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City Council Meeting Minutes – March 12, 2018

The Common Council met in a regular meeting on March 12, 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. Mayor McBarnes 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: Judith Sheets, Clerk-Treasurer. Absent: Les Bergum, City Attorney.

MINUTES:   The minutes for the February 26, 2018 regular meeting were presented. Clarence Warthan made the motion to approve the minutes from the February 26, 2018 regular meeting. Joe Palmer seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote seven “ayes” were recorded. Motion passed.   Steve Beardsley made a motion to approve the minutes from the March 8, 2018 special meeting. Wanda Mitchell seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote seven “ayes” were recorded. Motion passed.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:   Don Stock, President of the Clinton County Chamber of Commerce, stated that on behalf of the Clinton County Chamber of Commerce that they are very much in favor of the Prairie Creek Park. Don stated that he applauds the Mayor for his vision. Don stated that a lot of people had attended meetings for this project and that the Redevelopment Commission was created to help our downtown. Don stated that this will be a park that will invite our families to come downtown. Don stated that the Chamber hopes that you vote yes and support our downtown park.

Kim Stevens, Frankfort Main Street, stated that the planning for the Prairie Creek Park did not happen overnight. Kim stated that in 2006 there was a Community Assessment, in 2007 there were historic guidelines set, in 2012 and 2013 the Mayor introduced the Comprehensive Development Plan, in 2014 we were a Stellar applicant and that taught us a lot about our planning, in 2015 and 2016 we worked on the Downtown Revitalization Plan and it was put into effect in October 2016. Kim stated that people are looking at the amenities. Kim stated that Main Street has 69 days of activities each year and that people have come from 70 of the counties in the state.

Jeff Hardesty, stated that in the 1990s Bill Schertzinger developed a model of a Prairie Creek Walk and how that would be like this.

Tom Crawford stated that he would like to express his support of the Prairie Creek Park. Tom stated let’s look at State Road 28 and Jackson Street and the Ivy Tech Campus and Washington and Jackson we are making progress there.

David Hussey stated that he is a young man invested in this community and that he looks forward to having these opportunities. David stated vote yes and don’t stop growth. David stated that he is excited about Main Street, the Chamber, and the City and County work together.

Fred Myers stated that he came from Tippecanoe County to Frankfort in 1991 to work. Fred stated that he knows and admires the people from Frankfort. Fred stated that he wanted to bring a cultural change and the opportunity to make something out of Frankfort. Fred stated that he bought the property next to Ivy Tech with the intent to have a little music store venue and had put in a patio to have music events next to Prairie Creek and looking at Old Stoney. Fred stated that the Mayor is a treasure to the City and he is behind his vision.

Gena Carson stated that she had drafted a letter to Councilman Clarence Warthan and she read the letter. Gena stated that on Friday she went around to the other parks and said that the other parks need repair. Gena stated that she doesn’t see how the council could vote for the Prairie Creek Park when the other parks need repairs. Gena stated that they could be more accommodating for all people and talked about the need for playground equipment for those with special needs. Gena stated that it is important to take care of what we have before new. Gena said that maybe there could be a compromise that everyone would be happy.

ORDINANCE 18-02:   AN ORDINANCE OF THE COMMON COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF FRANKFORT APPROVING THE ISSUANCE OF BONDS OF THE CITY OF FRANKFORT REDEVELOPMENT COMMISSION, AND RELATED MATTERS. Joe Palmer made a motion to read Ordinance 18-02 by title only. Wanda Mitchell seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote seven “ayes” were recorded. Motion passed. Ordinance 18-02 was read by title only. Lewis Wheeler stated that he wanted to apologize and that his intentions were never to be insulting. Lewis stated that his problem isn’t predominantly the build of it but there’s details that he has questions about. Lewis asked about the insurance for the dog park, the safety around the water features for the kids, and making handicapped equipment available, Lewis stated that he had asked the Redevelopment Commission to table this before we move forward and discuss it with the Board of Works and Council. Mayor McBarnes stated that he apologizes if you think that I have done anything wrong. Mayor McBarnes stated that he had sat down with Travis Sheets and he feels that there will be very light maintenance during the first five years and that the cost could be absorbed. Mayor McBarnes stated that TPA Park is looking better and that they are rebuilding the bird aviary. Mayor McBarnes stated that between Travis Sheets and Joe Ruch we can do this. Mayor McBarnes also stated that the paving in the parks is better. Mayor McBarnes thanked Gena Carson for her letter.  Mayor McBarnes stated that he is in favor of this park and happy that we are not adding taxes. Wanda Mitchell stated that there is a community opportunity every year a week long to help at the parks and she hopes that the community will take the opportunity to cleanup and paint the parks. Eric Woods stated that for him this project is a trade- off and that this is an RDC project. Eric stated that he voted in favor for creating the RDC and the Downtown Revitalization Plan. Eric stated that he is in favor of this and it does check off the boxes. Steve Beardsley stated that he is very much in favor of this going forward and he would like to have Travis present numbers to us before the second reading. Joe Palmer stated that the RDC met prior to this meeting and both of the resolutions passed. Mayor McBarnes stated that he dreams big and although this project is big he would like to fund changes on the west side. Mayor McBarnes stated that we need to come up with ways to clean it up.

Mayor McBarnes stated that Encompass Credit Union gave $100,000 today for the Prairie Creek Park.

Rich Starkey, Barnes and Thornburg, stated that the revised Ordinance 18-02 shows the bond issuance at $4,500,000 and that Exhibit A shows the cost for the construction of the park and the naming rights.   Rich Starkey also stated that he could possibly get a substantial lower interest rate if there is tax back up.

Joe Palmer made a motion to pass Ordinance 18-02 on First Reading. Steve Beardsley 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. Ordinance 18-02 passed on First Reading.

RESOLUTION 18-08:   A RESOLUTION APPROVING POLICY FOR OPERATION OF VENDING MACHINES AT CITY FIRE STATIONS. Jack Dodd, HR Director, presented information on the vending machines. Jack stated that the State Board of Accounts Cities & Towns Bulletin states that we have to have a policy in place for vending machines and passed by the governing body. Discussion followed.   Mayor McBarnes stated that he would recommend that these two resolutions be tabled and the Finance Committee meet on this.

Eric Woods made a motion to table Resolution 18-08 and Resolution 18-09. Steve Beardsley seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote seven “ayes” were recorded. Motion passed. Mayor McBarnes stated that the Finance Committee will meet on Friday, March 16th at 4:00 PM in the conference room.

RESOLUTION 18-09:   A RESOLUTION APPROVING POLICY FOR OPERATION OF VENDING MACHINES AT CITY STREET DEPARTMENT. Resolution was tabled.

RESOLUTION 18-10:   RESOLUTION WAIVING MUNICIPAL LIENS, APPROVING AND AUTHORIZING WAIVER OF PENALTIES FOR LATE PAYMENT OF TAXES BY PRIOR OWNER AND AGREEMENT FOR REIMBURSEMENT FOR PAYMENT OF DELINQUENT TAXES. Phil Triplett stated that he was at the meeting on the behalf of Cherukuri, Inc. and Frankfort Plastics, Inc.  Phil stated that the City of Frankfort has municipal liens for the years 2015, 2016, and 2017 totaling $16,372.00 which appear in the property tax records. Phil stated that Frankfort Plastics is requesting that the City waive the liens along with all accrued interest and penalties. Discussion followed. It was decided that there needs to be a contingency in the resolution. Eric Woods made a motion to amend Resolution 18-10 as follows: Page 3, 2. Adding “contingent upon the successful purchase of the Real Estate by the Petitioner”. Wanda Mitchell seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote seven “ayes” were recorded. Motion passed. Joe Palmer made a motion to pass Resolution 18-10 as amended. Clarence Warthan seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote seven “ayes” were recorded. Resolution 18-10 passed.

OLD BUSINESS:   Mayor McBarnes stated that we needed to create a land bank. Discussion followed. Mayor McBarnes stated that Wanda Mitchell, Lewis Wheeler and Eric Woods will be on the committee.

Mayor McBarnes stated that we need to get a committee for the “Grants for Grads” program. Steve Beardsley, Jim Moyer, and Lewis Wheeler stated that they would be interested in serving on that committee.

NEW BUSINESS:   Gary Smith, Reedy Financial Group, presented financial information for the Redevelopment Commission for the 2018 April Reporting Requirements. Gary stated that this is the information that will be submitted on Gateway.

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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