Mayor Appoints Glen Morrow as the City of Franklin's
New City Engineer/Director of Public Works
Mayor Steve Olson has submitted the name of Glen E. Morrow for confirmation as the City of Franklin’s new City Engineer/Director of Public Works to be effective Friday, October 31, 2014. The item is scheduled for action at the Common Council meeting of October 21, 2014.
Following Jack Bennett’s retirement, the Common Council authorized hiring an executive search firm to guide the City in a national search for a replacement. Over 35 applicants were received, which is a strong turnout for such a position. Following an extensive review and interview process, Mayor Olson selected Glen E. Morrow. Mr. Morrow comes from Indiana where he served as the City Engineer for the City of Greencastle from 2000 to 2007 and, since 2007, has been a Senior Project Manager for the Utility Infrastructure Sector at Burgess & Niple, an engineering consulting firm in Indianapolis. Glen’s extensive experience in sewer and water utilities and general municipal engineering combined to make him an ideal candidate for Franklin’s specific circumstances. Mayor Olson desired to find a candidate who sees “the big picture,” will function as a strong leader, and can be an innovative problem solver with strong communication skills. Mayor Olson noted that “The detailed process and my conversations with Glen make me confident that he is the right person to help move the City forward in this important position.” “I believe he will be a leader and an innovator and will serve the Council and citizens well,” explained Mayor Olson. In accordance with City Ordinances, the Mayor makes the appointment which then must be confirmed by the Common Council.
For additional information contact Mark Luberda, Director of Administration, at 414-858-1100 or at email@example.com or see the information contained in the Common Council meeting packet to be posted before the end of the day, Friday, October 17th.
Mayor's Recommended 2015 Budget
Total Municipal Property Tax Remains Frozen
At the September 23, 2014 Common Council meeting, Mayor Steve Olson released his 2015 City of Franklin Recommended Budget. The highlight of the budget is that the total municipal property tax remains frozen at the 2014 level. Freezing property taxes at the 2014 level accomplishes a primary operational goal for 2015. Therefore, with some growth in the City’s total property valuation due to new development, the average homeowner should receive a slight reduction in property taxes for municipal purposes. This is the second year in a row that the total municipal property tax levy remained unchanged.
A second operational accomplishment is a general refinement of individual budget line items to more accurately hit overall, yearend budget estimates. It remains the goal to continue to manage each year’s budget such that the yearend accounting results in a surplus; however, the Mayor’s 2015 Recommended Budget strives to narrow the margin so that the yearend balance does not result in a large surplus. The City has been very successful in finishing each recent year with a significant amount of new fund balance—an accomplishment reflective of the hard work and good judgment of department heads and staff. The Mayor acknowledged the department heads’ hard work in generating savings in the past and identifying cuts for 2015. The cuts that occurred to refine individual line items helped to absorb other uncontrollable costs and helped achieve the property tax freeze without cuts in service. Read More PowerPoint Budget Presentation