The Franklin City Commission and Simpson Fiscal Court authorized preparation of ordinances increasing Franklin-Simpson Planning and Zoning building inspection fees and permit fees during the Sept. 2 joint city and county meeting.

If both governing bodies adopt the ordinances, the building inspection fee would increase to $50 and the permit fee would increase to $25. Both increases would take effect Jan. 1, 2020. Both fees are currently $10 each.

The increase in the fees is due to increased costs associated with the planning and zoning office since the fees were adopted.

Planning and Zoning Administrator Carter Munday gave a presentation during the meeting regarding planning and zoning activities and information about the fees.

Approval was given for the purchase of a computer for the planning and zoning office at a cost of no more than $3,500 to be split equally between the city and county.

The city commission and fiscal court also agreed to have ordinances prepared changing the meeting date for the regular joint meeting in September to the third Tuesday in September. The September meetings are currently held the first Tuesday in September.

Simpson County Judge/Executive Mason Barnes requested the change due to the first Tuesday of September being the day after the Labor Day holiday this year and in two of the next three years.

Simpson Fiscal Court holds a regular meeting the first Tuesday of each month and met in the morning prior to the Sept. 3 joint meeting.

The ordinances have to be approved by both governing bodies for the date change to take effect.

Approval was given to contract with Donnie Thompson for commercial building inspections at the rate provided by the contractor.

Approval was also given for the mayor and county judge/executive to sign an application for the city and county to expand their local jurisdiction with regard to commercial building inspections.

Authorization was given for ordinances to set the commercial building inspection rate to be charged by the planning and zoning commission. Both governing bodies must approve the ordinance.

City Commission also gave approval to a request by FPI for a fireworks display the night of Sept. 20 to celebrate the company’s 30th year at their site on U.S. 31-W North. No action was required by fiscal court on the request.

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