January 9 – The Franklin County Commissioners will begin this Wednesday by changing their meeting to 10 a.m.
Instead of having two meetings at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., there will be one meeting beginning at 10.
Franklin County Commissioner John Flannery said, “We do a long 10 a.m. meeting. We can accomplish in one meeting what we used to in two. Now in those discussions we are considering some evening meetings and things like that, but right now it’s a huge time for educational and operational meetings.”
Those meetings will bring the newly elected commissioner Dean Horst up to speed.
Flannery said, “They’re great refreshers for myself as well on county operations and how they work from fiscal and budgeting to all the different departments and just understanding how the county works so that Dean’s able to make the proper decisions and we can work together on that. We are discussing. I think within the next month or so we’ll be able to address getting around the county a little bit and having some evening meetings and giving people the opportunity to participate and make it a little easier.”
The Housing Authority met yesterday.
Flannery said, “We announced our new Executive Director. His name is Danny Myers. Danny is local. We had some great interviews. We had a great interview from an internal candidate, but what we were really looking for was a good, solid team player, manager that can work with the staff and really bring them together and move forward to open up the authority and what we can do in Franklin County to help those in need. I think we have tremendous opportunities with our veterans. We had an executive session meeting where we interviewed the final three candidates and we pondered the decision for quite some time, but we feel that Mr. Myers is absolutely a perfect fit for this position.”
The Franklin County Prison Board will meet today, too.
Flannery said, “We do have three new board members with the present board, which will be new Commissioner Dean Horst, District Attorney Ian Brink and Sheriff Ben Sites. So I’ll find out this morning. I don’t know if they still want me to be the chairman or not, but we’ll have that reorg meeting at the prison board this morning as well. So there’s just a lot going on right now.”
Could the playground behind Southgate Shopping Center be beefed up a bit?
Flannery said, “That can be a tough conversation. But yes, I know there was some new playground equipment installed last year, I believe. I think there’s a lot of opportunity there to increase that and I know we have so many people on the authority that work there that really care about that community. So I don’t think that’s going to be an issue getting that done. I think when we bring in Mr. Myers and get him up to speed. We can look at the facilities and improve them as needed, but I think the playground needs to be a priority.”