The Franklin City Commission approved an ordinance annexing approximately 5.39 acres on Peden Mill Road on a second reading vote Monday.

The commission heard first reading of an ordinance that rezones three properties from light industrial to various residential districts.

The Franklin-Simpson Planning and Zoning Commission has voted to recommend approval of the zone changes at 409 Hudspeth Ave., to residential single family, a vacant lot at 403 Brick St. to single family and two-family in addition to a two and one half acre vacant lot on Morris Street and Hudspeth Avenue to single family residential.

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

The city commission approved service agreements with five organizations that received funding in the city's 2019-20 Fiscal Year budget.

The service agreements are with Boys and Girls Club of Franklin-Simpson, F-S Chamber of Commerce, South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force, Simpson County Friends of the Shelter and Simpson County Historical Society.

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The commission approved a resolution declaring September 2019 as "City Government Month" in Franklin.

The resolution encourages city officials and employees to collaborate with local elementary schools to educate students about their city government and engage them in city services.

Approval was given to a change in the city's personnel policies and procedures making employee health, vision, dental, life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment coverage all effective on the first of the month following their full-time hire date.

Previously the effective date for health and vision insurance was different than that of the remaining three types of coverage.

Caitlyn Sperling, a Partnership Specialist from the U.S. Census Bureau, gave the commission an overview of the 2020 U.S. Census.

Her presentation included the importance of an accurate count for communities to receive the correct amount of federal funding, preparations being taken to conduct the census along with how and when the Census will be conducted.

Kim Roberts, president of the Franklin-Simpson Farmers Market, discussed the 2019 Hometown Harvest Dinner on Friday, July 19 in the West Cedar Street alley beginning at 6 p.m. She said all proceeds from the dinner benefit the Franklin-Simpson Farmers Market.

The Rev. Donzella Lee encouraged support for Stuff the Bus, which is an effort to collect school supplies for students.

The city's community development director, Tammie Carey, discussed the next city commission neighborhood walk and meeting scheduled for Monday, July 22.

The walk will begin at 6 p.m. at the Gentlemen's Unlimited Club Pavilion at Lincoln Park.

The walk will be on portions of John J. Johnson Avenue, Pelham Street, Jefferson Street, Jackson Street, Bell Street, Brevard Street, Roosevelt Street and Walker Street.

Following the neighborhood walk the commission will hold a special called meeting beginning at 7 p.m. at the Gentlemen's Unlimited Club Pavilion.

In the event of inclement weather the walk could be canceled and the meeting moved to City Hall and begin at 6 p.m.

Jerry Kamuf spoke to the commission regarding issues related to high grass in a lot in the area of Southgate and College Street. The lot was mowed on July 6. Franklin City Manager Kenton Powell said if the lot is not mowed, the city plans to take care of mowing and the property owner will be fined.

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