Group begins selling local merger initiative

By FRED LUCAS State Journal Staff Writer Published:

By FRED LUCAS

State Journal Staff Writer

Michael Davenport posed a simple question to an audience Wednesday.

"Is there an advantage to having two separate governments in our town?"

It's a question Davenport, a local developer and radio station owner, and Jamie Wigglesworth, president of Downtown Frankfort, Inc., tried to answer when speaking to about 50 people Wednesday at the weekly Rotary Club meeting.

The two are members of Urge to Merge, which is pushing for merging Frankfort's city government with Franklin County's government. The group already has come up with petition language, and a drive will begin Feb. 14. It will require the signatures of 3,433 voters, or 20 percent of those who voted in the last election.

Davenport said it could be written in the charter that no city or county employee would lose their job. He said as an example the county and city fire chiefs could head a unified department together.

For more on this story, see today's State Journal.

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