Don't Miss Out on Our Public Forum! Join us on April 25th from 6pm to 8pm at the Franklin Senior Center in the multi-purpose room. You'll hear from town staff about the 2023 OSRP goals and objectives, which were developed based on resident input from the first public hearing and other outreach mechanisms.
Currently, funding for stormwater services is allocated to the Highway Department through the Town's General Fund. Due to the increased stormwater complaince requirements through the state, the cost associated with stormwater services has increased. To ensure a sustainable funding structure for the future, the Town will therefore shift to a Stormwater Utility Fee.
Inspect your Impervious Area
Franklin property owners will be subject to a Stormwater Utility Fee (SU) beginning on or after July 1, 2023. 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).
Property owners are encouraged to utilize ourImpervious Area tool to inspect and confirm that the impervious area on their property is accurate. From there, you may calculate your stormwater fee based on the number of billing units on your property. Simply input your address using the Impervious Area tool. Follow along with this quick how-to video.
Inspect your impervious area today to prevent filing an abatement later on!
The Spring Residential Rain Barrel Program is currently open to residents - residents can order directly from The Great American Rain Barrel Company. The deadline to order is May 7 - distribution will be May 17 from 4-6 pm at the Franklin DPW. Order your rain barrel today!
Shaping Arts and Culture
Have thoughts on what you'd like to see for Arts and Culture in town? Join the Franklin Town Council Ad Hoc Subcommittee for Arts and Cultural Initiatives on the next stop of their listening tour.
The Franklin/ Bellingham animal control is hosting a Rabies Clinic on April 29 at 15 Public Works Way in Franklin. Fee is $20, access full details here.
Registration for Summer Recreation Programs opened on April 3 at 8:30am. Flag Football Registration opens July 3 Register online.
Franklin Public Library
April 14 – Fun with Drones
Starting at 1pm, meet licensed drone pilot Brian Kourtz of Boston 25 News as he shows us the different types of drones, uses for drone footage, how to get your pilot's license, and of course, how to fly a drone!
April 18 – Angora Rabbits: Fluffy Bunny to Luxury Yarn
From Winterberry Homestead, some of the fluffiest bunnies around will hop into the Library at 2pm. Brush, and feed our fluffy friends while learning about how their fur is used to create textiles! All ages welcome and please be extra mindful with young children!
April 22 – Chocolate Talk & Tasting
It's said that eating chocolate releases endorphins which make you happy. Join us at 1pm as we test the theory...for science of course! Come try an array of gourmet chocolate from Therapy Gardens and learn more about the process of making chocolate. Registration Required.
April 22 – Music at the Blissful Concert
Join us at 10:30am for a fun, high energy music program for children and their grownups! Musician Evan Haller brings the energy to get the whole crowd up and dancing!
The Library's hours are Monday through Thursday, 9am-8pm., Friday and Saturday, 9am-5pm, and Sunday 1:30pm - 5pm. The Franklin Public Library will be closed Sunday, April 9 for Easter and Monday, April 17 for Patriots Day.
April 5 – Veterans' Council Meeting – 7pm at the Senior Center. All members of the community
interested in veterans' activities are invited.
April 14 – Air Force Reserve's 75th Birthday
April 23 – Army Reserve's 115th Birthday
April 27 – Memorial Day Parade Planning/Veterans' Council Meeting – 7pm at the Senior Center. All members of the community interested in Veterans' activities are invited. This month's meeting is off-cycle. Regular meeting cycle (3rd Thurs of the month) will resume in May
Veterans Memorial Walkway
The next brick installation on the Veterans Memorial Walkway will be in May. Engraved bricks make great birthday, Mother's or Father's Day gifts for your special veteran or current military service member. The deadline for ordering for this installation is April 15.
Please return orders to the Veterans' Services Office.
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!
Join us on April 10, 2023, at 6:30 pm for the School Committee's 5th Annual Legislative Forum. We are excited to have State Senator Rebecca Rausch and State Representative Jeff Roy as our esteemed guests, who will be discussing several topics, including the national teacher shortage, funding for special education, and the growing need for school-provided services. Attendees will be able to participate in a Q&A session at the end. Access event details here.
Save the Date!
The Franklin Veterans' Services Office will hold a Memorial Day Breakfast on May 26 and a Memorial Day Parade/ Ceremony on May 29.