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Board of Public Works Meeting Minutes – Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Board of Public Works and Safety met in a regular meeting on Wednesday, June 14, 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. Ken Estes, Jim Siegfried, John Large, John Kirby, Troy Bacon, Joel Tatum, Jason Forsythe, Jack Dodd, Les Bergum, Judy Sheets and Barbara Conner were present. Sam Payne was absent.

MINUTES: The minutes of the May 24, 2017 regular meeting were presented. Jim Siegfried  made the motion to accept the minutes as presented. Ken Estes seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.

PUBLIC COMMENTS: None

POLICE DEPARTMENT:  Troy Bacon, Police Chief, addressed the Board with an update on Wes Hickson involving an incident that happened on May 27 in Miami County.  There are 2 Resolutions to be considered: RESOLUTION 17-04: is placing Wesley Hickson on Administrative Leave with pay starting on June 15, 2017 and RESOLUTION 17-05: is placing Wesley Hickson on Administrative Leave without pay starting on June 15, 2017. Mayor McBarnes asked Les if he would read the 2 Resolutions. Les read both Resolutions. Chief Bacon told the Board that he recommended placing Wes on Administrative Leave without pay.

RESOLUTION 17-04 : A RESOLUTION PLACING DETECTIVE WESLEY N. HICKSON ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE .   Ken Estes made the motion to adopt Resolution 17-04 putting Wes on leave without pay. Jim Siegfried seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.

Chief Bacon gave an update on the Department’s calls. There have been 5,847 calls this year, which is down a little from last year. Out of those calls, there have been 1997stops 836 warnings and 500 tickets have been written. Arrests – 40% are drug arrests, which are up, crime arrests are down and theft arrests are up. Deputy Shoemaker is preparing for the 4th of July holiday. He is making plans on funneling people out of the park.

FIRE DEPARTMENT: John Kirby, Fire Chief said that he wants to change Lance Miller from a Probationary Fireman to a 1st class Fireman. As of May 24th, he completed his probation exams, EMT and District IV classes. He is a model Fireman. Jack Dodd told Chief Kirby that he would like to have copies of all of his test. Jim Siegfried made the motion to change Lance Miller from a Probationary Fireman to a 1st class Fireman. Ken Estes seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0. As of June 11th, Rick Ham has officially retired. The Fire Dept. has a Batallian Chief for B crew opening, so Chief Kirby said that he would like to promote Mike Henry to the Batallian Chief position. Ken Estes made the motion to promote Mike Henry to Batallian Chief for B crew. Jim Siegfried seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0. Chief Kirby stated this promotion will open a Captains position. He said that he would like to promote Josh Uitts from Lieutenant to Captain.   Jim Siegfried made the motion to promote Josh Uitts to Captain. Ken Estes seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0. Chief Kirby said that the department did the Mayday training with Central dispatch and did a mock training at EMA. They are going to be doing a night training in the basement of the Billing Office.

Jack Dodd spoke about the night he spent at the Fire Dept. They received the call about the fire at the Landfill around 9:00 p.m. He said it was amazing how Jeff Cline, chief on duty, went into action and took charge. There were 16 volunteer firefighters that showed up and off duty firemen came into the stations to man them.

Chief Kirby said he has talked to Shane about their server. With the server being 16 years old, it isn’t able to back up anymore. The quotes are as follows:

ACCS- $6,270.00 separate price for the network rack, rackmount plug strip and 1000 VA UPS – $1,900.00. Installation is not included with this price.

PROBYTE-$5,357.00, which includes installation.

Chief Kirby would like to take this out of Public Safety LOIT.   There was some discussion as to where to pay this out of. Jim Siegfried made the motion to accept the bid from Probyte and to pay it out of Public Safety LOIT. Ken Estes seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.

PARKS DEPARTMENT: Park Superintendent, Joel Tatum, said that he has several Fixed Assets that are going to the City Auction and he wants them removed. They are : Bunn coffee maker, office chair, wooden office chair, blue executive chair, blower, Tappan Electric Range, Scottsman Ice Bin, Deskjet 2050 printer, Brother Intellifax 2820, DeWalt Bench Grinder, Echo Weed eater, STIHL Weed eater and a copy machine. Ken Estes made the motion to accept the removal of the fixed assets. Jim Siegfried seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0. The first movie night at the Park will be Friday night around 9 or 9:30. The movie Ping will be showing. The first movie night was originally scheduled in May, but it got rained out. The second movie night will be Friday June 23. Monster trucks will be showing.   Joel said the department has been preparing for the 4th of July. They have 21 booths. Large Sound Music will be playing, Hunter Smith will be playing from 6-9:00. The pool slide is running and it will be open to the public tomorrow the 15th. There was discussion on what Joel was going to put where the fountain was and how nice the Golf Course is.

STREET DEPARTMENT: Street Superintendent, Jason Forsythe, has been preparing bid package for the Street Paving. Jason has listed 22 streets that he is wanting paved. There is a possibility of 9 different roads being rejuvenated. The roads that were being considered for rejuvenating have already been tested to see if they can be. Mayor McBarnes thanked Jason and Les for their time in putting this together. The request for quotes, it will be advertised on 6-14 and 6-21 and the bids will be opened at 2:00 on 6-28. Ken Estes made the motion to approve the roads for paving and rejuvenating. Jim Siegfried seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0. Jason said that he has some fixed assets that will be going to the City Auction and they will need to be removed. They are as follows: Golf Ball retriever, Top Dresser Olathe model 23, Olathe model 61 blower, SDI Pesticide sprayer, Cub Cadet, 2 grass seeders, Utility trailer, Ford Backhoe 1974, Grader Blade, Single axle tilt trailer, Hog Roaster/gas, 2 Control boxes, mid 90’s Boss Plow, John Deere Bush Hog Mower, Ransomes Green’s Mower & Conditioner, Sprinkler Control boxes with controls, Power supply box for sprinkler system. Jim Siegfried made the motion to accept the removal of the fixed assets. Ken Estes seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0. Jason said he has been talking to Shane about a couple of new computers. He thinks he will be able to get them for around $1,000.00. He would like to pay for these out of MVH Supplies. Mayor McBarnes gave him verbal permission to move forward with the computers. They are getting started on the alleys.

BUILDING INSPECTOR: John Large, gave an update on property at 355-357 S. Clay St and 401-403 S. Jackson. He states that they are going to continue monitoring them. Pedro Carreno at 408 S. Sixth St. would like to have a 90 day extension. He has already been given one extension, but due to circumstances out of his control, he hasn’t been able to get the property done. Ken Estes made the motion per John’s recommendation to grant a 90 day extension for 408 S. Sixth St. Jim Siegfried seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.

HUMAN RESOURCES: Jack Dodd, is working on a contract with Cintas for supplies. Jack also mentioned that Shannon will be going on leave soon.

ATTORNEY:  Les Bergum, Nothing

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: None

NEW BUSINESS: Jim Siegfried announced that there would be a Fountain dedication on June 24th at 10:00.

CLAIMS: Claims were presented. Ken Estes made a motion to approve the claims as presented. Jim Siegfried seconded the motion. Motion passed 3-0. The claim docket was signed.

ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business to come before the board Mayor Chris McBarnes adjourned the meeting.