Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Live reporting: closing


another 3-4 weeks to work the punch list items

Oct 6th Harvest Stroll
ribbon cutting for the downtown at 4:00 that day

Conservation Agent still infringing with scary paperwork
enforcing man-made catch basins
I understand he has a job to do, we don't need soil scientists to do these things

we have a grandfathered lot bylaw but that only applies to residential
can we get inroads on that getting to industrial

what can we do with those watering with private wells
we should do something

TA has spoken with the fire chief on the assisted living centers
5 calls to the same site inside of 24 hours
I would like to see how far along the Chief has gotten

Elks put out 2977 flags with the help of boys scouts
through Sep 17th on Pond St

appraisal day on Friday, Sep 15th
$5 per item, check on the Museum website

met with the Horace Mann sculpture coming along
base going up now, statue to get up before May 2017
thanks to Roger Calarese for what he is doing for us

I saw the flags it is beautiful

the flags at the Elks, the boys scouts and their families
happy anniversary to Pellegri

school is open, please drive safely
there is suprisingly water on the ground
this will not be enough to help our drought
we should look at well use restrictions

Harlem Wizards - Fri Nov 18th at Tri-County
tickets were sold out in advance
sponsorships available
all for the kids

happy anniversary to my wife, 25 years today

there were people against the Emmons St project

folks are already being worked to replace the funeral basins

Can we get the DOT to pick up the barrels all around town?


Live reporting: School Dude and Charter discussion

• Preventive Maintenance
Josh from School Dude
most of the Hockomock league is covered
simple work order system and expanded
cool technology to control temp for example in a building especially effective for events

preventive maintenance
executive summary report sample provided
will populate the data against the national averages
only thing wrong in this building is one light bulb in this room
you are doing something right

getting the actual tasks into the system is a challenge
schools and towns are underfunded

can you put the schedule in for 2 schools
if you don't capture the data, you don't really know how much it really will take
expand from the 2 pilot buildings to all
what do you need to look forward to over the next 5, 10, 15 years
the software does this

did about 56 projects with this company to do the facility assessments year to date

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" report to be provided

integrated with Grainger to populate the work order system automatically

Marko has spoken with the principals at both Kennedy and Davis Thayer to make them aware of the program

"just dude it" teachers can enter work orders

Mercer - big proponent of School Dude watching it as it developed
this is a great product, taking pieces at a time to fulfill a great need

"you got your first price increase in 12 years"

• Charter Review

Jim Dacey chair of the 1995 Charter Commission
originally a council with a split of councilors at large and by precinct
the size of the council was the driver at the time as the council was projected to continue to grow
mayor discussion was a minute or 2 as the primary focus was the size of the Council
brought the election to November with the city form of government
first nine member council in 1995

Paul Cheli, Larry Benedetto
co-chairs of the Charter Commission
fear of loss of institutional knowledge with all getting turned over at a single election only two had occurred in history; there has not been an issue since 2009; did focus on the treasurer-collector and on the minority report focused on the town clerk
staggered terms is extremely difficult to implement
was able to move the treasurer-collector to an appointed position

there wasn't a lot broken, what seemed to have been an issue turned out to not be. if there are interaction changes with the Town Administrator those can be done via other means, not necessary for the Charter

Larry Benedetto
not a proponent of mayor, a concern with the change in a mayor would cause some intellectual knowledge lost as department heads would change
sense of TA being too powerful, actually not so powerful
the lesser positions are and should be within the purview of the TA
Council as a legislative body should not be part of the interview process of specific positions 
I will never do it again, it was that much work

only one left from the minority report at that time
TA was not a concern
i am interested in what is being looked at to change

TA has his team, if you do go to a mayor, they he/she will want their team
I don't think we need a mayor

I don't want to abandon the idea of a mayor
everyone works together, what was your final verdict on appointed boards vs elected

can get people trained and with background not just a popularity contest
the open meetings were sometime contentious as there are many opinions

the Planning Board has shifted from elected to appointed to elected
there should be joint meetings between the Council and Planning board
that is germane to keeping the train on the track
work together with the existing orgs and get people to run

if it ain't broke, don't fix it
we can do more with better communication than by changing the doc
we like to keep things within the Town, we don't have enough input on that and we'd like to keep things focused on the Town of Franklin

we would like to have that input but to cross over that line it becomes politicized
the most qualified is really what we need

we as the Council get the phone calls and we know nothing about them
why couldn't there be a simple way to have some councilors on the committee'
it is not a major big thing, we just need a little input
we never know what it is going on until after it happens

the worst part of the job is to do the hard part and hire and fire someone

I think there is a compromise on that, it is not a charter change

I am a proponent of it is isn't broken don't fix it
Councilor Jones put it eloquently, improving the communication, more and better would solve the whole problem

difference between CEO as chief elected officer or chief executive officer

there are different forms of government, strong form of TA/Mayor

the council doesn't want to get into the hiring process
exempt vs. non-exempt

there are probably 50 or more
where do you cut that off

I do not interview anyone with in the departments
I only do that for the people that you ratify
I don't get involved in what you are talking about
that is up to the respective department heads

the institutional knowledge doesn't get lost with the Council
it stays with the people actually working for the town

if we were to move to a mayor we would also have to find about $175K in the budget

I don't want this or any council to be a wasted resource
I just would like to know what is going on in the halls

it is extremely important to know and understand your role as a legislative body you are immune from personal liability, when you start performing other functions, you lose that liability

you don't give yourself enough credit given the fiscal constraints we have
is it perfect, we are doing the library, we are doing the Senior Center

Live reporting: License transfers

License Hearings - 7:10
  • Rare Hospitality d/b/a LongHorn Steakhouse – Change of Manager
certified as corporate trainer for Chili's in prior role
strictly in the management role
training, etc.

responsible for the management team currently
approx 50-60 hours on site

motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0

  • 99 Restaurant – Change of Manager

with 99 for 14 years, last 10 years, carried liquor license in 3 different state
TIP certified with 99 and ServiceSafe

last failure was in 2014, have not had a violation in all her license holding periods, make sure they are trained, make sure they card, we are stricter but that makes us a better company

as manager get overview of each employee's test results
training is updated periodically, monitored regularly

out of state requires a second ID, the manager has to check the ID
guests do get discouraged, and we don't serve them

motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0

Live reporting: License Compliance Check Violations

Alcoholic Beverages Licensees – Failure to Pass Compliance Check – 7:10
  • Acapulco’s
Chief Lynch provides background on the compliance checks on illegal serving of underage drinkers on Aug 3 and Aug 4

attempt to buy without ID, was not asked his age, was not asked for ID

Attny Scott Nathan representing Acapulco's
per Acapulco's there was confusion between the two bartenders as to who had asked for ID (when it had not been)

it is a first time, we would ask for a 3 day suspension, 2 days held in abeyance for 2 years, serving the 1 day on the day (of the week of the incident)

Bissanti - clarification on what if anything is heard on the street
Lynch - nothing bad

Jones - we take compliance checks seriously

retraining in the plan for the bartender in question

Mercer - new training required as of Sep 1

motion to proceed with the Chief's recommendation
the ID scan device is being installed tomorrow

  • New hearing on Joe's Bar and Grill
2nd half of check done on Thursday, Aug 4

was served at the bar without providing ID or age check

Leslie St Germain, representing the establishment
we take this incident seriously, extremely important
apology for the incident, do not dispute the overview
mitigating steps outlined
Tips certification completing
40 or younger now requiring ID check, had been 30 or younger
bar service is now enabled
a secret shopper program is now being used to do their own stings internally

with all the best measures, human errors do occur

Chap 138 does not require it, has experienced negative experiences with carding everyone, does not normally attract underage drinkers

if we have further issues, that would be a next step

in 2011, there was also an incident with Joe's
so this is the second offense in 5 years

St Germain
prior instance was claimed to be associated with the transition of new business
with servers trained by the former business, by the end of the 2011 year, the servers had been completely trained

bartender had been suspended for one week and re-trained
future offense will get zero tolerance

we have seen the machines take accountability out of the process and it should be the bartender making the decision

Bissanti - pushing for the Advanced ID system, it is endorsed by the ABCC locally

Pfeffer - glad to see that the bartender did not get fired, the first time offense should be sufficient

Chief Lynch - there was a prior incident, but the time has lapsed, would recommend that this be considered a first offense; 

motion to approve the recommendation as stated

Padula - be aware you caught a break this time but don't expect it next time

hearings closed

Live reporting: Legislation for Action

1. Resolution 16-52: Appropriation: Plain Street Legal Settlement
motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0

2. Resolution 16-53: Settlement of Claim Relating to Town-Owned Tax Title Land on Plain Street – Exhibit 1 
motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0

complicated situation around a tx tile taking of a property many years ago where the process was deemed to be unlawful and a heir of the original property owner has come forward to make the claim of restitution

Live reporting: Town Council - Sep 7, 2016

Present: Pellegri, Padula, Mercer, Vallee, Kelly, Pfeffer, Bissanti, Dellorco, Jones
Absent:  none

August 10, 2016
motion to approve, seconded, passed 8-0

– 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.

Pellegri arrives ***


– 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.

Conservation Commission
Nicolas Schuler
motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0

Franklin Advisory Committee
Diane Jardine
motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0

FHS girls soccer outlook, boys soccer players to watch

With the return to school, the fall sports season resumes and Hockomock Sports has posted their Kelly-Rex Division outlook for girls soccer and the top players to watch for boys soccer.


2015 Record: 17-1-2 (Kelley-Rex Division Champions)
2015 Finish: Reached D1 South Quarterfinal
Coach: Tom Geysen

"The Class of 2016 won a state title, two Div. 1 South titles, went to three straight South finals, and won the Kelley-Rex division four times. That is quite a legacy for the program and, while he has a number of new faces to try and incorporate into the lineup, head coach Tom Geysen is confident that this year’s Panthers will be team to contend with by the end of the season. 
One reason for optimism is the combination of sophomore Halle Atkinson and junior Jess Krouschl up front (once Kroushl comes back from a niggling injury). Both players saw time in the attack last season and showed the potential to be a strong pairing with one as the forward or playing as the wings. The forwards will be helped by energetic midfielders Molly Duncan and Ellie Teixeira, two more players who saw plenty of playing time down the stretch in 2015. 
Defensively, Franklin returns one half of its back four. Nadia Havens will continue as an outside back, while Abby Gibson, who stepped in to have a strong season on the outside last fall, will move in as one of the centerbacks. Junior Kat Robbins will take over from Dani Lonati between the pipes. 
Geysen said, “We’re thin and we’re green…It’s a work in progress. But, by the end of the season I think we’ll give people a test.”

Find out about all the other teams in the Kelly-Rex girls division

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers


"The Panthers have a lot of new pieces in the lineup this season but Hatim Brahimi’s presence in the midfield will help make that transition easier. Speaking of transition, Brahimi is one of the best in helping a team move from defense into an attack. He’s solid with the ball at his feet and is able to spring teammates into open space. If a teammate is making a run into the final third, expect Brahimi to be able to deliver, whether it be on the ground or in the air, and even in the tightest of spaces. He’s confident with the ball at his feet and takes his time in the midfield, without forcing things. In the final third, Brahimi can be a tough to deal with because of his ability to find teammates or finish himself."

Read about the other players to watch for boys soccer

In the News: Council to consider charter, MassPike electronic tolling explained

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"The Town Council is scheduled to discuss the town charter, and may decide to formally review the document. 
The council, which is meeting Wednesday, Sept. 7, is slated to consider the results of previous charter revisions. 
Council members have suggested a commission go through the document and suggest changes, citing certain issues - like the terms and elections of councilors - that could cause problems in the future. Since all nine councilors are elected at the same time because the town does not stagger terms, officials have said they fear a council comprised of all new members."

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"According to the DOT, a trip from the New York border to Boston along the turnpike that currently costs $6.60 will go down to $6.15 under the proposed structure for a state-issued E-ZPass holder. 
But if fees the state proposes for drivers who don't travel the turnpike with an E-ZPass are approved by the board next month, motorists will pay a 60-cent mailing and processing fee after a camera captures their registration information from their license plate and sends them a bill. Additionally, drivers without E-Z Pass will pay an additional 30 cents per gantry for each gantry they pass under. 
Otto Lies of Holden said he often has relatives visit from out of state, and asked why they should have to pay what could amount to a few dollars more per trip for not going through the work of getting a free E-ZPass transponder. He said he didn't have a problem with the mailing fee, or perhaps even a single levy of the 30-cent gantry fee.

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Devices on new gantries above the Massachusetts Turnpike will soon collect tolls. For now, they’re capturing data on driving speeds.- ARAM BOGHOSIAN FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE
Devices on new gantries above the Massachusetts Turnpike will soon collect tolls. For now, they’re capturing data on driving speeds.- ARAM BOGHOSIAN FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

Ladybug 5K - Saturday, October 15

This year's Ladybug 5K will be on Saturday, October 15th, starting from Kennedy School at 551 Pond St. In addition to the 5K, there will be kids races, games, face painting, and raffles. Fun, family friendly event.
  • Race registration and number pick up start at 8:30 AM
  • Kids race at 9:30
  • 5K at 10 AM
  • Cash prize for top male and top female overall in the 5K

Registration is available for the 5K, kids race and family pricing of $50 per family.

Participants can preregister at

For more details see our website at

The start of the Ladybug 5K in 2015
The start of the Ladybug 5K in 2015

Register O'Donnell Promotes Homestead Act

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

Register O'Donnell Promotes Homestead Act

Stating that for many people their house is the most important financial asset that they will ever have, Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell today reminded homeowners about filing for Homestead protection. Under Massachusetts law, a Homestead recording provides for limited protection against the forced sale of an individual's primary residence to satisfy unsecured debt up to $500,000.

"Protecting one's primary residence is a key objective for all homeowners," noted Register O'Donnell. "If you own a home and it is your principle residence, one way to protect your home asset is to file a Homestead. The Homestead law also allows the filing of an Elderly Homestead defining elderly as a person who is 62 years of age or older."

Register O'Donnell further stated, "One of the major changes under the 2011 Homestead Law passed by the Massachusetts Legislature is that a valid Homestead cannot be terminated when refinancing a mortgage. Another clarification of the statute is that a Homestead can provide protections for a primary home kept in trust."

It is important to note there are certain debts that are exempted from protection under the Homestead Act, such as federal, state and local tax liens, as well as mortgages contracted for the purchase of a primary home and nursing home liens. Most other mortgages, debts, and encumbrances existing prior to the filing of the Declaration of Homestead, along with probate court executions for spousal and child support, are also exempted from Homestead protection.

Homestead recordings can be filed at the Registry of Deeds for a state imposed fee of $36.00. To find out more about the Homestead law, or to get a free application, please go online to the Registry's website at

Register O'Donnell concluded, "It is important to make clear that a Homestead protects consumers against the forced sale of their primary owned residence to satisfy unsecured debt up to $500,000. While the debt is still owed, homeowners will at least have the comfort of knowing that with a Homestead filed at the Registry of Deeds, their primary residence cannot be forcibly sold to satisfy most debts."

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

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

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

phone: 781-234-3336
Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, 649 High Street, Dedham,, MA 02026-1831

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Norfolk Deeds consumer alert webpage
Norfolk Deeds consumer alert webpage

High School Fair at BFCCPS - Sep 13

Meet with representatives and students from a variety of private and independent high schools in the Metrowest area, Boston, Worcester, and northern Rhode Island. This year representatives and students from the Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School and Norfolk Aggie will be in attendance. 
This free event is open to BFCCPS 8th graders as well as members of the surrounding communities. Please note that the student’s parent or guardian must be in attendance in order to gain admission to the event. Please contact Mrs. McCoy with any questions.

Date:  September 13
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

High School Fair at BFCCPS - Sep 13
High School Fair at BFCCPS - Sep 13

  • Bishop Feehan
  • Boston Trinity Academy
  • BU Academy
  • Catholic Memorial School
  • Commonwealth School
  • Dana Hall
  • Fontbonne Academy
  • Milton Academy
  • Montrose School
  • Moses Brown School
  • Mount Saint Charles
  • Noble and Greenough
  • Norfolk Aggie
  • Providence Country Day School
  • Rivers
  • Saint John’s High School
  • Saint Sebastian’s School
  • St. Mark’s School
  • Stoneleigh-Burnam School
  • Tabor Academy
  • The Lincoln School
  • The Wheeler School
  • Tri-County
  • Ursuline Academy
  • Walnut Hill School
  • Xaverian Brother’s High School
  • Portsmouth Abbey

FHS volleyball: “This is the youngest team we have had"

With the return to school, the fall sports season resumes and Hockomock Sports has posted their Hockomock League outlook for volleyball.


  • 2015 Record: 15-5 (Kelley-Rex Division Champions)
  • 2015 Finish: Reached D1 Central/West Quarterfinal
  • Coach: Kate Horsmann

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers
"Coming off the program’s second Kelley-Rex division title in the past five seasons, Franklin will be relying on youth to stay near the top of arguably the most competitive division in all of the Hockomock League’s sports. Senior Erin Skidmore (28 kills in 2015) is making the transition from the middle to the outside and will be a go-to attacking option at the net. At 6’3, junior Meaghan Maguire saw valuable time last year and will be a defensive leader at the net. The Panthers will look to sophomore setter Lauren McGrath to step in to set up the offense. 
“This is the youngest team we have had since I started coaching,” head coach Kate Horsmann said. “We have five sophomores who could all be impact players for us this season. The outcome of our season will really depend on how quickly they adjust to the speed of the varsity game and how quickly we gel as a unit.”

Read the full outlook on Hockomock League volleyball

Rep Roy: What's happening in the district - September 2016 newsletter

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Primary election on Thursday

On Thursday, September 8 (yes, we will be voting on a Thursday), the State Primary election will take place throughout Massachusetts. In our District, the polls open at 6 am in Franklin at the High School and at 7 am in Medway at the Middle School.

I will be on the ballot and ask for your vote for as the Democratic nominee for State Representative in the 10th Norfolk District.

Even though many of the races on Thursday's ballot are uncontested, it's important to have your voice heard at the ballot box. Our government was designed for citizen participation, and voting is one of the opportunities to engage in the democratic process. If you don't vote, other people are going to make the decisions for you.

From the opening bell to poll closing at 8 pm, we'll be out there holding signs at both locations. I hope that you will stop by to say hello on your way in.
Thank you for your continued support and I look forward to seeing you on Thursday.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The Love Dogs come to play THE BLACK BOX - Sep 17

THE BLACK BOX New England Artist Series presents The Love Dogs, featuring rockin’ rhythm and blues, on Saturday, September 17 at 8 p.m. With barrelhouse boogie-woogie piano, stinging Fender guitar, and a red-hot horn section of trombone and alto, tenor and baritone saxes, The Love Dogs also showcases a swinging rhythm section that Blues Review magazine called “the best in the business” and a charismatic front man with one of the biggest blues voices around. 

Based out of Boston, the septet just celebrated its 20th year. Combining elements of jump blues, New Orleans R&B, and early rock ‘n’ roll, The Love Dogs have played juke joints, festivals and concert halls across the U.S. and Canada and on both sides of the Atlantic. They’ve released four CDs. Many of the cuts have been blues radio favorites and several of the Dogs’ signature original songs have been used in feature films and on television.
The New York Post says, “Even though the music could make Leonardo’s David dance, it’s the songwriting that separates these dogs from the rest of the pack.”
Voted “Best New England Band” by Blues Audience magazine, The Love Dogs is part Rat Pack party, part 20th century musical encyclopedia, and part revival meeting.

The Love Dogs
The Love Dogs

The band’s lineup, featuring some of the Northeast’s best players, consists of Eddie “Duato” Scheer (lead vocals), Alizon Lissance (keyboards, vocals), Myanna (alto/tenor sax, vocals), Glenn Shambroom (guitar, baritone sax), Randy Bramwell (bass, vocals), Steve Brown (drums, vocals), Mario Perrett (tenor sax, vocals), and Mark Paquin (tenor sax, trombone). 

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at or at the door. A cash bar is available. The home of the Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC), THE BLACK BOX is located at 15 West Central Street in downtown Franklin. For more information, call (508) 528-3370.

  • For more about The Love Dogs, visit their webpage

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - Sep 7, 2016

  • August 10, 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.

– Swearing in of Fire Lieutenant – Removed from Agenda

– 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.

  • Conservation Commission
  • Franklin Advisory Committee

Alcoholic Beverages Licensees – Failure to Pass Compliance Check – 7:10
  • Acapulco’s
  • Joe’s American Bar and Grill

License Hearings - 7:10
  • Rare Hospitality d/b/a LongHorn Steakhouse – Change of Manager
  • 99 Restaurant – Change of Manager

• Preventive Maintenance
• Charter Review


1. Resolution 16-52: Appropriation: Plain Street Legal Settlement
2. Resolution 16-53: Settlement of Claim Relating to Town-Owned Tax Title Land on Plain Street – Exhibit 1 (separate link)





Franklin Municipal Building
Franklin Municipal Building

The agenda doc here contains the links to the details supporting documents