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Sunday, June 2, 2024

Franklin, MA: Town Council Meeting Agenda for June 5, 2024

Franklin Town Council
Agenda & Meeting Packet
June 5, 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. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
4. PROCLAMATIONS / RECOGNITIONS
a. Proclamation & Performance: Electric Youth
 
5. APPOINTMENTS - None Scheduled
 
6. PUBLIC HEARINGS - 7:00 PM
a. Resolution 24-36: Verizon New England Inc. Cable License Renewal
 
b. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 24-905: Zoning Map Changes From Single Family Residential III To Business, An Area On Or Near King Street
 
7. LICENSE TRANSACTIONS
b. Farmer-Winery Farmers Market License - Blisspoint LLC d/b/a Blisspoint Meadery  https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/uploads/license_transaction_-_blisspoint_meadery.pdf
c. License Modification -Change of Hours: L. Truax King Street Cafe, Inc. d/b/a King Street Cafe, Located at 390 King St., Franklin, MA 02038  https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/uploads/license_transaction_-_king_st._cafe_change_of_hours.pdf
 
8. PRESENTATIONS / DISCUSSION - None Scheduled
 
9. LEGISLATION FOR ACTION
a. Resolution 24-36: Verizon New England Inc. Cable License Renewal
b. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 24-905: Zoning Map Changes From Single Family Residential III To Business, An Area On Or Near King Street - First Reading
(Motion to Move Zoning Bylaw Amendment 24-905 to a Second Reading - Majority Vote)   https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/uploads/9b._zoning_bylaw_amendment_24-905_-_king_st._rezone.pdf
c. Resolution 24-16: Franklin Town Council Support for Proposed GL Chapter 40B Affordable Housing Project at 444 East Central Street Pursuant to DHCD’s Local Initiative Program (LIP):Friendly 40B  https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/uploads/24-16_-_444_east_central_st._friendly_40b_-_google_docs.pdf
(Motion to Approve Resolution 24-16 - Majority Vote)
d. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 24-906: Changes to §185-3. Definitions, Mixed Use Development Definition - Referral to the Planning Board
(Motion to Refer Zoning Bylaw Amendment 24-906 to the Planning Board - Majority Vote)  https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/uploads/9d._1_-_memo_24-906_907_908_-_3_zoning_bylaws.pdf
e. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 24-907: Changes to §185-21 Parking, Loading and Driveway Requirements, Elimination of Minimum Parking Requirements in Downtown Commercial Zoning District - Referral to the Planning Board
(Motion to Refer Zoning Bylaw Amendment 24-907 to the Planning Board - Majority Vote)  https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/uploads/zoning_by-law_amendment_24-907.pdf
f. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 24-908: §185 Attachment 7. Part VI, Addition of Mixed Use Development to Use Regulation Schedule - Referral to the Planning Board
(Motion to Refer Zoning Bylaw Amendment 24-908 to the Planning Board - Majority Vote)  https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/uploads/zoning_by-law_amendment_24-908.pdf
g. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 24-913: Zoning Map Changes from Business to Commercial I, an Area on Union Street Near Franklin Crossing - Referral to the Planning Board(Motion to refer Bylaw Amendment 24-913 to the Planning Board - Majority Vote) https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/uploads/24-913_-_union_st._mill_store_-_google_docs.pdf
h. Bylaw Amendment 24-909: Chapter 139, Sewers (Grease Traps) - First Reading
(Motion to Move Bylaw Amendment 24-909 to a Second Reading - Majority Vote) https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/uploads/24-909_-_grease_traps_-_google_docs.pdf
i. Resolution 24-37: Authorization to Extend Lease with Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless for Wireless Communications Facility on Upper Union Street Water Tank (Motion to Approve Resolution 24-37 - Majority Vote)  https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/uploads/24-37_-_verizon_wireless_lease_-_google_docs.pdf
j. Resolution 24-38: Acceptance of Gifts - Veterans’ Service Department ($762), Senior Center ($745) (Motion to Approve Resolution 24-38 - Majority Vote)  https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/uploads/24-38_-_gift_acceptance_-_vets_dept._sr._ctr.pdf
k. Resolution 24-39: Cable Funds in Support of PEG Service and Programming per MGL Ch. 44,§53F3/4(Motion to Approve Resolution 24-39 - Majority Vote)   https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/uploads/24-39_-_peg_comcast_verizon.pdf
 
10. TOWN ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT
a. Emergency Shelter Update
 
11. SUBCOMMITTEE & AD HOC COMMITTEE REPORTS
a. Capital Budget Subcommittee
b. Economic Development Subcommittee
c. Budget Subcommittee
d. Master Plan Committee
e. Davis-Thayer Reuse Advisory Committee
f. Police Station Building Committee
g. GATRA Advisory Board
12. FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS
 
13. COUNCILOR COMMENTS
 
14. EXECUTIVE SESSION - None Scheduled
 
15. ADJOURN

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

Monday, May 27, 2024

Did you catch the Boston Globe article on the BEN for Franklin group?

"For Cobi Frongillo, a town councilor in Franklin, every meeting about a new housing development goes about the same way.

First, the pitch from the developer. Then, a barrage of complaints quickly follows. The Franklin residents who show up generally hate the height of the building, how large it is, the number of parking spots — pretty much everything about the proposal.

It can be difficult for Frongillo, 25, to sit through. The only way he can afford to live in Franklin is by renting a backyard cottage from his parents, and he sees how few people his age have any opportunity to stay in the community where they grew up. Allowing more new homes in Franklin could help, he said.

Fed up with the hostile reception to new development in Franklin, Frongillo and a group of other residents formed what was once a rare breed of advocacy organization in Boston-area suburbs: a pro-housing group, whose members go to public meetings to say yes to more housing development, instead of no."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required) -> 

Visit the Building Equitable Neighborhoods for Franklin webpage to find out more about the group and perhaps even join the mailing list to join in the conversations.  https://ben4franklin.org/

Cobi Frongillo is a 25-year-old town council member in Franklin who lives in a cottage in his parents' backyard — the only way he can afford to live in the suburban town, he says. SUZANNE KREITER/GLOBE STAFF
Cobi Frongillo is a 25-year-old town council member in Franklin who lives in a cottage in his parents' backyard — the only way he can afford to live in the suburban town, he says. SUZANNE KREITER/GLOBE STAFF

Monday, May 6, 2024

Should Mandatory parking minimums be removed?

"Mandatory parking minimums render the traditional development pattern that we know is time tested, that we know is productive… de facto illegal… We desperately need to free Minnesota communities from this burden." 
- @dpherriges, @Parking_Reform 
video clip -> https://t.co/vsuRs2V5Zg

Shared from -> https://twittere.com/berkie1/status/1786745173256384764

One of the items on the Town Council agenda that wasn't covered Wednesday, May 1 and got moved to a June meeting was a measure to remove the parking minimum for commercial in a mixed use development in downtown commercial zoning. This is a step in the direction toward removing parking minimums


Should Mandatory parking minimums be removed?
Should Mandatory parking minimums be removed?

Saturday, May 4, 2024

Building Equitable Neighborhoods for Franklin (BEN 4 Franklin) schedules launch events - Friday, May 10 & Saturday, May 11

BEN 4 Franklin is pleased to invite anyone who lives or works in Franklin to our two public launch events: 

launch party - May 10
launch party - May 10

On Friday, May 10, 2024, Ben 4 Franklin will host a launch party at 7:00 PM at the Franklin TV Studio, 23 Hutchinson Street. In addition to a short speaking program with featured speaker Jesse Kanson-Benanav, Executive Director of Abundant Housing Massachusetts, this interactive event will be a place where attendees can share memories of Franklin from the past and envision Franklin in the future through discussion, storytelling and artistic expression. Light refreshments will be provided.  




Jane Jacobs Walk - May 11
Jane Jacobs Walk - May 11

On Saturday, May 11, 2024, there will be a second BEN 4 Franklin launch event: Cobi Frongillo and Franklin Matters’ Steve Sherlock will be leading a 90-minute Jane Jacobs Walk (rain or shine!) at 10:30 AM starting from the Franklin TV Studio, to explore the history, physical structure and architecture of Franklin’s built downtown environment. The community walk-and-talk will be one of thousands of Jane Jacobs Walks that take place every May in honor of the late social activist and placemaker. The walk will be accessible to wheels and paws, and participants are invited to gather afterwards at La Cantina Winery to share thoughts and observations. 




For more information and to RSVP for either or both of the two launch events, or to sign up for BEN 4 Franklin’s mailing list, please visit: tinyurl.com/ben4franklin

Visit the web page for more information -> https://ben4franklin.org/

Sunday, April 21, 2024

Master Plan Subcommittee meetings this week - Open Space, Mon & Land Use, Tues

  • Open Space and Recreation, and Natural, Cultural, and Historic Resources (OSRP) Subcommittee
Event Date:  Monday, April 22, 2024 - 5:30pm 

Notified today, the meeting is canceled


  • Land Use & Zoning Subcommittee
Event Date:  Tuesday, April 23, 2024 - 7:00 PM


Master Plan Subcommittee meetings this week - Open Space, Mon & Land Use, Tues
Master Plan Subcommittee meetings this week - Open Space, Mon & Land Use, Tues

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Public Hearings scheduled by Planning Board & Town Council for King St parcel zoning change from residential to business

Franklin Planning Board
Public Hearing Notice

In accordance with the provisions of M.G.L. Chapter 40A, Section 5, notice is hereby given that the Planning Board will hold a Public Hearing on Monday, May 6, 2024 at 7:00 PM and the Town Council will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, June 5 at 7:00 PM in the Council Chambers of the Franklin Municipal Building, 355 East Central Street (also available to be attended remotely) to consider amending Chapter 185, Section 5 of the Code of the Town of Franklin.

ZONING BY-LAW AMENDMENT 24-905 
Zoning Map Amendment 24-905 (formerly 24-901) would amend the Town’s existing Zoning Map (Chapter 185, Section 5, of Franklin Town Code) by changing parcels 313-061-000 and 313-062-000 parcels from the Single Family Residential III zoning district to the Business zoning district.

Please contact the Department of Planning & Community Development at (508) 520-4907 if you require further information or if you need to make arrangements to provide translation services for the hearing impaired, or for persons with language barriers.

Copies of the plan and supporting documentation may be reviewed in the Department of Planning & Community Development during regular office hours.

Greg Rondeau, Chairman 
Franklin Planning Board 

Tom Mercer, Chairman
Franklin Town Council



Public Hearings scheduled by Planning Board & Town Council for King St parcel zoning change from residential to business
Public Hearings scheduled by Planning Board & Town Council for King St parcel zoning change from residential to business

Monday, April 15, 2024

In this Town Council Quarterbacking session, we condense the 4 hour meeting to about 30 minutes (audio)

FM #1172 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 1172 in the series. 


This session shares my conversation with Town Council Chair Tom Mercer. The Council met on Wednesday, and we get together on Thursday morning to condense the meeting. In this case, one of the longer ones at 4 hours.  We look to focus on 


  • ok, what just happened? 

  • What does it mean for Franklin residents and taxpayers?


Topics for this session:

  • License Modification - Change of Officers & Change of Stock Interest of a Section 15 Retail Package Store License: Table & Vine, Inc. Located at 348 East Central St., Franklin, MA 02038

  • New Section 15 All Alcoholic Beverages Package Store License and Approval of Michael Gannon as the Manager - Shikshapatri Corporation d/b/a Dacey’s Market & Deli, Located at 353 Lincoln St., Franklin, MA 02038

  • Resolution 24-17: Local Acceptance of GL Chapter 166 Section 32A

  • Resolution 24-18: Gift Acceptance - Veterans’ Services Department ($2,250), Senior Center ($1,500), Franklin Historical Museum (~$600) 

  • Franklin Town Council Support for Proposed GL Chapter 40B Affordable Housing Project at 444 East Central Street Pursuant to DHCD’s Local Initiative Program (LIP): Friendly 40B 

  • Town Administrator report

Press release on Cantoreggi reinstatement

https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/uploads/2024-04-11_dpw_director_press_release.pdf 


The recording runs about 30 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Tom.Audio link https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-1172-town-council-quarterbacking-04-11-24



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The Franklin TV broadcast of the 4 hour session is available for replay on YouTube ->  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4WPC4cB_S4 


Agenda and supporting documents for this session -> 

https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/agendas/april_10_2024_town_council_meeting_agenda.pdf 


My notes captured via Twitter can be found in one PDF file -> https://drive.google.com/file/d/1labnvYVykW4HGk01mHIQDk7d725ikuLn/view?usp=drive_link 


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

https://photos.app.goo.gl/WC1n843rA3AQwjTg7 


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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"


In this Town Council Quarterbacking session, we condense to 4 hour meeting to about 30 minutes (audio)
In this Town Council Quarterbacking session, we condense to 4 hour meeting to about 30 minutes (audio)

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Economic Development moves proposal to reduce parking minimums to Town Council (audio)

FM #1170 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 1170 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares Franklin, MA Economic Development Subcmte meeting held on Wednesday, April 10, 2024 in the Council Chambers. All 4 members participated; (3 in Chambers, 1 remote (Frongillo).


Quick meeting recap:

  • Bryan Taberner provided an update on moving to compliance with the MBTA requirements and per the update from MAPC, changing the commercial mixed use parking requirements would provide sufficient units to become compliant

  • The initial proposal would be to remove commercial parking minimums for mixed use, keeping residential parking minimums. This would not change the other single use commercial requirement for parking minimums. The calculation would produce enough units to be compliant with MBTA community requirements. It would also require a definition of "mixed used", something already recommended from the Franklin For All project

  • The ensuing discussion revolved around removing parking minimums (period). arguments put forward on both sides, ultimately agreeing to move the proposal as amended to remove all parking minimums for discussion at the Town Council and if consensus to further the process by referring to the Planning Board, etc.


My notes captured via Twitter are in one PDF ->   https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZBuN7285kwDl9mt_RnGF3PfkCk36saMm/view?usp=drive_link 


The meeting recording runs about 60 minutes.    Audio link -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-1170-franklin-ma-economic-development-subcmte-mtg-04-10-24



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The Franklin TV video is available for replay on YouTube -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztRXEC8UgQw


The meeting agenda and supporting documents for this session -> 

https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/agendas/april_10_2024_edc_meeting_agenda_final_fixed.pdf


--------------


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!


------------------


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


Economic Development moves proposal to reduce parking minimums to Town Council (audio)
Economic Development moves proposal to reduce parking minimums to Town Council (audio)

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Economic Development moves proposal to reduce parking minimums to Town Council (video)

The Economic Development Subcommittee met as scheduled on Wednesday, April 10, 2024 in the Council Chambers. Three members were in the chamber, one remote. 

The Franklin TV video is available for replay on YouTube -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztRXEC8UgQw

The meeting agenda and supporting documents for this session -> 

Quick recap:
  • Bryan Taberner provided an update on moving to compliance with the MBTA requirements and per the update from MAPC, changing the commercial mixed use parking requirements would provide sufficient units to become compliant
  • The initial proposal would be to remove commercial parking minimums for mixed use, keeping residential parking minimums. This would not change the other single use commercial requirement for parking minimums. The calculation would produce enough units to be compliant with MBTA community requirements. It would also require a definition of "mixed used", something already recommended from the Franklin For All project
  • The ensuing discussion revolved around removing parking minimums (period). arguments put forward on both sides, ultimately agreeing to move the proposal as amended to remove all parking minimums for discussion at the Town Council and if consensus to further the process by referring to the Planning Board, etc.



Saturday, March 16, 2024

Master Plan Subcommittees: Land Use & Zoning OR Open Space and Recreation, and Natural, Cultural, and Historic Resources

You have a choice of two Master Plan subcommittee meetings to view or attend on Monday, March 18, 2024.
  • Master Plan-Land Use & Zoning Subcommittee
Event Date:  Monday, March 18, 2024 - 7:00pm

  • Open Space and Recreation, and Natural, Cultural, and Historic Resources (OSRP) Subcommittee
Event Date:  Monday, March 18, 2024 - 7:00pm


And don't forget about the Master Plan Open House at Dean College on Saturday, March 23  https://www.franklinma.gov/master-plan-update-committee/pages/events

Master Plan Subcommittees: Land Use & Zoning OR Open Space and Recreation, and Natural, Cultural, and Historic Resources
Master Plan Subcommittees: Land Use & Zoning OR Open Space and Recreation, and Natural, Cultural, and Historic Resources