The city is considering changing hours of when alcohol beverages can be sold in Franklin.

The Franklin City Commission heard first reading of an ordinance today amending the city's alcohol beverage control ordinance. One of the amendments in the ordinance allows businesses to sell alcoholic beverages either by the drink or packaged during the hours the business is open. The ordinance currently has set hours that liquor sales are permitted regardless of the businesses hours of operation.

City Attorney Scott Crabtree said changes in the ordinance are the result of changes in state regulations adopted this year regarding the sale of alcohol.

Commissioners also heard first reading of five annexation ordinances.

The areas being annexed in the ordinances include 17.51 aces on the corner of Witt Road and Highway 1008;

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8.28 acres at the intersection of Highway 1008 and Brown Road and 8.19 acres on the portion of Highway 1008 also known as Industrial Bypass North.

The ordinance includes annexing areas, including 1.72 acres on U.S. 31-W North and 2.67 acres at the intersection of Highway 100 East and Highway 73.

Commissioners heard three ordinances authorizing the city to forego collection of its occupational tax for no more than ten years for current industrial projects in the Sanders Industrial Park as an inducement for the projects that are creating additional jobs.

The projects include a Holley Performance Products, Inc. Distribution Center located in the former Sun Products building on Paige Drive that will employ about 30 people.

Another project is the TMM USA, Inc. manufacturing facility that hopes to eventually employ 40 people.

The other project is an expansion at Toyo Automotive Parts, USA Inc. that hopes to result in 10 additional jobs.

No vote is taken on first reading of a city ordinance. City ordinances must pass a second reading vote and be published to take effect.

The commission approved an amendment to the ordinance establishing guidelines for the downtown historic district. The approval was given after a second and final reading of the ordinance.

Crabtree told the commission that the city was able to purchase an abandoned building at 501 West Madison St. formerly occupied by Goodrum Pallet, LLC sold at a Master Commissioner's Sale on Friday, Nov. 16.

The city's bid of $83,334 was the only bid submitted for the property.

The city plans to clean up the site that a memo from Crabtree said contains stacks of old pallets, wood scraps and old equipment. It said the buildings on the site are full of pallets and wood.

The memo said the city has had complaints regarding the property in its current condition, which is in violation of local code enforcement ordinances.

Some $50,000 in grant funds the city has available can be used for clean up of the property. More money may also be available.

A decision has not been reached regarding the city's future plans for the property.

The commission approved closing two streets in subdivision areas platted to be public streets, but never built. The streets were a portion of Hildegard Avenue and a road named Bart Street.

Approval was given to hire Barge Design Solutions, Inc. at a cost of $8,750 for design of sewer improvements on Filter Plant Road. The probable cost of the sewer improvements is $29,500.

The commission approved the purchase of valves and actuators on filters at the water treatment plant from Wascon at a cost of almost $40,137.

Community Development Director Tammie Carey said grant funding has been awarded for development of Hoy Park at the corner of U.S. 31-W North and Highway 1008. However; she said it is unknown the amount of the funding or when work on the project can begin.

Water Treatment Plant Superintendent Jerry Farmer gave a report on the water treatment plant including improvements at the building and grounds, new equipment, efficiency measures that have been taken and future goals. Employees of the facility were recognized during the meeting.

The commission approved hiring Nicholas Starr as Service/Maintenance Technician for the Water Distribution Department.

The Franklin City Commission's next scheduled meeting is on Monday, Dec. 10 at City Hall beginning at noon.

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