Common Council Meeting 09/03/2019

City-NEws-e1455073509249The Charlestown Common Council met on Tuesday, September 3 at 6:30 PM for a rescheduled meeting due to the Labor Day holiday. Following is a summary of the meeting with full audio available at the end:

  1. Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance led by Sophia and Gracie Adams, CHS students
  2. Invocation led by LC McCawley from the Charlestown Church of God
  3. Determination of a Quorum and Roll Call: Members present were Mike Vaughn (District 1), Tina Barnes (District 2), Ted Little (District 3), and Brian Hester (District 4). JT Cox (At Large) was absent. Also in attendance were Mayor Bob Hall, Clerk Treasurer Donna Coomer, and city attorney Michael Gillenwater.
  4. Approval of Agenda
    • Mayor Hall introduced an additional item, Resolution 2019-OR-12 for tax appropriation
      • Motion to approve the addition made by Mike Vaughn
      • Seconded by Ted Little
      • No Discussion
      • Unanimous Approval
    • Motion to approve modified agenda made by Ted Little
    • Seconded by Brian Hester
    • No Discussion
    • Unanimous approval
  5. Approval of prior meeting’s Minutes, current claims, and Payroll Allowance Docket from 08/12/2019 to 08/31/2019 combined into one motion for approval.
    • Motion to approve made by Brian Hester
    • Seconded by Mike Vaughn
    • No Discussion
    • Unanimous approval
  6. Public Comment:None
  7. Public Hearing:
    • Mongold Annexation
      • Kevin Young, land planner spoke to the council. He said that he represented the proposed subdivision part of the annexation and would be happy to answer questions regarding that.
      • John Craft, attorney, appeared on behalf of the proposed development. He said that if the annexation is approved he will bring back a Planned Unit Development proposal.
      • Hearing was closed
    • 2020 Budget Hearing
      • No speakers – hearing closed
  8. Ordinances and Resolutions:
    • Resolution No. 2019-R-13 –   A Resolution Transferring Certain Real Estate to the City of Charlestown, Indiana Department of Redevelopment (I.C. 36-1-11-8)
      • Mayor Hall said that there were about 13 parcels as a part of the Renaissance Project and one of the deeds had been made to the city and needed to be transferred.
      • Motion to approve made by Brian Hester
      • Seconded by Ted Little
      • No Discussion
      • Hester, Little, and Vaughn voted yes. Barnes voted no.
    • Resolution No. 2019-R-14 –   A Resolution Adopting a Fiscal Plan Prior to Annexing 1,808 Acres Contiguous with the City of Charlestown
      • Mayor Hall said this adopts a fiscal plan for the annexation that was the subject of the public hearing.
      • Motion to approve made by Ted Little
      • Seconded by Mike Vaughn
      • No Discussion
      • Unanimous Approval
  9. Old Business:
    • Ordinance 2019-OR -8 Second reading
      • Motion to approve made by Mike Vaughn
      • Seconded by Ted Little
      • No Discussion
      • Unanimous approval
  10. New Business – Resolution 2019-R-12 – Mayor Hall said that he sent it to the council by email and it deals with the tax rate. He presented it tonight for their consideration. He said the advertised rate will be 1.35 which is substantially higher than our current tax rate. He said the DLGF requires them to post the tax rate and it’s always higher than what it will actually be in January. He said he anticipates a reduction.
  11.  Adjournment:
    • Motion to adjourn made by Mike Vaughn
    • Seconded by Ted Little
    • Unanimous approval

Audio:

Author: Treva Hodges

Resident of Charlestown, Indiana. Advocate.

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