Charlestown City Council Meeting 01/02/2018

Following are notes from the Charlestown City Council Meeting from Tuesday, January 2, 2018:

Charlestown City Council Meeting – January 2, 2018 – 6:30 PM

  1. Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance: led by Charlestown High School Cross Country Coach Jerry Doyle – Recently named by the News and Tribune as Coach of the Year
  2. Invocation: led by David Flucke of the Otisco Community Church
  3. Determination of a Quorum and Roll Call:
    • Eric Vaughn – Present
    • Ted Little – Present
    • Brian Hester – Present
    • Tina Barnes – Present
    • Mike Vaughn – Absent
  4. Approval of Agenda
    • Motion made by Eric Vaughn
    • Seconded by Ted Little
    • No Discussion
    • Approved unanimously
  5. Approval of Minutes from meeting on 12/04/2017
    • Motion made by Ted Little
    • Seconded by Brian Hester
    • No Discussion
    • Approved unanimously
  6.  Claims
    • Motion made by Eric Vaughn
    • Seconded by Brian Hester
    • No Discussion
    • Approved unanimously
  7. Payroll allowance docket: 12/03/2017 – 12/30/2017
    • Motion made by Ted Little
    • Seconded by Brian Hester
    • No Discussion
    • Approved unanimously
  8. Public comment – none
  9. Ordinances and Resolutions
    • Ordinance 2017-OR-16 – Elected officials salary (No changes from last year)
      • First Reading
        • Motion made by Eric Vaughn
        • Seconded by Brian Hester
        • No Discussion
        • Approved Unanimously
      • Second Reading (Final)
        • Motion made by Brian Hester
        • Seconded by Eric Vaughn
        • No Discussion
        • Approved unanimously
      • NOTE: At approximately 29:50 in the meeting Mayor Hall noticed that he had not called for a suspension of the rules to allow for the second and final reading so the council corrected the procedural error.
        • Motion to suspend rules made by Eric Vaughn
        • Motion seconded by Brian Hester
        • No Discussion
        • Approved Unanimously
      • Actual Second and Final reading
        • Motion made by Ted Little
        • Seconded by Brian Hester
        • No Discussion
        • Approved unanimously
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      Ordinance 2018-OR-1 – Petition to Vacate Public Way

      • Attorney Rachele L. Cummins (209 E. Chestnut Street Jeffersonville) appeared on behalf of Martha Dollar and Shirley Hooker to request that the public road access that would have extended Reynolds Street off of High Street be vacated. The City has not maintained the 200×50 ft lane in years. Should the City vacate the property the land would be split and evenly divided between all property owners with adjoining property. The other land owners affected by this are Robert and Kathy Stepp.
      • Robert and Kathy Stepp (100 High Street) appeared and objected to the motion. Concerns over the division of the property were noted. Following a discussion between Council members, Mr. and Ms. Stepp, and Attorney Rachele Cummins on behalf of Ms. Dolalr and Ms. Hooker, the council voted on the first reading of this ordinance.
      • Motion to vacate made by Eric Vaughn
      • Seconded by Ted Little
      • No Discussion
      • In favor: Tina Barnes, Ted Little, Eric Vaughn
      • Opposed: Brian Hester
      • Second and final reading will occur at the next Council meeting
    • Ordinance 2018-OR-2 – Charlestown Police Department K9 Funding
      • CPD asked for a special appropriation to fund the search for and acquisition of a new K9. The current K9 has been diagnosed with hip dysplasia and the department hopes to make a transition to another fully trained and certified dog that will allow them to retire the current K9. Donna Coomer noted that such an appropriation is allowable under Indiana Code.
        • Motion to approve first reading made by Brian Hester
        • Motion seconded by Eric Vaughn
        • No Discussion
        • Approved Unanimously
      • Motion introduced to suspend rules and call for final reading made by Mayor Hall
        • Motion made by Eric Vaughn
        • Motion seconded by Ted Little
        • No Discussion
        • Approved unanimously
      • Motion introduced to perform final reading
        • Motion made by Eric Vaughn
        • Motion seconded by Brian Hester
        • No Discussion
        • Approved unanimously
  10. New Business: Election of Council President
    • Mayor Hall called for nominations for Council President. Eric Vaughn nominated Brian Hester and Brian Hester nominated Eric Vaughn. Brian Hester withdrew from consideration. Vote on Eric Vaughn called.
    • Brian Hester made motion to elect Eric Vaughn president
    • motion seconded made by Ted Little
    • No Discussion
    • Approved unanimously
  11.  Adjournment
    • Motion made by Eric Vaughn
    • Seconded by Ted Little
    • Approved unanimously

Full audio of the meeting can be heard here: 

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Author: Treva Hodges

Resident of Charlestown, Indiana. Advocate.

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