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Election season is in full swing, and in the past week candidates running for one of three vacant seats on the Franklin Board of Aldermen have participated in two candidate forums to address voter concerns.

The first forum was hosted by the League of Women voters, a non-partisan group who hosts candidate forums regularly during election seasons. The second forum was organized by local resident Dave Linn. While attendance was low for the forum, candidates were prepared to address issues ranging from parking to economic development initiatives.


Necessary paving will cost an additional $5,583.

After representatives from Oliver Paving toured Franklin last week with Franklin Mayor Bob Scott and Town Manager Summer Woodard, company officials informed the town that due to the condition of the asphalt along Main Street, additional work would need to be completed before new thermoplastic crosswalks can be constructed.

Woodard informed members of the town board on Monday night that after inspecting Franklin's Main Street and the areas containing crosswalks, the cracks and breaks in the road would make the thermoplastic process for the previously approved crosswalks difficult. Woodard contacted Wesley Grindstaff with North Carolina Department of Transportation for guidance and he informed Woodard that Main Street would be repaved in the next five to six years, but other than that, the DOT did not have the funds available to just repave the crosswalk sections to make the project possible.


It was standing room only at the town of Franklin Board of Aldermen meeting, with most attendees interested in the board's decision regarding a text amendment to the town's ordinance impacting the possibility of an indoor gun range within city limits. After several community members spoke in favor of a text amendment to the town's Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) which would pave the way for an indoor gun range, the board of aldermen unanimously approved the text change.

Originally, the town planning board recommended the town consider allowing indoor shooting ranges within C1SU, C2SU, and C3SU [Commercial Special Use] zoning districts in Franklin as well as taking out a section of the text amendment that stated that indoor shooting ranges would require a 250-foot buffer when in close proximity to a property of residential use. After aldermen expressed some concern about the purpose of the buffer, the planning board revisited the text amendment and omitted the 250- foot buffer requirement.

The text amendment also prohibits indoor gun ranges in a C1 zoned area. The movement to change the UDO to permit an indoor range within the city limits began when Jeff Wang approached board members about developing a gun range adjacent to his existing business. Because Wang's facility is located in a C1 area, in order for him to develop a gun range, he will have to petition the planning board for rezoning consideration.


A person representing themselves as from Skyline Publications of Peoria, Ill., may be representing themselves to the Jackson County hospitality industry as publishers of the local “TDA visitor guide.”

This company has no affiliation with the Jackson County Tourism Development Authority, Cashiers Area Chamber or Jackson County Chamber.

It has been reported that Skyline Publishing is telephoning local businesses and obtaining credit card information for upcoming advertising.


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