October 26, 2020
The Common Council met in a regular meeting on October 26, 2020, at the Frankfort Community Public Library, 208 West 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: Mayor Judy Sheets, Michael Brite, Megan Sheets, Clarence Warthan, and Eric Woods. Also present was Clerk-Treasurer Carol Bartley and City Attorney Les Bergum. Members Brandt Fuller and Joe Palmer were absent, and member Steve Beardsley attended via GoToMeeting.
MINUTES: The minutes for the October 12, 2020, regular meeting were presented. Councilmember Sheets moved the minutes be approved as presented, seconded by Councilmember Brite. Upon roll call vote, four ayes and one abstention were recorded. Motion passed 4-0.
PUBLIC COMMENTS: Street Department Superintendent Jason Forsythe updated the council on the Motor Vehicle Highway fund. There are 11.4 miles of roadway in Frankfort that have not been receiving funding from INDOT. He submitted the missing roads to the state, and the city will begin to receive approximately $130,000 in additional funding beginning in 2021.
PUBLIC HEARING ORD 20-14
Mayor Sheets called a recess of the meeting at 7:14 PM and opened a public hearing to discuss any comments or questions about the proposed annexation. Nick Kile with Barnes and Thornburg explained to the public and the council that this hearing is to address any concerns with annexation. The final action on the ordinance will be taken within 30 or 60 days from today’s meeting. Andrew Bailey addressed the council as a representative of 40 landowners who live in the proposed annexation area. They do not feel that this is the right move for economic development, are concerned about zoning, and do not believe this will pay off for Frankfort. Mayor Sheets closed the public hearing at 7:20 PM and reopened the council meeting.
ORDINANCE 20-14 AN ORDINANCE ANNEXING CERTAIN TERRITORY TO THE CITY OF FRANKFORT, INDIANA, PLACING THE SAME WITHIN THE CORPORATE BOUNDARIES THEREOF AND MAKING THE SAME A PART OF THE CITY OF FRANKFORT, INDIANA (THE “INTERSTATE 65”)
Councilmember Sheets made a motion to pass Ordinance 20-14 on the second reading, seconded by Councilmember Beardsley. Upon a roll call vote, five ayes were recorded. Motion passed 5-0.
ORDINANCE 20-15: ORDINANCE FOR APPROPRIATIONS AND TAX RATES (2021 BUDGET)
Councilmember Woods made a motion to pass Ordinance 20-15 on third and final reading, seconded by Councilmember Warthan. Upon a roll call vote, five ayes were recorded. Motion passed 5-0.
ORDINANCE 20-16: AN ORDINANCE SETTING THE SALARIES AND HOURLY WAGES FOR EMPLOYEES OF THE CIVIL CITY OF FRANKFORT, INDIANA
Councilmember Woods made a motion to pass ordinance 20-16 on the third and final reading, seconded by Councilmember Sheets. Upon a roll call vote, five ayes were recorded. Motion passed 5-0.
ORDINANCE 20-17: AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING THE SALARIES OF THE ELECTED OFFICIALS OF THE CITY OF FRANKFORT, INDIANA
Councilmember Sheets made a motion to pass ordinance 20-17 on the third and final reading, seconded by Councilmember Brite. Upon a roll call vote, five ayes were recorded. Motion passed 5-0.
ORDINANCE 20-21: AN ORDINANCE RESTATING AND REESTABLISHING FEES FOR BUILDING PERMITS AND CERTIFICATES OF OCCUPANCY
Councilmember Warthan made a motion to pass ordinance 20-21 on the second reading seconded by Councilmember Woods. Upon a roll call vote, five ayes were recorded. Motion passed 5-0.
City Attorney Les Bergum spoke to the council about the offer from INDOT to purchase the right of way at State Road 39 and 28 for $76,020. That amount would be split between the city and the county and the offer from INDOT will expire on November 9th.
Councilmember Sheets informed the members that she had given them donation forms for the United Way. When those are returned to her she will tabulate the donations and report back to the United Way.
Police Chief Scott Shoemaker spoke to the council about a letter he received from Amnesty International regarding the city’s policies on use of force and crowd control. The police department requires all officers to submit a use of force report for any incident and also has been practicing de-escalation tactics. The city has not had any complaints of use of force for the entire year of 2019 nor any so far in the current year. Chief Shoemaker will submit the use of force policies to the councilmembers.
Mayor Judy Sheets notified the council that she had received a letter regarding the Frankfort Redevelopment Commission. A meeting will take place on Thursday, October 29th in the council chambers and they will provide information on finances for the redevelopment commission.
Mayor Sheets addressed the Golf Committee and reminded them of the need to discuss the extension of the contract for Arborwood.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business to come before the Council, Councilmember Woods moved to adjourn, seconded by Councilmember Warthan. Mayor Sheets adjourned the meeting at 7:43 PM.