Showing posts with label parking. Show all posts
Showing posts with label parking. Show all posts

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Town Council hears from Congressman Auchincloss, can't decide on parking fines, is impatient with DT progress, among items at May 4 session

FM #790 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 790 in the series. 

This session shares part of the Franklin, MA Town Council meeting held on Wednesday, May 4, 2022. 

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.

Quick recap:

  • Recognition of Harriet DiMartino on her 100th birthday

  • Compliance check failures continued from prior meeting; both 7-Eleven & Liquor World acknowledged and accepted violations, agreed to one day suspension of license effective May 11

  • Public hearing for street acceptances held, both ultimately passed via legislation with 8-0 vote (1 absent)

  • Congressman Jake Auchincloss, 4th Congressional District, appeared to provide multiple updates and answer questions from the Council and meeting participants. First Federal elected official to appear before Council

  • Melanson & Heath presented an overview of the just completed FY 2021 audit results; the results are good, no issues found, nor was a management letter included also a good sign that the financial processes are in good order

  • Bylaw to adjust parking fines tabled for 2nd meeting in June, more discussion clearly required on this topic. As reported, there was no consensus among the EDC which brought it forward and there remains no consensus on how to proceed

  • Second bylaw parking zone map proposed changes to add a ban on overnight parking downtown. Almost got tied to the other bylaw item (they are separate but related) but did get moved to a second reading

  • Update on Davis Thayer provided by Town Administrator. The building is still in School Committee control, confirmation received from MSBA on their awareness of closing and that the closing should have no impact if the Town does decide in future to go for MSBA funding. Not sure why the Council remains “impatient” with this status as they could have started their planning process to determine a future use anytime after the building actually closed. The School District is not using the building for education, another use can start to be determined, it will take time to do so, and likely be still not finally decided by the time the School Committee turns the building over legally to the Town

The recording runs about 3 hours and 35 minutes (3:35)

The show notes contain links to the meeting agenda. Let’s listen to the Town Council meeting of May 4, 2022

Audio file -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-790-town-council-meeting-05-04-22

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Agenda document ->  https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/town_council_agenda_may_4_2022.pdf

My notes of the meeting captured via Twitter are shared in one PDF here. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fMWY7GtMKVFxIC_v1UtFIWXE7iIrLK4a/view?usp=sharing

You can find the Franklin TV video link here -> https://youtu.be/eTzFFC_N9ds (the meeting starts at 2:50)


Photos from this session can be found in one album ->   https://photos.app.goo.gl/RfP17XvuTeDNCLwk6

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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.

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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.

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Congressman Auchincloss poses with Town Council, Town Administrator, and Town Clerk
Congressman Auchincloss poses with Town Council, Town Administrator, and Town Clerk


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

Sunday, May 1, 2022

CommonWealth Magazine: "Calculating the right price for commuter rail"

"RIDERS ON THE MBTA commuter rail know that the network is significantly more expensive than the T’s local bus and subway service. It’s due for a change now.

For any trip on the Commuter Rail within I-95, local bus and subway service is often cheaper. It costs $7 to travel from Needham Heights to South Station and from Waltham to North Station. Route 59 to the Green Line in Newton? $2.40. Route 70 to the Red Line in Cambridge? $2.40.

These examples are not just anomalies within the system. The commuter rail gets proportionally more expensive closer to the Boston terminals. With the significant difference in cost, it’s clear why the commuter rail is not a popular option for many in the Greater Boston area, especially in communities closer to downtown. In 2018, Waltham saw about 500 passengers board the Fitchburg Line each day. At the Riverside Green Line station in Newton, over 1,800 passengers boarded the Green Line that same day."

Continue reading the article online

Note: for my 2 cents, pricing for commuter rail is not the only factor. Consider the cost for parking at the station, a better schedule, and reliability of on-time service as the key factors to increase ridership along with the commuter rail fare.

CommonWealth Magazine: "Calculating the right price for commuter rail"
CommonWealth Magazine: "Calculating the right price for commuter rail"


Friday, April 15, 2022

Economic Development Subcommittee moves parking fee changes and restrictions forward to Council

FM #776 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 776 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares the audio recording of the Economic Development Subcommittee meeting held on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 in the 3rd Floor Training Room.  


Quick recap:

  • Two items on the agenda, first up - parking update for the East/West & Nason Sts area; Chief Lynch and Lt Riley provided updates on parking pattern and parking fee structure in comparison to some neighboring communities, draft presented for review in agenda doc. Key discussion from community and councilors was around what amount would change the behavior of the students without creating a negative impact on businesses and residents. Ultimately passed for consideration by full council amending overtime violation to be set at $35

  • Second item - changing the hours of parking zone, and setting no overnight parking, attempting to keep vehicles in movement creating space for others to use, running out of time (due to first issue) but this moved to the Council for additional discussion as well.



The recording of the meeting runs just over an hour.   Audio file -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-776-economic-development-subcmte-mtg-04-13-22



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Meeting agenda doc -> 

https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/2022-04-13_edc_agenda_packet_0.pdf 


My notes captured via Twitter 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dJ1cfHPu9_ev2IYBa8Rj1nyRad0sDj89/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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Economic Development Subcommittee moves parking fee changes and restrictions forward to Council
Economic Development Subcommittee moves parking fee changes and restrictions forward to Council

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Trio of meetings today: Special School Cmte; EDC subcmte & Town Council


Franklin School Committee
Wednesday, April 13, 2022 - 5 PM
Municipal Building – Council Chambers

https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/events/scagenda_4-13-22_special_mtg.pdf


Economic Development Subcommittee Meeting
Agenda & Meeting Packet
April 13, 2022 - 5:45 PM
Meeting will be held at the Municipal Building
3rd floor, Training Room

https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/2022-04-13_edc_agenda_packet_0.pdf

FRANKLIN TOWN COUNCIL
Agenda & Meeting Packet
April 13, 2022 - 7 PM
Meeting will be held at the Municipal Building
2nd floor, Council Chamber

https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/town_council_agenda_-_april_13_2022.pdf



5:00 pm Special Meeting: LIVE, Chambers, School Superintendent Interview– Cable TV only
5:45 pm Economic Development: 3rd Floor Training Room, 878 2562 4489
7:00 pm Town Council: LIVE, Chambers, 859 5040 4004

Note: I'll start with the School Committee meeting in the Council Chambers, and move to cover the EDC meeting as that begins (assuming School Cmte meeting won't have ended) and then come back for the Council meeting in the Chambers.

FYI - other meetings and events can be found on the Town calendar ->   https://www.franklinma.gov/calendar

Trio of meetings today: Special School Cmte; EDC subcmte & Town Council
Trio of meetings today: Special School Cmte; EDC subcmte & Town Council


Sunday, April 10, 2022

Economic Development Subcommittee: Agenda - Apr 13, 2022 - 5:45 PM

Economic Development Subcommittee Meeting
Agenda & Meeting Packet
April 13, 2022 - 5:45 PM

3rd Floor training room & Zoom option

Agenda:
1. Downtown traffic and parking improvements
a. West Street neighborhood follow-up
i. Town Administrator Memo
ii. Town Bylaw Parking Fines
b. Downtown Main Corridor Parking
i. Map Amendment proposal


Full agenda and associated documents including remote connection info
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/2022-04-13_edc_agenda_packet_0.pdf 

West Street neighborhood parking follow-up
West Street neighborhood parking follow-up

Friday, March 4, 2022

Recap: Economic Development Subcommittee hears plans for March 7 Forum; reviews parking downtown (audio)

FM #743 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 743 in the series. 

This shares the Economic Development Subcommittee Plus meeting that was held on Wednesday, March 2, 2022.


The meeting was started in a hybrid mode; all four Town Council committee members (Hamblen - Chair, Jones, Frongillo and Sheridan) were present. The two representatives from the Planning Board (Greg Rondeau, Beth Wierling) and the representative from the ZBA (Bruce Hunchard) form the “EDC+” “Franklin For All Steering Committee.” 


The MAPC representatives participated via the Zoom connection. Some public participants and the Town Administration staff were in person. Other public participants were connected via the Zoom conference bridge. 


Links to the meeting agenda and my notes are in the show notes. 


This recording runs about 55 minutes.  Let’s listen to the Economic Development Subcommittee meeting for Mar 2, 2022. Audio file -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-743-economic-development-subcmte-plus-mtg-03-03-22




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Meeting agenda 

https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/2022-03-02_edc_agenda_2.pdf 


My notes captured via Twitter and shared here in summary form

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1V5Elt8VgAm40bYLsmg9dP4rGNqXB4nVD/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 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"


Recap: Economic Development Subcommittee hears plans for March 7 Forum; reviews parking downtown (audio)
Recap: Economic Development Subcommittee hears plans for March 7 Forum; reviews parking downtown (audio)


Sunday, February 27, 2022

Economic Development Subcommittee - Agenda - March 2 - 5:45 PM

Economic Development Subcommittee Meeting
Agenda & Meeting Packet
March 2, 2022 - 5:45 PM

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


Agenda: 
1. EDC + Steering Committee: Discussion from MAPC about the “Franklin For All” zoning reform project for Franklin Center, including the Downtown Commercial District and surrounding neighborhoods. To register for the Public forum on March 7th, 2022 click here -> https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUrdeutpzwvHdyO2z-d4dc6OS0py3faxZR7 

2. Downtown parking follow up from the Town Council meeting on February 16, 2022.

Agenda doc with remote connection info ->


Economic Development Subcommittee - Agenda - March 2 - 5:45 PM
Economic Development Subcommittee - Agenda - March 2 - 5:45 PM





Thursday, February 24, 2022

Town of Franklin: DPW Recorded Message with the storm notices for Feb 25, 2022

The audio recorded message from Town of Franklin DPW Director Robert (Brutus) Cantoreggi with the notices on the trash delay, recycling center closure, and parking ban - all in advance of the storm forecasted for Friday, Feb 25, 2022. 

Audio file -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/town-of-franklin-storm-notices-02-24-2022 

Town of Franklin: DPW Recorded Message with the storm notices for Feb 25, 2022
Town of Franklin: DPW Recorded Message with the storm notices for Feb 25, 2022


Curbside Trash and Recycling Will Be Picked Up on Saturday (2/26) Instead of Friday (2/25); Parking Ban 1 AM to 8 PM during storm

1 - Curbside Trash and Recycling Will Be Picked Up on Saturday (2/26) Instead of Friday (2/25)

2 - Parking ban in effect 2/25/22 from 1:00 AM to 8 PM 

Curbside Trash and Recycling Will Be Picked Up on Saturday (2/26) Instead of Friday (2/25); Parking Ban 1 AM to 8 PM during storm
Curbside Trash and Recycling Will Be Picked Up on Saturday (2/26) Instead of Friday (2/25); Parking Ban 1 AM to 8 PM during storm

Shared from https://www.franklinma.gov/recycling-solid-waste/news/curbside-trash-and-recycling-will-be-picked-saturday-226-instead-friday


Monday, February 21, 2022

Town Council Meeting - 02/16/22 - Audio in 3 parts

FM #735-736-737 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, numbers 735-736-737 in the series. 

This session shares part of the Franklin, MA Town Council meeting held on Wednesday, February 16, 2022. 

The meeting was conducted in a hybrid format: members of the Town Council and Town Administration personnel, the Police new hires, 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 three hour and 10 minute meeting 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 16, 2022

Part 1 -

Part 2 -

Part 3 -

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Presentation Diversity, Equity & Inclusion - Sara Ahern, Superintendent of Schools -> https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/dei_presentation_february_8_2022_5.pdf

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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 - 02/16/22 - Audio in 3 parts
Town Council Meeting - 02/16/22 - Audio in 3 parts