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Macon County Commissioners

Coverage of the meetings of the Macon County Board of County Commissioners.

Franklin Town Board of Aldermen

Coverage of the meetings of the Franklin Town Board of Aldermen.

Macon County School Board

Coverage of the meetings of the Macon County School Board.


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Friday, February 6, 2015

Franklin Aldermen February 2015 Regular Meeting

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Town of Franklin Board of Aldermen 


Monday February 2, 2015 7:00 p.m.

1.       Call to Order- Mayor Bob Scott
2.     Pledge of Allegiance- Vice Mayor Verlin Curtis
3.     Adoption of February 2, 2015 Proposed Agenda
4.     Approval of the January 5 and January 24, 2015 Board Minutes
5.     Public Session
6.     New Business
A.)  Proclamation for Hunger Awareness Month- Margaret Freeman
B.)  Presentation of Sufficiency Notification for 44 Lowery Lane- Town Clerk Chad Simons and Land Use Administrator Justin Setser
C.)  Board Authorization for the Advertisement of Real Property Tax Liens for Current Year 2014- Tax Collector Jessie Wilkins
D.)  Budget Amendments- Town Manager Summer Woodard
E.)  Replacement of Town Bridge- Town Manager Summer Woodard
F.)   Town of Franklin Travel Policy- Town Manager Summer Woodard
G.)  Update on State Revolving Loan Fund for Town of Franklin Water Plant Upgrade and Expansion- Town Manager Summer Woodard
H.)  Forward Re-Zoning Petition for three (3) parcels on Siler Road to the Town Planning Board- Land Use Administrator Justin Setser
7.     Legal
A.)  License Agreement for Bowery Restaurant- Town Attorney John Henning Jr and Town Manager Summer Woodard
8.      Set Continuation Meeting for February 16, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.

The Franklin Town Board of Aldermen met on February 2, 2015 for their regular February 2015 meeting at the town hall. The video and public agenda of the meeting are above and the agenda packet that is shared with members of the media is at the end of this article. The next board meeting will be on February 16, 2015 in the town hall at 5:30 pm.

Immediately below is a video of the License Agreement discussion between the Town Board and the owner of The Bowery restaurant, which has been the source of some controversy. [See Macon County News article]


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

And here is the agenda packet that is shared with the media. I include it here in the interest of transparency.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Groundhog Day 2015
Early Spring, Late Winter or Bitten?

Groundhog Day is here and the groundhogs, and a white squirrel have made their prognostications.

Here is the list of the predictions from several groundhogs in the United States. Canada has several, but I ignored those because it's always winter in Canada.

The most famous goundhog of them all, Punxsutawney Phil, of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania has predicted 6 more weeks of winter.

Here is a list of the groundhogs who agree with him:

Mount Joy Minnie Lancaster County, PA
Poor Richard York, PA
Chuckles Manchester, CT
Holtsville Hal Holtsville, NY
Malverne Mel Malverne, NY
Chattanooga Chuck Chattanooga, TN
Sir Thomas Hastings Hastings, NE
Queen Charlotte Charlotte, NC

And here are the groundhogs who disagree with Phil and say we're in for an early spring:

Staten Island Chuck Staten Island, NY
Dover Doug Dover, PA
Octorara, Orphie Quarryville, PA
Cocalico Cal Ephrata, PA
Dunkirk Dave Dunkirk, NY
Buckeye Chuck Marion, OH
French Creek Freddie French Creek, WV
General Beauregard Lee Lilburn, GA

There were more ground hogs on a list I found, but I could not find what they've had to say. Brevard, NC has a White Squirrel called Pisgah Pete who agrees with the prediction of 6 more weeks of winter.

And last, but not least, there is the ccontroversysurrounding Jimmy the Groundhog. His handlers say he says 6 more weeks of winter, but the Mayor of Sun Prairie, WI says that Jimmy told him that an early spring is in store. Jimmy also bit the Mayor, so maybe the Mayor lied. LOL

Until next year, stay safe and watch out for those never of them may be able to forecast the weather next groundhog day