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VaNews for Franklin City

City fined $10K for sewage treatment violations

By STEPHEN FALESKI, Tidewater News

The City of Franklin will have to pay $10,431 in settlement to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality for violations of its wastewater treatment plant’s DEQ permit to discharge treated wastewater into the Blackwater River. According to City Manager R. Randy Martin, the violations for which the city was cited occurred in September 2014 during a walk-through by DEQ inspectors, all of which he said have since been corrected.

VaNews April 5, 2017

School board’s open-records request provokes supervisors

By CASEY FABRIS, Franklin News-Post

At least three Franklin County school board members were surprised to learn that the school division had sent an information request to the board of supervisors under the state open-records law, which they viewed as an adversarial move. School Board Chairman G.B. Washburn directed District Superintendent Mark Church in December to send a request under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act for requirements documents and feasibility studies for other county projects. ... Not all board members were aware that the request had been made. Some supervisors were upset by the request.

VaNews January 20, 2017

One month after all its members resigned, city of Franklin has a School Board again

By MIKE CONNORS , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

This small city west of Suffolk has a School Board again, about a month after every board member resigned. The City Council this week appointed five board members. Three are new: Rebecca Jester, Amy Leigh Phillips and Ron Rusnak. Two return after resigning in November: Andrea Hall-Leonard and Robert Holt. Two more appointments will be made soon, Kelvin Edwards, the school division's interim superintendent, said Wednesday in a news release.

VaNews December 15, 2016

City Council begins rebuilding school board

By STEPHEN FALESKI, Tidewater News

Franklin’s city council appointed three new school board members and reappointed former board members Dr. Andrea Hall-Leonard and Bob Holt at their regular scheduled council meeting on Monday. Hall-Leonard, the board’s former chairwoman, will represent ward three and Holt will once again represent ward six. J

VaNews December 15, 2016

Odd Franklin schools' situation continues, with superintendent out and now entire School Board gone.

By MIKE CONNORS , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

In an odd and perhaps unprecedented turn, this small city west of Suffolk will be without a School Board for at least a little while. It’s the latest development in a dispute between the City Council and school division over financial matters that has gone on for two weeks. The council asked all seven board members to resign, which they did.... “We are facing a situation that is unprecedented in the Commonwealth of Virginia,” interim Superintendent Kelvin Edwards said in a news release.

VaNews November 14, 2016

One question has halted the volunteer labor program for inmates in Suffolk

By VICTORIA BOURNE , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

Minimum security inmates from Western Tidewater Regional Jail have picked up roadside trash, cut grass and cleaned kennels at Suffolk’s animal shelter for about two decades. But that stopped three or four months ago when a question arose over who would be responsible if an inmate got hurt – not that anyone has, officials say. “I think we need a memorandum of understanding,” Superintendent William Smith recalled telling members of the jail’s overseeing authority, which is made up of representatives from the cities of Suffolk, Franklin and Isle of Wight County.

VaNews June 8, 2016

Franklin going back to paper voting


At Monday night’s meeting, Franklin City Council voted to update the voting equipment before the 2016 elections. The new equipment almost seems as a setback to some, as it requires voters to mark on paper, but it is in fact an upgrade and perhaps more reliable. Voter Registrar Jenifer Maynard said the current equipment would not have made it through all the upcoming elections, although that was her initial plan.

VaNews December 18, 2015

HRTPO to add representation for new localities

By AUSTIN BOGUES, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 1 article a month)

The Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization will discuss options to grant representation to Franklin, Surry and Southampton County Thursday on issues related to the new transportation funding bill. The localities will contribute taxes under the regional component of the funding, but currently don't have any representation on the board. A letter sent earlier this month from Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean T. Connaughton implores the board to take immediate action before the law goes into effect July 1.

VaNews April 18, 2013

VRE: Plans to further subsidize Amtrak tickets delayed

By KYTJA WEIR, Washington Examiner

Virginia Railway Express has missed a planned deadline for lowering the price of special tickets that encourage riders to take Amtrak instead of its crowded trains. The commuter train service had said it planned to lower the cost of its step-up tickets from $5 to $3 starting Dec. 1, but it sent an apology to riders on Monday saying it likely won't happen until at least Jan. 1.

VaNews December 4, 2012

Former police officer looks into collection of funds

By ANDREW FAISON, Tidewater News

A former Franklin police officer has taken legal steps to find out how much money the city has collected in restitution from primarily alcohol-related accidents that result in criminal charges. Sgt. Ronnie McClenny, who retired in 2009, filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the city manager’s office. A FOIA is filed to view public records when a government entity refuses to share them.

VaNews November 27, 2012