Common Council Meeting Minutes – November 5, 2018

City Council, News

Mayor Shannon Kohl called the Martinsville Common Council to order on Monday, October 22, 2018. Councilman Ben Merida led the Prayer to those in attendance. Mayor Kohl then led the 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
  • 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.


A motion was made by Councilman Chip Keller to waive the reading of the minutes of October 22, 2018 and to accept the minutes as written.  Councilman Eric Bowlen seconded the motion.  The Motion passes 7-0.


Mayor Kohl volunteers are welcome to report to Jimmy Nash City Park on November 17, 2018 to decorate the Park for the Christmas season.


City Engineer Josh Messmer reported Section 6 of the I-69 Project is going well.  There will be some City utilities that will be relocated.  The State will cover the costs of the relocation.  GIS mapping continues.  Finally, there was a water main break at Legendary Hills, it has been repaired. 


Morgan County Economic Development Director Mike Dellinger said displaced businesses along I-69 are being gouged price-wise.  He added he hopes the market will settle down soon.


Ordinance 2018-1790 / Additional Appropriation – Police Gas/Oil and K-9 – A motion to accept and allow the Additional Appropriation was made by Councilman Phil Deckard II.  Councilman Mike Lanam seconded the motion.  The Motion passes 7-0.


Paperless Agenda Packets –Councilman Ben Merida explained the City is moving towards using less paper.  Therefore, Tablets have been purchased and will be distributed to the Mayor, Clerk-Treasurer and Councilmen.  He asked that he be contacted in the next couple of weeks to schedule training.

Ordinance 2018-1791 / Park District Bonds – Adam Stuerwald of Barnes and Thornburg, presented the Ordinance for the first reading.  Action will take place on November 19, 2018.


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


Citizen Bob Keller appeared to discuss the condition of retention ponds at Wal-Mart and Goodwill.  City Engineer Josh Messmer reported a company has been hired to inspect the areas.

Councilman Phil Deckard II asked for assistance to Citizen Bob Strader.  A property adjoin the Strader property has junk and debris on it.  City Attorney Anne Cowgur said she exploring the City’s options.


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