The Common Council met in a regular meeting on February 26, 2018 in the Council Chambers, 301 East Clinton Street, Frankfort, Indiana at 7:00 PM.
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, Steve Beardsley, and Joe Palmer. Also present: Les Bergum, City Attorney and Judith Sheets, Clerk-Treasurer.
MINUTES: The minutes for the February 12, 2018 regular meeting were presented. Joe Palmer made the motion to approve the minutes from the February 12, 2018 regular meeting. Clarence Warthan seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote seven “ayes” were recorded. Motion passed.
PUBLIC COMMENTS: Todd Corrie presented information on electric rates and how they appear on the bills. Todd presented the following information: 02-22-17, Electric Tracker Factor was 0.040120 with an electric bill of $96.48, 12-17-17, Electric Tracker Factor was 0.00000 with an electric bill of $107.02 (9.9% increase), 01-17-18, Electric Tracker Factor was -0.005674 with an electric bill of $101.35 (4.9 decrease). Todd also presented a customer service data report for January 12, 2018 – February 12, 2018, 29 working days. There was discussion of solar parks and the possibility of one in Frankfort. Discussion followed.
ORDINANCE 18-01: AN ORDINANCE REGULATING PANHANDLING (AS REVISED FEBRUARY 12, 2018). Joe Palmer made a motion to pass Ordinance 18-01 on the Third Reading as revised. Steve Beardsley seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded – Eric Woods, Wanda Mitchell, Joe Palmer, Clarence Warthan, Steve Beardsley, Jim Moyer and one “nay” – Lewis Wheeler. Ordinance 18-01 passed on Third Reading as revised.
NEW BUSINESS: Mayor McBarnes stated that with Council permission he would like to appoint Bud McQuade to the Historic Preservation Commission. Jim Moyer made a motion to approve Bud McQuade on the Historic Preservation Commission. Clarence Warthan seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote six “ayes” – Eric Woods, Wanda Mitchell, Joe Palmer, Clarence Warthan, Steve Beardsley, Jim Moyer and one “nay” – Lewis Wheeler. Motion passed.
Les Bergum stated that there would need for a motion to be made to continue the hearing for alleged misconduct. Eric Woods asked that the council consider to address the concern and would suggest that we recognize where we have been as a result of a couple of articles and that there was no wrong doing. Eric Woods made the following motion: as a result of finding no evidence to support the allegations made against him I move to discontinue any further investigation of Rick Gunyon and not seek action against him. Lewis Wheeler seconded the motion. Wanda Mitchell stated that she wanted to apologize to all parties involved and to say that she is disappointed is an understatement and for that she is sorry. Wanda stated that at the last Council meeting it was said that this was confidential. Wanda stated that the Council voted for extra money for a law firm to make sure that the right thing was done for the right reasons. Wanda stated that there are a lot of untruths out there and that she was disappointed by the information that got out there. Wanda stated that they did their due diligence. Clarence Warthan stated that he had lost sleep over this and was not happy with how things have gone and that they are trying to make the best decision. Clarence stated that information got leaked out there. Les Bergum stated that there are no formal charges pending. Eric restated his motion. Upon roll call vote five “ayes” – Eric Woods, Wanda Mitchell, Clarence Warthan, Steve Beardsley, Lewis Wheeler, and two “nays” – Joe Palmer, Jim Moyer. Motion passed.
NEW BUSINESS: Mayor McBarnes stated that on Wednesday, February 28th, at 1:00 PM there will be an announcement made at the Ivy Tech Conference Center concerning the Community Foundation and Prairie Creek Park. Mayor McBarnes stated that there will also be more announcements of private donations for Prairie Creek Park in the future. Mayor McBarnes stated that Dr. Compton from Texas A&M will be at the library on Wednesday, March 7th, to present information and that he would encourage everyone to attend. Mayor McBarnes stated that there will be a Special Council meeting on March 8th to disseminate information to the Council on the Prairie Creek Park.
Mayor McBarnes stated that the State of the City address will be on Thursday, March 1st, and that he is working with the high school broadcasting class so that people can view it at their pleasure.
Mayor McBarnes stated that the Future Leaders will be attending the Aim Mayor’s State Summit in Bloomington on March 3rd and that Governor Holcomb will be present.
Les Bergum, City Attorney, stated that they there was a records request on February 14, 2018. Les stated that this is discretionary and that it was used by the Common Council in executive session. Les stated if it is released it would be in redacted form. Clarence Warthan made a motion to not release the redacted version of the report. Wanda Mitchell seconded the motion.
Upon roll call vote six “ayes” – Eric Woods, Wanda Mitchell, Clarence Warthan, Steve Beardsley, Lewis Wheeler, James Moyer, and one “nay” – Joe Palmer. Motion passed.
Eric Woods made a motion to cancel the executive session scheduled for 7:30 PM. Steve Beardsley seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote seven “ayes” were recorded. Motion passed.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business to come before the Council, Jim Moyer made a motion to adjourn. Lewis Wheeler seconded the motion. Mayor McBarnes adjourned the meeting.