Carrabelle cooperates with Workforce

Carrabelle is using a state program to primp and polish around town.

At the Feb. 7 city meeting, Mayor Curley Messer announced that the city has hired six temporary employees under the Work Force Florida training program.

Under this plan, unemployed workers can receive up to six months training working 20 hours a week.

Work Force pays for the trainees’ salaries and they are covered by state workman’s compensation.

Messer said Joann white helped the city implement the program.

City Clerk Keisha Smith said, “Some of the trainees are employed in streets and roads, some in water and sewer and some are doing building maintenance at the municipal center. We’re using them for routine maintenance we can’t get to like painting and greasing fire hydrants.”

Messer said he intends to hire several more of the trainees.

Smith said everyone hired so far has been a Carrabelle resident.

She said that, in order to take advantage of the program, employers must have specific job descriptions and demonstrate the trainees work so many hours each week in prescribed tasks.

“Of course you have to take the time to train them,” she said, “but it’s worked out well, for Carrabelle. We’re getting free maintenance. I’d hire them all if I could.”

Messer said the city will continue to participate in the program for six months to a year.

Smith encouraged other employers to investigate the opportunity.

“Anybody that has a business can apply for workers,” she said, “and the state pays them. There’s plenty out there that need some jobs and they can’t work unless somebody hires them.”



Lose your keys on Sawyer Lane?

A large set of keys was found Saturday on Sawyer Lane in Apalachicola while the Tamara Marsh family was riding their golf cart down the alley? If they’re yours, then you can claim them at Coastal Foot & Ankle Clinic, 221 Avenue E, or call 653-3338.


Putnal family still needs help

The Putnal family who lost their home on Feb. 3 is still in need of a place to stay.

On Monday, Ann Putnal said she had paid for a hotel room for that night but was completely out of money. She said Franklin’s Promise has offered to help with rent if the family has been unable to find a suitable rental. She would appreciate all cash donations and any information about possible rental properties for herself, son Cody and husband Joseph. She said her son Mason is back in his trailer but seeking work.

If you can help, call 524 7424.


Library needs used books

Donations of books are needed for a fundraiser to benefit the Franklin County Public Libraries (FCPL).

On Saturday, Feb. 16, three good things are coming together: homemade soup, from-scratch bread, and cheap books. The Friends of the FCPL will hold a sale at Sea Oats Gallery on the island.

Right now, the friends are seeking books for the sale especially recent fiction of all genres, cookbooks and children's and young adult books. All books are welcome.

Take donations to the Eastpoint Library, 29 Island Drive; open Tuesday through Friday or Sea Oats Gallery, 128 E. Pine Drive, St. George Island during regular business hours.

Questions? Want to help? Contact Anna Carmichael at 370-6763.


Legislative delegation meeting Feb. 26

State Senator Bill Montford (D-Tallahassee) has announced the county’s legislative delegation meeting will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. in the county commission chambers.

The delegation is first meeting in Gulf County on the same day, starting at 5 p.m., and then coming to Franklin.


Elder care workshop planned

On Tuesday, March 5 at 1:30 p.m., following the regular county meeting, there will be a meeting to discuss services provided to the elderly in Franklin County. The purpose of the workshop will investigate duplication of services and costs in preparation for preparing the upcoming county budget.

Director of Administrative Services Alan Pierce said the Franklin County Senior Center; the Wakulla County Senior Center which provides Meals on Wheels in the eastern part of the county; the Apalachicola Senior Center; the Gulf County Senior Center which provides meals on wheels for the western part of the county; the Carrabelle food pantry and Franklin’s Promise will be invited to attend.

Other organizations wishing to attend or those wishing to suggest other participants should contact Pierce at 653-9783.


Study of county economy in progress

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) held an initial workshop in Franklin County on Jan. 24 to begin the process of collecting information on the county’s economy.

DEO has offered to provide funding for an economist/planning consultant to analyze the county’s economy and offer suggestions for how it might diversify. The DEO staff has provided Director of Administrative Services Alan Pierce with a list of work products they want a consultant to develop. DEO will provide the money to the county to hire the consultant.

On Tuesday, county commissioners voted unanimously to advertise for Request for Qualifications for a suitably qualified consultant. Before a consultant is hired the county commission will sign a contract with DEO to assure that funds are available to pay the consultant. DEO wants a most of the work products delivered before June 30.


No unemployment extension

At their Oct. 2 meeting, county commissioners asked Director of Administrative Services Alan Pierce to write a letter to the US Dept of Labor requesting a time extension for people to file for Disaster Unemployment Assistance based upon the damage that Tropical Storm Debbie did to the oyster bars.

On Tuesday, Pierce told commissioners the DOL has denied that request.



Bill may restrict municipal employees

At Tuesday’s meeting, County Attorney Michael Shuler told the board that a bill is proposed for the upcoming legislative session that would restrict and limit the ability of municipal employees to hold office as a county commissioner.

He said current county commissioners employed by a municipality will be grandfathered, but will be prevented from accepting any pay increases or job advancement.

Shuler described the details of the bill as “fairly draconian.” Commissioner Noah Lockley moved that the county write a letter opposing adoption of the bill. He was seconded by Commissioner William Massey and the motion passed unanimously.