Franklin continues to move on abandoned properties
Franklin City Council members approved one demolition of property and deferred two others Tuesday.
On recommendation of City Inspector Blake Steiner, the city approved condemnation and subsequent demolition of a structure at 614 Trowbridge St. after Steiner completed all legal proceedings required for such a declaration.
The council also granted 60 days for the owner of properties at 6610 Hanson St. and 504 Boudreaux St. to be properly secured and repaired to prevent collapse or other dangers to the neighborhood.
Steiner also offered the council a flood control variance for Franklin Foundation Hospital in the construction of its new medical offices.
He said new FEMA data indicates an 8-foot elevation requirement, rather than the previous 11-foot in that area. The council approved.
Also Tuesday, Lindy Broussard of CenterPoint Energy, thanked the council and citizens of Franklin for their patience while the company made repairs to gas line facilities on Iberia Street.
Broussard said CenterPoint realizes the inconvenience caused by the work, but they have repaired the street surface areas and are wrapping up the project.
In other business:
—An ordinance changing the name of Oneal Chube Street to Oneal Chube Drive to clear up a mismatch between what the original ordinance specified and the actual name on the new street signs, was introduced. Also introduced was an ordinance named Whitney Neal Beverly Sr. field at Broussard-Harris.
—Resolutions were adopted between the state and the city for family services operation in city facilities.
—Mayor Raymond Harris reported that Louisiana highway officials denied the city’s request for a left turn signal westbound at La. 182 and Weber Street.
—The council agreed to authorize legal counsel to study other municipal ordinances regarding dogs in public parks and draft an ordinance for Franklin after Councilman Dale Rogers said he received complaints of a person with a leashed pit bull in a city park. Though the dog was legally registered, some councilmen felt an ordinance regarding public property especially those where children frequent, is in order.