Sunday, April 19, 2020

FM #250 - Talk Franklin with Jamie Hellen, Anne Marie Tracey - 4/17/20 (audio)

FM #250 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 250 in the series.

This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Town Administrator Jamie Hellen and Marketing and Communications Specialist Anne Marie Tracey. We had our conversation via conference bridge to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

We talk about how the Town Administrator exercised two of the ‘local options’ permitted under the State of Emergency previously issued by the Governor. Real estate and personal excise tax payments have been extended until June 1, penalties on the enterprise payments (water, sewer, etc.) are not to be applied for payments through June 30.

We talk about the local pandemic number now published weekly by the MA DPH. The issue we have discussed is that this number paints an incomplete picture of the pandemic as it is a total only of those tested, and the number of confirmed cases since day 1. This doesn’t show how many active cases there are.

We talk about the 50th anniversary of Earth Day coming up April 22, that it will be celebrated virtually, and over more than the one day (Wednesday). Additional info will be coming from the Recreation Dept.

The Franklin Downtown Partnership is helping Franklin businesses share their hours, gift card options,etc. This is also available for the residents so we can in turn help support the local businesses.

If a business believes they should be considered one of the ‘essential categories’, there is a form now posted on the Town coronavirus portal page to submit a request for reconsideration of their status.

The recording runs about 50 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Jamie and Anne Marie

Franklin Downtown Partnership

Essential Service Designation Request form

Town of Franklin portal

Franklin Public Schools portal

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FM #250 Talk Franklin with JAmie Hellen, Anne Marie Tracey - 4/17/20 (audio)
FM #250 Talk Franklin with Jamie Hellen, Anne Marie Tracey - 4/17/20 (audio)

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