Episode 721

FM #721 - Town Council Quarterbacking with Tom Mercer - 02/03/22

Published on: 7th February, 2022

This shares my conversation with Town Council Chair Tom Mercer. This is one of a series of conversations meant to provide a recap of the prior Council meeting. Akin to one of the many sports post-game analysis broadcasts we are familiar with in New England,  this would be a discussion focused on the Franklin Town Council meeting of February 2, 2022: 

  • ok, what just happened? 
  • What does it mean for Franklin residents and taxpayers?

We cover the following key topics


  • a. Proclamation: Priscilla Cornetta, Friends of Franklin
  • b. Recognition / Promotion: Police Department - Deputy Chief James West
  • c. Recognition / Promotion: Police Department - Lieutenant Eric Zimmerman
  • d. Recognition / Promotion: Police Department - Sergeant Michael Colecchi


a. Old South Church - Mike D’Angelo, Director of Public Facilities

i. Old South Church Existing Conditions Report and Peer Review Study. September 2020.  https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/uploads/20-0930_sfmh_existing_conditions_report_issued_2.pdf 


  • a. Resolution 22-07: Creation of the Joint Budget Subcommittee
  • b. Resolution 22-08: Adoption of Revisions to the Procedures Manual of the Franklin Town Council 
  • e. Resolution 22-11: Acceptance of Private Road Covenant With Owner-Developer of Smits Estates, A Two-Lot Subdivision 
  • f. Resolution 22-12: Order of Layout, Acceptance and Taking of Brandywine Road and a Portion of Charles Drive and Drainage and Utility Easements: Referral to the Planning Board 

Executive session

The recording runs about 38 minutes:

Links to the meeting agenda and associated documents released for this meeting are included in the show notes. 

Let’s listen to this recording of Town Council Quarterbacking Feb 2, 2022


Town Council Agenda document -> 


My notes for the meeting -> 



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