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1/11/2021 City Council Meeting Minutes

COMMON COUNCIL
January 11, 2021

The Common Council met in a regular meeting on January 11, 2021, at 7:00 PM at the Community Schools of Frankfort Administration Building, 2400 E. Wabash Street, Frankfort, Indiana. 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, Megan Sheets, Clarence Warthan, Michael Brite, Brandt Fuller, and Eric Woods.  Also present were Clerk-Treasurer Carol Bartley and City Attorney Les Bergum. Members Joe Palmer, and Steve Beardsley attended via GoToMeeting.

MINUTES:   The minutes for the December 14, 2020, regular meeting were presented. Councilmember Warthan moved the minutes be approved as presented, seconded by Councilmember Woods. Upon a roll call vote, seven ayes were recorded. Motion passed 7-0.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:
None

PUBLIC HEARING RESOLUTION 21-01

Mayor Sheets called a recess of the meeting at 7:02 PM and opened a public hearing to discuss any comments or questions about the proposed tax abatement. There were no comments or questions, Mayor Sheets closed the public hearing at 7:03 PM and reopened the council meeting.

RESOLUTION 21-01: CONFIRMATORY RESOLUTION DESIGNATING AN ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION AREA FOR PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX ABATEMENT

Councilmember Sheets made a motion to pass resolution 21-01, seconded by Councilmember Fuller.  Upon a roll call vote, seven ayes were recorded.  Motion passed 7-0.

RESOLUTION 21-02: RESOLUTION OF THE COMMON COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF FRANKFORT, INDIANA, APPROVING AN INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT BY AND AMONG THE CITY OF FRANKFORT, INDIANA AND THE UTILITY SERVICE BOARD OF THE CITY OF FRANKFORT, INDIANA TO CONTRACT SERVICES RELATED TO EMAIL.

Todd Corrie spoke to the Council regarding ACCS handling the email for the City and also the Utilities.  The contract has been approved by the Board of Works and the Utility Service Board.  The cost of the contract with ACCS will be divided evenly between the City and the Utilities.  Councilmember Beardsley made a motion to pass resolution 21-02, seconded by Councilmember Brite.  Upon a roll call vote, seven ayes were recorded. Motion passed 7-0

OLD BUSINESS:
None

NEW BUSINESS:
Councilmember Sheets made a motion to elect Councilmember Eric Woods as president pro tem for 2021, seconded by Councilmember Fuller.  Upon a roll call vote, six ayes and one abstention were recorded.  Motion passed 6-0.

Mayor Sheets asked the council to maintain the same members of the councilmatic committees for 2021.  The council did not have any objections.

Councilmember Woods made a motion to reappoint Councilmember Joe Palmer and Todd Corrie to the redevelopment commission, seconded by Councilmember Fuller.  Upon a roll call vote, six ayes and one abstention were recorded.  Motion passed 6-0.

Community Development Director Annie Bacon addressed the council regarding the need for additional IT in order for members to attend remotely.  She suggested the purchase of a Bluetooth speaker to improve the ability for people to attend from home and welcomed ideas from the council regarding remote access.  The council approved the purchase of a Bluetooth speaker by consensus.

ADJOURNMENT:   There being no further business to come before the Council, Councilmember Fuller moved to adjourn, seconded by Councilmember Warthan. Mayor Sheets adjourned the meeting at 7:20 PM.

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