September 23, 2017

Franklin City Council Meeting (9/01/11)

The Franklin City Council met last Thursday night for its regular monthly meeting at City Hall. All councilmen were in attendance as well as the Mayor Teresa Chapman and the City Attorney David Mecklin.

Mayor Chapman called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm and Councilman Hamil read a long devotion about hope which included the following:

“Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the anchor of our hope. He is our rock and foundation. We have the confidence that his  love for us is greater than any challenges or disappointments that we face. He is in control and he never fails. Life is too big to handle on our own and there are issues of life that cannot be fixed with human hands. In our sins, weaknesses, and needs we are drawn to God who gave his son so that we could be forgiven of our sins and wrongdoings and made whole. We can be a part of his family. You can find the wholeness only at the foot of the cross. As we are told in the most familiar verse in the Bible, for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Put your trust in God today not because of a trail that you may be experiencing but because you need him.”

He then led everyone in prayer which was followed by Councilman Almond who led the Pledge of Allegiance. The board then unanimously approved the minutes and the order of the agenda.

Councilman Hamil asked who was responsible for the upkeep on the new trees at City Hall. Mayor Chapman said she would look into it and find out. On the department reports Mayor Chapman said that Chief Hannah was unable to be in attendance and that she did not know the whereabouts of Alan Holcomb with the streets department.

City Attorney David Mecklin gave the only report.He stated that estimates for repairs to the walking trail bridge and front end loader had been approved by the insurance companies but that the checks had not yet been received. He advised the councilmen that they could be lining up the work but should not go ahead until the checks were made available.

Under new business, Jerome Anderson of C.A.F.I. (Community Action For Improvement) in Lagrange addressed the board to thank them for their support and to let them know they had come to an agreement with the DFACS office to use some extra office space in their building for its operations. He advised they would be at that new location on Wednesday, September 7 from 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m.

Next under new business, Kathy Knowles addressed the council to thank them for all the help and support they had given to the Heard County Community Partnership and especially with the Back to School Bash.

She then presented the mayor with a plaque commemorating this appreciation. She told the council that thanks to some cutbacks at the Bash she was able to save enough money to have the trunk or treat this year.

Knowles also talked about the recycling event that will take place on October 22 at the arena and spoke about the food pantry event that had taken place at the arena where 170 cars were serviced with food.

On the third item of the agenda, Councilman Hamil motioned to appoint Mayor Chapman and Councilman Adams as members of the L.O.S.T. board.

This was seconded by Almond and approved by a margin of 4-0 with Adams abstaining.

Under old business on the agenda, the council discussed Steele’s Produce Stand which is located just off the square behind Certus Bank .

Chapman stated that they were not issued a business license renewal recently and were in violation of many local ordinances including operating without a license.

The council agreed to move forward with citations as deemed legal by the city attorney. The Council then on the motion of Adams and the second by Almond, decided to move on in the process of reappointing members at the next meeting to begin recreating the downtown development authority.

There were no public comments made. On the council comments portion of the agenda, Councilman Adams asked if persons seeking employment at the city were ever told that the city was not hiring without offering an application to be filled out as he had been told be someone.

The City Clerk Myra Braswell assured Adams that the person he was speaking about was given an application to fill out and told it would be put on file and that she had a witness to that effect.

Councilman Almond mentioned that he thought it might be a good idea to save money if instead of the police officers driving their police cars out into the county when off shift if they could somehow compensate at least one policeman to live inside the city particularly since we had old abandoned houses that might possibly could be used.

Councilman Rogers asked the council to pray for rain and discussed the fact that a water ban would be taking effect soon.

Councilman Manders made a comment that he would like to see less focus of local government spending on entertainment type facilities and more spending on infrastructure which he claimed to be more vital to the county’s survival.

Councilman Hamil again thanked God for being in control and answering his prayers in regards to some health issues and asked the council to just pray before the next meeting for rain and to pray for his guidance in everything.

Mayor Chapman mentioned that the Christmas Parade would be coming up on December 2nd and she would like to have an additional $1500 for a tree for the square.

The council voted unanimously to approve this item and then the meeting adjourned. The next regularly scheduled meeting is scheduled for October 6th at 6:00p.m.

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