|3/19/2020 2:48:00 PM|
Franconia Township seats Sparby
The 162nd Annual Franconia Township meeting was held Tuesday, March 10 at Franconia Town Hall.
Sonny Sparby was elected as one of the Franconia Town Supervisors for a 3-year term. Sparby received all 59 votes cast. Sparby won the seat formerly held by Kevin Rochel.
Starsha Froberg was re-elected to a two year position as Town Clerk. Froberg received all 56 votes cast.
Township residents also approved, voting 44-14, to make the Town Clerk position an appointed position starting in 2022.
In 2019, Franconia Township incurred about $500,000 in unexpected expenses to repair township roads damaged during the winter of 2018-2019. To replenish the township coffers in order to be prepared for future unexpected expenses; at a special meeting in November 2019 township residents voted to increase the 2020 township levy $150,000, from $720,000 to $870,000.
During this year’s town meeting, the residents nearly unanimously voted to approve an $870,000 levy for 2021, with the additional $150,000 again intended to help replenish the township’s coffers.
Construction of a new town hall sometime in the next few years was discussed.
The current town hall has no public bathroom facilities and is a cramped space for holding activities, including elections. The new town hall will likely be built at the current location. $27,000 was set aside in the New Town Hall Fund as of the end of the 2019. The 2021 levy includes an additional $50,000 for the fund. According to town supervisors, the new town hall would probably be a pole barn-type of structure and will likely cost under $150,000.
The Township received a state Historical Society grant of $9,999 toward research and publishing of a book about the township, which makes the total funds available for the book at $12,600. There has been $2,000 paid to the author.
The book was conceived of in 2007, during the township sesquicentennial celebration, and work on the book was begun in 2009.
Ron Elfstrom, chief of the Shafer-Franconia Fire Department, made a plea for more residents of Franconia Township to join the fire department. Currently, only two of the firefighters (including Elfstrom) are from Franconia – the rest are from Shafer.