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Common Council Meeting Minutes – December 10, 2018

The Common Council met in a regular meeting on December 10, 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.  Mayor McBarnes then prayed. Upon roll call the following members were present:   Jim Moyer, Eric Woods, David Hussey, Clarence Warthan, Steve Beardsley, and Lewis Wheeler.  Also present: Judith Sheets, Clerk-Treasurer and Les Bergum, City Attorney.  Absent:  Joe Palmer.

MINUTES:   The minutes for the November 26, 2018 regular meeting were presented.  Steve Beardsley made the motion to approve the minutes from the November 26, 2018 regular meeting.   Eric Woods seconded the motion.   Upon roll call vote five “ayes” – Eric Woods, David Hussey, Clarence Warthan, Steve Beardsley, Jim Moyer and one “abstain” – Lewis Wheeler were recorded.  Motion passed.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:   No comments.

Jacquelyn Dodyk, with the Affordable Housing Corporation of Marion, Indiana and Victoria Herring with the Community Development of Marion County were present at the meeting to present information on the Grants for Grads Program and Affordable Housing.  Jacquelyn talked about the program and explained the guidelines and approval process. Victoria presented a PowerPoint that showed financial incentives to purchase or rent a home.  Victoria explained the $5,000 down payment and that the person has to be in the house for five year in order for it to be fully funded.  Victoria stated that if the person rents they would receive 20% of the monthly rent up to $2500.  Discussion by the Council followed.

RESOLUTION 18-35:   A RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING FRANKFORT GRANTS FOR GRADS PROGRAM; APPROVING AGREEMENT FOR PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AND AUTHORIZING EXPENDITURE.  Steve Beardsley presented information on the Grants for Grads Program and the agreement.  Steve Beardsley made a motion to pass Resolution 18-35 along with the agreement.  Jim Moyer seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded.  Resolution 18-35 passed.

ORDINANCE 18-13:   AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 73.24(B) OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE.   Police Chief Troy spoke about the need for this ordinance with the Code Enforcement moving to the Police Department.  Chief Bacon stated that this tweaks the current City Ordinances so that Code Enforcement has the ability to enforce the ordinances.  Mayor McBarnes stated that the Board of Works and the Police Department have discussed this and think that it is good.  Les Bergum stated that the Board of Works will pass a resolution to transfer the supervision of the Code Enforcement Officer to the Police Department.  Eric Woods made a motion to read Ordinance 18-13 by title only.  Clarence Warthan seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded.  Motion passed.  Ordinance 18-13 was read by title only.  Clarence Warthan made a motion to pass Ordinance 18-13 on the First Reading.  Jim Moyer seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded.  Ordinance 18-13 passed on the First Reading.

ORDINANCE 18-14:  (REVISED) AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 72.21(B) OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE.   Steve Beardsley made a motion to read Ordinance 18-14 by title only.  Jim Moyer seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded.  Motion passed.  Ordinance 18-14 was read by title only.  Eric Woods made a motion to pass Ordinance 18-14 as revised on the first reading.  Clarence Warthan seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded.  Ordinance 18-14 passed on the First Reading as revised.

ORDINANCE 18-15:   (REVISED) AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 72 OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE BY ADDING SECTION 72.24 REGARDING ENFORCEMENT.  Eric Woods made a motion to read Ordinance 18-15 by title only.  Clarence Warthan seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded.  Motion passed.  Ordinance 18-15 was read by title only.  Steve Beardsley made a motion to pass Ordinance 18-15 as revised on the First Reading.  David Hussey seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded.    Ordinance 18-15 passed on the first reading as revised.

RESOLUTION 18-34:   A RESOLUTION APPROVING PAYMENT IN LIEU OF TAXES TO CITY OF FRANKFORT FROM FRANKFORT UTILITY SERVICE BOARD.  Jim Moyer made a motion to pass Resolution 18-34.  Steve Beardsley seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded.  Resolution 18-34 passed.

RESOLUTION 18-36:   A RESOLUTION TRANSFERRING FUNDS FROM THE CUMULATIVE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT FUND TO THE CITY GENERAL FUND.  Mayor McBarnes stated that the Council decided three or four years back to do this.  Eric Woods made a motion to pass Resolution 18-36.  Clarence Warthan seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded.  Resolution 18-36 passed.

RESOLUTION 18-37:   A RESOLUTION DETERMINING AND APPROVING PAYMENT IN LIEU OF TAXES TO CITY OF FRANKFORT UTILITY SERVICE BOARD.   Les Bergum explained Resolution 18-37 and talked about the utilities pension plan.   Les stated that there were some changes that he would be making to the resolution and agreement.  There was council discussion on this.  Eric Woods stated that he was in favor of this but there were other things that have not been dealt with such as salaries for the Mayor, Clerk-Treasurer, and HR Director.  Mayor McBarnes stated that USB members and Council members could meet and come back with a resolution in the first meeting in January.  Mayor McBarnes asked how we want to take care of this.  Jim Moyer stated that those who feel that they have not been fully involved do this so they are fully involved.  Mayor McBarnes asked that a committee meet with the utilities on this.  Eric Woods stated he would represent the Utility Committee.  David Hussey stated that he wanted to be on the committee.  Steve Beardsley stated that he would be on the committee.  Todd Corrie, Kent Brewer, Mike Kelley, and Alicia Albertson would be the representatives from the utilities.

OLD BUSINESS:    Eric Woods asked if there were any updates on the health insurance.  Jack Dodd stated that there had been no more changes other than the elimination of the HRA cards and the office visit co-pay will go from $25 to $30.  Eric asked if we will be within the budget.  Jack stated yes.

Mayor McBarnes stated that the next meeting would be on Christmas Eve.  It was decided to cancel that meeting and the Council will meet next on January 14, 2019.

NEW BUSINESS:   Todd Corrie presented a resolution that the USB will have before them on their next meeting to increase the annual salaries of the USB members as follows:  Chairman – $4400, Vice Chairman – $4350, and members – $4300.  Steve Beardsley made a motion to accept the salary raise for the USB Board.  Eric Woods recommended that the board get the same percentage of raise each year that the other utilities employees receive.

ADJOURNMENT:   There being no further business to come before the Council, Jim Moyer made a motion to adjourn.  Clarence Warthan seconded the motion.  Mayor McBarnes adjourned the meeting.

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