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:

Author: Treva Hodges

Resident of Charlestown, Indiana. Advocate.

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