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City Council Meeting Minutes – January 8, 2018

The Common Council met in a regular meeting on January 8, 2018 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 19, 2017 regular meeting were presented.  Steve Beardsley made the motion to approve the minutes from the December 19, 2017 regular meeting.  Jim Moyer seconded the motion.   Upon roll call vote seven “ayes” were recorded.  Motion passed.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:   Kevin Evans, Center Township Trustee, presented information on the plan that was put in place due to the weather conditions.  Kevin stated that he put out a Trustee Directive on January 3rd to provide assistance with those in need and that they helped 12 individuals.  Kevin thanked the police officers, firefighters, and central dispatch for their help during this time.  Kevin stated that there is a need for long term transitional housing and for the homeless.  Mayor McBarnes thanked Kevin for his quick response.

RESOLUTION 18-01:   DECLARATORY RESOLUTION DESIGNATING AN ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION AREA.  (6 and 8 South Main Street).  Mayor McBarnes stated that the Finance Committee had met with Jay Moore on this.  Jay Moore stated that he was at the meeting on behalf of Jill Snyder and LOL, LLC.  Jay presented information on the following properties:  51 West Clinton Street, 2 South Main Street and 6 and 8 South Main Street.  The proposed redevelopment for 51 West Clinton Street is $662,515.00, 2 South Main Street is $398,369.00 and 6 and 8 South Main Street is $329,237.00.  Jay passed out information on a 7 year and 10 year abatement for these properties.  Jay stated that he would like for the Council to consider a 7 year abatement for 6 and 8 South Main Street and 2 South Main Street and a 10 year abatement for 51 West Clinton Street.  Discussion followed by the Council.  Mayor McBarnes stated that there will be a Public Hearing and then a vote on the confirming resolution.  Jim Moyer made a motion to pass Resolution 18-01 with a seven year abatement.  Joe Palmer seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote seven “ayes” were recorded.  Resolution 18-01 passed.

RESOLUTION 18-02:   DECLARATORY RESOLUTION DESIGNATING AN ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION AREA AND AN ELIGIBLE VACANT BUILDING.  (2 South Main Street).  Steve Beardsley made a motion to pass Resolution 18-02 with a seven year abatement.  Lewis Wheeler seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote seven “ayes” were recorded.  Resolution 18-02 passed.

RESOLUTION 18-03:   DECLARATORY RESOLUTION DESIGNATING AN ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION AREA.  (51 West Clinton Street).  Jay Moored presented the Council with a revised version of Resolution18-03 with the following change:  2. The proposed redevelopment by the construction of the hotel suites and an event center at a cost of approximately $662,515.00.   Eric Woods made a motion to pass the revised Resolution 18-03 with a seven year abatement.  Joe Palmer seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote seven “ayes” were recorded.  Resolution 18-03 passed as revised.

OLD BUSINESS:    Nothing reported.

NEW BUSINESS:    Mayor McBarnes stated that Brian Jensen of Oliphant Golf Management was not able to be at the meeting tonight but will be present at the January 22 meeting.

ELECTION OF PRESIDENT PRO TEM:   Joe Palmer made a motion to nominate Jim Moyer as Pro Tem for the year 2018.  Lewis Wheeler seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote seven “ayes” were recorded.  Motion passed.

Wanda Mitchell stated that someone had asked about the 3 foot passing ordinance for bicycles and pedestrians.   There was discussion by the Council if this would come under the Street Department or the Police Department and if it would be enforceable.  Eric Woods stated that he had talked with Larry Price about doing this from an educational standpoint.  Jason Forsythe, Street Superintendent, stated that they did place signs on the street sweeper and trucks.   Mayor McBarnes stated that by consensus the police committee will discuss this.

BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS APPOINTMENT:   Jim Moyer stated that Don Gilmore is currently the council appointment to the BZA.  Joe Palmer stated that Don Gilmore will accept the appointment if we want him to.  Joe Palmer made a motion to reappoint Don Gilmore as the Council appointment to the Board of Zoning Appeals.  Jim Moyer seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote seven “ayes” were recorded.  Motion passed.

Eric Woods stated that we have two appointments to the Redevelopment Commission that need to be made and also an appointment to the Health Insurance Committee to replace him.

HEALTH INSURANCE COMMITTEE:   Wanda Mitchell made a motion to appoint Steve Beardsley to the Health Insurance Committee.  Lewis Wheeler seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote seven “ayes” were recorded.  Motion passed.

REDEVELOPMENT COMMISSION:   Steve Beardsley made a motion to reappoint Todd Corrie to the Redevelopment Commission.  Clarence Warthan seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote seven “ayes” were recorded.  Motion passed.  Lewis Wheeler made a motion to appoint Joe Palmer to the Redevelopment Commission.  Jim Moyer seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote seven “ayes” were recorded.  Motion passed.

Mayor McBarnes passed out the Council Committee appointments for 2018.

Lewis Wheeler asked if the Council is having a Work Session in January.  Jim Moyer stated yes the second meeting of odd number months.

Eric Woods stated that the 2018 Holiday schedule shows that there will be two meeting dates, May 28th and November 12, that are a holiday and he asked if we will move the meetings to the next Tuesday.  Discussion followed.  Mayor McBarnes stated that by consensus we will do that.

Eric Woods asked for an update from Les Bergum on the employee that the Council oversees.

Les Bergum stated that an engagement letter had been sent to Jim Moyer.  Jim Moyer stated that he had not gotten it.  Les stated that he would check on that.  Eric Woods asked if the council wanted an executive session.   Mayor McBarnes stated that it was by consensus to have an executive session at 6:00 PM before the next Council meeting.

Clarence Warthan stated that the Regional Planning Organization interested him and would serve on it.  Lewis Wheeler made a motion to nominate Clarence Warthan to serve on the Regional Planning Organization.  Joe Palmer seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote six “ayes” – Eric Woods, Wanda Mitchell, Joe Palmer, Steve Beardsley, Lewis Wheeler, Jim Moyer, and one “abstain” – Clarence Warthan.  Motion passed.

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.

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