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Board of Public Works – June 25, 2012

The Board of Public Works and Safety met in a regular meeting on Monday, June 25, 2012 in the Council Chambers at 301 E Clinton Street, Frankfort, Indiana at 2:00 PM., the following action was taken.

Mayor Chris McBarnes called the meeting to order and led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance. Mayor McBarnes then prayed. Ken Estes, Tom Ransom, Troy Bacon, John Kirby, Sam Payne, George Belmore, Les Bergum and Karen Walker were present.


The minutes of the June 11, 2012 Regular Meeting were presented. Tom Ransom made a motion to approve the minutes of the June11, 2012 regular meeting with a correction to his name spelling. Ken Estes seconded the motion. Motion carried.


Police Chief Troy Bacon reported 81 foot patrols and several officers out on Bike Patrols. He is very proud of his officers and the work they are doing in the community. Chief Bacon asked to rescind motion of the purchase of Mirrors for the Fitness Area at the Police Department. An error had been made on the Town and Country Glass bid with the Lafayette bid coming in lower. Tom Ransom made a motion to rescind Town and Country bid and re-award bid to Lafayette Glass. Ken Estes seconded the bid. Motion carried. Chief Bacon commented the Police Department is having some problems with the laptop computers in the Police Cars. They are bogging down and need to be cleaned up for better performance. He presented 2 bids for de-bugging, firewalls, and spyware installed from Net Wise for $2,250. and Pro Byte Computer @ $2,670. Net Wise being the lower of the two bids, Chief Bacon recommended accepting Net Wise for the work to be preformed. Tom Ransom made the motion to accept Net Wise bid @ $2,250. with this being paid out of the Services Contracts. Ken Estes made a second. Motion carried. Tom Ransom complemented Troy Bacon on the professionalism of the Hispanic Group Meeting he held. Over 200 people were in attendance and felt a lot of progress was and can be made through these meetings.


Fire Chief John Kirby presented the resignation of Jeff Bray. All clothing and turn out gear will be turned back in per contract signed, with no reimbursement for training required due to stepping down after 5 weeks. Tom Ransom made a motion to accept Jeff’s resignation as a Fire Fighter. Ken Estes seconded the motion. Motion carried. Chief Kirby requested permission to start the final interviews for a new firefighter. Out of 58 applications they have narrowed down to seven final applicants. Chief Kirby has implemented additional testing for the final seven, climbing a 35’ extension ladder top to bottom and going through Training Trailer Maze while wearing a face mask. Chief Kirby asked permission to bring to the board a name for approval of the next hire on July 9th, permission granted. An invitation was extended to attend a Memorial Service on the 20th anniversary of the death of Glenn “Scrooge” Cunningham and Gary “Buck” Cunningham on Monday July 9th. There has been a county wide burn band put in place announced Chief Kirby, small neighborhood campfires are being put out nightly by the fire department. Fireworks are only allowed from June 29th thru July 9th. Eleven Firework Business are located in Frankfort. Chief Kirby presented the idea that Township Fire Contracts should start to be reviewed now to help with the 2013 Budget Process and not wait to release in January as it has been done in the past. He feels this will assist the Townships in knowing what to budget and also the City in what the revenue will be. Chief Kirby also suggested looking at a two year contract instead of an Annual contract.


Parks/Street Superintendent George Belmore reported some problems with the pool filtration system. Cloudy water was the effect of this and with the help of the Sewer Maintenance Department and Spear’s Corporation they have been able to correct and hope to be good for another 7 years or so. City -County Pool Party has been planned for July 4th in appreciation of the City and County Employees and Families. All are invited to attend the pool on the 4th to enjoy swimming and watching fireworks. Mayor McBarnes and Superintendent Belmore will share the expense of the pool rental for this event.


Parks/Street Superintendent George Belmore suggested due to the high cost of re paving streets, he would like to check into the Crack & Seal Process. This will help with the breakout of pot holes in hopes to eliminate the need to completely repave streets. Skip Evans has requested a temporary speed bump be installed in the alley beside Plunder on the Square. This is to help reduce speeding in the alley and entrance to Jackson Street. County will furnish the speed bump and the Street Department will install. Discussion was held. Permission was granted to install, Superintendent Belmore was asked to try to find a permanent solution to this problem.


Building Inspector Sam Payne reported Barner Street Trailer Court has been purchased by Crews. Permits have been issued and a 10 day waiting period is required before demolition can begin. Report was given on Parking Citation, 121 have been issued to date, with 527 permits issued. LEP Expansion going smoothly, TriGreen and Federal Mogul updates were also given by Sam Payne.


Quotes for Chain Link Fence @ the TPA Park Softball Field were opened by Attorney Les Begum. Wampler bid was 10 cents per pound or $ 200 per ton, Winski Brothers, 9 cents per pound with all materials delivered to facility. Tom Ransom mad a motion to accept the Wampler bid. Ken Estes seconded the motion. Motion carried. Barner Street Sidewalk bids from Jim Michael and FE Harding were opened and taken under advisement with the recommendation that FE Harding re-visit the site. Appraisal value of $6,500 was given by both Marcie Rissie and Building Inspector Sam Payne on the 606 E Clinton Street property. Public Notice to sell this property was presented by Attorney Les Bergum. Tom Ransom made a motion to accept the Public Notice Form. Ken Estes seconded the motion. Motion carried.


Denise Goodman and Mary Kay Baker, St Matthew UM church requested permission to host the “Sizzlin’ Summer Drummers’’ Bash. This is an outdoor concert that will take place at St Matthew’s Sunday July 29th @ 2 P.M. Drummers of all ages come from across the Nation to provide drumming for this event. Permission was given by consent. Larry Lawler summarized the 1st Public Meeting on the South Main Road Project. Meeting was well attended and positive. Some concerns were, effect this plan would have on trees and utility wires. Plans were discussed on bike lanes, walking strips, plans will be presented with some designs at the next Public Meeting.


Congratulations was given to Tom Ransom. Tom was inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame. Mayor McBarnes invited all to attend the “State of City” presentation that will take place in Harmony Hall on Wednesday. New City Flag, City Emblem, and Web site will be presented for 1st time viewing. 100 Day Plan will be reviewed and 200 Day Plan announced.


Claims were presented. Tom Ransom made a motion to approve the claims as presented. Ken Estes seconded the motion. Motion passed. The claim docket was signed.


There being no further business to come before the Board, Mayor McBarnes made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Ken Estes seconded the motion. Meeting adjourned.