Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Live reporting: Town Council - May 11, 2016

Present: Pellegri, Padula, Mercer, Vallee, Kelly, Pfeffer, Bissanti, Dellorco, Jones (via remote phone connection)
Absent: none

none for approval
  • This meeting is being recorded by Franklin TV and shown on Comcast channel 11 and Verizon channel 29. This meeting may also be recorded by others. 
  • FY 2017 Budget Hearings will be held on Wednesday 5/25/16 and Thursday 5/26/16 at 7:00 pm.
  • Memorial Day Parade will be Monday, May 30th at 10:30  am
  • 4th of July Parade, July 3  2:00 pm


  • Citizens are welcome to express their views for up to five minutes on a matter that is not on the Agenda. The Council will not engage in a dialogue or comment on a matter raised during Citizen Comments. The Town Council will give remarks appropriate consideration and may ask the Town Administrator to review the matter.
  • Dale Kurt, Veterans Officer, memorial breakfast 9:00 AM at the Elks, call the Senior Center to register for this




  • FISH of Franklin – Barbara Steele
all volunteer non-profit organization that volunteers to drive folks to appointments. PRoviding this service for 43 years, number of rides has doubled over the past couple of years. Radius of about 20 miles but some do go to Boston, Providence etc.

"we do ourselves the most good by doing something for others"

  • Council on Aging, Karen Alves, Director
upcoming initiatives on mental health, online course on aging and mental health
older adults are reticent to talk about this, physicians are also sometimes not trained to talk about this; substance abuse is also a 'silent epidemic'

regional grant on Elder Affairs, to provide interventions through the Senior Center
coordinate the resource though Police, Fire, etc.

working with Roadside Community Help
cognitive behavioral therapy and yoga

collaboration with the SAFE Coalition in the works

efforts to make Franklin 'dementia friendly community'
training to be available for how to deal with the disability
a process of education

excited to be able to move upstairs to the new space in Sep/Oct timeframe
programing to be expanded with the new space, survey coming this summer

thank you for your support
we are the envy of all the Senior Centers in the area

a conference room, a card room, gift shop expanded (downstairs)
large multipurpose room
elevator upstairs
lending library in honor of Stella Jeon

  • Discussion on Cottage Court
it is not a public way, in some sections it is ten feet wide
we will fix the street one last time, no water, sewer, drainage there
cant make a public way with those dimensions

it is like a driveway, they would do it on their own

'spaghetti service' 
no town water goes down the road

the residents do pay property taxes, with meter on the house
readings can be obtained from Cottage remotely

Lupian Way found in the deed that it was to remain a private way
similar to condominium locations, our services run up to the property

if it was ever attended to be a public way we can work with it
it reverts back to 3 Cottage Court which is the listed owner

if you want to take the property, it would need to take care of the storm water
it doesn't meet standards, it would take a minimum of $200,000 or so

they are taxpayers, they are not getting services

there are other private roads in town similar

no sewer, all septic systems

the town has always maintained the stone dust covering and plowing

we'll look at our legal options

  • Water Conservation – Brutus Cantoreggi
toilet replacements can qualify for a water rebate
$800/avg year, Could be up to 200/rebate

clothes washer machine, or 2 toilets per household

max amount for Town to use is up to $7500
which had been received from a developer

bring receipt to DPW, would start program on JUne 1
links on website to show what is eligible

do it within 90 days of purchase

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