Fire Station 1 will leave SF but maintain response time

Frankfort City Commission Meeting Notes
Monday, October 29, 2018

East Main Property Contract – Fire

The Commission approved a contract with the Franklin County Fiscal Court for $225,000.00 for the purchase of real property located at 231 East Main Street.

In July 2017, the Board of Commissioners contracted with Brandstetter Carroll, Inc. (BCI) to complete an Assessment Report for City Hall and Fire Station No. 1 with specific intent to study and identify future facility needs for Frankfort Fire Station No. 1 and provide recommendations for either a renovation of the existing or a potential new facility.

On June 25, 2018, BCI presented their study findings to the Board of Commissioners regarding the fire station assessment ultimately recommending we consider relocating Fire Station No. 1 determined as the existing site would accommodate neither a renovation/addition of the existing facility nor a replacement facility to meet the current or future needs.

Site selection for the future relocation of Fire Station No. 1 was subject to intense scrutiny during the assessment process. The top two most ideal sites being 231 East Main Street (Site 1) and the corner of 2nd Street & Shelby Street St. (Site 2). Site 1 reaches further south and southeast, while maintaining an overlap with Stations 2, 3, and 4 in the four and eight-minute response area. Site 2 will have increased difficulty of acquisition, less desirable vehicle flow, and a potential of increased disruption to surrounding citizenry.

After taking the above information into consideration and direction received during the June 25, 2018 closed session regarding site acquisition, it is my recommendation that we finalize acquisition of 231 East Main Street.  This site is ranked as the most ideal as it maintains a current four (4) minute response time to South Frankfort.

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City leaf vacuum / leaf pick up schedule – 2018

  • All leaves should be by the street, at 7 a.m., on the scheduled period for collection.
  • Residents should have their leaves raked as close to the edge of the street as possible, without causing a traffic hazard or blocking drainage structures.
  • No plastic bags allowed . You may dispose of the leaves in your yard waste cans or brown biodegradable bags.
  • Leaves with trash and sticks will be tagged until owner corrects it. All sticks should be placed in your yard waste cans and trash should be placed in city issued trash carts.

    The  scheduled collection dates for Zone 1 (includes South Frankfort) are:

    • October 29, 30, 31
    • November 15, 16, 19
    • December 5, 6, 7
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Topics for the Candidates?

Candidate forum questions: we need your input!

Our Candidates Forum is coming up on the evening of the 25th!

What question(s) or topic would you like the candidates to consider?

Send us your topics and ideas at <sfna-news@southfrankfort.org>

The Board will compile these and discuss them with our moderator for the evening Al Cross.

Thank you!

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SFNA Board update

Neighbors & friends,

I must inform you of several recent changes affecting SFNA officers.

First, Mike Fitzpatrick, who was elected board Chairman at the regular meeting on July 28, 2018, has recently tendered his resignation.  As a result, I have assumed the position of board President (the title “Chairman” was changed to “President” at a special meeting of SFNA on August 16).  Also consequently, Mrs. Kim Vanderoort was elected by a majority of board members to the Vice-president slot.

Sincerely,
David Stumbo
President, South Frankfort Neighborhood Association

Other SNFA news:

  1. Candidates Forum: Oct. 25, 7 p.m., Frankfort High School auditorium. We’re excited to hear from a number of candidates for local offices.  Also: the Tanglewood neighborhood association has joined SFNA in sponsoring this event.  Thanks to FHS for hosting us!
  2. SFNA Quarterly Meeting: Nov. 29, 7 – 8:30pm, South Frankfort Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship Hall. Thanks SFPC!  Please attend!
  3. Kris Shera: Kris been working on the SFNA’s application for non-profit status (referred to sometimes as “501(c)(3).” A big thanks to Kris volunteering to work on this for the SFNA!
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updated info – Angel Tree sign-ups

see below for the flyer with additional dates for Angel Tree sign-ups:

Anderson County at Open Hands Pantry, 1111 Industrial Drive Road Lawrenceburg, KY October 16-17, 2018 2PM-7PM

Make up day at The Salvation Army 517 Greenup Avenue Frankfort, KY October 23 2PM-6PM

Registration FLyer – Open Hands and TSA

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On The Table (Frankfort / Franklin County) – Next Steps

On The Table Franklin County – Next Steps

The next steps for On the Table are happening! In August, the themes that resulted from all the table conversations were announced. Folks interested in working on one of the themes will be getting together soon to participate in a facilitated process that will lead to specific proposals to move our community forward. Please join us at one (or more!) of the sessions. The working groups are as follows:

How do we encourage more civic involvement in neighborhoods, schools, community boards, and other organizations?
Wednesday, October 10 at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 5:00 pm

How do we enhance and promote Frankfort/Franklin County’s strengths? Thursday,  October 11 at the Downtown United Bank, 4th floor, 1:00 pm or 6:00 pm

How do we make Frankfort a College Town?
Wednesday, October 17 at the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 5:00 pm

How do we make Frankfort a kid and family-friendlier community?
Thursday, October 18 at the Frankfort High Library, 5:00 pm

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City Commission candidates in 10 questions

We have updated our 10 questions document to present only those running in the general election:

Oct 2018 SFNA candidates questions

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27 Oct 2018 Neighborhood Workshop on Pest Plants

What Invasive Plants are in Your Yard?

You are Invited

Neighborhood Workshop on Pest Plants

Saturday, October 27

9am-11:30am

Wilkinson Gym, 317 Ewing Street

(meet at back of building near bus parking)

 

Learn Invasive Plant ID and Control

Help Beautify the Neighborhood

FREE Clippers to the first 10 families

preregister at:  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/invasive-plant-workshop-cleanup-tickets-50824355014

Questions, call Chris at 502-226-5751

Invasive plants can kill trees and other native vegetation and create unattractive, inaccessible surroundings.  You can promote habitat for birds and pollinators by joining the community campaign to remove invasive plants!

Come with your sleeves rolled up.  We will be identifying problem plants, demonstrating effective removal techniques, and working to clear an area around Wilkinson Gym in south Frankfort. 

Kids activities and refreshments provided.  Families welcome!

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City to Accept Neighborhood Reinvestment Grant Applications Beginning October 5

City to Accept Neighborhood Reinvestment Grant Applications Beginning October 5

The City of Frankfort has opened applications for the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program. The revised program requires property owners to submit only one application at a time.  Once a project has been completed, property owners are permitted to submit an additional application.

The Program is intended to help stimulate the rehabilitation of the physical structure of a few of Frankfort’s most established neighborhoods within the City. This program is available to property owners within the two original historic districts (South and Central), as well as Bellepoint/Buttimer Hill and the Holmes Street Area. Each district has a fund of $50,000 which will be disbursed on a first come, first served basis.

Reinvestment Program applications will be accepted on a rolling basis beginning October 5, 2018, and will continue until the funds for each district are exhausted. Awarded projects will have 12 months to complete their renovations.

Grants for the projects that fall under the Program will be made available to each selected project after full completion of the project has been verified. Rehabilitation must be located on the exterior of the building and meet the criteria listed in the application. If approved, the City will contribute up to 40% of the total project costs with a maximum City grant award of $8,000 for a qualifying project totaling $20,000 or more. A minimum total project cost of $5,000 is a requisite for all applicants.

Eligible improvements include restoration, repair, and stabilization of exterior; and reconstruction of missing elements or features. Typical projects include roofs, window repair, painting and masonry repair.  A full list of eligible as well as ineligible costs and improvements as well as applications can be found on the City website at www.frankfort.ky.gov.  Applications are also available at City Hall, 315 West Second Street.

For additional information please contact Eric Cockley at 502-352-2100 or Rebecca Hall at 502-352-2076.

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City Continues Neighborhood Enhancement Program

City Continues Neighborhood Enhancement Program

In response to the Frankfort City Commission’s 2017 direction to improve code enforcement and revive our neighborhoods, City staff will be continuing with a City Enhancement Program, according to City Manager Cindy Steinhauser.

The program, which was very successful in 2017, will consist of a number of elements designed to improve the safety and appearance of Frankfort neighborhoods.  The program will include a sweep of Frankfort neighborhoods.   The upcoming comprehensive sweep will include Planning and Code Enforcement, Public Works and the Parks Department.

During the sweep code enforcement personnel will be scanning for possible code violations.  Most minor code violations will be given a courtesy notice, with some exceptions.  Exceptions include repeat violators, properties with four or more violations and violations that pose imminent danger.  These exceptions will receive a notice of violation.

The Public Works Department will be looking for items the City can improve to enhance neighborhoods.  These items include pothole repair, street signs that need to be replaced, removed or updated, vehicles parked on rights of way that appear to be inoperable, vegetated areas in the right of way that need weed removal or mowing and curbs that need to be painted.

The Parks Department will also assist in the review by looking for street trees which need attention, limb obstruction, possible bike lane additions and the condition of City parks.

The City will conduct public meetings to give a brief presentation explaining the Neighborhood Enhancement Program.  Staff will be on hand to answer questions and address concerns.  Neighborhood meetings are listed below.  All meetings begin at 5:30 p.m.

10/2    Capital City Christian Church

10/11  Highland Christian Church

10/16  Immanuel Baptist Church

10/23  East Frankfort Baptist Church

10/30  Choateville Christian Church

11/6    New Life Church

11/13  Memorial Baptist Church

For additional information please contact Rebecca Hall at 502-352-2076.

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