October 18, 2017

Franklin City Council Minutes (03/02/17)

FRANKLIN

MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEETING

March 2, 2017

MeetingThe Mayor and Council of the City of Franklin, Georgia, met in regular session Thursday, March 2, 2017 at City Hall at 6:30 p.m.

Mayor Rogers began the meeting by welcoming everyone in attendance and gave the invocation.  Councilman Almond lead the pledge to the flag.

MINUTES OF February 2, 2017:

Councilman Jiles made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Bradfield to approve the minutes. The vote to approve the motion was unanimous.

APPROVE THE ORDER OF THE AGENDA:

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

DEPARTMENT REPORTS:

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

  • All accounts have been reconciled to the bank.   Revenues exceeded expenditures by $94,584 in February and $110,267 year to date.  This was due to the franchise check received from Georgia Power.

  • Sales tax was $6,154 more than January and about $11,989 more than February of 2016.  SPLOST was also up $11,122 from last month.
  • Property tax and business license payments continue to come in.  We still have a few businesses that have not yet renewed their business license and approximately $14,000 outstanding in past due property taxes.

Police Department

  • Chief Hannah stated the need for an update to the City of Franklin Speed Zone Ordinance. Councilwoman Bradfield made a motion, seconded by Councilman Jiles to approve the updated ordinance. The vote to approve the motion was unanimous.

  • Chief Hannah and his fellow officers read to children at local schools and daycares in support of Read Across America.
  • Police Sargent, Timothy Rowley, was recognized and thanked for his 20 years of service to the City of Franklin.

Street Department – Street Supervisor, Alan Holcomb, had nothing to report.

City Attorney – David Mecklin, spoke on the following:

  • Mecklin gave an update on the clean-up at Riverwalk Mobile Home Park. He is giving the dissolved entity who owns the mobile homes, Southern Piedmont Holdings (SPH), 10 days to sign a Quit Claim Deed of the mobile homes over to the landowner.  Mecklin had already been given a verbal confirmation that SPH agreed to this so that the landowner could remove the mobile homes from their land. If the Quit Claim Deed is not signed in 10 days, Mecklin will draw up a lawsuit and litigation costs will be discussed at the next council meeting.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

  • City Ordinances – Chapter 16, pertaining to business licensing, was updated to disallow the establishment of adult entertainment businesses.  Councilman Jiles made the motion, seconded by Councilman Hayes to approve the update to Chapter 16.  The vote to approve the motion was unanimous.

  • Riverside & Mary Johnson Paving – Mayor Rogers is working on obtaining a price for chip seal in places where chip seal was missed and sand seal for the entirety of these roads. Councilman Jiles requested a yellow center line be added in the meantime for the safety of drivers and it was agreed that this would be done by the Street Department.
  • JAC Products Gate – Executive Director of the Heard County Development Authority, Kathy Knowles, offered a solution on behalf of JAC Products that trucks waiting to unload begin to park at the old elementary school.  The council decided this would be a temporary solution until a permanent arrangement is determined.  Upon Councilman Almond’s request, it was also agreed that the City would gravel muddy areas where trucks are spraying mud onto the sidewalks to ensure pedestrian safety.

NEW BUSINESS:

  • Update FEMA Maps – A public hearing will be held at the next council meeting to approve updated FEMA maps.

  • Adopt Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan Ordinance – Councilman Jiles made a motion, seconded by Councilman Almond to adopt the ordinance.  The vote to approve the motion was unanimous.
  • Adopt Community Development Block Grant Funds Resolution – Councilman Almond made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Putzek to adopt the resolution.  The vote to approve the motion was unanimous.  If awarded the grant, Councilman Jiles recommended burst resistant piping be used to replace aging sewer system pipes and the council agreed.
  • Watershed Protection Plan – Executive Director of the Heard County Water Authority, Laurie Cook, presented the Watershed Protection Plan to the council and asked for the City’s approval.  Councilman Almond made a motion, seconded by Councilman Jiles to approve the plan.  The vote to approve the motion was unanimous.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:  None

MAYOR/COUNCIL COMMENTS:  

  • Mayor Rogers updated the council of potential upcoming vendor changes to save significant money on bank fees and office software fees.

There was no further business to conduct and Councilman Jiles made a motion, seconded by Councilman Almond, to adjourn.  The vote was unanimous.

Minutes provided by Franklin City Clerk Karen Boyd

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