Common Council Meeting 12/02/2019

City-NEws-e1455073509249The Charlestown Common Council met for a regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, December 2, 2019 at 6:30 PM. Following is a summary of the meeting with full audio available at the end: 

  1. Call to order/Pledge of Allegiance led by Mike Vaughn
  2. Invocation led by Daniel Tucker from the First United Methodist Church
  3. Determination of a Quorum and Roll Call – Members present were Mike Vaughn (District 1), Tina Barnes (District 2), Ted Little (District 3), Brian Hester (District 4), and JT Cox (At Large). Also present were Mayor Bob Hall, Clerk Treasurer Donna Coomer, and city attorney Michael Gillenwater
  4. Approval of Agenda
    • Motion to approve made by Brian Hester
    • Seconded by Ted Little 
    • No Discussion
    • Unanimous approval
  5. Approval of prior meeting’s minutes, current claims, and payroll allowance docket from 11/11/2019 to 11/28/2019 combined into one motion for approval
    • Motion to approve made by Mike Vaughn
    • Seconded by JT Cox
    • No Discussion
    • Unanimous approval
  6. Ordinances and Resolutions
    • Ordinance No. 2019-OR-15 – Additional Appropriation Ordinance
      • Police Chief Keith McDonald addressed the Council and explained that every five years their bullet resistant vests expire. He presented a quote for the purchase of new vests. They were awarded nearly $7,400 of a grant and he asked the council to approve the purchase of 26 vests for full time and reserve vests. 
      • Motion to approve made by Ted Little
      • Seconded by Brian Hester
      • No Discussion
      • Unanimous approval 
      • Mayor Hall entertained a motion to suspend the rules in anticipation of approving this ordinance on its second reading
        • Motion to approve made by Mike Vaughn
        • Seconded by Ted Little
        • No Discussion
        • Unanimous approval 
      • Motion to approve ordinance on second and final reading made by JT Cox
      • Seconded by Mike Vaughn
      • No Discussion
      • Unanimous approval 
    • Ordinance No. 2019-OR-16 – An Ordinance Amending 2019-OR-14 An Ordinance Establishing Salaries for Elected Officials of the City of Charlestown, Indiana for the Year 2020
      • Motion to approve made by Brian Hester
      • Seconded by Ted Little 
      • During discussion Mayor Hall noted there were no changes in the elected officials’ salaries
      • Unanimous approval
      • Mayor Hall entertained a motion to suspend the rules in anticipation of approving this ordinance on its second reading
        • Motion to approve made by JT Cox
        • Seconded by Mike Vaughn
        • No Discussion
        • Unanimous approval 
      • Motion to approve ordinance on second and final reading made by Brian Hester
      • Seconded by JT Cox
      • No Discussion
      • Unanimous approval 
    • Ordinance No. 2019-OR-17 – An Ordinance Establishing Sanitary Board
      • Council Member Brian Hester addressed this ordinance before a vote was called he said that the Board of Public Works has said that our sewer plant is in need of replacement. He said that there has been information put out that he wanted to refute. First he clarified that Bob Hall has never been considered for this new board. Second he clarified that this new board is not being set up to sell the utility. Third he said that claims of sewer rates being increased are untrue. He said he spoke to our mayor-elect who requested that this ordinance be postponed until the new council takes office and she assumes office. He agrees it is important to wait to consider this ordinance until the new year. He made a motion to table the ordinance. 
      • Mayor Bob Hall asked Brian Hester to address the origin of the ordinance and that he had never been involved in discussions about this ordinance. Mayor Hall said this is not his idea and he did not come up with a sewer board. He said that it’s his understanding that the new council is the group that came up with the idea. He said he wasn’t aware it would be on the agenda tonight. He said the new council will be the one to consider this and that they are not planning major expenses. He said we will have one more council meeting and one more Board of Public Works and Redevelopment meeting. 
      • Motion to table seconded by Mike Vaughn
      • No Discussion
      • Unanimous approval 
    • Ordinance No. 2019-OR-19 – An Ordinance Providing for the Transfer of Appropriations for Departments of the City of Charlestown, Indiana for the Year 2019 as Requested by the Mayor and Forwarded to the Common Council for their Action and Passage Pursuant to IC 6-1-1-18-6
      • Motion to approve made by Ted Little
      • Seconded by Brian Hester
      • No Discussion
      • Unanimous approval 
      • Mayor Hall entertained a motion to suspend the rules in anticipation of approving this ordinance on its second reading
        • Motion to approve made by Brian Hester
        • Seconded by Mike Vaughn 
        • No Discussion
        • Unanimous approval 
      • Motion to approve ordinance on second and final reading made by Ted Little
      • Seconded by Brian Hester
      • No Discussion
      • Unanimous approval 
    • Resolution No. 2019-R-18 – A Resolution Accepting Transfer of Real Estate (IC 36-1-11-8
      • Mayor Hall said the Board of Public Works wants to close out the transfer and payment for land purchased from Clark and Brenda Nickles. He said they owe them $250,000 and he wants to present a payoff resolution to them at the next board meeting. Tonight’s resolution transfers the property and doesn’t mention the payoff but he will bring that part back to them.
      • Motion to approve made by JT Cox
      • Seconded by Mike Vaughn
      • No Discussion
      • Unanimous approval 
  7. Adjournment
    • Motion to adjourn made by JT Cox
    • Seconded by Mike Vaughn
    • Unanimous approval

Audio here:

Board of Public Works Meeting 12/02/2019

7ab1a11b-853b-474b-97c1-1815c11e4bdaThe Charlestown Board of Public Works met for a regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, December 2 at 9:00 am. Following is a summary of the meeting with full audio available at the end: 

  1. Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance led by Jason Broady
  2. Determination of a Quorum and Roll Call – Members in attendance were Ben Ledbetter, Ted Little, and Mayor Bob Hall. Also in attendance were city attorney Michael Gillenwater and Deputy Clerk Treasurer Nancy Rogers
  3. Approval of prior meeting’s minutes, current claims, and payroll allowance docket from 11/17/2019 to 11/28/2019 combined into one motion for approval
    • Mayor Hall added a $4,500 claim from Brian Rosenberger for sidewalk work to the existing list
    • Motion to approve all items made by Ben Ledbetter
    • Seconded by Ted Little
    • No Discussion
    • Unanimous approval
  4. Approval of Contracts
    • Back-up Computer System Contract – C3 Tech
      • John Spencer presented this contract as a monthly virtual backup service for the Clerk Treasurer’s computer system. The contract included a one time amount of $2,079.13 and a monthly service fee of $425.98/month. He said this virtual backup activates in the event of a power failure on the Clerk Treasurer’s computer system.
      • Motion to approve made by Ted Little
      • Seconded by Ben Ledbetter
      • No Discussion
      • Unanimous approval
  5. New Business
    • Water, Wastewater, & Sanitation Charge Offs in the amount of $6,523.98
      • Motion to approve made by Ted Little
      • Seconded by Ben Ledbetter
      • No Discussion
      • Unanimous Approval
  6. Police Chief Keith McDonald
    • Chief McDonald made recommendations to the board for promotions within the police department. He said that TeJuan Johnson and Kenny King have been placed in leadership positions and recommends that they be promoted to the rank of Sergeant. He also is making a recommendation for Captain.
    • Chief McDonald made the following statements about TeJuan Johnson. He had experience in corrections and served as a reserve officer for CHPD before joining full time in 2008 and now serves as the narcotics Detective. He said that he has been placed in a supervisory role and has experience making difficult decisions in that role. 
    • Chief McDonald made the following statements about Kenny King. He began law enforcement in 2008 in the Indianapolis Public School System. He then served with the Sellersburg Police Department and came to CHPD as a lateral hire in 2017. He also completed educational programs at Vincennes University and serves as a field training officer for CHPD. He said that he has demonstrated maturity and good decision-making. 
    • Chief McDonald made the following statements about Brion Gilbert. He was hired at Lafayette Police Department in Louisiana in 1997. He has extensive background and advanced SWAT courses and schooling. He is a certified ground fighter instructor. He serves as the Southeast Regional SWAT sniper. He is also a defensive tactics instructor. He has served CHPD as a lieutenant since 2017 and before that he earned the rank of Sergeant from 2012 to 2017. He is being recommended for the rank of Captain.
    • Ben Ledbetter and Ted Little praised the officers of the CHPD for their work and commitment to the Charlestown community.
    • Mayor Hall said that this process has been in the works for several months and that they were going to propose this three months ago but were delayed by the election. He praised the CHPD and Chief McDonald for the work they do.
      • Motion to approve the recommended promotions made by Ted Little
      • Seconded by Ben Ledbetter
      • No Discussion
      • Unanimous approval
    • Brion Gilbert thanked the Charlestown community for the opportunity to serve as well as his fellow officers for serving with him. 
  7. Shane Spicer – City Engineer – no update
  8. Adjournment
    • Motion to adjourn made by Ben Ledbetter
    • Seconded by Ted Little
    • Unanimous approval