Showing posts with label operations. Show all posts
Showing posts with label operations. Show all posts

Thursday, February 16, 2023

Franklin TV: Town Council approves capital budget, refers inclusionary zoning bylaw to Planning Board for review (video)

The Franklin Town Council meeting on Wednesday, Feb 15, 2023 efficiently addressed the items on its agenda. The meeting last 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Three key items regarding money were all approved by 8-0-1 votes (8 for, none against, 1 absent (Pellegri))
  • Resolution 23-18: FY23 Capital Improvement Plan
  • Resolution 23-19: Free Cash to Stabilization Accounts Transfers
  • Resolution 23-20: Water Retained Earnings Transfer to Water Main Capital Project R19-05
The two referrals to the Planning Board on Inclusionary Zoning were also moved forward after some clarification questions by the Councilors were answered by TA Jamie Hellen or Bryan Taberner, Director of Planning and Community Development.
  • Zoning Bylaw Amendment 23-889: A Zoning Bylaw to Amend the Franklin Town Code at  Chapter 185, Attachment 7., Part VI, Use Regulation Schedule: Residential Uses - Referral to the Planning Board 
  • Zoning Bylaw Amendment 23-890: A Zoning Bylaw to Amend the Franklin Town Code at  Chapter 185, Section 5 - Referral to the Planning Board 

The complete agenda doc  ->

The Franklin TV video is available for replay -> 

My notes and the audio of the meeting will be ready in a couple of days. In the mean time, the PDF with my Twitter thread of notes is available here

Monday, August 22, 2022

Inside the Town of Franklin Budget Cycle & Financial Terms (audio)

This shares my conversation with Town of Franklin Finance Director/Comptroller Chris Sandini and Treasurer/Collector Kerri Bertone. We had this conversation in the Franklin studio on Thursday, April 14, 2022.  

We cover the following key topics

A typical day for Finance Director/Comptroller

A typical day for Treasurer//Collector

The budget cycle, and fiscal year (July to June)

Three financial years; past, current, and future all in the mix

Our conversation runs about 62 minutes. Links to the documents referenced during this meeting are included in the show notes.  Let’s listen to this recording of my conversation with Kerri and Chris. 

Audio file ->

Note: the one change since we recorded this, the Town did achieve the AAA bond rating we talked of some day getting in this session. The Town was notified one month later.


Town of Franklin budget page -> 

Budget process flow chart -> 

MA Division of Local Services (DLS) Municipal Finance Glossary -> 


Town of Franklin budget cycle
Town of Franklin budget cycle

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Franklin Food Pantry to change operational hours to resume in-person shopping

As of March 29, we are returning to our mix of hybrid and in-person appointment shopping! 
Starting March 31 we will be back inside on Thursdays and Fridays and continuing curbside pick-up on Tuesdays
Contact Laura Du at or 508-528-3115 ext 1. to make your appointment.

  • March 15 – curbside pick-up 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, and 5:30 – 6:30 pm
  • March 18 – curbside pick-up 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Week of March 21st CLOSED NO DISTRIBUTION on Tuesday, March 22 or Friday, March 25
  • March 29  – curbside pick up 9:00 am – 1:00 pm and 5:30 – 6:30 pm
  • March 31 – appointment in-person shopping. 9:00 – 1:00 pm
  • April 1 – appointment in-person shopping. 9:00 – 1:00 pm

Shared from the Franklin Food Pantry ->

Franklin Food Pantry to change operational hours to resume in-person shopping
Franklin Food Pantry to change operational hours to resume in-person shopping

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

First Universalist Society in Franklin is hiring for their "Church Operations and Communications Manager" position

Church Operations and Communications Manager

The Church Operations and Communications Manager supports the mission and goals of FUSF, a Vibrant, Energetic, and liberal congregation, by providing leadership and professional expertise to a broad variety of functions necessary for the effective planning and day-to-day operation of the church. The incumbent has broad responsibilities across the entire operation. Reporting to the Minister, the Church Operations and Communications Manager works with other staff, church officers, boards, committees/teams, and volunteer leaders in all facets of this process from visioning to implementation.

The Church Operations and Communication Manager’s primary roles encompass:
Internal Communications including
o handling email, phone and in person inquiries,
o manage and update communication tools and serve as the primary resource for congregants using these tools including Google G-Suite, email addresses, Breeze database and Mailchimp,
o Coordinate, edit, update, create, and deliver the: Google calendar, and E-Newsletter,
o supporting the internal congregation and operations structure and being the initial entrance point into the church.
External Communications responsible for our Website, and social media campaign execution and administration.
Church Office Management including Clerical Support
Bookkeeping including account updating and reconciliation via QuickBooks
Support Building and Facilities Management, including custodial supervision.

Must possess excellent interpersonal, listening, verbal and written communication skills; be technically proficient with many office and communication tools, be independent, self-motivated, and reliable, be well organized, detail oriented and able to multitask all with a friendly smile.

The position has a competitive salary, generous benefits, and 4 weeks of paid vacation during the summer.

To apply for this position, please send your cover letter and resume to:

screen grab of webpage
screen grab of webpage

Monday, June 29, 2020

Food Pantry - closed this week, re-opens July 7

**Please note the Pantry will be closed the week of June 29 – July 3 and will reopen on Tuesday, July 7 at 9:30 for our drive up service. **
Please do not leave items in the drop off location this week

Franklin radar picked up via Twitter:

Food Pantry - closed this week, re-opens JUly 7
Food Pantry - closed this week, re-opens July 7

Sunday, March 29, 2020

FM #230 - Lynn Calling, Franklin Food Pantry - 3/25/20 (audio)

FM #230 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 230 in the series.

This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Lynn Calling, the Executive Director of the Franklin Food Pantry. We did a conference all to adhere to the ‘social distance’ requirements of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lynn discusses how we can help the Pantry and how the Pantry has been changing their operations due to the precautions of the pandemic and ‘social distancing’.

The conversation runs 15 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Lynn.
Audio file -


Food Pantry home page

Donate directly

The current needs listing

For the record, I had an active relationship with the Pantry from 2010 to 2015 during which time I also lead the Board of Directors. I continue to support the Pantry with financial donations and by sharing what they do via the Franklin Matters social channels.

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FM #230 - Lynn Calling, Franklin Food Pantry - 3/25/20 (audio)
FM #230 - Lynn Calling, Franklin Food Pantry - 3/25/20 (audio)

Friday, March 9, 2018

Franklin Public Schools: Schools are in session but .... Operations of Systems in Our School Buildings

Friday, March 9, 2018  9:00 AM Update

Dear Franklin Families, Faculty, and Staff,

It has been a busy morning so far and we are writing this message to convey accurate information regarding our systems operations in the early morning hours.

While power was restored broadly to our schools, we have been experiencing some problems with our systems. We have assessed across all buildings and feel we are able to operate normally with a few "workarounds".

Key Fobs
Key fobs are not working for our entry doors but door keys do work.  The buildings remain locked, however people in the building are able to get out.  Secretaries are able to buzz in visitors and check them per security protocols.

We experienced brief Internet outages early in the morning at some schools but all schools currently have Internet connections.

The heat was on in most buildings but a computer failure took the heat offline at Keller/Sullivan. The system was reset and heat came back online at 8:10 AM.  The heat at Horace Mann/Oak/ECDC is on but one boiler is not functioning properly. The contractors are currently working on it.

Our phone lines are experiencing problems across all schools.  Incoming calls are being directed to a "Town Offices" line here at the municipal building.  This line is being monitored and we are relaying the messages to the schools. If you need to reach the school, an alternative is to email the school secretary.

We are having difficulty making outgoing phone calls at ECDC/Oak St./HMMS and Keller/Sullivan.  Our workaround for emergency purposes is to use cell phone calls and/or text messaging. We will also have additional police and administrative presence at these locations for assistance.

Our communications vendor is currently working to repair the phone system.

We will continue to keep you apprised about conditions throughout the day.


Franklin Public Schools

Franklin Public Schools: Schools are in session but .... Operations of Systems in Our School Buildings
Franklin Public Schools: Schools are in session but .... Operations of Systems in Our School Buildings

Monday, October 10, 2016

“Increased trust leads to being able to manage better in a lot of ways”

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"Massachusetts leads the nation in a lot of things, but transparency isn’t one of them. When news start-up MuckRock published a ranking of government transparency in all 50 states based on how long each took to respond to public records requests in 2015, Massachusetts placed 49th. Only Hawaii lagged behind the commonwealth. MuckRock found Massachusetts hands down little punishment for public records violations and slaps on huge fees for information. The upside, though, is that recent pushback could spark some change in the law. 
Because of social media and the internet, demand for public records has increased over the years. With that, demand for records to be online and easily available has grown. While recent laws aimed at making public records easier to obtain will affect everyone, they are mainly targeted at the state level. At the town level, though, transparency can also be a problem, cropping up at selectmen and other municipal meetings across the region. If you ask Hopkinton's Chris Bullock, though, just putting numbers online isn't enough. Though many municipalities in MetroWest and the Milford area have their records online, Bullock said they need more context."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

screen grab of part of Franklin's 2014 data in ClearGov (note: 2014 is only year currently available)
screen grab of part of Franklin's 2014 data in ClearGov (note: 2014 is only year currently available)

  • For some of Franklin's data in the ClearGov view

  • Boston is working on CityScore which summarizes the city operations in key performance metrics.

  • More about the dashboard can be found here

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Q & A 4 - Other revenue sources? Closing Davis Thayer? Nutting, Ogden respond (audio)

From the Franklin Override Information Forum coordinated by the Joint Parent Communication Councils and held on Wednesday, 5/28/08. 

Q - What about other revenue sources. Mother of 3 children, one a junior at the high school and facing significant cuts. She has heard of the 4 Corners Building, how will that help? She has also heard about the possible closure of Davis Thayer? 

A - Nutting explaining that the 4 Corners Building is a capital revenue and to be used for other capital not for operational expenses. In MA, all tax authority is vested at the state level. Our industrial parks are pretty full. The Council has re-zoned some land and that is still in the process of development. 

A - Ogden, referencing the space needs committee whose work is underway. There are the portable classrooms coming to an end of life that will need to either be absorbed or replaced. The school district wants to move cautiously due to problems with re-districting. There are 800 empty residences in town, there are a number of open permits for buildings to come online, there is potential for growth in the school population so closing schools prematurely could create greater problems. 

Time: 7 minutes, 18 seconds MP3 File

Q & A 3 - Zollo adds his response, tackling 2 myths (audio)

From the Franklin Override Information Forum coordinated by the Joint Parent Communication Councils and held on Wednesday, 5/28/08.

A - Zollo, there are certain myths about town government. There is an unrealistic expectation that costs will not go up over time under normal circumstances. The town is the same situation as the schools. The Police, Fire and DPW are underfunded. We are getting a great deal. If we didn't build the Senior Center and the Fire Station we would not be in this situation. That is incorrect. Those are capital expenses and can't be used to cover the operational expenses. There are many myths that are getting perpetuated and we need to correct them.

Time: 4 minutes, 11 seconds

MP3 File