Frankfort

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The number of English learner students in Indiana is increasing, but the number of number of certified English language instructors is not.

Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Claire McInerny visited the Community Schools of Frankfort, the district with the highest percentage of English learners in the state, and reports on the school's struggle to bridge the gap.

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The city of Frankfort is undergoing a construction binge of sorts. A ConAgra factory bigger than the Indianapolis convention center is being built, complete with its own access road from State Road 28.

But that state highway is a problem, as are the various railroad tracks that crisscross the city. WBAA’s Stan Jastrzebski recently took a trip around Frankfort with Mayor Chris McBarnes, who says there are places in his city that make him “embarrassed.”

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Some questions asked of the mayor this week:

You recently got back an assessment from a company in South Carolina assessing how ready the county is for economic development. Tell me your initial impressions of what the report says.

City of Frankfort

Some questions for the mayor this week:

Shortly after we spoke last month about the city’s plans to possibly demolish blighted buildings, the state announced another round of funding to cities trying to do exactly that. Is Frankfort getting any of that cash?

You’re getting set to knock down your first home following the creation of the Hearing Authority, right?

You and I also talked last month about INDOT’s plan to rehab SR 28 leading into town and you said you thought it was on the near horizon. How quickly do you think that will start in earnest?

City of Frankfort

Some questions for the mayor on this month's program:

You and I spoke a couple weeks ago when the city pool was closed about some of the overhaul that was needed to make that facility safer. What’s the latest on those efforts?

You say in your latest 200-day plan you want to review the condition of aging police and fire facilities. Is it likely the city will have to rehab or replace several of those?

What kind of money does the city have in its capital projects budget to pay for updates to infrastructure?

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Frankfort’s mayor has announced changes to the city’s swimming pool that he hopes will make it safer when it reopens next summer.

In a press release Monday, Chris McBarnes laid out a three-pronged safety plan instigated by the death of a 15-year old swimmer last month.

Topping the mayor’s priorities is the creation of a written safety plan for the pool which will replace oral rules taught to lifeguards upon their hiring.

City of Frankfort

A push by Frankfort’s mayor could help bring down blighted buildings in the city – but it might also force the people currently living in them to find a new home.

Chris McBarnes, speaking on WBAA’s “Ask The Mayor,” says letters will soon go out to as many as 20 landlords whose properties have been deemed unsafe by the city.

If those landlords don’t agree to a plan to refurbish them, the city may raze the property and evict any tenants. McBarnes says the city can’t do much more for those evicted than put them in touch with Frankfort’s landlord association, though.

Tippecanoe Co elevates travel advisory

Jan 5, 2014

Tippecanoe County again has raised the level of its travel advisory.

Officials have issued a Warning due to road conditions. A Warning means all roadways are closed to non-emergency vehicles and personnel. The Warning is in effect until further notice.

Clinton County Commissioners declared a Level 1 Snow Emergency until further notice.  Frankfort Mayor Chris Barnes has done the same for the City of Frankfort. A Level 1 means only emergency vehicles are allowed on the roads. Motorists can be ticketed or, in some cases, even arrested if not in compliance.

Frankfort not Stellar Community winner

Jun 17, 2013

Frankfort came up short in its quest to be an Indiana Stellar Community. This year’s designations went to Bedford and Richmond, instead.

The two cities put forth proposals totaling nearly $20 million each. The state will fund part of those initiatives with a variety of federal and state grants. Private partnerships also are part of the financing.

Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes said even if the city did not receive the funding package from the state, it would still move forward with its projects. Those include:

Frankfort ready for Stellar Communities site visit

May 13, 2013

Representatives with the Stellar Communities program are visiting Frankfort Wednesday.

The city is a finalist for millions of dollars in funding for economic development projects offered by several state agencies. It’s competing against Angola, Bedford, Petersburg, Richmond and Wabash for one of two designations.

Mayor Chris McBarnes says their application will have a huge impact.

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