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McBarnes marks first 100 days of his administration

Mayor touts multiple successes in four cornerstones; State of the City forthcoming

Frankfort, IN – With today as his 100th day in office, Mayor Chris McBarnes reports numerous successes in each of his four cornerstones outlined in his 100-Day Plan.

According to McBarnes, details of each success will be outlined in his upcoming State of the City address scheduled for mid-May.

“Thanks to the hard work, innovation, caring commitment and ‘can do’ attitude of our Board of Works members, various appointees, department heads, staff and certainly the many residents who have worked with us, we have much to celebrate on behalf of our community. The collaborative spirit and leadership of our City Council, County officials as well as the engagement of our many local community agency partners are major catalysts in our accomplishments.

“We achieved a significant portion of my 100-Day Plan. Broken down into initiatives for my four cornerstones of neighborhood revitalization, economic development, communications and citizen voice, the Plan has been the guiding foundation for our dedicated efforts since January 1. Like all plans, this one served as our road map and will lead us to the creation of future plans.

“With more achievements on the immediate and long-term horizon, I want to thank everyone who continues to lend their time, talent and energies to the betterment of Frankfort. I encourage our residents and business owners who want to join our journey, to contact my office.

“It is all about pride, passion and progress and we have only just begun,” McBarnes said.

A snapshot of 25 major successes of the McBarnes administration’s first 100 days is below.

Neighborhood Revitalization

  • Complete Streets Program
  • Operation Spring Clean Up
  • Neighbors Helping Neighbors Program
  • first major infrastructure investment – new sidewalks leading to Suncrest Elementary
  • North Maish Road improvement project
  • “war” declared on alleyways
  • Safer Seniors Program
  • applied for Urban Waters Management Plan grant
  • applied for Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant

Economic Development

  • City and County planning departments to share resources at Old Stoney
  • meetings with various state agencies regarding grant opportunities
  • Frankfort Redevelopment Commission formed
  • initial stages of Economic Development Plan in the works with Phase I of Economic Development Area formed
  • applied for Planning Grant from Community Development Block Grant Program
  • six Industrial Park site visits

Communications

  • Police Department’s first community meeting
  • Leadership Summit with City and County leaders
  • more than 25 news releases distributed and Mayor and department heads’ regular WILO interviews
  • Mayor’s Facebook page established
  • Police Department’s Facebook page established

Citizen Voice

  • first Mayor’s Night Out event
  • weekly department head meetings
  • exploration of opportunities with Frankfort Community School officials
  • exploration of opportunities with and for area youth, including Latino students
  • diverse mayoral appointments to boards and commissions

McBarnes will unveil new plans for continued progress and additional successes as part of his State of the City presentation in May.

For questions or interview requests, contact Mayor McBarnes at 765-654-7332.