by Carrie C. Causey
FRANKLINTON — Teachers were the honorees Tuesday night at the town board meeting.
Following a moment of silence and respect for the teachers, students and other residents impacted by the Oklahoma tornadoes earlier this week, Mayor Elic Senter wanted to recognize some hometown educators.
Franklinton has made it a tradition to honor teachers of the year who live or work in the town schools. This year, Senter decided to expand the recognition to all teachers of the year in every school in the county.
Recognized Tuesday night were Lauren Bailey of Bunn Elementary, Allison Moreschi of Louisburg Elementary, Wes Restinger of Youngsville Elementary and Maria Styers of Franklinton High.
Everyone received a Franklinton cooler bag and Christmas ornament, plus a resolution stating the town recognized them for their efforts.
In addition to authorizing payment to the Kerr-Tar Council of Governments (see story page 6A), approving an audit contract as well as utility adjustments, the board went into closed session. No action was taken.
However, as usual, the monthly committee reports were chock full of information pertinent to residents.
•Cutting costs: During public comment, Dee Sams of the Tree Committee applauded the board for previous discussions of cutting the town’s tax rate to help next year’s budget. She also offered the town could cut the beautification funds and said she’d be willing to donate flowers.
•Unwanted invitation: Offering his report for the first time in a long time, Franklinton Fire Department Board Chair R.L. Denson thanked the community for their support during Saturday’s fundraiser. He said they haven’t had to use any water for fire calls, just for testing out hoses. He also gave a gentle reminder to only burn vegetation, not trash.
“We’ve been invited to talk to some people who have been burning other things,” Denson said, spurring a chuckle from commissioners.
•Police forces unite: Franklinton Police Chief John Green Jr. announced he and the Youngsville Police Department have formed an aggressive criminal task force. Extra manpower from both departments is being used to patrol needed areas in both towns.
Already, Green reported, they have issued a search warrant for drugs, taken a weapon off the street, had three narcotics cases, and increased patrols at Franklinton’s Academy Village, including a three-hour stakeout followed by foot patrol, among other incidents. Also, the gates at Fairview Cemetery will now be locked during evening hours to cut down on continued theft. The Franklin Weekly previously reported how figurines were missing from grave sites.
•Report uncut grass: Code Enforcement Officer Henry Gupton issued 41 letters for grass cutting violations. Town Manager Tammy Ray told the board they had problems with property and estates belonging to people who live elsewhere and aren’t maintaining their lawn. She asked residents to report problem areas to town hall so they can get in touch with property owners to work something out before it is cut on the town’s dime with potential non-repayment. Tall grass can be a breeding ground for snakes and pests in addition to its unsightly appearance.
•Resume town hall hours: Town hall formerly was closed during certain hours Tuesday and Thursday. Now with more staff, they are able to be open again full-time.
Dates to remember:
•Town hall is closed May 27 for Memorial Day.
•The next Movies on Main is June 15, 8 p.m., downtown, weather-permitting.
•OneFranklinton meets June 13 at 7 p.m. at the town hall annex and needs people willing to volunteer.
•Planning Board is slated for June 17 at 7 p.m. at the town hall annex.