October 20, 2020

Franklin City Council Notes (02/04/16)

Judy and Thomas Miller share a framed picture of several Franklin Music Park performers, which is only one of the collection that belongs to Heard County Historical Society. Judy suggests the artwork be displayed as part of Franklin’s history.

Judy and Thomas Miller share a framed picture of several Franklin Music Park performers. Mrs. Miller suggested to the council the artwork be displayed as part of Franklin’s history.

(Franklin/Courtesy of the Times~Journal) — The Franklin City Council met on Thursday, February 4th at 6:30 pm at the city hall in Franklin.

Those in attendance were, Mayor Joel Rogers, City Council members Shane Manders, Cliff Jiles, Kevin Hayes, Bo Almond, Alane Nelms and City Clerk Myra Braswell. City Attorney David Mecklin was out of town and unable to be present.

Councilmen Almond gave the Invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Minutes from the January 7, 2016 meeting and called meeting of January 14 were approved as written.

Mrs. Judy Miller attended the meeting and addressed the mayor and council members about framed artwork donated from Franklin Music Park’s family to the Heard County Historical Society. An Operation Round Up Grant from Carroll EMC provided the funding for framing the artwork.

Mrs. Miller spoke about the history of the Franklin Music Park and asked that the city consider displaying the artwork in the Franklin Community Center or possibly in the new city hall. The historical artwork is in storage due to the lack of available space to display the big collection. The mayor and council members agreed to consider her suggestion.

Franklin City Clerk Myra Braswell gave the Finance Report.

Police Chief Kevin Hannah addressed the council on the need to update animal ordinances to be more defined. Chief Hannah also commented on the body cameras police officers received six months ago.

Hannah stated, “There have been a few ups and downs but overall we are pleased with the new body cameras.”

Hannah presented the council with the idea of putting a pay scale in place at the Franklin Police Department. He also updated the council on the active shooter training that his officers had completed as well as fire drills Heard County High School.

The chief gave some positive feedback he received on the Franklin City Playground from Coweta-Fayette Families, an online blog for Georgia Moms. The blog featured Franklin’s park with a 5 Peach Rating in a review that included parks in Peachtree City, Senoia, Fayetteville, Newnan, Carrollton and Franklin.

Franklin City Park was praised for its big playground, being located next to the police station and away from traffic, playground equipment, gazebo area, clean restrooms and overall cleanliness of the park.

Alan Holcomb, Street Department Supervisor, recommended that the council consider the purchase of new trash truck for the city with SPLOST funding. The council approved a fund of $2500.00 for minor repairs to keep the trash truck running until pricing on a new truck can be researched.

Mayor Joel Rogers updated the council on the progress of the new City Hall.

Rogers stated, “Due to the weather the progress has been slowed and the project will need another six to eight weeks to complete. They are putting in the firewalls, hanging drywall, installing door frames — gutter drains still need to be installed as well as the brick work.”

Michelle Robinson was reappointed City Auditor for 2017.

During public comments, Mr. Charles Frear from Skyview Drive in Franklin commented on the great job Franklin Police Department does and thanked the council for the work that has been done in cleaning up the cemetery. The meeting was adjourned.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Franklin City Council will be Thursday, March 3, 2016.

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