Today, I participated in a city wide clean up. I am glad people are enthusiastic about cleaning up the city of Franklin. I know when I first ran I wanted to clean up Franklin but no one had the energy or time. It was good to see abut 25 people today cleaning up downtown and neighboring streets.
I did attend the Franklin for Lifetime this past weekend. There were a lot of ideas and energy. Everyone was please and can not wait until May 26 at a special city council meeting to see the final action plan.
Todd Workman has finally have some events at Toad Hall. It was great seeing Dartmouth Acapella Group vs Colby Sawyer Acapella Group. People had a great time and the students had a great time. Dartmouth ended up winning the contest. Hopefully they will be back. Across the street, there is the Buell’s Building where there is going to be a NH Made store and possibly a brewery.
Colby Sawyers students have done a study of Franklin which suggest to have zero waste downtown and solar panels on roofs and so much more. SB 251 is expanding commercial composting to include meat and dairy. This should pass the House and if signed by the Governor. Franklin can have its first commercial composting once passed and I am helping the owner to pass the needed legislation to get this going. I am working on SB135 reducing lead poisoning. Franklin is still in the top five with the highest lead poison incident in kids. If passed this should allow more testing at the doctors office and pamphlets to go to the parents for more awareness. I am working on another way to reduce the lead poising in kids.
I did establish a scholarship for the Franklin High School Students. Margaret Evans Edgecomb was a History teacher and believe in students education. The alumni idea was to create two $500 scholarships in her name to be given out to students who go on to further their education.
Spring is finally approaching. April 9, 10 and 11 will be a community workshop through the UNH extension. I have participating in focus groups how to improve Franklin and what is needed in Franklin. This workshop is guided towards aging. The Merrimack County Nursing home does want to have 20 units in Franklin for a community senior center to provide some care to reduce the number of people going to the nursing home. This community workshop at Franklin City Hall will provide a support system around these 20 units. Public is invited for free community supper and program on April 9th at 6:00 PM.
The city welfare director and myself went to Manchester to visit the Family in Transition program. The city welfare director will try to consolidate the resources so the resources are more one place shopping. In the future, we will use the Family in Transition intensive mental health program.
Representative Lorrie Carey from Boscawen and myself are working on creating a medical technology center for the high school students. At this time, Franklin students go to the Huot Center where they do have health science technology and biomedical classes. Medical technology center is for entry level positions for students who need a job before they get their job in their field. There are so many opportunities in Franklin, we feel the center should be centrally located in Franklin.
I am helping the Franklin Teachers get their salaries increase. We are waiting on a study if that will be feasible. The Franklin School Board is researching to have a ROTC program which I am very in favor of having. I believe , as I walked this district, students need to learn life skills and this program will provide those skills before they enter into any field of choice.
I did submit a testimony on HB 431 and HB 626 which would move the transmission lines of Northern Pass down the I-93 corridors and money from the project would go to the state. I feel both of these are unnecessary due to already having a site evaluate committee (SEC) to go over these ideas and the proposed path of Northern Pass. These bills tell the SEC what to do without any stakeholders involvement. HB 431 was sent to the House with a suggestion to kill the bill or Inexpedient to legislate. HB 626 was retained for further review. HB 626 wanted to have energy corridors in the state along the interstate highways. I had this issue when I was a legislative assistant in Virginia. They do not work and very restrictive. I am still working with city officials to have Northern Pass come through Franklin.
I hope everyone survives the winter and start enjoying the warmer weather.
I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year. I hope 2015 will be a productive year. Today at First Day in Franklin, not only the kayakers had fun and enjoyed the chili and corn muffins but business leaders and other community members got together to discuss what we need to improve Franklin and the area. I will continue to reduce poverty and get people back on to their feet. Strengthening the educational system. I will work with others to bring more economic, funding and any other resources to the district. Also creating jobs and internships for all. I will post each endeavor as the year proceeds. I have more meetings with business leaders, state officials and other elected officials. Once again Happy New Year and lets stay positive this year!!!!
Today is the last day of being a state representative after a lost in a recount by three votes. I will continue to act as a state representative up until I run for election in 2016. There is a lot of issues that need to be address for Franklin. In the next few years I will ensure students of the district will have more opportunities to have internships. I will try to help small businesses to expand and create jobs. In 2016 once reelected, I will introduce extended producer responsibility legislation to increase our recycling rate and to create jobs.
Thanks for all those who supported me and hope I have your support in 2016.
On election day, the turnout was good even though I lost by one vote. I filed for a recount the next day. The recount is on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 3:00 PM at the state archives. I hope a recount will be in my favor. I still have some unfinished business. Thanks for all who voted for me and look forward serving again.
Representative Scott Burns
Because of the Paint Stewardship bills and other stewardship bills, I have received the endorsement of the NH Sierra Club. I will continue to improve on recycling laws. I am working on stewardship bills, recycling of electronics and composting bill.