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City Council Meeting Minutes – December 5, 2017

The Common Council met in a regular meeting on December 5, 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, Lewis Wheeler, Wanda Mitchell, Steve Beardsley and Joe Palmer. Also present: Les Bergum, City Attorney and Judith Sheets, Clerk-Treasurer. Absent: Clarence Warthan.

MINUTES:   The minutes for the November 13 2017 regular meeting were presented. Steve Beardsley made the motion to approve the minutes from the November 13, 2017 regular meeting. Joe Palmer seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote five “ayes” – Eric Woods, Wanda Mitchell, Joe Palmer, Steve Beardsley, James Moyer and one “abstain” – Lewis Wheeler were recorded. Motion passed.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:     Mayor McBarnes stated that Marilyn Stingley passed away and that she had served on the Council.   Mayor McBarnes stated that our thoughts and prayers are with her family. Mayor McBarnes stated that Marilyn Ransom had passed away and that our thoughts and prayers are with her family.

ORDINANCE 17-16:   AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE FRANKFORT PROPERTY MAINTENANCE CODE REGARDING ELECTRICAL SAFETY INSPECTIONS.   Eric Woods made a motion to pass Ordinance 17-16 on the Third Reading. Joe Palmer seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded. Ordinance 17-16 passed on Third 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. Jim Moyer made a motion to pass Ordinance 17-18 on the Third Reading. Joe Palmer seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded. Ordinance 17-18 passed on Third Reading.

ORDINANCE 17-22:   AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE 2018 SALARY ORDINANCE (ORDINANCE CO 17-13). Joe Palmer made a motion to read Ordinance 17-22 by title only. Eric Woods seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded. Motion passed. Ordinance 17-22 was read by title only. Jack Dodd stated that this would change a Park laborer to an administrative assistant. Travis stated that this would be a full time office assistant to answer the telephone, making reservations, and in charge of payroll and claims. Jack stated that this would decrease the budget by $1401. Jack asked the council if they would suspend the rules and pass the ordinance on the first, second, and third reading. Mayor McBarnes stated that the Board of Works fully supports this. Steve Beardsley made a motion to suspend the rules and pass Ordinance 17-22 on the first, second, and third reading. Wanda Mitchell seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote five “ayes” – Eric Woods, Wanda Mitchell, Joe Palmer, Steve Beardsley, Jim Moyer and one “abstain” – Lewis Wheeler. Motion passed. Joe Palmer made a motion to pass Ordinance 17-22 on the first, second, and third reading. Wanda Mitchell seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded. Ordinance 17-22 passed on the first, second and third reading.

RESOLUTION 17-23:   A RESOLUTION CONCERNING HEALTH BENEFITS FOR CERTAIN RETIRED AND APPOINTED RETIREES OF THE CITY OF FRANKFORT. Jack Dodd explained the resolution and stated that this will bring the City in line with the same resolution that the Utility Service Board passed. Jack stated that this establishes the rates for health insurance for City retirees at 40% of the COBRA rate for 2018 and 50% of the COBRA rate for 2019. Joe Palmer made a motion to pass Resolution 17-23. Steve Beardsley seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote six “ayes”.

OLD BUSINESS:   Nothing reported.

NEW BUSINESS:   Mayor McBarnes gave an update on the downtown improvements and stated that he had asked Jill Snyder to attend the meeting. Mayor McBarnes stated that he had toured her building and that it was going to be an event center and he felt that it was important that the council know about it. Mayor McBarnes stated that Jill Snyder cares about the downtown. Jill Snyder stated that she owns four buildings and that all of them are in renovation. Jill stated that the event space will hold 200 people and that there is an overflow room that holds 50 people. There will also be a bed and breakfast upstairs. Jill stated that the event center should be done by February 1st of next year. Mayor McBarnes thanked Jill Snyder for what she is doing downtown and stated that we will do what we can to support her efforts. Wanda Mitchell stated that she had got the tour of the building and that it was awesome.

Mayor McBarnes stated that he is currently working with Rich Starkey on the Police Department renovations and that it should be reading to be presented at the December 19th meeting.

Jim Moyer stated that he would like to move to hire an attorney to advise the council on personnel matters. Joe Palmer seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote five “ayes” – Wanda Mitchell, Joe Palmer, Steve Beardsley, Lewis Wheeler, Jim Moyer, and one “nay” – Eric Woods were recorded. Motion passed.

Mike Kelley, Utility Service Board Chairman, stated that the Utilities budgets had been given to the Council. Eric Woods and Jim Moyer stated that these could be discussed at the December 19th meeting.

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.