Showing posts with label joint budget. Show all posts
Showing posts with label joint budget. Show all posts

Monday, March 21, 2022

Town Council Quarterbacking with Tom Mercer - Storm water fee, capital budget, and the FY 2023 Budget process

This episode shares my conversation with Town Council Chair Tom Mercer. This is one of a series of conversations meant to provide a recap of the prior Council meeting. Akin to one of the many sports post-game analysis broadcasts we are familiar with in New England,  this would be a discussion focused on the Franklin Town Council meeting of March 16, 2022

  • ok, what just happened? 
  • What does it mean for Franklin residents and taxpayers?

We cover the following key topics

Recognitions/promotions

  • Police Department - Sergeant Connor Crosman
  • Police Department - Detective Laura Canavan
  • New Hire: Police Department - Derek Mackey

Storm water received 1st approval

Capital plan

Preliminary FY23 Budget Model

Our conversation runs about 37 minutes:

Links to the meeting agenda and associated documents released for this meeting are included in the show notes. 

Let’s listen to Tom and I in this Town Council Quarterbacking session

Audio file -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-756-town-council-quarterbacking-with-tom-mercer-03-18-22

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Town Council Agenda document -> 

https://www.franklinmatters.org/2022/03/franklin-ma-town-council-agenda-march.html  

Recording & Transcript -> https://www.franklinmatters.org/2022/03/town-council-hears-about-storm-water.html 

My notes for the meeting -> https://drive.google.com/file/d/1HKbbsQfgbgIjPbUx7DbMGikfrXo2iI68/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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Town Council Quarterbacking with Tom Mercer - Storm water fee, capital budget, and the FY 2023 Budget process

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Storm water fee comes back to Council among items in this "Talk Franklin" with Jamie Hellen (audio)

FM #752 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 752 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares my "Talk Franklin" conversation with Town Administrator Jamie Hellen. We had our conversation via the Zoom Conference Bridge.


Conversation around the following topics: 

  • Vaccine clinic for kids 3/16
  • Hotel has resumed construction
  • Franklin For All
  • Finance Committee
  • Joint Budget Subcommittee
  • Storm water fee comes back to the Town Council 

The recording runs about 40 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Jamie as we “Talk Franklin”.


Audio file -> https://anchor.fm/letstalkfranklin/episodes/Franklin-For-All--the-Return-of-the-Storm-Water-Fee-to-Town-Council-e1fobov/a-a7j2amn



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Town Council meeting 3/16/2022 agenda -> 

https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/march_16_2022_town_council_agenda.pdf 


Franklin For All survey -> https://mapc.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bDBzodBPnt8a5Ce  


Franklin For All web page -> https://www.mapc.org/resource-library/franklin-for-all/ 


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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 your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"


Storm water fee comes back to Council among items in this "Talk Franklin" with Jamie Hellen (audio)
Storm water fee comes back to Council among items in this "Talk Franklin" with Jamie Hellen (audio)

Sunday, March 13, 2022

Joint Budget Subcommittee gets first view of projected budget deficit for FY 2023 (audio & transcript)

FM #751 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 751 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares the Joint Budget Subcommittee meeting held Thursday, March 10, 2022. 


The first such meeting of this recharged group combining Town Council, School Committee and Finance Committee members


NEW: A transcript of the recording is available. The transcript is part of a pilot by Franklin Matters using the transcription service provided by Otter.ai https://otter.ai/ 


The meeting opened at 6:30 PM and ran an hour and 45 minutes.


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Meeting agenda and budget overview document ->

https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/2022-03-10_joint_budget_subcommittee_mtg_agenda.pdf


Meeting transcript -> 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XfN8Ig5eVvBbILAk_PcUAiCJw7h7JICu/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"

 

TA Jamie Hellen, Miriam Goodman and Supt Sara Ahern presenting to the Joint Budget Subcommittee
TA Jamie Hellen, Miriam Goodman and Supt Sara Ahern presenting to the Joint Budget Subcommittee

Thursday, March 10, 2022

Joint Budget Subcommittee Meeting - Mar 10 - 6:30 PM

Joint Budget Subcommittee Meeting
(Town Council, School Committee, Finance Committee)
March 10, 2022 - 6:30 PM

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

Agenda
1. Introduction of members
2. Role of the committee {committee charge}
3. FY23 Budget Update and Discussion
a. Preliminary FY23 Budget Model

The Joint Budget Subcommittee is made up of members of the Town Council, School Committee and Finance Committee.


Joint Budget Subcommittee page -> https://www.franklinma.gov/joint-budget-subcommittee

Joint Budget Subcommittee Meeting - Mar 10 - 6:30 PM
Joint Budget Subcommittee Meeting - Mar 10 - 6:30 PM


Saturday, March 5, 2022

Town Council Quarterbacking with Tom Mercer - 03/03/22 (audio)

FM #744 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 744 in the series. 


This shares my conversation with Town Council Chair Tom Mercer. This is one of a series of conversations meant to provide a recap of the prior Council meeting. Akin to one of the many sports post-game analysis broadcasts we are familiar with in New England,  this would be a discussion focused on the Franklin Town Council meeting of March 3, 2022: 


  • ok, what just happened? 

  • What does it mean for Franklin residents and taxpayers?


We cover the following key topics

PRESENTATIONS / DISCUSSIONS

a. Presentation: Other Post-Employment Benefits - Dan Sherman, Sherman Actuarial Services

 

9. LEGISLATION FOR ACTION

a. Resolution 22-15: Direction for Issuance of Request for Expressions of Interest for Town Property Containing “South Franklin Congregational Meeting House” Located at 762 Washington Street (Motion to Approve Resolution 22-15 - Majority Vote)

b. Resolution 22-16: Authorization for Town Administrator to Negotiate and Execute New Agreement Between Town and Franklin Community Cable Access, Inc. for PEG Programming and Access Services (Motion to Approve Resolution 22-16 - Majority Vote)

 

Subcommittee Reports

a. Capital Budget Subcommittee – Mar 3, then to full Council likely March 16

b. Budget Subcommittee – Joint meeting – Mar 10 (Finance Cmte meeting - March 9)

c. Economic Development Subcommittee – met Weds before Council meeting, Franklin For All forum Mar 7



Links to the meeting agenda and associated documents released for this meeting are included in the show notes.  The recording runs about 25 minutes.


Let’s listen to this recording of Town Council Quarterbacking Mar 3, 2022

Audio file ->  
https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-744-town-council-quarterbacking-with-tom-mercer-03-03-22


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Town Council Agenda document -> 

https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/town_council_meeting_agenda_-march_2_2022.pdf 


My notes for the meeting -> 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1V68RACg-cfE7DL80uaXkOSwQhTPWL2yC/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 your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"

 

OPEB consultant Dan Sherman participated remotely
OPEB consultant Dan Sherman participated remotely

Sunday, February 6, 2022

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Meeting Agenda - Feb 8, 2022

Franklin School Committee
February 8, 2022 - 7:00 PM
Municipal Building – Council Chambers


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. Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Presentation

III. Discussion/Action Items
A. 2022-2023 School Calendar
I recommend approval of the 2022-23 School Calendar as discussed.
https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/discussion_action_a_-_22-23_school_calendar.pdf
B. Policy - 1st Reading
I recommend moving Policy GDQD - Suspension and Dismissal of Support Staff
Members to a second reading.
V. Information Matters
A. School Committee Sub-Committee Reports (e.g. Supt. Evaluation, Budget,
Community Relations/Public Schools Advocacy, Policy, Space Needs & Facilities
Assessment Sub Committee)
B. School Committee Liaison Reports (e.g. Joint PCC, (SATF) Substance Abuse Task Force, (SWAC) School Wellness Advisory Council, SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council), DEI Committee (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion).

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

VII. Consent Agenda
A. Approval of Minutes
I recommend approval of the minutes from the January 25, 2022 School
Committee meeting as detailed.
B. Music Gifts
I recommend acceptance of two checks totaling $4,116.00from music parents for
in house enrichment as detailed.
C. FHS Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $2,910.16 from Grynn & Barrett
Enterprises, Inc. for supplemental supplies for FHS as detailed.

VIII. Payment of Bills Ms. Spencer

IX. Payroll Ms. Stokes


X. Executive Session
a. Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 30A, §21(a)(3) to discuss strategy with respect to collective
bargaining with the FEA/RN unit as an open meeting may have a detrimental
effect on the bargaining position of the School Committee and the chair so declares.
b. Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 30A, §21(a)(3) to discuss strategy with respect to collective
bargaining with non-union personnel.
c. Executive session pursuant to M.G.L. c.30A, §21(a)(1) to consider an Open
Meeting Law complaint against public officers, namely the members of the
School Committee, filed with the Committee by Kyle Thompson and dated
February 3, 2022.

XI. Adjournment 



Town Council Meeting - Feb 2, 2022 - audio recording in 3 parts

FM #718-719-720 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 718-719-720 in the series. 


This session shares part of the Franklin, MA Town Council meeting held on Wednesday, February 2, 2022. 


The meeting was conducted in a hybrid format: members of the Town Council and Town Administration personnel, the Police retirement and promotion individuals, along with their guest and family members were in the Council Chambers, some members of the public participated in person, some via the Zoom conference bridge, all to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.


I’ve split the just almost three hour meeting ( 2:48 actual meeting time - excludes recess) into three (3) logical segments:

The show notes contain links to the meeting agenda. Let’s listen to this segment of the Town Council meeting of Feb 2, 2022


Part 1 ->


Part 2 ->


Part 3 ->


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Town Council Agenda document ->   https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/town_council_meeting_agenda_2-2-22_2.pdf

My notes for the meeting ->  https://www.franklinmatters.org/2022/02/recap-town-council-discusses-old-south.html

 

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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 www.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 Meeting - Feb 2, 2022 - audio recording in 3 parts
Town Council Meeting - Feb 2, 2022 - audio recording in 3 parts