Councilmen vote down pay raise
Franklin City Council members voted down pay raises for future council terms Tuesday.
Two ordinances were offered by Councilmen Dale Rogers and a second by Councilman Chuck Autin to raise the pay of council members to $850 per month and the mayor pro tempore to $950 per month. Current pay is $650 per month.
Councilmembers Eugene Foulcard, Joe Garrison and Lester Levine, the mayor pro tempore, voted against.
The council also Tuesday voted to begin condemnation proceedings against properties at 809 10th St., 807 Carl C. Foulcard Drive and 505 Six St., after those structures were declared dilapidated and a public nuisance by City Inspector Blake Steiner.
Steiner followed provisions of the city’s dilapidated buildings ordinance which leads to the beginning of condemnation hearings if the owners do not either repair or demolish their properties.
The council also heard from Assistant Public Works Director Belva Notto that a barricade has been constructed on Martin Luther King Boulevard at the railroad track.
Notto also reported that efforts to have the railroad repair the crossing at Iberia Street — where a large hole presents a danger to vehicles — resulted in the railroad company claiming it is the city’s responsibility. Notto sent photographs proving otherwise, and is awaiting a reply.
Patricia Jenkins, Troydrick Jenkins Dreamz Fulfilled Inc., said the group will present a Teen Health and Awareness Fair on May 4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Franklin High School auditorium.
She also reported that the group has been donated a building at the intersection of Martin Luther King and Second Street.
Also Tuesday, Fire Chief Chuck Bourgeois said that all the smoke detectors the department had on hand for the elderly have been distributed. He said he is attempting to obtain more to renew the program that installs detectors in the homes of senior citizens.