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City Council Meeting Minutes – April 23, 2018

The Common Council met in a regular meeting on April 23, 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 April 9, 2018 regular meeting were presented.  Joe Palmer made the motion to approve the minutes from the April 9, 2018 regular meeting.   Clarence Warthan seconded the motion.   Upon roll call vote seven “ayes” were recorded.  Motion passed.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:   There were no comments.

RESOLUTION 18-13:    A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING TEMPORARY LOAN OR LOANS.  Clerk-Treasurer Judy Sheets explained the resolution and stated that she will only transfer the money as needed and it will be paid back to EDIT when the tax draw is received from the County.   Mayor McBarnes asked Steve Beardsley to speak on the Health Insurance Committee.  Steve stated that they had been talking about health insurance and the benefit package for the employees.  Steve stated that a way to minimize the cost would be to look at a health care clinic which would offer wellness, occupational health, random and post- accident drug testing, and other services.  Steve stated that this would help the cost of health care to go down.  Steve stated that the health care committee will meet on May 8th.

Steve Beardsley made a motion to pass Resolution 18-13.  Joe Palmer seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote seven “ayes” were recorded.  Resolution 18-13 passed.

OLD BUSINESS:    Mayor McBarnes stated that he and Wanda Mitchell had attended the meeting on the TRAX Rail Program given by INDOT in Crawfordsville.  Mayor McBarnes stated that this would be an 80/20 match.  Mayor McBarnes stated that there are many ways that the local communities can come up with the match such as private partnerships.  Mayor McBarnes stated that the next step would be to get preliminary estimates of cost.  Mayor McBarnes stated that the INDOT scoring will be based on how many partnerships, amount of rail car traffic, amount of vehicular traffic and other information.  Wanda Mitchell stated that the application is a short window and that it is due July 31st.   Discussion by the council followed.    Mayor McBarnes stated that Heath VanNatter had met with County Commissioner Josh Uitts and it was agreed that the City could remove the railroad tracks on Washington Avenue.  Mayor McBarnes stated that would be a savings of $300,000 for the City.  Mayor McBarnes stated that we can move forward on that and that the Street and Alleys Committee would be the proper Committee to work on that.  Joe Palmer and Lewis Wheeler said that they are ok with that.

NEW BUSINESS:    The CF-1/PP was presented for Archer Daniels Midland.  Brandon George, Plant Manager, stated that at the end of 2017 they employed 64 employees and the salaries totaled over $2.7 million.  Clarence Warthan made a motion to approve the CF-1 for Archer Daniels Midland.  Eric Woods seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote seven “ayes” were recorded.  Motion passed.

Jay Moore presented information on the two CF-1/PP and two CF-1/Real Property for NHK Seating of America, Inc.  Jay stated that they are in substantial compliance.  Steve Beardsley made a motion to pass the four CF-1s for NHK Seating of American, Inc.  Joe Palmer seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote seven “ayes” were recorded.  Motion passed.

Jay Moore presented information on one CF-1/PP and one CF-1/Real Property for NTK Precision Axle Corporation.  Jay stated that they have exceeded in jobs and capital investment.  Eric Woods made a motion to approve the CF-1/PP and the CF-1/Real Property for NTK Precision Axle Corporation.  Wanda Mitchell seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote seven “ayes” were recorded.  Motion passed.

Jay Moore presented information on the CF-1/Real Property and the CF-1/PP for Frankfort Realty Investment Group & Tech Group North America.   Discussion followed by the Council and Jay Moore.  Eric Woods made a motion to table the CF-1s for Frankfort Realty Investment & Tech Group of North America, Inc.  Wanda Mitchell seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote seven “ayes” were recorded.  Motion passed.

Jay Moore presented information on the CF-1/VBD for Centurion Solutions LLC & Centurion Int’l Corp.  Jay stated that the number of employees went from 7 to 10 and the salaries went from $445,000 to $622,700.  There was discussion on future plans.  Joe Palmer made a motion to approve the CF-1/VBD for Centurion Solutions.  Clarence Warthan seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote seven “ayes” were recorded.  Motion passed.

Jay Moore stated that Ellipsis Medical Clinic and Nickel Plate Flats are not completed so they won’t be assessed until next year.  Jay Moore stated that Richey and Sons had the opportunity to buy ground with office space and storage space.   Jay stated that they appreciated the Council’s support.

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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