PHOTO: Animal welfare advocates packed into a meeting room in City Hall on June 26 to support an amendment to end dog sales in Franklin pet stores. That bill will once again be up for discussion Tuesday night./Brooke Wanser
By BROOKE WANSER
During Tuesday’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting, expect to hear from city leaders on a range of topics, from a puppy mill bill to sales tax fund distribution for the Franklin Special School District.
See the highlights below.
Chartwell Hospitality finalizes procurement of Cool Springs Marriott
Franklin-based Chartwell Hospitality will officially close on the Cool Springs Marriott, which houses the Williamson County Convention Center, on November 1. The board has already heard a presentation about the company’s plans, and will likely give their blessing on the transaction. Chartwell is the company creating a multi-use office, retail and restaurant space at the old Dotson’s Restaurant location.
Sales tax hike funds to be reallocated by City of Franklin to Franklin Special School District
Two weeks ago, the board voted 4-3 to overturn a resolution which would allow for the redistribution of funds from this year’s sales tax increase to the Franklin Special School District. All cities in the county had originally agreed to surrender their portion of additional monies from that half-percent increase to the building of new schools. But because FSSD was “overlooked” in the process by the county, a prior resolution asked for an additional six months worth of funding, equivalent to $3.5 million in taxpayer dollars. Now, aldermen are looking to rectify that decision by bringing forward a new resolution, which would allow the money to be redistributed to the special school district for the next three years, the originally agreed upon amount of time. Alderman Dana McLendon, the leading dissenter of the last resolution, is the sponsor of this amendment.
Up for discussion
Downtown Neighborhood Association survey results
As the DNA, downtown Franklin’s unofficial HOA, works to grow membership and visibility, one of the first projects they have undertaken is a survey of resident concerns. New president Lynne McAlister will present the results to the BOMA, which include a desire for more public parking and sidewalk improvements, with some split on short-term rentals. Expect concerns about parking to repeat in the months and years to come.
Continued discussion of Columbia Avenue widening design
As the BOMA continues discussing a design plan for the Columbia Avenue widening project, some features have proved contentious. On Tuesday night, the board will weigh in on overhead utilities.
Puppy mill bill back on the agenda
A bill first brought forth in February to curtail the sale of dogs and cats from commercial breeders is back on the table. At the last meeting in June, City Hall swelled with people in support of the bill, from those who had purchased sick animals to local veterinarians. A Franklin pet store, the Pawfect Puppy, is one store that came under attack for irresponsible sales. Alderman Bev Burger has been the bill’s sponsor.