Board of Public Works 10/21/2019

image1-27The Charlestown Board of Public Works met for a regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, October 21, 2019 at 9:00 am. Following is a summary of the meeting with full audio (14:40):

  1. Call to order/Pledge of Allegiance led by Eric Vaughn
  2. Determination of a Quorum and Roll Call: Members in attendance were Ted Little, Ben Ledbetter, and Mayor Bob Hall. Also in attendance were Deputy Clerk Treasurer Nancy Rogers and City attorney Michael Gillenwater.
  3. Approval of prior meeting’s minutes, current claims, and payroll allowance docket from 10/07/2019 to 10/10/2019 combined into one motion for approval
    • Motion to approve made by Ben Ledbetter
    • Seconded by Ted Little
    • No Discussion
    • Unanimous approval
  4. Public Comment
    • David Reed – His comments concerned the Luckett & Farley design contract approved by this board in June. He said there was no discussion at that meeting about what the contract entailed. He said the contract has a completion date of August 2019 and based on public documents available the contract is not complete as of today. The only thing he has seen is renderings of the proposed sports park. He wanted to know who is administering this contract. He said the contract lists other deliverables but none have been made public by the city. He’s concerned that we will spend or have spent $36,000 for pictures only. He said it appears the contract is in default because deliverables have not been received in the timeline listed in the contract and no contract changes have been publicly approved. Mr. Reed was cut off by the City Attorney who told him his three minute allotment ended.
    • Mayor Hall commented and said the city continues to meet with Luckett & Farley and that this is an open contract and Kristen Cox is in charge of the meetings. He said this is not a simple project. They did deliver renderings which he said have been received well by the community. He mentioned that River Ridge gave the city 120 acres, which helps with this project. He said he has been contacted about it by national and regional organizations. He said there is a lot of design work that still needs to be done.
    • Mr. Reed asked if he could add comment following the Mayor’s statement and Mayor Hall said no.
  5. Saegesser Engineering Claim Approval 
    • Taylor Friesz presented change order/pay order #4 to Wingham Paving which included an increase of $17,504.50 in the contracted amount for additional roads being paved. He said with this change order they remain under the original estimated total project cost. The current pay order is $160,295.09
    • Ted Little expressed satisfaction with the paving project.
    • Motion to approve change order and payment made by Ted Little
    • Seconded by Ben Ledbetter
    • No Discussion
    • Unanimous Approval
  6. Eric Vaughn, Economic Development Director, Claim Approval
    • Presented the final draw on the construction of the police station in the amount of $177,761.98
    • Motion to approve payment made by Ben Ledbetter
    • Seconded by Ted Little
    • No additional discussion
    • Unanimous Approval
  7. Mayor Hall made a comment about discussion in public meetings. He said that board members receive their information packets several days before the meetings and have time to review them and ask questions. He said the board makes decisions and they have the information. If they have discussion, particularly in the City Council, they will say so. He said the lack of discussion does not mean that they don’t understand what they’re voting on because they’ve had their packets before the meeting to be able to review them. On public comment he said the policy is that people have three minutes to say what they want to say and that it’s not a question and answer session but they try to respond but not get into it, particularly in a campaign season when this happens more.
  8. Approval of Contracts
    • BMS Contract
      • Heather Mick presented this contract. BMS has a high deductible plan so this contract allows them to cost-share. She said that although Clark Memorial is a participating in-network hospital, the emergency room doctors are not. She said that Humana is billing employees for the difference in treatment. They’ve asked for an addition to the BMS contract to help cover this gap. The employees would go through an appeal process first but failing success there would be reimbursed up to $2,250 of uncovered medical expenses. BMS has agreed to post-date their contract to June 1st.
      • Motion to approve made by Ben Ledbetter
      • Seconded by Ted Little
      • No Discussion
      • Unanimous approval
  9.  Adjournment
    • Motion to adjourn made by Ben Ledbetter
    • Seconded by Ted Little
    • Unanimous approval

Redevelopment Commission Meeting 09/12/2019

City-NEws-e1455073509249The Charlestown Redevelopment Commission met for a regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, September 12 at 9:00 am. Following is a summary and full audio of the meeting:

  1. Call to order/Pledge of Allegiance led by Ben Ledbetter
  2. Determination of a quorum and roll call: Members present were Ted Little, George Roberts, Eric Vaughn, and Mayor Bob Hall. Pat Glotzbach was absent. Also in attendance were Clerk Treasurer Donna Coomer and city attorney Michael Gillenwater.
  3. Approval of prior meeting’s minutes, current claims, and payroll allowance docket from 08/04/2019 to 09/06/2019 combined into one motion for approval.
    • Motion to approve made by George Roberts
    • Seconded by Eric Vaughn
    • No Discussion
    • Unanimous approval
  4. Resolution No. 2019-R-8 A Resolution Accepting Transfer of Real Estate (IC 36-1-11-8)
    • This is a transfer of property which is part of the Renaissance project that had been put in the name of the city instead of the Redevelopment Commission
    • Motion to accept transfer made by Ted Little
    • Seconded by George Roberts
    • No Discussion
    • Unanimous Approval
  5. Approval of Contracts
    • Quit Claim Deed (for Lot 2 for the Renaissance Project)
    • ARC – Renaissance Project (Lot 2, Phase II Project Plans)
      • Jason Sams spoke on behalf of ARC.
      • He gave an update on the current project. They’ve begun the dirt work, are building the pad, and working on infrastructure. They are fully permitted through the city and the state. The building drawings have been submitted to the Dept. of Homeland Security for approval. They hope to be “under roof” by January.
      • Regarding Lot 2, Phase II, Mr. Sams presented a proposal to the Commission. ARC exercised an option to purchase lot 2 in March 2019. He is appearing before the commission to finalize project presentation for Lot 2.
        • He is requesting approval for project plans for Lot 2 with his presentation today.
        • Lot 2 encompasses the corner of Market and High Streets, divided from Lot 1 by Green Ally.
        • Consists of two 2,000 sq ft buildings and one 4,000 sq ft building intended for commercial/retail and/or restaurant. He is currently in discussions with companies but cannot disclose the names right now. These will be single story buildings.
        • ARC is bringing a $4 million investment to the city with this two-phase development
        • Sams offered to answer questions and requested approval for the plan
        • Mayor Hall asked for clarification from the city attorney about the two items on the agenda (Quit Claim Deed and approval of the Project II plan). Mr. Gillenwater explained that the deed and the project are two separate items, and then said that they can both be combined into one motion for approval.
          • Motion to approve both the quit claim deed and the project approval made by Eric Vaughn
          • Seconded by George Roberts
          • No Discussion
          • Unanimous approval
        • After passing the motion Mr. Sams said he hopes to break ground on lot 2 in March of 2020.
  6. New Business
    • Partial Release of Mortgage in Springville Manor – Lot #28
      • Motion to approve release made by Ted Little
      • Seconded by George Roberts
      • No Discussion
      • Unanimous Approval
    • Added to agenda during meeting
      • Mayor Hall mentioned that Pat Glotzbach has conflicts with this meeting schedule and proposed moving the meetings to the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 9:00am.
        • Motion to approve schedule change made by Eric Vaughn
        • Seconded by George Roberts
        • No Discussion
        • Unanimous approval
      • Eric Vaughn, Economic Development Director asked to add a claim for payment regarding the parks but Mayor Hall told him that claim is to be approved by another board so the item was not addressed.
  7.  Adjournment
    • Motion to adjourn made by Eric Vaughn
    • Seconded by George Roberts.
    • Unanimous approval

Audio Available here:

Board of Public Works Meeting 06/03/2019

7ab1a11b-853b-474b-97c1-1815c11e4bdaThe Charlestown Board of Public Works met for a regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, June 3, 2019 at 9:00 am. Following is a summary of the meeting with full audio (5:19) available at the end: 

  1. Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance led by Mayor Bob Hall
  2. Determination of a Quorum and Roll Call: Members present were Ted Little, Ben Ledbetter, and Mayor Bob Hall. Also in attendance was Clerk Treasurer Donna Coomer and city attorney Michael Gillenwater.
  3. Approval of prior meeting’s minutes, current claims, and the payroll allowance docket from 05/20/2019 to 06/01/2019 combined into one motion for approval.
    • Motion to approve made by Ben Ledbetter
    • Seconded by Ted Little
    • No Discussion
    • Unanimous Approval *Note: On the audio Mayor Hall called the names of the people making and seconding the motion inaccurately. This summary reflects the correct order.
  4. Luckett & Farley Design Contract
    • Motion to approve by Ben Ledbetter
    • Seconded by Ted Little
    • No Discussion (Purpose of the contract not stated on agenda or in meeting.)
    • Unanimous Approval
  5. Mayor Hall update 
    • The police station should be turned over to the city by the end of the month. He anticipates having a week of open house meetings.
    • Pocket Parks in Heritage Place and Ashley Springs are in progress and should be completed by the end of the month.
    • Founders Day – Donna Coomer said that they have great bands (Juice Box Heroes, The Rumors, and other local talent) and good food lined up. The parade is being organized.
    • Movies in the park will begin soon.
    • Road paving will begin in July.
  6. Adjournment
    • Motion to adjourn made by Ben Ledbetter
    • Seconded by Ted Little
    • Unanimous Approval

Audio available here: (5:19)