Common Council Meeting Minutes – October 1, 2019

City Council, News

Mayor Shannon called the Martinsville Common Council to order on Tuesday, October 1, 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
  • Rodger Wiltermood, Chief of Police
  • 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 September 16, 2019 and to accept the minutes as written.  Councilman Ben Mahan seconded the motion.  The Motion passes 7-0.

MAYORS REPORT

None

ENGINEER’S REPORT

City Engineer Josh Messmer reported the 1st contract of the Community Crossings Grant Project is nearing completion.  Also, The Martinsville Redevelopment Commission is providing funding for two City-owned parking to be paved. 

CITY ATTORNEY

None

COMMITTEE REPORT

None

OLD BUSINESS

Ordinance 2019-1806 / Salary Ordinance for Appointed Officials and Employees – Clerk-Treasurer Becky Tumey reminded the Council this is the second reading and possible adoption.  Tumey reported an error in the salary for the Building Inspector secretary. Tumey asked the Council to approve the ordinance this evening, knowing there is an error, so that her office can begin getting the new rates in before the end of the year.  Also, the error can be corrected in the new year.  A motion to accept and allow was made by Councilman Eric Bowlen. Councilman Mike Lanam seconded the motion.  The Motion passes 7-0.

NEW BUSINESS

Ordinance 2019-1808 / 2020 Budget – Jerry Hickman and Mickey Bell of Reedy Financial Group presented the 2020 Budget to the Council.  Council was told the budget is a balanced budget.  Councilman Chip Keller asked why there is no budget for 2020 Community Crossings.  City Engineer Josh Messmer said because the LPA projects will be “eat up” the balance of the funds available.  Projects include new sidewalks on Harrison and Pike Streets.

A motion to close the Council meeting was made by Councilman Chip Keller with Councilman Eric Bowlen making the second.  The Motion passes 7-0.

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

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PUBLIC HEARING

Mayor Kohl called three times for Public Comment, hearing none, Mayor called for a motion to close the Public Hearing.

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.  Councilman Terry Buster seconded the motion.  The Motion passes 7-0.

Ordinance 2019-1807 / Salary Ordinance for Elected Officials – Clerk-Treasurer Becky Tumey presented to the Council for the first reading.  Tumey pointed out a change for herself.  Tumey requested the Council allow her to keep her job as Court Clerk while she is Clerk-Treasurer.  She explained she was returning $19,000.00 to General Fund, and has gotten approval from the

County Prosecutor to have her salary paid from Court user fees, specifically Pre-Trial Deferral funds.  Tumey asked that if the Council would entertain and consider her request, she would present a Resolution at the next Council meeting.

Ordinance 2019-1805/Additional Appropriation for Police – It was explained by Clerk-Treasurer Becky Tumey the Council had seen this at the last meeting, but there was a change.  Chief Wiltermood asked for one figure and Tumey advertised another.  So, the process begins again.

A motion to close the Council meeting was made by Councilman Phil Deckard II.  Councilman Kris Fuller seconded the motion.  The Motion passes 7-0.

A motion to open the Public Hearing was made by Councilman Eric Bowlen.  Councilman Terry Buster seconded the motion.  The Motion passes 7-0.

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PUBLIC HEARING

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

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A motion to reconvene the Council meeting was made by Councilman Terry Buster.  Councilman Chip Keller seconded the motion.  The Motion passes 7-0.

Councilman Terry Buster led the discussion of the need for new Police vehicles.  He questioned the difference between “Police rated” and “Pursuit Rated.”

Resolution 2019-583 / Transfer of Funds – Clerk-Treasurer Becky Tumey requested funds already in the Police Budget be moved from Police Telecommunications to Police Other Garage.  A motion to accept and allow the was made by Councilman Eric Bowlen.  Councilman Chip Keller seconded the motion.  The Motion passes.

Lexipol/Standard Operating Procedures – Police Chief Rodger Wiltermood explained this company can help the Police Department update their Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).  Wiltermood explained the SOP’s have not been updated since 1998.Wiltermood explained this company could be used for Fire SOPs and City SOPs.  The Council suggested Wiltermood look to his 2019 Budget for funding.

Teamsters 135 / Union Business – Union Agent Ed Goodwin appeared to ask why the union members were being treated differently than the Police and Fire.  He reminded the Council that when he was here earlier this year – the Council said “what’s good for one, is good for all.”  Councilman Eric Bowlen said this isn’t about sick days – that was made City-wide.  This is about a request for more pay – that the two departments cut items in their budget to make this happen.  After a lengthy discussion, Clerk-Treasurer Becky Tumey offered to meet with the Union to explore possibilities.

CLAIMS

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

MISCELLANEOUS

City Employee Thad Smith appeared before Council to tell how disappointed he is for not getting the same raise as the Fire and Police.  He reminded Council that union members face life-threatening situations in their jobs.  Further, that “our jobs are just as important.”

ADJOURN

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