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200-Day Plan Monday, July 14, 2014 – Thursday, January 29, 2015

Each of these four cornerstone areas will be continuously monitored and evaluated with progress shared.

Neighborhood Revitalization

revitalizing Frankfort one block, one street, one house, one yard at a time

Housing Authority Board

In transparent communication with the City Council and with Board of Public Works oversight, the Mayor and Building Inspector will lead the effort to establish a Frankfort Housing Authority Board. With plans to create it within the Unsafe Building ordinance, the Board would hold homeowners and rental property owners more accountable for various housing issues, including demolitions, condemnations and improving blighted properties. Monies from the City’s Unsafe Building Fund would be utilized to demolish unsafe buildings.

Enhanced Recycling Program

doing a little is doing a lot

City officials will continue raising residents’ awareness of and participation in the City’s enhanced recycling program, with Recycle Man leading the charge to increase recycling totals to 700 tons of paper, plastic, metal, cardboard and glass by the end of 2014. A special effort will be made to get first timers on board, encouraging them to focus on the ease of recycling cardboard: get on BOARD; recycle cardBOARD.

Wildflower Prairie Patch

As a community beautification initiative, progress will continue at the site of the City’s first wildflower initiative at the intersection of Hoke Avenue and Walnut Street. Community members and civic groups will be encouraged to maintain the area (no planting). Wildflower Prairie Patch #2 on Washington Street east of Jackson Street and along Prairie Creek has been chosen as a second site with a collaborative effort between the City and County to transform and beautify that area.

New Fall Community Cleanup

A Fall community clean-up September 29 – October 4 will be implemented with the Street Department offering drop off days for residents to dispose of household trash and other large bulk items free of charge.

Sound Review Of Public Safety Facilities

Given the aging condition of both Police headquarters and the main and outlying fire stations, City officials will conduct a comprehensive review of Frankfort’s public safety facilities to then make recommendations for cost-effective plans for the future of these buildings.

Neighborhood Connection Program

As a focused neighborhood blitz initiative, City services will be applied in a targeted approach (on a given week or given day) to specific sections of the community in need of serious attention. These services will include code enforcement, street cleaning, public safety attention on fire hazards, speeding, criminal activity and clean up of parks in those areas. The opportunity to meet with City officials at an area-specific event (e.g. a cookout for area residents at Circle Park) will be provided.

Enhanced Relationship With County Planning Department

The Building Services Department team will work to further enhance the relationship with Clinton County Planning Department staff, including utilization of staff and the continuation of design compliance for new buildings.

Fire Department Station Beautification

Culminating in an October open house, various beautification efforts will be made at each of Frankfort’s three fire stations to ensure these facilities contribute to the overall appeal of the neighborhoods in which they reside.

Theft Prevention Campaign

In a focused effort to reduce thefts and increase Frankfort’s appeal as a safe community, Frankfort Police will spearhead an educational campaign to inform residents on how to protect their property and valuables.

Drug Activity Awareness Campaign

As another initiative to improve community safety, Frankfort Police will implement a drug awareness campaign designed to educate residents on the signs of drug activity in and around their neighborhoods and the steps to take to report suspected activity.

Spillman Pin Mapping Initiative

Utilizing the Department’s new Pin Mapping system, Frankfort Police will track crime trends in specific areas of the City and develop directed patrol projects to combat increasing trends. The information gained by the Spillman Pin Mapping will be shared with other City departments, such as code enforcement within the Building Services Department to deal with blighted properties that breed criminal activity.

Continued Branding Of TPA Park

Park officials will continue with the beautification and branding of TPA Park shelters and bathrooms to ensure they are painted uniformly.

Plant A Tree With The Lorax! Program

Utilizing the Plant a Tree with the Lorax! campaign from Dr. Seuss lore, Park officials will seek to partner with Frankfort elementary students to teach them about the importance of trees to our environment and society.

Stories 'Round The Campfire

When the Frost is on the Pumpkin by Hoosier James Whitcomb Riley and other stories and poems will be read around a campfire near the log cabin in TPA Park in October. Residents will be invited to attend, bring blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy the fire and fellowship while stories from the season are read aloud.

Horticulture Class

The Parks Department again will offer a popular horticulture class – this time in October – for interested youth and adults to learn more about plants, flowers and landscaping.

Christmas Craft Workshop At TPA Park

During the first week of December, the soup kitchen in the heated concession stand will become a free Christmas Craft Workshop. Holiday decorations and centerpiece demonstrations will be offered so residents can make their own for the holiday season. Multiple demonstrators will offer several unique holiday themed pieces and participants will have the chance to win door prizes.

Third Street Park Rain Garden

Each City department will continue to work with the City’s five-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) which serves as a short-range plan identifying capital projects and equipment purchases, as well as providing a timeframe for those projects and purchases and identification of financing options. Options for the TPA Park pool, such as a slide and diving boards and the Fire Department’s new rescue pumper are examples of what is in the CIP.

Community Infrastructure Program

Each City department will continue to work with the City’s five-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) which serves as a short-range plan identifying capital projects and equipment purchases, as well as providing a timeframe for those projects and purchases and identification of financing options. Options for the TPA Park pool, such as a slide and diving boards and the Fire Department’s new rescue pumper are examples of what is in the CIP.

Economic Development

Frankfort is open for business

Annexation To I-65

City officials working in tandem with City Councilors and the City’s Redevelopment Commission will explore options and steps to annex land, allowing Frankfort city boundaries to stretch out to I-65. Annexation will provide land for future economic development opportunities.

Firefighter Safety Program

Fire Department leadership will implement a Firefighter Safety Program including a focus on a Personal Protective Equipment Program, replacement of Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) items and implementing a department restructure with the scheduled early September 2014 arrival of the new rescue/pumper. The pumper will replace a fire engine and rescue truck, thereby providing the City with two vehicles in one.

Fire Explorer Program

Fire Department officials will investigate teaming up with the Boy Scout Explorer Program to implement a Fire Cadet Program.

Communications

a two way street: listening, sharing

2015 Police Citizens Academy

Police Department officials will begin planning and designing a new Police Citizens Academy, with the first class to be launched in March 2015.

Mayor's Community Conversation

A more informal version of the State of the City, a Mayor’s Community Conversation event will be held during the latter half of 2014 to update residents on the City’s progress.

Fire Prevention Week October 5 - 11, 2014

In addition to the Department’s annual activities during Fire Prevention Week, fire officials in partnership with the Building Services staff will host a fire awareness program for Frankfort’s Hispanic population to discuss the upcoming fire season. This meeting will be held at the Clinton County Boys & Girls Club with another meeting in November possibly held at the Neighborhood Center.

Strategic Comprehensive Communications

Every appropriate activity within this Plan will have accompanying promotions and communications behind it. A sampling of tactics follows:

  • City’s Web site continues to be updated nearly daily
  • news releases, news briefs, Facebook postings and media interviews will continue

Citizen Voice

operating from the consent of the governed

Rachel's Challenge - Youth Leadership Program

Rachel’s Challenge, a nationally-recognized youth motivational program will be held on Thursday, August 28 at Frankfort High School as a major piece of the City’s Youth Leadership initiative.

Community Meeting On Americans With Disabilities Plan

The Building Services Department team will host a community meeting on the City’s ADA Plan, with a specific focus of encouraging physically challenged residents to provide comments on the Plan.

Comprehensive Hispanic Community Meeting

One major Hispanic community meeting and Sunday afternoon pitch-in event will be scheduled, providing an opportunity for Building Services Department, Street Department, Police Department and Fire Department leaders to provide information on City services and answer questions.

Mayor's Night Out

Mayor McBarnes and his team of department heads will host two Mayor’s Night Out events at various area businesses with the program consisting of City updates and a Q&A session with the audience.

Note: Grant Opportunities

Federal, state and regional grant opportunities will continue to be pursued for as many of the above-mentioned projects as possible.