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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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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.

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.

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Frankfort officials have suspended the city’s curbside recycling pickup this week after a Monday fire at a recycling plant, but officials say residents can still drop off materials at the city street department.

Street Superintendent Jason Forsythe says the city began partnering with Werner and Son for its recycling a few years ago, when the amount of materials to be processed became too much for its own facilities.

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A fire at a Frankfort recycling plant continued to burn Monday afternoon as firefighters fought back the blaze.

Teams were dispatched to Werner and Son Recycling around 4:30 Monday morning after a passerby reported what they thought was a dumpster fire. Officials don’t know what caused the blaze, which tore down much of the east side of the building and left only the façade on the west.

Investigators still don’t know the cause of a fire that engulfed two buildings, and threatened a third, on Frankfort’s courthouse square Tuesday morning.

“I don’t think they come any more serious than this,” says Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes.

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Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes, who’d previously been vehement about his desire not to serve more than two terms in office, now says he’ll stand for re-election next year.

McBarnes was one of Indiana’s youngest mayors when he was first elected in 2011, shortly after he graduated college. For almost the entirety of his seven years in office, he’s said two terms was his limit.

But McBarnes held an official campaign kickoff Thursday night, and says as he looked at future career options, he felt out of place leaving government.

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After the Gem City dealt with the first real freeze of the season, Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes talks street preparedness when the storms hit. And with Thanksgiving coming up, the city is hoping to finish some repair projects before the holiday rush.

On WBAA's Ask the Mayor, McBarnes also discusses the city's rich history when it comes to the U.S. military, and how Frankfort recently honored veterans across the community. And aside from the holidays, how Frankfort serves those who served.

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The kerfuffle concerning the Clinton County Humane Society and its finances has led at least one additional person to run for office.

J.J. Tate, son of fired Humane Society Director Jim Tate, plans to seek an at-large city council seat in next year’s municipal elections.

The younger Tate, who’s 28 years old, says attending public meetings after his father was pink-slipped caused him to believe the city needs new blood in office.

“You know, there’s a lot of things that are going on in the city that I really feel people aren’t just clued into,” Tate says.

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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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