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Clinton County Humane Society board members submitted documentation Monday night to show just how they’ve spent City of Frankfort funds on a trap, neuter, release program.

Mayor Chris McBarnes says while he was happy a subdued city council meeting was “civil and well-run,” he believes gaps remain in the information provided.

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Board member resignations. Viral rumors on social media. Tax-paying citizens turning out en masse to demand answers. At the center of it all? The Clinton County Humane Society. What started out as a personnel dispute may turn out to be a harbinger of much larger financial problems in the county.

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Indiana localities have only a week left to apply for the state’s matching grant program designed to separate roadways from railroad tracks.

To receive part of the Local Trax grant, local governments have to pitch a safety enhancement project for a highway-rail intersection. The applications are scored based on factors including how many cars and trains cross per day. If a project is chosen, the state will cover 80-percent of its cost.

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For Indiana cities, having a good relationship with railroad companies can help generate a lot of business. But trains can also clog cities, making drivers wait at blocked road crossings. Mayors have begun to fight freight railroads, who they say have too much power and not enough accountability.

City of Frankfort

The City of Frankfort recently received half-a-million dollars in donations for a park that Mayor Chris McBarnes hopes will revitalize downtown and bring new, long-term investment to the area.

But some detractors at a recent meeting say it’s as though the mayor is trying to buy a new car at a steep price when he could have fixed up the existing vehicle – the city’s other parks that some see as run-down – for far less money.

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A completed review of the monetary misdeeds of a former Frankfort Parks Department chief includes an allegation he sold animals from a city petting zoo without prior authorization.

Joel Tatum was fired from his job late last year after city officials found thousands of dollars strewn about, with much of it stuffed into coffee cans in Tatum’s office.

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Though he stopped short of calling it possible embezzlement, Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes says he’s handed over information relating to the dismissal of his former parks superintendent.

“We placed this individual on paid administrative leave, we secured the entire office, we conducted an investigation and the evidence that we found that our internal control standards and materiality threshold standards have been broken.”

The discoveries made in that investigation are now in the hands of the Clinton County Prosecutor’s office and the Indiana State Board of Accounts.

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A severe burn to one of his arms has required medical care for Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes.

“It was a nasty burn," says city Human Resouces Director Jack Dodd. "And so he received treatment down in Indianapolis and it required an overnight stay in the hospital. So he underwent some surgery and is doing well.”

Dodd declined to say how the mayor burned his arm, but did say McBarnes is expected to return to the office within a few days.

City of Frankfort

The City of Frankfort is touting its ranking as the 50th safest city in Indiana.

But how do the calculations from the National Council for Home Safety and Security line up with the city's own data which showed a 12 percent increase in overall drug violation arrests and a 47 percent increase in drunk driving arrests in 2016?

Also, can the city's focus on downtown revitalization projects, such as a new public open space alongside the proposed Nickel Plate Flats apartments, stimulate needed improvements in other neighborhoods?

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A Frankfort manufacturer decided not to expand its existing plant in Clinton County, instead choosing to build a new plant in Anderson, Indiana.

Mayor Chris McBarnes explains why the city lost out on the $100 million investment and the nearly 200 jobs the plant is expected to  create.

This week on WBAA's Ask The Mayor, we query McBarnes on what steps his community needs to take to ensure the city can compete for new employers and the jobs they bring.

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