Frankfort Mayor addresses wall concerns

A brick wall is causing concern for a former member of the Frankfort Historical Preservation Commission. He alleged the structure is being built incorrectly.

Posted: Jan 3, 2018 6:39 PM

FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) — A brick wall is causing concern for a former member of the Frankfort Historical Preservation Commission. He alleged the structure is being built incorrectly.

Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes said allegations over the preservation project in the future Prairie Creek Park just aren't true.

McBarnes said the project, which is the future home to a mural, is substantially completed. He said there are just a few items left on a punch list, but some have their doubts about whether it's going to get done and get done correctly.

"This wall is going to be incredibly strong it's going to stand the test of time," said McBarnes.

New brick now covers an old crumbling wall in Frankfort's downtown, but upon closer inspection, there are few flaws.

"I see many areas on it that have failed already and it's not even 30 days old," said John Reid.

A few cracks and a crumbling corner foundation are a concern to Reid. The former member of the historical preservation commission posted his concerns on Facebook on Dec. 19.

"Somebody should be held accountable for this. Period," said Reid. "It's our tax dollars."

Reid also owns a commercial contracting business and says he worries about the long-term stability of the entire project, but McBarnes said all his concerns are being addressed.

"The process is not complete until the punch list is followed and signed off on," said McBarnes. "The city of Frankfort hasn't signed off on this."

McBarnes said inclement weather held crews back a few days, but there's no need to worry.

"There were a couple of minor issues that weren't corrected by Dec. 31," said McBarnes. "Substantial completion happened by Dec. 31."

Reid is also worried about the cost. He claims by the time crews are done, the cost will reach $500,000.

"The sidewalks are broken down on the front of a property," said Reid. "All of those have to be replaced. It's at the city's expense.
When you start adding this all up, we're back up to what we said."

McBarnes said with foundation work included, he says the total cost is around $348,000.

"That just simply isn't accurate," he said. "It isn't grounded in any truth."

McBarnes said crews will be back out to complete all the items on the punch list once the weather warms up.

Once that happens, he said there will be a final inspection of the wall. If it passes, the city will sign off.

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