The City of Franklin has set the 2019 Halloween trick-or-treating hours for Oct. 31 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Franklin City Commission approved the hours for trick-or-treating during its meeting on Sept. 23.

The commission also approved a municipal order adopting a formal sidewalk maintenance program and establishing a sidewalk committee to supervise the program.

Members of the committee include the city's public works director, street superintendent, community development director and city manager.

The committee plans to meet at least annually and its meetings will be open to the public allowing for input on sidewalk maintenance issues.

The city previously had an unwritten sidewalk policy prepared by the street department for sidewalk maintenance funding.

Approval was given to add Friday, Oct. 25 to the Historic Lantern Walk at Greenlawn/Shady Rest Cemetery being conducted by the Bicentennial Committee.

The October 25 walk will be from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. and will be a walking tour only. A city owned lot near the cemetery office will be used as parking for walk participants.

A lantern walk at the cemetery is also planned on Oct. 26 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., which will include horse and wagon transportation from downtown to the cemetery.

Approval was given to hold a special called city commission meeting on Monday, Oct. 14 at the Gentlemen's Unlimited Club Pavilion at Lincoln Park beginning at 6 p.m.

The special called meeting will follow a city commission neighborhood walk that will begin at 5 p.m. at the Gentlemen's Unlimited Club Pavilion. The walk will include portions of John J. Johnson Avenue and Roosevelt, Brevard, Bell, Jackson, Jefferson, Pelham and Walker streets.

The commission approved the purchase of call recording software at a cost of $1,995 plus a $500 installation charge. There is a $1,548 annual charge for maintenance and call storage. The call recording system is used by the city police and customer service departments.

An engagement letter for an audit of city finances for fiscal year 2019 by Kirby and Moore CPAs was approved.

An ordinance changing the dates of regular September joint Franklin City Commission - Simpson Fiscal Court meetings was approved on a second and final reading vote.

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

Also approved on a second and final reading vote was 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 from agriculture (AG) to highway business district (B-4).

The commission heard first reading of an ordinance that adopts a supplement to the city's code of ordinances. The supplement includes all ordinances and any applicable changes to state statutes adopted in 2018.

There is no vote on first reading of a city ordinance.

And, Daniel Reetzke, the city's tax collector and alcohol beverage control administrator, was recognized for being named Board Treasurer for the Kentucky Occupational License Association.

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