Showing posts with label dispatch. Show all posts
Showing posts with label dispatch. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Finance Committee - last of 3 budget hearings - May 11, 2023 at 7 PM

Finance Committee Meeting 
Agenda & Meeting Packet 
Monday, May 11, 2023 = 7:00 PM

Meeting will be held at the Municipal Building 
2nd floor, Council Chambers
355 East Central Street


1. Call to Order

2. Public Comments

3. FY24 Town Administrator Operating Budget Hearing continued...
FY24 Town Administrator Budget Materials website
a. Public Safety:
i. 210 Police Department
ii. 220 Fire Department
iii. 225 Regional Dispatch
iv. 240 Inspection Department
v. 292 Animal Control
4. FY24 Town Administrator Operating & Enterprise Budget Final Recommendation.

5. Future Agenda Items

6. Adjourn

Finance Committee - last of 3 budget hearings - May 11, 2023 at 7 PM
Finance Committee - last of 3 budget hearings - May 11, 2023 at 7 PM

Saturday, September 17, 2022

The Metacomet Emergency Communications Center (MECC) is hiring

Our Regional Dispatch Center is hiring!
Check out the posting below:

The Metacomet Emergency Communications Center (MECC) is hiring
The Metacomet Emergency Communications Center (MECC) is hiring

The Metacomet Emergency Communications Center (MECC) is hiring 1
The Metacomet Emergency Communications Center (MECC) is hiring 

For more about the Metacomet Emergency Communications Center (MECC)

And an overview presentation to the Town Council in May 20202

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

How does the Town of Franklin budget look displayed as a pie chart?

The budget hearings opened Tuesday night with General Government functions reviewed. Wednesday (6:30 PM) night is Public Safety (Police, Fire, Dispatch).

FY 2022 Budget
Other Municipal$10,568,138
Fixed Costs (non-excl Debt-Benefits)$16,964,310
School K-12$67,914,184
Total Operating Budget$124,060,390

How does the Town of Franklin budget look as a pie chart?
School budget is up for review Tuesday, May 4

Prior posts

How much state aid does Franklin get?

What are the fixed costs of the Town of Franklin budget?

Town of Franklin - budget growth and split between municipal and schools - FY 2012 to FY 2022

School budget, executive summary by School Superintendent Sara Ahern

Monday, March 8, 2021

Town of Franklin: Finance Committee - Agenda - March 10, 2021

Finance Committee Meeting
Agenda & Meeting Packet
March 10, 2021 = 6:30 PM

1. Call to Order
2. Public Comments
3. Approval of Minutes
4. FY21 Capital Program Recommendations
5. Public Safety & MECC Discussion
a. Gary Premo - MECC Director
b. Chief TJ Lynch - Franklin Police Chief
c. Chief Jim McLaughlin - Franklin Fire Department
6. FY22 Revenue Projections
7. Future Agenda Items
8. Adjourn

Full agenda doc and meeting packet (with connection info)

The Finance Committee Agenda includes an update from the MECC
The Finance Committee Agenda includes an update from the MECC

Friday, May 22, 2020

Town Council - Recap of 5/20/20 meeting (and recording)

My notes were captured via Twitter and tagged #tc0520
Animal Control
  • Presentation by Tracey Taddeo on the Animal Control Dept, a quiet group that does good work. #tc0520
  • Patrick Kelleher leads the Franklin side in the joint effort with Bellingham that Tracey covers
Franklin Food Pantry
SAFE Coalition
  • Next up, SAFE Coalition with Jen Levine and Jim Derick to present, copy of deck to be shared later #tc0520
  • SAFE is busy, one contact leads to approx 8 others ( to confirm details, explore options, etc.) #tc0520
  • 40 people/week reach out for support from SAFE Coalition, while they cover 9 communities, it is still a need that is rather large and being met #tc0520
  • SAFE currently funded by grants and donations #tc0520
Metacomet Emergency Communications Center
  • Next up, the Metacomet Emergency Communications Center (MECC) the regional dispatch center #tc0520 last week was first anniversary of operations so timely albeit delayed due to COVID-19
  • Mendon/Millville regional dispatch will actually merge with the MECC final planning underway
  • Collaboration with depts beyond Fire/Police in Franklin help to make the work that much easier; DPW, technology, Assessors, GIS, facilities, etc. #tc0520
  • Regionalization of dispatch is a success and could be a guide for others to follow. MA had 300plus dispatch centers, CA has 4. With the MECC online and expanding (Millville , Mendon) a source of pride and savings #tc0520
Legislation for Action
Town Administrator Update
  • Senior Center coffee hour on Thursday at 8:30 AM with virtual meeting #tc0520 bring your coffee! Announcement of curbside cafe coming at the meeting but due to start June 1
  • FY2021 budget coming out Thursday, Finance Committee meetings over the next two weeks spread over 4 nights, agendas to show which dept which night, etc. #tc0520 . Need Community engaged as these discussions will be challenging
  • Parks and parking lots to open on Monday, playgrounds will remain closed, masks and social distance requirements still in place #tc0520
  • Board of Health special session on 5/21/20 at 5 PM details on Town of Franklin page effectively #tc0520
  • Council comments wrapped up, motion to adjourn, passed 8-0-1 via roll call. Real time reporting ends for this meeting with this tweet. #tc0520

The Twitter treads can be found online

FM #273 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 273 in the series.

This session shares the Franklin, MA Town Council meeting held on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. The meeting was conducted via conference bridge to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

The Chair, Tom Mercer opens the meetings, all votes are via roll call, each person speaking is acknowledged by the Chair before speaking. Aside from an occasional bit of background from someone not muted properly, the meeting runs well.

The recording runs about 2 hours and 50 minutes, so let’s listen to the Town Council meeting of May 20, 2020.

screen capture during the SAFE Coalition presentation
screen capture during the SAFE Coalition presentation

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Regional Dispatch operational this week

"The Franklin Fire Department communications dispatchers have moved to a regional dispatch center. They have moved to the Metacomet Emegency Communications Center located in Norfolk. This now combines police/fire dispatchers from Norfolk, Plainville, Wrentham, and Franklin.

When calling 911 the call will now be answered at the regional dispatch center in Norfolk. When calling our business line (508-528-2323) you will be routed through a phone tree. Please select the option that best fits.

When visiting either of our Station’s (40 West Central St. & 600 King St.) you will notice an intercom call box inside our main entrance. The call box will be answered at the regional dispatch center. Please note that personnel may be away from the station on a call.

For permits, plan review, and business matters you can stop by our Headquarters (40 West Central St.) during our normal business hours: Monday – Thursday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM and Friday 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM. If you wish to speak with someone regarding a fire prevention related issue then please call our main number (508-528-2323)."

This was shared from the Town of Franklin page

Confirmation via Twitter from the Police Dept

This has been a long time coming and is finally here. How long? The archives can help.

  • In 2012, the Town Council voted to approve the process to begin the regionalization efforts

  • In 2013, legislation was passed to allow for the regional center to be organized

  • In 2014, the regional dispatch center received a community challenge grant to help with the organization and planning process

  • In 2017, the ground was finally broken for the dispatch center building

Metacomet Emergency Communications Center (Facebook photo)
Metacomet Emergency Communications Center (Facebook photo)

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Franklin Annual Report - 2018: Metacomet Emergency Communications Center (MECC)

Construction on the building continues. We anticipate dispatching our first call in early 2019. Once complete the MECC will operate state of the art systems and equipment to handle the dispatching of police, fire and EMS calls for service for the four communities; Franklin, Norfolk, Plainville and Wrentham. We will serve a combined population of just under 66,000 residents (2015 census data) covering 76.7 square miles.

The State 911 Department will begin “text to 911” service of the Next Generation 911 (NG911) system later this year. This will enable our call takers to assist with emergency calls with the deaf and hard of hearing population or those who cannot verbally communicate. Remember, “Call If You Can, Text If You Can’t”.

The MECC will staff highly skilled, trained, professional telecommunicators ready to assist, day or night. Rest assured we stand ready to help you in your time of need.

Respectfully submitted,

Gary M Premo
Executive Director

You can read the full Annual Report for 2018 online

The archive of prior year annual reports

In the Finance Committee meeting of Oct 16, 2018, we learned that Norfolk construction delays for regional dispatch center will affect Franklin and the budget for an additional three months. It was supposed to begin operation in Jan 2019, and is now scheduled for operation in March (Apr 1 for budgeting purposes). The discussion was to fund an $28K for Police and $70K for Fire to cover the delay.

The Franklin Matters notes from the FinCom meeting Oct 16

Facebook photo for MECC
Facebook photo for MECC

Friday, February 16, 2018

"It has come a long way since 50 years ago”

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

"Fifty years ago today, the first 9-1-1 call was made, and the emergency system became the foundation for first-responders. 
Since that first call made on Feb. 16, 1968 in Haleyville, Alabama, the 9-1-1 system has evolved and has become much more than just a centralized number for emergency calls. 
“Telecommunicators, 9-1-1 dispatchers, are essentially the first first-responders,” said Chris Campbell, president of the Massachusetts Communications Supervisors Association and director of communications in Seekonk. 
“They handle the calls from the inception until first responders arrive, and in some instances they stay on the line throughout the whole incident,” he said."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

The Metacomet Emergency Communications Center is the regional dispatch operations serving the towns of Franklin, Norfolk, Plainville and Wrentham. They will dispatch police, fire and EMS. Construction is underway with plans to be operational in the Fall of 2018.

Metacomet Emergency Communications Center
Metacomet Emergency Communications Center

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Request for Proposal - Computer Aided Dispatch Software

The Metacomet Emergency Communications Center (MECC) invites qualified vendors that manufacture and provide direct training, maintenance and support of their own Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) software to submit responses at their own expense to this Request for Proposals (RFP).

Read more:

This is an automatic message from Town of Franklin MA

You can find the full RFP here

Facebook photo for MECC
Facebook photo for MECC