Franklin Council Tentatively Approves CDBG Projects

| September 10, 2019

FRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) – The Franklin Council tentatively approved projects for the Fiscal Year 2019 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) money.

Approved were street improvements – milling and paving – for 1300 Block of Buffalo Street; 14th Street between Liberty Street and Elk Street; Elk Street between South Park and 11th Street; and Ninth Street between 12th Street and 15th Street.

Also approved were clearance and demolition projects at locations to be determined.

A hearing will now be held at the November meeting. It was originally slated for the October meeting but is being delayed because of the extension of the CDBG grant deadline.

In other CDBG business, the Council agreed to a time extension to Summer of 2020 for the CDBG Demolition contract for paving of Railroad, Elk, New, and Chestnut Streets. Rainy weather and flooding delayed the ability to pave this summer.

Also, a demolition contract was awarded using CDBG money to Klapec in the amount of $23,394.00. Klapec was the only bidder.


The Council heard from Luke Rout of Stream Media about the Public Access channel in Franklin.

Stream Media would like to investigate the possibility of managing the public access channel in Franklin similar to how it manages the public access channels in Oil City and Titusville.

Ruot said Franklin owns the channel and Stream would manage it and the type of program would include parades, sports, public meetings, public forums, etc.

The City gave Stream permission to approach Spectrum Cable to see how much it would cost to do programming in Franklin.


In other business the council:

  • Set Halloween Trick-or-Treat hours for 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, October 31
  • Heard from a representative of National League of Cities (NLC) Service Line Program, which is an optional warranty program for city residents for their water/well, swear/septic and in-house plumbing. Those lines are the resident’s responsibility and are not covered by homeowners insurance. The Council agreed to have NLC contact City Manager Tracey Jamieson about a possible marketing agreement with the City
  • Approved the following parade and park requests: Franklin Light Up Night for November 23 in downtown Franklin and Fountain Park with the parade route to be Liberty Street; Trick OR Treat on Liberty in the 1200 block of Liberty Street October 31; TrAils to Ales request for a beer garden in the alley between Art of Eye Care and Red Bandana during Applefest October 4-6; Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce to hold Applefest from October 1-6 in a variety of locations; and St. John’s Episcopal Church to hold a Candlelight Prayer Vigil Against Gun Violence September 13.

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