Showing posts with label town council. Show all posts
Showing posts with label town council. Show all posts

Monday, May 20, 2024

Franklin, MA: Town Council Budget Hearing #2 for FY 2025, May 23, 2024 at 7 PM

Franklin Town Council
Agenda & Meeting Packet
May 23, 2024  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 9 and Verizon Channel 29. This meeting may be recorded by others.
b. Chair to identify members participating remotely.
c. Upcoming Town Sponsored Community Events
2. CITIZEN COMMENTS
a. Citizens are welcome to express their views for up to three 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. PUBLIC HEARINGS - 7:00 PM
a. FY25 Town Council Annual Operating Budget HearingFY25 Town Council Annual Operating Budget Hearing
i. FY25 Voting Document FY25 Voting Document
ii. FY25 Town Administrator Budget Message (per Town Charter Section 6-4-1) FY25 Town Administrator Budget Message (per Town Charter Section 6-4-1) 
iii. Appendix A1 - Town Administrator Recommended Budget Voting Document & Budget Book  (per Town Charter provision 6-5-1 & 6-5-2) doc
iv. Appendix B1 - Franklin Superintendent's Recommended FY24 Budget Executive Summary  summary
4. LEGISLATION FOR ACTION
(Motion to Approve Resolution 24-28 - Majority Vote)
(Motion to Approve Resolution 24-29 - Majority Vote)
c. Resolution 24-30: Salary Schedule: Full-Time Elected Official
(Motion to Approve Resolution 24-30 - Majority Vote)
d. Resolution 24-31: Expenditure Limits for FY2025 on Departmental Revolving Funds Established by Franklin Town Code Chapter 73, as Provided in MGL Chapter 44, §53E½, as Amended (Motion to Approve Resolution 24-31 - Majority Vote)
e. Resolution 24-32: Creation of Snow & Ice Stabilization Fund, as Authorized by G.L. Chapter 40, Section 5B and Transfer of Funds Thereto (Motion to Approve Resolution 24-32 - ⅔ Majority Vote)
f. Resolution 24-33: Creation of Property Acquisition Stabilization Fund, as Authorized by G.L. Chapter 40, Section 5B and Transfer of Funds Thereto (Motion to Approve Resolution 24-33 - ⅔ Majority Vote)
g. Resolution 24-26: Community Preservation Fund: Annual Appropriations and Reservations (Motion to Approve Resolution 24-26 - Majority Vote)
h. Resolution 24-27: FY25 Community Preservation Appropriation of Funds-Capital (Motion to Approve Resolution 24-27 - Majority Vote)
i. Resolution 24-34: Rescission of Unissued Balances of Authorizations to Borrow (Motion to Approve Resolution 24-34 - Majority Vote)
(Motion to Approve Resolution 24-35 - ⅔ Majority Vote)
k. By-Law Amendment 24-910: Chapter 82, Municipal Service Fees Bylaw to Amend the Code of the Town of Franklin at Chapter 82, Water Usage Rates - First Reading (Motion to Move Bylaw Amendment 24-910 to a Second Reading - Majority Vote)
l. By-Law Amendment 24-911: Chapter 82, Municipal Service Fees Bylaw to Amend the Code of the Town of Franklin at Chapter 82, Curbside Trash Fee - First Reading (Motion to Move Bylaw Amendment 24-911 to a Second Reading - Majority Vote)
m. By-Law Amendment 24-912: Chapter 82, Municipal Service Fees Bylaw to Amend the Code of the Town of Franklin at Chapter 82, Stormwater Service Charge - First Reading (Motion to Move Bylaw Amendment 24-912 to a Second Reading - Majority Vote)

5. TOWN ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT

6. COUNCIL COMMENTS

7. EXECUTIVE SESSION - None Scheduled.

8. ADJOURN

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


Franklin, MA: Town Council Budget Hearing #2 for FY 2025, May 23, 2024 at 7 PM
Franklin, MA: Town Council Budget Hearing #2 for FY 2025, May 23, 2024 at 7 PM

Sunday, May 19, 2024

Franklin, MA: Town Council - budget hearing 1 of 2 - May 22 at 7 PM

Franklin Town Council
Agenda & Meeting Packet
May 22, 2024 - 7 PM


1. ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE CHAIR
a. This meeting is being recorded by Franklin TV and shown on Comcast channel 9 and Verizon Channel 29. This meeting may be recorded by others.
b. Chair to identify members participating remotely.
c. Upcoming Town Sponsored Community Events
2. CITIZEN COMMENTS
a. Citizens are welcome to express their views for up to three 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. PUBLIC HEARING - 7:00 PM
a. FY25 Town Council Annual Operating Budget Hearing
i. FY25 Voting Document
ii. FY25 Town Administrator Budget Message (per Town Charter Section 6-4-1)
iii. Appendix A1 - Town Administrator Recommended Budget Voting Document & Budget Book (per Town Charter provision 6-5-1 & 6-5-2)
iv. Appendix B1 - Franklin Superintendent's Recommended FY25 Budget Executive Summary
v. Appendix C1 - Historic Data: Budget Breakdown
vi. Appendix C2 - Historic Data: Operating Revenue
vii. Appendix C3 - Historic Data: Fixed Cost
viii. Appendix C4 - Historic Data: Local Aid
ix. Appendix C5 - Historic Data: Local Receipts
x. Appendix C6 - Historic Data: Assessments
xi. Appendix C7 - Historic Data: New Growth
xii. Appendix C8 - Historic Data: Free Cash Balances
xiii. Appendix C9 - Historic Data: FC & RE
4. ADJOURN

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

Agenda doc (also contains remote participation info)

Franklin, MA: Town Council - budget hearing 1 of 2 - May 22 at 7 PM
Franklin, MA: Town Council - budget hearing 1 of 2 - May 22 at 7 PM

Franklin, MA: Capital Budget Subcommittee - May 22 at 6 PM

Capital Budget Subcommittee Meeting
Agenda & Meeting Packet
May 22, 2024 - 6:00 PM


Discussion:

1. FY24 Capital Plan “Round 2”
a. Town Administrator’s Recommended Actions with the remaining FY24 Free Cash = $1,707,000
i. Town Operating Budget Appropriation $1,507,000
ii. Creation of Real Property Acquisition Stabilization Fund  
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/uploads/1a_ii._24-33_town_council_creation_of_the_property_acquisition_stabilization_fund.docx_2.pdf


Agenda doc (also contains remote participation info)
 
Franklin, MA: Capital Budget Subcommittee - May 22 at 6 PM
Franklin, MA: Capital Budget Subcommittee - May 22 at 6 PM

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Conversation with Ted Cormier-Leger on the current Franklin topics (audio)

FM #1201 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 1201 in the series. 


This session shares my conversation with Town Councilor Ted Cormier-Leger. We had our discussion in person at the Franklin TV & Radio studios on Wednesday, May 8, 2024. 

Ted Cormier-Leger
Ted Cormier-Leger

 

We talk about 

  • The schools’ redistricting proposal

  • Davis Thayer and ‘Expression of Interest’ proposals due at end of May

  • Social media not the proper place for accurate info or civil discourse

  • Unfortunate timing of multiple events coming together

  • Budget & the override scheduled for June 11

  • Affordable housing and the real estate market


The recording runs about 48 minutes, so let’s listen in. Audio link -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-1201-ted-cormier-leger-05-08-24


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Contact info for Ted Cormier-Leger -> tcormierleger@franklinma.gov 


Town Council page => https://www.franklinma.gov/town-council 


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


Monday, May 6, 2024

Franklin grease trap policy proposed to be formalized in Town bylaw (audio & video)

FM #1193 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 1193 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares the Franklin (MA) Economic Development Subcmte Meeting conducted on Wednesday, May 1, 2024.  The meeting was held at the Municipal Bldg and conducted in a hybrid manner. Chair Melanie Hamblen, Councilors Brian Chandler & Cobi Frongillo were in the Council Chambers. Councilor Sheridan was absent.


The meeting was scheduled to begin at 5:45 and actually started at 5:55 (not 6:55 as is announced by Chair Hamblen). There was technical difficulty with the Zoom video but not with the YouTube video or any channel audio. Turned out to be a setting in the meeting set up that turned the video off for this session. (Duly noted for future sessions).  


Quick summary

  • Current policy across Health Dept, Building Inspection and DPW calls out the requirements for grease traps for commercial use. Those policies would be combined into one Town bylaw to formalize and remove possible confusion or contention as to which one takes precedence.

  • The draft bylaw was recommended to be moved to the Town Council for their review and approval. This one would not need to include the Planning Board for review.


The meeting runs about 26 minutes.    Audio link -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-1193-economic-development-subcmte-mtg-05-01-24



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Economic Development Subcmte page -> https://www.franklinma.gov/economic-development-subcommittee 


Meeting agenda ->  https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/agendas/2024-05-01_edc_agenda_packet.pdf 


Franklin TV video on YouTube -> https://www.youtube.com/live/YKganfWutTA?si=EJQ77tsztrptv4Mi&t=100


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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.franklin.news/ or  www.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!


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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"



Franklin grease trap policy proposed to be formalized in Town bylaw (audio & video)
Franklin grease trap policy proposed to be formalized in Town bylaw (audio & video)

Saturday, May 4, 2024

Town Council after much discussion votes to set June 11 as date for a $6.8M Prop 2 1/2 override (audio in 2 parts) Town Council after much discussion votes to set June 11 as date for a $6.8M Prop 2 1/2 override (audio in 2 parts)

FM #1190-91 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 1190-91 in the series. 

This session shares the Town Council meeting of Wednesday, May 1, 2024 in 2 parts

All 9 councilors took part in Chambers.


Part 1  (~2 hours)

Covers the first hour of the meeting

  • Citizen Comments

  • Approval of Minutes - March 13, 2024

  • Proclamation: Chris Stearns, Franklin TV 

  • Police Department - Introduction of Mental Health Clinician Caroline Ferris

  • Appointment to Conservation Commission - Nicole Chiaramonte

  • Presentation: FY23 Financial Audit - Scott McIntire, Partner, Marcum LLP

And then skips past the Override presentation to jump to the citizens comments on the override and then the closing of the meeting

Audio link -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-1190-franklin-ma-town-council-mtg-05-01-24-part-1-of-2



Part 2 (~ 2 and a quarter hours)

Includes the entire section of the joint presentation by Town Administrator Jamie Hellen and School Superintendent Lucas Giguere including the Council question and answers

Many department heads also spoke for the pledge


Legislation for Action

  • Resolution 24-19: Override Pledge to the Citizens of Franklin

  • Resolution 24-20: Setting Date of Proposition 2 ½ Override Ballot

  • Resolution 24-21: Proposition 2 ½ Override Ballot Question 


Audio link -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-1191-franklin-ma-town-council-mtg-05-01-24-part-2-of-2


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The Franklin TV broadcast of the 4 hour plus session is available for replay on YouTube ->  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9nkmKHkrxA 


Agenda and supporting documents for this session -> https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/agendas/fixed_tc_agenda_v4.pdf 


Joint presentation doc-> https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/uploads/4b._2024-05-01_override_pledge_presentation.pdf 


My notes captured via Twitter can be found in one PDF file -> https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Fv18ylsYtYhbaSiLXkEDkZLQkm8C-2Q1/view?usp=drive_link 


Photo album with the slides as captured during the presentation on Wednesday

https://photos.app.goo.gl/dDxgDMFrcXDaNqR78 


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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"


Town Council after much discussion votes to set June 11 as date for a $6.8M Prop 2 1/2 override (audio in 2 parts)
Town Council after much discussion votes to set June 11 as date for a $6.8M Prop 2 1/2 override (audio in 2 parts)

Thursday, May 2, 2024

Town Council after much discussion votes to set June 11 as date for a $6.8M Prop 2 1/2 override (video)

The Franklin (MA) Town Council met as scheduled on May 1, 2024 in Council Chamber. All 9 Councilors were present along with a packed room. Participants were also on Zoom and YouTube.

Brief recap:
  • Recognition of Chris Stearns for 20 years with Franklin TV
  • Introduction of new mental health clinician Caroline Ferris 
  • Approved appointment of Nicole Chiaramonte
  • Presentation on the FY 2023 Financial Audit by Scott McIntire, Partner, Marcum LLP. Another clean audit result, all processes are good no issues identified, no management letter or actions.
  • presentation on the possible override and pledge statement results in passage of three resolutions
    1. vote of acceptance by Council of pledge (9-0)
    2. sets date for override of June 11 (8-1, Pellegri no)
    3. sets amount of override for $6.8 million (9-0)

Agenda and supporting documents ->

Photo album of the presentation screen grab along with screens from the meeting

Recognition of Chris Stearns for 20 years with Franklin TV
Recognition of Chris Stearns for 20 years with Franklin TV



Wednesday, May 1, 2024

What's happening Wednesday, May 1, 2024?

Wednesday, May 1

10:00am Veterans Coffee Social
5:30pm SAFE Gala
6:30pm Franklin Art Association


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Meeting schedule

Board of Health Meeting
Event Date:  Wednesday, May 1, 2024 - 5:00 pm
Conference Room, 3rd Floor

  • audio recording by Franklin Matters/Franklin Public Radio for podcast later



Franklin Public Schools Comprehensive Facilities Planning Sub Committee Meeting
Event Date:  Wednesday, May 1, 2024 - 5:00 pm
3rd floor training room

  • audio recording by Franklin Matters/Franklin Public Radio for podcast later



Economic Development Subcommittee
Event Date:  Wednesday, May 1, 2024 - 5:45 pm
Council Chambers
  • broadcast via cable to Comcast 9, Verizon 29
  • broadcast to YouTube at  http://bit.ly/43lBwVE 
  • Zoom info - 5:45 pm  EDC  LIVE Chambers  see agenda doc


Town Council Meeting
Event Date:  Wednesday, May 1, 2024 - 7:00 pm
Council Chambers
  • broadcast via cable to Comcast 9, Verizon 29
  • broadcast to YouTube at  http://bit.ly/43lBwVE 
  • Zoom info - 7:00 pm Town Council  LIVE Chambers  see agenda doc


What's happening Wednesday, May 1, 2024?
What's happening Wednesday, May 1, 2024?


Why are there multiple calendars?
There is a Cultural events calendar upon which other community events are layered to create the Community calendar.

Respectfully, the Library and Senior Center calendars are too full of events to include all their events so we tend to focus on the major events. Town and School meetings are also kept separate. Links for all the calendars are shared here:

The Cultural calendar displays only the cultural events      https://www.franklinculture.org/things-do/pages/calendar

Find the full Community event calendar  https://www.franklinmatters.org/p/blog-page.html