Tuesday, June 15, 2021

FM #565 - Town Council "Quarterbacking" - 06/10/21 (audio)

FM #565 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 565 in the series. 

This shares my conversation with Town Council Chair Tom Mercer. This is one of a series of conversations meant to provide a recap of the prior Council meeting. Akin to one of the many sports post-game analysis broadcasts we are familiar with in New England,  this would be a discussion focused on the Franklin Town Council meeting: 

  • ok, what just happened? 

  • What does it mean for Franklin residents and taxpayers?

We cover the following key topics


a. Proclamation: Franklin High School BALTS – four students' initials make the acronym.

b. Proclamation: M Wright, retired firefighter living at Franklin Crossing.



•    La Cantina Winery, New Section 19C Farmer Brewery License & License Modification to Combine existing 19B and New 19C license to create a 19H Farmer Winery/Brewery License, 355 & 357 Union Street, Franklin, MA 02038

•    Table and Vine, License Modification - Change of Manager and Stock Transfer, 348 East Central Street

Public Hearing   

$4.6 purchase price for Maple Hill; proposal to use $1.6M from Pond St, finance the $3M balance via CPA funds; 2 more public hearings (at least) FinCom (6/16 – 6 PM) and Community Preservation Committee (6/17 – 5 PM)

The show notes include links to the meeting agenda and associated documents.

Our conversation runs about 25 minutes, so let’s listen in to my quarterbacking session with Tom Mercer.

** audio file -> https://player.captivate.fm/episode/535ddb4b-2f74-4715-9427-5f579d139708


Agenda document (and released supporting materials) 


Maple Hill presentation doc with 3 options as discussed in this session


My notes from the Town Council meeting



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The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.

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FM #565 - Town Council "Quarterbacking" - 06/10/21 (audio)
FM #565 - Town Council "Quarterbacking" - 06/10/21 (audio)

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