Showing posts with label building committee. Show all posts
Showing posts with label building committee. Show all posts

Monday, April 12, 2021

Franklin Food Pantry: New Building update page

"Recently, we have fielded many questions regarding the progress of our new building and we wanted to give the community an update. "

Shared from Twitter:  https://t.co/oMxdxubXQ2



Franklin Food Pantry: Building Update page
Franklin Food Pantry: Building Update page

Monday, December 21, 2020

Planning Board - Agenda - Dec 21, 2020

The Franklin Food Pantry is on the agenda for the Planning Board meeting Monday to introduce the site plan for their new building on East Central St and begin the permit approval process.

Planning Board Agenda

7:00 PM -   Commencement/General Business   

7:05PM    - PUBLIC HEARING - Continued
52 East Central St   
Special Permit & Site Plan Modification
WITHDRAWN   

7:10 PM  -  PUBLIC HEARING - Continued
515 West Central Street   
Site Plan   TO BE CONTINUED    

7:15 PM    PUBLIC HEARING - Initial
138 East Central Street   (
Franklin Food Pantry)
Site Plan  https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif591/f/agendas/138_east_central_st_site_plan.pdf

Review docs   https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif591/f/agendas/138_east_central_review.pdf

7:20 PM    PUBLIC HEARING - Initial
Countryside Estates   
Subdivision Modification    

7:25 PM    PUBLIC HEARING – Continued
186 Grove St   
Site plan Modification   

GENERAL BUSINESS:
A.    Road Acceptance: Laurinda Lane
B.    Bond Release: Sandy Knoll Estates
C.    Decision: 72-94 East Central Street- Special Permit & Site Plan
D.    Phasing Plan Approval: 160 Grove St
E.    Endorsement: 164 Grove St
F.    Endorsement: 162 Grove St
G.    81-P ANR: 15-17 Margaret’s Cove
H.    81-P ANR Rescind Vote: 55 Coutu Street
I.    Meeting Minutes: November 2, 2020 & November 16, 2020

This agenda is subject to change. Last updated: December 15, 2020
The next meeting of the Planning Board is scheduled for January 11, 2021 

Agenda doc in PDF format:
 
Additional renderings and diagrams of the new facility at 138 East Central St
 
Rendering: View From East Central Street
new Franklin Food Pantry Rendering: View from East Central Street


Saturday, May 9, 2020

FM #265 Franklin Food Pantry New Building 5/04/20 (audio)

FM #265 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 265 in the series.

This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Lynn Calling, Executive Director of the Franklin Food Pantry and Tina Powderly, Chair of the Board of Directors. We had our conversation via virtual conference bridge to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

We talk about the happy news that the Food Pantry has their own home to look forward to. While they are appreciative of the space Rockland Trust has let them use for over 10 years, their needs have outgrown the space.

Lynn talks about the current operations during this pandemic. Tina provides some background on the building search and closing. Work remains to be done before they move. There will be a capital campaign to help fund the mortgage and buildout.

Disclosure: during the conversation you will hear about my background with the Food Pantry and that I am committing to this capital campaign.

The recording runs about 25 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Lynn and Tina. Audio file =  https://www.hipcast.com/podcast/HWprtkW7




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Prior recording with Lynn Calling at the end of March 2020
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2020/03/fm-230-lynn-calling-franklin-food.html

The Franklin Food Pantry current needs
https://www.franklinfoodpantry.org/give-help/donate-food/current-needs-list/

Donate to the Franklin Food Pantry
https://www.franklinfoodpantry.org/give-help/donate-funds/

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Lynn Calling, Executive Director of the Franklin Food Pantry in front of the new building at 138 East Central St
Lynn Calling, Executive Director of the Franklin Food Pantry in front of the new building at 138 East Central St

Thursday, March 21, 2019

In the News: Distillery proposal gets Planning Board approval; Franklin man charged with failing fiduciary duty; Worcester ball park build team gets completed

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

Distillery proposal gets Planning Board approval
"A proposal to open a distillery in the mill building formerly occupied by the Incontro restaurant took a step forward last week after a positive vote from the Planning Board. 
Town Planner Amy Love reported that the meeting drew a small crowd, but that those who did attend were in favor of the distillery opening at 860 West Central St. (Rte. 140). A 20-day period to appeal the proposal began March 16, she said. 
Love said many people have called her office trying to get in touch with the company seeking the distillery, Brookdale Mill Realty, LLC, whose principals are Franklin residents Patrick and Beth Downing. 
Brookdale is seeking a special permit to distill spirits on-site. The Downings plan to distill many types of alcohol, including vodka, gin and whiskey, and offer a tasting room."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required) 
https://franklin.wickedlocal.com/news/20190314/proposed-franklin-distillery-approved-by-planning-board


Franklin man charged with failing fiduciary duty
"A pair of local investment representatives are being charged with fraud after “gambling away” the investment funds of more than 250 clients in high-risk investments, according to a press release from Secretary of State William Galvin’s office. 
James G. Daly, of Franklin, and Michael J. O’Keeffe, of Millis, both of Millis-based Oakdale Wealth Management, LLC, are charged with violating their fiduciary duties to their investors. According to the release, a majority of their victims are Massachusetts residents. 
Galvin said he brought charges against the men and their firm for “gambling away” the investments of more than 250 client accounts. The charges pertained to “high risk” investments in energy such as oil and gas, according to the release."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required) 
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20190320/franklin-millis-men-charged-with-making-faulty-investments


Worcester Red Sox ball park build team gets completed
"The final piece of the construction/design team for the city’s ballpark project is now in place. 
In a related matter, offers have begun to be made for the acquisition of properties in the areas of the proposed ballpark site, to be located in the Canal District/Kelley Square area. 
The Worcester Redevelopment Authority board unanimously voted Wednesday to award the construction manager at risk contract for the ballpark project to Gilbane-Hunt, a joint venture. 
The initial award is for $10.8 million and largely covers various “soft costs” and pre-construction services, according to Michael E. Traynor, the city’s chief development officer and chief executive officer of the WRA."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required) 
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20190320/worcester-ballpark-construction-manager-set-to-go-offers-made-for-land-acquisitions


Friday, June 29, 2018

BFCCPS hold Groundbreaking Ceremony - June 27

The Benjamin Franklin Educational Foundation on behalf of the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School (BFCCPS) is pleased to announce that construction has begun in preparation for the school’s upcoming move to 500 Financial Park Drive in Franklin.

The Foundation hosted a Groundbreaking Ceremony at the new site on the morning of June 27th. Special guests included Massachusetts State Representative Jeffrey Roy and Franklin Town Administrator Jeffrey Nutting.

Donald Tappin, President of the Benjamin Franklin Educational Foundation greeted attendees to the ceremony stating “We are very excited for the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School, after almost a quarter century as one of the best performing schools in the state, to finally have a home of its own. We look forward to having the capacity to bring our academic success and most importantly, the culture of character development and community service to even more students and their families. This project of ours has been a long-time in the making and would not have been possible without the steadfast commitment of many individuals.”

Massachusetts State Representative Jeffrey Roy presented the school with a special citation on behalf of the House of Representatives in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts offering the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School a sincere congratulations in recognition of the next chapter in the school’s educational journey.

Head of School Heather Zolnowski closed the ceremony sharing “I am honored to be able to speak on behalf of the students, faculty, staff and parents of BFCCPS to thank everyone who worked so hard over the past 6 years to make this dream a reality. This is an exciting time in the history of the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School. The new facility and grounds will provide the administration and faculty with the opportunity to enhance an already very successful academic program, provide a comfortable and safe environment for students, faculty and staff and secure the schools future for decades to come. Our expanded school facility will allow us to address our historically long waiting list for enrollment and welcome more students into our school community than ever before. These opportunities would not be possible without the collaboration, hard work and dedication of the people standing before us today.”

Following the ”turning of the soil” invited guests received a tour to highlight progress at the site. The building’s foundation has been poured, and steel delivery for the building’s frame has commenced. The new 72,000 square foot facility will open for the 2019-2020 school year. Event photography and aerial photography of the site are available here.

The Benjamin Franklin Educational Foundation secured funding for the new school primarily through a $24,550,000 tax-exempt bond issued by MassDevelopment and purchased by Citizens Bank with participation by HarborOne Bank, Websterfive Bank and Radius Bank. The bond financing was supplemented with a $2,000,000 loan provided by The Property and Casualty Initiative.

The Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School opened in 1995 and is one of the original 13 Charter Schools in the state of Massachusetts. Priority in the schools annual enrollment lottery is given first to siblings of current students, then to residents of Bellingham, Blackstone, Franklin, Holliston, Hopedale, Medway, Mendon, Milford, Millis, Milville, Norfolk, Plainville, Upton, Walpole, and Wrentham.

The educational program at BFCCPS offers a strategic partnership with parents, rigorous academic program, foreign language instruction, commitment to arts education, character education, and community service activities.

For the 2019-2020 academic year, BFCCPS will increase enrollment from 50 students to 92 students per grade in Grades Kindergarten through Grade Five resulting in a total of 290 new spaces. Applications for the 2019-2020 school year will go live on November 1, 2018.

Over the next ten years, enrollment will expand from the current cap of 450 students to a total of 900 students. Families that are interested in enrollment at BFCCPS can learn more at www.bfccps.org/about/enrollment and candidates for employment are encouraged to follow http://bfccps.org/about/employment for ongoing information.

BFCCPS hold Groundbreaking Ceremony - June 27
BFCCPS hold Groundbreaking Ceremony - June 27

Thursday, June 28, 2018

In the News: Charter School breaks ground; active shooter drill for Franklin Police

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"From the day the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School moved into the Archdiocese of Boston-owned St. Mary’s building on 201 Main St. in 1995, they did not expect to stay in that building forever.
“We are very tied to how many students we can have in that building,” said Heather Zolnowski, current head of school at BFCCPS. Zolnowski will be executive director of the school for the upcoming academic year. 
Wednesday’s groundbreaking ceremony at 500 Financial Park Drive signifies many years of hard work to expand the regional charter school in hopes that it can become a more flexible learning space that can accommodate more students."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20180627/benjamin-franklin-classical-charter-breaks-ground

screen capture of Charter School webpage
screen capture of Charter School webpage

“Active shooter, Tri-County High School! White male, green jacket!” the voice boomed over the police radio on Wednesday morning. 
Adrenaline spiked. 
Franklin Police Officer Jack Flynn grabbed a rifle mounted between two seats, while I ran to the back of the cruiser and slipped on my body armor. We quickly advanced toward the building with weapons drawn, using the cruisers and a dumpster for cover. 
While one officer advanced, the other kept an eye out for the active shooter." 

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20180627/active-shooter-reporter-gets-inside-look-at-franklin-police-drill


Via the Twitterverse






Monday, January 29, 2018

"the expansion will give us an opportunity to finally let them in’’

In case you missed it, the Boston Globe West edition on Sunday catches up to the BFCCPS expansion update.

"One of the Commonwealth’s oldest charter schools is moving to a new building in Franklin with hopes of reducing its waiting list and doubling its enrollment within 10 years. 
The Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School plans to break ground this spring on a 72,000-square foot building at 500 Financial Park Drive. 
The new facility will allow the school to grow from 450 students in kindergarten through eighth grade to 900, said Heather Zolnowski, head of school."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/regionals/west/2018/01/26/franklin-charter-school-about-expand/qwKyASpp3ICsDHC1jsAUnL/story.html

The expansion of the school, doubling their capacity over several years, may have an effect on the Franklin school district enrollment which is already in a decline for the elementary enrollment. How that will affect the Franklin schools could also have a budget impact. Stay close to the Franklin budget cycle to find out.

Related posts on the Charter School expansion


http://www.franklinmatters.org/2018/01/benjamin-franklin-classical-charter.html

http://www.franklinmatters.org/2016/08/the-new-building-is-projected-to-cost.html

http://www.franklinmatters.org/2015/06/bfccps-expansion-update.html

A concept rendering of the new Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School building that is planned in Franklin. (ARROWSTREET)
A concept rendering of the new Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School
building that is planned in Franklin. (ARROWSTREET)

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School Announces Upcoming Move to 500 Financial Park Drive in Franklin

The Benjamin Franklin Educational Foundation on behalf of the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School is pleased to announce their upcoming move to 500 Financial Park Drive in Franklin. The Benjamin Franklin Educational Foundation will be breaking ground in the spring of 2018 with a planned opening of the new 72,000 square foot building for the 2019-2020 school year.

This process included an extensive review by the Franklin Conservation Commission, the Franklin Planning Board and Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act Office (MEPA). Financing for the project has been secured through a bank group led by Citizens Bank. Project management of the new facility is being provided by Daedalus Project, Inc. and the building has been designed by leading architectural firm Arrowstreet.

Head of School Heather Zolnowski shares “This is an exciting time in the history of the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School. The new facility and grounds will provide the administration and faculty with the opportunity to enhance an already very successful academic program, provide a comfortable and safe environment for students, faculty and staff and secure the schools future for decades to come.”

The educational program at BFCCPS offers a strategic partnership with parents, rigorous academic program, foreign language instruction, commitment to arts education, character education, and community service activities. With the opening of this new building the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School will be able to welcome more families than ever before possible.

For the 2019-2020 academic year, BFCCPS will increase enrollment from 50 students to 92 students per grade in Grades Kindergarten through Grade Five. Over the next ten years, enrollment will expand from the current cap of 450 students to a total of 900 students. Families that are interested in enrollment at BFCCPS can learn more at www.bfccps.org/about/enrollment and candidates for employment are encouraged to follow http://bfccps.org/about/employment/ for ongoing information.

Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School Announces Upcoming Move
Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School Announces Upcoming Move

About Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School


The Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School’s mission is to assist parents in their role as primary educators of their children by providing students with a classical academic education coupled with sound character development and community service. Our mission is supported by four distinct, yet interconnected pillars that provide for a collaborative, rigorous education for all students. These pillars guide, direct and define the school in all it does. Learn more at www.bfccps.org or visit us on Facebook.


About Citizens Financial Group, Inc.


Citizens Financial Group, Inc. is one of the nation’s oldest and largest financial institutions, with $151.4 billion in assets as of September 30, 2017. Headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, Citizens offers a broad range of retail and commercial banking products and services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, large corporations and institutions. Citizens helps its customers reach their potential by listening to them and by understanding their needs in order to offer tailored advice, ideas and solutions. 
In Consumer Banking, Citizens provides an integrated experience that includes mobile and online banking, a 24/7 customer contact center and the convenience of approximately 3,200 ATMs and approximately 1,200 branches in 11 states in the New England, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions. Consumer Banking products and services include a full range of banking, lending, savings, wealth management and small business offerings. 
In Commercial Banking, Citizens offers corporate, institutional and not-for-profit clients a full range of wholesale banking products and services, including lending and deposits, capital markets, treasury services, foreign exchange and interest rate products and asset finance. More information is available at www.citizensbank.com or visit us on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook.


Additional info from the BFCCPS webpage
http://bfccps.org/special-edition-an-exciting-expansion-update-from-bfccps/

Friday, December 8, 2017

Franklin Library Building Committee meeting - Dec 5, 2017.

Franklin Matter's contributor Alan Earls reported on the Franklin Library Building Committee meeting held on Dec 5, 2017.

The meeting report is contained in the following PDF file



You can also download the file from
https://drive.google.com/file/d/120u1FosPHtlULM4vFg4yf9VFUWGohD6J/view?usp=sharing


Franklin Library Building Committee meeting - Dec 3, 2017.
Franklin Library Building Committee meeting - Dec 3, 2017.

The 'official' meeting minutes by the Recording Secretary were sent via email by Committee Chair Judith Pfeffer and can be found here
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1asdbCuU2Jd8tCZ-TQ4uppFtnN2m2q6CX

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Library Building Committee looking for the Dennis Foley family

There is a plaque at the library dedicated to a DENNIS FOLEY. The credenza where the plaque is currently placed is no longer to be used. 

The Library Building Committee is trying to reach members of the Foley family - Dennis was married to Paula and they have both passed away.

The Committee would like to place the plaque on another piece of furniture or, if family desires, they will give the plaque to a family member.

If you have information or are a member of the family please leave a comment here or contact Judith Pfeffer at pfefferjudith@yahoo.com

Library Building Committee looking for members of the Dennis Foley family
Library Building Committee looking for members of the Dennis Foley family


Live reporting: Library Building Committee - Nov 14, 2017

Live reporting by Alan Earls for Franklin Matters: Library Building Committee Meeting – Nov. 14, 2017


Committee Members Present: Chair Judith Pfeffer, Sandra Brandfonbrener, Christopher Feeley,Matthew Kelly, Felicia Oti, Nancy Rappa, Jim Roche, Joseph Mullen.

Also in attendance: Michael D’Angelo, Director of Franklin Public Facilities; Shane Nolan, Daedalus Projects Incorporated; Mike Flaherty, Daedalus Projects Incorporated; Brian Valentine, LLB Architects; Judith Lizardi, Recording Secretary, Eamon McCarthy Earls, councilor-elect

Committee Members Absent: Monique Doyle, Thomas Mercer

OVERVIEW: The committee has been meeting monthly before and during the library renovation project and is now focusing on ensuring that final contractual obligations are met and that all necessary elements in the library are functioning properly.

The meeting was called to order by the chair at 5:07 pm. After approving the minutes, the chair asked for an update from Brian Valentine of LLB Architects. He indicated that effort was still being put into finishing items on the ‘punch’ list and trying to finalize a certification of substantial completion. Open items include a desk needing rework and weatherstripping as well as portions of the HVAC system.

Pfeffer noted that the external lawn sprinkler system was completed recently and will be important for maintaining new plantings.

Joe Mullen from Friends of the Library provided a progress report on the sale of memorial or commemorative bricks. To date, 590 have been sold; most have been installed and more will be installed in the spring. At present, according to Mullen, the group is working to prepare Christmas season order forms, which will be promoted around town. Bricks are sold for $50 each.

Mullen also mentioned that the Friends group is teaming up with local veterans who plan to create a commemorative walkway on the common in 2018. By working together, they were able to purchase a pallet of 500 bricks at a more affordable price.

After the completion of Mullen’s presentation, Pfeffer then discussed the status of the credenza currently in the main hall of the library. This large, custom-made piece of furniture served as the library’s reference desk after the 1989 updates and addition. Pfeffer noted that it is marked with a plaque dedicated to Dennis Foley. She indicated that there is really no place for it in the current library and facilities director Michael D’Angelo stated that the credenza is made primarily of particle board and probably needs to be discarded. 

Pfeffer agreed and said she had been unable to reach any members of the Foley family to explain the situation. Councilor Matt Kelly stressed the importance of trying to reach them to express the town’s appreciation for their generosity. Pfeffer said the plaque would be retained and placed elsewhere and expressed the hope that a mention in Franklin Matters might lead to a reconnection with the Foley family.

The “key” presentation of the afternoon came from Shane Nolan, from Daedalus. He provided a “walk through” of a monthly review report. Among the key points:

  • Work on roof and eaves should be complete in about two weeks
  • Conference room millwork was just completed
  • Some door lock and hardware issues remain
  • Carpeting was completed in time for opening and final balancing of the HVAC is underway.[D’Angelo mentioned that chillers have just been winterized]
  • In the near future training for library staff and town facilities people on various new systems will be conducted.
  • End caps have been selected for children’s room shelving [Pfeffer said they are expected in about two weeks]
  • Wood trim on archive room should be in place in a few weeks
  • Reference desk and children’s staff desk to be refabricated soon


Nolan mentioned that the committee had made a decision earlier in the year to “not rush” the contractors so actual completion was 123 days behind the contracted date. At present nine change orders with a value of more than $32,000 are under review with two other potential changes being tracked.

The original contract value was $6,372,213 and 17 change orders to date added $1,310,305 to that for a current contract value of $7,682,517. This figure is below the $10.5 million approved by the Town Council in 2015.

Nolan indicated “close out” of the project would take 60-90 days. Pfeffer and others on the committee sought assurances that any remaining issues would be handled within that time or addressed subsequently.

The Committee also voted unanimously to approve an additional $30,000 for LLB architects to partially cover their additional costs for working during the additional time period required by the project.

The committee also voted unanimously to approve payment number 19, for DW Construction in the amount of $265,081.07.

Later in the meeting the use of library facilities was discussed and questions about current town policies strictly limiting sales on town properties were mentioned as a potential impediment to attracting library speakers or working with art and garden groups in town. 

Councilor Kelly said he hoped to address that policy and work toward an update, perhaps as soon as the first meeting of the Town Council on Wednesday, Nov. 15.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:42 pm. The next meeting is scheduled for December 5, 2017, at 5:00 PM at the library. Weekly construction meetings are also held Fridays at 9:00 AM at t Library

view of the main room from an overlook on the 4th floor
view of the main room from an overlook on the 4th floor

Saturday, August 6, 2016

"the new building is projected to cost about $21 million"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"The town has approved the site plan for a new location for the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School, moving the project another step forward. 
The school is looking to move from its current location on Main Street to a new building on Financial Park between Washington and Grove streets. 
Town Planner Bryan Taberner said the Planning Board approved the plan at a mid-July meeting, though he said he did not believe the school has sought a building permit as of yet. School officials want to open the new building in September 2017."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20160805/site-plan-approved-for-new-charter-school-building

the BFCCPS is currently operating from the former St Mary's School
the BFCCPS is currently operating from the former St Mary's School
For more information about the charter school visit them online -->>  http://bfccps.org/

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Library Expansion - Design photos

When at the Candidates Night I saw and took these photos of the Franklin Library expansion project that were on display in the lobby of the Municipal Building. 


the expansion of the Library will be located  out the back corner and include a new back entrance
the expansion of the Library will be located  out the back corner and include a new back entrance

the expansion will be two stories
the expansion will be two stories

new children's area
new children's area

new main level reading area
new main level reading area

grand stairway
grand stairway

new books and media section
new books and media section

a rendering of the outside of the building showing the expansion on the back corner
a rendering of the outside of the building showing the expansion on the back corner

The Library Building Committee was formed in Dec 2014
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2014/12/live-reporting-library-building.html

The preliminary planning report was presented in April 2015
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2015/04/among-smallest-public-libraries-in-area.html

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Neighbor Brigade is recognized for their work by the Town Council

In one of the shorter Town Council meetings, the Council heard the Neighbor Brigade presentation, recognized them for the work they do, and effectively handled several legislative items in about 30 minutes.


Linda Gagnon, Cheryl Ferry and Council Chair Bob Vallee
Linda Gagnon, Cheryl Ferri and Council Chair Bob Vallee

The Neighbor Brigade is a volunteer organization that helps individuals and families in need. They have been in existence for 5 years, founded by a woman from Wayland. Linda Gagnon was inspired to bring this community service to Franklin.

They provide a virtual network of services and this is their 3rd year of service for Franklin. They had 15 requests in the first year, 400 requests last year. The requests keep coming in. They coordinate to deliver meals and provide other help as needed.

The volunteers go above and beyond the call of duty. A mother loses her husband and doesn't know how to start a lawn mower. Another mother dealing with impending surgery, no other family support, the volunteers provide that help.

The Neighbor Brigade is in contact with other organization like the hospital, Schools, Fire Dept, Police Dept to make referrals as necessary.

To join or donate to the NEighbor Brigade visit them on the internet at
http://www.neighborbrigade.org/  or in Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/neighborbrigade


In the business portion of the meeting, the Council approve payment of a bill from 2015 fiscal year that just arrived. The Council authorized payment from insurance for a couple of occurrences. This is required when the amount exceeds 20,000 dollars.  

The School Building committee was formally disbanded. While the major work of the committee is complete, there remains a 'punch list' of items that still require attention. Tom Mercer, the committee chair, has been empowered to address those until they are complete.

The Senior Center Renovation Project was funded for an additional 601,000. This provides a total of 1.6M for the project to cover the current estimate. The Committee will now put out a formal bid for the work to be done to build out the second floor, add an elevator and do some other work in the building.

The complete notes taken live during the meeting can be found here:


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

"favorable to other available options"


The charter school on Main Street has finalized plans to construct a new building with some of the land it owns on Washington Street, part of a $22 million expansion that will see its enrollment double over the next decade. 
The Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School (BFCCPS) is looking to hire an architect to design the new 90,000 square-foot school, including recreation fields, said Donald Tappin, president of the school’s 10-member Board of Trustees. 
“Much of this work will take place over the summer,” he said in a blog post last week. “Our timeline remains aggressive but we currently expect that we will be able to welcome students into BFCCPS’s new facility in September of 2017.” 
The school owns three parcels off Washington Street – a total of about 8 acres. All together, the land is worth more than $600,000, according to the Franklin assessor’s database.
Continue reading the article in the Milford Daily News
http://www.milforddailynews.com/article/20150610/NEWS/150619652/1994/NEWS

Related post:
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2015/06/bfccps-expansion-update.html

Thursday, June 4, 2015

BFCCPS - Expansion Update

From Don Tappin, President, Board of Trustees - BFCCPS
"As many know the Benjamin Franklin Educational Foundation already owns a parcel of land in Franklin on Washington Street that was purchased some time ago with the idea of building a school. Although in the past there were barriers to developing the parcel recent events have made the site viable and in fact favorable to other available options. As a result, I’m pleased to let you know that we are pursuing placement of the school on Washington Street in Franklin. 
The next step in the process is for us to seek a designer to develop plans and specifications for a new 90,000 square foot building with play fields. Much of this work will take place over the summer. Our timeline remains aggressive but we currently expect that we will be able to welcome students into BFCCPS’s new facility in September of 2017."

You can read the full posting on the BFCCPS webpage here
http://bfccps.org/expansion-update-from-the-board-of-trustees/

Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School
Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

"among the smallest public libraries in the area"


Preliminary planning and design work for the library’s expansion is underway now that the town has selected an architect and project manager. 
The 10-member Library Building Committee recently chose Boston-based Daedalus Projects Inc. to manage the project — the firm also oversaw the construction of Franklin’s new high school — and pegged LLB Architects to handle the architectural work. 
LLB Architects, based in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, has designed several library expansions, including for the towns of Foxborough, Maynard, Scituate and Walpole. 
Approved last April, the Franklin Public Library project includes a 6,000-square-foot, two-story addition that will provide space for a new community room, coffee shop and young adult section. The cost has been estimated at $6.6 million, but may change as the project becomes more defined.

Continue reading the article in the Milford Daily News
http://www.milforddailynews.com/article/20150407/NEWS/150407468/1994/NEWS

Franklin Public Library - new sign back in place after an accident took it down in Oct 2014
Franklin Public Library - new sign back in place after an accident took it down in Oct 2014


The Library Building Committee as appointed in Dec 2014
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2014/12/live-reporting-library-building.html


7. Resolution 14-89: Creation of a Library Building Committee
motion to accept, seconded, passed 8-0

E. APPOINTMENTS 
Library Building Committee – Vote Resolution 14-89 First (voted above)

Matthew T. Kelley - 75 Crescent Street
Judith Pond Pfeffer - 37 Arlington Street
Thomas D. Mercer - 14 Mercer Lane
Christopher K. Feeley - 5 Taft Drive
Felicia Oti - Library Director
Monique Doyle - 3 Greenfield Road
Sandra Brandfonbrener - 8 Beech Street
James M. Roche - 152 Daniels Street
Nancy J. Rappa - 25 Queen Street
Joseph Mullen (added during clerk reading of motion) 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Live reporting - Library Building Committee


7. Resolution 14-89: Creation of a Library Building Committee
motion to accept, seconded, passed 8-0


E. APPOINTMENTS
Library Building Committee – Vote Resolution 14-89 First (voted above)
Nancy J. Rappa - 25 Queen Street
Matthew T. Kelley - 75 Crescent Street
Judith Pond Pfeffer - 37 Arlington Street
Thomas D. Mercer - 14 Mercer Lane
Christopher K. Feeley - 5 Taft Drive
Felicia Oti - Library Director
Monique Doyle - 3 Greenfield Road
Sandra Brandfonbrener - 8 Beech Street
James M. Roche - 152 Daniels Street
Joseph Mullen (added during clerk reading of motion)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Town Council reorganizes, sort of

Reorg - sort of

 
The first order of business at the Town Council was to re-organize or elect their officers for the new year. The process is for opening nominations, closing nominations, and then voting on the nomination for each position. The Council successfully did that for the Vice Chair and Clerk but only opened and closed the nominations for Chair. They never officially voted for their Chair to remain Bob Vallee. There was no change in Vice Chair as Matt Kelly retained that position. Judith Pond Pfeffer retains the Clerk position.

This action was not intentional. It happened when the nominations for Chair closed with a vote, Padula nominated Pfeffer for Clerk which was not in the pre-determined order of events. They put that aside, took the nominations for Vice Chair and voted properly but 'forgot' to actually vote on the nomination of Vallee for Chair. It is likely the Council will need to re-do this at their December meeting. I don't believe it made a material difference to any of the proceedings. 


FHS - grass to turf field


The School Building Committee represented by Chairman Tom Mercer provided some key updates at the meeting. Among them:
  • the building has a punch listing of items being worked by the contractor in off school hours
  • the new Panther Way connector should open on Monday (Nov 24)
  • site and ball fields will be worked to a sub-grade condition before the deep frost hits
The Committee also sought a 'sense of the Council' on an item where they proposed changing one field from grass to turf. They can do so within the budget as previously outlined and still turn 'savings' back to the Town. The field which was targeted for a practice field as grass could be used year round as a competitive field if turf. 

New FHS layout, green section in front left position along Oak St is where the practice fields would be that are now going to be a turf field that will be regulation sized and available for games
New FHS layout, green section in front left position along Oak St is where the practice fields would be that are now going to be a turf field that will be regulation sized and available for games

The Committee has the authority to do so but due to the nature and discussion around the change wanted to bring it forward to gain some feedback before proceeding. 

Note: If they really wanted to gain some public input on this item, they could have brought it out more fully. Clearly they had enough time to do so as representatives from the High School sports, Recreation dept and many of the major youth leagues were present at the meeting.

Tax rate set

The tax classification hearing was the shortest and briefest in my time reporting on Town Council meetings. The Council respectfully has an opportunity for preparing for the hearing and apparently prepared very well as there were very few questions. The opportunity to walk through the process to share how the calculation is made was 'lost'.

Effectively, the rate increases 39 cents from $14.45 to $14.84. Of note, if the bond increases for the new high school had not been coming online, the tax rate would actually have decreased. One of the key bright spots among the wealth of data shared was that residential property values have increased. Commercial /Industrial valuations are still lagging behind.

My full set of notes from the meeting can be found here