Showing posts with label hybrid. Show all posts
Showing posts with label hybrid. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Parking may be the hot topic for Town Council meeting Wednesday

1 - Among the items for the Town Council agenda for Wednesday's meeting are two items that were  discussed at the prior Economic Development Subcommittee meeting. 

To move the parking fines item forward, there were interesting actions among the members before it finally got a vote to pass (first vote was 2-2 which failed to pass the motion forward). The other item was incompletely discussed (time ran out). 

c. Bylaw Amendment 22-879: Chapter 170, Vehicles and Traffic, Appendix A, Fines, Parking Violations - First Reading (Motion to Move Bylaw Amendment 22-879 to Second Reading - Majority Vote)  https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/uploads/9c._downtown_parking_fines.pdf

d. Bylaw Amendment 22-880: Chapter 170, Vehicles and Traffic, Article IV, Stopping, Standing and Parking, §170-15 Parking Prohibitions and Limitations, D. Parking Prohibited, Downtown Parking Map - First Reading (Motion to Move Bylaw Amendment 22-880 to a Second Reading - Majority Vote)  https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/uploads/9d._22-880_downtown_parking_map_0.pdf


2 - Among the other items on the very full agenda:
  • The two compliance check failures are rescheduled for their hearing
  • An update from 4th District Congressman Jake Auchincloss
  • Another in the set of street acceptances
  • Presentation on the audit report for FY 2021 (clean!)


Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - May 4, 2022 - 7 PM
Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - May 4, 2022 - 7 PM

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Recap: School Committee decides on new school Superintendent: Lucas Giguere

Quick recap:
  • The Special School Committee meeting held on Tuesday, Apr 26 at 6 PM resulted in a new School Superintendent, current asst Superintendent Lucas Giguere was approved b y a 7-0 roll call vote 
  • Chair Denise Spencer opened the meeting with a review of the process to date. Each member of the committee commented on the development of their decision before the vote to approve. After a brief 5 minute recess during which Chair Spencer confirmed the offer and acceptance by L Giguere, she asked for volunteers for the contract negotiation subcommittee to be formed and begin work immediately
  • Meeting adjourned with a 7-0 roll call vote. Two members were remote for this and the regular meeting hence the roll call voting for all decisions (Stokes, Whitmore)
My Twitter thread is captured in this PDF

new Superintendent Lucas Giguere at the regular School Cmte meeting with FHS student science fair winners
new Superintendent Lucas Giguere at the regular School Cmte meeting with FHS student science fair winners


Friday, April 22, 2022

Special School Committee Meeting - Apr 26 at 6 PM - Agenda

Special Franklin School Committee Meeting
Tuesday, April 26, 2022 - 6:00 PM
Municipal Building – Council Chambers


Agenda

Call to Order Ms. Spencer 

1. Deliberation on Candidate for Superintendent of Schools 

Adjournment



Special School Committee Meeting - Apr 26 at 6 PM - Agenda
Special School Committee Meeting - Apr 26 at 6 PM - Agenda

Hybrid public forum scheduled for Monday, May 16 to the review the draft zoning recommendations


UPCOMING HYBRID PUBLIC FORUM!
On Monday, May 16 at 6:30 PM, join MAPC and the Town of Franklin for the next Franklin For All hybrid public forum. This event will take place at The Black Box (15 West Central Street) and over Zoom. Weigh in on draft zoning recommendations and learn about next steps for the rezoning effort. Doors to The Black Box open at 6:00 PM.

Click the button below to register and tell us if you plan to attend in-person or remotely.
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Sunday, April 3, 2022

“Remote access is the latest instance of universal design"

"Many byproducts of the pandemic cannot disappear too soon – the illness, the social isolation, the toll constant anxiety is taking on our collective mental health. Yet some societal changes have become a silver lining to the pandemic – the realization that some jobs can be done as efficiently at home, the convenience of telehealth, and increased access to government by livestreaming public meetings.

The first real debate about whether to cut off that access has come from the Governor’s Council, the body that vets and confirms judicial nominees."

Continue reading the article online

hybrid Town Council meeting early in March 2022
hybrid Town Council meeting early in March 2022


Monday, March 7, 2022

Franklin Q&A with Steve Sherlock Wed. March 23, 2022 at 11:00 AM

Each month, I provide a quick recap of what's happening, what to be aware of, and take your questions on any and all things Franklin, MA. If I don't have the answer we'll get it for you.

If you would like to be part of this, you can join us in person at the Senior Center or sign up here to participate via Zoom.  https://forms.gle/YDWBnJ26vvYGLsa49


When: Wednesday, March 23 at 11:00 AM
Where: in person at the Senior Center or via remote (sign up with form above)

Franklin Q&A with Steve Sherlock Wed. March 23, 2022 at 11:00 AM
Franklin Q&A with Steve Sherlock Wed. March 23, 2022 at 11:00 AM



Saturday, March 5, 2022

Reminder! Learn about zoning in Franklin Monday, Mar 7, 2022 at 7 PM


Reminder! Learn about zoning in Franklin Monday, Mar 7, 2022 at 7 PM
Join the Town of Franklin and MAPC for our first public forum on Monday, March 7 at 7PM! This will be a hybrid meeting that takes place in the Council Chambers at Town Hall (please note the change in location) and over Zoom. Click the link below to register and tell us if you plan to attend in person or remotely.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Franklin Art Assoc: Acclaimed Pastel Artist Dave Kaphammer - March 2

Acclaimed Pastel Artist Dave Kaphammer will present a demonstration to the Franklin Art Association on Wednesday, March 2 at the Franklin MA Senior Center. Don't miss the chance to meet this outstanding artist and to see his creative skills!
For those who are not able to join us in person, the meeting will also be live-streamed on Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7298884226.NEXT

Franklin Art Association Monthly Meeting.
Wednesday, March 2, 6:30 PM
Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill St, Franklin, MA 02038


Franklin Art Assoc: Acclaimed Pastel Artist Dave Kaphammer - March 2
Franklin Art Assoc: Acclaimed Pastel Artist Dave Kaphammer - March 2

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Franklin for All - Public Forum - March 7, 2022 at 7 PM

Franklin for All Public Forum - March 7, 2022 at 7 PM

The Town of Franklin is working with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) on Franklin For All, a study commissioned by the town to build on Franklin Center's existing assets and overcome barriers that are preventing the area from fully realizing its potential as a vibrant, mixed-use destination via rezoning. 

A vision for Franklin Center will be defined by utilizing feedback from focus groups and public forums.

Franklin For All's first public forum is on Monday, March 7, 2022, at 7 PM. It will be a hybrid meeting that takes place in the Council Chambers at Franklin Town Hall, (355 E. Central Street) and over Zoom. 

Please register for the Zoom session (and to be informed of continuing efforts) at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUrdeutpzwvHdyO2z-d4dc6OS0py3faxZR7 

 You can learn more about this project on our project website here:https://www.mapc.org/resource-library/franklin-for-all/

Franklin for All  - Public Forum - March 7, 2022 at 7 PM
Franklin for All  - Public Forum - March 7, 2022 at 7 PM

Shared from Town of Franklin page -> https://www.franklinma.gov/home/news/franklin-all-public-forum-march-7th-2022-7pm

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Sign up for the Franklin Matters Q&A Session - Feb 23, 2022 - 11 AM (hybrid)

Please join me for an informative and informal Q&A session. This will be a hybrid meeting. I plan to be in the Senior Center and will have the Zoom conference bridge available for remote participation. 

We will try something new this time with a special guest: Town Councilor Ted Cormier-Leger will join us for the discussion.

When: Wednesday, Feb 23,2022 at 11:00 AM  

Where: Franklin Senior Center (conf room upstairs on left) and via Zoom

If you want the Zoom link, please use this form:   https://forms.gle/52iVgVhNdKEa6A5h9

Franklin Matters Q&A session scheduled for Feb 23, 2022 - 11 AM
Franklin Matters Q&A session scheduled for Feb 23, 2022 - 11 AM

Thursday, February 3, 2022

Recap: Board of Health conducts regular business, listens to resident comments on masking

Quick recap:
  • Board of Health conducted their normal business approving minutes of prior meeting, hearing updates from nurse, epidemiologist and inspector. 
  • Winter St demolition approvals in process, other abandoned housing being addressed in coordinated manner with attorney general
  • problem with ordering at home test kits, not as easy as it was lead to be, no date yet for availability
  • multiple residents commented against a mask policy in light of the request at the prior meeting for the Board to consider one.

Board of Health meetings are generally scheduled for the first Wednesday of the month at 5 PM

My notes captured via Twitter during the meeting
  • Real time reporting for the Board of Health meeting underway, #boh0202  Winter St update provided, prior meeting minutes approved (twice, once 2-0; then 3-0; 3rd member arrived)
  • Some audio items on the Zoom bridge worked through to be able to hear folks in the room clearly #boh0202
  • Update from inspections, update from nurse, clinics being worked, COVID is still prevalent #boh0202
  • Epidemiologist provides updates, working on reporting and tracking, new webpage/dashboard being put together, #boh0202
  • At home rest kits ordered from lowest priced vendor, couldn't get ship dates; order cancelled, new being set, no date yet for availability, #boh0202 not as easy as it sounded.
  • Property on Union St being worked collaboratively, police, fire, health, building, Attny General office coordinated - working on abandoned housing initiatives and making progress #boh0202
  • Open to citizen comment, M Benson speaking to mask mandate discussion from last time to raise several issues, #boh0202 mask mandate would instill a sense of fear, not necessary
  • Another citizen, (didn't catch name) anti mask comments, #boh0202 "respect the choice people have" define an exit strategy. D Videra, backing up M and Kevin, also anti mask, tremendous mental health issues, start tracking those in addition toCOVID-19
  • Another citizen, (name missed) complaining that the school committee which is also supposed to be apolitical has members that just endorsed Senator Rausch so that doesn't work and is contradictory with other statements being made #boh0202
  • No hands raised for other remote comments, #boh0202 Board comments, thanks for the citizen comments, good engagement, good commitment, folks need to stay safe and healthy motion to adjourn, second, passes 3-0 via roll call

 

Audio recording to be available in a couple  of days


Board of Health conducts regular business, listens to resident comments on masking
Board of Health conducts regular business, listens to resident comments on masking

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Register for the "Franklin For All" Forum scheduled for March 7, 2022 - 7 PM

The Town of Franklin is working with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) on Franklin For All, a community-driven process to establish a vision for Franklin Center and make recommendations for rezoning the area to best achieve the vision.

GET INVOLVED!

Franklin For All seeks to engage a variety of stakeholders, including Franklin residents (particularly existing residents living in Franklin Center), business
owners, property owners, service providers, affordable housing advocates, and local developers to identify priorities for the future of this area. This work will
be guided by a Steering Committee of local stakeholders.

The Town and MAPC will engage the community through various focus group meetings and a minimum of two public forums. We need you to share your
knowledge of Franklin Center and hopes for the future. 

Here is how you can connect with the planning process:
• Join us at one of our public forums! The first forum will have a hybrid format and will take place on Monday, March 7, 2022, at 7 PM at the Franklin High School Auditorium and on Zoom. Register at mapc.ma/franklin-forum1-reg.
• Sign up for our email list at mapc.ma/franklin-for-all-news for updates on engagement events and plan progress.
• Visit the project webpage at www.mapc.org/franklin-for-all to view materials and draft content as they are produced.
• Email planning@franklinma.gov if you have questions about this project or ideas for enhancing Franklin Center.

Franklin is fortunate to have a compact downtown with an MBTA Commuter Rail Station, a museum, a performing arts theater, Dean College, and a mix of restaurants and retailers. There are also events throughout the year, including the Strawberry Stroll and the Harvest Festival, that draw large crowds to the area. In recent years, significant time and resources have been devoted to enhancing the area with a focus on improving vehicular circulation and safety, improving roadways, fostering a pedestrian environment, improving the overall appearance of downtown, and stimulating private sector investment.

WHY ARE WE DOING THIS WORK?

Franklin For All seeks to build on existing assets of Franklin Center (including the Downtown Commercial District and surrounding neighborhoods) and overcome barriers that are preventing the area from fully realizing its potential as a vibrant, mixed-use destination. More people living in a walkable downtown means more spending at local businesses, less car trips and greenhouse gas
emissions, and more interactions amongst residents which fosters a strong sense of community. By modifying zoning, we can remove restrictions which may be holding back high-quality projects and encourage development that directly meets the community’s vision for Franklin Center.

The purpose of this work is to unlock development that will:
• Promote economic growth
• Support local business
• Expand housing choices
• Take advantage of new infrastructure
• Provide community benefits
• Foster vibrant mixed-use neighborhoods

WHAT WILL THIS WORK INCLUDE?

Franklin For All includes several components:

Fall 2021 (complete)
Background research and analysis of existing zoning to identify barriers that
may be limiting development of high-quality projects in desired locations

Winter 2021-2022
Public engagement to establish a vision for Franklin Center 

Winter and Spring 2022
Creation of potential development scenarios, including visualizations and build-out figures, and draft zoning recommendations that align with the Franklin Center vision

Spring and Summer 2022
Public engagement to review draft zoning recommendations

A follow-up phase of this work will include the actual rezoning of Franklin Center.

Register for the "Franklin For All" Forum scheduled for March 7, 2022 - 7 PM
Register for the "Franklin For All" Forum scheduled for March 7, 2022 - 7 PM

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Franklin Council on Aging - Meeting Agenda - Jan 11, 2022 - 10 AM

Franklin Council on Aging - Meeting Agenda
Jan 11, 2022 = 10:00 AM


Meeting will be held at the Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill Street


1. Call to order; 10:00 a.m.
2. Minutes of last meeting
3. Introductions of new Director and Deputy Director
4. Common Grounds Cafe update
5. Role of the Council on Aging
a. General Role of the COA
b. Senior Center five year strategic Plan
6. FOFE Liason Report
7. Chairperson’s Comments
8. Citizen’s Comments
9. Adjournment

Next Meeting - Feb 8, 2022


Franklin Council on Aging - Meeting Agenda - Jan 11, 2022 - 10 AM
Franklin Council on Aging - Meeting Agenda - Jan 11, 2022 - 10 AM


Monday, January 10, 2022

Sign up for the Franklin Matters Q&A Session - Jan 12, 2022 - 11 AM (hybrid)

Please join me for an informative and informal Q&A session. A hybrid meeting. I plan to be in the Senior Center and will have the Zoom conference bridge available for remote participation.
If you want the Zoom link, please use this form:   https://forms.gle/cjgfpsG3yi4dkLiq9

When: Wednesday, Jan 12 at 11:00 AM  

  • What should be on the "Watch List" for 2022? 
    • budget, COVID, affordable housing, downtown zoning, etc...

 


Franklin Matters Q&A session scheduled for Jan 12, 2022 - 11 AM
Franklin Matters Q&A session scheduled for Jan 12, 2022 - 11 AM

Sunday, January 2, 2022

Franklin, MA: Board of Health - Meeting Agenda - Jan 5, 2022

FRANKLIN BOARD OF HEALTH
DULY SCHEDULED MEETING and PUBLIC HEARING
3rd floor Training Room
WEDNESDAY, January 5, 2022, 5:00 P.M.

AGENDA

1) Reading and Acceptance of December 8, 2021 meeting minutes

2) PUBLIC HEARING
The use of existing septic tanks in repair or upgrade situations regulation.

3) OLD BUSINESS

4) NEW BUSINESS
  • 27 Winter Street meeting with new owners
  • Metacomet Shared Service grant regional inspector report
  • Metacomet Shared Service grant Public health nurse update
  • Metacomet Shared Service grant Epidemiologist hiring update
  • 69 Cleveland Ave local upgrade
  • COVID testing kits
Chairman opens the floor for any other new business

5) CITIZENS COMMENTARY

6) ADJOURNMENT


Franklin, MA: Board of Health - Meeting Agenda - Jan 5, 2022
Franklin, MA: Board of Health - Meeting Agenda - Jan 5, 2022

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Lessons and Carols on Christmas Eve at Franklin United Methodist Church

"Join the Franklin United Methodist Church for a traditional service of Lessons and Carols on Christmas Eve, December 24, at 11pm. This service will include scripture, song, and communion.

This service will occur in-person in-the-sanctuary, in-person virtually using Google Meet, and live-streamed via YouTube. All are welcome.

NOTE: All persons, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask over their mouth and nose upon entering our facility."

For more information including the remote participation links, please visit their Facebook event -> https://www.facebook.com/events/681459016316186

Lessons and Carols on Christmas Eve at Franklin United Methodist Church
Lessons and Carols on Christmas Eve at Franklin United Methodist Church


Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Family (Pop-up) Christmas Pageant at Franklin United Methodist Church - Dec 24, 2021

"Join the Franklin United Methodist Church for a Family (Pop-up) Christmas Pageant on Christmas Eve, December 24, at 5 PM. We will sing Christmas Carols while our esteemed pageant directors pick the cast from those in attendance in order to set the nativity scene. Everyone will have a part to play. Everyone can be a star!

This service will occur in-person in-the-sanctuary, in-person virtually using Google Meet, and live-streamed via YouTube. All are welcome.

NOTE: All persons, regardless of vaccination status, attending this service in-person in the sanctuary must wear a mask over their mouth and nose upon entering our facility."

For more information including the remote links,  please visit the Facebook page ->

Family (Pop-up) Christmas Pageant at Franklin United Methodist Church
Family (Pop-up) Christmas Pageant at Franklin United Methodist Church


Monday, December 13, 2021

Meeting schedule - Information sessions Weds and Thursday

There are multiple meetings this week. The Town calendar provides all the details. I will be reporting on the following:

  • School Committee meets Tuesday (7 PM)
  • A School Committee budget workshop before their Tuesday meeting (6 PM)
  • Town Council meets Wednesday (7 PM)
  • A Town Council subcommittee looking at reviewing their procedures manual also before their meeting Wednesday (6 PM)

The monthly Franklin Matters Q&A scheduled for Wednesday morning at 11:00 AM. The meeting is hybrid. I'll be in the Senior Center and also allow for participation virtually via Zoom. Send me an email for the Zoom info. 

The Town Officials and State Rep Jeff Roy will hold their monthly coffee hour at the Senior Center Thursday morning at 8:30 AM. Also a good chance to get some details on any questions you may have.

Town Calendar - https://www.franklinma.gov/calendar

Meeting schedule - Information sessions Weds and Thursday
Meeting schedule - Information sessions Weds and Thursday

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Reminder: Franklin Interfaith Council schedules Thanksgiving Service - Nov 21

The Franklin Interfaith Council announces its annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service for the community. Everyone is welcome! Please join us on Sunday, November 21 at 7 PM at St Mary’s Catholic Parish, 1 Church Square (masks required) and live streamed at stmarysfranklin.org, then  click Live-stream Masses.

This year, the service features preacher Rev. Dr. Marylayna Schmidt, Interim Minister at Franklin Federated Church, and live performance by the Interfaith Choir, directed by Mary Diehl of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The collection will benefit Gilly’s House addiction treatment center in Wrentham (gillyshouse.com).

The Franklin Interfaith Council is an organization whose membership is composed of faith communities in the town of Franklin, Massachusetts. It addresses the various needs of its community by recognizing the power of faith as defined by the individual spiritual traditions.  However, it is these same traditions that unite us in the common goal to initiate and sponsor activities that enrich and challenge the citizens of Franklin. 

The intent of the council is to sensitize the Franklin community to issues of deprivation and social injustice, and to promote tolerance and understanding through shared worship, programs, performances, and publications, and to bring the understanding of our faith traditions to bear on these issues. Additionally, through these same devices, the council seeks to acknowledge and celebrate both the diversity and the common values existing within the community. The council is a nonprofit organization that has as its primary purpose the betterment of the community it serves.

Participating Houses of Worship :

      First Universalist Society in Franklin

      St. John’s Episcopal Church

      Temple Etz Chaim

      St. Mary’s Catholic Parish

      Franklin Federated Church

      Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

       Franklin United Methodist Church

For more information, go to www.FranklinInterfaith.org or on Facebook:  Franklin Interfaith Council. 

Franklin Interfaith Council schedules Thanksgiving Service - Nov 21
Franklin Interfaith Council schedules Thanksgiving Service - Nov 21