The Common Council met in a regular meeting on June 26, 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. Clarence Warthan then prayed. Upon roll call the following members were present: Jim Moyer, Eric Woods, Clarence Warthan, Wanda Mitchell, Lewis Wheeler and Steve Beardsley. Also present: Les Bergum, City Attorney and Judy Sheets, Clerk-Treasurer. Absent: Joe Palmer.
MINUTES: The minutes for the June 12, 2017 regular meeting were presented. Jim Moyer stated that under the Public Comments the word “plague” should be changed to “plaque”. Wanda Mitchell stated that on page two, the first paragraph, last sentence should be changed from “4-0” to “4-2”. Steve Beardsley made a motion to approve the minutes as corrected from the June 12, 2017 regular meeting. Lewis Wheeler seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote five “ayes” – Wanda Mitchell, Clarence Warthan, Steve Beardsley, Lewis Wheeler, Jim Moyer, and one “abstain – Eric Woods were recorded. Motion passed.
PUBLIC COMMENTS: Kevin Evans, Center Township Trustee presented information to the Council. Kevin stated that the Fire Contract for this year is $55,000 and next year it will go to $109,600 which will be for the fire truck lease. Kevin also stated that they will be putting a metal roof on the fire department and purchasing hoses. Kevin stated that the Center Township Trustee Office has moved to 6 South Main Street. Kevin stated that they oversee poverty and poor relief and that they have helped 20 families. Mayor McBarnes stated that they had also had a meeting about drug abuse. Kevin stated that Police Chief Troy Bacon was a part of that meeting. Kevin stated that they are also helping people to get their GED. Mayor McBarnes stated that on behalf of the City he would like to thank Kevin for taking care of the lease for the fire truck and they will now be able to replace all the air packs. Jim Moyer also thanked Kevin for this.
David Hussey stated that he wanted to talk about Ordinance 17-10 which amends Chapter 90 of the municipal code. David stated that he had gone to the Clerk-Treasurer’s office to get the information on this. David stated that it doesn’t necessarily affect him but that he would like for the Council to think about how it affects citizens. David stated that Ordinance 17-08 is about the Humane Society receiving some of the funding and he was concerned how it would be used. David stated that he had read Chapter 90 and some of this is redundant. David stated that some of this not being adhered to or enforced and the people who were supposed to be able to enforce were not aware of that. David stated that he would recommend to the Council that we try and enforce what we have now before making changes. David stated that our biggest problem is stray animals and this does not address that.
RESOLUTION 17-12: A RESOLUTION CEDING ZONING AUTHORITY TO CLINTON COUNTY, INDIANA, REGARDING SPECIFIC REAL ESTATE. Mayor McBarnes introduced Gary Noble of NHK Seating and Stan Smith. Mayor McBarnes asked that Les Bergum explain the resolution. Les stated that this is 12.86 acres of real estate on the west side of town. Les stated that a little over 2 acres is the City and a little over 10 acres is the County. Les stated that the purpose of this resolution is for the City to cede this over to the County. Les stated that this is currently owned by Bailey and that they will sell it to NHK Seating who will make valuable improvements to the real estate. Les stated that this has been discussed with the Area Plan. Jim Moyer stated that he has no problem with this, but the problem is it is on short notice. Les stated that they are still waiting on the county and Sam Payne to review. Lewis Wheeler stated that he has no problem with this but will abstain because it is too late to check with anybody on this. Gary Noble stated that NHK is hoping to close on the property on Wednesday. Mayor McBarnes stated that the 2.63 acres that is the City’s only development is landscaping and buffering. Les Bergum stated that the tax assessment still will be split between the City and County. Steve Beardsley made a motion to approve Resolution 17-12. Wanda Mitchell seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote five “ayes” – Eric Woods, Wanda Mitchell, Clarence Warthan, Steve Beardsley, Jim Moyer and one “abstain” – Lewis Wheeler. Motion passed 5 ayes – 1 abstain.
ORDINANCE 17-10: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 90 OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE CITY OF FRANKFORT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL CONTROL. Lewis Wheeler made a motion to take Ordinance 17-10 off the table. Clarence Warthan seconded the motion. Upon roll call six “ayes” were recorded. Motion passed. Eric Woods stated that at the Council’s request the committee of Lewis Wheeler, Clarence Warthan and he were asked to meet. Eric stated that they had spoken and that they would suggest the following changes: to strike on page 2, 1st paragraph, the last 2 sentences, and on page 2, 3(B), change from 12 feet to 10 feet. Eric stated that they could follow up on this at any time and suggested a one year review. Discussion followed. Lewis Wheeler stated that Eric Wood had put a lot of hours and work in this. Eric Woods stated that he did meet with Judge Beardsley and he felt that City Court could take care of this. Eric Woods made a motion to pass Ordinance 17-10 on the First Reading. Lewis Wheeler seconded the motion. Mayor McBarnes stated that this is passing the ordinance in the current form. Upon roll call vote five “ayes” – Eric Woods, Wanda Mitchell, Clarence Warthan, Lewis Wheeler, Jim Moyer and one “nay” – Steve Beardsley. Ordinance 17-10 passed on the First Reading 5 ayes-1 nay.
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. Eric Woods made a motion to take Ordinance 17-18 off the table. Clarence Warthan seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded. Motion passed. Eric Woods made a motion to pass Ordinance 17-08 on the First Reading. Steve Beardsley seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded. Ordinance 17-08 passed on the First Reading.
OLD BUSINESS: Eric Woods stated that the Council needs another representative on the Insurance Benefit Committee since Todd Corrie resigned. Eric stated that the committee would need some financial information. Mayor McBarnes stated that he had met with the department heads, and the Clerk-Treasurer and had gone over the numbers. Mayor McBarnes stated that the budget books would be ready by July 17th and that he would like to have a special meeting. Mayor McBarnes stated that as we currently have the budget set there is a 2% increase in health insurance with all the other projects. Mayor McBarnes stated that with the budget books ready on July 17th that would give the Council plenty of time to look it over and then have the all-day meetings in August. Mayor McBarnes stated that he would like to meet on July 17th at 6:00 PM if the Council is available. Eric stated that he would like to have it on the agenda for the next meeting to appoint the Insurance Benefit Committee council member. It was also brought up that the Council needs another appointment to the City Plan Commission. Lewis Wheeler stated that we could reach out to the other employee, Kevin Catron, who was interested and see if he is still interested. Mayor McBarnes asked Fire Chief Kirby to speak with him about this.
NEW BUSINESS: Eric Woods stated that the County had asked the Finance Committee about the City’s support of the Public Safety LOIT funds that they are considering to increase. Eric stated that the County had asked for official support through a resolution or something that would support this. Eric recommended that Les Bergum put together a document to support this. Mayor McBarnes stated that the County is looking to increase the Public Safety LOIT, which is now LIT and that it would double the revenue. Eric stated that this would provide extra funds for the Police, Fire, and EMS. Mayor McBarnes stated that a draft of a resolution in support of the increase in LIT could be prepared. Wanda Mitchell asked for a plan. Mayor McBarnes stated that there is a list in the budget book.
Mayor McBarnes stated that he had received a call from Street Superintendent Jason Forsythe and that he has spoken with Miller Pipeline and Vectren and that they will have to tear out the approach to the alley going north-south behind Best Home Furnishings. Vectren will have to do work on the sidewalk and will pay for it to be replaced.
Park Superintendent Joel Tatum stated that they have 22 booths for July 4th at the park and they will open at 10:00 AM. Hunter Wainscott will provide music from 12:00 noon to 2:00 PM and the Hunter Smith Band will provide music from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. There will also be fireworks that evening.
Jim Moyer asked about what the State is doing on the jog on Wabash Street. Jason Forsythe stated that anytime improvements are made on a State highway that ADA ramps have to be done first before paving.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business to come before the Council, Jim Moyer made a motion to adjourn. Clarence Warthan seconded the motion. Mayor McBarnes adjourned the meeting.