Common Council Meeting Minutes – February 4, 2019

City Council, News

Mayor Shannon Kohl called the Martinsville Common Council to order on Monday, February 4, 2019.  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
  • Rodger Wiltermood, Interim Chief of Police
  • Rebecca Tumey, Clerk Treasurer
  • Stacey Williams, Deputy Clerk

A quorum was declared present.


A motion was made by Councilman Terry Buster to waive the reading of the minutes of January 28, 2019 and to accept the minutes as written.  Councilman Ben Merida seconded the motion.  The Motion passes 6-0-1.  Councilmen Bowlen abstained.


Mayor Kohl reported she is working with Reedy Financial Group on a four (4) year wrap up. 






Mike Dellinger of the MCEDC appeared to announce their annual meeting will be in March at 5 East in Mooresville.


Election of Council President – Councilman Phil Deckard II nominated Councilman Eric Bowlen for Council President.  Councilman Bowlen accepted the nomination.  There being no other nominations, Councilman Deckard made the motion to elect Bowlen as President.  Councilman Chip Keller seconded the motion.  The Motion passes 7-0.

Teamsters 135 Contract– City Attorney asked the Council if the changes in sick days reverted back to the tiers would the Council support the Teamster Contract.  The consensus is yes.  The Contract will go to the Union members for ratification.


Stork Stories / Fire Chief Terry Anderson – Chief Anderson explained three firefighters helped deliver two babies in 2018.  Captain Aaron Fraker and Probationary Firefighter Kyle Fisher assisted in the delivery of a baby boy on October 27th.  Probationary Firefighter Jake Gildersleeve assisted in the delivery of a baby boy on December 20th.  Chief Anderson then pinned their Stork Pins to their lapels.

RDC / Additional Appropriation / Ordinance 2019-1793 – Clerk-Treasurer Becky Tumey explained the State has suggested the additional appropriation because when the 2019 Budget was adopted, the 2018 RDC Bond was not complete.  Therefore, a short-fall of the debt payment is $24,317.00.  A motion to accept and allow the additional appropriation was made by Councilman Chip Keller with Councilman Eric Bowlen seconding the motion.  The Motion passes 7-0.


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


City Clerk Treasurer Becky Tumey updated the Council and Citizens about K-Time.  She reported part of the delay in installing the software was Keystone had to develop the module for Fire and Police.  Also, the new contract has been signed.  Installation will occur in June with testing in June.  Full utilization will be July 1st.

Councilman Eric Bowlen offered rebuttal to comments made at the January 28, 2019 Council meeting.  He explained there were no secret or illicit meetings with Councilmen or the Clerk-Treasurer.  He explained State Board of Accounts recommended to Clerk Tumey that she should talk with the Council President about finding that the SBOA is investigating.  That was the first meeting.  The second meeting was called at the direction of SBOA and Clerk Tumey.  The SBOA asked for the attendance of the Council President and at least one more Councilman.  Tumey invited Councilman Phil Deckard II and one other Councilman that could not attend.  Mayor Kohl was made aware of the second meeting by SBOA the same morning the second meeting took place in the afternoon.  Bowlen went on to explain a rush to judgement is inappropriate and premature.  Mayor Kohl said she disagrees with Bowlen’s remarks.

Other comments were made by Cecelia Krefft.


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