Board of Public Works 03/18/2019

7ab1a11b-853b-474b-97c1-1815c11e4bdaThe Charlestown Board of Public Works met for a regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, March 18, 2019. Following is a summary and audio (15:46) of the meeting:

  1. Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Determination of a Quorum and Roll Call – Members present were Mayor Bob Hall and Ben Ledbetter. Ted Little was absent. 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 03/04/2019 to 03/17/2019 combined into one motion
    • Motion to approve made by Ben Ledbetter
    • Seconded by Bob Hall
    • No Discussion
    • Unanimous Approval
  4. New Business
    • DOXO Agreement
      • Heather Mick explained that she was contacted by DOXO, a third party website where you can pay all of your bills. Currently the city has customers who use this service and they mail a check. This agreement will allow DOXO to send payments electronically.
      • Mayor Hall asked about the status of the company. Ms. Mick explained that she has done research and the company is legitimate. Money will be deposited into the Utility Clearing Fund. She said this is not a contract and the city can cancel any time
      • Motion to approve agreement made by Ben Ledbetter
      • Seconded by Bob Hall
      • Unanimous Approval
    • Water, Wastewater, and Sanitation Charge-Offs
      • Bob Hall stated the total amount is $1,154.89
      • Motion to approve made by Ben Ledbetter
      • Seconded by Bob Hall
      • Unanimous approval
    • Tony Jackson – Addressed the need for new light poles for street lights
      • He contacted companies for quotes. LED Lighting solutions did not respond. Century (sp?) has a delivery date of 6-7 month dates. The third company (name unclear) had the cheapest quote with a 4-6 week delivery date. 
      • Motion to approve made by Ben Ledbetter
      • Seconded by Bob Hall
      • Unanimous Approval
    • Mayor Bob Hall’s Update:
      • Mayor Hall said they have set the ribbon cutting for the new road from Co Rd 403 into Pleasant Ridge for Saturday, March 23 at 11:00. He said the street will be named “Coomer Way,” after the Clerk Treasurer Donna Coomer, who will be the longest serving Clerk Treasurer if she’s re-elected this year. Mayor Hall said that they looked for someone who has had a positive impact on the community and although she gets paid for her position as Clerk Treasurer, Donna Coomer has devoted a lot of time in volunteer work to improve Charlestown via the Beautification Committee.
      • Motion to approve made by Ben Ledbetter
      • Seconded by Bob Hall
      • Unanimous Approval
      • Donna Coomer said she is humbled and thankful for this honor.
    • Michael Gillenwater Update:
      • Mr. Gillenwater said that Friday afternoon, in the federal lawsuit filed by the Landlords of Pleasant Ridge, the judge issued an order dismissing part of the case. He said there was a motion for judgment saying that even if everything the Landlords said was true that they’re not entitled to their claim. He said the judge agreed and dismissed the part of the suit related to the RICO claims that had been made. He said that the only thing remaining in the case are Civil Rights and Equal Protection claims and he does not believe there is much evidence to support those.
      • Bob Hall said that the judge said there’s no evidence to support the RICO claims. He said it’s been frustrating that they’ve been smeared by the “slumlords” and he’s happy the judge has found no wrongdoing on their part. He feels confident the other claims will be dismissed. He said this is like Pleasant Ridge making claims that they’ve used eminent domain when they have not. He said the Institute for Justice has made videos and that they’ve done it to make money through fundraising. He said the videos are false and that IJ uses them to raise money. He said he’s sure the videos will come up again since it’s an election year. He said that in depositions there’s been no admission of eminent domain. He said there’s a difference between homeowners and landlords and that no homeowners have been evicted. He said he trusts the people in the city of Charlestown and he thinks that politicians think the voters are stupid but they aren’t because they have common sense and can “figure out” the details.
  5.  Adjournment
    • Motion to Adjourn made by Ben Ledbetter
    • Seconded by Bob Hall
    • Unanimous approval

Audio here:

Author: Treva Hodges

Resident of Charlestown, Indiana. Advocate.

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