Franklin alderpersons tinker with parking times, schedule referendum on annexation

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The Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen scheduled an Election Day referendum for the annexation of 26 properties in the Long Lane and Pratt Lane area. Only those property owners who have requested annexation can vote in the referendum.

Election Day is Oct. 22. The referendum is required by state law because 26 of the 27 properties are outside Franklin’s Urban Growth Boundary, which is a border that the city came up with about 20 years ago that shows where the city thought it would grow.

“We do need to reach out and do what you’re asking us to do: plan,” Alderperson Bev Burger said.

Lengthening limits

The board also voted to change the time limits from two hours to four hours for the parking spots along West Main Street between Fifth Avenue and Seventh Avenue, allowing employees of local businesses on those blocks to park for longer stretches of time.

Alderpersons Scott Speedy and Ann Petersen voted against the plan.

“The intensity of what Five Points is, I think those need to be two-hour spots,” Speedy said.

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