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Thursday, March 4, 2021

Recap of Town Council meeting Mar 3, 2021 - train station discussed, appt to ConComm approved, ambulance fees approved

Quick Recap:
  • appointment to Conservation Commission approved, all committees/board now with full compliment of appointments
  • Erin Rogers of Senior Center talks about the tax work off programs available from the State and from Franklin
  • discussion on the condition and future of the downtown MBTA train station and exercise in futility. parking an issue downtown, apparently due to zoning changes made that can be/should be reviewed again
  • vaccine not available for local clinic per State, teachers were added to eligibility as of Mar 11, 2021


Photos captured during the meeting and shared via Twitter can be found in one album  https://photos.app.goo.gl/gN3Z5Y2wUxdXqBNa6

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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  #TC0303

  • Real time reporting about to begin for Town Council meeting #tc0303 https://www.franklinma.gov/town-council/agenda/march-3-town-council-agenda 
  • Meeting opens, Chair runs thru the standard protocol statement on meeting conduct #edc0303 a small group at opening.
  • #edc0303 meeting is announced for phone callers  One (member) remote, other 8 in Chambers
  • #tc0303 (yup, 2nd time tonight used prior meeting to tag a tweet, oops) no citizen comments
  • Motion to approve Jan 3 minutes, second, Chandler announces that the minutes are in great order, compliments to Judy L for doing them. Passes 9-0 via roll call. Motion on Feb 17 minutes
  • Second, passes via roll call 9-0, #edc0303 appointment to conservation commission, Bissanti recuses, motion and second, after tonight, all vacancies are now full. Passes 8-0-1 1 recused (Bissanti)
  • No hearings, no license transactions; moving to presentations, Erin Rogers from Senior Center on the tax work off program, if taxes are more than 10% of income, if renter and taxes more than 25% of income. Need to file with state, meet income guidelines. #tc0303
  • #tc0303 anything we can do to help residents with their taxes, talk to their accountants and to the senior center for the form. If people qualify for this, they should also apply for the DPW for a credit against the water, sewer, etc. Storm water if it comes, may would need to
  • Suggestion for something on the webpage for assistance available. #tc0303 clarification, you can do both it is not double dipping. State program is one and there is also the Franklin program.
  • Other than web page, send elsewhere (i.e. newsletter) as some seniors don't go to the website. #tc0303 legal ads we spend 40K annually with Milford Daily News, also appearing as PSA with Franklin TV. http://Ma.gov webpage takes you right to DOR page and info
  • #TC0303 moving to downtown Franklin MBTA station and parking lot. Was on evaluation and goals, a paper trail was included in the meeting docs. Kudos to Frank Falvey who has been a persistent advocate for addressing this item see page 17 https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif591/f/agendas/3-3-21_town_council_agenda.pdf 
  • Maps of the station from package  #tc0303
  • Continuing discussion on the station, a frustrating situation. This is a T issue and with pandemic they are in lots of trouble with revenue. #tc0303
  • They are extending the line double track and going around the station. Also would need to take care of the bridge
  • If you're in for a penny, you're in for more than a pound. #tc0303 we offered to but it from them, and they turned us down. Zoning changes recently increased parking requirements downtown and there is no space available. "This like beating a dead horse"
  • #tc0303 lighting is brutal, and the bike racks are always full, can't they add some?
  • Best opportunity may be the transit oriented development the Legislation that was recently passed called for.
  • Let's think of the downtown and consider changing the zoning when the guidance Jamie mentions comes out. #tc0303 
  • Budget meeting 3/17 at 6 PM, EDC just met tonight. Some things coming to council for consideration. Draft of business guide reviewed. Coming soon
  • Moving to legislation for action, second reading https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif591/f/mai/files/10a._als_bls_web.pdf #tc0303 for ambulance service fee adjustments for this year.  Motion and second, vote via roll call (BLS basic life support, ALS advanced life support.) 9-0
  • #tc0303 next up Quarterly PEG funds, the flow through of cable fees to Franklin TV per MGL, as an approved transaction  https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif591/f/mai/files/10b._peg_-_web.pdf motion, second, passes via roll call 9-0 (Bissanti not going to yell at cable tonight)
  • #tc0303 St Patrick's day serving dinner to seniors via the curbside cafe. Make reservations! Phase IV part 1 the library will be opening March 22, incredible innovation, popular curbside pickup; COVID school staff eligible as of Mar 11, schedule via portal
  • No local clinic anytime soon, legislative delegates advocated but we're not getting supply. #tc0303 insufficient doses available in March to meet requirements. Per Gov Baker's press release. Happy to answer questions.
  • Moving on. #tc0303 consensus on addressing downtown zoning now
  • Kudos to the sports teams, great work! Great to hear of the town's work on a national podcast. Buses moved from former Kegan space to use King St until the Panther Way property is ready, helping the schools
  • Yesterday was Franklin's birthday, and it wasn't noticed. 3/2 is the birthday. 243 years young. 
  • Agendas and packets for CPC will be online #tc0303 excited that the library will be open. Don't let the guard down, we are almost there.
  • Thanks to the community for doing what it takes, numbers are down, keep it that way. #tc0303 motion to adjourn, second, passes 9-0 
  • That is all for tonight, thanks for following, catch you next time!

train station discussed
train station discussed

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

MBTA: Franklin Line notice for Thursday, Jan 4

Franklin Line: As part of the Reduced Schedule on January 4th, additional stops will be added to Trains 703, 715, 717, 719 and 721.

Train 703 (8:04 am from South Station) will make additional stops at Readville and Endicott

Train 715 (3:48 pm from South Station) will make all local stops EXCEPT Hyde Park or Plimptonville

Train 717 (4:43 pm from South Station) will make all local stops EXCEPT Plimptonville

Train 719 (5:20 pm from South Station) will make all local stops INCLUDING Plimptonville

Train 721 (5:45 pm from South Station) will make additional stops at Readville and Islington


Last updated: Jan 03 2018 05:22 PM
MBTA: Franklin Line notice for Thursday, Jan 4
MBTA: Franklin Line notice for Thursday, Jan 4
The full Franklin schedule (PDF) can be found here
https://d3044s2alrsxog.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/route_pdfs/commuter-rail-franklin-2017-11-20.pdf

Sunday, October 8, 2017

COLUMBUS DAY SALE !!! - Polar Express Train Ride in Blackstone Valley



COLUMBUS DAY SALE!!!
THIS WEEKEND!
SAVE $5.00 on each ticket
by using discount code:
MAGICAL


Call 401-495-1213 for tickets or
*Ends at 11:59 PM on 10/9/17. Good for new ticket purchases made 
between 10/6/17 and 10/9/17.
Sorry, no refunds or exchanges.
 Don't forget...you can also check out our Polar Express Gift Shop!
It's full of great official Polar Express items and more!

BLACKSTONE VALLEY POLAR EXPRESS
 1 DEPOT SQ. WOONSOCKET, RI |  401-495-1213 
#BVPolarExpress
Blackstone Valley Tourism Council | 175 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Train Excursion through the Blackstone Valley less than a month away!



For tickets,
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Join us for a scenic trip through the Blackstone Valley, and a day filled with fun autumn activities!

Enjoy a relaxing train ride, Putnam's Annual Pumpkin Festival, many antique and gift shops, a farmers' market, local restaurants, and more!
Last year's trip sold out! Get your tickets today!
Blackstone Valley Tourism Council | 175 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Train Excursion through the Blackstone Valley



For tickets,
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Join us for a scenic trip through the Blackstone Valley, and a day filled with fun autumn activities!

Enjoy a relaxing train ride, Putnam's Annual Pumpkin Festival, many antique and gift shops, a farmers' market, local restaurants, and more!
Last year's trip sold out! Get your tickets today!
Blackstone Valley Tourism Council | 175 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860

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Friday, June 26, 2015

"Rail Good Coffee" now open at Franklin/Dean Station

When getting ready to catch the inbound train Thursday morning, I noticed that the doors to the building were open. This had been closed up for a bit after The Cake Bar and Cafe Dolce both gave it a good try.

They were indeed open. It had just opened earlier that morning. Newspapers had not yet started delivery but were scheduled. Train tickets can be purchased. The menu board had a listing of prices for coffee, etc.

Stop in to talk with Randy. Buy a coffee before your ride into Boston the next time you go.

menu board at Rail Good Coffee

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

"supported buying the station for a 'minimal price'"

The Milford Daily News digs into the closing comments and the change in scope for the Citizens Committee reporting on the exploration of buying the downtown train station from the MBTA.
Town Administrator Jeffrey Nutting last week asked to meet with the Citizens Committee to discuss the idea. Nutting praised the committee’s work in pushing the MBTA to complete the recent improvements and said the station looks "100 percent better." 
At this point, though, he does not know how the town might benefit from buying the station. 
"There’s a lot of homework that we need to do on what would be the upside for the town," he said. "My position is the T needs to maintain the station; they’ve done a great job to date." 
And, he said, pursuing the purchase could cause problems for the town. 
"There’s liability issues," he said. "And one of the issues if we own it is we have to lease it. There are (Americans with Disabilities Act) issues. You’d have to sit down and go through all of these."

Read more: http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/x1868838807/Franklin-panel-suggests-town-buy-train-station-from-MBTA#ixzz2f8qNgiC2

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Franklin Historical Museum: All Aboard!

ALL ABOARD!

The Franklin Historical Museum will host a talk on the history of the Southern New England Trunkline Trail, SNETT.

Guest Speaker Ron Clough of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation will give a presentation and discuss the history of SNETT which was designated as part of the National Recreation Trail in 1994.

Franklin Station

Join us for an informative look at the Southern New England Railway and trains in Franklin’s history, and learn about the ‘Ghost Train’.

Sunday February 17 @ 1:00pm, 80 West Central Street, Franklin

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Train depot building gone

Additional photos from my phone camera (hence lesser quality).

The empty concrete platform

Franklin: train depot building gone

Breaking up the concrete platform

Franklin: breaking down the concrete

Repeating questions from yesterday's post:

Does anyone know when this building was last in operation?

Did anyone have relatives who worked there loading freight to/from the trains?

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Attention Franklin Train Commuters

I almost missed this article but it does affect us on the Franklin line:

... a fresh source of delays and hassles this spring and summer for riders taking Acela and other Amtrak trains to New York, Philadelphia, Washington, and other Northeast corridor destinations. It could also mean trouble for MBTA commuter rail riders on the Attleboro/Providence, Franklin, Needham, and Stoughton branches, which use segments of the Amtrak Northeast Corridor.

Although some of the work is not directly related to the concrete tie problem, Amtrak has decided to shut down a T commuter rail track between Back Bay and Readville stations for maintenance June 14-17, T spokesman Joe Pesaturo said late yesterday. That four-day period coincides with when Amtrak plans to shut down all service between Boston and New Haven and run bus shuttles while crews complete a $76 million replacement of an 89-year-old bridge over the Thames River between New London and Groton, Conn.

Read the full Boston Globe article here.

June 14-17 may be a good time to plan to either work from home or plan an alternate route to Boston. Saturday, Sunday (6/14-15) will affect the weekend travelers. Monday, Tuesday (6/16-17) will affect the regular commuters.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Attention Franklin Train Commuters

Amtrak strike would rock T

By Noah Bierman, Globe Staff

The threat of a national Amtrak strike later this month is prompting Boston-area transit officials to prepare for potential chaos on commuter rail lines that would trickle down to subways, buses, and highways.

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In part from the article, we read:

A strike would virtually shut down South Station, forcing rail passengers to transfer onto subway lines at the Back Bay, Braintree, and Forest Hills stations. The MBTA would also have to shut down the Providence/Stoughton Line in all likelihood, forcing about 17,000 additional daily commuters to drive into town or to take alternate rail lines. North Station schedules would not be altered, but riders might see picket lines.

"There's no ifs, ands, or buts about it. A strike that would shut down service in and out of South Station would severely hamper, perhaps even overwhelm, the subway system," said Daniel A. Grabauskas, general manager of the MBTA.

The private company that runs commuter rail under a contract with the MBTA, Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Co., has been discussing contingency plans with the T and making recommendations that include running fewer commuter trains, virtually eliminating off-peak runs. The commuter service, which carries 72,000 riders in and out of Boston daily, is already drawing ire from passengers fed up with increasingly late trains.


No strike, a deal has been reached. Details here.