By JEAN CARTER
Citizen staff writer
FRANKLIN – Franklin city Mayor Jeremy Kimpton stepped down as mayor, to accept the position of Franklin city administrator, with councilman Todd Hawkes named as acting mayor. Kimpton will begin a 35 hour week position, which will change to a 40 hour week in a few weeks. The city created the administrator title to take some of the pressure from the city clerk’s work load. He will be responsible for reviewing grants, city work projects and other city related matters. Hawkes will remain as mayor until the next election process.
The bridge east of the railroad trestle on Parkinson road is needing repair, according to an inspection report from the Idaho department of roads and bridges. A $600,000 price tag has been quoted for the repairs, an expense the city is not able to meet at this time. The bridge is beginning to deteriorate in places, but at this time poses no safety hazards, said Hawkes. The problems are from the age of the bridge and is no threat to traffic.
A letter was sent to the DEQ requesting rent for storage of monitoring equipment by the city. The equipment is stored in a fenced in area, and the power cost of running the system is split between the city and DEQ.
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