Franklin, NC Public Notices

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Public NoticesTown of Franklin, NC

The 2009 General Assembly enacted S.L. 2009-350 (H 81) which amended the notice requirements set out in the open meetings laws.

In general the amendments require public bodies that maintain webpages to post notice of regular, special and recessed meetings on those sites. In addition, the amendments clarify the requirements for posted and mailed notice of special meetings and for notice of emergency meetings.

Public notice must also be given when land use planning is involved. For example, public notices must be given for public hearings involving Land Use, budgetary process, amendments to the Unified Development Ordinance and Town Ordinances.

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Franklin NC
Town Council 2020 Regular Meeting Schedule

All meetings are held in the Town Hall Board Room at 95 East Main Street. All regular meetings begin at 6:00 p.m.

Monday, January 6th
Monday Feburary 3rd
Monday, March 2nd
Monday, April 6th
Monday, May 4th
Monday, June 1st
Monday, July 6th
Monday, August 3rd
Tuesday, September 8th
Monday, October 5th
Monday, November 2nd
Monday, December 7th

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2019 & 2020
Town of Franklin
Holiday SCHEDULEOffices closed the following dates

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
December 24 to 26, 2019

Wednesday - January 01, 2020

Monday - January 20, 2020

Friday - April 10, 2020

Monday - May 25, 2020

Friday - July 03, 2020

Monday - September 07, 2020

Wednesday - November 11, 2020

Thursday & Friday
November 26 & 27, 2020

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
December 24, 25 & 28, 2020



Due to a clerical error with our third party vendor, customers received duplicate utility bills this month. The Town of Franklin apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.



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Macon County Comprehensive Transportation Plan Survey

Your input is requested for the new Macon County Comprehensive Transportation Plan. Please click the link below to take the survey. If you have any questions , please contact, Justin Setser, Town Planner, at 828-524-2516.

» Macon County Comprehensive Transportation Plan Survey

Town of Franklin Names Harrell as Police Chief

May 6, 2020

The Town of Franklin is pleased to announce that it has hired Franklin resident Bill Harrell to be its next Police Chief. When the position became vacant in February, the Town Council of Franklin appointed a search committee to seek a predecessor for former Chief, David Adams. After committing to a rigorous process and screening applicants both local and from afar, town resident and Town of Highlands Police Chief Bill Harrell was chosen to lead the department moving forward.

“The Town of Franklin is pleased to welcome Chief Harrell,” said Town Manager Summer Woodard. “His experience, education and proficiency will be an asset to the Franklin Police Department. He is an established leader in our community who is familiar with the Town of Franklin and Franklin Police Department. Chief Harrell will be a great addition to the Town of Franklin.”

Chief Harrell began his career with the Town of Franklin as a patrol officer before continuing his career with the Morganton Public Safety Department, Hickory Police Department, Macon County Sheriff’s Department, and finally, with the Highlands Police Department where he served as Police Chief for 15 years.

Chief Harrell has a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Western Carolina University as well as a Master of Justice Administration from Methodist University, graduating Magna Cum Laude from both. Among his many accolades, he is also a graduate of the North Carolina Justice Academy Management Development Program and a graduate of the West Point Leadership Program.

“Chief Harrell has an outstanding list of accomplishments in the field of law enforcement,” said Franklin Mayor Bob Scott. “He is a graduate of many of the top-level management courses offered by the NC Justice Academy and universities. He has a record for being a leader in the criminal justice system with a long-range vision while putting into practice the latest in technology and community-oriented policing.”

Public Notice Town of Franklin Proposed FY 2020-2021 Budget

Notice is hereby given that a copy of the Town of Franklin Proposed FY 2020-2021 Buget as well as the Town Manager's Summary can be found on the Town of Franklin webite. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO BE REDIRECTED TO THE BUDGET PAGE

Utility Accounts Public Notice

Notice is hereby given that the Town of Franklin will suspend reconnection fees, late penalties and interest on Town of Franklin utility accounts for at least the next sixty (60) days. This is effective as of March 10, 2020, and is now extended pursuant to North Carolina Executive Order 124 and any extensions thereof.

We know that many of our customers are struggling during these difficult and uncertain times and we are committed to providing clean, safe drinking water so that you and your family can remain healthy. To make sure you are not surprised by a large past due balance later, we will continue to notify you when your account is past due. Our staff is available to work with you to set up a payment arrangement or assist with scheduling automatic payments.

Hard copies of North Carolina Executive Order 124 are available for pick up at Town Hall located at 95 East Main Street, Franklin, NC 28734. You may also download NCEO 124 here. For questions or assistance please call 828-524-2516.

Franklin Tourism Development Authority Meeting Public Notice

Notice is hereby given that there will not be a regular meeting for the Franklin Tourism Development Authority Board for April 13, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. due to COVID 19 concerns. The next regularly scheduled Franklin Tourism Development Authority Board meeting will be Monday May 11, 2020 at 5 :30 p.m. in the Town Hall Boardroom, 95 East Main Street, Franklin, NC. If you have any questions about the TDA, please contact, Summer Woodard, Town Manager.

Public Notice

The Town of Franklin had a discharge of untreated sewage from the Sanitary Sewer located at East Main & Crane Circle of approximately 29,150 gallons. The discharge was first discovered on February 6, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. and lasted approximately 11 hours. The untreated wastewater entered Little Tennessee River. The spill occurred because of Severe Natural Condition, due to heavy rain. This notice is required by North Carolina General Statues Article 21 Chapter 143.215.C. For more information contact Town Manager, Summer Woodard at (828) 524-2516.

Request for Qualifications: Engineering Services

The Town of Franklin (hereinafter the “Town”) is accepting submittals for an engineer or engineering firm for 1) review, design, and production of construction documents for the relocation of approximately 2.5 miles of Town-owned water and wastewater lines and facilities located within the right-of-way for US-23/US-441, which are being relocated as part of NCDOT Project R-5734B, and 2) provision of construction progress monitoring, quality testing, and completeness review during the construction phase (collectively, the “Project”).

The Town is hereby soliciting responses from capable and experienced engineers/engineering firms. A selection committee will determine a first and an alternate candidate and negotiate scope and fee to be considered by the Town. If an agreement cannot be reached with the selected candidate, negotiations with the alternate will commence.

The selected engineer or firm shall work in cooperation with the Town Manager, Town Engineer and other assigned Town staff to ensure the design and construction of the Project in line with the Town’s needs, standards, goals, schedule, and budget endorsed by the Town.

Deadline for receipt of responses is January 22, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. A short list of firms will be determined and the Town will interview the design teams on January 27, 2020 with a selection being made prior to the Town Council’s regular meeting of February 3, 2020.

The response shall contain no less than the following:

• A cover sheet with Project name, full contact information of the submitter, and date of submission.
• Three (3) sets of submittals in an 8½” x 11” hardcopy format, not to exceed 25 sheets (excluding cover), double- or single-sided; and one (1) electronic submittal on a flash drive.
• A letter of interest and statement summarizing the team’s composition, interest, and experience, and special qualifications for this type of work.
• A listing of specific team members, their respective positions in their firms and roles in preconstruction and construction work, shown in a personnel organization flowchart.
• Website link(s) to additional or supporting information.

Additional Project information is available by request via email to Town Engineer Nathanael Moore at Professional services for each team will be procured using the selected engineer/firm’s proposed contract, as modified through a negotiation process with the Town. All questions, inquiries and submittals shall be made only to:

Summer Woodard, Town Manager
Town of Franklin, PO Box 1479, Franklin, NC 28744
Phone: (828) 524-2516
Fax: (828) 524-4540

Under no circumstances shall contacts be made with other Town of Franklin personnel or members of the Town Council regarding this Request for Qualifications and selection process. Based upon interviews, a firm and alternate will be named followed by negotiations for a service fee.

Hazard Mitigation Plan Survey

Macon and Clay Counties, the Towns of Franklin, Hayesville and Highlands, along with other participating stakeholders, are now working to update the region’s multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan. The purpose of this Plan is to identify and assess our community’s natural hazard risks and determine how to best minimize or manage those risks. Upon completion, the Plan will represent a comprehensive multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan for the two-county region.

This survey questionnaire provides an opportunity for you to share your opinions and participate in the mitigation planning process. The information you provide will help us better understand your hazard concerns and can lead to mitigation activities that should help lessen the impact of future hazard events. Click here to participate in the survey

Town of Franklin Comprehensive Land Use Plan

The Town of Franklin is preparing a new Comprehensive Land Use Plan and we want to hear from you! This series of meetings is an opportunity for community members to have a say in the Town’s future growth, development, and quality of life.

Multiple Opportunities to Participate:
Most meetings will be held at First Presbyterian Church’s Tartan Hall, 26 Church Street. To register for the tours, email to reserve a spot. No registration needed for the public meetings - all are welcome! » Download Flyer (PDF)

Wednesday, July 17th - Public Meeting 4:00-6:00 PM @ Tartan Hall

Thursday, July 18th
• Downtown Walking Tour 8:00-9:00 AM depart from Town Hall
• Open Studio 10:00 am-Noon @ Tartan Hall
• Afternoon Community Tour 1:00-3:00 PM depart from Town Hall
• Public Meeting 5:30-7:00 PM @ Tartan Hall

Friday, July 19th - Coffee Talk 8:00-9:00 AM @ Rathskeller, 58 Stewart St.

Saturday, July 20th - Appalachian Heritage Festival Find our booth!

Learn more at or contact Justin Setser, Town Planner at (828) 524-2516 Ext. 311, email

Franklin TDA (Tourism Development Authority) Monthly Meetings

Notice is hereby given that the regularly scheduled meeting for the Franklin Tourism Development Authority (TDA) is held monthly, on the second Monday in the Town Hall Boardroom, 95 East Main Street, Franklin, NC, beginning at 5:30pm. Dates for 2019 are as follows ...

Monday, January 14th
Monday, February 11th
Monday, March 11th
Monday, April 8th
Monday May 13th
Monday, June 10th
Monday, July 8th
Monday, August 12th
Monday, September 9th
Monday, October 14th
Tuesday, November 12th
Monday, December 9th

Town of Franklin Tourism Development Authority Vacancies

Notice is hereby given that the Town of Franklin is now accepting applications for two (2) vacancies on the Tourism Development Authority Board. The two (2) vacancies are for a business directly involved with the collection of rental property occupancy tax. Applications can be picked up at the Town Hall office located at 95 East Main Street, Franklin NC 28734. » Download Application (PDF)

Town Planning Board/Board of Adjustment Vacancies

The Town of Franklin is currently seeking to fill one vacancy on the Town Planning Board/Board of Adjustment. The Town is looking for an alternate ETJ resident to serve as a representative on this board that serves on both the Planning board and the Board of Adjustment. The Board of Adjustment meets the 2nd Monday of every month at 4:00 p.m. and the Planning Board meets the 3rd Monday of every month at 4:00 p.m. The meetings are held in the Town Hall Board Room. A time commitment of approximately 2 hours a month is necessary. A resume and current address is required. For more information or to express an interest in serving on the board, please contact Town Planner, Justin Setser at (828) 524-2516.

Reserving Town Facilities & Requesting Street Closures

The Town of Franklin, NC receives many requests to reserve Memorial Park and the Gazebo on the Square for special events.

To reserve Memorial Park » Click Here
To reserve the Gazebo on the Square click here to » Download Gazebo Reservation Form (PDF Format)

Some events require street closures. All street closings must be presented to the Town Council for approval. All requests must be submitted to the Town Manager one week prior to the scheduled Town Council meeting. The Franklin Town Council meets the first Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall Boardroom located at 95 East Main Street, Franklin, NC 28734.

To request a road closure for a special event click here to » Download Road Closure Request Form (PDF Format)