Moore About Franklin – November/December 2012

November 7th, 2012

Posted by marykate in Newsletter on November 7th, 2012
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November/December 2012 (Happy Holidays Edition)
Get Fit Franklin-Get Fit Franklin kicked off on Saturday, Nov. 17, at Pinkerton Park. There were more than 400 people on hand for the event, which featured a variety of vendor booths, food from The Bean, New York Bagel Deli & Cafe, and Publix, as well as the pickup of your goody bags. Get Fit Franklin is a community initiative of Franklin Tomorrow and BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee designed to get people to take the first step to fitness by stepping out their front door and walking on pre-measured paths described on our Website at www.getfitfranklintn.org.
Sister Cities of Franklin and Williamson County-Franklin Mayor Ken Moore and his wife Linda along with Patricia Kriebel and her husband and former Franklin Alderman, Robert Kriebel traveled to Germany over the Thanksgiving holiday to explore a sister city relationship with Bad Soden, Germany.  Patricia is the President of Sister Cities of Franklin and Williamson County.  She is working with local officials and Sister City representatives to facilitate the relationship. The group were led on a tour of the city by Mayor Norbert Altenkamp who discussed Bad Soden’s history and its community challenges. The group also visited the headquarters of Messer, Albert Einstein School, and the Deutsche Bank located in two LEED platinum office towers. Presentations were also made by local clubs. A potential reciprocal trip will likely occur this summer.
Franklin ranks no. 2 in business-friendly ratings. The Beacon Center released their business friendly rankings of the 50 largest cities in Tennessee.  According to the Nashville Business Journal (article attached), Franklin will rank second in the state.  Our second place ranking is up one spot from last year’s rating of third place.
Monthly Sales Tax Report. The local sales tax remittance from the State of Tennessee for November was $2,065,402 compared to $1,947,970 for the same month in 2011, an increase of $118,432, or 6.1%.  Through September, the City is $192,954 above budgeted collections.  As a further comparison, the September collection of $2.06 million compares to $1.90 million in 2007, $1.83 million in 2008, $1.64 million in 2009 and $1.88 million in 2010.
South Carothers Design-The design has been completed and the estimated cost for the entire road and bridge is $12.7 million dollars. The next step will be to do financial modeling with our consultants to identify our capacity to fund the project. The road will be a two lane curb and guttered road and the prep work will be done for future expansion to a four lane road. The board will be considering it early 2013 as to completion of the entire road or phasing it.
Water Treatment Plant design-This project was awarded to Smith Seckman Reid, Inc in the amount of $1,246,585 dollars for the design of the water treatment plant update required by regulatory authorities. A future decision will also be made as whether to expand its treatment capacity from two to four million gallons per day.
Five Points Post Office Building-The City earlier this year issued a RFP for this building and the sole responder was First Bank. A letter of intent is being created to enter into a triple net lease (they pay all expenses) with an initial lease period of twenty years. Existing tenants will have the opportunity to remain and the agreement will specify that a postal operation shall remain in this facility going forward. A potential capital outlay by First Bank could be in the $3 million dollar range. A rate of over $23 dollars per square foot is probable when considering lease income, capital  improvements, operating costs, and cost avoidance by the City.
New Vice-Mayor- Annually a new vice-mayor is selected. Congratulations to Alderman Dana McClendon in this new role and thank you to outgoing vice-mayor Michael Skinner.
Public right-of-way sale of goods-A concern for safety of vendors has prompted the consideration of an ordinance to regulate where goods and wares and charitable collections can be sold. One such issue has been the sale of newspapers in the right-of-way. The proposed new ordinance would restrict sales and collections to the sidewalk and the transaction would not be able to be completed from the street.
Survey-A survey of residents’ priorities and goals for the City of Franklin was conducted by American Strategies for Franklin Tomorrow on behalf of the Williamson County Association of REALTORS.  Major findings are as follows:
  • Franklin residents are overwhelmingly positive about the City, feel it is headed in the right direction, the quality of life is excellent, and 83% rate the job being done by the city government as good or excellent.
  • Residents see both residential and business development happening at about the right pace.
  • Two thirds of the people surveyed felt that the tax load was about right.
  • Preserving city neighborhoods and bringing more businesses to the area toped the list of future goals along with improving the transportation infrastructure.

 

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