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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Franklin Town Board of Aldermen Regular May 2015 Meeting

The Franklin Town Board of Aldermen met last night for their regular May 2015 meeting. Here is the video, public agenda and a copy of the agenda that is shared with the local media. Macon Media is making that public document available to the public in the interest of transparency. Among the items discussed was the 2015-2016 budget, the local media was given a paper copy and I digitized it last night so the public could read it as well. 


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MEDIA ROLL CALL (the media outlets present for the meeting)

Macon Media (me)
The Macon County News and Shopping Guide
The Franklin Press
The Smoky mountain News

Shorter excerpt videos from the meeting will be posted later in separate articles for those with short attention spans.

Town of Franklin Board of Aldermen 


Monday May 4, 2015 7:00 p.m.

1. Call to Order- Mayor Bob Scott

2. Pledge of Allegiance- Vice Mayor Verlin Curtis

3. Adoption of May 4, 2015 Proposed Agenda

4. Approval of the April 6, 2015 Board Minutes

5. Public Hearing 7:05 p.m. for Special Use Permit Application

6. Public Session

7. New Business

A.) Board Action on Special Use Permit Application

B.) Presentation of the North Carolina Cardinal Award to Wayne Price- Mayor Bob Scott

C.) Proclamation for Scottish Heritage Week - Mayor Bob Scott

D.) Set Public Hearing for Dan Street and Watauga Street- Land Use Administrator Justin Setser

E.) Update on Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grant- Land Use Administrator Justin Setser

F.) Resolution Opposing Senate Bill 650 Elections Transparency Act- Mayor Bob Scott

G.) Street Closing Request for 2015- Town Manager Summer Woodard

H.) Request for Water and Sewer Allocation for Siler Road- Town Manager Summer Woodard

I.) Capital Project Ordinance for Town of Franklin Water Plant Upgrade and Expansion- Town Manager Summer Woodard

J.) Reimbursement Resolution for Town of Franklin Water Plant Upgrade and Expansion- Town Manager Summer Woodard and Town Attorney John Henning Jr

K.) Resolution to Appoint Town of Franklin Finance Officer- Town Manager Summer Woodard

L.) Joint Meeting with Macon County and Town of Highlands- Town Manager Summer Woodard

M.) Proposed Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Town Budget- Town Manager Summer Woodard

1.) Presentation of Proposed Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Town of Franklin Budget

2.) Set Budget Work Session for Saturday May 16, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.

3.) Set Public Hearing for Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Town of Franklin Budget for Monday June 1, 2015 at 7:10 p.m.

8. Legal

A.) Ratify Email Vote on April 9, 2015 for Forwarding Amending the Ordinance Regarding Banners to the Town Planning Board- Town Attorney John Henning Jr

B.) Banner Policy- Town Attorney John Henning Jr

C.) Set Public Hearing for Amending the Ordinance Regarding Banners- Town Attorney John Henning Jr

9. Adjourn

And here are the documents related to the 2015-2016 budget.

The Town Manager's Budget Message

the Proposed 2015-2016 Budget