Common Council Meeting Minutes – March 18, 2019

City Council, News

Mayor Shannon Kohl called the Martinsville Common Council to order on Monday, March 18, 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 March 4, 2019 and to accept the minutes as written.  Councilman Phil Deckard II seconded the motion.  The Motion passes 6-0 -1.  Councilman Terry Buster abstained.




City Engineer Josh Messmer announced bids for Community Crossings Grant projects were opened during tonight’s Board of Works meeting and that the projects were awarded pending review of documents. Messmer also updated the Artesian Little League drainage issue.  The drains have been cleared and the drainage problem seems to be resolved.


City Attorney Anne Cowgur reported a Memo of Understanding between the City and Artesian Little League was approved during tonight’s Board of Works meeting.  Cowgur explained the Council will have some decisions to make in the near future regarding ALL and their request for additional improvements and financial support.  Also, Cowgur explained she is still in the process of reviewing the draft for an animal ordinance.




Teamster 135 – City Attorney Anne Cowgur explained the Teamster 135 Contract has been ratified with the Council’s requirement the “sick day/pay” be changed to match what is available to all City employees.  A motion to accept and allow the Contract was made by Councilman Ben Merida.  Councilman Chip Keller seconded the motion.  The Motion passes 7-0.


Resolution 2019-554 / Procedural Change – City Clerk – Treasurer Becky Tumey presented the resolution that will make the Clerk’s office the repository for City-wide employee timekeeping.  A motion to accept and allow this change was made by Councilman Eric Bowlen with Councilman Mike Lanam seconding.  The Motion passes 7-0.

Resolution 2019-555 / Temporary Loan from General to Sewer – Clerk Treasurer Becky Tumey explained Sewer Operations is in need of financial support.  Tumey requested the Council allow a loan in the amount of $250,000.00, to repaid by the end of 2019.  If it is not repaid, Tumey will request the Council allow a six-month extension.  A motion to accept and allow the loan was made by Councilman Eric Bowlen.  Councilman Chip Keller seconded the motion.  The Motion passes 7-0.


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


Citizen Cecelia Kreft expressed her concerns with the City supporting ALL.  Kreft said teams are not formed by random drawing but by ability, name, etc.

John Badger, owner of the Martinsville Candy Kitchen invited everyone to the 100th Year Anniversary for the Candy Kitchen on April 6th.  Badger requested permission to place a dumpster in front of the old Fire Station during Artie Fest.  Badger’s last announcement is this year Artie Fest will be sponsoring two (2) $1,000.00 scholarships.


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