Common Council Meeting Minutes – July 2, 2018

City Council, News

Mayor Shannon Kohl called the Martinsville Common Council to order on Monday, July 2, 2018. Councilman Ben Merida led the Prayer to those in attendance as well as a moment of silence due to the passing of Marvin Nash. Nash had been a City employee for over 40 years before retiring. Mayor Kohl then led the attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance.

ATTENDANCE

THOSE MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

  • 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
  • Josh Messmer, City Engineer
  • Anne Cowgur, City Attorney
  • Craig DeMott, DPW
  • Terry Anderson, Fire Chief
  • Matt Long, Chief of Police
  • Rebecca Tumey, Clerk Treasurer

A quorum was declared present.

MINUTES

A motion was made by Councilman Eric Bowlen to waive the reading of the minutes of June 18, 2018 and to accept the minutes as written. Councilman Ben Merida seconded the motion. The Motion passes 7-0.

MAYORS REPORT

Mayor Kohl reminded everyone that the July 4th festivities begin at 3:00 p.m. on the 4th. Rob Helms will provide music and there will be food trucks. Fireworks begin at dusk. Also a survey is available on the City’s website regarding I-69 and the signs that will lead into Martinsville. The City will be closed on July 4, 2018. Finally, Bulk/Heavy trash will be the week of July 9th.

ENGINEER’S REPORT

City Engineer Josh Messmer encourages everyone to check out the options for the I-69 signs. He noted a lot of work went into creating all of the options.

COMMITTEE REPORT

None 

OLD BUSINESS

Ordinance 2018-1776 / Additional Appropriation for Council Attorney – This is the second reading of an ordinance to allow the Common Council funds to pay for an attorney. A Motion to accept and allow the Additional Appropriation was made by Councilman Eric Bowlen. Councilman Kris Fuller seconded the motion. The Motion passes 5-02 with Councilmen Terry Buster and Ben Merida voting no.

Ordinance 2018 / Additional Appropriation for Parks Department – Clerk-Treasurer Becky Tumey explained to the Council this is the first reading of the ordinance. She went on to explain that is was attached to 2018-1776, at the last meeting, but she did not explain it then. She suggested the Council to ask City Attorney Anne Cowgur how to adopt the ordinance tonight at the first reading. Also, Tumey explained the Council had voted in 2017 to pay these fees for the Parks 5 -year Master Plan from EDIT funds as it appeared the Parks department could not afford it. In looking at the Parks cash, they can fund this. A motion to suspend the rules was made by Councilman Eric Bowlen with Councilman Kris Fuller seconding. City Attorney Anne Cowqur suggested a roll-call vote. All Councilmen were called individually resulting in a 7-0 vote to proceed. The Motion passes 7-0. Further discussion resulted in Councilman Chip Keller making the motion to allow the additional appropriation. Councilman Eric Bowlen seconded the motion. City Attorney Anne Cowqur suggested a roll-call vote. All Councilmen were called individually resulting in a 7-0 vote to allow the additional appropriation. The Motion passes 7-0.

NEW BUSINESS

Sign Request for The Nice Law Firm / DJ Graphics – Councilman Ben Merida presented graphics for The Nice Law Firm. A motion to accept and allow the signage was made by Councilman Eric Bowlen. Councilman Kris Fuller seconded the motion. The Motion passes 7-0.

Resolution 2018-517 / Transfer of Funds – Clerk-Treasurer Beck Tumey presented the resolution that will allow $322,212.84 to be transferred from Local Road and Street to Community Crossing Grant. This amount is the City’s 50/50 match of the Grant. Tumey said if the Council approves the transfer, she will prepare an additional appropriation that will allow the actual spending. Councilman Ben Merida made the motion to allow the transfer of funds. Councilman Eric Bowlen seconded the motion. The Motion passes 7-0.

Ordinance 2018-1778 / Knox Box – Fire Chief Terry Anderson explained the use and need of the Knox Box. He said it is a secure box that is installed on the outside of businesses. The box holds keys for emergency personnel to enter buildings when an emergency call is received, but no one is there to open the door. He explained this reduces response time and decreases additional damage. This is the first reading of the ordinance. Action will occur on July 16, 2018.

Morgan County Economic Development Corporation / CF1 Annual Compliance – MCEDC Director Mike Dellinger appeared to present the annual tax abatement compliance reports for Twigg Corporation; Form Tech Plastics; SCI REMC and For Bare Feet. The following action was taken: A motion to accept and allow the CF-1 for Twigg Corporation was made by Councilman Eric Bowlen. Councilman Kris Fuller seconded the motion. The Motion passes 7-0. A motion to accept and allow the CF-1 for Form Tech Plastics was made by Councilman Eric Bowlen. Councilman Kris Fuller seconded the motion. The Motion passes 7-0. A motion to accept and allow the CF-1 for SCI REMC was made by Councilman Terry Buster. Councilman Eric Bowlen seconded the motion. The Motion passes 7-0. A motion to accept and allow the CF-1 for For Bare Feet was made by Councilman Eric Bowlen. Councilman Terry Buster seconded the motion. The Motion passes 7-0.

Rezone Request/ Duncan – Councilman Ben Merida presented to the Common Council a rezoning request for the 2000 block of Lincoln Hill Road. A motion to accept and allow the rezoning was made by Councilman Terry Buster with Councilman Kris Fuller seconding. The Motion passes 7-0.

Rezone Request / Tyler – Councilman Ben Merida presented to the Common Council a request for rezoning in the area just North of Bender Lumber on the 39 By-Pass. A motion to accept and allow the rezoning was made by Councilman Eric Bowlen. Councilman Terry Buster seconded the motion. The Motion passes 7-0.

Rezone Request/ Mellady – Councilman Ben Merida presented to the Common Council a request for rezoning in area of the 600 Block of Morton Avenue. A motion to accept and allow the rezoning was made by Councilman Terry Buster. Councilman Eric Bowlen seconded the motion. The Motion passes 6-0, with Councilman Kris Fuller abstaining.

CLAIMS

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

MISCELLANEOUS

Councilman Terry Buster brought up the subject of the City Auction took place on June 30th. He said he had received several calls regarding Old Hickory chairs being sold. Fire Chief Terry Anderson said he was the one that placed five chairs in the Auction. He said his decision was based on then chairs having been around for forth years without being used and they were in need of repair.

Ed Goodwin with Teamster Local 135 asked where the 2018 Teamster Contract stood. It was agreed this discussion will be on July 16, 2018. Also, Goodwin asked about quoting the City’s Health Insurance. Mayor Kohl said she would get with Goodwin soon.

ADJOURN

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