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:

City Council Meeting 11/06/2017

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City Council Meeting 11/06/2017 

 

  • Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance: Led by Sophia Adams from the Charlestown High School Varsity Cheerleaders – they competed and received 4th place in Indiana State competition
  • Invocation: led by Kate Muhlbaier of Frist United Methodist Church, Charlestown
  • Determination of a Quorum and Roll Call:
    • Ted Little – Present
    • Brian Hester – Present
    • Mike Vaughn – Present
    • Tina Barnes – Present
    • Eric Vaughn – Present
    • City attorney Mike Gillenwater not present
  • Approval of Agenda:
    • Add ordinance 2017-OR-15 for transfer of funds be added to agenda
    • Motion to approve made by Ted Little
    • Seconded by Eric Vaughn
    • No discussion
    • Motion passed unanimously
  • Approval of Minutes: 10/02/2017 meeting
    • Motion to approve made by Brian Hester
    • Second by Mike Vaughn
    • No Discussion
    • Motion Passed unanimously
  • Claims:
    • Motion to approve made by Eric Vaughn
    • Second by Brian Hester
    • No Discussion
    • Motion passed unanimously
  • Payroll Allowance Docket: 10/01/2017 to 11/04/2017
    • Motion to approve made by Ted Little
    • Second by Mike Vaughn
    • No Discussion
    • Motion passed unanimously
  • Public Comment: by Claude Rottet
    • Rottet asked for extra time and was denied.
    • Rottet confirmed that council members received a copy of a handout he prepared. He spoke directly to the council members about their lack of discussion or objection to any issue presented to the council. He stated that the city is entering into higher debt and raised questions about the possibility of a sports complex in town. He pointed out that complexes exist in Indianapolis and will be built soon in Louisville. He asked the council why they believe that Charlestown can support such a complex. He requested that tax payer funds not be used to fund such a project. He discussed the debt that the city of Louisville has used to pay for their facilities and asked the council not to make the same mistakes. He asked that the council consider the needs of the entire town. He pointed out the involvement of John Nease.
    • Mayor Hall response: He confirmed that all members of the council received the handout and asked if he needed to address the issue. He said that the information in the handout is incorrect. He confirmed that the city has taken out the $2.5 million for Springville Manor
    • Ted Little asked for Mayor for clarification on the proposed sports complex. Mayor Hall stated that Klipsch-Card is going to put the money up for construction and that they will pay for it. He was unsure if they were going to buy the land.
    • Ted Little asked for clarification on other properties that the city has purchased and they Mayor stated that those properties were purchased without debt, with available funds. He confirmed that they borrowed $2.5 million for Springville Manor and an $800,000 charge listed is a duplicate within that amount. He said that the city applied for a $2 million grant for the sports complex and were denied. He said that most of the charges were paid for in cash.
    • Ted Little remarked that he hopes most people want a police station and said that we will find a way to fund it. He said that the lack of discussion in the meetings is a matter of efficiency. He went on to say that, while the Mayor is not permitted by law to meet with more than two council members at a time in private, they have been meeting frequently in private in meetings that happen when the public are not aware of them. He pointed out that these issues are brought up in Board of Public Works and Redevelopment meetings. He said that these meetings occur in private so that the public Council Meetings will remain short and efficient. He said that council members receive meeting agendas and minutes days before the meetings and know what is going on as a way of justifying the lack of discussion in meetings. He thanked Mr. Rotett for his time.
  • Ordinances and Resolutions:
    • Rescind Resolution 2017-R-7 – originally gave permission for the Mayor to seek a $2.2 million loan from New Washington State Bank but the money was obtained through the $2.5 BAN in a separate resolution
      • Motion made by Eric Vaughn
      • Second by Ted Little
      • No Discussion
      • Motion Passed Unanimously
    • Approval of ordinance 2017-OR-15 to approve transfer appropriation for city departments
      • 1st reading Motion made by Ted Little
      • Second by Brian Hester
      • No Discussion
      • Motion Passed unanimously
      • Mayor proposed suspending rules to advance to second and final reading of this ordinance
        • Motion made by Eric Vaughn
        • Second by Mike Vaughn
        • No discussion
        • Motion passed unanimously
      • 2nd reading of 2017-OR-15
        • motion made by Brian Hester
        • second by Eric Vaughn
        • no discussion
        • Motion passed
      • New Business:
        • Tina Barnes made a motion that the City draft a letter to Pleasant Ridge Redevelopment, LLC to have all boarded up and vacant homes owned by the organization scheduled for demolition within 60 days of receipt of said letter according to number 5 of the letter agreement signed 11/11/2016.
          • Mayor said that comes from the Board of Public Works
          • Tina Barnes pointed out that in the letter it refers to “The City”
          • Mayor asked for a second – none made
          • In the absence of a second the motion failed
        • Adjournment:
          • Motion made by Eric Vaughn
          • Second by Ted Little
          • Motion passed unanimously

 

Meeting duration 18:35

Audio of meeting available here: