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Common Council Meeting Minutes – Monday, February 27, 2017

The Common Council met in a regular meeting on February 27, 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. Judy Sheets then prayed. Upon roll call the following members were present:   Jim Moyer, Joe Palmer, Eric Woods, Clarence Warthan, Todd Corrie, Wanda Mitchell and Lewis Wheeler. Also present: Les Bergum, City Attorney and Judy Sheets, Clerk-Treasurer.

MINUTES:   The minutes for the February 13, 2017 regular meeting were presented. Clarence Warthan made a motion to approve the minutes from the February 13, 2017 regular meeting.  Joe Palmer seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote six “ayes” – Eric Woods, Wanda Mitchell, Joe Palmer, Clarence Warthan, Todd Corrie, Lewis Wheeler and one “abstain” – Jim Moyer were recorded.  Motion passed 6-1.

PUBLIC COMMENTS: There were no public comments

ORDINANCE 17-03:   AN ORDINANCE FURTHER AMENDING THE ORDINANCE SETTING SALARIES AND HOURLY WAGES FOR EMPLOYEES OF THE CITY OF FRANKFORT, INDIANA, FOR 2017. Jim Moyer made a motion to read Ordinance 17-03 by title only. Wanda Mitchell seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote seven ”ayes” were recorded. Motion passed. Ordinance 17-03 was read by title only. Judy Sheets stated that she was requesting to add an additional position for Clerk-Treasurer part-time at $12.00. Eric Woods made a motion to suspend the rules and pass Ordinance 17-03 on First, Second, and Third Reading. Jim Moyer seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote seven “ayes” were recorded. Motion passed 7-0. Todd Corrie made a motion to pass Ordinance 17-03 on the First, Second, and Third Reading. Clarence Warthan seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote seven “ayes” were recorded. Ordinance 17-03 passed on the First, Second, and Third Reading 7-0.

ORDINANCE 17-04:   AN ORDINANCE OF THE COMMON COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF FRANKFORT, INDIANA, AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF THE CITY OF FRANKFORT, INDIANA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT REVENUE BONDS, SERIES 2017 (IRON MEN PROJECT), AND THE USE OF THE PROCEEDS THEREOF TO SUPPORT IRON MEN PROJECT, AND AUTHORIZING OTHER ACTIONS IN RESPECT THERETO.

Mayor McBarnes introduced Branden Robbins of Reedy Financial. Branden presented a Financial Update and April Report Requirements for the City of Frankfort Redevelopment Commission. Branden talked about the TIF Allocation Area, the Redevelopment Commission, and the Iron Men Properties. Mayor McBarnes stated that the Iron Men Project will provide enormous potential and is a great opportunity. Mayor McBarnes stated that this is the largest private investment for the City. Mayor McBarnes introduced Joe Blake and Mike Sandry to present information on the Iron Men Project. Joe Blake presented a slide presentation on the Iron Men Project. Joe stated that it will be called the Nickel Plate Flats and that this is multi-family housing and is high quality downtown living. Mayor McBarnes stated that the City Plan Commission, Main Street, Historic Commission, and Utilities were involved in the Nickel Plate Flats. Discussion followed. Eric Woods made a motion to read Ordinance 17-04 by title only. Wanda Mitchell seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote seven “ayes” were recorded. Motion passed. Les Bergum stated that Adam Steuerwald of Barnes & Thornburg was present at the meeting to talk about the ordinance. Adam explained the bond ordinance. Josh Uitts, Clinton County Commissioner, stated that he felt that this is a great opportunity and is in support of the project. Wanda Mitchell made a motion to pass Ordinance 17-04 on the First Reading. Jim Moyer seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote six “ayes” Eric Woods, Wanda Mitchell, Joe Palmer, Clarence Warthan, Todd Corrie, Jim Moyer and one “nay” – Lewis Wheeler were recorded. Ordinance 17-04 passed on the First Reading 6-1.

RESOLUTION 17-02:   DECLARATORY RESOLUTION DESIGNATING AN ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION AREA. Jay Moore explained the resolution and stated that this area had been designated as an Economic Development Target Area in 1991. Jay stated that the Iron Men properties were requesting a 10 year abatement and that they had met with the Finance Committee. Jay explained the 10 year abatement.  Discussion followed. Jim Moyer made a motion to pass Resolution 17-02. Clarence Warthan seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote six “ayes” – Eric Woods, Wanda Mitchell, Joe Palmer, Clarence Warthan, Todd Corrie, Jim Moyer and one “nay” – Lewis Wheeler. Resolution 17-02 passed 6-1.

RESOLUTION 17-01:   A RESOLUTION DIRECTING TRANSFER OF APPROPRIATED FUNDS.   Mayor McBarnes stated that they are looking to go a new way with the cleaning and janitorial services for Old Stoney and he asked Jim Siegfried to speak about that. Jim stated that with the renovation of Old Stoney there is less maintenance and more cleaning to be done. Jim stated that they had looked into a professional Cleaning Service, MJV out of Lafayette. Jim stated that they would clean Old Stoney three times a week. If maintenance is needed then Kerry Harshbarger will be involved and that he can work for any City department, but he will be housed in the Police Department. Mayor McBarnes stated that Kerry will work out of the police department but will provide maintenance for all the City departments. Mayor McBarnes explained the transfer of $13.268 from Old Stoney Maintenance (Custodian) to Service Contracts to cover the cost of the cleaning service. Jim Siegfried stated that the cost will be $1695 per month for three cleanings per week. Eric Woods made a motion to pass Resolution 17-01. Todd Corrie seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote seven “ayes” were recorded. Resolution 17-01 passed 7-0.

OLD BUSINESS:   Northing reported.

NEW BUSINESS: Nothing reported.

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