Saturday, December 26, 2015

In the News: firefighters contract approved, deputy administrator starts in January

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin

"The Town Council approved, at a meeting earlier this month, an agreement with the Franklin Permanent Firefighters Association that will run through 2018. 
The council, at its Dec. 16 meeting, approved a memorandum of agreement with the union by an 8-0 vote, with one abstention.
The agreement calls for across-the-board salary increases of 2 percent in 2015, 2016 and 2017, with 1 percent of emergency medical technician's bonuses changing to base salaries in 2016, 2017 and 2018. 
Town Administrator Jeffrey Nutting said the change in wages was consistent with what other fire unions were seeing. He said other than the salaries, the biggest language change involved the elimination of forced overtime on the holidays."
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"The coming year will see the restoration of the deputy town administrator position in Franklin, as the town has hired Jamie Hellen to fill the role. 
Hellen, who currently serves as the operations assistant to Hopkinton's town manager, said Thursday that he is very excited to serve Franklin. 
"I've already gotten phone calls from residents... it sounds like they really like living there," he said. 
He has served in his present position for the past three years. Previously, he worked at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and the Legislature before that."
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