The foundation of an initial 100-Day Plan followed by five 200-Day Plans positioned the City well to project into the future where the accomplishments within our four cornerstones have evolved into quality of place and quality of life initiatives.
Quality of place are those tangible elements found in our Neighborhood Revitalization and Economic Development cornerstones such as housing, downtown facades, park enhancements, growing our population in strategic ways to attract young professionals to our community and investments in our road infrastructure.
Quality of life are those intangible elements – the ones you can’t visibly see, but are so important to the success of our City – found in our Communications and Citizen Voice cornerstones such as our intra-departmental work, new and expanded partnerships, City department teamwork and continuing to ensure residents who want to become involved have their ideas and voices heard.
Quality of Place (Neighborhood Revitalization and Economic Development)
Revitalizing Frankfort one block, one street, one house, one yard at a time
Frankfort is open for business
Utilizing a $40,000 grant from Indiana’s Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), downtown business leaders, stakeholders, Chamber, Main Street and City officials will create a Downtown Revitalization Study to address ways to improve, strengthen and promote the community’s downtown and, in turn, the City’s economic development opportunities and residents’ quality of place. The plan eventually will be taken to the City Council and Redevelopment Commission to find funding.
Ideas are in play for ways to make Frankfort’s downtown a day use and stay use attraction to help drive long-term success for the City overall. Potential examples include restoring an historic building in the downtown into a boutique hotel or theater.
501C3 land bank
City officials and community volunteers will study the creation of a 501C3 land bank to create action steps on high-risk abandoned homes and tax delinquent properties. The goal is to transfer these properties into a safe haven that will market these properties to credible investors so they can be rehabilitated and placed back on the market for sale.
Illegal conversions continue to be identified within the community. In line with the City’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan, the Building Services team plans to convert four of these illegal conversions to adhere to the Comp Plan and to continue the effort of revitalizing our neighborhoods.
Burned out homes
A renewed focus on burned out homes to ensure inspections are done and communication happens between the Fire Department and the Building Inspector regarding the fate of these structures to hold property owners accountable for the state of these properties and avoid people taking insurance money and leaving the community.
Design specifications and a competitive bidding process will lead to the renovation of Old Stoney within this Plan timeframe. The Board of Public Works and Safety and City Council will continue to oversee funds that need to be invested in this historic structure, while strictly adhering to the 2016 budget.
With a focus on creating a State Road 28 West Gateway as a roadway to promote community investment and land use, City officials are working with the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) on design of this state road. Plans include focusing on the creation of a visibly pleasing gateway keeping pedestrian safety in mind. City officials will advocate for a design allowing for walkability and connectivity to our historic downtown and other key community destinations. Leaders also will evaluate opportunities for the building of a recreational facility along this gateway to promote quality of place.
A Pavement Surface Evaluation and Rating (PASER) program will be used on all 84 miles of Frankfort’s roadways as part of the City’s 2016 comprehensive paving strategy. When anticipated additional road funds are awarded from the State, City officials will be ready to go with locations, timeframes and analytics behind which roads will be on this year’s paving schedule, as well as implementing less expensive measures to preserve our roadways.
With a $5,000 line item included in the City’s 2016 budget, the members of the Frankfort Future Leaders Advisory Council (FFLAC) will select an arts-related project to work on, including going through the bid process and carrying through with the implementation of the project. Citizens will be able to enjoy and interact with this piece of public art for decades to come. Our youth also will assist in the design and implementation of two new gateway signs to welcome visitors to Frankfort. FFLAC members will learn about leadership and the steps necessary to accomplish a successful project for the good of the community.
In a cooperative venture between City and Frankfort Community School officials, a new softball diamond will be built at the Frankfort Middle School athletic facility for tournament use and as a safe, recreational amenity for all to enjoy.
This annual multi-day event May 2-6, 2016 will engage community members in revitalizing various neighborhoods, parks and the downtown this spring. Full details will be available on the City’s Web site (www.frankfort-in.gov). Spring Clean will coincide with Operation Spring Clean Up where residents can drop off up to two pickup truck loads of all kinds of non-construction materials for free at the Street Department Monday – Saturday of that week.
As they did in 2015, firefighters will “adopt” Circle Park as their community improvement project in conjunction with OSCU Week, with firefighters working to clean up and repair various amenities within this City park on the day of the week it’s scheduled.
Special emphasis will be given by our code enforcement officials and police officers to parts of the City needing extra attention that are not meeting community standards.
With money budgeted in the 2016 City budget, restrooms at Lawrence Ferrell Park (Eastside), Luther Howe Park (Green Street) and TPA Park will be renovated and ready for use this summer.
Plans continue to fund the restoration of the historic drinking well fountain located at the west end of TPA Park at the bottom of the steps which were renovated with the generous financial support of the Clinton County Community Foundation.
The creation of a Law Enforcement Explorer Program as an initiative of the Boy Scouts of America to help develop future leaders of our community will give Frankfort youth the opportunity to learn about law enforcement as a possible career. In addition, they will get hands-on experience assisting officers at parades and other special events and learn valuable leadership skills. Participating in the Explorer Program can help develop future public safety servants as well as a wide variety of future community leaders.
Quality of Life (Communications and Citizen Voice)
A two-way street: listening, sharing
Operating from the consent of the governed
Continuing the administration’s partnership with Frankfort Community Schools, City officials and employees will visit and read to elementary students at Blue Ridge, Green Meadows and Suncrest Elementaries.
Following the success of last year’s Smoke Detector Blitz, firefighters again will team up with the Clinton County Chapter of the American Red Cross for a Smoke Alarm Blitz Community Involvement Day on Saturday, April 9. Targeting the north/east sections of the City, firefighters and volunteers’ goal is the installation of 1,000 alarms. Volunteers will be solicited from the City’s Neighbors Helping Neighbors Program, Farmer’s Bank employees, local churches and fire cadets. Rain date: April 23.
Applying a blitz of City services in a targeted approach to the northeast section of the City, the Neighborhood Connection Program will continue in 2016. Launched with a Police Department community meeting, services include street cleaning, clean up of parks in the area, public safety attention on fire hazards, speeding, criminal activity and interdepartmental (crossover) code enforcement will be a focus of this year’s blitz efforts. This program will start again May – July (Police community meeting in May, blitz of services through June, residents’ meeting with City officials in July).
The next Neighborhood Connection blitz will be scheduled for early fall with the same types of meetings and process.
The Every 15 Minute Drill will be conducted May 3 at FHS where the Grim Reaper will enter a classroom every 15 minutes and remove a previously selected student who volunteered to be chosen. Those students will have makeup applied and wear a t-shirt the rest of the day communicating a drunk driver kills someone every 15 minutes in the U.S.
Designed to demonstrate the dangers of drinking and driving as the prom nears, on May 5, firefighters will partner with FHS officials to simulate a car crash (10-50) and rescue. Police, Clinton County EMS, Clinton County Coroner’s Office, Life Line Helicopter and a local funeral home will be part of the event.
City officials will implement GPS/Zonar fleet management system to ensure efficiencies of snow routes, fuel usage, training of Street Department crews and best practices of equipment maintenance.
A bowl-a-thon open to the entire community will be done as a fundraiser benefitting the American Heart Association, in honor of the many Frankfort residents who deal with heart issues and those who have been lost to heart disease.
A Community Police Advisory Board will be formed with diverse representation of community members and stakeholders who will meet monthly with the Chief of Police. The Board will provide feedback, make recommendations and collaborate on ideas with police leadership to identify crime issues, strengthen relationships and understanding between the community and police while improving the overall quality of life for residents.
Focused on continual work performance improvements, firefighters will implement a strategy for deploying a new Work Performance Evaluation (WPE) involving the entire fire department. May 10 – 12 and August 23 – 25 will be the practice WPE to set critical performance factors. A healthier firefighting force, fewer injuries, firefighters more aware of areas needing improvement, possible insurance savings and increased camaraderie are the benefits and goals of this initiative.
Firefighters will continue their proactive work to conduct tours of downtown buildings and industrial sites to pre-plan firefighting efforts at these locations.
A national program, this summer event is designed to heighten awareness of crime and drug prevention, generate support of anti-crime programs, strengthen police and neighborhood partnerships and send a clear message to criminals that neighborhoods are organizing to provide better community crime fighting and enhanced living conditions.
City departments will continue to host various community meetings both for specific neighborhoods and the community overall during the course of this Plan’s timeframe.
City-County Leadership Summit
A sixth Leadership Summit will be hosted by Mayor McBarnes for Frankfort and Clinton County government, education and community leaders to bring them together and empower them to become more effective with communication and leadership skills.
Mayor’s Night Out and Mayor’s Afternoon Out events
Mayor McBarnes and department heads will continue to host Mayor’s Afternoon Out and Mayor’s Night Out events at various area businesses with the program consisting of City updates and a Q&A session with the audience.
Firefighters and police officers will continue their joint venture providing free home safety evaluations for residents 65 years and older to help these “young at heart” residents remain safe and secure.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Building Inspector Sam Payne and Street Superintendent Jason Forsythe will continue to lead the charge in visiting physically-challenged and senior residents’ homes to evaluate their exterior home repair needs and coordinate volunteers to help make the improvements.
NOTE: GRANT OPPORTUNITIES
Federal, state and regional grant opportunities will continue to be pursued for as many of the above-mentioned projects as possible.