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Eric Stuckey

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Top Three Things you need to know this week! June 27, 2017

  1. Information Technology Department Director Fred Banner has announced he is retiring in January of 2018.  Fred hFred Banneras served in this position since July 2002 when the IT Director position was created.  He has truly built the IT Department from the ground up and has been instrumental in many projects over the years including the 800 MHz radio system, IT security, disaster recovery capability, and numerous software program implementations that are essential components of how the City conducts business today.  Fred has been in the information technology field for more than 40 years and he will truly be missed as part of our City team.  The City recently conducted an internal search for its new IT Director and I am happy to announce Dr. Jordon Shaw will be our new Information Technology Director beginning July 2nd. Fred will stay on through January and assist with the transition and continue work on various projects.  Jordon has his Doctor of Business Jordon Shaw IT DirectorAdministration in Computer Information Systems from Argosy University, and a Master of Information Systems in Computer Information System from the University of Phoenix.  He has served in the U.S. Army and Tennessee Army National Guard where he won numerous leadership awards.  Jordon came to work for the City in 2015 as the Assistant Director of Information Technology, he previously worked for the City from 2009-2013 as Database/Information Systems Division Manager.  Prior to his work with the City, Jordon has worked in various IT positions (including IT Director) in the corporate world.  Congratulations to both Fred and Jordon as they take these next important steps in their careers.

  2. Franklin Fire Marshal Andy King is reminding residents that consumer fireworks are illegal in Franklin.  This includes sparklers and sky lanterns, which are unmanned airborne paper lanterns fueled by flame.  King said the Franklin ordinance that prohibits consumer fireworks was adopted in 1999 because fireworks present substantial risks.  In addition to damaging property and causing thousands of fires annually across the U.S., every year fireworks cause thousands of eye, ear and face injuries, amputations and severe burns.  According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year.  In 2015, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 11,900 people for fireworks related injuries; 51 percent of those injuries were to the extremities and 41 percent were to the head.  Children younger than 15 years of age accounted for one quarter of the estimated 2015 injuries.

  3. Thirdly, if you would like to enjoy some safe, free fireworks festivities there are two events happening in Franklin on the Fourth of July.During the day, the Franklin Lions Clubs is holding their annual “Franklin on the Fourth” downtown Franklin. Festivities begin at 10am and will feature music, craft booths, antique cars and a kid’s zone.The kids parade will begin at 4:45. For more information go to https://www.tneventinfo.com/4th-of-july. At 6pm (parking opens at 5pm) the Park at Harlinsdale Farm and the Tractor Supply Co. Arena will be open to the public with the Frank Hurd Band, followed by Rubiks Groove.This is a free event with food and drinks available for purchase sponsored by Friends of Franklin Parks.The City and WAKM Radio will begin the Franklin Fireworks show shortly after 9pm.

Those are the top three things for this week. I’ll leave you with the City’s vision statement below along with our guiding principles.

Our Vision:

Franklin will continually strive to be a community of choice for individuals, families, and businesses to grow and prosper through an excellent quality of life supported by exceptional, responsive, and cost effective City services.

Excellence, Innovation, Teamwork, Integrity, Action-Oriented

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Top Three Things you need to know this week! June 21, 2017

  1. Congratulations to our Communications Division and Water Management Department teams.They recently were honored with an award of excellence from the National Association of Government Communicators for their public education program #Greasebusters.The campaign aims at educating Franklin Residents on what they can and cannot put down the drain, and into our water system.The videos and web page play off the popular “Ghostbuster” movies and were released last summer with the latGreasebustersGroupSocialMediaest release of the movie.To see the videos and learn more about how to save your pipes go to our website www.franklintn.gov/greasebusters The National Association of Government Communicators is dedicated to advocating, promoting and recognizing excellence in government communication.

  2. Franklin will soon operate as a Qualified Local Program (QLP) status for our stormwater regulation.  Being a QLP means that the City will be able to implement stormwater regulation and approvals directly with applicants on behalf of the State of Tennessee.  This will add efficiency to our process and eliminate the need for state review of development applications.  Staff will provide a briefing to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen at the June 27 work session at 5:00 pm regarding this new status.

  3. This past week 16 teenagers from Franklin completed our third annual Teen Citizens’ Police Academy.  The group got to learn about and experience various components of professional law enforcement as taught by our Franklin Police Department team.  Check out this video created by our Police Department about the teen experience. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RG9OnuE5RbI

Those are the top three things for this week. I’ll leave you with the City’s vision statement below along with our guiding principles.

Our Vision:

Franklin will continually strive to be a community of choice for individuals, families, and businesses to grow and prosper through an excellent quality of life supported by exceptional, responsive, and cost effective City services.

Excellence, Innovation, Teamwork, Integrity, Action-Oriented

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Top Three Things you need to know this week! June 6, 2017

  • The City’s new discharge permit for our Water Reclamation (Wastewater Treatment) plant was issued Thursday morning, June 1.  The new five-year permit will become effective July 1, 2017.  It covers both the existing operations at 12 million gallons per day capacity and the expanded, upgraded facility at 16 million gallons per day.  I want to thank our team for their tireless work on this permit over the past several years.  We now have a permit that allows the City to move forward with important investments in our infrastructure that will permit us to serve the needs of our growing community and continue to be excellent stewards of the environment, including the Harpeth River.  Great work by our team!  Thank you.

  • Sister Cities of Franklin and Williamson County is hosting a delegation from our sister city, Bad Soden am Taunus Germany through June 7. The relationship with Bad Soden began six years ago.Last year Franklin Mayor Ken Moore visited Germany along with several members of Sister Cities including Alderman Pearl Bransford, who currently serves as President of Sister Cities. They signed the official German twinning papers during a ceremony held in Bad Soden. Tonight, there will be a similar ceremony at the Eastern Flank Battlefield in Franklin to make the relationship complete. Sister Cities has organized four student exchanges with the German city with the assistance of Williamson County Schools.Germany photo

  • The Building and Neighborhood Services Department along with the Sanitation and Environmental Services Department assisted the Franklin Housing Commission with the Cadet Neighborhood with a cleanup recently, May 20.  The group collected 17 gallons of oil, 52 gallons of paint and 1 gallon of Anti-freeze for a total of 70 gallons of waste fluids.  They also collected about 11 tons of garbage, 1.41 tons of brush and 25 tires.  Thank you to the volunteers from the City and to the Affordable Housing Commission for making this neighborhood clean-up a success.

Those are the top three things for this week. I’ll leave you with the City’s vision statement below along with our guiding principles.

Our Vision:

Franklin will continually strive to be a community of choice for individuals, families, and businesses to grow and prosper through an excellent quality of life supported by exceptional, responsive, and cost effective City services.

Excellence, Innovation, Teamwork, Integrity, Action-Oriented

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Top Three Things you need to know this week! May 17, 2017

  • Magic State of the City Approximately 300 people attended Mayor Moore’s 7th State of the City Wednesday May 17 at the Williamson County Enrichment Center.The theme this year was “Making Municipal Magic.”Mayor Moore highlighted the City’s accomplishments from the last year and the last seven years while he has served as Mayor.If you’d like to see the City’s magical accomplishment video go here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hR8x1Iz9DvE&feature=youtu.be .Some of the seven year accomplishments include a long range planning in transportation and land-use, a $290 million investment into the community with over 70 percent going into transportation improvements including I-65 Widening, Mack Hatcher widening, McEwen Improvements, Carothers South extension (McEwen to Long Lane).Go to the Mayor’s webpage on our site for the complete presentation that will be posted later today.http://franklintn.gov/government/board-of-mayor-aldermen/mayor-ken-moore
  • Franklin Police are giving teens the opportunity to see a little bit of what life behind the badge looks like in a program called FPD Teen Academy. The program, exclusively for Franklin teens, gives young people the opportunity to run police radar, process mock crime scenes, and see up-close demonstrations by FPD’s special units, like SWAT and K9. The series of four classes runs from 10am-12:30pm on June 12, 13, 14, and 15. Each session includes lunch, and applicants must commit to attending all four dates.  The free program is open to teens, between 14 and 17, who live in Franklin. Click here to apply. Applications are being reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, and will be accepted through Sunday, May 28. Seats are limited, so apply today.

  • Coming up this Friday the community is invited to our Touch A Truck Event at Jim Warren Park.This is a wonderful event for Franklin families.Children will love the City vehicles on display from our Public Works Departments.There will also be Fire trucks and police vehicles.The event is happening from 5 to 8pm.

Those are the top three things for this week. I’ll leave you with the City’s vision statement below along with our guiding principles.

Our Vision:

Franklin will continually strive to be a community of choice for individuals, families, and businesses to grow and prosper through an excellent quality of life supported by exceptional, responsive, and cost effective City services.

Excellence, Innovation, Teamwork, Integrity, Action-Oriented

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Top Three Things you need to know this week! May 11, 2017

  • Mack is back on Track!The Tennessee Department of Transportation released their State 3-Year Transportation on Tuesday.  The northwest extension of Mack Hatcher is scheduled to begin construction in 2018 (year one of the three-year plan).Below are the three projects approved for Williamson County.To see the full news release, go here http://www.tn.gov/tdot/news/50337
    1. SR-96 (Murfreesboro Road) Widening from east of Arno Road to east of SR-252 (Wilson Pike) – Construction approved for 2018.
    2. SR-96 (Murfreesboro Road) right-of way acquisition from east of SR-252 (Wilson Pike) to I-840 – Right of way acquisition scheduled for 2019.
    3. SR-397 (Mack C. Hatcher Memorial Pkwy.), construction from SR-96 (New Highway 96 West) to SR-106 /US-431 (Hillsboro Road) Northwest Quadrant – Construction approved for 2018.Mack Hatcher1

  • On Tuesday, May 9, the City released the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2017-2018. The proposed FY18 budget for all funds is $145,221,130 which represents an increase of 1.5% compared to FY17.The proposed 2017-18 (FY18) general fund budget is $68,942,027, which represents an increase of 1.2% compared to the current $68.1 million budget for 2016-17 (FY17). This budget increase is primarily due to cost increases in personnel expenses and the funding of expanded services in the areas of public safety, parks, and streets, all of which are significantly impacted by growth.  
    Highlights of the Proposed 2017-18 Budget
    • The budget is balanced, with current revenues equaling expenditures.
    • The budget is in compliance with the Board of Mayor and Aldermen’s debt and fund reserve policies, significantly exceeding the reserve requirements.
    • The City property tax remains unchanged at $0.4176 per $100 of assessed valuation. The Invest Franklin dedicated funding for infrastructure/transportation investment and support of City operations remains in place. The City of Franklin continues to maintain one of the lowest municipal property tax rates in the State of Tennessee.
    • Overall, the proposed budget has a net increase of 8.5 positions across all funds, 5.5 of which are included in the general fund. This targeted group of new positions are in areas such as Parks, Fire, Engineering, Streets, Water Management, and Stormwater, all of which have been impacted by growth.
    • The general pay increase for City team members will be effective the first pay period of July 2017.The proposed budget includes a general pay increase of 2.5% plus an additional performance-based pay increase of up to an additional 2.5%.
    • The city’s compensation plan will have a complete review. This analysis, initiated in FY17, recommends an overall 4% adjustment to all pay grades (following the annual pay adjustments) which has been included in the FY18 budget. There will also be a department-by-department review of positions to ensure the City’s compensation plan remains highly competitive.
    • Funding is provided for important investments in equipment replacements of $3.9 million, technology enhancements of $230,000, and facility improvements of $350,000.
    • A rate increase is proposed for residential garbage collection and recycling service. The proposed increase from $16.50 per month to $17.50 per month is the first increase of the residential service fee in four years.
    • The proposed budget incorporates performance measures and sustainability initiatives for every department. The connection to our Strategic Plan, FranklinForward, is clearly linked to performance measures and objectives throughout the budget, including insights from the recently completed citizen survey.
    • The complete proposed budget can be found on the City Web site at http://franklintn.gov/government/finance-administration/budget-analytics/fy-2018-budget

       

  • REMINDER a few meetings coming up!
    • Columbia Avenue Public Meeting – May 16th. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 16, 2017, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the City Hall Board Room.  This meeting will be a town hall style meeting, with a brief presentation by staff at 6:00 PM, followed by a public question and answer session.  Upon completion of this meeting, we will open access to a short online survey to better gauge the public’s opinion on the presented options.  We intend to keep the online survey open for 30 to 45 days.  At the close of the survey period, we will compile all available information regarding the Columbia Avenue Widening and Improvements Project and present it to the BOMA.  More specifically, we will be asking the BOMA to make a final decision about the typical section of the corridor.  This will allow us to proceed with the completion of the required environmental (NEPA) document.
    • Mayor Ken Moore will give his seventh State of the City presentation at the new Williamson County Enrichment Center in Franklin at 110 Everbright Ave. on Wednesday, May 17, at 7:45 a.m. Parking is available in the Williamson County Library Parking lot and across from the Academy Park Gymnasium at 120 Everbright Ave. Doors open at 7:00 a.m.; light breakfast, sponsored by the Franklin Breakfast Rotary, will be provided. City Departments will have tables and booths set up to show off the City’s services and accomplishments in the past year.The theme of this year’s State of the City is “Making Municipal Magic.”Mayor Moore will discuss the City’s accomplishments in the last year and talk about some projects on the horizon.
    • Contractor Meeting-May 23, 7:30-10:30 City Hall Training Room. Contractors that work in the City of Franklin may want to attend this meeting.The Building and Neighborhood Services Department will have information about processes to get permits, inspections, licenses and more.This is also an opportunity for contractors to tell staff what they need to assist them in getting what they need to get the job done.

Those are the top three things for this week. I’ll leave you with the City’s vision statement below along with our guiding principles.

Our Vision:

Franklin will continually strive to be a community of choice for individuals, families, and businesses to grow and prosper through an excellent quality of life supported by exceptional, responsive, and cost effective City services.

 

Excellence, Innovation, Teamwork, Integrity, Action-Oriented

 __________________________________________________________________________________Top Three Things you need to know this week! May 3, 2017

  • This past weekend was the Main Street Festival in Downtown Franklin. This annual event brings thousands of visitors to our historic Main Street.Many employees work to make this event memorable, safe and clean.Deputy Fire Chief Todd Horton worked incident command for this event which experienced severe weather on Sunday.I would like to share his words to those who spent their weekend working this event. “First, please express my sincere thanks to all of those who worked this year’s Main Street Festival. The personnel working during the storm event are especially to be commended for going above and beyond to assist numerous vendors in tear down, access and loading prior to, throughout and after the storm. In an ongoing effort to increase the City’s ability to prepare, manage and respond to special events occurring within its borders, please have frank and open discussions with all personnel assigned to work the Main Street Festival to identify both positive and negative aspects of this event and how we improve moving forward. Do not feel limited to identifying things within your direct area of responsibility and don’t assume that someone else will document certain things. Our future improvements can best be recognized by having others critique our efforts.Thank you to all who worked to keep citizens safe this weekend. If you have any feedback, please leave in the comments section and I will be sure they are given to Deputy Chief Horton.

  • Columbia Avenue Public Meeting – May 16th. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 16, 2017, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the City Hall Training Room.  This meeting will be a town hall style meeting, with a brief presentation by staff at 6:00 PM, followed by a public question and answer session.  Upon completion of this meeting, we will open access to a short online survey to better gauge the public’s opinion on the presented options.  We intend to keep the online survey open for 30 to 45 days.  At the close of the survey period, we will compile all available information regarding the Columbia Avenue Widening and Improvements Project and present it to the Board Of Mayor and Aldermen (BOMA).  More specifically, we will be asking the BOMA to make a final decision about the typical section of the corridor.  This will allow us to proceed with the completion of the required environmental (NEPA) impact document.
  • State 3-Year Transportation Plan release.  Tennessee Department Of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer indicated that the new Three Year Transportation Plan is expected to be released on Wednesday, May 3rd.  While Commissioner Schroer would not say definitively about any specific projects, we are expecting that the northwest extension of Mack Hatcher will be included on the plan.  On Friday, Commissioner Schroer stated at the public affairs roundtable that the project is completely ready for bid.  Stay tuned!

Those are the top three things for this week. I’ll leave you with the City’s vision statement below along with our guiding principles.

Our Vision:

Franklin will continually strive to be a community of choice for individuals, families, and businesses to grow and prosper through an excellent quality of life supported by exceptional, responsive, and cost effective City services.

Excellence, Innovation, Teamwork, Integrity, Action-Oriented

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Top Three Things you need to know this week! April 26, 2017

  1. On Monday, the PaPoint Park Opening 2017rks Department and Engineering Department officially opened Point Park on 3rd Avenue North and Hillsboro Road. This is the first section of a 14-acre park. The idea and planning for the park started in 1999. Construction began in 2011 with a multi-use trail, the second phase included the extension of 3rd Ave. North which began in 2012. The third phase began in 2015 which includes the Point Park, the Harpeth River overlook, and connecting to the first-phase multi-use trail. The entire investment for the park and 3rd Ave. North road and utilities so far is a little over 6 million dollars, with $730,000 in federal funding.  A trail was dedicated to Peter Jordan who passed away a few years ago, but he was an integral part of the preservation community. He helped to set the standards for historic preservation in Franklin. His family, and wife Rudy, accepted the honor on his behalf. Kindergarten students from Battle Ground Academy students who recently studied park design wereGA trip Peer City Visit also in attendance for the ribbon cutting.

  2. Franklin Tomorrow hosted its fourth annual "peer city" visit. Through these trips, a group of community leaders visit other cities that are thriving and facing similar challenges as Franklin.  This year, the group visited Alpharetta, Georgia, a fast-growing city in the Atlanta region.  The group has visited a business development center for emerging technology companies, learned about transportation improvement strategies at the state and local level, experienced a large green-way/trail system, and visited the award-winning Avalon mixed use development.  Our City team was represented by Mayor Moore, several Aldermen, and staff team members from Planning, Parks, Building and Neighborhood Services, Public Works, and Admin.  We look forward to bringing what we have learned back to Franklin!

  3. Franklin Special School District invites teachers, parents, parks users, and others to attend an interactive public input meeting on Thursday, April 27, 2017. The open house will be from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on April 27, 2017, in the Freedom Middle School Gym, located at 750 New Highway 96 West, Franklin, Tenn. 37064.  Attendees will have the opportunity to provide feedback to both Franklin Special School District and the City of Franklin Parks Department relative to recreational programming at three campuses: Johnson Elementary, Freedom Intermediate and Freedom Middle/Poplar Grove. Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon, Inc., will also be present to answer any questions and gather feedback.

Those are the top three things for this week. I’ll leave you with the City’s vision statement below along with our guiding principles.

Our Vision:

Franklin will continually strive to be a community of choice for individuals, families, and businesses to grow and prosper through an excellent quality of life supported by exceptional, responsive, and cost effective City services.

Excellence, Innovation, Teamwork, Integrity, Action-Oriented

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Top Three Things you need to know this week! April 13, 2017

  1. Everyone is invited to Mayor Moore’s State of the City May 17 at the new Williamson County Enrichment Making Municipal Magic 2017Center.Doors open at 7am. The theme this year is "Making Municipal Magic." Many of our City departments will have displays showing what they do and a light breakfast will be served sponsored by the Franklin Rotary at Breakfast.We hope to see you there!

  2. Last week, the Pilgrimage Festival announced their line-up for the festival coming up September 23 & 24 at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm.  Justin Timberlake is the headliner with Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam and several other musicians including Ryan Adams, Fitz & the Tantrums, Mavis Staples, Marty Stuart and many, many more.  The organizers held a luncheon at the Factory for the announcement and also thanked their local partners including the City of Franklin Special Events team, Friends of Franklin Parks, and the Parks Department.  They awarded each a collage from the 2016 event.  This is the third year for the Pilgrimage Festival.  They expect to sell out with 25,000 attendees per day.   For more information go to www.pilgrimagefestival.com

  3. In case you missed it, Franklin received a Top Livability rating.  We learned that Livability.com ranked Franklin #15 on the 2017 list of the 100 best places to live. Here is the link to the ratings:  http://livability.com/best-places/top-100-best-places-to-live/2017

City offices are closed this Friday in observance of Good Friday.  Enjoy your Easter Weekend everyone!

Those are the top three things for this week. I’ll leave you with the City’s vision statement below along with our guiding principles.

Our Vision:

Franklin will continually strive to be a community of choice for individuals, families, and businesses to grow and prosper through an excellent quality of life supported by exceptional, responsive, and cost effective City services.

Excellence, Innovation, Teamwork, Integrity, Action-Oriented

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Top Three Things you need to know this week! April 5, 2017

  1. The City’s Finance Department accepted the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Budget Award. This is the ninth consecutive year to win the award.  The GFOA established the Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program (Budget Awards Program) in 1984 to encourage and assist state and local governments to prepare budget documents of the very highest quality that reflect both the guidelines established by the National Advisory Council on State and Local Budgeting and the GFOA’s best practices on budgeting and then to recognize individual governments that succeed in achieving that goal. Mr. Walters Young said the budget was judged as outstanding on all criteria.   Thank you and congrats to our Finance team, and folks in every department that work on the budget each year.  This is definitely a TEAM effort. 

     

  2. Our Building and Neighborhood Services Department has established an Assistant Director position Tom Marshand is pleased to announce that Tom Marsh will fill that position.  Tom has been a vital member of the BNS team for several years and served as Interim Director for 2 years while former Director Gary Luffman served as Interim Director of the Planning Department.  Tom is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a degree in Political Science and was commissioned an Officer in the Navy upon graduation.  After 7 years on active duty Tom worked for the State Department of Community and Economic Development as a Planner for 2 years.  He came to Franklin as a Planner in 2001 and transitioned to the then “Codes Administration Department” as Zoning and Development Coordinator in 2006.  Tom recently retired from the Navy as a Commander after 24 years of combined active duty and reserve service.  His last assignment was as liaison officer to the NATO and European Union Counter Piracy Task Forces with headquarters outside London.  Tom has extensive experience and knowledge of City of Franklin Development and permitting processes and as an Assistant Director in BNS, will continue to focus on continuity of processes and integrating technology across all Development Service departments.  Congratulations on this well-deserved promotion!

  3. Coming up next week, we are asking citizens to attend Parking Study Public Meeting.  The public meeting is being held to gather further input regarding the ongoing downtown parking study.The meeting will be Monday, April 10, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the City Hall Training Room.

Those are the top three things for this week. I’ll leave you with the City’s vision statement below along with our guiding principles.

Our Vision:

Franklin will continually strive to be a community of choice for individuals, families, and businesses to grow and prosper through an excellent quality of life supported by exceptional, responsive, and cost effective City services.

Excellence, Innovation, Teamwork, Integrity, Action-Oriented

 ___________________________________________________________________________

 Top Three Things you need to know this week! March 27, 2017

  1. Mayor Moore is proclaiming March 27-31 as "Healthier Tennessee Week" in Franklin. To mark the occasion, he will lead a "Walk With the Mayor" on Wednesday, March 29, at 11:30 a.m. through downtown Franklin. You can RSVP for the Walk at https://walkwithmayormarch29.eventbrite.com. In 2016, Franklin was named a Healthier Tennessee pilot community in conjunction with Franklin Tomorrow's Get Fit Franklin project. To learn more about Healthier Tennessee, visit www.healthiertennessee.com for small starts to living a healthier lifestyle.

  2. Last week, I announced the appointment of Kevin Townsel as the City of Franklin’s Human Resources Director. Kevin is a longtime Franklin resident and comes to the City with over 20 years of Human ResotownselFSSDurces experience. Prior to coming to the City, Kevin served as the Vice President of Legal Affairs and Human Resources for DLR Management Company, a national restaurant company with approximately 2,000 employees. He has also worked as an HR executive for Logan’s Roadhouse restaurants, Burger King Corporation, and TransCor America. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Tennessee College of Law. Kevin’s experience plus his dedication to and love of Franklin make him a great fit for this position. We look forward to having him as part of the City’s Leadership Team as we continue to strive to make Franklin an employer of choice. Townsel was recently elected to his second term on the Franklin Special School District Board and currently serves as a board member to My Friend’s House. He is also a 2009 graduate of Leadership Franklin. Join me in welcoming Kevin to our City team!

  3. Work is progressing on the new Water Treatment Plant. The new building has its first layer of roofing completed, and framing is going up on the outside walls for siding to begin going up in the very near future. The racks for the new filters have been installed; the actual filter cartridges will arrive after the walls are complete. The majority of the piping is complete inside the new building, and most of the equipment, not only for the treatment process, but the cleaning aspect of thWater Plant 03.23.2017e new equipment, is being installed as it arrives. The new raw water pump station is almost completed. Once the new pump station comes on line, the old concrete tower and red brick building that currently sit on the side of Lewisburg Pike will be torn down. The new intake that was placed on the river bed was completed in late 2016. At the basins that are behind the current main building, new settling tubes have already been installed and a new mixer is currently being installed in the flocculator. Next up for each basin is a new “vacuum system.” The plant was originally designed in early 1950's, with the last upgrades taking place in 1968 and 1994. Some of the equipment was more than 50 years old. The new upgrades will include a new building and state of the art water treatment equipment, including membrane filtration, UV/advanced oxidation and granular activated carbon (GAC) contactors. You can learn more about the upgrades on our website at www.franklintn.gov/government/water-management-department/water-treatment-plant-upgrades-get-the-facts.

 

Those are the top three things for this week. I’ll leave you with the City’s vision statement below along with our guiding principles.

Our Vision:

Franklin will continually strive to be a community of choice for individuals, families, and businesses to grow and prosper through an excellent quality of life supported by exceptional, responsive, and cost effective City services.

Excellence, Innovation, Teamwork, Integrity, Action-Oriented

_______________________________________________________________________

 

  1. The March 10th issue of the Nashville Business Journal ranked the 10 largest cities in the Greater Nashville area by five measures: population growth, housing growth, new corporations, eNBJ Rankingemployment growth, and unemployment rate. The City of Franklin came in at #1. Nashville ranked #4. Brentwood was #7. The article mentions Williamson County’s national rank as the fastest growing county based on the county’s percentage increase of 6.7 percent in employment from June 2015 to June 2016. This is more than quadruple the national average. A big thank you to our Development Services Team (pictured) for all of the hard work they put into working with developers, both residential and non-residential, to ensure the City’s standards are carried out while still providing outstanding customer service.

  2. On next Monday, March 27th, the City of Franklin Parks Department is opening a new equestrian trail at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm. The trail will be open to all horse and stable owners as a self-guided trail throughout the Park. The trail features 2.62 miles of standard trail and .33 miles of advanced trail throughout the historic farm, once known as the birth place of the modern Tennessee Walking Horse. Trail and park amenities include trailer parking, tie rails throughout the trail course, rules and information kiosk, and restrooms. The trail will be open for public use on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 30 minutes prior to the official sunrise, to 30 minutes after the official sunset. The trail was funded by a Recreation Trails Program grant, which aims to provide trail funding for recreational uses. The City of Franklin Parks Department staff constructed the trail and amenities. For a detailed listing of trail rules and regulations, please visit the City’s website at www.franklintn.gov/parks. For more information, please contact the Parks Department at 615.794.2103. Join the Parks Department for the grand opening event at 2:30 PM on Monday, March 27th, at the north entrance of The Park. Following the grand opening, Friends of Franklin Parks will be host a reception in the Tractor Supply Co. Arena, and the Arena will be open for riders to enjoy.

  3. After an extensive selection process, Mark Hilty was selected as our new Assistant City Administrator for Public Works. The Assistant City Administrator for Public Works will be responsible for the leadership and management of four key service departments: Streets, Parks, Water Management, and Sanitation and HiltyEnvironmental Services. Mark joined the City of Franklin team in 2006 becoming Water Management Director in 2007. As Water Management Director, Mark has been responsible for planning and directing all Water Management operations and administration, leading a team of 85 staff. Hilty helped lead the development of the City’s Integrated Water Management Plan (IWRP) which provided a 30-year “blue print” for the management of all facets of water resources including drinking water, wastewater, reclaimed water, and stormwater. The IWRP focuses on sustainability and stewardship of our natural resources, including extensive modeling regarding the community’s impact on the Harpeth River. The plan which is the first of its kind in Tennessee. Hilty has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Connecticut and is a veteran of the U.S. Army infantry. Mark has been an excellent leader for Water Management over the past 10 years and I look forward to his future contributions in leading our Public Works team. Mark and our team share a deep commitment to providing excellent service to our citizens and to planning for the long term needs of our growing, prosperous community.

Those are the top three things for this week. I’ll leave you with the City’s vision statement below along with our guiding principles.

Our Vision:

Franklin will continually strive to be a community of choice for individuals, families, and businesses to grow and prosper through an excellent quality of life supported by exceptional, responsive, and cost effective City services.

Excellence, Innovation, Teamwork, Integrity, Action-Oriented

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Top Three Things you need to know this week! March 13, 2017

  1. City Hall on Wheels logoThis morning I had the opportunity to speak at the Franklin Tomorrow Frank Talks for a session I like to call “City Hall on Wheels.” Michael Walters Young our Budget and Analytics Manager and I discussed the results of the Franklin Citizen Survey.In October and November of 2016, the City of Franklin partnered with the National Resource Center to perform a community-wide survey of Franklin residents to get their perspectives about the quality of the community and available services as well as residents' priorities for Franklin.  A random scientific sample of 3,000 households received surveys their confidential responses were weighted and analyzed to determine just what a representative sample of Franklin thinks about the community, governance and participation.A few highlights of the survey include:

    • Almost all residents rated the quality of life in Franklin as excellent or good – 97% combined. In fact, compared to national benchmarks (and over 500 other cities participate in this survey), Franklin ranks 8th in the nation for quality of life.
    • 97% of residents rate Franklin as Excellent/Good as a Place to Live. In fact, compared to national benchmarks (and over 500 other cities participate in this survey), Franklin ranks 13th in the nation for a place to live and 3rd in the nation for overall image and reputation.
    • 93% of residents rate the overall quality of City Services as Excellent/Good. Services provided by the City were rated by citizens as mostly higher than comparative benchmarks. Franklin ranks 8th in the nation for Overall Confidence in City Government compared to other cities/jurisdictions.
    • 82% of citizens feel the Sense of Community is either Excellent/Good. This is higher than national and comparative benchmarks. 87% of residents indicated they had not reported a crime and 95% had not been the victim of a crime.
    See the entire survey results here http://franklintn.gov/government/finance-administration/the-national-citizen-survey
  2. The City continues to take input on the Riverfront Planning Study. The City and Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon, Inc. (BWSC) are undertaking a study to understand the challenges, opportunities, and perspectives associated with potential development along the Harpeth River in Downtown Franklin. The project area will include land along both sides of the Harpeth River from Pinkerton Park to Bicentennial Park. There are three main objectives:

To identify areas within the floodplain that may be appropriate for development based on a review of the existing flood modeling and limited conceptual analysis.

To understand and assemble the perspectives of key stakeholders and the general public regarding:

  • The community vision for the conceptual types of amenities and other improvements desired for a River walk along the Harpeth River in the project area;
  • Perspectives regarding allowing, encouraging, or discouraging limited development on parcels that include property within the floodplain in the project area, and why; and
  • Perspectives on appropriate types of development and land uses within the project area, and how those uses can be balanced and coordinated with a conceptual River walk.

In consideration of potential flooding issues and stakeholder input, provide general recommendations on land use and preferred level of potential development within the project area.

To give your input, take the survey here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Harpeth-Riverfront

3.  Tomorrow, March 14 is our regular Board of Mayor and Alderman meeting.  Our Work Session begins at 5pm and our voting meeting is at 7pm.  To see the agendas for those meetings go to www.franklintn.gov and click on the meetings button.  Once you get to the page with the blue banner on top click the drop down menu and choose Board of Mayor and Alderman or Work Session and then click on the agenda or meeting details links.  You can also watch the meeting “in progress” from this page.  There are also many other options to watch our meetings LIVE on many channels.  See your choices below!

Those are the top three things for this week. I’ll leave you with the City’s vision statement below along with our guiding principles.

Our Vision:

Franklin will continually strive to be a community of choice for individuals, families, and businesses to grow and prosper through an excellent quality of life supported by exceptional, responsive, and cost effective City services.

Excellence, Innovation, Teamwork, Integrity, Action-Oriented

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 Top Three Things you need to know this week! March 6, 2017

  1. Mars Petcare announced they will locate their U.S. headquarters in Franklin within the Ovation project.In total, Mars will have 224,000 square feet of office space that will house approximately 1,000 employees.This is exciting news for Franklin.  We are proud to see another one of our existing businesses growing, flourishing, and investing right here at home!  On another note, Mars Petcare also announced last week that Historic Franklin has been Chosen for “Pet-Friendly” pilot program for their Better Cities for Pets initiative.The mission of the program is to encourage U.S. cities to provide ample places for every dog and cat to live, visit and play by supporting shelters, homes and businesses.The Downtown Franklin Association and the Williamson County Convention and Visitors Bureau are also involved. The official launch is scheduled for Friday, June 16, 9:30 a.m. in front of the Historic Williamson County Courthouse, on the square in Downtown Franklin. There will be free pet photos offered, as well as giveaways and a “pup-parade” led by Mars CEO Grant Reid, and Mayor Moore, down the sidewalks of Main Street.  Attendees can visit participating downtown retailers for more fun with their four-legged friends.

  2. A BIG thank you to all who worked and responded to the tornado that hit Franklin and brentwood pointeBrentwood last week.  The tornado was classified as an EF1 and began in the area of Fieldstone Farms/Monticello and traveled into Nashville. The path inside the City of Franklin was approximately 4.5 miles long and another 7.5 miles in Williamson approximately 1.25 miles wide and affected approximately 26 square miles. To date, there were 472 minor damage reports and 50 moderate damage incidents in Williamson County. See a video of the damage here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/CityOfFranklin/videos/ See Brentwood damage here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/City-of-Brentwood-Tennessee-Local-Government-341374074160/videos/?ref=page_internal2017 logo

  3. The City has completed the 2017 Special Census. Thank you to all residents who took the time to register. Many on our City team have worked since late last year to help us reach our final number of 71,374, which is 5,004 more people than in 2014 (66,370).  This should mean over $500,000 per year of additional revenue from the State of Tennessee based on our population.  Great work by all who helped “get the count.”  It will truly make a positive impact on the community.   

Those are the top three things for this week. I’ll leave you with the City’s vision statement below along with our guiding principles.

Our Vision:

Franklin will continually strive to be a community of choice for individuals, families, and businesses to grow and prosper through an excellent quality of life supported by exceptional, responsive, and cost effective City services.

Excellence, Innovation, Teamwork, Integrity, Action-Oriented

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Top Three Things you need to know this week! February 13, 2017

  1. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to get out more to see directly the great work out City team does each day.  Last week, I started a new assignment I like to call, “Hey Eric! Do my Job!”  I was able IMG_20170130_105345379_HDRto ride along and see how our Sanitation and Environment Services Department team collects trash and recycling on a daily basis. A while back, John Johnson had invited me to ride along and see what his job is like.  So I spent a morning with John on his side loader and then rode the back of the Blue Bag truck collecting recycling with SES driver Jody Street and one our temporary employee Jimmy Harris.  I really enjoyed the opportunity to get out and experience the work our team does each day to serve the community. 

  2. Reminder: Public Open House for Riverfront Study – Feb. 27thThe date for the Riverfront Planning Study public open house will be Monday, February 27 in the hallway of City Hall.  There will be two opportunities: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  In addition to standard public newspaper and website notice, twenty signs will be posted throughout Central Franklin and letters will be mailed to each property owner along the River within the study boundaries, between Bicentennial and Pinkerton Parks. Staff is currently working on the structure of questioning to solicit community feedback on visioning for the River walk and perspectives on development within the floodplain.

  3. Williamson County School Strategic Plan update process underway.  Williamson County Schools wants community input on a new strategic plan.  The district will host a series of community meetings this semester to gather ideas for the plan which will be used to guide the district over the next several years.  The dates and locations for the four community meetings are listed below. Each meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and last until 7:30 p.m.

Those are the top three things for this week. I’ll leave you with the City’s vision statement below along with our guiding principles.

Our Vision:

Franklin will continually strive to be a community of choice for individuals, families, and businesses to grow and prosper through an excellent quality of life supported by exceptional, responsive, and cost effective City services.

Excellence, Innovation, Teamwork, Integrity, Action-Oriented

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Top Three Things you need to know this week! February 6, 2017

  1. Transportation funding information.  The State of Tennessee has created a webpage with information related to the Governor’s proposed legislation entitled “Improving Manufacturing, Public Roads and Opportunities for a Vibrant Economy (IMPROVE)” Act.  This is the piece of legislation that would raise additional funding for transportation through a gas and diesel tax increase.  There is quite a bit of good information on or linked to this site.  There is also an interactive map entitled “Statewide Project Overview Tracker (SPOT)” that shows the priority transportation projects across Tennessee. 
    IMPROVE Act - https://tn.gov/nexttennessee/section/nt-the-improve-act
    SPOT - https://www.tdot.tn.gov/projectneeds/spot#/
  2. Public Open House for Riverfront Study – Feb. 27thThe date for the Riverfront Planning Study public open house will be Monday, February 27 in the hallway of City Hall.  There will be two opportunities: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  In addition to standard public newspaper and website notice, twenty signs will be posted throughout Central Franklin and letters will be mailed to each property owner along the River within the study boundaries, between Bicentennial and Pinkerton Parks. Staff is currently working on the structure of questioning to solicit community feedback on visioning for the River walk and perspectives on development within the floodplain.
  3. State of the City date set – May 17th.  Mayor Moore’s State of the City address is scheduled for Wednesday, May 17.  This year’s event will be hosted at the new Williamson County Enrichment Center on Columbia Avenue.  The event will include breakfast as it has the past several years. 

 Those are the top three things for this week. I’ll leave you with the City’s vision statement below along with our guiding principles.

Our Vision:

Franklin will continually strive to be a community of choice for individuals, families, and businesses to grow and prosper through an excellent quality of life supported by exceptional, responsive, and cost effective City services.

Excellence, Innovation, Teamwork, Integrity, Action-Oriented

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Top Three Things you need to know this week! January 26, 2017

  1. The 2016 Citizen Survey Results were released this week.Franklin ranks top in image, economic health, employment, honesty and more.  In September 2016, the City of Franklin began a citizen survey conducted by the National Research Center’s National Citizen Survey (NCS).  The survey was sent to 3,000 randomly selected households, 1060 of those surveys were completed providing an overall response rate of 37 percent.  The survey was also open to all citizens online with 324 people responding.  The survey is designed to measure the community’s “livability.”  NCS defines livability as “the sum of factors that add up to community’s quality of life.”  Eight facets of community livability were extracted from this research: safety, mobility, the natural environment, the built environment, the economy, recreation and wellness, education and enrichment, and community engagement. This survey has been conducted in numerous communities from across the country with city populations ranging from a few hundred to well over one million citizens. Almost all respondents rated the quality of life in Franklin as excellent or good, 97 percent combined.  Compared to national benchmarks, Franklin ranks 8th in the nation for quality of life. Notable survey comparisons to cities with 50,000-80,000 population ranked Franklin number one in the following categories:
  2. On Thursday a public hearing is being held at the Municipal Planning Commission for a resolution to adopt the City’s long term land use plan entitled Envision Franklin. The city has completed a major update to the land use plan that provides a framework for making land use decisions, managing the quality of development, determining the timing and location of future growth, and directing investment and development activity. The update process occurred over almost two years with numerous public meetings, stakeholder interviews and various forms of community outreach, including the formal public hearing on Thursday. The plan works in partnership with Connect Franklin, the Parks Master Plan, the Capital Improvement plan, the Integrated Water Resources plan, and other city planning documents as an interconnected, comprehensive approach to guiding the future of our fast growing City. For more details on the public hearing and to read any documents in advance please go to our meetings site at https://franklintn.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=2939797&GUID=265993DE-CBDD-4E55-B000-0C0D123DB4E0&Options=&Search=

  3. Lastly a reminder, we have scheduled a second Columbia Avenue widening public involvement meeting for Tuesday, January 31, from 6-8pm at the City Hall Training Room located at 109 3rd Avenue South, Franklin, TN, 37064.  A formal presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m., with individual discussions at 6:00 p.m. and again after the presentation.  Attendees will learn about the proposed design concepts from City staff and the project team and have the opportunity to provide feedback. For an advance look at the proposed concepts to be presented go to https://franklintn.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=2941376&GUID=FADBE6F4-1612-4D24-9F1D-0E4D4D99F6FA there is also a video of the presentation given at the work session on Tuesday of this week.

Those are the top three things for this week. I’ll leave you with the City’s vision statement below along with our guiding principles.

Our Vision:

Franklin will continually strive to be a community of choice for individuals, families, and businesses to grow and prosper through an excellent quality of life supported by exceptional, responsive, and cost effective City services.

Excellence, Innovation, Teamwork, Integrity, Action-Oriented

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Top Three Things you need to know this week! January 19, 2017

  1. Governor Haslam announced his proposal to address sustainable funding for state transportation needs.  Here is the link to the official release of the proposal:  http://tn.gov/news/48075 City leadership will be reviewing the proposal as we get more details to understand the full impact.  Our legislative delegation has asked local governments to weigh in on the proposal.  After a full review, we will likely bring a resolution to the Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen for consideration of support.

  2. Our Special Census is ongoing and City Census workers are out in neighborhoods collecting the data manually for those who have not filled out the form online or by mail.It is easy to do and literally only takes a few minutes at www.franklintn.gov/2017specialcensus .As of this week we have counted just over 50,000people, but we believe we have about 70,000 citizens currently.All we ask is for your address and the names of the people who live in your home!Census workers also plan to be at the Kroger stores in West Haven and on Del Rio Pike/Hillsboro Road on Saturday.

  3. Lastly we have scheduled a second Columbia Avenue widening public involvement meeting for Tuesday, January 31 from 6-8pm at the City Hall Training Room located at 109 3rd Avenue South, Franklin, TN, 37064. A formal presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m., with individual discussions at 6:00 p.m. and again after the presentation.  Attendees will learn about the proposed design concepts from City staff and the project team and have the opportunity to provide feedback. 

Those are the top three things for this week. I’ll leave you with the City’s vision statement below along with our guiding principles.

Our Vision:

Franklin will continually strive to be a community of choice for individuals, families, and businesses to grow and prosper through an excellent quality of life supported by exceptional, responsive, and cost effective City services.

Excellence, Innovation, Teamwork, Integrity, Action-Oriented

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Top Three Things you need to know this week! December 21, 2016

1.    Over the past year, our City Planning Department has been to develop release the Envision Franklin, the City’s major Land Use Plan update.  The final draft of Envision Franklin was released earlier this month.  Here is the link to the Envision Franklin plan:  http://franklintn.gov/home/showdocument?id=24969        The process to draft this plan involved numerous public meetings, open houses, mobile workshops, and community outreach.  More than 200 People attended meetings and provided input.  On January 26, a public hearing will be held for even more citizen comment prior to a formal vote by the Franklin Municipal Planning Commission to adopt the Plan according to state law.  Future zoning ordinance updates based on the plan will be voted on by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

There are many objectives to the Land Use Plan including design of development to create exceptional places, active transportation and connectivity with multi-use paths, sidewalks and trails, and preserving Franklin’s natural beauty by preserving scenic corridors and view sheds, and directing higher intensity and taller buildings toward the I-65 corridor.

Through the public hearings and open houses we received considerable input on all the major objectives, but what seems to be receiving the most attention from media and some others is the height overlay study. Cool Springs has been experiencing a strong demand for office space and extremely low vacancy rates.  Currently, building height is capped at 12 stories and each site must go through a rezoning process to achieve any height above six stories, which can take up to six months.  A height overlay study, which is part of Envision Franklin, recommends the creation of new height districts to create a clear vision for the I-65 corridor. Recommendations include increasing height from 12 stories, to up to 16 stories in a 1.6 mile stretch along I-65 between McEwen and just south of Bakers Bridge,  The height maximums could only be achieved if all zoning and infrastructure requirements were met, and proper approvals obtained. These recommendations will proactively set maximum heights along I-65, provide greater predictability, reduce procedural time, and further support the vision of the I-65 corridor as a regional economy.  Please do not hesitate to call me if you have any questions about the process or the reason for the height overlay increase.  My number is 615-550-6605.

2.    Secondly, the City is testing out a new community engagement tool.  We would like to know how best to communicate with our citizens.  Please go to http://franklintn.gov/what-s-new/community-engagement create a log in and respond to our current polls.  Also feel free to leave your comments.

3.    Finally, City Hall will be closed for Christmas on December 23 & 26.  Please go to this link for the holiday trash collection schedule http://franklintn.gov/government/sanitation-and-environmental-services/holiday-schedule-collection-pick-up 
 
From everyone at the City of Franklin we wish all our residents a very Merry Christmas.

Those are the top three things for this week. I’ll leave you with the City’s vision statement below along with our guiding principles.

Our Vision:

Franklin will continually strive to be a community of choice for individuals, families, and businesses to grow and prosper through an excellent quality of life supported by exceptional, responsive, and cost effective City services. 

Excellence, Innovation, Teamwork, Integrity, Action-Oriented


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Top Three Things you need to know this week! December 12, 2016

  1. Additional trash pick-up in downtown.  The City of Franklin has contracted with Franklin Disposal to provide once daily collection service for the downtown trash receptacles on Friday, Saturday and Sunday beginning this past weekend through December 2017!  Saturday pickup has not been in place until now unless there were special requests.  This initiative will provide for a more consistent, clean downtown at a relatively affordable cost.  This is a lower cost than we could provide with City Sanitation staff.

  2. Many of our City’s counterparts in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, TN lost their homes from the wildfires that hit the Smoky Mountains earlier this month.  The Tennessee City Managers Association (TCMA), of which I am on the board member, has joined in a unified effort to raise funds to help the impacted city employees and officials with the out of pocket expenses not covered by any homeowners’ insurance they may have. All elected and appointed officials across the State of Tennessee are being contacted in this fund raising effort. It’s hard enough to imagine dealing with the extreme devastation of damage in your community but to have deal with it after work, 24 hours a day, is just too much for anyone to face. There is a link below where you can contribute to this fund raising effort under a “Go Fund Me” account set up by The Tennessee Municipal League Pool with a goal to raise $100,000. No amount is too small. Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated.  https://www.gofundme.com/etn-wildfire-cityemployee-hms-lost

  3. Another excellent job by City staff this weekend.Early Saturday morning we experienced a water main break near downtown Franklin, leaving 40 homes without water.This could have been even more disruptive with thousands of visitors traveling to Franklin for Dickens of a Christmas. Our Water Management crews were on the scene quickly repairing the pipe within three hours. They notified our Communications team and they were able to get the word out to citizens and the media about the break, and detouring traffic around the repair site. Water Management says the break may have been due to the dry ground from the drought and freezing temperatures.

Those are the top three things for this week. I’ll leave you with the City’s vision statement below along with our guiding principles.

Our Vision:

Franklin will continually strive to be a community of choice for individuals, families, and businesses to grow and prosper through an excellent quality of life supported by exceptional, responsive, and cost effective City services.

Excellence, Innovation, Teamwork, Integrity, Action-Oriented

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Top Three Things you need to know this week, December 6, 2016.

  1. 20161201_172125We are all very grateful to our 12 Franklin Firefighters that traveled to Gatlinburg last week along with a Williamson County team of fire professionals.The crew is back now, below is an excerpt of an update from Assistant Chief Todd Horton.“Franklin Crews and 2 Brentwood Firefighters are working 12 hours with a 12-hour rest period around the clock in the City of Gatlinburg. They have responded to numerous brush, structure, retaining wall, and power line pole fires. They are presently assisting in grid search activities in one of 4 response zones along with other fire agencies and the National Guard collecting damage assessments, identifying animals that were left behind and in need of food, and mitigating threats like active propane leaks, etc. They are proceeding cautiously as there are downed power lines, downed trees, active propane leaks, ample ignition sources from active or smoldering fires, erosion issues causing unstable footing and/or roadway passage, and distressed wildlife to name a few.City personnel and local residents remaining in the shelter have expressed their sincere gratitude as have employees of restaurants and hotels in Pigeon Forge where we sleep. We have had an opportunity to speak with several Gatlinburg residents who are sheltered at staging or in Pigeon Forge who have with certainty have lost everything. They have all been grateful for our presence, thankful for their survival and showing no pity on themselves for what they lost. It has been an experience that I personally will never forget and has provided invaluable learning opportunities for continued efforts to ensure that we are daily doing everything possible to mitigate and prepare for a multitude of hazards incidents that could occur in our community and to continual train to effectively and efficiently respond to and recover from these events as a City Government. There is a lot of destruction and a long recovery period with many emotional and economic impacts still to be recognized. Prayers for the residents and responders are greatly appreciated as is the overwhelming support received from our City Administrator, Fire Chief, Departments Heads, City Staff, and our Mayor and Board of Alderman. We are also grateful for the support of our citizens and the responses that have been received on social media. We are all grateful for the opportunities to help in this response, mindful of the many other City employees who have desired to help but have not been afforded the opportunity to do so, grateful for God's protection and provisions and look forward to our return home.”

  2. IMG_1883We had another terrific Christmas tree lighting last Thursday.  Thousands attended the event from 5:30-8:00 on the square.  Special thanks to our Streets Department, Sanitation and Environmental Services, Facilities Maintenance, Police, Fire, our Communications team, and all of the volunteers who helped out for this event.  It truly is amazing to see how much this event has grown of the past several years.  Thanks to Williamson Medical Center, the City was able to give away about 500 free photos with Santa and the Grinch.  Two families won a family four pack to the Grinch Musical and Studio Tenn Christmas.  The Franklin Noon Rotary estimates they served close to 2,000 people hot apple cider and cookies.

  3. The City of Franklin received the Sanitary Survey report regarding our community water system earlier this week. The survey is conducted by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Division of Water Resources. The City of Franklin Water Utility received 596 of the 599 total points which equates to a 99 Sanitary Survey Score.   This is outstanding (as have been all of our scores over the past decade).  A big thank you to our Water Management team for their work every day to perform at a very high level.   

Those are the top three things for this week. I’ll leave you with the City’s vision statement below along with our guiding principles.

Our Vision:

Franklin will continually strive to be a community of choice for individuals, families, and businesses to grow and prosper through an excellent quality of life supported by exceptional, responsive, and cost effective City services.

Excellence, Innovation, Teamwork, Integrity, Action-Oriented

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Top Three Things you need to know this week!  October 18, 2016

  1. The City has some true heroes in our midst, even when they are enjoying a day off and headed to aheroes Titans game. I’d like to honor Battalion Chief Eddie House, Captain Clay Mackey, Captain Scott Mainord and Firefighter Alex Enoch of the Franklin Fire Department who all stopped to save a citizen in danger. According to Battalion Chief Eddie house, all four off-duty Fire personnel were headed north on I-65 headed to a Titans game, and noticed a vehicle about 7 or 8 cars in front of them swerve, then hit the median head first causing that SUV to flip and finally come to rest on all four tires. They quickly checked their surroundings and rushed to the accident scene to assist. They approached the driver's side of the smoking vehicle and noticed an unconscious male upside down on the passenger's seat. They went around to the other side and were able to open the passenger's side door. At this point, Chief House noticed the engine compartment caught on fire and relayed that information to the other three. Quickly they grabbed the man, pulled him out of the burning vehicle and brought him 50 to 100 feet away to safety. A civilian used his personal truck to shield them from any potential on-coming traffic. A TWRA agent was on the scene and used his truck and flashing blue lights to block traffic, as well. While the injured man was being attended to, Captain Mackey and Chief House ran back over to the burning vehicle to make sure no one else was inside. When they realized no one else was inside, Chief House called 911 to update dispatch so the emergency responders would know exactly what they would be rolling up on. All four stayed with the patient until he was transported from the scene.  After the victim was safely on the way to the hospital, all four went on to the Titans game. 

  2. TVA Platinum designation.  Congratulations to the City of Franklin, we recently achieved Platinum status from the TVA Sustainable Communities Designation Renewal Process. The program offers communities assistance in developing and implementing sustainability initiatives that not only serve to make the community more competitive, but also support TVA’s environmental policy. Boyette Strategic Advisors (Boyette) was engaged by TVA Economic Development to develop and assist in the management of the program. Following is the baseline criteria for recognition:

    Silver Level:

    Establish a Sustainability Team

    Develop (or have in place) a Community Outreach Program related to Sustainability

    Gold Level:

    All Silver Level requirements, plus the following additional criteria:

    Develop (or have in place) a Greenspace Plan

    Address Sustainability in Community Land Use Plan

    Provide recycling options for residents (i.e. drop-off recycling)

    Platinum Level:

    All Gold and Silver Level requirements, plus the following additional criteria:

    Develop (or have in place) Water Conservation and Protection Policies

    Complete a Carbon Footprint and Develop Greenhouse Gas Emission Goals

    Offer Residential Curbside Recycling

    Develop (or have in place) a Sustainability Plan

    This is an outstanding achievement for the community.  Congratulations to Andrew Orr and the Sustainability Commission for their leadership is achieving this status!

  3. Special Census update.  On Monday of this week, the Special Census mailers went out to residents across the city.  So far we have received 14,246 responses with 88.9 percent online forms and 10.7 percent mail in.  We had some quick turnaround from a lot of folks!  So mail in your census report or fill it online here www.franklintn.gov/2017specialcensus

Those are the top three things this week. I’ll leave you with the City’s vision statement below along with our guiding principles.

Our Vision:

Franklin will continually strive to be a community of choice for individuals, families, and businesses to grow and prosper through an excellent quality of life supported by exceptional, responsive, and cost effective City services.

Excellence, Innovation, Teamwork, Integrity, Action-Oriented

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Top Three Things you need to know this week!  October 11, 2016

  1. Special Census Mailers should be appearing in Franklin resident mailboxes this week.  The City is seeking anbetter census pic 10-11 accurate population count to assist in better planning for infrastructure, facilities and services. It also means an increase in the amount of state-shared revenues the City receives. Due to the rapid growth of Franklin, city officials believe the City should get more revenue from the State. Residents may also visit the city’s website at www.FranklinTN.gov/2017SpecialCensus  to complete a form online.  The form takes less than a minute to complete and is very easy to do.  So far 10,567 friends and neighbors have signed up online!  You can do it on your mobile phone or home computer! (the blue dots indicate which homes have registered.)

  2. On another note, we want your opinion!  The City of Franklin is asking residents to participate in The National Citizen Survey™ (The NCS™). The survey is designed to provide a baseline of how the city government is serving residents, to gauge perceptions of the city and to make comparisons with peer cities.  The city contracted with National Research Center, Inc. to participate in The NCS™, an instrument that was developed in partnership with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) in 2001 to provide cities with a low-cost, high-quality method to conduct market research.  A random and scientific sample of 3,000 households will receive invitations to participate in the mail and their confidential responses will be analyzed. An online version of the survey will open to all City of Franklin residents beginning on October 21 and run for two weeks. Online results will be presented separately from the random-sample, mail-in responses.  The Board of Mayor and Aldermen (BOMA) will receive a final report on survey results toward the end of the year.  This information will assist the BOMA in shaping the strategic plan and future budgets.

  3. The Franklin Fire Department along with Brentwood Fire and Rescue are at Cool Springs Galleria all week educating children on Fire Safety.  The effort is part of Fire Prevention Week.  For more information go to www.firepreventionweek.org.  Also Franklin Firefighters Association is selling Breast Cancer Awareness shirts and we have plenty in stock at Station 6 in McKay’s Mill at 1061 Cool Springs Blvd. They are going to be placing some at the City Hall location as well. They have unisex sizes from medium to 4XL. They sell for $15 apiece, extra charge for any size above an XL due to offset the price of the shirt. Go buy a shirt and support Breast Cancer awareness.

Those are the top three things this week. I’ll leave you with the City’s vision statement below along with our guiding principles.

Our Vision:

Franklin will continually strive to be a community of choice for individuals, families, and businesses to grow and prosper through an excellent quality of life supported by exceptional, responsive, and cost effective City services.

Excellence, Innovation, Teamwork, Integrity, Action-Oriented

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Top Three Things you need to know this week!  September 13, 2016

  1. PARKing DayThe City of Franklin is helping celebrate Mobility Week September 12-16.  There will be a transportation summit at the Factory on Thursday and on Friday is PARKing day.  It is an annual worldwide event where individuals and organizations transform parking spots into temporary public parks.  The Chamber, Williamson, Inc. believes transforming parking spots into engaging, people-friendly open spaces is a perfect way to celebrate the culmination of an exciting week committed to taking cars off our roads.  City staff will be closing off the quadrant of parking spaces in front of City Hall for PARKing Day.  The Parks Department will be setting up a park in two of the spaces.  We’ll also have free snow cones from Retro Snow.  The Williamson County Animal Center will be bringing adoptable pets.  The Pilgrimage folks will be bringing some music.  The Williamson County Arts Commission will bring a public art display and our Public Works Department will be setting up some corn-hole and games.  We will be encouraging employees to participate.  We’ll have prizes that day for employees who carpool or ride their bike to work next week.The first 10 people who send us a photo of their carpool ride or bike ride to work will receive a prize!

  2. BadSoden-825-Jahre-266Mayor Moore and his wife Linda along with Alderman Pearl Bransford traveled to Bad Soden am Taunus, Federal Republic of Germany to make the Sister City relationship official.  The Mayor and Pearl participated in the signing ceremony with Nobert Altenkamp, Mayor Bad Soden am Taunus.  The Sister City relationship is intended to serve the following purposes:
    • Establishment of a lasting friendship,
    • Bringing together citizens of the two cities, particularly the youth, with the aim of furthering transatlantic understanding and the peaceful coexistence of both nations,
    • Promotion and building of personal, cultural, and sports exchanges,
    • Support of student exchange with the aim to further cultural exchange and the joy derived from learning each other’s respective language.

       

  3. “Best of” and “Top 10” lists.  Recently, our friends at the Convention and Visitors Bureau shared with us the list of “Best of” and “Top 10” list that have featured Franklin so for in 2016.  Here’s the list:
  • In 2016 Franklin have been named….
  • Among Small Towns We Love by Southern Living, September 2016.
  • Best Place to Raise a Family by WalletHacks.com, September 2016.
  • Best Suburb in Tennessee by Business Insider, July 2016
  • No. 2 Best City for Retirement by Bankrate.com, June 2016 (reported on NBC’s Today show)
  • Among 23 Best Cities for Young Families by ApartmentAdvisor.com, June 2016
  • Among 10 Best Main Streets in the USA by USAToday.com, June 2016
  • Cutest Small Town in the South by Oyster.com, June 2016
  • The Coolest Suburbs In America's 35 Biggest Metro Areas by Thrillist.com, April 2016
  • Among the Best Music Cities by Afar.com, April 2016
  • Nicest Place in the South by PorterBriggs.com, March 2016
  • Most Romantic Places in the USA by CasualTravelers.com, January 2016

Those are the top three things this week. I’ll leave you with the City’s vision statement below along with our guiding principles.

Our Vision:

Franklin will continually strive to be a community of choice for individuals, families, and businesses to grow and prosper through an excellent quality of life supported by exceptional, responsive, and cost effective City services.

Excellence, Innovation, Teamwork, Integrity, Action-Oriented

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Top Three Things you need to know this week! August 29, 2016

  1. Recently, the Convention and Visitors’ Bureau (CVB) reported sales activity for the month of July.  Here is the summary:
    1. Occupancy:  77.4% (1.7% decrease from 2015)
    2. Average Daily Rate:  $121.81 (6% increase over 2015)
    3. Revenue per available Room (Rev/Par):  $94.31 (7.8% increase over 2015)
    4. 2015 visitors:  Recently, the State of Tennessee reported that Williamson County hosted over 1.31 million visitors an increase 7.1% over 2014.  The economic impact of tourism in Williamson County was $410.46 million for 2015 and account for 3,000 local jobs. Williamson County maintains its position as number six in the state in terms of visitor revenue.
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  2. Great news!  As of Monday, Fire Station 8 in Westhaven is staffed and fully operational!  We will have a community open house and ribbon cutting Saturday, September 10, at 10 a.m. to share the many great benefits of this new facility with the citizens of Franklin.  Thank you to Brad Wilson our Facilities Manager and our Fire team for their patience and determination that has gotten this new facility up and operating!  

  3. Coming up in September, the City is helping celebrate Mobility Week September 12-16.  There will be a transportation summit at the Factory on Thursday, and Friday is PARKing day.  It is an annual worldwide event where individuals and organizations transform parking spots into temporary public parks.  The Chamber, Williamson, Inc. believes transforming parking spots into engaging, people-friendly open spaces is a perfect way to celebPARKing Dayrate the culmination of an exciting week committed to taking cars off our roads.  City staff will be closing off the quadrant of parking spaces in front of City Hall for PARKing Day.  The Parks Department will be setting up a park in two of the spaces.  We’ll also have free snow cones from Retro Snow.  The Williamson County Animal Center will be bringing adoptable pets.  The Pilgrimage folks will be bringing some music.  The Williamson County Arts Commission will bring a public art display and our Streets Department will be setting up some corn-hole and games.  We will be encouraging employees to participate on their break time. 

Those are the top three things this week. I’ll leave you with the City’s vision statement below along with our guiding principles.

Our Vision:

Franklin will continually strive to be a community of choice for individuals, families, and businesses to grow and prosper through an excellent quality of life supported by exceptional, responsive, and cost effective City services.

Excellence, Innovation, Teamwork, Integrity, Action-Oriented

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 Top Three Things you need to know this week! August 16, 2016

  1.  health summit 4picsAs As part of National Health Center Week, Mayor Ken Moore invited health care workers and community leaders from across the region to Williamson County on Wednesday to brainstorm on how to make the state a healthier place to live during a Community Health Summit. The Mayor was joined by Leslie Meehan, director of Primary Prevention from the Tennessee Department of Health, Rick Johnson, President and CEO of the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness and Cindy Siler, CEO of Mercy Community Healthcare.  About 50 community leaders in healthcare attended a working lunch to gather ideas.  The groups were asked to envision a partnership between public, non-profit and private sectors to solve the state’s health care issues where other initiatives have stalled.  Meehan said her department is still looking at the big four as the leading causes of death in Tennessee — tobacco use, obesity, physical inactivity and drug use. Rick Johnson said his foundation has focused on improving the state’s national health rankings and highlighting the state’s healthiest communities.  He said that since the initiative Tennessee has risen from the 45th healthiest state to the 43rd, but that much work is needed to bring the state’s health ranking to the level of other factors that have made the state an attractive place to live. In 1988, 10 percent of the population was considered obese. Now that number has risen to 33 percent, he said.  Currently Williamson County ranks number one in the state for health.  To see more on this and the Tennessean’s article on the summit go here http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/williamson/2016/08/10/franklin-mayor-hosts-brainstorming-tennessee-health-issues/88544982/ To see the Franklin Homepage article go here http://www.franklinhomepage.com/franklin-seeks-to-become-leader-in-statewide-health/

  2. Development is up this year compared to last year.See the development activity reports here. The first seven months of 2016 staff has permitted $472 million of development which has already surpassed all of 2015’s permitted development at $471.4 million.  This is a remarkable pace of development and investment into our community (2015 had been the highest year of permitted development on record). 

  3. Lastly, with the record growth we are experiencing, you may have noticed or heard about the Draft Envision Franklin Land Use Plan.This Saturday, August 20th there will be a Special Franklin Municipal Planning Commission Work Session at Eastern Flank Battlefield.  The work session will focus on the draft Envision Franklin land use plan and will begin at 7:45 a.m. with breakfast and conclude between 3:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.  The Planning Commissioners will be in rotating small review groups throughout the entire day, but the session is come-and-go for the Board of Mayor and Aldermen (BOMA) and the public.  Planning staff assigned to the BOMA work station will be available at any time during the day to explain components of the Envision Franklin plan and take comments and questions.  Between 3:00 and 4:00, the work session will conclude with a summary of comments received from the Planning Commission and Board.  Two more public meetings are scheduled for September.See the dates for those and more information at www.franklintn.gov/envisionfranklin

Those are the top three things this week. I’ll leave you with the City’s vision statement below along with our guiding principles.

Our Vision:

Franklin will continually strive to be a community of choice for individuals, families, and businesses to grow and prosper through an excellent quality of life supported by exceptional, responsive, and cost effective City services.

Excellence, Innovation, Teamwork, Integrity, Action-Oriented

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 Top Three Things you need to know this week! August 9, 2016

 The City of Franklin leadership team visited Fort Campbell in Clarksville yesterday to visit with the soldiers of the First Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division. Earlier this year, the command staff from the 101st reached out to Mayor Moore and members of the City’s leadership team to explore a partnership through which leaders from both teams could share experiences and skills important to success in their jobs. As it turns out, there many similarities between running a city and the work performed by members of the 101st in their deployments . . . building/maintaining infrastructure, providing public services such as water and wastewater treatment, providing for public safety, along with many other community-building skills. Our City team will look forward to “returning the favor” by hosting command staff from the 101st in Franklin to share some of our leadership perspectives and experiences in serving the community.  Watch the video on our City Facebook page of the five employees who rappelled from the 40 foot wall.  We all made it safely, some faster than others, and a few, more gracefully. Kudos to Lisa Clayton, Vernon Gerth, Brad Wilson, and Michael Walters Young who rappelled along with me.  See the video here www.facebook.com/cityoffranklin

Capital Investment Projects – 2009-16.  Click here to see a spreadsheet that summarizes the capital investment projects completed in Franklin since 2009 in the CIP categories: emergency services, general services, parks and recreation, public utilities, stormwater, and transportation.  Since 2009, capital projects totaling $236.5 million have been completed in the City of Franklin along with $39.5 million of capital projects currently under construction.  By far the largest CIP category was transportation with $190.8 million in projects completed ($123 million from State/Federal funding) and $15.3 million currently under construction.  While we know there is much still to do in our growing community, this is an impressive list of projects completed/under construction.

City Hall on Wheels collageCapital Projects on the horizon.  Our new Planning and Sustainability Director Emily Hunter spoke about the draft plan of Envision Franklin.  We broadcasted the meeting live on our Facebook page, it is still posted for all to see, and we’ll also air it on Franklin TV!  There was a crowd of about 60 citizens who attended.  We plan to get our “City Hall on Wheels” program out every quarter and talk about topics of interest to our citizens.

Those are the top three things this week. I’ll leave you with the City’s vision statement below along with our guiding principles.

Our Vision:

Franklin will continually strive to be a community of choice for individuals, families, and businesses to grow and prosper through an excellent quality of life supported by exceptional, responsive, and cost effective City services.

Excellence, Innovation, Teamwork, Integrity, Action-Oriented

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Top Three Things you need to know this week! August 1, 2016

  1. This week, City officials will take a trip to Fort Campbell to visit with the soldiers of the First Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division. Earlier this year, the command staff from the 101st reached out to Mayor Moore and members of the City’s leadership team to explore a partnership through which leaders from both teams could share experiences and skills important to success in their jobs. As it turns out, there many similarities between running a city and the work performed by members of the 101st in their deployments . . . building/maintaining infrastructure, providing public services such as water and wastewater treatment, providing for public safety, along with many other community-building skills. Out City team will look forward to “returning the favor” by hosting command staff from the 101st in Franklin to share some of our leadership perspectives and experiences in serving the community.

  2. The City has completed a draft update to our long-range Land Use plan. The new and improved plan is titled Envision Franklin. The drafting of Envision Franklin began with a series of community workshops in May of 2015.  Envision Franklin provides policies that direct future development in a way that strengthens the City and creates exceptional places for people while preserving the past and planning for the future. As part of the unveiling, the City will introduce the plan to the public and gather feedback through two open houses.  The first is on Monday, September 26, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.at City Hall, at 109 3rd Avenue South, Franklin, TN.  The second is Tuesday, September 27, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Columbia State Community College, Williamson Campus, at their new location at 1228 Liberty Pike, Franklin, TN and will be held in the administration building located at the top of the hill. Participants can come to either open house at their leisure to review a variety of stations that focus on different aspects of the Plan.  Envision Franklin will also be discussed throughout the community with various civic groups and organizations.  Additional information will be available as these meetings are scheduled.  You can also read more about the plan at www.franklintn.gov/Williamson county FairEnvisionFranklin.

  3. Friday, August 5th is a busy day.  It is the first day of school for both Williamson County and the Franklin Special School District.  This means that all Franklin school zones will be active.  Motorists should expect slow-moving traffic or shifts in traffic patterns in these areas and should also keep an eye out for children walking in the area as well as Crossing Guards.  Friday is also the first day for the Williamson County Fair.  The award-winning Fair is held at the Ag Expo Park located at 4215 Long Lane.  It is one of the most popular events in the County, bringing in approximately 200,000 attendees over its nine-day run.  

Those are the top three things this week. I’ll leave you with the City’s vision statement below along with our guiding principles.

Our Vision:

Franklin will continually strive to be a community of choice for individuals, families, and businesses to grow and prosper through an excellent quality of life supported by exceptional, responsive, and cost effective City services.

Excellence, Innovation, Teamwork, Integrity, Action-Oriented

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Top Three Things you need to know this week! July 25, 2016

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  1. Chief Deborah Faulkner, Alderman Pearl Bransford and I participated as panelists in a “Race Relations in Franklin & Williamson County” discussion Thursday night at First Missionary Baptist Church.  Other panelists included Williamson County Sheriff Jeff Long, County Jail Administrator Captain Mike Dobbins, Pastor Wayne McCullough of Limestone Missionary Baptist Church and Christian Lane, a student at Middle Tennessee State University.  The event was moderated by Pastor Kenneth Hill, PH.D, of Shorter Chapel A.M.E. Church.  About 200-300 people attended the discussion.  Topics included police procedures in the case of deadly force, anti-bias training, transparency, communication, the Black Lives Matter movement, and more.  This was a great opportunity to come together as a community and talk about some tough topics.  Overall, I’m proud of Chief Faulkner and our Police Department team, our Aldermen, and our community for coming together to build more trust and enhanced community relations.  On another note, the FPD is hosting a picnic Saturday, July 30th along with First Missionary Baptist Church and Burns Tabernacle P.B. Church from 11-pm at 1004 Short Court.  There will be free food (prepared and provided by The Daughters of the King), school supplies, hygiene products, door prizes, free bike repair, and identity kits provided by the FPD.

  2. After a nationwide search, I’m happy to announce that long time city employee, Emily Hunter, is named Franklin’s Director of Planning and Sustainability. Emily has Emily Hunterworked as a part of the City’s Planning and Sustainability Department team for more than nine years.  In that time she has continually taken on positions of greater responsibility in both current and long range planning. Emily was chosen from a field of 45 candidates from across the country and internally.  Emily Hunter brings great insight into the community and the City’s development services.  I am confident that Emily, working with our Planning team, and others throughout the City organization will continue to develop a community vision, responsive services, and collaboration that builds on the Franklin’s strong history of excellent planning resulting in excellent, high-quality development.  Former Planning Director, Bob Martin, who retired in 2006, has served as interim director since May of 2015.  I could not have asked for a better leader, team member, and friend to our Planning and Sustainability Department and City team during this important time of transition.  

  3. On Tuesday, Vice Mayor Brandy Blanton will represent the City of Franklin at Franklin Tomorrow’s Breakfast with the Mayors.The keynote speaker is Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd.Commissioner Boyd will talk about the importance of education in workforce development to maintain Tennessee’s competitiveness to attract and retain business.The breakfast is held at Rolling Hills Community Church and begins at 7a.m.  For more information go to www.franklintomorrow.org/activity/breakfast-with-the-mayors/

Those are the top three things this week. I’ll leave you with the City’s vision statement below along with our guiding principles.

Our Vision:

Franklin will continually strive to be a community of choice for individuals, families, and businesses to grow and prosper through an excellent quality of life supported by exceptional, responsive, and cost effective City services.

Excellence, Innovation, Teamwork, Integrity, Action-Oriented

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Top Three Things you need to know this week! July 18, 2016

First of all, the events in Baton Rouge Sunday are much on our minds and those of our officers.  Our team continues to focus on serving our community effectively, professionally, and compassionately.  We are here to protect and keep our community safe including the officers that serve every day. On Thursday, July 21, I along with Chief Deb Faulkner, will participate in a discussion about race relations at First Missionary Baptist Church.   We’ll also do a Facebook LIVE discussion sometime this week, please stay tuned to our Facebook page for that broadcast. www.facebook.com/cityoffranklin.  Now on to our top three things this week.

  1. Moody’s Investor Services recently issued their annual report for the city of Franklin.We are currently a Aaa rated city, which is very good compared to other cities in the state and nation.The report said “the credit position for Franklin is outstanding and its Aaa rating far surpassed the US city median of Aa3.The rating reflects a wealthy socioeconomic profile, an ample tax base, and a very healthy financial position.It also takes into account a small debt burden and a manageable pension liability.”To see the full report go here.

     

  2. Recently the City received word from the Tennessee Department of Transportation that we will get a grant for 96 West multi-use trail.  An $800,000 grant has been awarded to the City of Franklin for the project.  This multi-use trail project would run from Freedom Middle School to 9th Avenue.  The estimate for the full project is $1.9 million.  TDOT has indicated a willingness to explore a project phasing that could allow the City to pursue a second grant for a phased project.  We will be meeting with TDOT to determine the value of this approach from a timing and cost impact related to this project. 

     

  3. Our Building and Neighborhood Services team along with Stormwater staff have scheduled a contractor meeting to discuss proper stormwater measures for lots under construction.We have some concerns in new neighborhoods regarding stormwater and storm drains.The session will be Tuesday, July 19th, from 7:30-10:30 a.m. in the City Hall training room.

That’s the top three things for this week. I’ll leave you with the City’s vision statement below along with our guiding principles.

Our Vision:

Franklin will continually strive to be a community of choice for individuals, families, and businesses to grow and prosper through an excellent quality of life supported by exceptional, responsive, and cost effective City services.

 

Excellence, Innovation, Teamwork, Integrity, Action-Oriented