Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Live reporting: Town Council - Nov 29, 2017

Present: Hamblen, Casey, Dellorco, Mercer, Kelly, Jones, Padula, Pellegri, Earls 
Absent:  none

The published agenda and documents for the Franklin Town Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday, November 29, 2017

(Note: where there are active links in the agenda item, it will take you to the associated document)

You can also find the full set of documents in one PDF (83 pages)

A. Approval of Minutes
A. Approval of Minutes - October 11, 2017, October 25, 2017

motion to approve Oct 11, seconded, passed 9-0

motion to approve Oct 25, seconded, passed 9-0

B. Announcements
B. Announcements - 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.
C. Proclamations/Recognitions
C. Proclamations/Recognitions
D. Citizen Comments
D. Citizen Comments - 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.

no citizens comments
E. Appointments
E. Appointments - Cultural District Committee
(listing contained in the link)

motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0

F. Hearings
F. Hearings - Public Hearing - 7:10 pm
1. Tax Classification Hearing

motion to open hearing, seconded, passed 9-0

Kevin Doyle, Ken Norman, Chris Feeley

based upon calendar year 2016 market data
approx 2% increase in single family residential property

last year was a revaluation year, now on a five year cycle (used to be a three year cycle) 2022 will be next revaluation year, interim years are market valuation adjustments

all the sheets and info in the package were approved by the Dept of Revenue before being shared here

Prop 2.5% is related to the overall property tax levy but not to the individual residential valuations

first two tax bills are estimates, and second two bills are current but they also reflect the increase that should have been paid earlier had it been known

annual updates should help to smooth out the changes and so avoid some 'sticker shock' with major changes

Max Morrongiello - speaking to the tax rate that is insufficient to support the town needs, We need to do more for the schools, we are on the bottom of the funding for schools. teacher retention and school class sizes need to be talked about.

Nutting - clarification on the levy limit, the amount that the Town can raise to support the budget. There will be plenty of opportunity to talk about the budget which is the only way to raise more, via a budget override which would take a vote of the citizens

motion to close the hearing, second, passed 9-0

Budget Subcommittee - Padula
EDC - Mercer
Capital - Dellorco

name listed is chair of subcommittee, additional details to be added later

Budget:  Padula, Mercer, Pellegri, Kelly

Economic Development Committee (EDC): Mercer, Earls, Jones, Hamblin

Capital: Dellorco, Casey, Kelly, Pellegri

Review of council proceduresMercer, Padula, Pellegri

Hamblin - Liaison to the Agricultural commission
Delorco / Casey - Liaison to the Safe Coalition

Town Administrators Update
thanks to the Concerts on the Common for the big turnout and good work, DPW too
Holiday Stroll downtown on Dec 7
draft schedule for meetings looking for feedback

Lt Darling - trip to Puerto Rico
Lt Chief Mills - good story on bone marrow donation
the stories caught my eye and were great stories, these are good people

Request for water topic to be addressed as mentioned in Feb meeting

Councilor Comments
Pellegri - Looking for additional help on the committee; Barbara Rondeau, call to volunteer
The lights are looking good, thanks for all the work

Jones - there is need for additional help, there is capacity in lots of spots

Hamblen - thanks to Eileen Mason for the work on decorating the downtown, a 2 day effort, all volunteer effort, hockey teams and lots of individuals helped

Casey - with what I read in the Gazette, it was humbling to see a resident go there to do that work

Dellorco - thanks for the lights, it looks good

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