Moore About Franklin – January 2013

January 29th, 2013

Posted by marykate in Newsletter on January 29th, 2013

Belated Happy New Year-2013 promises to be an exciting year filled with new growth, new businesses, and new projects.

The Tragedy of Newtown and Sandy Hook School-The entire community is saddened by the tragedy of Sandy Hook and it has heightened our awareness of making sure that we do all we can to keep our kids safe. I am proud to report broad support from elected officials, law enforcement, and fire departments all across our county to take a multi-faceted approach to school safety that will also include School Resource Officers in all of our public schools. Over the remainder of the school year, police presence will be obvious during specific times both inside and outside our schools. A statewide safety conference will be held at the factory on January 29.

 

South Carothers Road-The Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved the funding of this road from Falcon Creek to the Highlands at Ladd Park. The project will cost almost $13 million dollars; will be graded for four-lanes but only two lanes will be constructed at this time. It will include bike lanes and curb and guttering. It is expected to bid later this year.

 

Future Franklin development-Franklin’s future development will likely be on the east side of I-65 and along the South Carothers Road.  New developments such as Stream Valley, Berry Farms, Highlands at Ladd Park, Nichols Bend, and Simmons’s Ridge have been approved and will bring a mixture of residential options and also include future commercial and retail space.

 

Americana Music Association and Sugar Hill Records- Adding to the entertainment and creative side are these two new relocations to Franklin. Welcome!

 

Signing the contract for Hillsboro Rd, Phase I.

Street Projects:

  • Mack Hatcher Parkway NW extension-City staff continues to work with TDOT to move this project to the funding plan.
  • Hillsboro Road Improvements (SR 96W to Independence Square)- Bid has been awarded and construction likely to start late January 2013.
  • Hillsboro Road Improvements (Independence Square to Mack Hatcher Parkway)- Estimated bid date is November 2013 with construction to begin in January 2014.
  • McEwen Drive, temporary connector-construction has begun with a projected completion date of July 2013.
  • 3rd Avenue Extension-construction in progress with a projected completion date of September 2013.
  • South Carothers-see above
  • Carlisle Lane/Boyd Mill @ SR 96 West Signalization-construction to begin early 2013.
  • McEwen Drive at Wilson Pike Intersection Improvements Project- utilities are currently being relocated and the construction will start shortly thereafter.
  • Access Road to the Public Works Facility- construction to begin in February.
  • Century Court/Beasley Drive Connector-construction plans are nearing completion and utility relocation costs are being gathered.
  • Eastern Flank Battlefield Park Access Roadway-construction should begin early in 2013 and be completed in about six months.

 

Local Sales Tax Report-Sales tax remittance continues to be positive. January was $2.17 million dollars compared to $1.99 million dollars compare to the same month in 2012. This represents an 8.9% increase and compares to the State of Tennessee collection increase of 5.0%.  The City is $338,954 above our budgeted collections at this time.

National Register of Historic Properties-The Rest Haven and the City Cemetery were recently added to this list. Toussaint L’Overture Cemetery located across Hillsboro Road from these properties is already on the historic registry.

 

Private Water Line Solicitation-American Water Resources of Tennessee is a private insurer that is offering coverage for water line breaks on the “owner’s side.” This is not a City program and is offered by a for profit entity with no connection to the City.

 

Franklin Road Sidewalk-BOMA has been studying options to increase connectivity along Franklin Road between downtown and the Factory. Available funds from development could fund a sidewalk only on the east side but would not include drainage and would be very intrusive into yards along the road. Engineering has recommended that future consideration be to do “streetscape” type improvements rather than just a sidewalk. This will be considered as we review capital projects ranking later this year.

 

TML Prescription Drug Card-The Tennessee Municipal League offers a free prescription drug card thru their office. The City will participate in this offering to our citizens, which will be at no charge to the City. Stay tuned for more information.

 

Traffic Calming Devices-Look for some modifications of the “jut outs” on Fair Street in the 1000 block where BOMA approved the removal of these devices. The others on Fair Street will remain.

 

 

 

 

 

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