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Common Council Meeting Minutes – May 28, 2019

The Common Council met in a regular meeting on May 28, 2019 in the Council Chambers, 301 East Clinton Street, Frankfort, Indiana at 7:00 PM.

President Pro Tem Jim Moyer 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.  Absent:  Mayor Chris McBarnes and David Hussey.

MINUTES:   The minutes for the May 13, 2019 regular meeting were presented.  Clarence Warthan stated that he had a change on Page 2, Ordinance 19-06, that reads Clarence Warthan made a motion to pass Ordinance 19-06 on the Second Reading and it should read Third Reading. Clarence Warthan made the motion to approve the minutes from the May 13, 2019 regular meeting as amended.   Joe Palmer seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded.   Motion passed.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:   Joe Root thanked the Frankfort Police Department for their assistance during the Memorial Day Ceremony.  Joe also thanked the Frankfort Street Department for blocking the streets.

ORDINANCE 19-07 (Revised):    AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ZONING MAP

Les Bergum, City Attorney, stated that he had revised the ordinance for second reading and he explained the changes.  Les stated that there is conveyance restriction.  Jim Moyer asked about the unfavorable recommendation for the parking lot.  Les stated that this was for the parking lot and he had prepared the certification of unfavorable recommendation certifying that the City Plan Commission recommended that the petitioner’s request to rezone the real estate from “C” Residential to “GB” General by denied.   Steve Beardsley made a motion to approve the amendment to Ordinance 19-07.  Joe Palmer seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded.  Motion passed.  Eric Woods made a motion to pass Ordinance 19-07 on second reading as amended.  Steve Beardsley seconded the motion.   Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded.    Ordinance 19-07 passed on second reading as amended.

ORDINANCE 18-08:   AN ORDINANCE AMNDING AND RESTATING 90.15 AND REPEALING 90.17 AND 90.18 OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE REGARDING ANIMAL VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS.   Steve Beardsley made a motion to take Ordinance 18-08 off the table.  Lewis Wheeler seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded.  Motion passed.  Ordinance 18-08 was taken off the table.  Lewis Wheeler made a motion to read Ordinance 18-08 by title only.  Clarence Warthan seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded.  Motion passed.  Ordinance 18-08 was read by title only.  Steve Beardsley made a motion to pass Ordinance 18-08 on the First Reading.  Clarence Warthan seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote four “ayes” – Eric Woods, Joe Palmer, Clarence Warthan, Steve Beardsley and two “nays” – Lewis Wheeler, Jim Moyer.  Ordinance 18-08 passed on First Reading.

RESOLUTION 19-12:   A RESOLUTION DIRECTING TRANSFER OF APPROPRIATED FUNDS.   Jerry Hickman and Michael Bell of Reedy Financial were present at the meeting to provide information on the MVH 50% Restriction.   Jerry Hickman explained the MVH Restricted Fund and how the appropriations were going to be transferred.  Jerry explained that 50% of the MVH distributions are to be placed in the restricted fund and were to be used for construction, reconstruction and preservation.  Joe Palmer made a motion to pass Resolution 19-12.  Eric Woods seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded.  Resolution 19-12 passed.

RESOLUTION 19-13:   RESOLUTION OF THE COMMON COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF FRANKFORT, INDIANA APPROVING AN INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT BY AND AMONG THE CITY OF FRANKFORT, INDIANA, CLINTON COUNTY, INDIANA, THE CLINTON COUNTY BUILDING CORPORATION AND THE UTILITY SERVICE BOARDS OF THE CITY OF FRANKFORT, INDIANA TO SUPPORT CERTAIN SEWAGE AND WATERWORKS INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS.   Alan Dunn, President of the Clinton County Council was present at the meeting and talked about the infrastructure and there was a map showing the proposed route of utilities.  Alan stated that there is an inter-local agreement and resolution that needed to be passed.   Alan stated that the utilities would run from 450West to I65 and the County will pay for it.  Alan stated that the County Building Corporation was established for this project and other projects.  Mike Kelly, USB Chairman, stated that this does not change the rates and that new customers should help rate payers.  Mike stated that fiber optic will be installed at the same time.  Mike stated that residents do not have to hook up but that they can and they will be exempt from fees.  Alan Dunn stated that this should be completed in 2020.  Steve Beardsley made a motion to pass Resolution 19-13.  Clarence Warthan seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded.  Resolution 19-13 passed.

RESOLUTION 19-14:    RESOLUTION CLARIFYING THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE PERIOD OF ABATEMENT.   Jay Moore was present at the meeting to represent LOL,LLC.  Jay stated that the resolution is approving that the Statement of Benefits shall not commence until the improvements to 6-8 S. Main Street, 2 S. Main Street, and 51 W. Clinton Street have been completed.  Discussion followed.  Eric Woods stated that he doesn’t like it open ended for more than one year.  There was no motion made to approve Resolution 19-14.  President Pro Tem Jim Moyer stated that the resolution failed due to no motion being made.

OLD BUSINESS:   Nothing Reported.

NEW BUSINESS:    A CF-1 for Personal Property and a CF-1 for Real Property were presented for Donaldson Company Inc.  Dolan Bartels and Tim Conrad were at the meeting present information and to answer any questions.   Eric Woods asked about the number of employees.  Tim Conrad said that they have close to 400.  Clarence Warthan made a motion to approve the CF-1 Real Property and the CF-1 Personal Property for Donaldson Company Inc.  Joe Palmer seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded.  Motion passed.

Two CF-1s for Personal Property were presented for Federal Mogul LLC.  Glen Vaught Plant Manager at Federal Mogul was present at the meeting to present information and to answer any questions.  Glen stated that they are working three shifts five days a week.  Discussion followed.  Joe Palmer made a motion to approve the two CF-1s for Personal Property for Federal Mogul LLC.  Clarence Warthan seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote five “ayes” – Eric Woods, Joe Palmer, Clarence Warthan, Steve Beardsley, Jim Moyer and one “nay” – Lewis Wheeler.   Motion passed.

A CF-1 for Personal Property and a CF-1 for Real Property was presented for Wabash National LP.  BJ Kropppe was present at the meeting to present information and to answer any questions.  BJ stated that employment changes with demand and that the majority of the workers are full time.  Eric Woods stated that the council in the past have accepted the amendment but that he would like for them to meet with the Finance Committee to come up with something.  Joe Palmer made a motion to approve the CF-1 Personal Property and the CF-1 Real Property for Wabash National.  Clarence Warthan seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote three “ayes” – Joe Palmer, Clarence Warthan, Jim Moyer and three “nays” – Eric Woods, Lewis Wheeler, Steve Beardsley.   Motion did not pass.  The Council found the owner not to be in substantial compliance in meeting employment and salary goals and asked them to contact the Mayor’s office to arrange a meeting with Council Finance Committee.

A CF-1/VBD was presented for Cherukuri, Inc. & Frankfort Plastics, Inc.  Jay Moore was at the meeting to represent Cherukui, Inc and Frankfort Plastics, Inc.   Jay introduced Sasi Noothalapati.  Sasi had slides showing that he had been working on clean up.  Kevin Evans presented pictures and stated that Sam Payne said that there were two additional spots that have not been cleaned up.   Jay Moore stated that Sasi had just gotten legal title to the property in April of this year.  Jay said that the City would have been responsible for the cleanup if he didn’t clean it up.  Shan Sheridan spoke about the property and how this all came about.   Jay Moore stated that he believed they were in substantial compliance.  Discussion followed.  Steve Beardsley made a motion to approve the CF-1/VBD.  Lewis Wheeler seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded.  Motion passed.

ADJOURNMENT:   There being no further business to come before the Council, Joe Palmer made a motion to adjourn.    Lewis Wheeler seconded the motion.  President Pro Tem Jim Moyer adjourned the meeting.

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