August 4, 2021

Franklin City Council Meeting (8/04/11)

The Franklin City Council met Thursday August 4th at City hall for it’s regular monthly meeting. All council members were in attendance as well as the Mayor  Teresa Chapman, city clerk  Myra Braswell, and attorney Amy Velasquez who was filling in for regular city attorney David Mecklin who was unavailable.

Councilman Jimmy Hamil shared the invocation and Councilman Almond led all in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance. After the department reports were presented by Chief Kevin Hannah (Police Dept.), Alan Holcomb (Streets Dept.), and Ms. Velasquez (Attorney) the council moved on to old business to discuss the peddler’s license guidelines.

This item was discussed and postponed until a future meeting. Under new business the Standard Operating Procedures for the police department were approved unanimously.

At item #3 on the agenda the board approved the reimbursement of $1300 to Mr. V.D. Massey for an enclosed 12′ x 12′ trailer he had purchased four months ago to use for transportation of the fireworks for the annual 4th of July show.

Mayor Chapman reported that the city should be able to access the trailer for other uses throughout the year as well. The motion passed by a 4-0 margin with Councilman Manders abstaining after he stated he had been the one that originally sold the trailer to Mr. Massey.

Next on the agenda Councilman Johnny Adams brought forth a Resolution for New Physician seeking the board’s signatures in the resolution that would possibly welcome a new pediatrician to Heard County in the form of one of his family members  Cory Butzon.

Adams stated that Butzon would be meeting with recruiters from Tanner Medical Center to discuss his possible employment there.

Adams told the board that Butzon had received a county doctor scholarship for the State Medical Board of Georgia which required him to practice medicine in a county without a practicing pediatrician.

This resolution passed unanimously. Also unanimously, the board voted to approve spending $1500 for a new awning for the city hall/police department which would be similar to the one currently installed at the Chamber of Commerce. The attorney was to check into the possibility of using SPLOST funds for this item.

The next item on the agenda was the bridge repair which resulted from the backhoe accident on the walking trail. Councilman Rogers presented one bid of $4840 from Mickey Cook and the Board agreed to move on with the repairs to the bridge once the insurance company had approved the claim.

On the last item of the agenda, a discussion of the downtown development authority, the board discussed reviving the board which had not been active in the last couple of years.

They discussed the possibility of appointing a new seven member board which would include one appointment by each councilman and two by Mayor Chapman pending the examination of the downtown development authority board rules and regulations by the city attorney. The board then voted to adjourn the meeting.

Before the meeting Mayor Chapman told The Heard Citizen that city residents should be aware that city funds are not being used to fund the sidewalk projects on the square and that those funds were instead accessed through a development authority grant.

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