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.!
- Fuel Hedging-year to date savings are $210,579
- Sales Tax*
|$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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.