Episode 793

FM #793 - Town Council Quarterbacking - 05/09/22

Published on: 12th May, 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 May 4, 2022

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

We cover the following key topics condensing the almost 4 hour meeting to less than 40 minutes


a.        Proclamation - Harriet DiMartino


6.        HEARINGS - 7:00 PM

a.        Alcoholic Beverages Licensees, Failure to Pass Compliance Check - Continued from 4/13/2022

i.         TM1 Solutions, Inc. d/b/a 7-Eleven 37380 - 664 Union Street 

ii.        Dharma Bhakti Corporation d/b/a Liquor World - 365 West Central Street

b.        Street Acceptances:

i.         Joseph Circle  & ii. Susan's Way, and a portion of Lawrence Drive



a.        Discussion: Congressman Jake Auchincloss, 4th Congressional District

b.        Presentation: FY21 Annual Financial Audit - Melanson and Heath 


c.        Bylaw Amendment 22-879: Chapter 170, Vehicles and Traffic, Appendix A, Fines, Parking Violations - First Reading (Motion to Move Bylaw Amendment 22-879 to Second Reading - Majority Vote) 

d.        Bylaw Amendment 22-880: Chapter 170, Vehicles and Traffic, Article IV, Stopping, Standing and Parking, §170-15 Parking Prohibitions and Limitations, D. Parking Prohibited, Downtown Parking Map - First Reading (Motion to Move Bylaw Amendment 22-880 to a Second Reading - Majority Vote) 

10.     TOWN ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT =  a.  Davis-Thayer Update

Our conversation runs about 36 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 May 4, 2022


Agenda document ->  https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/town_council_agenda_may_4_2022.pdf

My notes from the meeting  ->  https://www.franklinmatters.org/2022/05/town-council-hears-from-congressman.html 


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