USB Chairman Wants Discussion on Veterans Park

The Board of Works heard a presentation Wednesday afternoon from Utility Service Board Chairman Mike Kelley on the future of Veterans Park in downtown Frankfort.

At the July 3 USB meeting, Kelley said both Veterans Park and the gazebo within in the park are in need of some repairs. He said they had looked into security cameras for the park due to vandalism at the site as well as overall park upgrades. He added he wanted a plan of action within six weeks.

Kelley told the Board of Works that he wants to form an ad-hoc committee consisting of himself, USB board member Mike Reeder, Frankfort Parks Superintendent Joel Tatum, Center Township Trustee Kevin Evans as well as the Clinton County Chamber of Commerce, Frankfort Main Street and the Board of Works to discuss the matter.

“Veterans Park has been discussed on and off,” said Board of Works member Ken Estes. “We looked at some sketches a couple of years ago in coordination with the Washington Street Park.”

Estes added there were plans on moving the gazebo or possibly eliminating it. He said they needed to get with the mayor when he returns from vacation.

In other news, the board approved a $30 usage fee for those groups or individuals wanting to use the city hall building and grounds at Old Stoney. Estes said this was needed to help cover costs associated with those events. He added there will not be a fee for those who want to tour the building.

The board approved a quote of $22,000 from Creative Inc. for new signs that will be put on the four sides of the downtown district.

“We’re going to have four entrance signs coming into the square,” said Estes. “They are going to be three dimensional and they’re going to giving you directions as to where things are.”

Estes said the mayor would have them up before fall, if possible.

The board also approved a bid of $5,744 from Premier Seal Coating of Frankfort to line stripe the downtown area. This work will be done in the overnight hours so not to disrupt the normal downtown business day.