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Monday, June 6, 2016

Franklin Aldermen
Regular June 2016 Meeting

Franklin Town Hall Building

The Franklin Town Board of Aldermen will be meeting tonight at 7 pm for their regular June meeting. Macon Media will be there and will be testing a live stream on Youtube. The video will be embedded below during the meeting.

Included in the agenda are:

A public hearing on the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 budget will begin at 7: 05 pm and then the board will vote on the proposed budget after the public hearing is closed. A copy of the Town Manager's Budget Message and the proposed budget is included in the agenda packet embedded at the end of this article.

Aldermen will also be hearing a request to close Stewart Street on Saturday, August 6th from 6 pm to 11 pm for the 80's Flashback 8K that will be raising money for the Shriner's Hospital in Greenville, SC.

Another street closing request will be heard to close Main Street for the Folkmoot Parade that is scheduled for July 28th at 4 pm.

The board will also be requested to set a public hearing at 7:05 pm on July 5th (the July meeting of the board) for a Special Use permit Application for an Indoor Gun Range on Carolina Mountain Drive.

The board will also consider appointing Sissy Patillio to the unexpired term of her late husband on the Alcohol Beverage Control Board. 

The last item of business will be a discussion of the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse. A gentleman appeared before the board last month urging the town to market the local area for the upcoming eclipse.

Macon Media notes that all hotel/motel rooms priced below $1,000 a night in the Franklin area have already been booked for that weekend. [Expedia Search]

More details about the eclipse:

The eclipse will take place on Monday, August 21, 2017 and the total solar eclipse will last for 2 minutes and 30 seconds.

The partial phase begins at 1:00 pm.
Totality will begin at 2:35:26
Totality will end at 2:37:56
The partial phase ends at 4:00 pm

Path of totality

Image showing the areas in western North Carolina that will see the total eclipse. The shaded area between the two red lines sow all the places from which the total eclipse will be visible, barring clouds.

Timing for the Eclipse

A table showing the timing of the eclipse for Main Street and Phillips Street. The times are in Universal Coordinated Time, a system of time used by astronomers, to get the local time for the events, just subtract 4 hours.

Path of the Centerline of the Eclipse

A graphic showing in more detail the center line of the eclipse that passes through Macon County.

Here is a video from NASA showing the path of the eclipse. It will be the most viewed eclipse in American history.

The last total solar eclipse to occur in Franklin was on July 20, 1506 and the next one will be on October 17, 2153.

Here is a video of the 2006 total solar eclipse in Libya that is about the same duration as the one we'll be seeing in 2017:

Here are the public agenda and the agenda packet for tonight's meeting:

Town of Franklin Board of Aldermen
Regular Scheduled Meeting
Agenda Monday June 6, 2016 7:00 p.m.

1. Call to Order- Mayor Bob Scott

2. Pledge of Allegiance- Vice Mayor Patti Abel

3. Adoption of the June 6, 2016 Town Board Agenda

4. Approval of the May 2 and May 16, 2016 Town Board minutes

5. Public Hearing 7:05 p.m. for Proposed Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Town of Franklin Budget

6. Public Session

7. New Business

A.) Board Action on Proposed Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Town of Franklin Budget

B.) Street Closing Request for 80's Flashback 8K Race- Town Manager Summer Woodard

C.) Street Closing Request for Folkmoot- Town Manager Summer Woodard

D.) Set Public Hearing for Special Use Permit Application for Indoor Gun Range- Town Manager Summer Woodard

E.) Set Public Hearing for ETJ Boundary Addition- Town Manager Summer Woodard

F.) Budget Amendment- Finance Officer Kyra Doster

G.) Proposed Improvements to Memorial Park- Town Manager Summer Woodard

H.) NCDOT Bridge Project B-5125 Aesthetic Design- Town Manager Summer Woodard

I.) Appointment to the Alcohol Beverage Control Board- Town Manager Summer Woodard

J.) Update on Great American Solar Eclipse- Town Manager Summer Woodard

8. Announcements

A.) Town of Franklin Employee Luncheon will be Friday July 1, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. at Fat Buddies.

B.) Town Hall Offices will be closed Monday July 4, 2016 in observance of Independence Day.

C.) Town of Franklin will be hosting a July 4th celebration downtown Monday July 4th 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

9. Adjourn