Redevelopment Commission Meeting 08/08/2019

City-NEws-e1455073509249The Charlestown Redevelopment Commission met for a regularly scheduled meeting and advertised public information session on Thursday, August 8 at 9:00 am. Following is a summary with full audio (16:05) of the meeting:

  1. Call to order/Pledge of Allegiance led by Donna Coomer
  2. Determination of a Quorum and Roll Call: Members present were Ted Little, George Roberts, Eric Vaughn, and Mayor Bob Hall. Pat Glotzbach was absent. Also in attendance were Clerk Treasurer Donna Coomer and City Attorney Michael Gillenwater
  3. Prior Meeting’s minutes, current claims, and payroll allowance docket from 07/21/2019 to 08/03/2019 combined into one motion for consideration
    • Motion to approve made by Ted Little
    • Seconded by George Roberts
    • No Discussion
    • Unanimous approval
  4. Partial release of Mortgages in Springville Manor
    • Release of Mortgage – Alberta Christine Belcher ($20,000 forgivable portion only due to death of owner)
    • Release of Mortgage – Patricia A. Smith ($20,000 forgivable portion only due to death of owner)
    • Partial Release for new purchase (Releases Springville Manor, LLC and transfers mortgage to new owner)
      • Motion to approve all made by Ted Little
      • Seconded by George Roberts
      • No Discussion
      • Unanimous Approval
    • Requested authorization for Michael Gillenwater to open an estate on the Smith property
      • Motion to approve made by Ted Little
      • Seconded by George Roberts
      • No Discussion
      • Unanimous Approval
  5. Public Information Meeting: Mongold Annexation
    • Kevin Young, developer on behalf of the Mongold family, addressed the Commission. He delivered a visual presentation of the total annexation plan. (This was the same presentation provided in the City Council meeting on Monday, August 5th). This Planned Unit Development includes mixed use housing and a small commercial space fronting Highway 62. The development includes neighborhood parks and green space (39 acres – total area is 130 acres).
      • Utility services
        • Two different electric company opportunities (REMC and Duke)
        • Sanitary Sewers – the manhole on Monroe St. has the capacity for this development. A new pump station would be built in the center of the property and a forced main would move it to the Monroe St. manhole.
        • Water services can be provided by either Otisco, Marysville, Nabb Water or IAW.
    • Public Comment:
      • Mike Owen addressed the council. Mr. Owen lives downhill from this proposed project. He is concerned about runoff from the property. His property and his neighbor’s property already suffer from flooding. He is also concerned about the increase in traffic on Highway 62 at this location. He said he wants to see Charlestown grow, but does not see how this particular project will work out. He said he does not see the market for this kind of thing. He is also concerned about the wildlife in the area and deer population. He mentioned possible light pollution from the development.
      • Ted Little mentioned that he assumes the city engineer will address runoff issues and such. Mayor Hall confirmed and said that the state will also regulate traffic control features on Highway 62. Michael Gillenwater said that the city’s existing drainage ordinance mandates that drainage must be improved along with the development.
  6. Adjournment
    • Motion to adjourn made by Eric Vaughn
    • Seconded by George Roberts
    • Unanimous approval


Audio available here: (16:05)

Author: Treva Hodges

Resident of Charlestown, Indiana. Advocate.

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