Moore About Franklin, December 2010

December 19th, 2010

Posted by marykate in Newsletter on December 19th, 2010

Holiday Greetings-I want to wish you and your family a memorable Christmas Holiday and a prosperous New Year. Thank you for having an interest in “Moore About Franklin” and your feedback.

Road Projects:

  • McEwen Phase III-On December 1, 2010, the City received notification from TDOT (Tennessee Department of Transportation) that the City has State authorization to proceed with obtaining bids for this much needed segment of McEwen. With the current time table, it would appear that the timeline for awarding the bid could be on January 25, 2010. The estimated cost is $12 million dollars.
  • Another Project under Budget-Bids were opened for the Mallory Station at General George Patton and Duke Drive signalization and the low bid was $257,998.30. The City’s original estimate that it would be $385,000. It will be funded from the small capital projects.
  • Signalization of McEwen and Wilson Pike-BOMA considered staff recommendations on this intersection at the December 14, 2010 meeting. The proposal was to have a three way stop with a turn lane until final signalization of the intersection prior to start of the 2011 school year. Several questions arose about the results on traffic in surrounding areas and these will be addressed and brought back to a future work session.
  • Turn Lane on Carothers Parkway and Cool Springs Boulevard, South Bound-The Board approved a turn lane at this intersection to help service the heavy traffic and also the anticipated increased traffic as new construction occurs in the Meridian Development . The project will be funded by Boyle Investments who will receive offsets from their road impact fees generated by the project.

2035 Regional Transportation Model-The Nashville Metropolitan Organization (MPO) is a public agency established by federal law delegating decision making on federal highway money to local leaders who know where it is most needed. There are eleven MPO’s in the State. Each MPO studies and develops plans for what roads will be needed in the future in its particular area.

The 2035 plan creates the vision of what our area will look like in twenty-five years and what the transportation demands will be. These decisions are partially based on population growth studies and other modeling tools.

The ten county areas around Nashville are projected to grow from the 2008 population of 1.7 million people to 2.6 million people in the year 2035. For Williamson County, it would mean that we would double in population. To give a comparison, the ten county and Nashville population would be similar to the current Denver, Colorado; Charlotte, North Carolina; Portland, Oregon; or Austin, Texas area. This comparison then gives the MPO a tool to see what mistakes and successes these areas have had and how we can learn from them for our planning. One other surprise about our habits today is that we spend more time in our cars (Peak Period Travel Times) than anywhere else in the United States.

Based on the MPO analysis, if we continue to do business as usual, it will produce more urban sprawl and more gridlock. It would cause a server stress on the road systems and severe congestion. Cost estimates are that congestion’s cost would be 10.65 Billion dollars in twenty-five years. To further compound this, our road funding is based on gasoline taxes which remain the same no matter what the price of gas. Simply put, we will need more road projects with our current habits than we have money.

The plan focuses on three changes:

  1. Expansion of mass transit options-This can mean light rail or trains, buses with dedicated lanes, and regional van pools.
  2. Expansion of active transportation modes such as walking or biking or just make our communities more walkable.
  3. Enhancement of existing strategic roadway corridors

Funding would be through federal highway funds for roadways and is a proportionate share for each state. However, funding for rapid transit is on a competitive process and there would be no guarantee of funding until one had gone thru the process.

The vision is grand but this look at twenty-five years is a must for planning for continued growth in our region.

City Employees to get two percent raise-City employees are slated to get a 2% pay raise starting in January. In these difficult financial times, they have worked without raises and have continued to provide a high level of service. A special thanks to them for their dedication and hard work.

Search consultant selected for Police Chief of Franklin Police-Chief Jackie Moore is retiring and the process of selecting his successor has started with the hiring of a search group.   

Financials-Sales tax revenues continue to grow and be positive. The latest report revealed a 7.8% increase over the same time in 2009. Reviewing the numbers year to date and comparing to the prior year, there has been an 8.4% gain which is $556,813 dollars. Collections are ahead of budget.

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

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