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Common Council Meeting Minutes – March 11, 2019

The Common Council met in a regular meeting on March 11, 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, David Hussey and Lewis Wheeler.  Also present: Judith Sheets, Clerk-Treasurer and Les Bergum, City Attorney.

MINUTES:   The minutes for the February 25, 2019 regular meeting were presented.  David Hussey made the motion to approve the minutes from the February 25, 2019 regular meeting.    Joe Palmer seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote seven “ayes” were recorded.   Motion passed.

 PUBLIC COMMENTS:   There were no Public Comments.

Mayor McBarnes recessed the Council meeting at 7:02 PM and opened the Public Hearing.

PUBLIC HEARING:     Public Hearing on Ordinance 19-03.   Mayor McBarnes stated that this is an ordinance vacating a portion of Oak Street and an alley.  There were no public comments.

Mayor McBarnes closed the Public Hearing at 7:04 PM and reopened the council meeting.

ORDINANCE 19-03:   AN ORDINANCE VACATING A PORTION OF OAK STREET AND AN ALLEY.   Clarence Warthan asked which alley was being vacated.  Les Bergum stated that it was the alley right behind the hospital and showed it on the map.  Les stated that this will not affect any property owners.   Joe Palmer made a motion to suspend the rules and pass Ordinance 19-03 on the second and third reading.  Steve Beardsley seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote six “ayes” – Eric Woods, David Hussey, Joe Palmer, Clarence Warthan, Steve Beardsley, Jim Moyer and one “nay” – Lewis Wheeler.  The motion did not pass due to the one “nay” vote.  Joe Palmer made a motion to pass Ordinance 19-03 on the second reading.  David Hussey seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote seven “ayes” were recorded.  Ordinance 19-03 passed on the second reading.

ORDINANCE 19-04:   AN ORDINANCE AMENDING AND RESTATING ORDINANCE NO. 19-01; SETTING THE SALARIES AND HOURLY WAGES FOR EMPLOYEES OF THE CIVIL CITY OF FRANKFORT, INDIANA.   Steve Beardsley made a motion to pass Ordinance 19-04 on the second reading.  Clarence Warthan seconded the motion.   Upon roll call vote seven “ayes” were recorded.  Ordinance 19-04 passed on the second reading.

TPA POOL PROJECT:    Travis Sheets, Park Superintendent, showed pictures of the first pool built in 1929 and other pictures of the pool.  Travis explained the existing problems with the pool and stated that a feasibility study has been done.   Travis presented the following statistics for the pool in 2018:  attendance – 6195, revenue – $16775, and expenses – $132,026.   Travis stated that the pool committee had looked at the different options.   Kyle Lueken with HWC Engineering presented information on the three concepts they came up with for the pool.  Kyle stated that they had 690 responses to the public survey.  Kyle stated that the first of January they came up with other alternatives.  Kyle showed the options that they are now looking at with varies amenities.   Mason Cochran of Reedy Financial presented information on the funding for the pool.  Mason stated that the financing would be for $9.9 million.  Mayor McBarnes stated that the Finance Committee had been working very hard on this.  Eric Woods stated that the finance committee had looked at the different options.  Eric stated that it is important that the whole council understands and commits to this.  Steve Beardsley stated that the finance committee looked very carefully at each item and also looked at it in conjunction with the other things going on.  Jim Moyer stated that we can’t keep the same pool that it would be too much money.  Jim stated that we are trying to make the City grow and this is the #1 priority.  Discussion followed.  Eric Woods stated that the money that was budgeted for this year for the pool could be used for design cost this year.

OLD BUSINESS:     Joe Palmer stated that the RDC had reached an agreement for purchasing the buildings downtown from the fire.  Joe stated that they will be getting the buildings down and getting the street opened back up.  Eric Woods asked if there had been any discussion what to do with the property.   Joe stated that the RDC will purchase it and it will be up for sale.

Jason Forsythe, Street Superintendent, gave an update on Washington Avenue.   Jason stated that they are having a progress meeting every couple of weeks.  Jason gave an update on the utilities work being done.   Jason stated that they are waiting to hear from Norfolk & Southern on taking the railroad tracks out.    Jason stated that you can go to the following website to get updates on Washington Avenue:   washingtonavefrankfort.com.

Mayor McBarnes stated that City will be doing 14 street paving projects this year.

NEW BUSINESS:  Carol Price with Healthy Communities presented information on plans to create a Community Center for health services.  Carol stated that Healthy Communities is in the process of purchasing the First Baptist Church on South Columbia Street.  Carol stated that Healthy Communities will be moving there and that there are others interested in moving there.  Carol stated that some of the services that will be provided are:  nutrition information, smoking cessation, Safe Sleep for Babies, and car seat inspections.   Carol stated that all services would be in one place and people will take advantage of the services.  Carol asked that the Council send a letter of support to the USDA.   Joe Palmer made a motion to send a letter of support.  Clarence Warthan seconded the motion.   It was a unanimous vote to send the letter of support.

Mayor McBarnes stated that Frankfort has been ranked the 8th safest City in Indiana.

Mayor McBarnes stated that Frankfort has been selected in the Top 100 Micropolitans and this is in recognition of the Frito Lay expansion.

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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