Mike Kelley led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance. The USB Roll call was taken. Present were: Kent Brewer, Mike Kelley, Mike Reeder, Joe Root, Rick Gunyon and Leslie Valadez. The Board of Public Works roll call was taken. Present were: Mayor Chris McBarnes, Jim Siegfried and Ken Estes. Roll call for the Common Council was taken. Present were: Eric Woods, Wanda Mitchell, Joe Palmer Clarence Warthan, Todd Corrie, Lewis Wheeler, James Moyer and Barbara Conner.
The purpose for this meeting is to change the way the Utility System works. The USB is wanting to import changes and get input from the BOW and Common Council.
USB -RESOLUTION 2017-03-13-02: A RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING A GENERAL MANAGER POSITION. Rick Gunyon made a motion to pass Resolution 2017-03-13-02. Kent Brewer seconded the motion. Upon roll call USB RESOLUTION 2017-03-13-02 passed 5 “ayes”.
USB –RESOLUTION 2017-03-13-03: A RESOLUTION SETTING THE SALARY FOR THE GENERAL MANAGER. Upon roll call USB RESOLUTION 2017-03-13-03 PASSED 5 “ayes”.
Mayor McBarnes asked the Utility Board to announce the candidate for the position. Kent Brewer made the motion to accept Todd Corrie as the new Utility Manager. Rick Gunyon seconded the motion. Upon roll call Todd Corrie will be the new Utility Manager. Passed 5 “ayes”.
COUNCIL –RESOLUTION 17-03: A RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A GENERAL MANAGER POSITION OF THE FRANKFORT MUNICIPAL UTILITIES. Eric Woods made the motion to accept RESOLUTION 17-03. Clarence Warthan seconded the motion. Eric Woods started the discussion by saying he agrees that it is a good idea to change to a Utility Manager. Wanda Mitchell asked the USB if other communities were going this way. Kent Brewer said that Peru, Lebanon, Richmond are a few that have gone this way. Those communities have said that having a General Manager has made a smoother system. Mayor McBarnes asked Rick Gunyon to share his findings on salaries for a Utility Manager. There was more discussion that followed. Upon roll call RESOLUTION 17-03 PASSED – 6 “ayes” Todd Corrie “abstain”.
BOW –RESOLUTION 17-02: A RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A GENERAL MANAGER POSITION OF THE FRANKFORT MUNICIPAL UTILITIES. Jim Siegfried made the motion to accept Resolution 17-02. Ken Estes seconded the motion. Motion passed 3-0.
Mayor McBarnes supports Todd Corrie and from a business stand point, I believe this is a good decision. Todd Corrie said his last day on the Council will be on March 19th.
Todd Corrie stated that the Capacity charges by the Sewage and Water are very steep. It is holding back Economic Development at this point.
USB – RESOLUTION 2017-03-13-04: A RESOLUTION RECOMMENDING AN AMENDMENT TO WATER AND SEWER RATES TO ELIMINATE A SYSTEM CAPACITY CHARGE. Mike Reeder made the motion to accept the Resolution 2017-03-13-04. Kent Brewer seconded the motion. The USB recommends that the Council enacts an ordinance to eliminate the capacity charge and amend Ordinance PO 98-04 and also amend the Ordinance 2008-02. Upon roll call 5 “ayes”.
Mike Kelley said they have been without representation to the IMPA Board and would like to suggest Todd Corrie get named to that position. USB is recommending to the Council that they appoint Todd to that Board. Mike Reeder made a motion to recommend Todd Corrie to the IMPA Council. Kent Brewer seconded the motion. Upon roll call 4 “ayes” Rick Gunyon – Abstain.
COUNCIL – ORDINANCE 17-06: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING WATER AND SEWER RATES TO ELIMINATE A SYSTEM CAPACITY CHARGE. Joe Palmer made the motion to accept Ordinance 17-06 on the 1st reading. Wanda Mitchell seconded the motion. Upon Roll call 5 “ayes”. Tony DelReal was here to talk about the capacity fees. He said with those charges it would cost him around $200,000.00 on the property he is wanting to develop. These fees have had to hurt economic development. Upon roll call 7 “ayes”. Shan Sheridan spoke about the impact of the capacity charges with Tecton that did Frankfort Community schools renovation. At that time they were shocked at the fees they got into. An example is a 30,000 sq. ft. area would cost $134,934.55 while in Lafayette it would only be $1600.00.
Kent Brewer made the motion to adjourn the USB meeting.
Joe Palmer made the motion to adjourn the Council meeting.
Jim Siegfried made the motion to adjourn the BOW meeting. Ken Estes seconded the motion.