December 9, 2019
The Common Council met in a regular meeting on December 9, 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. Lewis Wheeler then prayed. Upon roll call, the following members were present: Eric Woods, Clarence Warthan, David Hussey, Steve Beardsley, Lewis Wheeler, and Joe Palmer. Also present: Judith Sheets, Clerk-Treasurer and Les Bergum, City Attorney. Jim Moyer arrived at the meeting at 7:10 PM
MINUTES: The minutes for the November 25, 2019, regular meeting were presented. Clarence Warthan made a motion to approve the minutes for the November 25, 2019 council 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” – Lewis Wheeler were recorded. Motion passed.
Mayor McBarnes stated that this will be the last council meeting this year. Mayor McBarnes stated that the swearing-in for elected officials will be December 30th at 1:00 PM at the Courthouse.
PUBLIC COMMENTS: Mayor McBarnes stated that Kim Harris of JETS Service was signed up under public comments. Kim Harris gave a yearend report and stated with the funding from the City and donations that they had taken care of 234 cats. Kim stated that Thorntown Veterinary Clinic provided meds at cost and donated hours of service.
Jim Moyer arrived at the meeting at 7:10 PM
OLD BUSINESS: Kyle Lueken of HWC Engineering gave a pool design update. Kyle stated that they are giving alternates to help meet budgets. Kyle stated that the base bid is $7.8 million and the alternates are $500,000. Kyle stated that they will go for bids the end of January.
Mayor McBarnes stated that Clarence Warthan and Police Chief Troy Bacon had been working on revamping downtown parking. Clarence stated that they had spent several hours researching this and wanted to make sure of the rotation of parking. Chief Bacon stated that they had found too many fraudulent parking permits. Chief Bacon stated that they had been looking at a license plate reader and also would like to have the part-time person go to full time. Joe Palmer stated that he had spoken with Jay Large about revamping the parking lots. Discussion followed. Mayor McBarnes stated that PSLIT could be used for this and Chief Bacon stated that the total cost for the equipment will be $61,740.71. Mayor McBarnes stated that the first meeting in January there will be discussion on parking.
Lewis Wheeler made a motion to reappoint Rick Gunyon to the Utility Service Board as the Council appointment. Steve Beardsley seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote seven “ayes” were recorded. Motion passed.
NEW BUSINESS: Mayor McBarnes that this is the last meeting of the year and asked for any comments from the Council members that will not be serving next year. Lewis Wheeler stated that it has been a great privilege and honor to serve and that he will miss everyone. David Hussey stated that it has been a pleasure to serve. Jim Moyer stated that it has been a distinct pleasure to serve for 32 years, 8 consecutive terms, at large and has enjoyed it.
Eric Woods stated that the NPO will be tabled until January by consensus.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business to come before the Council, Jim Moyer made a motion to adjourn. David Hussey seconded the motion. Mayor McBarnes adjourned the meeting.