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FM #203 - Community Preservation Act - Feb 5, 2020

Updated about 1 year ago.

This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 203 in the series, that we are now producing in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (

Sharing this segment of the Town Council meeting on Feb 5, 2020 as the Community Preservation Act will likely be one of the prime subjects of discussion until November 2020.

Town Council Chair Tom Mercer opens this segment of the Council meeting asking Town Administrator Jamie Hellen to lead the Community Preservation Act discussion and overview. It was a sense of deja vu for Jamie as he realized that he had come to Franklin on November 7, 2001 to do the same thing early in his career. There were a few good stories to share as he recounted from the minutes of that Town Council meeting almost 20 years ago.

The presentation thus set in time perspective did proceed. A link to the presentation doc used is included in the show notes. After the Town Council had the opportunity to ask questions, members of the audience also had their turn to raise questions or comments. Each individual introduced themselves as they came forward to speak.

At the end of the discussion, Tom asks Jamie to start working on the details to enable this to come back before the Council, and eventually before the community, for a vote at the November 2020 election.

Without further ado, here is the recording for the meeting segment on the CPA approx 65 minutes