The Board of Public Works and Safety met in a regular meeting on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 2:00 PM in the Council Chamber, 301 East Clinton Street, Frankfort, Indiana. The following action was taken.
Mayor McBarnes called the meeting to order and led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance. Ken Estes then prayed. Ken Estes, Jim Siegfried, Sam Payne John Kirby, Troy Bacon, Brittany Parker, Barbara Conner and Jack Dodd were present. Absent: Les Bergum, Judy Sheets and Joel Tatum.
MINUTES: The minutes of the February 22, 2017 regular meeting were presented. Ken Estes made a motion to approve the minutes. Jim Siegfried seconded the motion. Motion passed 3-0.
PUBLIC COMMENTS: Joe Root spoke to the Board against them wanting to make Burlington Ave. no parking along the street. Joe contacted the police department and said from Jan. 1, 2015 to March 7, 2017 there have only been 3 accidents. There was discussion between the board and Joe on this. On another note, Joe Root being the President of the Clinton County Historical Society, does not want the cleaning company to have a key to the Historical Society. Mayor McBarnes said they would not get a key to the Historical Society.
POLICE DEPARTMENT: Troy Bacon, Police Chief, gave an update on the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute grant. There is 1 DUI arrest every 7 hours. Since Oct. 2016, there have been 11 misdemeanors and 106 tickets given out. This is paid by Grant money. The police statistics are as follows: 56 arrests, 820 stops, 194 tickets and 320 warnings. Chief Bacon said that he had the Custodian job description change. There was discussion that followed. The Board agreed that the Police Dept. would be the number one dept., then it would be Old Stoney and third it would be anybody else that needed to use him. Jim Siegfried made the motion to approve the new job description. Ken Estes seconded the motion. Motion passed 3-0.
FIRE DEPARTMENT: John Kirby, Fire Chief; gave an update on the Fire safety fundraiser stating they have raised $3,100.00 so far by sending out letters. Chief Kirby sent a letter to CF Industries to try to receive grant money from them for thermal imaging cameras. He presented a new Apex Security proposal. After speaking with Chief Bacon, Chief Kirby would like to see about having storage for at least 190 days, because of Tort claims. Mayor McBarnes mentioned to Chief Kirby to come back to the next meeting. The purchase of these will come out of Building Repair Maintenance. The Fire and Police Departments have been putting on The Battle of the Badges for 5 years now. So far, they have raised over $16,000.00. This year the Battle of the Badges will be April 8th at 1:00 at Rossville High School. Frankfort High School Gym will be closed for repairs. The women will play at 6:00 and the men at 7:30. Last year they gave out $4,000.00 in scholarships to county basketball player seniors. Chief Kirby said that they are starting the application process. April 9th will be the written and agility test. He mentioned that Jack Dodd will be going over the test.
PARKS DEPARTMENT: Brittany Parker, Parks Working Supervisor, mentioned that they have been refurbishing their playground equipment. They are painting and redoing a teeter totter at Circle Park. East side Park, they are working on electricity and plumbing. TPA Park, they are painting and working on the Utilities. They are also removing tree stumps around the petting zoo and throughout the park. She is pleased to announce that they have finished taking all the Christmas lights down and putting them back in storage. They purchased 700 LED lights through donations. Mayor McBarnes said they were going to table the Park restrooms bids Phase 2. Mayor McBarnes mentioned to Brittany that the Golf Course would be open next week. Brittany said the students from the Crossing are there from 12:30-3:00 working.
STREET DEPARTMENT: Jason Forsythe, Superintendant, mentioned that he had attended Road school the last 2 days. Jason mentioned that he was impressed with rejuve tech. He would like to have Ryan Cannon from Avon come in April to speak to the board. A 7 road that has been rejuvenated can be extended 7 years. It is a more cost effective way of doing the roads. Mayor McBarnes wants Jason to put together a game plan for the CMCG 80/20 match. Jason mentioned that the Street Dept employees pick up trash and there are a lot of walkers on Burlington Ave. The residents were in favor of making the street no parking. The people that park on the west side of the street live on the east side of the street. Jim Siegfried mentioned that he was concerned with the no parking signs, because of birthday parties, Christmas, and thinks people would speed more. Ken Estes is concerned about the speed. Mayor McBarnes suggested that they leave Burlington Ave. the way it is. On E. Armstrong St., they are wanting to put no parking signs on the South side of creek to Clay St. Jim Siegfried made a motion to put no parking signs on the south side of creek to Clay St. There was some discussion on this. Ken Estes seconded the motion. Motion passed 3-0.
BUILDING INSPECTOR: Sam Payne, Building Inspector; and Kevin Catron have been working on 257 Blinn Ave. Sam is supposed to send a report to Les Bergum and Judge Kathy Smith. The RDC approved façade grants for John Virtue and Fred Myers. They awarded the demolition of Creekside and Mary Lou’s Building to Bryan Ridenour. Sam mentioned that his computers are up.
HUMAN RESOURCES: Jack Dodd has been busy with people in and out of his office and working on projects.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS: Mayor McBarnes said that the Neighborhood Bids are going to be extended another 2 weeks.
NEW BUSINESS: Dispose 4 lights and donate to the Primero Iglesia Bautista Church. Jim Siegfried made the motion to accept the Resolution Authorizing Disposal of Personal Property. Ken Estes seconded the motion. Motion passed 3-0.
CLAIMS: Claims were presented. Ken Estes made a motion to approve the claims as presented and Jim Siegfried seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0. The claim docket was signed.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business to come before the board, adjourned the meeting.