April 2, 2020

Franklin City Council renames courtroom to honor Mayor Joel W. Rogers

Pictured above are (L-R) City Attorney David Mecklin, Councilmembers Willie Almond, Jr., Cynthia Putzek, Kevin Hayes, Cliff Jiles, Sara Alane Bradfield, and City Clerk Karen Boyd (Photo: Debbie O’Neal/Times-Journal)

(Franklin/Times-Journal) — City Council of Franklin, Georgia, met in regular session Thursday, February 6, 2020 at City Hall at 6:30 PM.

All councilmembers were in attendance. Mayor Joel Rogers was not present due to illness.

Councilmember Kevin Hayes began the meeting by welcoming everyone in attendance. Councilmember Bo Almond gave the invocation and lifted Mayor Rogers up in prayer.

Mayor Rogers’ has been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer that has spread to his liver.

The council approved the minutes from the January 7, 2020 meeting as written.

City Clerk Karen Boyd gave the Financial report through January, 2020 and City Attorney David Mecklin updated the councilmembers on Riverside Mobile Home Park.

Under New Business the Council reappointed Tommie McKeever to the Heard County Water Authority.

There were no public comments and Council went into executive session to discuss personnel issues. The meeting was adjourned.

The Franklin City Council has since issued a press release stating the following:

“The City of Franklin staff and elected officials would like to extend our warmest well-wishes and utmost gratitude to Mayor Joel W. Rogers for his continued service to our community. He has been a pillar of this community for many years through his time as an admired school teacher in the Heard County School System, a successful small business owner, long-time board member for the Heard County Water Authority, and in all of his distinguished political aspirations. We all stand beside him during this difficult time and wish him a speedy recovery. Prior to current his mayoral duties which began in 2013, Rogers served the City of Franklin as a member of the City Council for more than a decade (2002-2013.) He was largely instrumental in the construction and oversight of the beautiful new City Hall building located on the square in Franklin. If not for his expertise, planning, and tireless dedication to the project it would not be what it is today. In return for his endless determination, the City of Franklin would like to formally and permanently, by way of official resolution, change the name of the Franklin Municipal Courtroom to the Joel W. Rogers Municipal Courtroom.”

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