Showing posts with label communications. Show all posts
Showing posts with label communications. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Franklin Public Schools: Community Communication Guidelines

Denise Spencer (she/her) (@DSpencerFSC) tweeted on Tue, Nov 22, 2022:
Have a question or concern and you're not sure who to reach out to?  
Our Central Office has put together a helpful cheat sheet on Community Communication Guidelines (ex. reach out to teacher for abc, reach out to principal for xyz).  
https://t.co/c6l4mKrV8c  or ->   https://www.franklinps.net/district/families/pages/community-communication-guidelines

 Shared from Twitter -> 

https://t.co/GO25OuL4kn

Franklin Public Schools: Community Communication Guidelines
Franklin Public Schools: Community Communication Guidelines

Friday, November 4, 2022

Community Relations Subcommittee starts planning for Legislative Forum & discusses other communication efforts (audio)

FM #871 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 871 in the series. 


This session shares the Franklin, MA School Committee Community Relations Subcommittee meeting held on Tuesday, Nov 1, 2022. The meeting was conducted in the 3rd floor training room. No remote participation was enabled for this session per their agenda.


Chair Denise Spencer opened the meeting. School Committee members Al Charles and Camile Bernstein, Superintendent Lucas Giguere, and Marketing Communications Specialist Lily Rivera were also present with me recording the session.


The show notes contain a link to the agenda and to my notes.


The recording runs about 63 minutes, so let’s listen to the Community Relations Subcommittee meeting of Nov 1, 2022.


Audio file ->  https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-871-school-cmte-community-relations-subcmte-mtg-11-01-22


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Subcommittee agenda

https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/agendas/community_relations_sub_comm_agenda_11.1.2022.pdf 


My notes in this ThreadReader PDF -> 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Ux6z6Z1tM9LZxSbULqzurSMSZXPLPHvd/view?usp=share_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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Community Relations Subcommittee starts planning for Legislative Forum
Community Relations Subcommittee starts planning for Legislative Forum


Sunday, October 30, 2022

Franklin School Committee: Community Relations Subcommittee - Agenda - Nov 1 - 6:00 PM

Franklin Public Schools
Franklin School Committee
Community Relations Subcommittee
Tuesday November 1, 2022 - 6:00pm

Location: 3rd Floor Municipal Building – Training Room

A G E N D A
"The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law."
● Legislative Forum
● School Committee - Communication Request Form
● Generate ideas to support two way communication within community


Franklin School Committee: Community Relations Subcommittee - Agenda - Nov 1 - 6:00 PM
Franklin School Committee: Community Relations Subcommittee - Agenda - Nov 1 - 6:00 PM

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Community Relations Subcommittee Meeting - Nov 1 - 6:00 PM

Franklin Public Schools
Franklin School Committee - Community Relations Sub Committee
Tuesday November 1, 2022 - 6:00 PM

Location: 3rd Floor Municipal Building – Training Room


A G E N D A
"The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law."

● Legislative Forum
● School Committee - Communication Request Form
● Generate ideas to support two way communication within community

Agenda doc -> 

Community Relations Subcommittee Meeting - Nov 1 - 6:00 PM
Community Relations Subcommittee Meeting - Nov 1 - 6:00 PM

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

"Nearly 1 in 4 people in Massachusetts speaks a language other than English at home"

"The stakes can be very high when the Department of Children & Families intercedes between a parent and their child. Now imagine if the parent doesn’t speak English.

That’s what happened to Juan Abad, a Dominican immigrant who’s been a Lynn resident for roughly a decade. Abad didn’t know he had fathered twins until one of them died from severe physical abuse inflicted by the mother’s boyfriend. The state’s Office of the Child Advocate reviewed the horrific case and found that DCF failed to protect the three-month-old baby. The mother, who along with her boyfriend was charged in connection with the baby’s death, called Abad to tell him he was the babies’ father and that the surviving twin, Anthony, had been put in foster care.

And so began Abad’s five-year ordeal to get custody of Anthony, in a case that was hampered by DCF’s language-access shortcomings. The case exemplifies the inconsistent and more than often substandard language access practices across state government agencies. Even though it is required by federal law to provide timely and culturally competent oral language services to individuals with limited English proficiency, the law is rarely enforced."

Continue reading the Boston Globe article online (subscription may be required)

Coincidentally, the biliteracy achievement award issued by the Commonwealth recognized 5 students from FHS last year and 11 for this year. Each student achieved this with at least 2 languages. I recall a School Committee meeting that revealed that there are more than 20 languages spoken in the halls and corridors of FHS.
 

"Nearly 1 in 4 people in Massachusetts speaks a language other than English at home"
"Nearly 1 in 4 people in Massachusetts speaks a language other than English at home"

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Franklin School Committee: Community Relations Subcommittee - Meeting agenda - Feb 17 - 6:00 PM

Community Relations Subcommittee Meeting

Municipal Building - Training Room (Virtual Link in Agenda)

Thursday February 17, 2022 - 6:00 PM


A G E N D A

"The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law."

  • Call to Order
  • Review Community Relations Subcommittee goals
  • Legislative Forum - Date, Questions
  • Coffee Chat
  • Confirm schedule for upcoming meetings


Community Relations Subcommittee - Meeting agenda - Feb 17 - 6:00 PM
Community Relations Subcommittee - Meeting agenda - Feb 17 - 6:00 PM

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

First Universalist Society in Franklin is hiring for their "Church Operations and Communications Manager" position

Church Operations and Communications Manager

The Church Operations and Communications Manager supports the mission and goals of FUSF, a Vibrant, Energetic, and liberal congregation, by providing leadership and professional expertise to a broad variety of functions necessary for the effective planning and day-to-day operation of the church. The incumbent has broad responsibilities across the entire operation. Reporting to the Minister, the Church Operations and Communications Manager works with other staff, church officers, boards, committees/teams, and volunteer leaders in all facets of this process from visioning to implementation.

The Church Operations and Communication Manager’s primary roles encompass:
Internal Communications including
o handling email, phone and in person inquiries,
o manage and update communication tools and serve as the primary resource for congregants using these tools including Google G-Suite, fusf.org email addresses, Breeze database and Mailchimp,
o Coordinate, edit, update, create, and deliver the: Google calendar, and E-Newsletter,
o supporting the internal congregation and operations structure and being the initial entrance point into the church.
External Communications responsible for our Website, and social media campaign execution and administration.
Church Office Management including Clerical Support
Bookkeeping including account updating and reconciliation via QuickBooks
Support Building and Facilities Management, including custodial supervision.

Must possess excellent interpersonal, listening, verbal and written communication skills; be technically proficient with many office and communication tools, be independent, self-motivated, and reliable, be well organized, detail oriented and able to multitask all with a friendly smile.

The position has a competitive salary, generous benefits, and 4 weeks of paid vacation during the summer.

To apply for this position, please send your cover letter and resume to: Bo.Kinney@fusf.org


screen grab of FUSF.org webpage
screen grab of FUSF.org webpage

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Community Relations Subcommittee - meeting 2/01/22 (audio)

 FM #715 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 715 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares the Franklin, MA School Committee Community Relations Subcommittee meeting held on Tuesday, February 1, 2022.


The meeting was conducted in a hybrid format: all of the subcommittee members were in the 3rd floor training room, at least one other member the public joined via conference bridge, all to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.


Denise Spencer, Al Charles, Camille Bernstein, Superintendent Sara Ahern, Communications/Marketing Specialist Lily Rivera


The recording of the public meeting runs just 55 minutes 


The link to the meeting agenda is included in the show notes. The link to my notes taken during the meeting is also provided.


Let’s listen to the Community Relations subcommittee meeting of Feb 1, 2022

Audio file ->  
https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-715-school-cmte-community-relations-subcom-mtg-02-01-22


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Meeting agenda doc ->   

https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/agendas/community_relations_sub_comm_agenda_2-1-22.pdf 


My notes captured during the meeting (via ThreadReader)

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Mrr40dEwuavAiGdmLea1BHLwsKz-9tnl/view?usp=sharing 



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


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

 

How can you help?

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

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


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


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


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


The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.


I hope you enjoy!

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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"


Community Relations Subcommittee - meeting 2/01/22 (audio)
Community Relations Subcommittee - meeting 2/01/22 (audio)

Monday, January 31, 2022

School Committee: Community Relations Subcommittee - Feb 1, 2022 - 6 PM

Community Relations Sub Committee

Municipal Building - Training Room (Virtual Link in Agenda)

A G E N D A
"The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law."

 

● Call to Order
● Review Community Relations Subcommittee goals
● Legislative Forum - Date, Questions
● How do we maximize the reach and impact of our communications? Which activities should we continue, stop, start? What are the more effective communication channels?
● Confirm schedule for upcoming meetings

Community Relations Subcommittee - Feb 1, 2022 - 6 PM
Community Relations Subcommittee - Feb 1, 2022 - 6 PM

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Community Relations Subcommittee - Jan 12, 2022 - 6 PM

Franklin Public Schools
Franklin School Committee

Community Relations Sub Committee

Wednesday January 12, 2022 = 6:00 P.M.

A G E N D A
"The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law."
● Call to Order
● Review Community Relations Subcommittee mission: to unify the Franklin community through an ongoing dialogue that broadens the community’s knowledge of FPS, increases engagement, and enhances our understanding of the community’s needs
● Legislative Forum - Date, Questions
● How do we maximize the reach and impact of our communications? Which activities should we continue, stop, start? What are the more effective communication channels?
● Confirm schedule for upcoming meetings

Community Relations Subcommittee - Jan 12, 2022 - 6 PM
Community Relations Subcommittee - Jan 12, 2022 - 6 PM


Saturday, January 8, 2022

"Franklin For All" Community Engagement Plan ready for your reading and review

"MAPC has developed a Community Engagement Plan to clearly delineate the approach for community engagement throughout the process. The purpose of community engagement for this project is to: 
1. Inform residents and business stakeholders (business owners, landlords, developers) about how zoning can be a tool for equitable land use to meet housing demands, develop vibrant neighborhoods, and support economic revitalization.
2. Solicit feedback on stakeholders’ visions for Franklin Center and develop a plan for rezoning the area to best achieve the overall vision.
3. Engage and educate members of relevant boards/commissions who will be tasked with approving and implementing the rezoning strategy. 
The Community Engagement Plan provides a stakeholder analysis that identifies populations or groups that may be underrepresented or hard to reach when the Town is engaging stakeholders through typical community engagement techniques. The plan includes an engagement strategy chart detailing specific approaches for each of the groups who have been identified for more proactive engagement with the aim of ensuring diverse participation. 
Project outreach will be town-wide with a special effort to reach groups who may be most impacted by zoning changes as it relates to housing affordability. It is assumed that populations and groups that are already active and engaged in Franklin will be reached through more typical engagement techniques and that additional efforts or techniques are not required to actively engage them in this planning process. In order to get in touch with historically less-engaged groups, the project team will coordinate with local conveners and/or local media as two potential outreach sources. 
In addition, the Community Engagement Plan outlines the specific tools that will be used throughout this process to conduct outreach and engagement, including print, digital, and 'on the ground ' engagement tools like focus groups and forums along with how they will be used."
The Community Engagement Plan section of the EDC meeting agenda can be found here ->  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JL-MAPvxDyGL2m4pZQ4scU0dRACla4x3/view?usp=sharing

The full EDC agenda doc is found here ->

The presentation doc used in the Jan 5, 2022 meeting is available 

What is the study area?
'Franklin Center' is the term to encompass both of the key downtown and the Franklin Crossing sections along with the brief extensions from those areas as outlined in the map.


The Community Engagement Plan section as an embedded document:
 

"Franklin For All" Community Engagement Plan
"Franklin For All" Community Engagement Plan


Sunday, September 26, 2021

Franklin, MA: School Committee Meeting - Sep 28, 2021

School Committee Meeting

Municipal Building - Council Chambers (Virtual Link in Agenda)

Call to Order 
Pledge of Allegiance 
Moment of Silence
I. Routine Business
A. Review of Agenda
B. Citizen’s Comments
In the spirit of open communication, “the Committee will hold a public participation segment (also called Citizen’s Comments) about matters not related to an agenda item at the beginning of each regular School Committee meeting. The Committee will listen to, but not respond to any comment made…. A Committee member may add an agenda item to a future meeting as a result of a citizen comment…. The Committee will hear public comments related to an agenda item when the Chair deems appropriate during the Committee meeting. Topics for discussion during the meeting must be limited to those items listed on the Committee meeting agenda for that evening…. ” - from Policy BEDH

C. FHS Student Representative Comments
D. Superintendent’s Report
II. Guests/Presentations
A. Introduce Lily Rivera, Town & School Marketing/Communications Specialist
B. Digital Learning Plan – Alison Finley, Kate Merten, Chris Penza, Marianne Zogby and John Leighton
III. Discussion/Action Items
A. Franklin TV Board Appointment
I recommend the appointment of Rose Turco to the Franklin TV Board of Directors.
B. MASC Delegate
I recommend the Committee appoint Denise Spencer to serve as the Committee's delegate to the annual MASC Annual Meeting of Delegates as discussed.
C. Policy - Waiving 1st reading
I recommend waiving the First Reading of Policy EBCFA Face Coverings as discussed.
D. Policy Adoption
I recommend adopting policy EBCFA - Face Coverings as discussed.
IV. Discussion Only Items 
A. MASC Resolutions
B. ESSER III Funding Plan
C. Back to School Status Update – September 24, 2021

V. Information Matters
A. School Committee Sub-Committee Reports (e.g. Ad Hoc Supt. Evaluation, Budget, Community Relations/Public Schools Advocacy, Policy, Transportation)
B. School Committee Liaison Reports (e.g. Joint PCC, Substance Abuse Task Force, School Wellness Advisory Council)

VI. New Business
A. To discuss any future agenda items

VII. Consent Agenda
A. Approval of Minutes
I recommend approval of the September 14, 2021 School Committee minutes as detailed.
B. New FHS Club Approval
I recommend approval of the new FHS Clubs: Book Club, Hiking Club and Board and Games Club as detailed.

VIII. Payment of Bills Dr. Bergen
IX. Payroll Atty. Pond-Pfeffer

X. Adjournment
Franklin, MA: School Committee Meeting - Sep 28, 2021
Franklin, MA: School Committee Meeting - Sep 28, 2021




Monday, May 17, 2021

Franklin (1) in the news for the UVGA lamps, (2) could we consider Amherst's example to help with engagement?

From the Mass Municipal Association (MMA) we find to share:

1 - "Franklin installs ultraviolet lamps to destroy coronaviruses"

"Using technology both visible and hidden, the town of Franklin has improved the air quality in its municipal and school buildings and reduced the chances of people catching COVID-19."

2 - "Amherst launches online engagement platform"

"The town of Amherst has developed a new prong in its online engagement strategy with the launch of a new interactive platform, Engage Amherst.

The March launch comes a year after the COVID-19 pandemic forced cities and towns across the state to pivot from in-person meetings and hearings to remote, online engagement with residents."



Thursday, May 13, 2021

Town Council Mtg 05/05/21 - in 3 parts FM #537, 538, 539 (audio)

FM #537-538-539 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 537-538-539 in the series.

This session shares the Franklin, MA Town Council meeting held on Wednesday, May 5, 2021.

The meeting was conducted in a hybrid format: most members of the Town Council, selected guests, and Town Administration personnel were in the Council Chambers, at least one member of the Council was remote along with the public via the Zoom conference bridge, all to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

I’ve split the almost 3 hour minute meeting into three logical segments:
  • First - covers the opening  recognition of DPW Director Cantoreggi, public hearing on stormwater bylaw wording, license transaction for LaCantina (~43 mins)
  • Second - covers the Melanson & HEath audit report and the presentation by Franklin TV (~40 minutes)
  • Third - covers the Town Communications update by Anne Marie Tracey through to the end of the meeting (~70 minutes)
The show notes contain links to the meeting agenda including documents released for this meeting.

Let’s listen to this segment of the Town Council meeting of May 5, 2021



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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm). 

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"

 

Town Council Mtg 05/05/21 - in 3 parts FM #537, 538, 539 (audio)
Town Council Mtg 05/05/21 - in 3 parts FM #537, 538, 539 (audio)

 

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Recap - Town Council Meeting - 05/05/21 - Cantoreggi recognized, LaCantina license changed, Franklin TV and communications updates

Quick Recap:
  • DPW Director Robert (Brutus) Cantoreggi was recognized as a Top 10 Director across USA
  • Public hearing on stormwater legislation language cleanup; Bissanti so against anything stormwater, he voted against closing the public hearing
  • Addition of brewing to LaCantina license (granted in Legislation for Action) Neighbor comments on noise, parking to be addressed by Town Administrator
  • Melanson Heath audit provides a real clean report with no management letter (best report in years)
  • Franklin TV presentation provides insights in to how it is funded via cable fees, provides services to the Town via contract and programing for TV and radio of great value
  • Marketing and Communications Specialist Anne Marie Tracey provided an enthusiastic overview of the progress made in sharing awareness on what is happening
  • Town receives notification on sale of Maple Hill property finally to start the 120 day close on right of first refusal. Stay tuned to this one
 
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As with most meetings in this pandemic period, I took my notes via Twitter during the meeting reporting in real-time via the virtual session.
 
The Twitter hashtag can be found online  #tc0505
https://twitter.com/search?q=%23tc0505&src=typeahead_click 
 
Photos captured during the meeting and shared via Twitter can be found in one album:  https://photos.app.goo.gl/L6zifqjy7rspqDPB6
 
Audio segments for the meeting will be available in a couple of days


  • Getting ready for the Town Council meeting, agenda page and connection info found here https://www.franklinma.gov/town-council/agenda/may-5-town-council-agenda #tc0505
  • Meeting opens shortly after 7 PM  #tc0505
  • Citizen comments for up to 5 minutes for an item not on the agenda #tc0505 Colin Cass speaking for the dog park, a section for smaller dogs exists in Medway but it is not used. Shouldn't be subtracted from the existing space, should be added to.
  • DPW Director Cantoreggi recognized as a "Top 10" professional out of 30,000 across the industry. Clean water is one of his specialties. #tc0505
  • 2 minute recess for photo op #tc0505
Public Hearing
  • Back to order, hearing for bylaw amendment, chap 185, special regulations. #tc0505 this was also required to get approval by planning board. Motion to close hearing, roll call 8-1 to close hearing
License transaction
  • La Cantina change of permit https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/mai/files/7a._la_cantina.pdf from wine to wine and brewery, motion and second, pouring permit expands to include malt (beer). Clarification on Gov Baker for COVID emergency order on food requirements. Farmer series excludes food #tc0505
  • Back to normal on May 29, not relevant to point in order. #tc0505  neighbor expressing concerns with problems with loud music and parking overflow in the neighborhood. Town had not heard of these problems will be setting up time to address concerns
  • #tc0505 this is the right thing to do and look at the impact on the area. Additional parking now available through the Downtown Sports space. Finally get to the vote via roll call 9-0. Neighbor muted to get to the vote with reminder to contact the Town Administrator
Melanson Heath audit report
  • Melanson Heath with audit results current audit for FY 2020  https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/mai/files/franklin_ma_fs20_-_final.pdf #tc0505 audit went well, account balances were reconciled in timely basis. Prior audit reports available on ToF page  https://www.franklinma.gov/town-budget/pages/audits  no exceptions found
  • Page 7 takes numbers to words, page 17 liability and fund balance section; net pension and OPEB, assumptions changed so results are shown here. #tc0505 page 19 general fund and stabilization funds unassigned fund balances of $11m what bond rating agencies look at
  • Right in target and a healthy position. Budget vs actual page 59  3.1m of free cash used 
  • Revenues over budget a decrease over prior year (motor vehicle and license permits) decent due to COVID. Expenses not as high within budget also due to pandemic albeit consistent #tc0505
  • No management letter this year, small side letter but no major items  #tc0505 page 12 of PDF  Next item is Franklin TV
Franklin TV presentation
  • Anticipating another percent reduction in cable fees as folks continue to cut the cord. (Slides to be added later) #tc0505 the Comcast and Verizon won't go away overnight as a way of generating revenues. i.e. working with TBB to generate programs
  • Next up Anne Marie Tracey, with a great lead from Pete!
Marketing and Communications
  • #tc0505 presentation doc  https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/mai/files/communications_and_marketing.pdf 
  • Communications needs are as diverse as the communications required. #tc0505 the menu is available to meet all needs via the social media options audiences include current residents, employees as well as potential residents, business and employees
  • Top pages of the town #tc0505
  • Much done on the Town side is replicated on the Schools side as well #tc0505
  • Capital budget round two approved tonight, coming to council in future. #tc0505 EDC meeting next Weds talking about restaurant, downtown parking, etc.
Legislation for action
Town Administrator report
  • Town Administrator report, town back to green, plans to gradually reopening. Passport renewals Weds until July, hiring part time agent and photo booth services in July. Senior Ctr gradually opening too, newsletter updates, Common ground cafe possible after Memorial Day #tc0505
  • Full budget hearings May 26-27  https://www.franklinma.gov/town-budget/pages/fy-22-budget-materials 
  • Went for bond rating, asking what will it take to get a AAA rating, EPA working again at 300 Fisher St
  • P&S received for Maple St property, clock starts today, legal review required before discussion on Maple hill ->
  • Purchase price $4.5m, have time to respond to this #tc0505 
Council comments, Closing
  • Kudos to acting clerk, got something in 10 minutes that it can take 10 days elsewhere. 
  • Pellegri - folks are following FinComm meetings via cable not Zoom. 
  • Thanks to the FinComm for the great job they did
  • Thanks to the Administration and to the audit team for a great audit. Pete is doing a great job, looking forward to many more. The enthusiasm of Anne Marie, a real pleasure and joy  #tc0505 Motion to adjourn, via roll call 9-0  That's all for tonight catch you next time

 

Recap - Town Council Meeting - 05/05/21
Recap - Town Council Meeting - 05/05/21