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HomeMy WebLinkAbout2015 Annual Report and Town Meeting Journal Framingham Fast Facts Year Incorporated 1700 Form of Government Selectmen/Town Manager/ Representative Town Meeting Population 68,318 Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census Registered Voters 35,910 Number of Voting Precincts 18  Total Area 26.44 sq. miles Land Area 25.12 sq. miles 2015 Tax Rate Residential - $17.82 Commercial - $38.99 The 2015 edition of the Framingham Annual Town Report was edited by: Jeanette Galliardt, Administrative Assistant, Board of Selectmen Cover Photo: The Cat Cushing Park.  TF TF OWN OF RAMINGHAM OWN OF RAMINGHAM M M ASSACHUSETTS ASSACHUSETTS Annual Report January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2015 In the year 1900, the Framingham Town Seal was redesigned the tion and transportation. The Framingham State Normal School, a free public school and the first of its kind in America, is represented by the structure at the top of the design. Governor Danforth, the founder of Framingham and owner of much of its land, is acknowledged by in the center. The wheel with spokes drawn as tracks radiating in six different directions represents the steam and electric railroads ortation hub. prominent role Framingham played in the manufacture of hats and bonnets in the 1800s. TC C ABLE OF ONTENTS ABLE OF ONTENTS OC IV RGANIZATIONAL HART EO&A V LECTED FFICIALS PPOINTMENTS GG ENERAL OVERNMENT BS 1 OARD OF ELECTMEN TM 3 OWN ANAGER TC 5 OWN LERK ER 7 LECTION ESULTS TC 17 OWN OUNSEL HR 31 UMAN ESOURCES VBS...32 ETERANS ENEFITS AND ERVICES TS 33 ECHNOLOGY ERVICES FM 37 ACILITIES ANAGEMENT CBP 37 APITAL UILDING ROJECTS MS 38 EDIA ERVICES L 40 ICENSING F INANCE CFO 41 HIEF INANCIAL FFICER TA 42 OWN CCOUNTANT T/C 63 REASUREROLLECTOR BA 93 OARD OF SSESSORS PD 109 URCHASING EPARTMENT RS 110 ETIREMENT YSTEM PS&H UBLIC AFETY EALTH PD 111 OLICE EPARTMENT AP 114 UXILIARY OLICE AC 115 NIMAL ONTROL FD 117 IRE EPARTMENT BH 123 OARD OF EALTH IS 126 NSPECTIONAL ERVICES DW&M 129 EPARTMENT OF EIGHTS EASURES PW UBLIC ORKS E&T 130 NGINEERING RANSPORTATION HD 132 IGHWAY IVISION SD 135 ANITATION IVISION WWD 136 ATER AND ASTEWATER IVISION C&OS 138 ONSERVATION PEN PACE F,F,&CM 139 LEET ACILITIES OMMUNICATIONS ANAGEMENT A&F 141 DMINISTRATION INANCE PED LANNING AND CONOMIC EVELOPMENT PB 142 LANNING OARD C&EDD OMMUNITY CONOMIC EVELOPMENT EPARTMENT ED 144 CONOMIC EVELOPMENT ZBA 151 ONING OARD OF PPEALS C 152 OMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND HOME PROGRAMS MWRTA 153 ETROEST EGIONAL RANSIT UTHORITY FHA 154 RAMINGHAM OUSING UTHORITY RCA ECREATION AND ULTURAL FFAIRS PRC 156 ARKS AND ECREATION OMMISSION R 157 ECREATION PM 158 ARKS AINTENANCE CC 160 EMETERY OMMISSION LA 161 ORING RENA CA/CC 161 OUNCIL ON GINGALLAHAN ENTER EL DUCATION AND IBRARIES FPS 164 RAMINGHAM UBLIC CHOOLS KTS 177 EEFE ECHNICAL CHOOL FPL 183 RAMINGHAM UBLIC IBRARY GC ENERAL OMMITTEES CAC 187 ABLE DVISORY OMMITTEE CBC 187 APITAL UDGET OMMITTEE CC 188 ULTURAL OUNCIL CCAC 188 USHING HAPEL DVISORY OMMITTEE DC 188 ISABILITY OMMISSION EGCC 189 DGELL ROVE EMETERY OMMISSION FC 189 INANCE OMMITTEE GSC 191 OVERNMENT TUDY OMMITTEE HDC 191 ISTORIC ISTRICT OMMISSION HC 192 ISTORICAL OMMISSION HRC 192 UMAN ELATIONS OMMISSION RPC 193 EAL ROPERTY OMMITTEE TAC 193 ECHNOLOGY DVISORY OMMITTEE TM OWN EETING TM 194 OWN ODERATOR SC TANDING OMMITTEES SCCS 196 TANDING OMMITTEE ON OMMUNITY ERVICES SCE 196 TANDING OMMITTEE ON DUCATION SCPZ 196 TANDING OMMITTEE ON LANNING AND ONING SCPS 197 TANDING OMMITTEE ON UBLIC AFETY SCR 197 TANDING OMMITTEE ON ULES SCWM 198 TANDING OMMITTEE ON AYS AND EANS TMJ OWN EETING OURNAL TMA 200 OWN EETING TTENDANCE A28,2015ATM 201 PRIL NNUAL OWN EETING M5,2015STM 249 AY PECIAL OWN EETING O20,2015STM 250 CTOBER PECIAL OWN EETING ETO ETO LECTED OWN FFICIALS LECTED OWN FFICIALS Town Clerk Regional Vocational School Committee Valerie Mulvey 2017 A. J. Mulvey 2017 Town Moderator Michael M. Rossi 2017 James Cameau 2018 Teri S. Banerjee 2016 John H. Evans, III 2018 Myra Bushell 2018 Board of Selectmen Larry Cooper 2016 Cheryl Tully Stoll 2017 Linda B. Fobes 2016 Laurie Lee 2017 John M. Kahn 2016 Jason A. Smith 2018 Charles J. Sisitsky 2016 Planning Board Michael J. Bower 2016 Christine A. Long 2017 School Committee Thomas F. Mahoney 2018 Stephanie A. Mercandetti 2018 Michelle Brosnahan 2017 Lewis Colton 2016 James H. Stockless 2017 Victor A. Ortiz 2016 Donald C. Taggart, III 2017 Beverly K. Hugo 2018 Housing Authority James J. Kelly 2018 Heather A. Connolly 2016 Janice M. Rogers 2019 Eric K. Silverman 2016 Robert L. Merusi 2016 Stephen P. Starr 2017 Library Trustees Phyllis A. May 2018 Arthur M. Finstein 2017 Edgell Grove Cemetery Trustees Samuel L. Klaidman 2017 Jo-Anne Thompson 2017 Susan Silva 2018 Elizabeth Roy 2017 John J. Silva 20 2019 Maria E.L. Barry 2018 Dennis Cardiff 2016 Eric Doherty 2018 Stanton T. Fitts 2016 Janet L. Harrington 2018 Barbara W. Ford 2017 Nancy Coville Wallace 2018 State Legislators Robert M. Dodd 2016 Elizabeth F. Fideler, Chair 2016 Senator Karen Spilka (D) Chris Walsh 2016 Representative Tom Sannicandro (D) Ruth S. Winett 2016 Representative Chris Walsh (D) Representative Carmine Gentile (D) SMA SMA ENIOR ANAGERIAL PPOINTMENTS ENIOR ANAGERIAL PPOINTMENTS Town Manager Chief Engineer Robert J. Halpin William Sedewitz Assistant Town Manager Parks & Recreation Director James P. Duane James Snyder (Interim) Police Chief Public Health Director Kenneth M. Ferguson Michael J. Blanchard Fire Chief Veterans Benefits & Services Director Gary Daugherty Peter Harvell Town Counsel Conservation Administrator Christopher J. Petrini Robert D. McArthur Chief Financial Officer Elder Services/Callahan Senior Center Director Mary Ellen Kelley Technology Services Director Public Works Director Carly Premo Melo Peter Sellers Town Accountant Town-Owned Buildings Foreman Richard G. Howarth, Jr. James J. Paolini Treasurer/Tax Collector Human Services Policy & Program Carolyn R. Lyons Coordinator Chief Assessor Vacant William G. Naser School Superintendent Human Resources Director Dr. Stacy Scott Dolores Hamilton Planning Board Administrator Chief Procurement Officer Amanda L. Loomis Jennifer Pratt Library Director Building Commissioner/Inspectional Mark Contois Services Director Liaison to the State Ethics Commission Michael A. Tusino Christopher Petrini, Esquire Community & Economic Development Director Arthur P. Robert BSA BSA OARD OF ELECTMEN PPOINTMENTS OARD OF ELECTMEN PPOINTMENTS Agricultural Advisory Commission Conservation Commission Nicola Cataldo 2017 Sam Bade 2017 Peter E. Whiting 2017 William G. Merriam, Vice Chair 2018 Thomas Hanson, Chair 2018 Robert Bois 2018 Dudley Stephan 2016 Pam Helinek, Chair 2016 George A. Marold 2016 Jennifer Forman Orth 2016 Jacqueline Mennino 2015 Eve Lewinger 2017 TJ Liveston 2017 Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee Constables William Hanson, Chair Indefinite R. Scott Gonfrade 2016 Edward Kross Indefinite Paul L.M. Kelley 2016 Joseph Repole Indefinite Sean McCarthy 2016 Thomas Branham 2017 Paul A. Nardizzi 2016 Ben Gustafson 2017 Amaury Abreu 2016 Bruce Ingle 2016 Marjorie Goldin 2016 Stacey Lee 2016 Nelson Goldin 2016 Rachel A. Minutolo 2016 Board of Health Henry Ohrenberger 2016 William Pickett, Jr. 2016 David W. Moore 2017 Barry Sims 2016 Laura Housman 2018 Elizabeth A. Fuller 2017 Michael R. Hugo, Chair 2016 Steven Driver 2018 Cable Advisory Committee Cultural Council Annabel Z. Dodd, Chair 2017 Cindy Camuso (Ex-Officio) 2016 William Peter Barnes 2017 P. Nandi Varris (Ex-Officio) 2016 Morton J. Shuman 2017 Joel Winett 2018 Ron J. Rego 2018 Judith Levine 2018 Norma Shulman 2016 Mary Jane Dotson 2017 Cemetery Commission Norma Kent 2017 Diane M. Hartung, Chair 2016 Kathleen F. Hauck 2017 Esther Powell 2018 David Gudejko 2016 Katie OCallaghan 2017 Joseph Kaufman 2016 Kathryn Sucich 2017 Community Development Committee Cushing Chapel Board of Trustees Anne Arvedon 2017 Beverly C. Good, Chair 2017 Edward T. Levay, Jr., Chair 2018 Pablo Maia 2017 Elizabeth Sleczkowski 2018 Edgar Roth 2017 Deborah Butler 2017 Jacob Binnall 2016 Geri Weinstein 2017 Stephen Bransfield 2017 R. Evan Davis 2016 Disability Commission Historic District Commission Elise A. Marcil 2017 Henry Field 2017 Susane Santone 2017 Ted Grenham (Alternate) 2017 Craig Coleman 2018 Helen Lemoine 2017 Dennis Moran 2018 Stephen Greeley (District Resident) 2017 Karen Foran Dempsey, Chair 2016 Susan Bernstein (Realtor) 2018 Kathleen T. McCarthy 2016 Amy D. Finstein (Alternate Arch. Hist) 2018 Rose Quinn 2016 Calvin Smith 2018 Gerald Couto, Chair 2018 Economic Development & Industrial Julie A. Ferrari 2016 Corporation James Kubat (Architect) 2016 Andrew Mackin (Alternate) 2016 Richard J. Donovan 2017 Jeff Delvy (Alternate FHC) 2016 Maureen E. Dunne 2017 Dan Rao 2017 Historical Commission Christopher DiBenedetto 2018 Michael Gatlin, Chair 2018 Lewis Colten 2017 Scott W. Wadland 2018 Susan Martone 2017 Richard Gallitto 2016 Jane B. Whiting 2017 Gerald Couto 2018 Elderly & Disabled Tax Fund Thomas Joseph Schuetz 2018 Committee Paul F. Silva 2016 Frederic Wallace, Chair 2016 William G. Naser, Chief Assessor Carolyn Lyons, Treasurer/Collector Human Relations Commission Elizabeth Matterazzo Indefinite Howard Rouse Indefinite Robert Anspach, Chair 2017 Eric C. Finn Indefinite Timothy Lee 2017 John Schaefer 2018 Emergency Management Director Arlene Bernstein 2016 Priscila Soares Sousa 2017 Steven Trask Indefinite Kevin Murphy 2018 Emergency Management Asst. Mary Jane Dotson 2018 Director Kevin Aguirre 2018 John C. Magri Indefinite Metro Area Planning Council Fair Housing Committee Robert Halpin 2016 Robert Anspach 2017 (Ex-officio, HR Comm.) MetroWest Regional Transit Authority Nathalie Jean 2017 (Ex-officio, CED Dept.) Cheryl Tully Stoll 2016 Bob Merusi (2018 Ex-officio, F. Housing Auth) Cynthia Cobb 2018 Park and Recreation Commission Brandale Randolph 2018 2014 Susan DiClemente Aaron 2018 David Gudejko 2017 Edgar Roth 2016 Phillip Reitz 2017 Cynthia M. Higgins 2016 Joseph Kaufman 2018 Joan Klan Rastani, Chair 2018 Fence Viewer Kathleen F. Hauck 2016 Eric Johnson 2018 Michael Tusino 2018 Town Historian Zoning Board of Appeals Frederic Wallace Indefinite Susan S. Craighead 2017 Philip R. Ottaviani, Chair 2018 Tree Warden Stephen Meltzer 2016 Francis Pawluczonek 2016 Edward V. Cosgrove (Associate) 2016 Robert Snider (Associate) 2016 Veterans Council Kevin J. Gatlin (Associate) 2016 Dawn Ross 2018 Richard A. Constant 2016 Zoning Board of Appeals Sign Appeals Nicholas Paganella 2016 Board Eric C. Finn 2017 Edward V. Cosgrove 2016 Daniel Schuldman 2018 Kevin J. Gatlin 2016 William Blumsack 2018 Robert Snider 2016 Gerald Blanchette 2018 Peter Harvell, VSO Ex-officio Local Water Resource Management Official Peter A. Sellers Indefinite AM AM PPOINTMENTS BY THE ODERATOR PPOINTMENTS BY THE ODERATOR As Capital Budget Committee Real Property Committee Jeanne Bullock, Chair 2017 Robert Bolles 2017 Elizabeth Funk (Fin Com Rep) 2016 Mark McClennan 2017 Kevin P. Crotty 2018 Betty Muto 2017 Edward J. Kross 2018 Kathy Vassar 2017 Richard J. Weader, II 2016 Judy Leerer 2018 Michael Cannon 2016 Norman Snow 2015 Dan Rao 2017 Diane Pabst 2018 Andrea Carr-Evans 2016 Finance Committee Edward T. Levay, Jr. 2016 Martin Ned Price, Chair 2016 Ambar Sarkar, Chair 2017 Christine Long (Planning Board Dan Lampl 2018 Representative) 2017 Nancy Wilson 2018 Michael Bower (Selectmen David F. Miles 2018 Representative) 2017 Mahmood Akhtar 2016 Heather Connolly (School Committee Leonard Finkel 2016 Representative) 2017 Elizabeth Funk 2016 Nancy Wilson (Fin Com Representative) 2017 George P. King 2017 Joan Rastani (Park Commission Government Study Committee Representative) 2017 Nicola Cataldo () 2017 ConCom Representative Karl Rookey, Chair 2017 Wolf Haberman 2018 Technology Advisory Committee Barbara LeDuc 2017 Phil Reiman 2014 Mel Warshaw 2017 Vale Sundravel 2017 Sue Bernstein 2016 Edward Kane 2018 Ed Mann 2016 Steven Feldman 2016 Betty Muto 2016 Adam C. Levensohn, Chair 2016 Personnel Board Roger Ahlfeld, Chair 2018 Stephen Rollins 2017 Stephen Becker 2016 Stanley Lichwala 2016 Marvin Bernstein 2017 MA MA ISCELLANEOUS PPOINTMENTS ISCELLANEOUS PPOINTMENTS Board of Assessors Registrar of Voters Elizabeth Fekete 2016 Eng Cho 2018 Arthur Holmes 2017 Linda A. Fields 2016 Kathy Peirce 2017 Bruce C. Wester 2016 Appointed by the Chief Financial Officer with approval of All of the above Appointed by Selectmen the Town Manager Valerie Mulvey 2017 Appointed by default as Town Clerk Council on Aging Clinton J. Knight, Chair 2016 Loring Arena Committee Linda Belleville 2016 Richard Callahan 2018 Rick Killigrew 2016 Richard D. Ryan 2018 John Kahn 2016 Jack Jagher 2018 Lynn F. Power 2017 Robert Lewis 2018 Betty Muto 2016 Joan Klan Rastani 2018 Rachel Stewart 2016 Joseph Tersoni 2018 Fred Wallace 2016 Appointed by Town Manager Clyde Dottin 2016 Michelle Quinn Smith 2017 Retirement Board Lawrence J. Griffin 2016 Richard Howarth, Jr., Chair & Ex-officio Five appointed by the Board of Selectmen, six by Mary Ellen Kelley 2017 the Council on Aging Jon Fonseca 2017 John W. White 2018 Housing Authority Peter Rovinelli, Elected 2016 Janet Leombruno 2019 Two members appointed by Selectmen, two elected Appointed by the MA Department of Housing by members, one appointed by Retirement Board & Community Development XI Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report BS|TM|TC|TC|HR OARD OF ELECTMEN OWN ANAGER OWN LERK OWN OUNSEL UMAN ESOURCES TS|FM|CBP ECHNOLOGY ERVICES ACILITIES ANAGEMENT APITAL UILDING ROJECTS MS|L EDIA ERVICES ICENSING Board of Selectmen 1IQSVMEP&YMPHMRK6Q``WIPIGXQIR$JVEQMRKLEQQEKSZ1IQSVMEP&YMPHMRK6Q``WIPIGXQIR$JVEQMRKLEQQEKSZ From left to right: Jason A. Smith, Cheryl Tully Stoll, Charles J. Sisitsky, Michael J. Bower and Laurie Lee During 2015, the Board of Selectmen years ago as a dump site. The Town oversaw a number of projects that negotiated an agreement with Dennison involved cleaning up hazardous sites to share efforts and costs to clean up the throughout town. The Board reached area. Testing has been ongoing in agreement with Ellingwood Construction conjunction with Mass DEP with more Company to phase out their asphalt clean-up expected in 2016. The land at storage and grinding operation at the end 350 Irving Street, owned by Eversource is of Meadow Street, adjacent to the new also on track to be cleaned up. Testing Danforth Green housing development. and agreements were completed during Work started on removal of the year and it is expected that the contamination at Dennison Park on contamination will be cleaned up during Beaver Street. The area was owned and 2016. used by Dennison Manufacturing many General Government1 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report The energy improvements contract Board of Selectmen and the Planning whereby many town-owned facilities will Board. In other action, Town Meeting be upgraded with energy saving supported a tax agreement negotiated by equipment was finalized and work began the Selectmen for the relocation and in the later part of the year. One of the first projects was the replacement of streetlights with LED lights. Part of the Completion of the state-funded energy saving contract also provides for replacement of the Central Street Bridge new electrical upgrades at the main library. was delayed beyond the expected 2015 Unfortunately, a major electrical fire took completion date. A mid-2016 opening is place soon after work began. The fire now anticipated. caused the library to be shut down for an indefinite period while the mishap was Additional sections of the MWRA investigated. Repairs have begun and will aqueduct were opened during the year as be completed by mid-2016. lot adjacent to the commuter rail station. During the summer and early fall, the Board reviewed proposals for medical The Board of Selectmen and marijuana dispensaries in town. At the end administration successfully negotiated a of the process, three companies were major change in employee health plans selected to get letters of support. It is with the Public Employees Committee anticipated that they will open sometime (PEC). The resulting shift to the Group in 2016 once they obtain their state Insurance Commission (GIC) will save approvals. the town an estimated 18 million dollars over a three year period. As a result of Town Meeting support, a skate park advisory committee was On a very sunny July 24, FOX 25 News established. Two members of the Board visited Framingham with a ZIP Trip that of Selectmen were appointed to the celebrated the many great qualities and committee which met throughout the features of Framingham. This summer remainder of the year. The committee expects to submit its recommendation to Charlie Rousseau as our Citizen of the the 2016 Annual Town Meeting. The 2015 Year. Town Meeting also approved a significant zoning amendment for the downtown Respectfully submitted, area in conjunction with Transit Oriented Charles J. Sisitsky, Chairman Development. This was the result of a successful collaboration between the General Government2 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report Town of Framingham 2015 Annual Town Report TM OWN ANAGER Memorial Building, Room 121 | 508-532-5400 | Town.manager@framinghamma.gov I am pleased to present my annual report critical mass and pedestrian vitality in the as Town Manager for calendar year 2015. center of downtown and creates a clear set One cannot hardly begin to recap that of design standards (with visual examples) year without starting with the record-that make it clear exactly what the breaking amounts of snowfall and frigid community is looking for in terms of an weather that held us all captive through urban design. We have a high degree of the end of late January and most of confidence that this new zoning will February. The position our struggling downtown area for into our lexicon and by the time it significant private investment in housing, released its grip on New England had retail and office development and dropped a record 111 inches of snow and establish our downtown as a logical urban school cancellations. It was a marathon center for the larger MetroWest region of that tested the endurance of most of our greater Boston. municipal workforce particularly our DPW, Parks and Recreation, municipal The downtown Central Business and school Facilities Management and district/TOD zoning amendments Police and Fire personnel. Heartfelt referred to above would not have been thanks to all of them! possible without a high level of collaboration and support by our elected The Fall Special Town Meeting capped Board of Selectmen and Planning Board off a three-year planning, education and who co-sponsored the amendments at consensus building effort to rewrite our Town Meeting. Similarly, the two elected Central Business zoning in Downtown boards have collaborated for more than Framingham in pursuit of a high-density, two (2) years on a sweeping review of the residential/mixed use development vision confusing and hard-to-interpret based on the principles of Transit Framingham Zoning Bylaw. Oriented Development (TOD) and urban walkability with a five- to ten-minute walk The zoning bylaw, amended many, many of the heavily-used commuter rail station. times over its nearly seventy-year history, had become increasingly complex, The new zoning, which was inconsistent and impossible for all but a overwhelmingly adopted by Town handful of legal or technical experts to Meeting 116 to 10, removed many of the interpret and understand. 2015 saw the barriers to density that were present in the second year of a three-year effort to former zoning; adopted a more suitable recodify and clarify the bylaw so that all parking requirement reflecting the could understand what it meant and experience of other downtown areas required of builders and developers. By developed along TOD principles; and removing inconsistencies and conflicting lastly, creating a much higher degree of provisions, as well as articulating certainty in terms of permitting. provisions more clearly, the revised bylaw is a much clearer statement of what the The new zoning allows for higher building Framingham community wants by way of heights in the urban core to create more development and growth. The two General Government General Government3 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report boards should be proud of the results of grew to a workforce of over 300 people. this collaborative effort. It soon ran out of space and out of necessity split its operations between two By the close of 2015, the Board of buildings in that center. It considered Selectmen, Town Manager and Chief relocating to a nearby community but Financial Officer put in place the second through the aggressive intervention of the fiscal year piece of a three-year Budget T Plan which sought to leverage a significant Economic Development (DCED) found projected savings in health insurance good space in Framingham and seems to savings over a three-year period to be on a path to grow to a workforce of moderate property tax increases and tax 450 people. shifting on to businesses in Framingham. The other significant achievement was the The Selectmen and staff embraced a multiyear goal of limiting the annual decision to stay here in Framingham increase in the property tax levy to 1.25% where it originated. The company per year (instead of the maximum 2.5% expanded from just under 20,000 square per cent allowed by state law) or to a total feet in its original Morton St. facility to a three-year increase of not more than 65,000 square foot facility on Clinton St., 3.75%. This goal was also expressed as complete with a 5,000 square foot tap keeping the annual increase of the average room and restaurant which has quickly single-family residence tax bill to less than become a popular regional destination $100 per year or $300 over three years. downtown. The company was assisted We are pleased to report that we beat each throughout its decision-making process by of these goals in the first two years of the Town departments including the DCED plan (FY 2015 and FY 2016) with a total and Planning Board and staff and was two-year property tax levy increase of supported its decision to remain in approximately 1.65%. Framingham by a modest property tax agreement approved overwhelmingly by For the last year of the plan we are town meeting. preparing a FY 2017 assuming a property tax levy increase of between 1.25% and A quick summary of other highlights of 1.75%. It is the opinion of the Town 2015 include: Manager and Chief Financial Officer that Preparation of a 1.75% increase levy meets the three year Neighborhood/Village Plans for goals we established in a manner that is the Nobscot, Saxonville and more financial sustainable in terms of Southeast Framingham areas of funding future budgets. town; A major electrical fire and On the economic development front resulting damage which took the there were two significant business Main Branch of the Framingham retention achievements. Boston Heart Public Library system out of Diagnostics is a highly-regarded medical service until repairs can be made device company which, as a startup in 2016; company, began its business in the Appointment of a new and Saxonville Mills complex here in warmly received Director of Framingham. It expanded and relocated Public Health who is working with to the 90/9 Corporate Center where is General Government4 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report the Board of Health to achieve decisions which sorely need to be our ambitious public and addressed by the town. environmental health goals; I extend a sincere Thank You to the Letters of non-opposition and Board of Selectmen, Town divisions community host agreements and departments as well as all of our which should lead to licensing of employees who worked so one or more Registered Medical collaboratively to make 2015 such a Marijuana Dispensaries in successful year. Framingham Continued work to adopt and Sincerely, begin implementing a long-range municipal building plan to begin Robert Halpin dealing with major building Town Manager TC OWN LERK Memorial Building, Room 105 | 508-532-5521 | Townclerk@framinghamma.gov authority and responsibilities of that and source of information for most callers position. and visitors to the Memorial Building. th Framingham is the 14 most populated The Town Clerk Division is responsible municipality in Massachusetts. 68,318 for creating and preserving all the Town residents were counted in the 2010 US vital records. Administrators Emily Black Census. 35,753 Framingham residents are Butler and Elena Finehouse registered 633 registered to vote. The presence of a deaths and 530 marriages and issued 3,996 birthing hospital, numerous nursing dog licenses and 519 business certificates homes and many assisted living facilities in 2015. Our revenue total was $231,271. contribute to our substantial work load. Other responsibilities include but are not limited to: processing and issuing burial Assistant Town Clerk Lisa Ferguson permits, death certificates, marriage manages our daily operations in the Town licenses, marriage certificates and Clerk and Election Divisions. She trains underground storage tank permits; and supervises staff. Among many other collecting fines for the Board of Health, responsibilities, Lisa produces the Town Conservation Commission, Police Meeting Journal, maintains the Town Department, Building and Public Works Clerk page on the Town website, and Departments and Animal Control; along with the Town Clerk administers maintaining all permanent Public Way the qualifying oath to appointed State Access permits, Zoning Board of Appeals, officials and appointed and elected Town Planning Board and Historic Commission officials. Lisa has earned her Certified decisions and appeals; conducting Municipal Clerk designation from the genealogy searches and issuing raffle International Institute of Municipal permits. Emily is also responsible for Clerks. In the absence of the Town Clerk processing affidavits of correction of vital the Assistant Town Clerk assumes the records, posting meetings and agendas and ensuring that the 48 hour requirement General Government5 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report is met, recording Conflict of Interest Grounds staff, Domenic Jannetti and receipts and registering births. Keefe Tech Facilities staff; Reverend Scaravelli and Pastor Don Hegeman who As a result of the Vitals Information generously provide St. Tarcisius and Partnership (VIP) System we now receive Wesley United Methodist Parish Centers all births to Framingham residents as voting locations at no cost; the Arcade electronically. This has doubled the time management for providing employee necessary for the process. In 2015, 891 parking on election day and our election births at MWMC were registered and 444 workers who work 15+ hour days to serve out of town births were processed for a the voters. total of 1335 births to Framingham residents. In October 2014, the Death The Board of Selectmen, Town Manager, VIP system became operational. This has Town employees, Town Officials, Town significantly increased the work involved Moderator and Town Meeting Members in processing burial permits and death provide consistent support to this office; certificates. it is a pleasure to work with them and with all who participate in our Lauren DiGiandomenico is the Election administration and government. Coordinator. The Election Division is responsible for: conducting the Annual I am very grateful for the support of our Town Census and elections; maintaining dedicated, knowledgeable Division and Department Heads. It is a privilege to call related street listing; recording Town them my colleagues. Meeting votes, filing Town Meeting original documents, preparing the Finally and most importantly I thank and Attorney General Bylaw submissions and commend my small dedicated staff for posting the bylaws when they are their hard work, professionalism and approved. The Annual Town Meeting met knowledgeable, friendly attitudes. They over twelve nights in May. A Special nd Town Meeting met on October 21st, 22 excellent customer service. rd and 23. Respectfully submitted, In 2015, Lauren registered 2341 new voters, deleted 1699 voters, amended the Valerie Mulvey, Town Clerk records of 10,179 voters and processed 92 absentee ballots for the Annual Town Election that had a 7% voter turnout. We are grateful to many people for assisting us in providing excellent service to our voters. These include but are not limited to: School Superintendents Scott and Lynch who provide accessible voting locations at their schools and the principals who loan us their cafeterias, gyms and parking spaces on election day; James Paolini, Brent Blair and Town Facilities Management staff, Matt Torti, Ernie Moreau and School Building and General Government6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report TC OWN OUNSEL Memorial Building, Room 127 | 508-532-5406 | cpetrini@framinghamma.gov  I. Introduction & Overview submitted in advance upon request in conjunction with specific warrant articles. We also provide advice and guidance to pleased to provide the 2015 Annual the various committees of Town Meeting, Report of the Office of the Town and attend meetings of such committees Counsel. P&A operates the Office of the as needed. Town Counsel in accordance with Article II, Section 5 of the General Bylaws. We Over the past several years, this office has represent the Town in litigation and appear on behalf of the Town before all litigation with efficiency, focus and courts and administrative agencies of the positive results. Included in Section II of Commonwealth. In addition, we serve as this report is a comprehensive list a liaison and a resource to various special describing the status of cases that were counsel and insurance counsel active in 2015 as required by Article II, representing the Town in a variety of legal Section 5.8 of the General Bylaws. matters. We also attend meetings of Included in Section III of this report is a boards, committees and commissions of Budgetary Overview section that the Town as necessary or as requested. summarizes the revenue, mitigation and P&A also drafts legal documents for avoided expenses that this office helped Town officials, boards and commissions achieve for the Town in 2015. upon request, and reviews legal contracts, deeds and agreements to which the Town II. Status of Framingham Cases is a party. We provide advice and opinions to the Board of Selectmen, In accordance with Article II, Sections 5.8 Town Manager, and various boards, and 1.5 of the General Bylaws, below is a committees, commissions, division heads list of the Framingham cases that were and department heads in accordance with active in 2015. I have included the case the Town bylaws and the Board of name, type of case, and a brief description of the case with the 2015 activities and Counsel and Confidentiality of Attorney-2016 activities through March 16, 2016 Client Communications. summarized in the last column on the right. This section is divided into two In our capacity as Town Counsel, we parts. Part A summarizes cases that are attend the Annual Town Meeting and all handled by this office, Part B summarizes special town meetings and we are available cases handled by special counsel or to provide opinions at such meetings insurance counsel, and Part C summarizes upon request. We also review all non-School Department cases of which we are petition warrant articles prior to inclusion aware. (P&A does not serve as full in the warrant, and are available to review counsel to the School Department.) and comment upon written motions General Government17 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report A. OFFICE OF TOWN COUNSEL CASES MATTER TYPE 2015 STATUS/DISPOSITION Avidia Bank, et al. v. Zoning This matter involved an attempt to construct a bank on the property ZBA located at 222-236 Cochituate Road. The complaint included two permit, and a claim that the Office and Professional Zoning District is invalid on its face and as applied to this property. Plaintiffs claimed that any commercially reasonable use of the property requires a special permit, and that the zoning by-law therefore exceeded the the complaint, plaintiff agreed to dismiss the complaint. This matter is now closed. Bardellini v. Town of Probate This was a probate case involving paternity issues in which the Town Framingham was named as party only to compel it to issue a revised birth certificate in the event so ordered by the Court. The Town did not actively participate in this case. Judgment was entered in this case and this matter is now closed. This is an action seeking declaratory and injunctive relief to enjoin Butler v. Town of Declaratory/ Framingham Injunctive commercial, indust accounting of and action plan to address both taxes wrongfully collected and taxes due and owing as a result of a miscalculation of t that plaintiff lacks standing to pursue her claims. The plaintiff has appealed this decision to the Massachusetts Appeals Court. Zoning This is an appeal under G.L. c. 40A, §17 from the denial of a special C.A.P., Inc. v ZBA permit application for automobile storage at 350 Irving Street. The application by C.A.P., Inc. was one of a number of applications for 350 Irving Street that were before the ZBA. The main tenant is Landscape Depot; many sub-tenants applied for special permits. The ZBA, based on the information presented at the public hearing, denied the application by C.A.P., Inc. and a number of other subtenants. C.A.P appealed to Land Court. The Land Court stayed the case until C.A.P. obtained an attorney, and in January, 2016, dismissed the case due to the failure of C.A.P. to obtain an attorney.  General Government18 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report Citimortgage v. Town Real Estate This is a Land Court Action for reformation of a deed brought by of Framingham and Citimortgage against the record owners and mortgagors, Eugene Matterazzo Matterazzo, Jr. and Nancy Matterazzo. Counsel for Citimortgage filed and argued its Motion for Summary Judgment in 2015 requesting that the Court reform an incorrect deed description in the deed from the Town to the Matterazzos and include this parcel in the mortgage to be foreclosed. The Land Court denied the motion without prejudice after noting a discrepancy in the underlying 2004 deed from the Town, and subsequently ordered that the Town be brought into the litigation as a necessary party. Currently the parties Croft v. Conservation Wetlands This case involves an appeal under G.L. c. 249, § 4 challenging the Commission June, 2014 with respect to alleged wetlands violations on property located at and near 0 Dartmouth Drive. In December, 2014, the parties agreed to stay the matter for 90 days to discuss a potential resolution of the case, along with a related District Court proceeding through which the plaintiff sought to challenge citations issued by the Conservation Department under G.L. c. 40, § 21D in connection with the violations. The parties reached a global resolution of these cases in March, 2015. This matter is now closed. Croft v. Planning Land Use Board lication for endorsement of approval not required (ANR) under the Subdivision Control Law with respect to property located at 1147 Edmands Road. The plaintiff filed a stipulation of dismissal and this matter is now closed. South Middlesex Land Use This matter concerns an appeal of the conditions of approval issued Realty Group, LLC by the Planning Board in a June 13, 2013 decision for Definitive (successor to Paul Subdivision Plan pursuant to M.G.L. c. 41, § Croft) v. Planning Estates at 43B and 45 Nixon Road, as recommended by various Board/Board of letters to the Planning Board from the Board of Health. The Health plaintiffs contend that the conditions of approval are unreasonable and beyond the authority of both the Planning Board and the Board of Health. Discovery in this case is now closed. Following a status conference of February 17, 2016, the Court entered an order allowing the parties until late May, 2016 to file dispositive motions. The Town intends to file such a motion in the coming months. DePietri v. Wetlands Conservation conditions issued by the Conservation Commission relating to Commission notices of intent seeking approval to construct three single family dwellings on three parcels of property located at 29 Pleasant Street. In August, 2015, the parties agreed to an agreement for judgment under which the matter was remanded to the Conservation Commission, which thereafter issued new orders of conditions approving the project with modifications agreed to between the parties, including changes to address concerns that the Conservation  General Government19 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report Commission had with respect to the original orders. This matter is now closed. DeRosa v. Wage Act This case concerns a claim for unpaid wages by a member of the Framingham Police Department for hours worked off-duty caring for the -9. Officer DeRosa alleges the Town failed to pay him approximately $77,106.88 for the alleged hours worked. The Town denies that it failed to fully compensate Officer DeRosa for caring for the K-9. The parties recently have reached an agreement in principle to settle this case. Fox v. Town of Civil Rights This is a lawsuit filed against the Town, the School Committee and Framingham certain School Department officials by Kevin Fox, a former Framingham High School guidance counselor. The Complaint consists of several statutory, constitutional and civil rights claims against the various defendants arising from the pl that he was retaliated against by the School officials for his objection to their response to an alleged sexual assault on a 15 year old female student by an 18 year old male student in or about April 2012. The plaintiff contends that the School officials ignored or rejected his recommendations in the aftermath of the alleged assault and then retaliated against him over the course of several months before he resigned in March 2013. The plaintiff amended his complaint in June, 2014 to add the Framingham School Committee as a party. His amended complaint seeks damages from the School Committee and the individually named school employee defendants, including compensatory and punitive damages, compensation for his alleged emotional pain and Town was dismissed as a party in the case by the Court in July 2014. Discovery among the remaining parties concluded in 2015, and the remaining defendants recently moved for summary judgment. A hearing is expected to occur in spring 2015. Depending on what the Court decides, it is possible this matter could go to trial before the end of 2015. Framingham Labor This matter involves the Framingham Firefighters Local 1652 Firefighters Local petition to the Joint Labor Management Committee in connection 1652 JLMC Petition with the negotiation of a successor agreement between the Town and the union. The previous agreement expired as of June 30, 2014. T longevity/sick leave buyback, sick leave documentation and compensatory time, among other issues. An interest arbitration took place in June 2015 and the panel issued an award in October 2015. Town Meeting voted to fund this award at the Fall 2015 Special Town Meeting. A related Superior Court case and unfair labor practice charge was filed by the Union during the Fall 2015 Special Town Meeting when the article regarding the award was initially referred back to sponsor, alleging that the Town had violated the JLMC statute and G.L. c. 150E. Once the award was funded, both matters were voluntarily dismissed by the Union. This matter is now  General Government20 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report closed. This matter concerned an unfair labor practice charge alleging that Framingham Police Labor the Town violated Chapter 150E when it transferred a police officer Officers Union & from the Detective Bureau to the Patrol Division. The Town denied Town of Framingham any violation of law. After an investigation conference held by the (MUP-15-4573) Department of Labor Relations in September 2015, the Town and the Union negotiated a settlement and were able to resolve this matter. This matter is now closed. This matter concerns an unfair labor practice charge alleging that the Framingham Police Labor Town violated Chapter 150E by failing to provide the Union with Officers Union & certain information related to an ongoing internal investigation Town of Framingham regarding one of the Unio (MUP-16-5088) violation of the law. An investigation conference is expected to occur in March 2016. This matter concerns a joint petition filed in March 2016 by the Framingham Police Labor Town and the Union to the Joint Labor Management Committee in Superior Officers connection with the negotiation of a successor agreement between Association JLMC the Town and the union. The previous agreement expired as of June Petition ation, wage increases, work schedule, use of sick leave for FMLA, compensatory time, sick leave documentation and complaint handling procedures, among other issues. It is anticipated that the JLMC in 2016 will work with the parties to mediate the dispute to attempt to reach an agreement. If the parties cannot reach agreement an interest arbitration will be scheduled by the JLMC. Framingham-Franklin Zoning This is an action pursuant to G.L. c. 40A, §17, appealing a decision LLC v. Zoning Board of the Framingham Zoning Board of Appeals, which upheld a of Appeals Commissioner had denied plaintiff Framingham- request for zoning enforcement, in which plaintiff requested that the Building Commissioner take enforcement action against the construction of a Dunkin Donuts restaurant at 430 Franklin Street in Framingham. The complaint neglected to name as a defendant the owner of 430 Franklin Street, SEDE Realty, LLC, which is the real party in interest. After the ZBA served the plaintiff with a motion to dismiss for failure to name a necessary party, SEDE was brought in as a defendant. Discovery is ongoing between the parties in interest. Framingham-Franklin Certiorari This case involves an action challenging the Zoning Board of LLC v. Zoning Board of Appeals of a notice of violation under the Sign Bylaw and accompanying The Town filed a motion to dismiss the complaint on estoppel and mootness grounds, as the plaintiff had failed to timely appeal numerous previous enforcement notices, orders and citations, and is required to remove  General Government21 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report the signs at issue in any event by virtue of the lapse of a variance pertaining to such sign. The Court has scheduled a hearing on the Huntington Wetlands/ This case involves an appeal of a Conservation Commission order Properties, LLC v. Certiorari denying a notice of intent to construct a single family home and Conservation associated site improvements at 13 Pelham Avenue. The Commission Commission issued its denial orders under the Wetlands Protection Act and the Framingham Wetlands Protection Bylaw, respectively, on December 31, 2012. motion for judgment on the pleadings held in August, 2014, the Court issued judgment in favor of the Conservation Commission. The plaintiff purported to file a notice of appeal, however, the Court has not yet docketed any appeal and to date the plaintiff has not pursued the matter further. This case concerns claims by the owner of property located at 423- McManus v. Construction 425 Concord Avenue for alleged property damage from a DPW Framingham et al. project in or about 2012. The plaintiff brought claims against the ), tendered defense and indemnification for this claim to Gioioso, who the case. The Town is being defended by insurance defense counsel on failure of presentment grounds was allowed on July 23, 2015 without prejudice to allow the plaintiff to restate her claim against the Town. The Court recently allowed the of separate and final judgment. This matter will be closed, pending any appeal. This case concerns a claim for wrongful conviction and violations of Civil Rights Section 1983 against the Town and several retired and former Framingham et al members of the Framingham Police Department. The plaintiff alleges that he was arrested and ultimately convicted for a crime which occurred in April 1982, and served approximately 3 years and 9 months in prison. At the time he appealed his conviction but it was affirmed by the Appeals Court. Years later, another person who had been convicted of similar crimes around the same time period Based on this investigation, the District Attorney did not oppose a motion for a new trial filed by Mr. allowed. This civil rights lawsuit followed. that the Town defendants failed to disclose evidence that would have exonerated him. defense in this matter was recently assumed by Travelers Insurance Company, based on a 1982 liability policy that Town Counsel was able to locate i under a reservation of rights, and it may contest liability if a  General Government22 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report judgment is entered against the Town. The Town and individual defendants are represented by insurance counsel Pierce, Davis & Perritano, LLP. Discovery in the matter is ongoing. This is the first of three Paulini lawsuits, and it is has been stayed by Paulini Loam, LLC v. Zoning the court pending the outcome of the third lawsuit, which will be Zoning Board of described below. In December of 2005, the Zoning Board of Appeals, Land Court Misc. Case No. construct a concrete batching plant at 597 Old Connecticut Path. At 318083 KCL the time of the initial application, the property was zoned General Manufacturing. Paulini claimed that the concrete batching plant was allowed as of right under Section III.G.1.a of the Zoning Bylaw, free from neighborhood disturb the General Manufacturing district. The Building Commissioner ruled that the proposed use required a special permit under Section obnoxious noise, vibration, smoke, gas, fumes, odors, dust or other Paulini filed this appeal seeking to declaration from the Court that the proposed plant did not require a special permit. There has been extensive discovery, including depositions, in this case, but it has been stayed by the Court for several years. This is the second of three Paulini lawsuits and has also been stayed Paulini Loam LLC v. Zoning by the Land Court. In December of 2005, a Special Town Meeting Zoning Board of approved two amendments to the Zoning By-law, one of which Appeals, Land Court changed the zoning designation of the area, including 597 Old Misc. Case No. Connecticut Path, to Office Professional, such that the proposed use 325212 KCL became prohibited and could not be authorized even through a special permit. The second amendment changed the procedures and thresholds for site plan review. Paulini filed this second lawsuit, this time naming the town as defendant, challenging the validity of the Zoning By-law amendments. In the meantime, Paulini filed a definitive subdivision plan for the Property, which was approved by the Planning Board, thereby freezing the zoning of the Property for 8 years from the date the subdivision plan was approved. As a result, the Property is still governed by the General Manufacturing zoning as it existed in 2005. We filed a motion for summary judgment on behalf of the Town in this case, arguing that the two amendments are valid as a matter of law. That motion is still pending at the Land Court. Following the filing of this motion the parties moved to continue the trial date in this case. This case remains pending but is dormant like the first Paulini Loam case. This case represents the most recent appeal filed by Paulini Loam, Paulini Loam, LLC v. Zoning Zoning Board of Appeals, Land Court concrete manufacturing plant proposed to be located at 597 Old  General Government23 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report Misc. Case No. 09 Con MISC 401214 KCL second is a request for a declaratory judgment that the proposed use of the site for a concrete manufacturing facility is allowed by right under the Zoning Bylaw. The Board filed a motion for summary judgment on the grounds that it is not disputed that the plans submitted to the Building Commissioner showed a structure, within the meaning of the Zoning Bylaw, within a required setback. The Land Court held a nine-day trial in this matter in October and - trial briefs the Court held closing arguments on July 1, 2014. The Court issued a ruling awarding judgment to Paulini. The Town filed an appeal thereafter, and the case is currently before the Massachusetts Appeals Court. The Town filed its brief and appendix appellee brief, which is presently due on March 31, 2016. Following oral argument for a date in 2016. These two lawsuits involved the Town and SB General Contracting, SB General Construction Contracting v. Town of Framingham I performed primarily in 2010. The Project consisted of work on two streets, New York Avenue and California Avenue, and principally involved replacing existing sewer force mains with new larger SB General diameter force mains. In March of 2011, SB filed a suit against the Contracting v. Town Town in Norfolk Superior Court, claiming the Town breached the of Framingham II Project agreement by failing to pay SB for certain work performed on the Project. SB alleged $341,021 in damages plus interest, which the Town disputed. The parties attempted to resolve the matter through voluntary mediation, but were unable to reach agreement primarily due to the assertion against the Town in April and May of 2012 of third party claims by two private property owners and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts alleging that asbestos- contaminated soils from the Project site were improperly disposed in a residential area in Milford, Massachusetts during the summer of 2010, with estimated clean-up costs in excess of $750,000. The property owners also claimed unspecified property damages, emotional distress and other damages. The Town filed suit against SB in July 2012 in Middlesex Superior Court for various claims pertaining to the asbestos dumping issue. The parties conducted pre-trial discovery and motion practice in that case, and obtained a court ruling that SB had a duty to defend the Town under the applicable defense and indemnity clause agreed to by SB in the contract documents.  General Government24 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report The Town and SB, along with other potentially responsible parties, also engaged in pre-suit negotiations under G.L. c. 21E, § 4A related to the Milford site. Following mediation in August 2013, the parties reached a resolution of both the 2011 and 2012 actions and agreed on a cost sharing arrangement for the remediation of the Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) soil pile, and involved the exchange of releases between and among all of the parties. contributed $175,000 towards the total settlement of $975,000. This settlement was approved by the Special Town Meeting on October 16, 2013. The ACM soil pile was removed in 2014 by the asbestos contractor hired by the parties pursuant to the settlement agreement, and a certificate of compliance for the site was issued by MassDEP in September 2014. The Commonwealth has threatened to seek civil fines against the Town and the other parties for various statutory violations pertaining to the improper soil disposal. Negotiations statutory violations without litigation are ongoing. If any fines are issued by the Commonwealth, the Town expects such fines to be minimal insofar as the parties cooperated and exercised good faith in coming to an agreement to clean up the ACM soil pile. If fines are issued, the settlement agreement provides that each party, including the Town, shall bear responsibility for paying its own fines. This case involves a request by Robert Talmo, owner of the property Talmo v. Zoning Zoning/Land at 28 Nixon Road, for zoning enforcement with respect to the Board of Appeals Use abutting property at 30 Nixon Road. Mr. Talmo alleges that a barn on the property at 30 Nixon Road, which is in a residential zoning district, is not in compliance with the Zoning Bylaw. This case was tried on December 7, 2015 before Judge Speicher of the Land Court. The Town recently filed a post-trial brief and request for findings and rulings and is awaiting a decision from the Court. Town of Framingham Contract insurance carrier, v. Berkeley Assurance Company denial of coverage for defense or indemnity for the above-referenced case of Fox v. Framingham. The denial of coverage is based on officials involved, was aware of circumstances that would give rise to a claim under the policy well before the July 1, 2013 inception date of the policy and failed to disclose the circumstances to Berkley prior to the inception date of the policy. The Town filed its Complaint in this matter on November 3, 2014 seeking declaratory judgment and violation of Chapter 93A/176D against Verus/Berkley. The defendants filed a counterclaim on December 8, 2014, which the Town has answered. The Town recently amended the complaint to  General Government25 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report cy, which the Town contends was in retaliation for the is expected to continue until the fall of 2016. Town of Framingham Labor This matter concerned a grievance arbitration over the November & Massachusetts 2014 termination of a crossing guard for alleged misuse of sick leave. The Union filed a grievance and petitioned the Department of Labor Council Relations for arbitration. A one day arbitration hearing occurred in May 2015, and both parties submitted post-hearing briefs in July 2015. On October 2015, the arbitrator ruled that the Town did not have just cause to terminate but did have just cause to discipline the employee, and reduced the discipline to a 10 day suspension. The employee was then reinstated to Town employment with lost wages and benefits (minus the 10 day suspension). This matter is now closed.  General Government26 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report B. SPECIAL COUNSEL/INSURANCE DEFENSE COUNSEL CASES Below is a list of significant cases that presently are being handled by special counsel or insurance defense counsel. MATTER TYPE STATUS Dresser v. Town of Civil Rights This was an action for money damages for alleged violations of the Framingham Massachusetts Civil Rights Act, and various state torts. MIIA retained Brody, Hardoon, Perkins and Kesten to represent the Town. The plaintiff alleged that he was falsely arrested, and that his arrest was effectuated with excessive force. The Town denied arrest, the plaintiff served as a counselor for an agency and had the care of three individuals with special needs. He was reported to the police for leaving such individuals in a van while he mowed the lawn at his home in 85-degree heat. Upon investigation by the police, including questioning of the plaintiff and reporting parties, the plaintiff was placed under arrest for neglect of a disabled person. This matter was settled in July 2015 and is now closed. Gagne v. Town of Discrimination This is a Superior Court action filed against the Town by a former Framingham employee in January, 2015 for alleged handicap discrimination under G.L. c. 151B. This matter originally was the subject of a Charge of Discrimination filed with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination MCAD against the Town by a former employee. MCAD dismissed the matter with prejudice after a request for investigative conference. The plaintiff subsequently commenced this action in the Superior Court. The Town filed an answer on January 26, 2015. The Town is represented in this case by insurance defense counsel Morrison Mahoney LLP. Discovery is ongoing. Hache v. Town of Discrimination This matter concerned a Charge of Discrimination before the Framingham MCAD by a former employee of the Town. The claimant alleged that she was discriminated against on the basis of a disability in connection with a performance review in November 2012 and a related compensation decision. The Town denied the allegations and contended based upon poor performance issues, including unproductive and disruptive conduct. This matter was defended by insurance defense counsel Morrison Mahoney LLP. This matter settled in May 2015 and is now closed.  General Government27 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report Smith v. Town of Discrimination This matter concerned a claim by an applicant for a position in the Framingham Callahan Senior Center that the Town discriminated against him on the basis of his age by failing to hire him for the position. The Town reason he was not interviewed for the position is because he did not meet the job qualifications. Moreover, the Town offered the job to another member of the same protected class, demonstrating that the decision was defended in this matter by insurance defense counsel Litchfield Cavo, LLP. Shortly after the Town filed its position statement with MCAD, Mr. Smith voluntarily dismissed his complaint. This matter is now closed. Stamps v. Town of Civil Rights This case arises from the accidental shooting of Eurie Stamps on Framingham, et al. January 5, 2011 in connection with a Framingham Police Middlesex District Attorney conducted an investigation and determined that criminal charges would not issue against the officer Estate filed an action against the Town and others in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts seeking claims for alleged civil rights violations and wrongful death. To date the Town has been defended in this case by MIIA, which has retained the firm of Brody, Hardoon, Perkins and Kesten to represent the Town in this matter. On July 1, 2014, the Town filed a motion for partial summary judgment seeking dismissal of all counts pending against for wrongful death under G.L. c. 258, § 2. The Court issued a s motion with respect to all counts except those set forth under Counts 2 and 3 alleging Fourth Amendment violations based on the alleged use of excessive force. The Town appealed - st of the punitive damages claims against Officer Duncan. The 1 Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision on February 5, 2016 judgment. Discovery has resumed as to the remaining counts in the district court. It is possible that the trial may occur before the end of 2016. C. SCHOOL DEPARTMENT CASES (OF WHICH TOWN COUNSEL IS AWARE) Below is a summary of cases of which this office is aware involving the Framingham School Department. This office does not represent the School Department and provides these summaries for informational purposes based on information known to us. These cases are being handled by insurance counsel or counsel to the School Department.  General Government28 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report Cuddy v. Framingham Discrimination This matter concerns a claim of discrimination by a School Public Schools Department employee. This matter is being defended by insurance counsel assigned by AIG. Mediation is scheduled for April 2016. DeOliveira v. Discrimination This matter concerns a claim by a former School Department Framingham Public employee of age discrimination. This matter is being defended by Schools insurance defense counsel assigned by AIG. A settlement was recently reached and is in the process of being finalized. Haak v. Framingham Discrimination This matter concerns a claim of discrimination by a School Public Schools Department employee. This matter is being defended by insurance counsel assigned by AIG. Mediation is scheduled for April 2016. Saviatto v. Discrimination This matter concerns a claim by a former School Department Framingham Public employee who alleges she was wrongfully terminated and Schools et al discriminated against on the basis of her national origin and race. Department is being defended in this matter by School Labor Counsel, Morgan, Brown & Joy. Discovery is ongoing. III. Budgetary Overview As in past years, I would like to conclude this report with a brief discussion of budgeting and legal expenses. In 2015 this office continued its positive track record of procuring new revenue for the General Fund or helping to avoid the imposition of additional costs to the Town. The services provided by the Office of the Town Counsel have resulted in monetary benefits to the Town that has resulted in direct revenue, mitigation and avoided expenses iation of $725,000. Below is a chart summarizing the revenue, mitigation and avoided expenses achieved in FY 2015 by the efforts of the Office of Town Counsel working with other departments, boards or commissions, or through the substantial assistance of this office. A.FY 2015 Revenue, Mitigation and Avoided Expenses Matter: Description: Payments Received Payments received in FY2015 for sewage transport under the February from Ashland for 13, 2004 Decision issued by the Department of Telecommunications and sewage transport in Energy, and pursuant to the January 1, 2007 IMA between Ashland and FY 2015 Framingham. This represents more than a 100-fold increase over what 816,083.35 Framingham received from 1964-2003 under the 1963 Intermunicipal (Revenue) Agreement with Ashland ($5500 per year). Through FY 2015 the Town has received over $8 million dollars in payments from Ashland ($8,427,370.19) under the successful 2004 Decision and the 2007 IMA that resulted.  General Government29 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report Pelham Apartments and Framingham in the Pelham litigation, the Town was able to cease trash collection at Housing Authority the 550 units at the Pelham Apartments, which results in avoided Trash Collection expenses estimated at more than $100,000 per year. By virtue of the Pelham ruling, the Town also was able to cease trash collection at (Avoided Expense) approximately 1,000 units owned by the Framingham Housing Authority, thus realizing savings of approximately an additional estimated $200,000 per year. These savings amount to approximately $300,000 per year on an annual recurring basis without adjusting for inflation. Calvao, et al. v. Town of Framingham $150,000 (Avoided Expense) establishment of a 24-day work period under 29 U.S.C. 207(k), the Town has avoided liability to date for approximately $1,500,000 in damages, in view of the federal law that often allows for double violated the Fair Labor Standards Act. Additionally, the Town has to date avoided the need to pay FLSA overtime to officers who work more than 40 hours per week (CBA overtime is paid), thus saving the Town approximately $150,000 per year on an annual basis. Through extensive research we were able to locate a relevant insurance Framingham policy from 1982 and through negotiations with the insurer we were able $36,561.74 to obtain reimbursement of legal fees paid to special counsel of over (Revenue) $36,000, with substantial future legal fees and potential indemnity expenses avoided in future. TOTAL FY 2015 While we cannot promise that the CONCLUSION revenue, mitigation and avoided expenses achieved in FY 2015 will In closing, the attorneys and staff at continue at the same level in the Petrini & Associates, P.C. wish to future, we will continue to exercise thank the Board of Selectmen and the creativity, diligence, and our best legal residents of the Town for the skill to address the litigation that does opportunity to serve as your Town arise as we advocate on behalf of the Counsel. best interests of the Board of Selectmen and the taxpayers of the Christopher J. Petrini Town. Petrini & Associates, P.C. Town Counsel March 23, 2016  General Government30 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report HR UMAN ESOURCES Memorial Building, Room B7 | 508-532-5490 | human.resources@framinghamma.gov The Human Resources Division consists of the Department of Human Resources and the Robin Tusino is the Benefits Manager. She is Department of Veterans Services. responsible for administering all employee benefits including, health, dental, life and Human Resources disability insurance programs for the Town, The Human Resources Department has the Schools and the retirees. She is multiple responsibilities. The division responsible for new employee benefits oversees the recruitment and hiring process of orientations and coordinates open enrollment new employees for all Town positions in periods. She processes payments of all accordance with the established Town policies insurance related accounts. She also and procedures, as well as new employee processes claims for death and disability. orientation. In addition, the department Robin works closely with all active, former and retired Town and School employees. compensation plans, drafts, revises and Jane Desilets is the Benefits Assistant. She procedures; plays a key role in negotiating and assists with day to day benefit administration, interpreting all collective bargaining conducts new employee orientation, assists agreements; fosters harmonious, productive with enrollment and disenrollment of labor and employee relations; performs cost employee benefits. Jane is also responsible and staffing analysis; assists in employee for the Consolidated Omnibus Budget development and training; maintains and Reconciliation Act or COBRA for Town and analyzes employee benefit packages; and School employees. oversees employee recognition programs. Richard Lamb is a Human Resources Additionally, the department administers the compensation program for Town and School Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leaves Department employees, including reviewing of absence and unemployment insurance accidents, coordinating medical claims, lost programs. work time, light duty and return to work programs. Richard also runs the Safety Judy Caron is a Human Resources Committee for both the Town and the School Generalist/Analyst. She manages the Department. employment and recruitment process, including advertising, reviewing employment Susan Embree is the Administrative Assistant. applications, interviewing candidates, She provides administrative support to the facilitating and conducting pre-employment division, coordinates monthly meetings with background checks. She coordinates the benefit vendors, and administers the town Department of Transportation, Commercial Sick Bank. She also plans and coordinates alcohol special projects such as employee training and testing program. Judy administers the Town development programs, Employee Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) policy and Appreciation Events, and other special events. ensures legal compliance with the Federal The department is committed to developing a FMLA law. Judy is also involved with highly efficient, diverse, and well trained employee counseling and exit interviews.  General Government31 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report workforce that serves our employees, retirees The Personnel Board serves in an advisory and citizens in a courteous, respectful and capacity to the Town Manager and the professional manner. Human Resources Director, who has jurisdiction over personnel functions. This 5 Respectfully submitted, member Board is appointed by the Town Dolores Hamilton, Moderator. Personnel Board members must Director of Human Resources be Framingham residents, serve for 3 year terms and may not hold other Town offices. Personnel Board VBS ETERANS ENEFITS AND ERVICES Memorial Building, Room B11 | 508-532-5515 | 508-532-5497 (fax) veterans@framinghamma.gov The mission of the Department is to aid, Framingham High School graduate. He assist, advise and advocate for veterans has two tours in Iraq and one in and their dependents regarding their rights Afghanistan. His wife, Alissa, has one to benefits and services under local, state Afghan tour and one Middle East Tour. Both Captains are currently serving at the provided Town and State Chapter 115 USMA at West Point. benefits for an average caseload of 65 Veterans Day program began with a veterans and or widows. In preparation for Memorial Day, 4,500 and Bag Piper, Sgt. Esposito followed by flags were placed on the graves of Veterans, Scouts and assistance dogs to the Cushing Memorial for a wreath laying cemeteries. Special thanks to all of by Assistant Veterans Service Officer enthusiastic volunteers from all over Mathew Demar and Police Officer Jose MetroWest area who help accomplish this. Cosme, FPD. Officer Cosme was the featured speaker at the Cushing Chapel; Memorial Day Ceremonies featured the he is a Framingham native son and a singing of the National Anthem by veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is Isabella Petroni followed by also currently serving in the MA National Congresswoman Elizabeth Clark Guard as a Staff Sergeant. presenting the Bronze Star and POW The Walsh, Cameron and Fuller Middle Medals to Carolyn Sullivan, surviving Schools all held Veterans Day programs. spouse of Bernard Sullivan a WWII Thanks to all the schools for their kind paratrooper. In addition, two invitations and programs. Commonwealth Medals of Liberty were also presented by Congresswoman Clark A Town-sponsored Veterans Council, to the families of Framingham residents with Eric Finn serving as chairman, has killed in combat. Medals were presented increased its membership to seven. to family members on behalf of Francis Moran and Wilfred Mitchell both USAAF, Respectfully Submitted, WWII. Featured Speakers were the Peter R. Harvell Captains Douglas and Alissa Morrison. Douglas is a Framingham native and  General Government32 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report  T S ECHNOLOGYERVICES Memorial Building, Room B25 | 508-532-5829 | technology.services@framinghamma.gov  Carly Premo Melo, Director Scott LeLievre, Applications Manager  Alan D. Holt, Manager of Database Services Jennifer Nall, Administrative Assistant  James V. Schiavone, Manager of Network Services John Cox, Network Technician  Justine Diatelevi, Manager of Voice and Office Services Stephen Bedard, Helpdesk Technician  Charles J. Duross, Public Safety Systems Administrator Nichol Figueiredo, Public Information  Officer and Webmaster  FY15 Operating Budget: $1,416,596    The Technology Services Division is 50% of employees receiving electronic committed to providing the highest level Direct Deposit notices, reducing of service possible while being fiscally paper and printing costs. responsible. Goals focus on maintaining a Prepared and processed all Year End stable, up-to-date network and end-user environment that enables and enhances including implementing new federally user productivity. Additionally, we look required ACA reporting. to leverage technology wherever possible to streamline and automate processes. Database Services Alan Holt, Manager Applications Services Top Accomplishments for 2015 Scott LeLievre, Manager Top Accomplishments for 2015 Permits and Licenses Application Services is responsible for the Technology Services implements and maintains the Town-wide permitting and management systems for both School and inspection system, Accela Automation. Town supporting over 300 users. Over 14,000 new permits were issued Munis in 2015 along with over 6,000 With the help of Tyler Technology - renewals of cyclical permits and developed new Purchase Order forms for the School and Town to enable enterprise permitting system Accela email, print and archiving of Purchase Automation. The system is used by Orders. the Building Department, Fire, Continued implementation and Planning, Board of Health, training in Applicant Tracking. Conservation, Zoning, Police, Board Coordinated roles and workflow, of Selectmen, and Public Works. implemented automated email process Over 275,000 permits are stored in the for interested applicants. system and available to the public Upgraded to new major revision 10.5. a day, 7 days a week. The most commonly issued permit is the  General Government33 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report Certificate of Compliance for Carbon ability to compare Framingham Monoxide and Fire Alarm which is operations to other communities; and often required during real estate sales. Socrata to present not only financial data but also metrics for services like Over 180 different types of permits, permitting & certification, requests for licenses, and certificates are tracked in service, Public Safety calls, and the system. Records are maintained by inspection activity. 12 different departments. The system interfaces with the Town GIS, Public Safety Assessor records, State licensing Charles Duross, Systems Administrator management system, and DigSafe. Public Safety is responsible for supporting New permit types were created to key information technology applications track Body Piercing and Body Work and related technologies utilized by the for the Board of Health, Antennas, Police and Fire Departments and ensuring Solar Installations, Solid Fuel Burning that critical public safety systems function Appliances for the Building efficiently and effectively on a 24/7 basis. Department, and Facilities Rentals. New Code Enforcement Case 2015 Accomplishments Management types were created for Fire Department apparatus mobile Fire Prevention and Board of Health data terminals were replaced with new housing and food complaints. Panasonic Toughbook laptops. The  new laptops utilize solid state drives Other Projects and Activities and 4G LTE network connectivity to Work continues on converting paper greatly improve performance. archives to digital storage and Firehouse, the Fire Departments replacing paper processes with records management solution was upgraded and migrated to a new Electronic Document Management database server. This new version is System, Laserfiche, contains 1-1/2 web enabled, allowing the devices in Terabytes of files. These files include the field to access Firehouse data. financial records, property Three new Microsoft SharePoint information, vital records, plans, solutions were deployed. The permits, meeting minutes, election solutions include BrightWorks, a results, and annual reports including project management solution; this one! Many of these documents are SmartCity, an intranet solution and accessible to the public from the SmartForce, an intranet solution ,IDOORIWKHILOHV tailored to law enforcement. Another VWRUHGLQ/DVHUILFKHZHUHSULQWHGRQOHWWHU solution for the fire service, SmartFire, VL]HGSDSHUWKHVWDFNZRXOGUHDFKRYHU is in development. IHHWKLJK IAPro, a professional standards New projects were started to promote software application was deployed for online public access to operating data the police department. collected by the Town. The Town is working with Questica Software to Work began on a project to improve make budget data available; ClearGov information sharing with the to present high-level views of revenue, Commonwealth Fusion Center. This expense and budget data with the project will send data directly from the  General Government34 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report cords management the center common and service at the system to CopLink. CopLink is a law MBTA train platform. enforcement database for information gathering, sharing and analysis. Email upgrade We completed an upgrade to Microsoft Network Services Exchange 2016 running on a virtual server James V. Schiavone, Manager in conjunction with starting a desktop John Cox, Network Technician roll-out of Microsoft Office 2016. Network Services plans, configures and maintains all Town of Framingham Statistics network hardware along with the Email Statistics: institutional network that connects all Inbound Total 2,455,073 town buildings. Key accomplishments this Blocked 1,429,970 year included: Allowed 1,025,103 Outbound Total Sent 555600 Fiber Optic Infrastructure Blocked 161417 Technology Services continues to add to Sent 394183 the existing town owned fiber optic plant. Encrypted 2037 This year we ran fiber down Edmunds Road to provide service to the Doeskin Network Statistics: and Beebe water tanks. This will provide IP Cameras -185; 18 new in 2015 SCADA connectivity and security camera support. We also ran a section of fiber Up Time: from the Goodnow Lane water pump Critical servers requiring 24X7 up time station to the water tank located on 99.999%; only unavailable during Goodnow Lane. We completed the fiber maintenance windows on Water Street to allow us to complete the ring providing us with a redundant Non-Critical servers 9x5 uptime loop of fiber. 99.999% only unavailable during maintenance windows Data Center upgrades Working with Facilities Management the Fiber - Overall availability 99.999%. generator was completed allowing us to User Services install a new whole room UPS along with Stephen Bedard, an AC unit. This provides complete Helpdesk Technician power and cooling protection for the User Services is responsible for technology support services to Town We also installed two Cisco UCS chassis Departments, including Help Desk migrate from our aging virtual support, set-up and training, email, environment. Internet, hardware and software support, inventory maintenance, policy and Public Wireless licensed software audits. User Services is We installed additional access points in also responsible for PC, printer and the Memorial Building to provide software upgrades and maintenance, extended coverage of free public WIFI. Town Meeting equipment and In addition we are also providing WIFI in presentation assistance to Town administration, departmental staff, boards  General Government35 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report and committees. In 2015, User Services written materials, social media trends and supported 479 PCs and 226 laptops with other applications. 578 users 83 of those are new. The Technology Services Help Desk answered 2015 Accomplishments 1771 Help Desk calls, of which over half Establishing a direct method of were resolved on the same day. In community engagement through addition, 59 PCs were configured and social media. installed as well as 55 new Town of Framingham Facebook R laptops/Toughbooks/Tablets. Town of Framingham Twitter R We have started to deploy Windows 10 on page currently has 2,150 followers. Microsoft Surface tablets and Dell Venue laptops. We have also started deploying accounts, Nichol also assists with the task Microsoft Office 2016. of administering ten (10) social media accounts for departments. Voice and Office Services Justine Diatelevi, Manager Website Statistical Data This position is responsible for 579.6k site visits R - 369.5k unique visits R based budget, town-wide technology 1.6 million actions/page visits R acquisitions including contract Administrative Assistant administration and overall operations Jennifer Nall management, policies and procedures. Jenn is instrumental in streamlining the The Voice and Office Services position is onboarding process of new equipment also responsible for posting Town ordered by all Town departments. She Meeting Minutes. One of the principal has also been key in improving the roles of this position is the support and processes associated with obsolete and administration of the Cisco Voice over IP retired equipment, including the phone and voicemail systems. This automated shredding of hard drives. position is also a support backup to the Webmaster. In closing, I express my sincere gratitude to a wonderful staff that made this Public Information Officer another year of great accomplishments. /Webmaster Their technical expertise, ability to work Nichol Figueiredo as a cohesive team and commitment to The Public Information implementing and supporting new Officer/Webmaster works directly with technology continues to allow the Town Manager and the Technology Framingham to remain on the forefront Services Department on all strategic of technology. communication initiatives for the Town, including collaboration with key Division Respectfully submitted, Heads and community stakeholders. The Public Information Officer/Webmaster directs the implementation of an integrated communications strategy for Director, the Town incorporating website Technology Services development, podcasts, media broadcasts,  General Government36 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report FM ACILITIES ANAGEMENT Memorial Building, Room 133| 508-532-5485 | building.services@framinghamma.gov The Department of Facilities Management Management Department has made great formerly known as Building Services is efforts to continue improving the responsible for the maintenance and day-commitment of energy reduction. We will to-day operations for multiple public use the Green communities Grant facilities and parking lots owned by the funding to apply for future energy Town of Framingham. The department conservation management projects and oversees and maintains twelve Town- would like to continue in accomplishing Owned Buildings, the Waverly Street and more in house projects with the Hollis Court commuter parking lots, Pearl Street Garage, both Centre & Downtown Commons and parking meters located I would like to thank all of the Town of throughout the downtown area. The Framingham officials and departments Department consists of twelve full-time that we have worked with over the course employees with an operating budget of of this past year. We appreciate your $2.1 million. cooperation and guidance you have provided to the Department of Facilities The Department of Facilities Management Management. and Capital Building Projects Department have continued to work as a combined Finally and most importantly, I would like unit to strive and follow a more strategic, to acknowledge and thank my staff for effective and fiscally prudent operation. their dedication, hard work and continued support during this past year. Their 2015 brought to the conclusion of a very individual and combined efforts have complex ESCO project. This project helped create the quality of service for the addressed many of the infrastructure Department of Facilities Management. needs throughout our Town Owned Buildings and will further implement Respectfully submitted, extensive energy control measures. In James J. Paolini, Director of Capital addition to the ESCO, the Facilities Projects & Facilities Management CBP APITAL UILDING ROJECTS Memorial Building, Room B14| 508-532-5485 | jjp@framinghamma.gov In this past fiscal year, the Capital the Esco project to LED lighting along Building Projects Department has with nearly 5,000 streetlights. completed the first large scale of the energy conservation project known as the The Capital Building Projects Department Esco project. The Esco project contained continues to work in a joint effort with multiple projects varying from insulation the Facilities Management Department in to major mechanical infrastructure. In the implementation of the 20 year long addition to the mechanical project, the range plans. The department has town has converted all buildings within continued to move forward with the  General Government37 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report r the the construction of the New McAuliffe Green Communities initiatives and has Library. This aeronautically-themed new applied for the next available round of building will carry on the legacy of Christa Green Communities grant funding. The McAuliffe for future generations and was town has designated the use of the next completed in February of 2016. round of grant funding to be used towards the mechanical infrastructure at the In addition to the Library opening, the Callahan Senior Center and Police town has moved into completing the final Headquarters. These projects are to begin construction drawings for the Athenaeum in FY17 and will include the replacement Hall in the Historic Saxonville Village. of all 7 roof top HVAC units at the The Friends of Saxonville have been the Callahan Senior Center, a new roof top driving force for the halls preservation HVAC unit and chiller at the Police and with the completion of these plans; Headquarters. The Capital Building Projects and appropriation of the construction phase in Facilities Management Department the near future. continues to work as a cohesive unit to provide essential fundamental building In closing, the Capital Building Projects practices for current and future projects in Department will continue the methodical the Town of Framingham. These projects approach and preparation for all future will continue in assisting the Town of projects. mmitment to reduce our carbon foot print. Respectfully submitted, At the start of last fiscal year, the James J. Paolini, Director of Capital Department of Capital Building Projects Projects & Facilities Management administered in awarding the contract for MS EDIA ERVICES Memorial Building, Room B15| 508-532-5517 |government.channel@framinghamma.gov The mission of The Government Channel The Government Channel is dedicated to is to serve the community as a valued programming which supports the goals resource by providing timely news and and objectives of the various town events to inform Framingham residents departments, also to make the on town programs and services. We do proceedings of local government more this by producing video coverage of accessible to the public. public meetings, development of original series, and displaying important town announcements on our municipal electronic bulletin board.  General Government38 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report Some of the outreach, engagement department directory or at: activities, and production support that www.framinghamtv.com The Government Channel has participated in 2015 include the Memorial During this year we launched a high and Veterans Day observance ceremonies, definition channel on RCN 613. RCN Central Business District Zoning customers can now view our presentations, Public Library Lectures, programming in the high quality format DPW neighborhood meetings, Team which it is transmitted and recorded. The Framingham Marathon programming, Town of Framingham is working with the Park and Recreation updates, Callahan cable advisory committee and our Senior Center lectures, General Chemical franchise holders to make available high th site cleanup meetings, September 11 definition channels to customers of observance ceremony, dignitary visits, Comcast and Verizon. Town Meeting Orientations and Warrant reviews, Public Transportation The Media Services department has also Information, Annual Holiday Tree completed a capital project to install HD Lighting, US Navy Holiday Season cameras in Nevins Hall. This allows us to Concert, and Live Election Night analysis record town meeting, public hearings and and results. performances with high resolution video in this town hall meeting space. The Government Channel also has ongoing commitments to coverage of the The Government Channel through its programming is compiling complete and Board, Town Meeting and Zoning Board accurate public records for the Town of of Appeals. Monthly coverage of the Framingham. These video recordings Framingham Disability Commission and provide an enhanced ability to assess the special coverage of Board of Health are accuracy of official print records of also an important component of the meeting minutes. All programming is channel line up that gives residences available to the public upon request; all of instant access to Framingham government our programming is also available via both on their cable system and via the streaming video on demand for Internet internet viewing. The Government Channel can be viewed Respectfully submitted, on Comcast channel 99, RCN channel 13/HD 613, and Verizon channel 42. Ron J. Rego Programming schedules are available on Director of Media Services Government Channel portion of the  General Government39 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report L ICENSING Memorial Building, Room 121| 508-532-5402 |licenses.permits@framinghamma.gov With the Board of Selectmen and/or the Class I, II, III Auto Dealers License. New/Used/Junk Car Dealers Office issued the following categories of Class I 6 licenses and permits: Class II 37 Class III - 3 Liquor License for Restaurants, Hotels, Junk/Old Metals/Second Hand License 14 Clubs and Retail Package Stores 85 Entertainment License (Yearly) 33 Malt and Wine Farmer Brewery License -1 Entertainment License (One-day) 15 Farmer Winery License - 0 Sunday Entertainment License 16 One-day Liquor License for events held at Coin-Operated Machine License 10 the various function halls throughout Pool Table License - 2 town 55 2 Common Victualer Restaurant License 150 17 - 7 Taxi Cab Company Permit 2 Lodging House License - 12 Taxi Cab License - 41 Carnival License - 4 Livery License 4 Maryellen Rupp, Licensing Administrator  General Government40 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report FINANCE CFO|TA|T/TC HIEF INANCIAL FFICER OWN CCOUNTANT REASURERAX OLLECTOR BA|P|RS OARD OF SSESSORS URCHASING ETIREMENT YSTEM CFO HIEF INANCIAL FFICER Memorial Building, Room 127 | 508-532-5425 | office.cfo@framinghamma.gov The Office of the Chief Financial Officer commercial tax burden shares at 60/40%; has both financial and policy duties. It is fund our most important spending staffed by the Chief Financial Officer, priorities; prepare for a major School Assistant Chief Financial Officer and the building investment; and make this plan Financial Analyst. The Office administers sustainable. The FY16 budget, passed in Town finances with the assistance of three May of 2015 accomplished year two of departments that have direct responsibility this plan. The Town continued for financial management of Town advancements in both the pension and government: the Assessing Department is OPEB unfunded liabilities. State Chapter responsible for the valuation of real and 70 aid continues to underfund the basic personal property and the assessment of education budget, but the Town continues taxes against these parcels and accounts. to invest in Framingham Schools, The Office of the Treasurer/Collector is including $1.5 million for district responsible for the collection of all town improvements. revenues, the investment of all revenues, . The Long Range Forecast indicates that The Accounting Department maintains expenditure growth still exceeds revenue , generates growth, but the trend is slowing due to financial management information, cost containment efforts. The Town must processes Town-wide employee payroll, still live within its means. Health insurance directs all audit activity and reviews has been transferred to the state Group compliance with internal controls. Insurance commission, saving an estimated $18 million over three years. The Office of the Chief Financial Officer This also reduced the OPEB liability by is directly responsible for the development $16 million. and management of the annual operating committed to responsible financial and capital budgets. The CFO is also management which is critical to the required to file a long term forecast for . forward progress of the Town strategic planning of the Towns financial position. The Finance Division has published and presented financial information in more Calendar year 2014 saw the beginning of a flexible decision-making formats and three year budget model FY15-17. This posted these reports on the Town model will accomplish a number of website. Town-wide policy and financial goals: set the levy increase at 1.25%, half the allowable increase; moderate residential implementation of a more interactive and tax bills, maintain the residential/ dynamic financial software module for the Finance41 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report capital budget - Questica Budget. The and his staff in the Assessing Office, FY17 budget will be developed using this Carolyn Lyons and her staff in the Office software.of the Treasurer/Collector, Amy Putney in the Purchasing Department, and The CFO would like to thank the Margaret Ottaviani our financial analyst. Assistant CFO, Jennifer Pratt; Richard G. These are dedicated financial professionals Howarth, Jr. and his staff in the who provide excellent stewardship over Accounting Department, William Naser TA OWN CCOUNTANT Memorial Building, Room 205| 508-532-5410 |town.accountant@framinghamma.gov The Office of the Town Accountant is available for appropriation: General Fund responsible for insuring that all Free Cash: $11,465,022, Sewer Enterprise expenditures of the Town conform to the Fund Retained Earnings: $2,579,978, requirements of Massachusetts General Water Enterprise Fund Retained Earnings Laws, Town Meeting appropriations and $3,118,850. These available funds grantors, and do not exceed Town represent unrestricted surpluses that are Meeting appropriations or grant available for appropriation by Town authorizations. The Office also accounts Meeting. They are generated from for all financial transactions of the Town positive operating results in relation to the receipts, expenditures and payroll in budget; that is, they are derived from conformance with generally accepted annual receipts in excess of budget accounting principles and the Uniform estimates and expenditures less than the Municipal Accounting System appropriations authorized by Town promulgated by the Commonwealth of Meeting. It then makes this accounting information For Fiscal Year 2015, the Department processed over 13,350 purchase orders, program managers to facilitate their reviewed over 45,225 invoices and issued management of program budgets, (2) over 21,500 accounts payable checks. independent auditors who must opine on the financial condition of the Town; (3) The top ten vendors paid during Fiscal state and federal agencies for use in 2015 are as follows: generating financial information for program and policy development, and, (4) US Bank $77,781,720 credit rating agencies for their use in Group Insurance Comm 33,362,031 Framingham Retirement 11,936,192 creditworthiness and Residents. Keefe Technical School 9,174,857 J H Lynch & Sons 6,828,027 The June 30, 2015 (FY15) balance sheet Blue Cross/Blue Shield 5,387,964 was submitted to the DOR on October Durham School Services LP 5,036,897 26, 2015, for certification of available Accept Ed Collaborative 4,005,216 funds. On November 12, 2015 the DOR Mass Water Pollution Abt 2,904,040 certified the following amounts as Defelice Corp 2,158,724 Finance42 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report I would like to thank all the departments who have assisted us during the past year. I would like to recognize the invaluable efforts of the members of the staff, Assistant Town Accountant Nancy Lomas, Payroll Administrator Dawn Divito, Nicole Towle, Kim Saucier, Kelly Lanefski, and Janine Ablondi. I want to specifically thank Louisa Caswell for her 20 years of service to the Town. I would like to especially thank CFO Mary Ellen Kelley, Assistant CFO Jennifer Pratt, Treasurer Carolyn Lyons, Chief Assessor William Naser, Technology Services Director Carly Premo Melo and their staffs for their guidance and assistance during the past year. Your obedient servant Richard G. Howarth, Jr. Town Accountant Finance43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report T/TC REASURERAX OLLECTOR Memorial Building, Room 109| 508-532-5430 |treasurer@framinghamma.gov Daphney Bernier, Office Manager Joyce Li-Valte, Fiscal Supervisor-Cash Ross Netherton, Office Coordinator use of credit/debit card swipe machines in our office and continue to promote our web-based online biller and payment services in the Tax Collectors Office to improvecustomer service. Earnings on general fundinvestments We are an office of eight employees for the year totaled $690,417.94. Even who strive to provide the best customer though the bank rates remain low, we service andessential municipal service continue to monitor the bank rates to to all our residentsand taxpayers. As maximize our earnings. always, I am indebted to my staff for the first-class job they do on my behalf as well as for the Town of Framingham residents. Annual collection amounts and percentageswere as follows: Real Estate taxes collected totaled $161,068,485 (98%) and personal property taxes were $8,559,140 (99%). Excise tax collections totaled $7,539,841 (88%). Excise tax is collected on a calendar year basis, which is reflected in the lower collection percentage. Tax Title collections were $850,815. We have The Town issued a bond anticipation continued towork hard on the note(BAN) in 2015, awarded to collection of delinquenttaxes Century Bank, in the amount of and to work with these $4,417,913 with a net interestrate (NIC) residents in resolving the issues of .4735% including a premiumof they have faced which putthem into $12,149. Tax Title. We have implemented the Finance63 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report The Town issued a bond for $43,668,000 awarded to Citigroup Global Market, Inc. The interest rate (TIC) was 2.587% includinga I would like to thank my staff for their premium of $3,793,513.54. hardwork and professionalism. Additionally, theTown has financed $1,471,400 Water Bond and I would also like tothank the $479,407.50 Sewer Bond with an Accounting and Assessors interest rate of 2% through the Mass Department, CFO and her Staff, Clean Water Trust. the Payroll Department and Technology Services for all the help they have given my staff and myself over the year. Respectfully Yours, Carolyn Lyons Treasurer/Collector Finance64 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report P URCHASING Memorial Building, Room 123| 508-532-5405 |purchasing@framinghamma.gov The Purchasing Department seeks to our options and selectively participating in identify the best overall value when purchasing consortia. The Purchasing expending public funds for goods and Department will continue to conduct due services. The Department ensures that diligence on every major purchase in order purchases are made in accordance with to get the best value for taxpayer dollars. local bylaws and in compliance with procurement statutes of the Jennifer A. Pratt Commonwealth. Purchasing has worked Assistant Chief Financial Officer closely with Town and School Chief Procurement Officer departments to produce invitation for bids for a multitude of projects ranging from improvements made to Parks Department recreation areas to the purchase of vehicles for the Public Works Department to School Department building upgrades and maintenance contracts. Routine contracts were awarded for the School Department lunch commodities (e.g., bread, milk, other food supplies), for Parks & Recreation landscaping materials, and for various internal services, such as, elevator maintenance and cleaning contracts. The Purchasing Department posts all invitations for bid on the Town's website and advertises larger procurement opportunities locally and in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Central Register. The Department is currently staffed within the Finance Division by Amy Putney, Procurement Administrator and a part-time Procurement Administrative Assistant. Jennifer Pratt, Assistant Chief Financial Officer also serves as the Chief Procurement Officer. In the coming year, the Purchasing Department will continue to seek out the best available pricing, including leveraging Finance109 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report RS ETIREMENT YSTEM Memorial Building, Room B31| 508-532-5465 |508-532-5757 (fax) | reg@framinghamma.gov The Framingham Retirement System is a member of the Massachusetts Contributory Retirement System, governed by Chapter 32 of the Massachusetts General Laws, and is managed by a five-member Retirement Board consisting of: Richard G. Howarth, Jr. Town Accountant-Ex-officio Member Mary Ellen Kelley, CFO Selectmen Appointee Peter J. Rovinelli - Elected Member Joseph A. Fonseca- Elected Member John W. White, Jr. - Board Member Appointee Sovereign Bank and MMDT $ 9,480,447 Pension Reserve Investment Trust $ 249,937,732 Total Assets on 12/31/2014 $ 259,418,879 Membership in the Retirement System: Active members 1151 Inactive members 308 Retired members and beneficiaries 796 Total Membership 2255 Respectfully Submitted, Laurie A. Lizak, Director Finance110 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report P|F|BH|IS OLICE IRE OARD OF EALTH NSPECTIONAL ERVICES Police Department Police Department ;MPPMEQ,;IPGL;E]`;MPPMEQ,;IPGL;E]```WFG$JVEQMRKLEQQEKSZWFG$JVEQMRKLEQQEKSZ relationships between officers. We have A MESSAGE FROM CHIEF FERGUSON enhanced lines of communication throughout the organization. We support an atmosphere of mutual respect at all levels. Officers who feel respected by their organizations will bring this respect into their interactions with the citizens in the community they serve. As a public safety organization we have focused on enhancing our legitimacy with the people we have sworn to serve. We will continue with community trust- building activities throughout the agency. 2015 has been a year of reflection and People will obey the law when they learning for the Framingham Police believe that those enforcing it have Department. We have been studying and legitimate authority to police them. implementing what st Taskforce has recommended on 21 We recognize that all people have Century policing. One of our main goals is to identify and implement evidence based encounters. These preconceptions effect practices to enhance our professionalism how one may react when dealing with within the community we serve.Without unfamiliar people or incidents. As a law delay we began to examine, strengthen, enforcement organization we have and promote collaborative relationships initiated training at all levels of the between our department and community. organization to alleviate implicit biases, With strong relationships with key the biases people are not aware they have. community stakeholders a subcommittee We will continue to increase awareness was formed and established a forum and ensure respectful encounters within our organization and communities. This forum has continued to offer community members a setting to We will implement evidence based exchange ideas and share stories and policies that represent our organizational concerns around violence, loss of life, and and community values. All policies require inequality in public safety, schools, health continual oversight, but the policy on care, and the media. which the Framingham Police Department maintains the highest level of In the Department we continue to evaluation and review is use of force. Our concentrate on maintaining and expanding policy on the use of force will be clearly a work environment that fosters healthy stated, continually reviewed and, Public Safety & Health111 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report transparent. You can now review this their peers, and our agency, but also to policy on our website with our other public safety. The sustained health and organizational policies. wellness of our people is directly related to our success and effectiveness. Law We continue to improve organizational enforcement officers deal with risk and accountability as one means of protecting tragedy on a regular basis. We recognize the rights of all during police encounters. that physical and psychological injuries Research is essential to identifying what can reduce a law enforcement and our community, which policing We enlisted the assistance of experts in methods are effective, and which ones are the areas of exercise, nutrition, and ineffective or may have unintended organizational health. One of the subject consequences. We continue to assess matter experts who continue to assist us is results and outcomes to improve. Dr. Gerald Sweet, a highly experienced As your law enforcement agency, we expertise, guidance, and support we have continue to advance our technological identified organizational issues, conducted capacity and improve our social media focus groups to discuss and address outlets. Technology can enhance policing issues, and have developed and practices and improve community trust implemented programs and initiatives to and legitimacy. Improving current enhance the organizational health of our technologies and employing new Department, we will progress in this area. technologies offers us another opportunity to engage and educate our Sincerely, communities on public safety issues. Chief Ken Ferguson The Framingham Police Department 2015 Police Personnel Resources continues to strengthen its community policing philosophy. Community policing Chief 1 promotes strategies that support the Deputy Chief 3 systematic use of partnerships and Lieutenants 12 problem-solving techniques to proactively Sergeants 14 address crime, disorder, and unhealthy Administrative Aide 1 quality of life issues. We regularly engage Assistant to Chief 1 in problem-solving activities internally and Patrol Officers 91 with our community partners in response Dispatchers 7 to locations, people, and incidents of Civilian Staff 6.5 concern. Much of our effectiveness has Mechanic 1 been the result of town and community Parking Control 1 initiatives working in unison with the Animal Control 2.5 common goal of ensuring that Crossing Guards 16 Framingham is a safe and healthy place to live, raise a family, work, and visit. On October 28, 2013 Chief Ferguson promoted Kevin Slattery and Ronald Officer safety and wellness continue to be Brandolini to the position of Deputy a priority for our organization. The Chief. Deputy Police Chief Steven Trask wellness and safety of law enforcement was appointed as executive officer. officers is not only critical to themselves, Public Safety & Health112 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report Slattery has been a police officer in The department put on three new officers Framingham for 29 years. A graduate of in 2013, Jay Godino, Eric Hayes, Sean Framingham North High School, he Wilson joined the department after attended Northeastern University and graduating the Worcester Police Academy. Westfield State University and received a The Framingham police also hired three additional officers who are in recruit training at the Worcester Police Academy. Brandolini has been a Framingham police officer for 21 years. A 1985 graduate of Revenue Framingham North High School, he The Framingham Police Department received a generates monies through the issuance of licenses and permits, administration fees from Westfield State College in 1994. and fines from parking and traffic citations. This revenue is not entered into In 2013 Michael Loughman was promoted to Lieutenant and Tim general fund. Revenues are as follows: oole, Lenny Pini and Gregory Reardon were promoted to Sergeant. Billable Activity FY12 FY13 FY14 FY15 111F/Recovery $100 $46,065 $37,194 $189 $59,643 $13,700 Alarms $69,320 $79,975 $99,265 $138,518 Court Fines $103,446 $94,837 Detail Admin Fee $141,658 $175,876 $120,031 $133,468 $1,150 $1,218 Finger Prints $1,710 $1,590 Hackney Licenses $4,080 $2,165 $2,940 $2,900 M/V Fines $122,255 $87,525 $130,050 $118,553 $2,200 $1,290 Marijuana Fines $3,400 $3,400 Misc. Revenues $7,909 $0 $8,400 $6,000 $213,255 $220,565 Parking Fines $220,637 $208,520 $11,400 $8,175 Permits to Carry $8,912 $12,812 Photos $25 $0 $27 $625 $8,105 $10,324 Report Fees $8,962 $6,583 Subpoenas $38 $85 $51 $58 Tow Fees $23,560 $25,877 $25,584$24,520 $88,904 $104,862 Cruiser Detail Fee $0 $50,180 Liquor Server $0 $7,580 $0 $0 $3.80 $0 Auction $0 $169 $7,565 $6,129 Non-Recur Rev $0 $374 Total $716,012 $803,616 $815,768 $791,094 Public Safety & Health113 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report Emergency Management conference room, 3 dispatch areas, hard wired telephones, weather station, 40 foot Framingham Emergency Management boom with camera and specialized scene Agency (FrEMA) directs all emergency lighting. The vehicle is operated by a nine management operations in the Town of member emergency management strike Framingham. Emergency management is team. Framingham will continue to be a the preparedness, mitigation, response and leader in the ever increasing role of recovery of both naturally occurring emergency management in a post 911 era, events like blizzards, ice storms, roles and responsibilities are increasing hurricanes, flooding or earthquakes as well and the Town will need to recognize the as any man made disasters such as value of emergency preparedness. chemical spills, fires, transportation events and acts of terrorism. Framingham The mobile command post was deployed Emergency Management has worked several times in 2015 most notably during extensively under its current structure to the Boston Marathon. create planning groups, exercise response In 2013 FrEMA also began another activities, secure funding from grants and innovative program Smart911, working state and federal sources and expand with a local company Rave. This program participation in this municipal function. gives citizens the ability to share information that will be displayed on the Frema in concert with Framingham dispatchers screen when the citizen dials department of public works and the 911. This service is free to the citizen and Northeast Homeland Security Regional can be accessed at www.smart911.com. Advisory Council also operate an emergency equipment cache located at On September 16, 2015 FrEMA Framingham DPW. This cache is one of participated in a functional exercise with only three in the State and will be used to Natick public safety officials, State Public disperse equipment and supplies during Safety Officials and the Natick Collection. emergencies. FrEMA in conjunction The exercise tested our capabilities to with state and federal authorities, respond to a terrorist attack at the Natick prepares, administers and implements Collection. Emergency Management Plan) as well as The Director of Frema is Deputy Police the federal mandated NIMSCAST. In Chief Steve Trask with 3 Asst. Emergency 2007 the entire CEMP was rewritten and Mgt. Directors; Asst. Fire Chief John printed; this is the first time since 1997. Magri, Police Lt. Blaise Tersoni and Police Lt. Mike Siaba. In 2010 Framingham also joined five other communities (Ashland, Natick, Holliston, Hopkinton and Sherborn) to Auxiliary Police form the Metrowest Regional Emergency The 20 dedicated men and women of the Planning Committee. Framingham Auxiliary Police completed another outstanding year of service for the In 2012 FrEMA took delivery of a brand community. For the past 73 years, the new mobile command post, this vehicle is Auxiliary Police have been an active and outfitted with the latest technology for vital component of the Police crimes scenes, natural disasters and Department. planned events. The vehicle has a Public Safety & Health114 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report The Auxiliary Police, under the guidance Animal Control Department of Auxiliary Captain Marc Spigel, have a 50 Western Avenue well defined training program in which 508-532-5870 officers attend an academy for reserve Fax 508-620-4872 police officers; and are trained in first Animal.control@framinghamma.gov responder first aid and CPR/AED. Annually the Auxiliary Officers keep their Staff: skills and certification current with field Katherine J. MacKenzie, Director of and in-service training. The result is a Animal Control, Mass. Municipal professional Auxiliary Police Organization Animal Inspector, 23 years of service that stands ready to assist this department. William C. Sage, Animal Control Officer, Mass. Municipal Animal Inspector, 22 During the year, the Auxiliary Officers years of service volunteer countless hours of their time to Joseph R. Shepard, PT Animal Control help make Framingham a better place to Officer, Mass. Municipal Animal live and work. Inspector, 19 years of service You can see some of their volunteer The Framingham Animal Control efforts in action at community events Department is staffed by 2 full-time and 1 such as Concerts on the Green, charitable part-time Certified Animal Control road races, and child safety programs. As Officers. The Animal Control Officers part of the Framingham Emergency provide service to the citizens of Management Agency, Auxiliary Police Framingham. The Animal Control Officers provide assistance at the Officers provide care for the animals held Emergency Operations Center and by the department 365 days a year. emergency shelters as needed, and are Animal Control Officers work both in the trained in the National Incident field and in the office, managing calls for Management System. service, complaints and inquiries. Animal Control Officers prepare reports and Jail Diversion Program appear in court as needed. The Animal During 2015 the Jail Diversion Program Control Department does not employ evaluated over 600 hundred individuals office or kennel staff. The Animal Control with mental illness that the police Officers are responsible for all aspects of department had come into contact with. the department. Of those several hundred evaluations many had committed arrestable offenses In addition to regular shifts, Animal but were diverted away from arrest and Control Officers are available for after into mental health treatment programs. hour emergencies. Framingham Animal Many of the evaluations would normally Control Officers work cooperatively with have been evaluated at the Emergency outside agencies such as the Room at Metrowest Medical Center but Massachusetts Department of Fish and instead were diverted away and handled Wildlife, Massachusetts Department of e Environmental Police, Massachusetts individuals were in fact arrested for their Department of Agriculture, Division of offences but due to their mental health Animal Health, the Massachusetts Society condition received court ordered for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals treatment instead of punitive sanctions. and the Animal Rescue League of Boston. Public Safety & Health115 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report This year Animal Control Officer, Depending on the vaccination status of Katherine J. MacKenzie was awarded the the domestic mammal involved, it will be Golden Bone of Excellence by the Animal either quarantined or destroyed. The Control Officers Association of Animal Inspector must ensure that all Massachusetts. This award was presented animals, wild or domestic, which must be to Katherine J. MacKenzie, in recognition tested for rabies, are captured and of her dedication and efforts to promote euthanized. The head must be removed, professional Animal Control. packaged properly and submitted to the State Rabies Lab for testing. During 2015, Animal Control Officers fielded and responded to more than 4,300 The Massachusetts Department of calls. More than 736 calls regarding Agriculture, Division of Animal Health wildlife were addressed by the Animal appoints the municipal animal inspectors. Control Officers. Most often, wildlife calls The primary duty of the Animal Inspector are concerning possible rabid, injured or has recently become rabies control in the nuisance animals. More than 1,083 canine domestic animal population. Municipal and 298 feline calls were fielded by the Animal Inspectors are also responsible for department. Other calls addressed by the livestock inspections and may be called to Animal Control Officers, totaling assist with domestic animal disease approximately 2,150 such as kennel quarantines in the event of an outbreak. inspections, animal quarantines, animal Livestock inspections are a census of the bites, hearing requests, administrative domestic animal population of the town, calls, police assists, board of health assists, be sure that all of the animals appear to be fire department assists, 45 livestock in good health and free from disease and inspections were addressed by the Animal observe animal housing and ensure ample Control Officers daily. These numbers do food and water are supplied. The annual not include the calls for service that were livestock census, required by the made via email. All emergency calls are Massachusetts Department of Agriculture, dispatched directly by the Framingham Division of Animal Health, is taken by the Police Dispatchers. sworn Animal Inspectors of this department. There are more than 45 The Animal Control Officers respond to different locations that keep livestock and calls regarding domestic animals, livestock fowl within the Town of Framingham. and wildlife. Any domestic mammal which These inspections covered 458 chickens, bites a human or another domestic 22 goats, 9 turkeys, 41geese and ducks, 12 mammal must be quarantined for a period sheep, 53 horses, 3 ponies, 1 donkey17 of ten days to determine the risk of rabies alpaca and llama, 1 pig, 1 beef steer, 12 transmission. Domestic mammals which game birds including Guinea hens and come in contact with, or are otherwise peafowl. exposed to the rabies virus must first be assessed to determine severity of risk. Respectfully submitted, Katherine J. MacKenzie Director of Animal Control Public Safety & Health116 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report FD IRE EPARTMENT 10 Loring Drive| 508-532-5930 Chief Officers Gary T. Daugherty, Chief John C. Magri, Assistant Chief Fire Prevention Joseph C. Hicks, Fire Marshal Joseph Mazzola, Assistant Fire Marshal Jerome Farias, Inspector Richard Zontini, Inspector Training Captain: Mark Leporati, Captain Office Staff: Kelly J. Mission Statement: In addition to fire suppression duties, this The Framingham Fire Department is an Department responds to medical organization of dedicated professionals emergencies, hazardous material incidents, who are committed to protecting the water problems, and other calls for citizens of Framingham from loss of life assistance. The Fire Prevention Division and property caused by the ravages of fire, provides safety education, code and to respond in a quick and efficient enforcement, plan review, and manner to medical emergencies. Through inspections. We are committed to fire prevention education, our mission is delivering these services through proper to prevent disastrous incidents from staffing strategically placed through the occurring and to minimize damage to life, community and to do so in a cost property, and the environment. effective manner. P/158 : ERSONNEL Chief 1 Assistant Chief 1 Deputies 4 Fire Marshal 1 Assistant Fire Marshal 1 Training Officer 1 Captains 8 Lieutenants 24 Firefighters 108 Firefighter of the Year Awards Civilians 9 Public Safety & Health117 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report The Framingham Fire Department Total Alarms: experienced numerous changes in 2015 The Framingham Fire Department caused by the retirement/resignation of responded to a total of 11,342 emergency ten (10) members, four (4) promotions, calls in 2015. thirteen (13) new hires and one (1) military deployment. The annual report of the Framingham Fire Department for the Total Emergency Calls year ending December 31, 2015 is as follows: 2015 Responses: 11,342 Retirements: 2014 Responses: 9,555 Deputy Paul Barbieri Assistant Marshal Randy Smith Firefighter Peter Devito HIGHLIGHTS IN REVIEW: Firefighter David Walker Firefighter James Coppinger The Framingham Fire Department provides Fire, Rescue and Emergency Stephanie Hurley (Resigned) Medical Services to those who live, work Tim Carey (Resigned) and travel through the community. Richard Serejczyk (Resigned) Calendar year 2015 was our busiest year Paul Medeiros (Resigned) ever. We responded to over 11,342 Sean Kenyon (Resigned) emergency 9-1-1 calls. Military Deployments: 2015 was a remarkable year for the Firefighter Chris Carvalho Department, most noteworthy on November 23, 2015, 29 Framingham New Hires: Firefighters were honored statewide at the Firefighter Keith Cashman Firefighter of the Year Awards receiving Firefighter Theo Lima various Citations from Governor Charlie Firefighter Paul Medeiros Baker for bravery and heroism above and Firefighter Sean Kenyon beyond the call of duty. T Firefighter Peter Mathieu Citations were awarded for actions at 6 Firefighter Richard Serejczyk Cornell Road where crews rescued a Firefighter Cory Pereira homeowner from his burning house on Firefighter Jerry Bosworth thth March 4; and on June 7, members saved Firefighter Tim Carey a victim from an upside down submerged Firefighter Joseph Sylvester vehicle from a pond on Gates Road. Firefighter Keith Rovinelli Firefighter Andrew Rokes We were successful in obtaining some Firefighter Rafael Franco outside funding through grant awards from the Federal Assistance to Promotions: Firefighters Grant Program, Deputy Stephen Stone Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Captain Robert Jones Safety and Massachusetts Department of Lieutenant Felix Torres Fire Safety and will continue to seek Assistant Marshal Joe Mazzola additional outside revenue sources and Public Safety & Health118 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report grants. Some of these grants are listed With an uncertain economy, we will below: continue to strive to be even more creative in the way services are delivered, doing more with less while at the same SAFE-Student Awareness of Fire time maintaining the core mission of the Educations: $6,300.00 public department. safety education MDU-Mobile Decontamination Fire Prevention Division Unit: $3,000.00: training and The Division of Fire Prevention is maintenance of state De-Con Unit comprised of a Fire Marshal, Assistant Fire Marshal, two fire inspectors and a The department is fortunate to have licensed fire protection engineer (FPE). firefighters who serve in the Armed To ensure a consistent approach, the fire Services and the Town and Department prevention officers are active members provide assistance and support to the and participants with the Fire Prevention families of these military members when Association of Massachusetts (FPAM), they are deployed for active combat duty; the International Association of Arson many thanks to those who have served on Investigators (IAAI) and the our behalf. Massachusetts Department of Fire Services (DFS). To ensure professional The operation of the Fire Department is standards the staff is certified through the large and complex. We do more than State as fire prevention officers, fire simply respond to fires, rescues and investigators and life safety educators. medical emergencies. Because some of the incidents we encounter are larger or The Fire Marshal is responsible for the more technical than the resources readily day-to-day operation of the fire available to the fire department, we work prevention office and is on call and collaboratively with various departments available to respond seven days per week and agencies both in and outside the town. Some of these collaborations responsibility include fire code violation include: investigations, public safety education, construction submittal plan review, Unified Fire and Police Fire permitting, and fire cause determination. Investigation Unit (FIU). The Fire Marshal serves on the Traffic Fire District #14 Regional Roadway Safety Committee, the Technical Technical Rescue Operations. Review Team, the Code enforcement Fire District #14 Collaborative Task Force and the Interdepartmental Dive and Underwater Recovery Community Support Team. Unit. State Wide Hazardous Materials The Assistant Fire Marshal assists with the Response. Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. Marshal works closely with the Fire Regional Emergency Planning Protection Engineer in approving plans Committee (REPC). and permits. He schedules acceptance testing with fire protection contractors, as well as conducting meetings with general Public Safety & Health119 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report contractors, engineers and property 1,103 residential smoke detector owners for proposed projects in addition permits to any problems that arise during 1,028 fire alarm system permits construction and final inspection. 552 sprinkle system permits 124 oil burner permits The Inspectors are responsible for 150 flammable liquid storage reviewing fire permits and conducting the permits subsequently required inspections. 86 propane storage permits Acceptance tests are a major area of 75 welding permits responsibility in which the fire inspector witnesses the proper operation of fire and life safety systems prior to a new tenant or owner occupying a residential or commercial space. The inspectors are the enforcing safety. The Fire Protection Engineer is a key position that works closely with the Building Divisions to ensure code compliance in addition to acting a resource to developers, contractors and business owners with complex design, code interpretations and Working at a Night Fire fire protection issues. The FPE is also a valuable resource to responders in Emergency Medical Services Training: mitigating complex fire and hazardous We continue forward with the major material incidents and in preparation for changes in EMS. The MASS Emergency such. Medical Technician (MAEMT) has merged with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). MAEMT no longer records any of the continuing education hours that our members are taking. It is being recorded by the NREMT web site. Massachusetts is only the second State to merge with the requirements from the NREMT. There has been some confusion on how Con Ed hours are being Framingham house fire categorized and we are working it through with the NREMT. It is a work in process. A major goal of the Framingham Fire Framingham Fire Dept. instructed its Department is to continue with emphasis members on the use of Naloxone Auto on prevention, risk reduction and life Injector for usage with Heroin Overdose. safety education programs in the Through a Grant from the State we have community. In addition to hundreds of placed 2 sets of these auto injectors on all occupancy inspections, a summary of of our apparatus. permit activity in 2015 includes: Public Safety & Health120 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report Tourniquets and clotting agents used in major trauma incidents have been donated 65 calls for traffic signals not working; by the Boston Marathon association and 13 calls for signal heads turned; placed on all the apparatus. 24 calls for re-lamping traffic signals; 150 calls for changing of time, checking FireTraining preemption, Opticom, repair broken Massachusetts Fire Academy presented to pedestrian buttons, repair knock downs, classes using computer simulators for meetings with contractors digging up Emergency Vehicle Operation and Fire / roads to mark underground pipes, meetings with contractors doing traffic signal improvements, preventive These skills and procedures are needed maintenance and investigations. when a Firefighter becomes trapped and needs to be rescued. We also use these 21 traffic signals knocked-down in motor skills when rescuing Civilians trapped in a vehicle accidents: 10 were reported to the building on fire. With the use of Thermal Police Department, 11 were hit and run. Imaging Cameras (TIC) the process The Fire Department is responsible for becomes quicker and more efficient, in the cost of replacing these knockdowns. the case of multiple trapped Civilians and 96 calls for school zone signals not Firefighters. working properly that required time adjustments, new lamps and new clock Fire Alarm Division: installations. This also included time The Fire Alarm Division is responsible for adjustments made at the beginning and the general maintenance of traffic signals, the end of the school year. controls, the municipal fire alarm system, master boxes, street boxes and The Division installed approximately underground and aerial cable. 4,880 feet of new fire alarm cable for new master boxes and replacement of Sixteen (16) new master boxes were added deteriorated cable. in 2015. We now have a total of 943 boxes in service in strategic locations 51 pole transfers for Verizon were throughout Framingham. Of the 943 completed. boxes, 588 are master boxes that protect individual properties, and 355 are street The Fire Alarm Division worked jointly boxes. with Fire Prevention in reviewing all fire alarm plans submitted to the Department. In addition to the regular duties of In addition, the Division attended maintaining and installing the fire alarm meetings with contractors for new interior and communication system, the Fire fire alarm installations and master box Alarm Division was also responsible for locations. Both Fire Alarm and Fire maintaining and repairing forty-four (44) Prevention worked together to perform traffic signals, three (3) 4-way flashing interior fire alarm system inspections in signals, twenty-six (26) school zone signals new and existing buildings. The traffic signals controlling Grant and Clark Total of 68 meetings Streets were removed. The following is a Total of 67 plan reviews breakdown of traffic signal repairs: Total of 50 fire alarm inspections Public Safety & Health121 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report The following new master boxes were added in Emergency Medical Services 2015: American Medical Response (AMR) continues to provide Emergency Medical Box # Location Services (EMS) to the Town of Framingham. Currently AMR is 5232 39 Fredrick Street contracted to provide three Advanced 5233 43 Frederick Street Life Support (ALS) Paramedic level 5235 76 Grant Street ambulances. Framingham has experienced 2631 40 Riverpath Drive a steady rise in medical calls as we 2632 50 Riverpath Drive responded to 7,447 calls for medical assistance; this is an approximate 10% 2633 60 Riverpath Drive increase from 2014. AMR provides Basic 2634 70 Riverpath Drive and Advanced Life Support training to 2635 80 Riverpath Drive Framingham Fire personnel at no 2636 90 Riverpath Drive additional cost to the Town of Framingham. 2637 100 Riverpath Drive 2638 110 Riverpath Drive I would like to thank the Board of 2639 120 Riverpath Drive Selectmen, Town Manager, Town Meeting 2641 130 Riverpath Drive Members and Committees and the 2642 140 Riverpath Drive residents for the continued support that has been given to the Fire Department. 537 330 Cochituate Road 486 95 Eames Street Respectfully Submitted, Gary T. Daugherty, Sr., Chief Framingham Fire Department Public Safety & Health122 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report FHD RAMINGHAM EALTH EPARTMENT 31 Flagg Drive, Room D15| 508-532-5470 |health@framinghamma.gov The Health Department conducts The mission of the Health Department is numerous mandated inspections to protect, promote, and preserve the throughout the year according to local and health and wellness of all Framingham state mandates. These inspections include residents. but are not limited to, food establishments, housing, body art Under the policy direction of an establishments, tanning establishments appointed Board of Health, the swimming pools whirlpools, beach testing, department staff assesses the public health Bottled water regulations, Biotechnology needs of the Framingham community. regulations, Recreational Camps, Title 5 (onsite waste water) plan review and field inspections, tobacco control, 21 E The staff addresses those needs by hazardous waste inspections, animal enforcing state and local public health and permitting, South Middlesex Opportunity environmental health regulations and by Council (SMOC) group home and hotel providing public health nursing services, and motel inspections. health promotion activities, emergency preparedness and response planning, On occasion, the Health Department community health outreach and must hold show cause administrative education, and by reducing environmental hearings and prepare cases for resolution health hazards. in District Court. There were a total of The Board of Health consists of three 928 initial inspections performed in 2015. members that are appointed for three year consecutive terms by the Board of Re-inspections are required for many of Selectmen. This year we were delighted to the inspections and orders to correct, welcome Laura T. Housman to the Board letters of no violation, and/or letters of of Health. We are thankful for the abatement are issued for all complaints. dedicated service of Nelson H. Goldin as An additional facet of the Health he stepped down from the Board after 17 years of service. investigation, including, but not limited to, The Health Department staff is comprised solid waste, dust, odors, noises, of a Director of Public Health, Chief of rodents/vector control and general Community Health, Chief Environmental neighborhood conditions. Health Officer, four full-time Sanitarians, The department has a Licensed Site a part-time Sanitarian, Public Health Professional (LSP) serving as its Nurse, Community Intervention Environmental Site Assessment Officer, Specialist, Community Health Worker, to study onsite hazardous waste site Environmental Site Assessment Officer, conditions at the Framingham General Office Manager, and an Administrative Chemical Corporation, Mary Dennison Assistant. Park, and other hazardous waste sites in town. Through the work of this Public Safety & Health123 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report employee, the town was able to advocate applications, and surveillance activity for additional onsite environmental throughout the town. assessment activities to be conducted in The Health Department reviews order to ensure that sufficient data is numerous Planning Department Site plans garnered to assure that optimal in conjunction with other municipal assessment of onsite conditions are made. department including but not limited to This will help assess the level of Fire, Conservation. Police, Building and treatment, additional monitoring and Economic and Community Development remediation that is needed to address Department. The Health Department onsite contamination. The Environmental reviews these plans and provides Site Assessment Officer also assists the comments regarding hazardous waste Health Department, Town Manager and containment, noise, odor mitigation, the the Community and Economic need for Food Establishment permitting, Development Department with ongoing Title V - onsite waste water (review) and 21E sites assessments in town in order to complete streets. determine current site conditions, assess needed remediation work and best The Town of Framingham, available technology required to address Northborough, Marlborough and Hudson various environmental health concerns. Planning Departments, Public Works and Health Departments partner in the In 2015 the Health Department drafted regional Mass in Motion and Complete and implemented new Bodywork Streets grant initiative. These initiatives Regulations. The scope of these are aimed at increasing physical activity, regulations is broad and includes many healthy dinning and access to walking and aspects, which if not particularly regulated bike paths with scheduled improvements could endanger the community with the to streets and sidewalks in order to risk of prostitution, human trafficking and improve transportation and pedestrian disease transmission. Additional mobility. These initiatives have been regulatory and educational programs in deemed to be crucial to the development the planning phase include a Pre- of needed programs and interventions Construction Rodent Abatement that have been identified in the regulation, Hazardous Material MetroWest Regional Community Health Registration, Food Establishment Person Assessment which include but are not in Charge (PIC) training, Swimming Pool limited to, transportation and prevention Certificated Pool Operator refresher of obesity. training, Choke Safe training, Tanning Establishment Operator training, and The Health Department was also the Body Art Establishment Operator recipient of the Prevention and Wellness training. The Heath Department staff is Trust Fund (PWTF) Grant. The PWTF also very active in addressing community grant earns the Health Department over and public health crisis issues such as $140k per year for three years. The PWTF hoarding and opioid abuse. is a collaborative of four municipal health departments (Hudson, Northborough, The Health Department worked in Marlborough, and Framingham) and conjunction with the East Middlesex many community stakeholders known as Mosquito Control Project (EMMCP) in the Metrowest Partnership (MWP). As planning larviciding, adulticiding, aerial one of only eight (8) grantees, the MWP Public Safety & Health124 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report will continue to be at the forefront of nspections (Health records and National Prevention efforts in Asthma, health lodges/stations) Hypertension, Elder Falls, and Tobacco Use Cessation. and vaccinations. The Health Department in conjunction with the Fire, Police, Building and various Reserve Corps municipal officials, conduct monthly general nuisance surveys of areas Communicable Disease: The Public neighborhoods in order to address the Health Nurse provides disease concern of area residents regarding traffic, investigation, surveillance and case quality of housing stock and general management/containment with early and nuisance conditions. These vital interventions for all communicable diseases, cluster or outbreak illnesses communication channels establishment including disease tracking and trends in with area residents via scheduled accordance with 105 CMR 300.000. In neighborhood community health 2015, there were 660 reports of reportable meetings. If necessary enforcement diseases representing a 19.3 percent actions include but not limited to, non- increase from 2014. All infectious TB criminal ticketing and court complaints cases are monitored at home by the Public are initiated to ensure compliance with Health Nurse to ensure their compliance local nuisance regulations and state health and tolerance to the TB medication until building codes. they are no longer infectious. The Public Health Nurse monitors, trains and Public Health Nursing Services 2015: prepares a response for local, regional, Nursing Hours are 8:30 5 Monday state, national and global emerging disease through Friday with clinic hours daily threats such as Ebola and Zika Virus. 8:30-9:30am, 4-5 pm (last patient seen at 4:45). Immunizations: Approximately 4500 Nursing Services include the following doses of vaccine were given at clinics, office visits, high-risk/outbreak control settings and employee health representing childhood, adult, public and school a 12.5% increase from 2014. required. -borne Illness Investigation Influenza: Approximately 3000 influenza, pneumonia, tetanus, and whooping cough Pneumonia, Hepatitis, Tetanus) vaccinations were provided in 2015-2016 season. This is a 25% increase from 2015 (Prevention/Control/Containment/Restoand attributed to a Framingham Health ration) Department #Flu Fighters social media campaign. new arrivals) Medical Reserve Corps (MRC): The Framingham MRC operates under the Tuberculosis cases and general oversight administration of the Board of Health of Latent TB infected individuals. who are trained and ready to respond to emergencies in the community. MRC members participated in multiple reviews Public Safety & Health125 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report trainings, provided health information at The nurse would like to recognize the local fairs and farmers markets. As part of contributions of the following: Dr. the emergency preparedness funding Harveen Singh, Dr. Shahla Asvadi, our requirements, MRC volunteers and Board civilian volunteers in the Medical Reserve of Health Staff took part in drills related Corps, Framingham Public and Private to emergency preparedness, shelter School Nurses, the leadership in Region management and helped staff all the 4A and the Department of Public Health: Infectious Disease and Emergency was put on Stand-By 3 times in 2015. Preparedness Bureaus. Districts/Region: The Framingham MRC In closing, the Health Department and is part of health and Homeland Security Board of Health were very happy to see Region 4A. MRC volunteers work under the reunification of the Health the direction of local health and safety Department staff and were excited to welcome a new Director of Public Health officials, and in collaboration with other in December. We are all thankful to the local emergency response programs. Town Manager and Town Meeting for National: Framingham is a sentinel their support. community for the CDC (Center for Disease Control) for Emergency Respectfully submitted, Preparedness and response. Michael Blanchard Director of Public Health IS NSPECTIONAL ERVICES Memorial Building, Room 203| 508-532-5500 |building.dept@framinghamma.gov STAFF: Michael A. Tusino, Director James Murphy, Local Inspector Fred Bray, Deputy Commissioner Mark Shahood, Plumbing-Gas Inspector Ed Hicks, Electrical Inspector Christopher Canney, Plans Examiner Suellen Seta, Sign Officer Dave Keniry, Nuisance Officer Paul L.M. Kelley, Code Enforcement Michael McCarthy, Code Enforcement Nathan Maltinsky, Local Inspector Joan Stephenson, Code Enforcement Joanne Panarelli, Code Enforcement Danielly Morais-Fonseca, Office Manager Shirley Tibbert, Administrative Assistant James Demeo, Administrative Assistant Mark Dempsey, Access Compliance Insp. FY 2016 Operating Budget: $1,000,386.00 Calendar 2015 Fees Collected: $2,690,418 For 2015 the Inspectors, Administrators The focus of the Department continues to and Code Enforcement Inspectors within be a high quality of public service by the Inspectional Services Department responding to concerns as they arise, to have had another very active year follow up on previous concerns, maintain providing quality customer service and a record of property activities reviewed by effective solutions toward resolving inspectors and investigators and be citizen concerns. responsive to consumer protection. Public Safety & Health126 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report The mission of the Building Department Code Enforcement Task Force has is to provide knowledge and service recently teamed up with the Attorney regarding local, state, and federal codes and standards in a manner which supports to help out with abandoned properties. our commitment to the safety of our We also received a CDBG funded grant public and to the integrity of the for $61,500 for code enforcement department. We willingly participate in activities. programs of continuing education to keep our staff informed of the latest technology Sign permitting and enforcement were at and requirements within the building record levels for 2015. 101 illegal signs trades industry as well as customer service were brought into compliance by the Sign and computer literacy. Officer and 259 new signs were permitted in strict accordance with the Sign By-law. The year of 2015 was another record year with regard to permit activity. I refer to I would like to thank all the Town of the attached 5 year report which reflects a Framingham officials, and departments repeat of last year. Please note this that we have worked with during the increased work was accomplished without course of the year. We at the Building the addition of any new staff. Department appreciate the knowledge and professionalism exhibited town wide. The office staff processed 3541 Building Permits, 2185 Plumbing & Gas Permits, I am pleased to extend my sincere and 2125 Electrical Permits as well as the congratulations and gratitude to Mark general administrative day to day duties. Hughes our Plans Examiner, on his Our Plans Examiner processed over 2950 retirement. Mark has had a distinguished plans and documents. 28 year career in Building Code Enforcement, the last 12 here in The Plumbing-Gas Inspector and Framingham. Electrical Inspector averaged 13 to 15 inspections per day and also responded to In closing, I extend a special THANK an average of 1-2 after hour calls per week YOU to the entire Building Department from the Fire and or Police Department. staff whom I have truly appreciated working with during this past year. Our The two Building Inspectors averaged 12-group worked extremely hard to handle 15 inspections per day each and also the increase in work this year without the conducted over 100 Liquor License help of additional staff. st inspections from November 1 thru st December 31. Both inspectors Respectfully submitted, responded to an average of 1-2 after hour Michael A. Tusino calls per week from the Fire and or Police Departments. Michael A. Tusino, CBO Code Enforcement inspectors worked Director/Building Commissioner on 761 cases of which more than 80% involved housing. The report illustrates The following is a list permit activities for that the inspectors addressed 16 illegal the calendar year of 2015 with a Five Year rooming houses, 36 illegal apartments and Activity Summary: monitored 77 foreclosed properties. Our Public Safety & Health127 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report Five Year Record of Building Activity in Framingham Number of Permits Issued20112012201320142015 Single Family Dwellings1414233959 Two Family Dwellings0321224 New Buildings622634 Alterations & Additions9851,1901,3451,6902,860 Miscellaneous1,3031,1081,1121,310564 Total Building Permits2,3082,3172,4843,0573,541 Valuation on Permits20112012201320142015 New Residential2,491,5453,055,0255,280,04510,505,62419,326,072 12,374,30 New Commercial01,185,000570,00019,542,91446,534,855 58,933,3747,260,7765,985,02 All Others797131,467,40491,650,533 73,799,2251,500,8071,835,07157,511,46 Total Valuations242161,515,9420 Fees Received and Turned Over to General Fund 20112012201320142015 Building Permits2,163,467 1,012,226714,043975,2282,057,445 Sign Permits16,15414,67416,20217,32515,719 Wire Permits137,297151,616183,512298,789249,523 Plumb.& Gas Permits124,561137,628162,521208,712220,874 Occupancy Permits5,7806,1007,96012,84512,100 Certificates (110)33,65028,28554,31024,52028,735 Miscellaneous0 Sign License Fees138 Total Fees1,329,8061,052,3461,399,7332,619,6362,690,418 Public Safety & Health128 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report WM EIGHTS AND EASURES Memorial Building, Room 203| 508-532-5470 | ers@framinghamma.gov 508-532-5790(fax) | In compliance with Section 34, Chapter 98, General Laws of the This was not an improvement over the Commonwealth, I am submitting my previous years but shows that our annual report of the Department of education and inspection program is Weights & Measures for the year working. The Department investigated ending December 31, 2015. 24 consumer complaints during the year. The Weights & Measures Department is required by state statute to inspect all In 2015 it was the One Hundredth year weighing and measuring devices in the of the National Conferences on Town of Framingham each calendar Weights & Measures in which the year. In 2015, the Department Town of Framingham is a member. inspected 1868 weighing and measures Massachusetts has NOT missed one devices, including scanning audits. conference in this time frame. The Department collected $49,782 in inspection and sealing fees during I want to thank Mr. Michael A. Tusino, 2015. This surpasses the revenue for the Director/Building Commissioner, the 2013 year. The Department issued the Town's part-time Weights & 16 civil citations and 42 late fee Measures Inspector, Mr. Edward R. violations in calendar year 2015, for the Gentili, and the Office Manager of following: pricing errors (scanning), Inspectional Services, Ms. Danielly unsealed scales & gasoline meters. The Morais-Fonseca and her staff for all total violations and late fees amounted their help and assistance. to $16,605 for the calendar year of 2015. The non-criminal average fine Respectfully Submitted, was $897. The Department had NO Edward R. Seidler cases in Framingham District Court Sealer of Weights & Measures (criminal) for overcharging consumers. The Department saved consumers and businesses in Framingham into the thousands of dollars by conducting both mandated and spot inspections during 2015 in addition to the fees, fines and late fees collected for the Town. Errors found and corrected resulted in sufficient savings to consumers. The Department checked 9432 items in local retail stores to ensure that they scanned correctly. The Department found that 94.5% were priced correctly, 1.5% was underpriced and 4% was overpriced. Public Safety & Health129 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report    DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS DP EPARTMENT OF UBLIC WORKS Admin. Offices - Memorial Building, Room 213 508-532-5600 |508-872-5616 (fax) |Public.Works@framinghamma.gov    Paul G. Barden, Deputy Director of Public Works508-532-6053  William R. Sedewitz, Chief Engineer508-532-6012  Diane Conner, Deputy Director of Administrative Services508-532-5611  Blake Lukis, Director of Water and Wastewater508-532-6052  Daniel S. Nau, Director of Highway & Solid Waste508-532-6032  Fred J. Davies, Director of Fleet, Facilities & Communications508-532-6073 Jerry Carchedi, Director of Administration & Finance508-532-5620  Robert D. McArthur, Conservation Administrator508-532-5462   ENGINEERING AND During the year, more than 22,000 linear TRANSPORTATION DIVISION feet of water, wastewater and stormwater The Engineering and Transportation mains were installed or replaced in Division is responsible for the planning, locations including the Coburnville design and construction of capital neighborhood, Concord Street, Granite roadway and utility infrastructure projects; Street, Herbert Street, Hollis Street, Irving maintaining compliance with various State Street, Loring Drive, Main Street, Maple and Federal programs such as National Street, Moulton Park Road and Riverpath Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Drive. A 1,000,000 gallon concrete water (NPDES) Phase II Stormwater; managing storage tank off Edmands Road was taken out of service and rehabilitated. This was Permit programs; reviewing development one of two tanks servicing the Beebe and redevelopment plans to ensure pressure zone in the northwest corner of roadway and utility changes conform to Town. The other tank was replaced in 2014. inspecting modifications and expansions to the roadway, water, sewer and The Division also supported Eversource stormwater infrastructure. The Division Ener also provides technical expertise to the Downtown Area. This project included operational divisions of Public Works; the installation of 20 concrete vaults and other Town Departments; various Boards, approximately 3,800 linear feet of conduit. Committees and Commissions; maintains Significant coordination was required an extensive Geographical Information between this project and the System (GIS); and is the custodian of a Massachusetts Department of large collection of historical paper plans and documents. roadway improvements in the same heavily travelled corridor. Public Works130 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report replacement of several neighborhood Roadway and transportation improvement sewer pump stations including Eastleigh, projects overseen were the Belknap Road Flanagan, Hancock, John McQuinn, Little and Flanagan Drive crosswalk, Farms and Shawmut; water and sewer Coburnville Roadway and sidewalk improvements along Elmfield Road and reconstruction project, Concord Street at Hop Brook; and water improvements on School Street improvements project, Cochituate Road and Speen Street. Dudley Road crosswalk, Edgell Road near Transportation project work included the Whiting Road Aqueduct crossing, Elm continued design of the Union Avenue Street at the Weston Aqueduct crossing, roadway improvements; Dennison Water Street roadway and safety Crossing traffic improvements; improvements, Waverly Street crosswalk interdepartmental collaboration regarding at the commuter rail station and the bike lane assessment; and mitigation Winch Street and Millwood Street traffic improvements for private development calming projects. including the traffic signal and intersection improvements on Concord Street at The Concord Street at School Street Hartford Street as well as on Old improvements project and the Water Connecticut Path at Speen Street. Street roadway and safety improvements  collectively improved the safety, visual The Division advanced programmatic impact and walkability of the Saxonville area. The Division also worked with the management system and has joined the developer of the Danforth Green project Central Massachusetts Regional to secure a $1,000,000.00 MassWorks Stormwater Coalition (CMRSWC), a Infrastructure Grant to make utility and group of communities working together transportation improvements to Riverpath to more effectively manage municipal Drive. That project was successfully stormwater and to meet the requirements completed this year. Sewer System (MS4) Permit in an efficient The Division continued to coordinate and cost-effective manner. The Division with MassDOT to advance several reviewed and submitted comments to the construction projects: the largest project EPA on the draft 2014 Massachusetts began in 2014 in the Downtown area and MS4 permit; continued water quality is expected to continue through 2016, the monitoring and sampling at approximately Central Street Bridge in Saxonville, Route 9 Bridge over the Foss Reservoir Outlet ten potential illicit discharges; and and the Winter Street Bridge over the undertook several public education railroad near Keefe Technical School. events. The Division also led efforts that resulted in a grant award of $157,000.00 Multiple utility and transportation design to the Town to improve a natural projects were also advanced or completed. resources habitat along Beaver Dam Utility project designs included sewer Brook in southeast Framingham and capacity improvements downstream of the Technology Park; elimination of the Hazard Mitigation Planning efforts. Worcester Road sewer pump station; water and sewer improvements along the The Division continued to provide Town Union Avenue corridor; rehabilitation of GIS support including the Town Assessor the Goodnow Lane Water Pump Station; most significant update of Public Works131  Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report approximately 11,500 potholes took place. remapped and renumbered the entire The Division continued to integrate and parcel dataset for simplicity and ease of manage the use of specialized contracted use. The GIS staff also provided data and equipment with in-house resources. The coordinated the acquisition of expanded development of the Annual Roadway mapping information for the Town Program has led to greater cost control, website and initiated a process to quality control and accountability while streamline the GIS-based work order performing repair work on defective system. roadways. Snow and Ice Management Program Lastly, the Division conducted 1,630 total inspections primarily of private work Snow and ice operations are one of the within the right-of-way or involving public most important public safety infrastructure. These inspections ranged responsibilities. No activity performed by from single family residence water/sewer a Town has more uncontrollable factors connections to large scale projects such as or greater impact on the community than private utility gas main installations or the proper handling of snow and ice private development at the Planned Unit events. Factors including weather, amount Development (PUD). The permitting of snowfall, rate of snowfall, duration of work included 576 Street Opening storm and type of precipitation have to be Permits, 252 Trench Opening Permits, 37 considered; and impact on resources and Public Way Access Permits and review of costs, including manpower, equipment 254 plan submissions. The survey staff and materials must be appropriately conducted 38 large survey projects, 94 managed. sideline surveys and 24 assessor splits. The Division is responsible for providing HIGHWAY DIVISION safe roadways and sidewalks both during and after snow, ice and other weather The Highway Division is responsible for related events. This effort involves the the maintenance and repa plowing and treating of 550 lane miles of roadways, sidewalks, stormwater utilities public roadway, 45 municipal parking and public shade trees. facilities, 84 miles of sidewalks and public pathways, 218 crosswalks, 190 cul-de-sacs, Pavement Management Program 11 school paths, 31 school crossing-guard Roadway projects consist of the stations and all student drop-off areas. replacement or upgrade of roadways and The Division also distributes and fills 50 appurtenances for adherence to current sand barrels located on hills throughout regulatory guidelines and directives as well Town for residents use. as new pavement markings, street signs, sidewalks, granite and bituminous curbing, wheelchair ramps and curb-cut control GIS with an Incident Command Structure measures. to manage each event. In addition, the Division installed global positioning During the year, road rehabilitation on 24 system (GPS) units into plowing centerline miles of roadway; maintenance equipment. The purpose of this strategic and replacement of defective guardrails; effort is to provide a high level of emergency repairs; preventive accountability while applying the maintenance; and the filling of Public Works132  Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report appropriate amount of resources to each into the system and provides a cleaner weather event. In order to be fiscally environment. responsible, the Division has developed a The deficiencies in the stormwater strategy to focus on main roads with systems throughout the Town are a major greater speeds and higher traffic volumes, cause of unscheduled overtime and while utilizing a measured response on emergency repair cost incurred by the secondary roads making them safe and Town. In order to maintain compliance passable. All Town spreader trucks are with the U.S. Environmental Protection equipped with a computerized distribution ant Discharge system that operates according to ground Elimination Systems Phase II Stormwater speed to insure the uniform distribution Permit, a vigorous year-long effort is of de-icing materials. made to clean all of the catch basins utilizing both Division personnel and Stormwater Management Program contracted services, to remove silt, sand, The stormwater system consists of more and debris annually. Storm drain cleaning than 200 miles of surface and subsurface continually results in a significant list of drainage systems, 12,000 catch basin and necessary repairs as the inspection process manhole structures and more than 900 progresses. Once the catch basins have drainage outfalls. Construction projects been cleaned, approximately 1,000 tons of completed by the Division and contracted catch basin debris will be hauled to an personnel include the installation of 928 accepted facility utilizing Town equipment linear feet of new drain line and 7 new and personnel. The Division is awaiting stormwater structures on Auburn Street, the execution of a new contract to Beaver Street and Newbury Street; and the facilitate the cleaning of approximately repair or adjustment of 458 drainage 8,500 catch basins. structures. The Division continues the practice of monthly inspections in a Beaver Dam Brook and Hop Brook proactive drainage structure maintenance continue to be significant operational program. During 2015, 48,136 linear feet challenges as even a modest rain event can of drainpipe was televised and cleaned. cause the brooks to surcharge at the many culvert headwalls in both South Framingham and the Gregory Road and The removal of sand and debris from the McAdams areas of North Framingham. For this reason, the Division has installed remains an operational priority each year. automated monitoring sensors that alert In an effort to minimize the amount of staff to high water levels. sand entering and further diminishing the capacity of the system, the Division has The maintenance, inspection and continued strict control practices for the use of de-icing materials during the winter levee system consisting of 2,550 feet of months. In addition, an aggressive, town- earth dikes, 1,340 feet of concrete flood wide street and sidewalk cleaning program walls, 1,000 feet of channel realignment, a is performed annually in the spring to pumping station, interior drainage and remove as much sand as possible. An vehicular flood gate also fall under the overnight sweeping of the streets and responsibility of the Division. sidewalks in the Downtown Business District minimizes the entry of materials Traffic Systems Management Program The Division manages the maintenance, Public Works133  Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report regulatory, advisory and street signage; Statutory requirements to maintain steel-beam safety guardrails; installation of minimum clearance over the 550 lane mile new and annual maintenance of existing roadway network is a primary and pavement markings; as well as the work recurring function of the Division. During zone safety program for Division the year, 33.5 miles of pruning was operations. Other responsibilities include completed to provide clearance and safe the advance planning of roadway traffic traees management during infrastructure require routine maintenance so that they improvements; posting street-by-street do not become a public liability. The tree crew performs monthly surveys to advance the street sweeping and snow determine hazardous and diseased trees removal operations; installing and or and takes action to minimize damage; replacing hundreds of regulatory and responds during severe weather events; as advisory signs either by direction of the well as provide cleanup and removal of Board of Selectmen, the Traffic Roadway storm debris. Safety Committee or as required through routine maintenance practices; responding The Tree Warden conducts frequent to Police, Fire and other safety roadway hazardous tree assessments, prescribes related issues requiring emergency traffic treatment, oversees removals and management; and assistance for scheduled participates in public hearings on issues events like the Boston Marathon. related to trees within the right of way. The Division routinely responds to The annual contract and painting of 85 miles of yellow centerline, 104 miles of related services. During 2015, personnel white edge line, over 726 crosswalks, 792 removed 47 dead, diseased and/or stop bars and 374 arrows throughout the hazardous street trees and responded to Town was also managed by the Division. 107 emergency removals as a result of storm-related tree damage impacting Tree Warden & Forestry Management roads or other public properties. The Town was named a Tree City USA th again in 2015 for the 24 consecutive year. Vegetation Management Program The Division is responsible to promote, preserve and enhance the shade tree vegetation management program that is environment of the community through permitted annually by theMassachusetts the application of best management Department of Agricultural Resources practices and public education campaigns; Pesticide Bureau. This program allows provide maintenance management for the the Division to apply best management practices for the control of curbside trees; and for the development of a Public vegetation that otherwise would grow Shade Tree program for the community. uncontrollably and require the The Division plans an annual Arbor Day commitment of substantial and sustained celebration and several private contractors labor to control unwanted growth. A donate their time and resources to this landscape crew maintains approximately successful event. This year the event was 80 locations in Town requiring mowing, held in conjunction with the Park and mulching, weeding and watering on a Recreation Department at Farm Pond. consistent basis. Public Works134  Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report SANITATION DIVISION educational outreach efforts, 610 trash cart exchanges have been facilitated. The Division is responsible for managing Eliminating the need for employees to manually collect refuse on the back of a curbside solid waste and recycling truck has decreased the potential for programs; containerized collections at workplace injuries. condominiums and municipal facilities; as well as the Recycling Drop-Off Center Additionally, carts are equipped with a (RDC) on Mount Wayte Avenue and the radio frequency identification system Yard Waste Drop-Off on Dudley Road. (RFID) allowing the Town to track what address that each cart is assigned to and The Division fielded requests from how often and what time of day they are residents to exchange their recycling carts serviced. This continues to be a valuable to a larger size, totaling 417 exchanges, tool for the Town to maintain contractor drop-offs, or other issues resolved. accountability to ensure the proper Approximately 6,725 permits were sold delivery of service has been performed. providin- Off Centers. In addition to the hazardous The Division works aggressively to and difficult to manage wastes collected at research and develop new techniques in the RDC, the center collected 600 tons of managing waste that cut costs, improve recyclables. Through fees collected for services and marketing of the recyclables, recycling programs. Some of these $191,811.52 was generated in 2015 for the approaches include: General Fund. In January 2016, the Division increased resident sticker costs Planning and preparations to assume for the first time since 1992. responsibility for the automated curbside collection of recyclable The Division managed the collection of refuse and recycling from 15,037 stops year contract for recycling collection including the tipping of over 35,000 expires in June 2016, it will begin to recycling and refuse carts per week. perform the collection with in-house Curbside recyclables collected totaled resources. This will allow for more 5,035 tons. control, accountability and better customer service. Planning for the July transition to automated trash collection to provide Continuing to facilitate competitive bidding on solid waste contracts to better cost control and eliminate bagged refuse included the thorough evaluation of save money and improve services. property listings, reorganization of daily Attainment of additional waste routes and extensive employee training. In reduction grants from the June, the Division distributed trash carts Massachusetts Department of Town-wide to residents in preparation of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) the program. During and after the such as the recently awarded transition, the Division distributed MassDEP Sustainable Materials educational materials, worked closely with Recovery Program Grant. residents to inform them of the program guidelines and managed enforcement of Public Works135  Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report WATER AND WASTEWATER Monitoring school recycling programs DIVISION that use reusable trays and silverware in their cafeterias that eliminate the The Division is responsible for the need for disposable polystyrene trays. distribution of a public potable water Participating schools are Brophy supply and the provision of fire Elementary, McCarthy Elementary and Woodrow Wilson Elementary. 18,000 residential and commercial users as Continuing the sale of natural mulch well as a wastewater collection service for and compost to homeowners and the 70,000 residents of the Town. landscapers at reduced rates. This helps to reduce disposal costs, raise An average daily water demand of nearly 7 additional revenues for the Town and million gallons per day is purchased from create a full circle recycling loop. the Massachusetts Water Resources These materials are provided at no Authority (MWRA) and then distributed cost to other Town Departments through a complex system of pumps, allowing them significant financial pipes, valves, and reservoirs. The savings. The Division has provided Division also provides for the these materials for various Town maintenance and repair to the water projects such as at the Recycling distribution infrastructure that includes: Drop-Off Center itself, as a soil 275 miles of pipe, 18,000 service amendment in athletics fields, connections, 2,000 hydrants, 4,800 gate landscaping at Town-owned buildings valves, 22,000 meters, 4 pumping stations, and other various roadway projects 3 booster stations and 6 above ground throughout Town. water tanks having a storage capacity of nearly 9 million gallons. Monthly public education events and programs are offered to residents at Wastewater responsibilities include the no additional cost and include collection and transport of 5-10 million Household Hazardous Waste Day, gallons of wastewater each day, a which drew close to 200 vehicles; significant portion of which during peak Earth Day Celebration; Town-wide periods is wastewater flow infiltration and Green-Up Day; and two of our most inflow from sources such as leaking pipes popular events; the Shred Fest (secure and sump pump discharges during wet confidential document shredding) and the Electronics Take Back Day. While collection system consists of 226 miles of allowing the Town to properly recycle gravity mains, 18 miles of force mains, 44 and dispose of thousands of pounds pump stations, 6,600 manholes and over of discarded electronics, Electronics 40 miles of cross-country sewer-line Take Back Day has allowed the Town easements. Wastewater is conveyed from to donate non-perishable food items the Town to the MWRA, which is charged to United Way Tri-County Food with the transport and treatment of Pantry located in Framingham as wastewater from its forty-three member participating residents are encouraged communities. to make a non-perishable donation. Public Works136  Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report Capital improvement programs have been services, but is used as a tool for substantially under-funded in recent continually training our employees. This decades, and, as a consequence, critical year, approximately 2,130 feet of water infrastructure has experienced ever and/or wastewater infrastructure was increasing incidents of failure. The replaced using this approach on Central infrastructure continued to grow and Street, Church Street, Dyer Street and expand over time, but the funding did not Kendall Lane. keep pace with capital needs. As a consequence, the Division was historically The Division also faces the continuing engaged solely in performing unscheduled challenges of managing a second maintenance and was unable to devote Administrative Order originally issued by resources to perform critical preventative the Massachusetts Water Resources maintenance to the system. This is Authority in 2003. The MWRA underscored by the issuance of an Settlement Agreement limits the level of Administrative Consent Order (ACO) and sulfide that the Town is authorized to Notice of Noncompliance by the discharge to the MWRA system through Massachusetts Department of operational efforts. Sulfide generation can Environmental Protection (MADEP) cause odor and corrosion problems in during 2007. The ACO requires the Town sewers, which sometimes can be to undertake major sewer construction catastrophic. Activities performed to and rehabilitation projects over several mitigate the generation of sulfide include: years with the primary focus of alleviating chemical dosing at selected wastewater reoccurring sanitary sewer overflows, a pumping stations; targeted collection violation of State and Federal law. The system cleaning and inspection; and last specifically identified project from the enforcement of grease interceptor ACO was completed on schedule before requirements at food establishments. A the end of 2013. The ACO included major cause of sulfide is the wastewater several other requirements including detention time associated with the large increased staffing levels, major equipment number of pumping stations and miles of purchases, implementation of a associated sewer force main piping. Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition During the past five years, the number of (SCADA) system to remotely monitor and pumping stations has been reduced from control pumping stations and strict 50 to 44 as part of the capital program. reporting requirements. The Division is In addition to construction activities, Elimination Plan that will likely result in excavations required for repair of over additional enforcement action. 313 water system failures and 134 sewer system failures and; 2,300 first response In recent years, a professional and calls for customers in need of immediate knowledgeable workforce has been assistance were performed. The Division developed. This has provided an also completed closed-circuit TV (CCTV) opportunity to identify and fully carry out video inspection of over 94,000 linear feet capital projects of limited scope from of sewer pipe where the conditions were design through construction using in-documented using a remotely controlled house staff. This practice not only camera unit that traveled through the provides the Town with a significant cost pipe. The inspection process revealed savings over contracting for these areas of the system that have actual or Public Works137  Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report potential problems that may require repair Conservation Commission in legal or replacement. matters. Annually, the Division collects drinking 1.Wetlands Protection Achievements: water samples from 15 homes, which are Reviewed, for jurisdictional subsequently analyzed for their lead and relevance, all applications for 190 copper content. The U.S. Environmental inter-departmental reviews Protection Agency has set the action level (Building Permits, Planning Board for lead in drinking water at 15 parts per Permits, and Zoning Board of billion and copper at 1.3 parts per million, Appeals Permits) the level that triggers corrective actions to be undertaken by the water supplier. The Held 25 public meetings to discuss results of the sampling program have once project applications, land again successfully met these goals. management efforts, and public education efforts Lastly, the Division performs Reviewed 33 and permitted 32 approximately 900 bacteriological tests Notices of Intent applications annually to ensure the quality and with 1 denial due to split vote The Town maintained continuous Reviewed 2 Abbreviated Notices compliance throughout the year with the of Resource Area Delineation and permitted 1 standards related to bacteria testing (Total Reviewed 23 and permitted 23 Coliform Rule). Requests for Determination of Applicability applications Conservation and Open Space Issued 9 Emergency Certifications Division Performed numerous site visits The Conservation and Open Space and inspections to gain first-hand Division is responsible for administering information of on-site conditions conservation land acquisition; overseeing and verify wetland delineation. wetland protection; providing administrative and technical advisement to The Division continued to oversee active the Conservation Commission and other projects from prior years. It issued: Town departments; managing over 400 5 Amended Orders of Conditions acres of conservation land; environmental for project changes reviews and guidance for environmental projects in support of the Conservation 1 Permit Extension Commission; overseeing the Framingham 19 Certificates of Compliance Stewardship Program; reviewing proposed and on-going municipal, private, 7 Enforcement Orders and commercial and industrial projects; numerous Notices of Violation directing the aquatic management 2.Stewardship Achievements: The program; and providing education and Divisions volunteer Stewards outreach to residents. The Division also continued to maintain conducts site inspections, attends Conservation Lands by cutting pertinent meetings and represents the back vegetation that had Public Works138  Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report overgrown onto scenic trails and Staff also participated in professional cleaned up debris and litter. The development workshops and trainings Stewards also informed staff of provided by state and nonprofit any issues with Conservation organizations. Land. 6.Administrative Achievements: Bose Corporation provided numerous The Conservation Commission volunteers for projects town-wide, works closely with Public Works, including a crew that removed two truck-Parks and Recreation, Planning loads of miscellaneous debris from Cedar Board, Building Department and Swamp. Community and Economic Development to ensure 3.Land Management: The compliance with state and local Division started its first ever wetland laws. Conservation seasonal land management crew Division staff work closely with with three seasonal employees several local and statewide paid for by the Town and three organizations such as Sudbury from a youth program. The Valley Trustees, New England seasonal Conservation crew Wildflower Society, Bay Circuit performed projects including trail Trail Alliance, SuAsCo, River clearing and widening at Arthur- Stewardship Council, Morency Woods, the Carol Massachusetts Department of Getchell Trail and at Cedar Conservation and Recreation, Swamp. Some redundant trails Massachusetts Department of were removed at Arthur-Morency. Fisheries and Wildlife, They conducted hazard tree Massachusetts Association of removal and invasive plant Conservation Commissioners, the management at Macomber Massachusetts Society of Reservation and Arthur-Morency Municipal Conservation as well as worked on a drainage Professionals, and the project at Wittenborg Woods. Massachusetts Department of 4.Open Space Planning: The Environmental Protection to Division worked with other protect the Town's wetland departments to create a team to resource areas and open space. identify and prioritize open space parcels. The Open Space Plan FLEET, FACILITIES AND was reviewed and finalized by the COMMUNICATIONS DIVISION team. Grants were applied for and The Fleet, Facilities and Communications secured for land acquisition and Division continues to provide critical ecological restoration. support services for vehicle and 5. Educational Achievements: equipment maintenance support to the The Conservation Division Department and other Town agencies. participated in an Earth Day event This Division is accountable for: the and conducted an interpretive hike development and implementation of for Riverfest and Macomber professional fleet management standards Reservation. and practices; the design and procurement of all public works vehicles and equipment; and for providing Public Works139  Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report standardized maintenance management This past winter was the ninth winter practices for all public works facilities season that a temporary site setup has including water, wastewater and pumping been utilized by the technicians who are stations. The Division is also charged with assigned to be on the north side of Town the technical management of the during snow and ice events. This telecommunications network that continues to work well in providing the provides a critical service component to technicians a closer proximity to make repairs while reducing a vehicl Management Response Plan. of service that would occur if returning to the Western Avenue facility on the south The Division provides logistical support side of Town. to the Department through the provision of fully operational equipment, facilities The Division wrote 1,810 repair orders, and telecommunications that together, performed 418 scheduled preventative ensure the effective and efficient delivery maintenance services, completed 221 of essential services to the residents of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Registry community and continues to be one of of Motor Vehicles Enhanced Emissions three major equipment and materials State Inspections and managed the cache sites for the Northeast Homeland acquisition and distribution of more than Security Regional Advisory Council 295,500 gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel. (NERAC). Facility Maintenance Fleet Management This year the Western Avenue fuel site During the year, the Division researched, was upgraded to meet the Department of designed and prepared specifications for the procurement of the following mandates including a new concrete pad specialized equipment: one slide-in sander over the fuel storage tanks, upgrading of assembly with controls; one existing fueling pipe lines and tank fill backhoe/loader with plow; one 33,000 assemblies and the annual calibration of gross vehicle weight (GVW) construction the fuel pumps were completed. The body truck; one 70,000 GVW Vactor unit; oil/water separators at Western Avenue one 18,000 GVW camera truck; two and the Mount Wayte Recycling Facility 15,000 GVW cab and chassis trucks with continue to be inspected quarterly and service bodies; five 11,000 GVW cab and pumped out in compliance with DEP chassis with service bodies and plows; and regulations, at a minimum, annually, or two automated refuse packers with plows. sooner, if needed. The Division continued to perform full load tests on the Technician training sessions continued emergency/standby generators at both the both in-house and off-site, which included Henry Street and Western Avenue Ford training, Comp U Spread sander facilities. This was done quarterly to insure control training and automated refuse proper operation along with a semi-annual packer training to help keep technicians maintenance program. The annual fire current with the ever changing industry. sprinkler inspection was performed at the The Parts Manager, along with other Fleet Mount Wayte Recycling and the Western Services personnel, has completed the Avenue Facilities. Hoisting Engineer Refresher Course that is mandated by the Commonwealth of The first phase of the emergency Massachusetts. Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Public Works140  Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report (SCADA) communications network at the information in a timely and accurate Western Avenue Facility was completed in manner. the fall. The second phase of the project began in November and is scheduled to Responsibilities also include managing be completed in early 2016. The second water and sewer utility billings for the phase will be a Point to Point (PTP) Town; and servicing customers via Microwave Radio Backhaul Network. This telephone, mail, email and in-person. The project includes microwave dish sites at Division issued 71,548 bills in 2015. The Framingham Public Works, Framingham majority of Framingham residential Police Department and Massachusetts customers are billed quarterly for water State Police headquarters. This will and sewer usage, while commercial, increase network capacity, system industrial and high volume customers are reliability, reduce system downtime, and billed monthly. Currently, 1,529 of 17,916 reduce reoccurring telephone line monthly - costs. line bill payment program. Discount and Utility Abatement Policies are also The Spill Prevention Control and administered on behalf of the Board of Countermeasure Plans (SPCCP) continue Selectmen, including the new Agricultural to be reviewed annually to ensure Properties provision approved in 2015. accuracy. This plan is necessary so that guidelines are in place to respond to any The Division coordinates new staff hiring; type of uncontrolled release of hazardous manages payroll and personnel activities materials. This plan also includes all of the for 170 FPW employees; processes thousands of vendor invoices; manages Recycling Facility. operating, enterprise, grant, and revolving fund budgets; processes walk-in Monthly inspections continue at the scheduling requests for sanitation pickups; Watson Place flood station and necessary records fuel inventory activity and repairs are performed. generates internal invoices for Town departm Western Avenue fuel pumps; oversees the ADMINISTRATION & FINANCE Drain Layer License renewal process; DIVISION processes over $100,000 in revenue The Administration & Finance Division deposits; and coordinates state and federal provides for the consolidation of all reimbursements, including the FEMA- Administrative, Financial, and Human declared snow emergency in January 2015. Resources functions within Framingham  Public Works (FPW) and strives to enhance the efficiency and accuracy of those functions through the use of professional practices. service and technical support to the major Divisions within FPW: Conservation, Engineering, Fleet, Highway, Solid Waste, Water and Wastewater, as well as providing other Town departments with Public Works141  Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report   PB|C&ED|MAP LANNING OARD OMMUNITY CONOMIC EVELOPMENT ETROPOLITAN REA LANNING CMWRTA|FHA OUNCIL ETROEST EGIONAL RANSIT UTHORITY RAMINGHAM OUSING UTHOR PB LANNING OARD Memorial Building, Room B37| 508-532-5450 |planning.board@framinghamma.gov  PLANNING BOARD C. Mello, Associate Program Planner, and During the Planning Board (FPB) review Sean P. Dugan, Community Outreach process, the FPB works with both Coordinator, and Stephanie Marrazzo, applicants and the public to shape Clerical Assistant. developments that minimize negative impacts to the community while MAJOR PLANNING PROJECT accommodating new growth. Such FACTS growth provides employment In the 2015 calendar year, the FPB held opportunities and a growing tax base to 36 meetings and granted 23 project the Town. In 2015, the FPB made decisions. The FPB considered substantial progress towards completing applications for the following types of the recodification of the Framingham projects: Zoning By-Law, Master Land Use Plan 15 Site Plan Reviews; action items, improved project review 29 Special Permits; process, policy development, and 3 Modification to a previously implementation of other tasks related to approved Decision; land use. 1 Extension to a previously approved Decision; THE BOARD 6 Public Way Access Permits; The FPB is comprised of five elected 2 Scenic Roadway Modifications; members who reside in the Town of 19 Approval Not Required Framingham. From April 10, 2014 to (ANR); and April 9, 2015 the FPB included: Stephanie 1 Subdivisions/Modification to a A. Mercandetti, Chair, Christine A. Long, Subdivision. Vice-Chair, Lewis Colten, Clerk, Thomas F. Mahoney, and Victor A. Ortiz. On QUICK PLANNING FACTS April 7, 2015 during Annual Town The average permitting time from Election, Stephanie Mercandetti and the date an application was stamped Thomas F. Mahoney were re-elected for in with the Town Clerk to the additional three year terms. On April 9, 2015 the FPB reorganized as follows: days (median: 44 days); Christine A. Long, Chair, Stephanie A. The average permitting time from Mercandetti, Vice-Chair, Lewis Colten, the date of the first public hearing to Clerk, Thomas F. Mahoney, and Victor A. Ortiz. During 2015, the FPB Office was days (median: 22 days); comprised of: Amanda L. Loomis, Planning Board Administrator, Alexander Planning and Economic Development142 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report  Average/median number of public Article 12: Phase III: Recodification of hearings held for approved projects: the Framingham Zoning By-Law 3.13 public hearings (median: 2 public hearings); and MASTER PLAN IMPLEMENTATION Average/median number of public The Planning Board will present the status hearings held for approved projects, of the Framingham Master Land Use Plan not including public hearings at the 2016 Annual Town Meeting. The continued without testimony: 2.57 Annual Town Meeting status report shall public hearings (median: 2 public provide an update on the work items hearings). completed or to be added to the Planning Total number of jobs created by approved projects: Master Land Use Plan. Work initiatives Construction jobs: 632-682 from the Master Land Use Plan Full-time jobs: 119 completed in 2015 include: Part-time jobs: 83 5.1.1 Comprehensive Revision to Increase in tax revenue generated: Town Land Use Regulations $296,362.56 Revised and update Section R Project development cost: $18,687,501.00 VI. A. and B. Parking Regulations ZONING BY-LAW AMENDMENTS Revised and update Section R The following zoning amendments and VI.F. Site Plan Review policy requests were approved at the Transfer of Development R Annual and Special Fall Town Meeting Rights and then approved by the Attorney 5.1.1.5 New Parking Standards General. The 2015 Town Meeting Articles 5.1.2.3.3 Downtown Framingham include the following: 5.1.2.3.10 Framingham Centre Rezoning Annual Town Meeting April 28, 2015 5.1.3 Conservation of Open Article 29: Complete Streets Space/ Agricultural Community Designation Acceptance Lands/Natural and Historic per M.G.L. 90-1 Resources Article 30: Phase II: Recodification of 5.1.4 Transportation the Framingham Zoning By-Law 5.1.4.2 Complete Streets R Article 31: Transfer of Development Adopt Complete Streets Rights By-Law Policy Article 32: Rezoning of the Complete Street Framingham Town Centre Zoning Designation, Chapter 90I Map Amendment 5.1.6 Healthy Communities Initiative Fall Special Town Meeting October 5.2.9.1 Downtown 20, 2015 Article 10: Central Business District Work initiatives from the Master Land By-Law Use Plan to be completed in 2016 include: Article 11: Rezoning of the Central 5.1.1 Comprehensive Revision to Business District Zoning Map Town Land Use Regulations Amendment Planning and Economic Development143 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report  with Town departments to develop an 5.1.2.3 Target Areas on Corridors efficient and informative review of Identified for Rezoning: South projects. Framingham, Saxonville and Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan: A R Nobscot Centers, and the collective effort between Community Corporate Center and Technology & Economic Development, the Park Department of Public Works, and 5.1.4.2 Complete Streets: Apply Planning Board to develop a plan for for Complete Street Grant future bicycle and pedestrian-way Funding planning. 5.2.4 Housing Strategies Affordable Housing By-law ADMINISTRATION COLLABORATED WORK The FPB continued to improve its efforts EFFORTS in public outreach and the sharing of MetroWest Moves: Through the Mass R and Planning Board Facebook page. The in Motion/Community Planning Board has been working to Transformation Grant, the Town of ensure all projects currently under review Framingham worked in collaboration and archived projects are available on the with the communities of Hudson, Marlborough, and Northborough to accessibility. To learn more about the activity of the communities. FPB and see the full report, visit the Transit Oriented Development R Central Business District: Worked in website at www.framinghamma.gov collaboration with Community & Economic Development and MAPC Respectfully submitted, to develop new zoning for the Central Christine Long, Chair Business District. Development Handbook and Plan- R Build-Grow: Worked in partnership CEDD OMMUNITY AND CONOMIC EVELOPMENT IVISION Memorial Building, Room B2| 508-532-5455 |www.ChooseFramingham.com  projects are multi-dimensional, ranging from promoting homeownership and Community and Economic Development 2015 providing policy analyses and pursuing mission-related grants. The Division also The Community and Economic promotes the Town as a desirable place in Development Division (CED) undertakes which to live, shop, work, and invest. a wide variety of projects focused on protecting and enhancing the quality of Planning and Economic Development144 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report  The Division consists of three in locating in Framingham, and link departments: Planning, Zoning Board of projects to available property. Staff sit on Appeals (ZBA), and Community interdepartmental teams that review Development (CD). While each proposed development proposals in order department concentrates on different to facilitate the project through the functions, each coordinates closely with various review processes. Staff also serve other departments, as well as with other municipal division, boards, and connecting property owners, existing committees. businesses, and prospective businesses with other municipal departments. PLANNING DEPARTMENT Memorial Building, Room B-2 Major 2015 Planning Department (508)532-5455 initiatives include: Planning@framinghamma.gov The Planning Department concentrates Downtown Central Business on sound planning to promote economic District (CB) zoning enhancements development and support our residential enabling Transit Oriented neighborhoods. Planners manage a Development (TOD). In October variety of projects and provide policy 2015, Town Meeting voted, by analyses for the Town Manager and Board overwhelming margins, to approve of Selectmen. The Department pursues, revisions expanding the CB district and manages mission-related grants while and allowing for higher-density, mixed also providing staff support to town use development. These votes committees. The Planning Department reflected substantial staff preparation, coordinates closely with Planning Board including supervising the completion staff on all planning issues. of an extensive Metropolitan Area Planning Council marketing study, Economic Development coordinating Roundtable discussions The Department is committed to with business, community, and encouraging appropriate economic development leaders, and extensive development, to support and expand the outreach, to educate and learn from tax base and contribute to the fiscal health Framingham residents and businesses. of the town. The Planning Department also supports the implementation of MassPike Exit 12 completed a several plans including the Master Plan, market research project testing the updated by the Planning Board in 2014, feasibility of creating a mixed-use the 2013 Open Space Plan, the Housing transit center supporting the Tech Plan (2014) and the Strategic Economic Park and 9/90 Corporate Center. The Development Plan (EDIC 2015). work informed the drafting of proposed Corporate Mixed Use Appropriate Economic Development (CMU) zoning, which was presented The Department targets and promotes the to business and community groups in development of major parcels for July 2015. MassDevelopment (re)development throughout town. Staff provided partial funding for the also engage with businesses with expiring project. leases, monitor property that is available for sale and lease, respond to questions from individuals and businesses interested Planning and Economic Development145 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report  MassPike Exit 13 Continued continue the work they began the year discussion with Natick and MassDOT before including publishing a monthly on undertaking a study to plan for newsletter, hosting business events, and encouraging growth in this shared commercial center, while also planning for improved MassPike developers, and influencers. access. Major study work is projected to begin in Fall, 2016. The Strategic Economic Development Plan (www.framinghamma.gov/Villages Southeast Framingham Began work 2015) for the Nobscot and Saxonville with MAPC to on a Southeast commercial districts was completed in Framingham Neighborhood Action June 2015. This project provides a Plan, to coordinate Town community-supported vision and action improvements to the Waverly plan for redevelopment in these areas. Street/Beaver Street area. The EDIC and C&ED staff are now working Department and MAPC will complete on implementation of the this study by Spring 2016. recommendations in that plan. Housing continued to implement Additional funds have been used to ng Plan. acquire business data subscriptions and memberships and to provide training The planning and economic development opportunities for EDIC and CED staff. functions performed by Department staff The EDIC commissioned a are closely interrelated with the work of comprehensive employment report from the Economic Development Industrial the MetroWest Economic Research Corporation (EDIC). Staff and the EDIC Center with a major event in June focused collaborate extensively in order to further on discussion of the trends and had a our shared commitment to promote panel including Senator Spilka and leaders economic development. from major employers. The EDIC also hosted a successful event for downtown Economic Development Industrial businesses, to network and learn about the Corporation (EDIC). The EDIC is owntown streetscape charged with creating a pro-active capacity improvements. to execute activities supporting the Economic Development Strategic Plan. EDIC and CED have created an Based in part on the Economic internship program in conjunction with Development Self-Assessment Tool Framingham State University in order to (EDSAT) it sponsored in 2012, the EDIC take advantage university resources while received funding this year for a number of advancing Town economic development activities. objectives - with minimal impact on the municipal budget. In 2015, EDIC interns The bulk of the funding was designated to undertook a number of projects including hire a consultant to continue www.ChooseFramingham.com website implementing the 2014 marketing plan, to updates, creation of a home improvement help the Town position itself as a guide, and researched the creative desirable location to live and open a economy & temporary office markets. business. In November 2015 the Town Planning and Economic Development146 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report  CED and the EDIC work closely with the visitors to the district. Initial construction MetroWest Chamber of Commerce and began in Fall 2014 and continued the MetroWest 495 Partnership, which are throughout 2015. both strong and effective allies in our The long-term plan, to introduce a grade We also maintain strong partnerships with separation into the downtown, is a priority state and regional agencies as well as Town project on the Metropolitan Framingham Downtown Renaissance. Transportation Plan (LRTP). Promotion Consistent with the Economic Framingham Downtown Renaissance Development Strategic Plan, a concerted CED staff works closely with effort is underway to market Framingham Framingham Downtown Renaissance in order to encourage individuals, families (FDR), a non-profit organization focused and firms to locate, invest, and shop here. on the revitalization of our commercial Planners continue to develop the areas. Staff participate in public board of www.chooseframingham.com website, directors meetings, to provide support as well as a twitter account @ChooseFram and ensure collaboration between FDR (900+ followers) and a Facebook page and Town efforts and policies. In through which events and positive stories addition to staff support, in FY15, CED are broadcast. contributed $51,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds to Downtown Revitalization further the goals of FDR. Building on planning efforts dating to 2009, the Planning Department Under the leadership of Executive coordinates and supports several efforts Director Holli Andrews, FDR 2015 to promote revitalization and TOD. activities focused on design, downtown promotion, and organization. In design, In addition to coordinating Roundtable FDR launched the Front Door discussions and MAPC research on Framingham project by commissioning promoting Transit Oriented local resident painter Sorin Bica for the Development, in 2015 the CED worked creation of an inviting gateway mural closely with other departments on spanning the brick wall of a building permitting and other business issues in the facing Routes 126 and 135. Downtown. CED also provides funding to Framingham Downtown Renaissance, In promotion, FDR organized the which promotes the Downtown and inaugural celebration of Park(ing) Day works directly with area businesses. that converted on-street parking into public spaces. FDR continued to sponsor CED also coordinates with other Town its annual Winter Wonderland, to departments on infrastructure planning. promote downtown shopping over the The Town also began implementing a state-funded plan creating vehicular and pedestrian improvements to address spectators to local businesses. traffic flow and improve safety along the Concord Street. These plans also include Under its organization banner, FDR major streetscape improvements to collaborated with established partners to beautify the downtown and help entice create interest in the downtown, as well as Planning and Economic Development147 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report  to sustain small businesses by engaging once they are abated or it is established with them on issues of safety, crime, and that that they are not contaminated. downtown construction. FDR maintained and expanded its online presence, through Since 2008, the Department secured and its Facebook pages, Twitter feed and its administered two $200,000 EPA grants to website fdrms.org. identify, abate, and eventually redevelop brownfields. The Planning Department Technical Review Team was awarded an additional $400,000 grant The Department supports in a multi-in May 2012, allowing us to continue the departmental approach to ensuring timely Brownfields Revitalization Program. and efficient project permitting. The team, including representatives of all The Program involves identifying and permitting parties (Planning Board, targeting sites, interfacing with property Inspectional Services, etc.) meets with owners, and working with a licensed site project proponents to identify permitting professional (LSP) hired by the division to requirements, identify issues, and track the conduct environmental site assessments timely resolution. The approach (ESAs) of selected properties. promotes appropriate economic development by boosting the This year, Brownfields funds also helped predthe Town investigate a number of Town- permitting processes. owned properties in preparation for offering them for sale to the State for a Neighborhood Commercial Areas New MassBay Community College The Planning Department continued its Campus. In addition the funds are being efforts to encourage and facilitate the used for an ongoing study of the revitalization of several neighborhood brownfields redevelopment potential in commercial areas. . CED and the EDIC South East Framingham, as a also completed work on a Villages 2015 complementary investigation to the work plan for the commercial centers in MAPC is doing in the same area. This Nobscot and Saxonville. This effort report will finish in Spring 2016 and the included substantial community outreach. grant will wrap up in September 2016. In each neighborhood, the department completed three community meetings, as Residential Neighborhoods well as a post-completion review in While economic development initiatives November 2015. support residential neighborhoods by generating additional taxes, the Planning Brownfields Department enhances these efforts by Framingham has a considerable number undertaking projects that protect and of brownfields, which are properties that contain or potentially contain hazardous The Department continued to respond to substances, pollutants or contaminants a Board of Selectmen policy placing a priority on encouraging homeownership for expansion or redevelopment. and targeting efforts to vulnerable Brownfields are not only a blighting neighborhoods. Both the Community influence on their surroundings, but are Development Block Grant (CDBG) and typically underutilized, thereby HOME Programs are focused on representing enormous potential to improving neighborhoods. The CD generate significant new property taxes Planning and Economic Development148 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report  Enforcement Task Force, linking federally funded rehabilitation programs to Town Plan (TIP), a prerequisite for federal and neighborhood improvement efforts. state funding. The Senior Planner serves Policy Analyses, Studies, Project year, Town staff worked to continue Management, and Special Projects moving TIP-eligible projects forward CED undertakes projects, prepares policy based on priorities identified in 2014 by analyses, and coordinates inter-the TIP Committee and ratified by the departmental projects. Some of these Selectmen in January 2015. The Union 2015 projects include the following: priority project and was submitted for TIP evaluation at the end of 2015. Open Space and Recreation Plan Implementation Working Group Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning (OSRPIWG) CED recognizes a need for a The Planning Department staffs the comprehensive look at better OSRPIWG, which is charged with accommodating bicycle and pedestrian implementing the 2SHQ6SDFHDQGaccess throughout Town. CED staff is 5HFUHDWLRQ3ODQ 2653 . In 2015, final edits leading an interdepartmental team, were made to the 2013 OSRP and the including DPW and Planning Board staff, plan was officially approved by EOEA. to prepare a document that can guide Staff closed out a $400,000 LAND grant Town investment in alternative which was used to successfully purchase transportation infrastructure. The team the Snow Property at 95 Wayside Inn met numerous times in 2015 to continue Road, which became Town conservation creation of this plan, prioritize roadways land. Additionally, staff continued due for bike/ped improvements, and advance diligence work associated with the Nyanza Complete Streets support. The Selectmen grant to buy conservation easements along e the Sudbury River, coupled with land Streets Policy in January 2015. donations. Roughly $300,000 is expected to be granted to the Town in the end for Bruce Freeman Rail Trail (BFRT) this open space project. The Department manages the planning process to develop the Framingham Staff from CED, Planning Board, and the component of the proposed 35-mile rail Conservation Commission continued to trail that will extend from Lowell to Framingham. The Department, along Strategy meeting regularly to discuss with the Town Manager, has been opportunities to advance the open space working with the Town of Sudbury, CSX, priority list. In 2015, Town meeting voted and the Trust for Public Land on to establish a new Open Space & advancing this project. Activities included Conservation Special Purpose Account, to conducting a site visit of the corridor, support these efforts, with an allocation of attending meetings with the parties $75,000. involved, and considering appraisal and funding mechanisms. Transportation CED works closely with DPW to insure Aqueducts ation Department planners continue to be improvement priorities are identified on actively engaged in improving public Planning and Economic Development149 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report  access to the Weston and Sudbury State and Federal Grants Aqueducts. CED staff attended P&R-run The Planning Department constantly public meetings on the next segment of identifies and analyzes the applicability of the Weston Aqueduct to be opened grants as well as researches the availability (Edgell Road to Lyman Road). of funding for specific projects. In 2015, CED secured: Zoning Recodification Department planners participated in the $53,600 from the State to purchase Zoning Bylaw Recodification process, conservation land (Nyanza) alongside Town Counsel, the Building 50,000 from District Local Technical Commissioner, Planning Board, and Assistance (DLTA) for a Southeast Town Manager. Town meeting accepted Framingham planning study the many changes (table of uses, definitions, site plan review, etc.) during The Department was unsuccessful in the the Annual and fall Special Town Brownfields Assessment Grant submitted Meetings. in 2014, but staff applied for another $400,000 Brownfields Assessment Grant Sustainability Planning in December 2015. This year, the Department worked on a number of Sustainability Initiatives. CED CED also collaborated closely with the successfully transitioned the Green South Middlesex Opportunity Council, Communities initiative to Capital Projects FDR, and the Metrowest Chamber of & Facilities Management Division in Commerce, to develop a proposal to the 2015. Staff attended the Framingham Earth Day Festival in April 2015, to share The December 2015 submission information & address questions related proposed a training workshop series, to energy and explain the microfinancing, and related activities supporting small and new businesses in Department also developed a new Executive Office of Housing and Urban http://www.framinghamma.gov/greenfra Development announced a $125,000 mingham. grant award in January, 2016. Subsidized Housing Inventory (SHI) CED and the Planning Board continue The Planning Department monitors the active participation in MetroWest Moves, a partnership between Framingham, Subsidized Housing Inventory, to ensure Hudson, and Marlborough & Northborough, to advance healthy units are accurately and fully counted. communities. Development of a Complete Streets Prioritization Tool and 10%, which limits the applicability of recommendations to advance Complete Chapter 40B Comprehensive Permits Streets was completed in 2015 with (subsidized housing development that is assistance through the Community not subject to municipal Zoning Codes). Innovation Challenge grant and DLTA In 2015, Department planners worked funds (grants awarded in 2014). with Planning Board staff on proposed revisions intended to enhance affordable housing. Planning and Economic Development150 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report  Provide Support to Town Committees The Planning Department provides staff or deny requests for appeals, variances, support to several Town committees in and special permits, and issue findings addition to the EDIC, the Framingham through the public hearing process by Historical Commission and the determining if the required criteria, as Framingham Historic District stated in the Zoning Bylaw, have been Commission. Staff serves on the Multiple met. The ZBA also administers the Hazard Mitigation Plan Working Group, Comprehensive Permit process for which consists of representatives of affordable housing as set forth under various Town divisions as well as citizens M.G.L. Chapter 40B. and is responsible for overseeing the The ZBA is a three-member Board Multiple Hazard Mitigation Plan, required appointed by the Selectmen. In 2015, Full by the Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of Members of the Board were Philip R. 2000. Efforts began to update the plan, Ottaviani, Jr., Chair; Susan S. Craighead, required every 5 years by FEMA. Vice-Chair; and Stephen E. Meltzer, Clerk. Edward (Ted) Cosgrove, Kevin Linkages to Municipal, Regional, and Gatlin, Joseph Norton, and Robert Snider State Organizations served as Associate Members. Mr. The Director and staff participate on Norton joined the Board in July 2015. and/or represent the Town on a host of Marianne Iarossi continued the duties of associations, working groups and ZBA Administrator. Ms. Iarossi prepared committees including but not limited to MetroWest Chamber of Commerce, Board on procedural and other issues. MAPC, MetroWest Economic Research Sam Scoppettone was hired in October to Council Advisory Board, MetroWest take over ZBA Administrator duties, as Moves, MetroWest Regional Ms. Iarossi was promoted to Senior Collaborative, Athenaeum Task Force, Planner. Heidi Bryce continued her duties 495/MetroWest Partnership, Framingham as Administrative Assistant. Town Community Partnership, Greater Callahan Counsel advised the Board as required. Initiative, Code Enforcement Task Force, Total filing fees in 2015 amounted to Transportation Improvement Program $21,150. These funds go directly into the (TIP), FDR, and Brownfields Coalition of General Fund. the Northeast. The division also maintains strong contacts with the Sixty-two petitions were filed with the Massachusetts Office of Business ZBA office in 2015. These 62 cases Development (MOBD) and represent two fewer than the 64 cases MassDevelopment. processed in 2014. Of the 62 cases heard in 2015, 26 were requests for variances, 34 ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS for special permits, 1 for findings, and 5 Memorial Building, Room B2 appeals of the decision of the Building (508)532-5456 zba@framinghamma.gov Commissioner. Some petitions contain multiple requests. Variance and special The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) is permit requests included those for relief the Permit Granting Authority and the from dimensional requirements for: Special Permit Granting Authority for construction of, and additions to, single projects that do not meet the family homes; placement of sheds on residential properties; construction of Planning and Economic Development151 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report  two-family residences and automotive and homeowners. In 2015, the HRAP restaurant uses; and changes of use for program assisted three eligible local businesses. Some of these filings households. CD also entered into were the outcome of changes in zoning contract with a new Housing districts in past years resulting in non-Rehabilitation Consultant to provide conforming lots. construction oversight of the homes the department repairs. He will inspect Three Associate Members presided over rehabilitation projects as they are sign appeal applications, with a fourth completed. CD also established a Alternate Member. 20 sign applications were filed in 2015. Department so that it markets the HRAP program to property owners fined under The Board generally meets on the second the Code Enforcement/Neighborhood Tuesday of every month at 7:00 P.M. in Improvement Program. the Blumer Room. Members of the public are welcome to attend. Code Enforcement & Neighborhood Improvement Based on the need to arrest deterioration COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT and improve targeted low-income DEPARTMENT neighborhoods, CDBG funds pay for Memorial Building, Room B-3 housing code inspections in designated (508)532-5457 neighborhoods. In 2015, 403 inspections nsaj@framinghamma.gov were conducted, and 346 cases were resolved. This program works in tandem The Community Development with the Code Enforcement Task Force, a Department manages and administers the multi-departmental team that conducts Community Development Block Grant monthly site visits of the neighborhoods (CDBG) and the Home Investment to develop solutions and improvements Partnership Act (HOME) funds the Town from a holistic, inter-disciplinary receives from the US Department of approach. Housing and Urban Development. These monies fund projects, programs and Public Facilities Improvements: services, which benefit low and moderate In 2015, CDBG funded public facilities income persons, and develop and improvements: maintain affordable housing for our most needy populations. CD is staffed by two Carey Baseball Phase II Removal of full-time and one part-time position. non-conforming bleachers and During FY2015, the Town received installation of ADA compliant ones $482,021 in CDBG funds and $263,105 of HOME funds. The following summarizes west side major accomplishments during 2015: John J. Gallagher Drive Road and Housing Rehabilitation Assistance sidewalk installations and add Program (HRAP) accessible curb cuts The HRAP program provided technical assistance and rehabilitation loans for emergency repairs and substantial rehabilitation to homes of income-eligible Planning and Economic Development152 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report  Economic Development & Façade/ risk high school students; H.O.P.E., an Sign Improvement Program academic and job search assistance In 2015, CDBG funds supported the program for 14-21 year old residents of FDR Main Street Executive Director the Pelham II Apartments; Literacy position. In the past year, FDR provided Unlimited, a training program for non- assistance to 45 local businesses that serve native English speakers, and Framingham area residents. In addition, FDR Adult ESL Plus, an English-as-a-Second highlighted downtown businesses and Language program. increased the customer base to the area, most notably through the Boston Subsidized Housing Support In 2015, HOME funds paid for exterior continues to recruit downtown businesses masonry and roof repairs to six studio to participate in the Façade/Sign units in Bethany Hill Place. The units are Improvement Program and is doing so in occupied by households with incomes at partnership with FDR. Program funds 50% or less of area median income. The help merchants develop signs that Congregation of the Sisters of Saint maximize their business identification and branding while improving the appearance in fulfillment of HOME regulation of the downtown commercial district. requirements has agreed to impose a five- year affordability restriction on the Public Services property, preserving assisted units for low CDBG funds subsidized five public income town residents. services activities serving 365-low and moderate-income residents. The following programs were funded: Respectfully Submitted, Community Connections Summer Work Arthur P. Robert, Director Program, a summer employment and Community & Economic Development counseling program for teens; Resiliency Division for Life, an enrichment program for at- MWRTA(MWRTA) ETROEST EGIONAL RANSIT UTHORITY 160 Waverly Street, Framingham, MA 01702| 508-935-2222 |ed@mwrta.com The MetroWest RTA was created by a st vote of the Framingham and the Ashland initiated on December 1, 2007 with a Boards of Selectman in December of new contracted provider and 10 new 2006. By the summer of 2007, seven buses obtained from Federal and State additional communities had joined, a grants. At the same time, the MWRTA budget and fares were put in place, and an was paying the MBTA to continue its Administrator was hired to oversee the RIDE service in the Framingham and daily operation of the LIFT which had Natick area. been under the Framingham Planning Department. Planning and Economic Development153 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report  In 2008, the original Framingham LIFT In 2013, the MWRTA purchased the 15 and the Natick Neighborhood bus routes Blandin Ave facility from SMOC and has were integrated into a unified transit identified $10 million in federal and state system. That year, Marlborough and funds to rehab it and plan for intermodal Southborough joined MWRTA, applications to the commuter rail. The expanding demand response service Town of Dover has also joined the delivery by 2,000 rides a month. Authority. In 2009, the Authority, through a Federal In July, 2015 the Authority moved into grant, expanded again to create a link to the 15 Blandin Ave facility. A CDL the Woodland MBTA Station in Newton program, created through an earmark (Route #1) setting the stage for using the sponsored by Sen. Spilka, continues to Charlie Card system wide. Additionally, flourish. Towns of Hudson and Milford joined, bringing the total member of RIDE provision in Framingham and communities up to 15. Natick expanding again the demand The MWRTA will continue to build upon response provision by another 5,000 rides the over 650,000 rides provided in FY15 a month. by using technology, an emphasis on In 2010, the Authority, using state and customer service and the more effective federal funds, purchased and rehabilitated and efficient delivery of transportation a facility at 37 Waverly St. which had service. For further details and for real time transit options and customer service, depot for the system. In 2011, Wellesley please visit our website: www.mwrta.com. th joined the Authority as its 12 member. Respectfully Submitted, Additionally the MWRTA began Ed Carr, MWRTA Administrator collaboration with Framingham State University, supporting a student operated system with capital and training that is fully funded by the University.  FHA RAMINGHAM OUSING UTHORITY One John J. Brady Drive, Framingham, MA 01702| 508-879-7562 |skeane@framha.org Formed in 1946, the Framingham the private market in cooperation with Housing Authority is led by a dedicated federal, state and local authorities. five-member Board of Commissioners. Modernization/Preventative In September of 2015 Stephen Keane was Maintenance appointed Executive Director of the As one of the largest property owners FHA. Mr. Keane had previously been the within the Town of Framingham, the Executive Director at the Lexington Authority takes pride in maintaining safe, Housing Authority. The FHA maintains sanitary and affordable Housing within over 1000 units of Public Housing and the Community. The Authority has always over 900 units of rental assistance units in placed great importance on the need for Planning and Economic Development154 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report  preventive maintenance, as well as Voucher Program which includes 62 units securing funds for many modernization of single-room occupancy. projects. The Memorial House renovations were completed in 2015 with Federally Funded Housing monies from the Department of Housing The Authority administers 125 units of & Community Development. In the state Family Federal Housing and 110 elderly/disabled units on John J. Brady fifty eight units are undergoing total Drive. The Authority also administers 983 renovations over the next two (2) years. Federal Section 8 Rental Assistance Ten (10) units in our St Lo state family Vouchers for privately owned properties. portfolio were rehabbed with new kitchens and baths. In our State elderly Resident Activities units the Authority is replacing the The Activity Center at the Musterfield original baths and kitchen from 1962 as Place is thriving with new children they become vacant. We have completed participating daily in the programs. The drainage and stucco projects in our Center offers homework assistance and Federal family developments. The Federal computer literacy programs to children elderly development heating systems were aged 9-14. replaced in 50 units and the remaining sixty (60) units will be completed in 2016. The Hoops to Homework program is On Brady Drive two roofs were replaced located at our Federal Family as part of our continual preventive Development. This program allows Maintenance and sustainability Program. children homework assistance and computer literacy. State Funded Housing The Framingham Housing Authority Respectfully Submitted, administers 249 units of two- and three- bedroom state-aided family public Stephen Keane Housing. The 110 units at the Musterfield Executive Director Development is a tax Credit property. Oran Rd is a development of 12 one- Commissioners: Stephen P. Starr, Chairman -housed. Robert L. Merusi, Vice Chairman The FHA has 536 one-bedroom units for Phyllis A. May, Treasurer elderly/disabled Housing. The Authority Janice M Rogers also owns 24 units of state-subsidized Janet Leombruno handicap housing and administers Rental Assistance through the Mass. Rental   Planning and Economic Development155 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report RECREATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS P&RC|P&RD ARKS ECREATION OMMISSION ARKS ECREATION EPARTMENT CC|CA EMETERY OMMISSION OUNCIL ON GING P,&C ARKS RECREATION ULTURAL AFFAIRS 475 Union Avenue | 508-532-59600 | parks.recreation@framinghamma.gov Loring Arena Renovations Grove at Cushing Memorial Park was completed with a Grand Opening ceremony in July. The Division was successful in securing a Community Development Block Grant to construct accessible baseball bleachers at Butterworth Park. Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2016. Parks and Recreation Soil testing was completed by Fuss and Commission Joan Rastani served as Chairwoman with consultants, at Mary Dennison Park. The other members Dave Gudejko, Kathy two imminent hazard areas were treated Hauck, Joe Kaufman, and Phil Reitz. and disposal off site. A geotextile fabric was placed with 12 inches of clean sand Barry Bograd, longtime member of the and 8-12 inches of mulch. The Commission, left the board in June. Barry playground was then reopened. Future was very instrumental in supporting the plans include developing a Master Plan for Division during his 20 years on the board. the park design. MA DEP has included former property owner, Avery Dennison Director Jim Duane was promoted to Manufacturing Company, in the Assistant Town Manager and James assessment effort and their participation Snyder is now serving as Interim Director. has been pro-active. The Annual Town Meeting voted an The Annual Town Meeting voted on FY15 operating budget of$2,799,293for Article 26 stating that a citizen skateboard Parks Administration, Maintenance and Advisory Committee would be Recreation. established. With support from the Capital Budget Each Commissioner and the Town Committee and Town Meeting Members, Manager voted to appoint one person the following items were approved: from each of the following three Purchase of a F350 4x 4 Regular Cab categories: Pickup Sponsor of the article brought to Mary Dennison Park Improvements Town Meeting Recreation and Cultural Affairs156 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report The Sudbury Aqueduct trail (Winter St. to A young person who skates and Dudley Rd.) continues to get good use understands the needs of the users and positive feedback from the neighbors. A parent or adult who The Town will continue to create cross understands the needs of the town connections with our trail system. children. Current Advisory Members include: Tom We would like to thank Town Meeting, Bubier & James McCarthy, Residents; the many Town boards, committees, Jason Smith & Cheryl Tully Stoll, departments and volunteers for Selectpersons; Joan Rastani and Kathy supporting our services. We would also Hauck, Parks Commissioners; Betty Funk, like to thank the hundreds of user Finance Committee; Michael Cannon, organizations and volunteers for their Capital Budget Committee; James Duane, continued support. former Parks Director & Current Assistant Town Manager; and Robert Joan Rastani, Chair McArthur, Conservation Administrator. Park and Recreation Commission The Committee began meeting in July, James Snyder, Interim Director and met 15 times throughout the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs remainder of the year. Major accomplishments include: draft of a Recreation Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for The Recreation Department provides Designer Services; interviewing and hiring programs geared toward a varied Pillar Design; identifying potential suitable population including adults, youth, Park locations, ultimately selecting Farm seniors, preschool and those with special Pond South as the ideal location for a needs. Services are provided through a skatepark; researching the intricacies of combination of user fees and public tax skatepark construction; hold a Public dollars. During the past year, we offered Design Workshop to gain feedback from 302 various sessions in over 141 different the public The Committee plans to program categories. New programs present a concept design and budget to included adaptive swim lessons, thunder Annual Town Meeting in 2016, hoping to cat sports, adult archery, drama kids and micro wheels. A new online registration skatepark. software package by My Rec was implemented and has improved the Due to the success of the pilot opening of registration and notification process the Weston Aqueduct trail, the tremendously. Department has continued to expand its passive recreation offerings to the The Town and the Commonwealth of community. We have extended the Massachusetts Department of Weston Aqueduct by heading north from Conservation entered into a 5 year Elm Street to the Sudbury River border Memorandum of Agreement for the use with Wayland. We have also continued of the Saxonville beach area. Learneds, community outreach with neighbors from Saxonville and Waushakum beaches saw Edgell Road to Grove Street in over 12,000 visitors during the eight week anticipation of opening that section of the season. Aqueduct soon. Recreation and Cultural Affairs157 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report The 2015 Rec Centers were very popular; the 911 Remem they were located at Potter Road School and, for the first time, at the Bowditch Athletic Complex. An extended day the Grand Opening of the Cushing program was offered for working parents  and a fourth session consisting of onePark.  week was also offered at Bowditch. Our numbers increased significantly over We would like to thank the Town recent summers. The major field trips Selectmen, Town Meeting Members, Town Staff and numerous community were Kimball Farm, Boston Duck Tour, volunteers for their support and and Canobie Lake Park. dedication. Without their continued Grants that enhanced our 2015 programs support, we would not be successful in offering quality programs to the residents included the Department of Conservation of Framingham. and Recreation for the Massachusetts Park Pass; and the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service We welcome input from Town residents and we value both your feedback and provided free breakfast and lunch for the involvement in our programs. Recreation Special Needs Program. In addition, we thank the Sudbury River Respectfully Submitted, Tennis Club for their generous donation Trisha Powell to help defray the cost of the summer Superintendent of Recreation tennis lessons. Additionally, Friends of Framingham Recreation was able togrant Parks Maintenance numerous scholarships for Recreation Our Parks Maintenance Division Programs to families in need. continues to provide safe and well maintained facilities for over 15,000 For the sixth year, we managed the ever formally scheduled events each year. The Concerts on the user groups vary in age and ability and  consist of college and high school athletic talent included the sounds ofPlaying programs, many types and levels of youth Dead, JC Enfusion, Tom Nutile Big Band, sport programs, as well as corporate Metro, The Bruce Katz Band, RPS, the leagues and groups. All of our park Loomers and SLO Grass. The weather playgrounds and open space passive prevented the Beatles Tribute Band; recreational areas are maintained under Studio Two from performing, but they this program. We are committed to will return next year. We are grateful to provide well maintained facilities through the many sponsors who made this event planned maintenance programs. Our field possible including grants from the use scheduling program is supported by Framingham Cultural Council and Impact policies and follows our overall Mission Framingham. Statement. We continue to use a proactive approach enabling us to manage our The department sponsored many special facilities, to prevent over use, and still events this year with assistance of )ULHQGV offer greater public access to all our RI)UDPLQJKDP5HFUHDWLRQ The highlights facilities. included and hot chocolate at Loring Arena, Egg- citing Egg Hunt, Pumpkins in the Park, Recreation and Cultural Affairs158 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report We strive to maintain a very high level of University and Mass Bay Community quality on all our high use natural turf College. In addition to school athletics, areas. Our program uses a balanced the department provides scheduling of system of aeration, fertilization, seeding facilities for hundreds of other user and mowing along with irrigation in the groups from the Framingham community. most cost effective manner. We continue to monitor our soil conditions and We are continuing our collaborations with provide the necessary nutrient Keefe Regional Technical School for the applications as needed. Our field use mutual benefit of our department and the policy works to manage many of our different school labs. This mutually athletic areas and continues to be an beneficial relationship provides the Town effective way to control overuse which of Framingham with access to cost helps to decrease field damage in high use effective, professionally supervised facilities. electrical, carpentry, plumbing and metal fabrication, while affording students the We continue to receive surplus requests to provide additional practice and game field experiences in a commercial setting. We facilities. The demand is constant and are on our third year of offering Keefe there are few alternatives. With the closing Tech students co-op positions in the of Mary Dennison last year we were landscape program. This has been very required to find alternative spaces for our beneficial program from both entities. ongoing programs. This required us to forgo our maintenance policy at a few The second phase of the CDBG funded a areas and put a burden on some fields. project to install handicapped accessible bleachers at Carey Field and was Over use of facilities and the decline in completed in the spring of 2015. Both turf quality is a major concern for us. The sides now have accessible handicap continued strategy of field rotation and seating. limiting use works well, however we are being challenged for not having enough Through our Capital Budget program, we space for all groups. There is a definite were able to purchase one new vehicle. need to look at some long range plans for We were also able to repave the interior future field space, and we are currently roads of the Edwards Cemetery. discussing adding synthetic fields to an area of our inventory. When this happens, The Capital project of demolishing of the we will still be asked to provide more use Butterworth Grandstands came from on all our areas. This will still require us to impact our user groups and shut down previous Butterworth Capitol project of fields for costly renovations. 2012. This removed a large blight to this neighborhood park and will ready the site Our Maintenance Department continues for new handicap accessible bleachers. to provide support to the athletic programs of three high schools; Through the cemetery operating budget Framingham High, Marian High and we were able to re-construct the mound Keefe Regional Technical High School. tombs at the Main St. Cemetery which Other schools that rely on our department had fallen into disrepair over the many for a portion of their athletic program years. The stabilization of the front needs include Framingham State foundations and front walls were Recreation and Cultural Affairs159 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report necessary after years of settling and stone been providing the town at our three movement. These tombs were cemeteries. constructed back in the late 1700- early Due to the limited supply of sites, the moratorium on the general sale of new properly bring them back to the historical lots is still in effect. The fee schedule for look of that period. cemetery associated activities remained the same in FY2105. The Parks Our tree maintenance program continues Maintenance staff continues to perform on an increasing scale, concentrating on grave openings and internment of hazardous trees and trees with obvious cremations, at the cemeteries. We structural defects. We have many continue to receive requests for historical properties bordering on neighborhoods records associated with the cemeteries and where large trees are impacting our are able to use an electronic database to property lines and creating possible promptly respond to most inquiries. hazards to houses. We are requesting increased funding in FY17 to continue With operational funding, we were able to making progress on work required in successfully complete the restoration of these areas. Our town wide beautification the Main Street Cemetery Mound Tombs. program continues to be a successful The contractor restored the foundations collaboration with our department and and the front walls to the four tombs. The outside groups. tombs were successfully restored to their original historic look. We are currently I would like to thank all our volunteers seeking funds to restore the Mound and volunteer groups that supplied time Tombs at the Old South Burial Grounds. and materials on projects this past year. The second phase of the project addresses Their support was invaluable. issues identified in the engineering report. Phase two will include an $87,294 request We continue to work cooperatively with in our FY17 budget. We have identified other Town departments and thank them the need to continue tree pruning and for their continued support. It would be removals at the cemeteries and are very difficult for us to achieve the success requesting these funds for FY17. we have without their help. The roadway reconstruction Capitol Chris McGinty Project at the Edwards Cemetery was very Superintendent, Parks Maintenance successful. The new roadways have made a significant improvement to the Cemeteries cemetery. The Cemetery Commission consists of a three member board appointed by the Report submitted on behalf of the Board of Selectmen. The three cemeteries Cemetery Commission by: under their jurisdiction are Edwards Christopher A. McGinty Cemetery, Main St. Cemetery, and Old Superintendent, Parks & Recreation South Burial Grounds. Cemetery Commission of their grounds maintenance contract. Barry Bograd Chairman We are happy with the service they have Kathy Hauck Vacancy Recreation and Cultural Affairs160 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report Loring Arena In July, 17 pieces of tempered glass  around the rink were replaced with Power Loring Arena is in its 52nd year of plate. By replacing the Tempered glass operation. In addition to our normal with Power plate tempered glass we services, we are continuing to create a reduce the risk of injury to patrons. If the more user friendly atmosphere by glass does break; the Power plate glass will applying incremental changes to the remain intact like a windshield of a car facility. and will not shatter and fall. Athletica In January of 2015, we replaced all of the Sports Systems helped with the overhead lighting in the arena with 1,000 installation of the glass as well as Parks & watt metal halide lights, and the work was Recreation staff due to the weight of each completed entirely by rink staff. Also in pane of glass. January, Royal Steam cleaned the 3 Also in July, we had Northeast Distributors install a new glycol pump to of the arena. They also replaced the the refrigeration system. This system ignitors and filters to the heaters. pumps Glycol out to the floor of the Maintaining these heating units helps keep Arena to freeze the ice. We had the old them running at maximum efficiency. pump rebuilt and now have a spare should In May 2015 the annual Town Meeting we ever need to replace it again. The appropriated capital funds to renovate Arena staff evacuated the glycol to Loring Arena. shorten the time spent on the job by Northeast Distributors. In June a design selection committee was formed, which included the following Total gross revenue as of June 30, 2015: members, Director of Capital Projects & $525,350.74 Facilities Management, Director of Loring Total Operational expenditures as of June Arena, Director of Parks & Recreation 30, 2015: $483,131.85 Cultural Affairs and Deputy Director of Parks & Recreation. The design selection *Does not include health insurance and committee works with the Town Counsel debt service and Procurement to finalize and advertise a request for qualification. There were two *Revenue is after a loss of $15,404 due to finalists as of July 22, 2015. The the impact of severe winter weather, committee unanimously agreed on the Easter Sunday, and the Patriots attending firm of Bargman, Hendrix & Archetype the Super bowl. Inc. Richard Weston, Loring Arena Director In June 2015, we sent the old Zamboni out to be repaired and to undergo a Council on Aging - Callahan complete paint job; the paint work and Center the repairs were completed by The Raymond J. Callahan Center is a Exceptional Auto Body in Framingham. multi-purpose center offering programs, Exceptional completely sanded the entire activities and services to promote healthy, machine and repaired the panels, bumper successful aging for people 55 and older and seat mount that were badly rusting and the people who care for them. The away due to age and wear. The machine Council on Aging Board assesses the looks brand new. needs of older adults in the community Recreation and Cultural Affairs161 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report and advises on programs and services to September 2015. State Formula Grant meet those needs. funds allow the program to extend beyond that time. Accomplishments: An estimated 3,700 individual seniors had Volunteerism: 500 volunteers donated an estimated 36,000 attendances in more than 11,400 hours to the Center in a activities and programs at the Callahan variety of ways: serving on the COA Center in 2015, with nearly 12,000 of Board, driving seniors to appointments, those involved in exercise sessions. There answering phones, working in the were 2,191 attendances at a variety of Heritage Gallery shop and helping with health education sessions, health numerous activities at the center. 95 of screenings and alternative therapies. The these volunteers came from area high Social Services staff provided nearly 3,595 schools, Framingham State University, units of service to nearly 1,147 seniors Framingham Rotary Club, area businesses, ranging from referrals for housing and religious groups, and the community at transportation, to securing various benefit large to provide more than 336 hours programs, along with supportive specifically to seniors in the community. counseling. In addition, they connect with The SHINE program volunteered more many nonseniors to provide guidance than 575 hours to provide more than 719 related to their loved ones who are seniors with information regarding health seniors. 438 pieces of durable medical insurance. equipment were loaned out free of charge. Multiculturalism The new design of the front entrance, For the first time, seniors from Brazil making it more accessible and improving joined the Hispanic/Latino Day the traffic flow to and from the parking celebration to showcase their country lot was completed in June 2015. along with other Hispanic cultures. Donations from Mutual One Bank and Latino elders continue to enjoy a weekly the Friends of Callahan provided new social program and connect with the lobby furniture to complete the Bilingual Outreach Worker for services. transformation. Mandarin speaking seniors receive ESOL classes twice a week and are participating Outreach efforts were made to 8,512 in citizenship classes. residents, who had never been to the Callahan Center to make them aware of New events and happenings in 2015! the services and programs available to The Social Services staff responded to the them. needs expressed by caregivers of those with memory challenges in creating a new The Framingham Cultural Council program, Connections at Callahan. provided generous funding for 11 Metrowest Health Foundation provided programs of a cultural nature to be generous funding for us to train presented at the Callahan Center. The individuals to partner with seniors with Friends of Callahan generously provided memory challenges, making it possible for matching funding for these programs. them to participate in programs at the Center without their caregiver present. A Title III grant from BayPath Elder Services made it possible to continue a volunteer transportation program through Recreation and Cultural Affairs162 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report Three evidencebased programs were made available: Matter of Balance, Diabetes Self-Management and Falls Prevention. Several new computer classes were offered: Amazon, Ebay, electronic greeting cards, Instagram, Picassa, Pinterest and tips on using iPad and iPhones. Two types of yoga were introduced: Kripalu and Yoga Dance. The Callahan Center made its space available to the library for several months for special events and programs that otherwise might have been canceled, due to a fire at the main library in October. We were happy that these events acquainted some newcomers to the Center. Clint Knight, Chair, Council on Aging Services Recreation and Cultural Affairs163 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report EDUCATION & LIBRARIES FPS|JP.KRTVS RAMINGHAM UBLIC CHOOLS OSEPH EEFE EGIONAL ECHNICAL OCATIONAL CHOOL FPL RAMINGHAM UBLIC IBRARY FPS RAMINGHAM UBLIC CHOOLS 73 Mt. Wayte Avenue, Suite #5 | 508-626-9117 | due to increased enrollment, professional development for teachers and staff, and the addition of assistant principals. The latter were necessary to ensure compliance with the new supervision and evaluation procedures mandated by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. We formed a town- to enhance our communication with our SCHOOL COMMITTEE Legislative Advocacy Fiscal Year 2016 Budget This year, the Committee again worked The School Committee began the budget closely with our Framingham legislative process by taking into account projected delegation in advocating for more revenues, expected levels of state and resources for Chapter 70 and Circuit federal funding, and increased expenses Breaker funding, as well as for bills that due to Special Education and rising could improve the work of our district. enrollment. We were also committed to We thank Senator Karen Spilka and State ensuring that all schools would have the Representatives Tom Sannicandro, Chris necessary resources to support Walsh, and Carmen Gentile for their consistently high academic performance productive efforts in increasing state and achievement for all students. With funding received by the town. Through these considerations, our initial budget for their efforts, we were able to secure an the school department was $110,685,437. extra million dollars in funding. Our On April 16, the Committee voted to collaboration with our legislators remains submit a revised budget of $109,368,801. strong and productive. This sum would include monies to support increased student achievement Chair Beverly Hugo was elected as Vice and to continue the rebuilding efforts President of the Massachusetts necessary after budget cuts in prior years. Association of School Committees (MASC). Jim Stockless was elected Chair In late May, Town Meeting approved a of the Boston Metropolitan Division of MASC in November, where he will lead $109,368,801, which included allocations forty towns in school board governance. for rebuilding (additional technologies), In both of these important roles, Hugo the opening of a ninth elementary school Education and Libraries164 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report and Stockless were able to advocate at the Nancy Walser of the Harvard Graduate State House and Capitol Hill for School of Education and Dorothy Presser legislation that would benefit our students. of the MASC. During this project, we The School Committee is proud of its learned about the characteristics of high ongoing leadership role in state and performing school committees and national efforts to increase resources, developed strategies to ensure effective efficiencies, and funding for public and efficient school board governance. education. This program received a prestigious national award, the Shannon Prize, for its Delegate Assembly innovation and highly touted turnaround Our Resolutions Subcommittee, convened results. One outcome of our participation by Beverly Hugo and with members in the District Governance Support Michelle Brosnahan and Jim Stockless, Project was the creation of a School authored three resolutions that were Committee Member Handbook. An passed by the Delegate Assembly of additional outcome was the formation of a MASC at their state convention in yearlong agenda, a more efficient planning November. They included ideas for tool. eradicating effects of poverty, tying test scores to Chapter 70 Funding and School Committee Member Handbook providing supports to our homeless For the first time in its history, the students. MASC is now engaged in a Framingham School Committee statewide effort to turn our resolutions developed a handbook that explains all into bills that could become future the duties, guiding principles, roles, and legislation. responsibilities of being a school board member. This guide will help new FPS Policy Manual members become quickly acclimated to The Committee completed a the position and will serve veteran members as a handy reference tool. Our policies. All policies have been updated Handbook is now being shown to reflect best current practices, statutory throughout the state by MASC as an requirements, and contractual language. exemplary description of the expectations We thank Convener Michelle Brosnahan, and duties of School Committee Beverly Hugo, and Jim Stockless, as well members. as numerous teachers and Central Administration staff for their erudite Communications guidance in its development. Framingham The School Committee remains has been acknowledged as the first district committed to continuously and in the state to approve a Gender Identity Support Policy, a statement that we affirm to information through the use of ever- that all students should have a safe and evolving technologies and communication supportive environment to learn and grow mechanisms. In this effort, we instituted socially and emotionally. the Communications and Public Relations Task Force, comprising a wide array of District Governance Support Project communal stakeholders. The Task Force The entire School Committee, along with was charged with assisting the School our superintendent, Dr. Stacy Scott, Committee with implementing new participated in an intensive six-month procedures for providing comprehensive professional development program with and transparent information to and from Education and Libraries165 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report all stakeholders. Many of their valuable instrumental in allowing us to reach an suggestions have been incorporated into amicable and fair contractual agreement our communications plan. One immediate by the end of the summer. As a result of result was the increased presence on social the process, we have agreed to meet media by starting a district Facebook site. regularly during the school year so that We thank Co-Conveners Jim Stockless issues can be discussed and resolved in a and Greg Palmer and members Dr. Eric timely fashion. The negotiating team Silverman and Don Taggart, along with included Beverly Hugo, Jim Stockless, many community members for their Don Taggart and alternate Heather intensive and productive work. Connolly. Capital Budget Significant Academic Progress and Fuller/Farley, King and Tutor/Perini Achievement Building - Under the efforts of Convener This past year, all our schools showed Heather Connolly and members Michelle significant student growth percentile Brosnahan and Jim Kelly, the Capital progress on the recent MCAS and Budget Subcommittee met with Director PARCC examinations that were of Buildings and Grounds Matt Torti, administered in the spring. It is our hope Chief Operating Officer Ed Gotgart, and that the current strategic vision and various Town Officials on numerous targeted plan (Vision 2020) will result in occasions to discuss and develop plans for the entire district achieving the coveted solving the many pressing problems arising from spatial constraints due to future. increased enrollment. In September, the School Department opened a first grade Our Woodrow Wilson Elementary School classroom at the King STEAM achieved the prestigious status of Elementary School (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). Central Administration moved their operations from the King to the Tutor/Perini The Committee Members Building at 73 Mt. Wayte Avenue. At the In April of 2015, Beverly Hugo and Jim end of December, we were pleased to Kelly were elected to three-year terms to hear from the Massachusetts School the School Committee. Andrew Limeri, a Building Authority that we would be dedicated and exemplary member of the recommended to be included in the Board for nine years, retired when his Eligibility Study Phase to determine term expired. At the post-election whether the state would pay the majority reorganization meeting in April, the costs of a building a new Fuller Middle School Committee elected Beverly Hugo School. as Chair, Heather Connolly as Vice Chair, and Donald Taggart III as Clerk. Interest Based Bargaining After years of traditional bargaining, the Conclusion Framingham Teachers Association, the In closing, the School Committee would School Committee, and senior district like to thank our teachers, staff, and leadership agreed to undergo professional administration who, despite limited training in Interest-Based Bargaining resources and heightened workload due to through the Rennie Center for Public increased state and federal mandates, Policy. This innovative method was continue successfully to serve our Education and Libraries166 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report students with professionalism and Our elementary enrollment has increased dedication. We are deeply proud to be a such that the King School that was part of this community-wide effort to reopened in 2014 to relieve enrollment ensure educational excellence for all of pressures in other elementary schools is projected to be at capacity without thank the citizens of Framingham and providing much relief to the other 8 their elected Town Meeting members and elementary schools. As a result, we have officials for their ongoing and unwavering had to create new classrooms in many support of the Framingham Public schools and expand class sizes in existing Schools. classrooms to accommodate our new students. Many of our new students have It is an honor and a privilege to represent significant gaps in their prior education the Framingham community by our while others have special needs that can school board governance in advocating best be met by out-of-district placements. for our outstanding public schools! While we have been successful in the past in developing in-district programs for Respectfully submitted, these students, we no longer have space to Beverly K. Hugo, Chair house additional programs in our Heather Connolly, Vice Chair elementary schools. Our middle schools Donald Taggart III, Clerk are beginning to see the impact of several Michelle Brosnahan years of increased elementary school Jim Kelly enrollments with Cameron Middle School Dr. Eric Silverman at capacity and Walsh Middle Schools Jim Stockless nearing capacity. While Fuller Middle Casey Phalen, Student Representative School may have space, its design does Jake Binnall, Student Representative not support the team approach used in SUPERINTENDENT OF end of its useful life as a school. Our SCHOOLS High School is also experiencing Framingham is growing. We continue to significant new enrollment which presents attract new families to Framingham. We a major challenge to the teachers and are challenged to meet the need for seats administrators who strive to meet the in our elementary schools as well as to unique needs of every student at the meet the program needs of our new school. students needing language and special education supports. We are working hard The state of the district is strong. There is to improve and enhance our curriculum as great anticipation and excitement as we we set higher academic standards for our learned we have been invited into the schools and expectations for our students. Massachusetts School Building Authority We continue to focus our attention on process for building a school to replace improving student growth and moving Fuller. our district ahead on the state accountability system and we are The US News and World Reports thoughtful and intentional about our announced their rankings from data on future planning for the district, especially high schools within the United States and as we address the current and emerging schools were awarded gold, silver or needs of our students. bronze medals based on their Education and Libraries167 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report performance on state assessments and The Global Navigator Scholarships how well they prepare students for earmarked $20,000 in scholarship dollars college. Framingham High School is for students from Framingham High th ranked 36 within Massachusetts. School to make summer study abroad Students have the opportunity to take affordable, regardless of financial need. Advanced Placement® course work and exams. The AP® participation rate at Science, technology, engineering, arts and Framingham High School is 47%. There mathematics (STEAM) programming are 432 public high schools in the state of pioneers new methods of teaching that Massachusetts. There are over 21,000 combine disciplines that have been public high schools in the United States isolated from one another under and Framingham High School earned the traditional educational models. STEAM US News and World Reports ranking of has developed into a robust curriculum at th 760 and received a silver medal. King Elementary and Fuller Middle Framingham Public Schools is one of 425 Schools. It is fascinating to watch public school districts in the U.S. and students in collaboration with their peers, Canada being honored by the College become divergent thinkers, problem Board with placement on the 6th Annual solvers and learn perseverance which are Advanced Placement (AP)® District life skills taught through STEAM learning. Honor Roll for increasing access to AP As employers seek employees who have course work while simultaneously developed these attributes, it will be that maintaining or increasing the percentage much more vital that our students are of students earning scores of 3 or higher creative and critical thinkers and possess on AP Exams. There are approximately the skills they are looking for. 13,588 public school districts in the The Education Operations Office United States alone. Reaching these goals (EOO) has been working on indicates that a district is successfully revising the curriculum roll-outs identifying motivated, academically using teacher feedback to allow prepared students who are ready for the teachers additional time to adapt opportunity of AP. To be included on the 6th Annual Honor Roll, Framingham High School had to, since 2013, increase school this month in order to the number of students participating in provide information and obtain AP while also increasing or maintaining wider feedback from teachers the number of students earning AP Exam before finalizing the plan. scores of 3 or higher. Framingham High The elementary mathematics School is committed to expanding the curriculum will be fully standards- availability of AP courses among prepared based in 2016-17. Revisions in and motivated students of all social studies curriculum at the backgrounds. Another success at middle school are taking place Framingham High School is that it is one with the largest revision in grade 8 of 90 public high schools (out of to include U.S. History and Civics. approximately 21,000) schools in the We have established model country to have been selected by the classrooms for bilingual education Council on International Educational through a grant with Framingham Exchange (CIEE) to participate in the State University (FSU). Students 2015-2016 Global Navigator Scholarship at FSU will come and observe Awards for summer study abroad. Education and Libraries168 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report teachers who are experts at been revised; District and building providing instruction in bilingual emergency communication protocols have education. been developed; Post event communication with Framingham Police While these are only a few of the many and Fire Departments has been refined; exciting things in motion at the Connect-Ed call procedures have been Framingham Public Schools, I hope this refined and all anticipated calls have been gives you a sense that great things are pre-recorded in three languages; happening, students are being challenged Continuous collaboration with Access to excel as we continue to shape the lives Framingham staff has been established to st of global citizens with 21 century skills. develop educational programming for the Framingham community. ASSISTANT The catalyst for improved communication SUPERINTENDENT is the implementation of the Framingham An Administrative Task Force has been Public School website. The website will developed this year to not only address provide continuous and relevant the recommendations of the Framingham information on which the school community and the community at large Public Relations Task Force, but to also will come to rely. The website is sincerely improve the level of two-way scheduled for unveiling later this spring. communication with our students, staff, families and community. In Vision 2020: Dr. Frank Tiano, Assistant Superintendent Excellence and Equity: A Strategic Plan for Achieving Educational Excellence in BUSINESS the Framingham Public Schools, our school community recognized the ADMINISTRATION The School Business Office provides support for a high-performing system financial and administrative support to the with appropriate resources, strong overall educational program of the School partnerships and broad-based Department. The primary function of the This is one of the three office is to provide accounting and overarching goals of Framingham Public oversight of the Town appropriated Schools. School Department Operating Budget, as well as Revolving and Special Funds. For Focus has balanced between internal and the Fiscal Year 2014-15, the Operating external communications. In a school Budget approved by Town Meeting was community as large and diverse as $109,368,801. The Business Office also /implementing manages seventy (70) Revolving and systems of communication is a time Special Funds of the School Department consuming and multi-layered endeavor. that total $8,900,000, ensuring that the The following include a few of the collection, accounting and distribution of improvements already made: Sharpened these funds conform to Town guidelines existing website; Framingham Public as well as sound business practices. Schools Facebook page has been created; Framingham Public Schools and School Business Office staff serves thirty-seven committee Twitter feeds have been (37) Responsibility Centers by processing created; Press Release processes have 5,100 purchase orders with a value of Education and Libraries169 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report $39,800,000. Commonwealth to be college or career ready upon high school graduation. An The Business Office is also responsible expectation in all content areas is the for completing and submitting the annual End of Year Report to DESE which is reason in order to synthesize complex information/texts from multiple sources, Chapter 70 Aid to Education that totaled back up claims with evidence, $33,596,455 for FY15. demonstrate reasoning, analyze and interpret data, and engage in the standards Edward Gotgart, Chief Operating Officer of mathematical, and science and Chuck Gallo, Director of Finance engineering practice. These practices foster the development of 21st century EDUCATIONAL skills of communication and collaboration, raise expectations for all OPERATIONS students and are consistent with sheltering Major accomplishments for this instruction (SI) for English language department include continuous coaching learners. of principals and school leadership teams around the development of School The Framingham English Language Arts Improvement Plans and the revision and curriculum is fully aligned with the 2011 updating of the District Improvement MA Framework. Reading and writing are Plan. The Ed Ops Department also taught using balanced literacy practices, organizes and manages the robust agenda K-8, and through a sequence of four for the Aspiring Leaders Academy. The required high school courses. Literacy cohort has enjoyed presentations by practices are also defined for the content national and international speakers, areas of social studies and science. Social including a lecture/roundtable discussion studies curriculum is currently being with Jonathan Kozol and a visit by Carlos revised and rolled-out, K-8. History Chardon, the former Secretary of courses have been revised; three courses Education of the Puerto Rico Department are required for graduation. of Education as part of a joint effort with Framingham State University. The purpose of the Curriculum Management Team (CMT) is to support The Office of Curriculum and Instruction the mission and vision of the Framingham is charged with the continual renewal of Public Schools and to make curriculum, promotion of high quality recommendations to the superintendent instructional practices, and overseeing on matters pertaining to teaching and state and local assessment systems for the learning. The CMT oversees and guides all district. These functions align with the matters pertaining to teaching and learning, including curriculum, Excellence for all students. professional development, assessment, and integrating technology. It ensures Alignment to the Massachusetts State quality, uniformity, and consistency in the Frameworks is critical to the success of content and delivery of instruction. With our students. The primary purpose of the curriculum, assessment and professional revised Massachusetts Curriculum development plans developed from Frameworks in English Language previous years, Departmental Curriculum Arts/Mathematics is for all students in the Committees (DCCs) were created this Education and Libraries170 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report year to begin the more content related Center for Children (NECC) Partnership work of the CMT. DCCs engage in tasks classroom which provides programming related to the review cycle in relationship for Framingham students who would to curriculum, professional development, otherwise by in an out of district technology, and assessment. The CMT placement. At the BLOCKS Pre-School, meets throughout the year with a meeting there are nine substantially separate schedule that dovetails with timelines classroom sessions. These students are dictated by the multi-year curriculum also included in general education classes review cycle. and ancillary activities at each building. Inclusion programs have been established SPECIAL EDUCATION at all levels using a variety of approaches PROGRAM throughout the District, including a grade level inclusion model. The grade level The Department of Special Education inclusion model maximizes the amount of provides a broad array of services for supports that are provided in the students identified with disabilities from classroom setting. In addition, some the ages of three through twenty-two. teachers who are dually licensed in Special The referral, evaluation and placement Education and Elementary Education procedures are governed by state and have full time responsibility for Inclusion federal special education laws and classes at the elementary level. regulations, namely, The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Framingham is a model for Pre-School Framingham Public Schools is committed programs for both children with special to the goal of providing an appropriate needs and typical children ages three to education for students with special needs five. The placement of children with in the least restrictive setting. The special needs in the Pre-School programs following programs and services are emphasizes language, communication and offered by the Framingham Public social skills development along with Schools from Pre-School to High School: integration with non-special education Resource Rooms/In-Class Support, peers. Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Physical Therapy, Framingham continues to see an increase Teacher of the Visually Impaired, in the number of children with Autism Orientation and Mobility, Adaptive and Multiple Disabilities at the Pre-School Physical Education, Audiology level. There is a significant increase in the Consultation, Board Certified Behavior number of students identified with Analysts and Applied Behavior Analysts. emotional disabilities at all levels. The severity of these disabilities presents There are thirty-nine substantially separate challenges to the school district to classrooms in grades K-12. These develop new and innovative programs in students require comprehensive order to support these students in the programming which is provided outside public schools. of the general education classroom for more than 60% of the school day. These BILINGUAL classrooms are located at six of our Elementary Schools, all three Middle EDUCATION PROGRAMS Schools along with the High School. This The Department of Bilingual Education number also includes the New England provides support and services to students Education and Libraries171 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report in grades preK-12 whose primary for the DESE SEI Endorsement courses language is not English. This student group is often referred to as English have provided training to over 330 Learners (EL). The primary goal of all teachers and administrators since 2013. bilingual programming is to provide The Bilingual Department also continues specialized instruction in English language to lend its particular expertise to several development to enable ELs to access the committees in the district reviewing curriculum and achieve in an English curriculum, assessment, intervention, dominant environment. Bilingual literacy, and data relating to the education education is an umbrella term which of all students in Framingham. encompasses a variety of different types of program models. In Framingham, Outreach to parents of ELLs is a major models range from Sheltered English goal of our department. Framingham Immersion (SEI) to Two-Way Bilingual Public Schools is committed to supporting Education, to Transitional Bilingual parents of English Language Learners in Education (TBE), and include variations on each of these programs. ELD/ESL education and in providing access to services must be provided to all ELs in school-related events and activities. The district. In 2016, approximately 21% of Bilingual PAC Advisory Council (B-PAC) supports and carries out the work of the monitored or receives direct services in Bilingual PAC, Bilingual Education English language development from the Department and school outreach to Bilingual Education Department. 38.8% parents of ELs. During the 2015-2016 of the total student population comes school year we joined forces and held from a home where a language other than successful parent events at Woodrow English is spoken. Wilson, Fuller and Framingham High School. The Bilingual Department in Due to the dedication of the staff and collaboration with the Title I office and success of programming, FPS continues to be recognized as an educational leader Development) sponsors summer in bilingual education. Our staff, from programs for our students during the faculty to administration, is solicited for summer. All these events are funded by input across the state and plays an active the Title III grant. The success of the role in Department of Elementary and town-wide B-PAC and the tireless efforts Secondary Education sponsored initiatives of the school district-wide B-PAC for ELs. We have participated in various Advisory group reflect the extraordinary workshops and focus groups to lend a commitment of the Framingham voice to policy matters through the Urban their children and strengthen the ongoing both present and attend conferences at communication between school and the national conferences on World-Class home. Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA), Massachusetts Association of OFFICE OF TECHNOLOGY Teachers of Speakers of Other Languages The Office of Technology (OT) is (MATSOL), Massachusetts Association of responsible for providing a technical Bilingual Educators (MABE) and various foundation and vision to support the other groups. We are also the host district advanced learning environment of the Education and Libraries172 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report 21st century student and educator. The state awards in every art discipline. Grade intent is to lead and collaborate across the five band classes are back in full force this spectrum of students, staff and district year. Seventyeight percent of our administration to meet both instructional students are enrolled in band. These and administrative goals of teaching and students were featured at the tree lighting learning district-wide. in December and played along with their high school counterparts. Quaver Music The Office of Technology (OT) rolled out as the K-5 Music curriculum continued to enhance infrastructure and and is being consistently taught across the distribute technology to the hands of district. Recorder is taught in Grade 3 students and staff. Leveraging wireless across the district. Our grade four music technology and mobile devices, OT students were treated to a performance by efforts is contributing to its enhancing the the Lexington Symphony and presented at classroom learning environment across all Nevins Hall. Our high school Marching schools. Over the past year, OT Band, Concert Band and Jazz Bands all distributed Chromebooks across the won Silver and Gold Medals in a variety district. At Fuller Middle School Grades of regional festivals and several of our 6-8 these Chromebooks were used to take instrumental and vocal students were online PARCC assessments. Other selected for District and All State schools throughout the district, used them recognition. Our FHS Show Choir for research, MAP testing and various entertains at local civic organizations class activities. throughout the year. New ensembles this year include a student organized District-wide, OT continued to make Percussion Ensemble. enhancements to our network infrastructure. These enhancements Drama classes have been added to Fuller include increased bandwidth from the and Cameron to complete the circle schools to the internet and increased started at Walsh. All three schools were wireless coverage in the buildings. Also nominated for several awards as a part of during this time, OT introduced the Massachusetts Educational Theater KACE, Awards and Walsh was recognized as the Helpdesk system. Features include a self-best middle school musical in the state for service user portal in which users can its production of Shrek. All three Middle create and monitor your OWN helpdesk Schools were received multiple awards for ticket through email. With a continued excellence in acting and design and gold focus on moving towards a digital and silver medals as a part of the METG environment, the Office of Technology Middle School Theater Festival. continues to evaluate workflows and Framingham High school continues to processes across the district in an effort to place in the Massachusetts Educational create a seamless flow of data and Theatre Guild festival and this year also communications and reduce duplication won first place in the monologue of tasks. competition, make-up design competition and honorable mentions in set design and FINE AND PERFORMING logo design. Framingham High School Drama Company continues its outreach to ARTS the community by inviting our seniors Our arts education is flourishing and our from Farm Pond and the Callahan Center kids continue to win local, regional and to attend shows for free and providing Education and Libraries173 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report Theater for Young audience performances paved driveways, walkways, parking lots for our elementary school students at no and wooded areas. charge. The department employs 63 custodians, 9 TRANSPORTATION maintenance personnel, 3 office support staff, a maintenance foreman and a DEPARTMENT director. Department objectives are as The Transportation Department provides follows: Adhere to safety and health a vital service for the Framingham Public standards, provide cleaning and Schools. Over five thousand nine maintenance inside and outside of hundred public school students utilize bus building structures, ensure security of transportation on a daily basis. The buildings, plan for and monitor efficient transportation office continues to work use of buildings, provide year-round diligently to ensure our students safe and maintenance of grounds. In addition to efficient transport. Massachusetts routine maintenance and cleaning of all General Law requires the School buildings, the Buildings and Grounds Departments to provide transportation to Department oversees and coordinates the all children outside two miles of each following: All applicable federal, state, respective district school in grades K - local and district inspections including: 6. To that end, Framingham provides school transportation to over one Town of Framingham building hundred and twenty-five students in non- inspections, fire alarm inspections and public schools in Framingham. Due to elevator inspections are performed budget constraints, the School annually. Department moved to a fee-based transportation program twelve years ago Department of Environmental Protection for those students in grades 7 12. The (DEP), Material Safety Data Sheets district does have limited seats available (MSDS) are on file in the Senior for purchase for students who live within Custodians office as well as the Buildings 2 miles for grades K 12. and Grounds Office. Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) reports (6 month and 3 year), Annual successfully will enter into our first year of filings of Integrated Pest Management a new five year contract with Durham (IPM) plans in compliance with the School Services beginning on July 1, 2016. s and Families Protection Act are The Transportation Department works also on file in the Senior Custodians closely with the Framingham Police Office as well as the Buildings and Department's Safety Division, the Grounds Office. Lead in drinking water Framingham Fire Department and the testing is conducted in coordination with Department of Public Works. the Town of Framingham DPW. Grease  trap inspections, playground inspections BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS gymnasium equipment inspections, stage The Buildings and Grounds Department curtain rigging inspections, Custodial and currently maintains 16 school-owned maintenance Staff Right to Know Laws buildings comprised of 1,655,076 square and Monthly Pest Inspections are feet of building space and 265 acres of performed. grounds, including athletic playing fields, Education and Libraries174 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report THE DEPARTMENT OF transportation applications and transportation fees; processing student FAMILY AND COMMUNITY transfer requests; processes placements ENGAGEMENT for English Language Learner and Special Family and Community Engagement Education students; reviews all medical (FACE) is the department responsible for and immunization requirements. supporting meaningful engagement opportunities among schools, parents and The Early Childhood Alliance of members of the Framingham Community. Framingham (ECAF) is a collaboration of These engagement opportunities are community advocates who believe in and tailored to support and increase academic achievement for Framingham Public Vision: Framingham is a welcoming School students. There are five main community for families and professionals areas under the umbrella of Family and that provides access to comprehensive Community Engagement: Parent resources and support for the healthy Information Center (PIC), Early growth and development of our children. Childhood Alliance of Framingham (ECAF), McKinney Vento Homeless The Coordinated Family and Community Education Assistance, Framingham Adult Engagement Program is a program that ESL+ and the Compliance of the supports families, educators and Compulsory Attendance Law. community agencies in identifying and locating resources for parents and young The Parent Information Center (PIC) is children birth through age eight. the area devoted to registration and school assignment for all students who The Parent Child Home Program a attend Framingham Public Schools. In nationally recognized early literacy program that provides home visits to students and families with a one stop shop teach early literacy activities to families that offers enrollment and placement with young children ages 18 months to services for all qualified students into three years old. Framingham Public Schools, staff members of PIC work closely with other Provider and Educator Support Services departments in the district including: ensures access to opportunities for early Transportation, Health Services, Food childhood directors and educators to Services, Technology, Special Education, receive, share and exchange information Office of Bilingual Education and district through a variety of means such as: leadership. In addition, PIC also works -to- closely with Framingham pre-schools, peer support networks, curriculum head start, daycare centers as well as exchanges, guest speakers and ongoing community-based agencies. Along with communication providing linkages to the support of other departments, PIC community, regional and statewide provides the following services: the FACE resources. of the Framingham Public Schools to new and existing families enrolled in the school The McKinney Vento Homeless district and providing critical resources Education Assistance Act (1987) is a and information to all families; federal law that ensures immediate registration and placement for all students enrollment and educational stability for entering grades K-12; processing student homeless children and youth. Education and Libraries175 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report Framingham Public Schools has a FRAMINGHAM ADULT McKinney Vento Homeless Education Plus ESL Liaison. The local liaison serves as one of Plus Framingham Adult ESL provides the primary contacts between homeless critical educational support for parents of families and school staff, district children in The Framingham Pubic personnel, shelter workers, and other Schools and for other adults new to the service providers. Framingham community. Improving the English language skills of adults, helps to The liaison coordinates services to ensure improve educational outcomes for their that homeless children and youth enroll in children, strengthens the local economy, school and have the opportunity to and improves the communicative health succeed academically. The homeless of the district as a whole. liaison assures expedited support and placement to families covered under this Plus In 2015 Framingham Adult ESL act by providing immediate school enrolled 1400 students over the course of placement based on the best interest of two semesters. Students from more than the student; immediate transportation 40 countries attended morning and assistance; immediate assistance with evening English as a Second Language locating required registration documents classes, citizenship classes, and High before and after placement; support with School Equivalency classes. An additional community resources to help meet the 200 students participated in volunteer-led preparation classes. The program also provides computer assisted instruction as Parents/ guardians and unaccompanied well as advising support. youth are fully informed of all transportation services, including Plus In 2015Framingham Adult ESLmet or transportation to and from the school of exceeded all of the Performance Standards origin, and are assisted in accessing set by the Massachusetts Department of transportation services; enrollment Elementary and Secondary Education. disputes are mediated in accordance with Average attendance was over 86%, far the requirements of the McKinney-Vento exceeding even the advanced DESE Act; Collaborating and coordinating with standard of 77%. Framingham Adult State Coordinators for the Education of Plus ESLalso maintains high student Homeless Children and Youth and retention levels which are a clear indicator community and school personnel of student satisfaction. Over the past responsible for providing education and decade, students have stayed with the related support services to homeless program for an average of more than children and youth. three and a half semesters, almost enough FACE also oversees the Supervisor of Attendance, who is responsible for 2015 saw a continued shift in the diversity ensuring that students attend school of our student population. Portuguese regularly. The supervisor of attendance is speakers now represent 55% of students. also responsible for providing support and The number of Spanish speakers has risen recommending resources to students with to 26%. Chinese, Arabic, Russian and attendance concerns. French Creole speakers are also well- represented in the program. Education and Libraries176 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report Plus Framingham Adult ESLis fortunate to the needs of identified students. In this st 2015 was also the 31 year of operation setting, Sage provides a differentiated Plus for Framingham Adult ESL. What program of work which is based on began as a grass roots town meeting effort abstract thinking skills, independent has become a strong and vital part of the investigation, thinking skill behaviors, and Framingham School Department and the skills for self-help. Sage classes are community as a whole. interdisciplinary in nature, involve thematic study that is based on Common GIFTED AND TALENTED Core standards and is part of the core academic program essential for proper DEPARTMENT/SAGE growth and development. SERVICES Sage services work in collaboration with To promote quality educational practices other school departments to differentiate across the curriculum and throughout the curriculum and instruction for students so district to maximize student potential, the they may maximize their potential. Two Sage Department: focuses on the methods are used to deliver services: academic, social, and emotional Classroom Integration Grades K-8 and/or characteristics of gifted and talented Pull-out Services Grades 2-8. Sage learners to address their unique learning services exist in all elementary and middle needs; utilizes data to target and engage all schools. The integration component not learners; infuses critical and creative only provides for the modifications thinking skills to increase the level of necessary for the individual needs of cognitive complexity; provides training to identified students, it also provides and partner with classroom teachers, opportunities for thinking skill specialists and support staff to development for all students. The Sage differentiate instruction; fosters strategies staff serves as a resource for classroom to facilitate student motivation, teachers providing materials, lessons, and perseverance, tolerance for rigor, and learning centers based on the integration productivity, and; identifies and promotes of thinking skills and differentiated best practices to cultivate high standards, practices into the grade level content. high engagement and high performance within a growth mindset for best results. The pull-out component is developed in a prescriptive sense to address and support JP.KRTVS OSEPH EEFE EGIONAL ECHNICAL OCATIONAL CHOOL 750 Winter Street, Framingham, MA | 508-416-2100 | info@jpkeefehs.org This annual report is prepared by submitted after review and approval by Superintendent /Director, Jonathan the full Committee in compliance with the Evans, and composed on behalf of the provisions of the Agreement among the members of the School Committee of the towns of Ashland, Framingham, South Middlesex Regional Vocational Holliston, Hopkinton and Natick. Technical School District and Education and Libraries177 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report This report reviews from the perspective important matters brought before the of the Committee the principal items with Committee for advice or action. which the Committee was concerned during the year. It is a representative Community Engagement account of matters solely within the policy Staff and students of Keefe Regional making authority of the Committee and Technical School participated in many also of matters which the community projects throughout the Superintendent/Director brought before school district member towns. Examples the Committee for information and of these activities include: consultation. For greater detail and Carpentry- discussion the reader should read the Framingham MWRTA Built bus shelter extended minutes of Committee meetings Hopkinton Historical Society Built and and the attachments thereto which are installed a quilt box available at the school office. Town of Natick boxes In addition to a public high school, the Town of Framingham Roof re-shingling South Middlesex Regional Vocational Town of Natick Built a door for noise Technical School District provides reduction continuing education opportunities for Cosmetology- adults through the Keefe at Night Framingham Salvation Army program as well as Summer Discover, a Cosmetology services for eight people in summer program for area youth. need (twice) Hopkinton Senior Center Manicures The Committee acknowledges with great Ashland Senior Center Manicures appreciation the service of its Recording (twice) Valley Farm Assisted Living, Ashland recording of the minutes of the committee Manicures on two occasions meetings makes possible the preparation of this annual report. Electrical- Framingham Parks & Rec. Maintenance The Committee reorganized on July 20, Building Wired a 40 amp 240 volt 2015 with officers elected unanimously to compressor; Repaired circuits the following positions: Bowditch Field Replaced ground flood light; Time clocks and relays for fields; Chair: Michael Rossi (Framingham) Light fixture repair Vice-Chair: Edward Burman (Ashland) Framingham Maintenance Building Secretary: Sarah Commerford (Holliston) Replaced photo-eyes Assistant Treasurer: John H. Evans Hopkinton House Project Wired (Framingham) heating system Keefe Tech Repaired parking lot light Staff members working on behalf of the fixtures District and School Committee are Elaine Health- Recording Secretary and Jack Bethany Health Care Ctr., Framingham Keating, Treasurer. Clinical hours and manicures; Caroling in December The balance of this report presents a Metrowest Blood Donor Room, summary of the discussions and actions of Framingham Blood Drives October and the Committee on a number of the April Education and Libraries178 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report Callahan Center, Framingham - Jewels the Community Based Justice Program Birthday Party for all 90+ year olds (CBJ) that included District Attorney Pearl Street Cupboard and Café Marian Ryan, Judges, Probation, School Volunteered the day before Thanksgiving; Officials and area Police Departments. Volunteer to serve monthly Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Natick It should also be noted that all five district Pennies for Patients raised money for the cause practice and compete at the Keefe National Brain Tumor Society Boston swimming pool. The pool is also used by Brain Tumor Walk the Framingham and Natick Park and Walk Recreation Departments. Karen Spilka Health Fair Volunteers Administration Collect In 2015, Jonathan Evans completed his jeans for local youth experiencing second year in the role of Superintendent homelessness Director, with 20 years of service to the Landscape and Design- district. Cushing Park, Framingham Grounds cleaning The School Committee adopted goals for Ashland State Park Maintenance work Plumbing- evaluation period from July 1, 2015 Hopkinton House Project Installed through June 30, 2016. The goals adopted plumbing and heating system related to the following: Policy Review, Metal Fabrication- Budget Analysis, Recruitment, and Ashland Police Department Fabricated Advanced Placement (AP) Programming. a battering Ram The Committee completed its periodic Graphic Communication - Printing for 13 Schools within the District accomplishments against established goals Town of Ashland Business Cards and desired qualities established in the Town of Framingham Banners and DESE Rubric and found him to be posters for voter registration Proficient in all areas. The complete Natick Family Promise Metrowest record of this evaluation is a public Banners; Training guides document that will be available at the Hopkinton Metrowest Symphony South Middlesex Regional School District Orchestra Concert programs C.A. Dunning School, Framingham School Directory School Improvement Plans Framingham High School Hall Passes; The School Improvement Plan for the Guidance Passes; Transcript Request 2015-2016 school year embodies specific Forms; Attendance Forms performance objectives as follows: 1) Framingham Police Mission Statement Create Professional Learning Signs; 9x12 envelopes Communities (PLCs) to involve teachers Framingham Rotary Banners, signs, in a yearlong discussion on analysis of flyers, pamphlets, stickers, post cards different instructional strategies, 2) In Algebra I, review and update textbooks, In addition, in June Keefe Regional materials, and curriculum to reflect the Technical School hosted a breakfast for incremental steps necessary to prepare for Education and Libraries179 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report a stronger mathematical foundation, 3) The Committee reviewed the progress During the 2015-2016 school year, toward the goals of the 2014 -2015 School members of the Admissions Team will Improvement Plan. The report of continue to revise strategies for the Principal Snow noted tangible specific enrollment and retention of students, 4) improvements in: 1) Offered professional During the 2015-2016 school year, development for teachers based on students in grades 9-12 will demonstrate training and support as determined by the increased behaviors that are commonly evaluation process, 2) Strengthened the associated with being successful including: instructional strategies of all teachers to self-management skills, social skills, and accommodate different student learning readiness to learn, 5) During the 2015-styles and needs, 3) Transitioned to 2016 school year, we will continue to Naviance, a web-based college and career analyze attendance data and include planning program, 4) Analyzed attendance tardiness to school to determine patterns data for trends and patterns in order to and trends and increase proactive offer more timely interventions, 5) strategies regarding consistent school Implemented common district determined attendance for students in all grade levels, measures with pre and post assessments 6) During the course of the 2015-2016 for all CTE areas and 6) The Special school year, the CTE instructors will Education Department implemented a improve their recruiting efforts through tiered system of intervention, prevention, the development of initiatives that will early detection and support for students promote, enhance and create real impact who experience learning of behavioral to increase enrollment at the school, 7) challenges and adheres with the During the 2015-2016 school year, the Massachusetts Tiered System of Support. Special Education Department will continue implementation of a tiered and Handbook systematic approach to intervention, The Committee approved revisions to the prevention, early detection, and support Student Handbook that had previously for students who experience learning or been approved by the School Council. behavioral challenges by expanding this Added to the handbook was the process with training and implementation requirement for students to earn a of both Universal Design for Learning minimum average to be eligible for (UDL) and Positive Behavioral summer school courses, and the area of Intervention and Supports (PBIS). school discipline was updated pursuant to MGL c. 71 §37, 37H ½ , 37H ¾, which The Professional Development Program outlines provisions of communication, for 2015 involved numerous offerings due process and the continuation of designed to enhance the educational educational services in student discipline. experiences of students. The following list of topics were addressed: Writing The Budget Process across the curriculum in CTE classes, The Budget Sub-Committee members Ed Differentiation, Formative Assessment, Burman (Chair), Myra Bushell, Larry Instructional Strategies for Student Cooper, Mia Crandall, Tassos Filledes, Engagement, Instructional Technology, and Barry Sims are beginning the FY17 Classroom Strategies for ELL Students, budget development process. Culturally Responsive Instruction, Mass Tiered System of Support and Universal In 2015, the Superintendent continued the Design for Learning (UDL). practice of communicating early in the Education and Libraries180 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report budget process with the financial officers success. The Superintendent has of the member towns to develop mutual indicated that he believes that the quality awareness of both municipal budget and rigor of our school programs and the constraints and the efforts of the safety and culture of our school Committee to manage the school environment will lead to our success in efficiently and effectively while attracting students and their families to recognizing those limitations. The Keefe Regional Technical School. The Committee continued to consider Superintendent has emphasized that the reductions in the preliminary budget and administration, faculty and support staff the budget of $17,640,054 as submitted to must work together to ensure that Keefe the member towns for FY16 was Regional Technical School continues to be approved by all. recognized by our community as a career and technical school of high quality. In the fall of 2015, we enhanced our The annual audit by the independent recruitment efforts to include a two hour th accounting firm of McCarthy & Hargrave showcase visit for all 1800 8 grade is in the process of preparing the financial students from the public schools in our statements for committee review. During district. the preliminary process no material findings were reported. It is expected that The enrollment on October 1, 2015 was the audit report that calculates our energy 709 students reflecting stable enrollment project will meet the stipulated guarantee as compared to the prior year. benchmarks for the 2014-2015 year. Buildings and Grounds Business Office Keefe Regional Technical School has been The Business Office staff of the South occupied continuously since September Middlesex Regional Vocational Technical 1973. The facility is used not only during School District continues to provide the school day and year but also evenings, efficiencies within the daily operations. weekends and during the summer months. The MSBA roof project closeout was completed and included within the annual An extensive upgrade of the energy audit. New state-wide reporting software systems (HVAC and lighting), completed and Middlesex Retirement System was in 2007, has resulted in the replacement of converted. The Human Resource major mechanical components controlled Department conducted extensive by a comprehensive energy management maintenance and partnered with the system. The project has resulted in a financial software company to be in significant reduction in total utility compliance with ACA reporting. A expenditures. regional transportation and OPEB Trust Fund were established. Facility upgrades that were completed in 2015 include replacement of all student Enrollment, Recruiting and Student cafeteria tables and chairs, extensive Retention HVAC and electrical upgrades, Keefe Regional Technical School is a replacement of furniture and equipment in school of application. Maintaining a several classrooms and CTE Programs healthy enrollment of students for our day (grant funds), creation of a lactation space school operation is essential for our compliant with US Department of Labor financial support and overall operational Education and Libraries181 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report regulations, replacement of all exterior This rating recognizes the steady progress lighting fixtures with high output, energy Keefe is making concerning the efficient LED components, completion of educational achievement of the students. several large-scale repair and painting th On Wednesday February 25, 2015, 704 projects, renovation of unused classroom students competed in the SkillsUSA space for a new art class elective, the District Competition held at Keefe addition of six cameras and a sixteen Regional Technical School. Of the channel DVR to the existing surveillance competitors, 96 were from Keefe system, an independent review and Regional Technical School. Keefe earned downsizing of the Library/Resource 8 Gold, 12 Silver and 6 Bronze medals. Center collection to allow for planned renovation and the addition of twenty st On May 1, at the SkillsUSA State four paved parking lot spaces. The Competition held at Blackstone Valley Vehicles purchased in 2015 include a Ford Technical School in Upton, MA, our 20 F-250 pickup with plow attachment, a competitors earned 5 Gold Medals. Kubota tractor and utility trailer for the The National SkillsUSA Conference was Horticulture Program/Grounds th held in Louisville, KY on June 25. Of Maintenance Department and a 14 the 5 competitors, 1 received the Bronze passenger Ford minibus. Medal in the Nursing Assistant competition. Facility projects identified for future consideration include replacing suspended General Advisory Board ceiling systems, renovating the Resource The General Advisory Board consists of Center, repairing and sealing the parking the Chair of each Vocational Advisory lot, repairing/updating the auditorium Board. The General Board summarizes lighting system, replacing the emergency and brings to the attention of the generator, expanding the surveillance Administration and the School Committee system, sealing metal walls and window observations and recommendations of the frames, pressure washing and sealing the advisory boards. The points noted for the exterior building concrete and renovating current year include: the need to areas of the building to create a pottery continually align the curriculum with studio and a music room. changes in technology; outreach to bring Student Achievement increasing opportunities for students and The District received from the DESE its employers in the co-op program and the success we have had for employment; Accountability Data. Compared to last successful pursuit of grant funding for year, the number of students in the state of the art career and technical Advanced and Proficient categories equipment; and maintaining the license increased in both English Language Arts status of student professional programs and Math. As a result of the increase in student performance and other indicators, technical entry opportunities. Keefe Technical School was informed that according to the 5-level scaling systems New School Committee Member created by the DESE under the In May of 2015, after 15 years of accountability and assistance levels, Keefe dedicated service representing the Town has been categorized as a Level 1 school. of Framingham, Mr. Nelson Goldin Education and Libraries182 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report retired from the School Committee. Myra Linda Fobes James Cameau new representative. A.J. Mulvey John Evans Respectfully submitted, Larry Cooper Jonathan Evans Myra Bushell Superintendent-Director HOPKINTON Mia Crandall SOUTH MIDDLESEX REGIONAL Ruth Knowles VOCATIONAL TECHNICAL SCHOOL COMMITTEE HOLLISTON Sarah Commerford ASHLAND Barry Sims Edward Burman William N. Gaine, Jr. NATICK Tassos Filledes FRAMINGHAM Dr. Stephen Kane Michael Rossi - Chairman John Kahn FPL RAMINGHAM UBLIC IBRARY 49 Lexington St. (Main) | 508-532-5570 | library.public@framinghamma.gov Advancements in technology, increases in live up to their reputation for excellence programming, changes in organizational and attention to detail. Weekly progress structure, disaster preparedness and meetings assured that issues and concerns response, and significant progress were addressed thoroughly and that they constructing the new Christa McAuliffe would not adversely impact our stated Branch Library highlighted a very goal to have the new branch open to our successful 2015 at the Framingham Public patrons in early 2016. Library. gn Building the New Christa McAuliffe Technique, Inc. of Newburyport, MA Library would continually prove to be an The Library Building Committee, working closely with our project architects, Town officials, exceptional knowledge of the construction and our General Contractor worked industry to the project and to assist the steadily to throughout the year to keep the Owner (Town of Framingham) with all nearly eight million dollar project on facets of the construction process. schedule. Design Technique, Inc. would do this throughout 2015 contributing greatly to a General Contractor Lupachino & Salvatore Inc. of Bloomfield CT. would Education and Libraries183 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report We are most appreciative of the institutions and companies that made continuing support and cooperation the generous financial contributions to the project received from Town Departments, project. Finally, Library Trustee Jan Boards and Commissions as we worked Harrington and Branch Manager Nancy through the early construction process. Gentile were charged to assemble a We are especially appreciative of the committee that would design and install a professional attention and support from the Town of Framingham Planning inform, or further educate, all who Board, Town Counsel, Town Building Inspector, Conservation Commission, namesake, and why thirty, forty, or fifty- Fire Department, and the Finance and years after the Challenger disaster, Christa Procurement Division. At several points McAuliffe still inspires all of us. throughout the year each of these made invaluable contributions Meanwhile, the Framingham Public to the success of the project. Library Foundation continued to work energetically to reach their goal of raising Mr. Jim Paolini, Director of Town $600,000 in support of this project. We Facilities and Capital Projects, also are appreciative to all that gave generously brought his considerable experience with to the project and to everyone that the construction industry to the project attended the numerous fundraising events throughout the year. With numerous sponsored by the Foundation. On January st Town-wide responsibilities vying for his 31the Foundation celebrated a attention, Mr. Paolini would faithfully construction milestone by inviting attend weekly progress meetings and Framingham citizens to affix their commit to memory the copious details of signatures to the final steel beam to be the project. hoisted and installed in the new library. Over 700 people, of all ages, would attend Several committees worked diligently throughout the year to fulfill their behind a lasting imprint on their future respective responsibilities. Library library. Building Chair Sam Klaidman would appoint Library Trustee Ruth Winett to k on the lead the committee working with Interior Designer Betsy Ricciarelli to select the generosity can help us reach our goal. furnishings for the new library. Library Technology Administrator Alan Mandel Organizational Changes would provide the vision and leadership Assistant Library Director Jane Peck left required to secure the technology us to become Library Director at Regis resources that patrons and staff would College her Alma mater. Jane served the anticipate having in a new library. Library well in this position and for many Assistant Library Director Lena Kilburn, years was the Branch Manager at the working with Ms. Winett and others, Christa McAuliffe Library. We thank Jane would be charged with developing vibrant for her years of service and wish her the and informative signage that assists very best in her new position. patrons in navigating the new library. This committee was also charged with In October, assistant Branch Manager designing plagues that would properly Lena Kilburn was promoted to Assistant recognize the many individuals, Library Director. Education and Libraries184 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report Rising to the Challenge high school. This afterschool program has th On October 17 an electrical explosion assisted hundreds of students with school occurred at the Main Library while work assignments while reinforcing the was being performed to install new their educational pursuits. electrical system was extensive. Direct damage to the facility was confined to the The Literacy Unlimited program provides Electrical Room, although black soot a solid, comprehensive program for from the incident migrated throughout training and supporting volunteers to the library via the ventilation system. It teach basic reading, writing and/or math was determined that the building would skills to adult learners, including those for not be occupied for several months. As whom, English is a foreign language. 2015 came to a close the Main Library Dedicated to increasing public awareness remained close awaiting final of the need to eliminate illiteracy in our determinations of the extent of the community and expanding the availability damage and settlement of insurance claim of educational programs that accomplish issues. this. The program is based on the belief that literacy strengthens society and Library staff have been relocated to the promotes equality among its members. Technology Lab at Town Hall. We are grateful for this space that was Reaching out to the Community provided us by the Town Technology The Library collaborated with many Services Department within hours of the organizations responding to community th explosion. On November 9 a temporary needs and providing a wide variety of educational and enriching programs. This former St. Stephens School Building year, 9,102 people attended 267 Library located at 25 Clinton Street just two sponsored adult programs at the Main blocks from the Main Library. Library Library. Highlights of the year included staff rallied to make this space a library for the expanding community participation in our patrons. While the space is small, our two Lifelong Learning Programs that there are collections, computers and most are in collaboration with Framingham importantly talented and dedicated staff State University. Our Lifelong Learning working diligently to provide essential Lecture Series presented 20 lectures by library services. scholars from the University as well as other colleges and universities in the area. We are most grateful for the outpouring Lectures on a variety of topics were given of support and encouragement we have on Thursday evenings at the Library and received from our colleagues in town attendance once again increased government and from so many citizens of dramatically over the previous year. The the Town. daytime classes for seniors, held on Tuesdays in March and October were so Unique Programs and Services popular that we had to limit registration. The Library continued its long tradition of More than 200 seniors participated in each addressing the unique needs of a diverse of the October and March programs. community with specialized services. The Support for this project was generously provided in part through the generosity of offer free tutoring and homework to all its membership. The Danforth Museum, Framingham students, elementary through the Boys and Girls Club, and the Callahan Education and Libraries185 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report Senior Center collaborated in the success Please consider joining this essential this program. organization! Library Trustee News once again diverse and attracted large and In April 2015, incumbents Maria Barry, enthusiastic audiences. Our goal is to Eric Doherty, Jan Harrington and Nancy provide a variety of cultural and Coville-Wallace were re-elected to serve as informational programs that educate, Trustees for three-year terms. entertain and enrich our audiences. Our Friday Night Film Series regularly attracts In May 2015, the Trustees elected the large and enthusiastic crowds. Our following officers: Eric Doherty, Chair; Sunday Concert Series and Summer Elizabeth Roy, Vice-Chair; Maria Barry, Concert Series provide a variety of Secretary; and Arthur Finstein, Treasurer. classical and popular music with emerging The other trustees are, Robert Dodd, artists that often attracts capacity crowds. Elizabeth Fideler, Sam Klaidman, Jo- Anne Thompson, Christopher Walsh and an informal lunch time program featuring Ruth Winett. speakers from local businesses and organizations. recognition of the importance of our We appreciate the efforts of our local libraries to citizens of all ages. We also media, newspapers, email lists and online appreciate the ongoing support of the media in helping us publicize our Board of Selectmen, Town Manager, programs to the community. Thanks to Assistant Town Manager, Chief Financial the many volunteers who have assisted Officer, Town Counsel, the collegiality Library staff in making these programs and support of other Town Departments. possible and especially to the Friends of We also appreciate the support of the the Framingham Library who financially Finance Committee, The Planning Board support our efforts. We also appreciate and the Standing Committee on the financial support from local Education, Capital Budgets, Disability, businesses, the Framingham Cultural Ways and Means and other committees. Council and several local foundations that have helped defray the costs of Respectfully submitted, programming. Contributions from local For the Board of Library Trustees markets, especially Whole Foods and Mark J. Contois, Director of Libraries refreshments at adult programs. Friends of the Library The Friends of the Framingham Library Association, Inc. continued their long tradition of dedicated work on behalf of the Library. The Friends, through their monthly book sales, raised thousands of dollars to support collections, programs and special projects. There are numerous and rewarding volunteer opportunities . Education and Libraries186 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report GENERAL COMMITTEES CAC|CBC|CC ABLE DVISORY OMMITTEE APITAL UDGET OMMITTEE ULTURAL OUNCIL CCAC|DC|EGCT USHING HAPEL DVISORY OMMITTEE ISABILITY OMMISSION DGELL ROVE EMETERY RUSTEES FC|GSC|HDC|H INANCE OMMITTEE OVERNMENT TUDY OMMITTEE ISTORIC ISTRICT OMMISSION ISTORICAL C|HRC|RPC|TA OMMISSION UMAN ELATIONS OMMISSION EAL ROPERTY OMMITTEE ECHNOLOGY DVISORY C OMMITTEE The Cable Advisory Committee Capital Budget Committee The Cable Advisory Committee took the The Capital Budget Committee (CBC) following actions: consists of six Town Meeting Members appointed by the Town Moderator, and We are negotiating and expect a one representative from the Finance Committee. The role of the CBC is to franchise agreement with recommend to Town Meeting for Comcast, which expire June 2016. approval all capital projects with a cost of at least $25,000 and an expected useful Concluded the ascertainment life of five years. process to determine The CBC receives the recommended franchise agreement with capital budget items from the Chief Comcast. Financial Officer (CFO) ninety days prior We assisted Framingham residents to the start of the Annual Town Meeting. with repair and billing issues on The CBC then meets with the CFO to their cable TV service. discuss the recommended items as well as an extensive review of the capital needs of Successfully negotiated a free the town and schools. cable drop and an Internet access link at the new McAuliffe branch After this review, the CBC meets with library. representatives of each department to The members of the Cable Advisory discuss their recommended capital Committee are: W. Peter Barnes, Annabel requests in depth. The CBC then votes Dodd (Chair), Ron Rego, Norma Shulman on whether to recommend each individual  and Mort Shuman. request to Town Meeting for their approval. The CBC also presents the results of their deliberations to the Finance Committee and the Standing Committee on Ways and Means before the start of the Annual Town Meeting. Jeanne Bullock (Chair), Kevin Crotty (Vice Chair), Richard Weader (Clerk), Dan Rao, Ed Kross, Michael Cannon and ) Betty Funk (FinCom Representative General Committees187 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report Framingham Cultural Council (Clerk), Rose Quinn (Treasurer), Craig Coleman, Kathie McCarthy, Dennis The FCC is responsible for making final Moran. decisions on how to best serve the cultural needs of Framingham in selecting grant In April, the Disability Commission recipients and the amount of each grant. hosted a training with the MA Architectural Access Board (AAB) at For 2016 the Massachusetts Cultural Town Hall. This training was attended by Council gave the FCC $20,300. We also many town employees as well as received $4,500 from corporate donations employees from neighboring towns and and used funds from the Framingham several private companies. Also in April, Bracelet Account to grant a total of the Commission submitted an article for $27,702 to 31 applicants including 5 Town Meeting to amend its Bylaw subsidies for school children to attend reducing the number of Commissioners cultural events. from nine (9) to seven (7). The 2015 FCC Bill Collins Memorial Arts In July, some Commissioners attended the Scholarship was awarded to Kyra Kabler, grand opening ceremony of the a student graduating from the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority Framingham High School who will attend (MWRTA/ MW Ride) at their new, Hampshire College in Amherst MA. wonderful facility on Blandin Ave. Visit the Framingham Cultural website at: July 26, 2015 marked the 25th Anniversary mass-culture.org/Framingham to learn of the Americans with Disabilities Act more about scholarships and grant (ADA), a Civil Rights Law. Many disability programs. organizations and advocates came together in Boston for this historic day. Respectfully submitted, Diane M. Hartung, Chair; Esther Powell, Many guest presenters attended our Vice-Chair; Mary Jane Dotson, Clerk; Joel meetings to update us on their access Winett, Treasurer; and members Norma plans. Some of our guests included : and Kathryn Sucich. Jim Duane, Director Parks & Rec., Jim Snyder, Deputy Director & Tom Cushing Chapel Advisory Begin, Operations Manager Committee regarding Loring Arena Design & The Cushing Chapel Committee has been Butterworth Park working at keeping the chapel busy with Bob Halpin, Town Manager - Update weddings and other functions. The on Village Hall & Athenaeum Hall chapel is available for rental by contacting Ron Rego, Dir. of Media Services the Facilities Management Department. Brad Bauler & Ray Marchand, Make an appointment to see inside this Standing Comm. on Public Safety re historic building. the Housing Court Resolution Framingham Disability Michelle LeMonde-McIntyre, Framingham Public Library regarding Commission Accessible Workstation at the Members: Karen Foran Dempsey (Chair), McAuliffe Library Susie Santone (Vice Chair), Elise Marcil General Committees188 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report beautiful grounds and peaceful setting. In August, the Commission began We had 58 full burials, 44 cremation working with the Access Compliance burials, 74 plot sales, 4 mausoleum sales, 3 Inspector, a newly created position within mausoleum interments and 6 chapel the Building Department. We work with rentals. the Inspector on important access issues including AAB complaints and variances. Progress has been made on the mapping As a result, we were able to review and system and is still on-going. respond to all variance requests with a greater understanding of how the variance With Kathy Griffith leaving, Dennis process works. Cardiff has come on board. He brings his financial and business background. Again this past fall, the Commission was happy to allocate funds from the HP Fine The board was reorganized with Barbara account in the amount of $4,500 to the Ford as Chair, Susan Silva as Vice Chair, Piers Park Adaptive Sailing Youth Dennis Cardiff as Treasurer, John Silva as Program. This eight week long program Secretary and Peter Whiting. taught kids with Disabilities how to sail. Finance Committee We want to send a special thank you and The Finance Committee is comprised of goodbye to Jennifer Thompson, the nine members appointed by the Town former Asst. Town Manager & ADA Moderator for a term of three years. It Coordinator who was a great help in recommends action to the Town Meeting supporting us. In September, we began regarding the budget and other areas of working with James Duane who became finance. Other key responsibilities include the Asst. Town Manager & ADA Coord. authorizing disbursements from the Reserve Fund for emergency expenses, We will continue to work closely with the authorizing deficit spending for BoS, Town Meeting, Town Manager, emergency winter-related expenses, Schools & town depts.., to ensure that the approving the expenditure ceiling for Town is in compliance with State (AAB) revolving funds and monitoring the and Federal (ADA) access laws and that they will continue to implement changes outlined ten years ago, in the 2005 ADA The workload for the Finance Committee Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan. requires a commitment of significant time from the volunteers who serve on it. In Sincerely, FY 2015, the Finance Committee met 23 times, and participated in the Annual Karen Foran Dempsey Town Meeting and one Special Town Chair Disability Commission Meeting. Members often have significant Edgell Grove Cemetery and responsibilities beyond regular Finance Committee meetings. The Committee Mausoleum provides representatives to the Real Edgell Grove Cemetery and Mausoleum Property and Capital Budget committees had a very successful year as the under Town bylaws. The Committee community becomes familiar with the General Committees189 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report routinely appoints liaisons to Keefe Tech these services, it also recognizes that the and the School Department to monitor current rate of annual increases in SPED their independent budget development related cost is not sustainable. At the 2013 -Annual Town meeting, the Committee member Audit Subcommittee meets with reported that at the current rates of to resolve annual budget and the annual rate of audit findings. increases in SPED costs, in about 15 years the entire annual increase in School As the second of a three-year budget plan, Department budget would go to SPED. the FY16 budget allowed for continued No annual increase will remain available strategic investments for both the town for the non-SPED students, including any and the schools: increase for Level Services.  -Approximately $253 Million or 3.1% The Committee also noted the following as recommended by the CFO. significant Capital Improvement trends -This was the second year when the Public Works Infrastructure: tax levy raise was held to 1.25%. Professional design and engineering, -For Framingham Schools, approx. sanitation upgrades, roadway $115M was recommended, which improvements, continuing progress included a 4% increase in Level towards modernizing water and sewer Services funding and an additional lines and pump stations. $1.1M in improvements. Public Facilities: Remediation and general improvements to Mary While the Committee appreciates the Dennison Park and the Loring Arena, outstanding progress achieved by the significant improvements to south School Department in making FHS a Framingham Cypress Street Level 1 school and in moving two schools Woodland, investment in school from Level 3 to Level 2, it must consider building replacement parts (roofs, security systems, heating and the long-term financial issues facing the ventilation systems, etc.) within a near Town. For example, the Town has vision of building a new middle projected the cost of replacing or school. substantially renovating two schools at a Technology Upgrades: Town and cost of between fifty million and one School technology infrastructure have hundred fifty million dollars, depending  substantial upgrades. on the construction cost inflation, the  interest rates and the State grants. But, the The Finance Committee continues to bonding for this project alone would put a stress the balance needed between the substantial burden on the taxpayers and capital and the operating budgets. The  could require override or debt exclusion pressures on the capital budget and the operating budget continue to build. The The Committee is also proud that the Town will need to reconcile these needs School Department provides exceptional along with the challenges of continuing in district SPED programs. While it funding for the School Department over recognizes that these programs provide the next several years. crucial support for students in need of General Committees190 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report Members of the Finance Committee as of that the minutes of all committees indicate December 30, 2015: Dr. Ambar Sarkar, the individual votes and abstentions of Chair (2017) Mahmood Akhtar, Vice each member on all votes not strictly Chair (2016), David Miles, Clerk (2018); procedural in nature. Elizabeth Funk (2016); Leonard Finkel (2016); Nancy Wilson (2015); George reduced from 12 to 9, several vacancies King (2017); Dan Lampl (2018); and one remain and need to be filled. Karl Rookey, vacancy. the chair throughout 2015, resigned for personal reasons. The Finance Committee thanks Scott Estes (2015) for his service. We also Respectfully Submitted, express our appreciation to CFO Mary Mel Warshaw, Chair Ellen Kelley and Assistant CFO Jennifer Pratt for their ongoing expertise and Historic District Commission support. The Historic District Commission held 10 meetings during 2015. Respectfully Submitted, Dr. Ambar Sarkar, Chair, 2016 In June, the Board of Selectmen reappointed members Gerald Couto, Sue Government Study Committee Bernstein, Amy Finstein, and Calvin In 2015 the Government Study Smith to full three year terms, expiring in Committee reviewed all proposed Warrant 2018. Also in June, Jeffrey Delvy was Articles that would amend the General appointed to fill the vacant History Center Bylaws and made recommendations to - Alternate position which expires in 2016. Town Meeting. It was instrumental in In December, eighteen year member Jim increasing the number of Board of Health Kubat, A.I.A., Alternate Architect, was members from 3 to 5 though the Town elevated to the At-Large position. Centre has not received confirmation of the Common Historic District resident increase from the State Legislature. The Andrew Mackin was then appointed to fill committee also had the Bylaws amended the vacant Alternate position. Both of to make it easier for the BoS to issue wine these appointments expire in 2016. In and beer tasting licenses for special July the Commission reorganized and re- events. It also looked into various ways of elected Gerald Couto, A.I.A., Chair, and streamlining our present form of elected Steven Greeley, Vice-Chair. government and attempted to make governmental committees more Eight properties were added to the Centre transparent. And, as it has done in the Common Historic District at the 2015 past, it examined various forms of city and Annual Town Meeting. The Commission town governments to see if they had hired a professional consultant, advantages over what we have in Communities Opportunity Group, to Framingham. prepare a report and assist with a Public Hearing, to fulfill the requirements of efforts to make Town Meeting State Statute, in preparation toward the more efficient and representative were creation of the Pike Row and H. H. frustrated when Town Meeting rejected its Richardson Depot Historic Districts. The proposal to decrease the number of Town plan is to bring the two districts before Meeting members by 25% and to require Fall Town Meeting in 2016. Jonathan General Committees191 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report Maynard Historic District signs were was updated this year. This was the first installed in July at each end of the District official update in nearly fifteen years. An by the Town D. P.W. The Commission additional eighty (80) properties, areas thanks them for their assistance. and/or objects were added to the inventory. During the year, the Commission held two public hearings and issued one An historic achievement awards program Certificates of Appropriateness and one was established to give recognition to Certificate of Hardship. persons and organizations making significant contributions to our In conjunction with the Historical community in this field. A public meeting Commission, the Commission hired and ceremony is planned for the spring of Historic Preservation Consultant Jennifer 2016 to recognize the winners. B. Doherty to undertake several projects, as well as to handle administrative duties The Commission hosted a workshop on of the Commission. In addition to demolition delay bylaws given by staff of preparing for meetings and taking the Massachusetts Historical Commission th minutes, she has updated and had printed on February 19. It was attended by a new informational brochure for the local representatives from most of our historic districts, recorded the existing neighboring cities and towns. local historic districts at the Registry of Deeds, and begun contacting property This year was unique in one respect. The owners in the Pike Row and H. H. Commission did not review a single Richardson Depot districts. demolition permit application! One town- owned structure with historic significance Submitted for the Commission by was condemned and subsequently Gerald Couto, A.I.A., Chairman; Steven demolished. That was the concrete Greeley, Vice-Chairman; Sue Bernstein; grandstand at Butterworth Park. This was Jeffrey Delvy; Ted Grenham; Henry Field; the last of several such structures built Julie Ferrari, A.S.L.A.; Amy Finstein, here by the W.P.A. during the great Ph.D; Jim Kubat, A.I.A.; Helen Lemoine; depression years. Andrew Mackin; Calvin Smith Fred Wallace, Chair Framingham Historical Human Relations Commission Commission Members: Chair: Fred Wallace Office the Commission was able to Vice Chair: Paul Silva increase its number of active Clerk: Susan Kennedy Commissioners this year. Gerald Couto Jane Whiting In keeping with our mandate to educate Thomas Schuetz the public on timely issues we held a Lewis Colten meeting with Police Chief Ken Ferguson An on-call historic preservation consultant events occurring in other parts of our was hired in the fall to assist the country. He spoke of initiatives designed to prevent such incidents from happening inventory of cultural resources (C.R.I.) General Committees192 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report within Framingham. He also spoke of Real Property Committee training programs dealing with firearms, The Real Property Committee is charged cultural training and awareness. with reviewing any proposals concerning property which is bought, sold, At another session we spoke with Deputy transferred, or leased by the Town. Its Chief Steven Trask and Lt. Robert recommendations are made to Town Downing on the police presence within Meeting before it votes on any such proposals. Beverly Hugo, Chair of the Framingham The committee met twice in 2015. In School Committee, who reviewed Strive April it considered three articles in the for Excellence, Resiliency for Life, Annual Town Meeting Warrant. They Newcomer Circle and other programs concerned the acceptance of the Snow designed to help students. As a result, the property on Wayside Inn Road, the Commission plans to hold a forum in the reconfiguration of Town property fall to educate the general public on the adjacent to Cedar Swamp off Waverly varied programs within our schools. Street, and the redefinition of the quorum for the committee. All the articles were We have also participated in the supported. Framingham Coming Together Programs. The Commission invites all interested Warrant we supported an article which members of the community to join us in would allow the Town to acquire property planning future sessions. We meet the at 222 Walnut Street for the construction second Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm of a pumping station. We added an in the Memorial Building. More amendment which recommended that information regarding the Commission most of the parcel remain undeveloped. may be found on the Town website. The agenda is posted each month. Ned Price Acting Chair Respectfully submitted, Robert Anspach, Chair Technology Advisory Committee The Technology Advisory Committee had . no activity in 2015 General Committees193 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report TM|SCCS OWN ODERATOR TANDING OMMITTEE ON OMMUNITY ERVICES SCE|SCP&Z TANDING OMMITTEE ON DUCATION TANDING OMMITTEE ON LANNING ONING SCPS|SCPW TANDING OMMITTEE ON UBLIC AFETY TANDING OMMITTEE ON UBLIC ORKS SCR|SCW&M|TM TANDING OMMITTEE ON ULES TANDING OMMITTEE ON AYS EANS OWN EETING J OURNAL 7RZQ0RGHUDWRUimprovement. 20 TMMs had perfect The role of Town Meeting, the legislative attendance. 14 TMMs lost seats because body of the Town, is to appropriate funds they attended fewer than 25% of the (such as budgets and capital projects), to meetings (12 attended 2 or fewer). make general bylaws and zoning bylaws Vacancies ranged from 29 to 33 over the and vote on other items that are on the year. Warrant, such as street acceptances, classification plans and collective In 10 sessions, Town Meeting completed bargaining. Town Meeting acts on issues a 45-article Annual Town Meeting that are prepared by the Town Warrant and two 2-Article Special Town departments under the auspices of the meetings, passing an operating budget of Town Manager (sometimes by citizens), almost $245 million including $124+ by way of a Warrant (meeting agenda) that million for the schools, approving and is set by the Board of Selectmen. authorizing capital budget items, public works projects, legal settlements, and street acceptances as well as taking up over Town meeting, to set procedures for several citizen petition articles, approving the meeting, to keep TM running sections of Massachusetts General Laws smoothly & to keep discussion on topic, to expedite our town government and in accordance with the Warrant. businesses, and various general bylaw and zoning bylaw articles and two STMs. The Moderator also appoints 6 committees: Finance, Capital Budget, The 32-article Fall Special Town Meeting Real Property, Government Study, advised the Selectman on the tax levy for Technical Advisory and the Personnel the next fiscal year as proscribed in the Board. Currently there is one vacancy on bylaw, approved Transit Oriented the Finance Committee and several on the Government Study Committee. The Moderator is always looking for qualified people to serve on these committees. For more information, please visit the Town Moderator page at: http://www.framinghamma.gov/1517/Moderator Our representative Town Meeting is comprised of 216 potential TMMs, 12 elected from each of 18 precincts serving Development, and the continued Zoning staggered 3-year terms. Attendance this Bylaw recodification, considered several year ranged from 152 to 101, which bylaw changes with mixed results. For compares to previous years but needs more information on all articles, see Town Meeting194 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report individual reports as well as the Town Special thanks to Bernice Strom, Meeting Journal included in this Annual information table manager, to the Town Report. Electronic votes are attendance checkers and distributors of posted on the Town website. Thanks to electronic devices and William LaBarge. the Chair of the Standing Committee on Rules, status of all articles is also posted. It is a pleasure working with the moderator-appointed committees who In addition to making Town Meetings contribute so much time, as well as our more efficient, education and Town Manager, Town Clerk and Town communication are key goals. The Counsel & their staffs and associates. Moderator continues outreach to the Special commendations are extended to public by offering to meet with anyone Cherry Baram who continues her stellar who might interested in becoming job of compiling the warrant with motions here to begin and background material, and getting the as well as offering Town Meeting material out to Town Meeting. Orientation programs and Warrant Review Sessions with Town Manager Bob Thanks also to the Board of Selectmen, Halpin and CFO Mary Ellen Kelley CFO, Building Services, Tech Services, before each Town Meeting. At Town and Media Services and Jeff Horan Meeting 102 before the Fall Special Town (electronic voting administrator from Meeting, Mary Ellen Kelley and Arthur OTI), all of whom are indispensable in the Robert made presentations on the budget production and process of Town Meeting. process and the planning process. The public is invited to these sessions and can I am gratified by all who support me, also view the recordings on the Town elected me, and express continued website and on local cable access TV at confidence and encouragement to me in certain scheduled times. this role of Moderator. I look forward to serving, learning and working with all who At the urging of and with strong support serve the town in the upcoming year. from TM member Dhruba Sen, we implemented a Town Meeting Awareness Town Meeting decides issues that affect group to inform citizens about Town all citizens of Framingham, including Meeting. William LaBarge, Bob Cushing, YOU. Town Meeting Members are citizens of Framingham, working to make Green Concerts. Dan Rao, Bernice Strom our Town a better place. I encourage you and Judith Grove joined us at MetroFest. to get involved as a Town Meeting Member or in some other capacity. You will get a great education while serving Prepared Town Meeting Members are the your town!! Feel free to contact me!! best expediters of Town Meeting. When everyone does the homework, we can Respectfully submitted, limit discussion and debate to the relevant Teri S. Banerjee, Town Moderator issues. Standing Committee members townmoderator@gmail.com who work so diligently and put in so many LIKE Framingham TownModerator on hours for Framingham are much Facebook appreciated. Follow FramModerator on Twitter Sign up for Town Meeting Notifications Town Meeting195 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report 6WDQGLQJ&RPPLWWHHRQeach entity. The Committee met 8 times &RPPXQLW\6HUYLFHV in 2015. The Standing Committee on Community Services is responsible for: Parks and The Committee offered reports to Town Recreational Dept., Edgell Grove Meeting on the FY2016 operating and Cemetery, Community Development capital budgets of the Public Schools, Block Grant Committee, Council on Keefe Tech, and the Public Library, and Aging, Human Relations Commission, recommended favorable action on Article Veterans affairs and Fair Housing. 17 of the 2015 Fall Town Meeting concerning the authorization of a new We met with CDBG and discussed the school bus contract. allocation of $500,000 given to the town by Federal Government. We voted to Respectfully submitted, support the Skate Park and also a citizens Richard J. Weader II, Chair petition on Community Choice Energy. The committee met with the 6WDQGLQJ&RPPLWWHHRQ3ODQQLQJ Park and Rec. Dept. and voted to support DQG=RQLQJ their programs including funds to remodel -Laws, Loring Arena. the Standing Committee on Planning and Zoning [SCPZ] is responsible for reporting to the Town Meeting on the Brewing. The committee met with the activities of the Planning and Economic Town Manager, the Veterans Services Development Division [now called the Officer, and Deborah Butler. We voted Community and Economic Development against her Article #1regarding CORI Division], the Zoning Board of Appeals, checks and against her Article #2 the Planning Board, the Conservation regarding the Veterans Services Officer. Commission, the Historical Commission, the MetroWest Growth Management Special thanks to our town meeting Commission [now called the MetroWest members: Andrea Colten, Jean Baldwin, Regional Collaborative], the Economic Paul Costa, Susan Massad, Elsa Development and Industrial Corporation, Aviza, Cynthia Villanueva, Pat Dunne, and the Historical District Commission. Marie Drayton, Donald Shea, Vice Chair, In addition, the SCPZ is responsible for Anna Cross, Bob Cushing, Marelyn reporting to Town Meeting on any Collazo, Clerk, Stephan James Atwood, warrant articles sponsored by or relating Ronda Andrews. to the activities of these entities. Respectfully Submitted, Except for July and August and during Herb Chasan, Chair Town Meeting, the SCPZ meets regularly on the first Wednesday of the month. 6WDQGLQJ&RPPLWWHHRQ(GXFDWLRQ Additional meetings are held as needed. The Standing Committee on Education The SCPZ held nine regular meetings and monitors the activities, budgets and two special meetings during 2015 with an related warrant articles pertaining to average attendance of 10.3 members. In Framingham Public Schools, Joseph P. Keefe Technical School and the monitor the activities of the various Framingham Public Library system and boards and committees that it is assigned meets regularly with representatives of Town Meeting196 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report to monitor, the SCPZ asks one or two of 6WDQGLQJ&RPPLWWHHRQ 3XEOLF6DIHW\ to each of these boards and committees. The Public Safety Standing Committee (PSSC) consists of members elected from and representing each precinct of Town monitoring and reporting to the Town Meeting. PSSC reports to Town Meeting Meeting on the project, which Town its recommendations after careful review, Meeting authorized in 2013, to review and analysis and deliberations related to PS -law divisions, considering community needs by a work group of Town staff. and warrant articles. Additionally, the SCPZ formed a sub- The role of the PSSC is to communicate and work with PS divisions to better next phase Recodification proposals that understand and communicate the services were approved at the 2015 Annual Town that they provide; their present and long Meeting. There still is much work that term goals/needs; and their focus on ways needs to be done over the next several to improve service to our community and years to comp plans to implement. Specific divisions By-Law Recodification Project. The included in our focal point are: Police, SCPZ plans to continue its monitoring of Fire and Inspectional Services. this Project and to offer recommendations as needed. Another SCPZ sub-committee During the coming fiscal year we look forward to being active and dedicated, the Central Business District Transit meeting regularly and communicating Oriented Development by-law that Town more fully with Public Safety divisions on Meeting approved in October 2015. their work in our community. A partial listing of the other topics This past year, the SCPS proposed a discussed at SCPZ meetings during 2015 Resolution at the Fall Town Meeting include: Transfer of Development Rights supporting the establishment of a by-law, street acceptances, including Housing Court to service Framingham, additional properties in the Framingham which passed overwhelmingly. We Center Historical District and rezoning in continue to monitor progress through our Framingham Center, Complete Streets state legislators. initiative, site plan review by-law changes, Corporate Mixed Use zone proposal for 6WDQGLQJ&RPPLWWHHRQ5XOHV the 9/90 area, affordable [inclusionary] The goal of the Rules Committee is to housing by-law updates, and the Nobscot recommend Town Meeting (TM) and Saxonville village center proposals. procedures that will help TM Members make informed decisions on motions. Additionally, the SCPZ reported to the The Rules Committee supports Town 2015 Annual Town Meeting and the 2015 Meeting in the following ways: (1) the Fall Town Meeting concerning planning voting coordinator, Joel Winett, prepares and zoning articles. the roster of Town Meeting Members for the Voting Administrator, (2) Rules  Committee Members volunteer to  distribute and collect voting keypads, (3) Town Meeting197 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report the Handout Table Monitor, Bernice Budget and Government Study Strom, manages the handout materials at Committees. TM for the Moderator. In 2015 the SCW&M evaluated and made The electronic voting system was used at recommendations to TM on 51 warrant the 11 ATM sessions (for 22 motions and articles at the April Annual Town/Special Town Meetings and 16 warrant articles in where there were 8 sessions (for 14 the Fall Special TM after fully vetting motions and 16 procedural votes). Thus them with the sponsors and related there were a total of 30 motions and 26 boards, committees, and departments. procedural electronic votes. All 56 counted votes are posted on the Town The SCW&M continued to support the website. The Committee sponsored the reporting estimate of state aid during the April articles for the ATM and FTM which Annual TM. This facilitates a more stable requests reports from selected boards, Annual TM budget process, with any committees and division heads, and a necessary budget adjustments made at the bylaw change in the ATM regarding Fall Town Meeting. public and executive sessions minutes (passed). Significant recommendations made to 3 year approach in developing baseline improve Town Meeting were (1) the budgets below the 2.5% property tax levy Moderator makes motions on behalf of a cap. A cap of 1.25% has been maintained Town Meeting Member or on behalf of for both FY 15 and FY 16, while still the CFO, (2) Town Meeting Member who allowing funding for Town reserve wish to speak line up at microphones., accounts including a Capital Stabilization and (3) The Voting Coordinator provides Fund in anticipation of expected future the Moderator with a Status Sheet of capital expenditures for schools and Votes on articles (and budget line items) building maintenance. A Tax Burden for the Moderator to post file on the web. Reserve Fund has also been funded to potentially alleviate large tax burden shifts Respectfully Submitted: in the future. The ability to do this is Joel Winett, Chair largely due to health insurance savings resulting from switching eligible retires to Standing Committee on Ways Medicare, and retirees and active and Means employees to the state health insurance As defined in the Town by-laws, the system (GIC). Standing Committee on Ways and Means (SCW&M) is responsible for making The town and this committee are very recommendations to Town Meeting (TM) supportive of our public schools with per on warrant articles sponsored by or pupil expenditures among the highest in related to the Finance Committee, the the state. However state Chapter 70 Finance Division, the Human Resources support, according to their own data, Division, the Information Services underfunds the town by millions of Division, the Selectmen, the Town Clerk, dollars per year. So we must continue to Town Elections, the Legal Department, work with our state legislators to address the Retirement Board and the Capital this issue as well as inadequate Town Meeting198 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report reimbursements for homeless transportation costs which place an unfair burden on the town. The SCW&M recommended that TM approve the schools FY 16 capital budget request for upgrading school technology, but expressed concern over the plan for its implementation in the schools. A SCW&M resolution was approved by TM requesting a report on the plan for incorporating technology into the schools. The SCW&M was an early supporter of a skate park and is pleased that TM has taken initial steps to make it a reality Special thanks to the 2015 SCW&M members: M. Lamkin (Pct.1), A. Hall (Vice-Chair), (Pct. 3), H. Chasen/E. Copeland (Pct.4), K. Comatas (Pct. 5), J. Pillsbury (Pct.6) J. Winett (Clerk) (Pct.7), R. Case (Pct. 8), G. Sheikh (Pct.9), K. McCarthy (Pct.10), Y. Steinsaltz/P. Pleshaw (Pct.11), M. McClennan (Pct.12), J. Martin (Pct.13), J. Rizoli (Pct.14), J. Grove (Pct.15), K. DeMarco/L. Kaye (Pct. 16), L. Keith (Pct. 17), J. Asaya (Pct.18). Harold Geller, SCW&M Chairman, Pct 2 Town Meeting199 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report 2015 TMJ OWN EETING OURNAL VM,TC ALERIE ULVEY OWN LERK LF,ATC ISA ERGUSON SSISTANT OWN LERK Town Meeting200 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report A28,2015ATM PRIL NNUAL OWN EETING A1 RTICLE To see if the Town will hear a report from the Board of Selectmen for the calendar year preceding this Annual Town Meeting and receive the Annual Report made available to the inhabitants of the Town pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 40, Section 49. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Board of Selectmen April 28, 2015Voted: That the Town hear the Annual Report of the Board of Selectmen for the preceding calendar year and receive the Annual Report made available to the inhabitants of the town pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 40, Section 49. Further, after this report is given, that this article be disposed. A2 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to hear reports from various Departments, Boards, Committees and Commissions listed in this warrant article unless said reports have been made in writing and placed on the table at Town Meeting for Town Meeting Members and posted on the Town website. The requested reports are listed below (STM = Special Town Meeting): 1.Report by the Planning Board on the status of: a)Zoning Bylaw changes approved by Town Meeting and sent to the Attorney General in 2014. (Bylaws Article III Section 1.13.5.b) i)Re-codification of the Zoning Bylaws (STM 2014 Art. 8) ii)Modified Subdivision Control Zoning Bylaw (STM 2014 Art. 9) b)The Master Plan, and on plans for development in the Town. (MGL Chapter 41, Section 71 and Bylaws Article III Section 1.13.4) c)The Board of Selectmen and the Planning Board shall present the approved work plan for completing the process of re- 2015 Annual Town Meeting (STM 2014 Art. 8 Resolution A 2.Report from Town Manager on the following: a)Streets that are in use by the public but not yet accepted by the Town as public ways and proposing a plan for these streets to be accepted as public ways. This report shall describe the methodology to insure that new streets are accepted in a timely manner (2013 FTM Resolution by Stephen Shull) b)Status of Building Projects at the Village Hall in Framingham Center and the Athenaeum Hall in Saxonville 3.Report from the Chief Financial Officer on the following: a)Land acquisition costs for purchase of easement approved at a Town Meeting in 2014 not otherwise reported (Bylaw Article III, Section 1.13.6b) Town Meeting201 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report b) Use of mitigation funds received during the previous fiscal year and the status of unexpended mitigation funds not otherwise reported (Bylaw Article III, Section 1.13.6c) c) Status of authorized but not completed Capital Budget projects not otherwise reported (Bylaw Article III, Section 1.13.6d) i) Bins for trash collection ii) d)Status of special appropriations approved by Town Meeting and not fully expended or not previously reported on. (Bylaw Article III, Section 1.13.2) i) Appropriate funds to purchase SNOW property (STM 2014 Art. 15) ii) Appropriate funds for the Mary Dennison Park Emergency Environmental Testing & Remediation Project (STM 2014 Art 17) 4. Report by the Director of Public Works on the status of special appropriations approved by Town Meeting and not fully expended or not previously reported on including but not restricted to the following: Birch Road well project (Bylaws Art. III Section 1.13.2) 5. Report by the Town Clerk on the status of bylaw changes approved by Town Meeting and sent to the Attorney General in 2014. (Bylaws Article III Section 1.13.5. a) a) Revised Nuisance Bylaw (STM 2014 Article 11 b) Deleted Motor Scooters Prohibited Bylaw (STM 2014 Article 12 c) Revised Moderator Section and Background Material Section of the Bylaws (STM 2014 Article 14 6. Report by the Board of Selectmen on a) Petitions to the legislature approved by Town Meeting in 2014, if any. (Bylaws Article III Section 1.13.5. c) b) Selectmen appointments that will expire on July 1. (Bylaws Article 1, Section 5.14) 7. Report from the Town Moderator on Moderator appointments that will expire on July 1. (Bylaws Article 1, Section 5.14) And after the reports from a town official are given the Moderator shall allow a period of time for Town Meeting Members to ask questions on the reports and hear replies; then this article shall be disposed. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Standing Committee on Rules April 29, 2015 Voted: That the Town hear reports from various departments, boards, committees and commissions listed in this warrant article unless said reports have been made in writing and placed on the table at Town Meeting for Town Meeting Members. Further, after reports from a town official are given, the Moderator shall allow a period of time for Town Meeting Members to ask questions relating to the reports and hear replies. Further, after all reports are given, that this article be disposed. A3 RTICLE Town Meeting202 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to accept and expend funds in accordance with the provisions of Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, and regulations promulgated thereunder by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Board of Selectmen April 28, 2015 Voted: That the Board of Selectmen be authorized to accept and expend funds in accordance with the provisions of Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, and regulations promulgated thereunder by the U.S. Department of Housing March 24, 2015. Said projected use of funds is shown on the attached pages. A3-AM/A RTICLE DDITIONAL OTIONSMENDMENTS April 28, 2015Failed: Imake a motion to move CDBG money in Article 3 4.2 ESL plus 20,466 and give it to Hoops for Homework. Jim Rizoli, Precinct 14 A3-A RTICLE TTACHMENT RECOMMENDED USES OF FISCAL 2016 CDBG FUNDS 1.0 ADMINISTRATION/PLANNING  2.0 HOUSING REHABILITATION $220,368 2.1 Housing Rehabilitation $158,868 Sponsor: Community and Economic Development 2.2 Code Enforcement $61,500 Sponsor: Building & Inspectional Services 3.0 PUBLIC FACILITIES IMPROVEMENTS $11,000 3.1 Butterworth Park Bleacher Removal/ADA Replacement $11,000 Sponsor: Framingham Parks and Recreation 4.0 PUBLIC SERVICES  4.1 Literacy Unlimited $12,000 Sponsor: Framingham Public Library 4.2 Framingham Adult ESL Plus $20,466 Sponsor: Framingham Adult ESL Program 4.3 Community Connections Summer Work Program $24,484 Sponsor: Framingham Coalition Community Connections 4.4 Resiliency for Life Program Summer Program $5,750 Sponsor: Resiliency for Life Advisory Board 4.5 Healthy Options for Progress through Education (H.O.P.E.) $9,000 Sponsor: Pelham Apartments Residential Services Town Meeting203 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report 4.6 Hoops &Homework $5,000 Sponsor: Hoops & Homework 5.0 DOWNTOWN IMPROVEMENTS $101,000 5.1 South Framingham Main Streets Program $51,000 Sponsor: Framingham Downtown Renaissance 5.2 Downtown Wayfinding Sign Program $25,000 Sponsor: Community Development Department 5.3 Downtown Commercial Sign & Façade Program $25,000 Sponsor: Framingham Downtown Renaissance TOTALS $511,335 * Administration: The maximum amount of funds that may be budgeted to Administration is $102,267*, 20% of the sum of the Entitlement Grant plus estimated Program Income realized in the program year. ** Public Services: The maximum amount of funds that may be budgeted to Public Services is15% of the sum of the Entitlement Grant plus Program Income realized in the program year. FISCAL 2016 CDBG PROJECT BACKGROUND 1.0ADMINISTRATION & PLANNING Goal: To administer the CDBG program effectively and equitably and to ensure that all members of the community can participate in or benefit from program activities. 1.1CDBG PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION $102,267 SPONSOR: Framingham Community Development Department Sources of funds: CDBG Entitlement Grant: $102,267 Funds for the administration and planning costs of the CDBG program. No more than 20% of the grant allocation and program income earned can be allocated for administration. 2.0 HOUSING REHABILITATION Goal: To arrest deterioration in the existing housing stock and to stabilize neighborhoods through ongoing financial and technical housing rehabilitation assistance to property owners. 2.1 HOUSING REHABILITATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (HRAP) $158,868 SPONSOR: Framingham Community Development Department Town Meeting204 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report Sources of funds: CDBG Entitlement Grant: $133,868 Program Income: $25,000 In Fiscal 2016 HRAP will provide deferred, no-interest loans to repair code violations, improve energy efficiency and enhance ADA-accessibility in 2-4 owner-occupied homes with lower-income owners, and, if possible, 1 to 2 rental units occupied by lower-income tenants. Both CDBG and HOME funds will be used for loan capital. CDBG & HOME funds will be loaned to eligible owners, in any area of Town, to address emergency repair needs, such as heating system and roofing repairs. Rehabilitation funds will be loaned to eligible homeowners and multi-family residences in low- income target neighborhoods to fix housing code violations and to improve exterior appearances. CDBG monies will also pay for the program delivery costs for the CDBG & HOME funded HRAP Program. PERFORMANCE TARGET: 3-6 Dwelling Units; very low, low & moderate-income clientele. 2.2 NEIGHBORHOOD STABILIZATION/CODE ENFORCEMENT $61,500 SPONSOR: Framingham Inspectional Services Division Sources of funds: CDBG Entitlement Grant: $61,500 The Town will use CDBG funds to pay for housing inspections in targeted low/moderate- income (LM) neighborhoods. Housing code violations will be required to be corrected by the property owners, in partnership, where possible with the Housing Rehabilitation Assistance Program (HRAP).This program works in coordination with the Code Enforcement Task Force, an inter-department team who conducts monthly site visits of the neighborhoods to develop solutions and improvements from a holistic, inter- disciplinary approach. PERFORMANCE TARGET: 400 500 inspections in LM areas. 3.0 PUBLIC MPROVEMENTS Goals: To improve infrastructure that will prolong the useful life of public facilities; and to remove architectural barriers to improve access to public and private facilities. 3.1 BUTTERWORTH PARK ADA ACCESSIBLE BLEACHERS SPONSOR: Framingham Parks & Recreation Division Sources of funds: CDBG Entitlement Grant: $11,000 . source of vandalism The Parks and Recreation Division proposes to remove the non- compliant grandstand and replace it with a concrete pad to support an appropriate sized, aluminum handicapped bleacher which will be funded with CDBG funds. The entire improvement project consisting of demolition of the grandstand, the installation of an ADA compliant walkway, restoration of remaining area to green space and other aesthetic improvements will be funded through monies from the Town Meeting205 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs Division. PERFORMANCE TARGET: 1 ADA public facility serving LM area. 4.0 PUBLIC SERVICES Goal: To improve the quality of life for low and very low income residents of the Town through the provision of public services. 4.1 LITERACY UNLIMITED PROGRAM $12,000 SPONSOR: Framingham Public Library Sources of funds: CDBG Entitlement Grant: $12,000 Partial funding to continue the work of an adult literacy training program which features trained volunteer tutors to teach basic reading, writing, and computational skills, to illiterate and learning disabled adults on a one-to-one basis and in groups. The range of activities include classroom training of tutors, one-to-one tutoring, tutoring in conversational English to limited English speakers, counseling, job development, General Equivalency Diploma (GED) preparation and materials, and maintenance of student and tutor support networks. CDBG funds support the administrative staff to recruit and train volunteer tutors. The program will evaluate students initially and on an on-going basis, develop a learning plan for each low level literacy student, and provide guidance to tutors as they work with these students. PERFORMANCE TARGET: Up to 200 very low, low & moderate-income clients. 4.2 FRAMINGHAM ADULT ESL PLUS PROJECT $20,466 SPONSOR: Framingham Adult ESL Program Sources of funds: CDBG Entitlement Grant: $20,466 Partial funding is sought to provide free English-as-a-Second Language classes, training, and development to adult (ages 18 - 85) limited-English speakers to facilitate their integration into the community, prepare for their GED, Citizenship Preparation classes, the job market, customs, culture and the law. Funds will meet the cost of instructors, and counseling support for three full capacity classes of instruction for two semesters operated during the evening hours. PERFORMANCE TARGET: Up to 60 very low, low & moderate-income clients. 4.3 COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS SUMMER WORK PROGRAM $24,484 SPONSOR: Community Connections/Framingham Coalition Sources of funds: CDBG Entitlement Grant: $24,484 Funding is being requested to provide a youth summer work program to employ a total of 30 teens (ages 14 to 17) that live in low socioeconomic Framingham neighborhoods. The program will operate during the summer months in which teens Town Meeting206 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report will learn responsibility and investment in their community by implementing appropriate landscaping, general clean up, painting, maintenance skills, and work together as a team by completing projects assigned to them. Because this will be a first job for most, teens will also learn the interview process and how to complete a job application. These sessions are supervised (on-site) by adults who have numerous years of experience working with youth in both a school and community settings. The program will involve orientation and participation in enrichment sessions on safety and health issues. PERFORMANCE TARGET: Up to 40 very low, low & moderate-income clients. 4.4 RESILIENCY FOR LIFE PROGRAM $5,750 SPONSOR: Resiliency for Life Sources of funds: CDBG Entitlement Grant: $5,750 Funding is to provide an intervention program serving under-achieving at-risk incoming freshmen at Framingham High School. The mission is to assist students most at risk of academic failure and help them develop the skills and confidence for academic and personal success. This proposal seeks funds towards the Resiliency for Life Math/English Institute, a summer school program offering math and literacy skills and the semester-long MCAS and SAT prep classes. Students will attend the Summer Institute for four weeks, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. English & Math programs will focus on important elements to facilitate a smooth transition to 9th grade math. PERFORMANCE TARGET: 15-20 very low, low & moderate-income clients. 4.5 H.O.P.E. () $9,000 HEALTHY OPTIONS FOR PROGRESS THROUGH EDUCATION SPONSOR: Pelham II Corporation Sources of funds: CDBG Entitlement Grant: $9,000 H.O.P.E. is requesting funding for their on-site community-based program, which is geared toward 14-21 year old youth residing at the Pelham Apartments. H.O.P.E. provides access to computer technology that supports academic success and obtaining better jobs. H.O.P.E. provides one-on-one mentoring, community engagement, healthcare information, and other social services. Monthly field trips to educational, cultural, and science institutions will be organized. The proposed program will be conducted during the evening hours of 5:308:30 p.m. A family night will be offered once per month where student progress will be reported to the parent or legal guardian. The funds will directly pay the part-time bilingual program coordinator, program supplies, and costs associated with weekly programs and instructions and related materials. PERFORMANCE TARGET: Up to 40 very low, low & moderate-income clients. 4.6 HOOPS & HOMEWORK $5,000 SPONSOR: HOOPS & HOMEWORK Sources of funds: CDBG Entitlement Grant: $5,000 Town Meeting207 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report Hoops & Homework is requesting funding for an educational and recreational after- school program for school age children located at the Carlson and Pusan Roads Community Rooms. Homework assistance, snack, on-site tutoring and recreational activities. PERFORMANCE TARGET: Up to 50 very low, low & moderate-income clients. 5.0DOWNTOWN IMPROVEMENTS Goal: To improve the quality of life for low and moderate-income people by improving economic conditions for small businesses in Downtown Commercial Target area that serve local residents. 5.1 SOUTH FRAMINGHAM MAIN STREETS PROGRAM $51,000 SPONSOR: Framingham Downtown Renaissance (F.D.R.) Sources of funds: CDBG Entitlement Grant: $51,000 F.D.R. seeks partial funding a South F neighborhoods, where 66% of residents have low or moderate-incomes. Funds will pay for staff who will promote the economic development of the area by providing marketing or other technical assistance to firms that serve neighborhood residents as well as small businesses owned by low or moderate-income people, hold community events, assist new businesses, and serve as liaison and support during the Downtown redesign and reconstruction project. PERFORMANCE TARGET: Up to 200 small, local businesses that serve clientele from LM areas and eight marketing events. 5.2 DOWNTOWN COMMERCIAL WAYFINDING SIGN PROGRAM $25,000 SPONSOR: Framingham Community Development Department Sources of funds: CDBG Entitlement Grant: $25,000 Funding is requested for the first phase of a comprehensive downtown gateway, vehicular and pedestrian wayfinding signage program for the Downtown commercial target area. This initial phase will include the design, location identification, construction documentation, and bid packet preparation for the production and installation phases. PERFORMANCE TARGET: Downtown commercial improvements serving LM target area 5.3 DOWNTOWN COMMERCIAL SIGN AND FAÇADE PROGRAM $25,000 SPONSOR: Framingham Community Development Department Town Meeting208 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report Sources of funds: CDBG Entitlement Grant: $25,000 Funding is requested to provide capital for partial rebates to help small businesses located in the Framingham Downtown Commercial District to install new signage and improve building facades. PERFORMANCE TARGET: 3-5 grants to improve storefronts in the Downtown Commercial Target District. CDBG GRAND TOTAL, Fiscal 2016: $511,335 A4 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to: (a) approve the form of the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) 100 CPI LLC, pursuant to G.L. c. 40, § 59, on file with the Board of Selectmen; (b) authorize the Board of Selectmen to submit a Certified Project Application to the Massachusetts Economic Assistance Coordinating Council for approval; and (c) authorize the Board of Selectmen to execute the TIF Agreement and any other related documents and to take such other actions as may be necessary or appropriate to implement the TIF Agreement and take such other and further action as may be necessary or appropriate to obtain approval of the Certified Project Application or to carry out the purposes of this article. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Board of Selectmen April 28, 2015 Voted: That this article be referred back to Sponsor with concurrence of the Sponsor. A5 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds or otherwise provide a sum or sums of money for the purpose of paying unpaid bills of prior years of the Town. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Chief Financial Officer April 28, 2015 Voted: That this article be referred back to Sponsor with concurrence of the Sponsor. A6 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to authorize or re-authorize several revolving funds as defined by General Laws Chapter 44, Section 53 E ½ for Fiscal Year 2016 beginning July 1, 2015. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Chief Financial Officer Town Meeting209 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report April 29, 2015 Voted: That Town Meeting authorize or re-authorize several revolving funds as defined by MGL, Ch. 44, Section 53E ½ for FY16 beginning July 1, 2015, including, but not limited to the following: FundManagerPurposeFY16Disposition of Spending FY15Fund CeilingBalance Town Owned Facilities To receive funds from rental $90,000Balance available Building/Civic Management fees and other similar charges for expenditure Use Fund -Department of for the use of the Danforth and Danforth and the GeneralMemorial Buildings and to Memorial Government authorize the Facilities BuildingsDivisionManagement Department to spend these funds for direct expenses associated with the generalmaintenance of these buildings such as custodial costs, utilities, maintenance supplies and other similar expenses. Town Owned Facilities To receive funds from rental $20,000Balance available Building/Civic Management fees and other similar charges for expenditure Use Fund -Department of for the use of Cushing Chapel Cushing Chapelthe General and to authorize the Facilities Government Management Department to Divisionspend these funds for direct expenses associated with the general maintenance of these buildings such as custodial costs, utilities, maintenance supplies and other similar expenses. Concerts on the Park and To receive funds from the sale $4,000Balance available Common FundRecreation of food and other similar for expenditure Department of charges during Concerts on the the Parksand Common and to authorize the RecreationPark and Recreation DivisionDepartment to spend these funds for direct expenses associated with the sale of food and other concert-related charges such as staff costs, utilities, maintenance supplies and other similar expenses. School Bus FeesFramingham To receive and spend funds for $380,000Balance available School direct expenses associated for expenditure Committee -with the transportation of School students to and from school. Department Town Wetland Conservation To receive fees and spend $28,000Balance available Protection FundCommission funds to pay for services for expenditure of the Public associated with processing Works Permits and Requests for DivisionDetermination. Town Meeting210 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report Excavation Public Works To account for revenue from $85,000Balance available Management Divisionfees collected for Street for expenditure FundOpening Permits and the Excavation Management program for the administrative and operational costs associated with the management of this program. Housing Pre-Building To use funds secured from $50,000Balance available Inspection Inspection rental inspections, housing for expenditure Program FundDepartmentof application fees and re- the inspection fees for the Inspectional implementation of the housing Services pre-inspection program. The Divisionfunds will be used for rental costs, salaries for administrative and field staff, printing costs, and the purchase of supplies and equipment. Vaccine Public HealthTo use funds secured from $27,000Balance available Administration Department of reimbursements for vaccine for expenditure Fundthe administration to citizens. The Inspectional funds will be used to buy Services additional vaccinesand Divisionsupplies to expand the program including but not limited to the purchase of flu vaccine for town employees. Fluorescent Public WorksTo use revenue secured from $5,000Balance available Lamp/Mercury Divisionfees collected for the disposal for expenditure Recycling Fundof Fluorescent lamps, compact fluorescents and other mercury containing items like thermometers, thermostats and button-cell batteries to offset the costs of disposal. Town Records Town Clerk of To use funds secured from $80,000Balance available Preservation the Elected vital records charges to for expenditure FundBoards preserve deteriorating records Divisionof the Town of Framingham. A specific charge of $2 per record is collected and will be deposited in this fund to be usedfor any costs related to record preservation. Callahan Senior Council on To use fees and revenues $40,000Balance available Center FundAging of the received from building rental, for expenditure Parksand programming, and general Recreationservices. The funds will be Divisionexpended to cover associated costs and expenses of those services and for the advancement of Council on statement. Town Meeting211 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report Emergency FraminghamTo collect and expend fees $15,000Balance available Management Emergency assessed to NERAC for expenditure Equipment FundManagement (Northeast Regional Advisory Agency of the Council for Homeland Police Security) communities for the Divisionuse of centrally housed equipment for emergent situations and provide upkeep and maintenance on the equipment in the cache. Animal Control Animal To use fees collected from $4,500Balance available FundControl boarding and kennel rentals for expenditure Department of for the purpose of offsetting the Police kennel operating costs. Division Blighted Building To account for revenue from $10,000Balance available Property FundInspection fees generated by the for expenditure Department of foreclosed property the registration bylaw and Inspectional municipal lien bylaw. Services Expenditures may be made for Divisionthe administrative and operational costs associated with making distressed properties safe by demolishing, boarding-up, cleaning up, or securing from unauthorized intruders. A7 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to appropriate a sum or sums of money for off-site mitigation improvements or as otherwise agreed upon by the Town of Framingham Planning Board and Project Applicant(s) pursuant to recorded Planning Board decision(s) to be managed by the Town Manager or designee in consultation with the Planning Board and consistent with said decision(s). Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Chief Financial Officer April 28, 2015Voted: That this article be referred back to Sponsor with concurrence of the Sponsor. A8 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to determine what sum or sums of money the Town will appropriate and raise, or transfer from available funds, for the operations of the Sewer Department, including debt and interest for Fiscal Year 2015 (July 1, 2014 June 30, 2015) and to see what budgets for Fiscal Year 2015 will be reduced to offset said appropriations. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Town Meeting212 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report Sponsor: Chief Financial Officer April 28, 2015 Voted: That this article be referred back to Sponsor with concurrence of the Sponsor. A9 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to determine what sum or sums of money the Town will appropriate and raise, or transfer from available funds, for the operations of the Water Department, including debt and interest for Fiscal Year 2015 (July 1, 2014 June 30, 2015) and to see what budgets for Fiscal Year 2015 will be reduced to offset said appropriations. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Chief Financial Officer April 28, 2015Voted: That this article be referred back to Sponsor with the concurrence of the Sponsor. A10 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to rescind various authorized, but unissued borrowing votes of the Town. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Chief Financial Officer April 29, 2015 Voted: That the following various authorized, but unissued borrowing votes of the Town be rescinded: Amount to be Town MeetingArticleRescinded 5/10 ATM A42C Replace Engine 7 Pumper Truck$82,560 5/11 ATM A41C Replace Multi Hazard Gas Meters$9 5/11 ATM A31M Inground Fuel Tank Monitoring System Replacement$1,056 5/12 ATM A31CC Village Hall Boiler Replacement$250 5/12 ATMA31DD Maynard Drainage$25,000 5/13 ATM A18C Pearl Street Garage Repairs$210,000 Town Meeting213 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report 5/13 ATM A18G Zamboni$3,674 5/13 ATM A18I Toro Groundmaster 580-D 4x4$26 5/13 ATM A18J F350 4x4 Crew Cab Pickup 10,000 GVW$670 5/13 ATM A18V Sander Body with Compuspread and Calcium Controls #421a$39 A18Z Replacement 68,000 GVW Cab & Chassis w/ Rolloff Frame 5/13 ATM #519$300 A11 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to determine what sum or sums of money the Town will appropriate and raise, or transfer from available funds, for the operations of the Town of Framingham, including debt and interest for Fiscal Year 2015 (July 1, 2014 June 30, 2015) and to see what budgets for Fiscal Year 2015 will be reduced to offset said appropriations. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Chief Financial Officer April 29, 2015Voted: That the following FY2015 budget adjustments be made: A12 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, borrow or otherwise provide a sum or sums of money for various capital projects including purchase of equipment, purchase of land, repair, rehabilitation, design or construction of buildings and infrastructure, including any related engineering, personnel and legal services, and the acquisition of any necessary permanent and/or temporary easements or other interests in land for said projects. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Chief Financial Officer May 7, 2015 Voted: That the Town raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds or borrow the sum of $19,522,710 for the projects listed below, to be spent under the direction of the Town Manager or his designee, with the exception of items proposed by the School Department, which will be spent under the direction of the School Superintendent or his designee, and further, that the Town Manager or School Superintendent shall be allowed to exceed the appropriation for individual capital projects to be spend under his direction as long as the total amount to be spent does not exceed the total amount appropriated and that such adjustments are in compliance with M.G.L., Chapter 44 for the purpose of the design and construction, including any related engineering, personnel and legal services; Date Amount Item #DescriptionDepartmentAmountVote VotedVoted Town Meeting214 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report A12AThermal Imaging Cameras (TICs)Fire$68,45004/29/15$68,450149-0-0 Phase 3 Protective Clothing A12BFire$121,28004/29/15$121,280149-0-0 Replacement A12CReplace SCBA Air CompressorFire$57,70804/29/15$57,708149-0-0 Operating & Performance Management A12DCFO$150,00004/29/15$150,000149-0-0 Software DPW - A12ECypress Street Woodland Improvement$250,00004/29/15$250,000124-6-2 Conservation A12FLoring Arena RenovationsLoring Arena$5,660,00004/29/15$5,660,000106-36-7 F350 4x4 Crew Cab Pickup Truck Parks and A12G$41,00004/29/15$41,000149-0-0 10,000 GVWRecreation Mary Dennison Park Remediation & Parks and A12H$600,00005/05/15$600,000135-1-1 General ImprovementsRecreation Animal A12IAnimal Control Vehicle$62,39004/29/15$62,390149-0-0 Control Public Safety Technology & A12JPolice$87,00004/29/15$87,000149-0-0 Maintenance Project A12KPedestrian SafetyPolice$73,14004/29/15$73,140149-0-0 Salem End Road Bridge Replacement DPW- A12L$125,00004/29/15$125,000149-0-0 DesignEngineering Fountain Street Roadway Improvements DPW- A12M$190,00004/29/15$190,000149-0-0 DesignEngineering DPW- A12NUnion Avenue Roadway Improvements$510,00004/29/15$510,000149-0-0 Engineering DPW- A12OLandham Pond Dam Removal Design$230,00004/29/15$230,000122-0-1 Engineering DPW- A12PAnnual Traffic Calming 2016$200,00004/29/15$200,00086-24-3 Engineering Replacement of 6 CY Material Spreader DPW A12Q$40,48004/29/15$40,480149-0-0 #426AHighway Replacement of 11,000 GVW 4 WD Cab DPW A12R$58,23504/29/15$58,235149-0-0 & Chassis w/ Utility Body & Plow #419Highway Replacement of 11,000 GVW 4 WD Cab DPW A12S$58,23504/29/15$58,235149-0-0 & Chassis w/ Utilty Body & Plow #418Highway Replacement of Backhoe/Loader and DPW A12T$141,17004/29/15$141,170149-0-0 Plow #450Highway DPW A12UAnnual Roadway Improvements 2016$4,500,00004/29/15$4,500,000149-0-0 Highway Annual Drainage System & Water DPW - A12V$150,00004/29/15$150,000149-0-0 Quality Projects 2016Highway Acquisition of two (2) 68,000 GVW Cab DPW - A12Wand Chassis with Automatic Refuse $629,00005/06/15$629,000138-0-0 Sanitation Packer & Plow Technology Upgrades Throughout the School A12X$1,155,00005/06/15$1,155,00091-38-9 DistrictDepartment School A12YAsbestos Abatement Stapleton School$325,00004/29/15$325,000149-0-0 Department School Department Security School A12Z$290,00004/29/15$290,000149-0-0 Enhancement Throughout the DistrictDepartment Town Meeting215 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report Food Service Equipment Upgrades School A12AA$145,00004/29/15$145,000149-0-0 Phased ProjectDepartment Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing School A12ABUpgrades All SchoolsMultiple $150,00004/29/15$150,000149-0-0 Department Systems Phased Project FY16 ADA Upgrades to Curbs, Sidewalks, Handicap Ramps, Railings, Bathroom School A12 AC$150,00004/29/15$150,000149-0-0 Partitions, Door Hardware, Signage Department Multiple Schools Phased Project FY16 Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC) Replace Rooftop Air School A12AD$250,00004/29/15$250,000149-0-0 Department Equipment Multiple Schools Farley Building Roof & Exterior School A12 AE$1,207,38805/06/15$1,207,388103-6-8 Envelope Repairs Athletic WingDepartment Furnish New and Replace Outdated School A12AF$300,00004/29/15$300,000149-0-0 Furniture Phase 2Department Utility Body Truck Vehicle School A12 AGReplacement Buildings and Grounds $55,00004/29/15$55,000149-0-0 Department Department Cube Truck Vehicle Replacement School A12AH$45,00004/29/15$45,000149-0-0 Food Services DepartmentDepartment Technology A12 AIUCS Upgrade$206,70704/29/15$206,707149-0-0 Services Archived Document Scanning Phase Technology A12AJ$179,38304/29/15$179,383149-0-0 IVServices Replacement of the Callahan Senior Town Owned A12 AK$575,89405/06/15$575,894116-0-0 Center RoofBuildings Town Owned A12ALMain Library Fire Alarm Replacement$225,25004/29/15$225,250149-0-0 Buildings Replacement of the Police Department Town Owned Passed A12 AM$185,00004/29/15$185,000 BoilersBuildingsunanimously Site Selection Study for Fire Station #2 Town Owned A12AN$75,00005/06/15$75,000104-2-1 Watson PlaceBuildings General Fund Total Recommended $19,522,71005/07/15$19,522,710100-3-6 Further, to amend Article 31 of the May 2011 ATM Item A31K Butterworth Phase 1-Tennis Lighting to insert after the words Tennis Lighting: Grandstand Replacement and Park Improvements. Further, to amend Article 16 of the April 2014 ATM Item A16AB to replace the project title Replacement of (4) 68,000 GVW Cab and Chassis with Automatic Refuse Packer & Plow #511 #512 #513 #514 with the title Replacement of (4) 68,000 GVW Cab and Chassis with Automatic Refuse Packer & Plow #512 #513 #516 #517. Further, that the Board of Selectmen be authorized to acquire by gift, purchase or eminent domain, permanent easements and temporary construction easements or other interests in land for said projects, and further, that the Board of Selectmen be authorized to take all actions necessary to carry out the purposes of this article. And, to meet said appropriation, transfer $24,353 to project A12AJ Archived Document Scanning Phase IV from the following projects: Town Meeting216 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report TransferTown MeetingArticle $23,9125/02 ATMA15J Financial Management Software $2495/10 ATMA24X Municipal Data Storage $1925/13 ATMA18PP Network Data Storage Further, that the Treasurer be authorized, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, to issue from time to time bonds or notes in the amount of $19,498,357 pursuant to the provisions of M.G.L., Chapter 44, Section 7 and 8 or any other enabling authority. 100 voting in favor, 3 opposed, 6 abstentions A12-AM/A RTICLE DDITIONAL OTIONSMENDMENTS April 29, 2015 Failed: I move to amend Article 12, Item A12E, by reducing the expense line to $50,000 and that the intended project be only for cleanup of Cedar Swamp by Conservation. Furthermore, this track of land should remain in its natural state no fences, no barriers between homeowners and the swamp. Note: Request a report at Fall TM on results of cleanup. Peter Pleshaw, Precinct 11 _______________________________________________________________________________ April 30, 2015 Failed: (A12F: Loring Arena Capital Budget) On the behalf of the Ways and Means Committee (9-3-0), I move to refer this article back to Sponsor. Harold Geller, Precinct 2 _______________________________________________________________________________ May 5, 2015 Failed: I move the Mary Dennison Park Remediation & General Improvements of $600,000 be increased to $800,000. Deborah Butler, Precinct 7 _____________________________________________________________________________ May 6, 2015 Failed: Move to reduce the School Technology item to $700,000 from $1,155,000. Jeanne Bullock, Precinct 5 _______________________________________________________________________________ May 6, 2015 Failed: I move that Town Meeting vote to fund from free cash of $575,894 one time payment to Callahan Senior Center roof. Gerald Bloomfield, Precinct 1 _______________________________________________________________________________ May 7, 2015 Failed: I move to add Keefe Tech. School Repair Replacement @ approximately $800,000 into the FY16 Capital Budget. Gerald Bloomfield, Precinct 1 ______________________________________________________________________________ Town Meeting217 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report A12RA RTICLE ESOLUTION April 30, 2015 Passed: It is resolved that it is the will of Town Meeting that Parks and Recreations Department or other Town Departments find a way to have much of the debt service incurred by the $5.7 million price tag for the renovation of Loring Arena to be paid for by entities other than the Framingham local taxpayers. William LaBarge, Precinct 16 A12R RTICLE ESOLUTION B May 6, 2015 Passed: Be it resolved that the School Department report at the 2015 Fall Town Meeting on the overall plan and status for incorporating technology into the schools, including the use of computers and its integration/implementation with the curriculum. Harold Geller, Precinct 2 A13 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, borrow or otherwise provide a sum or sums of money for various water department capital projects including purchase of equipment, purchase of land, repair, rehabilitation, design or construction of buildings and infrastructure, including any related engineering, personnel and legal services, and the acquisition of any necessary permanent and/or temporary easements or other interests in land for said projects. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Chief Financial Officer May 7, 2015Voted: That the Town raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, or borrow the sum of $10,290,923 for the projects listed below, to be spent under the direction of the Town Manager or his designee, and further, that the Town Manager shall be allowed to exceed the appropriation for individual capital projects to be spent under his direction as long as the total amount to be spent does not exceed the total amount appropriated and that such adjustments are in compliance with M.G.L., Chapter 44, for the purpose of design and construction, including any related engineering, personnel and legal services of the following Water Department projects: A13AReplacement of33,000 GVW Cab and Chassis withConstruction Body#643Water$150,823 A13BReplacement of 15,000 GVWCab and Chassis with Service Body and Plow #609Water$80,550 A13CReplacement of15,000 GVW Cab and Chassis withService Bodyand Plow #606Water$80,550 A13DWater Meter Replacement Program WaterWater$502,000 A13EAnnual Various Hydrant and Valve Improvements Project 2016Water$200,000 Town Meeting218 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report A13FAnnual Various Water Improvements Project 2016Water$300,000 A13GEvergreen Street Area Water Main Improvements Design and ConstructionWater$3,160,000 A13HSpeen Street and Cochituate Road Water Main Replacement ConstructionWater$3,980,000 A13IWorcester Road Water Main Replacement (Concord Street to Natick Line) DesignWater$637,000 A13JArlington Street Water Line Rehabilitation DesignWater$430,000 A13KIndian Head Water Tank Rehabilitation DesignWater$770,000 Further, that the Board of Selectmen be authorized to acquire by gift, purchase or eminent domain, permanent easements and temporary construction easements or other interests in land for said projects, and further, that the Board of Selectmen be authorized to take all actions necessary to carry out the purposes of this article; and further, that the Treasurer be authorized, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, to issue from time to time, bonds or notes in the amount of $10,290,923 pursuant to the provisions of M.G.L., Chapter 44, Section 7 and 8 or any other enabling authority. 118 voting in favor, 1 opposed, 0 abstentions A14 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, borrow or otherwise provide a sum or sums of money for various sewer department capital projects including purchase of equipment, purchase of land, repair, rehabilitation, design or construction of buildings and infrastructure, including any related engineering, personnel and legal services, and the acquisition of any necessary permanent and/or temporary easements or other interests in land for said projects. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Chief Financial Officer May 7, 2015Voted: That the Town raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, or borrow the sum of $16,595,891 for the projects listed below, to be spent under the direction of the Town Manager or his designee, and further, that the Town Manager shall be allowed to exceed the appropriation for individual capital projects to be spent under his direction as long as the total amount to be spent does not exceed the total amount appropriated and that such adjustments are in compliance with M.G.L., Chapter 44, for the purpose of the design and construction, including any related engineering, personnel and legal services of the following Sewer Department projects: A14AReplacement of 70,000 GVW Cab and Chassis with Vactor #738Sewer$460,385 Replacement of 11,000 GVW4WD Cab and Chassis with Service Body and Plow A14BSewer$58,235 #721 Replacement of 15,000 GVW 4WD Cab and Chassis withService Bodyand Plow A14CSewer$80,550 #725 Town Meeting219 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report A14DInterchange 12 Railway Sewer Alignment Design and ConstructionSewer$9,810,000 A14EWater Meter Replacement Program SewerSewer$502,000 A14FAnnual Various Sewer Improvements 2016Sewer$300,000 A14GWastewater Pump Station Capital Equipment ReplacementSewer$400,000 A14HEvergreen Street Area Sewer Improvements Design and ConstructionSewer$648,000 Shawmut Terrace and John McQuinn Pump Stations and Woodland Force Main A14ISewer$1,100,000 Improvements Design A14JWorcester Road Area Sewer Improvements DesignSewer$1,245,000 A14KLanewood Siphon Reconstruction DesignSewer$206,500 A14LSpeen Street Area Sewer Force Main Abandonment Design and ConstructionSewer$1,410,000 A14MReplacement of 18,000 GVW Cab and Chassis with Closed Camera Body #742Sewer$375,221 Further, that the Board of Selectmen be authorized to acquire by gift, purchase or eminent domain, permanent easements and temporary construction easements or other interests in land for said projects, and further, that the Board of Selectmen be authorized to take all actions necessary to carry out the purposes of this article; and further, that the Treasurer be authorized, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, to issue from time to time bonds or notes in the amount of $16,595,891 pursuant to the provisions of M.G.L., Chapter 44, Section 7 and 8 or any other enabling authority. 116 voting in favor, 3 opposed, 0 abstentions A14AM/A RTICLE DDITIONAL OTIONSMENDMENTS May 7, 2015 Failed: I move to send back to Sponsor item number 738. Jim Pillsbury, Precinct 6 A15 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to act on reports and recommendations of the Selectmen and other officers and committees of the Town and Boards of Trustees and to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, or otherwise provide a sum or sums of money for the support of the operations of the Town, for a Reserve Fund, for any other purposes included in said reports, for the payments of notes and bonds of the Town, if any, which mature before the next annual meeting, for the payment of pensions and for all other necessary expenses of the Town for the Fiscal Year 2016 (July 1, 2015 June 30, 2016). Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Chief Financial Officer Town Meeting220 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report May 14, 2015 Voted: That the Town hear and act on reports and recommendations of the Selectmen and other officers and committees of the Town and Boards of Trustees and to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, or otherwise provide a sum or sums of money for the support of the operations of the Town, for a Reserve Fund, for any other purposes included in said reports, for the payment of notes and bonds of the Town, if any, which mature before the next annual meeting, for the payment of pensions and for all other necessary expenses of the Town for the Fiscal Year 2016 (July 1, 2015 June 30, 2016). Unclassified Appropriation$32,821,856 Retirement Appropriation$14,899,645 Debt Service Appropriation$11,922,904 Fire Division$13,579,739 Police Division$14,913,780 Public Works Division$10,155,797 Framingham Public Library$3,039,418 Planning Board$223,124 Town Clerk Stipend$94,932 Town Clerk/Elections Division$371,789 General Government Division$3,579,983 Parks & Recreation/Cultural Affairs Division$3,806,038 Finance Division$2,409,886 Inspectional Services Division$2,218,284 Community & Economic Development Division$508,866 Technology Services Division$1,564,774 Human Resources Division$1,055,950 Framingham Public Schools$115,731,953 Keefe Technical Assessment$8,941,210 Stabilization Fund$199,973 2/3 voting in favor Capital Stabilization Fund$999,866 2/3 voting in favor Reserve Fund $400,000 Snow & Ice Appropriation$1,636,288 Total Town Meeting Appropriation$245,076,055 And to meet said appropriations, the Town approves the following to support the budget: Transfer from Free Cash$4,949,739 Transfer from Parking Meter Receipts$50,000 Town Meeting221 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report Transfer from Sewer Enterprise Fund$1,434,330 Transfer from Water Enterprise Fund$1,548,092 Transfer from Consumer and Merchant Protection Act Funds$15,000 And the balance to be raised from taxation. A15AM/A RTICLE DDITIONAL OTIONSMENDMENTS May 13, 2015 Failed: I move that Town Meeting reduce the Police budget by 54,000 thousand dollars for a budget total of 14,913,780.00 dollars. Jim Pillsbury, Precinct 6 _______________________________________________________________________________ May 14, 2015 Failed: On behalf of the Standing Committee on Education, I move that the budget line item for Framingham Public Schools be amended to $116,517,639. Richard J. Weader, II, Precinct 4 _______________________________________________________________________________ A15RA RTICLE ESOLUTION May 13, 2015 Passed: I move that Town Meeting insists that the Town Manager direct the Media Services Department make available all recorded government meetings on the government website gs maintain cable competitive production quality in sound and lighting and that only government meetings are recorded and aired. Jim Pillsbury, Precinct 6 A15RB RTICLE ESOLUTION May 13, 2015 Failed: I move that we sell the mobile command center van and give the money to the skatepark. Jim Rizoli, Precinct 14 A15RC RTICLE ESOLUTION May 13, 2015 Passed: I move that Loring Arena account for indirect expenses on an annual basis. Deborah Butler, Precinct 7 A15RD RTICLE ESOLUTION May 13, 2015 Failed: I move for elimination of stipends equaling $12k paid to members of the Board of Assessors. Deborah Butler, Precinct 7 A15RE RTICLE ESOLUTION Town Meeting222 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report May 13, 2015 Passed: Be it resolved that the Framingham legislators submit a bill to the State Legislature to allow funding for vocational education to follow a student to an out-of-district school when an in-district vocational school does not have the capacity to enroll the student as is done with Charter school funding. Harold Geller, Precinct 2 A15RF RTICLE ESOLUTION May 14, 2015 Failed: I move that Town Meeting vote by resolution to request that the Framingham Public Schools undertake measures to allow the currently abandoned tennis courts at Barbieri Elementary School to be used for a skateboard park. Deborah Butler, Precinct 7 A15RG RTICLE ESOLUTION May 14, 2015 Failed: I move that Town Meeting vote, as a gesture of good faith to Framingham taxpayers to remove $154,000, from the Capital Stabilization Fund representing a 1% cost of living allowance (COLA)for all non-bargaining municipal department employees. Deborah Butler, Precinct 7 A16 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, or otherwise provide a sum or sums of money for the operation of the Water Department, including capital outlay and debt service, and for all other necessary expenses for the Fiscal Year 2016 (July 1, 2015 June 30, 2016). Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Chief Financial Officer May 14, 2015 Voted: That the Town expend $18,941,466 in FY2016 in the Water Department for the cost of personnel, operating expenses, MWRA Assessment and debt service, under the direction of the Town Manager or his designee: and that $18,941,466 be raised from water receipts. A17 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, or otherwise provide a sum or sums of money for the operation of the Sewer Department, including capital outlay and debt service, and for all other necessary expenses for the Fiscal Year 2016 (July 1, 2015 June 30, 2016). Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Chief Financial Officer Town Meeting223 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report May 14, 2015 Voted: That the Town expend $24,267,042 in FY2016 in the Sewer Department for the cost of personnel, operating expenses, MWRA Assessment and debt service, under the direction of the Town Manager or his designee: and that $24,267,042 be raised from sewer receipts. A18 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds or otherwise provide $120,000 to fund the economic development activities of the Framingham Economic Development Industrial Corporation (EDIC). Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Chief Financial Officer May 14, 2015 Voted: That the Town raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds or otherwise provide $120,000 to fund the economic development activities of the Framingham Economic Development Industrial Corporation (EDIC). A19 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to transfer to the Board of Selectmen for general municipal purposes those parcels of land located at 618 Waverly Street (Rear) identified on the assessors map as parcel 100/138.0-0286-0008B.0 and 9999 Waverly Street identified on the assessors map as parcel 100/138.0-0286-0010.0, which were acquired by eminent domain for school purposes under Article 56 of the 1971 Annual Town Meeting, by Orders of Taking recorded with Middlesex South District Registry of Deeds at Book 12118, Page 221 and Book 12135, Page 60 respectively, and which were declared as no longer needed for school purposes pursuant to the School Committee vote. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Chief Financial Officer May 14, 2015 Voted: That the Town authorize the transfer to the Board of Selectmen for general municipal purposes those parcels of land located at 618 Waverly Street (Rear) identified on the assessors map as parcel 100/138.0-0286-0008B.0 and 9999 Waverly Street identified on the assessors map as parcel 100/138.0-0286-0010.0, which were acquired by eminent domain for school purposes under Article 56 of the 1971 Annual Town Meeting, by Orders of Taking recorded with Middlesex South District Registry of Deeds at Book 12118, Page 221, and Book 12135, Page 60 respectively, and which were declared as no longer needed for school purposes by vote of the School Committee; that the Board of Selectmen be authorized to prepare such plans and approvals as may be necessary to create Parcels A, B, C, Ca and D as shown on the background materials included herewith; and that the Board of Selectmen be authorized to dispose of any or all of Parcels A, B and Ca. 96 voting in favor, 5 opposed, 2 abstentions A19AM/A RTICLE DDITIONAL OTIONSMENDMENTS Town Meeting224 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report May 14, 2015 Passed: Street identified on assessors map parcel #100/138.0-0286-0008.A be removed from the motion. George Lewis, Precinct 18 A20 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds or otherwise provide $709,245 for the one-time payment to Keefe Vocational Technical School for the Framingham share of the roof replacement project. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Chief Financial Officer May 19, 2015 Voted: That Town Meeting vote to transfer $709,245.04 from Free Cash for the one-time payment to Keefe Vocational Technical School for the Framingham share of the roof replacement project. 105 voting in favor, 9 opposed, 2 abstentions. A21 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds or otherwise provide the sum of $75,000 for the purposes of studying, maintaining, improving or remediating open space and conservation lands in the Town of Framingham. These funds will be managed by the Town Manager or his designee. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Chief Financial Officer May 19, 2015 Voted: That the Town raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds or otherwise provide the sum of $75,000 for the purposes of studying, maintaining, improving or remediating open space and conservation lands in the Town of Framingham. These funds will be managed by the Town Manager or his designee. A22 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to amend the T Salary Schedule to comply with minimum wage laws and to amend the Classification Plan to include those positions formerly covered by the Public Safety Managers (PSM) bargaining unit. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Human Resources / Chief Financial Officer May 19, 2015 Voted: That the Town amend the T Salary Schedule, as presented in the background material, to comply with minimum wage laws; and further, to amend the Town Meeting225 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report Classification Plan to include those positions formerly covered by the Public Safety Managers (PSM) bargaining unit. A23 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to fund any collective bargaining agreements that have been settled, and adopt any necessary changes to the Compensation Schedules. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Human Resources April 28, 2015 Voted: That this article be referred back to Sponsor with concurrence of the Sponsor. A24 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to negotiate, enter into, execute and approve an agreement for a payment in lieu of taxes agreement (PILOT Agreement) as authorized by MGL Chapter 59, section 38H with MA Solar Highway LLC, with respect to annual payments in lieu of real and personal property taxes for a term up to twenty years relative to solar electric generating facilities to be installed and located on land owned by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and located at Massachusetts Turnpike Exit 13 (north and south cloverleaf) and Framingham Service Plaza. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Chief Financial Officer May 19, 2015 Voted: That the Board of Selectmen be authorized to negotiate, enter into, execute and approve a payment in lieu of taxes agreement (PILOT Agreement) as authorized by MGL, Chapter 59, Section 38H with MA Highway Solar LLC, with respect to annual payments in lieu of real and personal property taxes for a term up to twenty years relative to solar electric generating facilities to be installed and located on land owned by Massachusetts Department of Trasportation (MassDOT) and located at Massachusetts Turnpike Exit 13 (north and south cloverleaf) and Framingham Service Plaza. A24RA RTICLE ESOLUTION May 19, 2015 Passed: Be it resolved that the Town Manager give a report at the Fall 2015 Town Meeting on the status of the green energy/Green Community projects previously approved by Town Meeting. Also, report on the number of Green Community grants which the Town has applied for and the value of the grants received. Robert Bois, Precinct 5 A25RA RTICLE ESOLUTION To see if Town Meeting will vote by resolution to request that the Superior Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts decide the legality of valuing commercial and industrial property in one manner and residential property in another. Town Meeting226 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Citizens' Petition () D. Butler May 19, 2015 Failed: I move that Town Meeting request that the Superior Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts decide the legality of valuing commercial and industrial property in one manner and residential property in another. A26 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds or borrow for the Framingham Skatepark Building Project. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Citizens' Petition () J.Grove May 19, 2015 Voted: That the Town raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds or otherwise provide $50,000.00 to pay for design and engineering services to conduct a site study, compile appropriate plans and specifications, and identify cost estimates for a Framingham Skate Park that would be operated under the auspices of the Framingham Parks and Recreation Department; said plans to include the costs of construction, furnishings, fixtures, construction management, and any incidental and related expenses for the Skate Park; and further, that the Town Manager and Parks and Recreation Commission be authorized to create an eleven (11) member advisory committee composed of three members who live in Framingham, one member of the Board of Selectmen, two members of the Parks and Recreation Commission, the Conservation Administrator, one member each of the Finance and Capital Budget Committees, the Director of Parks and Recreation or his designee and the Town Manager or his designee; and further, that said Skate Park Advisory Committee report to the Town Meeting no later than the 2016 Annual Town Meeting. A26AM/A RTICLE DDITIONAL OTIONSMENDMENTS May 19, 2015 Failed: I move to add two members from the Framingham School Administration to be appointed by the School Committee to the 11 member Skate Park Advisory Committee. Robert Bois, Precinct 5 A26RA RTICLE ESOLUTION May 19, 2015 Passed: Be it resolved that in recognition of the work and expertise of the Sponsor of Article 26, that the Sponsor be appointed as one of the three Framingham members of the Skate Park Advisory Committee. Harold Geller, Precinct 2 A27 RTICLE Youth in low-income areas are particularly prone to health issues related to lack of exercise due to the expense of equipment and travel, or lack of leisure time. For these communities a local Town Meeting227 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report skatepark is an effective tool that teaches healthy, athletic living. Skateboarding is physically active and requires, at times, great concentration. It encourages children to spend time outdoors, test their endurance, sharpen their senses and develop their creativity. Skateparks provide a place for local youth to meet, socialize and develop friendships based on a common, healthy interest. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Citizens' Petition () J.Grove April 28, 2015 Voted: That this article be referred back to Sponsor with concurrence of the Sponsor. A28 RTICLE WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has engaged in a process to establish a competitive market place through the restructuring of the electricity market; and WHEREAS, citizens of Framingham have a substantial economic and social interest in terms of greater customer choice and opportunities for savings and purchasing Renewable energy in this restructured market; and WHEREAS, The town of Framingham acknowledges the significance of Climate Change and its waves; and WHEREAS, additional reliance on natural gas and natural gas infrastructure is detrimental for the WHEREAS, The town of Framingham recognizes the significance of encouraging development of local renewable energy for future generations and for creating a strong independent Commonwealth energy economy; and WHEREAS, the Town of Framingham hereby finds that it may be in the interest of its citizens who are electric ratepayers, both residential and commercial/industrial, to develop and secure such approvals and enter into appropriate agreements with consultants, experts and attorneys in connection with the establishment and operation of an electricity aggregation plan. THEREFORE, The Town of Framingham authorize that the Board of Selectmen enters residents of the Town into a Community Choice Aggregation Program and contract for electric supply of 100% Renewable Energy for Framingham residents and businesses as defined in MGL 164, Section 134, or otherwise act thereon. With the understanding that if a power supply contract is executed, individual consumers would retain the option not to participate in the aggregation plan and, instead, to choose any electricity alternatives they desire. Sponsor: Citizens' Petition () K. Weiss May 19, 2015 Failed: That the Board of Selectmen be authorized to enter into a Community Choice Aggregation Program and contract for electric supply of 100% Renewable Energy for Framingham residents and businesses as defined in MGL 164, Section 134. A29 RTICLE Town Meeting228 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report To see if the Town of Framingham will vote to accept the provisions of Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 90-I, Section 1, as amended, the Complete Streets Program, to allow the Town to participate in, apply for, and receive funding pursuant to said section and Section 6121-1318, Chapter 79 of the Acts of 2014. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Planning Board May 19, 2015 Voted: That the Town accept the provisions of General Laws, Chapter 90-I, the Complete Streets Program. A29AM/A RTICLE DDITIONAL OTIONSMENDMENTS May 19, 2015 Failed: I move to send back to Sponsor. Jim Rizoli, Precinct 14 A30 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to amend the Framingham Zoning By-law by: (a) amending Section I.E, Definitions; (b) amending Sections II.A, Classes of Districts; II.B, Table of Uses; II.C, Prohibited Uses; II.F, Technology Park District; II.G, Accessory Uses, and II.H, Trailers; (c) amending Section III.E, Commercial Ground-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Renewable Energy Installations Overlay District; (d) amending Section IV Dimensional Regulations; (e) deleting Section V.F, Open Space Residential Development in its entirety; (f) amending Section VI.F, Site Plan Review; (g) re-positioning, re-captioning and re-numbering Section V.L, Land Disturbance, to Section V.F, and Section V.N Open Space Cluster Development to Section V.L, and making amendments to those sections and the Table of Contents accordingly; (h) amending the following sections for clarification and consistency with the above changes: (1) Section II.E.3.b, Planned Re-use; (2) Section III.B.10.b.(5) Planned Unit Development District (3) Section III.E.5.g.(3) Highway Overlay District Regulations (4) Section V.B.5.c Historic Re-use (5) Section V.C.7 Automatic Carwash and/or Self-Service Carwash (6) Section V.G.3.f Mixed Use Regulations (7) Section V.I.12.b Active Adult Housing (8) Section V.M.2.b(i) Agricultural Preservation Development (9) Section VI.D.2 Zoning Board of Appeals (10) Section VII.A Incorporation of the Zoning Map and (i) making other amendments for clarification and consistency, including references to Sections of the Zoning By-law that are effected by the amendments; Town Meeting229 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report as set forth in the background materials, which shows those portions of the Zoning By-law to be - through), on file in the offices of the Planning Board and Town Clerk and also posted on the Town of Framingham website; Zoning By-law amendments and are solely for informational purposes. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Planning Board May 12, 2015 Voted: That the Framingham Zoning Bylaws be amended by: (a) amending Section I.E, Definitions; (b) amending Sections II.A, Classes of Districts; II.B, Table of Uses; II.C, Prohibited Uses; II.F, Technology Park District; II.G, Accessory Uses, and II.H, Trailers; (c) amending Section III.E, Commercial Ground-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Renewable Energy Installations Overlay District; (d) amending Section IV Dimensional Regulations; (e) deleting Section V.F, Open Space Residential Development in its entirety; (f) amending Section VI.F, Site Plan Review; (g) re-positioning, re-captioning and re-numbering Section V.L, Land Disturbance, to Section V.F, and Section V.N Open Space Cluster Development to Section V.L, and making amendments to those sections and the Table of Contents accordingly; (h) amending the following sections: (1) Section II.E.3.b, Planned Re-use; (2) Section III.B.10.b.(5) Planned Unit Development District (3) Section III.E.5.g.(3) Highway Overlay District Regulations (4) Section V.B.5.c Historic Re-use (5) Section V.C.7 Automatic Carwash and/or Self-Service Carwash (6) Section V.G.3.f Mixed Use Regulations (7) Section V.I.12.b Active Adult Housing (8) Section V.M.2.b(i) Agricultural Preservation Development (9) Section VI.D.2 Zoning Board of Appeals as attached and as set forth in the handout for this town meeting dated April 28, 2015, which shows those portions of the Zoning By-- text is underlined and deleted text is stricken through), on file in the offices of the Planning Board and Town Clerk;and highlighting which are not part of the proposed Zoning By-law amendments and are solely for informational purposes. 131 voting in favor, 1 opposed, 0 abstentions. Approved by the Attorney General on September 15, 2015 A30A(OFTCO) RTICLE TTACHMENT NILE AT THE OWN LERKSFFICE A31 RTICLE Town Meeting230 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report To see if the Town will vote to amend the Framingham Zoning By-law by adding new definitions to Section I.E. Definitions related to the TDR By-law and further amending the Framingham Zoning By-law by adding a new Section V.O. Transfer of Development Rights By-law as presented in the background information of the Annual Town Meeting Warrant submitted to Annual Town Meeting. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Planning Board May 12, 2015 Voted: That the Framingham Zoning Bylaw be amended by adding new definitions to Section I.E. Definitions related to the TDR Bylaw and further, that the Framingham Zoning Bylaw be amended by adding a new Section V.O. Transfer of Development Rights Bylaw as attached and presented on the back table of Annual Town Meeting. 114 voting in favor, 14 opposed, 6 abstentions. Approved by the Attorney General on September 15, 2015 A31-A RTICLE TTACHMENT Framingham Annual Town Meeting Sponsor: Framingham Planning Board Start Date: April 28, 2015 Article 31: Transfer of Development Rights Transfer of Development Rights -- Definitions Developable Farm: Land currently used for Agriculture and/or Farm as defined in Section I.E shall be considered a Developable Farm if said property has not utilized its Development Rights, nor has it been protected from development, nor has an Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) been placed on it. The Developable Farm shall consist of one or more contiguous parcels in one ownership throughout, or any combination of parcels of land consolidated under a joint development agreement. Developable Open Space Parcel: Land that has not utilized its Development Rights, nor has it been protected from development, nor has a Conservation Restriction (CR) been placed on it. The land shall consist of one or more contiguous parcels in one ownership throughout, or any combination of parcels of land consolidated under a joint development agreement. Giving Parcel: A Giving Parcel is a Developable Farm and/or Developable Open Space Parcel that is located within a Residential Zoning District and contains five or more buildable acres. Receiving Parcel: A Receiving Parcel shall consist of one or more contiguous parcels in one ownership throughout, or any combination of parcels of land consolidated under a joint development agreement where all such owners jointly apply for a TDR special permit, which has been designated as a Chapter 43D: Priority Development site: 1672 Worcester Road, 1800 Worcester Road, 1898RR Worcester Road, 1900R Worcester Road, 1900RR Worcester Road, 100 Crossing Blvd, 149 Crossing Blvd, 150 Crossing Blvd, 175 Crossing Blvd, 200 Crossing Blvd, 225 Crossing Blvd, 150 Gates Street, 100 Staples Drive, 200 Staples Drive, 400 Staples Drive, 500 Staples Drive, 740 Cochituate Road, 750 Cochituate Road, and 156 Speen Street, 0 Pleasant Street Connector , 9 Pleasant Street Connector, 15 Pleasant Street Connector, 10 California Ave, 11 California Ave, 40 California Ave, 1 The Mountain Road, 5 The Mountain Road, 100 The Mountain Road, 0 Pennsylvania Ave, 100 Pennsylvania Ave, 105 Pennsylvania Ave, 115 Pennsylvania Ave, 125 Pennsylvania Ave, 135 Pennsylvania Ave, 137 Pennsylvania Ave, 145 Pennsylvania Ave, 0 New York Ave RR, 1 New York Ave, 2 New York Ave, 31 New York Ave, 33 New York Ave, 45 New York Ave, 47 New York Ave, 49 New York Ave, 51 New York Ave, 55 New York Ave, 74 New York Ave, 84 New York Ave, 86 New York Ave, 86R New York Ave, 88 New York Ave, and 92 New York Ave. Town Meeting231 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report Development Rights: The total square footage of a residential building on a Giving Parcel to be considered to be transfer to a Receiving Parcel shall be in accordance with the Transfer of Development Rights Residential Parcel Chart. Accessory structures shall not be utilized for this calculation. The permitted residential building size allowed within the Transfer of Development Rights Residential Building Size Chart for the given zoning district that the Giving Parcel is located in shall be multiplied by the total number of lots allowed by-right as determined in the Transfer of Development Rights Yield Plan. One square foot of residential building area on a Giving Parcel shall equal one square foot of development potential on a Receiving Parcel. Transfer of Development Rights (TDR): The Transfer of Development Rights from a Giving Parcel to a Receiving Parcel to allow for the preservation of a Developable Farm and/or Developable Open Space Parcel and to increase development potential upon the Receiving Parcels. The Transfer of Development Rights is allowed by a special permit from the Planning Board. Peer Review Consultant: A person who is not a Town employee who shall assist the Planning Board and/or Zoning Board of Appeals, in plan review, impact analysis, inspection or other technical or legal assistance necessary to ensure compliance with all relevant laws and regulations. Such consultants shall be selected and retained by the Planning Board and/or Zoning Board of Appeals, with the actual and reasonable cost for their services to be paid by the applicant. Transfer of Development Rights Yield Plan (TDR Yield Plan): A conceptual site plan developed by a certified professional engineer and/or land surveyor licensed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that demonstrates the extent of development that could occur by-right on the Giving Parcel. The TDR Yield Plan shall identify all non-buildable areas, which include wetlands, wetland buffers, and Moderate Slopes, and deem this area as non-buildable; non-buildable areas shall not be considered as part of the developable area. SECTION V.O. Transfer of Development Rights 1.Purpose The purpose of the Transfer of Development Right (TDR) By-law is to provide an alternative for the preservation of Developable Farm and/or Developable Open Space Parcels; while encouraging economic development through an increase in the development potential within designated parcels. Through a TDR special permit a Developable Farm and/or Developable Open Space Parcel can sell its potential Development Rights to a Receiving Parcel; thereby allowing the The objective of the TDR is twofold: to serve as an economic development tool while promoting the preservation of Developable Farm and/or Developable Open Space parcel in exchange. The intent of the TDR special permit is consistent with the goals and obje Recreation Plan. 2.Applicability a.The Giving Parcel 1. The Planning Board shall determine the allowable Development Rights that may be transferred to a Receiving Parcel. To determine the total Development Rights allowed to be transferred, the owner of the Giving Parcel shall prepare a Transfer of Development Rights Yield Plan (TDR Yield Plan). 2. The owner of the Giving Parcel shall submit the TDR Yield Plan and an application to the Planning Board for review. The Planning Board may retain a Peer Review Consultant at the expense of the owner of the Giving Parcel to ensure the TDR Yield Plan represents a true and accurate representation of the Giving Parcel. 3. The TDR Yield Plan will be reviewed during a posted public hearing; notice of the public hearing shall be made in accordance with G.L. c. 40A, §11. Town Meeting232 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report 4. The total allowable Development Rights that the Giving Parcel is eligible to transfer shall be the total square footage of the residential building allowed as denoted in the Transfer of Development Rights Residential Building Size Chart The size of the within the specific zoning district that the Giving Parcel is located in. residential building as denoted in the Transfer of Development Rights Residential multiplied by the total number of building lots Building Size Chart shall be allowed by-right to determine the total area to be transferred to a Receiving Parcel and placed under an APR and/or CR. Transfer of Development Rights Residential Building Size Chart Giving Parcel Zoning DistrictResidential Building Size Single Family Residential (R-4)6,500 square feet Single Family Residential (R-3)6,000 square feet Single Family Residential (R-2)5,500 square feet Single Family Residential (R-1)5,000 square feet General Residential (G)4,500 square feet 5. The APR and/or CR placed on the Giving Parcel shall be as follows: For Giving Parcels transferring all Development Rights: At the expense of the owner of the Giving Parcel, the entire Developable Farm and/or Developable Open Space Parcel shall be placed under an APR and/or CR in perpetuity. The entire Giving Parcel shall include all areas identified as non-buildable areas which include wetlands, wetland buffers, and Moderate Slopes, in addition to the buildable lots as identified in the TDR Yield Plan. For Giving Parcels transferring a portion of Development Rights: At the expense of the owner of the Giving Parcel the portion of the Developable Farm and/or Developable Open Space Parcel associated with the square footage to be transferred shall be placed under an APR and/or CR. This shall include all building lot areas associated with the residential building unit square footage, infrastructure and roadways associated with the building lots, and all non-buildable areas including wetlands, wetland buffers, and Moderate Slopes as identified in the TDR Yield Plan. For fractions of unit square footage, all fractions shall be residential building rounded up to the nearest whole number. The portion of the land to be placed under an APR and/or CR shall be selected with the intent of creating contiguous tracks of land and where possible contiguous with abutting farm land and open space land. 6. All lands deemed non-buildable on the Giving Parcel, such as wetlands, wetland buffers, and Moderate Slopes as identified in the TDR Yield Plan, shall be placed under an APR and/or CR at the same time as the first Development Rights are placed under an APR and/or CR. Development Rights on a Giving Parcel that have not been transferred to a Receiving Parcel shall remain eligible for future transfer or development. b.The Receiving Parcel 1.The owner of the Receiving Parcel shall file an application for a TDR special permit with the Planning Board. Town Meeting233 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report 2.The owner of the Receiving Parcel shall enter into an agreement with the owner of the Giving Parcel for the transfer of the Development Rights prior to applying for a TDR special permit. 3.The Planning Board Administrator shall ensure that the APR and/or CR has been placed on the Giving Parcel by the Receiving Parcel prior to the issuance of any occupancy and use permit. 4.The owner of the Receiving Parcel may assemble Development Rights from multiple Giving Parcels. The resulting development on a Receiving Parcel shall not exceed the allowable dimensional requirement increases stated herein. Parcels of land that are pre-existing non-conforming lots that exceed allowed densities or that have received variances for building height, number of additional floors, lot coverage, and/or FAR are not eligible to receive transferred Development Rights. 5.The transferred Development Rights from the Giving Parcel may be used in a 1:1 ratio on a Receiving Parcel. Development Rights from the Giving Parcel that are used on a Receiving Parcel may be applied on the Receiving Parcel to increase the following dimensional regulations from those stated in Section IV.E.2. Table of Dimensional Regulations allowed by-right. Allowed increases as permitted in Section IV.E.2. should not create the need for an increase in parking that exceeds the capacity of the Receiving Parcel. If the increase as permitted in Section IV.E.2. requires more additional parking than the site can support, then the Receiving Parcel shall construct structured parking or establish alternative transportation options to the site such as carpool incentives, transportation from local public transportation hubs, etc. Maximum Increase in Maximum Maximum Increase Building Height/Additional Increase in Lot in FAR Floors Coverage Chapter 43D 35%*15%*50%* Priority Development Sites * total height shall not exceed the allowed maximum for all structures, including roof top mechanical equipment or penthouses. 6.In the event of unused Development Rights the owner of the Receiving Parcel may be permitted to sell any unused Development Rights to another Receiving Parcel. The secondary Receiving Parcel shall be required to seek a Special Permit for the Transfer of Development Rights from the Planning Board prior to the use of the purchased Development Rights. c. Agriculture Preservation Restriction or Conservation Restriction Process The Giving Parcel must meet the following requirements: 1.Such parcel shall be placed under an APR and/or CR in perpetuity pursuant to state statute Chapter 184 Section 32 to ensure that said parcel will remain as agricultural land or open space. Once an APR and/or CR has been placed on the Giving Parcel no additional buildings can be built on nor can any land be used to yield additional Development Rights in the future, except as per c.2., below; 2.No buildings are allowed within the APR and/or CR area, except for existing buildings that have been constructed prior to the TDR Yield Plan. Farms shall be allowed to construct structures associated with the operations of the farm on up to 5 Town Meeting234 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report percent of the APR area. Structures associated with the farm may include: barns, farm store, housing for farm help, etc.; 3.The APR and/or CR may be held by the Town of Framingham, a land trust, or the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The APR and/or CR is prohibited from being held by the owner of the Giving Parcel or the owner of the Receiving Parcel. The terms of the APR and/or CR shall be reviewed by Town Counsel at the expense of the owner of the Giving Parcel and approved by the Planning Board; 4.The Giving Parcel may develop a trail system within the APR and/or CR lands, which may be accessible for public use; 5.Farming rights on any land subject to the APR and/or CR may be sold or leased to another farmer for the purpose of continuing or creating Agricultural and/or Farm use of the land; 6.Developable Open Space may be utilized at a future date for Agriculture and/or Farm uses; and 7.All of the above restrictions shall be made part of and included as additional provisions contained within the APR and CR documentation. 3.Application Review The review procedure for the TDR special permit application shall be in conformance with M.G.L. ch. 40A, Sections 9 and 11 and Section VI.E., and other permitting and approval processes as may be applicable. The Planning Board may require the Applicant to fund a Peer Review Consultant to assist in the technical review as outlined herein, in Regulations and M.G.L. ch. 44, Section 53D. 4.Variance Limitation The Planning Board may issue a TDR special permit in accordance with the additional requirements and standards specified within Section V.O., only if the receiving parcel is not a pre-existing non-conforming property and a variance has not ever been issued from the requirements of this Section V.O for the Receiving Parcel. A pre-existing non- conformity or a variance from the provisions of Section V.O. shall render a property ineligible for the filing of a TDR special permit application and TDR special permit. A32 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to amend the Framingham Zoning Map by rezoning the following parcels: 3, 5/7 and 9 Vernon Street, 8 and 12 Library Street and abutting said lots to the center line of Library Street, Oak Street, and Vernon Street from Office and Professional (P) Zoning District and Business (B) Zoning District to Neighborhood Business (B-1) Zoning District, furthermore rezone parcel 18 Edgell Road from Single Family Residential (R-1) Zoning District to Single Family Residential (R-3) Zoning District as presented in the background information of the Annual Town Meeting Warrant submitted to Annual Town Meeting. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Planning Board May 12, 2015 Voted: That the Framingham Zoning Map be amended by rezoning the following parcels: 3, 5/7 and 9 Vernon Street, 8 and 12 Library Street and abutting said lots to the center line of Library Street, Oak Street, and Vernon Street from Office and Professional (P) Zoning Town Meeting235 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report District and Business (B) Zoning District to Neighborhood Business (B-1) Zoning District, furthermore to rezone parcel 18 Edgell Road from Single Family Residential (R-1) Zoning District to Single Family Residential (R-3) Zoning District as presented in the background information of the Annual Town Meeting Warrant submitted to Annual Town Meeting. Passed Unanimously Approved by the Attorney General on September 15, 2015 A33 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to amend the by-laws of the Town, Article VII, Section 5, Historic ramingham Centre Common Harriet Carter House, 3 Vernon Street, built 1853 Julia Wight House, 5 Vernon Street, built circa 1860 Caroline B. Clark House, 9 Vernon, built 1852-1853 Lothrop Wight House, 8 Library, built circa 1860 John and Sarah Clark House, 12 Library, built circa 1860 Wight-Esty Block, 931-937 Worcester Road, built between 1832-1850 Van Duzer Hardware Company Block , 939 Worcester Road, built circa 1935 Tilton-Wheeler Store, 945 Worcester Road/1 Vernon Street, built by 1830 And by striking the entire list of such properties included in the Framingham Centre Common Historic District, and restating said list with the addition of these eight properties (Items 34-41). The new list would read: 1. Framingham Center Common c.1735 2. Village Hall, 2 Oak Street, built 1834 3. Edgell Memorial Library, (Framingham History Center) 3 Oak Street, built 1872 3a. Civil War Monument at 3 Oak Street, erected 1872 4. The Capt. Eliphalet Wheeler House, 18 Vernon Street, built 1818 5. The Jonathan Maynard Building (Danforth Art), 12 Vernon Street, built 1916 6. Framingham Academy (Framingham History Center Museum), 14 Vernon Street, built 1837 7. First Parish Church, 24 Vernon Street, built 1926 8. First Parish House, 24 Vernon Street, built 1959 9. Plymouth Church, 87 Edgell Road, built 1968 10. The Otis Boynton House, 85 Edgell Road, built 1825 11. The Jason Hall House, 65 Edgell Road, built 1850 12. 13. The Grossman House, 61 Edgell Road, built 1960 14. The Framingham Bank, 39 Edgell Road, built 1833 15. Office/Bank Building, 35 Edgell Road, built 1969 16. The Charles Train House (Plymouth Parsonage), 125 Edgell Road, c. 1836 17. The E. Cloyes House, 121 Edgell Road, c. 1836 18. The Daniel Hemenway House, 151 Edgell Road, c. 1800 19. The Brandolini House, 2 Auburn Street, built 1955 Town Meeting236 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report 20. 21. Office Building, 5 Auburn Street, built 1970 22. The Whitney-Wiggins House, 10 Vernon Street, built 1826 23. The Edgar Wheeler House, 6 Vernon Street, c. 1850 24. The Clark Builders Trust House, 8 Vernon Street, built 1969 25. The Train-Vernon House, 20 Grove Street, c. 1848 26. The Rinaldo House, 31 Grove Street, built 1970 27. The Mrs. Gordon House, 33 Grove Street, c. 1810 28. The Tarbox House, 4 Warren Place, built 1836 29. The J.J. Marshall House, 3 Warren Place, c. 1800 30. The Stalker House, 8 Warren Place, c. 1768 31. The John Mann House, 11 Warren Place, c. 1867 32. The George A. Weeks House, 122 Edgell Road, built 1865 33. The General George Henry Gordon House, 936 Central Street, built 182 34. Harriet Carter House, 3 Vernon Street, built 1853 35. Julia Wight House, 5 Vernon Street, built ca. 1860 36. Caroline B. Clark House, 9 Vernon, built 1852-1853 37. Lothrop Wight House, 8 Library, built ca. 1860 38. John and Sarah Clark House, 12 Library, built ca. 1860) 39. Wight-Esty Block, 931-937 Worcester Road, built between 1832-1850 40. Van Duzer Hardware Company Block , 939 Worcester Road, built ca. 1935 41. Tilton-Wheeler Store, 945 Worcester Road/1 Vernon Street, built by 1830 Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Historic District Commission May 12, 2015 Voted: That the Bylaws of the Town, Article VII, Section 5, Historic Districts 34. Harriet Carter House, 3 Vernon Street, built 1853 35. Julia Wight House, 5/7 Vernon Street, built ca. 1860 36. Caroline B. Clark House, 9 Vernon, built 1852-1853 37. Lothrop Wight House, 8 Library, built ca. 1860 38. John and Sarah Clark House, 12 Library, built ca. 1860) 39. Wight-Esty Block, 931-937 Worcester Road, built between 1832-1850 40. Van Duzer Hardware Company Block , 939 Worcester Road, built ca. 1935 41. Tilton-Wheeler Store, 945 Worcester Road/1 Vernon Street, built by 1830 131 voting in favor, 1 opposed, 0 abstentions. Approved by the Attorney General on September 15, 2015 A34 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to hear a report of the Board of Selectmen relative to the laying out, the widening of, or the alteration to, and acceptance of the following streets, pursuant to Chapter 82 of the General Laws and Chapter 410 of the Acts of 2014; and to see if the Town will vote to accept said streets or the widening or alteration of said streets as a public way, as laid out by the Board of Selectmen and as shown on a plan or plans on file in the Office of the Town Clerk: Town Meeting237 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report A.That portion of Angelica Drive extending from the layout of Angelica Drive as a public way dated May 8, 1978 in accordance with the vote of the April 20, 1978 Annual Town Meeting to its terminus; B.Lanewood Avenue from the northerly end of the 1978 street acceptance to its terminus C.Way from the easterly location line of Lanewood Avenue to its terminus D.Hialeah Lane from the northerly location line of Danforth Street to the southerly location line of Riverpath Drive a public way laid out in accordance with the vote under Article 1 of the March 19, 2003 Special Town Meeting E.Jay Drive from the easterly location line of Hialeah Lane to that portion of Jay Road (now known as Jay Drive) that was laid out as a public way on April 15, 1963, in accordance with the vote under Article 9(i) of the 1963 Annual Town Meeting F.Saratoga Lane from the northerly location line of Jay Drive to its terminus And, further, to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire by gift, purchase, eminent domain, or otherwise, and to accept a deed or deeds to the Town of a fee simple interest or easements in any land necessary for said laying out, and any associated drainage, utility or other easements for said streets, and to authorize the Board of Selectmen and Town officers to take all related actions necessary or appropriate to carry out the purposes of this article. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Board of Selectmen / Department of Public Works May 20, 2015 Voted: That the Town hear a report of the Board of Selectmen relative to the laying out, the widening of, or the alteration to, and acceptance of the following streets, pursuant to Chapter 82 of the General Laws and Chapter 410 of the Acts of 2014; and that the Town accept said streets or the widening or alteration of said streets as a public way, as laid out by the Board of Selectmen and as shown on a plan or plans on file in the Office of the Town Clerk: A.That portion of Angelica Drive extending from the layout of Angelica Drive as a public way dated May 8, 1978 in accordance with the vote of the April 20, 1978 Annual Town Meeting to its terminus; B.Lanewood Avenue from the northerly end of the 1978 street acceptance to its terminus C. D.Hialeah Lane from the northerly location line of Danforth Street to the southerly location line of Riverpath Drive a public way laid out in accordance with the vote under Article 1 of the March 19, 2003 Special Town Meeting E.Jay Drive from the easterly location line of Hialeah Lane to that portion of Jay Road (now known as Jay Drive) that was laid out as a public way on April 15, 1963, in accordance with the vote under Aritlce 9(i) of the 1963 Annual Town Meeting F.Saratoga Lane from the northerly location line of Jay Drive to its terminus Further, that the Board of Selectmen be authorized to acquire by gift, purchase, eminent domain, or otherwise, and to accept a deed or deeds to the Town of a fee simple interest or easements in any land necessary for said laying out, and any associated drainage, utility or other easements for Town Meeting238 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report said streets, and that the Board of Selectmen be authorized to take all realted actions necessary or appropriate to carry out the purposes of this article. Passed unanimously. A35 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to hear a report of the Board of Selectmen relative to the laying out, the widening of, or the alteration to a portion of Winch Street and Millwood Street to include within the layout of said Winch Street and Millwood Street that area identified -T General Laws; and to see if the Town will vote to accept said streets or the widening or alteration of said streets as a public way, as laid out by the Board of Selectmen and as shown on a plan or plans on file in the Office of the Town Clerk. And, further, to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire by gift, purchase, eminent domain, or otherwise, and to accept a deed or deeds to the Town of a fee simple interest or easements in any land necessary for said laying out, and any associated drainage, utility or other easements for said streets, and to authorize the Board of Selectmen and town officers to take all related actions necessary or appropriate to carry out the purposes of this article. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Board of Selectmen / Department of Public Works May 20, 2015 Voted: That the Town hear a report of the Board of Selectmen relative to the laying out, the widening of, or the alteration to a portion of Winch Street and Millwood Street to 1- General Laws; and that the Town accept said streets or the widening or alteration of said streets as a public way, as laid out by the Board of Selectmen and as shown on a plan or plans on file in the Office of the Town Clerk. Further, that the Board of Selectmen be authorized to acquire by gift, purchase, eminent domain, or otherwise, and to accept a deed or deeds to the Town of a fee simple interest or easements in any land necessary for said laying out, and any associated drainage, utility or other easements for said streets, and that the Board of Selectmen and town officers be authorized to take all related actions necessary or appropriate to carry out the purposes of this article. Passed unanimously. A36 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to hear a report of the Board of Selectmen relative to the laying out, the widening of, or the alteration to a Portion of Riverpath Drive to include within the layout of that are the General Laws; and to see if the Town will vote to accept said street or the widening or alteration of said street as a public way, as laid out by the Board of Selectmen and as shown on a plan or plans on file in the Office of the Town Clerk; Town Meeting239 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report And, further, to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire by gift, purchase, eminent domain, or otherwise, and to accept a deed or deeds to the Town of a fee simple interest or easements in any land necessary for said laying out, and any associated drainage, utility or other easements for said streets, and to authorize the Board of Selectmen and town officers to take all related actions necessary or appropriate to carry out the purposes of this article; Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Board of Selectmen / Department of Public Works May 20, 2015 Voted: That the Town hear a report of the Board of Selectmen relative to the laying out, the widening of, or the alteration to a portion of Riverpath Drive to include within the Chapter 82 of the General Laws; and that the Town accept said streets or the widening or alteration of said streets as a public way, as laid out by the Board of Selectmen and as shown on a plan or plans on file in the Office of the Town Clerk. Further, that the Board of Selectmen be authorized to acquire by gift, purchase, eminent domain, or otherwise, and to accept a deed or deeds to the Town of a fee simple interest or easements in any land necessary for said laying out, and any associated drainage, utility or other easements for said streets, and that the Board of Selectmen and town officers be authorized to take all related actions necessary or appropriate to carry out the purposes of this article. Passed unanimously. A37 RTICLE To see if the town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire by gift a permanent easement for the purposes of installing, maintaining, repairing and replacing traffic signal equipment, conduits and appurtenant structures under, upon and over said land at 480 Concord Street, Framingham Street Job No. 21030678, on such terms and conditions as the Board of Selectmen shall determine to be appropriate, and further to authorize the Board of Selectmen and town officers to take all actions to carry out the purposes of this Article. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Board of Selectmen / Department of Public Works May 20, 2015 Voted: That the Board of Selectmen be authorized to acquire by gift a permanent easement for the purposes of installing, maintaining, repairing, and replacing traffic signal equipment, conduits and appurtenant structures under, upon and over said land at 480 Concord 21030678, on such terms and conditions as the Board of Selectmen shall determine to be appropriate, and further, that the Board of Selectmen and town officers be authorized to take all actions to carry out the purposes of this article. Passed unanimously. Town Meeting240 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report A38 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire by gift from CR 21, LLC, and from Scott R. Hughes, Trustee of Welton Realty Trust, u/d/t/d September 14, 1990 which Trust is recorded with Middlesex South District Registry of Deeds at Book 20772, Page 24; and from CRP-3 FRAMINGHAM CORPORATE CENTER, LLC and from GMG 10 SPEEN STREET LLC, permanent easements to install, maintain, repair and replace traffic signal NO. E-1-L NO. E-2--3--4- and dated Feb. 2015 as Job No. 12540, included in the background materials, and further to authorize the Board of Selectmen and town officers to take all actions to carry out the purposes of this Article. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Board of Selectmen / Department of Public Works May 20, 2015 Voted: That the Board of Selectmen be authorized to acquire by gift from CR 21, LLC, and from Scott R. Hughes, Trustee of Welton Realty Trust, u/d/t/d September 14, 1990 which Trust is recorded with Middlesex South District Registry of Deeds at Book 20772, Page 24; and from CRP-3 FRAMINGHAM CORPORATE CENTER, LLC and from GMG 10 SPEEN STREET LLC, permanent easements to install, maintain, repair and replace traffic signal NO. E-1--2- NO. E-3--4- and dated Feb. 2015 as Job No. 12540, included in the background materials, and further, that the Board of Selectmen and town officers be authorized to take all actions to carry out the purposes of this article. Passed unanimously. A39 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to amend Article II, Section 23.2 of the General Bylaws as follows, bold, underlined with deleted text shown as strikeout and added text in print: 23.2 seven Said Commission shall consist of nine (9) members appointed by the Board of Selectmen. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Disability Commission May 20, 2015 Voted: That the General Bylaws, Article II, Section 23.2 be amended as follows, bold, underlined with deleted text shown as strikeout and added text in print: seven 23.2 Said Commission shall consist of nine (9) members appointed by the Board of Selectmen. Town Meeting241 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report Approved by the Attorney General on September 15, 2015 A40 RTICLE To see if the Town will amend Article I, Section 1.3 and Article III Section 3.4 of the General Bylaws, regarding the appointment and management of the Government Study Committee, to define the committee size, quorum, and official officers as noted in the Background Materials for this article. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Government Study Committee May 20, 2015 Voted: That the General Bylaws, Article I, Section 1.3 and Article III, Section 3.4 be amended as shown in the background material for this article and attached. Approved by the Attorney General on September 15, 2015 A40A RTICLE TTACHMENT For some years the Government study committee has been operating at a maximum appointed is to enact what has been the de facto state of the committee: 9 appointed members with a quorum of 5. While changing the bylaw, it makes sense to add the officers that have become traditional for the committee. bold (indicated by text that is formatted with either an underline or strikethrough): Article 1 Section 1.3 BoardNumber of Term of Appointing Number MembersOfficeAuthorityAppointed / Yr. Government Twelve Nine Three YearsModeratorFourThree Study Members Committee Article III Section 3.4 3.4Quorum and OfficersOrganization Quorum shall be 5 of the appointed members. At the first meeting of each fiscal year a person, vice chair, and clerk chairshall be elected by the members of the committee. A41 RTICLE To see if the Town will amend Article II, Section 16.3 of the General Bylaws, to modify the quorum requirements of the Real Property Committee, as noted in the Background Materials for this article. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Government Study Committee Town Meeting242 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report May 20, 2015 Voted: That the General Bylaws, Article II, Section 16.3 be amended as shown in the background material for this article and attached. Disapproved by the Attorney General on October 14, 2015 A41A RTICLE TTACHMENT Under the current quorum requirements of the Real Property Committee, 60% of the appointed Town Meeting Members need to be present, and it is possible to have 11 of the 16 members in attendance without having a quorum. Considering the ess challenge posed by restricting the quorum to just Town Meeting Members, this proposal aims to loosen the restriction without changing the intent of the requirement. The Government Study Committee recommends the adoption of a new quorum of 7 appointed members, with at least 4 being Town Meeting members. This will mean that 40% of the TMMs need to be present, and in a worst case scenario there can be 9 of the 16 members in attendance without having a quorum. bold (indicated by text that is formatted with either an underline or strikethrough): Article II Section 16.3 The Real Property Committee shall choose its own officers from the ten (10) Town six seven (67),of the ten Meeting Members. A quorum of said committee shall be including at least four (104 ) Town Meeting Members. A42 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to amend Article I, Section 2.3 of the General Bylaws by adding the words, "Elderly and Disabled Tax Relief Committee" after Finance Committee. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Elderly & Disabled Tax Relief Committee May 20, 2015 Voted: That the General Bylaws, Article I, Section 2.3 be amended by adding the Approved by the Attorney General on September 15, 2015 A43 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to amend Article I, Section 2.3 of the General Bylaws by adding the words, "Foreclosure Committee" after Finance Committee. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Foreclosure Committee April 28, 2015 Voted: That this article be referred back to Sponsor with concurrence of the Sponsor. Town Meeting243 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report A44 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to amend the Town bylaws Article I Section 5.10 and 5.11 by combining these sections into Section 5.10 and defining a new section 5.11 regarding executive sessions. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Rules Committee May 20, 2015 Voted: That the Town bylaws, Article I, Section 5.10 and 5.11 be amended by combining these sections into Section 5.10 and defining a new section 5.11 as shown in the motion book for Approved by the Attorney General on September 15, 2015 A44-A RTICLE TTACHMENT Bylaw as changed by motion under Article 44 of the 2015 Annual Town Meeting: 5.10 Each board, committee, or commission shall provide for keeping of minutes of its meetings. Committees that are required to provide minutes shall include Town Meeting Standing Committees. Each board, committee, or commission shall provide minutes to the Town Clerk in a timely manner according to the Open Meeting Law (MGL, c. 30A, sec. 18-25) practices of posting meeting minutes. All members present and all members absent shall be listed in minutes. All votes taken shall be reported in the minutes. For boards elected by 5.10.1 town wide election, the minutes shall include the name and vote of each member voting. The minutes of each public meeting shall be prepared by the clerk or his 5.10.2 or her designee of the respective board, commission or committee, and sent to the Town Clerk within 45 days of the meeting. The minutes shall indicate whether they have of have not been approved by the board, committee or commission when submitted to the Town Clerk. If a meeting is cancelled, or if no quorum is present at a scheduled meeting, the Town Clerk shall be notified. The Town Clerk shall log the receipt of the minutes and send them to the 5.10.3 Framingham Public Library in hard copy form, where they shall be kept for a period of (7)seven (7) years. If minutes are provided to the Town Clerk in electronic form and they have been prepared according to the standards defined by the Town webmaster, they shall be posted on the town web site in addition to being sent to the library. Town Meeting244 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report The Town Clerk shall note the receipt of minutes. If after 45 days from the 5.10.4 date of a posted public meeting of a board, committee, or commission, the Town Clerk has not received a copy of the minutes, then the Town Clerk shall notify the chairperson of the board, committee, or commission that the minutes have not been received. 5.11A board, committee, or commission may hold an executive session according to the Open Meeting Law (MGL, c. 30A, sec. 18-25) practices and shall provide for keeping of minutes of executive sessions. 5.11.1A board, committee, or commission shall notify the Town Clerk of all executive sessions that were held or will be held. If a board, committee, or commission adjourns a public meeting to go into executive session the Town Clerk shall be so notified so that the executive session can be 5.11.2When a board, committee, or commission adjourns a public meeting to go into executive session the minutes of that public meeting shall indicate the reason of the executive session and the vote by each member to go into executive session. 5.11.3Minutes of an executive session shall indicate the attendance at such meeting and how each member voted when a vote is taken. Minutes of an executive session may be withheld from the public record until they are released by a vote of the board, committee, or commission. 5.11.4Annually the chair shall request that the board, committee, or commission vote to release previous minutes of executive sessions, or portions thereof, as a public record or to retain minutes of previous executive sessions as non-public records. 5.11.5Executive session minutes of a board, committee, or commission, appropriately marked, shall be kept by the clerk of the board, shall be stored at the office of the board, committee, or commission; or committee, or commission, if available; or shall be sent to the Town Clerk who shall store these minutes separate from minutes of public sessions. For executive session minutes that have not yet been released, the Town Clerk may only release a copy to the chair of the board, commission or committee and shall do so when requested. 5.11.6Executive session minutes that involve the Town Counsel shall be reviewed by the Town Counsel before being released. Release of executive session minutes that involve meetings with Town Counsel must be approved by the Board of Selectmen to waive the attorney-client privilege for specific communications per Selectmen policy. A45 RTICLE Town Meeting245 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report To see ifthe Town willvote to amend the first sentence of General By-laws Article V, Section bold 1.4.1 by adding the following new wording shown below in print: No person shall drink any alcoholic beverages as defined in Chapter 138, Section 1 of the Massachusetts General laws while on, in or upon any public way or upon any way to which the public has a right of access, or any place to which members of the public have access as invitees or licensees, park or playground, except that the sampling and sale of and the sampling and sale of wine during a farmers market held on the town common beer and wine during Metrofest held at Bowditch Athletic Complex are both permitted if duly licensed by the Board of Selectmen and in accordance with the state law, including applicable provisions of General Laws chapter 138 section 15F, or private land or place without consent of the owner or person in control thereof. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Town Manager May 20, 2015 Voted: That the General Bylaws, Article V, Section 1.4.1 be amended by adding bold the following new wording shown below in print: No person shall drink any alcoholic beverages as defined in Chapter 138, Section 1 of the Massachusetts General laws while on, in or upon any public way or upon any way to which the public has a right of access, or any place to which members of the public have access as invitees or licensees, park or playground, except that the sampling and sale of and the sampling and sale of wine during a farmers market held on the town common beer and wine during Metrofest held at Bowditch Athletic Complex are both permitted if duly licensed by the Board of Selectmen and in accordance with the state law, including applicable provisions of General Laws chapter 138 section 15F, or private land or place without consent of the owner or person in control thereof Approved by the Attorney General on September 15, 2015 Town Meeting246 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report A28,2015STM PRIL PECIAL OWN EETING A1 RTICLE To see if the Town of Framingham Town Meeting will vote to appropriate, and authorize the Treasurer with the approval of the Selectmen to appropriate from the Town of Framingham Open Space Stabilization Fund the sum of $675,000 for the purpose of purchasing for conservation and passive recreation purposes, by eminent domain or negotiated purchase or otherwise, a certain property together with buildings thereon, known as the SNOW PROPERTY consisting of 12.5 acres, more or less, as shown on a plan entitled "95 Wayside Inn Road - Boundary Map Town of Framingham" dated June 2014; that said land be conveyed to the Town of Framingham under the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 40, Section 8c, and as it may hereafter be amended and other Massachusetts statutes relating to Conservation, to be managed and controlled by the Conservation Commission of the Town, and the Conservation Commission be authorized to file on behalf of the Town any and all applications deemed necessary for grants and /or reimbursements from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts deemed necessary under Chapter 132A, Section 11 and/or any others in any way connected with the scope of this Article, and the Town and the Conservation Commission be authorized to enter into all agreements and execute any and all instruments as may be necessary on behalf of the Town to affect said purchase. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Board of Selectmen April 28, 2015 Voted: That Article 15 of the October 21, 2014 Special Town Meeting be amended to appropriate and authorize the Treasurer with the approval of the Selectmen to raise and appropriate the sum of $675,000 for the purpose of purchasing for conservation and passive recreation purposes, by eminent domain or negotiated purchase or otherwise, a certain property together with buildings thereon, known as the SNOW PROPERTY consisting of 12.5 acres, more or dated June 2014; that said land be conveyed to the Town of Framingham under the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 40, Section 8c, and as it may hereafter be amended and other Massachusetts statutes relating to conservation, to be managed and controlled by the Conservation Commission of the Town, and that the Conservation Commission be authorized to file on behalf of the Town any and all applications deemed necessary for grants and/or reimbursements from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts deemed necessary under Chapter 132A, Section 11 and/or any others in any way connected with the scope of this article, and that the Town and the Conservation Commission be authorized to enter into all agreements and execute any and all instruments as may be necessary on behalf of the Town to affect said purchase, and to meet said appropriation, that $275,000 to be transferred from the Open Space Stabilization Fund, provided further, that the authorizations included in this article be conditional upon the receipt of a Massachusetts LAND grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the amount of $400,000. 104 voting in favor, 31 opposed, 5 abstentions. A2 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to: (a) approve the form of the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Agreement by and between the Town of F Town Meeting247 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report 100 CPI LLC, pursuant to G.L. c. 40, § 59, on file with the Board of Selectmen; (b) authorize the Board of Selectmen to submit a Certified Project Application to the Massachusetts Economic Assistance Coordinating Council for approval; and (c) authorize the Board of Selectmen to execute the TIF Agreement and any other related documents and to take such other actions as may be necessary or appropriate to implement the TIF Agreement and take such other and further action as may be necessary or appropriate to obtain approval of the Certified Project Application or to carry out the purposes of this article. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Board of Selectmen April 28, 2015 Voted: That the Town (a) approve the form of the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Agreement by and between the Town of Framingham Clinton 100 CPI LLC, pursuant to G.L. c. 40, §59, on file with the Board of Selectmen; (b) authorize the Board of Selectmen to submit a Certified Project Application to the Massachusetts Economic Assistance Coordinating Council for approval; and (c) authorize the Board of Selectmen to execute the TIF Agreement and any other related documents and to take such other actions as may be necessary or appropriate to implement the TIF Agreement and take such other and further action as may be necessary or appropriate to obtain approval of the Certified Project Application or to carry out the purposes of this vote. 139 voting in favor, 2 opposed, 2 abstentions Town Meeting248 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report M5,2015STM AY PECIAL OWN EETING A1 RTICLE To see if Town Meeting will vote to amend the By-Laws of the Town Article III: Town Meeting section 2 Standing Committees, by adding the following sentence to Article III: (h) Assessing Standing Committee will be responsible for oversight of the Assessing Department and Board of Assessors. Pass any vote, or take any action relative thereto. ) D. Butler May 5, 2015 Failed: That the Bylaws of the Town, Article III: Town Meeting, Section 2.1.2 regarding Standing Committees be amended by adding the following sentence after item (g): (h) Standing Committee on Assessing responsible for the Assessing Department and Board of Assessors. A1AM/A RTICLE DDITIONAL OTIONSMENDMENTS May 5, 2015 Failed: I move that Town Meeting vote to refer Article 1 back to Sponsor. R. Karl Rookey, Precinct 14 A2 RTICLE To see if Town Meeting will vote to authorize and approve the filing of a petition with the General Court of the Commonwealth, under Section 8 of Article 2 of the Amendments to the Constitution of the Commonwealth, as amended by Article LXXXIX of those Amendments, essor positions from appointments by the Chief Financial Officer with approval of the Town Manager to elected positions. Pass any vote, or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: ) D. Butler May 5, 2015 Failed: That Town Meeting authorize and approve the filing of a petition with the General Court of the Commonwealth, under Section 8 of Article 2 of the Amendments to the Constitution of the Commonwealth, as amended by Article LXXXIX of those Amendments, known as Home appointments by the Chief Financial Officer with approval of the Town Manager to elected positions and amend Article I: General Provisions Applicable to All Permanent Officers, Boards and Committee of the Town Bylaws Section 1.1 line fourteen (14) by striking the words - Town Meeting249 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report O20,2015STM CTOBER PECIAL OWN EETING A1 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to hear reports from various Departments, Boards, Committees and Commissions listed in this warrant article unless said reports have been made in writing and placed on the table at Town Meeting for Town Meeting Members. The requested reports are: 1. Report from the Town Clerk on the status of Town bylaws passed under Articles at the 2015 ATM 2. Report from the Board of Selectmen on a bill to allow funding for vocational education to follow a student to an out-of-district school when an in-district vocational school does not have the capacity to enroll the student (2015 ATM Article 15 Resolution E) 3. Report from the School Superintendant on the overall plan and status for incorporating technology into the schools, including the integration of computers into the curriculum (2015 ATM Article 12, Resolution B) 4 Report from the Director of Public Works on the following special projects: a. Birch Road wells project b. Update on current construction projects 5. Report from the Skate Park Advisory Committee on the plans for a Skate Park. (2015 ATM Article 26) 6. Report form the Chief Financial Officer on the following standard reports for the Fall Town Meeting: a. A report on the long-term financial forecast of revenue and major expense increases b. Transfers made by the Finance Committee from the Reserve Fund during the previous fiscal year c. Transfers made during the previous fiscal year from the budget of one department to the budget for another department by the Division Director responsible for both departments d. The final budget and actual expenses for each budget category for the 2015 fiscal year e. The count of Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) staff employed in each department as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year f. All revenue received during the 2015 fiscal year by each department, including the School Department, from all grants or other funding sources not included in the operating budget g. The fund balance at the end of FY2015 on all revolving funds and other funds not part of a department budget h. For each special account (not a department account) the amount accumulated in the special account over many years but not yet expended (not including grant revenue). The report should also include the number of town employees funded and whether these employees received town benefits. The non-departments should include but are not limited to the following Cultural Council, Elderly Disabled Committee, Conservation, Media Services, Parking Meter, and Edgell Cemetery. i. Update on the OPEB account including the incremental impact of new collective bargaining agreements and current liabilities Town Meeting250 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report 7. Report from the Chief Financial Officer on the indirect expenses associated with operating the Loring Arena. Currently only the direct salary and operating expenses are budgeted for the Loring Arena and the actuals expenses reported but the costs for employee benefits and payment of bonding debt are not included with the cost of operating Loring Arena. (2015 ATM Article 15 Resolution C) 8. Report from the Chief Financial Officer providing an assessment of the budgetary needs of the Town for the next fiscal yea (2014 ATM Article 36) 9. Report from the Selectmen on the estimated total of real estate assessments for the current year and estimated tax rate for the following year (2014 ATM Article 36) 10. Report from the Town Manager on the status of the green energy projects previously approved by Town Meeting. The report should include the number of Green Community grants which the Town has applied for and the value of the grants received (2015 ATM Article 24 Resolution A) 11. Any other reports recommended by the Board of Selectmen or requested by a committee And after all reports are given the Moderator shall allow a period of time for Town Meeting Members to ask questions on the reports and hear replies; then this article shall be disposed. Sponsor: Standing Committee on Rules October 21, 2015 Voted: That Town Meeting hear reports from various departments, boards, committees and commissions listed in this warrant article plus a report on the McAuliffe Library project and a report on Loring Arena project unless said reports have been made in writing and placed on the table at Town Meeting for Town Member Members. Further, that after reports from a town official are given, the Moderator shall allow a period of time for Town Meeting Members to ask questions relating to the reports and hear replies. After all reports are given, this article is disposed. A2 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to hear a report from the Town Manager regarding the condition and space needs of the Memorial Building and the School Department. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Town Manager October 20, 2015 Voted: That the Town hear a report from the Town Manager regarding the condition and space needs of the Memorial Building and the School Department. A3 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to authorize payments of unpaid bills of prior years of the Town to be paid from the Fiscal Year 2016 departmental budgets in which they were incurred. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Chief Financial Officer Town Meeting251 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report October 20, 2015 Voted: That Town Meeting authorize payment of the following unpaid bills of prior years of the Town to be paid from the FY2016 departmental budget in which they were incurred. School Department North Shore Shuttle $97.50 School Department North Shore Shuttle $1,852.50 Treasurer/Collector Invoice Cloud $176.40 A4 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $4,065 from the handicapped parking fines receipt for appropriation fund, for expenditure by the Disability Commission on projects for the benefit of persons with disabilities. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Chief Financial Officer/Disability Commission October 20, 2015 Voted: That the sum of $4,065 be transferred from the handicap parking fines receipt reserved for appropriation fund to be expended by the Disability Commission on projects for the benefit of people with disabilities. A5 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to appropriate the proceeds of any insurance policy reimbursements of costs incurred as a result of any covered loss, including without limitation any liability insurance, disability insurance, automobile insurance, police and fire injury and medical costs, and any other insurance of any name and nature whatsoever. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Chief Financial Officer October 20, 2015 Voted: That the sum of $28,545.50 be transferred from the receipt reserve for appropriation account insurance proceeds greater than $20,000 for the purchase of a replacement police cruiser. A6 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to appropriate sum or sums of money for off-site mitigation improvements or as otherwise agreed upon by the Town of Framingham Planning Board and Project Applicant(s) pursuant to recorded Planning Board decision(s) for 740 & 770 Cochituate Road, dated January 9, 2014 and 24 Blandin Avenue, dated February 27, 2014; to be managed by the Town Manger or designee in consultation with the Planning Board and consistent with said decision(s). Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Chief Financial Officer October 20, 2015 Voted: That $25,000 of off-site mitigation funds for traffic improvements and studies relative to or as otherwise agreed upon by the Town of Framingham Planning Board and Project Applicant(s) pursuant to recorded Planning Board decision(s) for the immediate area Town Meeting252 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report of 740 & 770 Cochituate Road, dated January 9, 2014 be appropriated; and further, that $45,000 of off-site mitigation funds for zoning and traffic studies, roadway and traffic improvements and nearby park and/or trail improvements or as otherwise agreed upon by the Town of Framingham Planning Board and Project Applicant(s) pursuant to recorded Planning Board decision(s) for the immediate area of 24 Blandin Avenue, dated February 27, 2014 be appropriated; to be managed by the Town Manager or designee in consultation with the Planning Board and consistent with said decision(s). A7 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to establish a new revolving fund as defined by Mass General Laws Chapter 44, Section 53E ½ for Fiscal Year 2016 beginning July 1, 2015; for the purpose of collecting license revenues from abutters of the Cochituate Rail Trail to be used for operating costs of maintenance and upkeep of the Cochituate Rail Trail. Anticipated revenue collections for FY16 are $6,000. Funds are to be managed by the Department of Public Works. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Chief Financial Officer October 20, 2015Voted: That a new revolving fund be established as defined by MGL, Ch. 44, Section 53E½ for FY16 beginning July 1, 2015 as follows: FundManagerPurposeFY16Spending Disposition Ceilingof FY15 Fund Balance Cochituate Public Works To receive funds from abutters of the $6,000 Rail Trail DivisionCochituate Rail Trail to be used for operating Fundcosts of maintenance and upkeep of the Cochituate Rail Trail. A8 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to approve collective bargaining agreements for unions if an agreement is reached in advance of Town Meeting. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Chief Financial Officer/Human Resources October 27, 2015 Voted: That the appropriation and the corresponding Salary Schedules as attached to fund the JLMC arbitration award dated October 5, 2015 that sets forth the terms of a collective bargaining agreement between the Town of Framingham and Framingham Firefighters, Local 1652, effective FY2015-FY2017, be approved, and further, that $78,740 be transferred from the Miscellaneous/Unclassified Division Salary Reserve to the Fire Division. A8A RTICLE TTACHMENT Town Meeting253 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report A8AM/A RTICLE DDITIONAL OTIONSMENDMENTS October 20, 2015 Passed: I move that Article 8 be referred back to Sponsor with the concurrence of the Sponsor. Mary Ellen Kelley, Chief Financial Officer ________________________________________________________________________________ ___ October 22, 2015 Passed: I move that Article 8 be reconsidered so that Town Meeting can consider whether to fund an arbitration award issued by the Joint Labor Management Committee on October 5, 2015 regarding a collective bargaining agreement for Local 1652, the Firefighters Union. Janet Leombruno, Precinct 5 80 voting in favor, 18 opposed, 0 abstentions. A9 RTICLE Town Meeting254 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report To see if the Town will vote to approve the FY2016 COLA for Non-Union Municipal Employees, adopt any necessary changes to the corresponding Salary Schedules, and further, transfer funds from the salary reserve to cover the cost of the COLA. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Chief Financial Officer/Human Resources October 20, 2015 Voted: That the Personnel Bylaw of the Town be amended by adopting the new FY16 Salary Schedules, so called M scale and DH scale, as provided in the background material and attached. Further, that $75,260 be transferred from the Miscellaneous/Unclassified Division Salary Reserve as follows: Fire Division$3,864 Police Division$6,116 Public Works Division$10,853 Framingham Public Library$2,450 Planning Board$1,973 Town Clerk/Elections$2,193 General Government Division$8,627 Parks Division$5,894 Finance Division$12,976 Inspectional Services$13,289 Economic Development Division$2,141 Technology Services Division$1,141 Human Resources Division$3,743 A9A RTICLE TTACHMENT Town Meeting255 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report Town Meeting256 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report A10 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to amend the Framingham Zoning Bylaw by adding new definitions to Section I.E. Definitions, amend the Central Business (CB) District Purpose in Section II.A.2.d - text is underlined and deleted text is stricken through), add a new Section II.I Central Business (CB) District, amend the Section IV.E Dimensional Regulations related to the Central Business (CB) District, amend Section VI.F Site Plan Review, amend Section VI.G Variances, delete Section IV.E.9 in its entirety, amend Sections IV.B.7., IV.E.5.d., IV.E.6.d., and IV.E.7.d.2. by deleting references to the Central Business (CB) District, and amend the Table of Contents, as presented in the background information for the Fall Special Town Meeting warrant. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Planning Board / Board of Selectmen October 21, 2015 Voted: That the Framingham Zoning Bylaw be amended by adding new definitions to Section I.E. Definitions, amend the Central Business (CB) District Purpose in Section II.A.2.d Central Business (CB) District, amend the Table of Uses related to the Central Business (CB) District in Section II.B and further, to amend the Table of Uses by adding new Use Categories, add a new Section II.J Central Business (CB) District, amend the Dimensional Regulations related to the Central Business (CB) District in Section IV.E., amend Section VI.F Site Plan Review to include new specific Central Business (CB) District review process for project review, amend Section VI.G Variances to include the Central Business (CB) District, delete Section IV.E.9 in its entirety, and further, to amend Sections IV.B.7.a., IV.E.5.d., IV.E.6.d., and IV.E.7.d.2. by deleting references to the Central Business (CB) Zoning District, as presented in the background information of the Fall Special Town Meeting warrant submitted to Fall Special Town Meeting, which shows those portions of the Zoning Bylaw to be changed or - in the offices of the Planning Board and Town Clerk, with the amendments set forth in the handout for this Town Meeting dated October 20, 2015, excluding the highlighting which are not part of the proposed Zoning Bylaw amendments and are solely for informational purposes, and amending the Table of Contents to be consistent with the above changes. 116 voting in favor, 10 opposed, 3 abstentions. Approved by the Attorney General on February 3, 2016 A10AM/A RTICLE DDITIONAL OTIONSMENDMENTS October 21, 2015 Failed: I move that the parking requirements change minimum spaces per unit from .5 to 1 for studio from 1.5 to 2 for 2 bedrooms from 2 to 2.5 for 3 bedrooms Delete ii and iii from the 4a section Jeanne Bullock, Precinct 5 51 voting in favor, 69 opposed, 7 abstentions. Town Meeting258 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report A11 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to amend the Framingham Zoning Map by expanding the Central Business (CB) Zoning District, as presented in the background information for the Fall Special Town Meeting warrant. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Planning Board / Board of Selectmen October 21, 2015 Voted: That the Framingham Zoning Map be amended by expanding the Central Business (CB) Zoning District, as presented in the background information for the Fall Special Town Meeting warrant and attached. 121 voting in favor, 9 opposed, 0 abstentions. Approved by the Attorney General on February 3, 2016 A11A RTICLE TTACHMENT Town Meeting259 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report A11AM/A RTICLE DDITIONAL OTIONSMENDMENTS October 21, 2015 Failed: Street from the Ashland town line to the Natick town line. Philip R. Ottaviani, Jr., Precinct 11 60 voting in favor, 66 opposed, 3 abstentions. A12 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to amend the Framingham Zoning Bylaw by amending Sections I.A, Authority; I.B Purpose; I.C Basic Requirements; I.E, Definitions; II.A, Classes of Districts; II.B, Table of Uses; II.C, Prohibited Uses; II.D, Home Occupations; IV Dimensional Regulations; V.A, Special Uses; and V.J, Drive-thru Facility Regulations, and amending the By-law for clarification and consistency with the above changes, as presented in the background information of the Fall Special Town Meeting warrant which shows those portions of the Zoning By-law to be - and highlighting which are not part of the proposed Zoning By-law amendments and are solely for informational purposes, and amending the Table of Contents to be consistent with the above changes. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Planning Board October 21, 2015 Voted: That the Framingham Zoning Bylaw be amended by amending Sections I.A, Authority; I.B Purpose; I.C Basic Requirements; I.E, Definitions; II.A, Classes of Districts; II.B, Table of Uses; II.C, Prohibited Uses; II.D, Home Occupations; IV Dimensional Regulations; V.A, Special Uses; and II.J, Drive-thru Facility Regulations, and amending the Bylaw for clarification and consistency with the above changes, as presented in the background information of the Fall Special Town Meeting warrant which shows those portions of the Zoning - stricken through), on file in the offices of the Planning Board and Town Clerk with the amendments set forth in the handout for this Town Meeting dated October 20, 2015, excluding and are solely for informational purposes, and amending the Table of Contents to be consistent with the above changes. 95 voting in favor, 6 opposed, 2 abstentions. Approved by the Attorney General on February 3, 2016 A12AM/A RTICLE DDITIONAL OTIONSMENDMENTS October 21, 2015 Failed: I move to refer Article 12 back to sponsor. Karyn A. Bernstein, Precinct 2 A13 RTICLE Town Meeting260 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to petition the General Court to enact legislation in substantially the following form, providing that the General Court may reasonably vary the from and substance of the requested legislation within the scope of the general public objectives of the petition: AN ACT the Town of Framingham to for toorpoles Be it enacted in the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same as follows: SECTION 1. For purposes of this act, a "utility company" shall mean a company, department or other entity that distributes and/ or supplies electricity, telephone, telegraph, gas, communication, cable television services, and/ or other utilities, and shall include the owner of utility wires, cables, attachments, and poles used for such purposes. SECTION 2. Notwithstanding the provisions of M.G.L. c.164, § 22, M G.L. c.164, § 34B, M G.L. c.166, § 22A, or any other general or special law to the contrary, the Town of Framingham shall have the authority to assessfines to any utility company which fails to relocate utility wires, cables and attachments which it is responsible or otherwise required or authorized to relocate to an adjacent or nearby pole within twenty-one (21) days of the date on which said relocation is practical as defined in this act, in an amount not to exceed the sum of two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) per location per day after the twenty-first (21st) day, and one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) per location per day after the sixtieth (6Qth) day. SECTION 3. For purposes of this act, the relocation of a utility wire, cable or attachment is practical in circumstances in which the wire, cable or attachment is the highest mounted wire, cable or attachment on a pole, a replacement pole or conduit has been installed at a nearby location, no lighting or other fixture impedes the relocation, and any permits, grants of location or other approvals necessary for such relocation have been provided. SECTION 4. Notwithstanding the provisions of M.G.L. c.164, § 34B, or any other general or special law to the contrary, the Town of Framingham shall have the authority to assess fines to any utility company which fails to remove a utility pole which it is responsible or otherwise required or authorized to remove aspart of a relocation within ninety (90) days of the date on which said relocation is practical asdefined in this act, in an amount not to exceed the sum of two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) per location per day after the twenty-first (21stday, and one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) per location per day after the sixtieth (60th) day. SECTION 5. For purposes of this act, removal of a utility pole ispractical in circumstances in which all wires, cables and attachments have been removed from the pole and/ or relocated to one (1) or more adjacent utility poles or locations, and any permits, grants of location or other approvals necessary for such relocation have been provided. SECTION 6. Notwithstanding the provisions of M.G.L. c.164, § 34B, or any other general or special law to the contrary, the Town of Framingham shall have the authority to assess fines to any utility company which fails to initiate the installation of a new Town Meeting261 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report utility pole which it is responsible or otherwise required or authorized to install within ninety (90) days of the date on which said installation is requested or ordered by the town as defined in this act, in an amount not to exceed the sum of two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) per location per day after the ninetieth (90th) day, and one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) per location per day after the one hundred and twentieth (20th) day. SECTION 7. For purposes of this act, installation of a new utility pole is practical in circumstances where the company responsible for installing pole has been formally requested or ordered to do so by the Town of Framingham or its authorized representative for reasons of compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board, other applicable state or federal law or regulation, the requirements of a roadway project, or compliance with Town of Framingham policy, and for which any permits, grants of location or other approvals necessary for such installation have been provided. SECTION 8. Notwithstanding the provisions of M.G.L. c. 164, § 22. MG.L. c. 164, § 34B, or any other general or special law to the contrary, the Town of Framingham shall have the authority to assess fines to any utility company which fails to remove or fully secure a utility wire, cable or attachment under itsownership or authority that has been disconnected from a customer location and which remains attached to a utility pole or an adjoining fixture within twenty one (21) days of the date on servicehas been discontinued, inan amount not to exceed the sum of two hundred fifty dollars ($250) per location per day after the twenty-first day, and one thousand dollars ($1,000) per location per day after the sixtieth day. SECTION 9. For purposes of this act, removal or securing of a utility wire, cable or attachment is practical in circumstances in which the service has been discontinued from a customer location, and the wire, cable or attachment has been disconnected from the customer location, and remains attached to, but is not fully secured to a utility pole or fixtures attached thereto. SECTION 10. A utility company may request an exemption from provisions of this act, which may be granted only following a duly posted public meeting of the Framingham Board of Selectmen, who shall have sole authority to grant such exemption. SECTION 11. Fines that are collected in accordance with this act shall be issued by the Framingham Board of Selectmen or their designee, and shall be deposited in the Town of Framingham general fund, or in a fund lawfully established for the improvement of public ways. The issuance of a fine shall not preclude the Town of Framingham from seeking or obtaining any or all other legal and equitable remedies to prevent or remove a violation of this act. The fines set forth herein may be annually revised by the Framingham Board of Selectmen. SECTION 12. This act shall take effect upon itspassage. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Board of Selectmen October 20, 2015 Voted: That the Board of Selectmen be authorized to petition the General Court to enact legislation in substantially the form as it appears in the article, providing that the Town Meeting262 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report General Court may reasonably vary the form and substance of the requested legislation within the scope of the general public objectives of the petition. A13AM/A RTICLE DDITIONAL OTIONSMENDMENTS October 20, 2015 Failed: Joel Winett, Precinct 7 A14 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to accept the provisions of Massachusetts General Law Chapter 44, Section 53F 3/4 in order to establish a separate revenue account to be known as the "PEG Access and Cable Related Fund", into which will be deposited funds received in connection with a franchise agreement between the Town's cable Operators and the Town and from which monies shall be appropriated only for cable-related purposes consistent with the franchise agreement, including, but not limited to: (i) support of public, education or government access cable television services; (ii) monitoring compliance of cable operators with the franchise agreements; or (iii) preparing for renewal of franchise licenses. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Chief Financial Officer October 20, 2015 Voted: That the Town accept the provisions of Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 44, Section 53F ¾ in order to establish a separate revenue account to be known as the from which monies shall only be appropriated for cable-related purposes consistent with the franchise agreement, including, but not limited to: (i) support of public, educational or governmental access cable television services; (ii) monitoring compliance of the cable operator with the franchise agreement; or (iii) preparing for renewal of the franchise license. A15 RTICLE To see if the Town will hear a report from the Town Manager presenting an assessment of the its advice to the Town Manager on the amount of the maximum increase in the property tax levy which should be used in preparing the Fiscal Year 2017 budget for the Town to be presented at the 2016 Annual Town Meeting; or act in relation thereto. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Town Manager October 22, 2015 Voted: That the Town hear a report from the Town Manager presenting an advised on a 1.75% maximum increase in the property tax levy which should be used in preparing the Fiscal Year 2017 budget to be presented at the 2016 Annual Town Meeting. 82 voting in favor, 20 opposed, 0 abstentions. Town Meeting263 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report A15AM/A RTICLE DDITIONAL OTIONSMENDMENTS October 22, 2015 Passed: The Finance Committee moves to amend Article 15 by deleting the number 1.75 and replacing with 1.25. Daniel Lampl, Finance Committee A16 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to negotiate, enter into, execute and approve an agreement for a payment in lieu of taxes agreement (PILOT) as authorized by MGL Chapter 59, section 38H with SOLARBLUE Framingham I, LLC, with respect to annual payments in lieu of real and personal property taxes for a term up to twenty years relative to solar electric generating facilities to be installed and located on land owned by the Asset Holdings III LP c/o Adesa Auction Boston and located at 63 Western Avenue. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Chief Financial Officer October 20, 2015Voted: That the Board of Selectmen be authorized to negotiate, enter into, execute and approve a payment in lieu of taxes agreement (PILOT) as authorized by MGL, Chapter 59, Section 38H with SOLARBLUE Framingham I, LLC, with respect to annual payments in lieu of real and personal property taxes for a term up to twenty years relative to solar electric generating facilities to be installed and located on land owned by Asset Holdings III LP c/o Adesa Auction Boston and located at 63 Western Avenue. A16AM/A RTICLE DDITIONAL OTIONSMENDMENTS October 20, 2015 Passed: Maureen Dunne, Precinct 9 A17 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to authorize the School Department and/or Chief Procurement Officer to enter into a contract or contracts for School Bus Transportation Services for a period not to exceed five (5) years in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: School Department/Chief Procurement Officer October 20, 2015 Voted: That the School Department and/or Chief Procurement Officer be authorized to enter into a contract or contracts for School Bus Transportation Services for a period not to exceed five (5) years in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws. A18 RTICLE To see if Town Meeting will approve a resolution to merge the individual Water and Sewer Enterprise funds into one single enterprise fund beginning in the FY17 budget year. Town Meeting264 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Chief Financial Officer October 20, 2015 Voted: Be it resolved that Town Meeting approve a resolution to merge the individual Water and Sewer Enterprise Funds into one single Enterprise Fund beginning in the FY2017 budget year. A19 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire by gift, grant, or eminent domain a fee interest in the property at 222 Walnut Street, consisting of approximately 2.6 acres of land more or less, identified on the Framingham Assessors Map as Parcel 1002210004200020, which land is also shown as Lot D- Framingham, Mass.; Prepared for Ekard Equipment Company, Inc.; July 2, 1999; prepared by lesex South Registry of Deeds as Plan No. 1315 of 1999, for municipal purposes including but not limited to public works activities, on such terms and conditions as the Board of Selectmen shall determine to be appropriate, and further to authorize the Board of Selectmen and town officers to take all actions to carry out the purposes of this article, and further to pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Board of Selectmen / Department of Public Works October 22, 2015 Voted: That the Board of Selectmen be authorized to acquire by gift, grant or eminent domain a fee interest for general municipal purposes the land at 222 Walnut Street, consisting of approximately 2.6 acres of land more or less, identified on the Framingham Assessors Map as Parcel 1002210004200020, which land is also shown as Lot D-1a on plan titled ds as Plan No. 1315 of 1999, for municipal purposes including but not limited to public works activities, on such terms and conditions as the Board of Selectmen shall determine to be appropriate, and further, that the Board of Selectmen and town officers be authorized to take all actions to carry out the purposes of this article. A19AM/A RTICLE DDITIONAL OTIONSMENDMENTS October 22, 2015 Failed: I move to refer this Article back to Sponsor. Harold Geller, Precinct 2 Chair of Standing Committee on Ways and Means A20 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to support the expansion of Housing Courts in the Commonwealth relative to the geographical jurisdiction of th President of the Massachusetts Senate, the Speaker of the Massachusetts House, and to the chair of the Massachusetts L Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Standing Committee on Public Safety and Board of Selectmen Town Meeting265 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report October 20, 2015 Voted: Be it resolved that the Town of Framingham supports the expansion of Housing Courts in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as proposed in Senate bill S. 901 and municate the Town of Framingham Committee on the Judiciary. A20AM/A RTICLE DDITIONAL OTIONSMENDMENTS October 20, 2015Passed: Kevin Gatlin, Precinct 1 A21 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to amend the organizational structure established for the Town government by vote of Town Meeting under Article 5 of the Town Meeting held December 14, 1999 for the purpose of separating the Health Department from the Division of Inspectional Services. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Town Manager October 27, 2015 Voted: That the Town amend the organizational structure related to the Town Manager, established for the Town government by vote of Town Meeting under Article 5 of the Town Meeting held December 14, 1999 for the purpose of separating the Health Department from the Division of Inspectional Services, as set forth in the background material and attached. Town Meeting266 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report A21A RTICLE TTACHMENT A22 RTICLE To see if Town Meeting will vote to authorize and approve the filing of a petition with the General Court of the Commonwealth under the so- ing said Board of Health to operate as an independent and autonomous Board that appoints its own director, or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Government Study Committee October 27, 2015 Failed: That Town Meeting authorize and approve the filing of a petition with the General Court of the Commonwealth under the so- enact a special law that would amend the provisions of the Special Act of 1996, known as the te as an independent and autonomous Board having authority to choose its own Director of Public Health who, in turn, shall have the authority to choose Health Department employees. Town Meeting267 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report A22AM/A RTICLE DDITIONAL OTIONSMENDMENTS October 27, 2015 Failed: I move that Article 22 be referred back to Sponsor. Kevin P. Crotty, Precinct 7 A23 RTICLE To see if Town Meeting will vote to authorize and approve our elected representatives to file a e Commonwealth under the so- members of the Board of Health from a Board appointed by the Board of Selectmen to a Board elected by the voters of the Town, or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Government Study Committee October 27, 2015 Voted: The Article 23 be referred back to Sponsor. A23AM/A RTICLE DDITIONAL OTIONSMENDMENTS October 27, 2015Not voted on due to refer back: I move that Town Meeting authorize and General Court of the Commonwealth under the so- Board appointed by the Board of Selectmen to a Board elected by the voters of the Town. The change to a fully elected board shall be implemented over a three-year period with each current Board Member allowed to serve until the annual town election next preceding the end of his or her existing term. Melvin Warshaw, Precinct 7 A24 RTICLE To see if Town Meeting will vote to authorize and approve our elected representatives to file a so-to enact a special law that would amend the provisions of the Board of Health from three members to five members, or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Government Study Committee October 27, 2015 Voted: That our elected representatives be authorized and approved to file a so-cial law that would amend the provisions of the Board of Health from three members to five members. The change in the size of the Board shall be implemented over a two-year period with one member added the first year, and one member added the second year. A24AM/A RTICLE DDITIONAL OTIONSMENDMENTS Town Meeting268 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report October 27, 2015 Passed: I move to amend the motion on Article 24 by removing the last sentence of the motion. Gloria Geller, Precinct 2 A25 RTICLE To see if Town Meeting will vote to amend Article I, Section 1.1 of the General Bylaws by thereto. Sponsor: Government Study Committee October 28, 2015 Voted: That Article 25 be referred back to Sponsor. A25AM/A RTICLE DDITIONAL OTIONSMENDMENTS October 28, 2015 Not voted on due to refer back: I move that Town Meeting amend Article 1, Section 1.1 of the General Bylaws three years. R. Karl Rookey, Precinct 14 ______________________________________________________________________________ ___ October 28, 2015 Not voted on due to refer back: I move to amend Article 25 by adding to the motion that a change from a one year to a three year term will only be allowed one full year after the next town wide election cycle. Specifically, not this upcoming election cycle spring of 2016 but would be in effect the election of spring 2017. Gerald Bloomfield, Precinct 1 A26 RTICLE To see if Town Meeting will vote to amend Article 5, Section 1.4.1 of the General Bylaws by common and the sampling and sale of beer and wine during Metrofest held at Bowditch Athletic sampling and sale of wine and beer during an event held on Town property is permitted if the Sponsor: Government Study Committee October 28, 2015 Voted: That Article 5, Section 1.4.1 of the General Bylaws be amended by common and the sampling and sale of beer and wine during Metrofest held at Bowditch Athletic sampling and sale of wine and beer during an event held on Town property is permitted if the Approved by the Attorney General on February 3, 2016 Town Meeting269 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report A27 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to amend Article II Section 7 relative to the Chief Procurement Officer, for consistency and accuracy with Article II, Section 19.4 and 19.5.2 by removing Sections 7.1, 7.2 and 7.4 as presented in the background information of the Fall Special Town Meeting warrant. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Chief Financial Officer October 28, 2015 Voted: That Article II, Section 7 relative to the Chief Procurement Officer, for consistency and accuracy with Article II, Section 19.4 and 19.5.2 be amended by removing Sections 7.1, 7.2 and 7.4 as presented in the background information in the Fall Special Town Meeting warrant and attached. Approved by the Attorney General on February 3, 2016 A27A RTICLE TTACHMENT Section 7. Purchasing Department 7.1 The Assistant T Purchasing Agent and assume the responsibilities of both those offices as stated in state laws and local bylaws. The Assistant Town Manager will be qualified in public administration and purchasing by education, training and experience. 7.2 An Assistant Chief Procurement Officer may be designated by the Town Manager to perform the duties of the Chief Procurement Officer and Purchasing Agent in the absence or incapacity of the Assistant Town Manager. When performing such duties, the Assistant Chief Procurement Officer will have the powers and be subject to the requirements and penalties applicable to that office. 7.3 7.1 The Purchasing Agent shall give a surety company bond for the faithful performance of his duties in such forms as the Town Counsel shall approve in a sum not less than $100,000. The bond shall be executed, approved and delivered before he enters upon the duties of his office and within ten (10) days after his appointment, the Town to pay the premium for said Bond. Should the Purchasing Agent fail to give the required bond, his appointment shall be void and a new appointment shall be made forthwith. 7.4 The Assistant Town Manager shall devote his entire time to the performance of his duties and shall receive no compensation of whatever nature other than the stipulated salary for any service rendered in his official or unofficial capacity. 7.5 7.2 The Purchasing Agent shall have the following powers and duties: 7.5.1 7.2.1 The Purchasing Agent shall be responsible for the procurement of all supplies, materials, equipment, contractual services needed by all of the departments, institutions, boards, commissions and other agencies which derive their support wholly or in part from Town funds which are hereinafter referred to as the "Using" Agencies. "Contractual Services" means and includes all public utility services, fuel, towel and cleaning Town Meeting270 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report service, leases for all grounds, buildings, office or other space required by "Using" Agencies; the procurement, repair, maintenance or operation by other than Town employees of equipment, machinery and other personal property. The rental with or without attendant personnel of equipment, machinery and other personal property. The term shall include contractual services in the construction or repair of public buildings, highways and other public works but shall not include professional, expert consultant or other contractual services which are in their nature unique or not subject to competition. Contractual services shall not be construed to mean the hiring of departmental personnel, medical, legal, technical or other professional services. Contractual services shall be construed to mean surety bonds, all forms of insurance, printing (except materials and printing to be used in elections). The Board of Selectmen may in case of emergency exempt purchases for any Using Agency from the provisions of this Section. 7.5.2 7.2.2 The Purchasing Agent shall be responsible for the inspection of all supplies, materials, equipment and contractual services delivered to the Town in order to determine conformance with the specifications set forth in the orders or contract and for such purpose may authorize any department or office to act for him. 7.5.3 7.2.3 The Purchasing Agent shall have authority to order or make inventories of the supplies, materials, equipment and furnishings of any and all departments and any department possessing excess or surplus personal property of any kind shall not sell, exchange, transfer or dispose thereof without first certifying such personal property as surplus to the Purchasing Agent; and thereupon the Purchasing Agent shall circularize all departments and agencies as to their needs for such surplus property and if such need is determined, the Purchasing Agent may order transfer of such property from one department or agency to another. 7.5.4 7.2.4 The Purchasing Agent shall have the power to sell by public auction or competitive bid, if possible, exchange or trade any supplies which have become obsolete, overage, unsuitable for use or surplus. 7.5.5 7.2.5 In all cases where the supplies to be purchased are peculiar to the field of education, the school committee's determination as to the specifications of supplies to be purchased shall be conclusive upon the Purchasing Department. 7.5.6 7.2.6 The Purchasing Agent shall prepare and secure with the cooperation of the various department heads standard and written specifications for supplies used by the Using Agencies.It shall be the duty of the Purchasing Agent to classify supplies used in the various departments, to adopt as standards the minimum number of qualities, sizes and varieties of supplies consistent with the successful operation of the Town government and to prepare and adopt written specifications of all such standard supplies. Except in the case of non-competitive types and kinds of supplies, all specifications shall be definite and certain and shall permit competition. After its adoption, each standard specification shall, Town Meeting271 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report unless revised or rescinded, apply alike in terms and effects to any future purchase order or contract for the supply described in such specifications. The agent shall consult with the heads of Using Agencies to determine their precise requirements and shall endeavor to prescribe those standards which best meet the needs of the majority of those agencies. The agent shall have the authority to make use of laboratory, engineering facilities of the Town and the technical staffs of all Town departments. Once established the agent shall enforce the written specifications adopted pursuant to this section. 7.5.7 7.2.7 The Purchasing Agent shall require that each Using Agency shall make an inventory, during the month of November in each year, of the personal property under its charge and a copy of such inventory shall be forwarded to the Purchasing Agent prior to December 1 of each year. Between the first day of November and the first day of December of each year there shall be forwarded to the Purchasing Agent an estimate of the equipment, materials, supplies and contractual services that will be needed by each Using Agency for the ensuing year. The requirements for preparing estimates shall not prevent any Using Agency from filing with the Purchasing Agent at any time a justifiable requisition for any supplies, materials, equipment or contractual services, the need for which was not foreseen when the detailed estimate was filed. 7.5.8 7.2.8 The Purchasing Agent shall control and supervise any and all existing storerooms and warehouses and any which may be hereafter established. 7.5.9 7.2.9 Requisitions for the purchase of supplies or contractual services for any Using Agency shall be received by the Purchasing Department prior to the issuance of a purchase order or contract for such supplies or contractual services and shall be signed by the department head or his authorized agent. The Purchasing Agent shall examine each requisition and shall have the authority, only after consultations with the head of the Using Agency, to revise it as to quantity, quality, or estimated cost but revisions as to quality shall be in accordance with the standards and specifications provided pursuant to subsection 7.5.6. 7.5.10 7.2.10 Except in cases of emergency, in which he shall within seventy-two hours, or sooner, if possible, notify the Town Accountant of said purchase, the Purchasing Agent shall not issue any order for delivery on any contract, or any open market order unless and until the Town Accountant certified that there is to the credit of each Using Agency concerned a sufficient appropriation balance in excess of all unpaid obligations, to defray the cost of such supplies, materials, equipment or contractual services. 7.5.11 7.2.11 The head of each department shall file with the Purchasing Department the name or names of members of his department who shall be authorized to approve requisitions. Town Meeting272 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report 7.5.12 7.2.12 All purchases, acquisitions and dispositions of goods, services, and real property by the town of Framingham shall be made in accordance with the provisions of the Uniform Procurement Act as set out in M.G.L. 30B as it may be amended from time to time. 7.5.13 7.2.13 Any purchase order or contract made on behalf of the Town under this section or otherwise in which the Purchasing Agent or any employees of his department, the heads of Using Agencies, or any other officer or employee of the Town having a part in the placing of such order or contract is financially interested, directly, or indirectly shall be void. 7.63 The Purchasing Agent shall submit annually within thirty days of the close of the year a report on the activities of his department, and may suggest from time to time changes in the provisions of this article which he deems necessary. 7.74 All records of the Purchasing Department shall be public, records open freely to public inspection and shall be kept on file in the office of the Purchasing Agent for a period of at least six years. 7.85 This Bylaw supersedes and nullifies the provisions of any Bylaw re: Purchases by departments, boards, commissions and shall apply to all purchases and contracts only insofar as it does not conflict with any prevailing State or Federal Statutes applicable to the Town of Framingham. _______________________________ Section 19. Chief Financial Officer 19.4 The Department of Finance shall assume and be responsible for the functions and statutory duties of the offices of Town Accountant, Town Treasurer / Collector, Chief Procurement Officer, and Town Assessors and their respective departments, each of which shall become a division within the Department of Finance. 19.5 The responsibilities and duties of said CFO shall include the following: 19.5.2 The CFO, with the approval of the Town Manager, shall appoint the Town Account, Town Treasurer/Collector, Chief Procurement Officer, and the Town Assessors. The persons to be appointed to these positions shall meet the qualifications established by general or special law, town bylaw or regulations established thereunder. Persons holding these positions may be removed from office by the CFO, with the approval of the Town Manager, after written notice to such persons of the reasons for the proposed removal and a public hearing at which the reasons for removal shall be set forth and at which such persons shall be entitled to be heard. A28 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to revise the Town Bylaws Article III, Section 2 on Standing Committees as presented in the motion and background information of the Fall Special Town Meeting warrant. Town Meeting273 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Standing Committee on Rules October 28, 2015 Voted: That Article 28 be referred back to Sponsor. A28AM/A RTICLE DDITIONAL OTIONSMENDMENTS October 28, 2015 Not voted on due to refer back: I move that the General Bylaws Article III, Section 2.1 be replaced with the text shown on the handout for the 2015 Fall Town Meeting as attached. Joel Winett, Precinct 7 ______________________________________________________________________________ ___ October 28, 2015 Not voted on due to refer back: I move to replace the motion under Article Amy Weader, Precinct 4 ______________________________________________________________________________ ___ October 28, 2015 Not voted on due to refer back: I move to amend the motion as follows: Replace Section 2.1.2, paragraph (e) with (e) Ways and Means Standing Committee will be concerned with the Finance Division, the Human Resources Division (with the exception of the Veterans Service Department), the Information Standing Committee may also provide recommendations to Town Meeting on the operating and capital budget line items. Harold Geller, Precinct 2 Chair of Standing Committee on Ways and Means ________________________________________________________________________________ ___ October 28, 2015 Not voted on due to refer back: On behalf of the Standing Committee on Planning and Zoning, I move that the current language of Section 2.1.2(b) of Article 28 be deleted and that the following language be inserted in i will be concerned with the Community and Economic Development Division, the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Planning Board, the Conservation Commission, the Historical Commission, the Economic Development and Industrial Corporation, the Historical District Commission, and the Agricultural Advisory Committee. Stephen Shull, Precinct 2 ________________________________________________________________________________ ___ Town Meeting274 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report October 28, 2015 Not voted on due to refer back: On behalf of the Standing Committee on Section 2.1.2.(b) of Article 28. Stephen Shull, Precinct 2 ________________________________________________________________________________ ___ October 28, 2015 Not voted on due to refer back: On behalf of the Standing Committee on of Article 28. Stephen Shull, Precinct 2 ______________________________________________________________________________ ___ Town Meeting275 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report A28A RTICLE TTACHMENT Article 28: Standing Committee Bylaw 10-22-2015 Rules Committee The changes to the motion printed in the warrant book are shown below with words deleted shown by bold and underlined strikeout and new words added shown in . I move that the General Bylaws Article III, Section 2.1 be replaced with the following: 2.1 There shall be the following seven Standing Committees of the Town Meeting: Public Works, Planning and Zoning, Community Services, Public Safety, Ways and Means, Education and Rules. 2.1.1 Each Standing Committee shall inform itself of the activities of the governmental bodies and for related functions included under their purview as listed below. s 2.1.2 Each Standing Committee shall make a recommendationto Town Meeting on the merits of theunder their purview. warrant articles relating to ir specific governmental bodies organization chart, the functions under the divisions, and other governmental bodies as listed below . (a) Public Works Standing Committee will be concerned with the Public Works (except the Conservation Commission)and with the Capital Projects Division and Facilities Division. and for the Town Owned Buildings Department. (b) Planning and Zoning Standing Committee will be concerned with the Community the Conservation Commission and Economic Development Division, , and the warrant articles sponsored by the Planning Board. (c) Community Services Standing Committee will be concerned with the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Division, the Veteran Services Department, and the Community Development Block Grant appropriations. (d) Public Safety Standing Committee will be concerned with the Police Division, the and the Public Health Division Fire Division, the Inspectional Services Division, . (e) Ways and Means Standing Committee will be concerned with the Finance Division, the Human Resources Division (with the exception of the Veterans Service and Department), the Information Services Division, the Town the Legal Department. The Ways and Means Standing Committee may also provide recommendations to Town Meeting on the operating and capital budget line items. (f) Education Standing Committee will be concerned with the Library, the Framingham School Department and the Keefe Vocational School. (g) Rules Standing Committee will be concerned with the procedures for conducting and the procedures followed by town meeting committees Town Meeting, .may advise boards, committees and commissions on procedures stated in Town Bylaws, and Massachusetts General Laws. Sponsored by the Standing Committee on Rules Town Meeting276 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report A29 RTICLE To see if the Town Meeting will vote to amend Article I, Section 5.10 of the General Bylaws by clarifying that only substantive motions need be recorded in the minutes and that the minutes of all boards, committees and commissions, whether elected or appointed, shall include the name and vote of each member voting, or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Government Study Committee October 28, 2015 Voted: That Article 29 be referred back to Sponsor. A29AM/A RTICLE DDITIONAL OTIONSMENDMENTS October 28, 2015 Not voted on due to refer back: I move that Town Meeting amend Article 1, Section 5.10.1 of the General Bylaws by deleting said Section and inserting in place thereof the following: 5.10.1 All votes taken shall be recorded in the minutes pursuant to the Open Meeting Law. In addition to the procedure required by the state Open Meeting Law (MGL c. 30A, sec. 22), the minutes of all boards, commissions and committees (including standing committees), whether elected or appointed, shall include the name and individual vote, including any abstentions, of each member on all votes taken that are not strictly procedural in nature, such as a vote to Move the Question. R. Karl Rookey, Precinct 14 ______________________________________________________________________________ ___ October 28, 2015 Not voted on due to refer back: Replace Move the Question with Adjourn. Joel Winett, Precinct 7 ______________________________________________________________________________ ___ October 28, 2015 Not voted on due to refer back: That the standing committees of town meeting be exempt from doing this. Gloria Geller, Precinct 2 A30 RTICLE To see if the Town Meeting will vote to authorize and approve the filing of a petition with the General Court of the Commonwealth under the so- special law for the Town of Framingham that, notwithstanding M.G.L. Ch. 43A, §4, would establish the number of representative Town Meeting members from each precinct as the largest number divisible by three which will admit of a representation thereof in the approximate proportion which the number of inhabitants therein bears to the total number of inhabitants in the Town, and which will cause the total elected membership to be as nearly one hundred and eighty as may be. Such change would be initially implemented over a three-year period by electing each year three Town Meeting members from each precinct for a term of three years instead of four Town Meeting members from each precinct, or take any action relative thereto. Town Meeting277 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report Sponsor: Government Study Committee October 28, 2015 Voted: That Article 30 be referred back to Sponsor. A30AM/A RTICLE DDITIONAL OTIONSMENDMENTS October 28, 2015Not voted on due to refer back: I move that Town Meeting authorize and approve the filing of a petition with the General Court of the Commonwealth under the so-called notwithstanding M.G.L. Ch. 43A, Sec. 4, Chapter 143 of the Acts of 1949, or any other general or special law to the contrary, would establish the number of representative town meeting members from each precinct as the largest number divisible by three which will admit of a representation thereof in the approximate proportion which the number of inhabitants in the Town, and which will cause the total elected membership to be as nearly one hundred and eighty as may be. Such change would be initially implemented over a three-year period by electing each year three Town Meeting Members from each precinct for a term of three years instead of four Town Meeting Members from each precinct. R. Karl Rookey, Precinct 14 ______________________________________________________________________________ ___ October 28, 2015 Not voted on due to refer back: Strike last sentence and insert in its place such change would be initially implemented in one general election. The top 3 vote getters would receive 3 year seats. The next 3 would receive 2 year seats and the following 3 1 year seats for a total of 9 per precinct. Kathy Vassar, Precinct 1 ______________________________________________________________________________ ___ A31 RTICLE To see if Town Meeting will vote to recognize the sacrifices made by military veterans by charging military veterans renting Cushing Chapel for funerals and memorial services no more than the current $200 rental rate. Sponsor: Citizen Petition () Deborah Butler October 29, 2015 Voted: I move that Town Meeting freeze the Cushing Chapel rental rate charged military veterans for funerals and memorial services at $200. A31AM/A RTICLE DDITIONAL OTIONSMENDMENTS October 29, 2015Passed: I move that the dollar amount of $200.00 be reduced to zero in Article 31. Kevin P. Crotty, Precinct 7 ______________________________________________________________________________ ___ October 29, 2015 Passed: Town Meeting278 Town of Framingham2015 Annual Town Report Joel Winett, Precinct 7 ______________________________________________________________________________ ___ October 29, 2015 Not voted on due to prior passed amendment: Amend the motion to set the fee for Veterans functions and Veterans funerals to a total of $160 per rental to pay for the custodial fees at the Cushing Memorial Chapel. Nicholas Paganella, Precinct 6 ______________________________________________________________________________ ___ A32 RTICLE To see if Town Meeting will vote to waive charges to assemble and copy records that veterans need to appeal chapter 115 terminations before the Massachusetts Department of Veteran Services. Sponsor: Citizen Petition () Deborah Butler October 29, 2015 Voted: I move that Town Meeting vote to waive charges to assemble and copy records that veterans need to appeal Chapter 115 termination before the Massachusetts Department of Veterans Services. A32AM/A RTICLE DDITIONAL OTIONSMENDMENTS October 29, 2015 Passed: Joel Winett, Precinct 7 Town Meeting279