Sunday, May 10, 2020

FM #266 "Talk Franklin" TA Jamie Hellen; Anne Marie Tracey 5/08/20 (audio)

FM #266 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 266 in the series.

This session of the radio show shares my "Talk Franklin" 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 the first phase of the re-entry of employees to the Town services for service with the public. No public access is allowed in the buildings at this time. The drive through window will re-open. The Library will return to the reserve and contactless pick up. Beaver St will re-open for full service but with only credit card payments. Additional details were posted to the Town web page Friday about the various department moves to re-open in this first phase.

Senior Center, Recreation are among the other departments working on plans for some of the operations to return with safety protocols in place to protect the workers and the community.

Jamie acknowledges that the Municipal Building is a social center of sorts and while he wants to get to a re-entry point, needs to proceed cautiously.

The budget gets a discussion at the Joint Budget Committee meeting on Monday, May 11. The Budget Subcommittee will meet with the Finance Committee and the School Committee budget subcommittee to coordinate the planning around the downward revision in revenue and begin to make the adjustments accordingly. These adjustments will then be reviewed in the Finance Committee sessions after Memorial Day.

We talked about the need for community engagement for this budget. The decisions will require serious discussions.

We got a preview of the department spotlight on the work of the archivist at the Historical Museum. And then close out the conversation with some reflections on the pandemic period. Jamie’s grandmother who is 101. Yes, she was born during the last pandemic in 1918-1919 and before women could vote. As well as finding time to walk, exercise, and take the mindful breaks.

The recording runs about 55 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Jamie and Anne Marie.


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FM #266 "Talk Franklin"  TA Jamie Hellen; Anne Marie Tracey 5/08/20 (audio)
FM #266 "Talk Franklin"  TA Jamie Hellen; Anne Marie Tracey 5/08/20 (audio)

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