Moore About Franklin – October 2012

October 7th, 2012

Posted by marykate in Newsletter on October 7th, 2012
Project updates-
  • West Main Street Water and Sewer Rehabilitation-This project is upgrading old sewer and water lines. The sewer rehab has been completed and the water rehab is under way with an anticipated completion in November.
  • Mack Hatcher NW Extension-TDOT has elected to do additional studies comparing a roundabout versus a signalized intersection on Hwy 96W. Franklin has completed right of way acquisition.
  • Hillsboro Road (SR96W to Independence Square)-should be going for bid in November 2012 with construction starting in January 2013 and estimated completion in June 2014.
  • Hillsboro Road (Independence Square to Mack Hatcher)-Estimated bid date is October 2013 with a start date of December 2013 and construction completion in May 2015.
  • 3rd Avenue Extension-construction has begun and will be completed by September 2013.
  • McEwen Drive, temporary connector- The bid has been awarded and estimated construction start is February 2013 and estimated completion is December 2013.
  • South Carothers Parkway Extension-Right of way acquisition was completed in 2011. The estimated bid date is November 2012. BOMA will review this project either in early November.
  • Carlisle Lane/ Boyd Mill at Hwy 96 W-Estimated start date of November 2012.
  • McEwen Drive at Wilson Pike-Project has been awarded with a completion date estimated to be September 2014.
  • Eastern Flank Road-contracts for engineering oversight are being approved with an anticipated start in January 2013 and completion in June 2013..
  • Low Head Dam Removal-this project on the Harpeth River across the road from the Eastern Flank Battlefield has drawn lots of attention. It will be completed in November and includes stream bank restoration and river access.
TN Water and Wastewater Energy Efficiency Partnership recognition event at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
  • $194,000 Annual savings-The City of Franklin developed an energy management plan which identified specific measures to save energy at its wastewater treatment plan. The plan and annual savings came from a partnership between TVA, EPA, University of Tennessee, University of Memphis, Schneider Electric, and TDEC. Congratulations to staff  (Juan Davis, Wayne Davenport, Mark Hilty, Andrew Orr, Dan Allen) who were recognized by EPA Region 4 director Gwen Keyes -Fleming and Commissioner Martineau in a special ceremony in Nashville on October 11, 2012. Special thanks to and all staff who participated for making this happen.
  • Sales Tax-Local sales tax received in October was up 14% over the same month in 2011. For further comparison, the current $2.1 million dollar collection compares to $1.98 million in 2007, $1.75 million in 2008, $1.71 million in 2009, and $1.77 million in 2010. Collections to date are $163,553 above budget.
Blue Bag Update-This three year pilot program continues to be successful with a 15% diversion rate and a 48% participation rate. The goal for the third year is to reach 18% diversion and 50% participation. Program expansion continues to be studied in regard to including glass, tubs or rollouts, multifamily units, and business opportunities.
Water and Sewer Rates-The Board of Mayor and Alderman approved on first reading the fourth and fifth year of water and sewer rate increases. Water and Sewer are run by enterprise funds and by law are not allowed to make a profit and must operate on revenue generated by rate -payers. With these increases, the City is able to be near the revenue necessary to break even. Rates will increase 4% for water and 7% for sewer. The average user will see a $1.72 increase in their water bill and $2.62 increase in their sewer bill. A public hearing will be held on November 27. Compared to other utilities, our rates continue to be below average when compared to other regional providers.
Save the Date!
Dickens of a Christmas will be held December 8-9, 2012.
Christmas Parade will be held December 1, 2012.


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