Chris McBarnes

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Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes announced Tuesday he’s leaving his post at the end of February, about two months after the start of his third term.

McBarnes is moving to Wyoming to become the executive director of The WYldlife Fund, a role in which he’ll fundraise for habitat preservation and wildlife research across the state. He says as an outdoor enthusiast, the job was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up.

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It’s the start of a new year in Frankfort, with new members of city council and some new hires in key city positions on the way. How does a mayor embarking on his own third term manage these transitions?

This week in our talk with Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes, we’ll get a progress report on the ongoing construction of Frankfort’s Prairie Creek Park. How do initiatives like Prairie Creek Park and—at the moment—a seasonal ice skating rink bring people downtown, and what are the year-round strategies to keep them there?

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While Frankfort leaders are hoping to draw more people to the area this holiday season for winter festivities, they’re also faced with a problem: where all those people are going to park, especially as year-round residents get frosty about wanting to share those same spaces.

So on this week’s Ask The Mayor program, we’ll chat with Chris McBarnes about what his city’s remedy might be. Some cities have installed parking meters, while others, such as Lafayette and West Lafayette, have chosen more passive – but more costly – forms of enforcement.

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Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes says he’s already working on replacement plans for three key city employees scheduled to depart in the first half of 2020. 

Police Chief Troy Bacon and Building and Zoning Inspector Sam Payne are retiring—Bacon after eight years in his role, and Payne after more than 12.  

Frankfort Human Resources Director Jack Dodd is leaving to run the city of Kokomo’s HR department—a role he previously held from 2003 to 2007.  

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In February, WBAA held a public forum in Frankfort which asked residents, in part: What's the "thing" that the city should be known for?

The most workable answer then seemed to be drawing in more visitors when the annual Festival of Lights show goes up each winter.

On this week's Ask The Mayor, we talk with Mayor Chris McBarnes about how his city has doubled down on trying to become just such a cold weather cash cow.

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At the beginning of this year, WBAA held a public forum in Frankfort asking residents what amenities they wanted to see in town, and also asking this question: is there a single signature feature around which an identity could be built?

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we ask Chris McBarnes whether he might be able to turn recent difficulties with recycling into an opportunity as the waste disposal industry tries to re-evaluate its future. In a manufacturing-heavy city such as Frankfort, it might make sense.

Frankfort Seeking Proposals To Manage City Golf Course

Oct 8, 2019
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Frankfort’s golf course may be under new management before the year is over. The city’s Board of Public Works is seeking proposals to manage the Frankfort Commons property.

Oliphant Management currently operates the course. Mayor Chris McBarnes says the search for new offers is merely a desire to see what else might be available.

“It’s definitely not a reflection on the job currently being produced by our management firm,” he says.

McBarnes says the decision is an opportunity to keep the contract competitive.

City of Frankfort

The Frankfort Police Department has released its numbers for the first half of this year, and arrests are down. Is that number reflective of a drop in crime in the community, or a change in the Frankfort Police Department? What is law enforcement doing differently?

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Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes easily won his primary election earlier this month, collecting nearly three-quarters of the vote. So, barring a last-minute challenge, he’ll head into a third term in January that he once wrote off as an impossibility. And he’ll do so in a city that he thinks is on a precipice – an estimation that might be right in several ways.

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we talk about what the next four years might hold and whether McBarnes feels he now has a mandate to change the way the city raises and spends money.

City of Frankfort

After a contentious race centered around what Frankfort voters think about the city’s spending priorities, incumbent Mayor Chris McBarnes appears on his way to a third term in office.

McBarnes collected 1,358 votes Tuesday, easily eclipsing the 502 votes of his challenger, Third District City Councilor Lewis Wheeler.

There was no Democratic primary in Frankfort, though candidates do still have a couple ways to be slated on the November general election ballot before July 1, so McBarnes isn’t assured of another four years in office until then.

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