City Council Meeting 09/04/2018

The Charlestown Common Council met for a regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, September 4 at 6:30. A summary of this meeting and full audio follow:

  1. Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance – led by Christopher Early
  2. Invocation – led by Neyland McClellan from the North Charlestown Church of God
  3. Approval of Agenda
    • Motion made by Brian Hester
    • Seconded by J.T. Cox
    • No Discussion
    • Unanimous approval
  4. Determination of a Quorum and Roll Call – Members present were Ted Little, Brian Hester, Tina Barnes, and J.T. Cox. Council member Mike Vaughn was absent.
  5. Previous meeting’s minutes, claims, and payroll allowance docket from 07/30/18 to 09/02/18 combined into one motion
    • Motion to approve made by Ted Little
    • Seconded by Brian Hester
    • No Discussion
    • Unanimous approval
  6. New Business
    • Public Hearing on the 2019 Budget – Hearing was closed after none stepped forward to speak on the budget.
    • Renaissance Project – Alan Muncy and Jason Sams from ARC presented their plan for redevelopment of the lots that the city purchased and demolished on the Market Street between Main and High Streets.
      • Background on the company – Mr. Muncy started the company in 2001 in Jeffersonville. It began as a small company and has worked its way up to a $40-50 million per year real estate development company. They have worked on a variety of projects. ARC’s premise is to have a live/work/play atmosphere within the company. Named one of the top 10 real estate developers in Louisville in 2009-2010. Between 2009-2012 they grew 300%. They’ve developed Dollar Generals, cell phone stores, and apartments, among other things such as behavioral health. They do real estate design, development, and construction in-house, “from concept to completion.” They developed 22 Starbucks locations early on in their career. They developed, designed, constructed, and own the franchise for the new Marriott in downtown Jeffersonville. They are currently working on a public/private partnership with the City of Jeffersonville to build 24 luxury condominiums. ARC also developed apartments on Grant Line Road in New Albany behind McDonalds. The most recent redevelopment project they did was the former K-Mart shopping center in New Albany on Grant Line Road into an in-door storage facility. This development plan created opportunity to place out-lots in the parking lot (Skyline Chili).
      • They are drawn to Charlestown by the growth opportunities. They’ve been working with Mayor Hall and the current administration for several months. Mr. Muncy believes that Charlestown has a “huge opportunity” for growth brought by development at River Ridge. They hope to set a standard for other developers to meet when they come to Charlestown. They want to provide a high quality live/work/play environment.
      • Based on 2016 numbers: Charlestown’s population is just under 8,000, median age is 36 years old, median household income is $42,250, poverty rate 14.6%, working population of 3,446, median property values $100,500 (they’re seeing these property values go up). There has been an increase in labor workforce, population, and home value.
      • Project site – They provided a visual presentation to show how the project will relate to the site (available on the City’s Facebook page). Will have 42 two bedroom/1 or 2 bath apartments and 2-3 retail shops in phase one. Will have an enclosed central courtyard for use by residents only. Primary parking will be in the rear of the building. All resident units will be accessed through the courtyard. Phase two will include two 2,000 sq ft. retail locations with another potential 12-unit building. Hope to keep the central alleyway. The retail locations in this phase will have outdoor seating. Hope to see a small sandwich, coffee shop, boutique type vendors. Phase one will encompass approximately one acre of property. Apartment units will be approximately 1,100 sq. ft. Renderings were displayed in the presentation. Investment is projected to be $4.5-6 million for Phase One, and $2-2.5 million for Phase Two. ARC would maintain and own the development.
      • Opened the floor for questions –
        • Mayor Hall verified that the alleyway would be filled with pavers.
        • Is this a conceptual plan? – yes, the buildings will look like this but the inside and access points/windows might change. The building “in essence” will look like this.
        • What is the time frame? – Can begin early 2019 due to the process involved
        • Ted Little comment – he is excited about the development
        • Mayor Hall thanked ARC for coming to present and for “being loyal” to the master plan. He noted that this is the type of development the city has been seeking. Mr. Muncy thanked Mayor Hall for having a master plan to help define the project. Mayor Hall noted that upon Mr. Muncy’s recommendation he drove to Ohio last year to view a hospital they completed and has viewed other locations and approves of ARC’s work.
  7. Ordinances and Resolutions
    • Ordinance No. 2018-OR-15 – An Ordinance Establishing Regulations for the Operation, Control and Management of Public Parks Within the City of Charlestown presented for a second and final reading after adjustments were made after the first.
      • Motion to approve made by J.T. Cox
      • Seconded by Brian Hester
      • During discussion, Tina Barnes asked about the rule on glass containers. Mayor Hall noted that the rule as written is standard and it would remain as written.
      • Unanimous approval
    • Ordinance No. 2018-OR-17 City Employee Compensation Ordinance
      • Motion to approve made by Ted Little
      • Seconded by Brian Hester
      • During discussion, Tina Barnes asked if the “Evidence Technician” is a new position. Mayor Hall confirmed and noted that Chuck Ledbetter is retiring but will take this civil position with the police department. The department has asked for this position for a couple of years and Mayor Hall noted that the City has been waiting for Chuck Ledbetter’s retirement to fill it. City Attorney Michael Gillenwater noted that the chain of custody for evidence will be managed by this position. Ted Little noted that Chuck Ledbetter has been “invaluable” to the police force over the years.
      • Unanimous approval
    • Ordinance No. 2018-OR-19 Budget Ordinance
      • Motion to approve made by Brian Hester
      • Seconded by J.T. Cox
      • No discussion
      • Unanimous approval – Will require a final reading in October.
    • Ordinance No. 2018-OR-18 Elected Official Salary Ordinance – No change in amounts.
      • Motion to approve made by J.T. Cox
      • Seconded by Ted Little
      • No Discussion
      • Unanimous approval
    • Resolution 2018-R-8 A Resolution Waiving Non-Compliance With Filing of Notice of Compliance for Real Estate Tax Abatement (Cobblestone Motel)
      • Motion to approve made by Ted Little
      • Seconded by Brian Hester
      • No Discussion
      • Unanimous approval
  8. Mayor’s Updates
    • Dog park opening was last Thursday night and it was well attended. Forms for registration are available for download but must be brought in to City Hall in person. A grand opening will take place on September 20. Mayor Hall thanked Eric Vaughn and Rhonda Davidson for their work on the park.
    • The police station is under construction and plumbing is going in. By the end of October they hope to have the building under a roof.
    • The refurbishment of the Parks Building is nearing completion. The stone on the building was given by Coronado Stone and they only charged labor.
    • Glendale Park is scheduled to open September 24.
    • Sidewalk work on Monroe Street continues.
    • Springville Manor is nearing construction completion
    • Tina Barnes asked about buckling in sidewalks on Highway 3. Mayor Hall noted that they’re aware of the issue and it is being addressed.
  9. Adjournment
    • Motion to adjourn made by J.T. Cox
    • Seconded by Ted Little
    • Unanimous approval

Full audio available here:


Author: Treva Hodges

Resident of Charlestown, Indiana. Advocate.

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