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Thursday, June 22, 2023

Open Space & Recreation Plan public hearing #3 video available for replay

The Open Space & Recreation Plan was discussed in the 3rd and last in the series of planned Public Hearings on Tuesday, June 20, 2023. The hearing covered some of the details around the process: 
  • The draft has been issued for comment
  • Comments are open through July 12
  • Additional detail on the survey results are being formatted to add to the draft. This won't change the goals or objectives, just provide the additional supporting evidence for such.

Comments on the plan can be submitted ->

The public hearing video is available for replay ->

Open Space & Recreation Plan - Summary 

Monday, June 19, 2023

Open Space & Recreation Plan - Public Hearing #3 - June 20, 2023 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Open Space & Recreation Plan 
Public Hearing #3 - Agenda
June 20, 2023 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

This Open Space and Recreation Plan Public Hearing is available to be attended in person and via the ZOOM platform. 

In an effort to ensure citizen engagement, citizens will be able to dial into the meeting using the provided phone number (Cell phone or Landline Required) OR citizens can participate by copying the link (Phone, Computer, or Tablet required). Please click/copy and paste the link or call on your phone at 929-205-6099, meeting number is 863 4507 5948. 

If you are having trouble accessing through the link, please call on your phone and use *6 to toggle between mute/unmute and *9 to raise your hand. 

The public hearing can also be accessed remotely on Franklin TV All-Access channel (Channel 8 Comcast/Channel 26 Verizon). 

For residents that do not have cable, the public hearings can be accessed live on the Franklin TV All-Access YouTube channel at

If you wish to attend in person, the meeting will be held in the Council Chambers at the Franklin Town Hall, second floor at 355 East Central Street.


1.1 Public Hearing 3: Town staff will present a draft of the 2023 OSRP and will be seeking feedback from the community.

Comments on the plan can be submitted ->

Open Space & Recreation Plan - Summary 

2023 Open Space and Recreation Plan - Goals and Objectives

The goals and objectives for Franklin’s 2023 Open Space and Recreation Plan are the product of extensive public input and comments, as well as close coordination and extensive planning by Town staff, led by the Conservation Department and also including the Department of Planning and Community Development, the Recreation Department, the Public Works Department, Building and Inspectional Services, the GIS Department, and Franklin Public Schools, among others.

In particular, the OSRP goals and objectives reflect an analysis of the results of the Citizen Participation Survey, which provided the Conservation Department and Commission with data on the current usage of the Town’s Open Space and Recreation Areas, and residents’ viewpoints on issues such as conservation and protection of the Town’s natural resources; the availability, accessibility and condition of passive and active Recreation Areas and Open Spaces; and the need for improved connectivity between and among the Town’s Recreation Areas and Open Spaces.

Information gathered from the survey helped the Commission Department and Commission formulate goals and objectives that address residents’ desire for things such as improved accessibility (for example, a greater number of respondents (139) responded that they were “dissatisfied” or “very dissatisfied” with availability of Recreational spaces for persons with disabilities than those who responded as being “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with such availability (117)), better connectivity (64% of respondents rate accessibility to Open Space, natural areas and/or Recreation destinations by walking or biking as “very important”), improving existing conservation lands for Recreation, habitat and biodiversity (83% of respondents rate this as either a medium priority or high priority), and acquiring conservation lands for passive Recreation (70% of respondents rate this as either a medium priority or high priority). A slight majority of respondents (55%) rated the acquisition or construction of additional Recreation facilities as a medium or high priority, whereas a significant majority (80%) rated improving existing Recreational facilities as a medium or high priority.

The survey responses, as well as feedback generated during the course of the Conservation Department and Commission’s bi-weekly stakeholder meetings, office hours, and public hearings, were compiled, assessed and used to formulate the goals and objectives of the 2023 OSRP update, centered around the three central pillars of inclusivity and connectivity, growth of existing passive and active Recreational opportunities, and sustainability and protection of natural resources. These goals and objectives, broken out into specific categories of action items below, are meant to be cohesive and complementary of each other and created to address the desires, needs and concerns of the residents of the Town of Franklin regarding Open Space and Recreation.

The goals and objectives of this Plan are not designed to operate in a vacuum, but rather to be pursued in conjunction with the goals and objectives of other land use documents especially the Town’s forthcoming 2023-24 Master Plan update.
The following goals and objectives are identified to improve the quality of life for residents at neighborhood, town and regional level:

GOAL 1: Increase public awareness of Open Space and Recreation opportunities in Franklin.

Objective 1.1: Install maps and directional signage at Open Space and Recreation Areas, including signage identifying and directing visitors to walking/hiking trails, bike paths and bike lanes, and interconnected or nearby Open Spaces and Recreational areas, as well as signage (to the extent not already installed) which can identify characteristics of Open Spaces including unique flora and fauna, legacy trees, native animal species, and other pertinent information.

Objective 1.2: Create educational and/or outdoor programs to educate citizens about the environment and natural habitats in Franklin, as well as to promote agricultural engagement with the community, including through partnerships with Franklin High School, Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School, Norfolk Aggie, Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts, Franklin Future Leaders, local sports teams, and other organizations.

Objective 1.3: Assist schools and other organizations with environmental science, conservation and sustainability education.

Objective 1.4: Create a “Friends of Franklin Conservation” organization to encourage volunteer efforts to steward natural resources and sponsor town events to promote appreciation, awareness and utilization of Open Space to foster a community sense of identification with the land and resources.

GOAL 2: Promote, preserve and enhance existing Town Open Space resources.

Objective 2.1: Create a plan for prioritization and acquisition of Chapter 61, 61A, and 61B properties, and ensure the availability of adequate CPA and Open Space funding for the acquisition and preservation of such properties if and as they become available to the Town.

Objective 2.2: Prioritize land owned by the Town and managed by the Conservation Commission for development of resiliency improvements, improved trails and walking paths, increased public access (with a particular emphasis on accessibility to persons with disabilities), and approval of conservation restrictions to ensure the land will be permanently protected.

Objective 2.3: Create a master plan for the Maple Hill parcel, which should at minimum include the following: identifying and constructing appropriate and accessible trail heads and corresponding parking facilities and locations; promoting public awareness (including through off-site directional signage); balancing public access with the private property rights of adjacent neighborhoods; assessing the existing trail network; and promoting forest management best practices.

Objective 2.4: Create a master plan for Schmidt’s Farm, which should at minimum include the following: preserving the legacy agricultural use of Schmidt’s Farm, including studying the implementation of a town-managed community garden (similar to King Street Memorial), and/or town-leased agricultural plots (see, e.g., Norfolk Community Organic Farm); studying and identifying appropriate public access to Schmidt’s Farm, including studying existing trails and implementing new trails where appropriate; restoring the existing barn, and assessing potential future uses, including as an educational/community engagement facility (e.g., in collaboration with programs at Norfolk Aggie and Tri-County Regional), while celebrating and preserving the Schmidt Family legacy; and assessing potential partnerships with governmental and nonprofit organizations around preservation and wildlife management at Schmidt’s Farm (including potentially providing for wildlife resettlement).

Objective 2.5: Explore the creation of an independent, nonprofit land trust comprised of Franklin residents to hold conservation restrictions on Maple Hill and Schmidt’s Farm, and to have a role in the oversite and day-to-day management of Maple Hill and Schmidt’s Farm.

GOAL 3: Maximize Recreational opportunities to meet the community’s evolving needs by maintaining current inventory of facilities and programs and by providing new facilities and programs for both active and passive Recreation.

Objective 3.1: Maintain and improve current Recreation Areas and provide new Recreation opportunities for residents of all ages and levels of ability. In particular, as the Town continues to implement capital improvements at facilities such as Henry “Ski” Faenza Memorial Playground and Beaver Pond (currently underway/recently completed), Fletcher Field Playground (est. in 2023), King Street Memorial Park (est. in 2024), Dacey Playground (est. in 2025), and as the Town/Recreation Department assesses future needs, the Town should prioritize accessibility improvements such as improved surfacing, playground equipment that is designed to be inclusive to persons with disabilities, and the construction of permanent, accessible restroom facilities.

Objective 3.2: Increase usage of existing Recreational spaces and modify existing Recreational space as the needs of the Town require and evolve. In particular, the Recreation Department should assess the demand for its existing programming and for programs/sports that are currently not served or are underserved, or where demand is anticipated to increase over the next seven years, which assessment should inform the development of potential new facilities or modifications to existing Recreational facilities.

Objective 3.3: Assess the feasibility of additional/improved access points for canoes, kayaks and boats to utilize the Charles River and Mine Brook and work with the Charles River Meadowlands to facilitate and promote awareness of these access points.
Objective 3.4: Increase connectivity to and between Franklin’s Recreation Areas, conservation areas, and Open Space including safe walking and bicycle linkages through the creation of a cohesive “Emerald Necklace” linking and promoting access to the Town’s Open Spaces and conservation areas. Connectivity and access improvements should place a particular emphasis on improved access for the elderly, persons with disabilities, and families with young children.

Objective 3.5: Work with DCR and others to continue to increase access to and improvements of the SNETT and State Forest Trail, in particular by assessing the feasibility of extending the SNETT from Grove Street into downtown Franklin through the potential acquisition of property rights over the balance of the former CSX right of way, which has since been acquired by the MBTA/Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Any such expansion of the SNETT should prioritize the construction of surfacing that is accessible to wheelchairs.

Objective 3.6: Assess opportunities for the development of a youth center to provide a meeting place for teens to congregate and participate in indoor sports, gaming and conversation, and for additional indoor Recreational facilities to ease the lack of available indoor facility space. This may include exploring the feasibility of expanding and/or replacing the existing Recreation Department gymnasium, as well as through partnerships with other municipalities and private organizations to increase access to indoor facilities in the region.

GOAL 4: Protect natural, historical and cultural resources and maintain Franklin's New England character.

Objective 4.1: Preserve natural resources for the protection of priority habitats so as to enhance biodiversity which will help sustain native plant and wildlife species and improve the quality and health of natural infrastructure, including through the implementation and completion of Forest Stewardship Plans for app qualifying Open Space areas.

Objective 4.2: Seek the approval of Franklin voters to expand Community Preservation Act funding.

Objective 4.3: Implement growth management techniques that will help to preserve the Town's natural, historic and cultural resources, including through the adoption of updated bylaws addressing/expanding the protection of trees and water resources, and by promoting the sustainable design of public facilities and improvements.

GOAL 5: Preserve and Protect the Town’s Water Resources.

Objective 5.1: Prioritize water bodies in Town for ecological studies to determine overall health of the water body and long term management strategies and programs.

Shared from the Open Space & Recreation Plan update for comment

Comments on the plan can be submitted ->

Open Space & Recreation Plan - Summary 

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Concerned about deceptive ads and sales of autos? Last call for comments

Consumer Alerts from the Federal Trade Commission

By Karen Hobbs

The FTC is working to address deceptive advertising and unlawful add-on sales in the auto industry by considering changes to the law that would give the agency better tools to protect consumers and honest dealerships. 

Want to help? Don't wait! 

Submit a comment on the rulemaking and make your voice heard.

Concerned about deceptive ads and sales of autos? Last call for comments
Concerned about deceptive ads and sales of autos? Last call for comments

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Comments open for National Grid's Geothermal Program Implementation Plan until July 29, 2022

Via National Grid US:  

"In Massachusetts, we have submitted our Geothermal Program Implementation Plan to the Department of Public Utilities for approval. Anyone wishing to comment on our plan may submit written comments to the DPU by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 29th, 2022. "

You can find the National Grid plan referenced ->

Via MarketScreener, we have the link to the plan 

From their plan: 

"National Grid’s vision for fossil-free heat targets a hybrid approach. Just as we have decarbonized electricity with wind and solar, we can decarbonize the gas system with renewable natural gas and green hydrogen."


Comments open for National Grid's Geothermal Program Implementation Plan until July 29, 2022
Comments open for National Grid's Geothermal Program Implementation Plan until July 29, 2022

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Plan Development and Public Participation ** 2021 Town of Franklin - Housing Production Plan - Public Review Draft **

The Town’s residents and elected and appointed officials have firsthand knowledge of Town housing needs, problems and opportunities that need to be addressed; this collective knowledge is necessary to ensure all issues are addressed, and any recommendations related to affordable housing goals or strategies are feasible and will draw sufficient support to warrant a reasonable chance for implementation. Per DHCD’s Guidelines, a HPP should be developed “with opportunities for community residents to become informed of the planning process and the plan, and to provide input”. Therefore, input from Town officials and the general public is an essential feature of the process of preparing this Plan.

This HPP was not developed during a normal 6 to 12 month plan development / public participation process. Originally intending to complete an update to the HPP during 2018, the DPCD began work in March 2017, engaging with the Town Administrator’s office and the Municipal Affordable Housing Trust. At that time the Town was under 10% SHI and development of the Town’s HPP was focused on developing goals and strategies that would result in the community reaching the 10% Statutory Minimum.

In April 2017 the Department of Planning and Community Development held an informational session on developing the housing production plan. Several elected Boards, including the Town Council and Planning Board were present at the workshop. There were several discussions on controlled growth within the Town of Franklin. The workshop provided information on the existing affordable units in town and conversation was had on the housing needs of the Town as it compares to the existing affordable housing. As a result of input received, DPCD began a review of the existing zoning by-laws, and drafting of proposed zoning changes, including development of an inclusionary zoning bylaw.

After several months of work on the HPP update, the Town was informed it was over the 10% Statutory Minimum with the addition of the Glen Meadows apartment complex (288 housing units) to Franklin’s SHI. The Town’s SHI Inventory is included in this document as Attachment D. Given the Town of Franklin’s 40B affordable housing production requirements had changed significantly and was considered to be in compliance with Chapter 40B, DPCD’s priorities also changed and work on the Plan’s development was suspended until 2020. The proposed HPP update was no longer required, but it also would require a different focus if it were to be created.

Over the last few years the Town’s Administration and Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) have attended public meetings asking for input on specific housing related issues; this input has been critical in developing draft strategies related to affordable housing production. Public input on Franklin’s housing needs was obtained at several public meetings, including the following:

January 2018 Meeting, Municipal Affordable Housing Trust. DPCD attended meeting to accomplish the following: provide a Housing Production Assessment presentation, to update MAHT on the substantial increase in housing production during recent years; discuss the Town’s SHI and how it related to recent housing production; discuss the HPP update, and present three proposed general HPP goals; and request input on proposed HPP goals. Given that the Town was over 10% SHI, the main Goal of the proposed HPP would be to keep Town over 10%. Additional issues were discussed including the need for workforce housing and potential zoning changes.

October 22, 2019, Economic Development Visioning Event held by MAPC and DPCD. Input received from event and three additional workshops was used to develop a Market Analysis and Market Position Summary for Downtown Franklin and two of Franklin’s other older commercial districts. During the event Franklin residents provided a substantial amount of input on Franklin’s economic development issues, including the need for workforce housing. In addition to the community engagement portion of the economic development project, MAPC performed a residential analysis of the study area.

January 13, 2020 Meeting, Municipal Affordable Housing Trust. DPCD presented a summary of recent work on the HPP update, and requested the MAHT hold a public meeting and invite the public to discuss affordable housing needs, and to provide input on draft goals and strategies.

April 27, 2020 Meeting, Franklin Town Council Economic Development Committee. DPCD provided a presentation that included a proposed Inclusionary Zoning Bylaw, and a summary on the HPP update. Input was provided by EDC members and others in attendance on both issues.

June 10, 2020 Meeting, Franklin Town Council Economic Development Committee. Meeting focused on a follow-up on the Inclusionary Zoning Bylaw proposal and similar issues, including use of incentives to increase number of units on Franklin’s SHI; possible housing TIF (tax increment financing) agreements to create middle (moderate) income type developments; consider 40R smart growth zoning districts; change Zoning Bylaw’s housing density allowed in certain districts and allow some multifamily housing by right; and use a mix of mandatory and incentive based Inclusionary zoning approaches. Input on these and other issues was requested.

December 14, 2020 Meeting, Municipal Affordable Housing Trust. DPCD attended meeting to discuss the following: provide update on HPP development; request input on draft goals and strategies; and ask for MAHT participation in upcoming EDC meeting.

January 13, 2021 Meeting, Franklin Town Council Economic Development Committee. DPCD provided a presentation on the following: Housing Development Update (Town added 1,283 over 10 years); and draft HPP goals and potential strategies that would result in increase of SHI housing units. The DPCD Housing Development Update is included in this document as Attachment E. DPCD requested EDC members and others in attendance provide DPCD with input on housing development and affordable housing issues to be included in HPP update.

March 15, 2021 Meeting (remote), Town Administration and DPCD, and Old Colony Habitat for Humanity. Meeting with Old Colony Habitat for Humanity’s new CEO about working together to create affordable housing units within Franklin.

The input from the above sources has been used to produce this “public draft“ HPP, which has been distributed to Franklin’s Town Council, Planning Board, Franklin Public Library, Housing Authority, Municipal Affordable Housing Trust, Community Preservation Committee, Franklin Commission on Persons with Disabilities, and Council on Aging. Notification of the Draft HPP has also been sent to a variety of organizations including MAPC, Metacomet Land Trust, Franklin Downtown Partnership, and Old Colony Habitat for Humanity.

Hard copies of the public draft HPP are available at the Department of Planning and Community Development’s (DPCD) office during normal business hours. Given the current pandemic individuals wishing to review the Draft HPP should contact the DPCD at or 508-520- 4907 to arrange an appointment.

The Town will accept input on the Draft HPP, and housing issues in general, from anyone interested in providing comments during a formal Public Comment Period which begins on May 12, 2021 and ends on June 4, 2021. Input will be received over the Town website, by email or letter. In addition, the Town will hold a Public Hearing to present the highlights of the Draft HPP, and provide time for residents to ask questions and provide input.

Feedback from the general public and Town officials is a critical component of this planning process. The Town will develop a complete list of all comments received during the Public Comment Period. Once the public comment period is over, all input received will be considered and a Final HPP will be developed.

Once the HPP is updated to its final form, the document will be presented to the Planning Board and Town Council for review, consideration and formal adoption. Once formally adopted by both elected bodies, the HPP will be submitted to the DHCD for approval.


Find the full copy of the Housing Production Plan

Info on the public comment period

Plan Development and Public Participation
Plan Development and Public Participation

Monday, May 24, 2021

Executive Summary: ** 2021 Town of Franklin Housing Production Plan (HPP) ***

The Town of Franklin Housing Production Plan (HPP) is a proactive strategy for meeting the housing needs of the community, and in particular, for planning and enhancing its affordable housing inventory. This document, an update to Franklin’s first HPP that was approved by Town Council in 2011, has been designed to expand upon the concepts outlined in the previous 2011 HPP, serve as an update with more recent data, and explore incentives and other options to increase Franklin’s affordable housing supply.

Since 2011 the Town has made good progress implementing its affordable housing goals and increasing the number of SHI Eligible Housing units. In 2019, the Town surpassed the State-mandated target of 10% affordable housing of its total year-round housing units under M.G.L. Chapter 40B. This Housing Production Plan (HPP) is intended to direct housing development and preservation in such a way that the Town will remain above 10%, and therefore be in control of its 40B destiny. In addition the strategies included in the updated HPP provide the Town’s residents with options not previously not pursued.

Previous Affordable Housing Planning. The Town has made affordable housing planning a priority for much of the last twenty-five years. The Town of Franklin’s 1997 Master Plan prioritized creating affordable housing for the community’s senior population, which is summarized in Goal 1 of the Housing Element: “Ensure that housing opportunities for the elderly are sufficient in number and type to meet the projected growth in their population”.
In 2004, the Housing Element of Franklin’s Community Development Plan, “Affordable Housing, Strategy and Development Action Plan” identified several goals the Town still needs to address, including: Increase housing opportunities for low, moderate, and middle income households; Ensure the Town meets the 40B goal for subsidized housing; Increase housing opportunities for seniors; and Encourage development of multifamily housing.

In 2011 the Affordable Housing Strategy and Development Action Plan, Franklin’s first Housing Production Plan was approved by DHCD. The Plan had several similar goals to those mentioned above including Encourage development of multifamily housing; Increase housing opportunities for seniors and the elderly, but focused much effort on utilizing zoning to create greater housing density, use Zoning “By Right” as a tool, and Amend the zoning by-laws to allow Assisted living and other elderly housing facilities. The biggest priority of the 2011 HPP was creation of a Municipal Affordable Housing Trust. A summary of the Plan’s Housing Implementation Strategy is included in this document as Attachment B.

The most recent housing related planning was during creation of Franklin’s 2013 Master Plan. Substantial public input was gathered and Master Plan Committee developed housing goals that reflected the needs of the community. Housing related Goals, Objectives and proposed actions from the Master Plan’s Implementation Element are included in Attachment C of this document. 

The most relevant housing goals for the purposes of this HPP are as follows:
  • Goal 1: Provide the appropriate mix of housing alternatives that meet the needs of Franklin based employment
  • Goal 2: Support development of affordable housing opportunities for low, moderate and middle- income households.
  • Goal 4: Encourage, rezone as required, and support housing appropriate for expected future demographics.
The above goals have influenced the development of the HPP’s goals detailed in Section 2.

Find the full copy of the Housing Production Plan

Info on the public comment period

Executive Summary: **2021 Town of Franklin - Housing Production Plan - Public Review Draft**
Executive Summary: **2021 Town of Franklin - Housing Production Plan - Public Review Draft**

Thursday, May 20, 2021

2021 Draft Housing Production Plan open for Public Comment through June 25, 2021

Town of Franklin, MA (@TOFranklinMA) tweeted on Wed, May 19, 2021:
The 2021 Draft Housing Production Plan is available on our website. The Town will accept input on the Draft Housing Production Plan during the Public Comment Period that runs from May 12 through June 25, 2021. 
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2021 Draft Housing Production Plan open for Public Comment through June 25, 2021
2021 Draft Housing Production Plan open for Public Comment through June 25, 2021

Monday, March 1, 2021

Have you used the Suggestion Box? | Town of Franklin MA

On the Town of Franklin home page, there are a variety of Customer Service Request links available.
  • If you find a street light out, or a pothole that should be filled, use the "Public Works work order"
  • Sign up for the Reverse 911 to get notified by the Town of an emergency in your neighborhood.
  • Or use the Comment Box to make a suggestion...
Visit to use any one of these options

Have you used the Suggestion Box? | Town of Franklin MA
Have you used the Suggestion Box? | Town of Franklin MA

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

FTC Issues Staff Report on Made in USA Workshop, Seeks Comment on Related Proposed Rulemaking for Labeling Rule

Rule would apply to unqualified Made in USA claims made on product labels

The Federal Trade Commission today issued a staff report on an FTC workshop on Made in USA claims that was held last fall, and a notice of proposed rulemaking for a Made in USA Labeling Rule (proposed Rule).

The proposed Rule will apply to product labels making Made in USA and other unqualified U.S.-origin claims. The proposed Rule incorporates guidance set forth in the Commission's previous Decisions and Orders and its 1997 Enforcement Policy Statement on U.S. Origin Claims (

Consistent with this guidance, the proposed Rule will prohibit marketers from including unqualified Made in USA claims on labels unless: 1) final assembly or processing of the product occurs in the United States; 2) all significant processing that goes into the product occurs in the United States; and 3) all or virtually all ingredients or components of the product are made and sourced in the United States.

The proposed Rule also covers labels making unqualified Made in USA claims appearing in mail order catalogs or mail order advertising. The proposed Rule does not supersede, alter, or affect any other federal or state statute or regulation relating to country-of-origin labels. The proposed Rule will make civil penalties available to deter violations.

"Whether a product is actually 'Made in the USA' is an important issue for consumers, manufacturers, retailers, and American workers," said Andrew Smith, Director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection. "We welcome comments from all stakeholders to inform our rulemaking effort."

According to the staff report, the Made in USA workshop last fall sought to enhance the agency's understanding of consumer perception of Made in USA claims and consider whether the Made in USA enforcement program can be improved. Public comments and input from the workshop's panelists addressed three general topics: consumer perception of Made in USA claims, concerns about the FTC's current enforcement approach, and potential changes to the FTC's enforcement strategy.

According to the staff report, only one panelist provided survey evidence on how consumers understand Made in USA claims. Citing a 2013 study, the panelist noted that almost three in five Americans agree that "Made in America" means that all parts of a product, including any natural resources it contains, originated in the United States, and a third of consumers believe that 100 percent of a product must originate in a country for that product to be called "made" in that country.

The staff report states that this evidence supports the guidance in the FTC's Enforcement Policy Statement on U.S. Origin Claims that at least a significant minority of consumers are likely to be deceived by an unqualified Made in USA claim for a product incorporating more than a trivial amount of foreign content.

The Commission vote to issue the staff report was 5-0. The Commission vote approving publication of the proposed Made in USA Labeling Rule in the Federal Register was 4-1, with Commissioner Noah Joshua Phillips voting no and issuing a dissenting statement ( . Commissioner Rohit Chopra issued a separate statement (, as did Commissioner Christine S. Wilson (

The proposed Rule will be published in the Federal Register shortly. Instructions for submitting comments appear in the published document. The FTC will consider all timely and responsive public comments it receives in accordance with those instructions. Once processed, comments will be posted on (

The Federal Trade Commission works to promote competition, and protect and educate consumers. You can learn more about consumer topics and file a consumer complaint online or by calling 1-877-FTC-HELP (382-4357). Like the FTC on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, read our blogs, and subscribe to press releases for the latest FTC news and resources.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Live reporting: Town Administrator's Report through to Closing

11. TOWN ADMINISTRATOR'S REPORTa. Town Council Bi-annual Goals Update
14. EXECUTIVE SESSION- None Scheduled

Only a few meetings left before election
Always really cool to look back at the goals accomplished
20 months of work

EEE - phones are ringing off the hook
Spilka and Roy have sent updates
Homepage has updates, only a "moderate" risk level
No mosquitoes found in town boundaries hence moderate
State Dept of Public Health tells us, we can be safe for now
Are taking proactive measures, no substitute for common sense
Wear repellent, drain standing water, long clothing
Norfolk County Regional County
Spray scheduled for Beaver St Sep 9

Future items
Nothing around

Council comments
Hamblen Oct 1 Chapt 61 application deadline
Farmers market zucchini race

Casey all set

Damon's -  Water likely coming off at end of month assuming parts ordered arrive as scheduled

Sign boards for election alerts

Pellegri seats still open, or call clerks office
Best wishes for Councilor Casey

Kelly wishes to bissanti happy birthday

Mercer married 52 years, two words to remember, yes dear

Motion to adjourn

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Live Reporting: Adminstrator's Report to Closing

very challenging budget year
need to talk with Schools, between our needs and theirs, we don't have enough

Congratulations to Brutus, selected as the next Town Manager in Norfolk, timeline for transition to be determined

police re: arrest and enforcement data and changes coming re dispatch coming

we are going to miss Brutus, 
we are going to have a pre-recording of his announcements

thanks for those giving back to

thanks for the work on the intersection work at Stop & Shop, timing changes coordinated and seem to be working

they still need to do more work there, the left turn stack lane needs to be longer, it is the most dangerous intersection so hopefully this will help

Councilor Jones has no comments tonight

Wish Brutus best of luck in negotiations, we'll miss him

None Scheduled

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Draft Statewide Bicycle Transportation Plan - available for public comment

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing that the Draft Statewide Bicycle Transportation Plan is now available for public comment. You can review the plan and provide feedback by clicking the link below.

2018 Statewide Bicycle Transportation Plan

To realize the potential for everyday biking in Massachusetts and underscore MassDOT’s commitment to safety, MassDOT is releasing a new Statewide Bicycle Transportation Plan to make biking in Massachusetts a safe, comfortable, and convenient option for everyday travel.

As part of the Bike Plan, MassDOT developed the Municipal Resource Guide for Bikeability in recognition of the important role the 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts will play. Created for municipal staff, elected officials, community members, and anyone interested in biking, the Resource Guide introduces core concepts to enhance community bikeability and directs readers to additional resources for more detailed information. 
The public comment period for the draft Bicycle Plan is open until January 31, 2019.

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Draft Statewide Bicycle Transportation Plan - available for public comment
The bike lane markings painted as part of the Downtown Improvement
project that returned Main St to 2-way travel

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Live reporting: to Closing

Detective Zimmerman in Master program
much appreciated

Pellegri - lost 2 lovely ladies both former election workers
looking for the younger ones to step forward

Nutting four vacancies in Fire Dept but civil service list doesn't come out until Dec so the fulfillment likely wont' happen until March

Harvest Festival on Saturday

Jones - FEF fund raiser with Harlem Wizards - Nov 16
tickets are on sale

Dellorco - shout out to M Belloti

Kelly - 11 - 4 PM downtown Harvest Festival

None Scheduled

motion to adjourn, seconded, passed via roll call 9-0

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Live reporting: Closing items

K. Town Administrator's Report
K. Town Administrator's Report
L. Future Agenda Items
L. Future Agenda Items

2 parcels of value in the center could be helpful

M. Council Comments
M. Council Comments

Bissanti - 
Friends of Franklin Historical Museum open house Sunday from 1-4 PM

Pellegri - for all Franklin residents, flu clinic at Senior Center, Oct 17 9:30 to 11:30

What is happening with the museum with the siding? didn't get to it this summer

Mercer - those watching could appreciate a can of WD-40 to oil the chairs

N. Executive Session
N. Executive Session
O. Adjourn
O. Adjourn

motion to adjoourn, passed 9-0

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Live Reporting: Closing

Jones - private wells are part of the water ban

Pfeffer - joint meeting of Planning Board and Council, should we get one again

Vallee - should put the train station on the
Pellegri - my comment would have been on Officer Marguerite but that was covered

Jones - excited to see the new technology stuff on the agenda

Bissanti - I want to announce my acting debut I will be playing an adult in Humbug!

Pfeffer - I can't think of a better honor to have my name in every bar and restaurant
meeting adjourns