The Common Council met in a regular meeting on June 25, 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. Judy Sheets then prayed. Upon roll call the following members were present: Jim Moyer, Eric Woods, Wanda Mitchell, Clarence Warthan, Steve Beardsley, Lewis Wheeler, and Joe Palmer. Also present: Judith Sheets, Clerk-Treasurer and Les Bergum, City Attorney.
MINUTES: The minutes for the June 11, 2018 regular meeting were presented. Jim Moyer made the motion to approve the minutes from the June 11, 2018 regular meeting. Joe Palmer seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote five “ayes” – Eric Woods, Wanda Mitchell, Joe Palmer, Jim Moyer, Steve Beardsley and two “abstain” – Clarence Warthan, Lewis Wheeler were recorded. Motion passed.
PUBLIC COMMENTS: Mayor McBarnes applauded Gena Carson for her efforts on fund raising for the adaptive playground equipment. Mayor McBarnes stated he had received the information from Gena and had passed it on to the City Attorney.
Mayor McBarnes thanked Vectren Energy Group for the upgrade to the parking lot at Nickle Plat Flats.
ORDINANCE 18-03: AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE SEWER RATES AND CHARGES FOR THE CITY OF FRANKFORT, INDIANA. Jim Moyer made a motion to pass Ordinance 18-03 on the Second Reading. Steve Beardsley seconded the motion. Mayor McBarnes opened the meeting up for discussion and stated that Rich Starkey of Barnes & Thornburg, Gary Smith of Reedy Financial and Todd Corrie the Utilities Manager were present at the meeting. Lewis Wheeler asked about the project increasing from 3 million to 9 million. Todd Corrie stated that it went from 4.5 million to 9 million in order to increase the capacity. Eric Woods stated that he felt that it was a viable option to use RDC funds for the project. Discussion followed. Upon roll call vote five “ayes” – Wanda Mitchell, Joe Palmer, Clarence Warthan, Steve Beardsley, Jim Moyer and two “nays” – Eric Woods, Lewis Wheeler were recorded. Ordinance 18-03 passed on the Second 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. Joe Palmer made a motion to pass Ordinance 18-04 on the Second Reading. Jim Moyer seconded the motion. Lewis Wheeler asked about the cost of the project. Todd Corrie stated that they don’t expect the cost to go over $25.6 million. Upon roll call vote five “ayes” – Wanda Mitchell, Joe Palmer, Clarence Warthan, Steve Beardsley, Jim Moyer and two “nays” – Eric Woods, Lewis Wheeler. Ordinance 18-04 passed on the Second Reading.
Mayor McBarnes recessed the Council meeting at 7:17 PM and opened the Public Hearing on Resolution 18-20 and Resolution 18-21. Dolan Bartels Plant Manager at Donaldson’s stated that they are wanting to add 160,000 square feet and adding 84 jobs with an average wage of $18.35. Discussion followed.
Mayor McBarnes closed the Public Hearing at 7:20 PM and reopened the Council meeting.
RESOLUTION 18-20: CONFIRMATORY RESOLUTION DESIGNATING AN ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION AREA FOR REAL PROPERTY TAX ABATEMENT. Eric Woods made a motion to pass Resolution 18-20. Lewis Wheeler seconded the motion. Lewis Wheeler thanked Donaldson’s for their investment in the community. Discussion followed. Upon roll call vote seven “ayes” were recorded. Resolution 18-20 passed.
RESOLUTION 18-21: CONFIRMATORY RESOLUTION DESIGNATING AN ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION AREA FOR PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX ABATEMENT. Jim Moyer made a motion to pass Resolution 18-21. Clarence Warthan seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote seven “ayes” were recorded. Resolution 18-21 passed.
OLD BUSINESS: Wabash National CF-1. Mayor McBarnes stated that B.J. Kroppe and Keith Duncheck representatives from Wabash National were present at the meeting. B.J. Kroppe provided information and explained the CF-1s. Discussion followed. Joe Palmer made a motion to approve the CF-1s for Personal Property and Real Property for Wabash National. Lewis Wheeler seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote seven “ayes” were recorded. Motion passed.
Mayor McBarnes asked Steve Beardsley to give an update on Grants for Grads. Steve Beardsley gave the update and stated that he would see if he could get someone from Marion to attend the meeting to talk about this.
NEW BUSINESS: Mayor McBarnes stated that he will be having budget meetings with the Department Heads on Thursday starting at 8:00 AM. Mayor McBarnes asked about scheduling the Budget Hearings with the Council. After discussion it was decided to hold Budget Hearings on August 16th and 17 from 8:00 AM to 5:00PM.
Mike Kelley stated that the utilities budgets will be around that same time.
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.