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Manager presents budget message to Town Board

The town of Franklin took the first of many steps needed to pass the 2015-16 fiscal year budget on Monday night when town manager Summer Woodard presented a budget proposal to the board of aldermen.

"The town of Franklin remains in sound financial condition," opens Woodard's budget message. "This budget addresses the need for long term financial, infrastructure and strategic planning for the town of Franklin. The town continues to experience slow growth in revenue sources, especially water and sewer revenue. All departments in general government were able to reduce their budgets by five percent. It is crucial that expenditures do not exceed revenues. The town should stabilize and build its fund balance. Fund balance is key to long term financial planning."

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Affordable ‘garden flats’ to be certified energy efficient.

As part of the town of Franklin's Principals of Growth priority to create more affordable housing within the town, the Franklin Board of Aldermen unanimously approved a Special Use Permit for a 60-unit housing complex along Siler Road on Monday night.

Jim Yamin with Workforce Homestead Inc, the firm responsible for the housing unit outlined plans for the property in full details to aldermen on Monday night. The 60-unit affordable housing complex is proposed on five acres of land currently owned by James Vanderwoude along Siler Road.

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When Macon County Commissioner Ronnie Beale was elected president of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) he made it his mission to make people in the eastern part of the state aware of where Macon County was located on a map.

Last August, he made huge progress toward that goal when around 100 county commissioners took a tour through Macon County, getting an idea of the landscape. Last week, he brought his goal full circle as he made history by being the first President of the association to hold a meeting as far west as Macon County since the association was started in 1908.

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An arrest has been made more than two months after the Kmart building in Franklin was evacuated due to a fire.

Michael Scott, 18, of Franklin, was arrested at the Macon County Courthouse without incident on Monday, April 27. He was charged with felony burning certain building, and was given a $1,000 secured bond by Macon County Magistrate Erin Moorman.

"The Franklin Police Department has worked closely with the State Bureau of Investigation, the county fire marshal, and the Kmart Loss Prevention staff to complete a thorough investigation into the fire that occurred in February," said Franklin Police Chief David Adams.

On February 14, emergency personnel responded to a report of a fire in the upstairs storage room at Kmart located in the Westgate Plaza. After the fire was extinguished, Arson Investigator Farrell Jamison deemed the fire to be suspicious, as no electrical sources existed in the storage room other than an overhead light.

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