Frankfort, IN – Frankfort resident and newly-appointed Utility Service Board member Stephen Mullen will lead the City’s Utility Service Board for the coming year, replacing Joe Root as chairman by a unanimous vote at its January meeting Tuesday evening.
According to Mullen, Frankfort’s economic development needs and focus mean a new direction is timely.
“I hope I speak for my fellow members on the USB in expressing great respect and appreciation for Joe Root’s leadership and dedication. I am sure he will continue to provide outstanding service in his commitment to the USB and to the community.”
“In addition to our ongoing utility services, the USB must focus on ways we can help make Frankfort more competitive to both residents and businesses. We do that with attention to fiber optics and ensuring we maximize what that technology provides,” Mullen said.
According to Mayor Chris McBarnes, positioning Frankfort to become more competitive with surrounding communities is going to take an “all hands on deck” approach, including efforts from the USB.
“Through the use of fiber optics, we can assist both existing and new industries with their telecommunications. We need to bring telecommunication providers into Frankfort who can offer the USB innovative ideas about the utilization of the fiber strands available.
“We cannot continue to allow technology in our community to remain dormant while neighbors all around us are using the same type of technology to their economic advantage. I challenge Chairman Mullen and the USB to take a bold approach in its effort to give Frankfort a competitive edge,” McBarnes said.
In addition to Mullen and Root, members of the USB include Marilyn Chittick, Mike Kelley and Betty Wheeler. Frankfort’s USB is responsible for overseeing the operations of the City’s electric, water and sewage utilities. The group meets at 5:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month in the IT Building on the grounds of the Frankfort Utility Company.
For questions or interview requests, contact USB Chairman Steve Mullen at 765-242-6877 or Mayor Chris McBarnes at 765-654-7332.