Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Anaerobic digestion is 'not recommended' by the Planning Board

The Planning Board heard the joint presentation by Jeff Nutting, Town Administrator and MassDEP representatives, had questions and still wants to learn more about the proposal for the anaerobic digestion plant. They did move the two zoning bylaws to the Town Council with votes of "not to recommend".

listening to J Nutting
Bryan Taberner, Beth Dahlstrom, Mike Magilo, Jeff Nutting, James  Doucett, Martin Souberg

The Town Council will have a public hearing on Wednesday for the zoning bylaw changes. The presentation will likely be repeated in whole or at least in part for the audience at that meeting. The zoning bylaw change is the first step to this proposal.

With the change in zoning accepted, the Town could open a Request for a Proposal (RFP) to see what companies would step up to offer to lease the land and operate the anaerobic digestion plant. If the RFP brought in sufficient dollars for the Town Council to accept, then the contract negotiations would commence along with the permitting process.

food waste, solid waste
one driver for anaerobic digestion is to remove food waste from solid waste

The permitting process would be multi-level with permits required from MassDEP. The Planning Board would come back into action when the company and/or developer would cone with their site plan.

Handling the truck traffic through the interchange at Franklin Village to get to Pond St would be just one of many issues to be addressed. Adding 50-80 trips through the interchange doesn't sound like much but these trips would be trucks, rather large tankers the likes of which we see going to Garelick Farms. Add one or two of those to the line of cars heading east on RT 140 attempting the left turn onto Pond St and see how far the traffic extends its back up. The traffic already backs up sufficiently that the cars in the left turn lane prevent the through traffic from making further progress east on RT 140.

The collection of posts reported live from the Planning Board meeting Monday, June 3 can be found here

Representative Roy's June Office hours

State Representative Jeffrey Roy (D-Franklin) announced today that constituent office hours will be held in Medway and Franklin for the Month of June on the following days: 
Medway – June 8th, 10:00-11:00 AM, Coffee Sensations - 116 Main Street Medway, MA 
Franklin – June 11th, 8:30-9:00 AM, Franklin Senior Center - 10 Daniel McCahill Street, Franklin, MA 
Franklin – June 22nd, 9:30-10:30 AM, The Cake Bar - 17 E Central Street Franklin, MA 
Christopher Yancich, his legislative aide, will be accompanying him. 
Representative Roy stated that all office hours are open to any residents of Franklin and Medway who may have questions or concerns that they wish to bring to his attention. Walk-ins are welcome, no appointment necessary. He looks forward to hearing from you. 
He also invites all constituents to call him at his State House office at (617) 722-2400, stop by Room 134 in the State House, or email him at Jeffrey.Roy@MAhouse.gov.

In the News: no fireworks, crash death, regional dispatch, national trails day

Franklin cancels fireworks for Fourth of July

The traditional fireworks spectacle for the town’s Fourth of July celebrations will not take place this year because construction for the new high school has left no room for a launch site.

Franklin man killed in I-495 crash

A Franklin man has died after an accident on I-495 on Sunday, the Massachusetts State Police have said.

Bill for Franklin's regional dispatch finds support in House

With help from the town’s freshman representative, legislation filed last year to establish a district for a regional dispatch center with Norfolk, Plainville and Wrentham has moved closer to the House floor.

Despite the sweltering heat, advocates for the Southern New England Trunkline Trail (SNETT) were out in full force on Saturday to commemorate the American Hiking Society’s 21st annual National Trails Day.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Live reporting - anaerobic disgestion

(copy of presentation to be added later) Added 6/4/13

Jeff Nutting presenting, there will be a further update at the Town Council meeting on Weds.

2 changes to allow the single use for this property
would put out an Request For Proposal (RFP)
Franklin would maintain ownership and lease the land
maintain a large buffer area, visited a similar plant and there is no noise
potentially allow for installation of solar panels
did visit one in Rutland, MA, more of a dairy operation not what we want to use here
did also visit Fremont, MI which is more like the use planned for here
possible permit process to commence by Jan 2014 with construction completed late 2016

33 acres the site of the sewer beds until 1978
the digester is not a sewer plant, negative air pressure to control

income to the town for the lease
est between $500,000 to $1M per year

21e assessment was performed to ensure a clean bill of health for the property
no environmental issues to be concerned with currently on the property

buildings are 40 foot tall, sited along Pond St, would effectively be hidden on the lot

Fremont 3 megawatt operation, compared to the proposal talked of about 6-8 megawatts

decibel level could not exceed 45 which is the talking voice sound

food waste creates methane gas which burns to create electricity to send out to the grid

lab operates to maintain proper pH levels

Fremont MI is the home of Gerber Baby food, so bad batches and other waste comes to the plant
the company operates in about a 50 mile radius, they operate their own trucks
approx 30-50 trucks per day

James Doucett, Deputy Director Business Compliance Division, BWP, MassDEP
Martin Souberg, Deputy Commissioner, MassDep

an important element in the solid waste master plan, take as much as can be recycled out of the stream
attempting to reduce 355 solid tons per year of solid food waste
banning disposal of food waste from large food operations, to encourage recycling
diversion from land fills, reduction of green house gases
taken steps to stream line permitting, state also looking to develop capacity at state owned site to promote the process

food waste = 15-20% of the disposal totals

could include other yard and agricultural waste with the food waste

publicly owned treatment works (POTW)

4 farm-based digesters in development, Germany has thousands of these units

two types of systems, wet or dry
Franklin's would be a dry system

dry means operating into a negative air pressure to maintain the smells within the facility
28 day batch cycle

"what would happen in case of an upset condition"

Michelle, Beech St
all the input sounds lovely, I want to know what all the exports will do
Franklin is not the place to be doing this in a residential area

Matt Young, Eldon Drive
concerned about the trucks, $1M is not that much money
I think the risk and reward is not that great, whose going to pay for the roads
I am sure there are many more issues, I think this is a bad choice

Nutting - the power plant would fit inside this room
maybe the travel for the trucks wouldn't be so far as we are more dense

Glenn Jones, Town Councilor
Chair of Economic Development Committee
was a sewer bed, an office park fell through, the particular property is a good fit for this use
one of the issues the town faces is balancing the budget, the $1M would help towards fixing fixing our roads and other things, to generate revenue
the power plants in our area communities dump out more than this plant would
this plant has been used throughout Europe, very few reports of incidents

Judy Pfeffer, Town Councilor
waste ban regulation has not yet gone out for comment

James - what we are hoping to provide is an incentive for creating additional waste uses

Judy - if it isn't built yet, how do we know it is going to get here? Who owns the trucks to bring it here? What about the truck traffic in a residential area?

While the ban is not yet out, it is coming.
The state is also identifying its own sites, including Norfolk, MA

Andy Bissanti, we as Councilors still have questions and reserve the right to make our comments and decisions

"The issue is the same as with a natural gas fired furnace"

"The methane would go up into the air, it is lighter than air"

If a truck spilled,  it would be containing food waste

Halligan - There will be traffic whatever goes there, I am not so concerned about that. Do we have a fire department trained for this, or special equipment for this?

Nutting - Franklin belongs to a regional hazmat unit, I don't see us investing anything in this

Halligan - will the delivery trucks be sealed delivery trucks? If they can be guaranteed to be enclosed, that would be good. The main thing is the revenue, I would like to see something where we have a guaranteed fixed lease.

Nutting - the proposed zoning change allows the Town Council to have an RFP. The real dollar answers will come with the RFP's, this is no different for an RFP to sell the land. I can't sit here today and guarantee a price. There are lots of checks and balances along the way. The zoning, the site plan, the Council RFP process, the intent is to allow the plan to continue so the Council can have their say. This is only the beginning of a long process.

Halligan - my main concern is for safety

Nutting - if it is a tanker it is sealed, I don't see why that couldn't be included in the RFP.

Halligan - the towns out west are getting these as a right from their farm, we want to avoid that here

Halligan - as a resident and property owner, I would donate $5000 to get an independent appraisal for this to be explained to both Board.

Rondeau - what is the typical life expectancy?
Nutting - 30-40 years, other than replacing part, there not alot to do

Rondeau - when the facility is up and done, are we going to be stuck with another NuStyle?
Nutting - that would have to be part of the process

Rondeau - what size would the tanks be?

David - Would traffic studies be done?
Nutting - I think you would be looking at that, you usually look at peak hours. You could have a traffic study. That would be a planning board issue.

David - wet land?
Nutting - 20 plus acres of upland, some wetlands, we would have to remove the sewer things

David - what about adding a ramp of i495
Nutting - given the federal government, that would be a 10 year process

Town of Bourne did an RFP process and they are farther along, they have thought about and have worked into the process

Nutting - we have a copy of the Bourne RFP and one from Lexington. There are not going to be three dozen of these in the Commonwealth. Once several of these are built, that would take the food waste off the capacity proposed

Halligan - why is Franklin so site specific?
Nutting - we are looking for use for the site, investigating all the things that may or may not happen. The power plant went up in Bellingham, and other than seeing the steam in the air in winter, how many know it is really there?

Haven't heard of any exposures to any of the gases? Why haven't we heard of any answers?

Town of Fairhaven put in two digesters at their waste water facility

here to make a vote to recommend or not for the zoning change, whatever we do the Town Council still has their say

Padula - the town has a revenue issue, we have tried before to utilize this land, the residential folks will be required to separate the food waste in about 2016-17 to help serve these type systems

Martin (MassDEP) We think this is where we are going to get a large benefit from the institutional approach
We are encouraging this, we also have a permitting role to ensure they meet the standard for air quality. A number of agencies are looking for this

Nutting - there are seven more steps along this process, before the Town ultimately making this decision, we have to ensure for the health and welfare of the residents. I am not a scientist so I can not answer those questions.

Nutting - if the company didn't own the trucks, we can still set the standards on what can be used, we have a right to work with the contractor to determine what type the vehicles are

Padula - for $500,000 annually, for the quality of life that would change? That intersection will be a disaster with 80 trips a day and it is already bad today.

Dahlstrom - definition of anaerobic digestion bylaw (see copy of bylaws as proposed) and change to 185-7 with an allowed by right

Nutting - if that property ever gets developed, 40 vehicle trips will be minuscule. Sequencing the intersection will be needed under any circumstances, traffic will be an issue no matter what happens there..

Halligan - I don't think I am for the project or against the project, I just am not educated on this enough. It is all too new for me.

motion to recommend, not seconded
motion to not recommend, seconded, approved with one no

motion to not recommend, seconded, approved with one no

This does go to the Town Council for discussion but the Planning Board did NOT recommend it

Live reporting - impervious surfaces

open public hearing for changes to the bylaws on impervious surfaces

changes to bring language into agreement with Mass General Law

motion to close public hearing, approved
motion to recommend to Town Council, approved (separate motions and approvals for the four separate line items)

5 minute recess until 7:30 to allow for set up

Live reporting: Planning Board - June 3, 2013

Present: Rondeau, David, Ballarino, Halloran, Padula, Carroll

Meeting opens

first up will be general business

#1 - Discussion: 126 Washington St, Certificate of Completion
issue with an approved site plan and then changes were made without prior approval, need a modified site plan. Owner had been advised to present these for discussion. Owner not liking the fact that the engineer added a fence and shrubbery to the site plan.

Disagreement between the owner and the Board on the proposed site plan.

Any changes to the site plan needs to be proposed and approved. Get the site plan modification and come back for general business

#2 - Limited Site Plan Modification - unit #48, unit to be used for Fred Astaire Dance studio in Franklin Village.

Motion to approve, approved

#3 - Certificate of Completion, 22 National Drive Coastal Construction
no issues with completion

motion to approve, approved

#4 - Endorsement: 485 East Central St, Franklin Retirement Residences

motion to endorse, approved (1 abstain)

#5 Certificate of Completion, 2 Forge Parkway, Milford Regional Rehabilitation Center

Form H with no items of completion will not have a checklist, if the form comes forward with items required for completion

Just to mention, screen for eye level view of air conditioning units not sure how it was approved without some screening

#6 Certificate of Completion, 846 West Central, Oxford Crossing
asked for an extension to next meeting

Planning Board - June 3, 2013 - Agenda

The agenda for the Planning Board meeting has two public hearings. The continuation of one on some bylaw changes for impervious surfaces and the opening of one on the anaerobic digestion proposal.

The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers on the 2nd floor of the Municipal Bldg. The meeting is also scheduled for broadcast via Comcast and Verizon on your local cable channels. You can also view the meeting with your PC via the on-demand connection here:


Finance Committee - June 4, 2013 - Agenda

The Finance Committee has a bunch of financial approvals pending for its Tuesday meeting.

The agenda can be viewed here

The agenda can also be found on the Franklin webpage

Parmenter 5K results

Congrats to the 179 finishers for the 5th Annual Parmenter Run for All Ages held on Sunday.

Parmenter 5K: ready to start
just before race start in 2012

The complete results can be found at Cool Running here

"prevent early-season mosquitoes"

The approach on controlling mosquitoes has changed a little over the years as reported in this article by the Milford Daily News.
David Lawson, director of the Norfolk County Mosquito Control District, said it is impossible for him to predict whether this season will see a proportionate number of West Nile and EEE cases. 
"Mosquito populations are very dependent on rainfall," Lawson said. "We felt that this was a fairly dry spring up until recently. I don’t know whether it will be a dry summer or wet summer. All we know is that we are going to stay diligent, do our surveillance, and test for the viruses." 
It’s unknown why the summer of 2012 brought a great spike in cases of the viruses, he said. While an almost nonexistent winter may have killed fewer larvae, the dry spring would have led to a higher mortality rate.

Read more: http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/x1039451968/Mosquito-control-difficult-to-predict-impact-this-summer#ixzz2V8xJqYKQ

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Franklin, MA: Town Council - June 5, 2013 - Agenda

– April 3, 2013 Regular and Executive Session and April 24, 2013

B. ANNOUNCEMENTS – This meeting is being recorded by Franklin TV and shown on Comcast channel 11 and Verizon channel 29. This meeting may be recorded by Franklin Matters.





Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-702: Changes to Chapter 185, Section 36. Impervious Surfaces – Continued from May 15th
Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-703: Changes to Chapter 185, Section 40. Water Resource District – Continued from May 15
Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-716: Changes to Chapter 185, Section 3. Definitions
Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-717: Amendment to Chapter 185, Attachment 9. Schedule of Lot, Area, Frontage, Yard and
Height Requirements

Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-714: Changes to Chapter 185-3. Definitions
Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-715: Changes to Chapter 185-7. Compliance Required.

– New All Alcoholic Beverages Hotel License – Residence Inn by Marriott-Franklin

- Form of Non-Binding Ballot Question, re: Adoption of Mayoral Form of Government


1. Resolution 13-38: Acceptance of Grant of Right of Access Over Land at 828 West Central Street
2. Resolution 13-39: Appropriation: Appraiser for Downtown HPP Project and Compensation for Permanent and Temporary Easements
3. Resolution 13-40: Appropriation: 37 Beaver Street
4. Resolution 13-41: Appropriation: Fire Department Salaries
5. Resolution 13-42: Appropriation: Capital FY 2013
6. Resolution 13-43: Appropriation: Other Post-Employment Benefits Stabilization Fund
7. Resolution 13-44: Appropriation: Senior Center Capital Improvement
8. Resolution 13-45: Appropriation: Fire Truck Stabilization Fund
9. Resolution 13-46: Appropriation: Athletic Fields Capital Improvement Stabilization Fund
10.Resolution 13-47: Appropriation: Operating Budget Stabilization Fund
11.Resolution 13-48: Appropriation: Other Post-Employment Benefits Stabilization Fund
12.Resolution 13-49: Appropriation: Other Post-Employment Benefits Stabilization Fund

13.Bylaw Amendment 13-713: Amendment to Chapter 25, Appendix A - Classification Plan and Appendix B-Compensation Plan – 2nd Reading

14.Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-702: Changes to Chapter 185, Section 36. Impervious Surfaces – 1st Reading
15.Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-703: Changes to Chapter 185, Section 40. Water Resource District – 1st Reading
16.Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-716: Changes to Chapter 185, Section 3. Definitions – 1st Reading
17.Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-717: Changes to Chapter 185, Attachment 9, Schedule of Lot, Area, Frontage, Yard and Height Requirements – 1st Reading

18.Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-714: Changes to Chapter 185-3. Definitions – 1st Reading
19.Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-715: Changes to Chapter 185-7. Compliance Required – 1st Reading

20.Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-706: Changes to Chapter 185-5. Zoning Map, Adult Use Overlay District – 2nd Reading
21.Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-707: Changes to Chapter 185-47. Adult Entertainment Establishment Districts – 2nd Reading

22.Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-708: Changes to Chapter 185-3. Definitions – 2nd Reading
23.Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-709: Changes to Chapter 185-4. Districts Enumerated – 2nd Reading
24.Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-710: Changes to Chapter 185-5. Zoning Map, Medical Marijuana Use Overlay District – 2nd Reading
25.Zoning Amendment 13-711: Changes to Chapter 185-7. Compliance Required – 2nd Reading
26.Zoning Bylaw Amendment 13-712: Changes to Chapter 185-49. Medical Marijuana Use Overlay District – 2nd Reading





– Negotiations, Litigation, Real Property, as May Be Required


The set of documents as published for this meeting can be found on the Franklin webpage

Do out of staters pay taxes?

In case you ever wondered if those who work outside of MA pay taxes to MA, the answer is yes. I can help confirm this as I work in RI and file two state tax returns (RI and MA). And what is the incentive to fill two returns? If you don't, you effectively pay double taxes. Filling the two returns gets credit in MA for paying the tax in RI so the total tax bill is less (and fair).
A just released DOR report shows that 324,829 citizens who don't live in Massachusetts paid $972.6 million in state income taxes in 2010. No surprise that New Hampshire tops the list with 90,540 citizens who paid $270,655,228 on wages they earned in Massachusetts. That total accounted for nearly 28 percent of all taxes paid by out-of-staters. New Hampshire's average tax bill was $2,989. 
Two other border states, Rhode Island and New York came in second and third. Some 67,203 Rhode Islanders paid $143,662,354, an average of $2,138 per taxpayer or nearly 15 percent of the out-of-state total. In New York, 24,286 residents paid $94,591,776, with an average tax bill of $3,895 and nearly 10 percent of the total.

Franklin Downtown Partnership - Strawberry Stroll

It's warm, it's June, must be Strawberry Stroll time soon.

Yes, mark the date - June 13 to come to downtown Franklin for the annual Strawberry Stroll!

To download and print the flyer please click here.

For more information on the Franklin Downtown Partnership, please visit their webpage

Franklin Library: Crafty Monday

Design and paint your own canvas beach bag for the summer.  You can carry your library books to the beach in style! 
Monday June 3, 2013 at 4 PM. For ages 6 - 12.

for more activities scheduled at the Library, visit the Franklin Public library webpage 

In the News: Franklin lacrosse

Lincoln-Sudbury 14, Franklin 6: Warrior power as L-S dominates fourth quarter in boys lacrosse playoff win

Lincoln-Sudbury outscored Franklin 11-2 in the second half and cruised to a 14-6 win in the first round of the Division 1 East sectional.