Common Council Meeting Minutes – June 18, 2018

City Council, News

The Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. very busy with Artesian Group LLC; that a new book store opened on the East side of the Square and the first 2019 Budget workshop was on May 1, 2018. A historical marker will be dedicated on June 27, 2018 at 510 East Washington Street to recognize Emmet Forest Branch. The event will begin at 1:30 p.m. Finally, 2019 Budget workshop dates will be announced soon.


City Engineer Josh Messmer gave an update on Storm Water Project in Gray Street area. Roberts Construction was awarded the project and Messmer reported Roberts had discovered a way to save money.  Messmer also reported a hydro stop had been installed on East Morgan Street near the YMCA. The Community Crossing Project is underway. So far 33 ADA ramps have been installed on City sidewalks. Paving will start soon. All paving should be completed by late July.




Ordinance 2018-1774 / Additional Appropriation for Clerk Treasurer – This is the second reading of an ordinance to allow the Clerk-Treasurer funds to pay an attorney for her office. A Motion to accept and allow the Additional Appropriation was made by Councilman Eric Bowlen. Councilman Phil Deckard II seconded the motion. The Motion passes 6-0 with Councilman Kris Fuller abstaining.

Teamster Local 135 Contract – Manny Herceg, Attorney with TS&H opened the discussion by clarifying the City is working under the Contract with the ending date of December 31, 2017 until this is resolved. Councilman Chip Keller asked what the impact would be regarding the change in payment of sick days. James Jump of Reedy Financial appeared and explained there would be no impact to the 2018 Budget regarding sick days, but there would be an in-material impact due to change in probationary days. Jump said the increase to the 2019 Budget would be $28,000.00 for Union Employees and $80,000.00 for all employees. Other talking points included: no one from the Council was involved in the negotiations; no elected officials were involved in the negotiations; the change is hoped to increase employees coming to work; the impact this change may have on 2019 raises and the fact that it has already been ratified. A motion to table this item was made by Councilman Chip Keller. Councilman Mike Lanam seconded the motion. The Motion passes 7-0.


Ordinance 2018-1776 / Additional Appropriation – Clerk-Treasurer Becky Tumey presented the ordinance on behalf of the Common Council. The Council is requesting funds to pay a Council Attorney. This is the first reading. Action will occur on July 2, 2018.

Jimmy Nash City Park – Jeremiah Ferran, Parks department appeared to discuss repairs that need to be done on the City pool. The pool will need to have a protective coating added to reduce loss of water, repair gaps and joints. Ferran introduced Michael Fisher of MaXxlife Protective Coatings. Fisher passed around samples of the coatings his company could install in the pool.

Fisher explained his coating come with a 10-year warranty. He recommended a “refresher” at 7 years. Ferran had Fisher appear to explain the procedure and the potential cost to the Council as this is the time to put the 2019 Budget together.

2016 Community Crossing Grant – City Engineer Josh Messmer reported that the Community Crossing Grant of 2016 was under-spent by $9,026.84. This amount is required to be repaid to the State. Messmer with get with the Clerk-Treasurer for funding options. A motion to allow the reimbursement was made by Councilman Eric Bowlen. Councilman Ben Merida seconded the motion. The Motion passes 7-0.

First Reading of Know Box Ordinance – A motion to table this item was made by Councilman Eric Bowlen with Councilman Kris Fuller seconding. The Motion passes 7-0. 


Dave Rinehart, President of the MSD of Martinsville School Board appeared to request the City paint the cross walk markings, to request additional school zone signs and update lighting at the area of Garfield and Home Avenue. DPW Craig DeMott will work with Rinehart on this. John Badger of Rediscover Martinsville, asked if the “2 Hour Parking” signs could be removed. He also reminded everyone Artie Fest is in July. A complaint of cigarette butts was heard from Badger.


A motion to accept the claims as reported was made by Councilman Terry Buster and seconded by Councilman Kris Fuller. The Motion passes 7-0.


There being no further business, Councilman Terry Buster made a motion to adjourn. This was seconded by Councilman Kris Fuller. The Motion passes 7-0.