Franklin seeks funds for work on sidewalks that offer key access

Franklin has submitted a new application to the McElhattan Foundation, this time for targeted neighborhood sidewalk improvements, city council heard Monday at its regular meeting.

City Manager Tracy Jamieson said Tuesday the last city project that received funds from the foundation was the Miller Sibley Recreation Area, which was granted $160,000 toward the project. The total incorporated a number of different grants.

This time, Jamieson said, the city is applying for a $100,000 grant to target areas in need of improvement for community use.

These are areas that provide needed access to downtown businesses or that present safety issues for elderly residents, Jamieson said. That grant will be due at the end of January, with work to start in the spring.

The city’s outdoor dining ordinance also should be ready around spring with a first reading in February and a second in March to be ready for rollout for the 2022 season, Jamieson said.

In other business Monday, a cell tower lease extension with APC Towers granted by the council in 2017 has been extended a third time.

Jamieson said the lease extension will accommodate a slower than anticipated construction of the tower. Verizon has the tower on its construction docket for 2023-24, Jamieson said.

And a formal decision to vacate a section of Reiseman Avenue north of Grant Street was tabled until next month. The current owners of Cauvel’s Mobile Home Park, through which the road spans, are selling the park.

Council will make a decision when a new agreement is drawn up with the new park owner, Jamieson said.

While the city will continue to maintain Reiseman Avenue south of Grant Street, the section north of Grant will become the responsibility of the owner, according to Jamieson.