In response to COVID-19, FRCOG offices are closed. Staff are working remotely. Email is likely the most efficient way to reach us. You can find our contact information on the Staff page under the About link below.

Building, plumbing and wiring inspectors are available for meetings by appointment only.

All meetings, workshops and forums are cancelled or have been changed to a call-in or video format.  Please look for emails from FRCOG staff about specific meetings or on our calendar at the Meetings and Events link below.

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
AshfieldJennifer Morse
BernardstonStanley Garland
BucklandZachary Turner
Heather Butler, Alt.
Charlemont Sarah Reynolds
Marguerite Willis, Alt
Colrain Kevin Fox, Council Clerk/Secretary
Eileen Savageau, Alt.
Conway Philip Kantor
Erica Goleman, Alt.
DeerfieldTrevor McDaniel, Council Chair
Kayce Warren, Alt.
Erving William Bembury
Bryan Smith, Alt.
Gill Greg Snedeker, Council Vice Chair
John Ward, Alt.
GreenfieldRoxann Wedegartner
Danielle Letourneau, Alt.
HawleyHussain Hamdan
Robert Root, Alt.
HeathBrian DeVriese
Gloria Cronin Fisher, Alt
LeverettPatricia Duffy
Leyden Michele Giarusso
MonroeAlice Houghtaling
Carla Davis-Little, Alt.
MontagueRichard Kuklewicz
Steve Ellis, Alt.
Michael Nelson, Alt.
Chris Boutwell, Alt.
New SalemWayne Hachey
NorthfieldBee Jacque
Alexander Meisner, Alt.
Orange Jane Peirce
Gabriele Voelker Alt.
Rowe Janice Boudreau
Paul McLatchy lll, Alt.
ShelburneBob Manners
Andrew Baker, Alt.
ShutesburyF. Ellen McKay
Elaine Puleo, Alt.
Rebecca Torres, Alt.
SunderlandTom Fydenkevez
David Pierce, Alt
WarwickLawerence "Doc" Pruyne
WendellMichael Idoine,
Daniel Keller, 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 2020 Minutes & Materials

FRCOG Programs Updates, October 2020
Fiscal Review for FY22 Budget Development

Council Minutes, July 2020
FRCOG Programs Updates, July 2020

May (Emergency Council Meeting)
Council Minutes, May 2020

Fiscal Year 2021 Minutes & Materials

The April Council meeting was postponed; however, Council members did receive the quarterly Council Updates (see below).
FRCOG Programs Updates April 2020

Council Minutes, January 2020
FY21 Approved Budget
FRCOG Programs Updates, January 2020

Council Minutes, October 2019
Fiscal Review for FY21 Budget Development
FRCOG Programs Updates, October 2019

Council Minutes, July 2019
FRCOG Programs Updates, July 2019

Fiscal Year 2019 Minutes & Materials

Council Minutes, January 2019
FY20 Approved Budget

FRCOG Program Updates, Winter 2019

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

Council Minutes, July 2018
FRCOG Programs Updates, Summer 2018
Disaster Service Leave DRAFT 2nd and Final Reading 2018.7.19
Policy Revsions DRAFT 2nd and Final Reading 2018.7.19

Fiscal Year 2018 Minutes & Materials
Council Minutes, April 2018
Council Minutes, January 2018
Council Minutes, October 2017
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