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City Council Meeting Minutes – June 11, 2018

The Common Council met in a regular meeting on June 11, 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. Clarence Warthan then prayed. Upon roll call the following members were present:   Jim Moyer, Eric Woods, Wanda Mitchell, Clarence Warthan, and Joe Palmer. Also present: Judith Sheets, Clerk-Treasurer and Les Bergum, City Attorney. Absent: Steve Beardsley and Lewis Wheeler.

MINUTES:   The minutes for the May 29, 2018 regular meeting were presented. Joe Palmer made the motion to approve the minutes from the May 29, 2018 regular meeting. Jim Moyer seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote four “ayes” – Eric Woods, Wanda Mitchell, Joe Palmer, Jim Moyer and one “abstain” – Clarence Warthan were recorded. Motion passed.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:     There were no public comments.

Dolan Bartels, Plant Manager at Donaldson and Tim Conrad, President of Stimulus were present at the meeting to discuss the Donaldson Abatement documents. Tim thanked everyone for their assistance in the process. Mayor McBarnes recognized Shan Sheridan. Shan stated that he appreciates the opportunity for this and applauds Donaldson. Tim stated that the total capital improvement will be $35.8 million. Tim stated that they are requesting a seven year tax abatement. Tim stated that Donaldson currently pays $226,000 in taxes per year and after the abatement is finished in seven years they will be paying $530,000. Wanda Mitchell asked about the average wage. Tim stated that it is $18.40 an hour before benefits.

RESOLUTION 18-18:   DECLARATORY RESOLUTION DESIGNATING AN ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION AREA FOR REAL PROPERTY TAX ABATEMENT. Eric Woods made a motion to pass Resolution 18-18. Jim Moyer seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote five “ayes” were recorded. Resolution 18-18 passed.

RESOLUTION 18-19:   DECLARATORY RESOLUTION DESIGNATING AN ECONOMIC REVITALIZTION AREA FOR PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX ABATEMENT.   Joe Palmer made a motion to pass Resolution 18-19. Wanda Mitchell seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote five “ayes” were recorded. Resolution 18-19 passed.

The two Federal Mogul CF-1 forms were presented.   Bob Dolson was present at the meeting to provide information. Bob explained the transmission and change in technology and also talked about the rate of pay. Dan Frey stated that the rate of pay is in the $18.00 an hour range. Clarence Warthan made a motion to pass the two CF-1 forms for Federal Mogul. Joe Palmer seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote five “ayes” were recorded. Motion passed.

ORDINANCE 18-03:   AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE SEWER RATES AND CHARGES FOR THE CITY OF FRANKFORT, INDIANA. Jim Moyer made a motion to read Ordinance 18-03 by title only. Wanda Mitchell seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote five “ayes” were recorded.   Motion passed. Ordinance 18-03 was read by title only. Eric Woods asked about the pump station. Marty Wessler stated that the lift station was moved and explained the changes and the new pumps. There was discussion on the expansion to the west. Eric Woods asked about the funding mechanism and the Redevelopment Commission. Eric passed out information from Reedy Financial. Joe Palmer stated that the RDC is in the process of looking at some other options such as the police officers in the schools. Discussion followed. Rich Starkey talked about TIF and sewer and water debts in other communities. Joe Palmer made a motion to pass Ordinance 18-03 on the First Reading. Clarence Warthan seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote four “ayes” – Wanda Mitchell, Joe Palmer, Clarence Warthan, Jim Moyer and one “nay” – Eric Woods were recorded. Ordinance 18-03 passed on the First Reading.

ORDINANCE 18-04:   AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE ACQUISITION, CONSTRUCTION AND INSTALLATION OF CERTAIN IMPROVEMENTS TO THE SEWAGE WORKS SYSTEM OF THE CITY OF FRANKFORT, INDIANA, THE ISSUANCE OF REVENUE BONDS TO PROVIDE FOR THE COAST THEREOF, THE COLLECTION, SEGREGATION AND DISTRIBUTION OF THE REVENUES OF SUCH SYSTEM, THE SAFEGUARDING OF THE INTERESTS OF THE OWNER OF SUCH REVENUE BONDS, AND OTHER MATTERS CONNECTED THEREWITH, AND REPEALING ORDINANCES INCONSISTENT HEREWITH. Jim Moyer made a motion to read Ordinance 18-04 by title only. Clarence Warthan seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote four “ayes” – Wanda Mitchell, Joe Palmer, Clarence Warthan, Jim Moyer and one “abstain” – Eric Woods were recorded. Ordinance 18-04 was read by title only. Clarence Warthan made a motion to pass Ordinance 18-04 on the First Reading. Wanda Mitchell seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote four “ayes” – Wanda Mitchell, Joe Palmer, Clarence Warthan, Jim Moyer and one “nay” – Eric Woods were recorded. Ordinance 18-04 passed on the First Reading.

RESOLUTION 18-17:   A RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING A COMMITTEE MEETING NOTICE POLICY.   Les Bergum explained the resolution and who is responsible for notifying the media of the meetings. Les also stated that there is an Exhibit A which is a sample Public Meeting Notice. Eric Woods asked who we have to notify by statute. Les stated the Times, radio station, WBAA and Journal & Courier is who we now notify. Jim Moyer made a motion to pass Resolution 18-17. Joe Palmer seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote five “ayes” were recorded. Resolution 18-17 passed.

OLD BUSINESS:   Mayor McBarnes stated that Wabash National will be at the next meeting to present their CF-1.

NEW BUSINESS: Nothing reported.

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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