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City Council Meeting Minutes – January 22, 2018

The Common Council met in a regular meeting on January 22, 2018 in the Council Chambers, 301 East Clinton Street, Frankfort, Indiana at 7:10 PM after an Executive Meeting and the following action was taken:

Mayor Chris McBarnes called the meeting to order, and led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance. Lewis Wheeler then prayed. Upon roll call the following members were present:   Jim Moyer, Eric Woods, Lewis Wheeler, Wanda Mitchell, Clarence Warthan, and Joe Palmer. Also present: Les Bergum, City Attorney and Judith Sheets, Clerk-Treasurer. Absent Steve Beardsley.

MINUTES:   The minutes for the January 8, 2018 regular meeting were presented. Wanda Mitchell made the motion to approve the minutes from the January 8, 2018 regular meeting. Clarence Warthan seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded. Motion passed.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:   There were no public comments.

Mayor McBarnes recessed the Council meeting and opened the Public Hearing at 7:15 PM.

PUBLIC HEARING:   Jay Moore stated that Resolution 18-04 will designate 6 and 8 South Main Street, 2 South Main Street, and 51 West Clinton Street as an Economic Revitalization Area and that the Council may consider granting a property tax abatement for seven years. Jay Moore presented information on the tax abatement and the tax revenue.   Mayor McBarnes stated that the property tax almost doubles after the seven years.   Discussion followed.

Mayor McBarnes closed the Public Hearing at 7:20 PM and reopened the Council meeting.

RESOLUTION 18-04:   RESOLUTION APPROVING APPLICATION FOR REAL PROPERTY TAX DEDUCTION IN AN ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION AREA AND ALLOCATION AREA. Eric Woods made a motion to pass Resolution 18-04. Clarence Warthan seconded the motion. Lewis Wheeler stated that he supports abatements because he likes to see local citizens get help on their properties.   Lewis asked what happens if any conditions are not met. Les Bergum stated that the abatement could be terminated. Les stated that the CF-1s are reviewed annually by the Council, and that there is a process in place if they are not compliant. Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded. Resolution 18-05 passed.

RESOLUTION 18-05:   RESOLUTION APPROVING STATEMENT OF BENEFITS AND CONFIRMING DESIGNATION OF ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION AREA. Joe Palmer made a motion to pass Resolution 18-05. Wanda Mitchell seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded. Resolution18-05 passed.

RESOLUTION 18-06:   RESOLUTION APPROVING STATEMENT OF BENEFITS AND CONFIRMING DESIGNATION OF ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION AREA AND AN ELIGIBLE BUILDING. Jim Moyer made a motion to pass Resolution 18-06. Joe Palmer seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded. Resolution 18-06 passed.

RESOLUTION 18-07:   RESOLUTION APPROVING STATEMENT OF BENEFITS AND CONFIRMING DESIGNATION OF ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION AREA. Clarence Warthan made a motion to pass Resolution 18-07. Joe Palmer seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded. Resolution 18-07 passed.

ORDINANCE 18-01:   AN ORDINANCE REGULATING PANHANDLING. Joe Palmer made a motion to read Ordinance 18-01 by title only. Jim Moyer seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded. Motion passed. Ordinance 18-01 was read by title only. Joe Palmer stated that he had worked with Chief Bacon on this ordinance and that they were using the ordinance that the City of Indianapolis uses. Joe stated that they have had a problem downtown. Chief Bacon stated that there is a state statute on panhandling and that it is a misdemeanor. Chief Bacon stated with it being a misdemeanor the officer has to witness it and with this they don’t have to. They can take a statement from a person and they would have to testify in court. Les Bergum stated that these are civil offenses, not criminal. Jim Moyer asked if this was necessary for the police department. Chief Bacon stated yes. A citizen, Reggie Morgan, asked about the comments by Chief Bacon and someone sitting on a bench for 3 hours, and that this is not to prevent the homeless from loitering. Chief Bacon stated no. Joe Palmer made a motion to pass Ordinance 18-01 on the First Reading. Eric Woods seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote five “ayes” – Eric Woods, Wanda Mitchell, Joe Palmer, Clarence Warthan, Jim Moyer, and one “nay” – Lewis Wheeler were recorded. Ordinance 18-01 passed on the first reading 5-1.

OLD BUSINESS:   Nothing reported.

NEW BUSINESS:  Mayor McBarnes stated that Craig Halton and Brian Jensen were present to present an update on 2017 and moving forward for the Frankfort Commons golf course. Craig Halton stated that he would give a preview and answer questions. There was a video of the Frankfort Commons with Erich Norenberg who is the golf pro. Brian Jensen explained the investments and stated that they are trying to attract people into Frankfort. Brian stated that they had increased the rates slightly for 2018. Mayor McBarnes thanked Craig Halton and stated that he wanted the community to know the caliber of individuals involved. Lewis Wheeler ask about it being self-sustainable. Craig Halton stated that they are closer to getting there and hope to hit it this year. Craig stated that they are fully vested in seeing it succeed.   Craig talked about the irrigation system. Lewis Wheeler stated that he would like to see the financial data. Jim Moyer stated that the golf course is in the best shape he has ever seen it in. Wanda Mitchell stated that she is very grateful and that we are fortunate to have someone of his caliber. Mayor McBarnes stated that he appreciates them sticking with us.

Mayor McBarnes stated that he would like to bring Thomas Morrison, Kevin Evans, and Jason Wilhite before the Council for approval to be appointed to the Historic Preservation Commission. Mayor McBarnes stated that he is still looking for two additional people to appoint to the Historic Preservation Board.   Joe Palmer made a motion to appoint Thomas Morrison, Kevin Evans, and Jason Wilhite to the Historic Preservation Commission. Lewis Wheeler seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded. Motion passed.

Mayor McBarnes stated that Fire Chief John Kirby applied for an AFC grant for $220,000 to replace the grass truck and that there is a $11,000 match by the City. Fire Chief Kirby stated that he had written three of these grants in the past and that it had been brought to their attention to get support letters. Chief Kirby stated that Center Township currently owns the grass truck and that it is 27 years old.   Chief Kirby stated that this is a highly competitive grant.   Wanda Mitchell asked if we have to know where the match will be coming from. Mayor McBarnes stated that he is comfortable that they could come up with this from the Fire Budget or Cum Fire. Mayor McBarnes asked if the Council would support and allow Jim Moyer to sign a letter of support. By consensus of the Council it was approved.

Jim Moyer stated that at the previous meeting it was voted 6 to 1 to hire a law firm and that he had received a letter of engagement. Joe Palmer made a motion to accept the engagement letter from Barnes & Thornburg. Clarence Warthan seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote five “ayes” – Wanda Mitchell, Joe Palmer, Clarence Warthan, Lewis Wheeler, Jim Moyer and one “nay” – Eric Woods. Motion passed 5-1.

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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