Board of Works Approve Plans to Move Forward With Both Projects

It has been a long time coming but it appears as though the City of Frankfort is ready to get started on two projects it has wanted to do for so long.

“As you know, it’s been a process again and I think we’re getting there,” said Frankfort Mayor Judy Sheets. “Once again, I think this is a very good way for the city to go. I think we’re going to be moving forward. I think the committee will probably move quickly as we through this process because we’re ready to break ground on the Aquatic Center and the Police Station.”

The Board of Works approved putting out a Request for Proposals on both projects Monday night. Those proposals need to be returned by October 15, with negotiations for the scope of work to be done set for October 16-29.

Sheets lauded City Attorney Les Bergum for all of his work on this first venture into the world of BOT (Build, Option, Transfer), a fairly new statute with a great track record behind it that is now being used in a lot of areas for huge projects such as the Aquatic Center and Police Station.

The cost of these two projects will be $18.5 million with the Aquatic Center being $10 million and the Police Station being the remaining $8.5 million.

Asked if she is all right with the cost, Sheets said, “I think it’s probably the best we can do right now with the cost of things and what we’ve been through. Everybody knows that COVID had an effect on the costs. It’s unfortunate. But, I think if we’re going to move forward, we’re going to have with the figures.”

Currently, the hope is to have the police station open late in 2022 or early 2023 while the aquatic center is looking at an opening in early 2023.

4 Comments

  1. How much will our taxes go up ? With our basic utilities skyrocketing and projected to go up drastically in the immediate future , how much more can we the taxpayers take ? Like others here have said these things are nice and we agree , buy what about financial stewardship , is that a thing of the past ? Our city has taken on so much debt that our grandchildren will certainly be paying for what we are doing now ! This is not good leadership , we are required as families and individuals to live within our means , shouldnt we as a city do the same ? New and nice , is great if your budget allows it , we would invite our mayor to have a candid conversation with we the taxpayers about our ” real ” current debt , then we the citizens will know if we can really afford these nice things or if we really cant but are simply willing to saddle our grandchildren with crippling debt !

    • Its a double edged sword. Frankfort is losing taxpayers because the town had been drying up for decades without the nice things that you mention. In so doing, the burden per tax payer increased. These projects in theory bring in the tax payer and reduce the burden to each as a result. The community started growing again when it started cleaning up and providing the nice things. Perhaps the council should track the Return on the Investment or the reduction per tax payer as a forecast when doing the planning.

  2. Do you know the name of any private company who will be involved in building and operating these two facilities over the next 20 to 30 years?

    BOT per Google:
    “Under a build-operate-transfer (BOT) contract, an entity—usually a government—grants a concession to a private company to finance, build and operate a project for a period of 20-30 years, hoping to earn a profit. After that period, the project is returned to the public entity that originally granted the concession.”

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