Friday, December 2, 2016

FM#122 - Economic Development Committee pans the bag bylaw proposal

The audio recording of the Economic Development Committee (EDC) here in Franklin, MA. at their meeting on Wednesday, November 30, 2016.

FHS students making the presentation at the EDC meeting
FHS students making the presentation at the EDC meeting

This internet radio show or podcast is number 122 in the series for Franklin Matters. This captured the audio recording of the Economic Development Committee meeting held on Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016.

My notes from the meeting have been posted to the Franklin Matters webpage. The meeting agenda is also available and links are provided. I did use Twitter to record some of my notes from the meeting and then used Storify to summarize the meeting.

Plastic Bag Bylaw

After some contentious discussion and nitpicking, the plastic bag measure was declined to move forward by a unanimous vote. Additional work was acknowledged as required to be done. To the students credit, they took this in stride and are prepared to do the work and bring the measure back.

Recreational marijuana zoning

The Committee also voted to bring forward a measure to allow Franklin to implement a 2% tax on the sale of recreational marijuana and to adjust the zoning to use the existing adult and medical marijuana overlays to also include recreational marijuana. Both of these actions are in advance of the first sale sometime in 2018 with additional State level regulations to be announced before then. The Town Council should see this at one of their meetings in December.

There will be a brief pause in the recording when the first discussion finishes, there was a 2 minute break. I did remove that section of the recording and picked up when the meeting resumed to cover the second topic.

Without further ado, here is the recording of the meeting

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The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana" c. Michael Clark and Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission

I hope you enjoy!

The Storify reporting

The agenda post

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