November 18, 2019

Approved Franklin City Council Minutes (09/11/19)

Franklin City Council Meeting Minutes

CITY HALL COURTROOM

Sept. 11, 2019(6:30 PM)

MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEETING

The Mayor and Council of the City of Franklin, Georgia, met in regular session Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at City Hall at 6:30 p.m. All Councilmembers, except for Councilmember Jiles and Councilmember Putzek, were in attendance. Mayor Rogers began the meeting by welcoming everyone in attendance. Councilmember Almond gave the invocation and lead the pledge to the flag.

MINUTES OF Council Meeting August 1, 2019

Councilmember Bradfield made a motion to approve the minutes, seconded by Councilmember Hayes. The vote to approve the motion was unanimous.

APPROVE THE ORDER OF THE AGENDA

Councilmember Hayes made a motion to approve the order of the agenda, seconded by Councilmember Bradfield. The vote to approve the motion was unanimous.

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

Finance 

Finance Officer, Karen Boyd, spoke on the following report:

1.  All accounts have been reconciled to the bank. General fund expenses exceeded revenues by $36,768 for August and $9,959 for the year. 

2.  Sales tax increased $6,521 from last month and decreased $940 from August last year. SPLOST increased $868 from last month and decreased $874 from July last year. 

3.  The business license and property tax processes are underway. Business license renewals and property taxes will be mailed out at the beginning of October, in just a few weeks.

4.  The 2019 LMIG of $14,789.51 was paid toward the Park Avenue paving last month. You will notice on the Profit & Loss Report that this increased Miscellaneous Income when the funds were received and Public Works expenditures when the funds were paid. The budget will need to be amended for this item in December.

 

Police Department 

Chief Hannah spoke on the following: Chief Hannah updated the Council that his officers have been busy this month with taser trainings and a full court schedule. They have enjoyed working with local schools and especially being invited to speak at these schools on the anniversary of September 11th.

Street Department

Street Supervisor, Alan Holcomb, asked to speak under the New Business item “Trash Concerns.”

City Attorney 

Attorney Mecklin updated the Council that River Side Mobile Home Park had been bush-hogged.

Councilmember Putzek entered the meeting.

Attorney Mecklin also stated the owner of River Side Mobile Home Park had received a court order to have the trailers removed within 60 days.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: NONE

NEW BUSINESS

1.  Millage Rate – Councilmember Almond made a motion to approve the 3.405 millage rage, seconded by Councilmember Hayes. The vote to approve the motion was unanimous.

2.  Cazadores Mexican Cantina Alcohol License – Councilmember Almond made a motion to approve the Cazadores Mexican Cantina’s request for an alcohol license for pouring wine, beer and liquor, seconded by Councilmember Bradfield. The vote to approve the motion was unanimous.

3.  Franklin Farmers Market – Council discussed the “2019 Market Standards” that Mr. Roy Swett submitted for review. Attorney Mecklin advised that the Franklin Farmers Market operate as an incorporation, single entity, or LLC as the Cotton Mill Farmers Market does. Councilmember Hayes recommended that the City enter into an agreement with the LLC that outlines all the details and that the LLC is responsible for all licensing and liability. Mr. Swett agreed to create an LLC and Attorney Mecklin would draft an agreement to be ready for the next Council meeting. Councilmember Bradfield made a motion to allow the Franklin Farmers Market to temporarily operate under the “2019 Market Standards” for the month, seconded by Councilmember Almond. The vote to approve the motion was unanimous.

4.  Pool Permits/Permit Pricing – Mayor Rogers explained that pool companies now need a building permit in order to install a swimming pool. The City doesn’t have pricing set for these permits as they haven’t been issued in the past. Councilmember Hayes made a motion to set the price for a pool permit at $250, seconded by Councilmember Bradfield. The vote to approve the motion was unanimous.

5.  Trash Concerns – Street Supervisor Holcomb updated the Council about cut-off problems his department faces collecting City trash. The same customers are on the cut-off list each month and instead of waiting for their regularly scheduled pick up, want their trash picked up as soon as they pay their bill. To alleviate these problems, and considering the increase in landfill fees, Holcomb asked the Council to consider a reconnection fee, similar to other local utilities. Council discussed the possibility of reconnection fees, late fees, a change in the trash bill due date, and other ideas. Council agreed customer trash would be picked up only when scheduled so the street department wouldn’t lose productivity stopping their work to pick-up trash throughout the week. Council tabled this item for the next meeting to give some thought on a good solution. 

PUBLIC COMMENTS: NONE

EXECUTIVE SESSION: NONE

COUNCIL COMMENTS: NONE

MAYOR COMMENTS

Mayor Rogers thanked Councilmember Hayes for gathering Farmers Market information. The generator at the fire department is being wired and then it will be up and running. Unfortunately, the CDBG project will have South River Road closed for two weeks for the sewer line repair since there was no safe way to keep the road open to traffic.

ADJOURN

There was no further business to conduct and Councilmember Almond made a motion, seconded by Councilmember Bradfield, to adjourn. The vote to approve the motion was unanimous. The meeting closed at 7:06 pm. 

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