Common Council Meeting Minutes – July 1, 2019

City Council, News

Mayor Shannon called the Martinsville Common Council to order on Monday, July 1, 2019. Citizen Ben Merida led the Prayer to those in attendance. Mayor Kohl then led the attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance.

ATTENDANCE

THOSE MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

  • Shannon Kohl, Mayor
  • Terry Buster, District 1
  • Ben Mahan, District 2
  • 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
  • Rebecca Tumey, Clerk Treasurer
  • John Richards, Assistant police Chief

A quorum was declared present.

MINUTES

A motion was made by Councilman Eric Bowlen to waive the reading of the minutes of June 17, 2019 and to accept the minutes as written.  Councilman Chip Keller seconded the motion.  The Motion passes 6-0.

MAYORS REPORT

Mayor Kohl reminded everyone of heavy trash week.  It begins on July 8th.  July 4th festivities begin at 5:00 p.m. with fireworks around 9:45 p.m.  There will be a free concert on July 18th at 5:30 p.m. at the Art Sanctuary. 

ENGINEER’S REPORT

City Engineer Josh Messmer reported Kimley – Horn will be in attendance on July 15th for an update.

CITY ATTORNEY

None

COMMITTEE REPORT

MCEDC Director Mike Dellinger announced the MCEDC supports the City’s endeavors.

OLD BUSINESS

Ordinance 2019-1799 / Waterworks Revenue Bonds – This item was moved to July 15th as there were concerns regarding advertising.

Ordinance 2019-1800 / Water Rates and Charges – This item was moved to July 15th as there were concerns regarding advertising.

Ordinance 2019-1796 / Additional Appropriation – This was the second reading by the Council for a request for an additional appropriation to cover bond payments and additional funding due to the MVH Restricted Fund requirement.  A motion to accept and allow was made by Councilman Eric Bowlen.  Councilman Terry Buster seconded the motion.  The Motion passes 6-0.

NEW BUSINESS

Ordinance 2019 – 1801 / Sewer Rates and Charges – This was the introduction and first reading.  Action will take place on July 15, 2019.

Ordinance 2019 – 1802 / Petition to Vacate Alley – City Attorney Anne Cowgur presented the petition requesting the north/south alley at 940 and 960 East Harrison. Attorney Lori Craig, represents Mark Mauck, owner. The alley in question dead-ends at the Jimmy Nash Park.  A motion to adjourn the Council meeting was made by Councilman Terry Buster.  Councilman Eric Bowlen seconded the motion.  The Motion passes 6-0.  A motion to open the public hearing was made by Councilman Chip Keller with Councilman Eric Bowlen seconding.  The Motion passes 6-0.

 

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PUBLIC HEARING

Mayor Kohl proceeds to call for Public comments.  City Engineer Josh Messmer said he supports the closure of the alley.  Citizen Phil Rynard asked if utilizes were in the alley.  Messmer reported no utilities.  There being no further Public comments, Councilman Eric Bowlen made a motion to close the Public hearing.  Councilman Phil Deckard II seconded the motion.  The Motion passes 6-0.

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A motion to reconvene the Council meeting was made by Councilman Phil Deckard II.  Making the second was Councilman Chip Keller.  The Motion passes 6-0.

As this is the first reading, Council will take action on July 15, 2019.

Ordinance 2019 – 1797 / Additional Appropriation –Police – This is the introduction and first reading for the request of additional funds to cover dental expenses for a K-9.  Action will occur on July 15, 2019.

Resolution 2019-569 / Transfer of Funds – Clerk-Treasurer Becky Tumey presented the resolution that would allow transfers within the Budgets of City Court and EDIT for telephone and salary needs.  There will be no burden to the taxpayer.  A motion to accept and allow was made Councilman Eric Bowlen.  Councilman Phil Deckard II seconded the motion.  The Motion passes 6-0.

Ordinance 2019 – 1798 / Additional Appropriation –Fire – This is the introduction and first reading for the request of additional funds to cover truck maintenance.  Action will occur on July 15, 2019.

CLAIMS

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

MISCELLANEOUS

Councilman Phil Deckard II requested an ordinance be prepared regarding the various retention ponds in the City.  He suggested this could be a part of a storm water ordinance.  City Attorney Anne Cowgur will research the topic.  Deckard also asked for an update regarding the Zike property the City purchased on Lincoln Street. It had been reported I-69 could possibly help with this.  Citizen Charlie Brown asked for the City to help with a memorial for Scott Wayman.  Citizen Gary Oakes expressed concern about raising utility rates for low income families.

ADJOURN

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