The Common Council met in a regular meeting on July 17, 2017 in the Council Chambers, 301 East Clinton Street, Frankfort, Indiana at 6:00 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, Joe Palmer, Eric Woods, Clarence Warthan, and Wanda Mitchell. Steve Beardsley was present digitally from Fairbanks Alaska and did not vote on any business brought before the Council. Lewis Wheeler arrived at the meeting at 6:40 PM. Also present: Les Bergum, City Attorney and Judy Sheets, Clerk-Treasurer.
MINUTES: The minutes for the June 26, 2017 regular meeting were presented. Clarence Warthan made a motion to approve the minutes from the June 26, 2017 regular meeting. Jim Moyer seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote four “ayes” – Eric Woods, Wanda Mitchell, Clarence Warthan, Jim Moyer and one “abstain”. Joe Palmer. Motion passed.
PUBLIC COMMENTS: Jason Forsythe, Street Superintendent, presented copies of the paving projects that were turned in for the Community Crossing Matching Grant. Jason stated the 14 projects for paving and the 4 projects for Reclamite Rejuvenator. Mayor McBarnes talked about the process of apply for the Community Crossing Matching Grant and stated that the City has applied for $380,000.
ORDINANCE 17-10: 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 amend Ordinance 17-10 as follows: Page 2, (2) the last two sentences – DELETE An additional 32 square feet of space is required for each additional animal. Shelters shall be of such material and construction as to not expose the animal to temperatures of less than zero (0 )degrees Fahrenheit and Page 2, 3.(B) change from twelve (12) feet to ten (10) feet. Wanda Mitchell seconded the motion. Les Bergum read the amendments as requested. Eric Woods stated that it is not perfect and he definitely would want to put a one year evaluation on this. Upon roll call vote five “ayes” – were recorded. Motion passed 5-0.
Jim Moyer made a motion to amend Ordinance 17-10 as follows: Page 2, (2) – DELETE a minimum square footage of 32 square feet in order to allow the animal to exercise and to move about freely. Joe Palmer seconded the motion. Wanda Mitchell asked where the 32 feet came from. Eric Woods stated that it is the size of kennel that can be bought and he felt establishing a minimum the Humane Society could determine from that. Discussion followed. Upon roll call vote two “ayes” – Joe Palmer, Jim Moyer and three “nays” – Eric Woods, Wanda Mitchell, Clarence Warthan. Motion did not pass 2 “ayes” – 3”nays”.
Eric Woods made a motion to pass Ordinance 17-10 on second reading as amended. Clarence Warthan seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote five “ayes” were recorded. Ordinance 17-10 passed on second reading as amended.
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. Joe Palmer made a motion to pass Ordinance 17-08 on the second reading. Wanda Mitchell seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote five “ayes” were recorded. Ordinance 17-08 passed on the second reading.
OLD BUSINESS: Nothing reported.
NEW BUSINESS: Discussion on the council appointment to the Health/Benefits Committee. Jim Moyer asked Steve Beardsley if he would be interested. Steve asked if this could go until the next meeting so that he could find out what all is involve in this.
Discussion on the council appointment to the City Plan Commission. Fire Chief John Kirby stated that Kevin Catron would like to serve on the City Plan Commission. Eric Woods made a motion to appoint Kevin Catron to the City Plan Commission as a City employee. Wanda Mitchell seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote five “ayes” were recorded. Motion passed.
Jerry Hickman and Michael Bell of Reedy Financial were present at the meeting to provide information on the 2018 budget. Mayor McBarnes stated that he had met with the Clerk-Treasurer, Jack Dodd, and the Department Heads. Jerry Hickman passed out the 2018 Financial Update and Budget Workshop books to the Council, Clerk-Treasurer, and Mayor. Mayor McBarnes stated that Safe Routes To School and Washington Avenue were in the budget for next year along with paving and park improvements. Jerry Hickman presented information on the 2018 budget information which included cash reserves, property tax components, Capital Improvement Plan, and the 2018 Budget Timeline. Mayor McBarnes asked the Council about setting the date and times for the budget hearings. Discussion followed. It was decided to have the Budget Workshops on August 17th from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Mayor McBarnes introduced Kim Stevens of Main Street to give an update on the downtown revitalization plan. Kim presented information on the downtown and thanked everyone for their support of it. Mayor McBarnes stated that good headway is being made on the Nickel Plate Flats. Mayor McBarnes presented an update on the Prairie Street Park. Joe Palmer stated that he is looking forward to another venue that the people can come to. Mayor McBarnes stated that he wanted to bring this information to the Council and that we would have to work with the Redevelopment Commission on this. Discussion followed. Wanda Mitchell asked if the demolition of the buildings would be done by the Hotdog Festival. Joe Palmer stated that they are hoping to have them down the Hotdog Festival.
Mayor McBarnes asked Jim Moyer about the next meeting date. Jim stated that he knew of nothing in a week’s time that we would have to meet for and that we could wait to meet until the next month. Mayor McBarnes stated that the next meeting will be August 14th.
Todd Corrie, General Manager of the Frankfort Municipal Utilities, presented information on the new electric rates and stated that they had been approved on July 5th by the URC. Todd explained how the billing would take place.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business to come before the Council, Jim Moyer made a motion to adjourn. Joe Palmer seconded the motion. Mayor McBarnes adjourned the meeting.