Resident asks for township’s help with a banner project

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By Amanda Ensinger
Staff Writer

Franklin Township resident Angela Gray said she has been trying for months to get banners hung on the roadway light poles around Franklin Heights High School. She said the banners would celebrate school spirit and promote community pride.

Gray has run into a roadblock and hoped the township could help. She addressed the board at a recent meeting.

“I reached out to Franklin County engineers, as well as an area businesses hoping they would be willing to install the banners, but had no luck,” she said. “Why can’t the township rent a bucket truck and hang up the banners?”

Gray said last year the township used a fire engine to bring water to the community garden, so if they can do that, why can’t they hang banners for her to celebrate the area.

“I apologize for the challenges you have faced in putting up the banners,” said Jim Stevens, road superintendent for Franklin Township. “Demorest Road is a county highway and the township cannot put up a banner in their right-of-a-way without a permit. The tricky part of this is that Franklin County did not give the permit to Franklin Township to hang the banners, they gave the permit to South-Western City Schools (SWCS). As much as the township would love to go rent a bucket truck and hang those banners, the township does not have permission from the county to do so.”

This answer frustrated Gray who said she had asked the township first before getting the school district involved.

“I want to make the township look better with welcome signs or anything to make folks feel better about their community,” she said.

The trustees said they would contact the school district to see what could be done.

In other news, a resident complained about noise issues in the township.

“Can the board entertain reviewing the sound ordinance within the township?” asked Nick Dunn. “I have a neighbor who has live bands at 2 a.m. or 3 a.m. I love Franklin Township, but am ready to move. This ordinance needs to be reviewed and enforced.”

The board agreed to look into a noise ordinance and see what can be done.

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