Moore About Franklin – August 2012

July 6th, 2012

Posted by marykate in Newsletter on July 6th, 2012
Recognitions
  • Best Of List-CNN/Money magazine lists Franklin as #52 spot up from #66 in 2010 in the “Most Livable Cities” category. Williamson County and Franklin were also listed as #10 in the country for job growth boasting 40.3 percent job growth from 2000-2011. Congratulations!!!!!
  • Award-The MIT department recently received a special recognition from Esri for their GIS work. The department was one out of 110 to be recognized among several thousand contestants and the only one in Tennessee.
  • Civic Pride-The Historic Franklin license plate is the only City plate in the State reflecting great civic pride. Only about 50 left of the original 2000.
Recent Board Action
  • Special assessment Districts- Most often this term is used in reference to new sewer projects. They allow citizens to receive services such as sewer that were not previously available and for them to pay for them over time. At the August 14 Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting, a standardized plan of costs allocation was codified for future projects.
  • Third Avenue North Extension-Recent Board approval of this project means that we will start to see construction and realignment of Third Avenue and Hillsboro Road in September. Not only will the intersection realigned but a new bridge will be constructed and many aspects of the master plan for Bicentennial Park will be included. Total project cost are about $4.7 million dollars.
Safety
  • Police nab Federal Fugitive-City of Franklin police received praise from the U. S. Department of Justice for their professionalism and effectiveness in making the arrest of a DEA fugitive recently.
  • Safety-Fire and Police train regularly for crisis situations and emergencies. On August 24, 2012 an “all hazard” training exercise was conducted at the police department with representatives from all City departments and local organizations affected in a disaster situation. The exercise scenario and situation was an EF4 or EF5 tornado striking Franklin. The exercise engaged all in the response and how we would respond including not only emergency actions by each department but also my role as mayor in a disaster.
Communication
  • Moore With The Mayor-Watch YouTube from the City website to see the latest edition where I will be interviewing Chief David Rahinsky and local businessman, Andy Marshall.
  • Summer Safety Video Challenge-Congratulations to the two talking “mellonheads” who won the competition for the best video highlighting summer safety. The competition was the product of the Franklin Fire Department. Over sixteen entries were submitted for the competition. They can be viewed on YouTube through the City website.
Financial
  • 2012 Year End Numbers-We will likely end up with a surplus position of $1.287 million dollars, which compares favorably to the $500,000 dollar surplus that had been projected during the FY 13 budget process. Congratulations to staff on their stewardship.
  • Sales Tax-Year to date the City has received $24.14 million dollars compared to $22.72 million dollars in the prior year or a $1.418 million dollar increase or a 6.2% increase. Anticipated collections of $23.27 million for the full twelve months of the fiscal year were exceeded by $859,536 ahead of budgeted collections.
  • Franklin Park-An important ground breaking event on August 16, 2012 for this new development at McEwen and Carothers (where they are moving dirt). The centerpiece for the development will be an eleven-acre natural area that will encompass an amphitheater, scenic walking paths, and open space to support proposed office towers and apartments. Why is it important? This serves to show the economic potential for the Carothers corridor and that our economy continues to improve and expand.
  • Energy-The City is continually looking for energy saving opportunities. One such program is the TVA-EnerNOC program. The goal of the program is to reduce energy usage during peak demand times. As a participant, we will be subject to demand response events that request curtailment of electrical consumption. This will occur no more than six times per month and may last from two to four hours. The City has the right to not participate in the request if it the timing is not right. The expected savings are expected to be  $16,000 per year.

 

Moore About Franklin – July 2012

July 6th, 2012

Posted by marykate in News on July 6th, 2012
Low Head Dam Removal-The City of Franklin and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation began removal of the low head dam on the Harpeth River. Removal of the dam is one of the requirements to continue to use the Harpeth River as a source of drinking water.  The result of the removal will be a continuous flowing stream with better river health, increase recreational opportunities, and stream bank restoration. The project received national recognition this year from Secretary of the Interior Salazar as a model of America’s Great Outdoors River Initiatives. Total project costs are $870 thousand dollars with $350 thousand dollars of that amount being grant money.
Hayes House at Harlinsdale- Restoration work has begun on the Historic Hayes House. The project costs is $167 thousand dollars and is partially funded by $60 thousand dollars of grant money from the Tennessee Historical Commission. The project will “dry the structure in “ to prevent further deterioration and prepare for future renovation.
United States Postage Stamp-The Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area and Franklin’s Charge are joining together to seek issuance of a stamp recognizing the 1864 Battle of Franklin. This effort will compete with many other groups desiring similar recognition for their cause. Petitions will be circulating throughout the community so please sign up in support or you can find one at the reception desk at City Hall.
Battlefield Preservation Commission-This is an eighteen member advisory group formed in 2010 whose purpose is to identify, preserve, and interpret Civil War properties. They have been active in reclaiming much battlefield land in Franklin thru private donation and grants.
Sales Tax update. The local sales tax remittance from the State of Tennessee for July was $1,989,477 compared to $1,884,275 for the same month in 2011, an increase of $105,202 or 5.6%.  Year-to-date, the City has received $21.97 million compared to $20.67 million in the previous year, a difference of $1,297,694 or 6.3%.   Through May, the City is $789,447 ahead of budgeted collections.  As a further comparison, the May collection of $1.98 million compares to $1.91 million in 2007, $1.82 million in 2008, $1.64 in 2009 and $1.69 in 2010.
State of the County-Mayor Rogers Anderson presented his annual State of the County address on July 24. He highlighted that the county is prepared for the next journey down the road. Highlights included:
  • Median age is 39 years
  • Lowest unemployment in the State
  • Fourteen ‘Fortune Five Hundred Companies”
  • Third in the nation for job growth in 2012
  • Maintains a AAA Moody’s Bond rating
Future Bridge Project-One of the major projects that is on the major thoroughfare plan is a bridge across I-65 at Long Lane near the Ag Center. Engineering for this project has been approved and will make it easier to construct because of the installation of a peer to be used at a future date thus avoiding interstate closure and traffic re-routing in the future which is very costly. Also, it will provide increase connectivity, faster emergency response, and faster commutes to businesses and schools on the west side of I-65 when constructed.
Tennis Courts-Good news for the courts at Jim Warren Park since they were approved for resurfacing in the near future.
Historic Parks Cell Phone Tour-The City Parks and the Battlefield Preservation Commission recently announced a self-guided cell phone audio tour of historic Franklin Park sites impacted by the Battle of Franklin during the Civil War. A total of eleven sites have been identified with more to come in the future. Information is available at www.franklintn.gov/parks or call the tour line at 615-216-1597.
Water Plant Sanitary Score-Below are listed the sanitary scores for the Water Treatment Plant. These surveys are conducted unannounced by the State on a yearly basis. As you can see, there has been consistent progress since the 2005 low point.
Year  – Score
2005 – 28
2006 – 84
2007 – 88
2009 – 96
2010 – 98
2011 – 98
2012 – 97

Moore About Franklin – June 2012

July 1st, 2012

Posted by marykate in Events,Newsletter,Photos on July 1st, 2012

Transit-I recently rode the two fixed routes of the Franklin Transit on “Dump the Pump” day. The idea of the day was to do something other than use our cars to decrease our dependence on petroleum based products. What I came away with was more knowledge about the people who use transit who ranged from local workers, shoppers, job seekers, physician patients, hospital visitors, and the elderly. I am proud to announce that the drivers are courteous; the bus is clean and cool, and on time. If you have not ridden the FTA, please give it a try as an additional option. A surprise was a serenade by one of the passengers, E. H.!

Financial

  • Fuel Hedging-year to date savings are $210,579
  • Sales Tax*
2012 2011 difference % increase Budget
$19.98 M $18.78 M $1,192,492 6.3% +$730.570

*Through April 2012

Sales tax continues to be positive and collections are ahead of the projected

Budget.

  • Economic news-Unemployment is currently at 5.3%, the lowest rate since 2008 and the lowest in the State. Job creation is double the State average
  • Economic Development-The governor’s “Jobs for Tennessee” was recently discussed at the quarterly Economic Development Council meeting. This program addresses jobs in automotive, healthcare, transportation, chemicals, advanced manufacturing, and business services which all are considered to be our state’s strong points. The governor seeks to streamline business regulations and improve workers compensation and unemployment programs to make Tennessee businesses more competitive. Strong points for Tennessee are its location, no income tax, higher education institutions, right to work, and business friendliness.

Congratulations-Congratulations to Mrs. Caroline J. Cross upon her retirement from being the director and founder of Leadership Franklin. Over 280 Franklin residents have benefited from training and most importantly given back to the community.

History

  • Abram Maury-In 1799 Abram Maury founded the City of Franklin. His contributions to Franklin were recently commemorated by placing a marker on his grave which is located in the Founders Point subdivision in Franklin. Local historical groups and descendants attended the ceremony. The marker was placed by the Huguenot Society of the Founders of Manakin in the Colony of Virginia.
  • War of 1812-Franklin was an important part of this war. It served as one of the last stopping off points from the Natchez Trace. Andrew Jackson led supply trains to the gulf through this area as well as his troops. Recently a marker was placed on the Natchez Trace to commemorate the event and its relationship to our area.

Project updates

  • Hillsboro Road (SR96W to Independence Square-Right of way acquisition is underway on 43 properties. Estimated start date is October 2012.
  • Hillsboro Road (Independence Square to Mack Hatcher Parkway-Right of Way acquisition estimated to be September 2012 with construction start October 2013.
  • Third Avenue Extension-Estimated start date is September 2012.
  • South Carothers Parkway Extension-Currently is being designed as a two lane road with grading for a four lane road. The bidding is anticipated to start in November 2012. It has not been funded pending bids and financial modeling.
  • Carlisle Lane/ Boyd Mill at SR96 West Signalization-Construction start estimated to be November 2012.
  • Century Court/ Beasley Drive Connector-Estimated construction start is January 2013.
  • Mack Hatcher, NW Extension-Right of way acquisition is complete and the City has completed its contributions to the project. TDOT is revising some elements of the project and we are awaiting funding.

Chamber Unification-The Williamson County/Franklin Chamber, Brentwood/Cool Springs Chamber, and the Cool Springs Chamber continue to work toward unification to create a single chamber and a single voice for Williamson County. The new chamber will not be a blending of the old chambers but an opportunity to create something new.

 

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