Franklin OKs use of CDBG funding for roads

Franklin City Council on Monday evening unanimously approved the use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to repair roads.

The 2020 CDBG funding includes $249,344 that council voted to use for milling and paving seven different street segments.

Those street segments include the 1200 block of Buffalo Street, 14th street from Buffalo to Liberty streets, Ninth Street from Elk to Liberty streets, Elk Street from 13th to West Park streets, Otter Street from South Park to 12th streets, 13th Street from Eagle to Chestnut streets, and a portion of 15th Street.

The city had been unable to complete street paving projects scheduled under liquid fuels funding due to budget constraints that were brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Also at Monday evening’s meeting, council approved Franklin on Ice to be held.

However, already-carved ice sculptures will be trucked in instead of blocks of ice being carved on-site as part of COVID-19 mitigation.

For the winter holiday season, council gave the OK to requests from the Barrow Civic-Theatre to decorate the downtown parks with Christmas trees and lights.

However, council did not allow for waivers on the application fee and electric box rentals.

In other business

– Council approved the purchase of two Evolis mobile radar speed signs for a total reduced price of $5,834.

“Over the years we have had various complaints about speeding on our local streets,” City Manager Tracy Jamieson said, and the signs could help curb some speeding in the area.

Franklin police Chief Kevin Anundson said for the cost “this would probably be a better deal if we jump on it now.”

– Council voted to hold Halloween trick-or-treating hours from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31.