Common Council Meeting Minutes – September 16, 2019

City Council, News

Mayor Shannon called the Martinsville Common Council to order on Monday, September 16, 2019.  Deputy Clerk 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
  • 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
  • Rebecca Tumey, Clerk Treasurer
  • John Richards, Assistant Police Chief

A quorum was declared present.

MINUTES

A motion was made by Councilman Terry Buster to waive the reading of the minutes of September 9, 2019 and to accept the minutes as written.  Councilman Chip Keller seconded the motion.  The Motion passes 7-0.

MAYORS REPORT

Mayor Kohl announced the 2020 Budget work shop will take place tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. Representatives from Reedy Financial Group will be on hand to answer questions. 

ENGINEER’S REPORT

City Engineer Josh Messmer reported preservation work for City streets has started.  Paving Solutions, Inc. was awarded the bid earlier this year.  Messmer distributed a map of the street that will have the sealant. The coating will be good for around 6 years with annual seal maintenance. 

CITY ATTORNEY

None

COMMITTEE REPORT

None

OLD BUSINESS

Ordinance 2019-1806 / Salary Ordinance for Appointed Officials and Employees – Clerk-Treasurer Becky Tumey presented the ordinance for Council to review.  Action will take place on October 1, 2019.

NEW BUSINESS

Water Systems Improvement / Community Development Block Grant– Trena Carter of American Resource Association appeared to discuss the CDBC that her company is assisting the City with obtaining. The cost of the proposed water project is $6.2 to $6.6 million.  The amount of the grant will not be sufficient to cover all the costs, but will help.  A motion to close the Council meeting was made by Councilman Eric Bowlen.  Councilman Chip Keller seconded the motion.  The Motion passes 7-0.0

A motion to open the Public Hearing was made by Councilman Eric Bowlen with Councilman Chip Keller making the second.  The Motion passes 7-0.

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PUBLIC HEARING

Mayor Kohl called for Public comments three times.  Hearing none, a motion to close the Public Hearing was made by Councilman Eric Bowlen.  Councilman Chip Keller seconded the motion.  The Motion passes 7-0.

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A motion to reconvene the Council meeting was made by Councilman Eric Bowlen.  Seconding the motion was Councilman Chip Keller.  The Motion passes 7-0.

CLAIMS

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

MISCELLANEOUS

Scotty Manley of the City Water Department appeared to request equal pay for all City employees. Manley urged the Council to be mindful of those employees with special licenses and those that are career employees.

Citizen Cecelia Kreft, 11 N. Jefferson St., appeared to say she supports the pay matrix for the Fire and Police departments.

ADJOURN

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.