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

 

Author: Treva Hodges

Resident of Charlestown, Indiana. Advocate.

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