Ask The Mayor: Chris McBarnes On Losing A Plant Expansion, Downtown Apartments And New Managers

Mar 16, 2017

Credit City of Frankfort

A Frankfort manufacturer decided not to expand its existing plant in Clinton County, instead choosing to build a new plant in Anderson, Indiana.

Mayor Chris McBarnes explains why the city lost out on the $100 million investment and the nearly 200 jobs the plant is expected to  create.

This week on WBAA's Ask The Mayor, we query McBarnes on what steps his community needs to take to ensure the city can compete for new employers and the jobs they bring.

Find out why he believes the new $7 million Nickel Plate Flats apartment project in downtown Frankfort is part of the solution.

Also, Frankfort has been on a hiring spree. This month, the Utility Services Board hired a local executive to  oversee all of the city’s utility operations, including its power plant, water and sewer operations.  The new position was created after the city's water superintendent was relieved of his duties.

And, McBarnes recently hired a new human resources director.  What’s behind the changes in key city management positions?

Those topics, as well as an update on Frankfort's pending rate increase to upgrade the municipal electric utility, and where expectant moms will go to give birth when IU Health takes over management of Frankfort Hospital.