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.
Heather Butler, Alt.
Marguerite Willis, Alt
|Colrain||Kevin Fox, Clerk
Eileen Savageau, Alt.
|Conway||John O’Rourke, V. Chair|
Diana Schindler, Alt.
Bryan Smith, Alt.
John Ward, Alt.
Mark Smith, Alt.
Robert Root, Alt.
Gloria Cronin Fisher, Alt
|Leyden||Michele Giarusso, Chair|
Carla Davis-Little, Alt.
Steve Ellis, Alt.
Michael Nelson, Alt.
Chris Boutwell, Alt.
|New Salem||Wayne Hachey|
|Northfield||Alexander Meisner, Alt.|
Jane Peirce, Alt.
Janice Boudreau, Alt.
Andrew Baker, Alt.
John Payne, Alt.
|Shutesbury||F. Ellen McKay
Elaine Puleo, Alt.
Rebecca Torres, Alt.
David Pierce, Alt
|Warwick||Lawerence "Doc" Pruyne
James Erviti, Alt.
Daniel Keller, Alt.
Brian Domina, Alt.
|Regionally Elected||Jay DiPucchio|
|Regionally Elected||Bill Perlman|
|Franklin Regional Planning Board Appointee||James 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.
Meetings, 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 2020 Minutes & Materials
The April Council meeting was postponed; however, Council members did received the quarterly Council Updates (see below).
FRCOG Programs Updates April 2020
Fiscal Year 2019 Minutes & Materials
Council Minutes, October 2018
FRCOG Programs Updates, Fall 2018
Fiscal Review for FY20 Budget Development
A Decade of Climate Resiliency Planning: A FRCOG Land Use and Natural Resources Presentation
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