Wednesday, March 23, 2016

LIve reporting: Legislation for Action





  • Budget subcommittee

will bring forward the item for sidewalks along Chestnut and Pleasant St for the Apr 6 meeting


  • Resolution 16-15: Authorization to Enter into Separate Intermunicipal Agreements Between Franklin and The Towns of Bellingham, Medway, Norfolk and Wrentham to Provide Public Safety Mutual Aid
motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0 (via roll call)
sensible agreement on mutual aid, the area chiefs have wanted this for some time

Chief Semerjian speaking for the mutual aid agreement
Counsel Mark Cerel also outlined the law in this case going back several years to a case

  • Resolution 16-16:Authorization For Disposition (Sale) of Town-Owned Land on Pond Street
motion to waive reading, seconded, passed 7-2 (via roll call, Pfeffer, Kelly voted no)

motion to approve, seconded, passed 6-3 (via roll call)
sale agreement for $1.560,000 (details in agenda document)

discussion on the number of bedroom units and student impact
approx 14 students projected
30 units of 3 bedrooms
different numbers from different studies, Hopkinton example and Rutgers Univ were used in calculations

Mercer comment, opposed to 30 units

Jones, Mercer, Pfeffer voted no, it passed 6-3
Dellorco hesitated before voting, Kelly changed from no on the waiver of the reading to yes for the actual

  • Zoning Bylaw Amendment 16-753: Zoning Map Changes From Single Family Residential IV to General Residential V in an Area on or Near West Central Street - Referral to Planning Board
Bissanti recognized as recusing himself
referral to planning board for further hearing and discussion
clarification questions on the parcels along the way subject to the zoning change

motion to refer to Planning Board, seconded, passed 8-1 (via roll call) (Bissanti abstained (recused))
  • Bylaw Amendment 16-754: Chapter 47, Alcoholic Beverages - 1st Reading
this is the first reading based upon the prior meeting discussion to clarify the options to bring forward

moved to Sep 1, instead of Jan
motion to amend the effective date to July 1, instead of Sep 1

Pfeffer in favor of as soon as possible but it is only fair to give some time for the implementation
Bissanti would also like to get it early
Padula Sep 1 is very reasonable

Motion to amend to July 1, seconded,  failed 7-2
Bissanti, Jones - yes
Dellorco, Pellegri, Valle, Kelly, Mercer, Padula, Pfeffer - no

motion to move to second reading, seconded, passed 9-0 (via roll call) 

  • Bylaw Amendment 16-755: Chapter 179, Water Charges-Water Department Access – 2nd Reading
up for second reading, DPW looked for this to ensure timely access to enable water meter changes inside residences

motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0 (via roll call)
  • Bylaw Amendment 16-756: Chapter 170 Vehicles and Traffic Article X Winter Storm Overnight Parking – 2nd Reading
up for second reading, modification of the winter parking to include other public spaces in addition to the roads, ensures clearing of the parking lots during the storms

motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0 (via roll call)

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