FRCOG Council

Summary: The FRCOG Council is the oversight board of the Franklin Regional Council of Governments. Its primary role is to oversee the projects and activities of the FRCOG, adopt policies, and develop and endorse the FRCOG’s annual operating budget.

Representation: The FRCOG Council is a 29-member board made up of a Select Board member or assigned representative from each member town (the 26 towns of Franklin County), two Regionally Elected members that hold three-year terms, and one representative of the Franklin Regional Planning Board, which acts in an advisory capacity on planning issues to the FRCOG.

Town Name
AshfieldKayce Warren
BernardstonStanley Garland
BucklandRob Riggan
Dena Wilmore, Alt.
Charlemont Toby Gould
Beth Bandy, Alt.
Colrain Kevin Fox
Eileen Savageau, Alt.
Conway John O’Rourke, Chair
DeerfieldCarolyn Shores Ness
Erving William Bembury
Bryan Smith, Alt.
Gill Greg Snedeker
GreenfieldWilliam Martin
HawleyHussain Hamdan
John Sears, Alt.
HeathBrian DeVriese
LeverettBeth Adams
Leyden Michele Giarusso
Bill Glabach, Alt.
MonroeDavid Nash
MontagueSteve Ellis
Richard Kuklewicz, Alt
New SalemWayne Hachey
NorthfieldJulia Blyth
Orange Diana Schindler, Alt.
Rowe Marilyn Wilson
ShelburneAndrew Baker
John Payne, Alt.
Joe Judd, Alt.
ShutesburyF. Ellen McKay
Michael Dechiara, Alt.
SunderlandTom Fydenkevez
WarwickDawn Magi, Vice Chair
WendellDaniel Keller
Michael Idoine, Alt.
WhatelyLynn Sibley
Brian Domina, Alt.
Regionally Elected Jay DiPucchio
Regionally ElectedBill Perlman
Franklin Regional Planning Board AppointeeJames Basford

Voting: Per the Charter that created the FRCOG in 1997, the Council has different voting mechanisms for policy and financial issues.

Policy Issues: Simple majority vote of the quorum present.
Financial Issues: Weighted majority vote of the quorum present. Weighted votes are based on a formula that reflects a 10% weight for the Town’s share of the county’s total population (population of Franklin County ~ 72,000) and a 90% weight for its share of the total membership’s equalized property valuation (EQV) based on the latest figures available from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. Current weighted votes are found here.

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photo 5Meetings, Minutes and Agendas: The FRCOG Council meets quarterly. Typically the meetings are held on the third Thursday of July, October, April and January. Agendas can be found on the FRCOG Meeting Calendar.


Fiscal Year 2018 Minutes & Materials
Council Minutes, July 2017
FY19 Fiscal and Program Review

Fiscal Year 2017 Minutes & Materials
Council Minutes, April 2017
Council Minutes, January 2017
Council Minutes, November 2016
Council Minutes, July 2016

Fiscal Year 2016 Minutes & Materials
Council Minutes, April 2016
Council Minutes, January 2016
Council Minutes October, 2015
Council Minutes, July 2015

Fiscal Year 2015 Minutes & Materials
Minutes, April 2015
Minutes, January 2015
Minutes, October 2014
Minutes, July 2014    and  Opioid Task Force Presentation
Minutes July, 2014 Joint Pipeline Meeting DRAFT   and  Kinder Morgan Pipeline Presentation Q & A and Kinder Morgan Pipeline Materials

Important Council Documents 
FRCOG FY18 Budget Development Workbook
FRCOG FY17 Budget Development Workbook