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9/23/2019 City Council Meeting Minutes

The Common Council met in a regular meeting on September 23, 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:  Jim Moyer, Eric Woods, Clarence Warthan, Steve Beardsley, David Hussey, and Joe Palmer.  Also present: Judith Sheets, Clerk-Treasurer and Les Bergum, City Attorney.  Absent:  Lewis Wheeler

MINUTES:   The minutes for the September 9, 2019, regular meeting were presented.   Steve Beardsley made a motion to approve the minutes for the meeting.  David Hussey seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote five  “ayes” –  Eric Woods, David Hussey, Joe Palmer, Clarence Warthan, Steve Beardsley, and one “abstain” – Jim Moyer were recorded.   Motion passed.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:   David Riggs, 957 East Wabash Street, spoke about the Riley School neighborhood and that he would like to see 20 Miles per Hour signs in that area for the safety of the children.    Mayor McBarnes asked Police Chief Troy Bacon to check on this.

ORDINANCE 19-10:   AN ORDINANCE AMENDING AND RESTATING SECTION 130.03 REGARDING ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES IN CITY PARKS OR PROPERTY.  Joe Palmer made a motion to pass Ordinance 19-10 on the third reading.  Eric Woods seconded the motion.   Upon roll call vote five “ayes” – Eric Woods, Joe Palmer, Clarence Warthan, Steve Beardsley, Jim Moyer and one “nay” – David Hussey.   Ordinance 19-10 passed on the third reading.

ORDINANCE 19-11:   AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ZONING MAP.  Steve Beardsley made a motion to pass Ordinance 19-11 on the third reading.  David Hussey seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded.   Ordinance 19-11 passed on the third reading.

Mayor McBarnes recessed the council meeting at 7:05 PM and opened the Public Hearing on Ordinance 19-12, Additional Appropriation in the City General Fund.    There were no public comments.

Mayor McBarnes closed the Public Hearing at 7:07 PM and opened the Council meeting.

ORDINANCE 19-12:    ADDITIONAL APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE.  Joe Palmer made a motion to suspend the rules and pass Ordinance 19-12 on the Second and Third Readings.  Clarence Warthan seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded.  Motion passed.   Joe Palmer made a motion to pass Ordinance 19-12 on the Second and Third Reading.  Clarence Warthan seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded.  Ordinance 19-12 passed on the Second and Third reading.  Travis Sheets, Park Superintendent, provided information on the pool project and the fundraising they will be doing.

ORDINANCE 19-13:   ORDINANCE FOR APPROPRIATIONS AND TAX RATES.  Steve Beardsley made a motion to read Ordinance 19-13 by title only.  Joe Palmer seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded.  Motion passed.   Ordinance 19-13 was read by title only.  Jim Moyer made a motion to pass Ordinance 19-13 on the First Reading.  Joe Palmer seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded.  Ordinance 19-13 was passed on the First Reading.  Discussion followed on if any changes needed to be made.

Jack Dodd presented information on the health insurance and projections of cost for the rest of the year.  Eric Woods stated that the Finance Committee had met with the Mayor, Clerk-Treasurer, and Jack and it was decided to use Rainy Day and appropriate an additional $450,000.

ORDINANCE 19-14:   AN ORDINANCE SETTING THE SALARIES AND HOURLY WAGES FOR EMPLOYEES OF THE CIVIL CITY OF FRANKFORT, INDIANA.  Joe Palmer made a motion to read Ordinance 19-14 by title only.  Clarence Warthan seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded.  Motion passed.  Ordinance 19-14 was read by title only.  Clarence Warthan made a motion to pass Ordinance 19-14 on the First Reading.  Jim Moyer seconded the motion.   Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded.  Ordinance 19-14 passed on the First Reading.

ORDINANCE 19-15:   AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING THE SALARIES OF THE ELECTED OFFICIALS OF THE CITY OF FRANKFORT, INDIANA.  David Hussey made a motion to read Ordinance 19-15 by title only.  Clarence Warthan seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded.  Motion passed.  Ordinance 19-15 was read by title only.  Steve Beardsley made a motion to pass Ordinance 19-15 on the First Reading.  David Hussey seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded.  Ordinance 19-15 passed on the First Reading.

ORDINANCE 19-16:    AN ORDINANCE REPEALING ORDINANCE NO. 19-07.   Eric Woods made a motion to read Ordinance 19-16 by title only.  Clarence Warthan seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded.  Motion passed. Ordinance 19-16 was read by title only.  Les Bergum stated that this Ordinance repeals Ordinance 19-07 which rezoned from the Baptist Church from “C” Residential to “GB” General Business.   Les stated that Healthy Communities will not have the funding for the purchase of the First Baptist Church.  Joe Palmer made a motion to suspend the rules and pass Ordinance 19-16 on the First, Second, and Third Reading.   David Hussey seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded.  Motion passed.  Joe Palmer made a motion to pass Ordinance 19-16 on the First, Second, and Third reading.  Clarence Warthan seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded.   Ordinance 19-16 passed on the First, Second, and Third reading.

ORDINANCE 19-18:   AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 71 OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE TO AUTHORIZE REGULATION OF TRAFFIC IN RESIDENTIAL COMPLEXES.  Jim Moyer made a motion to read Ordinance 19-18 by title only.  Clarence Warthan seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded.  Motion passed.  Ordinance 19-18 was read by title only.  Police Chief Bacon stated that this ordinance makes it possible to regulate traffic on residential complexes.  Chief Bacon stated that the complex has to sign an agreement and comply with signage.  Eric Woods asked if they would work with each partner for level of enforcement.  Steve Beardsley made a motion to pass Ordinance 19-18 on the First Reading.  Joe Palmer seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded.  Ordinance 19-18 passed on the First Reading.

RESOLUTION 19-19:   DECLARATORY RESOLUTION REDESIGNATING AN ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION AREA FOR PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX ABATEMENT.

Present at the meeting representing Frito Lay were Kimberly Koskay, Kathy Alfano, Jenn Vogel, and Bob Hopson.  Bob Hopson presented a PowerPoint on the expansion of the Frito Lay facility.  Kathy Alfano stated that they are investing 16 million dollars and adding 45 new jobs.  Mayor McBarnes stated that he was excited that Frito Lay was looking at us.  Discussion followed.  Les Bergum stated that the Council had received a copy of the SB-1 and the resolution.  Les stated that there will be a notice of Public Hearing set for October 14th at 7:00 PM along with notices delivered to the tax units affected by this.  Jim Moyer made a motion to pass Resolution 19-19.  Clarence Warthan seconded the motion.  Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded.  Resolution 19-19 passed.

RESOLUTION 19-20:    A RESOLUTION REGARDING THE INTEREST IN REAL PROPERTY LOCATED AT 16 N. MAIN STREET, FRANKFORT, INDIANA.  Eric Woods made a motion to pass Resolution 19-20.  Steve Beardsley seconded the motion.  Les Bergum stated that this is the former Utility Billing Office and it has always been owned by the City of Frankfort and occupied by the Utility Billing Office.  The Utility Billing Office has now moved to the Frankfort Plaza, so this resolution makes the City of Frankfort responsible for this building.  Discussion followed.  Upon roll call vote six “ayes” were recorded.  Resolution 19-20 passed.

OLD BUSINESS:   There was no old business.

NEW BUSINESS:    There was discussion on the Council Utility Service Board appointment.  There is one position that is up on September 30th and it needs to be decided on how to handle the replacement.  Discussion followed.   Mayor McBarnes stated that the Utilities Committee would be over this.

Downtown parking was discussed.  Clarence Warthan stated that there are downtown business owners that are concerned about the parking.  Discussion followed.  Mayor McBarnes stated that Clarence Warthan had been working on this with Chief Bacon, Jay Large, Judge Beardsley, and the County Commissioners.

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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