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Board of Public Works Meeting Minutes – September 27, 2017

The Board of Public Works and Safety met in a regular meeting on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 2:00 PM in the Council Chamber, 301 East Clinton Street, Frankfort, Indiana. The following action was taken:

Mayor McBarnes called the meeting to order and led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance. Jack Dodd then prayed. Mayor McBarnes, Ken Estes, Jim Siegfried, Troy Bacon, Jason Forsythe, John Kirby, Sam Payne, Christie Martin, Jack Dodd, Les Bergum, Judy Sheets and Barb Conner were present.

MINUTES: The minutes of the September 13, 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: Mayor McBarnes recognized Todd Corrie, Utility Manager, to discuss Resolution 17-11- project 28 authorizing amount of waste going in to the sanitary system. Todd Corrie said it needs to come before the Board of Works to get approval according to an Ordinance from 1967 before the USB was put in place.

RESOLUTION 17-11: RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF FRANKFORT BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS AND SAFETY. Ken Estes made the motion to accept Resolution 17-11. Jim Siegfried seconded the motion. Motion passed 3-0.

PUBLIC COMMENTS (CONTINUED): Toney Ann Alvarrado said she was coming in to speak for her neighbors. Her neighbors have a lot of cats and they have lost 3 cats due to people speeding down their alley. They are wanting at least 2 speed bumps to slow people down. Mayor McBarnes suggested that he would have Chief Bacon and Street Superintendent go with her to discuss the issue. That way they can get the address of the location and possibly work on a solution.

PARKS DEPARTMENT: Christie Martin, Park, said the Parks Department was having a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new gravity rail at 5:00 p.m this evening.   Christie said that the Aviary netting was down and 3 poles fell so they were replacing those. She also said, they have 17 applicants for the Park Assistant position. Joel is planning on having a zoo fest on Friday Oct. 13, 2017. It will be called Zoo Fest 2017. The zoo will be open late and they will be showing the movie Hocus Pocus starting at 7:45. This event will be sponsored by the Park. Christie said the Christmas lights are going up. Mayor McBarnes said thank you for City Light & Power for the aviary and helping with the lights. Mayor McBarnes said that Joel needs to get bids for Green St. basketball court.

FIRE DEPARTMENT: Fire Chief John Kirby said that for the 3rd quarter they have had 68 fires, ranging from shed to electric outlet to full blown fires. There have been 769 EMS calls, 141 hazard conditions, 130 service, 79 false alarms, and 590 inspections. The District IV burn trailer will be here Oct. 17, 18 and 19. Chief Kirby said anybody is welcome to come. The trailer will be located at the EMA sight. On Oct. 4 Brad Pickard is training the trainer. Chief Kirby introduced Kristie with the American Red Cross. Kristie introduced Jen Bolinger also with the Red Cross, Kristie presented an award to the City of Frankfort Fire Dept. for the Home Fire Campaign. She said that the Frankfort Fire Dept not only led the State but also the Nation. When they started this campaign, John said that 67% of the people did not have smoke alarms. The Fire Department also received the Nationwide award. Kristie presented Mayor McBarnes and Chief Kirby with hats, coffee mugs and certificates for the Home Fire Campaign. Chief Kirby said they are going out 2 times a week putting door hangers out.

POLICE DEPARTMENT: Police Chief Troy Bacon, said that they have been working on the policies. The Lexpol process takes policies and imports to the state. This will be the best possible services, he said. There is an app that the officers can put on their phones. We are going to start these in about 2 weeks. They will be starting 12 hour shifts. Ken Estes, Mayor McBarnes and Jim Siegfried thanked Troy and commended him on his work with the Lexpol policies. Jim Siegfried made the motion to accept the policies. Ken Estes seconded the motion. Motion passed 3-0.      The key feature is constant training. Jake Myers is going through the citizens police academy. There are simulators, there are k-9 programs and reserve programs. Chief Bacon said they were putting on a 32nd officer for 2018. He also thanked the BOW for their support for the Dept.

STREET DEPARTMENT: Jason Forsythe, Street Superintendent said they are getting the leaf machine ready. Fall cleanup will be Mon, Oct. 2 thru Friday Oct. 6, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 8, 8 a.m.- 12 p.m. Jason said that Ben Sutter will be delivering 2 new gateway signs on Sept. 28th. Oct 27th at 2:00 will be the dedication of County Rd 200 W. to Roy Scott Parkway. Jason said the signs have been ordered. There was some discussion. Mayor McBarnes said that the City was not awarded any money for the Community Crossings Grant due to a couple of technicalities with our application.

BUILDING INSPECTOR: Sam Payne, Building Inspector said that he had a Resolution from the Board of Zoning Appeals for sewage and he needed it to get signed by the BOW. The Resolution was signed. Sam said that he needed to get approval for quotes to tear down 257 Blinn Ave. Jim Siegfried made the motion to request for quotes for the demolition of 257 Blinn Ave. Ken Estes seconded the motion. Motion passed 3-0. Vectren gas did a lengthy cut, according to Sam, they will be paid by the foot. He said that Walnut Ave. and Clinton areas are cleaned up. Sam said he didn’t want the contractor K & D Construction paid for 710 N. John St. yet, because there are a few things they have to correct.

HUMAN RESOURCES: Jack Dodd, said there are 2 full time positions available in the City. There is a working supervisor at the Park’s Dept. There is also an inspector’s position available in the Building Inspectors Office.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: None

NEW BUSINESS: None

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 McBarnes adjourned the meeting.