Showing posts with label master plan. Show all posts
Showing posts with label master plan. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Town Council meeting recapped & more as we join TC Quarterbacking with Talk Franklin for this session (audio)

FM #888 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 888 in the series.


This session of the radio show shares the combined Town Council Quarterbacking session with our "Talk Franklin" conversation. I am grateful for the alignment of the schedules to have Town Council Chair Tom Mercer along with Town Administrator Jamie Hellen and Asst Administrator Alecia Alleyne. We conducted our conversation via conference bridge.  


Topics for this session

PROCLAMATIONS / RECOGNITIONS

  • Becki Carloni - Franklin Fire Department 

PRESENTATIONS / DISCUSSION

  • Presentation: Recreation Department, Ryan Jette, Director of Recreation

  • Discussion: Davis-Thayer Reuse Committee   

LEGISLATION FOR ACTION 

  • raise to minimum wage & 

    • Increase in opportunity for veterans to take advantage

    • If a disabled veteran, can have a family member do the work for the benefit

  • budget adjustment prior to tax rate hearing

TOWN ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT

  • Franklin Open Space and Recreation Plan Process   

Town Council teasers

  • Tax hearing coming Nov 30

  • Old South Meeting House

  • Annual license renewals


The conversation runs about 45 minutes. Let’s listen to my conversation with Tom, Jamie, and Alecia


Audio file -> https://anchor.fm/letstalkfranklin/episodes/Talk-Franklin-with-the-Town-Council-e1rfsjn



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Town Administrator page -> https://www.franklinma.gov/administrator


Town Council page -> https://www.franklinma.gov/town-council 


Nov 16, 2022 agenda -> 

https://www.franklinmatters.org/2022/11/franklin-ma-town-council-agenda-nov-16.html


Nov 30, 2022 agenda ->

https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/nov_30_town_council_agenda.pdf


And the Doug Flutie anniversary was indeed on Nov 23, 1984 (the day after we recorded this session)  https://www.boston.com/sports/college-sports/2019/11/22/doug-flutie-hail-mary-miracle-in-miami/ 



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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"


Town Council meeting recapped & more as we join TC Quarterbacking with Talk Franklin for this session (audio)
Town Council meeting recapped & more as we join TC Quarterbacking with Talk Franklin for this session (audio)


Sunday, November 13, 2022

Franklin, MA: Town Council - agenda - Nov 16, 2022

Franklin Town Council
Agenda & Meeting Packet
November 16, 2022 - 7:00 PM

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

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 members participating remotely.
2. CITIZEN COMMENTS
a. Citizens are welcome to express their views for up to three 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

4. PROCLAMATIONS / RECOGNITIONS
a. Becki Carloni - Franklin Fire Department  

5. APPOINTMENTS

6. HEARINGS - 7:00 pm - None Scheduled.

7. LICENSE TRANSACTIONS
a. La Cantina Winery Company, Farmer-Winery, Special License to allow sale of wine at 2022-2023 Franklin Winter Farmers’ Market located at 887 Lincoln Street   https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/uploads/7a._license_la_cantina_0.pdf

8. PRESENTATIONS / DISCUSSION
a. Presentation: Recreation Department, Ryan Jette, Director of Recreation
 
9. LEGISLATION FOR ACTION
a. Resolution 22-71: Further Amending the Senior Citizen Property Tax Work-off Abatement Program (Motion to Approve Resolution 22-71 - Majority Vote)   https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/uploads/9a._22-71_sr_tax_workoff_0.pdf
b. Resolution 22-72: Further Amending the Veterans’ Property Tax Work-off Abatement Program (Motion to Approve Resolution 22-72 - Majority Vote)   https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/uploads/9b._22-72_veterans_tax_workoff.pdf
c. Resolution 22-73: General Funds Appropriation, Transfers and Adjustments FY23 (Motion to Approve Resolution 22-73 - Majority Vote)   https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/uploads/9c._22-73_general_funds_appropriation_transfers_adjustments_fy23.pdf
d. Resolution 22-74: Gift Acceptance - Veterans’ Services Dept. ($1,550) (Motion to Approve Resolution 22-74 - Majority Vote)   https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/uploads/9d._22-74_gift_acceptance_-_vets_0.pdf
e. Resolution 22-75: Cable Funds in Support of PEG Service and Programming per MGL Ch. 44,  §53F3/4 (Motion to Approve Resolution 22-75 - Majority Vote)   https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/uploads/9e._22-75_peg_comcast.pdf

10. TOWN ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT

11. SUBCOMMITTEE & AD HOC COMMITTEE REPORTS
a. Capital Budget Subcommittee
b. Economic Development Subcommittee
c. Budget Subcommittee
d. GATRA Advisory Board

12. FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS

13. COUNCIL COMMENTS

14. EXECUTIVE SESSION
a. Considering the purchase, exchange, lease or value of real property, because an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the negotiating position of the Public Body

15. ADJOURN

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


Franklin, MA: Town Council - agenda - Nov 16, 2022
Franklin, MA: Town Council - agenda - Nov 16, 2022

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Reminder: now the requirement for Franklin residents to call SimpleRecycling (or another outlet) no longer can use trash

"Starting Tuesday, Massachusetts residents will no longer be able to throw out mattresses, textiles, or shoes, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection.

As part of a statewide waste reduction plan, residents are required to recycle or donate such items rather than dispose of them, the department said. That includes clothing, shoes, bedding, towels, curtains, and fabric. Disposal of mattresses is also banned, including full-foam, latex, and “mattresses in a box.”

MassDEP issued a 2030 Solid Waste Master Plan in October 2021, aiming to reduce disposal statewide by 30 percent over the next decade.

The plan also lowers the threshold on the disposal of commercial food and organic waste to a half-ton of waste weekly per facility. Restaurants are instead required to process food waste by composting, among other methods, according to MassDEP."
Continue reading the Boston Globe article online (subscription may be required) 


From the Town of Franklin page -> https://www.franklinma.gov/recycling-solid-waste/webforms/curbside-clothing   (Note: There are other clothing recycling or donation vendors to use)

Simplerecycling has been recycling clothes and other items in over 30 towns in Massachusetts and many more across the country (click here to see what is accepted).

To schedule collection, call 866-835-5068 or online @ simplerecycling.com. 

For more information please go to Simplerecycling.

Reminder: now the requirement for Franklin residents to call SimpleRecycling (or another outlet) no longer can use trash
Reminder: now the requirement for Franklin residents to call SimpleRecycling (or another outlet) no longer can use trash

Thursday, October 13, 2022

Boston Globe: "A new master plan could help transform Boston Common into a ‘better version’ of itself"

When I worked in Boston, visiting the Boston Common or the Public Garden was something to do as a break during the workday on good weather. A new "Master Plan" has just been revealed to bring about some improvements to the space on the Common. 

All this to lead to holding a place for Franklin's Open Space plan and Mast Plan which both are supposed to begin an update process next year. There will be public meetings, survey's, etc. to craft our own Master Plan for what Franklin should be like in the future. Stay tuned. This will be an important effort to participate in and/or at least be aware of.
"The popular playground on Boston Common, which draws children from across the city and beyond, would nearly triple in size. A revamp of the equally popular Frog Pond would include multiple fountains, while a soccer pitch would be added to the athletic fields. More restrooms, everywhere. And, a place to get a beer or glass of wine.

Those are just a few of the big changes that could be coming over the next decade to the nation’s oldest public park, according to a new master plan for the Common that was released by the city and Friends of the Public Garden on Wednesday.

The grand reimagining calls for both ambitious new projects and more subtle improvements, with a goal of making the Common even more inviting and navigable. So, dog owners would have an enclosed park to let their pets run free. The Parkman Bandstand would have a ramp for people with disabilities. And the athletic fields would welcome soccer and basketball players for the first time."
Continue reading the Boston Globe article online (subscription may be required)

Boston Common "master plan"  -> https://www.bostoncommonmasterplan.com/

Open Space & Recreation plan -> https://www.franklinma.gov/planning-community-development/pages/open-space-and-recreation  (the plan details are actually part of the Master Plan doc)


"A new master plan could help transform Boston Common into a ‘better version’ of itself"
"A new master plan could help transform Boston Common into a ‘better version’ of itself"


Thursday, April 7, 2022

Community Pres Cmte discusses first draft of 'master plan' to fund projects for FY 2023

FM #766 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 766 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares the meeting of the Franklin, MA Community Preservation Committee (CPC) conducted on April 5, 2022.  


Quick recap 

  • The CPC approved minutes of the two public hearings conducted in January

  • The CPC heard from Town Administrator Jamie Hellen as he presented the draft “master plan” for use of the CPA funds.

  • Q&A and discussion clarified points of the report. The committee will get to vote on the budget for FY 2023 later this year (likely May or June)


The recording runs about 41 minutes, so let’s listen to the Franklin’s Community Preservation Committee meeting held April 5, 2022.


Audio file ->  
https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-766-community-preservation-cmte-mtg-04-05-22


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Agenda doc including the draft of the “master plan”

https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/2022-06-05_cpc_meeting_agenda.pdf 


Please bookmark the Franklin CPC website: https://www.franklinma.gov/community-preservation-committee 


My notes captured via Twitter during the meeting 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1GFORgtVT-zzWzNKbAR31piqHqhT_jeGT/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!

------------------


You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"

 

Community Pres Cmte discusses first draft of 'master plan' to fund projects for FY 2023
Community Pres Cmte discusses first draft of 'master plan' to fund projects for FY 2023

Friday, November 19, 2021

Franklin awarded Sustainable Materials Recovery Program grant of $25K

Mass. Municipal Assn (@massmunicipal) tweeted  Thu, Nov 18, 2021:
Administration awards $3.1M through the Sustainable Materials Recovery Program to 268 municipalities to help them maximize recycling, composting & waste reduction programs. @MassGovernor @MassLtGov @MassEEA @MassDEP https://t.co/6GTlN0fFgr 

 

"To mark America Recycles Day, the Baker-Polito administration on Monday announced $3.1 million in grant funding to 268 municipalities and regional solid waste districts to help them maximize recycling, composting and waste reduction programs.

The grants are made available through the Sustainable Materials Recovery Program, which was created by the Green Communities Act of 2008 and has provided more than $46 million to recycling programs since 2010.

At the announcement, Gov. Charlie Baker said the new round of grant funding will aid municipal efforts “to implement innovative programs and policies” to maximize the reuse of materials, boost recycling, and reduce waste. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said the program helps municipalities and solid waste districts expand recycling and composting, while targeting new materials to remove from the waste stream."

Franklin is on the list as the recipient of $25,200.

Shared from Twitter: https://twitter.com/massmunicipal/status/1461335652105076737

Franklin awarded Sustainable Materials Recovery Program grant of $25K
Franklin awarded Sustainable Materials Recovery Program grant of $25K


Thursday, November 18, 2021

Webinar Nov. 22 on MA DEP Solid Waste Master Plan

Via the Mass Municipal Association:

"The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection is inviting local officials to a webinar on Nov. 22 on the newly published Solid Waste Master Plan.

The 2030 Solid Waste Master Plan: Working Together Toward Zero Waste guides how Massachusetts will strive to manage our trash between now and 2030 — and beyond. The plan sets a waste reduction target of 30% by 2030 and 90% by 2050."

Read the remainder of the announcement by MMA and register for the webinar

 

Webinar Nov. 22 on MA DEP Solid Waste Master Plan
Webinar Nov. 22 on MA DEP Solid Waste Master Plan

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Strong Towns Event @ THE BLACK BOX - 11/15/21 (audio)

FM #661 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 661 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares the Strong Towns Town Hall event with Congressman Jake Auchincloss, State Rep Jeff Roy, Franklin Town Councilor Cobi Frongillo, and Charles Marohn from Strong Towns. 


The event was held at THE BLACK BOX and broadcast via Franklin TV and Zoom. 


After a round of opening remarks, there is a question and answer period with audience participation. Each question asker identifies themselves so you should be able to follow along.

 

The recording runs about 1  hour and 14 minutes, so let’s listen to the Strong Towns Event on Nov 15, 2021. Audio file -> https://player.captivate.fm/episode/9af1799e-c16d-4b73-8329-74515b343b2f



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My notes from the session

https://www.franklinmatters.org/2021/11/recap-strong-towns-event-fostering.html 


More about Strong Towns can be found online -> https://www.strongtowns.org/


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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"

 


Saturday, July 24, 2021

"Affordable housing projects often draw resistance from neighbors"

"Housing costs are soaring across southern Maine, driving families from the towns where they were raised and bringing tensions to a boil as young residents and retirees struggle to compete against an influx of out-of-staters and well-off buyers.

That dynamic, which has intensified across the country during the pandemic, has unsettled quiet Cape Elizabeth, an affluent coastal community just south of Portland, where a proposal to build the town’s first affordable housing project in 50 years has pitted neighbor against neighbor and raised hard questions of who can afford to live here.

“This is a community of tremendous privilege and wealth, but there are other people in this town who are not well-off,” said Jamie Garvin, the Town Council chairman who supports the 49-unit project. “People are being priced out of the community they’ve lived in for a number of years.”

Continue reading the article online (subscription maybe required)

Portland, Maine is not alone in having this affordable housing discussion. With the Housing Production Plan being worked on currently, this is a timely topic. Public comment on the Plan closed at the end of June. The revised draft is expected to come back out for review and comment as it needs approval from both the Planning Board and the Town Council. The plan is a component of the overall "Master Plan" for Franklin for which the update process is scheduled to begin next year.

Current draft of the Housing Production Plan


The most recent virtual meeting on Housing took place July 14, 2021 and the audio recording is available here  https://www.franklinmatters.org/2021/07/fm-580-community-conversation-on.html

FM #580 - Community Conversation on Housing & Race - 07/14/21 (audio)
FM #580 - Community Conversation on Housing & Race - 07/14/21 (audio)

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Recap: Community Preservation Committee meeting Apr 6, 2021

Quick Recap:
  • Schedule of meetings for the remainder of this calendar year set and approved
  • Discussed and approved first budget for FY 2022, funds start accruing in July and won't be available until 4Q 2022 along with the State match
  • Video issue with Zoom in the Chambers paused meeting briefly as that system was needed to present/share the open space document
  • Presentation and discussion on open space, screen grabs in photo gallery, presentation doc to be posted to Town web page Wednesday and added here when available
  • Discussion on Chapter 61 and the nuances issues around contact and notifications. Conservation Commission did previously participate in a State workshop and has the documents from that. The Agriculture Commission also did a reach out to land owners of more than 7 acres to create awareness of the Chap 61 option.
 
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As with most meetings in this pandemic period, I took my notes via Twitter during the meeting reporting in real-time via the virtual session.
 
Photos captured during the meeting and shared via Twitter can be found in one album:https://photos.app.goo.gl/RFv5cvfsxB27nUCq6
 
 
The Twitter hashtag can be found online  #cpc0406

Open Space presentation  https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif591/f/uploads/open_space_presentation_update_4-6-2021.pdf


  • Community Preservation Committee meeting coming up at 7 PM. https://franklinma.gov/community-preservation-committee The agenda doc https://franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif591/f/agendas/cpc_agenda_4-6-2021_final.pdf #cpc0406
  • Meeting opens, one member remote. #cpc0406 minutes approved via roll call unanimous. 9-0 Meeting schedule discussion to cancel Jul and Aug meeting, moving the housing discussion to the Sep meeting. Motion to approve, passes 9-0 via roll call
  • Problem with Zoom video only on zoom tonight, the live stream is showing good video. #cpc0406
  • Motion on budget, seconded, passes via roll call #cpc0406 Quick break in meeting to address laptop issue, as mentioned not showing the room on Zoom (live stream fine) which also affects their presentation of the next item
  • Back in meeting, video fixed, so the presentation can be shown #cpc0406
  • Presentation copy to be posted to town web on Weds #cpc0406
  • More pages #cpc0406
  • Carly Fisher, Ag comm, provides update on what they did for Chap 61 notifications to lands of over 7 acres on what could be done to bring it to chapter. #cpc0406 Q on Davis Thayer and status? School Committee controls still, until they move, nothing for town to do
  • Discussion on use as possible police station, wherever it could be $20-30m and hence a building debt exclusion for that amount. #cpc0406 the civic center has eroded due to the growth of Dean (mostly true) interesting perspective shared
  • #cpc0406 entertain motion to adjourn, via roll call passes 9-0 That's all for tonight catch you next time! 

 

Recap: Community Preservation Committee meeting Apr 6, 2021
Recap: Community Preservation Committee meeting Apr 6, 2021