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Common Council Meeting Minutes – Monday, February 13, 2017

The Common Council met in a regular meeting on February 13, 2017 in the Council Chambers, 301 East Clinton Street, Frankfort, Indiana at 7:00 PM and the following action was taken:

Mayor Chris McBarnes called the meeting to order, and led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance. Clarence Warthan then prayed. Upon roll call the following members were present:   Joe Palmer, Eric Woods, Clarence Warthan, Todd Corrie, Wanda Mitchell and Lewis Wheeler. Also present: Judy Sheets, Clerk-Treasurer.   Absent: Jim Moyer and Les Bergum, City Attorney.

MINUTES:   The minutes for the January 23, 2017 regular meeting were presented. Clarence Warthan made a motion to approve the minutes from the January 23, 2017 regular meeting.  Lewis Wheeler seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded.  Motion passed 6-0.

PUBLIC COMMENTS: There were no public comments

ORDINANCE 17-02:   AN ORDINANCE REESTABLISHING TERMS OF MEMBERS OF FRANKFORT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION. Eric Woods made a motion to read Ordinance 17-02 by title only. Joe Palmer seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded. Motion passed. Ordinance 17-02 was read by title only. Mayor McBarnes explained the ordinance and stated that it will reconstruct the terms of the commission. It will be a five member board with one being appointed by the City Council, one appointed by the County Council, and three appointed by the Mayor. Les Bergum had asked that the Council consider passing this on all three readings. Joe Palmer made a motion to suspend the rules and pass Ordinance 17-02 on the First, Second, and Third Reading. Wanda Mitchell seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded. Motion passed. Joe Palmer made a motion to pass Ordinance 17-02 on the First, Second, and Third Reading. Todd Corrie seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded. Ordinance 17-02 passed on the First, Second, and Third Reading.

There was discussion on who would be the City Council appointment to the Economic Development Commission. Joe Palmer made a motion to nominate Wanda Mitchell as the Council appointment to the Economic Development. Todd Corrie seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote five “ayes” – Eric Woods, Joe Palmer, Clarence Warthan, Todd Corrie, Lewis Wheeler, and one “abstain” – Wanda Mitchell. Motion passed.

OLD BUSINESS:   Eric Woods stated that he had met with Nancy Elsea and Jim Tate of the Clinton County Humane Society and that they had discussed Chapter 90 of the local code that is the Animal Ordinance. Eric stated that they talked about the size and requirements of a kennel, the length of a chain and to allow and define the Humane Society officer’s authority. Eric stated that this ordinance was last mended in 2008.

NEW BUSINESS:   Mayor McBarnes introduced Jack Dodd, the new Human Resource Director for the City. Jack provided the Council with information about himself.   Wanda Mitchell, Todd Corrie, Lewis Wheeler, Joe Palmer and Judy Sheets commented on the hiring of Jack Todd as Human Resource Director and how pleased they were to have him as the Human Resource Director.

Mayor McBarnes stated that he had met with Jason Wilhoite and Fred Carter of the PEP Committee along with Karen Gregerson, President of the Farmers Bank and discussed the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis. Karen Gregerson presented information on the Neighborhood Impact Program (NIP) and Accessibility Modification Program (AMP). Karen asked the City to allocate funds for this program. The City would fund a part-time position to work with the people who would qualify for the program. Mayor McBarnes stated that he would like to have two or three candidates for the program this year and the key will be to find the right person for the part-time position. Mayor McBarnes stated that in EDIT there is $70,000 for Unsafe Properties and that he would like to use $20,000 of this for the SHARP program. Mayor McBarnes stated that he had talked with Sam Payne and he felt that $50,000 would be enough in the Unsafe Properties. Karen Gregerson stated that she would recommend both the NIP and AMP program but it would be up to the Council. Eric Woods made a motion to establish the Frankfort SHARP Program and to transfer $20,000 from the Unsafe Properties in EDIT to the Frankfort SHARP line. Wanda Mitchell seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded. Motion passed.

Rick Gunyon presented information on the Excellent Cultures program and asked that the Council request that Joe Root and he go to this training. Todd Corrie stated that he fully supported this. Wanda Mitchell and Eric Woods stated that they supported this. Discussion followed. Mayor McBarnes stated that he stands beside the Council on this and that he would ask his appointees to attend. Todd Corrie made a motion to approve the two Council appointees to the USB to attend the Excellent Culture Program. Wanda Mitchell seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded. Motion passed.

Eric Woods stated that union contracts for the utilities is a couple of months out and that he would recommend that all five Utility Service Board members are involved. Mike Kelley spoke about the negotiations. Eric Woods made a motion that the Council give a nonbinding recommendation to the Utility Service Board that the union negotiations be handled by all five members of the board. Clarence Warthan seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded. Motion passed.

ADJOURNMENT:   There being no further business to come before the Council, Joe Palmer made a motion to adjourn. Clarence Warthan seconded the motion. Mayor McBarnes adjourned the meeting.