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 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:

City Council Meeting 10/02/2017

The following is a summary of the Charlestown City Council Meeting from Monday, October 02, 2017:

(No printed agendas were available for the meeting)

I. Roll Call

  • Ted Little – present
  • Brian Hester – present
  • Mike Vaughn – present
  • Tina Barnes – absent
  • Eric Vaughn – present

II. The Mayor entertained a motion to approve the evening’s agenda. Motion was made by Ted Little and seconded by Eric Vaughn. No discussion. Motion passed unanimously.

III. The Mayor entertained a motion to approve the meeting minutes from 9/18/2017. Motion was made by Brian Hester and seconded by Mike Vaughn. No discussion. Motion passed unanimously.

IV. The Mayor entertained a motion to approve the Claims. Motion was made by Eric Vaughn and seconded by Ted Little. No discussion. Motion passed unanimously.

V. The Mayor entertained a motion to approve the Payroll allowance for 9/17-9/30. Motion was made by Brian Hester and seconded by Mike Vaughn. No discussion. Motion passed unanimously.

VI. No sign ups for public comment.

VII. The Mayor entertained a motion to approve Ordinance 2017-OR-14 for the 2018 budget. The ordinance had a first reading at the previous meeting and was approved at that time. Motion for second reading approval was made by Ted Little and seconded by Eric Vaughn. No discussion. Motion passed unanimously.

VII. The Mayor announced that there was no additional business and entertained a motion to adjourn. Motion was made by Eric Vaughn and seconded by Ted Little. Motion passed unanimously.

Meeting duration: 4 minutes, 33 seconds. Complete audio available here: 

City Council Meeting 09/18/2017

Report of the Charlestown City Council Meeting 09/18/2017 6:30 PM

  1. After the Call to order the Pledge of Allegiance was led by members of the Charlestown High School cross country team. They were recognized for several winning meets they’ve had this season.
  2. The invocation was led by L.C. McCauley.
  3. Roll call counted all council members in attendance
  4. The Mayor entertained a motion to approve the agenda
    • motion made by Brian Hester
    • motion seconded by Mike Vaughn
    • no discussion
    • Motion passed unanimously
  5. The Mayor entertained a motion to approve the meeting Minutes from 09/03/2017 and 09/05/2017.
    • motion made by Eric Vaughn
    • motion seconded by Ted Little
    • no discussion
    • Motion passed unanimously
  6. The Mayor entertained a motion to pay the claims
    • motion made by Brian Hester
    • motion seconded by ? Vaughn
    • no discussion
    • Motion passed unanimously
  7. The Mayor entertained a motion to approve the payroll allowance docket 09/03/2017-09/16/2017.
    • motion made by Ted Little
    • motion seconded by Eric Vaughn
    • no discussion
    • motion passed unanimously
  8. No request for public comment was made for this meeting
  9. Mayor entertained a motion to approve Ordinance 2017-OR-13 (Salary Ordinance)
    • Motion made by Ted Little
    • Motion seconded by Eric Vaughn
    • During discussion, Tina Barnes asked if the correction to Rhonda Davidson’s (park director) salary had been made. During the previous meeting Tina Barnes called attention to the salary increase amount only being 1 cent. Clerk Treasurer, Donna Coomer, explained that the 1 cent raise is correct since Rhonda Davidson salary had been inaccurately increased the year before and that there was no raise this year. The one cent is a correction to her previous salary.
    • motion passed unanimously
  10. Mayor entertained a motion to have first reading on Ordinance 2017-OR-14 (2018 Budget Ordinance)
    • Motion made by Eric Vaughn
    • Motion seconded by Mike Vaughn
    • no discussion
    • motion passed unanimously and will go for second reading at the next meeting on October 2, 2017.
  11. Mayor entertained a motion to approve Resolution 2017-R-8 (Memorandum of Agreement with River Ridge Development Authority) – He explained the plan has been previously discussed and would deed a portion of land back to RRDA so that an access road can be constructed (see full resolution)
    • motion made by Ted Little
    • motion seconded by Brian Hester
    • no discussion
    • motion passed unanimously
  12. Mayor entertained a motion to adjourn
    • motion made by Eric Vaughn
    • motion seconded by Ted Little
    • motion passed unanimously

Council Agenda 09.18.2017

Listen to audio here: (picked up after the pledge was said)