Monday, May 11, 2020
The Common Council met in a regular meeting on May 11, 2020, in the Council Chambers, 301 East Clinton Street, Frankfort, Indiana at 7:00 PM. The meeting was also presented and attended via GoToMeeting.
Mayor Judy Sheets called the meeting to order and led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance. Upon roll call, the following members were present either via GoToMeeting or in-person: Mayor Judy Sheets, Steve Beardsley, Michael Brite, Brandt Fuller, Joe Palmer, Megan Sheets, Clarence Warthan, and Eric Woods. Also present was Clerk-Treasurer Carol Bartley.
MINUTES: The minutes for the April 27, 2020, regular meeting were presented. Councilmember Woods moved seconded by Councilmember Fuller to approve the minutes for the April 27, 2020 meeting as presented. Upon roll call vote seven “ayes” were recorded. Motion passed.
PUBLIC COMMENTS: There were no public comments.
PUBLIC HEARING ORDINANCE 20-07
At 7:03 p.m. Mayor Sheets recessed the Common Council meeting and opened the Public Hearing for Ordinance 20-07 An Ordinance Amending the Water Rates to Establish System Development Charges for Users of City Water Within the I-65 Allocation Area.
Jerry Cooper of 4837 West State Road 28, Frankfort came before the Council. He asked for clarification on hookup fees for an existing single-family household. City Attorney Les Bergum stated there will not be a hookup charge if the home was in existence with that owner as of May 28, 2019, provided the home is hooked up with 6 months after the construction is completed. Mr. Cooper stated he is building a new home that will replace the currently standing house and wanted to confirm that he will not have any hookup fees. Mr. Bergum confirmed there will be no hookup fees for Mr. Cooper and this pertains to the Ordinance 20-08 as well.
Brian Kozuch of 5283 West State Road 28, Frankfort came before the Council. Mr. Kozuch inquired about the location of the lines coming in. City Light and Power Superintendent Todd Corrie said he was aware the lines are going on the south side of State Road 28 but he does not know the exact location. Mr. Kozuch said he has blue stakes out in front of his property. Mr. Corrie stated that is probably where the line will be run. He also asked if the sewer system was a gravity system or would he have to put in a pump to feed into it. Mr. Corrie stated part of the system was a forced main and part was going to be gravity feed. He believes most of the forced main is going to be to the west of Mr. Kozuch’s property. Mr. Kozuch he is concerned about the distance between everything and his front door and also the buried fence wire he has for his dog. City Attorney Les Bergum asked if the County has gone through the Right of Way acquisition as they should have taken all improvements into consideration. Mr. Kozuch stated he does not recall this happening. Council suggested that he get in touch with County Commissioner Josh Uitts to ask these questions.
At 7:10 p.m. Mayor Sheets closed the Public Hearing for Ordinance 20-07 and reopened the council meeting.
Councilmember Woods moved seconded by Councilmember M. Sheets to pass Ordinance 20-07 An Ordinance Amending the Water Rates to Establish System Development Charges for Users of City Water Within the I-65 Allocation Area on the second reading. Upon roll call vote seven ayes were recorded. Motion passed on second reading 7-0.
PUBLIC HEARING ORDINANCE 20-08
At 7:13 p.m. Mayor Sheets recessed the Common Council meeting and opened the Public Hearing for Ordinance 20-07 An Ordinance Amending the Sewer Charges to Establish System Development Charges for Users of City Wastewater Treatment Utility Within the I-65 Allocation Area. There was no public comment.
At 7:14 p.m. Mayor Sheets closed the Public Hearing for Ordinance 20-08 and reopened the Common Council meeting.
Councilmember Brite moved seconded by Councilmember Fuller to pass Ordinance 20-0 An Ordinance Amending the Sewer Charges to Establish System Development Charges for Users of City Wastewater Treatment Utility Within the I-65 Allocation Area on the second reading. Upon roll call vote seven ayes were recorded. Motion passed on second reading 7-0.
Councilmember Woods updated the Council on the annexation project. They are awaiting the final annexation plan to be approved by Barnes and Thornburg. He stated he anticipates official action to be taken at the May 26, 2020, Common Council meeting. City Attorney Les Bergum stated this would be in the form of a first reading of the ordinance. Mayor Sheets stated Ready has received all the information on the waivers and the fiscal plans from all departments.
Councilmember M. Sheets moved seconded by Councilmember Fuller to approve the CF-1 for Real Property for 2020 pay 2021 for Wesley Manor Southside L.P. as presented. Upon roll call vote seven ayes were recorded. Motion passed 7-0.
Mayor Sheets stated the next regular Common Council meeting was scheduled for Monday, March 25, 2020, and that is the Memorial Day holiday. This meeting will be rescheduled for Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at 7:00 p.m.
Councilmember M. Sheets asked if there would be a work session following this meeting. It was decided to hold a planning session at a later date.
Councilmember Fuller stated he missed the last Police Committee meeting. Mayor Sheets told him they are still looking at the airport property and there is still ongoing discussion for the CVS building.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business to come before the Council, Councilmember Fuller moved to adjourn, and Councilmember Woods seconded the motion. Mayor Sheets adjourned the meeting at 7:23 p.m.