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Common Council Meeting Minutes – November 26, 2018

The Common Council met in a regular meeting on November 26, 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.  David Hussey then prayed. Upon roll call the following members were present:   Jim Moyer, Eric Woods, David Hussey, Clarence Warthan, Steve Beardsley, and Joe Palmer.  Also present: Judith Sheets, Clerk-Treasurer and Les Bergum, City Attorney.  Absent:  Lewis Wheeler.

MINUTES:   The minutes for the November 13, 2018 regular meeting were presented.  Joe Palmer stated that there needed to be a couple of corrections.  On Page 2 correct the spelling of Greg Patchett and on the motion for the Paul Phillippe Resource Center and the Healthy Communities the second made by Jim Moyer needs to be added.  Joe Palmer made the motion to approve the minutes from the November 13, 2018 regular meeting with the corrections.   David Hussey seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded.  Motion passed.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:   Brandt Fuller thanked the Frankfort Police Department for their assistance at Walmart and stated that they are always there for them.

The new CEO for the YMCA was introduced.  Tristen Comeges stated she was excited for the opportunity and spoke about herself and the community.

Shan Sheridan, Clinton County Chamber of Commerce, spoke about the Prairie Creek Park and ask the Council to keep moving forward.

Karen Gregerson, President of the Farmers Bank, spoke about the Prairie Creek Park and stated that she wants to see the progress continue.

John Virtue stated that he supports the Prairie Creek Park and would like to see the progress continue.

Joe Blake, owner of Nickel Plate Flats, applauded the vision for the City.

Dr. Jill Snyder stated she sees a lot of forward growth and the Prairie Creek Park is a part of that.

Kim Stevens, Frankfort Main Street, talked of the improvements downtown and the Prairie Creek Park.  Kim read a letter of support from Casey Allen, owner of Whiskey Rose Boutique.

Craig Weiss, Vice-President of ConAgra, stated that Prairie Creek Park is of extreme importance to continue to have a vibrant Frankfort.

Mayor McBarnes read a letter of support from Robert Hobson, Senior Site Director at Frito Lay, in which he commended the City of Frankfort for its efforts to improve the lives of the citizens and provide opportunities to make the area a wonderful place to live, work, and play.

Dave Jacobs stated that we need more amenities in this town to attract more people and that Prairie Creek Park is important.

RESOLUTION 18-33:   A RESOLUTION OF THE COMMON COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF FRANKFORT, INDIANA AMENDING PREVIOUSLY APPROVED BONDS AND LEASE FOR PRAIRIE CREEK PARK.  Mayor McBarnes introduced Gary Smith, Reedy Financial, who provided highlights of the new financial information for Prairie Creek Park.   There was discussion by the Council.   Joe Palmer asked Travis Sheets, Park Superintendent, to speak.  Travis stated that we need to focus on the amenities that we provide.  Travis stated that we need to do it right and we need a destination point.  Travis stated that the Parks Department is on board with Prairie Creek Park.  Travis stated that the pool committee has met two times and that engineering studies are being done.  Mayor McBarnes stated that there will be a public meeting on the pool.  Joe Palmer stated that the RDC and RDA has passed their resolution for the Prairie Creek Park.  Steve Beardsley made a motion to pass Resolution 18-33.  David Hussey seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote five “ayes” – David Hussey, Joe Palmer, Clarence Warthan, Steve Beardsley, Jim Moyer, and one “nay” – Eric Woods.

OLD BUSINESS:    A letter from Kevin Catron was presented where he stated he would like to continue serving on the City Plan Commission as the Council appointment.  Jim Moyer made a motion to reappoint Kevin Catron to the City Plan Commission as the council appointment.  Eric Woods seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded.  Motion passed.

Jim Moyer stated that a council appointment is needed for the insurance committee.  Discussion followed.  Jim Moyer made a motion to appoint David Hussey to the insurance committee.  Joe Palmer seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote five “ayes” – Eric Woods, Joe Palmer, Clarence Warthan, Steve Beardsley, Jim Moyer and one “abstain” – David Hussey.  Motion passed.

NEW BUSINESS:    Mike Kelley, Utility Service Board Chairman, presented the 2019 Budget for the utilities.  Mike stated that this had been a lengthy project and that the utilities are a 43 million dollar business.  Mike stated that they will start providing quarterly reports in 2019 to the utility committee.

Judy Sheets, Clerk-Treasurer, stated that the 1782 Notice was received from the DLGF for the 2019 budget.  The 2019 budget was approved with the tax rate at 2.1124 for the year 2019.

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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