BOMA work session to look at Capital Investment Program priority list
By Pam Horne
When Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen meet tonight at a 5 p.m. Work Session, one of the items up for discussion is final approval of a Capital Investment Program priority list that includes two fire stations.
Westhaven currently does not have a fire station located near the neighborhood.
And while the build out of Berry Farms is now picking up speed, with construction reaching a steady pace, Franklin’s fast growing neighborhood does not have a fire station either.
Fire Stations #7 and #8 have ranked high on wish lists compiled by aldermen and staff for a couple of years.
The $7 million needed for construction and furnishings for both stations will be considered tonight for the FY2014-2018 CIP, along with several other road projects.
Yesterday, when a single tractor-trailer accident managed to shut down Interstate-65 for several hours near the Goose Creek/Peytonsville Road exit, Franklin Fire Department was the responding agency, along with Franklin police and Williamson County’s Emergency Management Agency.
The cause of the accident is still unknown, but emergency crews were dispatched from various stations throughout the city to respond.
Fire and rescue services in south Franklin and the unincorporated area of Williamson County near Thompson Station are being looked at closely by both city and county officials.
Franklin aldermen recently agreed to supply water and wastewater service to property on McLemore Road that is being considered for a future Williamson County Rescue Squad station.
The property is located in Franklin’s Urban Growth Boundary.
Funding for the city’s fire stations would be funded through Facility Tax revenues, which is directly tied to construction.
In addition to the fire stations, more than $14 million in road projects will be considered for the CIP.
The city’s general obligation debt capacity is $5 million. The list will need to be trimmed in order for aldermen to maintain the debt ratios they have established.
Posted on: 2/11/2014