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City Council Meeting Minutes – October 23, 2017

The Common Council met in a regular meeting on October 23, 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, Lewis Wheeler, Steve Beardsley and Joe Palmer. Also present: Les Bergum, City Attorney and Judith Sheets, Clerk-Treasurer.   Absent: Wanda Mitchell.

MINUTES:   The minutes for the October 9, 2017 regular meeting were presented. Steve Beardsley made the motion to approve the minutes from the October 9, 2017 regular meeting.   Clarence Warthan seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote five “ayes” Eric Woods, Clarence Warthan, Steve Beardsley, Lewis Wheeler, Jim Moyer and one “abstain” – Joe Palmer were recorded. Motion passed.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:   There were no comments.

OLD BUSINESS:   Veterans Park.   Mayor McBarnes stated that on behalf of the City and Council that he would like to applaud Kevin Evans, Center Township Trustee, for his work with the youth of Frankfort. Mayor McBarnes stated that after discussion amongst the Council and the Mayor it is felt that it is important that we protect the future and it is out desire to continue to work with Center Township but that we politely decline your offer to purchase Veterans Park. Mayor McBarnes stated that it is the city’s desire to work with the utilities to look at the exit strategy. Kevin Evans thanked the council for the opportunity to talk tonight and wanted to reiterate to the public that they have funds and are not only to benefit the low income.

NEW BUSINESS:     SHARP PROGRAM presentation. Mayor McBarnes introduced the SHARP Program director Tom Jamison and the committee that consists of Fred Carter, Karen Gregerson, Susan Ruch, Curt Stevenson, and Jim Siegfried. Tom Jamison stated that he appreciated the opportunity to serve the City of Frankfort and presented information on the Senior Homeowner Assistance for Repairs Program. Tom stated that this is a partnership between the City, Farmers Bank, and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis.

ORDINANCE 17-12:   ORDINANCE FOR APPROPRIATIONS AND TAX RATES. Jim Moyer made a motion to pass Ordinance 17-12 on the Third Reading. Steve Beardsley seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded. Ordinance 17-12 passed on the Third Reading.

ORDINANCE 17-13:   AN ORDINANCE SETTING THE SALARIES AND HOURLY WAGES FOR EMPLOYEES OF THE CIVIL CITY OF FRANKFORT, INDIANA. Lewis Wheeler made a motion to pass Ordinance 17-3 on the Third Reading.   Clarence Warthan seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded. Ordinance 17-13 passed on the Third Reading.

ORDINANCE 17-14:   AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING THE SALARIES OF THE ELECTED OFFICIALS OF THE CITY OF FRANKFORT, INDIANA. Lewis Wheeler made a motion to pass Ordinance 17-14 on the Third Reading. Joe Palmer seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded. Ordinance 17-14 passed on the Third Reading.

ORDINANCE 17-15:   AN ORDINANCE RESTATING AND REESTABLISHIUNG FEES FOR BUILDING PERMITS AND CERTIFICATES OF OCCUPANCY. Eric Woods made a motion to pass Ordinance 17-15 on the Second Reading. Steve Beardsley seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded. Ordinance 17-15 passed on the Second Reading.

ORDINANCE 17-16:   AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE FRANKFORT PROPERTY MAINTENANCE CODE REGARDING ELECTRICAL SAFETY INSPECTIONS. Jim Moyer made a motion to read Ordinance 17-16 by title only. Joe Palmer seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded. Motion passed. Ordinance 17-16 was read by title only. Sam Payne, Building Inspector, stated that any business or residence without power for more than 30 days has to be inspected. Steve Beardsley made a motion to pass Ordinance 17-16 on the First Reading. Eric Woods seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded. Ordinance 17-16 passed on the First Reading.

ORDINANCE 17-17:   AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING DATE FOR SUBMISSION OF ANNUAL BUDGET OF UTILITY SERVICE BOARD. Joe Palmer made a motion to read Ordinance 17-17 by title only. Jim Moyer seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded. Motion passed.   Ordinance 17-17 was read by title only. Joe Palmer made a motion to pass Ordinance 17-17 on the First Reading. Clarence Warthan seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded. Ordinance 17-17 passed on the First Reading.

ORDINANCE 17-18:   AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND AN ORDINANCE FIXING RATES AND CHARGES TO BE COLLECTED BY THE CITY OF FRANKFORT, INDIANA, FROM OWNERS OF PROPERTY SERVED BY THE CITY SEWAGE WORKS. Eric Woods made a motion to read Ordinance 17-18 by title only. Jim Moyer seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded. Motion passed. Ordinance 17-18 was read by title only. Mike Kelley explained that this would offset the cost of phosphorous as required by IDEM. Jim Moyer made a motion to pass Ordinance 17-18 on the First Reading. Clarence Warthan seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded. Ordinance 17-18 was passed on the First Reading.

ORDINANCE 17-19:   AN ORDINANCE AMENDING RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS OF CERTAIN DEPARTMENT HEADS. This ordinance was not brought before the Council. The Ordinance was changed by Les Bergum and replaced with Ordinance 17-20.

ORDINANCE 17-20:   AN ORDINANCE AMENDING RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS OF DEPARTMENT HEADS. Eric Woods made a motion to read Ordinance 17-20 in its entirety. Joe Palmer seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded. Ordinance 17-20 was read in its entirety. Les Bergum stated that subsection (C) amends the department heads including the Chief of the Police Department and the Chief of the Fire Department and subsection (D) is repealed. Mayor McBarnes stated that we are doing what we can do to attract people to live in our community.   Mayor McBarnes stated that the Council has wanted to amend this for some time. Joe Palmer made a motion to suspend the rules and pass Ordinance 17-20 on the First, Second, and Third Reading. Upon roll call vote five “ayes” – Eric Woods, Joe Palmer, Clarence Warthan, Steve Beardsley, Jim Moyer, and one “abstain” – Lewis Wheeler. Motion passed. Jim Moyer stated that he is in opposition of this and is not in favor of changing the requirement of living in the City. Eric Woods stated that he has been in favor of this. Lewis Wheeler stated that he is concerned with the precedent being set. Joe Palmer made a motion to pass Ordinance 17-20 on the First, Second, and Third Reading. Steve Beardsley seconded the motion Upon roll call vote five “ayes”- Eric Woods, Joe Palmer, Clarence Warthan, Steve Beardsley, Lewis Wheeler, and one nay “- Jim Moyer. Ordinance 17-20 passed on the First, Second, and Third Reading.

RESOLUTION 17-16:   DECLARATORY RESOLUTION DETERMINING THAT THE PROPERTY CONSTITUTES A VACANT BUILDING AND DESIGNATING AN ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION AREA. Jay Moore stated that Frankfort Plastics is acquiring the R&A Property that has been vacant for numerous years. Steve Beardsley stated that he would like for the word “totally” in line 11 to be changed to “substantially”. Eric Woods made a motion to pass Resolution 17-16. Steve Beardsley seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded. Resolution 17-16 passed.

RESOLUTION 17-17:   DECLARATORY RESOLUTION DESIGNATING AN ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION AREA. Jay Moore stated that the Ellipsis Medical Building will be a 23,000 square foot medical office building across from Wal-Mart. Joe Palmer   made a motion to pass Resolution 17-17. Steve Beardsley seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded. Resolution 17-17 passed.

RESOLUTION 17-18:   A RESOLUTION TRANSFERRING FUNDS FROM THE CUMULATIVE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT FUND TO THE CITY GENERAL FUND. The Clerk-Treasurer, Judy Sheets, asked that the Council pass the resolution to allow her to transfer $41,076.07 from Cumulative Capital Improvement Fund into the General Fund. Jim Moyer made a motion to pass Resolution 17-18. Joe Palmer seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded. Resolution 17-18 passed.

OLD BUSINESS:   Jack Dodd, Human Resource Director, presented an update on the Health Insurance. Jack stated that they had been working with MJ Insurance and have settled on keeping the current PPO and adding a high deductible HSA. Jack stated that they are bringing on a wellness program that will have on site testing with immediate results. Jack thanked the Health Care Committee for their work on this. Eric Woods stated that they did come up with a plan within the budget.

NEW BUSINESS:   Les Bergum stated that Ordinance 17-15 had amendments that were redlined. Les stated that it was only passed in its original form and that it can be amended and passed on the Third Reading.

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.