The Common Council met in a regular meeting on April 9, 2012 in the Council Chambers, 301 East Clinton Street, Frankfort, Indiana at 7:00 PM and the following action was taken: Mayor Chris McBarnes was present, called the meeting to order, and led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance. Mayor Chris McBarnes then prayed. Upon roll call the following members were present: Sam Paul, Jim Moyer, Eric Woods, Joe Palmer, Josh Uitts, Jake Myers, and Rick Gunyon. Also present Les Bergum, City Attorney and Judy Suter, Clerk-Treasurer.
The minutes for the March 12, 2012 meeting were presented. Jim Moyer made a motion to approve the minutes from March 12, 2012. Jake Myers seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote seven “ayes” were recorded. Motion passed.
ORDINANCE 12-04A: AN ORDINANCE REGULATING THE USE OF GOLF CARTS.
Jim Moyer made a motion to pass Ordinance 12-04A on the Third Reading. Joe Palmer seconded the motion. Discussion followed. Jake Myers stated that he had talked with some towns about the use of golf carts in their towns, and he was not in favor of their use in Frankfort. Rick Gunyon stated that under Section 6, the last sentence states “A person operating a golf cart shall display a slow moving vehicle sign, easily visible to approaching traffic” and that under Section 8 it reads “A triangular slow moving vehicle emblem mounted at the rear of the golf cart and as near as practicable to the center of mass and at an approximate height not less than three (3) feet and not more than five (five) feet from level ground or pavement surface. Rick asked if the Ordinance could be modified. Les Bergum stated that the rules would have to be suspended to modify it and that he would suggest eliminating the last sentence in Section 6. Jim Moyer then withdrew his motion and Joe Palmer withdrew his second. Rick Gunyon made a motion to suspend the rules for the purpose of amending Section 6. Jim Moyer seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote seven “ayes” were recorded. Motion passed. Rick Gunyon made a motion to amend the ordinance by deleting the last sentence in Section 6. Joe Palmer seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote seven “ayes” were recorded. Motion passed. Joe Palmer made a motion to pass Ordinance 12-04A on the Third Reading with the amendment. Jim Moyer seconded the motion. Discussion followed. Rick Gunyon stated that he is not comfortable with golf carts in the city streets. Eric Woods stated that he will support the Ordinance, but that he would like for the council to take a look at it in one year and to get opinions from the Police Department on this. Upon roll call vote five “ayes” – Sam Paul, Eric Woods, Joe Palmer, Josh Uitts, Jim Moyer and two “nays” – Jake Myers, Rick Gunyon were recorded. Ordinance 12-04A passed on Third Reading with amendments.
ORDINANCE 12-05: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 11-01A AS TO DOWNTOWN PARKING.
Mayor McBarnes stated that this ordinance is tabled and is going to stay there unless a Councilor wants it otherwise. Mayor McBarnes stated that a Parking Enforcement Clerk has been hired.
ORDINANCE 12-06: AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF FRANKFORT, INDIANA, CHAPTER 97, ENTITLED STREETS AND SIEWALKS BY ADDING SECTION 97.40, ET SEQ, ENTITLED COMPLETE STREETS TO PLAN, DESIGN, AND CONSTRUCT ROADWAYS TO PROVIDE APPROPRIATE ACCESS TO ALL LEGAL USERS.
Jim Moyer made a motion to read Ordinance 12-06 by title only. Eric Woods seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote seven “ayes” were recorded. Motion passed. Ordinance 12-06 was read by title only. Jim Moyer made a motion to pass Ordinance 12-06 on the First Reading. Sam Paul seconded the motion. Les Bergum stated that this was designed to amend Chapter 97 and to add a couple of paragraphs. Les stated that the City Plan Commission will have to draft a plan, have a Public Hearing, and then present it to the City Council. Les stated that the Board of Works passed a Resolution earlier in the day for Complete Streets. Mayor McBarnes stated that he believe in this program. Richard Greeno stated that he supports the Complete Streets. Rick Gunyon suggested that the Plan Commission get back with the Council after reviewing the Ordinance. Rick Gunyon stated that under 97.42 it states the Building Inspector recommends exceptions and he thinks it should not be just one individual, but it would be better to have the City Plan Commission review it and make exceptions. Sam Payne stated that there is a process to follow and that it goes before the City Plan Commission and then to the Council. Dr. Stephen Tharp stated that he feels the Complete Streets is critical to build our community. Richelle Lutz stated that she feels it is another wonderful idea, just don’t let it get muddied up.
Alan Dunn presented information on the new Airport Authority budget and stated that Paige Sansone and Brittany Wingerter from Umbaugh were at the meeting to present information on the budget. Paige stated that the proposed property tax is $463,694 with a tax rate of .0333. Discussion followed. Jim Moyer made a motion to accept the proposed 2013 Budget and levy request from the Frankfort Clinton County Airport Authority. Rick Gunyon seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote seven “ayes” were recorded. Motion passed.
Mayor McBarnes stated that Les Bergum would give a presentation on the Eastside Drainage Project. Mayor McBarnes stated that the total cost of the project will be approximately $2,832,000, and that Utility Service Board will be providing $700,000 and the Board of Works voted today to provide $559,872. Les Bergum stated that the $559,872 is the maximum amount and that this could be reduced if the project costs less. Les stated that this is going to be paid from CEDIT funds that were appropriated for Projects, Land, and Equipment. Les stated that Council could make a motion to approve the report. Jim Moyer made a motion to approve the report and to put a copy of the Board of Works Resolution in the Council Minutes. Eric Woods seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote seven “ayes” were recorded. Motion passed. Eric Woods stated that this has been a three year project with a lot of issues and he would like to commend the County, City, and Utility Service Board for successfully giving the financing for the project. Richelle Lutz commented on the Eastside Drainage Project and thanked the Utility Service Board and the City for stepping up. Mayor McBarnes stated that he was very impressed with the leadership in the City and County. Shan Sheridan stated that God had provided the $l.5 million and this was an answer to prayer.
Eric Woods presented a proposal to the Council on having work sessions scheduled in place of the second monthly meetings on odd numbered months. Eric stated that the work sessions could be used for discussions of grants, continuing education, policy, etc. Rick Gunyon stated that he thought this would be a tremendous opportunity and that he would support the work sessions. Mayor McBarnes commented Eric on this and stated that he was in support of this. Mayor McBarnes stated that this will be brought back at the next council meeting.
There being no further business to come before the Council Jim Moyer made a motion to adjourn. Joe Palmer seconded the motion. Motion was approved by unanimous voice vote. Meeting adjourned.