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Framingham officials to draft statement opposing further increase in social service facilities

Posted by Ralph Ranalli August 22, 2007 03:33 PM

FRAMINGHAM

Framingham selectmen say they plan to sign a statement outlining the town's position on limiting the number of social service facilities locating within its borders.

Alexis Silver, the town's human services coordinator, said Framingham is "paying a significant price" in terms of tax-exempt properties and the public services provided to them because of the increasing number of shelters, halfway houses, rehabilitation centers, and other facilities. She also said quality of life in the town has been hurt by crime and panhandling committed by some of the troubled clients of the social service agencies.

Selectmen said that the statement should affirm that town officials believe the expansion of social service agencies is hurting the town and that it will give Silver ammunition as she negotiates for concessions from social service agencies.

The statement, to be drafted by Town Manager Julian Suso, also would form the foundation of a series of proposed bylaws and regulations meant to curb the expansion, selectmen said.

-- John C. Drake

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