The Common Council met in a regular meeting on April 9, 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 and Les Bergum, City Attorney.
MINUTES: The minutes for the March 26, 2018 regular meeting were presented. Lewis Wheeler made the motion to approve the minutes from the March 26, 2018 regular meeting. Joe Palmer seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote seven “ayes” were recorded. Motion passed.
PUBLIC COMMENTS: Mike Kelley stated that the Utility Service Board will have a work session on April 25th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Community Schools of Frankfort Superintendent’s office to discuss the Wastewater Treatment plant. Mike stated that information will be sent out in advance of the meeting and they will advertise the meeting.
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. Jim Moyer made a motion to pass Ordinance 18-02 on the Third Reading. 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 18-02 passed on the Third Reading.
RESOLUTION 18-12: A RESOLUTION OF THE COMMON COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF FRANKFORT, INDIANA APPROVING CERTAIN MATTERS IN CONNECTION WITH THE AMENDMENT OF AN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AREA AND PLAN. Rich Starkey spoke about the Prairie Creek Park Project and that when you add projects it goes through the City Plan Commission. Mayor McBarnes stated that the City Plan Commission passed it unanimously. Rich stated that the Redevelopment Commission will have a Public Hearing on this. Joe Palmer made a motion to pass Resolution 18-12. Jim Moyer 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.
Mayor McBarnes thanked Todd Corrie for his contribution to the Prairie Creek Park.
OLD BUSINESS: Nothing reported.
NEW BUSINESS: Clarence Warthan stated that he and Shan Sheridan will be attending the North Central Regional Planning Commission representing Clinton County.
Mayor McBarnes presented information on the Local Trax Rail Overpass Program. Mayor McBarnes stated that INDOT will be having an informational meeting on Wednesday, April 11, at 1:00 PM and he will be attending. Mayor McBarnes stated that he thinks it would be beneficial to partner with the County and Norfolk Southern.
Mayor McBarnes presented information on On-Site Health Clinics and stated that the Insurance Committee will continue to work on this.
Mayor McBarnes stated that the Little League has invited the Council to come to the TPA Park on April 28th at 8:00 AM. Mayor McBarnes asked that everyone meet at the TPA Park concession stand.
Mayor McBarnes stated that he had been contacted by Not For Profit organizations that were asking for contributions. Mayor McBarnes stated that an application needs to be put together and asked that a committee be formed. Eric Woods asked if the council would be agreeable for this to be the Finance Committee. Mayor McBarnes stated that by consensus it will be the Finance Committee.
Mayor McBarnes talked about the creation of a land bank and wanted to get the thoughts of the Council on this. Mayor McBarnes stated that with the consensus of the Council he would like for this to be the Housing and Structures Committee.
Mayor McBarnes stated that John Hinshaw had asked to be taken off the agenda for the meeting tonight.
The CF-1 /PP for Archer Daniels Midland was presented. Jim Moyer stated that it would be nice if the different industries would send somebody to the Council meeting. Lewis Wheeler stated that we could table this and send them a notice to come to a council meeting. Lewis Wheeler made a motion to table the CF-1 and to contact Archer Daniels Midland and have them come to a Council meeting. Wanda Mitchell seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote seven “ayes” were recorded. Motion passed. Eric Woods asked about drafting an order on how to handle the CF-1s to send out. Les Bergum stated that we could do that.
Mayor McBarnes asked Police Chief Troy Bacon to give an update on the police department.
Chief Bacon stated that they received two bids, one from American Structurepoint and one from KJG and Zimmerman. Chief Bacon stated that a group will be going to Michigan City to look at a police department project that American Structurepoint had done. Chief Bacon stated that a group will be going to West Bend, Wisconsin to look at a police station that Zimmerman had done. Chief Bacon stated that hopefully it will be decided the last week of the month who will get the bid.
Travis Sheets spoke about the downtown and stated that he had looked at the new apartment complex, landscape, and lighting along with the need for a new sidewalk. Joe Palmer stated that they are trying to keep it uniform with the rest of the downtown square.
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.