The Common Council met in a regular meeting on August 28, 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 prayed. Upon roll call the following members were present: Jim Moyer, Joe Palmer, Eric Woods, Clarence Warthan, Lewis Wheeler and Wanda Mitchell. Also present: Les Bergum, City Attorney and Judith Sheets, Clerk-Treasurer. Steve Beardsley was present digitally and did not vote on any business brought before the council.
MINUTES: The minutes for the August 14, 2017 regular meeting were presented. Jim Moyer made the motion to approve the minutes from the August 14, 2017 regular meeting. Lewis Wheeler seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded. Motion passed 6-0.
PUBLIC COMMENTS: Todd Corrie, Utilities General Manager, and Mike Kelley, Utility Service Board Chairman, were present at the meeting to provide information on the needed sewer updates and changes. Discussion followed.
Kevin Evans, Center Township Trustee, was present at the meeting to provide the Council with the dates of some upcoming events and invited them to attend. Kevin stated that on August 31st from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM there will be an Overdose Awareness Day at Veterans Park, which will be sponsored by Center Township, Clinton County Ministerial Association, and Kim Newhart. Kevin stated that at 7:30 PM there will be a prayer chain at Veterans Park.
Kevin stated that there will be a Remembrance Walk and Presentation on September 11th. At 4:30 PM there will be a walk that begins at Old Stoney and at 5:00 PM there will be a presentation at Veterans Park.
ORDINANCE 17-11: ORDINANCE OF THE COMMON COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF FRANKFORT, INDIANA CONFIRMING ITS DECLARATORY RATE ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING NEW ELECTRIC RATES AND CHARGES. Clarence Warthan made a motion to pass Ordinance 17-11 on the Second Reading. Wanda Mitchell seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded. Ordinance 17-11 passed on the Second Reading.
RESOLUTION 17-13: DECLARATORY RESOLUTION DESIGNATING AN ECONOMIC REVILALIZATION AREA. Mayor McBarnes stated that the Finance Committee has been working on this. Jay Moore introduced Michael Griffy and Steven Griffy of Richey and Son, Inc. d/b/a Richey Athletics. Jay stated that this is a local company that manufactures athletic gear and equipment. Jay stated that this is a growing company and they need more space. Jay stated that they would like to construct a 56’ by 144’ manufacturing and warehouse building. Jim Moyer stated that the Finance Committee is in total agreement in what they are asking for the abatement. Discussion followed. Jim Moyer made a motion to pass Resolution17-13. Joe Palmer seconded the motion. Lewis Wheeler stated that he worked for this company at one time and that he would abstain from voting. Upon roll call vote five “ayes” – Eric Woods, Wanda Mitchell, Joe Palmer, Clarence Warthan, James Moyer, and one “abstain” – Lewis Wheeler.
RESOLUTION 17-14: A RESOLUTION APPROVING RESTATED AND AMENDED BY-LAWS OF CITY OF FRANKFORT EMPLOYEE HEALTH SERVICES COUNCIL. Mayor McBarnes stated that Wanda Mitchell, Eric Woods, Jack Dodd, and he have been working on this change. Mayor McBarnes stated that they need to look at many things since this is a large part of the budget. Eric Woods stated that by doing this it will drop off the Utilities Employee Representative and the City Employee Representative, along with one of three Council members, and the Clerk-Treasurer. Eric stated that this names the Human Resource Director as the facilitator and would be a non-voting member. Jim Moyer stated that on page 3 there is a blank that needs to be filled out. Discussion followed. Eric Woods stated that they were going to leave this up to the Health Council. Jim Moyer stated that he should be changed to the call of the facilitator. Jim Moyer stated that on Page 4, number 2 needs to be omitted and that number 3 now needs to be number 2. Eric Woods made a motion to approve Resolution 17-4 and the By-Laws as amended. Wanda Mitchell seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded. Resolution 17-14 passed.
OLD BUSINESS: There was discussion on the September 11th council meeting and if it should be changed due to a Clinton County Humane Society event and a Center Township event being held that same evening. It was decided to change the next council meeting to September 12th at 7:00 PM. Mayor McBarnes stated that the Budget Workshops will be held this Wednesday from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
NEW BUSINESS: None
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business to come before the Council, Wanda Mitchell made a motion to adjourn. Clarence Warthan seconded the motion. Jim Moyer adjourned the meeting.