Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Franklin, MA: Finance Committee - Budget Hearing

Town of Franklin
Finance Committee Agenda
Wednesday April 25, 2012
7:00 PM
Municipal Building Council Chambers
(post agenda to web site) (meetings are recorded)

Balances - 2/29/12
Gen Stab 5,118,572
PW Stab 275,332
Traffic Stab 4,559
OPEB Stab 69,367
Overlay Surplus -0-
Free Cash 1,118,676

Call to Order

Citizens Comments

Approval of Minutes

Budget Hearing
Education – Franklin Public Schools C-1

Action Items:
Appropriations: $151,114 – Wages (Contract Settlement) Source: FY 12 Additional State Aid

Old Business

New Business


Important note:
In the overview provided by Town Administrator Jeff Nutting at the beginning of the budget hearings on Apr 3, he does acknowledge the intent to use $350,000 from free cash to support the School Dept budget for FY 2013. This replaces the $350,000 the Town Council took from the School budget in Oct 2011. The use of such 'one time' funds is against the fiscal policy of both the Finance Committee and Town Council. The discussion on this use is sure to be an interesting one.

You can view the video on demand of the Apr 3 budget hearing here: (Jeff's comment occur during the first 11 minutes)

Looking for a summer camp in Franklin?

Are you looking for a fun program to send your kids to this summer?

Sunrise Montessori School still has room in their summer camps. Summer camp programs at Sunrise are open to all children, ages 3 to 6. Children do not need to be enrolled in our regular, school-year programs to participate. Our camp day begins at 9:00AM and finishes at 1:00PM. Children should bring a peanut free lunch. Snacks are provided by the camp.

Our programs are developmentally and socially age appropriate for younger children, and the wide variety of exciting themes appeals to their imagination and sense for adventure. We offer flexibility - Children may sign up for one week or several. The cost per week is $160.00 (there is no camp held during July 2 - 6)

Summer 2012 themes are as follows:
Earth Science - June 18 - June 22
Outer Space - June 25 - June 29
Circus - July 9 – July 13
Ancient Egypt – July 16 - July 20
Bubble Mania – July 23 - July 27

Contact Karen Roeber at 508-541-8010 for more information or see

Parmenter 5K - Jun 10

This year's 4th Annual Parmenter Fun Run for All Ages will be held on Sunday, June 10th at 10am.

You can register online here

For specific questions, one can email

Franklin Cub Scouts step it up with shoe drive

Sent to you by Steve Sherlock via Google Reader:

via Wicked Local Franklin News RSS by GateHouse Media, Inc. on 4/24/12

FRK Cub Scouts shoe drive
Over the course of the last two Saturdays, there have been some young, goodhearted boys in blue uniforms asking local residents to step up and donate shoes to help those in need. They are Franklin's local Cub Scouts who, as active members of the local community, are collecting shoes to benefit two shoe charities: Souls4Souls® and Rerun Shoes.

Things you can do from here:

Franklin Recreation: Summer Camp registration

Franklin Recreation registration for Summer Camp has a coupon offer valid through Friday, Apr 27:

The Summer Camp brochure is here:

The registration special available through Apr 27:

You can also view the brochure on the Franklin website

and register on the Franklin website

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Growing in Franklin

The Community Garden is showing signs of growth already. While not all the beds are fully planted, some of the gardeners have taken the opportunity to put some peas in or layout their beds. A walk through the garden beds on Saturday gave me the opportunity to take some pictures of the progress.

More about the Community Gardens can be found on their website

Sunrise Montessori School Spring Fair - May 5

Sunrise Montessori School Spring Fair
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Noon to 2PM
Rain or Shine
31 Hayward Street, Franklin

Please join us as we host our 5th Annual Spring Fair at Sunrise Montessori School, 31 Hawyard Street, Franklin. This event is open to the general public.

Kids of all ages enjoy riding in the train and jumping in the bounce house.How about getting your face painted or designing a bracelet? Plenty of fun, games and crafts for the kids. Adults will definitely
want to take a chance on our raffle baskets or perhaps, bid in our silent auction.

All proceeds to benefit the Sunrise Montessori School, Inc., a non-profit 501c3 organization, which offers preschool and kindergarten programs to children in Franklin and the surrounding communities.

Living with Alzheimers

Sent to you by Steve Sherlock via Google Reader:

via Franklin Public Library by Franklin Public Library on 4/23/12

Things you can do from here:

Monday, April 23, 2012

The power of music

Spend a few minutes to see the power of music! (Video less than 7 minutes)

Actually the promo for a documentary film:
Music imprints itself on the brain deeper than any other human experience. It speaks to us in a different language and arouses every emotion. It connects us all, it is a force that ignites our souls. 
Alive Inside is a documentary film that follows Dan Cohen’s Music & Memory project, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing personalized music into the lives of the elderly and infirm, thereby vastly improving their day-to-day existence.

FinCom: FY 2013 Budget hearings

The budget hearing for FY 2013 have mostly been held now. They were scheduled for four sessions as follows

Apr 3

Budget Hearing
Veterans 543   E-19
Human Resources 152 A-26
Facilities 192   A-47
Library 610   F-1
Town Council 111  A-1  
Town Administrator 121 A-2
Finance Committee 131 A-4
Comptroller 135  A-5
Treasurer/Collector 147 A-16
Legal 151   A-23
Central Services 196  A-53
Animal Control 292  B-53
Benefits 910   G-16
Liability Insurance 945 G-26

The video replay for this meeting is available on the Franklin website

Apr 10

Budget Hearing
Council on Aging (COA) 541   E-9
Inspections 240   B-53
Appeals 176   A-42
Police 210   B-1
Recreation 630  F-10  
Fire 220   B-12
Norfolk Aggie School 395 C-3

There is no video replay available as this session was held in the 3rd floor training room and not broadcast via local cable.

Apr 11

Budget Hearing
Health 510   E-1
Assessors 141    A-11
Planning 177   A-43
Town Clerk 161  A-36
Elections 164   A-39  
Information Systems 155 A-33
DPW 422   D-1
Enterprise   H-1

The video from this meeting is available on the Franklin website

Apr 25

Budget Hearing
Education – Franklin Public Schools    C-1

"lower the amount of phosphorus discharged"

You may recall the EPA has proposed new standards for treating water before it gets into the Charles River. During 2011, there were public meetings and comment sections where local communities could provide input to the EPA. The new regulations were supposed to be issued during Q1 (which has come and gone) with no indication from the EPA on the new timeline.

The Milford Daily News checked on the impact of the regulations with other communities along the Charles River.
Some have taken a wait-and-see attitude, while others, such as Franklin, have been proactive by building rain gardens, reducing the size of streets and only having a sidewalk on one side of a road, she said. Improving existing infrastructure to meet the requirement is costly, and the challenge is to figure out how to do that affordably, Bowditch said. 
“Public infrastructure was built back at a time when we didn’t think much of rainwater as a resource. We just thought of it as a nuisance,” she said. “We didn’t realize as a society how many problems we were creating just simply dumping everything in the river.” 
Complying with both proposals could cost up to $111 million in Milford, $75 million in Franklin and $35 million in Bellingham, an EPA-funded study found.
One of Franklin's objections to the regulations was that the study done (referenced here) used numnbers that understated the cost of compliance. Franklin's calculations showed more in the $100 million range. Another study was just completed that confirmed Franklin's numbers.

You can get an update on this from the DPW section of the FY 2013 budget hearings held by the FinCom. This segment is available on the Franklin website in the video on demand section.

DPW section of the budget occurs towards the end of the recording.

Read more:

Related Posts

On the Charles River plant enhancements to treat phosphorus

On the EPA regulations

Sunday, April 22, 2012

"families out gardening together"

Amy Acevedo of Franklin was happy to have her hands in the dirt at the Franklin Community Garden in Memorial Park yesterday, leading a volunteer group of gardening enthusiasts in a day of weeding, mulching and planting. 
“This is primarily a vegetable garden, but the vegetables need pollinators, so we are going to be planting some sunflowers to encourage some honey bees — plus it looks nice,” Acevedo said. 
It was Acevedo’s dream to start the organic garden, so maintaining it on Earth Day weekend made sense.

Read more:

Chris Clay shares a good reason for gardening via video by the MDN reporter.

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - 4/24/12

Vision Statement
The Franklin Public Schools will foster within its students the knowledge and skills to find and achieve satisfaction in life as productive global citizens.

Mission Statement
The Franklin Public Schools, in collaboration with the community, will cultivate each student's intellectual, social, emotional and physical potential through rigorous academic inquiry and informed problem solving skills within a safe, nurturing and respectful environment.

"The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law."

1. Routine Business
Citizen’s Comments
Review of Agenda
Minutes: I recommend approval of the minutes from the April 10, 2012 School Committee Meeting.
Payment of Bills Mrs. McIntyre
Payroll Mrs. Douglas
FHS Student Representatives
Correspondence: none

2. Guests/Presentations
a. Art / FAA Update – Jane Hogan (presentation doc can be viewed here)
b. FY2013 Budget Open Hearing (budget summary document can be found here)

3. Discussion Only Items
Collaborative Agreement

4. Action Items
a. I recommend acceptance of a check for $728.48 from the Hockomock Y (Stop & Shop mini grant) for supplies for Parmenter Elementary School.
b. I recommend acceptance of a check for $1778.00 from the Parmenter PCC for Field Trips.
c. I recommend approval of the Budget Transfers as detailed.
d. I recommend acceptance of a check for $780.00 from Horace Mann PCC for field trips.
e. I recommend acceptance of a check for $1165.00 from the Franklin Music Boosters for In-House Enrichment.
f. I recommend approval of the field trip request of Nancy Schoen for middle school music students to Canobie Lake Park on June 8th as detailed.
g. I recommend approval of amendment number 1 to the Agreement with Bi-County Collaborative titled Inactive Membership as detailed.
h. I recommend approval of amendment number 2 that outlines the annual meeting schedule for the Board of Directors of the Bi-County Collaborative as outlined in the memo.

5. Information Matters
Superintendent’s Report
School Committee Sub-Committee Reports
School Committee Liaison Reports

6. New Business
To discuss future business that may be brought before the School Committee.

7. Adjourn

The School Budget up for discussion can be found here:

Franklin Public Schools: Art program

An overview of the Franklin, MA Public Schools Art program as scheduled for the School Committee meeting on Tuesday, Apr 24, 2012.

FPS Art SchComm April2012

Curious: There is no mention of Gallery 218. Is it still alive or did it get closed?

You can also view the file via Google docs here

Related posts on Gallery 218:

The Alumni show

Summer Art program

Non-art teachers show their works

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Earth Day at the Community Garden Saturday instead of Sunday!

Hello to our Gardeners, Supporters, and Friends!

This weekend is Earth Day and the Town of Franklin is encouraging everyone to pitch in around town on Sunday 4/22 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

We hope that you will help us out at the Community Garden location at King Street Memorial Park!

The forecast is for Rain on Sunday, 70% probability in the morning.  Good for the planet, Bad for our workday.

So, we are moving our particular community garden Earth Day event up a day---It will be held on Saturday instead from 9-12 a.m. 

We have a big pile of fresh wood chips to spread, weeds to pull (yes, already!), rocks to pile, compost to turn, pollinator garden beds to dig (flowers!), and more.

Please come lend a hand!  Community Service Certificates will be available for those who need them.

While we have a few gloves, shovels and rakes here at the garden, there might not be enough to go around.  
Please bring your own labeled tools and heavy duty gloves if you can.

If you have extra garden tools or equipment that you would like to donate to the Garden, we'd LOVE to have them!

Thanks to our great new shed---built for us by the awesome Tri-County RVTHS students & paid for with a Franklin Rotary grant!---we now have a place to safely store them.

The water at the garden is not on yet, that will happen some time in mid-May. We will have ice water there to drink for our volunteers this Saturday morning.
How about packing a picnic? 

Thanks for your continued support & we hope to see you at the Garden on Saturday!

Need a map to find us?  The Google map link is below:

Thank you for helping out!

The Franklin Community Garden Green Team

"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children." -Native American Proverb
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