Common Council Meeting Minutes – February 19, 2019

City Council, News

Mayor Shannon Kohl called the Martinsville Common Council to order on Tuesday, February 19, 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 Eric Bowlen to waive the reading of the minutes of February 4, 2019 and to accept the minutes as written.  Councilman Ben Merida seconded the motion.  The Motion passes 5-0.


Mayor Kohl reported she is working with Reedy Financial Group on a four (4) year wrap up.  Mayor Kohl said that the City has grown its cash and that the Utilities continue to strengthen financially.  The City of Martinsville is featured in the current issue of IHCDA.


City Engineer Josh Messmer reported the Martinsville RDC will be covering the cost of a new lift station on Mitchell Street.  The City is in the process of obtaining necessary permits.  Messmer reported the Indiana EPA will be present at the March 4th meeting to discuss water contamination.  Finally, Messmer reminded those present of the public meeting tomorrow at the REMC to discuss the City’s master plan.  DPW Craig DeMott reported a fire had occurred this past Saturday at the Transfer Station.  Damage was contained to a trailer.








Video Taping of Public Meetings – Councilman Ben Merida led the discussion of having the students at Martinsville High School take over the recording of public meetings.  Merida explained his son, Isaac, had been doing it voluntarily, but would like to give it up.  Merida said he felt the school would be agreeable if the City paid $75.00 per evening of recording.  Clerk-Treasurer Becky Tumey reminded the Council they have $10,000.00 in professional fees that could be used to fund this.  A motion to approve was made by Councilman Eric Bowlen.  Councilman Kris Fuller made the second.  The Motion passes 5-0.

Resolution 2019 – 445 / Transfer of Funds – Clerk Treasurer Becky Tumey asked the Council to forgive her for having had to make a decision that allowed the City to meet its bond payment obligation for GO14.  Tumey explained as a bond nears being paid-off, the DLGF allows less funding.  Therefore, a shortfall of just over $5,900.00 had to be paid from the General Fund.  Tumey also requested the Council to approve the resolution retroactive to January 1, 2019. A motion to accept and allow the resolution was made by Councilman Eric Bowlen.  Councilman Mike Lanam seconded the motion.  The Motion passes 5-0.


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


Daniel Lawson, representing Artesian Little League, asked the City for a written lease between the ALL and the City.  City Attorney Anne Cowgur reported she is working on it.  Lawson said ALL cannot get insurance for the 2019 season until the lease is in place.  He also expresses concerns of flooding between Elliott Avenue and Crone Lumber.  The City stated the desire to continue working with ALL.


There being no further business, Councilman Mike Lanam made a motion to adjourn.  This was seconded by Councilman Kris Fuller.  The Motion passes 5-0.