Monday, March 12, 2018

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - Mar 14, 2018

The published agenda and documents for the Franklin Town Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 14, 2018

(Note: where there are active links in the agenda item, it will take you to the associated document)

You can also find the full set of documents in one PDF

Agenda ItemSummary

A. Approval of Minutes
A. Approval of Minutes
B. Announcements
B. Announcements -  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.
C. Proclamations/Recognitions
C. Proclamations/Recognitions
D. Citizen Comments
D. Citizen Comments - 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.
E. Appointments
E. Appointments -
1. Zoning Board of Appeals
Mickey Whitmore

2. Agricultural Commission
Jeffrey Perry
Carly Fisher
Linda Noel
Marian Szymanski
Roger Trahan
Associate Members
Nick Hoffman
Tim Garboski

F. Hearings
F. Hearings
G. License Transactions
G. License Transactions
H. Presentations/Discussions
H. Presentations/Discussions Legislative Update - Senator Karen Spikla, Representative Jeffrey Roy, Senator Richard Ross
I. Subcommittee Reports
I. Subcommittee Reports
1. Capital
2. Budget
3. EDC

J. Legislation for Action
J. Legislation for Action
1. Resolution 18-13 - Acceptance of Gift - Franklin Cultural Council (Motion to Move Resolution 18-13 - Majority vote (5))
2. Resolution 18-14 - Acceptance of Gift - Franklin Cultural Council (Motion to Move Resolution 18-14- Majority vote (5))
3. Resolution 18-15 - Authorization for Acquisition and Use of New Voting Machines (Motion to Move Resolution 18-15 - Majority vote (5))
4. Bylaw Amendment 18-798R: Chapter 155, Streets and Sidewalks - 2nd Reading (Motion to Move Bylaw Amendment 18-798R - Majority Roll Call Vote (5))
K. Town Administrator's Report
K. Town Administrator's Report
L. Future Agenda Item
L. Future Agenda Items
M. Council Comments
M. Council Comments
N. Executive Session - None
N. Executive Session - None
O. Adjourn
O. Adjourn
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Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - Mar 14, 2018
Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - Mar 14, 2018

Action and IMPACT: Community Arts Advocacy Day - April 7

Action and IMPACT: Community Arts Advocacy Day is a multi-town event bringing together artists, art advocates, cultural organizations, and local businesses to participate in a day of grassroots activism and education to support the growth and effectiveness of the arts and arts organizations in Massachusetts.

This second annual Community Arts Advocacy Day (CAAD) offers ten free workshops to attendees, as well as a variety of grassroots arts advocacy activities. CAAD will be held on Saturday, April 7 from 8:00 - 2:30 at the Franklin Senior Center. Attendance is free, though registration is required. In addition to members of the Franklin Cultural Council, Norfolk Cultural Council, Massachusetts Cultural Council and MASSCreative, MA Representative Jeff Roy will speak on how and why to advocate with legislators; he will also participate in one of the advocacy workshops, allowing participants to role play advocacy conversations with him. Any organization from any town is welcome to attend. To register for CAAD, go to:


8:00 - 9:00 Registration, Breakfast & Networking
9:00 - 9:10 Welcome Address
9:10 - 9:25 Why Advocate?
9:25 - 9:40 MASSCreative: Advocating for Public Funding for the Arts, Arts Education and Public Art
9:40 - 10:00 Creative Break to Advocate…grassroots advocacy activities
10:10 - 11:10 Educational Workshop Session 1
11:20 - 12:20 Educational Workshop Session 2
12:30 - 1:15 Lunch and Meet Your Reps…an opportunity to talk about the arts with legislators while noshing
1:25 - 2:25 Panel Discussion: How to Drive Community Engagement
2:25 - 2:30 Wrap Up

Action and IMPACT: Community Arts Advocacy Day - April 7
Action and IMPACT: Community Arts Advocacy Day - April 7

How to Attract and Keep Volunteers — Karen Wellerson-Juhl, Franklin Cultural Council
Volunteers are the backbone of many arts organizations. Finding them (and keeping them!) can sometimes be difficult, but is an integral part of your group's success. Learn tips, tricks and proven strategies from Karen, who has a wealth of experience dealing with volunteers as the Director of the Sherborn Council on Aging.

Shoestring Marketing for Arts Organizations — Stacey David, Franklin Cultural Council
Learn how to build a marketing plan for your arts organization from the ground up! Stacey has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and public relations, and will walk you through the steps of creating a successful marketing plan. Elements include: PR, advertising, social media, special events, marketing collateral, newsletters and more. Many arts organizations are volunteer-run or have small staffs and small budgets…but that doesn't mean you can't market yourself! Stacey can teach you how to market on a shoestring.

The Mass Cultural Council Community Initiative: How to Build Community Partnerships — Mina Kim, Massachusetts Cultural Council
Arts and culture enrich community growth, empower individuals, cultivate youth leadership, and provide a whole that is greater than the sum of our parts. What is the sum of our parts? How do we recognize our role in elevating the power of culture with our partners? The MCC's new Community Initiative focuses on building partnerships among local cultural councils, cultural districts, municipal officials, and the broader arts and culture sector at the local and regional levels. Join Mina Kim, Program Officer for the Community Initiative, to learn about existing and potential networks that have taken root through the Initiative, and how to cultivate meaningful collaborations that bolster support for your work.

Social Media Basics—Charity Stolarz and Taylor McVay, Norfolk Cultural Council
Learn to leverage the power of social platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to connect to your community and amplify your message. Charity and Taylor will give you a crash course in the basic usage of the most popular social media platforms, along with tips and advice on which platforms are best suited for use in various circumstances. You'll get tools and techniques to boost your reach and maximize engagement with your target audience, and a chance to practice posting, liking, sharing, tweeting and adding friends in real time with a workshop full of new social media followers. No social media experience necessary! You will need to bring your smartphone and/or laptop to this workshop. If possible, please have the social media apps pre-installed on your devices beforehand.

Grant Budget Planning for Non-Profits — Barb Gardner and Lillian Gould, Franklin Cultural Council
For many, the budget portion of a grant proposal causes real anxiety. Join Barb, a grant writer for Tufts University, and Lillian, a former grant writer for the MFA, for a step-by-step walk through of how to design and prepare a great budget and budget narrative, and take the stress out of this critical piece of the process.

Creating a Successful Arts/Business Partnership Event— Kelly Artamonov, ArtWeek
Local businesses and arts organizations can create mutually beneficial marketing and special events, forging lasting symbiotic relationships. Partnership events allow arts organizations to expand their reach and public awareness while creating good PR, revenue, and enhanced branding for the business partner. Learn the many ways that arts can partner with businesses and brainstorm how to create a partnership event in your own community.

Developing a Social Media Strategy—Charity Stolarz and Taylor McVay, Norfolk Cultural Council
Once you know the basics, it's time to build a strategy! This workshop is a great sequel to our Social Media Basics workshop and can also help organizations with an established social media presence maximize their efficacy. This session will help you craft a strategic plan for using social media to your advantage. Topics include: tips for using hashtags effectively across platforms, using a consistent voice and style, developing a social media schedule, creative ways to consistently engage your followers, live functions, and more.

Ask the Experts: Grants and Budgets— Barb Gardner and Lillian Gould, Franklin Cultural Council
Have a specific question about an upcoming funding announcement? Looking for ideas to make your grant proposal stronger? Wondering how to design a budget for a project you’ve never done before? Not sure how to go about your first grant application? Then come with your questions and ask the experts! Lillian Gould and Barb Gardner together have over 20 years experience in grant writing and are available to help you.

Leveraging PR and Email Marketing— Tamara Starr, Franklin Cultural Council
Tamara is currently a web producer for NBC Boston and New England Cable News, and knows what it takes to grab the attention of the press. This workshop will focus on how to write a great press release, managing relationships with editors, examples of impactful "letters to the editor" that support your arts and advocacy message, and more!

The Ins and Outs of How to Advocate for the Arts— MA Representative Roy and Emily Ruddock, MASSCreative
Representative Roy will talk to us about the issues he faces regarding State arts funding budgeting, the objections his colleagues might have to supporting the arts, and how to successfully address those objections when advocating. Emily, Program Advocate at MASSCreative, will then guide people in coming up with talking points and "scripts" for advocacy meetings with legislators, giving time to role play these meetings with Rep Roy and others.

Panel discussion: How to Drive Community Engagement—moderator, Stacey David, Franklin Cultural Council
Without community engagement, your arts organization won't survive. Those that do it well, however, thrive. Our amazing panelists have a wealth of knowledge to share on this subject. Submit questions to our panel as part of your registration—we promise you'll gain a lot from this discussion! Panelists include:
• Tracy Kraus, Executive Director of the Worcester Chamber Music Society
• Susan Nicholl, Executive Director of the MetroWest Visitors Bureau
• Jen Leclerc, Manager of Community Engagement for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
• Nicky Enriquez, Web & Digital Media Producer for the Massachusetts College of Art & Design
• Justin Springer, Managing Partner of OUTSIDE THE BOX AGENCY

Action and IMPACT: Community Arts Advocacy Day is a program of the Franklin Cultural Council, with additional support from the Norfolk Cultural Council, MASSCreative, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and our sponsors Dedham Savings Bank and Whole Foods Market. All advocacy activities and workshops are offered free of charge, however, a suggested donation of $10 per registrant is appreciated to help offset the cost of breakfast and lunch. To register for CAAD, please go to:

FHS cheerleaders Div 1 State Champs!

Via Twitter sharing the good news

Our very own @FHScheer_ about to take center stage.   Competing at Whitman Hanson today.  They were AMAZING!!!
Our very own @FHScheer_ about to take center stage.   Competing at Whitman Hanson today.  They were AMAZING!!!

Register O'Donnell Says February Real Estate Shows a Few Positive Signs

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

Register O'Donnell Says February Real Estate Shows a Few Positive Signs

Bucking a stagnating real estate market, February in Norfolk County showed a few positive indicators marked by significant increases in sales volume and average sales prices for residential and commercial properties.

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell noted, "While February saw a 0% percentage increase in the number of residential and commercial properties sold in Norfolk County compared to February of 2017, there was nevertheless a significant increase of 37% in the total volume of residential and commercial sales, totaling $463 million. Additionally, there was more good news with the average sales price, for both residential and commercial properties, rising by 46% to $866,610."

However, countering these promising statistics were the number of land documents recorded at the Registry. During the month of February there were 9,455 land documents recorded, a 5% reduction from the previous year. A main reason for the decrease can be attributed to the lending market. Once again, Norfolk County saw a reduced number of mortgages recorded during February, a trend stubbornly seen for the past several months. There were a total of 1,589 mortgages recorded representing a 6% decrease from February 2017. However, the total amount of borrowing rose 598%, but the number was significantly skewered by a $2 billion mortgage taken out against the Calpine Fore River Energy Center in Quincy and Weymouth.

Norfolk County homeowners continued to avail themselves of the benefits of the Homestead Act. A total of 621 Homesteads were recorded in February, an 8% reduction year over year. "I urge Norfolk County residents to consider filing a homestead on their primary residence. The Homestead law provides limited protection against the forced sale of an individual's primary residence to satisfy unsecured debt up to $500,000," noted O'Donnell.

Foreclosure activity was relatively flat during the month of February. A total of 17 foreclosure deeds were filed compared to 16 the previous year. Also, the number of Notice to Foreclose Mortgage recordings, the first step in the foreclosure process, was 47 compared to 49 filed in February 2017.

Register O'Donnell stated, "Foreclosure activity appeared to have stabilized during the month of February compared to the past few months when significant increases in Notice to Foreclose Mortgage recordings were seen. With that said, we need to make sure any homeowner facing a challenge with their monthly mortgage payment is getting the help and counseling they need."

The Registry continues to work with Quincy Community Action Programs, 617-479-8181 x-376, and NeighborWorks Southern Mass, 508-587-0950. They are available to help anyone who has received a Notice to Foreclose Mortgage from a lender. A third option is to contact the Massachusetts Attorney General's Consumer Advocacy and Response Division (CARD) at 617-727-8400. Each of these programs is staffed by knowledgeable professionals. I urge anyone who is facing a foreclosure issue to avail themselves of these excellent programs."

Register O'Donnell concluded, "In many respects, Norfolk County real estate activity is mirroring what's happening with real estate activity across the northeast United States. Home prices are rising, but total real estate sales numbers are stagnant due to a historically low amount of inventory. This issue is especially burdensome for first time potential homebuyers. We are also seeing mortgage interest rates rise which may by causing some prospective buyers to pause."

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

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds is located at 649 High Street, Dedham. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate, accessible land record information. All land record research information can be found on the Registry's website at Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center at (781) 461-6101, or email us 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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Register O'Donnell Says February Real Estate Shows a Few Positive Signs
Register O'Donnell Says February Real Estate Shows a Few Positive Signs

In the News: stained glass being restored; student walkouts planned

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

"Accompanied by the shrill of an electric saw, and a clinking rainfall of decades-old glazing, an entire wall of stained glass windows was extracted over the course of three days from the historic Franklin Federated Church -- bound for a Minnesota workshop to be restored to their original glory. 
Under the guidance of project manager Kit Sherwood, of Willet-Hauser Stained Glass, each delicate panel was meticulously freed from the glazing and tiny nails that held them in place. Panels were carefully tipped out, set down and lowered to the ground on a mechanical elevated work platform. There, each panel was handed over to two other team members - Sherwood’s nephew, Tyson, and brother in-law, Jimmy Cope - to be taped and cautiously packed between layers of padding into a shipping container. 
“It’s a little nerve-wracking,” admitted Sherwood, seeming relieved to have the panel he just removed safely secured with an “x” of blue tape and nestled into place among the other panels in the packing container."

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The large center window was removed first
The large center window was removed first

Then the smaller surrounding windows were removed
Then the smaller surrounding windows were removed

"As schools around the country brace for student walkouts following the deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida, principals and superintendents are scrambling to perform a delicate balancing act: How to let thousands of students exercise their First Amendment rights while not disrupting school and not pulling administrators into the raging debate over gun control. 
Some have taken a hard line, promising to suspend students who walk out, while others are using a softer approach, working with students to set up places on campus where they can remember the victims of the Florida shooting and express their views about school safety and gun control. 
Since the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, demonstrations have sprung up on school campuses around the country. But the first large-scale, coordinated national demonstration is planned for March 14, when organizers of the Women’s March have called for a 17-minute walkout, one minute for each of the 17 students and staff members killed in Florida."
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The Pantherbook article on the FHS student walkout was posted here earlier

Pantherbook: "A Walkout Planned at Franklin High"
Pantherbook: "A Walkout Planned at Franklin High"

Lifelong Learning: Wedding & Special Occasion Photography Class

Digital Photography Class - Beginning March 15
Don't miss out - Register Online

Wedding and Special Occasion Photography
3 Week Photography Class
Rich Powers
The Henry Studios

Thursdays - Mar. 15, 22, Apr. 5
6:30 - 9:00 PM - Cost = $75
Held at Franklin High School

Be that special occasion photographer you always wanted to be! Weddings are fun and beautiful and a great way to have fun with the special occasion photography..... but there is so much to learn before the event.

Lifelong Learning: Wedding & Special Occasion Photography Class

Franklin Public Schools - 

Lifelong Learning Institute

Lifelong Community Learning

218 Oak Street, Franklin, MA 02038
FPS- Lifelong Learning Institute, 355 East Central Street, Franklin, MA 02038

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - Mar 13, 2018

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.”

1. Routine Business
a. Review of Agenda
b. Citizen’s Comments
i. In the spirit of open communication, “the School Committee will hear public comment not related to an agenda item at the beginning of each regular School Committee Meeting. The Committee will listen to, but not respond to any comment made. A Committee member may add an agenda item to a future meeting as a result of a citizen comment” – from Policy BEDH
c. FHS Student Representative Comments
d. Superintendent’s Report

2. Guests / Presentations
a. Project 351 Student Representative ASMS
b. Update on Homework (District Improvement Plan – Goal 2) – Dr. Joyce Edwards

3. Discussion / Action Items
a. Policy – Second Reading
I recommend adoption of the following policies as discussed.

  • Policy CBD – Superintendent’s Contract
  • Policy ADF – Wellness Policy

b. Proposal for FHS Seniors late arrival or early release during study hall pilot
I recommend temporary suspension of policy JH – Student Absences for the purpose of piloting late arrival/early release for FHS Seniors during quarter 4 as discussed.
c. School Start Times Advisory Committee Appointment
I recommend approval of the remaining School Start Times Advisory Committee appointment as discussed.

4. Discussion Only Items
a. Budget Discussion

5. Information Matters
a. School Committee Sub-Committee Reports (e.g. Budget; Community Relations; Policy; Transportation; Public Schools Advocacy; Ad Hoc Superintendent’s Evaluation)
b. School Committee Liaison Reports (e.g. Joint PCC; Substance Abuse Task Force; School Wellness Advisory Council [SWAC]; MASC)

6. New Business
a. To discuss any future agenda items

7. Consent Agenda
a. Approval of Minutes
I recommend approval of the minutes from the February 27, 2018 School Committee meeting.
b. Parmenter Gifts
I recommend acceptance of four checks totaling $518.67 as detailed:

  • $340.72 Parmenter PCC for Supplemental Supplies
  • $50.00 Parmenter Parent for Supplemental Supplies
  • $77.95 Parmenter PCC for Supplemental Supplies
  • $50.00 Parmenter Parent for Supplemental Supplies
c. Music Parents Gift
I recommend acceptance of $240.00 from Franklin Music Parents for in-house enrichment as detailed.
d. FHS scholarship
I recommend acceptance of a check for $5,000.00 from the Digital Federal Credit Union for a FHS Scholarship.
e. Davis Thayer Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $1,000.00 from the Davis Thayer PCC for Library books.
f. Remington Middle School Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $594.00 from the RMS PCC for in-house enrichment.
g. Jefferson Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $4,159.00 from the Jefferson PCC for field trips.
h. HMMS Grade 6 recurring Field Trip
I recommend approval of the request to take HMMS 6th graders to Save the Bay, in Providence, RI on 5/30; 5/31; and 6/1/2018 (approximately 52 students each day) as detailed.

8. Payment of Bills = Dr. Bergen

9. Payroll = Mrs. Douglas

10. Executive Session
a. Strategy with respect to litigation.

11. Adjournment

The documents released for this agenda can be found on the School District page

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - Mar 13, 2018
Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - Mar 13, 2018

Good Friday 'Cross Walk' is scheduled on the Franklin Town Common - Mar 30

St Mary's teens and families will host its annual 'Cross Walk' procession on the Franklin Town Common beginning at Noon on Good Friday. Christians of all denominations and ages are welcome. Participants will gather on the Church Square end of the common. 

Together, they will process through and around the Franklin town common and back to St Mary's lawn, pausing along the way to reflect on Jesus' great love for us. 

Anyone who wishes to may help share the burden of carrying the heavy cross during the procession. Teens from St Mary's parish will read reflections and prayers at each stop. 

All area residents and our families and friends from surrounding communities are encouraged to take part in this meaningful procession on Good Friday to remember Christ's Passion.

Friday, March 30- 12:00-1:00 pm

Good Friday 'Cross Walk' is scheduled on the Franklin Town Common - Mar 30
Good Friday 'Cross Walk' is scheduled on the Franklin Town Common - Mar 30

Franklin Dog Park Fund Raiser - May 6

Friends of the Franklin Dog Park Committee meeting on March 14, 2018 at 7 PM at the Franklin Library on the second floor conference room. New members are welcome.

We are having a wine and beer tasting fund raiser for the Franklin Dog Park on May 6 from 1 PM to 4 PM, to be held at Pour Richard's Wine and Spirits, 14 Grove Street, Franklin, Ma.02038. There will be snacks and door prizes. Tickets will be $10.00 per person plus live entertainment. All profits will be for the purchasing of 4 dog park benches and Agility equipment for the dog park.

If you can't make it on that day how about sending a donation to help us out. Make your donation out to: Franklin Dog Park, P.O.Box 111, Franklin,Ma. 02038.

dog park at Dacey Field on a sunny summer day
dog park at Dacey Field on a sunny summer day