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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Executive Summary of January 2020 Franklin Town Council Meeting

Franklin Town Council
January 2020 Regular Meeting
Executive Summary

A Dryman Road property was rezoned from R-1 to C-3 by a vote of 5-1, with Councilman Michel Lewis voting against.

The town council voted 6-0 to close Main Street for Mardi Gras Parade scheduled for 2pm on Saturday, February 22nd. The portion of Iotla Street between Main Street and Church Street will be closed from 11am to 5pm that same day to allow for other associated activities to take place.

Alton Sutton was re-appointed for another three-year term on the ABC Board by a vote of 6-0 after a philosophical discussion about whether or not the Town of Franklin should let the public know when the terms of members of the various advisory boards are ending so that interested members may apply. The discussion was punted to the February 22nd Strategic Planning Meeting.

The town manager informed the town council that funds were moved from one line item to another to fund a matching FEMAS grant for the Franklin Fire Department. No vote was needed.

The town council discussed scheduling a Strategic Planning Meeting to take place on Friday, February 21st and Saturday, February 22nd. The Friday session would occur at the former JC Memorial Park and consist of an afternoon social and dinner during which members of the council would get to know one another and an agenda set for the Saturday morning Strategic Planning Meeting that would occur in the lower level of the town hall.

The agenda item discussing committee appointments was punted to the Strategic Planning Meeting.

Legal Items

• The town council approved by a vote of 6-0 a resolution to let the NCDOT know the Town of Franklin is interested in acquiring the piece of property on the west side of the Ed Henson Bridge and the Town Bridge for utility use and as a green space.

• The town council voted 6-0 to recognize that Macon County was using a private provider to transport involuntary commitments out of the county.

• The town council voted 6-0 to advertise an RFP (Request for Proposal) for Engineering Services to facilitate the relocation of utility lines and services along Georgia Road (US-441) from Wide Horizon Drive to Cheek Road. The NCDOT would pay for the relocation of lines and services.

Closed Session

The town council went into a closed session at 7:09pm to discuss the acquisition of real property.

The council came back into open session at7:49pm and adjourned with no decision having been made.

The next meeting of the Franklin Town Council will be at 6pm on Monday, February 3rd in the lower level of the town hall.