By MyFM's Rick Michaels - The Franklin Town Council met last night and gave residents an update on COVID-19 thanking the town departments and employees for their work during this crisis and then decided the Council needed more time to review proposed rate hikes for water, sewer and trash/recycle that could lead to some serious consequences. Council Members discussed a reverse 9-1-1 message to residents to go out today, to provide the latest COVID-19 news relating to Franklin and beginning at noon today, town employees will not be in any town buildings, which had already been closed to the public. The Council also discussed at length a water rate increase tied to an $11-12 million dollar project underway, to pay for a water treatment plant and two wells. Town Administrator Jamie Hellen warned councilors, not approving the fee hike, could lead to the defaulting on the contract for the work. Town Councilor Matt Kelly was the first to object to the increase wanting more information saying the last increase was just two years ago. Hellen then saying this fee and fees hikes for sewer and trash are all critical and necessary and advised to not wait to act on them however the Council decided unanimously, to push the fees to the next meeting in April.