The Board of Public Works and Safety met in a regular meeting on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 2:00 PM in the Council Chamber, 301 East Clinton Street, Frankfort, Indiana. 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. Jim Siegfried, Sam Payne, John Kirby, Troy Bacon, Joel Tatum, Jack Dodd, Les Bergum and Judy Sheets were present. Ken Estes was absent.
MINUTES: Jim Siegfried made a motion to accept the minutes from the regular meeting on March 22, 2017. Mayor Chris McBarnes seconded the motion. Motion passed 2-0.
PUBLIC COMMENTS: There were no comments.
POLICE DEPARTMENT: Police Chief, Troy Bacon, gave an update on the three SUV’s recently purchased. The three vehicles are ready to be picked up, and should be ready to get lights installed by next week. Troy Bacon then stated that officer Corey Cronk had turned in his resignation. Human resource director, Jack Dodd, will be taking care of Officer Cronk’s resignation procedure.
FIRE DEPARTMENT: John Kirby gave the board a brief summary of Battle of the Badges, stating that the Police Department won the game. They also raised $2,295. There are 16 applicants still eligible who need to go through further testing. John Kirby also mentioned that they are working on cleaning up the fire stations. Jack Dodd thanked John Kirby for letting him spend the night at one of the fire stations to learn more about the job. A letter to CSF Industries was sent for a grant. The fire department received $4,050 in donations. The donation will be used to cover the cost of three thermal imaging cameras. Mayor Chris McBarnes thanked CSF Industries for their support.
PARKS DEPARTMENT: Joel Tatum informed the board that they had received the purchase order regarding the aviary renovation. Jim Siegfried made a motion to approve the purchase of 30- 25 ft. poles and 8- 30 ft. poles for a total cost of $28,402. Mayor Chris McBarnes seconded the motion. Motion carried 2-0. Joel Tatum stated that the schedule for Summer Nights has been completed, and letters have been sent out to sponsors. The Frankfort High School donated a painting, from the 1950’s, of the log cabin in the park. The painting is now located at the park’s office. Joel Tatum said that they are ready to start hiring zoo keepers for the summer. Jack Dodd commented that local background checks are not enough, and he will be looking into increasing background checks.
STREET DEPARTMENT: Jason Forsythe stated that the two full time employee candidates have passed their drug testing. Jim Siegfried made a motion to approve the hiring of the two individuals with a start date of April 17, 2017. Mayor Chris McBarnes seconded the motion. Motion carried 2-0. Two part time employees are pending. Jason Forsythe will be meeting with Vectren and Miller’s Pipeline to discuss the alley work downtown. RSBCC inspected oil containers, drains, and gas tanks. The street department passed the inspection. Clinton Street alley will have to be closed. Jim Siegfried made a motion to allow the street department to have the alley closed at the discretion of the street superintendent. Mayor Chris McBarnes seconded the motion. Motions carried 2-0.
BUILDING INSPECTOR: Sam Payne asked the board to give a permit extension to Tobias Cortes of 351 S. Second Street. Mayor Chris McBarnes made a motion to extend the permit for 90 days. Jim Siegfried seconded the motion. Motion carried 2-0. Sam Payne stated that so far the Building Inspector’s office has had 60 building permits, 3 sign permits, 2 street cuts, and one MS4. There are also 42 parking spaces that have been rented out. Sam Payne is waiting to hear back from Brian Ridenour in regard to the demolition contract of Creekside building. Jim Siegfried made a motion to waive the fees for the airport expansion. Mayor Chris McBarnes seconded the motion. Motion carried 2-0.
ATTORNEY: Les Bergum informed the board that Hearing Authority will be sending out a notice regarding 710 S. Second Street demolition. A bid for 50/50 sidewalk was opened. Jim Michael Construction gave a bid of $7 per square foot. Mayor Chris McBarnes made a motion to table the bid. Jim Siegfried seconded the motion. Motion carried 2-0. Jim Siegfried received a bid from Aaron Congelton to continue his service for the Neighborhood Center. Mayor Chris McBarnes made a motion to accept the bid pending an agreement. Jim Siegfried seconded the motion. Motion carried 2-0.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS: Nothing to finish.
NEW BUSINESS: Nothing new.
CLAIMS: Claims were presented. Jim Siegfried made a motion to approve the claims as presented. Mayor Chris McBarnes seconded the motion. Motion passed 2-0. The claim docket was signed.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business to come before the board Mayor Chris McBarnes adjourned the meeting.