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Franklinton board approves special use permits and burial text amendment

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FRANKLINTON — The Aug. 21 meeting of the Franklinton Board of Commissioners was a double-header in that the actual meeting was preceded by a meeting of the town’s board of adjustments.

The latter board, comprised of the town commissioners and Mayor Art Wright, approved tow special use applications, one for a duplex at 206 W. Mason St. and the other four duplexes located at 0 Mason St., 5 Elm St., 5 Sterling St., and 7 Elm St.

According to Town Manager Gregory Bethea, who was sworn-in as a witness during the adjustment hearing, the special use permit for the four duplexes will be for a family care home on the Mason Street side, with the duplexes facing the Sterling Street side.

After the adjustments meeting, the regular board of commissioners meeting commenced with approval of a text amendment to the town’s code of ordinance concerning place of burials. A citizen had requested the change to allow a burial plot on their property. Bethea said that the process would be “very regulated” with cemented remains being allowed pending a survey of a resident’s property is approved. The measure was approved unanimously by the board, but not before Commissioner Phil Meador expressed concerns about the potential upkeep of a property post-burial.

“I think respectfully it’s something we can accommodate, but personally it’s a bad idea,” Meador said. “I would want that property owner to ask how that land is going to be kept up after their gone.”

The next meeting of the Franklinton Board of Commissioners is scheduled for Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall Annex, 5 W. Mason St., Franklinton.