Town Clerk Teresa Burr reminds folks of the dog license renewals underway. They can be paid online or print out a form and pay at the Town Clerk office. The annual census will be sent out the 20th. A copy of the dog renewal form will be included. Also this year, a drawing of all the registered dog will be held Apr 2 to select the "top dog".
The meeting changed order a bit to cover the OPEB report as they weren't ready to open the public hearings at 7:10 PM.
The actuarial report on the Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB) showed that the current outstanding liability is $74M. Also revealed during the discussion about how to pay this off, was the ability of Franklin to pay off the Norfolk pension liability in 2031 (or so) and thereby divert those funds to pay down the OPEB liability.
Back to the public hearings on the zoning bylaw changes for signs. The Planning Board approved of them with a minor change.to account for storm damage replacement as opposed to other replacement changes. During the legislation for action, the zoning bylaws were moved to a 2nd reading. The first of the series of bylaws "
One of the zoning bylaw items was the change as previewed by the Economic Development Committee to allow for a liquor license for brewery, winery or distillery to remove the requirement to have a full kitchen. The item was moved to 2nd reading.
In the Administrator's Report two key items came forward. One the news that the forthcoming budget cycle would be a challenging one. Two, that DPW Director, Robert (Brutus) Cantoreggi was just selected as the new town manager for Norfolk. No definite timeline has been set yet for his departure. He will be missed and not just for his phone reminders about the trash recycle reschedule.
The Action Taken published by the Town of Franklin
My notes reported live during the meeting:
|"Request for Expression of Interest" for use of the Red Brick |
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