Monday, September 10, 2018

Economic Development Subcommittee meeting - 09/05/18 (audio recording)

FM #146

This internet radio show or podcast is number 146 in the series for Franklin Matters.

This recording is of the Economic Development Subcommittee meeting that was held on Wednesday, September 5, 2018. The meeting began at about 6 PM in the 3rd Floor Training Room. The meeting was delayed in starting as it was missing a quorum.

There are four Town Councilors that make up the formal voting membership: Mercer, Jones, Hamblen and Earls. Quorum for the four members requires three present. Mercer and Hamblen were on time, Jones arrived late. (Earls was out of town and participated remotely in the Town Council meeting later Wednesday evening.)

The published agenda can be found online

There were four topics covered in the meeting.

1 - The plot line and zoning changes were quickly discussed and moved to the Town Council for referral to the Planning Board.

2 - Tony Padula, Planning Board Chair, raised a discussion item on the change of a commercial zone to residential and thereby imposing some buffer requirements upon the existing abutters. After the discussion, the action was taken by Planning to come up with some wording for review at a future meeting. Targeting for next EDC meeting on Oct 3.

3 - Jeff Nutting provided an updated on prior efforts for the small lots of Town owned land that were sold via auction. Some were successfully sold, some had no bidders and Franklin retains the ownership. How much effort should be given to the sale of these is basically the question. The consensus was to include them in the next group of similar properties but not more than that as the value is negligible.

4 - Given the time left for the meeting (due to the late start), #4 was skipped and an overview on the proposed sign was provided.

The meeting itself runs about 36 minutes. Without further ado, here is the audio recording.


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