“I’ve learned a lot from serving on council and I’ve learned a lot from (mayor) Todd (Hall) and dad,” he said. “We’ve had a long line of public service. I was raised to give back to the community and this is a milestone for me. I’m very proud to serve the community in the capacity of mayor.
Hall, who was re-elected to a new four-year term in November, was tapped to serve as Franklin’s vice mayor. Hall has been a Franklin council member since 2000 and has previously served as mayor and vice mayor throughout his tenure.
In other business, council:
• Rejected a rezoning request for 0.70-acres at 23 W. Second St. to put in a used car business. City Engineer/Zoning Official Barry Conway said on Dec. 6 the Planning Commission recommended to council that it deny the request because it did not appear to consistent with the city’s Comprehensive Plan which did not allow for that type of business in thet type of district.
• Approved a resolution to seek an estimated $150,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding through Warren County during fiscal year 2020 for improvements in the Mackinaw neighborhood of Franklin. The proposed $200,000 project will involve grinding and repaving of alleys between Elm and Cedar streets; replacing some deteriorated curb and gutter on Maple Street, and replacing 10 catch basins. If the city receives the $150,000 CDBG grant, the city’s portion would be $50,000 and would be paid out of the city’s stormwater fund.