Common Council Meeting 01/06/2020

The Charlestown Common Council met for its first meeting of the year on Monday, January 6, 2020 at 6:30 PM. You can access a live video recording of the meeting at this link: Council Meeting 01/06/2020

The agenda for this meeting included the following items:

  • Opening
    • Call to Order
    • Pledge of Allegiance
    • Invocation
    • Determination of a Quorum and Roll Call
    • Approval of Agenda
  • Standing Business
    • Approval or Correction of Prior Meeting’s Minutes from 12/16/2019
    • Current Claims
    • Payroll Allowance Docket from 12/19/2019 to 01/04/2020
  • Public Comment Period
  • Old Business
  • New Business
    • Ordinances and Resolutions
      • Ordinance 2019-OR-20 AMENDMENT TO ZONING MAPS FOR DANBURY SUBDIVISION
      • Ordinance 2020-OR-1 AMENDED SALARY ORDINANCE
      • Resolution 2020-R-1 A RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING RULES OF CONDUCT FOR THE CITY OF CHARLESTOWN COMMON COUNCIL
    • Approval of Contracts
      • New Contract with Michael Gillenwater as Attorney for the Common Council
    • Election of Council President for new term
    • Council Appointments to Boards and Commissions
      • Redevelopment Commission
      • Planning and Zoning Commission
      • Board of Zoning Appeals
    • Council Members Updates
    • Mayor’s Update
    • Adjournment

Documents related to this meeting can be found below. NOTE – these documents were created for the meeting in DRAFT form and are not official until they have been voted on, approved, and signed by appropriate city agents.

Council Minutes 12.16.2019

Council Claims 01.06.2020

Council Fund 01.06.2020

PR Voucher 01.06.2020

Ord 2019-20

Ord 2020-1

Resolution 2020-R-1 Council Version

Resolution 2020-R-1 Mayor Version

Council Attorney Contract Michael Gillenwater

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:

Common Council Meeting 11/11/2019

City-NEws-e1455073509249The Charlestown Common Council met for a rescheduled meeting on Monday, November 11, 2019 at 6:30 PM (to make up for the skipped meeting from 11/04 due to it being the night before the municipal election). Following is a summary of the meeting with audio (4:59).

  1. Call to order/Pledge of Allegiance led by Ben Ledbetter
  2. 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 in attendance were Mayor Bob Hall, Clerk Treasurer Donna Coomer, and city attorney Michael Gillenwater
  3. Approval of Agenda
    • Motion to approve made by Brian Hester
    • Seconded by JT Cox
    • No Discussion
    • Unanimous Approval
  4. Prior meeting’s minutes, current claims, and payroll allowance docket from 10/07/2019 to 11/10/2019 combined into one motion
    • Motion to approve made by Ted Little
    • Seconded by Brian Hester
    • No Discussion
    • Unanimous Approval
  5. Ordinance No 2019-OR-18 – An Ordinance Sustaining Plan Commission Recommendation for an Amendment to the Zoning Maps of the City of Charleston, Indiana for the Skippers Ridge Planned Unit Development
    • Motion to approve made by Mike Vaughn
    • Seconded by Brian Hester
    • No Discussion
    • Unanimous approval
    • Mayor Hall entertained a motion to suspend the rules in anticipation of passing the ordinance on a second and final reading
      • Motion to approve made by JT Cox
      • Seconded by Mike Vaughn
      • No Discussion
      • Unanimous approval
    • Mayor Hall called for the second and final reading of Ordinance No 2019-OR-18
      • Motion to approve made by Ted Little
      • Seconded by Mike Vaughn
      • No Discussion
      • Unanimous approval
  6. Resolution 2019-R-19 A Resolution Approving Funding for Necessary and Appropriate Enhancements for the Quality of Life of the Citizens of the City of Charlestown
    • Motion to approve made by Ted Little
    • Seconded by Brian Hester
    • No Discussion
    • Mike Vaughn, Ted Little, Brian Hester, and JT Cox voted in favor. Tina Barnes voted against.
  7. Adjournment
    • Motion to adjourn made by JT Cox
    • Seconded by Ted Little
    • Unanimous approval

Common Council Meeting 10/07/2019

City-NEws-e1455073509249The Charlestown Common Council met for a regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, October 7 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 CHS Girls Cross Country Team, who have won several championships this year.
  2. Invocation – led by Daniel Tucker from Charlestown First United Methodist Church
  3. Determination of a Quorum and Roll Call: Members present were Michael Vaughn (District 1), Tina Barnes (District 2), Ted Little (District 3), Brian Hester (District 4), and JT Cox (At Large). Also in attendance were Mayor Bob Hall, city attorney Michael Gillenwater, and Deputy Clerk Treasurer Heather Mick
  4. Approval of Agenda
    • Motion to approve made by Brian Hester
    • Seconded by JT Cox
    • No Discussion
    • Unanimous approval
  5. Approval of prior meeting’s Minutes, current claims and payroll allowance docket from 09/15/2019 to 10/06/2019 combined into one motion for consideration
    • Motion to approve made by Ted Little
    • Seconded by Brian Hester
    • No Discussion
    • Unanimous approval                               
  6. Ordinances and Resolutions:
    • Resolution No. 2019-R-16 – A Resolution Approving Statement of Benefits and Waiving Non-Compliance with Filing of Notice of Compliance for Real Estate Tax Abatement (3M Properties LLC)
      • Michael Gillenwater explained that last year the council approved a statement of benefits so that 3M Properties, LLC would qualify for a tax abatement. The owners did not file a compliance form. This resolution allows the compliance statement to be filed late so that the owners will qualify for a tax abatement. Ted Little asked if anyone from the company was in attendance and Mr. Gillenwater said they were not but that he has spoken to a representative about the issue. He said he did not tell them they needed to be in attendance.
      • Motion to approve made by Ted Little, who further recommended that there might be an effort to follow up on future abatements within 90 days of approval.
      • Seconded by Brian Hester
      • No Discussion
      • Unanimous approval
    • Resolution No. 2019-R-17 – A Resolution Amending the Fiscal Plan Prior to Annexing 271 Acres Contiguous with the City of Charlestown
      • Mr. Gillenwater said that he passed out a map to the council tonight. He said they are discussing the Mongold annexation on Highway 62. He said the council has previously passed an ordinance on this annexation on first reading. Following that approval representatives from Indiana DNR expressed concern about the amount of the state park included in the proposed annexation. The map distributed tonight represents a modified annexation plan with less land of the park included. He said that DNR does not wish to stop the annexation but would like to minimize its effects. He said the resolution amends the already approved fiscal plan. He said this does not equate to a major change but since the amount of territory is changing they wanted the fiscal plan to be in agreement with the annexation ordinance. Mayor Hall explained that DNR was worried about maintenance and drainage fees.
      • Motion to approve made by Ted Little
      • Seconded by Michael Vaughn.
      • During discussion Brian Hester asked if DNR approves of the modification. Mr. Gillenwater said that they seemed appreciative in an email.
      • Unanimous approval
    • Ordinance No. 2019-OR-7  –  An Ordinance Annexing Territory Contiguous to the City of Charlestown 
      • Mr. Gillenwater said that this legal description has been changed from the original annexation plan to reflect the reduction of impact on the state park
      • Motion to approve made by JT Cox
      • Seconded by Ted Little
      • No Discussion
      • Unanimous approval
  7. New Business: 2020 Budget Adoption Ordinance 2019-OR-12
    • Motion to approve made by Mike Vaughn
    • Seconded by Ted Little
    • No Discussion
    • Unanimous approval
  8. Mayor Hall said the next scheduled meeting is on Monday, November 4th. He proposed moving the date to the Monday following, on November 11th.
    • Motion to approve made by Mike Vaughn
    • Seconded by Ted Little
    • No Discussion
    • Unanimous approval
  9.  Adjournment:
    • Motion to adjourn made by JT Cox
    • Seconded by Ted Little
    • Unanimous approval

Audio:

 

Common Council Meeting 09/16/2019

City-NEws-e1455073509249The Charlestown Common Council met for a regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, September 16 at 6:30 PM. Following is a summary and full audio of the meeting: 

  1. Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance: led by Brian Hester
  2. Invocation – led by David Fluke from Otisco Community 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 (District 5). Also in attendance 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 JT Cox
    • No Discussion
    • Unanimous Approval
  5. Approval of Prior Meeting’s minutes, current claims, and payroll allowance docket from 09/01/2019 to 09/14/2019 combined into one motion:
    • Motion to approve made by Ted Little
    • Seconded by (unclear)
    • No Discussion
    • Unanimous Approval
  6. Ordinances and Resolutions
    • Ordinance 2019-OR-13 – An Ordinance of the Charlestown City Council Increasing the Maximum Allowable Compensation of all City Employee Positions
      • Motion to approve made by Brian Hester
      • Seconded by Ted Little
      • No Discussion
      • Unanimous approval
      • Mayor Hall Entertained motion to suspend the rules in anticipation of adopting the ordinance on second reading
        • Motion made by JT Cox
        • Seconded by Mike Vaughn
        • No Discussion
        • Unanimous approval
      • Mayor Hall entertained a motion to adopt the ordinance on a second and final reading
        • Motion made by Ted Little
        • Seconded by JT Cox
        • No Discussion
        • Unanimous approval
    • Ordinance 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 Mike Vaughn
      • Seconded by Brian Hester
      • No Discussion
      • Unanimous approval
      • Mayor Hall entertained a motion to suspend the rules in anticipation of adopting the ordinance on second reading
        • Motion made by Brian Hester
        • Seconded by JT Cox
        • No Discussion
        • Unanimous approval
      • Mayor Hall entertained a motion to adopt the ordinance on second and final reading
        • Motion made by JT Cox
        • Seconded by Mike Vaughn
        • No Discussion
        • Unanimous approval
  7. Mayor’s announcement – The River Ridge Board has voted unanimously to donate 106 acres of land to the city.
  8. Adjournment
    • Motion to adjourn made by JT Cox
    • Seconded by Brian Hester
    • Unanimous approval

Audio here:

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:

Common Council Meeting 08/19/2019

City-NEws-e1455073509249The Charlestown Common Council met for a regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, August 19, 2019 at 6:30 PM. Following is a summary of the meeting with audio available at the end. 

  1. Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance led by Chris Spencer
  2. Invocation led by Reverend Daniel Tucker from the Charlestown United Methodist Church
  3. Determination of a Quorum and Roll Call: Members present were Mike Vaughn (District 1), Tina Barnes (District 2), Brian Hester (District 4), and JT Cox (At Large). Ted Little (District 3) was absent. Also in attendance 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 JT Cox
    • No Discussion
    • Unanimous approval
  5. Approval prior meeting’s minutes, current claims, and payroll allowance docket from 07/29/2019 to 08/11/2019 combined into one motion
    • Motion to approve made by Mike Vaughn
    • Seconded by Brian Hester
    • No Discussion
    • Unanimous Approval
  6. Ordinances and Resolutions
    • Ordinance No. 2019-OR-8 – Additional Appropriation Ordinance
      • Mayor Hall explained that this appropriation is for paving coming out of the road and streets fund.
      • Motion to approve additional appropriation made by JT Cox
      • Seconded by Mike Vaughn
      • No Discussion
      • Unanimous Approval
    • Ordinance No. 2019-OR-9 – An Ordinance Annexing Territory Contiguous to the City of Charlestown
      • Mayor Hall explained that this ordinance annexes the Balmer Farm (67 acres) by Danbury Oaks. This is the second and final reading. Michael Gillenwater said if it’s approved it will go into effect in 2020.
      • Motion to approve annexation made by Brian Hester
      • Seconded by Mike Vaughn
      • No Discussion
      • Unanimous Approval
    • Ordinance No. 2019-OR-10 – An Ordinance Amending the City’s Capital Improvement Plan of the City of Charlestown, Indiana
      • Mayor Hall called for a motion to approve
      • Motion to approve made by Brian Hester
      • Seconded by JT Cox
      • No Discussion
      • Hester, Vaughn, and Cox voted yes. Barnes voted no.
    • Ordinance No. 2019-OR-11 – An Ordinance Amending Ordinance No. 2018-OR-13, An Ordinance Authorizing Water Utility Sale Credits for Existing Water Utility Customers in the City of Charlestown
      • Mayor Hall explained that the original ordinance for the water credits contained a typo. He said this ordinance amends the cost from $18.50 to $18.00.
        • Motion to approve made by JT Cox
        • Seconded by Mike Vaughn
        • No Discussion
        • Unanimous Approval
      • Mayor Hall entertained a motion to suspend the rules in anticipation of passing this ordinance on second reading
        • Motion made by JT Cox
        • Seconded by Brian Hester
        • No Discussion
        • Unanimous approval
      • Motion to approve on second and final reading made by Brian Hester
      • Seconded by Mike Vaughn
      • No Discussion
      • Unanimous Approval
  7. Mayor Hall entertained a motion to change the date of the next meeting from Monday, September 2ndto Tuesday, September 3rdat the same time to accommodate the Labor Day holiday
    • Motion to move meeting made by JT Cox
    • Seconded by Mike Vaughn
    • No Discussion
    • Unanimous Approval
  8. Mayor Hall said next Tuesday morning at 10:00am construction will begin on the Renaissance Project.
  9.  Adjournment
    • Motion to Adjourn made by JT Cox
    • Seconded by Brian Hester
    • Unanimous Approval

Audio available here: