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Recycle Schedule Changing

Filed under: General Interest by News Staff at 7:11 pm on May 14, 2010

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Framingham Town Meeting Members, (TMM), voted to pass an article which will leave Framingham residents with recycling pick up every other week instead of weekly.

People opposed to new recycling plan offered many reasons why they did not want to see the article pass. Among the complaints; The new containers are too big and some people including elderly and disabled won't be able to ...[read more]


Third Time May Be Charm for Proposed New McAuliffe Building

Filed under: Politics by Deb Cleveland at 8:50 am on June 14, 2005

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Supporters of a new building for the McAuliffe Branch Library have another chance to ask Town Meeting for funding.

Town Meeting may revisit project during capital budget debate

Prompted by the state’s extension of a $ 1.6 million grant towards the proposed project until June 30th, Town Meeting Member Audrey Hall says she intends to request funding during debates about the capital budget this week.

If her motion for funding the library doesn’t pass, it may be six years before Framingham receives another state library grant.

Framingham made history by being the first city or town to receive a grant for a branch library, a recognition that McAuliffe is one of the busiest libraries in the state.

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New McAuliffe Branch Library Building Nixed by Town Meeting

Filed under: Politics by Deb Cleveland at 11:02 pm on March 15, 2005

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Article 2 on the March 15th Special Town Meeting Warrant, asking for Town Meeting to vote in favor of funds to build a new McAuliffe Library building in Pinefield Shopping Center failed to receive the two thirds majority required to approve such funding.

Despite the support of most town committees, and the Board of Selectmen, a $ 1.6 million dollar grant, and funds spent on the plans and feasibility study, and public support, and an aging building in need of significant repair, there weren't enough town meeting members convinced that the project was to be supported at this time. Unfortunately, the grant will expire May 15th and it is estimated that it will be another 8 years before Framingham might receive another one.

During the discussion, moderator Ed Noonan collapsed, knocking over the podium. He quickly revived, but handed off the running of the meeting to Joel Winett, and was taken to the hospital by EMT's. After a brief recess, discussion of the library article continued, but many would-be speakers were disappointed as the stand-in moderator allowed the vote to be called.

Before the vote on the library funding, a motion by the Standing Committee on Public Works (SCPW) to refer the library article back to sponsor was voted down.

The Town will be facing significant expenditures to make the current building accessible, as well as replacing the HVAC system and the roof and addressing plumbing problems.

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