The Common Council met in a regular meeting on December 19, 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, Clarence Warthan, and Joe Palmer. Also present: Les Bergum, City Attorney and Judith Sheets, Clerk-Treasurer.
MINUTES: The minutes for the December 5, 2017 regular meeting and the memorandum and certification from the executive session on December 5, 2017 were presented. Lewis Wheeler made the motion to approve the minutes from the December 5, 2017 regular meeting and the memorandum and certification from the executive session on December 5, 2017. Steve Beardsley seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote six “ayes” – Eric Woods, Wanda Mitchell, Joe Palmer, Steve Beardsley, James Moyer, Lewis Wheeler and one “abstain” – Clarence Warthan were recorded. Motion passed.
PUBLIC COMMENTS: There were no public comments.
RESOLUTION 17-24: A RESOLUTION APPROVING OLD OUTSTANDING CHECKS CONSIDERED VOID. Clerk-Treasurer Judy Sheets stated that this will declare the outstanding checks for 2013 through 2015 as void and the amounts will be returned to the funds the checks were issued from. Joe Palmer made a motion to pass Resolution 17-24. Jim Moyer seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote six “ayes” – Eric Woods, Wanda Mitchell, Joe Palmer, Clarence Warthan, Lewis Wheeler, Jim Moyer and one “abstain” – Steve Beardsley were recorded. Resolution 17-24 passed.
OLD BUSINESS: Mayor McBarnes gave an update on the police department renovation. Mayor McBarnes stated that we as a City need to take a step back to take the time to truly understand this and the cost to taxpayers. Mayor McBarnes stated that we need to take a harder look at the location. Mayor McBarnes stated that this is a major project and that we want to put LIT money to good use. Wanda Mitchell stated that she respects that and she was not in favor of the original plans. Wanda stated that she agreed that we need to be aggressive. Jim Moyer stated that his personal opinion is starting first on the location and getting the cost down would be great. Steve Beardsley stated that they are not giving up to continue to look at that location. Steve stated that we need to reopen and look at other things. Mayor McBarnes stated that he would like to look at more community involvement.
NEW BUSINESS: Wanda Mitchell asked about the Utilities Service Board budget that they had received and if they were going to discuss it. Eric Woods stated that the USB adopted their budget two weeks ago and their salaries last night. Todd Corrie stated that the Council passed that the budget had to be presented by December 11th. Discussion followed. Mayor McBarnes asked if the utilities committee had anything to share as far as goals. Eric Woods stated that the work session would be a great place to do that and he recommended that at the January work session they could take care of that. Mayor McBarnes stated that he would like to hear from the council if they have thoughts or passions for those committees. Mike Kelley stated that at the USB meeting last night they approved a proposal for preliminary engineering for the Wastewater Treatment Plant. Mike stated that he thinks it is imperative that we all work together. Mayor McBarnes stated that the committee appointments are incredibly important for 2018.
Mayor McBarnes stated that the Board of Works will be meeting on December 27th at 2:00 PM and also on December 29th at 2:00 PM.
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.