Showing posts with label bylaws. Show all posts
Showing posts with label bylaws. Show all posts

Friday, July 12, 2024

Master Plan Update Cmte conducts public hearing, gets feedback to consider (audio)

FM #1244 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 1244 in the series. 


This session shares the Franklin (MA) Master Plan Update Committee Public Hearing held on Wednesday, July 10, 2024. 10 members participated, 9 in chambers, 1 remote (for a portion of session, she did join in person - Williams), 3 were absent (Gallagher, Hagen, Halligan).


Quick recap:

  • Overview presentation coordinate by Chair Jones, and each subcommittee chair, before getting into the public portion

  • Presentation doc was not included with the agenda very few (outside of the committee) likely had time to preview the goals before the session

  • Good input from the multiple commenters both in person and participating remotely

  • Next meeting for the committee scheduled for July 24 to incorporate the feedback from this session, and then begin work on the objectives (which have not yet been revealed) to assign them to responsible Town departments, etc.


The recording runs about 77 minutes, so let’s listen in. Audio link -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-1244-master-plan-update-cmte-public-hearing-07-10-24



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The Franklin TV video is available for replay ->  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qK0miWgTjaU 


Agenda doc  -> https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/agendas/master_plan_agenda_-_july_10_2024.docx.pdf    


Presentation doc ->  

https://www.franklinma.gov/master-plan-update-committee/files/draft-goals-presentation 


My notes in one PDF ->  

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nF1FzxJfke50IOjftj5Xqum8QFtSDozP/view?usp=drive_link 


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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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Master Plan Update Cmte conducts public hearing, gets feedback to consider (audio)
Master Plan Update Cmte conducts public hearing, gets feedback to consider (audio)

Monday, May 20, 2024

Franklin, MA: Town Council Budget Hearing #2 for FY 2025, May 23, 2024 at 7 PM

Franklin Town Council
Agenda & Meeting Packet
May 23, 2024  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 9 and Verizon Channel 29. This meeting may be recorded by others.
b. Chair to identify members participating remotely.
c. Upcoming Town Sponsored Community Events
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. PUBLIC HEARINGS - 7:00 PM
a. FY25 Town Council Annual Operating Budget HearingFY25 Town Council Annual Operating Budget Hearing
i. FY25 Voting Document FY25 Voting Document
ii. FY25 Town Administrator Budget Message (per Town Charter Section 6-4-1) FY25 Town Administrator Budget Message (per Town Charter Section 6-4-1) 
iii. Appendix A1 - Town Administrator Recommended Budget Voting Document & Budget Book  (per Town Charter provision 6-5-1 & 6-5-2) doc
iv. Appendix B1 - Franklin Superintendent's Recommended FY24 Budget Executive Summary  summary
4. LEGISLATION FOR ACTION
(Motion to Approve Resolution 24-28 - Majority Vote)
(Motion to Approve Resolution 24-29 - Majority Vote)
c. Resolution 24-30: Salary Schedule: Full-Time Elected Official
(Motion to Approve Resolution 24-30 - Majority Vote)
d. Resolution 24-31: Expenditure Limits for FY2025 on Departmental Revolving Funds Established by Franklin Town Code Chapter 73, as Provided in MGL Chapter 44, §53E½, as Amended (Motion to Approve Resolution 24-31 - Majority Vote)
e. Resolution 24-32: Creation of Snow & Ice Stabilization Fund, as Authorized by G.L. Chapter 40, Section 5B and Transfer of Funds Thereto (Motion to Approve Resolution 24-32 - ⅔ Majority Vote)
f. Resolution 24-33: Creation of Property Acquisition Stabilization Fund, as Authorized by G.L. Chapter 40, Section 5B and Transfer of Funds Thereto (Motion to Approve Resolution 24-33 - ⅔ Majority Vote)
g. Resolution 24-26: Community Preservation Fund: Annual Appropriations and Reservations (Motion to Approve Resolution 24-26 - Majority Vote)
h. Resolution 24-27: FY25 Community Preservation Appropriation of Funds-Capital (Motion to Approve Resolution 24-27 - Majority Vote)
i. Resolution 24-34: Rescission of Unissued Balances of Authorizations to Borrow (Motion to Approve Resolution 24-34 - Majority Vote)
(Motion to Approve Resolution 24-35 - ⅔ Majority Vote)
k. By-Law Amendment 24-910: Chapter 82, Municipal Service Fees Bylaw to Amend the Code of the Town of Franklin at Chapter 82, Water Usage Rates - First Reading (Motion to Move Bylaw Amendment 24-910 to a Second Reading - Majority Vote)
l. By-Law Amendment 24-911: Chapter 82, Municipal Service Fees Bylaw to Amend the Code of the Town of Franklin at Chapter 82, Curbside Trash Fee - First Reading (Motion to Move Bylaw Amendment 24-911 to a Second Reading - Majority Vote)
m. By-Law Amendment 24-912: Chapter 82, Municipal Service Fees Bylaw to Amend the Code of the Town of Franklin at Chapter 82, Stormwater Service Charge - First Reading (Motion to Move Bylaw Amendment 24-912 to a Second Reading - Majority Vote)

5. TOWN ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT

6. COUNCIL COMMENTS

7. EXECUTIVE SESSION - None Scheduled.

8. ADJOURN

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


Franklin, MA: Town Council Budget Hearing #2 for FY 2025, May 23, 2024 at 7 PM
Franklin, MA: Town Council Budget Hearing #2 for FY 2025, May 23, 2024 at 7 PM

Monday, May 6, 2024

Franklin grease trap policy proposed to be formalized in Town bylaw (audio & video)

FM #1193 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 1193 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares the Franklin (MA) Economic Development Subcmte Meeting conducted on Wednesday, May 1, 2024.  The meeting was held at the Municipal Bldg and conducted in a hybrid manner. Chair Melanie Hamblen, Councilors Brian Chandler & Cobi Frongillo were in the Council Chambers. Councilor Sheridan was absent.


The meeting was scheduled to begin at 5:45 and actually started at 5:55 (not 6:55 as is announced by Chair Hamblen). There was technical difficulty with the Zoom video but not with the YouTube video or any channel audio. Turned out to be a setting in the meeting set up that turned the video off for this session. (Duly noted for future sessions).  


Quick summary

  • Current policy across Health Dept, Building Inspection and DPW calls out the requirements for grease traps for commercial use. Those policies would be combined into one Town bylaw to formalize and remove possible confusion or contention as to which one takes precedence.

  • The draft bylaw was recommended to be moved to the Town Council for their review and approval. This one would not need to include the Planning Board for review.


The meeting runs about 26 minutes.    Audio link -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-1193-economic-development-subcmte-mtg-05-01-24



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Economic Development Subcmte page -> https://www.franklinma.gov/economic-development-subcommittee 


Meeting agenda ->  https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/agendas/2024-05-01_edc_agenda_packet.pdf 


Franklin TV video on YouTube -> https://www.youtube.com/live/YKganfWutTA?si=EJQ77tsztrptv4Mi&t=100


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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 www.franklin.news/ or  www.Franklinmatters.org/ 


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 iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"



Franklin grease trap policy proposed to be formalized in Town bylaw (audio & video)
Franklin grease trap policy proposed to be formalized in Town bylaw (audio & video)

Thursday, February 1, 2024

Franklin Town Council approves flying Pride flag during June, Planning Board associate & elections workers (video)

The Franklin (MA) Town Council took action Wednesday:

a. Joint Town Council and Planning Board Vote To Fill Associate Planning Board Vacancy    https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/uploads/5a._pb_appointment_mark_mucciarone.pdf

Jointly voting with the Planning Board to unanimously approve Mark Mucciarone for the role of associate


b. 2024 Election Workers
i. See Exhibit 1 of Appointment Transaction in agenda packet for list of names  
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/uploads/5b._election_workers_appointment.pdf

Vote via roll call 9-0 to approve of appointments

a. Street Acceptance: Portion of Farrington Street
i. Legislation for Action Item 9a  
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/uploads/6a._farrington_st._acceptance.pdf

Vote via roll call 9-0 to approve of street acceptance


b. Bylaw Amendment 24-904: A Bylaw to Amend the Code of the Town of Franklin at Chapter 82, Fees, Municipal Service - Second Reading (Motion to Approve Bylaw Amendment 24-904 - Majority Roll Call Vote)

Vote via roll call 9-0 to approve of ambulance fee increase


c. Resolution 24-07: Town of Franklin Flag Policy for Display of Flags at Franklin Municipal Building (Motion to Approve Resolution 24-07 - Majority Vote)  https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/uploads/9c._flag_policy.pdf

Much of the meeting was consumed by the discussion and passionate arguments on both sides. The vote was 6-3 to approve. Chandler, Pellegri and Dellorco voted no.



The Franklin TV video for this session is available for replay ->    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaHbAhmFXio

Agenda doc holds the remote participation info -> 

My notes captured during the meeting ->


Photo album of key points in the meeting -> https://photos.app.goo.gl/swdbzNRRWe5b7Rky6


Franklin Town Council approves flying Pride flag during June, Planning Board associate & elections workers (video)
Franklin Town Council approves flying Pride flag during June, Planning Board associate & elections workers (video)

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

LEGAL NOTICE FRANKLIN, MA: Ambulance Fees - 2nd reading to approve increase

The Franklin Town Council will hold a second reading and final vote on the adoption of Town Code Bylaw Amendment 24-904: A Bylaw to Amend The Code of the Town of Franklin at Chapter 82, Fees, Municipal Service, §82-6 Schedule of Service Fees, Subsection F. Fire, which will increase ambulance fees as follows: 
● ALS Base Rate 1 from $2,420.00 to $2,464.00 
● BLS Rate from $1,619.00 to $1,694.00 
● Mileage from $38.00 to $39.00 

The second reading and final vote on adoption of this bylaw amendment will take place during the Town Council Public Meeting beginning at 7:00 pm on January 31, 2024; there will be an opportunity for public input during the process. 

Location: Municipal Building, 2nd floor Council Chambers, 355 E. Central Street, Franklin, and also via the “ZOOM” platform. 

Residents can visit the Town website (Franklinma.gov) town calendar to review the agenda including full text of proposed bylaw amendment, and for up to date meeting information, on and after January 26, 2024. 

Please call the Town Administrator’s Office at (508) 520-4949 if you require further information. 

Submitted by, 
Julie McCann 

Note: ALS = assisted life support, BLS = basic life support


LEGAL NOTICE FRANKLIN, MA: Ambulance Fees - 2nd reading to approve increase
LEGAL NOTICE FRANKLIN, MA: Ambulance Fees - 2nd reading to approve increase

Tuesday, December 26, 2023

Town Council closes out calendar year multiple resolutions and recognition of Ken Norman (audio)

 FM #1118 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 1118 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares the Town Council meeting held in Council Chambers on Wednesday, December 20, 2023. All 9 members  of the Council participated in the Council Chambers. 


Quick recap:

  • Proclamation: William “Ken” Norman - Ken was recognized with a Town proclamation and State House of Representative resolution for many years of service on the Board of Assessors (16 years) and many other committees.

  • 2024 Annual Alcohol License Renewals - all approved, 8 being held for payment and final inspection completion

  • Resolution 23-71: Town Council Approval of County ARPA Funds - Council approved application to Norfolk County for ARPA awards in the total amount of $1,359,000

    • Police Dept - $559,000

    • Sewer projects - $500,000

    • Franklin Food Pantry - $100,000

    • SAFE Coalition - $100,000

    • YMCA Bernon Family Branch - $100,000

  • ARPA Direct funds announced for

    • $1M to reconstruct Baron Road

    • $420,000 for replacement & construction of visitor bleachers at the high school field

  • Bylaw Amendment 23-902: A Bylaw to Amend the Code of the Town of Franklin by Inserting Chapter 147, Snow and Ice, Removal Of - Second Reading - approved by 7-2 vote (Jones, Dellorco voted no)

  • Bylaw Amendment 23-903: A Bylaw to Amend the code of the Town of Franklin at Chapter 82, Fees, Municipal Service - Second Reading - mattress fee raised to $65, unanimously approved (9-0)

  • Resolution 23-72: Davis-Thayer Building Reuse Advisory Committee Charge - Extension of Committee Terms and Deadline to Make Final Report - 

  • Resolution 23-73: Revised 2024 Town Council Meeting Schedule

  • Resolution 23-74: Receipts Reserved for Appropriation Transportation Network Companies (TNC) Ride Assessment Transfer and Appropriation - new MA General Law requirements for separate transaction to make this accounting for approx. $7,000 complete

  • Resolution 23-75: Gift Acceptance - Police Dept. ($5,000), Veterans’ Services Dept. ($3,145) & Senior Center ($200) - community continues to be generous, thank you

  • Resolution 23-76: Cable Funds in Support of PEG Service and Programming per MGL Ch. 44,§53F3/4 - quarterly transfer also per MA General Law requirements to account for the fund transfer - for which Franklin TV & Radio very much appreciates as it allows them to provide the broadcast services for Town & School meetings, School sporting events, and for which community does benefit


The recording runs 1 hour and 30 minutes. Let’s listen to the Town Council meeting on Dec 20, 2023.  Audio link -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-1118-franklin-ma-town-council-mtg-12-20-23



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The Franklin TV video is available for replay -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7Ehd1OodT0   


Town Council agenda doc ->  https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/agendas/town_council_agenda_12.20.23_0.pdf 


My full set of notes captured via Twitter during the meeting are collected in a single PDF for easier reading  ->  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1A1QMobHrI25X20jG3tFX8XpFgcon6tTH/view?usp=drive_link  


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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"



Board of Assessors Chair Chris Feeley presenting the ToF  proclamation to Ken Norman
Board of Assessors Chair Chris Feeley presenting the ToF  proclamation to Ken Norman


Ken posing with State Representative Jeff Roy
Ken posing with State Representative Jeff Roy