Is it possible for a municipality to mess up not one but two holidays?
Just ask the city of Franklin.
Not to be outdone by how it screwed up the July 4th fireworks the city thought it would see what damage it could inflict on Halloween.
I’ve lived here 30 years. I recall a long time ago how it took our ingenious common council two consecutive monthly meetings to decide when to hold Trick or Treat. Folks, this isn’t rocket science. But we’re talking Franklin here. As my late father used to say, they could botch a one-car funeral.
In 2022 the council thought it would be a Jim-dandy idea to have Trick or Treat from 4-7pm on October 31st.
Problem: October 31 was a Monday.
Problem #2: October 31 was a full school day.
The folks at City Hall immediately began doing one of the few things they excel at: Patting each other on the back, telling themselves what a great job they did.
However, it didn’t take long before a certain word popped up that’s been part of recent city history:
Our common council is lacking in common sense. Like the kind expressed by a resident whose thoughts I posted here.
The council eventually changed the date to Sunday, October 30, in plenty of time to end before the Sunday night Packer game, with nary an apology from anyone in authority about how they could be so short-sighted.
And it shouldn’t have taken an ill-advised vote followed by a vote to reconsider and a vote to pick the better date to do what was right in the first place.
We close on a high note.
THE TOP 10 FRANKLIN STORIES OF 2022
4) TRICK OR TREAT? MORE TRICK THAN TREAT
5) A FIREWORKS FLOP
6) THE WALL THAT HEALS
7) SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER’S LONE FIGHT FOR COMMON SENSE
8) NEW SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT
9) FRANKLIN IS SAVING AMERICA WITH THE HELP OF…
10) THE STATE OF THE CITY
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