Mayor Bob Scott (R) spoke to the Kiwanis of Franklin Club recently about some of the needs and plans for the Town of Franklin.
Scott stated that priorities continually change, but that street improvement is a priority right now. “Snow crews worked around the clock during the recent snow storm,” said Scott.
Scott pointed out that, although gem mining has been a draw to Franklin, that outdoor activities are quickly becoming the attraction bringing people into Franklin. Geo caching, radio control airplanes, astronomy, birding, bicycling, and hiking are among the current activities drawing visitors, even on an international level.
Some proposed new outdoor attractions are a boat launch and pier (that Duke Energy is building), an outdoor theater, and an “old style” mountain village.
A new town bridge should be built in the next couple years. Scott stated that Franklin was in the midst of a major transition and is seeking direction from the people with the hopes of involving young people in the planning. With Scott is Wesley Hirsch, president Kiwanis.