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.

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


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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Final Community Conversation Presentation / Downtown Master Plan Sept 2018

Final Community Conversation Presentation
Downtown Master Plan
September 2018
CityVisions / Gamble Associates

Spirit of Downtown Frankort

48mb download downtown master plan or view online:  http://spiritofdowntownfrankfort.com/2018/09/07/final-community-conversation-presentation/

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Franklin County Farmers Market launches community Food Share

The South Frankfort Food Share brings you healthy, locally produced, fresh food at an affordable price—as low as $6 for 10 different types of vegetables. We make this cooperative food-buying program work by pooling our money and effort as a community, purchasing vegetables directly from farmers, and working together to distribute vegetables to shareholders.

One Food Share includes 10 different kinds of vegetables, plus easy recipes so you can be sure all the food it gets eaten—even by picky eaters.

This is a one-time program this year, and the number of Food Shares is limited. Place your order by 5 pm on September 20 so we know how many vegetables to purchase from the farmers. On September 25, from 5 to 7 pm, come to the Second Street School parking lot (506 W Second Street, Frankfort) to pick up your Food Share.

The South Frankfort Food Share is working TOGETHER to make fresh veggies affordable for ALL.

Let us answer your questions:

How much does it cost?

The South Frankfort Food Share is available on a sliding scale, based on your income and family size. You decide and tell us where you are on the scale:

  • $6 for folks purchasing a share with their SNAP/EBT cards
  • $12 for anyone meeting the WIC eligibility scale **
  • $25 for people with a higher income looking for a convenient way to get fresh, local food
  • $40 for community members with additional resources looking for a great source of local food and an opportunity to support fresh, local food for all

This cooperative buying program ensures that everyone who purchases a Food Share receives the same amount and quality of food. Whether you spend $6 on your SNAP/EBT card or $40 for the retail price, you take home the same food. If you were to purchase each Food Share item separately at the farmers market, we estimate the total retail cost would be $35-$40.

** We use the WIC eligibility scale for all shareholders, regardless of whether you identify as female or whether you have children. If you meet the income requirements for WIC eligibility, you qualify for a $12 Food Share.

Email us with questions: FranklinCountyFarmersMarket@gmail.com.

How much food do I get?

You can expect 10 different kinds of vegetables in your Food Share. We can’t say what kinds for sure—it depends on what’s growing in the farmers’ fields that day.  Examples of vegetables you might receive include potatoes, tomatoes, corn, zucchini or summer squash, peppers, green beans, kale, lettuce, butternut squash, and a pumpkin.

With every vegetable, you will also take home easy recipes. When you pick up your Food Share, a chef will talk about fun and inexpensive ways to use these veggies, and you can taste samples, too!

How do I order?

A cooperative food-buying program works by pooling our money before the vegetables are delivered. We need to know how much food to get from our farmers, so you have to buy a share by 5 pm on September 20. Food Shares are limited, and they may run out before that time.

Place your order:

  • Pay with credit/debit cards: Buy a Food Share online with your credit or debit card. (Click here to purchase online.)
  • Pay with SNAP cards and cash: Buy a Food Share with your SNAP/EBT card or cash at the Franklin County Farmers Market in the Market Pavilion on the corner of Wilkinson and Broadway in Frankfort. We’re there every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, from 8 am to noon. If you can’t come to the Market Pavilion, email us at FranklinCountyFarmersMarket@gmail.com. (Click here to print an order form.)

Email us with questions: FranklinCountyFarmersMarket@gmail.com

more information:

website: http://www.franklincountyfarmersmarket.org/foodshare

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/273431283267436/

Volunteer sign-up:  http://signup.com/go/ibJdiaW

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meeting called 16 Aug 2018, draft by-laws update

A special meeting of the Association is called for Thursday 16 Aug 2018 at 7pm in the Fellowship Hall of South Frankfort Presbyterian Church (enter off W 3rd St).

The purpose of this meeting is to ratify changes to the SFNA by-laws proposed by the new officers. These changes are necessary to facilitate the work of the association as it transitions to a 501c3 registered nonprofit organization.
The draft version of the new by-laws are available below this message.
Comments on the draft should be sent in advance of the meeting to Mike Fitzpatrick at <mikefitz2323@gmail.com>
No other agenda items are scheduled for this meeting, though it will be a chance to share ideas and concerns with the new officers and to hear, briefly, about upcoming activities.
There will be no potluck at this meeting.

PDF of draft by-laws: Final SNFA draft Aug 2018

Upcoming Calendar items:

  • – Tues Aug 7: National Night Out from 6pm-8pm, hosted by Frankfort Police Dept at 2nd St School, cosponsored by FIS and SFNA, featuring community partners and lots of family fun activities.
  • – Fri Aug 10: Spellapalooza at Thorn Hill Education Center, from 5pm. Food, fun, bake sale, silent auction. Dinner at 5, spelling bee at 6pm.
  • – Sat Aug 11: Window Restoration Workshop in South Frankfort, organized by the City, registration required.
  • – Sat Aug 25:  Capital City Blues and River Festival at Ward Oates Amphitheater, benefit for the Sunshine Center (http://thesunshinecenter.ticketspice.com/2018-capital-city-blues-and-river-festival)
  • – Sun 9 Sept:  Fall Arts Festival 2018 at Josephine Sculpture Park, 11am – 6pm
  • –  Thurs Oct 25: City Commission Candidates Forum, organized by SFNA, Frankfort High School Auditorium
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