This session of the radio show shares the Town Council meeting held in Council Chambers on Wednesday, August 16, 2023. 8 members of the Council were present in the Council Chambers; Jones was absent, Hamblen covered as clerk for the meeting.
One appointment to the Agricultural Commission was approved. Daniel Morse moved from an associate role to a full seat. Likely a future appointment coming for a new associate.
Two PUBLIC HEARINGS were conducted. These previously were reviewed by the Economic Development Subcommittee and forwarded with unanimous approval. Both measures passed by 8-0-1 (8 for, 0 against, 1 absent)
a. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 23-898: A Zoning Bylaw to Amend the Franklin Town Code at Chapter 185, Attachment 9, Schedule of Lot, Area, Frontage, Yard and Height Requirements
b. Zoning Bylaw Amendment 23-899: Marijuana Use Overlay District, A Zoning Bylaw Amendment to the Code of the Town of Franklin at Chapter 185, Section 5, Zoning Map
Presentation: DPW Project Updates - Brutus Cantoreggi, DPW Director
The presentation doc can be found here -> https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/pages/councl_update_aug_23.pdf
i. Current Project Updates
ii. Pavement Management Program & Sidewalk Plan
iii. Water Tank Master Plan
Discussion: Proposition 2 ½ Operating Override. As noted during the Joint Budget Subcommittee meeting, Jamie provided an overview on the Prop 2 ½ process. Attorney Cerel provided an overview of the more pertinent nuances of what could be done, and importantly what can’t be done.
i. Process - Jamie Hellen, Town Administrator
ii. Campaign & Political Finance and Ethics Laws - Mark Cerel, Town Attorney
The recording runs 3 hours and 8 minutes. Let’s listen to the Town Council meeting on July 19, 2023.
The agenda doc can also be found on the Town of Franklin page ->
Town Council Quarterbacking with Chair Tom Mercer ->
Franklin TV meeting video -> https://www.youtube.com/live/vlYIlCbc4hs
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