Showing posts with label hearing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label hearing. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Live reporting - Public hearing

Skipping ahead to cover some of the action items before getting to the public hearing at 7:10 PM

2. Resolution 13-51: Declaration of Town-Owned Land (Vacant Parcel Between Old West Central and West Central Streets)as Surplus and Available for Disposition 
motion to approve, seconded, 9-0 via roll call

the lot is not buildable without being tied to another lot, proposing to put up for sale at a reduced price (because it is not buildable)

Public Hearing to determine whether it is in the public interest to accept Jade Street, Ruby Way, Garnet Drive and Opal Circle. – 7:10 PM

many other streets had not yet been accepted, this one is next in line to become accepted. Hence, the Town would be responsible for maintenance going forward. 

This leads to another situation where another development would be done in Wrentham, just over the line. There is no access to the development from Wrentham.

There will be a future hearing at the Planning Board.

motion to close the hearing, hearing closed

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Live reporting: public hearing - zoning bylaws

Impervious Surfaces
1. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-701: Changes to Chapter 185, Section 3. Definitions
hearing opened and closed,

2. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-702: Changes to Chapter 185, Section 36. Impervious Surfaces – To be Continued to June 5 at 7:10 pm.
3. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-703: Changes to Chapter 185, Section 40. Water Resource District – To be Continued to June 5 at 7:10 pm.

motion to continue to Jun 5th, 2nd, approved 8-0

4. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-704: Changes to Chapter 185, Attachment 9. Schedule of Lot, Area, Frontage, Yard and Height Requirements
hearing opened and closed, 

Zoning Map Amendment: Old West Central Street Zoning
5. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-705: Changes to Chapter 185, Section 5. Zoning Map 
hearing closed, 2nd, approved 8-0

Adult Entertainment:
6. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-706: Changes to Chapter 185-5. Zoning Map, Adult Use Overlay District 
7. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-707: Changes to Chapter 185-47. Adult Entertainment Establishment Districts 
hearing closed, 2nd, approved 8-0

Medical Marijuana
8. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-708: Changes to Chapter 185-3. Definitions 
9. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-709: Changes to Chapter 185-4. Districts Enumerated 
10. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-710: Changes to Chapter 185-5. Zoning Map, Medical Marijuana Use Overlay District 
11. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-711: Changes to Chapter 185-7. Compliance Required 
12. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-712: Changes to Chapter 185-49. Medical Marijuana Use Overlay District
hearing closed, 2nd, approved 8-0

Live reporting - Town Council - May 15, 2014

Present: Mercer, Dellorco, Kelly, Powderly, Vallee, Pfeffer, Jones, Bissanti
Absent: Roy

April 3, 2013

moved to approve minutes, 2nd, passed by 8-0

This meeting is being recorded by Franklin TV and shown on Comcast channel 11 and Verizon channel 29. This meeting may be recorded by Franklin Matters.




13. FY 2014 Budget Hearing – 1st Reading

Town council meeting
Jeff Nutting presenting to Town Council

Jeff Nutting providing the overview on the FY 2014 Budget. The document used is in the agenda document previously released

would need $3 million to fund the OPEB on an annual basis
Boston Globe listed area communities, Franklin was 8th of 49. Avg tax bill was 7,899, almost $3,000 more than Franklin average.

one of the challenges balancing the budget in future years, roads, OPEB, etc. nothing new

the forecast for 2015, 16, 17 and 18 show increasing deficit levels
and that doesn't include funding for roads, OPEB or storm water

Should consider a dedicated override to fund road repairs.

School budget overview
Paula Mullen, School Committee Chair
Maureen Sabolinski, Superintedent of Schools
Miriam Goodman, School Business Director

school budget presentation
School budget presentation

unfunded mandates a significant driver for the school costs other than the 'normal' salary and benefits for staff
$1.4M of federal funding could be affected by sequestration, exactly how much remains to be seen; could be about a 5% reduction

Under the State average on all 11 categories of per pupil spending, overall 19% below the state average

no questions from audience or councilors

Now reading the line items of the budget, as noted earlier, a item can be 'held' for further discussion
all items not held will be considered 'approved' and voted on once all the items (and potential adjustments) are totaled.

 held for Thursday night
Schools - not held!
motion to approve budget as not held, 2nd, passed 8-0

- recess for a couple of minutes -

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Live reporting - Hearings

F. HEARINGS - Public Hearing to determine whether it is in the public interest to accept Tanglewood Dr., Sierra Dr., Dutchess Rd., Summer Heights Dr., Autumn Ln., Fall Ln., Mary Jane Rd., and Anna Rd. – 7:10 PM

Continued to May 8th, 7:10 PM

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Live reporting - Finance Committee - Budget Hearing

Present: Smith, Dufur, Quinn, Roche, Dewsnap, Aparo
Absent: GoldsmithFeldman, Huempfner

Susan Gagner, Jeff Nutting and Jim Dacey (from right to left as you watch the video broadcast)

Action Items 
Elections: $12,400 Source of Funds: Free Cash
Motion to approve, passed 6-0

Budget hearing

Debbie Pellegri, Town Clerk

Town Clerk A-33
Elections A-36
Historical F-11

simple budget expenses all the same, next year may go higher as expenses are increasing but not this year. salaries increase a little, otherwise not much of a change

Need to print hard copy for binding, and to microfilm the official copies
while the world seems to be going digital and web, the government hasn't

The Town election is completely funded by the town for November, no State help for this one

Traffic is increasing at the Museum
little league teams are celebrating 60 year anniversary 
the increases in budget due to needs for manikins, etc.

no admission, donations are accepted to the Friends of the Historical Commission

Tri-County School District
Stephen Dockray, Superintendent
John Roy, School Business Administrator

24% of the assessment is what Franklin contributes
could absorb the capital plan either in budget or decide to go with a debt exclusion to fund this

Bob Fahey, Veterans 
Veterans E-15

28 people on case load, 15 are widows, all but four are veterans in the 50+ age group
all medical costs are covered and reimbursed through the program, Medicare B

The State reimburses 75% of the expenses incurred

Are the pockets of people we are not reaching?
It is possible, we do a lot of out reach through the town, the cable channel, etc.

has been processing claims recently for Vietnam veterans for Agent Orange
had six lung cancer cases where they passed away during the past couple of years, their widows are now entitled to receive benefits

Bryan Taberner, Director of Planning and Community Development
Planning A-40

Steady as we go
started rough with the loss of Nick Alferi the Conservation Agent who passed away last July.
Replaced with two part people instead of the one full-time 

Can you recap some of the projects you have worked on?

  • NuStyle currently in work
  • working with DPW on Downtown Project with easements for the work
  • a lot of zoning work, biotech zoning district
  • increase economic opportunity areas, Hamilton Tech took advantage of
  • working on initiatives for retail downtown
  • cultural economic travel with the MetroWest Region
  • worked on the DelCarte project

Jeff Nutting will be attending a meeting on the Milford casino project
what is not said is that the above listing is all over and above the statutory requirements that are a priority
advertising is usually refundable to the Town as these are recovered by fees

Cindy Souza
Animal Control B-72

split arrangement with Bellingham
we pay for the dog pound and expenses, Bellingham pays the salaries
an increase of coyotes this year being seen this year

wildlife is attended to if is sick or injured

Stephanie Lutz, Director
Human Resources A-23

with state and federal changes, health insurance is becoming more and more complicated and time consuming
health insurance renewals for current employees, involved with the 9 labor unions
active safety committee to minimize risk and injuries
unemployment, health insurance for all the retirees
flexible spending, dental, life insurance claims

on the Joint Management committee for the State to help work other labor disputes

Benefits G-6
two vendors wouldn't quote as our rate is lower than the State GIC rate
have been leading among municipal governments for employee co-pays, and deductible changes
retired teachers were taken out of the State program 7 years ago, more subscribers and still $300,000 less than they were paying 7 years ago

Cindy Dobrzynski, Chair, Library Board of Directors
Felicia Oti, Director
Library F-1

increase in books to expand collection and replace some older books
a beautification committee now formed, looking at safety concerns
looking to improve services and make it a more inviting place
engaging community to solicit feedback
afternoon programs for 6-18
44 kids yesterday afternoon for arts and crafts, so Facebook and communications are helping

The book budget was $175,000 back when we were spending $900,000 on the library
Engineer looking at the interior of the Library to evaluate what can be done and for how much
may require some expense and possible borrowing to be handled under the debt plan

would really like to see the Library open on Sundays in addition to more more of this and that

Chief Gary McCarragher
Deputy Chief Paul Sharpe
Fire B-14
really should have 48 people, currently have 44 
to provide the full staffing with minimal overtime

while call volumes have remained steady, there are anticipated increase coming with the two new assisted living facilities coming online
increased work load has increased overtime and increased injuries which has then contributed to additional overtime, a vicious cycle

a one minute response time improvement can improve life by 13%

response time chart shows the performance vs the staffing levels

increasing reliance on overtime
# of lost time injuries continues to rise

in the next 5-7 years, approx 1/3 of the workforce will be lost due to retirements
institutional knowledge and experience will be lost

cost savings with regional savings can help fund personnel

working with HR to get a back training program
the difference between us and the Boston Celtics is we work 365x7x24 and our wins and losses are measured far differently
my personal belief is to right size the workforce
we have a 24 hour shift and a team sport, take one person out and the performance and the team suffers

Mike D'Angelo, Director
Facilities A-192

full coverage for all the facilities, construction, capital projects
decreases in budget due to better contracts for electricity, natural gas (out to bid now), 
materials and supplies, costs are continuing to increase, less than 1% increase for all of the facilities

more maintenance required as systems age account for fire alarm and monitoring systems increases

comparison of operating costs for new high school versus today's building
electricity will go up, gas will go down, water will decrease
not a lot of issues in first year as the warranty covers those items, after the first year we get to pick up those

There are a zillion little things that the average person doesn't see
looking to put LED lighting into the parking lots, cost to maintain, length of time between replacements will go up

Police Capt Stephen Semerjian

coming back to add $35K for part-time dispatchers given the other moves on the regionalization efforts underway
it is very uncomfortable to be alone in the dispatch area

even if the Council approves this in May, it will take a couple of months to get folks on and trained

Jim Dacey
Debt G-1

will need to amend the budget once the money is actually funded in August
it was modeled at 4.25% and could be a lot less than 4%
it is a good time to do this, the overall school building budget is less and the current interest rates are low, when looked at over 25 years, it makes a difference

very important to maintain reinvestment, the approx $480,000 short of the 3.5% would need to come from some other budget. With debt at 3.5%, it is a small amount given the total budget

it would be equivalent of a $1750 mortgage payment for the whole year, not just monthly (on a $50,000 annual income)

pension blended with all the communities, with a new GASB ruling, they will have to decouple and tell each community its own share
we are the largest contributor to the Norfolk County system

no layoffs expected this year so unemployment insurance holding its own. The schools do layoff the new teachers that don't make it and are not rehired so they use the unemployment

8 of 9 collective bargaining agreements in place, the fire dept is the one outstanding

Liability Ins G-16

Memorial Day F-13
flags for veterans day that the Boy Scouts put on the graves

Cultural Council F15
local money plus State funding results in the grants

Norfolk Aggie C-3
20 students at $2,000 per student
based upon the number of students enrolled in October

this covers all the budget hearings, could cover all the documents now or cover these for our regular session on Apr 2

will cancel the 4/1 and 4/4 sessions

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Finance Committee - Agenda - Mar 28, 2013

The Finance Committee continues the FY 2014 Budget hearing with a meeting scheduled for Thursday, Mar 28 at 7:00 PM in the Council Chambers. (The Conservation Commission normally meets in this room on Thursdays, their meeting was re-located to the 3rd Floor Training Room).

Action Items 
Elections: $12,400 Source of Funds: Free Cash

Budget Hearing 
Tri County C-2
Veterans E-15
Planning A-40
Animal Control B-72
Human Resources A-23
Town Clerk A-33
Elections A-36
Historical F-11
Library F-1
Fire B-14
Facilities A-192
Debt G-1
Benefits G-6
Liability Ins G-16
Memorial Day F-13
Cultural Council F15
Norfolk Aggie C-3

The full agenda for this meeting can be found here

Notes from the first two budget hearings for FY 2014 can be found here

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Franklin, MA: FY 2013 Budget hearings

The Town Council has two special meetings this week for the annual budget hearing on the FY 2013 budget.

Franklin operates on a fiscal calendar from July 1 to June 30 of the following year. The FY 2012 budget approved last year funded operations through June 30, 2012. The budget hearings on Weds/Thu will look at funding operations for the period from July 1 through June 30, 2013.

The budget cycle generally begins in Sep/Oct as each department puts together their capital budget. The capital budget is funded by 'free cash'. Free cash is the amount of money left over from the prior budget year that the State has certified is really available. It is a one time fund and not used for operational expenses (personnel, salaries and benefits). It is used to fulfill the capital requirements (new equipment, school books, vehicles, etc.).

As the capital needs are reviewed, each department also puts together their operational requirements. These are reviewed by the Town Administrator and then brought before the Finance Committee. The Finance Committee holds a set of budget hearings where each department manager presents their case for the next year budget, explains their operations, their funding priorities and answers any questions.

The Finance Committee (FinCom) budget hearings were held in April and ended with the FinCom voting on the budget to forward it to the Town Council. This is the budget the Council will be reviewing.

The voting document shows multiple columns. The last two years total for each line item. The original total for this year as put forward by the department. The recommendation by the Town Administrator (TA). This year, the TA only changed one line item (510 - Health) reducing the amount by $1,500. On the one hand, you can attribute only one change to close coordination between the TA and the department head. In this case, the Board of Health apparently submitted a request to create a salary or stipend for what has been a volunteer or unpaid position.

The expense side of the budget generally gets the most focus but the revenue side of the budget is equally important. Franklin is required to present a balanced budget. Where the money comes from is as interesting as how it is spent. For example, this year $350,000 that was taken away from the School budget in Oct 2011 is being put back into the budget for next year. The vote to approve that transfer is part of the overall budget process decisions coming up Weds and Thu nights.

The budget documents

Expense budget FY 2013
Revenue budget FY 2013

FinCom hearings

Hearing schedule for FinCom

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Live reporting - Finance Committee - Budget Hearing

Present: Roche, Quinn, Messere, Feldman, Goldsmith, Dufour
Absent: Dewsnap, Smith, Huempfner

Budget Hearing
Education – Franklin Public Schools C-1

Miriam Goodman, Maureen Sabolinski, Paula Mullen, Sue Rohrbach, Sally Winslow

presentation may be available later

review of expectations on revenue for the School Budget
coming in at 52,170,000 which was the Town Administrator recommended number

$1,650,000 increase over prior year
health care costs and contractual obligations for employees are two key drivers

$850K loss of revenue due to expiration of Federal Funds
$916K due to contract increase

Franklin versus state average $10,693 vs $13,371 lower in every category


The Schools are drawing down some of their revolving funds to meet this budget total

No increase in fees for buses or athletics

$3.3 million in revolving accounts as a balance (from fees and transportation items)

Money from this year transportation fees, circuit breaker, etc is used for next years budget

Circuit breaker increase helps to offset the special education out of district placements

differences among the individual school budgets due to population and teacher placement
principals get an allocation per pupil for their discretionary use

Teachers at the middle and high school cost more than a new elementary teacher

Reallocation of instructional materials some of which are covered by capital budget items, to use the budget funds for classroom teachers

Parents are partners in this, either individually or through the PCC's, the support is essential to the success of our program

Keller parents were doing mulching and flowers today, the community value of that is priceless

Administration 51% below state average, we can be having too many administrators if that is the case

Secretarial agreement came in with an increase of days worked during the school year to bring them over three years to the full school year. This year coming is when the agreement and days increase finishes

Fees generally come in about as forecast, we shouldn't see too much of a change there

Only curriculum changes are due to the state changes, aligning the grade level frameworks to meet standards. No program level reductions or eliminations this year.

We do need a principal at each school, especially with all the paperwork and other things they do

ECDC runs a tuition based program, this is used to offset the educational assistance
The change noted is more due to accounting for the funds than a significant change

Pay-to-ride using some of the reserves not that they are getting additional riders

Franklin, MA: Finance Committee - Budget Hearing

Town of Franklin
Finance Committee Agenda
Wednesday April 25, 2012
7:00 PM
Municipal Building Council Chambers
(post agenda to web site) (meetings are recorded)

Balances - 2/29/12
Gen Stab 5,118,572
PW Stab 275,332
Traffic Stab 4,559
OPEB Stab 69,367
Overlay Surplus -0-
Free Cash 1,118,676

Call to Order

Citizens Comments

Approval of Minutes

Budget Hearing
Education – Franklin Public Schools C-1

Action Items:
Appropriations: $151,114 – Wages (Contract Settlement) Source: FY 12 Additional State Aid

Old Business

New Business


Important note:
In the overview provided by Town Administrator Jeff Nutting at the beginning of the budget hearings on Apr 3, he does acknowledge the intent to use $350,000 from free cash to support the School Dept budget for FY 2013. This replaces the $350,000 the Town Council took from the School budget in Oct 2011. The use of such 'one time' funds is against the fiscal policy of both the Finance Committee and Town Council. The discussion on this use is sure to be an interesting one.

You can view the video on demand of the Apr 3 budget hearing here: (Jeff's comment occur during the first 11 minutes)

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Public Hearing Scheduled: Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives

The Franklin Town Council will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, April 6, 2011, at 7:10 p.m. to solicit public comments on a draft Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives for the Town of Franklin owned property (know as the former Nu-Style property) at 87 Grove Street, in Franklin Massachusetts. The following activities are currently being considered related to the Town of Franklin owned property: removal of hazardous materials within the vacant two story former manufacturing facility, demolition of said manufacturing facility, and partial remediation and or disposal of contaminated soil. The project is funded in large part by a $200,000 EPA Brownfields Clean-up Grant. The hearing will be held in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building, 355 East Central Street. Any person or organization so wishing will be afforded an opportunity to be heard.

Written comments and suggestions related to the draft Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives and proposed project may be submitted to the Town of Franklin Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD), 355 East Central Street, Franklin, MA 02038. Deadline for comments is 12:00 p.m. Monday May 2, 2011.

A copy of the draft Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives has been added to the Information Repository for this project. The Information Repository, which is a collection of Nu-Style project documents including a Community Relations Plan and environmental assessments, has been established at the office of Planning and Community Development at the Franklin Municipal Building, and is available for viewing during normal business hours. In addition the draft Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives is available for viewing on the Town of Franklin’s Community Links web page:

The Town encourages a broad spectrum of participation by residents and other interested parties in order to better understand and serve the needs of the community. The hearing location is accessible to persons with physical disabilities. If you require a translator or accommodations for the hearing impaired, please contact the DPCD at (508) 520-4907 no later than 4:00 p.m. Monday, April 4, 2011.

Franklin, MA

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Live reporting - Tax hearing

F. HEARINGS - Annual Tax Classification Hearing – 7:10 PM

Ken Norman, Chris Feeley,  Kevin Doyle, Director of Assssors
Missing Vinny Debaggis, had a fall, fracturing his hip, he is doing well. He is hoping to be home by Christmas

This is the year for a tri-annual revue. The State reviewed our methods, books, etc and we did very well.

You have a set of documents with details.
Town valuation is 4.2 billion
The tax rate would be $12.95/thousand

Mason - there seems to be some level of confusion around how the tax rate is achieved, can you explain?
Doyle - the levy limit is determined, plus the 2.5%, plus the new growth provides a total
This year growth is 513,322
We also add the prior debt exclusions (approx. $1.2 million)
these total to the levy amount we are authorized to raise

The total of appraisals value by classification is calculated

Nutting - the drop is assessed value has caused the increase the rate from the peak of over 5 billion assessed value in 2007

Norman - residential property is easy to calculate as there is sufficient turnover, the commercial/industrial properties turn over less frequently so there are different valuation processes defined by the MA DOR

Feeley - the state comes in to review our numbers before they are published for our town review period. We have to meet their qualification before the number is approved

Jones - Can you explain the difference in decline for residential and 2-3 family

Mason - Is there a number of vacant business properties?
Doyle - I think you would get a better number from the Planning Dept

Nutting - Brian (Taberner) did a survey and has that information.

Powderly - single versus single?
Norman - yes, the calculation is shown as if there was a single tax rate.

Feeley - we are not recommending either way? If we had done a split rate last year, the residential rate would be increasing this year more than the single tax rate would be.

Pfeffer - What would you recommend?
Feeley - as a Board we are not making a recommendation, personally I would not recommend it
Norman - It is not our charge, we are supposed to calculate the assessments, it is a political decision to determine single or split tax rate

Jack Lank - President of the United Regional Chamber of Commerce, 95% of the business are small businesses, mom and pop operations. If you go with a split rate, you might as well put up a sign on i495 saying we are not business friendly. With the challenge for implementing the EPA regulations, the businesses will be hard pressed.

closing the hearing

My analysis of the tax information is available here

Franklin, MA

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Live reporting - Affordable Housing Hearing

Zoning Bylaw Amend. 10-645: Site Plan Review & Design Review- 7:10 PM
Bryan Taberner, Beth Dahlstrom

Planning Board has voted to approve the zoning bylaw change
Remove language to hold a bond
incomplete objects would be agreed upon by the developer and the Town Engineer
certification of completion, or a fine of $300/day until completion

Pfeffer - the notary clauses are incorrect for MA law

Dahlstrom - I'm sorry I thought those were corrected
Cerel - Those will be corrected before the second reading

open for citizen comment, none made

motion to close the hearing,  passed 9-0

Affordable Housing Strategy and Development Action Plan – Public Hearing
Bryan and Beth continue

Town Councilors had not had time to read the 34 page document
compared by one to a 'Harry Potter' book, by another to a summons

open for citizen comment, none made

Motion to close the hearing, passed 9-0

Franklin, MA

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Live reporting - School Committee Budget Hearing

Superintendent Maureen Sabolinski, Business Manager Miriam Goodman, Asst Supt. Sally Winslow

Initial budget presented in Jan, updated in Mar, this will be a brief update

Projected revenue from State stabilization funds and from Life Long Learning = ~ $900,000
Increased revenue from tiered sports fees ($150 - $450)
Reductions in personnel (15 teachers) and services (3 less buses, shortened day for elementary)

Shortened day in elementary schools by one day
Activities monitors currently provide coverage so that teachers can have their contractually obligated preparation time, this is a reduction in cost as well as saving 3 teacher positions at the elementary

If this can not be negotiated with the teachers, then these three positions would also be cut for a total of 10 from the elementary schools

Class size would be about 30 students in the 6th grade with the split team model as proposed.
Students would not get recess on the one elementary shortened day but all other normal activities would be covered

Elementary principals
Lost 27 classroom teachers since 2008 school year, enrollment dropped 150 students still resulting in higher class sizes
Librarians were cut but curriculum on resource skills are not taught, teachers lost access to the librarians for assistance with with classroom requirements
Technology CETs were cut, so computer training and assistance is totally upon the teachers
Shortened day is only one day a week, approximately 60-75 minutes
Won't be recess on that day, (20 minutes gained) losing 50 minutes of academic time but the district is still above the 900 hours that the State requires

Class size has a direct impact on student learning, increases in class size make it more difficult with the standards maintained or increases, teachers are doing a fantastic job, teachers are working harder and harder

You see it in assessments and special education referrals
You see it directly in performance
Elementary teachers are generalists and required for preparation in 5 different subject areas
Losing the support of the CETs and Librarians has an impact on the teacher prep and hence delivery in the classroom
No Child Left Behind makes requirements by law on delivery of services where there are students struggling

What do you think of the argument that the Town doesn't see the effects of the budget cuts?
This won't last, it is not an automatic and quick decline, it is harder to see but we are living it everyday

I think the dedicated people in this room feel it is all about the child, it is in our position to do everything we can with it to help the students.
When I started we had 547 session of three years, we are down to 140 sessions over three years, so we still have foreign language but not as much as we did. You don't want to show pain at the expense of the child.
The child is a first grader only once. Will the pain hit? Who will it hurt?

Four years ago, our K-2 were within guidelines, we are hearing from parents, there will not be an anomaly across the district, we are not hiding teachers. That is the decision for the override, it is all about class size

The decision to shorten the day is odious but between keeping three teachers and shortening the day, we'll keep the teachers.

The decisions we have made haven't made it up to the high school yet to show the impact on SATs and college placements.

Middle School
4 - 7th and 8th positions were cut
4 - 6th grade
3 - music positions
general music class was entirely eliminated, no general music instruction
no librarians for 10,000 volumes
health PE position reduced by 3
1 guidance position
3 foreign language positions

A lot of these reductions were done trying to provide the least impact on students
One teacher traveling around the district for choral
class size will increase, how quickly will you see the impact, the principals will be dealing with issues that perhaps would have been dealt with in the classroom with a smaller class
The results of the MetroWest Health services are showing issues
We don't off French in the middle schools, students need to choose between Latin or Spanish

How important is the middle school model?
Major movement away from the Jr High model, what students are facing with the social media effects outside the schools, during the time in the middle schools, we get to know our students, the soft skills are incorporated into the curriculum, when you think of the zero m-2 (walking and talking) but when you think of the 11-13 (this is even more important)

This carries over to the high school and helps to determine the success there

We also look at middle school to explore all aspect of the curriculum, we have run out of places to cut at the elementary, we are getting there at the middle school, what will the program look like? These will be challenging and difficult discussions if we don't have sufficient funding.

High School
I look back at what public schools were supposed to be, it has gotten to the point where the test scores, recalling a series of facts in three curriculum content areas is misleading. These three things are not the only ones that count. The things that don't get measured, especially loving to learn goes by the wayside. Narrowing the curriculum is really dangerous.

One of the barometers I use is do the 8th grade parents feel confident sending their kids here. I'll sepaparet

9% chose private (Xaverian, Bsish Feehan) two years ago
13% chose private last year
this year 8.5%
This is good

6% chose Tri-County two years ago
13% more than doubled last year (68 students)
13% is the same this year (68 students)
they provide a much broader frame of services for the hands on education, Tri-County continues to provide that compared to what we have cut and no longer offer.
there is an increase in special ed referrals, especially for the first time in the 9th grade

We went through a major schedule change as a result of increasing class sizes over the years
It had gotten to an unacceptable level
We did significantly change the schedule to bring the class sizes in the core areas down
What happened to the students, they lost opportunities to take electives
Instead of 150 papers, they are correcting 120-125

From the students, there is a narrower curriculum
special education student are forced to chose between an elective and a language

From a teachers stand point, a concept that would be hard to understand for the Town, common planning time was eliminated, try doing that in any business, they would not be able to function long term

Common assessment no matter what teacher has each student, the issue is that there is nothing done with that evaluation to meet the changing needs of the students

The curriculum needs to change, no amount of good instruction replaces the time and changes in the curriculum to meet the needs required

Lost 2 asst principals
recommendations are for 10-12 per evaluator, we are currently at 40 per evaluator
the transmission isn't firing, we can't be as quick to react

Founded on the concept of free public education, yet the district is requiring the students and families to pay for things that otherwise they shouldn't be

What are we and where are we going?

Guidance services are barely meeting the NEASC requirements
approx 300 students per counselor
sets up a two-tier system, families with means can go outside to find a "college coach"
There is an interest but we can not pursue improving technology due to lack of resources

Tri-County per pupil is 17,000 versus the 10,000 in Franklin
we lose the Chap 70 revenue and get hit with the higher cost for the students going to Tri-County

We had a model with four asst principals, each took a grade and a set of teachers for evaluations, plus other responsibilities for overall education within the building
We needed someone to look at the overall educational requirements regarding data to support the educational requirements, we dedicated one asst principal to do so, leaving the other two asst principals to split the four classes amongst themselves
Anybody can do disciple or the pain and punishment, what should be done is what can be done to improve the students ability to access the curriculum
When you cut out the R&D, you can go too long without having isues

Supervision and evaluation is the most important thing we can do, the other role is plant management, either is a full time job
Research says 10-12 teachers per evaluator, we range 40-60 currently, we are using some of the core teachers to handle some of the plant management (i.e running fire drills, etc.).

Shared facilities, the issues differ significantly in elementary from the middle school
We are chartered with providing a safe learning environment
We are in contact with the parents on a daily basis
We are being pulled in many directions

One of the poorest school district rallies behind their schools
Then I come back to a gem and we are tearing it bits and pieces away
It really is criminal with what we are doing
The teachers and administration are preparing the students to live in the new world

We are beyond efficiency

Natalie Roy
ten years ago, I had much different resources than they do now
our high schoolers are performing well going on to good schools, they are not getting what I got.
there is a rather severe gap

(reading line items of the budget, if a hold is requested, additional time will be spent on that item)
librarians - hold (Sue)
professional development - hold (Sue)
text books, media materials - hold (Bill)
instructional software - hold (Sue)

increase due to library assistances, likely a recoding of a position to more correctly reflect the proper reporting (other line item is going down)

professional development - a reclassification of education previously allocated to special ed teachers but is really for all teachers who need crisis training

text books, media materials - totally up to the principals, this is replacement of existing text books (lost worn out), or to accommodate increased enrollment

instructional software - annual maintenance cost for licensing, ed line, electronic report cards for elementary

Closing the budget hearing

motion to approve the budget, passed 7-0

Franklin, MA

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Live reporting - zoning bylaw amendments

hearing opened

1. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 10-639: Amendment to Chapter 185-5 Zoning map
adding 11 parcels, removes one parcel which is part of the State Forest
Planning Board voted unanimously to recommend adoption of this
hearing closed

hearing opened
2. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 10-640-: Amendment to Chapter 185-42: Biotechnology Uses
this would remove the extra requirement of a Town Council special permit
the Board of Health would be required to hold a public hearing
It is in the interest of the Town to do this to help entice companies to operate here
hearing closed

these items are on the agenda for action to move them to a second reading later in this meeting

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Live reporting - brownfields grant hearing

F. HEARINGS -   2010 EPA Brownfields Grant Application – Public Hearing - 7:10 PM

Mr Compton complained about the lack of notification. He is a property owner of the land surrounding the property. Until he called, he was not aware.

The Town would need to supply 40,000 to match if the grant was awarded by the EPA.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Live reporting - ABC hearings

Capt Steve Williams
Lt Lynch

  • Have a grant to conduct a periodic "sting" - visit establishment and see if you can get served without getting ID checked
  • Monitor hot spots and parties
  • "Shoulder tap" - position an underage person outside liquor store to see if they could get someone to buy liquor for them.
Did the sting on all 31 establishments, 29 passed, 2 failed.

Cottage St Pub
operative was presented a beer, money was placed on the table

Owner admits they failed, won't contradict the police report

Recommendation, 3 day suspension with 2 days held in abeyance

There is money left in the grant, more stings will be conducted in coming months

Discussion on time period for abeyance, 2 years or 1 year to be held.

Motion to accept either the 7th, 14th, or 21st as the day to observe the suspension
Owner has 48 hours to confirm which date with the Town Administrator.

Motion passed by 7-0 vote

Pepper Terrace

operative was asked age, did not verify license

Owner admits that the facts are as stated

Recommendation: This is a second offense, the prior 2 days have been held in abeyance. The 1st violation was 2007. This time should have a full 7 day suspension observed on consecutive days.

Motion for suspension to be imposed from the 7th to the 13th of February.

Motion passed by 7-0 vote

Tuesday, May 27, 2008



TUESDAY MAY 27, 2008

6:00 PM




Thursday, May 22, 2008

Budget Hearing Schedule - 2nd Hearing 5/27/08 at 6:00 PM

Town Council decided not to hold another hearing today and instead will hold a second public hearing and vote on the fiscal 2009 budget next Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building.

So the next budget hearing is Tuesday 5/27/08 at 6:00 PM.

Why 6:00 PM?
The School Committee already has a regular meeting scheduled for 7:00 PM in the same location.

So be prepared for Tuesday to start at 6:00 PM.