Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Live reporting: School Committee - Feb 23, 2016

Present: Bilello, Scofield, Bergen, Douglas, O'Malley, Jewell
Absent: Schultz

1. Routine Business
  • Citizen’s Comments 
  • Review of Agenda 
  • Minutes: I recommend approval of the minutes from the February 9, 2016 School Committee Meeting. 
motion to accept, seconded, passed 6-0
  • Payment of Bills Dr. O’Malley 
  • Payroll Mrs. Douglas 
  • FHS Student Representatives 
Chris Herren, speaking on drug abuse to students, to parents/community on Monday, Feb 29, 7:00 PM
100 days until graduation day
Beauty and the Beast in performance at FHS
Student Government hosting new election
  • Correspondence: none

2. Guests/Presentations

  • a. All State Music Festival Students – Dr. O’Malley & Mrs. Douglas 
Nancy Schoen, covering the background on the 7 students recognized for the all state recognition
scales and sight reading (a piece not seen before)
14 were recommended, 13 applied, 7 accepted

(photo of group to be added)

All State Music Award Winners from Franklin High School recognized by the School Committee
All State Music Award Winners from Franklin High School recognized by the School Committee

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - Feb 23, 2016

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.

"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."

Franklin Public Schools "the key to learning"
Franklin Public Schools "the key to learning"

1. Routine Business
  • Citizen’s Comments 
  • Review of Agenda 
  • Minutes: I recommend approval of the minutes from the February 9, 2016 School Committee Meeting. 
  • Payment of Bills Dr. O’Malley 
  • Payroll Mrs. Douglas 
  • FHS Student Representatives 
  • Correspondence: none

2. Guests/Presentations

  • a. All State Music Festival Students – Dr. O’Malley & Mrs. Douglas 
  • b. Davis Thayer Update – Evemarie McNeil & Stefani Wasik

3. Discussion Items
a. Policy – First Reading

  1. IGB – Student Services Programs

4. Action Items

  • a. I recommend approval of Budget Transfers as detailed. 
  • b. I recommend acceptance of the donation of two microscopes (approximate value $400.00) from the Franklin Conservation Commission.
  • c. I recommend approval of the request of Anthony Joseph for the recurring field trip for Keller 5th graders to Roger Williams Zoo, Providence, RI on May 6, 2016 as detailed. 
  • d. I recommend moving Policy IGB – Student Services Program to a second reading at the next meeting.

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. Motion to Adjourn
– Dr. O’Malley

“This could potentially create havoc with budget cuts.’’

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been working on changing the regulations to manage storm water for several years. The regulations are now about to be released, finally.

"Nearly every summer over the past decade, toxic algae blooms, fueled by warm weather and contaminated runoff, have coated parts of the Charles River. Now the federal government is poised to issue sweeping regulations ordering a cleanup, a move expected to cost some river municipalities tens of millions of dollars. 
The regulations, which federal officials say will be issued next month and take effect later this year, have sparked a range of concerns in cities and towns near the river. In Franklin, for example, where the river runs for several miles, local officials estimated the regulations would cost residents an average of $300 a month, and at least $62 million over 20 years, to do things like capture and treat more water. 
Environmental Protection Agency officials said federal dollars will help pay some of the costs."

- See more at: http://edition.pagesuite.com/popovers/article_popover.aspx?guid=54c5b29f-ed89-4132-b7f3-21010c61c105#sthash.ICNM1Q3j.dpuf

catch basins at Sculpture Park were put in with an EPA grant
catch basins at Sculpture Park were put in with an EPA grant

  • EPA grants awarded


  • In Nov 2013, no word on when the EPA storm water fees would be real


  • In June 2010, calls for the EPA to come up with the money


  • Notification of the meetings in May 2010


Franklin Fire and Police - St Patrick's 5K - March 19

The Franklin Police Patrolman Association and The Franklin Permanent Firefighters Association Local 2637 are teaming up to bring a 5K road race to Franklin. 
The race is scheduled for the Saturday after St Patrick's Day, March 19, 2016. It is a fundraising event for the two Associations with proceeds going back in to the Community. 
In the past we have donated to charities such as, Franklin Youth Sports, the Random Smiles Project, Special Olympics and many other great organizations. 
Please show your IRISH on race day!
Franklin Police and Fire St Patrick's 5K - price increase set for Feb 27
Franklin Police and Fire St Patrick's 5K - price increase set for Feb 27

Event details and schedule

Parking at the EMC parking lots Constitution Blvd, Franklin
  • Elite runners check in will be 9:00am
  • Elite runners start time - 10:00am
  • Non Elite check in 9:30
  • Non Elite runners- 10:30am

There will be a 50/50 Raffle.

Come join us post race with friends and family at Coles Tavern. They have generously donated the downstairs function hall. We will draw the 50/50 raffle here. There will be a cash bar and chips and salsa will also be provided.

Franklin Fire and Police - St Patrick's 5K - March 19
Franklin Fire and Police - St Patrick's 5K - March 19

Register online


Facebook event page


New Mountain Bike League Forming in Massachusetts

Good Afternoon, 
My name is Rob Rood. I am writing to you because there is a new racing league forming in MA/RI/NH. 
I am the head coach of the team that will cover Bellingham/Franklin. The goal of the league is simple, to grow interest in mountain biking in New England among kids, grades 5-12. The racing is just to add an element of fun into the whole endeavor! 
We are having an info night about the team and the league at the Bellingham Town Library on March 1st @ 5:30pm. Attached is the flyer. (see below)
Would it be possible for you to post the flyer on your site? 
Some more info on the league can be found here http://www.nehsca.com (New England High School Cycling Association) 
We'll be showing a movie called SingleTrack High to the kids and parents https://vimeo.com/95958080
screen grab of  NEHSCA webpage
screen grab of  NEHSCA webpage

FHS boys basketball ties for league title with win over North Attleboro

Boys Basketball

  • Franklin, 77 @ North Attleboro, 39 – Final 

– Freshman Jay Dieterle dropped in a team-high 19 points as the Panthers claimed their first league title since 2012. With the win, Franklin won a share of the Kelley-Rex title with Mansfield. Sophomore Connor Peterson had 12 points and senior Tim Prunier added 10 points.
FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Girls Basketball

  • North Attleboro, 45 @ Franklin, 54 – Final

See all the results around the Hockomock League on Monday

Indoor Track 

  • State meet results featuring Hockomock League athletes


Boys Swim

  • MIAA Division meet results


Monday, February 22, 2016


FHS Community,

Franklin High School will open as scheduled on Monday 2/22.

Last Monday night, the Main Office area of the high school experienced considerable flooding due to broken pipes above the Principal's Office as a result of the extreme cold and subsequent warm weather. Work is underway and will continue over the coming weeks to repair damage to the main office. Town and school officials are working with the architect and original contractor to resolve this issue as soon as possible.

We expect preparation work in the main office to be complete tonight and we will work to restore files and technology during the day tomorrow. Please understand that the main office may be delayed in responding throughout the day tomorrow as we work to bring the office area back to capacity. I encourage you to contact house offices, guidance or athletics directly with questions so that we can serve families efficiently.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Peter Light

FHS in the rain
FHS in the rain

Franklin DPW: Memorandum of Agreement 2015-2018

Side Letter - Attachment B

Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance at the Franklin High and Horace Mann Middle Schools

Not withstanding the settlement of the parties' 2015 to 2018 collective bargaining agreement, the parties shall have continuing discussions about the impacts of the Franklin High School outside grounds, court yard and new athletic playing fields.

The expected impacts and costs to maintain these new areas with current staffing levels of DPW personal are unknown. ·

Specifically, the costs associated with the man power, equipment and materials needed to maintain the school grounds can only be estimated. It is anticipated with the burden of maintaining these new areas at the High School, man power and resources will be drained from other areas of the DPW. The current overall "high maintenance level" at the Town and School departments will suffer not only at the High School, but at other Town and School facilities.

From July 1, 2015 through November 2018 the Town will have the right to outsource the following work to determine the cost of labor and resources at the High School and Horace Mann Middle School:
  • Mowing and trimming of all "passive grass areas" i.e.: lawns around school buildings, lawns around parking areas, islands in parking areas, MS4·green spaces, and any area that is not used for athletics.
  • Providing and installing Mulch to all planting beds.
  • The picking up of litter in all passive grass areas mulched planting beds.
  • Spring and Fall clean-ups, which may include mowing, weeding, leaf pick-ups for all "passive grass areas" outlined above and planting beds.
Due to the skill set of present DPW personnel and equipment already owned by DPW, DPW will continue to maintain all "active grass areas" i.e. sports fields at the High School and Horace Mann Middle School, which will include mowing and trimming of grass areas, litter pick up, and emptying of all trash containers. It also may include limited fertilization and line painting as determined by Director.

The Town has the right to outsource such work, subject to three conditions:
  1. No member of the bargaining unit will be laid off solely as a result of such outsourcing.
  2. The Town will bargain with the union about any demonstrable impacts on conditions of employment.
  3. The Town will provide a copy of the bid documents for the out sourcing of said work, all costs associated with said work for future discussions.
This was part of the set of documents released for the Town Council agenda 2/24/16 (page 43 of 45)

Or a copy of the single page here:

one of the new ball fields at Franklin High School
one of the new ball fields at Franklin High School

FHS boys hockey tops Taunton 7-0

Boys Hockey

  • Taunton @ Franklin, 7 – Final 

– Alec Gilliatt and Luke Downie each scored a pair of goals for the Panthers, who clinched the Kelley-Rex division title outright with the win.

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds: Register O'Donnell Promotes Registry of Deeds Internet Research

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

Register O'Donnell Promotes Registry of Deeds Internet Research

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell is providing a friendly reminder to consumers that you don't have to spend time and money to drive to the Registry to view land records since they are available online via the Registry's internet-based document research system at www.norfolkdeeds.org.

"Consumers can see up to 5,000,000 scanned land document images dating back to the founding of Norfolk County in 1793. These documents are available via our internet-based document research system.

"Providing secure, accurate and accessible land record information, coupled with our on-site customer service center, is critical to our success at the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds," said Register O'Donnell.

Elaborating on the Registry's research capabilities, O'Donnell said, "Land record information can be researched by multiple options, including the name of the property owner and property address. Consumers can access our internet-based document research system for many endeavors, to determine property ownership, to research land titles, to review land plans (not plot plans which are not recorded at the Registry) and finally to confirm that documents affecting a person's property - such as mortgage discharges - have been duly recorded."

The Registry's website also provides information on how to obtain copies of land documents. The Registry copy charges are $1.00 per page plus an additional $1.00 per document for cost of postage.

In conclusion, O'Donnell stated, "Providing first-class customer service is a core objective of the Registry. Norfolk County residents and businesses deserve a Registry of Deeds that provides them with access to land record information in an easily accessible and consumer friendly manner. The Registry website www.norfolkdeeds.org can do just that."

To learn more about these and other Registry of Deeds events and initiatives, like us at facebook.com/NorfolkDeeds or follow us on twitter.com/NorfolkDeeds.

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, located at 649 High Street, Dedham, is the principal office for real property in Norfolk County. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate, accessible land record information. Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center at (781) 461-6101, or on the web at www.norfolkdeeds.org.

Register William P. O'Donnell
Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

phone: 781-234-3336

Forward email

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds | 649 High Street | Dedham, | MA | 02026-1831
screen grab of Norfolk Deeds webpage
screen grab of Norfolk Deeds webpage

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - Feb 24, 2016

– January 20, 2016, February 3, 2016

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


– Citizens are welcome to express their views for up to five 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.


  • Disability Commission
  • Election Workers
  • Council on Aging



1. Spectra Energy 
2. Conservation Commission
- Delcarte Property 
- Wetland Bylaw

– Community Liaison Update


  1. Resolution 16-08: Appropriation: Facilities Van
  2. Resolution 16-09: Rescind Borrowing Authority (Resolution 15-15, Purchase and Renovation of Improved Property for Franklin Recreation Department) Fund Through Appropriation
  3. Resolution 16-10: Ratification of the Memorandum of Agreement Between the Department of Public Works, ASFME – Local 1298, Council 93 and the Town of Franklin





- Pending or threatened litigation
1. Proposed Excelon expansion of Medway electric generating facility pending before Energy Facilities Siting Board.


The documents released for this meeting can be found here

DelCarte in fall color
DelCarte in fall color

Rotary offers fantastic Youth Leadership Conference opportunity for High School Sophomores

The Rotary Club of Franklin is actively searching for qualified candidates to attend this year’s Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Conference! To be held from June 24 - June 26, 2016 at Fitchburg State University in Fitchburg, MA, the 24th Annual RYLA Conference will offer outstanding high school sophomores an opportunity to live, work and interact together in an atmosphere of friendly competition. 
It will be a program designed to challenge the participants to utilize and improve their skills and accept the responsibilities of leadership. Best of all, there is no charge to the students for the program! The Rotary Club of Franklin will sponsor 5 participants at this year’s conference. 
  • The applications are due March 1, 2016. 
Julie Rougeau, local Committee Chairperson, said that participants would be selected from young women and men who have exhibited leadership abilities and who will be entering their Junior year of high school in the fall. The Rotary Club of Franklin has contacted local high school guidance counselors (Bellingham, Franklin, King Phillip, Medway and Tri-County Vocational), youth organizations and other sources for nominations of conference participants. 
Aimed at developing the leadership potential of young men and women, the conference will feature many thoughtprovoking events including interactive Leadership Labs, exciting guest speakers, and challenging mental and physical activities that will provide the participants with a chance to excel amongst and with their peers. Topics will include decision-making, critical thinking, communicating effectively, ethics, and public service. 
Anyone interested in obtaining further information should visit http://www.ryla7910.org/ or contact: Julie Rougeau at jrougeau@comcast.net or 508-541-4424 or any other member of the Franklin Rotary Club.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

FHS wrestling team finishes 8th at MIAA State D1 meet

The FHS wrestling team competed at the MIAA State meet on Saturday and finished 8th in Division 1. Thanks to Hockomock Sports for posting the results to share.

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers


1. Chelmsford – 161
8. Franklin – 67
41. Mansfield – 6
45. Taunton – 1

PLACEMENTS (weight class then finish position)

  • 106 = 6. Jordan Carlucci, Franklin
  • 113 = 3. Mike Racca, Franklin
  • 138 = 7. Dylan Maclean, Franklin
  • 220 = 3. John Miller, Franklin

For all the Hockomock wrestling results (Div 2 and Div 3)

In the News: Learn to skate, homeless resources challenged, Light up the Sky for Change

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin

It was Learn to Skate Day at the Franklin arena, but it wasn't just any skate session. Members of the Boston Bruins organization and Blades, the big, brown Bruins mascot, mingled with the kids, handing out tips, high-fives and a hand after a spill. 
The Bruins organization stopped by the rink as part of Hockey Weekend Across America - a set of nationwide outreach programs to get children more interested in, and dedicated to, the sport. 
"Honestly, it takes me back. I remember when I was a kid, I did this in Medford. It's awesome to come out here with Blades and some of the Ice Girls," said Andrew Veneziano, the Boston Bruins youth hockey coordinator. 
"It gets kids on the ice, helps build a love for the sport."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Advocates for the homeless are calling for additional resources to help people break a cycle of poverty. 
“I often feel like I’m offering people a treadmill to nowhere because it’s so difficult to help get them to a better place,” said Jim Stewart, director of First Church Shelter in Cambridge. 
The high cost of housing, access to regular medical care and discrimination are among the challenges the homeless face in Massachusetts.

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

As the last glimmers of sunset faded into night, people trickled on to Fino Field Saturday, all with the same idea in mind: honor those who've lost battles to addiction. The intent was to launch Chinese lanterns, but the windy night quashed that idea. Instead, they gathered in a circle with candles and said the name of a loved one lost to addiction. 
Matt. Jimmy. Kelly. Ken. Gabe. Meghan. Rachel. Scott. Jenn. Amy... 
More than 100 people attended the Missin' Matt Foundation's Light Up The Sky for Change event. After a moment of silence, event organizers were able to light off three lanterns as the crowd watched on from the Fino Field parking lot.

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

REALLY URGENT: Towns can apply for Intervenor Status for Eversource's petition to DPU (15-181) for pipeline tax!

Dear Greater Franklin Node members and friends,

If you want your town to apply for intervenor status and make comments in DPU's consideration of Eversource's application of a "pipeline tax," you need to urge your town officials to submit written comments by this Thursday, February 25. 


Carolyn Barthel
Greater Franklin Node, 350 Mass


Below is a letter from Karina Wilkinson of Food and Water Watch in Massachusetts:

Do Weymouth or any of the other towns on the Access Northeast route want to try to intervene in Eversource's petition to the DPU? Do any of your groups want to ask for an extension to the February 25th deadline to give more groups and towns time to consider it?  You can send comments to the docket until February 25th at this point. See the link below.

It would be very helpful if municipalities on the Access Northeast project line would intervene in Eversource's petition to the DPU to be allowed to contract for the gas with Spectra/Algonquin and to impose a tariff on ratepayers to pay for the project.  Intervene and oppose it. 

The Notice from the DPU is here and it includes information on how to comment or intervene.  The deadline is very close, Feb. 25th, though there will be a second hearing in Walpole on May 23rd.

Karina Wilkinson
Food and Water Watch Local Coordinator MA

No Spectra Pipeline sign on Franklin lawn
No Spectra Pipeline sign on Franklin lawn