Showing posts with label Community Preservation Committee. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Community Preservation Committee. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Talk Franklin with Town Administrator Jamie Hellen discusses parking, municipal aggregation, Schmidt's Farm and more (audio)

FM #864 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 864 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares my "Talk Franklin" conversation with Town Administrator Jamie Hellen. We had our conversation via conference bridge.  


Topics for this session

  • Municipal aggregation 

  • Right of First Refusal – Schmidt’s Farm purchase recommended by CPC and public hearing held by Town Council;  CPA funding key

  • Downtown parking bylaws pending 2nd reading (Nov 2 meeting)

  • Dean student parking issues (Chancellor Augustus) did hold first neighborhood alliance meeting

  • Election, vote by mail ballots being sent by Town Clerk’s office


The conversation runs about 34 minutes. Let’s listen to my conversation with Jamie


Audio file -> https://anchor.fm/letstalkfranklin/episodes/Schmidts-Farm--Downtown-Parking-and-Election-Information-e1phind/a-a8njdi0




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Municipal aggregation information

https://www.franklinma.gov/administrator/pages/municipal-aggregation 


Town Council meeting video ->  https://youtu.be/N6qHB7PJMq8


Town Council meeting audio -> https://www.franklinmatters.org/2022/10/franklin-ma-town-council-mtg-100522.html 


Election collection for Nov 8, 2022 -> https://www.franklinmatters.org/2022/10/election-collection-2022-state-election.html 


Community & Cultural District calendar https://www.franklinmatters.org/p/blog-page.html 



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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial.  


This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.


How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know


Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.


For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/ or www.franklin.news/


If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com


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.


I hope you enjoy!

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Talk Franklin with Town Administrator Jamie Hellen discusses parking
Talk Franklin with Town Administrator Jamie Hellen discusses parking

Monday, October 17, 2022

Franklin, MA: Finance Committee - Agenda for Oct 18, 2022 meeting at noon

Finance Committee Meeting 
Agenda & Meeting Packet 
Tuesday, October 18, 2022 -12:00 PM 

Agenda 

1. Call to Order 

2. Vote to Recommend the Following: 
a. Appropriating Funds by Borrowing to Pay Costs of Land Acquisition: Land of Schmidt’s Farm, Inc. off Prospect Street in the amount of $3,800,000.00 
3. Adjourn

This meeting will be conducted via Zoom only. Check the full agenda for access info ->

Franklin, MA: Finance Committee - Agenda for Oct 18, 2022 meeting at noon
Franklin, MA: Finance Committee - Agenda for Oct 18, 2022 meeting at noon

Town Council Quarterbacking with Council Chair Tom Mercer - Recap of the Oct 5, 2022 meeting (audio)

FM #863 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 863 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 of Oct 5, 2022


  • ok, what just happened? 

  • What does it mean for Franklin residents and taxpayers?


We cover the following key topics

Right of first refusal – Schmidt’s Farm

Norfolk County Commission Update

Special liquor license for Dacey’s Market

4 bylaws for parking changes downtown

How to address habitual offenders for Dean parking/Neighborhood Alliance

Gift acceptance to Police/Fire


Our conversation runs about 30 minutes:


Links to the meeting agenda and associated documents released for this meeting are included in the show notes. 


Let’s listen to this session of Town Council Quarterbacking recorded Oct 13, 2022

Audio file ->  
https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-864-town-council-quarterbacking-10-13-22


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Agenda and documents released for this meeting

https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/10.05.22_town_council_agenda.pdf


My notes -> https://drive.google.com/file/d/1LS8OhA3BKWQuqto4tv82cb4YmvRRz5Dk/view?usp=sharing

 

The meeting video is also available for viewing on YouTube   https://youtu.be/N6qHB7PJMq8



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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial.  


This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.


How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know


Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.


For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/ or www.franklin.news/

If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com


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.


I hope you enjoy!

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You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"

 
The Town Council held a public hearing on the right of first refusal to purchase the Schmidt Farm property with CPA funding
The Town Council held a public hearing on the right of first refusal to purchase the Schmidt Farm property with CPA funding

Sunday, October 16, 2022

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda for Oct 19, 2022 7 PM

Franklin Town Council
Agenda & Meeting Packet
October 19, 2022 - 7:00 PM

Meeting will be held at the Municipal Building
2nd floor, Council Chambers 355 East Central Street 

1. ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE CHAIR
a. This meeting is being recorded by Franklin TV and shown on Comcast channel 11 and Verizon Channel 29. This meeting may be recorded by others.
b. Chair to identify members participating remotely.
c. Municipal Aggregation
2. CITIZEN COMMENTS
a. Citizens are welcome to express their views for up to three minutes on a matter that is not on the agenda. The Council will not engage in a dialogue or comment on a matter raised during Citizen Comments. The Town Council will give remarks appropriate consideration and may ask the Town Administrator to review the matter.
3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
4. PROCLAMATIONS / RECOGNITIONS - None Scheduled.
5. APPOINTMENTS
a. Victor DaCosta - New Hire, Firefighter/Paramedic - Fire Department
b. Nicholas Brosseau - New Hire, Firefighter/Paramedic - Fire Department
6. HEARINGS - 7:00 pm - None Scheduled.

7. LICENSE TRANSACTIONS
a. License Modification - Change of Officers/Directors: Shaw’s Supermarkets, Inc. d/b/a Shaw’s; Located at 250 Franklin Village Drive, Franklin, MA 02038

8. PRESENTATIONS / DISCUSSION
a. Legislative Delegation: Senate President Karen Spilka, Senator Rebecca Rausch, Representative Jeffrey Roy

9. LEGISLATION FOR ACTION
a. Resolution 22-64: Appropriating Funds by Borrowing to Pay Costs of Land Acquisition: Land of Schmidt’s Farm, Inc. off Prospect Street (Motion to Approve Resolution 22-64 - Two-Thirds Majority Vote)  https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/uploads/9a._schmidts_farm.pdf
b. Resolution 22-65: Town of Franklin’s Exercise of Town’s Chapter 61A, Section 14 First Refusal Option, Re: Land of Schmidt’s Farm, Inc. off Prospect Street, Norfolk County Registry of Deeds Title Reference: Book 11712, Page 405 (Motion to Approve Resolution 22-65 - Majority Vote)   https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/uploads/9b._22-65_schmidts.pdf
c. Resolution 22-66: FY23 Community Preservation Appropriation of Funds - Red Brick School House (Motion to Approve Resolution 22-66 - Majority Vote)  https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/uploads/9c._22-66_-_red_brick_school_appropriation.pdf
d. Resolution 22-67: Cable Funds in Support of PEG Service and Programming per MGL Ch. 44,   §53F3/4 (Motion to Approve Resolution 22-67 - Majority Vote)   https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/uploads/9d._22-67_-_franklin_tv_appropriation.pdf
e. Resolution 22-68: Gift Acceptance - Police Dept. ($1,000), Veterans’ Services Dept. ($100)  (Motion to Approve Resolution 22-68 - Majority Vote)  https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/uploads/9e._22-68_gift_acceptance_-_pd_1000_vets_100_1.pdf

10. TOWN ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT

11. SUBCOMMITTEE & AD HOC COMMITTEE REPORTS
a. Capital Budget Subcommittee
b. Budget Subcommittee
c. Economic Development Subcommittee
12. FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS

13. COUNCIL COMMENTS

14. EXECUTIVE SESSION - None Scheduled.

15. ADJOURN

Note:
Two-Thirds Vote: requires 6 votes
Majority Vote: requires majority of members present and voting


exterior renovation of the Red Brick School is in process
exterior renovation of the Red Brick School is in process


Monday, October 10, 2022

Community Preservation Committee recommends CPA funds for purchase of Schmidt's Farm (audio)

FM #860 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 860 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares the Community Preservation Committee meeting held in Council Chambers on Tuesday, October 4, 2022. 


Chair: C Feeley, D McNeill, M Doyle, J Livingstone, P Malcolm, M Giardino, R Power, L Oxford [W Simarian, absent]

Town Administration: J Hellen, A Alleyne, K Bertone   


The meeting approved the minutes of the prior meeting via voice vote (8-0-1; 8 for, 0 against, 1 absent). 


Town Administrator Jamie Hellen walked through the right of first refusal option on the Schmidt Farm property. After discussion and clarification questions, the Committee voted to recommend use of CPA funds for the purchase with an 8-0-1 vote (8 for, 0 against, 1 absent).


Jamie also provided some project updates on work underway (Red Brick School exterior renovation) and work being held (Nason St tot lot, Historical Msueum cupola).


The recording runs about 27 minutes, so let’s listen to the Community Preservation Committee discussion on Oct 4, 2022.


Audio file -> 
https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-860-community-preservation-cmte-mtg-10-04-22


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Meeting agenda =>   

https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/10.04.22_cpc_agenda.pdf  


Schmidt Farm presentation doc -> 

https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/uploads/schmidt_farm_61a_presentation.pdf 


My notes -> 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aTK3-U4PeOUqI2qn-KDNUn49s72eh5jg/view?usp=sharing 


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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial.  


This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.

 

How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know


Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.


For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/ or www.franklin.news/


If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com


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.


I hope you enjoy!

------------------


You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"


Community Preservation Committee recommends CPA funds for purchase of Schmidt's Farm (audio)
Community Preservation Committee recommends CPA funds for purchase of Schmidt's Farm (audio)


Thursday, October 6, 2022

Town Council holds hearing on purchase of Schmidt Farm using CPA funds, moves parking bylaws to 2nd reading; hears from Norfolk County, and more in 3 hour plus session (video)

The Town Council meeting went over 3 hours long on Wednesday, Oct 5, 2022 in the process of reviewing multiple topics. 

Norfolk County Commissioners provided some updates on what they do and how they do it. Some councilors appear stuck on the Federal decision to award the ARPA funds to the county and not directly to the Town but that is neither in control of the Town nor the County. The 3% management fee the County collects they are working for in managing the funds and they clearly stated the case during the evening. 

The best Council move was to approve The Town Council held a pubic hearing on the right of first refusal to purchase the Schmidt Farm property with CPA funding. There was no vote on the purchase. Several Councilors acknowledged they approved but the vote will come at a future meeting.  A number of residents in person and via Zoom spoke in favor of this move as it is perfectly was the CPA funds were meant to be used for.  The presentation doc (shared at the CPC meeting on Tuesday is now on the Town page)   (updated 10/13/22)   https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/uploads/schmidt_farm_61a_presentation.pdf

A passionate discussion raised issues that are mostly still to be resolved on parking. The set of 4 bylaws did all move forward to a second reading; one only by a 5-4 vote, the others by 9-0. Open question on should the Council allow the Town Administrator to set the rate. On what the rate should be? (It should be at least equal to the MBTA parking rate, otherwise the MBTA commuters albeit less of them, will park in these spaces and save money - which won't provide the spaces for what they were provided for - to enable shoppers downtown).

A 6-3 vote approved a request to obtain the 'authority' to issue an all liquor license to replace a beer/wine license already held which would put two all liquor license establishments within .3 mile of each other and near the Keller Sullivan schools. The legislation if approved by the State would still require a formal hearing and vote by the Council to actually approve the license. Tonight is only a step in the process.


Franklin TV - YouTube Video link -> https://youtu.be/N6qHB7PJMq8 

My notes taken during the meeting via Twitter can be found in one PDF ->

The best Council move was to approve the right of first refusal to purchase the Schmidt Farm property with CPA funding
The best Council move was to approve the right of first refusal to purchase the Schmidt Farm property with CPA funding


Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Community Preservation Committee recommends purchase of Schmidt Farm with CPA funds (video)

The Community Preservation Committee meeting was held on Tuesday, Oct 4, 2022. The meeting recording is now available for replay and review from Franklin TV.  Video link -> https://youtu.be/htBcHT9SCp8

The full agenda and docs released for this meeting can be found:  https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/10.04.22_cpc_agenda.pdf

My notes captured during the meeting via Twitter can be found in one PDF


Note: The Schmidt's Farm presentation document will be posted to the Town pages in advance of the Town Council meeting on Wednesday at 7 PM.  Photos of almost all of the slides shared were captured and can be found in one album.  ->   https://photos.app.goo.gl/At7CqqHSEMYzG3Ah8



Community Preservation Committee recommends purchase of Schmidt Farm with CPA funds (video)
Community Preservation Committee recommends purchase of Schmidt Farm with CPA funds (video)



Monday, October 3, 2022

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Community Preservation Committee Meeting - Agenda for Oct 4 session includes Schmidt's Farm purchase

Community Preservation Committee Meeting
Agenda & Meeting Packet
October 4, 2022 - 7:00 PM

Meeting will be held at the Municipal Building
2nd Floor, Council Chambers
355 East Central Street

Agenda:
1. Approval of Minutes
a. June 7, 2022

2. Chapter 61, Town’s Right of First Refusal to Purchase Approx. 113 Acres of Land off 215 Prospect Street. Discussion and vote on recommending use of CPA funding for purchase to the Town Council.

3. Community Preservation Master Plan v. 2
a. Request for Appropriation: $50,000 for the Red Brick Schoolhouse
b. Other project updates:
i. Nason Street Tot Lot
ii. Historical Museum Cupola
iii. King Street Memorial Park
iv. Townwide Open Space & Recreational Plan
v. State Matching Fund update

Agenda doc and remote connection info


cupola at the Franklin Historical Museum
cupola at the Franklin Historical Museum

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Franklin TV: Finance Committee meeting available for replay - 09/28/22 (video)

The Finance Committee met and did their business in about thirty minutes before the Town Council came into the Council Chambers for their meeting to start at 7 PM on Wednesday, September 28, 2022.

The Finance meeting did start a little after 6, so you get to listen to the intro of my radio show interview with Health Director Cathleen Liberty before the live stream of the meeting jumps into YouTube. If you want to continue listening to the health episode follow this link -> https://www.franklinmatters.org/2022/09/conversation-with-town-of-franklin-ma.html   or find Franklin Matters on your favorite podcast app.

Finance Committee link to YouTube -> https://youtu.be/9ANddS7JyAA

Meeting agenda and documents released for this meeting ->



Franklin TV: Finance Committee meeting available for replay - 09/28/22 (video)
Franklin TV: Finance Committee meeting available for replay - 09/28/22 (video)

Monday, September 26, 2022

Franklin, MA: Finance Committee agenda for meeting scheduled Sep 28, 2022 at 6:00 PM

Finance Committee Meeting
Agenda & Meeting Packet
Wednesday, September 28, 2022 - 6:00 PM

Meeting will be held at the Municipal Building
2nd floor, Council Chambers, 355 East Central Street


Agenda
1. Call to Order

2. Election of Officers: Finance Committee Chair, Vice-Chair & Clerk

3. Public Comment

4. Town Administrator Fiscal Forecast

5. Discussion: CPA Project Approvals
a. CPA Master Plan  
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/uploads/2022_cpa_plan_v.2_4.pdf
i. Discussion on Red Brick Schoolhouse additional funds request of $50,000
ii. Project Updates
6. Stabilization Fund Balances - 3 Year Comparison  (see page 5 of agenda doc)

7. Future Agenda Items

8. Adjourn

Agenda doc (includes remote connection info)

Franklin, MA: Finance Committee agenda for meeting scheduled Sep 28, 2022 at 6:00 PM
Franklin, MA: Finance Committee agenda for meeting scheduled Sep 28, 2022 at 6:00 PM

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Town Council Quarterbacking - with Tom Mercer; the insights and brief recap of the Town Council meeting June 22 (audio)

FM #821 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 821 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares the Town Council Quarterbacking session with Council Chair Tom Mercer on Thursday morning, June 23, 2022.  The Town Council meeting was held on Wednesday, June 22.


·        ok, what just happened? 

·        What does it mean for Franklin residents and taxpayers?


4.     PROCLAMATIONS / RECOGNITIONS

a.     Proclamation and Performance: Electric Youth

b.     Proclamation: LGBTQIA+ Pride Month Recognition

 

5.     APPOINTMENTS

a.     Richard Salve - New Hire, Firefighter/Paramedic - Fire Department

b.     Timothy Sweeney - New Hire, Firefighter/Paramedic - Fire Department

 

c.     Annual Reappointments of Boards and Committees  

  https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/uploads/5c_appointments.pdf

 

d.     Tri-County School Committee Appointment – Jennifer D’Angelo

  https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/uploads/5d.pdf

 

9.     LEGISLATION FOR ACTION

a.     Resolution 22-36: FY23 CPA Budget & Reservations (Motion to Approve Resolution 22-36 - Majority Vote)   https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/uploads/9a.pdf

b.     Resolution 22-37: FY23 CPC Appropriation of Capital Funds (Motion to Approve Resolution 22-37 - Majority Vote)   https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/uploads/9b.pdf

c.     Resolution 22-38: CPC Appropriation of Funds - Debt Service Maple Hill Land (Motion to Approve Resolution 22-38 - Majority Vote)  https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/uploads/9c.pdf

 

d.     Resolution 22-40: Appropriation Transfers FY22 (Motion to Approve Resolution 22-40 - Majority Vote)  https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/uploads/9d.pdf

 

e.     Resolution 22-41: Authority for Town Administrator to File Clean Water State Revolving Fund

Application (Motion to Approve Resolution 22-41 - Majority Vote)  https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/uploads/9e.pdf

 

f.      Resolution 22-42: Gift Acceptance - Veterans’ Services Dept. ($1,960) (Motion to Approve Resolution 22-42 - Majority Vote)  https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/uploads/9f.pdf



The conversation runs about 30 minutes. Let’s listen to my conversation with Tom.

Audio file -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-821-town-council-quarterbacking-06-23-22

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Meeting agenda =>    

https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/town_council_agenda_june_22_2022.pdf


My notes taken via Twitter are captured in this PDF

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hfMfgMowj-Vh04MroSUgrEwK1qzVTLWm/view?usp=sharing


My photos taken during the meeting are in one album   https://photos.app.goo.gl/h52SdtFSfb6gxofZA 


YouTube video of meeting ->  https://youtu.be/J0rn18f6aiM   


Keep up with events in Franklin vai the Community Calendar

https://www.franklinmatters.org/p/blog-page.html 


--------------

We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial.  


This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.


How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know


Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.


For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/ or www.franklin.news/


If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com


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.


I hope you enjoy!

------------------


You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"


cupola at the Franklin Historical Museum, an approved project for CPA funds
cupola at the Franklin Historical Museum, an approved project for CPA funds