Redevelopment Commission 07/25/2019

City-NEws-e1455073509249The Charlestown Redevelopment Commission met for a rescheduled meeting on Thursday, July 25 at 1:00 PM. Following is a summary of the meeting with full audio at the end (16:03): 

  1. Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance led by Matt Duncan
  2. Determination of a quorum and roll call: Members present were Pat Glotzbach, Ted Little, George Roberts, Eric Vaughn, and Mayor Bob Hall. Also in attendance were Clerk Treasurer Donna Coomer and attorney Matt Duncan, associate for city attorney Michael Gillenwater
  3. Approval of prior meeting’s minutes, current claims, and payroll allowance docket from 07/08/2019 to 07/20/2019 combined into one motion
    • Motion to approve made by George Roberts
    • Seconded by Eric Vaughn
    • No Discussion
    • Unanimous approval
  4. Old Business – Renaissance Update
    • Jason Sams from ARC provided an update on the project. They’ve completed the site construction plans. They hope to begin site work on lot one about the third week of August. On lot two, they received clearance from IDEM yesterday. They are working with Duke, Spectrum, and AT&T to move utility poles. He is scheduled to speak to the Board of Public Works on August 5thbecause they will need to cut into the roads. Mayor Hall clarified that “lot two” means “phase two.” Mr. Sams said they’re also working on permanent financing for the project.
    • Ted Little asked about the timeline for completion. He said that originally they anticipated 11-12 months to completion. He asked if the construction start delay will affect that plan. Mr. Sams did not anticipate a big delay. He said they still hope to complete the project in summer 2020.
    • Mayor Hall asked when ARC would start renovation of the building next to City Hall. Mr. Sams said they’re currently finalizing their project budget to get that property started. He said they anticipate having a leasing office out of the building.
    • Paul Wheatley spoke to the commission to confirm that debt has been secured on the project.
  5. New Business
    • Partial release for Springville Manor Properties – Lot #10, 110 Jackson Way has been sold and Mayor Hall submitted a partial release on the property for approval.
      • Motion to approve made by Pat Glotzbach
      • Seconded by George Roberts
      • No Discussion
      • Unanimous Approval
  6. Ordinances and Resolutions
    • Resolution 2019-R-7 – (Name and Purpose of the resolution not stated nor printed on the agenda)
      • Motion to approve made by Eric Vaughn
      • Seconded by Ted Little
      • During discussion, Mr. Little thanked Bob Hall for his work on this project. He said it took a lot of negotiation back and forth and that there are things in the resolution they appreciate and he knew there were some issues about the release of funds and when people would be removed from the properties and he thinks Mayor Hall did a great job. Mayor Hall said it’s still ongoing and that since the original approval of this since last August he appreciated Nick and Brenda and MacDaddy for working on it. He said they bought the properties about 25% less than appraisals and wanted to pass a resolution to ratify that. 
      • Unanimous approval
  7. “Highway 62 Renaissance Project” – Paul Wheatley introduced a Blight Clearance grant proposal to the Commission. He explained that this will require an environmental review that can begin next week. Through this process, the city can be in a position to submit an application for this grant in November. Realistically we could know about the award by December. The grant would involve environmental cleanup and site clearing. No action is required from the Commission today.
    • Mayor Hall said there has been some light interest on the property, but nothing serious yet. He anticipates Paul Wheatley putting together a Request for Proposals on the site.
    • Pat Glotzbach asked how much funding can be anticipated. Mr. Wheatley said the max is $500,000 based on a cost estimate provided by the engineer. There’s an 8% grant administration fee and a matching component that would max out at $50,000. They will have to follow federal grant procurement bid standards. This will require action in the future by the Redevelopment Commission and the City Council. 
  8. Adjournment
    • Motion to adjourn made by Eric Vaughn
    • Seconded by George Roberts
    • Unanimous approval

Audio Here:

Author: Treva Hodges

Resident of Charlestown, Indiana. Advocate.

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