Moore About Franklin – February 2013

February 20th, 2013

Posted by marykate in Newsletter on February 20th, 2013

Financials

  • Sales tax-City sales tax revenues continue to be positive. Year-to-date, the City has received $13.4 million compared to $12.5 million in the previous year, a difference of $887,844 or 7.1%.   For budget comparisons, the City anticipated collections of $13.1 million through the first six months of the fiscal year.  Through December, the City is $316,305 above budgeted collections.  As a further comparison, the December collection of $3.01 million compares to $2.73 million in 2007, $2.49 million in 2008, $2.48 million in 2009 and $2.67 million in 2010.
  • Budget Hearings-The Budget and Finance committee continues to hear budget presentations from each department. The process will continue and result in a budget document that will be presented for approval in June.

Five Points Post Office Lease-BOMA gave the final approval for the lease with First Bank on this property. The initial lease is for twenty years with two renewal periods and is a triple net lease. There are provisions to continue a postal operation from that facility and the City will use the basement for storage. Their total investment will be in the $3 million dollar range and will bring the building up to modern standards without taxpayer dollars.

Sales from the Sidewalk-BOMA continues to work with the issue of sales from sidewalks of newspapers. Our current ordinance does not permit sales in the right of way and the ordinance is being rewritten to make it clearer. There is a potential amendment being brought forward that would allow sales from specific sidewalk near certain turn lanes but would specifically ban sales from the median and in the street. This will be considered again at the March 12, 2013 BOMA meeting. If you have thoughts on this issue, please let me know.

Contract for the design of the wastewater plant-As the result of a two year study, the City is moving forward on the design of the expansion of the waste water plant. The current wastewater plant is rated at twelve millions gallons per day and needs upgrades based on capacity and regulatory issues. Additionally, consideration will be given to the treatment of bio-solids. The design contract for this was awarded to CDM Smith in the amount of $2.967 million dollars.

Study of the Harpeth River Water Basin-The City along with Brentwood, Williamson County, and Metro Nashville have agreed to fund a feasibility study concerning the Harpeth River Water Basin. This study will look for ways to alleviate flooding issues. Potential projects will not be identified until completion of the study.

Staff Development-The City is fortunate to have an engaged, enthusiastic, and well trained staff. Keeping them up to date involves many initiatives. One of the recent efforts was a trip to Cary, NC which is a city about twice our size that has grown rapidly. This trip will spawn new ideas and best practices to keep Franklin on track. Another initiative is a leadership initiative that several staff will be attending at the University of Virginia.

State of the City-My annual State of the City address usually occurs in the spring and I am looking for specific issues or formats that citizens may be interested in seeing as I begin planning for the occasion.

Toussant L’Overture Cemetery- American Idol and Studio Tenn star Melinda Doolittle was atCity Hall this week.  She was working on a Leadership Franklin project in conjunction with the City of Franklin Parks Department to add a stop to the Historic Parks Audio Cell Phone Tour.  The group is bringing Toussant L’Overture Cemetery to the tour with stories of Franklin African Americans who contributed to our community over the years. It along with the City Cemetery and Rest Haven are on the National Registry of Historic Properties.
Housing Commission Appointment-The Housing Commission is a Mayor appointed committee that is chaired by Dan Klatt to study housing issues in our community and specifically workforce and affordable housing. J. Edward Campbell was recently appointed as a member of that commission.

Engineering and Communications- Look for the new traffic web page with all of the city traffic cams at the following:http://franklintn.gov/index.aspx?page=844.  You can also view a video featuring Kevin Comstack related to the new web page at www.youtube.com/cityoffranklin

 

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