Sidewalk projects almost complete
Sidewalk projects being completed in Franklin with some $465,000 in funds from state Safe Routes to School project are nearing completion.
The sidewalks have been constructed along streets in the vicinity of Foster, Hernandez and LaGrange elementary schools and Franklin Junior High. Those streets include Chinaberry Street, Joan and Pecan drives, Martin Luther King Boulevard and J.A. Hernandez, Sixth, Ninth, Trainor, East Third and Morris streets.
“I rode through all the areas yesterday and they are doing a heck of a job,” Councilman Dale Rogers said Tuesday during the council’s monthly meeting. “It looks good. It’s professional and I’m really excited about what I’m looking at.”
Councilman Eugene Foulcard echoed Rogers and added where the sidewalks were placed was determined by a study of most used pedestrian routes.
Mayor Raymond Harris told the council that he is already preparing to apply for the second round of Safe Routes to Schools funds in March 2013.
The mayor commended former city personnel Billie Delasbour and Neil Minor who had prepared the application for the first round almost six years ago.
“There were only 12 applications in the whole state that were approved,” Harris said. “They did an outstanding job.”
In other business Tuesday the council:
—Designated trick or treat hours as 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 31, Halloween night.
—Passed a resolution on an agreement with Acme Mausoleum Corp. on an expansion project at Franklin Cemetery. Company representative Paul Raymond said the project will consist of adding up to 204 vault spaces and 50 spaces for cremains. The scope of the addition will be based on pre-sales which will be conducted by Acme.
—Passed a resolution proclaiming Oct. 19-28 as Red Ribbon Drug-Free Week.
—Heard from Harvest Moon Festival co-chair Joan Adams on the upcoming event on Oct. 27.
—Postponed introduction of an ordinance on voting precinct redistricting after hearing from demographer Cedric Floyd that he will present a proposed plan at the council’s next meeting in November.