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Board of Public Works Meeting Minutes – November 13, 2017

The Board of Public Works and Safety met in a regular meeting on Wednesday, November 13, 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. Mayor McBarnes then prayed. Mayor McBarnes, Ken Estes, Jim Siegfried, Scott Shoemaker, Jason Forsythe, John Kirby, Katrina Bell, Travis Sheets, Jack Dodd, Judy Sheets and Barb Conner were present.

MINUTES: The minutes of the October 25, 2017 regular meeting were presented. Jim Siegfried made the motion to accept the minutes as presented. Ken Estes seconded the motion. Motion passed 3-0.


FIRE DEPARTMENT: Fire Chief John Kirby, said they were going to be switching to LED lighting. He said that he had received 4 quotes. The scope of work consists of Installing of the LED lighting in all 4 Stations. The quotes are as follows:

RD’s Electric Service, Inc.                    $10,925.00
DB Electrical                                             9,763.50
Kirby Risk                                                  10,050.60
Energy Harness Corp.                             10,787.85

Chief Kirby said the cost would come out of 249001453.013. Mayor McBarnes asked which quote he would prefer. Chief Kirby said that D.B. Electric wouldn’t be able to do it until after the first of the year. He said that R & D would be able to do it next month. The only thing is they want ½ of the money up front and the other ½ would be paid when the job is done. Ken Estes made the motion to accept RD Electric’s quote option 1. Jim Siegfried seconded the motion. Motion passed 3-0. Mayor McBarnes signed the agreement with RD’s Electric. Chief Kirby said they would like to be able to do their EMS training online. He said that since they didn’t use all of the CF Industries money for the training in California, CF Industries said they could use it for the EMS training. The nice part of this training is that it can be done while they are at work or home. If the State changes it, it is on there immediately.

POLICE DEPARTMENT: Police Assistant Chief, Scott Shoemaker, said they are looking at Republic for financing some new cars. They have 2-2010 Crown Victoria’s that are going to be decommissioned. Scott also said that they are looking to buy new In-car computers to replace all 32. Assistant Chief Shoemaker said In-car video cameras cost about $5,000.00 each. He said the Dash Cams see different things. The Department’s Boiler went out, but they had a company come from Lafayette and they were able to get it going. Scott also said Dec. 30th is the day the transition to 12 hour shifts happen. Mayor McBarnes asked Scott if they would encumber the money for the In-car cameras. Mayor McBarnes asked if they had decided on a temporary sight. Scott said the IT Building would be the temp location. He also made mention that their batteries would not last for 12 hours.

HUMAN RESOURCES: Jack Dodd, said there were a large number of applicants that came in on line for the Police job. He said that the Wellness would be Nov. 29th and 30th. Jack also mentioned that he needed to get in touch with Susie Trees about the Violence against women. He said Nov. 27th would be orange day.

PARKS DEPARTMENT: Travis Sheets, Park Superintendent, said he would like to thank the employees, he said there is a lot of talent and compassion there. The Christmas lights are 90% complete. There were some displays delivered today. Travis said the operations were going well. Mayor McBarnes said they were going to hire him a full time assistant. Human Resource Director, Jack Dodd, said they should wait until Jan. 1 to hire anybody. There was discussion that followed about the full time Admin Assistant position. Travis said he would like to thank City Light & Power for all of their help.

STREET DEPARTMENT: Jason Forsythe, Street Superintendent said that the paving was finished for 2017. He said that there were some issues at Jackson and Clinton St. He said there was also an issue with Maranatha Dr. extending to a different location which they were not aware of. Jason also said there was an issue with Paris St. on Monday. He said with all the rain, it was soft. They milled it again and it went nice and smooth. Jason said that there will be a $5.00 a ton increase on recycling. He said that we should be well into the black.   He will be speaking at Suncrest to the Pre K – 3rd grade about recycling. Jason said that he is wanting to purchase a new trash truck for $151,500.00. He said he would only get around $2,300 – 2,400.00 to scrap the old trash truck. If he were to trade the truck in, he would get around $5,000.00. Mayor McBarnes told Jason that he felt he should get quotes with it being such a large purchase. He told Jason that he should talk to Les about that. Mayor McBarnes said he was on the phone with Tim Myers about people going through E. side Park and using it as a drag strip. Travis said that he could put up a fence with a gate and put up a sign. There was some discussion that followed.

BUILDING INSPECTOR: Katrina Bell, said that Larry Rule is doing construction to his building and he wants a dumpster from the Handicap to 3 spaces until the 1st of March. Ken Estes made the comment that those spaces were for him, but it seemed like a long time. There was some discussion on this. Ken Estes said he would be good with this if they didn’t use the Handicap space. Jim Siegfried made the motion to allow a dumpster in the 3 spaces between now thru Dec. 31. Ken Estes seconded the motion. Motion passed 3-0.



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.