City Council Approves Beginning Process for Police Station

The Frankfort City Council approved a resolution directing the transfer of appropriated funds to help with Phase I of the proposed new police station Monday night.

The council approved spending $48,000 for the study which will determine what to do with the current building, the best place to build a new facility as well as determining the cost.

“We want this facility to be community friendly as well as a recreation space for our community,” said Mayor Chris McBarnes. “We want to draw our youth and families of the community to this safe space. What better space is there than a police station.”

McBarnes added four sites, two on the east side and two on the west side, will be looked at. He emphasized the part of town he would like to see the building built.

“It’s my desire to look at the west side of the community because I feel as though we need to put more investment in the west side of our community,” said McBarnes. “I think sometimes they feel they’re the forgotten men and women of this community and they absolutely are not. I think there’s some great spaces on the west side but we’re going to look at the east side as well.”

The city received some bad news in a way on Monday as the Indiana Department of Transportation announced that funds for the Community Crossings Grant has been moved back this year. INDOT will start taking applications in August with an ending deadline of September 28. Communities will then be notified in early November if they receive any road paving funds.

“It’s all going to be strategy and prepping for next year,” said McBarnes. “We will bid our roads out the first part of next year and have a contract in hand to resurface the first of next spring.”

The council also unanimously approved a CF-1 request by Wesley Manor Southside, who have a 50-unit apartment complex on the old Southside School property.

Before the city council meeting, the Frankfort Redevelopment Commission approved a resolution authorizing the Frankfort downtown 2018 sidewalk project expenditure of tax increment finance funds and invitation for quotes.

“The resolution was to continue the streetscape around  the downtown area and since Nickel Plate Flats was preparing to pour their concrete and get closer to trying to be open, we wanted to try and do that quarter of a block right there and uniform it up with the rest of the streetscaping we’ve been doing,” said Redevelopment Commission President Joe Palmer.

The cost of this project is estimated at $108,000.

  2 comments for “City Council Approves Beginning Process for Police Station

  1. May 16, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    get ready for another tax increase folks, our mayor and city councils generosity seems to know no bounds when it comes to spending someone else money. Do we honestly need city police new complex or compound? Check out the cities census from 2010 to date, unless the gov. website is wrong we have actually lost around 500 residents in the last 8 yrs. how many policeman are needed for our quaint little city? what is wrong with our current police station? despite what our elected officials may say, one must stop spending when the budget is maxed out, or at least we have to. We now hear the tragic news that there will be no street paving due to lack of funds, how odd is that? Our generous city officials wondrously plucked a est. 4 million for a “green space/ rec. area” down town, yet look at the condition of our 5 city parks, yep you read right folks 5 parks already for our small town, the downtown rec area will make 6, now our mayor tells us we yet need at least 1 more to be constructed within the walls of the newly proposed ” city police compound” what a great place to insert at least 1 more rec. area the mayor gushed. Really? we don’t even have the funds to maintain what we already have, oh my back is starting to ache already from the tax load we as Frankfort citizens will have to bear . At least we will have our choice of at least 7 parks and rec. areas to alieve our stress. folks we have to put a stop to this spending. while our infrastructure seemingly crumbles around us we continue to spend lavishly . may god help us.

  2. Reggie Morgan
    May 21, 2018 at 10:56 am

    $30,000+ on the first study which amounted to nothing accomplished because we are doing another one that is costing $48,000. Almost $100,000 already and we haven’t done a thing. Why do we love to spend someone else’s money???

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