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Franklinton approves budget, ups police spending

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FRANKLINTON — The Franklinton Board of Commissioners approved its 2020-21 budget at its Tuesday meeting.

The $2.18 million budget continues the town’s work on achieving seven goals, according to Town Manager Greg Bethea. The tax rate is being reduced to 71 cents per $100 valuation, a penny decrease from the 2019-20 tax rate.

The board also committed to increasing its code enforcement to increase property values in the town, Bethea said.

To lower the crime rate, the town plans to provide more funding to its police department and tie salary to an officer’s job performance. Officers will also be working to increase their skills through increased training.

Franklinton plans to work on its subdivision and mixed use ordinances. The town is continuing its 20-year road improvement plan, which will eventually repave all of the town-maintained roads.

A partnership between the town and private investment will continue with $100,000 set aside. In the past, Franklinton has committed $200,000 to provide a match to $2 million in private investment, Bethea said.

Franklinton is also setting aside additional money to increase employee training and will be setting benchmarks for service that will compare the town staff to employees in other communities.

The town also committed to increase its use of Blackboard Connect and social media to communicate with citizens.

Also at the meeting, the board heard from two developers who are concerned about local water supply.

Franklinton receives its water from Franklin County Public Utilities. The system has allocated 82% of its total capacity at this point. The state requires water systems to submit revised plans when a system is at 80%.

The developers were concerned the county has not procured additional water for development, which is slowing down its plans to build approximately 500 homes in the area.

Franklinton has around 900 homes, according to Bethea.

In other business, the board:

  • Approved a rezoning application for 563 N. Main Street to residential multi-family from single-family high density.
  • Approved a street name change for Tanyard Street between Green and East Mason Streets. It will now be called Johnson Place.
  • Appointed Cauley Pridgen as its attorney. The town will mostly work with Brian Pridgen.
  • Sat as the Board of Adjustment to approve the replacement of a mobile home that was removed from 141 Scarlet Circle.
  • Delayed text amendments to decrease parking requirements and increase density for residential multi-family zoning. The board wanted more time to look into the changes.

Youngsville

  • The Youngsville Board of Commissioners took the following actions at its June 11 meeting:
  • Directed Town Administrator Phillip Cordeiro to proceed with the Main Street improvement project, including appropriation for the cost.
  • Annexed lot 2 of the Youngsville Commerce Center.
  • Approved text amendments to the development ordinance related to outdoor storage.
  • Approved rezoning a property off Wolfpack Lane to industrial.
  • Asked Cordeiro to survey citizens regarding a possible change to the hours of the town’s noise ordnance requested by Brian Whitley of the Victorian Youngsville.
  • Reappointed Marcus Hurt to the Youngsville planning board.
  • Accepted Town Attorney Edward Bartholomew’s resignation and made Hartzog Law Group the town attorney starting July 1.
  • Set the parks and recreation field rentals at $30 and $40 per hour without lights for in-town and out-of-town residents respectively and at $60 and $80 per hour with lights for in-town and out-of-town residents respectively.

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