Common Council Meeting 12/17/2018

The Charlestown Common Council met for a regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, December 17 at 6:30 PM. Following is a summary of the meeting with full audio (14:35) available at the end:

  1. Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance: Chris Spencer 
  2. Invocation: L.C. McCawley, Charlestown Church of God
  3. Determination of a Quorum and Roll Call: Members in attendance were Brian Hester, Mike Vaughn, Tina Barnes, and J.T. Cox. Ted Little was absent. Also in attendance were Mayor Bob Hall, Clerk Treasurer Donna Coomer, and City Attorney Michael Gillenwater
  4. Approval of Agenda
    • Motion to approve made by Brian Hester
    • Seconded by J.T. Cox
    • No Discussion
    • Unanimous approval
  5. Approval of prior meeting’s minutes, current claims, and payroll allowance docket from 12/03/2018 to 12/16/2018 combined into one motion. 
    • Motion made by Mike Vaughn
    • Seconded by Brian Hester
    • No Discussion
    • Unanimous approval 
  6. Ordinances and resolutions 
    • Ordinance No. 2018-OR-26 Additional Appropriation Ordinance 
      • Enables expenses from the police department to be covered by LOIT fund 
        • Motion to approve made by Brian Hester
        • Seconded by J.T. Cox
        • No Discussion
        • Unanimous approval 
      • Motion to suspend rules and call for second and final reading
        • Motion made by J.T. Cox
        • Seconded by Mike Vaughn 
        • No Discussion
        • Unanimous Approval 
      • Second and final reading of 2018-OR-26
        • Motion to approve made by Brian Hester
        • Seconded by J.T. Cox
        • No Discussion
        • Unanimous Approval 
  7. Mayor’s update
    • Mayor Hall acknowledged the loss of Sgt. Ben Bertram on Thursday in the line of duty. He noted that the visitation was today and that the funeral is planned for tomorrow at the High School. Mayor Hall commended the camaraderie among the police officers and departments who have reached out during the week. They are expecting 500-1,000 officers from stations across the nation at the funeral tomorrow. He also thanked the community for their outpouring of support and encouraged everyone to attend the funeral tomorrow (beginning at 11:00 and expected to last 2.5-3 hours). He asked the council to vote tonight to fund a commission that will honor Sgt. Bertram. The cost is expected to be about $6,000. 
      • Motion to approve funding of a memorial commission made by Brian Hester 
      • Seconded by Mike Vaughn 
      • No Discussion
      • Unanimous Approval 
  8. Adjournment 
    • Motion made by J.T. Cox
    • Seconded by Brian Hester
    • No Discussion
    • Unanimous approval 

Full audio available here:

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Author: Treva Hodges

Resident of Charlestown, Indiana. Advocate.

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