Community Action of Southern Kentucky is attempting to expand its public transit program to serve area counties outside of Bowling Green, including Simpson County.

Community Action of Southern Kentucky Transportation Director Carroll Duckworth discussed efforts to start the transit program at Monday's Franklin City Commission meeting.

Duckworth said contributing factors in getting the expanded transit program started include securing required local match for grants awarded to start the program, hiring and training staff, securing vehicles and equipment and the ability to phase in the program.

Duckworth said local match funding for the program could come from various sources such as the city and county governments and private sources.

He said the targeted launch date is Jan. 1, 2020.

The commission had some questions following Duckworth's presentation, but otherwise took no action.

The commission recognized the efforts of Boy Scout Troop #47 and Scoutmaster John Maloney to replace American Flags on Veterans Way/Highway 100.

Myron Thurman with Thurman Electric, who donated the flag poles, and Tim Mayes, who donated his tractor and lift for the flag replacement activity, were involved in the effort to replace community flags.

In addition to new flags the replacement project also included brackets/hardware, swivel bearings, poles, endcaps and other work.

The commission gave approval for the city to establish an account for funds that are

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donated for upkeep and replacement of the flags and to provide funding for Boy Scout Troop 47.

The commission heard first reading an ordinance rezoning a 2.67-acre tract of land on the south side of East Cedar Street and north side of Highway 100 on the east bank of Drakes Creek. The Franklin-Simpson Planning and Zoning Commission recommended rezoning the property from agriculture to highway business district.

Commissioners also heard first reading of an ordinance amending a prior ordinance setting dates and times for regular scheduled joint city commission - Simpson Fiscal Court meetings.

The ordinance changes the date of the September meetings to the third Tuesday of the month. The September meetings are currently held the first Tuesday of the month. The September meetings will still begin at noon at the Courthouse.

The two governing bodies also meet on the first Tuesday of March beginning at noon at City Hall.

No vote is taken on first reading of a city ordinance.

The commission approved second and final reading of an ordinance amending the parking regulation ordinance.

Jacoby Scharklet was sworn in as a new Franklin Police officer.

The Commission gave approval to renew a contract agreement with Tim Burnett with the Franklin Police Department for a period of one year.

And, a 48-month lease agreement with Dell Financial Services for the city to lease five desktop computers and two laptop computers was approved.

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