January 17, 2022

Franklin City Council Minutes (12/02/21)

PUBLIC HEARING & MAYOR & COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES, 6:30 PM 

JOEL W. ROGERS MUNICIPAL COURTROOM

DECEMBER 2, 2021

PUBLIC HEARING (2022 Budget)

Mayor Hayes opened the public hearing at 6:33 p.m. to receive public comments on the advertised 2022 budget. There were no public comments. Councilmember Senn made a motion to close the public hearing, seconded by Councilmember Almond. The motion to close the public hearing was unanimous. The public hearing closed at 6:34 p.m.

MAYOR & COUNCIL MEETING

The Mayor and Council of the City of Franklin, Georgia, met in regular session Thursday, December 2, 2021, at Franklin City Hall, 150 Davis Street, Franklin, GA 30217 at 6:34 p.m. All Councilmembers were in attendance except for Councilmember Putzek and Councilmember Bradfield.

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

MINUTES OF Council Meeting November 4, 2021

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

 AMEND THE ORDER OF THE AGENDA

Councilmember Senn made a motion to amend the order of the agenda to include “The Core of Engineers Contract Renewal/Update” under New Business, seconded by Councilmember Israel. 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 $13,351 for November. Revenues are still exceeding expenditures by $223,228 for the year. This is mainly due to our actual sales tax revenue being higher than budgeted. 
  • Sales tax decreased $395 from last month and increased $41,262 from November of last year. SPLOST decreased $1,316 from the previous month and increased $26,857 from October of last year. 
  • Business licenses and property tax payments are steadily coming in since December 31st is our due date. 

Police Department – Chief Hannah reported that progress was being made on the clean-up of the mobile home park.  

Street Department – Street Supervisor Edward Ponder was not in attendance but Mayor Hayes updated the Council that the trash truck was working better than it had been before being repaired. The street department has been busy decorating the square and prepping for the upcoming Winterfest event. 

City Attorney – Attorney David Mecklin was not present and there was nothing to report.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:     

  • 2022 Budget – Councilmember Senn made a motion to approve the advertised budget for 2022, seconded by Councilmember Almond. The vote to approve the motion was unanimous.

NEW BUSINESS:

  • Retirement Ordinance- Mayor Hayes explained to the council GMA requested the Council, to vote on a retirement ordinance to implement the changes made earlier this year. Councilmember Israel made a motion to adopt this ordinance, seconded by Councilmember Senn. The vote to approve was unanimous.
  1. 2022 Municipal Positions- Councilmember Senn made a motion to approve David Mecklin as the city attorney, Kevin Drummond and the solicitor, Denise Billingsley as the public defender, and David Taylor as the city judge. This motion was seconded by Councilmember Almond. The vote to approve was unanimous. The position for probation officer would be revisited after reviewing the contract.
  2. Winterfest Special Event- Council discussed declaring Winterfest a special event but after deliberation no motion was carried.
  3. Franklin Zoning Board Vacancies- Council discussed the need to fill two vacancies on the zoning board. Councilmember Israel asked to be considered. Councilmember Almond recalled Cleveland Rutledge expressing interest in the position. Mayor Hayes added both names to the list of potential candidates for consideration.
  4. Core of Engineers Contract Renewal/ Update- Mayor Hayes updated the Council that the Core of Engineers has agreed to modify their contract with the City allowing the City to be fully responsible for the tract of land damaged by the tornado. This process can take anywhere between three to nine months to complete. The City would need to have an environmental study conducted at the City’s expense that would include an archaeological review of the area. Mayor Hayes explained to the Council that this would be a long-term investment with various steps. Councilmember Almond made a motion to allow the City to begin the process of conducting an environmental study, this was seconded by Councilmember Senn. The vote to approve the motion was unanimous.

PUBLIC COMMENTS: None

EXECUTIVE SESSION: None

COUNCIL COMMENTS: Councilmember Israel stated it has been an honor and a pleasure to serve on the council. 

MAYOR COMMENTS: Mayor Hayes thanked both Councilmember Putzek and Councilmember Israel for their service to the community and the council.

ADJOURN:  There was no further business to conduct, and Councilmember Israel made a motion, seconded by Councilmember Almond, to adjourn. The vote to approve the motion was unanimous. The meeting closed at 7:00 PM. 

Joey D. Senn, Post #5                               

 

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