Franklin Awarded Certificates of Achievement for
Excellence in Financial Reporting by GFOA
The City of Franklin, along with the Director of Finance & Treasurer Paul Rotzenberg, have been awarded Certificates of Achievement for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). The Certificates of Achievement represent the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. See attached GFOA News Release.
Franklin Seeks Representative for
Newly Created Tourism Commission
At their December 6, 2016 Meeting, the Franklin Common Council created a Tourism Commission to oversee tourism promotion and tourism development efforts. The 5-member Commission will be funded through room tax revenue collected from guests staying at local hotels and motels. A change in State law initiated the creation of the Commission and outlines the appropriate use of tourism related spending. Approved actions include marketing, information services, and development that will significantly be used by transient tourists and likely to generate paid overnight stays.
The Mayor seeks a Franklin citizen to fill a vacancy on the Commission. The ideal candidate has some expertise or interest in the fields of tourism, hospitality, marketing, and advertising. Interested candidates should complete the Volunteer Fact Sheet. The Director of Economic Development will provide staff support for the Tourism Commission. Questions may be directed to him at email@example.com or 414-425-4024.
Vacancies remain on other City Boards and Commissions, including the Personnel Committee and Civic Celebrations Commission. Citizen volunteers with expertise or interest in those fields are also encouraged to complete the Volunteer Fact Sheet.
Drug-Free Community Grant Application Scores High
5-Year Federal Grant Awarded to Franklin Area
Parents & Students United (FAPSU)
Franklin Area Parents and Students United (FAPSU) received a 5-year, $125,000 per year federal grant. A Drug-Free Community grant application was submitted in March and the City recently received a notice of award from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The City will serve as the grant fiscal agent. The purpose of the Drug-Free Community program is to prevent and reduce substance use among youth and establish collaboration among community organizations in support of drug-free communities throughout the United States. Franklin, a first time grant applicant, is one of 698 nationwide grantees including 12 in Wisconsin. The City's grant application priority score was 90 which helped secure the federal grant. Grant funds will allow a part-time grant employee to be hired and support the detailed work plan outlined in the grant application. For more information about FAPSU visit www.fapsu.org.
Ballpark Commons Development Proposal
Ballpark Commons is a proposed mixed-use development at and in the vicinity of the Rock Sports Complex located at 7900 Crystal Ridge Drive in the City of Franklin, Wisconsin. The project encompasses over 200 acres (including the existing Rock Sports Complex) and is expected to have a development value over $100 million. A public hearing regarding the proposed amendment to the City's CMP and consideration of the proposed amendment to PDD 37 and to the City's CMP occured as part of the April 4, 2016 Common Council Meeting. Click here for more detailed information, status updates, and actions related to this development proposal.