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Board, Committee and Commission Positions Available

May 1, 2012 (2:12 pm EST)
Filed under: Politics by News Staff
Framingham Town Hall, The Memorial Building

Framingham Town Hall, The Memorial Building

FRAMINGHAM, MA - One of the duties of the Framingham Board of Selectmen, ("BOS"), is to appoint residents to serve on various boards, committees, and commissions.

The BOS has published the following list of vacancies that it is seeking to fill:

  • Agricultural Advisory Commission - 2 Positions
  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee - 1 Position
  • Board of Health - 1 Position
  • Cable Advisory Committee - Position
  • Community Development Committee - 7 Positions
  • Conservation Commission - 2 Positions ...[read more]

Framingham Library Trustees Seek Applicants for Vacant Board Position

February 1, 2012 (8:25 am EST)
Filed under: General Interest by News Staff
PHOTO: Framingham Public Library (main branch)

Framingham Library, 49 Lexington Street, Framingham, MA 01702

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Anyone interested in filling a one-year vacancy on the Board of Trustees of the Framingham Public Library should send a letter of application to the Library by or before noon Thursday, February 9, 2012.

The application should include the applicant's qualifications and reasons for wishing to become an FPL Trustee.

Application should be sent attention of Ruth Winett, Library Chair, to:

Framingham Library
49 Lexington Street
Framingham, MA 01702

(Applications may also be submitted by email ...[read more]

DPW Head Wants Nobscot Chapel Land to Improve Road

November 10, 2011 (9:59 pm EST)
Filed under: Uncategorized by Randy Harris
Nobscot Chapel viewed from Edgell Rd. heading north into intersection.

Nobscot Chapel viewed from Edgell Rd. approaching intersection at Water St. and Edmands Rd. (photo taken Sept. 2011)

FRAMINGHAM, MA - At a Board of Selectmen Meeting on Tuesday November 8, 2011, Framingham Department of Public Works Director Peter Sellers asked Selectmen to postpone any plan to auction off the Nobscot Union Chapel which was recently taken by the town due to unpaid water bills.

Sellers presented a plan to round off the corner of Edgell Road and Water Street where the Nobscot Chapel is located.

Sellers reported that rounding out the final corner of the busy intersection would improve visibility, safety and traffic flow, and noted that the three other corners that make up Nobscot's main intersection have been rounded in the same manner he's proposing.

Sellers claimed that the chapel is not a historic ...[read more]

Building Commissioner May Face Criminal Charges

November 5, 2011 (10:25 am EST)
Filed under: Public Meetings by News Staff
Framingham Board of Selectmen, (left to right) Laurie Lee, Charlie Sisitsky, Jason Smith, Ginger Esty and Dennis Giombetti.

Framingham Board of Selectmen, (left to right) Laurie Lee, Charlie Sisitsky, Jason Smith, Ginger Esty and Dennis Giombetti.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - In an updated agenda that was published late Friday afternoon, the Framingham Board of Selectman, (BOS), have decided to meet earlier than usual for a closed-door executive session on Tuesday November 8th, 2011.

In the agenda the selectmen have announced they will meet at 5:30pm, (in the Nevins Conference Room of the Memorial Building), and as their first order of business have listed the following item:

1). Discussion Regarding Investigation of Building Commissioner per M.G.L. Ch. 30A, Sec. 21(a)(1) and 30A, Sec. 21(a)(5).

Framingham Building Commissioner Michael Foley was placed on administrative leave (with pay) last week after allegations of padding expense reports, playing golf on work days, not showing up for work and giving friends and associates thousands of dollars worth of discounts on building permit fees were unveiled.

Town Meeting Member George Lewis, (Precinct 18 Chair), has also made allegations that Foley denied him access to public records, illegally barred Lewis from entering the Building Department office, made disparaging remarks about Lewis to others, and in one instance threatened Lewis with bodily harm.

The sections of Massachusetts General Laws, ("M.G.L."), cited in the Selectman's Meeting agenda item address administration of the government and more specifically when and why public bodies may meet in closed-door executive session and pertain to ...[read more]

A Bad Week of Bad Government

October 23, 2011 (8:08 am EST)
Filed under: Politics by Randy Harris
Framingham Town Hall, The Memorial Building

Framingham Town Hall, The Memorial Building

FRAMINGHAM, MA - This week Framingham residents witnessed a series of town government related issues that can't be described as anything other than a train wreck that was waiting to happen.

Days before the Special Fall Town Meeting, with seven articles she had sponsored or co-sponsored on the Warrant, and several others that had monetary implications, Framingham Chief Financial Officer, (CFO), Mary Ellen Kelley announced she had made a $1.5 million dollar mistake calculating the Town's operating budget.

While the majority of the Articles sponsored by the CFO had absolutely no supporting background material, a half dozen pages of extremely detailed figures were provided for a 1% COLA, (Cost Of Living Adjustment), pay raise for non-union municipal workers and department heads, followed by a one page "note" which explained how ...[read more]

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