Charlestown Council Meeting 02/20/2018

Following is a summary of the meeting of the Charlestown Common Council from Tuesday, 02/20/2018:

  1. Call to Order – Pledge of Allegiance led by Ben Ledbetter
  2. Invocation – led by Neyland McClellan of the North Charlestown Church of God
  3. Determination of a Quorum and Roll Call
    • Ted Little – present
    • Brian Hester – present
    • Mike Vaughn – present
    • Tina Barnes – present
    • J.T. Cox – present
  4. Approval of Agenda
    • Motion made by Brian Hester
    • Second by Mike Vaughn
    • No Discussion
    • Approved unanimously
  5. Approval of Minutes from 02/05/2018 meeting, Claims, and Payroll Allowance Docket from 02/04/2018 to 02/17/2018 were combined into one motion.
    • Motion made by Ted Little
    • Second by Brian Hester
    • No discussion on any of the topics
    • All topics approved unanimously
  6. Public Comment – Treva Hodges
    • Raised concerns over ambiguity and inaccuracies in the filing of paperwork with the Clark County Voter Registration Office in regard to the resignation of Council member at-large, Eric Vaughn and the subsequent appointment of J.T. Cox. Requested additional time for discussion. Mayor Hall agreed to respond but not to allow dialogue.
    • Mayor Hall responded and noted that the filling of vacancies is not a City function and falls to the Chairman of the Republican Party. Mayor Hall said that Eric Vaughn tendered his resignation to him and recommended J.T. Cox as a replacement. Mayor Hall called Mr. Cox to ask if he was interested and received an affirmative so sent his name to the county chairman. Mayor Hall said that a caucus to approve J.T. Cox consisting of precinct committeemen Geneva Adams, Donna Coomer, Mayor Hall, and “others by phone” did take place. He did not have an answer for the inaccurate paperwork and assumed that the Chairman filled out what was given to him.
  7. Ordinances and Resolutions
    • Ordinance 2018-OR-3 – (second and final reading) Additional Appropriation Ordinance of $219,000 from a renewing fund carried over from previous year
      • Motion made by Ted Little
      • Second by Mike Vaughn
      • No Discussion
      • Little, Hester, Vaughn, and Cox voted in favor – Barnes voted against
      • motion passes 4-1
    • Ordinance 2018-OR-4 – (second and final reading) Additional Appropriation Ordinance of $144,000 from TIF fund to cover Pleasant Ridge legal fees.
      • Motion made by J.T. Cox
      • Second by Brian Hester
      • No discussion
      • Little, Hester, Vaughn, and Cox voted in favor – Barnes voted against
      • motion passes 4-1
    • Ordinance 2018-OR-7 (first reading) Clearing Checks over 2 years old
      • Motion made by Brian Hester
      • Second by Mike Vaughn
      • No discussion
      • Unanimous approval
      • Motion made by Ted Little to suspend rules and call for second reading
      • Seconded by J.T. Cox
      • No discussion
      • Unanimous approval
      • (second reading) motion made by Ted Little
      • Seconded by Mike Vaughn
      • No discussion
      • unanimous approval
    • Ordinance 2018-OR-8 – An Ordinance Creating an Economic Development, Project Planning and Design, Infrastructure, Capital Improvement Fund (EPIC)
      • Motion made by Mike Vaughn
      • Second by J.T. Cox
      • Discussion – Tina Barnes asked the following questions and received answers from Bob Hall:
        1. Where is the money for this fund coming from?
          • A: It’s not before you but it will be brought out of the Capital Trust Fund and that will be reflected at the next meeting.
        2. Why is there not a cap on how much money will be transferred and how often?
          • A: I don’t think you’ll find that on any fund. You put money into them as it becomes available.
        3. Why is there no cap on spending?
          • A: It’s the same thing as other ordinances. There are no caps. If money is available you spend them in areas described in the ordinance.
        4. We already have TIF, EDIT, LOIT, Rainy Day, and other accounts that can be used for these purposes. Why do we need this one?
          • A: TIF cannot be used, nor LOIT. The Rainy fund can be used but we are reluctant to use it.
        5. What about the Cumulative Capital Improvement Fund?
          • A: It has limits for what it can do.
        6. You also mention that it is set up for payment of salaries and payroll. Are we creating more jobs?
          • A: No. If there’s money in there it could happen but we are not planning it now.
        7. Item “J” says it will cover equipment and supplies and that contractors may use it. Are we going to pay contractors and also allow them to use our equipment?
          • A: There might be a circumstance, yes where they will need to, like roads.
        8. Who is given the authority to spend money from this fund?
          • A: It’s being given to…All other funds have the same thing. Spending must be approved by a board. You won’t find that detail in any ordinance and it’s unreasonable to put it here.
        9. Can you be specific about the “various revenue sources” that will provide money for this fund?
          • A: No. As money comes available. That’s the same procedure as anything. I don’t know of any fund that is limited where it can get money from.
      • Little, Hester, Vaughn, and Cox voted in favor – Barnes voted against.
  8. Mayor noted that the items on the agenda were complete and mentioned two additional items.
    • They have had more move-ins into Springville Manor
    • Eric Vaughn has been working on projects related to Parks.
    • Motion to adjourn made by J.T. Cox
    • Second by Ted Little
    • Unanimous Approval

Audio of the meeting can be found here (duration 20:10): 

stock-photo-community-word-cloud-heart-concept-425621863

 

 

Author: Treva Hodges

Resident of Charlestown, Indiana. Advocate.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s