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March 26, 2021

Franklinton Mayor and Board of Aldermen Meeting March 23rd

At their meeting on March 23, 2021, the Franklinton Mayor and Board of Aldermen heard a report about trash pick-up, heard departmental reports, heard a report and took action regarding the Bene Street water well improvements, introduced an ordinance for issuance of Water and Sewer System Revenue Refunding Bonds, decided to discontinue the FPD's canine unit (after considerable discussion). and dealt with other matters.

Mayor Route 

  • spoke of the problem of accounting for trash cans
  • reminded everyone about the trash clean-up scheduled for March 27th
  • spoke about the FOCUS Franklinton sponsored Community Bike Ride scheduled for April 6th
  • announced an Easter Egg Hunt on April 2nd at the Fairgrounds organized by the Franklinton Social and Planning Committee. The event will be from 2:00 to 4:00 and will also feature a petting zoo
  • commended Public Works employees for their work cleaning up weather-related damage at the Mile Branch Settlement
  • announced a free-of-charge COVID vaccine for Wednesday, March 30th at the Town's Council Chambers
  • announced the $90,000 purchase of a tractor for the Public Works Department and
  • expressed his appreciation to voters for approving the sales tax renewal on the ballot and personally thanked the Champions of Change (COCO) organization for their efforts.

Laura Anthony of Amwaste spoke about some of the challenges they have faced and answered questions (beginning at 5:20 into video of the meeting). Anthony answered questions from the mayor and aldermen, as well as from the public. 

Departmental reports were provided (beginning at 27:15 into video of the meeting) by Franklinton Police Chief Justin Brown, Municipal Clerk Ellen Waskom, and Fire Department Chief Dustin Wascom.

Jay Pittman with Spangler Engineering reported on bids for the Bene Street Water Well Project, recommended approval of the low bid of $1,558,500.00, and the Board approved the low bid. Pittman also reported on the water system flushing program and installation of a new generator at the Mason Street location. 

During the Public Participation segment (beginning at 51:45 into video of the meeting), Dr. Chip McVea reported on the replacement of the community flag pole and Jamie McCullen advised of the District Attorney's amnesty program at the Franklinton Fairgrounds on May 1st.

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