Charlestown City Council Meeting 04/02/2018

The Common Council held a regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, April 2 at 6:30 PM. Following is a summary of the meeting. Full audio available at end of entry (24:33 in duration):

  1. Call to Order – Pledge of Allegiance led by Macy (sp?) Vaughn
  2. Invocation – LC McCawley, 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
    • Mayor Hall noted that Ordinance 2018-OR-14 was left off the agenda by mistake and requested that the ordinance be added.
      • motion to add 2018-OR-14 made by Ted Little
      • seconded by J.T. Cox
      • approved unanimously
    • Motion to approve revised agenda made by Brian Hester
    • Seconded by Mike Vaughn
    • Approved unanimously
  5. Approval of Minutes from 03/05/2018, Claims, and Payroll Docket 03/04/2018 to 03/24/2018 combined to one motion
    • motion to approve all made by Ted Little
    • seconded by Mike Vaughn
    • no discussion
    • approved unanimously
  6. Public comment – none
  7. Ordinances and Resolutions:
    • Ordinance 2018-OR-11 – An Ordinance Establishing Sewer Capacity Fees
      • Motion to approve made by J.T. Cox
      • Seconded by Brian Hester
      • Discussion – Tina Barnes asked what the current rate is. Mayor Hall noted that it is raising from 1600 to 2100. Ms. Barnes asked about how the increase will affect developers wishing to tap in to the existing system. Mayor Hall noted that this will still be the lowest in the county and that this increase will not impact existing sewer customers. Comparisons to other local municipalities put this rate increase in equivalencies.
      • Vote called – unanimous approval
      • Mayor Hall called for a suspension of rules to allow for second and final reading
        • motion to suspend made by Brian Hester
        • seconded by J.T. Cox
        • no discussion
        • approved unanimously
      • Mayor Hall called for second and final reading
        • motion to accept final reading made by Brian Hester
        • seconded by Ted Little
        • no further discussion
        • approved unanimously
    • Ordinance 2018-OR12 – An Ordinance Requiring Electricians to Be Licensed When Working in the City of Charlestown
      • Motion to approve made by Ted Little
      • Seconded by Mike Vaughn
      • No Discussion
      • Unanimous approval
      • Mayor called to suspend rules for second and final reading
        • motion made by Brian Hester
        • seconded by Mike Vaughn
        • No additional discussion
        • unanimous approval
      • Second and final reading called
        • motion made by J.T. Cox
        • seconded by Brian Hester
        • No further discussion
        • approved unanimously
    • Ordinance 2018-OR-13 – An Ordinance Authorizing Water Utility Sale Credits for Existing Water Utility Customers in the City of Charlestown
      • motion made by Mike Vaughn
      • seconded by Ted Little
      • During discussion Mayor Hall presented a chart of rate breakdowns and anticipated credits. Distinction is drawn between those customers who use water/sewer/sanitation (2,392 customers) and those for water/sanitation only (161 customers). 97.66% of all clients are represented by the credits with the remainder being commercial users. The chart presented demonstrated how rate credits will be applied in decreasing measures over the next four years. (Credit chart provided at end of summary additional chart available as public record at City Hall.) Brian Hester noted that the chart the Mayor referenced needs to be corrected as ranges are rounded inaccurately. For example, the second range is 1,000-1900 and the third begins at 2,000. Mr. Hester wondered where the 100 people missing from that range fall. Mayor Hall noted the need to make that correction and ensure that rate credits are applied appropriately.
      • Vote Called – unanimous approval
      • Mayor Hall called to suspend rules for second and final reading
        • motion to suspend made by J.T. Cox
        • seconded by Brian Hester
        • No additional discussion
        • unanimous approval
      • Second and final reading called
        • motion made by Brian Hester
        • Seconded by Mike Vaughn
        • no additional discussion
        • unanimous approval
    • Ordinance 2018-OR-14 – An Ordinance Authorizing Apportionment of Charges for Maintenance of Fire Suppression Systems in the City of Charlestown
      • motion made by Ted Little
      • seconded by Mike Vaughn
      • During discussion Brian Hester asked if the rates related to this fire suppression system have already been included in the figures for the rate credits previously discussed. Tina Barnes asked the same question and wanted confirmation that this does not result in an additional charge to customers. Mayor Hall confirmed that these figures were included in the credit figures and this does not increase rates.
      • Vote called – unanimous approval
      • Mayor Hall called to suspend rules for second reading
        • motion to suspend made by Brian Hester
        • seconded by J.T. Cox
        • no additional discussion
        • unanimous approval
      • Second and final reading
        • motion made by Brian Hester
        • seconded by Mike Vaughn
        • no additional discussion
        • unanimous approval
    • Resolution 2018-R-3 – Regarding the Establishment of the Indiana-American Economic Development Area
      • motion made by Ted Little
      • seconded by J.T. Cox
      • During discussion Tina Barnes noted that she would abstain from this vote because she believes that the information for this transaction is incomplete due to the possibility of an appeal on the sale of the water utility
      • Vote called – Little, Hester, Vaughn, and Cox voted in favor, Barnes abstained.
    • Resolution 2018-R-9 – A Resolution of the City of Charlestown Common Council Approving a Resolution of the City of Charlestown Redevelopment Commission Creating the North Charlestown Economic Development Area and Approval an Economic Development Plan
      • motion made by Ted Little
      • seconded by J.T. Cox
      • During discussion Brian Hester asked about the origination of the resolution. Mayor Hall noted that it originated in the Redevelopment Commission, passed the Plan Commission, had been sent tonight to the Council who would send it back to the redevelopment commission after which a public meeting will occur
      • vote called – unanimous approval
  8. Adjournment
    • motion made by J.T. Cox
    • seconded by Mike Vaughn
    • Unanimous approval

Full audio here (24:33 in duration): 

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Author: Treva Hodges

Resident of Charlestown, Indiana. Advocate.

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