Franklin City Manager Sonny Lewis said Carlisle’s charter defines council’s roles, but usually a council speaks with one voice through the village manager or mayor. He said those are the two people a business owner should know.
Village Manager Julie Duffy noted the village leverages itself by working with other state and regional economic development entities such as JobsOhio, the Warren County Port Authority and REDI Cincinnati, which helps to market Carlisle to possible opportunities.
Council members agreed that they will create a special committee to reach out to local business owners by hosting a lunch or breakfast once or twice a year. In addition, the village will inventory local businesses to determine what is already located there and explore joining the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce.
Another area of mutual agreement was the difficulty in finding residents to serve on city boards and commissions.
Park improvements were also a topic as council members talked about problems with maintaining enough park board members, an issue that results in few improvements being made to accomplish the master plan. Council members agreed that in addition to creating the special business relations committee, they will be creating council subcommittees for the parks as well as for special events.