Showing posts with label public safety. Show all posts
Showing posts with label public safety. Show all posts

Sunday, May 2, 2021

FM #527 - Finance Cmte Budget Hearing #2 - 04/28/21 (audio)

The meeting was conducted in a hybrid format: members of the Finance Committee, selected guests, and Town Administration personnel were in the Council Chambers, the remainder were remote along with the public via the Zoom conference bridge, all to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

The show notes contain links to the meeting agenda including documents released for this agenda. 

Let’s listen to this budget hearing on "Public Safety"

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  • Town budget page for FY 2022
  • My notes from the meeting


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FM #527 - Finance Cmte Budget Hearing #2 - 04/28/21 (audio)
FM #527 - Finance Cmte Budget Hearing #2 - 04/28/21 (audio)

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Recap - FinComm Budget Hearing #2 - 04/28/21 - Public safety

Quick Recap:

  • Public safety up for review this evening; Police, Fire, Inspection, and Regional Dispatch
  • Police still understaffed vs. FBI stats but at larger staff than in recent years. Takes a newbie a year to get trained and on the street. One reason transfers are preferred if available
  • Fire awaiting grant status possible award in Jun/Jul. If awarded, those individuals would be in addition to staff. Only hire paramedic qualified individuals.
  • MECC expanding by two more communities (Millis, Mendon) with room for one more (maybe after that).


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.


The Twitter hashtag can be found online  #fincom0428

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

The agenda for this meeting can be found 

  • P 52 and following covers the Police budget currently at 53 FTE would like to get more to be aligned with similar Community size #fincom0427 1 sargent aligned with 15 patrol personnel; span of control and additional administration would be desirable. Facing retirements
  • Possible 2 this year, 4 in mid 2022, senior patrol person always badge #1; incentive to get 9 months notice of retirement, to avoid gap of hiring, training and actually getting to the streets to work #fincom0428 Q on jail diversion program covered by grant joint with Medway
  • FBI stats say 1.9 patrol per 1000/population, would run out to about 70. Don't need to be that high just that 53 is light and with increase in population and buildings, the call volume is going up. #fincom0427 It takes a person about a year to get training to hit the streets
  • The training and salary package has been an incentive to get transfers in which allows them to get to the streets quicker #fincom0428 chief advocated for parity in the salary package and it has worked well. Cost of body cameras and particularly the storage of the video
  • He would prefer to have the body first, also with police reform there are 16 Committees looking at this so why start something now and have to change it out later. #fincom0428 we are not in civil service and happy not to be, able to recruit without it.
  • #fincom0428 we are an attractive Community to work for, recent hires are good examples of what we can do. A job posting generates more applications than needed to fulfill a spot. A test is done every 3 years. I love self sponsors. That shows initiative for a job.
  • Self sponsors wait for seats, dept sponsors get priority. #fincom0428 
  • Now onto the Fire Dept, refer to pages 57-61. Ambulance billing rates now looked at annually, grant group being very productive. 180 days notice and 90 days actual date notice req'd for retirement
  • Refresh the listing of hierarchy every two years, training and reorganization attractive to new hires. We do hire paramedics and prefer to not drop to EMT level #fincom0428 results of SAFER grant due around Jun/Jul. Likely would be additional staff, would have some time
  • To start building a budget to support the hires after the grant ran out. The sun, moon and stars may align on this. #fincom0428 looking to stock the 3rd ambulance to be ready if needed. We are ready to go back for a look at ISO 1, not so much a staffing thing, equipment key
  • All fee revenue goes into the general fund except for that supporting the enterprise funds #fincom0428 applied again for grant, setting aside approx $600k in case grant doesn't renew. Assume it does, the these funds go to the MECC stabilization fund. There is still room for 1
  • Community to add to the regional dispatch, Millville and Medway Mendon coming on as planned this summer Moving to inspection, pages 64-65  #fincom0428 
  • Moving to animal control, a regional agreement with Bellingham, we provide space, they run the program without complaints
  • Motion to adjourn, seconded,  passes 9-0
  • Back again Thursday for DPW and stormwater among other items! #fincom0428


Recap - FinComm Budget Hearing #2 - 04/28/21 - Public safety
Recap - FinComm Budget Hearing #2 - 04/28/21 - Public safety

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

How does the Town of Franklin budget look displayed as a pie chart?

The budget hearings opened Tuesday night with General Government functions reviewed. Wednesday (6:30 PM) night is Public Safety (Police, Fire, Dispatch).

FY 2022 Budget
Other Municipal$10,568,138
Fixed Costs (non-excl Debt-Benefits)$16,964,310
School K-12$67,914,184
Total Operating Budget$124,060,390

How does the Town of Franklin budget look as a pie chart?
School budget is up for review Tuesday, May 4

Prior posts

How much state aid does Franklin get?

What are the fixed costs of the Town of Franklin budget?

Town of Franklin - budget growth and split between municipal and schools - FY 2012 to FY 2022

School budget, executive summary by School Superintendent Sara Ahern

Monday, March 8, 2021

Town of Franklin: Finance Committee - Agenda - March 10, 2021

Finance Committee Meeting
Agenda & Meeting Packet
March 10, 2021 = 6:30 PM

1. Call to Order
2. Public Comments
3. Approval of Minutes
4. FY21 Capital Program Recommendations
5. Public Safety & MECC Discussion
a. Gary Premo - MECC Director
b. Chief TJ Lynch - Franklin Police Chief
c. Chief Jim McLaughlin - Franklin Fire Department
6. FY22 Revenue Projections
7. Future Agenda Items
8. Adjourn

Full agenda doc and meeting packet (with connection info)

The Finance Committee Agenda includes an update from the MECC
The Finance Committee Agenda includes an update from the MECC