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7/22/2019 Common Council Meeting Minutes

The Common Council met in a regular meeting on July 22, 2019, 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: Eric Woods, Clarence Warthan, Steve Beardsley, David Hussey, and Joe Palmer.  Also present: Judith Sheets, Clerk-Treasurer and Les Bergum, City Attorney.  Absent: Jim Moyer and Lewis Wheeler.

MINUTES:   The minutes for the June 24, 2019 regular meeting were presented. It was noted that the Mayor did not adjourn the meeting and that President Pro Tem Jim Moyer adjourned the meeting.  Steve Beardsley made a motion to approve the minutes for the June 24, 2019 as amended.  Clarence Warthan seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote five “ayes” were recorded. Motion passed.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:    Kim Harris presented an update on JETS Trap, Neuter, and Return Program.    Kim stated they had provided this service for 134 cats so far.  Kim stated that Dr. Jon Culbertson with Thorntown Veterinary Clinic has been working with them on this.

Jason Forsythe stated that Chris Herring speaks on Heroin Addiction and he would like to bring him to Frankfort to speak.

Jack Dodd gave an update on the new medical clinic.   Jack stated that the Associates Health Center opened on July 1st.  Jack stated that the City, Utilities, and County are utilizing the clinic.

ORDINANCE 19-08:     AN ORDINANCE AMENDING AND RESTATING SECTION 130.03 REGARDING ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES IN CITY PARKS.  Joe Palmer made a motion to read Ordinance 19-08 by title only.  Eric Woods seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote five “ayes” were recorded.  Motion passed.   Ordinance 19-08 was read by title only.  Travis Sheets, Parks Superintendent, stated that with the new park there will be a lot of opportunity for this.   Travis stated that this would be approved by the Board of Works on an event case basis.  Travis stated that they have a packet for this which includes an application.  Discussion followed on whether this would be for the other parks or just the Prairie Creek Park and what areas of the park it would be allowed.  David Hussey stated that he would not support this.  Joe Palmer made a motion to pass Ordinance 19-08 on the First Reading.   Steve Beardsley seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote three “ayes” – Eric Woods, Joe Palmer, Steve Beardsley and two “nays” – Clarence Warthan, David Hussey.  Ordinance 19-08 died with a vote of three “ayes” and two “nays”.

ORDINANCE 19-09:    AN ORDINANCE AMENDING AND RESTATING SECTION 96.06 OF THE FRANKFORT MUNICIPAL CODE REGARDING LOUD, UNNECESSARY OR UNUSUAL NOISE.  Eric Woods made a motion to read Ordinance 19-09 by title only.  David Hussey seconded the motion.   Upon roll call vote five “ayes” were recorded.  Motion passed.  Ordinance 19-09 was read by title only.   Travis Sheets stated that the concerts will go well into the evening hours and that the Board of Works would have the authority to grant permission for that.  Discussion followed.  Eric Woods made a motion to pass Ordinance 19-09 on the First Reading.  David Hussey seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote five “ayes” were recorded.  Ordinance 19-09 passed on the First Reading.

RESOLUTION 19-16:   A RESOLUTION TERMINATING THE DEDUCTIONS PREVIOUSLY AUTHORIZED FOR TAX ABATEMENT BENEFITING WABASH NATIONAL, LP.    Les Bergum stated that Wabash National had appeared before the council with a CF-1 Compliance form and it was not approved.  Les stated that there was discussion that they could adjust the abatement amount.  Les stated that the City gave notice for the right to a hearing and that Wabash National had asked to continue it until tonight.  Les stated that he then received a letter in the mail from Wabash National stating that they would not challenge the Council on the non- approval of the CF-1 and withdrew their request.  Clarence Warthan made a motion to pass Resolution 19-06.  Joe Palmer seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote five “ayes” were recorded.  Resolution 19-16 passed.

OLD BUSINESS:    Mayor McBarnes presented a letter from the IRS that determined One80 Recovery Resources Inc. as a 501 (c) (3).

Joe Palmer stated that the Mayor, Marilyn Chittick and himself had gone to Fort Harrison and met with the State Committee and TPA Park is now a State Historical Preservation site.

NEW BUSINESS:   Mayor McBarnes introduced Jerry Hickman and Michael Bell from Reedy Financial Group who were at the meeting to present information for the 2020 budget.  Jerry Hickman presented binders to the Council with 2020 budget information along with a letter to summarize the 2020 Budget information.   Jerry talked about the 2020 Budget summary and capital projects.  Discussion followed by the Council.  Mayor McBarnes stated that a date needed to be set for the Council Budget Hearings.   It was decided to hold the budget hearings on August 12th from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Kyle Lueken of HWC presented information and an update on the new Aquatic Center.  Kyle stated that the next phase in the construction documents.  Kyle stated that the base budget is $8.7 million with $400,000 to $500,000 alternatives which includes slides, toy structure, dumping buckets and cabanas.  Kyle stated that the Aquatic Center is scheduled to open May 2021, and construction will begin in March of 2020.  Discussion followed.  Kyle stated that all parking is included in the bid.

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

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