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Common Council Meeting Minutes – January 28, 2019

The Common Council met in a regular meeting on January 28, 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.  Clarence Warthan then prayed. Upon roll call the following members were present:   Jim Moyer, Eric Woods, Clarence Warthan, Steve Beardsley, Joe Palmer, and Lewis Wheeler.  Also present: Judith Sheets, Clerk-Treasurer and Les Bergum, City Attorney.  David Hussey arrived at the meeting at 7:08 PM.

MINUTES:   The minutes for the January 14, 2019 regular meeting were presented.   Steve Beardsley made the motion to approve the minutes from the January 14, 2019 regular meeting.    Clarence Warthan seconded the motion.    Motion passed.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:   Joe Root addressed the Council concerning the fire at the business he and his wife own this past week.  Joe stated that our fire department is second to none.  Joe thanked the Fire Department, City Light & Power, and the Police Department.  Joe stated that they appreciate the City.  Fire Chief John Kirby stated that there were 22 entities and businesses that assisted with the fire and he thanked them.  Chief Kirby stated that the Lebanon Fire Department’s assistance helped to save the rest of the block.

Gena Carson presented information on the Adaptive Playground Equipment funding efforts.  Gena stated that they had received $9300 and thanked the following:  Morrison & Robbins Attorneys, Power, Little, Little, & Little Attorneys, Bailey Trucking Inc, Eagles, NHK Seating, Donaldson’s, Horseshoe Association, Encompass Credit Union, NTK Precision Axle Corporation, Center Township Trustee, and the Chloe Carson family.  Gena stated that she would like to have a ribbon cutting and a plaque made with the donor’s names on it.  Mayor McBarnes thanked Gena for her efforts with the fund raising for this.

At 7:08 PM David Hussey arrived at the meeting.

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 pass Ordinance 18-15 on the Third Reading.  Jim Moyer seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote seven “ayes” were recorded.  Ordinance 18-15 passed on the Third Reading.

RESOLUTION 19-04:   A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE TRANSFER OF FUNDS FROM THE GENERAL FUND TO THE RAINY DAY FUND.   Mayor McBarnes stated that the Finance Committee met and felt this was a good decision to transfer the $129,000 from City General to Rainy Day.  Eric Woods stated that the Finance Committee met with the Mayor and the Clerk-Treasurer on this.  Eric stated that this would bring the Rainy Day Fund close to a half million dollars.  Eric stated that this would put the City in a good position and the Finance Committee recommends doing this.  Joe Palmer made a motion to pass Resolution 19-04.  Clarence Warthan seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote seven “ayes” were recorded.  Resolution 19-04 passed.

OLD BUSINESS:    Mayor McBarnes stated that it had been talked about doing an additional appropriation for paving and that the Clerk-Treasurer will be working on this with Reedy to have it ready to bring to the Council in February.

There was discussion on whether to have the work session after the council meeting due to the bad weather.  It was decided to discuss the topics during the regular meeting and cancel the work session.

Jim Moyer stated that the employee salary survey was one of the topics.  Eric Woods brought up that it needs to be decided on how to handle this and in what direction to go with it with the HR Director.  Steve Beardsley stated that we should be able to do internally and in house.  Eric stated that maybe the Council could work with the HR Director and come up with eight to ten municipalities to use as comparison.

Jim Moyer stated that another topic that was to be discussed was future Federal Highway projects.   Mayor McBarnes talked about the Washington Avenue Project.   Mayor McBarnes stated the next INDOT projects will probably be this fall and he would like council to provide input.  Mayor McBarnes stated that he would like in the spring of this year to come up with projects with a consensus from the Council.

NEW BUSINESS:   There was nothing reported.

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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