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City Council Meeting Minutes – May 14, 2018

The Common Council met in a regular meeting on May 14, 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, Steve Beardsley, and Joe Palmer. Also present: Judith Sheets, Clerk-Treasurer and Les Bergum, City Attorney. Absent: Clarence Warthan.

MINUTES:   The minutes for the April 23, 2018 regular meeting were presented. Wanda Mitchell made the motion to approve the minutes from the April 23, 2018 regular meeting. Joe Palmer seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded. Motion passed.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:   Gena Carson presented information on the need for adaptive equipment at the City Parks. Gena stated that she had talked with Travis Sheets the Parks Superintendent about this and had taken him information on it.   Gena stated that the closest park is Columbia Park in Lafayette and also Blue Ridge and Green Meadows has swings.   Gena asked for a commitment from the City to implement this equipment. Gena stated that hopefully the equipment and labor would be $5000. Mayor McBarnes asked about United Way or working with ASI.   Mayor McBarnes stated that we stand behind you and so does Travis Sheets.

RESOLUTION 18-14: A RESOLUTION DIRECTING TRANSFER OF APPROPRIATED FUNDS. Wanda Mitchell introduced the resolution and asked that Police Chief Troy Bacon give information on the Police Department Project. Chief Bacon stated that two firms had submitted proposals and they are KJG and Zimmerman and American Structure Point. Chief Bacon stated that at the May 9th Board of Works meeting he recommended KJG and Zimmerman for Phase 1 and it was accepted. Chief Bacon stated that the cost for Phase 1 is $48,000 and that this resolution moves $44,261.97 from the 100s in Public Safety LIT to the 300s in Public Safety LIT and that he remainder will be paid out of the police department building fund. Chief Bacon stated that there is four phases for the project and that currently there are four sites on the list.

Mayor McBarnes asked if KJG would host a public meeting and Chief Bacon stated yes. Wanda Mitchell made a motion to pass Resolution 18-14. Steve Beardsley seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded. Resolution 18-14 passed.

OLD BUSINESS:   Steve Beardsley talked about the Grants for Grads Program. Steve stated that he and the Mayor had gone to Marion to learn about their program and how to implement it. Steve stated that there were two ladies there who said that they could administer the program for a fee of $250 per applicant. Steve stated that students who graduate with an advanced degree and come to Frankfort to live can apply for a $5000 grant to purchase a home and at the end of the five years they will be relieved of the grant. Steve stated that there would also be rental assistance. Mayor McBarnes stated that he will provide information to the council on this and the next step would be for the council to review it.

Eric Woods stated that there is money in the budget for Not for Profit organizations and that there needs to be some type of application process. Eric stated that he will have a draft application to the council by the June meeting.

NEW BUSINESS:   CF-1/ Real Property for Wesley Manor Southside, L.P.   Robert Mosser CFO for Keller Development was present at the meeting. Jim Moyer asked how it was going. Mr. Mosser stated on April 30th of this year that they were at full occupancy and have a waiting list. Mr. Mosser provided financial information and stated that this is a very solid community asset. Joe Palmer made a motion to accept the CF-1 for Wesley Manor Southside. Wanda Mitchell seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded. Motion passed.

Lewis Wheeler asked about the meeting being changed to May 29th due to the Holiday.

Clerk-Treasurer Judy Sheets stated that she needs the information for the work session agenda by the Wednesday before the meeting.

Mayor McBarnes asked about the notices for meetings. Judy Sheets stated that there is some confusion on who and how the notices are to be sent out. Rick Gunyon stated that the USB attorney was going to get with the Public Access Officer. Mayor McBarnes stated that we want to do things the right way and that it comes down to the best practices standards.

Mike Kelley, USB Chairman, stated that the person who asks for the meeting will provide a form and send it to the media.

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.