January 17, 2022

Franklin City Council Approved Minutes (11/04/21)

MAYOR & COUNCIL MEETING, 6:30 PM 

JOEL W. ROGERS MUNICIPAL COURTROOM

NOVEMBER 4, 2021

MAYOR & COUNCIL MEETING

The Mayor and Council of the City of Franklin, Georgia, met in regular session Thursday, November 4, 2021, at Franklin City Hall, 150 Davis Street, Franklin, GA 30217 at 6:30 p.m. All Councilmembers were in attendance except for Councilmember Putzek and Councilmember Israel.

 Mayor Hayes began the meeting by welcoming everyone in attendance. He congratulated newly elected Councilmembers Dianne Dunlap and Robert Hilton who were in attendance and will begin their terms on the City Council in January. Councilmember Almond gave the invocation and lead the pledge to the flag. 

MINUTES OF Council Meeting October 7, 2021

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

 AMEND THE ORDER OF THE AGENDA

Councilmember Almond made a motion to amend the order of the agenda to include “Public Restroom Renovation” and “Street Signs Replacement Phase 2” under New Business, seconded by Councilmember Senn. The vote to approve the motion was unanimous.

DEPARTMENT REPORTS:

Finance – Finance Officer, Karen Boyd, gave the following report:

  • All accounts have been reconciled to the bank. General fund revenues exceeded expenditures by $100,192 for October. Revenues are still exceeding expenditures by $209,995 for the year. This is largely due to receiving our insurance premium on October 15th of $81,697, collecting $13,094 last month of past due property tax, and actual sales tax revenues being higher than budgeted.

  • Sales tax increased $4,205 from last month and $42,149 from October of last year. SPLOST increased $3,759 from the previous month and $18,844 from September of last year. 

Police Department – Chief Hannah reported that progress was being made on the clean-up of the mobile home park, but some things still needed to be addressed, which he took pictures of and distributed to the Council. He also reported that they were happy to be back into schools after COVID for Red Ribbon Week.  

Street Department – Street Supervisor Edward Ponder was not in attendance but Mayor Hayes updated the Council that the new excavator had been repaired under warranty and was back in operation. The trash truck had needed extensive repairs and upgrades due to rodent damage. Beth Burgoon from the Housing Authority had asked the City for assistance in cleaning their property using the new excavator and will pay for work done.

City Attorney – Attorney Mecklin updated Council that the Mobile Home Park had two remaining homes because they had been sold and will be moved off the property. He would inform the owner to remove the sign and utility poles that Chief Hannah had brought to his attention.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:     

  • Personnel Policy – Councilmember Senn made a motion to adopt the new Personnel Policy, seconded by Councilmember Bradfield. The vote to approve the motion was unanimous.

  • Secondary Retirement Plan – Mayor Hayes updated Council that he was cancelling this request since he sent interest out for this plan and didn’t get much of a response. 

  • Disaster Recovery Fund – Council continued discussion on the Disaster Recovery Fund and agreed to donate the $2,040 to the local Food Pantry.

NEW BUSINESS:

  • Food Truck Policy – Council discussed the possibility of implementing a Food Truck Policy but decided to leave things how they were. 

  • 2022 Proposed Budget Discussion – Council discussed the proposed 2022 budget and agreed to advertise the proposed budget to be voted on at the next Council meeting after the budget public hearing. 

  • Public Restroom Renovation – Mayor Hayes updated Council on the maintenance issues at the public restrooms and recommended a renovation with commercial grade items next year with SPLOST funds. 

  • Street Signs Replacement Phase 2 – Council discussed a quote to replace the remaining street signs after the tornado. Councilmember Almond made a motion to approve the $6,107 quote, seconded by Councilmember Bradfield. The vote to approve the motion was unanimous. 

PUBLIC COMMENTS: None

EXECUTIVE SESSION: Councilmember Bradfield made a motion to enter into executive session to discuss personnel, seconded by Councilmember Senn. The vote to approve the motion was unanimous.

Councilmember Senn made a motion to enter back into regular session and to approve all action in executive session, seconded by Councilmember Almond. The vote to approve the motion was unanimous. 

COUNCIL COMMENTS: Councilmember Almond congratulated new Councilmembers Dianne Dunlap and Robert Hilton. 

MAYOR COMMENTS: Mayor Hayes announced City Clerk Boyd’s last day was December 15th and the Council voted in executive session to appoint Jessica LaPointe as the new City Clerk with her first day being November 18th.

ADJOURN:  There was no further business to conduct, and Councilmember Bradfield made a motion, seconded by Councilmember Almond, to adjourn. The vote to approve the motion was unanimous. 

The meeting closed at 7:14 PM.

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