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City Council Meeting Minutes – September 12, 2017

The Common Council met in a regular meeting on September 12, 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, Joe Palmer, Eric Woods, Clarence Warthan, Lewis Wheeler, Steve Beardsley and Wanda Mitchell. Also present: Les Bergum, City Attorney and Judith Sheets, Clerk-Treasurer.

MINUTES:  The minutes for the August 28, 2017 regular meeting were presented. Joe Palmer made the motion to approve the minutes from the August 28, 2017 regular meeting. Clarence Warthan seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded – Eric Woods, Wanda Mitchell, Joe Palmer, Clarence Warthan, Lewis Wheeler, Jim Moyer and one “Abstain” – Steve Beardsley. Motion passed 6-1.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:  John Wright thanked the Mayor for appointing him to the Historic Preservation Commission and thanked the Council for passing the standards. John Apologized for the confusion on the August 31st meeting and the change of the location.

Doug Montgomery a member of the Historic Preservation Commission presented two documents to the council: 12 Economic Benefits of Historic Preservation and a copy of a webpage from the Lafayette Historic Preservation Commission.

Mayor McBarnes recessed the Council at 7:12 PM for a Public Hearing on Resolution 17-15.

PUBLIC HEARING:   Jay Moore representing Richey and Son, Inc. stated the public hearing and the passing of Ordinance 17-15 is the second stage for the tax abatement approval. Jay stated that they will be spending $250,000 on the building and $25,000 on equipment. Jay stated that they are looking to expand their product line and would add five new employees. Shan Sheridan stated that the Griffys have worked hard and have grown the business. Shan stated that he is excited to have them as an economic developer.

Mayor McBarnes closed the Public Hearing at 7:15 and opened the Council meeting.

RESOLUTION 17-15:   RESOLUTION APPROVING STATEMENT OF BENEFITS AND CONFIRMING DESIGNATION OF ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION AREA. Jim Moyer made a motion to pass Resolution 17-15. Steve Beardsley seconded the motion.   Lewis Wheeler stated that he is full support of this but he has been a consultant with the company and didn’t want anyone to say that he is helping his buddies. Upon roll call vote six “ayes” – Eric Woods, Wanda Mitchell, Joe Palmer, Clarence Warthan, Jim Moyer, Steve Beardsley, and one “abstain” – Lewis Wheeler. Resolution 17-15 passed.

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.   Steve Beardsley made a motion to pass Ordinance 17-11 on the Third Reading. Clarence Warthan seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote seven “ayes” were recorded. Ordinance 17-11 passed on the Third Reading.

OLD BUSINESS:  Jason Wilhite and Kevin Evans were brought before the Council to confirm their appointment to the Historic Preservation Commission. Jason and Kevin spoke about their interest in serving on the Historic Preservation Commission. Eric Woods thanked them for stepping up and stated that his vote was not a reflection on their appointment but the others that were removed. Joe Palmer made a motion to accept the appointment of Jason Wilhite and Kevin Evans to the Historic Preservation Commission. Jim Moyer seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote five “ayes” – Wanda Mitchell, Joe Palmer, Clarence Warthan, Steve Beardsley, Jim Moyer, and two “abstains”- Eric Woods, Lewis Wheeler. Motion passed 5 “ayes” – 2 “abstains”.

2018 Budget Discussions took place.

2018 Budget Notes

EDIT: Shan Sheridan talked about the Regional Economic Plan. After discussion the board asked to have Steven present at the next meeting to ask any unanswered questions.

Mayor: Jim Moyer stated that there was not enough separation between the Mayor and department heads. Joe Palmer made a motion to change the salary increase for the Mayor from 4% to 8%, bringing it up to $73.440. Jim Moyer seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote five “ayes” – Wanda Mitchell, Joe Palmer, Clarence Warthan, Steve Beardsley, Jim Moyer and two “nays”” – Eric Woods, Lewis Wheeler Motion passed 5-2.
Steve Beardsley made a motion to accept the Regional Economic Plan in EDIT. Wanda Mitchell seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote seven “ayes” were recorded. Motion passed 7-0.

Police: The Police Committee talked to Police Chief regarding the salary, but failed to come to a consensus. Eric Woods made a motion to make changes to the 2018 Police salary as follows:

Percentage 2018 Budget
Police Chief 16.2% $66,077
Deputy Chief 15.9% $63,077
Major of Detectives 17.4% $61,577

Lewis Wheeler seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote three “ayes” – Eric Woods, Clarence Warthan, Lewis Wheeler, and three “nays” – Wanda Mitchell, Joe Palmer, Steve Beardsley, and one “abstain” – Jim Moyer.   Mayor McBarnes then broke the tie vote by voting “nay”.   Motion did not pass.

Joe Palmer made a motion to accept the proposed salary as presented: Police Chief – $69077, Deputy Chief – $66077, Major of Detectives – $63077. Wanda Mitchell seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote five “ayes” – Wanda Mitchell, Joe Palmer, Clarence Warthan, Steve Beardsley, Jim Moyer, and two “nays” – Eric Woods, Lewis Wheeler. Motion passed 5-2

There was a discussion on adding an officer to the police department. Eric Woods stated that he supported the resource officer. Wanda Mitchell asked about the officer at the school. Police Chief Troy Bacon stated that currently the officers at the school are a security capacity only and no school programs.   Chief Bacon stated that the Resource Office would be in the schools and the after school programs. Chief Bacon stated that the officer is in the budget book to accommodate this position. Clarence Warthan made a motion to have the extra officer remain in the budget. Lewis Wheeler seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote six “ayes” – Eric Woods, Joe Palmer, Clarence Warthan, Steve Beardsley, Lewis Wheeler, Jim Moyer and one “nay” – Wanda Mitchell. Motion passed.

Fire: John Kirby explained the importance of having an additional firefighter, and how it affects the ISO rating. Joe Palmer made a motion to accept the Fire Department budget as presented. Steve Beardsley seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote five “ayes” – Eric Woods, Joe Palmer, Clarence Warthan, Steve Beardsley, Jim Moyer, and two “nays” – Wanda Mitchell, Lewis Wheeler.   Motion passed 5-2.

Clerk-Treasurer: Judy Sheets stated that the new full time position would be made out of the Court-Clerk salary and both part time positions in her office. There would be no part-time help in her office, only in Human Resource’s office. Discussion followed. Wanda Mitchell made a motion to approve the new full time position with a salary or $30,387. Clarence Warthan seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote five “ayes” – Eric Woods, Wanda Mitchell, Clarence Warthan, Steve Beardsley, Lewis Wheeler, and two “nays” – Joe Palmer, Jim Moyer. Motion passed 5-2.

Jack Dodd said that the board had seen Outlook Exchange, and he had already explained the benefits. Eric Woods made a motion to have the line for Outlook Exchange license removed from the budget. Jim Moyer seconded the motion. Motion passed 7-0.

Park: Joel Tatum stated that instead of a part time office assistant, a full time laborer would be more beneficial. Eric Woods made a motion to accept Joel Tatum’s proposal of a new laborer with a salary of $36,468. Jim Moyer seconded the motion. Motion passed 7-0.

Wanda Mitchell stated that she would propose to have the Parks Superintendent’s sale raised to $52,892. Discussion followed.   Wanda Mitchell made a motion to raise the Parks Superintendent’s salary to $52,892. Eric Woods seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote seven “ayes” were recorded. Motion passed.

MVH: Mayor McBarnes stated that he had talked to the Utility Service Board, and they had agreed to help with the purchase of a new bulldozer. Joe Palmer made a motion to accept the budgeted purchase of a bulldozer in 2018 of $110,000 plus the $50,000 that the Utility Service Board will be helping with. Wanda Mitchell seconded the motion. Motion passed 7-0.

Doug Montgomery of the Historic Preservation Commission requested funding for legal counsel for the Commission in the future.   Discussion followed. Doug Montgomery presented his and Johnna Galvan’s resignation from Historic Preservation Commission to the Mayor and Council. Doug Montgomery talked about the Historic Preservation Commission and its future and also read a letter sent to the council from Historic Preservation Commission. There was discussion on the legal counsel and it was decided to leave the $35,000 in the Attorney’s budget in the contracted legal services line for this.

NEW BUSINESS:   Joe Palmer stated that he had complaints in reference to panhandling and that he had talked with the Police Chief about this and he will probably be bringing this to the council.

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.