Showing posts with label Town of Franklin. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Town of Franklin. Show all posts

Monday, July 8, 2024

The Franklin Cultural Council seeking members

@franklinculturalcouncil02038 is looking for new members!

If you’re a Franklin resident and interested in becoming involved, please go to our profile and fill out the official town board/committee application #artshappenhere #aroundtownfranklin #powerofculture

Apply by filling out the volunteer form online -> https://franklinmaboards.vt-s.net/newcaf.php

The Franklin Cultural Council seeking members
The Franklin Cultural Council seeking members

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Franklin Community Survey, final days to get your input registered!!!

The Town of Franklin website (franklinma.gov) was last redesigned in 2016, and is now in need of modernization. Since that time, the website host (CivicPlus) has upgraded their platform to incorporate new design features and components for municipalities to better communicate information to users via their websites.

Town staff are working on a comprehensive redesign the Town's website, seeking to uphold our commitment to an accessible, informative, and user-friendly experience for all. Recognizing that the key to a successful revamp comes from obtaining insight from our website users, we invite you to participate in this initiative.

Your opinions and preferences play a critical role in shaping our online presence as we seek to be more engaging and user friendly.    

Respond to the survey ->  https://forms.gle/gfQr7p2qRvNDCX5R8

We greatly appreciate your input!

Franklin Community Survey, final days to get your input registered!!!
Franklin Community Survey, final days to get your input registered!!!

The Fourth of July: 2024 - Franklin, MA featured in listing from Census

via the Census Bureau:

"On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. As we celebrate this Independence Day, we reflect on how our Founding Fathers enshrined in our Constitution the importance of data as a vital tool for measuring America.

Most of the following facts are possible thanks to responses to U.S. Census Bureau censuses and surveys. We appreciate the public’s cooperation as we continuously measure our people, places and economy. "
Continue reading the fun facts from the Census Bureau ->     https://www.census.gov/newsroom/facts-for-features/2024/fourth-of-july.html

The Fourth of July: 2024 - Franklin, MA featured in listing from Census
The Fourth of July: 2024 - Franklin, MA featured in listing from Census

Friday, June 21, 2024

Town of Franklin: RFP - Water Testing and Analysis

RFP - Water Testing and Analysis

In accordance with M.G.L. 30(B), section (6), it is the intention of the Town of Franklin to obtain services from a qualified Water Testing and Analysis Contractor.

Additional Information:  Water Testing and Analysis

Shared from -> https://www.franklinma.gov/purchasing/bids/rfp-water-testing-and-analysis

RFP = Request for Proposal

Town of Franklin: RFP - Water Testing and Analysis
Town of Franklin: RFP - Water Testing and Analysis



Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Voices of Franklin: KP Sompally calls for Inclusive Voting Rights for local elections

Call for Inclusive Voting Rights in Town of Franklin's 
Special Election on School Budget Decisions

A significant issue has come to the forefront in the Town of Franklin as more than 150 families, who are legal taxpayers but not citizens, are currently denied the right to vote on crucial school budgetary matters. In a community where the school is a vital institution for all residents, it's imperative that every voice is heard and valued.

The school belongs to every resident of the Town of Franklin, regardless of their citizenship status. These residents contribute to the town's wellbeing and its educational system through their taxes, and they should have a say in how school funds are allocated.

I urge on behalf of these dedicated residents to grant them the opportunity to vote on school budget issues," said KP Sompally, School Committee Member. "Every taxpayer should have the right to participate in decisions that directly impact their contributions and their community's future.

This appeal is grounded in the belief that inclusivity and fairness are fundamental to our democratic values. Granting voting rights to all legal taxpayers on school budget matters will ensure that the voices of those who support our schools are heard, and their needs and concerns are addressed.
  • Inclusivity: All residents, regardless of citizenship, contribute to the school system and should have a say in its budget.
  • Fair Representation: Ensuring that more than 150 legal taxpayers have the right to vote on school budget issues will reflect a fair and just community.
  • Community Strength: Inclusive voting rights will strengthen community bonds and ensure that all voices contribute to the future of Franklin Town's educational system.
We call upon the Election Commissioner and all advocates of voting rights to support this crucial change. Let us come together to ensure that the Town of Franklin remains a place where every resident's voice matters and where our educational system thrives through collective effort, and inclusive decision-making.


Sincerely,

KP Sompally
Franklin School Committee Member


Updated 6/19/24

I want to clarify my request from yesterday because some of you sent me upset emails. I am totally against illegal non-citizens being able to vote in elections. I was requesting to let legal residents, who are paying taxes and obeying the law just like us, vote in municipal elections especially for the school budget issues. These residents are permanent residents in immigration terms. Several towns in Massachusetts have requested this change, but none have had legislation passed. Again, thanks for understanding.

https://malegislature.gov/Bills/193/H3899


https://malegislature.gov/Bills/193/H3899
https://malegislature.gov/Bills/193/H3899


If you have something to say, you can find the guidelines here
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2011/03/introducing-voices-of-franklin.html


Voices of Franklin: KP Sompally calls for Inclusive Voting Rights for local elections
Voices of Franklin: KP Sompally calls for Inclusive Voting Rights for local elections

Franklin Public Library is closed on June 19 in observance of Juneteenth

"As a reminder, the Franklin Public Library will be closed THIS Wednesday, June 19th, in observance of Juneteenth.  
In the meantime, come stock up on books and more!"

Note: All Town buildings are closed for Wednesday, June 19, 2024 to honor "Juneteenth"

Franklin Public Library is closed on June 19 in observance of Juneteenth
Franklin Public Library is closed on June 19 in observance of Juneteenth

Monday, June 17, 2024

Reminder! - Franklin Website Upgrade Community Survey

Reminder! - Franklin Website Upgrade Community Survey

The Town of Franklin is updating their website, and we need your help!

The administrative team is working on constructing a new more accessible website for the Franklin community. As part of this project, we're seeking valuable insight from the community through a survey that will ask various questions about your opinions on the current website. This is in order to make the most accessible, informative, and user-friendly experience for the next version of the website. 

This survey will have a deadline of July 1, 2024

Please click the link below to fill out the Community Survey: https://forms.gle/gfQr7p2qRvNDCX5R8

We greatly appreciate your input!

Shared from -> https://www.franklinma.gov/home/news/reminder-franklin-website-upgrade-community-survey

The Town of Franklin is conducting Community Survey to upgrade the town website, please provde your input!
The Town of Franklin is conducting a Survey to upgrade the town website, please provide your input!

Friday, June 14, 2024

Town of Franklin: Invitation for Bid - Supply and Delivery of Grocery Items

Supply and Delivery of Grocery Items

In accordance with MGL c.30B, it is the intention of the Town to enter into a contract for the 2024 - 2025 school year with a supplier and distributor of grocery items for the Franklin Public Schools.

Additional Information:  Supply and Delivery of Grocery Items

Shared from -> https://www.franklinma.gov/purchasing/bids/ifb-supply-and-delivery-grocery-items-school-nutrition-program


Town of Franklin: Invitation for Bid - Supply and Delivery of Grocery Items
Town of Franklin: Invitation for Bid - Supply and Delivery of Grocery Items

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Town of Franklin: IFB - Infrared Pavement Repairs

IFB - Infrared Pavement Repairs

In accordance with MGL c. 30 section 39m, it is the intention of the Town of Franklin to retain the services of a construction firm for the purposes of performing asphalt pavement repairs using the infrared pavement repair process at various locations within the Town of Franklin.

Additional Information:  IFB - Infrared Pavement Repairs

Shared from -> https://www.franklinma.gov/purchasing/bids/ifb-infrared-pavement-repairs


Town of Franklin: IFB - Infrared Pavement Repairs
Town of Franklin: IFB - Infrared Pavement Repairs

Town of Franklin: IFB - Concrete Sidewalk Construction and Repairs

In accordance with MGL c. 30 section 39m, it is the intention of the Town of Franklin to retain the services of a construction firm for the purposes of constructing and repairing cement concrete surfaces at various locations within the Town of Franklin.

IFB - Concrete Sidewalk Construction and Repairs

Shared from -> https://www.franklinma.gov/purchasing/bids/ifb-concrete-sidewalk-construction-and-repairs

Town of Franklin: IFB - Concrete Sidewalk Construction and Repairs
Town of Franklin: IFB - Concrete Sidewalk Construction and Repairs


Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Special Election ($6.8M Override) today, voting at FHS up to 8 PM

One question:
"Shall the town of Franklin be allowed to assess an additional 6.8 million dollars in real estate AND personal property  taxes for the purposes of the operating budget for which monies from this assessment will be used for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2024?"


The override collection of posts with information to help you cast an informed vote on or before June 11 8 PM -> https://www.franklinmatters.org/2024/03/whats-this-about-possible-override-for.html

Special Election ($6.8M Override) today, voting at FHS up to 8 PM
Special Election ($6.8M Override) today, voting at FHS up to 8 PM

Sunday, June 9, 2024

Franklin (MA) Elections Voter Turnout History: from 2003 - 2023

The chart depicting the voter count and percent for the elections from 2003 through 2023 

Franklin (MA) Elections Voter Turnout History: from 2003 - 2023
Franklin (MA) Elections Voter Turnout History: from 2003 - 2023

The table of info most recently from Town Clerk Nancy Danello (and prior Town Clerks) (PDF) ->   https://drive.google.com/file/d/1PEhv7D0uIHBxGyE42JQpVuoTEZLeibXF/view?usp=drive_link

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Town of Franklin: 2023 Drinking Water Quality Report available

Dear Franklin Water User,
 
The 2023 Drinking Water Quality Report is now available on the website, and will be in your mailbox in the next couple of weeks. To view now, visit:
https://www.franklinma.gov/2023-ccr
 
Thanks for caring about your water use and being a WaterSmart user,

Doug Martin
Franklin Water & Sewer Department
 
 
equipment at the Grove St water treatment plant
equipment at the Grove St water treatment plant
 

Friday, May 31, 2024

Calling All Photographers! - Help Populate the new Town Website with imagery of Franklin

Calling All Photographers! - Help Populate the new Town Website with imagery of Franklin

The Town of Franklin's website is getting a makeover!

The administrative team is working on constructing a new more accessible website for the Franklin community. As part of this project, we're seeking photographers to populate our website pages with imagery of our town and community members.

We seek talented photographers to help bring our vision to life through compelling visuals. The photographs will be used across various platforms, including our website, social media channels, and print materials.

For more information, click here: https://www.franklinculture.org/calling-all-photographers

Shared from -> https://www.franklinma.gov/home/news/calling-all-photographers-help-populate-new-town-website-imagery-franklin

Calling All Photographers! - Help Populate the new Town Website with imagery of Franklin
Calling All Photographers! - Help Populate the new Town Website with imagery of Franklin

 

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

IFB - Forge Hill Tank Mixer Replacement and Sediment Removal

IFB - Forge Hill Tank Mixer Replacement and Sediment Removal

In accordance with MGL c. 30 section 39m, it is the intention of the Town of Franklin to retain the services of a company for the purposes of Elevated Water Tank Mixer Replacement and Sediment Removal at the Forge Hill Tank in the Town of Franklin.

Additional Information:  IFB - Forge Hill Tank Mixer Replacement and Sediment Removal

Shared from -> https://www.franklinma.gov/purchasing/bids/ifb-forge-hill-tank-mixer-replacement-and-sediment-removal

IFB - Forge Hill Tank Mixer Replacement and Sediment Removal
IFB - Forge Hill Tank Mixer Replacement and Sediment Removal

Monday, May 27, 2024

Town of Franklin (MA): Memorial Day Ceremony - May 27, 2024 (audio)

FM #1214 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 1214 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares the audio of the Town of Franklin Memorial Day ceremony held on the Town Common at the end of the parade on Monday, May 27, 2024. The day was overcast and threatening precipitation, with a gentle breeze. 


Veterans Service Officer Shannon Nisbett is the master of ceremonies and introduces each speaker, and walks us through the program. 


Welcome

Shannon Nisbett, Director of Veterans' Services

Raising of the Colors

Joe Collins, Marine Corps Veteran

Pledge of Allegiance

Pat Doyle, Marine Corps Veteran

National Anthem

Franklin High School Band

Invocation

The Rev Kathy McAdams, St. John's Episcopal Church

Speaker

Jeffrey Roy, State Representative

Speaker

Rose Turco, Veterans' Advocate and Franklin Educator, 2024 Parade Marshal

Proclamation

John Milot, Commander, American Legion Post 75 

Remarks

Shannon Nisbett, Director of Veterans' Services

Placing of Wreaths

Franklin Girl Scouts and VFW Post 3402

Reading the Honor Roll 



Ringing of the Watch

John Milot, Commander, American Legion Post 75


Ernest Carruthers, Commander, VFW Post 3402 and Dawn Anderson, Marine Corps Veteran

Rifle Salute 

American Legion Post 75 Rifle Squad

Taps

Daniel Campbell and Brady Devlin, Franklin High School

Benediction

The Rev Kathy McAdams, St. John's Episcopal Church

 

The ceremony runs about 47 minutes. Audio link -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-1214-town-of-franklin-memorial-day-ceremony-05-27-24


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The Memorial Day Program (PDF) ->

https://drive.google.com/file/d/11SRqPd_2ANSeQqaOsW4FHra-1PIPLcDv/view?usp=drive_link 


The "honor roll" of those veterans who passed during the prior year

https://drive.google.com/file/d/11YJ47V0TmSbAvgdM_9zcP7sDlg6vQRWN/view?usp=drive_link 


My photos (for both the parade & ceremony) are found in one album -> 

https://photos.app.goo.gl/J2La1uNmGpJrZhLj7 


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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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Town of Franklin (MA): Memorial Day Ceremony - May 27, 2024 (audio)
Town of Franklin (MA): Memorial Day Ceremony - May 27, 2024 (audio)

Friday, May 17, 2024

Town of Franklin (MA) is looking to hire a benefits coordinator

"Are you passionate about benefits management? 
Do you Excel in communications and spreadsheets? Do you have a way with Word? We're looking for a highly motivated individual to join our team!

Click the link in our bio and select "Job Opportunities" to learn more!"

Town of Franklin (MA) is looking to hire a benefits coordinator
Town of Franklin (MA) is looking to hire a benefits coordinator