UPDATED: Law Requires Framingham City Council To Accepts Donated Gifts To First Responders & Mayor, Even During Pandemic
UPDATED: The City Council unanimously approved this on Tuesday, April, 21
FRAMINGHAM – Under state law, the Framingham City Council must officially approve of any gifts donated to the City of Framingham, including gifts of gloves, hand sanitizer, water bottles, and food to first responders during this pandemic.
“As part of our efforts to meet the City’s need for equipment and supplies, we have been fortunate to have received generous donations from various sources during these challenging times. However, in order for the City to be compliant with Massachusetts General Laws, I am requesting the City Council’s acceptance of the gifts we have recently received in response to
the needs of our City for the pandemic,’ wrote the Mayor to the City Council on April 17.
The City Council is expected to take the vote on Tuesday, April 21 at its next remote meeting.
Massachusetts General Law states “a city council, with the mayor’s approval if the charter so provides, . . . may, in its sole discretion and authority, accept gifts of tangible personal property on behalf of the city, . . . from the federal government, a charitable foundation, private corporation, individual, or from the commonwealth or any political subdivision thereof, and may, in its sole discretion and authority, use said gifts, without specific appropriation thereof, for the purpose of such a gift or, if no restrictions are attached to the gift, for such other purposes as it deems advisable.”
“I want to publicly thank all of those listed for their selfless contributions. Because the donations have come from so many different sources and through several different means, we only have a generalized inventory of items received from the generous contributions by our community,” wrote the Mayor to the 11-member City Council.
DONATION TO THE MAYOR:
• A gift of approximately 500 disposable face masks from the Chinese Association for Science and Technology in Greater Boston, delivered by Yuxia Kranvkenko
DONATION to Framingham Fire:
• Hand Sanitizers from Fabrizia Spirits
• Hand Sanitizers from M.S. Walker delivered by Dana Brody, Executive Director of Operations & Distribution
• Water, Eye protection, dust masks, hand sanitizers, trash bags, bins, and disposable gloves from Lowes Framingham
• Disposable Gloves from Home Depot
• Hand Sanitizers from MetroWest Pharmacy
• Hand Sanitizers, wipes, and spray bottles form Walmart delivered by Filipovic Depina, Framingham Walmart Manager
• Handmade cloth masks from Masks Made with Love delivered by Shana Adams
• Dishwashing liquid, hand sanitizers, disinfectant wipes, thermometers, and sanitizing wipes from Target
• Handmade masks delivered by Beth Kniss and Jenny Richard
• Cleaner and disinfectant from DetraPel, delivered by David Zamarin, CEO and Tarak Tabbara, COO
• Face shields from Federal Glass
DONATION to Framingham Police:
• Water, cleaning supplies, masks, gloves from Lowes, BJ’s, Home Depot, MetroWest Pharmacy and Target
• Pizza from Zuni Pizza to the Police Station (on several occasions)