Moore About Franklin, January 2010

January 18th, 2010

Posted by jlb_admin13 in Newsletter on January 18th, 2010
Moore About Franklin
 
Happy New Year and good-bye to 2009!

The City weathered the storm of the financial crisis with no interruption of services, no layoffs, and a number of cost containment measures without raising the property tax. Completion of another leg of Carothers, the Royal Oaks intersection, a portion of streetscape, and numerous other infrastructure improvements were achieved at the same time. Even in this difficult time, a number of important achievements occurred. New roads and intersections completed, expansion of the Park system, recognition by the American Planning Association, National Historic Trust recognition as a “distinctive destination,Business Week‘s naming Franklin as a top place for small businesses, and best small town recognition by Southern Living. Franklin’s quality of life is a true blessing for all of us.

Dan Klatt’s newsletter was a respected source of information for many years.  It reflected both transparency and also credibility. This past year, the City has been making additional efforts to disseminate information to keep everyone informed in addition to the launch of a new website which promises to be more streamline and informative.

This monthly newsletter will attempt to keep the citizens of Franklin informed of the issues and seeks feedback on what is important for the citizens of Franklin.

Meetings
 
BOMA- January 12, 2010 Highlights
 •    Voluntary Exterior Neighborhood Inspection Program introduced.
•    Look for Police Station completion around February 22, 2010.
•    City will be using “Build America Bonds” to finance some of the upcoming projects. The bonds carry a 45% interest rebate yearly.
•    City continues to be part of the 3 Star Communities in Tennessee
•    Diamond vs. SPUI- Previously the City had committed $4.8 million dollars to upgrade to a SPUI (Single Point Urban Interchange like McEwen) at Peytonsville Road Interchange rather than a Diamond Interchange (Hwy 96/Murfreesboro Road/I-65). The Board will consider whether to rescind this agreement with the state and use the money on other projects in the near future. The SPUI may handle a greater volume of traffic in a safer manner with less land use. Given the fact that the Berry Farms development in this area will create a large volume of traffic, it is important to make the right choice for this important interchange. It has not been funded by the state yet.
•    Completion of right of way acquisition for Mack Hatcher to be completed likely by March 2011.
•    City to seek Trails Program Grant Funds from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation for creation of a trail system in Harlinsdale and Spencer Creek area.

Sustainability Commission January 19, 2010, 4pm
One item on the agenda is to explore the options for curbside recycling.
The Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and The TMA Group, along with the City of Franklin and Williamson County will sponsor a Complete Streets Workshop event on January 28-29, 2010 at the Cool Springs Marriott.  Complete Streets are a proven, cost-effective way to improve safety and accessibility for everyone using the road. Adopted in areas throughout the nation including Tennessee, communities with Complete Streets policies are ensuring their roadways work for all people regardless of age, ability, or mode of transportation.  Seating for this Workshop is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, contact Diane Thorne at 615-628-0266 or dthorne@tmagroup.org.

Integrated Water Resources Plan-January 20, 2-6 PM
This is an important part of the process for the City to evaluate what we should do with all matters concerning water whether it is drinking water, storm water, or waste water. There will continue to be meetings of the committee and the public as we go forward with this process. The next public comment period is tentatively set for February 22, 2010 at 6:30 PM at City Hall. The vision is that we will have a plan that we can use for the long term and will not have to worry about water shortages. Even though we have had a relatively wet year, we should not forget those recent times when we had water shortages.

News
 
Heritage Foundation and the Franklin Theater
The Heritage Foundation recently announced that they were nearing a date to begin construction on the Franklin Theater on Main Street pending loan approval. This much anticipated venue was financially supported by a broad cross section of the community in raising funds to purchase and renovate the only original use building remaining downtown. Highlights of the project include that it will be a LEED-certified project, meaning it will meet national standards for green buildings. The size of the two buildings comprising the Franklin Theatre will be increased by 50% to provide a catering kitchen, green room, storage and backstage space. According to Rod Daniel, we can expect that the theater may provide additional vitality to Main Street.
Live Green
A link to sign up for weekly green tips is available on the City Web site.  This reflects the City’s effort to become a top twenty-five green City in its demographics. View their newsletter, here.
I will be glad to post neighborhood and other Franklin events.
Upcoming Events
It’s never too early to start marking your calendar for special events in Franklin.
•    Three Blind Wines – Friday, February 26, 2010
•    Feile Franklin – Saturday, March 13, 2010.
•    Franklin Main Street Festival – April 24-25, 2010
Congressman Blackburn’s Office
Congressman Blackburn’s office has relocated from City Hall to a new location in the Cadence Bank Building at 198 East Main Street, Suite 1, Franklin, TN.
Last, but not least, please visit my new website, here.

Neighborhood Events

 

Transportation Summit Features Complete Streets, January 28-29, 2010

Paid for by Ken Moore for Mayor, Lisa Lu Smith treasurer.

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