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by Jonathan McNamara and Carrie C. Causey
FRANKLINTON — Residents are needed to fill vacant spots in two of the town’s advisory boards.
During Tuesday night’s Franklinton commissioners meeting, town staff asked for volunteers to hold positions for the Franklinton planning board and the ABC board.
Town Manager Tammy Ray reported that two members of the ABC board recently resigned. To fill these the openings, interested residents are urged to come by the town hall for an application. The deadline is Sept. 1 and commissioners will conduct interviews Sept. 3-13.
Tuesday night, the town board appointed former commissioner Joe Cutchins to serve as the ABC board chair until June 30, 2014. Commissioners also discussed allowing the ABC board to choose its own chair following his term, as its the only advisory board that gets it chair appointed. The measure was approved with Commissioner Al Barbour te sole dissenter.
The Planning Board has an opening for the for a resident that lives in the town’s Extra-territorial jurisdiction. Any one living within a mile outside of the town limits is eligible. Applications are available at town hall.
Public Works Director Josh Bennett reported that the town has now taken over the duties of mowing and manicuring local cemeteries from a contractor. Residents are asked to be patient during this transition. On a side note, the public works staff asks residents to place flowers in vases and not plant them in the grass.
Another item Bennett touched on was sewage leaks. With all the heavy rains lately the town has a few more than usual. Residents should alert the town if a black and green PVC cap in the yard is broken or misplaced. This cap would be sticking up a few inches from the lawn or even level with the ground.
•Officer transitions: Police Chief John Green reported that on Aug. 1 Officer D. Hinton will resume her duties as a school resource officer, at Franklinton Middle School, previously the school resource officer at Franklinton High. Hinton was previously the SRO at Franklinton High. But with the high school’s move outside of the town limits, the SRO responsibilities have been taken over by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.
Green said he would replace Hinton with another female candidate who is in the process of coming on board later in August.
•Save the date: Residents are reminded of upcoming events going on around town that are free and open to the public. They include:
•Movies on Main, July 20, sunset.
•National Night Out, Aug. 6, Main Street.
•OneFranklinton, Aug. 8, 7 p.m.
Movies on Main, Aug. 17, sunset.
•Planning Board, Aug. 19, 7 p.m.