Showing posts with label license renewals. Show all posts
Showing posts with label license renewals. Show all posts

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Franklin TV: Renewal – Everywhere!

by Pete Fasciano, Executive Director 04/24/2022

Through all of last week Primavera, that first hint of greening has been living up to expectations. Trees and bushes have been waking and doing their Spring thing. Another week or two, and Winter will be a memory.

Other forms of renewal have taken place. Our radio station, wfpr●fm filed for and received its FCC broadcast license renewal for 8 years. While we expected no less, it’s a nice nod to know that we are in good standing. Radio station license renewal actually requires about 5 months of FCC filings and posted legal notifications.

We (Franklin Community Cable Access, Inc., dba Franklin●TV, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization) also renewed our agreement with the Town of Franklin to provide local television services on Franklin’s three P, E, G cable channels. Comcast and Verizon provide the channels under their own agreements and we provide the local programming for citizens, civic and school events and government meetings.
For us, these renewals mean business as usual. All good.

All of these renewals – Spring greening, our licensing and so on, are underscored with optimism as we slowly, cautiously begin to regard covid19 in the past tense. 19! Now 4 months into 22, was it really that long ago?

During all this Spring greening we should all undertake some Spring cleaning. Not just the usual tidying up of homes and workplaces, but a renewal of our personal outlook on life. The lingering after-effects of COVID on the supply chain and our economy are an ongoing inconvenience, and maintaining a positive outlook takes a bit of mental discipline. All in all, life is pretty good across our fair zip code.

That said, considering the renewed horrors of war in Ukraine, we need a renewed commitment to peace – through strength and some necessary sacrifice. The cost of war will touch us all, but not so deeply and dearly as it does the people of Ukraine. Moving beyond our lingering local fatigue over COVID, masking, our economy, we can renew our resolve to make a better world by asking the simplest question.

“What can I do, great or small, to help?”

Freedom is not free. There is a renewal cost – to enjoy business as usual. 

And – as always –
Thank you for listening to wfpr●fm. 
And, thank you for watching.

 

Get this week's program guide for Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) online  http://franklin.tv/programguide.pdf  


Franklin TV: Renewal – Everywhere!
Franklin TV: Renewal – Everywhere!

Monday, February 14, 2022

Reminder: wfpr.fm – FCC License Renewal

by Pete Fasciano, Executive Director

On December 27, 2021 Franklin Community Cable Access, Inc., dba 
Franklin TV and Franklin Public Radio as the licensee of wfpr-lp, on 102.9 FM in Franklin, filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to renew its broadcast license.  Members of the public wishing to view this application or obtain information about how to file comments and petitions on the application can visit the FCC’s website: www.fcc.gov/stationsearch, to find wfpr-lp’s filed application.  For more information, please email info@wfpr.fm  or call
508-541-4118.

Pending license renewal, the public may participate either by filing a Petition to Deny or an informal objection against a renewal. Positive comments about a broadcaster's service may also be submitted.  Persons may respond via the FCC’s database, LMS on the web.  Alternatively,  persons may submit paper copies to the Commission.  For paper copies, please include an original and two copies of any filing.  An additional copy of any filing may also be mailed to:

Franklin.TV
23 Hutchinson St.
Franklin, MA 02038

All USPS First Class Mail, Express Mail and Priority Mail should be addressed to:

Office of the Secretary
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street, SW,
Washington, DC 20554
Attn:  Audio Division, License Renewal Processing Team

Additional Suggestions for Filing.  To help the staff expeditiously associate a Petition to Deny, informal objection, or positive comment with the proper license renewal application, the pleading should prominently identify:

The radio station's call sign:       WFPR-LP
The station's facility ID number:  194829
The license renewal application:   0000177961

This information is available in the LMS Public Search on the Commission's Web site, and should be listed on the first page of your submission.  The filing must also state whether it is a Petition to Deny, Informal Objection, or a Comment.   If a cover sheet is used, it should be attached to each copy of the pleading. Failure to include this information may delay associating a pleading with a renewal application.

And – as always –
Thank you for listening to wfpr●fm.
And, thank you for watching 

 Get this week's program guide for Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) online  http://franklin.tv/programguide.pdf     


wfpr.fm – License Renewal
wfpr.fm – License Renewal

Sunday, January 23, 2022

wfpr.fm – FCC License Renewal

by Pete Fasciano, Executive Director

On December 27, 2021 Franklin Community Cable Access, Inc., dba 
Franklin TV and Franklin Public Radio as the licensee of wfpr-lp, on 102.9 FM in Franklin, filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to renew its broadcast license.  Members of the public wishing to view this application or obtain information about how to file comments and petitions on the application can visit the FCC’s website: www.fcc.gov/stationsearch, to find wfpr-lp’s filed application.  For more information, please email info@wfpr.fm  or call
508-541-4118.

Pending license renewal, the public may participate either by filing a Petition to Deny or an informal objection against a renewal. Positive comments about a broadcaster's service may also be submitted.  Persons may respond via the FCC’s database, LMS on the web.  Alternatively,  persons may submit paper copies to the Commission.  For paper copies, please include an original and two copies of any filing.  An additional copy of any filing may also be mailed to:

Franklin.TV
23 Hutchinson St.
Franklin, MA 02038

All USPS First Class Mail, Express Mail and Priority Mail should be addressed to:

Office of the Secretary
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street, SW,
Washington, DC 20554
Attn:  Audio Division, License Renewal Processing Team

Additional Suggestions for Filing.  To help the staff expeditiously associate a Petition to Deny, informal objection, or positive comment with the proper license renewal application, the pleading should prominently identify:

The radio station's call sign:       WFPR-LP
The station's facility ID number:  194829
The license renewal application:   0000177961

This information is available in the LMS Public Search on the Commission's Web site, and should be listed on the first page of your submission.  The filing must also state whether it is a Petition to Deny, Informal Objection, or a Comment.   If a cover sheet is used, it should be attached to each copy of the pleading. Failure to include this information may delay associating a pleading with a renewal application.

And – as always –
Thank you for listening to wfpr●fm.
And, thank you for watching 

Get this week's program guide for Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) online  http://franklin.tv/programguide.pdf     

wfpr.fm – License Renewal
wfpr.fm – License Renewal

Monday, December 20, 2021

FM #683 - Town Council Meeting - 12/15/21 (audio)

This session shares part of the Franklin, MA Town Council meeting held on Wednesday, December 15, 2021. 

The meeting was conducted in a hybrid format: members of the Town Council and Town Administration personnel 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.

The recording runs about one hour and twenty minutes (1:20 )

The show notes contain links to the meeting agenda. Let’s listen to the Town Council meeting of Dec 15, 2021

Audio file -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-683-town-council-meeting-12-15-21

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Agenda document ->  https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/december_15_town_council_agenda.pdf 

My notes from the meeting  ->  https://www.franklinmatters.org/2021/12/recap-town-council-hears-update-on.html 

Town Council Quarterbacking with Chair Tom Mercer -> https://www.franklinmatters.org/2021/12/town-council-quarterbacking-with-chair.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!

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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"

Town Council hears update on Human Resources from Director Karen Bratt
Town Council hears update on Human Resources from Director Karen Bratt


Sunday, December 19, 2021

Town Council Quarterbacking with Chair Tom Mercer - 12/16/21 (audio)

FM #681 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 681 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 December 15, 2021: 


  • ok, what just happened? 

  • What does it mean for Franklin residents and taxpayers?


We cover the following key topics

Appointments

Franklin Cultural District Committee: Katherine Botelho

Franklin Cultural District Committee: Patrick Timmons

Community Preservation Committee: Richard (Rick) Power

 

2022 Annual Alcohol License Renewals

https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/uploads/7a._license_renewal_memo_list_motion.pdf

 

Presentation - Human Resources: Karen Bratt, Human Resources Director


The recording runs about 27 minutes:


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


Let’s listen to this recording of Town Council Quarterbacking Dec 16, 2021

** Audio file -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-681-town-council-quarterbacking-with-chair-tom-mercer-12-15-21



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Town Council Agenda document ->   https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/december_15_town_council_agenda.pdf

 

My notes from the meeting -> https://www.franklinmatters.org/2021/12/recap-town-council-hears-update-on.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 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 Quarterbacking with Chair Tom Mercer - 12/16/21 (audio)
Town Council Quarterbacking with Chair Tom Mercer - 12/16/21 (audio

Recap: Town Council hears update on Human Resources, appoints three to committees, approves annual license renewals

Quick Recap:
  • The annual alcohol license renewals were approved. Some were held for completion of outstanding payments, etc. A smaller number than previous times per recollection (but not verified by actual count). Also 4 licenses were approved for businesses that actually haven't started operating yet. In tough economic times, these are good indicators
  • Three appointments were approved; two to the Cultural District (now at full strength) and one to the Community Preservation Committee (adding a Planning Board representative as the prior rep did not get re-elected in November)
  • HR Director Karen Bratt provided the update on what her department does that she had previewed to the Finance Committee in October. A wealth of information was shared. Primary driver is the demographic change the Town is seeing as folks retire (half the department managers positions turned over in last 4 years) and one third of total Town employment changed in same period
  • Insights on the health and pension plans planning process were shared. The Town working with the bargaining units does manage to hold health increases to a minimum. The Norfolk County pension liability will be paid up by approx. FY 2030 when those funds will shift to add to the outstanding OPEB liabilities. This one move revealed a couple of years ago will alleviate the giant albatross that the OPEB liability had been. The other silver lining in the meantime is that the Town is ahead of other communities facing the same challenge in funding their liabilities
  • Goal setting session for the 'new' Council will be scheduled for one of their January meetings. The Community Preservation Committee (CPC) is scheduled for two public hearings in January 2022 (Jan 4 and Jan 18). The public hearings will gather community input on how the forthcoming CPA funds should be used? What projects should be on the 'wish list'? and in what priority order? The input is a step to help the CPC development of the allocation of the CPA funds for eventual Town Council approval during 2022

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As with most meetings in this pandemic period, I took my notes via Twitter while I attended the meeting in the Council Chambers. 

 

The Twitter hashtag #TC1215 can be found online The thread begins with  

https://twitter.com/FranklinMatters/status/1471269121560035336 


Citizens comment
  • Citizens comment: #tc1215 resident comment on Hillside Road not being plowed due to change in ownership of 1 Summit Rd; no success via DPW, paperwork provided to show it is a public way
  • next up, approval of minutes of Nov 10, 2021, motion, seconded, passes 9-0 voice vote #tc1215
Appointments
License transactions
HR Director presentation
  • next up - Karen Bratt, HR Director presentation previously shared with Finance Committee in October 2021 ->  https://franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/uploads/fincomm-presentation-october142021.pdf…  #tc1215
  • succession planning could require additional staff for HR; #tc1215 new hire candidates testing etc. covered under HR budget; expensive to use web ads for openings; Mass Municipal is a good source for others in municipal government arena; comp plan being reviewed
  • HR files are still paper based, will try to update to electronic in future (sooner than later); Norfolk County pension funding will increase thru FY 30 and then decrease, allowing for shift of funds to cover the OPEB deficit  #tc1215
  • OPEB funding has been growing gradually each year via budget and 'free cash' #tc1215
  • Police/Fire covered by separate MA General Law; separate from the other Town/school employees #tc1215 compensation reserve - money set aside for unexpected for salary costs, i.e. full vacation balance or collective bargaining anticipation of increases
  • 11 new department heads since Jan 2016, approx. 55% of the leadership; city/towns exempt from minimum wage but it is being implemented here gradually; equal pay law of 2016 an item to watch; collective bargaining agreements cycle will come up again next Jun/Jul #tc1215
  • contract docs formatted for better consistency across the agreements, all but one (Police) completed thus far; benefits fairs not held during COVID hopeful to bring them back next year. #tc1215 assist with tracking of the COVID quarantine and testing protocols
  • planning for succession and working to fulfill the positions required; #tc1215 Employee assistance program available for those who need it; provided by Town insurer; drug testing assistance for CDL drivers in DPW for failures; fortunately not a frequent event here
  • Franklin fortunate to have a good reputation so folks are generally eager to come here; niche positions are harder to fill; #tc1215 contractual benefits to get advance notice of retirement plans, helps us for a win/win i.e. police/fire
Subcommittees 
  • EDC, Jan 5th meeting - Planning Board and MAPC 5:45 PM start #tc1215 no legislation for action tonight
Town Admin report 
  • Town Admin report - ARPA funding approved through Gov Baker and now coming to us; free rides to Senior Center, via GATRA also covered with this funding; thanks to the legislative delegation; happy holidays, hard to believe that in a couple of weeks it is 2022 #tc1215
  • future agenda items; #tc1215 nothing at this time; thanks to the neighbors who helped the Santa Foundation, Q on generators still at the DPW, specs designed for the generators; variety of smaller projects coming back from the burner to more front awareness;
Council Comments
  • Thanks to Nancy for putting the annual report together; happy holidays, happy new year; looking forward to 2022! no word yet on complete streets or housing plan from State approval; FBRTC looking for new members; #tc1215 open mic night last Wednesday, fantastic night
  • "please treat everyone with as much respect as you can"; thinking of the tornado victims; 800K lies lost to COVID, be peaceful, stay safe; #tc1215 Ohio missionaries still held captive in Haiti (more than 2 months); do due diligence to manage COVID;
  • get into the season (after prayers), reinforce to do our due diligence; let's get 2022 to look forward to Jan, goal setting session coming; #tc1215 motion to adjourn, passe 9-0



Audio recording of meeting to be available in couple of days


The Human Resources presentation document was the same used for the update to the Finance Committee in October. It can be viewed below or found on the Town of Franklin page ->   https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/uploads/fincomm-presentation-october142021.pdf



Recap: Town Council hears update on Human Resources
Recap: Town Council hears update on Human Resources


Sunday, June 6, 2021

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - June 9, 2021

1. ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE CHAIR    
a. This meeting is being recorded by Franklin TV and shown on Comcast channel 11 and Verizon Channel 29.  This meeting may be recorded by others.
 
b. Chair to identify Council Members participating remotely

2. CITIZEN COMMENTS 
   
Citizens are welcome to express their views for up to five minutes on a matter that is not on the agenda. The Council will not engage in a dialogue or comment on a matter raised during Citizen Comments. The Town Council will give remarks appropriate consideration and may ask the Town Administrator to review the matter.

3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES    

a. April 07, 2021
b. April 14, 2021
c. May 05, 2021
d. May 19, 2021

4. PROCLAMATIONS/RECOGNITIONS    
a. Proclamation: Franklin High School BALTS
b. Proclamation: Police Department, David Mellor

5. APPOINTMENTS  
 
None Scheduled
 

6. HEARINGS - 7:10pm    

  • Chapter 61A, Town’s Right of First Refusal to Purchase Approx. 70 Acres of Land off Maple Street approved as “Maple Hill” Definitive Residential Subdivision
  • Cover Memo and Purchase & Sale Agreement: Notice of intent to sell land for residential use off Maple Street
  • Open Space Presentation - April 6th, 2021, Community Preservation Committee Meeting
 https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/uploads/open_space_presentation_update_4-6-2021.pdf
  • 2016 Town of Franklin Open Space Plan
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/uploads/updated_osrp.pdf


7. LICENSE TRANSACTIONS  
 

  • La Cantina Winery, New Section 19C Farmer Brewery License & License Modification to Combine existing 19B and New 19C license to create a 19H Farmer Winery/Brewery License, 355 & 357 Union Street, Franklin, MA 02038
  • Table and Vine, License Modification - Change of Manager and Stock Transfer, 348 East Central Street


8. PRESENTATIONS/DISCUSSIONS    
None Scheduled

9. SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS    
a. Capital Budget Subcommittee
b. Budget Subcommittee
c. Economic Development Subcommittee

10. LEGISLATION FOR ACTION    

10a. LEGISLATION FOR ACTION    
Resolution 21-23: FY21 Capital Plan Round 2 (Motion to Approve Resolution 21-23 - Majority Vote)

10b. LEGISLATION FOR ACTION    
Resolution 21-30: Authorization for Intermunicipal Agreement with the Town of Bellingham to Supply Water to Private Franklin Residential Property Located at 425 Prospect Street (Motion to Approve Resolution 21-30 - Majority Vote)

10c. LEGISLATION FOR ACTION    
Resolution 21-31: Gift Acceptance - Veterans’ Services, $985 (Motion to Approve Resolution 21-31 - Majority Vote)

10d. LEGISLATION FOR ACTION    
Resolution 21-32: Cable Funds in Support of PEG Service and Programming per MGL Ch. 44, §53F3/4 (Motion to Approve Resolution 21-32 - Majority Vote)

10e. LEGISLATION FOR ACTION    
Bylaw Amendment 21-873: Chapter 139, Sewer Use Regulation Update - Second Reading (Motion to Adopt Bylaw Amendment 21-873 - Majority Roll Call Vote)

10f. LEGISLATION FOR ACTION    
Zoning Bylaw Amendment 21-872: To Amend The Franklin Town Code At Chapter 185, Section 3, Definitions, Tasting Room - First Reading (Motion to move Zoning Bylaw Amendment 21-872 to a second reading - Majority Roll Call Vote)

11. TOWN ADMINISTRATOR'S REPORT    

12. FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS    

13. COUNCIL COMMENTS    

14. EXECUTIVE SESSION  
 
None Scheduled

ADJOURN    

Note:
Two-Thirds Vote: requires 6 votes
Majority Vote: requires majority of members present and voting
 

 
Agenda doc with connection info:

 

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - June 9, 2021
Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - June 9, 2021

Thursday, April 29, 2021

"Mass. drivers have another two years to get a Real ID"

 

"The long-awaited federal deadline to get a new type of driver’s license or state identification that can be used to board domestic flights has been extended again, this time until May 2023.

The Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday announced the 19-month extension from the current deadline of October, 2021. At that point, so-called Real IDs, which are issued by states but adhere to federal guidelines to verify personal information, will become the only type of driver’s license accepted to board US flights.

The rule dates back to the post-9/11 period, but had already been pushed back from its October 2020 deadline, as officials last year cited the coronavirus pandemic."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Info on the documentation needed to get the Real ID can be found on the RMV page (Note, they have not yet updated the date change to reflect the new delay to 2023).  https://www.mass.gov/lists/information-for-the-real-id

Sample of a Massachusetts Real ID license from the RMV website
Sample of a Massachusetts Real ID license from the RMV website


Monday, February 15, 2021

FM #462 - Franklin's Acting Town Clerk - 02/10/21 (audio)

This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Franklin’s Acting Town Clerk Nancy Danello along with her assistant Susan Merullo.

We had our conversation via conference bridge to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

We talk about: 

  • What is your Franklin story?
  • Almost 6 months already, including two elections (Nov, Dec 2020)
  • What else are you doing?
  • What does the 2021 year hold (beside November elections)?

Links to the Town Clerk web page is included in the show notes. The recording runs about 22 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Nancy and Susan.

Audio file = https://player.captivate.fm/episode/7541a85e-30d4-4916-bb7f-1a078094ad77


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Town Clerk page = https://www.franklinma.gov/town-clerk 

Updated official directory (as mentioned) https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif591/f/uploads/2021_directory_of_town_state_and_county_officials_0.pdf 

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

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

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors
  • If you don't like something here, please let me know

Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.
 
For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/ 

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"

Acting Town Clerk Nancy Danello provides an update to a Town Council meeting in 2020
Acting Town Clerk Nancy Danello provides an update to a Town Council meeting in 2020