Charlestown City Council Meeting 02/05/2018

*Edited to reflect abstention of J.T. Cox on two ordinances (see below)

Following is a summary of the City Council meeting from tonight (02/05/2018)

  • Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance (led by J.T. Cox)
  • Invocation – Neyland McClellan of North Charlestown Church of God
  • Determination of a Quorum and Roll Call
    • Ted Little – present
    • Brian Hester – present
    • Mike Vaughn – present
    • Tina Barnes – present
    • T. Cox – presenT
  • Approval of Agenda – (Not done)
  • Approval of Minutes from 01/22/2018
    • First by Brian Hester
    • Second by Mike Vaughn
    • No Discussion
    • Unanimous approval
  • Claims from
    • First by Ted Little
    • Second by Mike Vaughn
    • No Discussion
    • Unanimous approval
  • Payroll Allowance Docket 01/23/2018 to 02/03/2018
    • First by Ted Little
    • Second by Mike Vaughn
    • No Discussion
    • Unanimous approval
  • Public Comment – none
  • Ordinance and Resolutions:
    • Ordinance 2018-OR-3 Additional Appropriation Ordinance – $219,000 carry-over from previous year.
      1. Motion made by Brian Hester
      2. Second by Ted Little
      3. No discussion
      4. Little, Hester, Cox, and Vaughn approved – Barnes voted no
    • Ordinance 2018-OR-4 Additional Appropriation Ordinance – $144,000 from TIF to cover legal fees
      1. Motion made by Mike Vaughn
      2. Second by Brian Hester
      3. During discussion Tina Barnes asked for invoices and Donna Coomer collected them for her.
      4. Little, Hester, Cox, and Vaughn approved – Barnes voted no
    • Ordinance 2018-OR-5 (Second Reading) Ordinance Amending and Clarifying the Unsafe Structures Ordinance of the City of Charlestown (Ordinance 2007-OR-01)
      1. Motion made by Ted Little
      2. Second by Brian Hester
      3. No Discussion
      4. Little, Hester, and Vaughn approved – Barnes voted no – *edit: Council Member J.T. Cox abstained (the abstention was not vocalized but will be reflected on the signed Ordinance)
    • Ordinance 2018-OR-6 (Second Reading) Ordinance Amending and Clarifying the Property Maintenance Code for The City of Charlestown, Indiana (Ordinance 2008-OR-1)
      1. Motion made by Mike Vaughn
      2. Second by Ted Little
      3. No Discussion
      4. Little, Hester, and Vaughn approved – Barnes voted no – *edit: Council Member J.T. Cox abstained (the abstention was not vocalized but will be reflected on the signed Ordinance)
  • Mayor Hall called for an additional item on the agenda to approve a new City Council President since Eric Vaughn resigned. Agenda change was approved. Ted Little was nominated for the position.
    • Motion made by Brian Hester
    • Second by Mike Vaughn
    • No Discussion
    • Approved unanimously
  •  Adjournment
    • Prior to adjournment, Ted Little noted that the City passed the five year audit with outstanding results and 100% accuracy. He congratulated Donna Coomer on the accomplishment.
    • Motion to adjourn made by Ted Little
    • Second by J.T. Cox
    • Approved unanimously

Complete audio of the meeting here:

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Author: Treva Hodges

Resident of Charlestown, Indiana. Advocate.

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