Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Live Reporting: Animal Abuse Registry

H. Presentations/Discussions
H. Presentations/Discussions - An Act relative to establishing an animal abuse registry

Q - puts the responsibility on the breeders and pet stores for checking - has anyone checked?

puts the conviction on the CORI

central registry of animal abuse
takes a special kind of evil to abuse an animal

I. Subcommittee Reports
I. Subcommittee Reports
1. Capital

2. Budget
met this evening, about 95% with numbers
numbers getting tighter, will need to reach around to make the budget balance

3. EDC
nothing tonight
May meeting to discuss poultry issue as raised

Live Reporting: Town Council - March 28, 2018

Present: Hamblen, Casey, Dellorco, Mercer (remote), Kelly, Jones, Padula, Earls

Agenda ItemSummary
A. Approval of Minutes - March 14, 2018
A. Approval of Minutes - March 14, 2018

approval of minutes, seconded, passed 8-0-1 via roll call (Pellegri, abstained)

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 - Swearing in of Firefighter Paramedic
Peter Ballou

introduced by Chief McCarragher
sworn in by Town Clerk Teresa Burr

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.

Pam Young - 59 West St
speaking on behalf of neighbors
looking to resolve parking issue with Dean students
the parking restricts access for emergency vehicles
students moving trash containers to park, park in front of containers and block the trash pick up
the ambulance couldn't park in front of the house when it came to make a pick up

Jeff Eaglentine - Sherman Ave
look into an ordinance with keeping chickens in the yard
regulations are clear but the zoning in Chapter 185
restricts for space under 5 acres
grouped chicken in with livestock and not appropriate

Dale Kurtz - Veterans Service Officer
May 25 Memorial Day breakfast
authorizing the memorial walkway on Town Common
over 350 bricks sold thus far
meeting with DPW to discuss build process
looking to paint area for memorial day to show progress
45 plaques ordered to recognize those who passed during conflict
order by April 30 to have it placed with the first plot laying

Bob Gardner - Longhill Road
over 350 purchased, over 16 states purchased
after May 1, won't be able to guarantee first layng
will continue to sale and be laid on scheduled intervals; purchase no later than May 1
order forms available in multiple places
private donations are also welcome

Town Clerk = Teresa Burr
dog licenses due April 1
after this late fee of $30
go to website or call the office

E. Appointments
E. Appointments - Council on Aging
Faith Flaherty

motion to approve, second, passed 9-0 via roll call

F. Hearings
F. Hearings
G. License Transactions
G. License Transactions

Franklin Art Association’s Annual Spring Art Show and Sale - Apr 21-22

The Franklin Art Association will hold its Annual Spring Show and Sale “Art from the Heart” on Saturday, April 21, 2018, from 1PM to 8 PM and on Sunday, April 22, 2018, from 12 noon to 4 PM at THE BLACK BOX, 15 West Central Street in downtown Franklin.

A reception held on Saturday, from 4 PM to 7 PM will include entertainment by the Padula Brothers Jazz Band.

The FAA’s Annual Spring Show and Sale includes works in oil, acrylic, water media, photography, pastel, charcoal, mixed media, calligraphy and drawing. In addition to the exhibited works, small works and unframed art will be available for purchase.

The exhibit is juried and there will be first, second, third and honorable mention ribbons awarded in each category. In addition, there will be a Best of Show award and attendees may vote for a “People’s Choice” award.

For more information about the FAA, go to

Franklin Art Association’s Annual Spring Art Show and Sale - Apr 21-22
Franklin Art Association’s Annual Spring Art Show and Sale - Apr 21-22

Circle of Friends: Gretchen Peters - April 7 with Carolann Solebello

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Circle of Friends: Gretchen Peters - April 7 with Carolann Solebello

with Carolann Solebello
April 7th 8PM $20
Gretchen Peters is a multiple GRAMMY nominee and Country Music Association Song of the Year winner. For two decades, she has been one of Nashville's most beloved and respected artists, known never to shy away from darkness and struggle in her writing. "If Peters never delivers another tune as achingly beautiful as 'On A Bus To St. Cloud,'" People Magazine wrote, "she has already earned herself a spot among country's upper echelon of contemporary composers."

Gretchen has risen to the top of her craft by writing and recording songs that explore the deep corners of life with empathy and integrity. She has accumulated accolades as a songwriter for artists as diverse as Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, The Neville Brothers, Patty Loveless, George Strait, Bryan Adams and Faith Hill.
Carolann Solebello
New York singer/songwriter Carolann Solebello will open the show. With a smooth, compelling voice and warm acoustic guitar, she nods to rural folk traditions, but creates lyrics that rise from the shadows of the towers, bridges, and highways of her urban home. Carolann was an original member of Red Molly.
The Circle of Friends Coffeehouse is a non-profit organization affiliated with Franklin's First Universalist Society. Concerts are presented in a smoke free and alcohol free environment at the Society's handicapped accessible Meetinghouse, 262 Chestnut St. in Franklin, and begin at 8:00 PM; doors open at 7:30 PM. Beverages and gourmet desserts will be available. Admission is $20. Please call (508)528-2541 or visit to purchase tickets or for more information. 
Upcoming Shows
Apr 28      Pat Donohue
May 12     Antje Duvekot with The Starlight Honeys
Next season - Chris Smither, John Gorka, Susan Werner, and much more.

Circle of Friends Coffeehouse · First Universalist Society · 262 Chestnut St · Franklin, MA 02038 · USA

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Announcing Spring Livestrong at the YMCA

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a free 12-week program designed for cancer survivors and their families seeking to regain health, build strength, and connect with other cancer survivors. 

Our goal is to help participants build muscle mass and muscle strength, increase flexibility and endurance, and improve functional ability. Certified YMCA fitness instructors give personal individualized instruction and are trained in the elements of cancer, post rehab exercise, nutrition, and supportive cancer care. 

The program meets twice a week for 90 minutes, using traditional exercise methods to ease you back into fitness and help participants improve confidence and self-esteem.

Announcing Spring Livestrong at the YMCA
Announcing Spring Livestrong at the YMCA
Check out the locations, dates, and times of the upcoming LIVESTRONG at the YMCA classes!

Bernon Family (Franklin) Branch
45 Forge Hill Road
Franklin, MA

Day and Time: 
Monday and Friday, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, beginning on April 9th 

Monday and Wednesday, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM, beginning on April 2nd

Additional information can also be found at

The Annual SEPAC Comedy Show - May 4

SAVE THE DATE for The Annual SEPAC Comedy Show on Friday, May 4 at the 
Showcase Live, Patriot Place, Foxboro
The Annual SEPAC Comedy Show - May 4
The Annual SEPAC Comedy Show - May 4

It is that time of year again!! The 8th Annual Comedy show to benefit Franklin SEPAC is being held on Friday, May 4 at Showcase Live, Patriot Place. 

Enjoy good food, drinks, lots of laughs, and chances to take home fabulous items through the silent auction, food frenzy and raffle. 

All proceeds raised will fund SEPAC’s speakers and social events. Tickets are on sale now on our website:!! 

If you cannot attend but would like to contribute, we welcome any and all donations. 

Please email us at with any questions.
Hope you can make it!!

8th Annual Franklin and Bellingham Fives Road Race - May 5

8th Annual Franklin and Bellingham Fives Road Race

5K Run/Walk - 5 mile run - 1.5 mile walk

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Remington Middle School 
628 Washington Street Franklin, MA

USA Track and Field Sanctioned Event

Run or Walk-5k or Run 5 mile Courses through residential neighborhoods on paved roads. 1.5 mile walk through residential neighborhoods. Help support our effort to develop the Southern New England Trunkline Trail (SNETT) into a multi-use path for Franklin and Bellingham. Post race refreshments. Prizes awarded by category. T-shirts to the first 150 entrants. Participation Medals & raffle prizes and DJ at the site for your enjoyment.

8th Annual Franklin and Bellingham Fives Road Race - May 5
8th Annual Franklin and Bellingham Fives Road Race - May 5

Event details and schedule
T-shirts to the first 150 entrants. Prizes awarded by category. Post race refreshments. Race timing by Spitler Race Systems.

  • Registration: 8:30 – 9:45 AM
  • Start Time: 10 AM
  • Start / Finish: 628 Washington St. Franklin, MA (Remington School)
  • Run – 5K and 5 mile course through residential neighborhoods
  • 1.5 mile walk through residential neighborhoods
  • Entry Fee: 
    • $30 prior to race day; $35 day of the race 
    • $15 Students prior to race day;  $20 day of race for Students

Link to the Rail Trail Committee website with registration info:

Link directly to registration page:

Link to Facebook event:

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Live reporting: Information Matters through to closing

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; School Start Times Advisory Committee)

reminder - Apr 4 - next coffee hour 

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

next meeting 

- curriculum update
- school safety update

7. Consent Agenda
a. Keller Recurring Field Trip
I recommend approval of the request for a recurring field trip for Keller 5th Graders to Roger Williams Zoo, in Providence, RI on Friday, May 11, 2018 as detailed.
b. Jefferson Donation
I recommend acceptance of the donation of sporting equipment valued approximately at $300.00 from Dr. Maureen Sabolinski for supplemental supplies at Jefferson Elementary School.
c. Grant for Jefferson
I recommend acceptance of a check from Martin W. Richard Charitable Grant for $500.00 for supplemental supplies at Jefferson Elementary School as detailed.
d. FHS Senior Pilot
I recommend continued suspension of policy JH – Student Absences for the purposes of the late arrival/early release pilot for seniors at FHS on good standing during quarter 4.
e. Budget Transfers
I recommend Budget Transfers as detailed.

motion to approve, seconded, passed 7-0

8. Payment of Bills 
Dr. Bergen

9. Payroll 
Mrs. Douglas

going into Executive Session will not be returning to open meeting

Live reporting: Discussion / Action Items - Mar 27, 2018

3. Discussion / Action Items
a. School Choice Vote
I recommend that the School Committee not accept any new public school choice students for the 2018-2019 school year as discussed.

motion to approve, seconded, passed 7-0

only 3 students left in the School Choice program

it depends, it can be revenue generating but given the capacity issue at the high school, it really would not be good

b. Draft 18-19 School Committee Schedule
I recommend that the School Committee approve of the 2018-19 School Committee meeting schedule as discussed.
motion to approve, seconded, passed 7-0

4. Discussion Only Items

Live Reporting: School Committee - March 27, 2018

Present:  Feeley, Linden, Douglas, Scofield, Bergen, Schultz, Zub
Absent:  none

1. Routine Business
a. Review of Agenda
no adjustments

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
students not present this evening

d. Superintendent’s Report
huge shout out to music program at MICCA Festival this past weekend
bronze, 8 silver medals and 2 gold medals
showcase Sunday, Apr 8 at Mechanics Hall in Worcester

Fri Apr 6 professional day
some continue from prior days
Davis/Parmenter 3rd workshop with Lesley
Jefferson social emotional theme
Kennedy focus on instructional strategies
Oak St continues committee work
Annie Sullivan/Remington - keys to learning
Horace Mann working on fall orientation

2. Guests / Presentations
a. FY19 Budget Hearing

Superintendent Sara Ahern
Business Administrator Miriam Goodnman

began budget process in October with Workshop (p4)
foundation budget for Franklin per pupil cost at 10,163 determined by state

44% provided by Chapter 70 state funding

$800K of revolving funds non-recurring revenue

$3M increase over FY 18

budget assumptions found on page 14

balanced through use of revolving funds

level service budget plus a few critical needs, page 15
adds for critical needs amount to only $26,000

staffing to be adjusted based upon increased enrollment in some areas and offset by loses, retirements, in other areas, hence budget neutral

two additional critical needs outlined on page 17 should be budget neutral (i.e. assumed to be offset by fee income)

additional FTE proposed on page 18

76% of the budget funds salaries; a total of 85% covers salary and benefits

per pupil costs being calculated at in-district and total by state

below average 33% vs state in the health care and other insurance categories

vote for adoption of budget scheduled for Apr 10
Finance Committee budget hearings in April
Town Council budget hearing in May/June

outstanding needs identified for FY 2020, page 27

good question from one of the boy scouts on how the budget is built.

line item reading and holds for further discussion being made

asst superintendent splitting due to categorization by State

attorney fees cover a multitude of requests; negotiation, policy review, student special ed planning, etc.

2400 less per student than others in the State (on average)

Additional info on the FY 2019 budget can be found

ArtWeek: Worcester Chamber Music Society - Multi-media Concert - May 6

The Worcester Chamber Music Society will be coming to Franklin for a unique multi-media concert on May 6 as part of ArtWeek. In conjunction with the Franklin Public Schools, the Art + Music Family Concert will offer music of Mozart, Debussy, Haydn, and Ginastera at the Franklin High School auditorium from 3:00 - 4:30pm. 

Artwork inspired by the pieces and created by Franklin's elementary school students will be projected above the musicians' heads in a presentation timed to the music. In addition, Jacob Hoover and Katherine Bickford, who dance professionally with the Festival Ballet Providence, will perform, and children in the audience will have an opportunity to create art real-time. 

After the concert, there will be a Meet & Greet with the musicians, giving audience members a chance to see the instruments up close and speak to the people who play them.

"ArtWeek is a great opportunity for people to experience the arts in new and engaging ways, and we are excited to come to Franklin!" says Worcester Chamber Music Society Executive Director Tracy Kraus.

Thanks to sponsorship by the MetroWest Visitors Bureau, Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism, Dean Bank, Middlesex Savings Bank and the Franklin Cultural Council, tickets are being offered at a greatly reduced ticket price of $10/adults, $7/seniors and students, and all children 17 and under free with a paying adult. 

Tickets can be purchased at:

The program will include Mozart's Flute Quartet in D Major, Allegro; Debussy's Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp, Interlude; Haydn's Piano Trio in A Major, Allegro; and Ginastera's Impresiones de la Puna (complete).

About the Franklin Cultural Council —
The mission of the Franklin Cultural Council (FCC) is to encourage participation and enhance opportunities for enrichment in the cultural arts and sciences throughout our community. Comprised of committed residents, the FCC meets monthly with the purpose of supporting events and programs through grants from the Town of Franklin, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
ArtWeek: Worcester Chamber Music Society - Multi-media Concert - May 6
ArtWeek: Worcester Chamber Music Society - Multi-media Concert - May 6