Martinsville Common Council – January 17, 2017 Meeting Minutes

City Council

Mayor Shannon Kohl called the Martinsville Common Council to order on Tuesday, January 17, 2016. Councilman Ben Merida then led those in attendance in opening prayer followed by the Mayor’s leading attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance.



  • Shannon Kohl, Mayor
  • Terry Buster, District 1
  • Ben Merida, District 2
  • Mike Lanam, District 3
  • Chip Keller, District 4
  • Phil Deckard II, District 5
  • Eric Bowlen, Councilman-at-Large
  • Kris Fuller, Councilman-at-Large
  • Troy Swan, City Engineer
  • Dale Coffey, City Attorney
  • Craig DeMott, DPW
  • Terry Anderson, Fire Chief
  • Lachell Mauer, Assistant Chief of Police
  • Valerie Hugart, Clerk-Treasurer
  • Rebecca Tumey, Acting Clerk Treasurer

A quorum was declared present.


A motion was made by Councilman Eric Bowlen to waive the reading of the minutes from the January 9, 2017 and to accept the minutes as written. This was seconded by Councilman Terry Buster. The Motion passes 5-0.


Community Foundation of Morgan County –MFMC Director Ed Kominowski appeared to announce a $225,000.00 donation to establish the Endowment Fund for Parallel Pathways and Education in Morgan County. The endowment will be used for student vocational training. It is hoped this will reduce poverty and improve the quality of life in Morgan County.

Morgan County Economic Development Commission – Director Mike Dellinger reported he had a received several calls concerning new jobs in the community. Calls included a CNC machine company as well as a retail inquiry.

Martinsville Director of Public Works – Craig DeMott announced Bob Gilbreath has been working as Code Communications for the City. His job is help people understand what is expected of them as citizens under local ordinances. Most people getting citations are working to try to do the right thing.


2017-1735 No-Smoking and Tobacco Ordinance for City Parks – City Attorney Dale Coffey presented for a second and final reading, an ordinance that will ban smoking and vaping in all City Parks and green areas. Coffey said the Ordinance will take effect once it has been published in the local newspaper. A motion to accept and allow the ordinance was made by Councilman Ben Merida and seconded by Councilman Mike Lanam. The Motion passes 5-0.


Discussion of Dog Waste – Councilman Kris Fuller emailed samples of ordinances for this issue. After a brief discussion, Councilman Fuller asked City Attorney Dale Coffey to proceed with drafting an ordinance for future action.


A motion to accept the claims as reported was made by Councilman Eric Bowlen. Councilman Mike Lanam seconded the motion. The Motion passes 5-0.

Mayor Kohl asked for comments or questions from the audience. Sue Allen, 139 N Fifth Street, appeared to ask the Council for help with the heroin problem in our City. She said her daughter that works at Burger King, had witnessed someone there over-dosing with a needle still in their arm. Mayor Kohl said the City is doing all we can. The City is very aware of the problem. Mayor Kohl encouraged Ms. Allen to contact our State Representatives and Senators and asking them for tougher laws.

Ed Zweck, 639 S Main Street, asked when the amphitheater at the Jimmy Nash City Park would be finished. He thought it was this April. Brad Bales explained the progression of the upcoming renovations at the area parks.

City Attorney Dale Coffey told the Council that a personnel issue has come up that will require an executive session. It was agreed the executive session will occur on Monday, January 30, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. at the Fire Station Training Room.


There being no further business, Councilman Terry Buster made the motion to adjourn. This was seconded by Councilman Kris Fuller. The motion passes 5-0.