By MyFM's Rick Michaels - Residents of Franklin and those who shop in the town should know that beginning in July, the use of thin film single use plastic check out bags will be prohibited. Members of the Franklin Town Council last night, with no discussion voting 7-1 to ban the use of those plastic bags with handles at checkout at all retailers in the town, including restaurants. The latest group of Franklin High School students the initiative began in 2016 received a proclamation from the Chairman of the Town Council Tom Mercer who recognized, commended and congratulated the students for their work. Council members last night also listened to many, who represented various groups expressing the need for more affordable housing in Franklin and homelessness. The executive director of the Housing Authority
Lisa Audette told the Council there’s no money to build housing, without help from the state and town, which has donated land the four-complexes the authority controls, were all built before 1975. Franklin Town Councilor Debra Pellegri saying it’s embarrassing the town has homeless and a lack of affordable housing. Members from the Housing Authority, Senior Center, Church organizations, the Franklin Food Pantry and from the Milford Shelter Pathways all agreeing to meet and begin to address the issues of homelessness and affordable housing.