. 
The Bernon Family Branch celebrated a groundbreaking for the park - which consists of rubberized areas with water jets and other features - in late October. The project was made possible by a $250,000 grant from the Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation. 
Scott Martin, the branch's executive director, said the park - which will be located next to the location's outdoor pool - would offer flexibility to member families.

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