Common Council 01/07/2019


The Charlestown Common Council met for a regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, January 7, 2019 at 6:30pm. Following is a summary of the meeting with full audio available at the end (13:22): 


  1. Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance: Led by Christopher Early, student at Charlestown Middle School, who has raised $6,804 for the Saint Jude charity. 
  2. Invocation: Led by Neyland McClellan from the 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 present were Mayor Bob Hall, Clerk Treasurer Donna Coomer, and city attorney Michael Gillenwater. 
  4. Approval of Agenda:
    • Mayor Hall requested an amendment to the agenda to include Resolution 2019-R-2 which confirms the city’s adoption of the American’s with Disabilities Act. 
      • Motion to approve amendment made by Brian Hester
      • Seconded by Ted Little
      • No Discussion
      • Unanimous approval  
    • Entertained motion to approve amended agenda
      • Motion made by Ted Little
      • Seconded by Mike Vaughn
      • No Discussion
      • Unanimous approval 
  5. Approval of minutes from 12/17/2018, current claims, and payroll allowance docket from 12/17/2018 to 01/06/2019 combined into one motion for approval 
    • Motion to approve made by Brian Hester
    • Seconded by Ted Little
    • No Discussion
    • Unanimous approval 
  6. Ordinances and Resolutions
    • Resolution 2019-R-1 A Resolution Modifying the Charlestown Economic Development Area and Allocation Area
      • Motion to approve made by Ted Little
      • Seconded by Mike Vaughn
      • During discussion Tina Barnes asked if the resolution could be amended to include a map and/or description of the specific properties referenced. Mayor Hall said that it just includes the approximately two acres that consist of the Renaissance Project site. He said the parts of that property that were in the TIF district are being removed so they can be established as a separate development area. Ms. Barnes said that if someone read the resolution in the future it might not be easy to determine what property is being removed. Mayor Hall said that’s an administrative thing that he couldn’t answer. Mr. Gillenwater said the Redevelopment Commission’s version has a map and that the present resolution can be amended to include it as well. 
      • Unanimous approval 
    • Resolution 2019-R-2 Confirms the City’s Adoption of the Americans with Disabilities Act
      • Motion to approve made by J.T. Cox
      • Seconded by Mike Vaughn 
      • No Discussion
      • Unanimous approval 
  7. New Business
    • Selection of a Council President
      • Motion to nominate Ted Little was made by Brian Hester
      • Seconded by Mike Vaughn
      • No Discussion
      • Unanimous Approval 
    • Approval of Board appointments 
      • Motion to approve Boards as they are constituted made by Brian Hester
      • Seconded by J.T. Cox
      • No Discussion
      • Unanimous approval 
  8. Mayor’s Update
    • Mayor Hall said it was amazing to see the community support during the loss of Sgt. Ben Bertram last month. The family is very appreciative. The FOP is raising funds to send the family and friends to Officer’s Week in Washington DC. 
    • The Christmas season has ended and the decorations are coming down. The Mayor thanked Rhonda Davidson for the extra work she puts in during the holiday season. 
    • Tina Barnes asked when the new road from Pleasant Ridge to 403 will be opened. Mayor Hall said it is ready but they are trying to coordinate a ribbon cutting ceremony with the County. 
  9. Adjournment 
    • Motion to adjourn made by J.T. Cox
    • Seconded by Brian Hester
    • Unanimous approval 

Full Audio available here:  

Author: Treva Hodges

Resident of Charlestown, Indiana. Advocate.

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