Board of Public Works 08/20/2018

The Charlestown Board of Public Works met on Monday, August 20 at 9:00 am for a regularly scheduled meeting. Following is a summary of the meeting with full audio (12:10) available at the end:

  1. Call or Order/Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Determination of a quorum and roll call: Members present were Bob Hall and Ben Ledbetter. Ted Little was absent and on vacation. Also present were city attorney Michael Gillenwater and Clerk Treasurer Donna Coomer
  3. Approval of previous meeting’s minutes, current claims, and payroll allowance docket from 07/30/2018 to 08/18/2018 combined into one motion for consideration.
    • Motion to approve made by Ben Ledbetter
    • Seconded by Bob Hall
    • No Discussion
    • Unanimous approval
  4. Items of Business
    • Retirement of Officer Chuck Ledbetter – Chief Keith McDonald submitted copies of Officer Ledbetter’s formal resignation letter with an effective date of September 5, 2018. Officer Ledbetter has served the police department for 28 years and three months. He spoke to the board to explain that conditions and national opinion of police officers have impacted him in ways that have motivated him to seek this resignation. He will be sworn in as a reserve officer   on September 17th. He will accept a full time civilian position concentrating on working with evidence and assisting investigators. Mayor Hall and the board thanked Officer Ledbetter for his service.
      • Motion to accept resignation made by Ben Ledbetter
      • Seconded by Bob Hall
      • No Discussion
      • Unanimous approval
    • Update from Shane Spicer – Mr. Spicer distributed a claim in the amount of $75,213 on behalf of Temple and Temple for site work performed at the Community Crossings/403 road project into Pleasant Ridge. He said there was no need to approve the claim today, but wanted the board to have an opportunity to look over the details. Mayor Hall asked for a motion to approve the claim in today’s meeting.
      • Motion to approve claim made by Ben Ledbetter
      • Seconded by Bob Hall
      • No Discussion
      • Unanimous approval
    • Update from Mayor Hall – Bob Hall explained that the city has entered into condemnation proceedings for three parcels of land that sit behind property where the road needs to be built. None of these lots have houses or structures on them. They were originally part of the rail system that transported people from Pleasant Ridge to the Ammunition Plant. Two of the three owners (or their heirs) have contacted the city and agreed to sell. As of today the city has not been able to identify heirs to the third lot. Mayor Hall said that claims being made that the city is taking homes from people on these lots are untrue since the lots are empty.
  5. Adjournment
    • Motion to adjourn made by Ben Ledbetter
    • Seconded by Bob Hall
    • Unanimous approval

Full audio available here: 


Author: Treva Hodges

Resident of Charlestown, Indiana. Advocate.

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