At the request of merchants in Franklin, the Town Board of Aldermen hosted an informal meeting to open dialogue between the town and its merchants. During the November meeting of the Town Board, several downtown merchants addressed the board to express their frustration and discontent with the lack of communication between town officials and downtown merchants.
Mayor Joe Collins called a meeting to hear from both sides in order to reach an agreement and find common ground for the betterment of Franklin.
Alderman Sissy Patillo, who serves with Alderman Joyce Handley as a liaison to Franklin's Main Street Program, opened the conversation by asking the merchants in attendance what they wanted. “After you spoke at the last meeting, we know you have concerns, but I am not sure what you want,” said Patillo. “I am not sure what you are asking us for.”