Common Council Meeting 11/05/2018

The Charlestown Common Council met for a regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, November 05 at 6:30 PM. Following is a summary and full audio (12:42) of the meeting:

  1. Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance: led by Charlestown Middle School 7-8thgrade cheerleaders. The competition cheer team earned three 2ndplace rankings, two 1stplace rankings, one grand champion award, and they received 3rdplace at the state cheer competition. They are headed soon (November 18th) to compete for eligibility to get an invitation to the national competition.
  2. Invocation: led by Neyland McClellan from North Charlestown Church of God
  3. Determination of a Quorum and Roll Call: Members present were Ted Little, Brian Hester, Mike Vaughn, Tina Barnes, and J.T. Cox. Also in attendance were Mayor Bob Hall and Clerk Treasurer Donna Coomer
  4. Approval of Agenda
    • Brian Hester asked to table Ordinance No. 2018-OR-20 until city attorney Michael Gillenwater can be present because he has questions for the attorney.
    • Motion to approve the modified agenda made by Brian Hester
    • Seconded by Mike Vaughn
    • No further discussion
    • Unanimous approval
  5. Approval of Minutes, current claims, and payroll allowance docket 10/15/2018 to 10/28/2018 combined into one motion for approval
    • Motion to approve made by J.T. Cox
    • Seconded by Brian Hester
    • No Discussion
    • Unanimous approval
  6. Public Comment – None
  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
    • Resolution No. 2018-R-13 – Interlocal Agreement
      • Mayor Hall explained this is an agreement between Clark County and all cities and towns in the county. The County has been considering a 2% jail tax at the county level to account for shortfalls. Approximately 10 years ago the county council lowered their tax levy substantially and “created a shortfall for themselves.” For years they have had to appeal to a judge so that “they could apply their tax to the tax roll” (audio unclear here). They have approached the state legislature to restore the levy and assessed value to keep the government funded without having to seek exceptions every year. Going into this year, on the EDIT side, it will not be restored until 2020. They are entering the budget year with a shortfall of $400,000. The executives have discussed refunding the EDIT funds back to the county to avoid implementation of the 2% tax. At this point the Mayor thinks all other cities have passed the agreement. He said “we don’t lose money, we just give back the money that they would have gotten.”
      • Motion to approve interlocal agreement made by Ted Little
      • Seconded by J.T. Cox
      • No further discussion
      • Unanimous approval
  8. Mayor’s Update
    • The police department framing has begun and they hope to have it available for inside work soon.
    • The Renaissance Project is going through decision processes that will come to the council.
    • Glendale pocket park progress continues.
  9.  Adjournment
    • Motion made by J.T. Cox
    • Seconded by Brian Hester
    • Unanimous approval

Full audio here: 


Author: Treva Hodges

Resident of Charlestown, Indiana. Advocate.

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