Common Council Meeting 10/15/2018

The Charlestown Common Council held a regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, October 15, 2018 at 6:30 pm. A summary of the meeting and full audio follow: 

  1. Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance led by Ben Ledbetter
  2. Invocation – led by L.C. McCawley from the Charlestown Church of God
  3. Determination of a Quorum and Roll Call: Members in attendance were Ted Little, Brian Hester, Tina Barnes, and J.T. Cox. Member Michael Vaughn was absent. Also in attendance were Mayor Bob Hall and Deputy Clerk Treasurer Nancy Rogers. City Attorney Michael Gillenwater was not in attendance.
  4. Approval of Agenda:
    • Mayor Hall asked to revise the agenda in light of City Attorney Michael Gillenwater’s absence. The revised agenda would table the following ordinances until the next scheduled meeting: 2018-OR-20, 2018-OR-22, 2018-OR-23, and 2018-OR-24. 
    • Motion to approve modified agenda made by JT Cox
    • Seconded by Ted Little
    • Unanimous approval
  5. Approval of prior meeting’s Minutes, current Claims and the Payroll Allowance Docket from 10/01/2018 to 10/14/2018 combined into one motion for approval.
    • Motion to approve made by Brian Hester
    • Seconded by Ted Little
    • During discussion, Tina Barnes noted that in the minutes of the previous meeting the last sentence of the first paragraph said “second reading” but the voting section said “first reading” of that ordinance. She asked for clarification and correction of the minutes in that regard.
    • Nancy Rogers said she will investigate and make the correction necessary.
    • Unanimous approval   
  6. Public Comment – Treva Hodges spoke to remind the Council that the appeals decision does not prevent both the Unsafe Building Law and the Property Maintenance Code from being used in coordination with each other and called upon the Council to remove the provision in the PMC for immediate, accumulating, daily fines. (Full statement located here: Public Comment 10.15.2018)
    • Following her statement, Mayor Hall denied that he has ever stated that he planned to use code enforcement or eminent domain. He said the Judge’s ruling has been set aside. He encouraged people to “look at the record.” 
  7. Ordinances and Resolutions
    • Ordinance No. 2018-OR-20 – “An Ordinance Repealing the City’s Unsafe Structures Ordinance and Rescinding Adoption of the State’s Unsafe Building Law – TABLED UNTIL NEXT MEETING – Copy of ordinance for consideration is here: ORD 20
    • Ordinance No. 2018-OR-21 – “An Ordinance Vacating a Roadway/Utility Easement because it is no longer Needed”
      • Motion to approve made by Ted Little
      • seconded by JT Cox
      • No discussion
      • Ted Little, Brian Hester, and J.T. Cox voted in favor. Council member Tina Barnes voted no. Motion passed. Copy of ordinance here: ORD 21
    • Ordinance No. 2018-OR-22 – “An Ordinance Establishing a Procedure for Issuing Inspection Warrants to Determine if Conditions Exist Which Endanger the Health, Safety, or Welfare of Persons in the City of Charlestown.” TABLED UNTIL NEXT MEETING – Copy of ordinance to be considered here: ORD 22
    • Ordinance No. 2018-OR-23 – “An Ordinance Amending Ordinance No. 2018-OR-6, An Ordinance Establishing Property Maintenance Standards Within the City of Charlestown, Indiana.”TABLED UNTIL NEXT MEETING – Copy of ordinance to be considered here: ORD 23
    • Ordinance No. 2018-OR-24 – “An Ordinance Establishing General Procedures to Appeal Penalties and Enforcement Action for Violations of City Ordinances in Charlestown, Indiana” TABLED UNTIL NEXT MEETING – Copy of ordinance to be considered here: Ord 24
  8. Adjournment
    • Motion to adjourn made by JT Cox
    • Seconded by Brian Hester
    • unanimous approval

Full audio (12:07) available here: 


Author: Treva Hodges

Resident of Charlestown, Indiana. Advocate.

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