Although they have had their moments, Franklinton Board of Aldermen meetings characteristically are routine, with reports of progress and accomplishments, and without much disagreements. Tuesday's (March 14, 2017) meeting began by recognizing the accomplishments of Coach Barry Seal and the Bowling Green girl’s basketball team.
But as the meeting continued, two issues consumed most of the time. The first concerned a request for a donation by Mike Daniel and Stuart Varnado on behalf of the planned Alive Christian Music Festival (starting at 13:25 into the video). Two weeks ago, Daniel and Varnado first made the request and advised that the proposed festival would an annual event to be held at the Washington Parish Fairgrounds. This year's event is scheduled for April 22. An often testy discussion followed about whether or not the Town should or could make such a donation. The Board voted to ask for an Attorney General's Opinion on the matter and also voted to approve a donation should they receive a favorable decision from the Attorney General's Office. Johnny Daniel also had comments regarding the matter (starting at 56:50 into the video).
Another issue was raised by a Franklinton businessman regarding the Farmers Market (starting at 41:21 into the video). The issues concerned what types of businesses are allowed to sell at the Farmer's Market location, who has authority over and monitors activities at the Farmers Market, whether or not taxes are collected, and what permits and licenses are required.