Common Council Meeting 08/05/2019

City-NEws-e1455073509249The Charlestown Common Council met for a regularly scheduled meeting and advertised public hearing on Monday, August 5, 2019 at 6:30 PM. Following is a summary of the meeting with full audio (39:22) available at the end: 

  1. Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance led by Lauren Elizabeth Crowe, a 2019 Ivy Tech graduate and CHS cross country and track coach.
  2. Invocation led by Neyland McClellan from 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 Clerk Treasurer Donna Coomer and City Attorney Michael Gillenwater
  4. Approval of Agenda:
    • Motion to Approve made by Brian Hester
    • Seconded by JT Cox
    • During discussion Michael Gillenwater mentioned that 2019-OR-07 which annexes land on highway 62 was introduced but not adopted at the last meeting. He asked to add that item to the agenda for consideration in anticipation of passing on its first reading.
      • Motion to approve change made by Ted Little
      • Seconded by Mike Vaughn
      • No Discussion
      • Unanimous Approval
    • Motion to approve amended agenda made by JT Cox
    • Seconded by Brian Hester
    • No Discussion
    • Unanimous Approval
  5. Approval of prior meeting’s minutes, current claims, and payroll allowance docket from 06/24/2019 to 07/28/2019 combined into one motion for approval
    • Motion to approve made by Mike Vaughn
    • Seconded by JT Cox
    • No Discussion
    • Unanimous approval
  6. Public Hearing: Annexation of 67.545 acres
    • Attorney Michael Gillenwater directed attention to a map that shows the territory in question for annexation. He provided the following summary and information: This is “the old Balmer farm” adjacent to Danbury Oaks subdivision. The developer interested in purchasing it wants to subdivide the vacant property. This is a 100% voluntary annexation and for that reason things can happen more quickly if the council adopts the resolution. Currently water service is adjacent through IAW and wastewater available for extension off of the city’s existing service. Storm water and drainage will be designed and improved by the developer. The developer will pay for construction of the streets. No additional city services or personnel will be required with this annexation. As the property is developed the growth in tax revenue should cover any needed extension of services. Ordinance 2019-R-10 covers this annexation. The public has an opportunity to make comment on this annexation. Each person is allotted two minutes. This is an opportunity to make a statement but not ask questions of the council. No person elected to comment.
      • Council member Tina Barnes asked if access to the section will go through Danbury Oaks and Mayor Hall confirmed that it will.
      • Mr. Gillenwater said that this section does not currently have a planned subdivision but if one develops it will be a planned unit development zoned R-1. The property would come into the city on January 1.
      • Mayor Hall closed the public hearing on this issue
  7. After a period of confusion Mayor Hall called for a motion to approve Ordinance No. 2019-OR-9 – An Ordinance Annexing Territory Contiguous to the City of Charlestown
    • Motion to approve made by Brian Hester
    • Seconded by Ted Little
    • No additional discussion
    • Unanimous approval
  8. Mayor hall called for a motion to approve Resolution No. 2019-R-10 – A Resolution Adopting a Fiscal Plan Prior to Annexing 67.545 Acres Contiguous with the City of Charlestown
    • Motion to approve made by Brian Hester
    • Seconded by Mike Vaughn
    • No Discussion
    • Unanimous approval
  9. Ordinance No. 2019-OR-7 Concerning the annexation of the property on Highway 62 across from the state park
    • City Attorney Michael Gillenwater explained to the council that much of the area belongs to the state park, the city, and River Ridge. The proposed annexation area comprises 1,808 acres. They do not anticipate objection from River Ridge or the State of Indiana. The presenters are the only tax payers in the area.
    • Kevin Young, land planner spoke on behalf of the owners who wish to develop Skipper’s Ridge Subdivision
      • Expected fiscal impact to city = none
      • Total of 16 parcels to annex
      • City Council district 4
      • 1,808 acres
      • The property borders a platted subdivision to the north.
      • Details of the subdivision were explained in a visual presentation
        • Multitude of housing styles planned
        • 2 acre proposed commercial facilities on Highway 62 to serve the neighborhood
        • Incorporates greenspace and pocket parks in 39 acres of open space
        • Total of 336 lots developed in a phased development
      • Utilities
        • Two different electric providers: Duke and Clark Co REMC
        • Sanitary sewers: proposed pump station in the center and would pump to existing manhole on Monroe Street
        • Water: Options are IAW and Marysville, Otisco, Nabb water company
      • Emergency Services: Both fire department and police department have provided letters confirming their ability to serve the development
    • Mayor Hall called for a motion to approve the ordinance 2019-OR-7 for annexation of the discussed property
      • Before the motion was made JT Cox asked attorney Michael Gillenwater to explain how the public hearing prior to this meeting relates to this particular annexation. Mr. Gillenwater said that before an annexation can be adopted on its final reading it must have a public hearing. This particular annexation requires different steps because it is not 100% voluntary due to the other property owners. The prior annexation ordinance was 100% voluntary.
      • Motion to approve made by Mike Vaughn
      • Seconded by Ted Little
      • No further discussion
      • Unanimous approval
  10. Ordinance No. 2019-OR-10 – An Ordinance Amending the City’s Capital Improvement Plan of the City of Charlestown, Indiana
    • Motion to approve made by Ted Little
    • Seconded by JT Cox
    • No Discussion
    • Little, Hester, Vaughn, and Cox voted yes, Barnes voted no.
  11. Mayor Hall commented on the construction around town and advised people to be patient with school starting. He praised the new pocket parks, and the new police station.
  12. Adjournment:
    • Motion to Adjourn made by JT Cox
    • Seconded by Brian Hester
    • Unanimous approval

Audio here:

Author: Treva Hodges

Resident of Charlestown, Indiana. Advocate.

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