Robert Swainston, Boyd Burbank, and Dirk Bowles, Franklin County Commissioners, were all in attendance at the May 8 Franklin Council meeting. Randy Henrie, Franklin Co. Building Inspector took the floor to present the new plans for renovating the 80-year-old county courthouse. After exposing the existing outdated plumbing and wiring, not to mention water damage the courthouse currently suffers, Henrie laid out the design for the new wing and upgrades for the existing facility. 

The commissioners said that if they resort to government grants, the estimated cost will nearly triple. As they pointed out, $40 would be the average cost per year for the county taxpayers to cover the 30-year bond to finance the building. It is their goal to educate voters and be transparent in their efforts before the election in November, offering county residents the opportunity to vote on the $2.9 million bond. 

A business license was also approved for Jolynne Olsen of Five-O-Construction, LLC to move ahead with her family’s asphalt patching company in Franklin.