March 20th, 2013
Old, Old Jail-The property at 112 Bridge Street (along with several other properties) was obtained through a swap with the county for the Springs Property about five years ago. The City has previously requested proposals on this property. Only one response came forward and it was not acceptable. The property lies in the flood plane and also in serious disrepair. BOMA recently indicated an interest in exploring a proposal by the Heritage Foundation to renovate the property and located their offices there. There is no formal agreement at this time but it appears to be a promising opportunity to save an older building.
Temporary Signs-What is your opinion on temporary signs (alive and paper) and how long they should be displayed or would you favor not permitting any temporary signs? Give me your opinions.
Main Street Festival-Mark your calendar for this annual festival for April 27-28.
Sale of Goods in the Public Right-of-Way-At a recent board meeting, the sale of newspapers was approved by BOMA in a 4-3 vote. The new ordinance will allow sales only from the sidewalk to the passenger side in selected intersections. Franklin Police immediately began enforcement of the new ordinance.
Franklin Police Department Receives 5th Accreditation-The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies just awarded the department its fifth accreditation after an extensive review in November 2012 by the agency. Congratulations to the FPD.
Request for Zoning Change (Rachel Springs)-The Planning Commission denied the application for Rachel Springs with an 8-0 vote at a recent meeting. For residents of Forrest Crossing and Maplewood, the applicant has withdrawn his request and will have to bring forward a completely new request unless he chooses to continue with the previously approved plan for commercial space.
Sales Tax-Sales tax collections for March were up $284,471 dollars or 17.1% compared to 2012. Year to date the City has received $15.3 million dollars compared to $14.2 million dollars in the prior year. For budget comparisons, the City anticipated collections of $14.8 million through the first seven months of the fiscal year.
Through January, the City is $524,673 above budgeted collections. As a further comparison, the January collection of $1.94 million compares to $1.66 million in 2007, $1.50 million in 2008, $1.40 million in 2009 and $1.55 million in 2010
Active shooter exercise-On March 14th, the Franklin and Brentwood Police along with the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department conducted an active shooter exercise at the Columbia State Community College facility in Franklin.
Love your neighborhood event – April 6th. The City of Franklin in partnership with the Housing Commission is hosting a “Love Your Neighborhood” Day on April 6, 2013 in the Hill Estates Neighborhood off of Liberty Pike. The intent of the event is to offer an opportunity for the neighborhood to participate in a cleanup effort assisted by volunteer groups. If you have an interest, call Laura Tracy with Community Housing Partnership at 615.790.5556. I hope you will join me at 8:00 in the neighborhood if you have an interest.
Integrated Growth Plan- This plan has been developed by City staff to discuss future options for Carothers Parkway in light of the intense development anticipated along this corridor. It is a plan that gives direction to developers, utilities, and staff in the future on required right of way along this parkway. Any future action would still require board action. This is a continuation of developing long range plans to meet infrastructure needs in the future.
I-65 and Goose Creek Interchange Project- TDOT just announced that the I-65 and Goose Creek Interchange Project schedule has been moved to a July 12, 2013 construction Letting due to a number of pending issues associated with Right-of-Way acquisitions and Permit issues.
Mack Hatcher Extension Project (NW Loop) The City received notice from TDOT formally requesting the City to modify the construction drawings for State Route 397 (Mack Hatcher Bypass) to include signalized intersections at SR96 and Del Rio Pike. BOMA will be considering approving this design change and authorizing redesign in April. The cost will be reimbursed by TDOT.
January 7th, 2013
Paid for by Ken Moore for Mayor, Lisa Lu Smith treasurer.