Friday, May 22, 2020

Town Council - Recap of 5/20/20 meeting (and recording)

My notes were captured via Twitter and tagged #tc0520
Animal Control
  • Presentation by Tracey Taddeo on the Animal Control Dept, a quiet group that does good work. #tc0520
  • Patrick Kelleher leads the Franklin side in the joint effort with Bellingham that Tracey covers
Franklin Food Pantry
SAFE Coalition
  • Next up, SAFE Coalition with Jen Levine and Jim Derick to present, copy of deck to be shared later #tc0520
  • SAFE is busy, one contact leads to approx 8 others ( to confirm details, explore options, etc.) #tc0520
  • 40 people/week reach out for support from SAFE Coalition, while they cover 9 communities, it is still a need that is rather large and being met #tc0520
  • SAFE currently funded by grants and donations #tc0520
Metacomet Emergency Communications Center
  • Next up, the Metacomet Emergency Communications Center (MECC) the regional dispatch center #tc0520 last week was first anniversary of operations so timely albeit delayed due to COVID-19
  • Mendon/Millville regional dispatch will actually merge with the MECC final planning underway
  • Collaboration with depts beyond Fire/Police in Franklin help to make the work that much easier; DPW, technology, Assessors, GIS, facilities, etc. #tc0520
  • Regionalization of dispatch is a success and could be a guide for others to follow. MA had 300plus dispatch centers, CA has 4. With the MECC online and expanding (Millville , Mendon) a source of pride and savings #tc0520
Legislation for Action
Town Administrator Update
  • Senior Center coffee hour on Thursday at 8:30 AM with virtual meeting #tc0520 bring your coffee! Announcement of curbside cafe coming at the meeting but due to start June 1
  • FY2021 budget coming out Thursday, Finance Committee meetings over the next two weeks spread over 4 nights, agendas to show which dept which night, etc. #tc0520 . Need Community engaged as these discussions will be challenging
  • Parks and parking lots to open on Monday, playgrounds will remain closed, masks and social distance requirements still in place #tc0520
  • Board of Health special session on 5/21/20 at 5 PM details on Town of Franklin page effectively #tc0520
  • Council comments wrapped up, motion to adjourn, passed 8-0-1 via roll call. Real time reporting ends for this meeting with this tweet. #tc0520

The Twitter treads can be found online

FM #273 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 273 in the series.

This session shares the Franklin, MA Town Council meeting held on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. The meeting was conducted via conference bridge to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

The Chair, Tom Mercer opens the meetings, all votes are via roll call, each person speaking is acknowledged by the Chair before speaking. Aside from an occasional bit of background from someone not muted properly, the meeting runs well.

The recording runs about 2 hours and 50 minutes, so let’s listen to the Town Council meeting of May 20, 2020.

screen capture during the SAFE Coalition presentation
screen capture during the SAFE Coalition presentation

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