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Common Council Meeting Minutes – Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Common Council met in a regular meeting on April 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. Judy Sheets then prayed. Upon roll call the following members were present:   Joe Palmer, Eric Woods, Clarence Warthan, and Wanda Mitchell. Also present: Les Bergum, City Attorney and Judy Sheets, Clerk-Treasurer.   Absent: Lewis Wheeler. Jim Moyer arrived at the meeting at 7:50 PM

MINUTES:   The minutes for the March 27, 2017 regular meeting were presented. Joe Palmer made a motion to approve the minutes from the March 27, 2017 regular meeting. Wanda Mitchell seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote four “ayes” were recorded. Motion passed 4-0.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:   There were no public comments.

ORDINANCE 17-05:   AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 90 OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE CITY OF FRANKFORT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL CONTROL. Les Bergum stated that Ordinance 17-05 was tabled at the last meeting. Les stated that he had met with Eric Woods and then reworked the ordinance. Les stated that since Ordinance 17-05 had not gone through the first reading that we could just let it die. Les stated that it would then be replaced by Ordinance 17-07.   Les stated that Ordinance 17-07 is amending Chapter 90 relating to animals and allows the Executive Director of the Humane Society to delegate authority to enforce this.

ORDINANCE 17-07:   AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 90 OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE CITY OF FRANKFORT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL CONTROL. Eric Woods made a motion to read Ordinance 17-07 by title only. Joe Palmer seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote four “ayes” were recorded. Ordinance 17-07 was read by title only. Eric Woods made a motion to pass Ordinance 17-07 on the First Reading. Wanda Mitchell seconded the motion. Discussion followed by members of the Council. Eric Woods stated that he knew there was a problem with the temperature threshold, enclosure size, and tether length. Clarence Warthan stated his concern about the adequate shelter of 100 square feet and the temperature of no less than 32 degrees.   Eric Woods then rescinded his motion to pass Ordinance 17-07 on the First Reading. Clarence Warthan made a motion to table Ordinance 17-07. Eric Woods seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote four “ayes” were recorded. Ordinance 17-07 was tabled.

ORDINANCE 17-08:   AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 34.06 OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE CITY OF FRANKFORT RELATING TO CIVIL PENALTIES COLLECTED BY THE VIOLATIONS BUREAU.   Les Bergum stated that this is part two to amend CO 08-16C that created the violations bureau.   Les explained Page 2, (1) and (2), subsection 3which tells how the civil penalties collected through the Violation Bureau is to be divided. Joe Palmer made a motion to read Ordinance 17-08 by title only. Clarence Warthan seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote four “ayes” were recorded. Motion passed. Ordinance 17-08 was read by title only. Discussion followed and it was decided to table this since Ordinance 17-07 is tabled. Eric Woods made a motion to table Ordinance 17-08. Joe Palmer seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote four “ayes” were recorded. Ordinance 17-08 was tabled.

RESOLUTION 17-07:   RESOLUTION APPROVING APPLICATION FOR REAL PROPERTY TAX DEDUCTION IN AN ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION AREA. Jay Moore stated that this is a Public Hearing for the property tax abatement for Iron Men Nickel Plat Flat that will be in an allocation area. Jay stated that this is a 10 year abatement and is a 55% average. Jay stated that he has been working with the City and the Redevelopment Commission.

Mayor McBarnes recessed the Council meeting at 7:30 PM and opened the Public Hearing. There were no comments or concerns. Mayor McBarnes closed the Public Hearing at 7:32 PM and opened the Council meeting.

Eric Woods spoke about the abatement and stated that it was unanimously agreed upon by the Finance Committee. Wanda Mitchell made a motion to pass Resolution 17-07. Joe Palmer seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote four “ayes” were recorded. Resolution 17-07 passed.

RESOLUTION 17-08:   RESOLUTION APPROVING STATEMENTOF BENEFITS AND CONFIRMING DESIGNATION OF ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION AREA. Eric Woods made a motion to pass Resolution 17-08. Wanda Mitchell seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote four “ayes” were recorded. Resolution 17-08 passed.   Joe Palmer stated that he appreciated the work of the Finance Committee. Joe also stated that he would like to recognized Shan Sheridan and the Chamber of Commerce.

OLD BUSINESS:   Joe Palmer reported on Vectren and Miller Pipeline concerning the downtown businesses and what will happen with the gas lines. Mayor McBarnes stated that they will be working on a drainage issue downtown. Mayor McBarnes thanked Jim Siegfried for his work on the fountain at Old Stoney. There will be a dedication on June 24th of the fountain.

NEW BUSINESS: Jay Moore presented information on the Bankable Building and presented a CF-1 for Reichert Investments LLC for approval. Jay stated that 94% of the total investments for the improvements made from May to December of 2016 was spent at Frankfort or Clinton County small businesses. Discussion followed. Joe Palmer made a motion to approve the CF-1 for Reichert Investments LLC for the Bankable Building. Clarence Warthan seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote four “ayes” were recorded. Motion passed.

Joe Palmer stated that the police officers and drug task force have been very busy and are getting drugs off the streets. Police Chief Troy Bacon stated that crime is down and that drug arrest are up 83% from last year.

Jim Moyer arrived at the meeting at 7:50 PM

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

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