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

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Town Council Meeting - 10/06/21 - Three audio segments available

FM #624-625-626 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 624-625-626 in the series. 


This session shares part of the Franklin, MA Town Council meeting held on Wednesday, October 6, 2021. 


The meeting was conducted in a hybrid format: members of the Town Council and Town Administration personnel, the Police retirement and promotion individuals, 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 just about two hours and forty minutes ( 2:40 total elapsed time) into three (3) logical segments:

  • First - covers the opening, citizen comments, recognition for the Cultural Council and four appointments (~28 mins)

  • Second - covers the Franklin Public Schools presentation and Q&A session (~ 87 minutes) 

  • Third - covers the Legislation for Action, Council Comments and meeting close. (~ 46 minutes)

The show notes contain links to the meeting agenda. Let’s listen to this segment of the Town Council meeting of Oct 6, 2021


Part 1 -> https://player.captivate.fm/episode/57b963b3-c910-4a68-9555-f5ad62e8900c


Part 2 -> https://player.captivate.fm/episode/5d66e704-5464-4aa3-af03-467a87af0edf



Part 3 -> https://player.captivate.fm/episode/a7b01950-c0be-485d-9c53-68257e910df4



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Agenda document 

https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/10-06-21_town_council_agenda_1.pdf 


My notes from the meeting  -> 

https://www.franklinmatters.org/2021/10/recap-town-council-hears-about-school.html 


Town Council Quarterbacking session (a short recap with Council Chair Tom Mercer) ->  https://www.franklinmatters.org/2021/10/fm-623-town-council-quarterbacking-with.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 Meeting - 10/06/21 - Three audio segments available
Town Council Meeting - 10/06/21 - Three audio segments available

Saturday, October 9, 2021

FM #623 - Town Council Quarterbacking with Chair Tom Mercer - 10/07/21

FM #623 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 623 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 October 6, 2021: 


  • ok, what just happened? 

  • What does it mean for Franklin residents and taxpayers?


We cover the following key topics


4.        PROCLAMATIONS/RECOGNITIONS

a.        Franklin Cultural Council - 2021 Cultural Fest


5.        APPOINTMENTS

a.        Susan Younis - Municipal Affordable Housing Trust

b.        Candice Narsasian - Cultural District Committee

c.        Anne Bergen - Franklin TV Board of Directors

d.        Ken Norman - Franklin TV Board of Directors


8.        PRESENTATIONS/DISCUSSIONS

a.        Franklin School Department Update to Town Council: Dr. Sara Ahern, Superintendent of Schools, Miriam Goodman, Business Manager

 

10.     LEGISLATION FOR ACTION

a.        Resolution 21-54: A Resolution  Adopting the Town  of Franklin 2021  Housing Production Plan  (Motion to Approve Resolution 21-54 - Majority Vote)


The show notes include links to the meeting agenda and associated documents.


Our conversation runs about 28 minutes, so let’s listen in to my quarterbacking session with Tom Mercer. ** Audio file -> https://player.captivate.fm/episode/ec4c1045-452b-4d37-99fd-9704c0ee8a04



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Agenda doc (including connection info) -> 

https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/10-06-21_town_council_agenda.pdf 


Franklin Public Schools presentation -> https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/uploads/8a._school_presentation_town_council_school_update_10_6_2021.pdf  


Town budget info -> https://www.franklinma.gov/town-budget 

School budget info -> https://www.franklinps.net/district/school-district-budget 



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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"

 

FM #623 Town Council Quarterbacking with Chair Tom Mercer - 10/07/21
FM #623 Town Council Quarterbacking with Chair Tom Mercer - 10/07/21

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - Oct 6, 2021

 FRANKLIN TOWN COUNCIL
Agenda & Meeting Packet
October 6, 2021 - 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 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. September 1, 2021
b. September 15, 2021

4. PROCLAMATIONS/RECOGNITIONS
a. Franklin Cultural Council - 2021 Cultural Fest

5. APPOINTMENTS
a. Susan Younis - Municipal Affordable Housing Trust
b. Candice Narsasian - Cultural District Committee
c. Anne Bergen - Franklin TV Board of Directors
d. Ken Norman - Franklin TV Board of Directors

6. HEARINGS - 7:10pm - None Scheduled

7. LICENSE TRANSACTIONS - None scheduled

8. PRESENTATIONS/DISCUSSIONS

a. Franklin School Department Update to Town Council: Dr. Sara Ahern, Superintendent of Schools
b. American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Plan: Jamie Hellen, Town Administrator

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

10. LEGISLATION FOR ACTION
a. Resolution 21-54: A Resolution  Adopting the Town  of Franklin 2021  Housing Production Plan  (Motion to Approve Resolution 21-54 - Majority Vote)
b. Resolution 21-55: Gift Acceptance - Veterans Department, $1000 (Motion to Approve Resolution 21-55 - Majority Vote)
c. Resolution 21-56:Gift Acceptance - Conservation Commission, $1000 (Motion to Approve Resolution 21-56 - Majority Vote)
d. Resolution 21-57: Gift Acceptance - Town of Franklin, Dog Park Gazebo (Motion to Approve Resolution 21-57 - Majority Vote)
e. Resolution 21-58: Cable Funds in Support of PEG Service and Programming per MGL Ch. 44, §53F3/4 (Motion to Approve Resolution 21-58 - Majority Vote)

11. TOWN ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT

12. FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS

13. COUNCIL COMMENTS

14. EXECUTIVE SESSION - None Scheduled

15. ADJOURN

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

https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/10-06-21_town_council_agenda.pdf

Franklin, MA: Town Council  - Agenda - Oct 6, 2021
Franklin, MA: Town Council  - Agenda - Oct 6, 2021


Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Planning Board Recap 9/27/21 - Housing Production Plan approved, hearings continued on 40 Alpine Row and 5 Fisher St

Quick Recap:
  • Public hearing on 40 Alpine Row discusses multiple updates and continues to Oct 18
  • Public hearing on 5 Fisher St discusses multiple items and continues to Oct 18
  • Public hearing on Housing Production Plan (HPP), after clarifications on the "plan" as being Town based/Town controlled (not State), still requiring much work to make happen, and that the Planning Board would still "get a bite at the apple", the HPP is approved 5-0 roll call vote
  • Site plan modification request to split 2 plots into 3 approved by 5-0 vote via roll call

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As with most meetings in this pandemic period, I took my notes via Twitter during the meeting reporting live via the Zoom conference bridge.

 

The Twitter hashtag can be found online  #pb0927  https://twitter.com/search?q=%23pb0927&src=typed_query 


Planning Board agenda:

https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/september_27_2021_agenda.pdf 


Planning board meeting documents:

https://www.franklinma.gov/planning-board/events/331296 

 

Photos captured during the meeting and shared via Twitter can be found in one album

https://photos.app.goo.gl/barTW8HVVbFYx3Kz9


  • Live reporting underway for the Planning Board meeting underway in Chambers and virtually via Zoom as well as live stream via local cable (Verizon or Comcast) #pb0927
  • Agenda doc and connection info here https://franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/september_27_2021_agenda.pdf… #pb0927 
  • Halligan recused himself from this first hearing as he is an abutter #pb0927
  • Engineer Mike Maglio comments on project changes #pb0927
  • Project update uses map on stand, diagrams also in PDF doc linked to with the agenda #pb0927
  • Discussion on easements for town sewer and drain lines thru property should be included as condition of certificate of occupancy #pb0927
  • Discussion on pavement levels they differ between parking lot and site plan requirements, to be looked at by developer. #pb0927
  • Additional questions and clarifications, will need to be continued to Oct 18. #pb0927 no others to speak, hearing closed vote via roll call. Associate available but only activated for special permit, not a site plan (as this is).
  • New hearing opens, same engineering team provides updates for the former Clark Cutler McDermott property on 5 Fisher St. Study being done for parking uses and what is expected. #pb0927
  • Multiple updates to comments and adjustments requested #pb0927
  • Items outstanding from Planning and Engineering, brewing/distillery drainage requires coordination with Charles River, food processing would be covered with DPW requirements and grease trap #pb0927
  • Discussion on storm water flows within lot, and supposedly reduced before going off and across the street. Exposure to our well from this discharge. To be resolved before they return #pb0927 no additional comments, to be continued to Oct 18
  • Discussion on parking and 'hiding' the parking as it increases in the front. Don't want to block too much as it would affect line of sight entering and exiting property. #pb0927
  • Motion to continue to 18th via roll call, passes 5-0 #pb0927
  • Next up, housing production plan, open the public hearing, waive reading of notice, passes via roll call 5-0 #pb0927 final version presented incorporates comments and meetings as the plan developed Planner Amy Love provides overview
  • Halligan has question for B Taberner (who is not present) if the plan is accepted, each item would still need to go to State before coming back to be executed each possible change thru normal process #pb0927 Amy was able to answer the question, this is a plan
  • State approval would like be months rather than weeks #pb0927 Planning Board chair concerned about Council making zoning overruling possible planning board decision. Discussion on intent vs. working language
  • Planning Board fearful of Council action overriding their preference, but for that to occur, PB would still be involved and decide, if then the Council tries to go over, there would still be discussions before a decision. #pb0927
  • This is a town plan, not State. Some members confused/fearful of state (ala Council) and really fearful of losing their own control. Any project needs to be approved by town with water, sewer, police, fire, etc. #pb0927 there is not town owned land to make this happen
  • It would be private land owners to make the deals, public hearing opens for public comment, M Morrengello (?) speaking for the housing plan, asking for a vote for affordable housing and seniors. #pb0927
  • B Wierling speaking for the housing plan as well, glad to hear the #pb0927 members had changed opinions from prior meetings. We were not educated enough in prior meetings. Close hearing, via roll call passes 5-0; motion to accept plan via roll, passes 5-0
  • Next up, street extension, waive reading, passes 5-0 via roll call, revision to plot plan of 2006, plan approved before as two lot, now owner looking for additional lot to be added #pb0927
  • According to private road covenant it was not intended to be plowed, town did not want ownership of road. Motion to close hearing, via roll call passes 5-0 #pb0927 
  • Motion to approve modification via roll call passes 5-0
  • Council candidate J Callaway-Tripp asking questions about the complete street plan and meeting last week, mostly protocol as she had no knowledge of it, it had already been approved. Also thinks that the EDC held the meeting, and it was a town meeting #pb0927
  • Meeting did adjourn via roll call vote,  passing 5-0; got distracted and almost forgot to close out the thread #pb0927

Audio recording of meeting to be available in couple of days

 

Planning Board Recap 9/27/21 - Housing Production Plan approved,  hearings continued on 40 Alpine Row and 5 Fisher St
Planning Board Recap 9/27/21 - Housing Production Plan approved,  hearings continued on 40 Alpine Row and 5 Fisher St

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Lifeline Awareness Week

 

"Living alone can be isolating, especially over the past year when socializing has been a health risk due to COVID-19. That is why the Department of Telecommunications and Cable (DTC) wants you to know, no matter your income, there are ways for you to have a home phone, cell phone, and internet plan. Since 1985, the Lifeline Program, a service administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company as part of the Universal Service Fund, has kept Americans connected and safe by providing low cost and no cost phone service options for eligible low-income consumers.

To commemorate the availability of this government service, the DTC and its partners­—the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA)—are participating in Lifeline Awareness Week from September 20-24, 2021. Through this awareness week, these groups hope to educate the public about this life saving prevention program."


In the revised and "preliminary final" Housing Production Plan almost 12% of Franklin householders live alone, and 7.1% of those are over 65 years old. 
https://www.franklinma.gov/planning-community-development/files/preliminary-final-2021-housing-production-plan
Lifeline Awareness Week
Lifeline Awareness Week


Thursday, September 23, 2021

FM #609 - Community Preservation Committee Meeting - 09/21/21 (audio)

FM #609 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 609 in the series. 


This shares the Community Preservation Committee meeting that was held on Tuesday, September 21, 2021


The meeting was conducted in a hybrid mode; committee members present were in the Council Chambers, along with some public participants and the Town Administration staff. Others were able to via the Zoom conference bridge. 


Links to the meeting agenda and my notes are in the show notes. The meeting recording runs about fifty minutes (~50 mins).  Let’s listen to the Community Preservation Committee  meeting for Sep 21


** Audio file -> https://player.captivate.fm/episode/083c2b2f-c461-41ca-8e6a-0e7a3c453b74



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Meeting agenda  (including connection info) ->

https://www.franklinma.gov/community-preservation-committee/agenda/cpc-agenda-4 


My notes captured via Twitter and shared here in summary form

https://www.franklinmatters.org/2021/09/recap-community-preservation-committee.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/

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"

 

Questions on housing being answered by Town Administrator Jamie Hellen
Questions on housing being answered by Town Administrator Jamie Hellen

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Recap: Community Preservation Committee - historical tour scheduled, housing and zoning discussed

Quick Recap:
  • Tour of Red Brick and Historical Museum scheduled for Sep 29, Oct 1, formal agenda with details to be published soon to cover open meeting requirements
  • Update on 215 Prospect St with appraisal by town provided to owner/developer this week. They may accept or choose a 2nd view
  • Amy Love, Town Planner, provides update on housing plan as shared in this past summer's meeting
  • After roundabout discussion on zoning and development and affordable as a component of, meeting adjourns
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As with most meetings in this pandemic period, I took my notes via Twitter during the meeting reporting live via the Zoom conference bridge.
 
The Twitter hashtag can be found online  #cpc0921  
https://twitter.com/search?q=%23cpc0921&src=typeahead_click  
 
Agenda doc (including connection info) ->
https://www.franklinma.gov/community-preservation-committee/agenda/cpc-agenda-4 
 
 
Audio recording of meeting to be available in couple of days

Questions on housing being answered by Town Administrator Jamie Hellen
Questions on housing being answered by Town Administrator Jamie Hellen