Redevelopment Commission 12/13/2018

The Charlestown Redevelopment Commission met for a regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 9:00am. Following is a summary of the meeting with full audio: 

  1. Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Determination of a Quorum and Roll Call: Members present were John Spencer, Ted Little, Eric Vaughn, George Roberts, and Mayor Bob Hall. Also in attendance were Clerk Treasurer Donna Coomer and City Attorney Michael Gillenwater. 
  3. Approval of prior meeting’s minutes, current claims, and payroll allowance docket from 10/22/2018 to 12/09/2018 combined into one motion for approval.
    • Motion to approve made by Ted Little
    • Seconded by George Roberts
    • No Discussion
    • Unanimous approval
  4. Ordinances and Resolutions: 
    • Resolution No. 2018-R-7 “Declaratory Resolution Modifying the Charlestown Economic Development Area and Modifying the Allocation Area for Purposes of Tax Increment Financing”
      • City Attorney Michael Gillenwater explained that this resolution takes the Renaissance Project site, which the City has purchased, (vacant lots at the corner of Market and Main) out of the existing Tax Increment Financing district. He said this is the first step to remove it from the TIF so that it can be reassessed as vacant property at which point they will reestablish a TIF over the property so they can capture the tax increment in the new project to offset expenses incurred by city in its development. He explained that this resolution will need to go before the Board of Public Works and the Common Council and that they will need to have a public hearing on the matter before it can be completed. 
      • Mayor Hall called for approval
        • Motion to approve made by Eric Vaughn
        • Seconded by George Roberts
        • No Discussion
        • Unanimous approval 
  5. Old Business – Renaissance Project
    • Mayor Hall said that they are continuing to negotiate an agreement with ARC to develop the Renaissance Project in a 24 month period with phase one completed in one year and phase two in the second year. The City will use TIF to help in development so it will be “a self-sustaining project.” He anticipates $2.1 million in income from the project. 
    • Mayor Hall inquired about the availability of the board to meet next week to move that agreement along. The meeting was set for Thursday, December 20 at 10:00am. 
  6. Adjournment
    • Mayor Hall asked Attorney Gillenwater if they needed to close the meeting or recess. Mr. Gillenwater recommended that they recess the meeting instead of adjourning so that “you don’t have to advertise” the next meeting. Mayor Hall elected to adjourn the meeting and said he will post the notice of next week’s meeting. 
    • Motion to adjourn made by Eric Vaughn
    • Seconded by John Spencer
    • Unanimous approval 

Full audio (8:36) available here:


Author: Treva Hodges

Resident of Charlestown, Indiana. Advocate.

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