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Showing posts with label parking. Show all posts

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Economic Development Subcmte hears timeline on Franklin For All projects; reviews & forwards parking changes to Council (audio)

FM #847 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 847 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares the audio recording of the Economic Development Subcommittee meeting held on Wednesday, Sep 21, 2022 in the Council Chambers.  


“Franklin For All” Steering Committee 

Chair Melanie Hamblen, Glenn Jones, Cobi Frongillo, Pat Sheridan

Greg Rondeau, Beth Wierling, and Bruce Hunchard



Quick recap:

Franklin For All portion

  • Full steering committee reviewed the priority listing and time line developed by Planning and Community Development Dept after the steering committee had set the priorities for the Franklin For All recommendations during their August meeting

  • Much of the discussion was around clarification on what was included, what was not, and why

Parking bylaw proposal portion of meeting

  • Just the Council members remainder on the dias for the longer section of the meeting around the parking proposals (B Wierling did move to the audience and ended upon commenting on the proposal as a resident)

  • There was much discussion and input from community and business members on aspects of the proposal

  • The subcommittee voted to move the recommendations forward to the Council with a variety of votes. At first they attempted to move all forward, by a 4-0 vote. When they were advised it was complete, a more refined set of votes on aspects of the proposals results in 3-1 votes (Hamblen, Frongillo, Sheridan for; Jones against). Another motion for an amendment (for residential parking) by Sheridan did not get a second so it died there. One of the proposed amendments (from Frongillo) was to expand the role of the Town Administrator to set more than just the rates. This was objected to (by Jones) and the resulting discussion did not result in a vote

  • The proposals will come before the Council at one of the October meetings


The recording of the meeting runs about 2 hours and 15 minutes

Audio file ->  
https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-847-economic-development-subcmte-mtg-09-21-22



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Meeting agenda doc -> 

https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/09-21-22_edc_agenda.pdf 


Franklin TV YouTube video -> https://youtu.be/0juF7Nd2ngk 


My notes taken via Twitter and captured in one PDF can be found here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1V880A9wPIyLuq-GjD9f6AJ0mYbGIzwrs/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


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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 Subcmte hears timeline on Franklin For All projects; reviews & forwards parking changes to Council (audio)
Economic Development Subcmte hears timeline on Franklin For All projects; reviews & forwards parking changes to Council (audio)

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Economic Development Committee - Sep 21 - video replay available

The Economic Development Subcommittee meeting met on Wednesday, Sep 21. The video recording is available for replay here.

Agenda:

1. Discussion: “Franklin For All” MAPC Study Conclusion & Committee Recommendations
a. Staff Memo Implementation Timeline



2. Downtown Parking Lot Proposal
a. Downtown Parking Lot Town Administrator Memo
b. Downtown Parking District Maps Current vs. Proposed
c. Traffic Fines Bylaw materials
d. Downtown Parking Bylaw Parking Rates Proposal

YouTube link ->  https://youtu.be/0juF7Nd2ngk

My notes captured during the meeting via Twitter can be found in one PDF doc


 

Bryan Taberner addressing the EDC
Bryan Taberner addressing the EDC

Monday, September 19, 2022

Read about the proposed Downtown Parking District Bylaw - discussion scheduled for Weds EDC Mtg - Sep 21 at 6 PM

September 16, 2022
 
Memorandum
 

To: Town Council EDC subcommittee 
From: Jamie Hellen, Town Administrator
Alecia Alleyne, Assistant to the Town Administrator

Re: Downtown Parking District Bylaw


Before the EDC tonight is a proposal for the revised downtown parking district map. We have included the current map and a proposed new version. I will do the best to summarize the proposed changes:

1. No Parking: All “No Parking” outlined in red are exactly the same and no changes have been proposed. These were areas delineated by public safety and the town engineer when the original map was done after the Downtown project was completed in 2017 to reflect narrow roads, turn radius, emergency vehicle access and so forth.

2. Residential Street Parking: The current map has two categories of residential street parking (blue and purple) with different rules. Staff propose merging those two districts into one district for greater consistency. The blue section has residential parking from 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM Mon.-Fri. to prevent daytime commuters, students and others from parking cars all day in front of residential homeowners in efforts to avoid other parking regulations. Staff have not heard any substantial concerns with this bylaw over the past five years.

If no color exists, there are no parking regulations to follow and residents can freely park.

3. Main Downtown Business Corridor: The area in Orange is a revision of the proposal before the Council earlier this year. Staff are proposing map revisions as follows:
a. 1-hour parking limit on the Main Street and East Central Street corridors between the hours of 6:00AM to 6:00PM.
b. The parking is free and is intended to incubate a greater rotation of cars to do basic errands and stops. Examples: Post office, banks, shopping, lunch, coffee, breakfast, drop off, etc. MOST travel downtown during the daytime are for short errands.
c. Parking in these spaces are also free between 6:00 PM to midnight for evening commerce, no time restrictions.
d. From midnight to 6:00 AM there will be NO OVERNIGHT parking spaces Monday through Saturday.
e. Sunday is free parking without time limits.
4. Parking lots: The Town is proposing the most substantial changes to the downtown parking lot access.
 
a. Davis-Thayer and the Library.
i. D-T: The Town is finalizing ownership of the former school property and will prohibit overnight parking between midnight and 6:00AM. During the daytime parking is free to use the ball fields and playgrounds for families.
ii. The Library lot is owned by Dean College on a long term lease basis and will remain parking for Library patrons and those who use the Town Common. There will be no overnight parking allowed between Midnight and 6:00AM.
b. Ferrara’s Municipal Lot and the Depot Street Municipal Lot
i. The Town proposes to eliminate all dedicated parking uses (commuter and merchant) in favor of a first come, first serve parking lot for all uses.
ii. The Town intends to purchase “Flowbird” kiosks for self pay. See attached quote for 3 kiosks and information packet on the company. Flowbird allows for quarters, cash, credit card, debit card, Apple Pay/Google Pay/ Samsung Pay and an app. Only personal checks will not be accepted.
iii. The lot can be used by citizens, shoppers, commuters, merchants, employees, customers. First come, first serve every day.
iv. The lot spaces will be available from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM for $3 per day unlimited time.
1. The current bylaw only allows quarterly passes, which are $180/quarter, or $3 a day for a regular business week.
v. From 6:00 PM to Midnight the lot spaces are available free for downtown commerce.
vi. From Midnight to 6:00 AM there will be NO OVERNIGHT parking.
vii. Please note the first commuter train leaves Downtown at 5:15 AM (the last time we checked and is certainly subject to changes by the MBTA).

Other miscellaneous points:

The bylaw will take effect at approximately July 1, 2023. Staff expect a four month order wait for the kiosks (and this is pending any supply chain problems).
The Town will look to make investments into speed and traffic enforcement in the FY24 budget, as well as capital investments in the capital plan for additional signage (from electric sign boards to flashing speeding signs).
As a sidebar, the #1 complaint town staff have received this year is excessive speeding on most town roads, the lack of drivers following signage, requests for reduced speed limits on many roads in town and greater traffic enforcement.
The DPW Director estimates 4-8 weeks to replace the signs in downtown.
An update of traffic violation fines should also be adopted. Staff recommendation is to follow the superb research by Lt. Reilly and the FPD. See attached bylaw proposal.
A bylaw in Section 82-6 will also have to be adopted to eliminate the old commuter and merchant language from the Town fees and be replaced with the new proposed fee of $2.00 per day, per car.
Finally, a significant amount of patience and optimism will be required to allow the staff to install this new infrastructure.

Alternatives:

As recommended by the Franklin Police Department, one alternative is to commission a third-party study of downtown parking.

Finally, staff understand this proposal is not perfect and will accommodate all parties at all times. That said, due to the altering dynamics of commuting, the town bylaw on the parking lot usage needs to change. The policy opens up almost 90 spaces with unfettered access. It also ensures that there is no overnight parking and ensures that each day, downtown customers can find parking regardless of their destination, purpose or use.

Please let us know if you have any questions. 

Download a copy of the 2-page PDF

Download a copy of the full Agenda PDF (38 pages)

March 2020 - shutdown due to COVID, plenty of parking downtown
March 2020 - shutdown due to COVID, plenty of parking downtown

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Franklin Cultural Festival: parking map for Sat, Sep 10

"Parking! 
Please note there won't be parking available ON the common this year. While we know this is a hardship, we have prioritized our handicapped parking spaces this year and are using all of Union Street for these. (And the amazing FOOD TRUCKS will fill up all of Main Street!). 
Please keep Union Street available for those with mobility issues."

Shared from Cultural Festival page ->   https://www.facebook.com/FranklinCulturalCouncil/posts/pfbid0CXp1gZXNTVevC1cqWWWrgFrR4y1Zh82fs8RE6g6mWVa4AFtKEvfW9Yq5zkE4Fie4l

 

Franklin Cultural Festival: parking map for Sat, Sep 10
Franklin Cultural Festival: parking map for Sat, Sep 10





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.

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"

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!

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


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

 

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 


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

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)