Chris McBarnes

City of Frankfort

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we talk with Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes about downtown revitalization. Frankfort is struggling to fill agribusiness and manufacturing jobs, so the city is trying to improve life outside of work, and focusing on parks and apartments to build a larger employee pool.

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For Indiana cities, having a good relationship with railroad companies can help generate a lot of business. But trains can also clog cities, making drivers wait at blocked road crossings. Mayors have begun to fight freight railroads, who they say have too much power and not enough accountability.

City of Frankfort

As development along Interstate 65 becomes a topic in Clinton County elections this year, Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes finds himself between a highway and a hard place.

On the one hand, he had to forego his plan to annex land from the city limits out to I-65. On the other, he watched county officials begin to develop land near the State Road 28 interchange and now hears county commissioner candidates ask his city to extend its utilities westward to serve those new investments.

City of Frankfort

What may have started as a dispute with a Frankfort City Council member has become a letter-writing campaign for Mayor Chris McBarnes.

Frankfort’s chief executive is trying to both combat what he sees as false rumors about possible debt the city will rack up in his last two years in this term of office and speak openly about the problems the city faces.

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Though he stopped short of calling it possible embezzlement, Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes says he’s handed over information relating to the dismissal of his former parks superintendent.

“We placed this individual on paid administrative leave, we secured the entire office, we conducted an investigation and the evidence that we found that our internal control standards and materiality threshold standards have been broken.”

The discoveries made in that investigation are now in the hands of the Clinton County Prosecutor’s office and the Indiana State Board of Accounts.

City of Frankfort

Frankfort’s Mayor is on the mend this week after an accident in his home a few days ago. On this episode of WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we get Chris McBarnes’ take on what happened.

Also: Does the mayor agree with his police chief’s assessment that the city’s police station is stuck in the 1970s? The county has levied a new tax to try to fix that – a tax the fiscal conservative mayor says he’s in favor of.

City of Frankfort

A severe burn to one of his arms has required medical care for Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes.

“It was a nasty burn," says city Human Resouces Director Jack Dodd. "And so he received treatment down in Indianapolis and it required an overnight stay in the hospital. So he underwent some surgery and is doing well.”

Dodd declined to say how the mayor burned his arm, but did say McBarnes is expected to return to the office within a few days.

City of Frankfort

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we’re talking about expansion. The Indiana Department of Transportation has released its Next Level Roads Plan, hoping to draw in international industry and Clinton County has welcomed two businesses into a key intersection. But, where will a city like Frankfort go – or grow – now, with others crowding the road?

City of Frankfort

The City of Frankfort is touting its ranking as the 50th safest city in Indiana.

But how do the calculations from the National Council for Home Safety and Security line up with the city's own data which showed a 12 percent increase in overall drug violation arrests and a 47 percent increase in drunk driving arrests in 2016?

Also, can the city's focus on downtown revitalization projects, such as a new public open space alongside the proposed Nickel Plate Flats apartments, stimulate needed improvements in other neighborhoods?

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.

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