Board of Public Works 07/16/2018

The Charlestown Board of Public Works met for a regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, July 16 at 9:00am. Following is a summary of the meeting with full audio (6:46) available at the end:

  1. Call to order/Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Determination of a Quorum and Roll Call – Present were Ted Little, Bob Hall, and Ben Ledbetter. Also in attendance were City Attorney Michael Gillenwater and Clerk Treasurer Donna Coomer
  3. Approval of prior meeting’s minutes, claims, and payroll allowance docket from 07/02/2018 to 07/14/2018 combined into one motion for consideration.
    • Motion to approve made by Ted Little
    • Seconded by Ben Ledbetter
    • No Discussion
    • Unanimous approval
  4. Public Comment
    • Maggie Wild of Glendale appeared before the Board to discuss the keeping of chickens in the city limits. Maggie and her family have raised a few chickens from chicks over the past five months and were unaware that chickens were not permitted until she received a notice from the city that she was in violation of the ordinance. Her children have become attached to the chickens and the family plans to use them only for eggs for their personal consumption. She requested a variance so that her family might be permitted to keep their chickens.
    • Mayor Hall noted that the Board is not a legislative body and for her to keep the chickens she needed to seek a change in ordinance from the City Council. He recommended that she contact her district representative, Mike Vaughn, and the At-Large council member, J.T. Cox for their help. Ms. Wild said that she had already spoken to Mike Vaughn and he directed her to the Board. Mayor Hall said that he was incorrect in doing so, and that Council Member Vaughn’s advice for her to appear before this board was “just him not understanding the process.” He recommended that she reach out to Council Member Vaughn again and said that he would call upon Mr. Vaughn himself to clarify.
  5. City Updates
    • Tony Jackson, Building Inspector – No update
    • Shane Spicer, Engineer – No update
    • Ben Ledbetter and Ted Little, Board members – no update
    • John Spencer, Director of Media and Public Relations – No Update
    • Eric Vaughn, Director of Economic Development – No Update
    • Donna Comer, Clerk Treasurer – No update
    • Mayor Hall
      • Charlestown’s Softball Junior League Girl’s team won the state championship for the second year in a row and will move on to represent Indiana in the Central State Tournament.
      • Groundbreaking for the new police station will be this coming Thursday (July 19) at 9:00 am.
      • Plans for a “pocket park” are being developed in Glendale and should be publicly announced soon.
  6. Adjournment
    • Motion to adjourn made by Ben Ledbetter
    • Seconded by Ted Little
    • Unanimous approval

Full Audio (6:46) Here: 


Author: Treva Hodges

Resident of Charlestown, Indiana. Advocate.

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