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Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Franklin Town Council - September 2022 Regular Meeting


 From the Town of Franklin 

 The Town Council returned from a closed session at 8:57 p.m. A parcel of land that is adjacent to an existing town-owned property has become available and would allow for improved sewer line access. Town Council discussed the necessity to access utilities and potential for future greenway connectivity with this purchase. Council Member Stacy Guffey made a motion, seconded by Council Member David Culpepper to approve the contract purchase a parcel of land, approximately 14 acres, from Mainspring Conservation Trust for a price of $22,000 to gain access to Town sewer lines, and authorize Town Manager Amanda Owens to execute the contract contingent upon the approval by the Mainspring Conservation Trust’s board. Council Member Rita Salain abstained from the discussion and voting as she is a member of the Mainspring Conservation Trust board. 

 The motion carried by a vote of 5 -0.

The Franklin Town Council will be meeting tonight at 6pm in the lower level of the town hall for their regularly scheduled monthly meeting. The meeting will be streamed via a video player that will be embedded below shortly before the meeting starts. You can also see the stream on Facebook at


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Franklin Town Council Meeting - September 6, 2022 - 6:00 p.m.
1. Call to Order - Mayor Jack Horton
2. Pledge of Allegiance - Vice Mayor Joe Collins

3. Recognitions
A.) Life-Saving Awards - Captain Devin Holland
B.) Introduction of Code Enforcement Officer Frank Belanger - Town Planner Justin Setser

4. Proclamation
• Constitution Week - September 17 - 23, 2022

5. Presentations
a. Vecinos - Marianne Martinez, Executive Director
b. Affordable Housing Report - Russ Harris, Executive Director, Southwestern Commission

6. Adoption of the September 6, 2022 Town Council Agenda - Town Council
7. Approval of the Consent Agenda for September 6, 2022 - Town Council
A.) Approval of August 1, 2022 Town Council regular meeting minutes
B.) Budget Amendment - ARPA Funding and general fund appropriations for ADA Transition Plan and Police Body Cameras
C.) Tax Releases
D.) Sewer Line Easement - Boatwright Properties, LLC
E.) Personnel Policy Updates
a. Article V, Section 7 - Dress Code
b. Article VII, Section 7 - Vacation Leave: Maximum Accumulation
c. Article VII, Section 12 - Vacation Leave: Transfer to Sick Leave

8. Public Session

9. New Business
A.) Request f rom Franklin Tourism Development Authority for budget increase - Tourism Development Authority Representatives
B.) Request Speed Limit Change for dead end section of Riverview Heights Street - Town Planner Justin Setser
C.) Request street closures - Town Manager Amie Owens
a. Nikwasi Lane for Trail of Tears National Conference - September 20, 2022
b. lotla Street for concert at Gazebo sponsored by the Arts Council of Macon County - October 8,2022
c. A portion of Carolina Mountain Drive fundraiser at Altered Frequencies by Sk828 - October 29,2022
D.) Request approval of disposition of asset -2009 Ford Escape -to be transferred to ABC Board for mandatory delivery services - Town Manager Amie Owens

10. Old Business
A.) Request approval of Budget Amendment for Prorated Longevity Payout - Finance Director Sarah Bishop
B.) Request approval of Budget Amendment for Police Salaries - Finance Director Sarah Bishop and Town Manager Amie Owens
C.) Request approval of Memorandum of Understanding between the Folk Heritage Association of Macon County providing for the dedication and acceptance of the Sowing the Seeds of the Future monument - Town Attorney John Henning, Jr.
D.) Request direction related to State Revolving Fund loan increase - Town Manager Amie Owens

11. Items from Council

12. Closed Session Enter into Closed Session under NC General Statute § 143-318.1 l(a)(5) to discuss acquisition of real property by purchase, option, exchange, or lease
- Angel Medical Center, greenway adjacent property and highway adjacent property

13. Announcements
A.) Next Town Council Meeting is Monday, October 3, 2022
B.) Never Forget SK and Lil' Engine That Could Fun Run/Walk-Saturday, September 10, 2022
C.) Build a Scarecrow at the Gazebo sponsored by the Streets of Franklin Heritage Association - Sunday, September 11, 2022

14. Adjourn

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Published at 4:20pm on Tuesday, September 06, 2022
Author: Bobby Coggins