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Town of Franklin: E-Newsletter for February 2023

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February 2023 Edition

Impervious What? Stormwater Simplified

Stormwater Utility Fee

Due to a unfunded stormwater mandate implemented by the Environmental Protection Agency, property owners in Franklin will be subject to a Stormwater Utility fee (SU) beginning on or after July 1, 2023. A utility fee is the most equitable way to distribute the cost, as the fee is based on impervious area per parcel (surface area that contributes to stormwater runoff because it does not allow water to absorb into the ground). You can calculate your stormwater fee by inputting your address using the Impervious Area tool created by DPW. Follow along with this quick how-to video.

You can learn more via our Stormwater Utility Packet, or by visiting the Franklin Stormwater website. Have questions? Call the Franklin DPW at 508-553-5500.

Rock Your Rain Barrel

The Spring Residential Rain Barrel Program is currently open! Residents can order directly from The Great American Rain Barrel Company. The deadline to order is May 7 and pick up will be at the DPW Admin office (257 Fisher St) on May 17 from 4-6pm.

Order your rain barrel today!

Beware Phantom Flushes

Is your toilet constantly running water? Do you have ghost flushes? Have you seen a recent increase in your water bill? You probably have a leak — and the culprit may be a faulty toilet flapper. Replace your leaky toilet flapper in 6 easy steps with this instructional video.

Franklin Public Library

Event Highlights!

February 15 – Navigating College Admissions in 2023

Join Ron Feuchs and Jackie Tepper, from Stand Out For College, LLC. for a virtual seminar at 7pm. Attendees will understand how the lingering effects from the pandemic have changed the college admissions landscape and learn how students can develop a compelling narrative to increase their chances for college admission. Contact Bree for the zoom link.

February 23 – Snowflake Sing-Along

Come enjoy a winter fairy tale party! Dress up in your favorite fancy clothes and meet a special Winter Queen you may be familiar with at 10:30am!

February 23 – Community Conversations

Folks of all ages are welcome to join us at 6pm as we unpack, discuss, and engage with topics relevant both within our community and beyond. Come with an open mind, leave with plenty of food for thought! This month's topic: Black History is American History.

February 25 – Winter Beach Party

Bring a little summer warmth to this cold month! Join us at 10am as we turn our big program room into an indoor summer oasis! Grab a cold drink and hit the play sand, enjoy beach balls, sand castles, snacks, and groovy tunes!

Library Hours

The Library's hours are Monday through Thursday, 9am-8pm., Friday and Saturday, 9am-5pm, and Sunday 1:30pm - 5pm. The library will be closed Monday, February 20 for Presidents Day.

Library Calendar of Events - February 2023

Veterans' Services

Veterans' Services

February 8 – Greater Franklin Virtual Career Fair with MassHire – Veterans have early access to this online career and resource fair beginning at 3:30pm. Learn more and register here.

February 16 – Veterans' Council Meeting – Interested in veterans' activities and events? Join the meeting at 7pm at the Senior Center.

February 19 – Coast Guard Reserve's 84rd Birthday

Veterans Memorial Walkway

The next engraved brick installation on the Veterans Memorial Walkway is scheduled to coincide with Memorial Day. An engraved brick makes a great birthday or Mother's or Father's Day gift for your special veteran or current military service member. Brick order forms are available in the Town Hall and Senior Center lobbies as well as on the Town website.

The Tune It Out guitar lessons program for veterans meets on Tuesdays at 5:30pm at the Senior Center. There is no charge for lessons and no guitar experience is required!

Contact Veterans' Services at 508-613-1315 or access their webpage to learn more.

Senior Center

Stay in the know!

Sign up for the monthly Senior Center Connection Newsletter!

Questions? Visit the Senior Center website here or call us at 508-520-4945.

More Senior Center Happenings

The Senior Center will be closed the week of February 6, 2023 to repair damages caused by a leak in the sprinkler system on February 4, 2023.

Senior Players – Interested in acting or backstage work? Join our extraordinary acting group every Tuesday at 10am.

Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP) – Chat with Franklin's Conservation Agent about how to get involved in the OSRP on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 11am.

Pizza and Movie Night – Get your ticket to watch "The Butler" starring Forest Whitaker, in honor of African American Month & President's Day on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 4:30pm. Must call to sign up by Wednesday, Feb. 15, $3/person (pizza and a movie).

Hands On CPR CPR Training held by our public health nurse and fire department Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 1pm.

Town Clerk's Office

Who let the dogs out? Hopefully not anyone without a dog license!

2023 dog licenses are now available from the Town Clerk's Office. Current dog licenses expired on December 31, 2022. Be sure to register your dog prior to the deadline of April 1 to avoid late fees. Dog licenses are $20 for a spayed/neutered dog or $30 for an intact dog. Renew or register online, via mail or in person.

ONLINE: Dog owners can renew the dog licenses online via viewpoint here. Please update all information and upload a new rabies certificate if needed.


MAIL: Submit a completed request form including all dogs in the household, along with a copy of current Rabies certificate(s), proof of spay/neuter, and a self-addressed stamped envelope. Make checks payable to the Town of Franklin.

IN-PERSON: Dog owners can renew the dog licenses at the Town Clerk's Office.

Please inform the Town Clerk's office if you no longer own a dog so records can remain updated. Kennel licenses are required for owners of four or more dogs. 

If you have any questions, please call 508-520-4900 or email, townclerk@franklinma.gov.

2023 Annual Town Census

The 2023 Annual Town Census arrived in resident mailboxes the week of January 23, 2023. Please return your Annual Census to the Town Clerk's Office via standard mail, by hand delivering to the Town Clerk's office, via email or by faxing the information to (508) 520-4913

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Visit Franklin's Passport Office

If your spring or summer plans include international travel, schedule a passport appointment with Franklin's Passport Office today! Current processing times:

Routine: 6-9 weeks

Expedited Service: 3-5 weeks (an additional $60)

We offer new passports, passports for a minor and onsite passport photos (all by appointment only).

For acceptance hours and more information visit our passport webpage.

Click here for Adult passport renewal visits.

Play Hard this Spring!

Registration for Spring programs at the Recreation department is now open! Register online and secure your spot here.

Open Space and Recreation

The Town of Franklin has begun the process for the 2024-2031 update of the Open Space and Recreation Plan. Franklin's Conservation Agent Breeka Li Goodlander, and Recreation Director Ryan Jette met at Schmidt's Farm, one of the newly acquired open spaces in town to discuss how residents can get involved in planning for the future of open and recreational spaces. Watch the full launch video here.

Keep up with meetings, departments & committees. The schedule and links can be found on our website calendar.
Arts, theater, dining, live music & more! Find out what's happening in town! Visit our website!

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