Message from the Town Manager

September 30, 2016

Dear Framingham Taxpayers:
 
Although autumn has arrived and the temperatures are gradually cooling down, construction crews will continue to work on multiple roadway projects throughout town. We understand that these projects have an impact on the day-to-day life of residents, businesses, and visitors. The Town will continue to work diligently to mitigate these impacts while construction continues. We appreciate your patience as we make these important infrastructure improvements.  

The Town will convene its annual Fall Special Town Meeting on Tuesday, October 18 and Town Meeting members will be reviewing a variety of financial matters and bylaw proposals. The warrant (or agenda) for this meeting will be available on the Town’s website: www.framinghamma.gov.

Here are some other informational updates and news from your Town government:

Updates from Framingham Public Works

Downtown Framingham is in the final stages of its $40 million, multi-year Infrastructure Renewal Project. New sidewalks, upgraded crosswalks, handicapped accessible ramps, roadways, sequenced traffic signals, street lights and utilities have been completed and now the landscaping and amenities are being installed. Downtown is in the midst of an amazing renaissance that is full of excitement and possibilities.

Union Avenue, the gateway to Downtown, has begun its multi-year water, sewer and storm drain replacement project. Beaver Street and Kendall Street have just seen completion of roadway and sidewalk reconstruction from the Sherborn Town line to the newly upgraded Dennison Crossing. Dennison Crossing has new upgraded electronically sequenced traffic signals. 

New recycling vehicles are visiting each residence once a week to help reduce our refuse disposal. All over town, Framingham Public Works is improving the quality of life its residents, businesses and visitors. For more information about Town-wide projects underway, visit www.BuildingFramingham.com.


Senior Property Tax Work-Off Program 


Would you like to save up to $725 on your property tax bill? The Senior Property Tax Work-Off Program allows people to earn up to a $725 credit on their property tax bills by working in designated municipal departments if they are approved for the program. Applications are being accepted now for the FY2017 program for Framingham residents who meet the following criteria:
 
  1. are at least 62 years old as of July 1, 2016 
  2. own their home for five years or more, and 
  3. their gross income is $40,000 or less as a single person; or their combined gross income as a couple is $50,000 or less. 
Preference is given to people who have not participated in the program in previous years. Please call the Callahan Center for an application and additional details at 508-532-5980 or visit the website: www.framinghamma.gov/360/council-on-aging.


From Town Moderator Teri Banerjee to the Citizens of Framingham   


Looking for an opportunity to learn more about your community while contributing to it?  Get involved—consider running for a Town Meeting Member seat or applying for a position on a Moderator-appointed committee. Town government is Democracy in Action! For more information, visit our "Town Meeting Awareness" table at the Friday Concerts on the Green this summer or contact Teri Banerjee, Town Moderator at townmoderator@gmail.com.


Team Framingham 2017 - Opportunity for Residents to Run the 2017 Boston Marathon

The Boston Athletic Association provides the Town of Framingham with 20 - 25 invitational entries to the Boston Marathon due to our "host community" status. The Team Framingham program was established for the 2014 marathon in order to allow town residents and town and school employees the opportunity to participate in a random selection (lottery) for one of these 20 - 25 entries.

The Town will be offering this opportunity for the 2017 Boston Marathon, which will be held on Monday April 17, 2017.  The application period for inclusion in the Monday, December 5th random selection runs from Monday, October 3 until Monday, November 28. Residency of all applicants will be verified prior to the December 5th selection.  The Team Framingham 2017 program guidelines and application forms will soon be available on the Town website or by e-mailing MarathonBibs@framinghamma.gov


Framingham Public Library Lifelong Learning Series   


Please join Framingham Public Library at 7pm on October 6 for New York Times bestselling author Larry Tye's talk on his new book, Bobby Kennedy: Making of a Liberal Icon.  This is just one of the many spectacular lectures in our Lifelong Learning lectures series, part of our collaboration with Framingham state university. Check our brand new website for information on this and other fantastic offerings from the Framingham Public Library. 


Sincerely,

Robert J. Halpin
Town Manager




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