Wednesday, March 6, 2013
The proposed Fiscal Year 2014 budget would increase the average homeowner's tax bill by $148.
Seven new police officers, $250,000 for school security and funds to aid economic development efforts were among the highlights of a proposed $236 million budget presented to Selectmen Tuesday night. Town Manager Bob Halpin said the spending plan for fiscal year 2014, his first budget since being hired in mid-2012, funds the majority of departments at a level service rate while allowing for "strategic investments" in key areas. "We have the opportunity for the first time in many years to address some important areas," Halpin said. The budget plan represents an increase of $8.4 million, or 3.7 percent above the current fiscal year. Though assessment figures are not finalized, Framingham Chief Financial Officer Mary Ellen Kelley said the …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
DPW co-workers used a belt as a tourniquet until first responders arrived on the scene; the water department employee was flown to a Boston Hospital for treatment Tuesday morning.
A Framingham Public Works employee was flown to a Boston hospital Tuesday morning, after he was injured by a 14-inch circular blade chop saw, said Framingham Police Lt. Ron Brandolini. The Framingham DPW water department employee, in his 20s, suffered a left shoulder injury, said Brandolini. He was conscious and talking at the scene. The employee "severly cut an artery in his arm" while in the trenches, said Framingham Town Manager Bob Halpin. While working on a sewer issue on Woodland Drive, a gas-powered saw the employee was using kicked back and cut him in the shoulder, explained Halpin. Halpin said the employee had to get himself out of the trench and that fellow DPW employees then treated him until first responders arrived. They used …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
A medical helicopter was requested for a Framingham Public Works employee, after he was injured by a circular blade chop saw.
UPDATED: 12:25 p.m. A Framingham Public Works employee was flown to a Boston hospital after he was injured by a 14-inch circular blade chop saw, said Framingham Police Lt. Ron Brandolini. The man, who works for the water department, suffered a left shoulder injury, said Brandolini. He was conscious and talking at the scene. The employee severed an artery while in the trenches, said Town Manager Bob Halpin. *** Report of man, in his 20s, injured with a chain saw on Woodland Drive. Man was conscious at the scene. Report of a severe injury to his arm. Medflight helicopter requested. Helicopter is expected to land at the Massachusetts State Police headquarters. Framingham Police and Framingham Fire on the scene. Man is expected to be …
Friday, January 25, 2013
Residents and motorists are reporting a major water main break on Beacon Street on Friday.
Frozen, shifting earth caused a water line on Beacon Street to break Friday, closing parts of the road while DPW crews replaced the valve. DPW workers hoped to have the break fixed by midnight Saturday. There were four valve breaks on Friday, a DPW worker said, caused by valves around Framingham that are more than 90 years old. During the commuter hour, police detoured traffic onto summer and only one lane was passable on Beacon St. Stay tuned to Framingham Patch for details as the become available.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Town of Framingham will hold a special one weekend only winter leaf drop off event.
The Town of Framingham will open for this weekend only Saturday, Jan. 12 and Sunday Jan. 13 for yard waste and leaf drop off. The event at the Dudley Road Yard Waste Drop-off is for residents only with a current recycling center sticker. This will be the only weekend it will be open during the winter months. The hours are Saturday, Jan. 12 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Keefe Tech students from the landscape and design program hosted the event, and planted a ceremonial American Beech Tree.
Framingham Department of Public Works celebrated Arbor Day with the Joseph P. Keefe Technical High School Friday May 11. Keefe Tech students from the landscape and design program hosted the event, and planted a ceremonial American Beech Tree. Selectmen Chair Charlie Sistsky read the Arbor Day proclamation and made the presentation with Interim Town Manager Valerie Mulvey. Keefe Tech students from the landscape and design program hosted the event, and planted a ceremonial American Beech Tree. The Public Works department wanted to thanks Paul L Brackett Associates Inc., Dillon Tree Service, American Climbers, Maltby and Company who donated their time, personnel and equipment for removal of hazardous trees thoughtout the school property. …
Monday, November 7, 2011
Below is the weekly construction alerts issued by the Framingham Department of Public Works.
Monday, November 7, 2011
"A" Street: Construction crews will continue to complete service connections on “A” Street, restricting traffic to a one lane alternating traffic pattern while construction is underway. At the end of each work day, normal traffic flow on "A" Street will be restored. Access to side streets and Framingham High School will be maintained. Beulah Street and Worcester Road (Route 9): Construction crews will continue to install new sewer main on Beulah Street and perform drainage work on Route 9 westbound. While construction is in progress Beulah Street will be restricted to local traffic only from Auburn Street Ext. and will be closed at the intersection of Route 9 westbound. Construction activities are scheduled to take place overnight …
Friday, October 14, 2011
Framingham Board of Selectmen met Tuesday night. Below are some items you may have missed.
Hanson’s Farm, 20 Nixon Rd in North Framingham will again stage its Halloween celebration. An entertainment license, for hayrides and live music, was granted by the Selectmen. Hanson’s Farm has conducted a celebration of the Halloween season for years. Activities include a haunted house tour, hayrides through the fields where actors put on sometimes scary skits for the hay wagon riders, and sales of seasonal fruits and farm products. Town Manager Julian Suso further reported the Framingham Police Department will sponsor a Prescription Drug Disposal Day, Saturday, Oct. 29, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the police building. Further details were not available. Framingham Selectmen approved a petition by NSTAR for a 700-foot gas main on Willis Street …
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Selectmen heard about a proposed small commercial exemption, a new food truck festival and voted to transfer licenses to the new owners of the Sheraton Framingham Hotel.
Selectmen had a busy Tuesday night attending to the town’s business. The Open Session of the Board of Selectmen was convened at 7:25 p.m., nearly a half hour beyond its advertised starting time because the board was in executive session. Details of discussions that ensued during executive session are not made public but are listed on the Board of Selectmen meeting agenda and read by Selectman Chair Jason Smith, as the first order of business at the open meeting. Items that were listed for the executive session included strategies for contract negotiations with nonunion personnel, including the Town Manager; and an update on collective bargaining negotiations with the Public Employee Committee. Action and discussion of other items on the …
Monday, September 19, 2011
How soon until winter? We've moved from spring to summer and now into fall this week; but the construction has remained constant. Here are the areas to avoid this week.
Monday, September 19, 2011
This is the latest press release from the Framingham Department of Public Works on the road construction, closures, detours and delays to expect in town: "A" Street: Construction crews will continue to install sewer services on “A” Street, restricting traffic to a one lane alternating traffic pattern while construction is underway. At the end of each work day, normal traffic flow on "A" Street will be restored. Access to side streets and Framingham High School will be maintained throughout the construction. Construction activities will take place daily between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Coburn Area: Construction crews will continue to perform sewer services on Bridges Street; water main installation will occur on Saucier Street, Naples …