The Franklin General Authority is moving forward with its fluoride mini-grant program following the termination of fluoridation services citywide in June.

Authority chair Anne Rudegeair presented the targeted mini-grant idea at the board's Tuesday meeting. Various organizations including, daycare centers and churches could apply for grant funds of up to $1,000 per nonprofit organization.

The funds could be used both to provide fluoride and dental education for children and pregnant women, Rudegeair said. Interested organizations would need to submit proposals to the General Authority including, how they would utilize the funds and their respective medical expertise regarding fluoride.

"I think it shows a good faith effort on our part," said authority member Tim Dunkle regarding the grants.

In other news, the authority approved a $17,086 contract with National Pump and Process of Aurora, Ohio to replace a sludge pump at the wastewater treatment plant.

Installation will be complete by Whalen Construction of Franklin in an amount not to exceed $9,000.

Other business

- All water line replacements have been completed for the year. Replacements occurred on Fox Street, Cedar Street from Park to Fox streets, Park Street from Maple to Second streets, North Front Street from Rocky Grove to Fern avenues, 12th Street from Eagle to Sassafras streets, the 1100 block of Elm Street, and Fifth Street from Buffalo to Liberty streets.

- Work on two city tanks on Oak Hill is almost complete.

The tanks underwent inspection and repainting earlier this year. The job will be complete following a $2,500 landscaping project and some minor repairs, said city engineer Al Wodzianski.

Two city tanks above the Elk Street extension were also part of the project, and work will likely be completed this year or next.

- Work should be complete by the end of the month on the new computer system at the wastewater treatment plant.

The system utilizes the fiber optic network and offers improved control over the treatment plant.

- The authority is continuing to look into the integration of a Public Alert and Warning System that would allow Franklin residents to be alerted via cell phone of severe weather or citywide emergencies.

- Authority members will meet Oct. 17 to prepare their capital budget for the next several years.

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