Common Council Meeting 02/19/2019

City-NEws-e1455073509249The Charlestown Common Council met for a regularly scheduled meeting (adjusted for a holiday) on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 6:30 pm. Following is a summary of the meeting with full audio available at the end:

  1. Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance: led by Jonathan Jennings elementary school cheerleaders who recently won both UCA National and Youth Recreation World titles in Orlando, FL. Mayor Hall also publicly recognized Amy Gillespie, Teacher of the Year
  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 JT Cox. Also in attendance were Mayor Bob Hall, Clerk Treasurer Donna Coomer, and city attorney Michael Gillenwater
  4. Approval of Agenda:
    • Mayor Hall asked to add Ordinance 2019-OR-5 to the agenda. This ordinance will create a fund for the utility subsidy upon the closing of the water utility
    • Motion to approve with item added to the agenda made by JT Cox
    • Seconded by Ted Little
    • No Discussion
    • Unanimous approval
  5. Approval of prior meeting’s Minutes, current claims, and Payroll Allowance Docket 02/05/2019 to 02/17/2019 combined into one motion for consideration
    • Motion to approve made by Mike Vaughn
    • Seconded by Brian Hester
    • No Discussion
    • Unanimous approval
  6. Ordinances and Resolutions:
    • Ordinance No. 2019-OR-3 – Checks Over 2 years
      • Mayor Hall explained that these are checks that were issued to vendors and they are two years old but have never been cashed. This ordinance voids these checks.
      • Motion to approve made by Ted Little
      • Seconded by Brian Hester
      • No Discussion
      • Unanimous approval
      • Mayor Hall entertained a motion to suspend the rules in anticipation of passing this ordinance in a second and final reading
        • Motion to approve made by Brian Hester
        • Seconded by Ted Little
        • No Discussion
        • Unanimous approval
      • Mayor Hall entertained a motion to adopt 2019-OR-3 in its second and final reading
        • Motion to approve made by Brian Hester
        • Seconded by JT Cox
        • No Discussion
        • Unanimous approval
    • Ordinance No. 2019-OR-4 –  An Ordinance Amending Ordinance No. 2018-OR-23 An Ordinance Establishing Property Maintenance Standards Within the City of Charlestown, Indiana
      • Motion to approve made by Ted Little
      • Seconded by Mike Vaughn
      • During discussion Council Member Tina Barnes asked for a copy of the letter that discussed the denial of the most recent version of the PMC by the Indiana Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission. Mr. Gillenwater said he has an email but has not received the letter yet. He said that the city had a representative present at the Commission meeting. Ms. Barnes asked who that representative was and Mr. Gillenwater said it was Mark Crandley from Barnes and Thornburg. Mr. Gillenwater said he will get a copy of the letter to Ms. Barnes.  
      • Mayor Hall called for the vote. Council members Ted Little, Brian Hester, Mike Vaughn and JT Cox voted in favor. Council member Tina Barnes voted no. Motion passed. 
    • Ordinance No. 2019-OR-5 – An ordinance establishing a fund for the utility subsidies
      • Motion to approve made by JT Cox
      • Seconded by Ted Little
      • During Discussion Council Member Tina Barnes asked how much money would be put in this fund. Mayor Hall said he could not remember the actual amount but it is somewhere in the range of $1.7 million and noted that it is a four-year subsidy. Attorney Mr. Gillenwater noted that this ordinance does not transfer money but creates the fund for the money to be transferred into once the sale is completed.. Council member JT Cox asked if the subsidy still followed the breakdown previously approved. Mayor Hall said it does. He said that IAW will send a letter next week to customers explaining that as of March 5th they will take responsibility for the utility and that their first billing will be in April. Mayor Hall said that the City will read the meters by March 5 and IAW will take over from closing. The March bill will be from the city of Charlestown. The subsidy will take place in April when IAW’s rate structure kicks in.
      • Mayor Hall called for the vote and it received unanimous approval.
      • Mayor Hall entertained a motion to suspend the rules in anticipation of passing this ordinance in a second and final reading
        • Motion to suspend made by Ted Little
        • Seconded by JT Cox
        • No Discussion
        • Unanimous approval
      • Mayor Hall entertained a motion to adopt 2019-OR-5 in its second and final reading
        • Motion to approve made by Mike Vaughn
        • Seconded by JT Cox
        • No Discussion
        • Unanimous approval
  7. Adjournment:
    • Motion to adjourn made by JT Cox
    • Seconded by little
    • Unanimous approval

Full audio available here (15:41):

 

Author: Treva Hodges

Resident of Charlestown, Indiana. Advocate.

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