First, Franklinton native and FHS grad Kassidi Varnado is a Saintsation and was recognized for being selected to represent the New Orleans Saints as a cheerleader at the 2022 NFL Pro Bowl in Las Vegas on February 8, 2022. Mayor Greg Route made a presentation and Kassidi spoke to those in attendance. (See the video at 2:05)
Second, Mayor Route presented the Mayor's Citizenship Awards to seven persons for their contributions to the Town of Franklinton. As he presented the Awards, Mayor Route described each person's contributions. Recipients were Claire McGuire, Jackie Tate (and the COCO group), Chip McVea, Henry Harrison, David Anthony, Frankie Crosby, and Mike Creel. (See the video at 6:20)
In other business, the Board considered quotes for an a/c and heating unit for Town Hall (to be voted on at an Emergency Meeting at 8:00 AM on Friday (January 14, 2022), considered quotes for the purchase of a dump truck (to be voted on as previous item), authorized the Mayor to sign the Compliance questionnaire for the audit for the year ended October 31, 2021, authorized the Mayor to sign the Engagement Letter for Minda Raybourn CPA, LLC for the audit for the year ended 10/31/2021, authorized the Mayor to sign a Low Income Household Water Assistance Vendor Agreement, and approved the hiring of Angela Whaley at Dispatcher at the Police Department.
Departmental Reports were made by Public Works Supervisor Reginald McMasters (beginning at 30:30), Police Chief Justin Brown (beginning at 38:55), and Municipal Clerk Ellen Wascom (beginning at 44:40). Each of these reports contained valuable information.
Beginning at 48:50, during Public Participation, Jackie Tate addressed the Board concerning Amwaste and Henry Harrison commended the Mayor and Aldermen on their efforts to improve the Franklinton community.
Aldermen comments began at 53:20, followed by additional comments by the Mayor. The Mayor announced the roll-out of the Town's new website and emphasized its value to the community; He also restated his commitment to having a park but said he does not believe the Popeye's site is in the best interest of the Town.