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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

An Update from Your Congressman Jake Auchincloss - May 6


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LAST 2 WEEKS IN REVIEW
APRIL 25 - MAY 6

I'm your representative in Congress, and I write to keep you informed.

Eid Mubarak! I hope this Eid brought joy to all those who celebrated last week.


On the Hill

Congressman Jake Auchincloss


Protecting a Woman's Right to Choose: The Supreme Court's leaked draft decision to overturn Roe v. Wade is at the top of everyone's mind. Pending a final ruling from the Supreme Court, abortion is still legal federally and in Massachusetts. If the draft decision is affirmed, abortion will remain legal in Massachusetts. Abortion funds, clinics, and support networks are here to help you. Do not cancel your appointments and if you need care, please reach out to a provider immediately.

I am committed to protecting access to safe and legal abortions because reproductive health care is a human right. Decisions related to terminating a pregnancy lie solely with a woman and her doctor. Congress must protect abortion access by codifying Roe v. Wade because, regardless of the final ruling, we know that the Supreme Court can't be relied upon to uphold Roe. I was an original cosponsor of the Women's Health Protection Act, which would make the Roe v. Wade decision federal law and protect abortion access. I joined my colleagues in passing this bill in the House to defend a woman's right to choose, and I urge the Senate to do the same. In addition, I support abolishing the filibuster to secure the votes to protect abortion rights in the Senate. I will continue working with my colleagues to protect access to abortion.

Make your voice heard → Legislation to codify Roe v. Wade will face challenges from Senate Republicans, which is highly likely to prevent passage due to the Senate's filibuster rule. I'd like to hear from you:

Do you think we should abolish the filibuster?

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Around the Fourth

South Coast Rail


South Coast Rail: I toured future stations on the South Coast Rail in Fall River and Freetown. South Coast Rail will offer reliable transit between southeastern Massachusetts and Boston. Phase 1 of the project, which will be completed in late 2023, will connect residents of Fall River, Taunton, and New Bedford to jobs and services, spurring economic development. I am excited that Taunton, Fall River, and New Bedford will finally have commuter rail access to Boston, after being the only three major cities within 50 miles of Boston not to. Phase 2 of the project will take an important step toward electrifying the commuter rail in Massachusetts. Electrifying the commuter rail is a critical component of the transition to a clean energy economy. That is why one of my top priorities is securing phase two funding for this project through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Supporting Small Businesses: Yesterday, I attended the 2022 National Small Business Association of Massachusetts Awards Ceremony. After two challenging years for local businesses, there is no better time than now to celebrate small business owners across the Bay State. Throughout the pandemic, small businesses found new and innovative ways to meet the needs of their customers and to show up for their communities.

Sincerely,

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Jake

 

WASHINGTON
15 Independence Avenue SE
1524 Longworth HOB

Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5931

NEWTON
29 Crafts Street
Suite 375
Newton, MA 02458
Phone: (617) 332-3333

ATTLEBORO
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Attleboro, MA 02703
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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Updated Agenda doc for Special School Committee meeting - remote option added

Update:  

Agenda for 6 PM meeting -> (live stream or cable broadcast as well as in person in the Council Chambers plus The Zoom option as added during the day on Monday and agenda revised to include it)    https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/agendas/scagenda_4-26-22_special_mtg-revised.pdf

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Special Agenda UPDATED - Apr 26, 2022
Franklin, MA: School Committee - Special Agenda UPDATED - Apr 26, 2022

Friday, March 11, 2022

An Update from Your Congressman Jake Auchincloss on "three significant developments"


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Hello, I'm your representative in Congress, and I write to keep you informed.

I want to share with you three significant developments since I last wrote. 

State of the Union Address 
Last week, I attended President Biden's State of the Union address. President Biden laid out a hopeful message about putting the COVID-19 pandemic behind us, building a stronger economy, and protecting democracy at home and abroad. This speech was a clarion call that the free world is going to rally behind the Ukrainian people. Ukraine is not alone in their fight against totalitarianism and unprovoked aggression. 

If you are interested in learning what a day in the life of a congressman looks like during the State of the Union, you can watch my recent video.


Recent Developments Regarding Ukraine 
As we watch tragedy unfold in Ukraine, I am in awe of the resilience of the Ukrainian people. Despite the overwhelming size of the Russian military, the Ukrainians are fighters, courageously defending their homeland. I joined many of you in Attleboro to stand in solidarity with Ukraine

I voted to support legislation to deliver military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine, but our assistance must go further. We had a saying in the Marine Corps, "everyone has a plan until you get punched in the face." Putin has taken body blows through sanctions, but he hasn't yet been punched in the face. An internationally coordinated ban on Russian oil, with greater lethal & civil support for Ukraine, packs the punch that President Putin deserves. I urge our allies to join us.

While backfilling Russian oil in the short term, we must use the oil embargo as an opportunity to further invest in the clean energy sector. Not only is clean energy the fastest growing job sector in the United States and good for our planet, it can provide us with energy independence. We recently passed the America COMPETES Act in the House of Representatives. This bill would help build a resilient and efficient electrical grid, and provide funding for clean energy research. Additionally, the House just passed government funding legislation that includes over $14 billion of investments into clean energy and science to develop and implement clean, affordable, and reliable American energy. With energy independence, we can protect our economy, as well as our strategic interests.


Addressing the Youth Mental Health Crisis
I have only been a congressman for one year and a parent for two, but I am committed for the long haul to improving children's socioemotional wellbeing. It is a special responsibility I have as the youngest parent in the House Democratic caucus.

In a recent op-ed, I put forth suggestions for tackling the youth mental health crisis. We should keep our schools open and functioning normally, provide kids with richer context and more agency, and expand youth services.

This week, I hosted a Facebook Live with Bridge Over Troubled Waters' Elisabeth Jackson, CEO, and Peter Ducharme, Director of Clinical Services. Bridge Over Troubled Waters is a Boston-based agency providing needed services for homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth. The agency offers a variety of programs, from career development to emergency residence and street outreach. Ms. Jackson and Mr. Ducharme emphasized the importance of expanding youth services. Too often, there are not enough resources or providers to support youth in crisis. In Congress, I will work to increase these vital services.

To stay up to date on the state of play in Congress, please make sure to like my Facebook page, follow me on Twitter, and follow me on Instagram.

Sincerely,

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Jake Auchincloss
Member of Congress


OFFICE LOCATIONS

WASHINGTON DC OFFICE • 1524 Longworth House Office Building • Washington, DC 20515 • Phone: (202) 255-5931

NEWTON DISTRICT OFFICE • 29 Crafts Street Suite 375 • Newton, MA 02458 • Phone : (617) 332-3333

ATTLEBORO DISTRICT OFFICE • 8 N. Main St. Suite 200 • Attleboro, MA 02703 • Phone : (508) 431-1110
 
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Friday, February 18, 2022

Hearts of Kindness update

"The hearts on the common project is back for Random Acts of Kindness Day. Each heart was decorated by one of our students as a reminder to keep kindness in mind. Shout out the FHS Community Service & Peer Mentor Club for assisting with set up 💗 https://t.co/0MEfukJPo8"
Shared from Twitter: https://twitter.com/FranklinPSNews/status/1494366552136765442
 
Hearts of Kindness update
Hearts of Kindness update

 

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Health Department update: National Health Observance - heart disease

"February's National Health Observance is Heart Disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in men and women. Learn how to reduce your risk at: https://www.heart.org/"

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Health Department update: National Health Observance - heart disease
Health Department update: National Health Observance - heart disease

Friday, October 1, 2021

Senator Becca Rausch: Fall Updates from Beacon Hill


Policymaking is in full swing in the Legislature, and because of your advocacy, we delivered some big public health victories!
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Senator Rausch State House Briefing  

Part 2, Chapter 9 (September 30, 2021) 

Dear friends,   

Fall is here, kids are back in school (fully masked!) and work on Beacon Hill is in full swing.  

Just this week, I passed legislation to provide paid time off for parents and caregivers taking their children to COVID vaccines. Parents keeping their families and communities safe and healthy should also be keeping their entire paychecks. The bill was signed into law yesterday. Earlier this month, the Senate passed the Healthy Youth Act, creating comprehensive and inclusive sex education; the Gender X Bill, creating nonbinary gender markers on state identification cards; and legislation to support student nutrition. 

Over the summer we passed the state budget for our current fiscal year (2022) and I'm proud to share several notable victories, including: a pilot program for a statewide youth mental health support text line, available 24/7/365; reproductive justice advancements, such as combating fake women's health centers and creating safe spaces for domestic violence survivors; and hundreds of thousands of dollars to support local projects and priorities in our district, such as direct anti-racism and equity and inclusion work, supporting seniors, helping children and families in needfire safety, and paving the way for long-term outdoor dining

Looking ahead, there's plenty on our plate! Next week we'll debate critical voting rights legislation, one of my long-time priorities. I'm hard at work on climate action through my own bills and as Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture (ENRA). Several of my bills on reproductive justice and immunization infrastructure have already moved through the first part of the legislative process. And of course, my team and I will continue doing everything in our power to help keep you, your families, and our communities safe as we continue living through the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about our COVID work below.  

For real-time updates, please follow me on Twitter and Facebook. If you are a constituent and need assistance, please don't hesitate to contact me and my team via phone (617-722-1555) or email (becca.rausch@masenate.gov). We are here to help. Our COVID-19 resources are still available on my website. Remember to mask up indoors and keep your distance if you are not vaccinated or otherwise at higher risk. 

I wish you and your loved ones strength, health, resilience, and joy.  
  

Yours in service,  

 
Senator Becca Rausch   

 Office Hours 

 

Sign up for a 15-minute appointment here.    

My team and I host virtual office hours every month. Residents from any part of the Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex District are welcome to share their questions and opinions on state issues with me and my team via video chat or phone call. Office hours are available to discuss any matter.   
    
Upcoming office hours:   

Friday, October 8, 10-11 AM
​Friday, November 5, 10-11 AM
​Friday, December 10, 10-11 AM


Our mailing address is:
The Office of Senator Becca Rausch
Massachusetts State House, Room 218
24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02133                          

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Thursday, July 1, 2021

Senator Rausch: Beacon Hill Summer Update


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Senator Rausch State House Briefing  

Part 2, Chapter 8 (June 30, 2021) 

Dear friends,   

Summer is here! And with it came the end of the declared COVID-19 state of emergency, though the persistently inequitable public health crisis remains (especially with the emergence of the delta variant in Massachusetts). Earlier this month, the Senate passed a bill to extend numerous provisions implemented in the early days of the pandemic to facilitate Bay Staters' access to resources and help communities continue to operate even while remaining physically apart. Although there was a brief lapse, I am pleased to report that the House engrossed a similar extension bill, and the Governor signed it into law. This means we've got evictions protections, virtual public body meetings, and outdoor dining until April 1, 2022; cocktails to go until May 1, 2022; continued representative town meeting remote options; and several other extensions. We still have plenty more work to do, including the pressing questions of telehealth pay parity, 2021 voting access (and my MAIL-in Voting Act for permanent solutions), remote open town meetings, and exorbitant third party service delivery fees, to name a few.
  
Some of this work is already underway in the usual course of the legislative process. All the timely filed bills have been assigned to committees, the hearings are happening (virtually, as we continue to protect public health), and both chambers passed versions of the Fiscal Year 2022 budget. I proudly secured funding in the Senate budget for a statewide youth mental health support text line, reproductive justice advancements, and several local priorities, including anti-racism work in our district. Many of my priority bills have already had early hearings, including several elections bills (like local option ranked choice voting) and two of my reproductive justice bills (the Pregnant Persons Health Act and licensing midwives who provide home birth care). I hope you'll read more about my ongoing advancement of our shared values on Beacon Hill through legislation and committee leadership and service. 

My team and I also continue to directly engage with constituents throughout our district. Last month, we held our first youth legislative forum (stay tuned for details about the next one!), and our virtual office hours are still going strong. I'm excited to see folks during the upcoming Needham July 4th parade (on July 5th this year) and hopefully an increasing number of in-person opportunities to reconnect safely. 

For real-time updates, please follow me on Twitter and Facebook. If you are a constituent and need assistance, please don't hesitate to contact me and my team via phone (617-722-1555) or email (becca.rausch@masenate.gov). We are here to help. Our COVID-19 resources are still available on my website. Remember to mask up indoors and keep your distance if you are not vaccinated or otherwise at higher risk. 

I wish you and your loved ones strength, health, resilience, and joy.  
  

Yours in service,  

 
Senator Becca Rausch   

Massachusetts VaxMillions Giveaway

Tomorrow (July 1, 2021), any Bay Stater who has received their COVID-19 vaccine will be eligible for massive prizes for doing their part in keeping our communities safe. Five vaccinated people 18 or older in Massachusetts will win $1 million, while five people 12-17 years old will win a college scholarship. 

Don't miss out! For more information, go to https://www.mass.gov/massachusetts-vaxmillions-giveaway.


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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Senator Rausch: MA Vaccine Eligibility Update

Senator Rausch State House Briefing 
Part 2, Chapter 6 (April 19, 2021)

Dear friends,  
 
The long awaited day is here! As of today, anyone over the age of 16 who lives, works, or goes to school here is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Massachusetts.

Remember: you can get a COVID-19 vaccine regardless of ability to pay, insurance coverage, or citizenship. If you are asked for identification, you can decline. If at any point you are asked to provide insurance information and you are uninsured, you can skip giving that information. The vaccine itself is provided fully free of charge.

If you haven’t already, you can still pre-register for your COVID vaccine appointment at a mass vaccination site (Gillette Stadium and Natick Mall are the closest for our district). Go to mass.gov/COVIDvaccine to secure your spot in line. For all other vaccination locations, go to vaxfinder.mass.gov or mass.gov/CovidVaccineMap and search for open appointments using your zip code or click through the various vaccination sites closest to you. I also recommend following @vaccinetime on Twitter to get push notifications to your phone concerning available appointments. Individuals who are unable to schedule an appointment online or are having difficulty with the online sign-up process can call 2-1-1 or (877) 211-6277 for assistance.

Please note, appointments are limited due to limited vaccine supply. If you have no luck initially, check back periodically to see if appointments have opened up. More information about COVID-19 vaccinations is available on my website at www.beccarauschma.com/covidvaccine.

I still remain very concerned about decisions to relax COVID mitigation efforts too soon and the overall COVID-19 vaccination rollout in Massachusetts, particularly the lack of detail in implementation and the serious inequities in access and outreach. I continue to push our COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Act and urge the Governor to course-correct this rollout.  
 
As always, if you or any of your loved ones in my district have fallen on hard times during this pandemic, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office via phone (617-722-1555) or email (becca.rausch@masenate.gov). We are here to help. You can also find robust resources to help you navigate through COVID-19 on my website.    

Yours in service,   


 
Senator Becca Rausch   

 

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

MBTA Community Engagement - Update on Forging Ahead


The MBTA Community Engagement team is reaching out to provide an update on the Forging Ahead initiative. 
More information about the Forging Ahead process can be found at https://t.co/6aCrIUpXQS. @MBTA_CR https://t.co/BmYqqNtDef

 

Shared via Twitter: https://twitter.com/TOFranklinMA/status/1359211228179144716


MBTA Community Engagement - Update on Forging Ahead
MBTA Community Engagement - Update on Forging Ahead

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

"Baker delivers ‘very different’ State of the Commonwealth" (video)

"A RESTAURANT OWNER feeding needy families, prompting his competitor to do the same. Aid groups feeding the growing number of economically insecure families. Grocery store workers, who checked people out even at the height of the pandemic.

Those were some of the many Bay Staters Gov. Charlie Baker thanked during his annual State of the Commonwealth address. The pandemic loomed large as his theme, even before the first words were uttered.

Instead of his usual address in a crowded House chamber flanked by Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, the House speaker, Senate president, and other constitutional officers, Baker was alone in his office, bookended by the Massachusetts and American flags. The moment, he said, was not unlike the solitude people have come to experience in their own homes — far from their family and colleagues while striving to remain safe.

Baker’s speech had no big news or policy proposals as in past years. It offered no indication of whether the governor will seek reelection next year and, aside from a lament at the divisiveness of social media, there was no mention of former president Donald Trump or the insurrection in Washington. "
Continue reading the article online
 
Direct link to the YouTube video of the State of the Commonwealth by Gov Baker  (~ 25 minutes) https://youtu.be/Owhh6C80l5E

Monday, January 4, 2021

Interesting bits from the "Hazard Mitigation Plan 2020 Update"

To help your reading of the hazard mitigation plan, I have in my own reading captured some interesting tidbits. What do you find?

Other interesting bits (and where found):

  • "Notably, 25% of Franklin’s population lives alone, and 50% of those living alone are over 65 years old." (p13)
  • "Franklin relies on local groundwater sources for all of its public water supply" (p13)
  • "Although Franklin is not a coastal community, information on sea level rise is included as an important trend that has implications for the regional economy, and considering that Franklin is on the MBTA Commuter Rail line, and a number of local residents commute to jobs in Boston." (p25)
  • "Flooding was the most prevalent natural hazard identified by local officials in Franklin" (p30)
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Did you know 46% of the land in Franklin is forest?
  • that 27.2% is residential?
  • that 10.6% is wetland?
  • that only 5.3% is classified as industrial/commercial
Check out the land use table on page 55 (Table #26)

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The Hazard Mitigation Plan  2020 Update can be found online:  https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif591/f/uploads/franklin_hazard_mitigation_plan_2020_update_-_pending_adoption.pdf


 

Interesting bits from the "Hazard Mitigation Plan  2020 Update"
Interesting bits from the "Hazard Mitigation Plan  2020 Update"

Friday, November 6, 2020

Franklin Residents: Town Council Goals midterm update as of Oct 30, 2020

October 30, 2020

 
Memorandum

To:    Town Council
From: Jamie Hellen, Town Administrator
Chrissy Whelton, Assistant to the Town Administrator

Re: Town Council 2020-2021 Goals Update

I have attached a status update on the Goals set forth in January for the two years legislative session.

As you can see, the town departments and Administration have made substantial progress on these goals despite the pandemic. In fact, when I reviewed the list and saw how much was complete or close to complete, I couldn't believe it.

As the goals were approved 2 months prior to the pandemic, the staff also put a list of COVID- 19 big picture accomplishments at the bottom. I would be remiss if I did not take this chance to express my deepest gratitude to every single member of the Town of Franklin staff (municipal and school). Their bravery, innovation, dedication and commitment to excellence has been one of the best professional experiences of my career. To date, the Town has done an incredible job managing COVID-19 for a community our size. The coming winter will present new challenges, but we have the BEST team of employees and I am certain everyone will continue to rise to the occasion during this challenging time.

I am happy to answer any questions you may have and look forward to the discussion.
 
Town Council Meeting 2020 and 2021 Goals Town Council Workshop January 8, 2020


Fiscal

●    Approval of Annual Capital Improvement Plan -- FY20 and FY21

o    Status: Approved FY20 Capital Plan. FY21 “On Hold” pending financial outlook. To be discussed November 18th at TC meeting.

●    Approval of a balanced Operating Budget -- FY21 and FY22

o    Status: Approved FY21 budget. Update at November 18th TC meeting. The Town will not need to amend its approved FY21 budget form June.

●    Establish Ad Hoc Subcommittee to evaluate stormwater fee analysis

o    Status: Completed. Waiting time for presentation analysis to the full Council.

●    Determine Water rate increase for FY20/FY21, notably for the water treatment plant and wells loan package

o    Status: Complete. Approved water rates.

●    Determine Sewer rate increase, if needed, for FY20/FY21

o    Status: Sewer rate increase not needed due to the savings and efficiencies at the Charles River Pollution Control District.

●    Seek new borrowing capacity for municipal and school building capital improvements and sidewalks

o    Status: Complete. $15 million capital authorization.

●    Discussion on the Community Preservation Act

o    Status: Complete. On November 3rd ballot.

●    Discussion on Trash & Recycling account

o    Status: Not needed at this time. Likely Spring 2021 review.

●    Continue to ask for OPEB solutions with state officials

o    Status: Discuss at a future legislative update. Difficult to see how this is a priority in the near future for state leaders.

●    Explore new revenue options, generally

o    Status: Always on the look, never done looking for ways to
▪    The Town Administrator negotiated 3 new solar tax agreements worth approximately $200,000 in new revenue in 2021/2022. Also negotiated 800 households to get a 15% reduced electricity bill if they sign up for the solar credits.
▪    The Town Administrator worked with the Planning Board to approve two cannabis retail stores will generate new revenues in 2021/2022
▪    Revised ambulance rate chart to help fund four new paramedics.


Economic Development – To the EDC

●    Revise Solar Bylaw in Residential districts

o    Status: Complete.

●    Continue Lot Line “Clean ups” around town

o    Status: Completed 4 lot line clean ups. Two more are in process. Almost complete with larger proposals. 2021 will see us get into parcel specific lot line changes.

●    Present Economic Profile to the Town Council

o    EDC to evaluate or implement ideas based off of the recommendations in the final report
o    Status: Complete/In progress. Report complete and presented. EDC implementing recommendations. 5 Listening business sessions.

●    Nu-Style (Grove Street) options

o    Status: Reviewing state and federal grant options. Preparing a new procurement strategy.

●    Zoning Changes

o    Master Plan Update before the Council -- Expected June/July 2020
▪    Status: Complete.
o    Draft and Adopt state Affordable Housing Plan
▪    Status: In progress. Municipal Affordable Housing Trust had its first meeting in 6 months recently and looks to have them monthly to get back on track.
o    Inclusionary Zoning bylaw proposal to stabilize the Town’s Affordable Housing Inventory with the state to ensure we maintain 10% affordable housing stock and preserving local zoning
▪    Status: Postponed as COVID-19 hit and real estate market seems uncertain at the moment.
o    Residential 5 and C-1 density
▪    Status: See Inclusionary Zoning above.
o    The Franklin Crossing Neighborhood District rezone
▪    Status: No progress.

●    Ferrara Parking Lot Lease for continued commuter rail and free municipal parking in downtown

o    Status: Complete.

●    Review and cleanup Marijuana Overlay District

o    Status: No progress; not the right time to review. Will consider after the market settles. EDC prioritized this later in the session.

●    MBTA parking Lot in Downtown

o    Status: No progress.


Facilities

●    Approve borrowing authorization for 5-year facilities capital needs

o    Status: Complete. $15 million capital authorization.

●    Future of Old South Meeting House

o    Status: Completed study. Cost to rehab is approx $1.1 million.

●    Review Police Station space – Look to FY21 Capital Plan to invest in the
$150,000 study and Council discussion

o    Status: On hold due to capital plan on hold and drop in free cash revenue.

●    Transfer/Recycling Center improvements when land transfer complete

o    Status: Completed a new shed for staff. Finalizing land swap. See below.

●    Apply for Cultural Facilities Fund grant to restore Historical Museum cupola and refurbish Museum basement with proper preservation storage

o    Status: Archivist looking to apply in January 2021.

●    Note: COVID-19 has also afforded our Facilities staff some additional time to clean the backlog of capital projects, including some larger projects:

o    Completed the Parmenter School improvements, including canopy;
o    Completed the Keller-Sullivan HVAC (we added in UVGI, too);
o    Completed the security improvements at HMMS;
o    Made significant progress on the Public Safety fiber transition; and
o    Made progress on the HMMS drainage issues.


DPW

●    Implement StormWater Plan Division -- Establish Utility bylaw, establish Ad Hoc committee and evaluate stormwater fee & credit system

o    Status: Ad Hoc Stormwater committee completed its work. Discussion at TC meeting later in Winter.

●    Prioritize Road Funding annual appropriation in the operating budget

o    Prioritize $650,000 line item town budget, per Town fiscal Policy
o    Status: On hold. Budget.

●    Continue Implementing the Water Main 5-year plan

o    Status: Completed FY20 water main projects, notably Lincoln Street.

●    Construct Water Treatment Plant & Wells 3&6. FY20 will require a water rate hike to pay for the loans
o    Status: Treatment plants and wells are making huge progress; on budget and on schedule.
●    Present future options for Beaver Street interceptor

o    Status: Completed a feasibility study with 3 alternatives. The furthest the Town has even made on this project. Next steps are to cost out the options and present to the TC in the winter.

●    Continue sewer system infrastructure improvements

o    Status: On hold during COVID-19 any new expenditures.

●    Fund sidewalk plan for Beaver Street/Washington Streets -- find a funding source

o    Status:
▪    Sidewalk on Beaver Street is funded for a portion.
▪    Washington Street on hold -- need funding source.

●    Consider a long-range sidewalk master plan.

o    Status: On hold.

●    Note: Grove Street/Washington Street - Approval of an authorization to reconstruct the intersection of Grove Street and Washington Street with a new light, bike lanes, new pavement and so forth. Town applied for a $2.25 MassWorks grant. Also have a dedicated revenue source to pay for this project if not awarded the grant. Design to begin in early 2021.

Recreation/Open Space

●    Continue to invest free cash into our parks and fields each year.

o    Beaver Street Course and Nason Street Tot lot are priorities for 2020-21
o    Status: Capital investments on hold.
o    Status: It is important to note the generous donation and construction of the new courts at Fletcher Field were built during this pandemic.

●    Purchase Open Space as may be available

o    Status: None available to date to buy.
▪    I am talking to a landowner regarding 50+ acres of riverfront to the Charles River under an APR.
▪    The Town Council and Town Administration have more than doubled the cash in the Open Space Stabilization front.
▪    The Town is still far behind on open space investments.

●    Finalize and begin to implement pedestrian Franklin Greenway Network --

o    Approve Complete Streets Policy, develop and finalize plan
o    Status: Staff have a Complete Streets policy draft. Future TC meeting in Winter.

●    Take over Concerts on the Common in 2020 and move to Friday nights and add family movie nights on the Common

o    Status: Complete. We hope to add more to this program post-COVID-19.

●    Continue to implement 2016 Open space/recreation plan

o    Status: See notes above.

●    Continue supporting SNETT trail development and other trail projects

o    2020 Prospect Street tunnel will be built by the state
o    Status: Complete. Tunnel is now complete!

●    Continue on Delcarte improvements

o    remediate weed and fish issues, etc
o    complete capital improvements at Delcarte
o    Status: 2021 is hopefully the last round of treatments and then will reevaluate. 2020 treatments were still applied despite COVID-19.


Community – Generally

●    Continue to accept Public Ways

o    Status: We have two more street acceptances prepared. Awaiting guidance from the Registry of Deeds. Hopefully start the process in January 2021.

●    Implement “Green Community goals” - apply for competitive grants in 2020

o    Status: Complete. Received a grant for electric vehicles and electric vehicle charging stations at Municipal Building and Library.

●    Revise Demolition delay bylaw with Historical Commission and Building Commissioner

o    Status: On hold. 2021 hopefully.

●    Implement “Master Plan” recommendations at the Historical Museum

o    Status: Exhibits subcommittee was established prior to COVID-19.
o    The Jim Johnson “Great Room” should be completed and installed within a few weeks.

●    Begin process to decommission Spring Street from 140 to the new solar field on Spring Street through the state park with Town Attorney

o    Status: 2021.

●    Successful Cable contracts negotiation with Comcast -- expires October 2020

o    Status: In progress. Chrissy and I are finishing negotiations and hope to have an agreement before the Council in December.

●    Finalize 3-year Collective Bargaining cycle - Spring of 2020

o    Status: All contracts are complete and successful.

●    5G bylaw

o    Status: In progress. Meeting with Special Cable Counsel to review draft bylaw next month. We hope to have a proposal in early 2021.

●    Implement Electric Aggregation, when appropriate -- last bid December 2019

o    Status: Complete. Town received a .107 rate for 3 years and with 100% renewable wind energy to continue our commitment to green energy, vehicle savings residents on their electricity costs. The current rate is 1 ½ cents/kw less than the active national grid rate.
 

Civic Engagement (NEW)

●    Research the potential for a “Citizen’s Academy” course for citizens

o    Status: On Hold.

●    Research the ICMA Citizen Satisfaction Survey through the National Citizen Survey and National Research Council

o    Status: On hold.

●    Continue to update and reinvent the Town website, social media accounts and consider implementing a TOF podcast (Soundcloud/ Anchor)

o    Status: Ongoing and in progress. Increased media, social media and communications presence with a Town Instagram acct, Historical Museum Instagram acct, and a series of interviews with the Town Administrator on Anchor.
o    “Think Franklin First” Business campaign will begin Fall 2020.

●    Expand E-Permitting and online payment options

o    Status: Complete. Added Board of Health and added new features to address COVID-19 challenges (eg outdoor licensing)


Presentations/Discussions (tentatively/confirmed scheduled dates)

●    Community Preservation Act - February 5 (scheduled) COMPLETE
●    Housing Authority w/ Lisa Audette - February 12th (confirmed) COMPLETE
●    Transitional Assistance - February 12th (confirmed) COMPLETE
●    Economic Profile Study -- March/April (pending delivery of final report) COMPLETE
●    MECC Regional Dispatch -- May 6th 2020 (confirmed) COMPLETE
●    Department Presentations: Land Use & Permitting Departments -- June 2020 COMPLETE
●    Master Plan midway Update -- June/July 2020 COMPLETE
●    Charter Review Discussion - Late 2020 ON HOLD 2021

Thoughts/questions/ideas from Town Councilors

●    Approve Snow Removal bylaw on sidewalks

○    Status: Complete. Added Board of Health and added new features to address COVID-19 challenges (eg outdoor licensing)

●    Animal Control Presentation (presentations & discussions) COMPLETE
●    Evaluate Fire Department substation and training center (Facilities) ON HOLD
●    Fisher Street superfund site (community- generally)

○    Status: EPA Continues to clean up the site. Suspended as of COVID-19.

●    Recycling Center Land Swap at Beaver Street (DPW)

○    Status: In progress. We have a proposed solution. Awaiting time to do a full legal review. Expected completion early 2021.

●    Review BioTechnology Bylaw (EDC) ON HOLD. Later EDC priority.
●    Survey DPW to see if we have new well opportunities (DPW) No progress.
●    EV Charging Stations (Facilities) COMPLETE
●    Revise Over 55 Overlay, including open space requirement (EDC) No progress
●    Monitor MBTA Land in Franklin Crossing & rail bed line to SNETT (Open Space)
○    Status: On going.
●    No Place for Hate Resolution Pledge (Community) COMPLETE
●    Monitor Mixed Innovation Business District (EDC) In progress.
●    Emergency Management Policy Discussion (Presentations/Discussion) Power Outage conversation complete. Future presentation from Fire Chief.
●    Review and Prioritize Historical Commission List of Historic Homes (Community) No progress
●    Vehicles & Procurement Presentation & Discussion (Finance) COMPLETE
●    Analyze Food requirement and closing hours for restaurants (EDC) On hold


COVID-19

And if this was not enough progress, I have added in a COVID-19 section as this was not anticipated when the goals were approved:
●    Consistently ranked as one of the lowest infection rates for cities and towns above 30,000 population.
●    To date, the Town staff have been very safe and have not had a large cluster affect town services, town buildings, programs employees or citizens. The Town’s staff have been very safe and committed to keeping everyone safe.
●    Received approximately $ 2.4 million in federal grant money (CARES Act, FEMA) and have applied for an additional 2.1 million in federal grant money.

○    4,000 new Chromebooks.
○    All PPE has been paid by the federal government.
○    Installing cutting edge UVGI (ultraviolet technology) on the Municipal Building and High School starting this week. Phase 2 bids are in for the campus schools, Library, Senior Center; expected to be done by December 31st. 2021 will see us work to finance and complete the remaining buildings in Town with UVGI.
○    Purchasing special air purifier units for remaining schools and classrooms.

●    Received $90,000 in Micro-enterprise competitive grant funds for Small Businesses in Franklin with 5 or less employees to alleviate some of the burden the COVID pandemic has brought to their business.
 
●    Successful implementation of the Outdoor Dining Licensing for many restaurants in town.
●    Implementing a 25% fee reduction for local restaurants in 2021.
●    Successful retrofit of the Council Chambers for in person meetings with Franklin TV. Franklin is now a model on how to conduct in person meetings.
●    Successful recreation department supervised summer programs
●    Online and in person innovative Senior Center outreach and programs
●    Comprehensive social media and website portal for COVID-19 information for citizens and staff.
●    Exceptional customer service for citizens and businesses navigating COVID-19

Find the PDF copy on the Town of Franklin page

 

Town Council Goals midterm update as of Oct 30, 2020
Town Council Goals midterm update as of Oct 30, 2020