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You asked: Development coordinator: No plans to extend Stewart Drive

Published 1:36pm Saturday, August 25, 2012

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You asked: Does the city plan to expand Stewart Drive to the Walmart plaza?

FRANKLIN—There are no plans to extend Stewart Drive to the Walmart plaza.

Franklin Community Development Coordinator Donald Goodwin said the project was discussed to alleviate congestion on Armory Drive, but it’s not included in long-range plans.

“It definitely would be beneficial, but there’s not enough need to alleviate traffic yet,” he said. “It’s not a high priority.”

That’s because there’s no development beyond the end of Stewart Drive. Utility lines don’t go past Bailey Drive, he said. If the property between Stewart Drive and Walmart is developed, it would be a higher priority.

City Manager Randy Martin said drainage issues along Stewart Drive would complicate an extension to Walmart.

“It does open up a lot of undeveloped property, which Franklin doesn’t have a lot of,” Martin said.

Goodwin said the city is considering extending Council Drive to Clay Street and repaving Armory Drive.

  • DryRain

    @Sandman

    Community Development kind of evolved out of several departments over the years. It never was a real department back in the day. It used to be called Inspections which the Fire Chief Wagenbach used to oversee one man, Jasper Story. Mr. Story also worked for the Electric Department.

    It could be considered like the water department and waste water which fall under the Public Works Director.

    Community Development has been taking on more and more responsibilities over the past 20 years and although Donald Goodwin is the head of that department he was never actually considered a Department Head when he was hired on years ago. Now one of the more important responsibilities is long term community planning, along with code enforcements and compliance, building and electrical inspections and many other duties. If there were ever a department that should be given recognition for outstanding achievements it should be Community Development. Donald Goodwin has made the Community Development into what it is today.

    According to the City Personnel Manual, all department heads had to live within the City Limits; Police, Fire, Public Works, Electric, City Manager…

    Vince Holt, Mark Bly, Russ Pace, Phil Hardison and Randy Martin all had to move to Franklin in order to be hired. Mark Carr turned down the Chiefs job because he did not want to move to Franklin.

    Suggest Removal

    • SandMan

      Vince Holt, Mark Bly, Russ Pace, Phil Hardison and Randy Martin all had to move to Franklin in order to be hired. Mark Carr turned down the Chiefs job because he did not want to move to Franklin.

      All but one of those listed reside in Franklin. And that’s not the only/real reason Carr didn’t accept the Chief’s job!

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  • SandMan

    Isn’t Donald Goodwin one of those Dept. Heads not required to live within the City Limits? Did we ever get an answer to “who must” & “who doesn’t”? Or is that issue laid to rest?

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