Common Council Meeting Minutes – May 6, 2019

City Council, News

Mayor Shannon Kohl called the Martinsville Common Council to order on Monday, May 6, 2019.  Citizen 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 Mahan, 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, 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 April 22, 2019 and to accept the minutes as written.  Councilman Chip Keller seconded the motion.  The Motion passes 7-0.  Note: City Attorney Anne Cowgur was present, not Manny Herzog as listed.


Mayor Kohl announced City Engineer Josh Messmer and his wife, Charlotte, just welcomed their 4th child, a daughter.  All are doing well. 








Livestreaming / Recording of BoW and CC Meetings – Councilman Eric Bowlen gave the update, that no high school students are interested in livestreaming and recording the Board of Works or Council meetings.  However, Isaac Merida will take this job at $75.00 per evening.  A motion to accept and allow was made by Councilman Eric Bowlen.  Councilman Kris Fuller made the second.  The Motion passes 6-0.


Resolution 2019-557 / Procedural Change – Deputy Clerk Ben Merida presented the resolution for consideration.  Regarding the City’s Assets, Ben has been working on reviewing all City Assets.  The goal is to have the same information at the Clerk’s office, the Insurance carrier and Reedy Financial.  Also, so that the depreciation schedules match.  It has been discovered assets are being moved from one department to another, which is not a problem, but the asset is not always being removed and added properly.  It was also discovered an asset had no insurance coverage at all.  Passing the resolution will appoint and recognize the Clerk’s office as the repository for assets, insurance and depreciation.  A motion to accept and allow was made by Councilman Chip Keller.  Councilman Terry Buster seconded the motion.  The Motion passes 6-0.

Surplus Fire Equipment – Fire Chief Terry Anderson appeared to ask the Common Council to allow various department equipment be declared surplus. Items include: 25 mattresses, 25 breathing apparatus and radios.  A motion to declare the items surplus and allow Chief Anderson to dispose of accordingly was made by Councilman Terry Buster.  Councilman Mike Lanam seconded the motion.  The Motion passes 6-0. 

The next item was not on the Agenda, but was heard

Lexis Nexis Incentives – Manny Herzog of Taft Law, explained that a resolution had been previously approved by the Council regarding the monies to be received from the State due to imminent domain. REXL (parent company of Lexis Nexis) is willing to remain located in Martinsville for seven years.  Therefore, the bulk of monies from the State should be turned over to Lexis Nexis for infrastructure upgrades.  There will be 40 plus employees.  The Martinsville RDC will handle the actual agreement later this week.  Senator Rod Bray, Mayor Kohl and City Engineer Josh Messmer have worked with REXL to secure an agreement that will keep the business here in Martinsville. A motion to amend Resolution 2018 -544 was made by Councilman Chip Keller.  Councilman Terry buster seconded the motion.  The Motion passes 6-0.


A motion to accept and allow the claims as reported was made by Councilman Eric Bowlen.  Councilman Terry Buster seconded the motion.  The Motion passes 6-0.


Citizen Cecelia Krefft, 11 N. Jefferson Street, congratulated Councilman Kris Fuller on his upcoming wedding on May 11, 2019.

Businessman John Badger reminded everyone Artie Fest is coming.  He will be requesting a traffic pattern change during daylight hours.


There being no further business, Councilman Terry Buster made a motion to adjourn.  This was seconded by Councilman Kris Fuller.  The Motion passes 6-0.