Franklin County commissioners OK memo on courthouse renovations

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FARMINGTON — Franklin County commissioners Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding on renovating the Superior Court building.

The renovation is scheduled to start this week and includes carpeting and painting in the main court and other rooms at a cost of $29,200.

The cost will be split evenly by the county and the state.

According to Franklin County Treasurer Pam Prodan, the county also receives money from the U.S. Department of the Interior as compensation for having the Appalachian Trail run through the county. This fiscal year’s payment was $16,948. Commissioners accepted it unanimously Tuesday.

In other news, commissioners approved hiring Heidi Jordan as a part-time clerk in the Franklin County District Attorney’s Office and recognized new Communications Director Carold Folsom.

They also scheduled a workshop on tax increment financing, or TIF, for 9 a.m Aug. 2.

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Resident Richard Fotter of the Flagstaff Area Business Association board of directors expressed concern that not enough people are aware of meetings such as the TIF workshop.

“The general public who are interested in things like this, if the newspapers don’t cover it and put the agenda out there or they’re not on the list to get (the agenda), how are you going to get it out there?” Fotter said. “I don’t think enough people know this is happening.”

Franklin County Courthouse in Farmington. (Sun Journal file photo)

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