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 2022 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 3rd
Monday Feburary 7th
Monday, March 7th
Monday, April 4th
Monday, May 2nd
Monday, June 6th
Tuesday, July 5th*
Monday, August 1st
Tuesday, September 6th*
Monday, October 3rd
Monday, November 7th Monday, December 5th

*Denotes meeting on Tuesday due to holiday on Monday

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Town of Franklin
Holiday SCHEDULEOffices closed the following dates

Friday - December 31, 2021

Monday - January 17

Friday - April 15

Monday - May 30

Monday - July 04

Monday - September 05

Friday - November 11

Thursday & Friday
November 24 & 25

Friday, Monday & Tuesday
December 23, 26 & 27


November 16, 2022
Voluntary Water Restrictions Lifted

The Town of Franklin thanks its citizens for their understanding related to voluntarily restricting the amount of water being used over the past three weeks. When there is little measurable rainfall, and the water levels in Cartoogechaye Creek drop at the intake to the water treatment plant which prompts various restrictions.

Very little rain fell during the late summer and early fall -- with long stretches of no precipitation -- but due to recent rainfall, the situation has improved. The Town is encouraging all residents to continue responsible water use and self-regulation, and to observe good conservation practices since the region as a whole is still in a rain fall deficit for the year.

October 5, 2022 - Request for Qualifications
Whitmire Property Recreation Plan

The Town of Franklin is issuing a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the development of a recreation plan for the Whitmire Property from qualified firms.

The Town of Franklin is seeking qualified consultants with proven experience in developing comprehensive Parks and Recreation Plans with comparable municipal entities. The Town developed a Town-wide Comprehensive Plan that included recreational planning which was adopted June 1, 2020.

The Town of Franklin has a large tract of land (12.71 acres) known as the Whitmire Property that has been in its possession since December 2004. The Town Council has agreed that having an area for outdoor recreational opportunities in town would be of benefit and authorized that a portion of the property be used for such. The enhancements to the Whitmire Property should also be in conjunction with the Comprehensive Plan and BikeWalk Franklin plan adopted in 2017.

» Please Download RFQ For Complete Details (PDF)

September 9, 2022
Payment Hours Changing at Town Hall - October 3

The Town of Franklin Town Hall payment hours are changing effective Monday, October 3, 2022.   Due to accounting system changes, payments at the window will be accepted from 8:30 a.m. until 4:55 p.m.  Monday through Friday.   The drop box will remain available for payments before and after hours and on weekends.  

The window will be open and staff will still be available to assist customers beginning at 8:00 a.m. but payments cannot be taken prior to 8:30 a.m.   “Due to a system upgrade, we were experiencing some delays with payment batches posting on the same day and carrying over to a second business day.  This impacted other financial reporting activities,” said Finance Director Sarah Bishop.  This change will allow for reconciliations to occur in the early morning hours and daily transactions to post on one day.   

All offices in the Town Hall will continue to operate from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  Information will be included on the monthly water bills and posted at the Town Hall related to the new payment hours.   

For more information, contact Town Manager Amie Owens at 828-524-2516 x 305 or via email at .

August 24, 2022 - Request for Proposal
Classification and Compensation Study and Analysis

The Town of Franklin, North Carolina is requesting proposals for consulting services to conduct a Town-wide Employee Classification and Compensation Study.

» Please Download RFP For Complete Details (PDF)

August 15, 2022 - Franklin Seeks Tourism Development Authority Applicants

The Town of Franklin Town Council is accepting applications to fill three (3) vacancies on the Franklin Tourism Development Authority (TDA).  The TDA is responsible for overseeing how room occupancy tax dollars are spent to promote travel and tourism in Franklin. The Tourism Development Authority board consists of nine (9) members.   The TDA meets the second Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Town Hall Board Room. 

Applications should be submitted no later than September 23, 2022 for consideration.  Applications are kept on file for one year. 
•             One vacancy – for an individual who collects occupancy tax within the Town limits
•             Two vacancies – for individuals who promote tourism or who are in a tourism-related business within the Town limits

The term for these positions is three years and will begin on October 10, 2022 and run through October 31, 2025. 

Applications are available online at or can be obtained at Town Hall, 95 East Main Street, Franklin.    For more information, contact Town Manager Amie Owens at 828-524-2516 or via email at .

August 5, 2022 - Electric Vehicle Charging Station Now Operational at Town Hall

The Town of Franklin partnered with Duke Energy to install a level 3 fast-charging station in the town hall parking lot. Town Planner/IT Director Justin Setser worked closely with Duke to have the installation done without cost to taxpayers.

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This is a fast-charging station and the cost is set through Shell Recharge via the Green Lot App. The fees are paid via a credit card scanning system and the Town does not receive any funding from the stations. “The need for EV charging was brought to our attention and we felt that the location would be beneficial for downtown visitation,” Setzer said.

There are two charging stations available with one indicated for handicapped accessibility. The charge time is dependent upon a vehicle’s battery status at the time of charging.

August 2, 2022 - Franklin Police Chief Announces Retirement

Police Chief William “Bill” Harrell has announced his retirement effective December 1, 2022. Chief Harrell issued the following statement -

"Dear Citizens of Franklin, Mayor, Council, Madam Manager and Staff,

After much discussion, thought and prayer with my family and friends, I have made the bitter sweet decision to announce my Retirement from the Franklin Police Department effective December 1st, 2022.

My career in law enforcement and public service began with the Franklin Police Department almost 3 decades ago, and when I tell you it was my honor and privilege, I mean that whole heartedly. I have worked very hard to earn the opportunities given, some of which I never imagined for myself, but God carved a way for me to experience those possibilities.

I want to THANK all of my family, but most especially my Wife Patti and my young adult children Tyler and Taylor for your support and sacrifices that you have endured during my career. I know there have been times that work interfered with family time, but I hope that you understood why there was a need for sacrifice. I LOVE each of you so very much!

To the former and current Police Officers and staff that I have had the privilege and honor to work with over the years, I want to say THANK YOU to those who gave and continue to give tireless dedication to the Communities we serve. I am so blessed to have worked beside you over those many years. I also hope during times of reflection that you can genuinely say that with the integrity, and courage of a good leader that you would follow anywhere, I left behind a legacy of fighting the good fight to provide you with every wherewithal at my disposal to serve the public to the best of our abilities for their enhanced quality of life, along with the career opportunities for growth and leadership of your own.

I would like to take this time to say a heartfelt THANK YOU to past and present Mayors, Town Councils, Boards, Managers and Staff Members and frontline emergency service colleagues for your dedication and sacrifices to Public Service and for the support that you have shown me. I know I cannot possibly address and thank everyone specifically in this letter that has done so much to influence my career path and successes, but you are NOT forgotten, for your memory in my heart and mind has an eternal place.

Finally, I want to say THANK YOU to all the Citizens that have supported me and my family over the years, especially during the difficult times. It has meant the world to us to be the recipients of so much Love and Encouragement during those times. Although this part of my career may be coming to an end, I can assure you that this will not be the final chapter of my service to the community I love with new envisioned and prayerful leadership opportunities. I am making this decision to retire to pursue future endeavors and improve the quality of life for me and my family and I humbly ask that you keep us in your thoughts, prayers, and it is my hope that I can count on your support in the future."

With the Utmost Respect and Gratitude,
Chief William “Bill” Harrell

Chief Harrell will continue to work closely with his command staff to ensure continuity of service and a smooth transition leading up to his retirement date. A job announcement will be developed and shared at a later date.

Sunny Side Disc Golf Course Rules

The Town of Franklin announces rules for Sunny Side Disc Golf Course ...

  1. Use of disc golf course is first come first serve.
  2. Please pick up all trash and place in trash receptacles.
  3. Use of disc golf course after dark is prohibited.
  4. Pick Up after pets.
  5. Do not throw discs toward vehicles.
  6. Amplification equipment is prohibited.
  7. No alcohol on the premise. This is strictly prohibited. All violators will be prosecuted.
  8. No concealed weapons are allowed on the premise.



We are required to monitor your drinking water for specific contaminants on a regular basis. Results of regular monitoring are an indicator of whether or not our drinking water meets health standards. During the compliance period specified in the download below, we (did not monitor or test or did not complete all monitoring or testing for the contaminants listed and therefore cannot be sure of the quality of your drinking water during that time.

No action on your part is needed at this time.

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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

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 2020 are as follows ...

Monday, January 10th
Monday, February 21st (changed due to Valentine's Day)
Monday, March 14th
Monday, April 11th
Monday May 9th
Monday, June 13th
Monday, July 11th
Monday, August 8th
Monday, September 12th
Monday, October 10th
Tuesday, November 14th
Monday, December 12th

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 6:00 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)