Common Council Meeting Minutes – June 8, 2020

City Council, News

Mayor Costin called the virtual meeting Martinsville Common Council to order on Monday, June 8, 2020. Deputy Clerk Ben Merida led the prayer, followed by leading the Pledge of Allegiance.

ATTENDANCE

THOSE MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

  • Kenny Costin, Mayor
  • Phil Deckard, District 1
  • Ben Mahan, District 2
  • Josh Ferran, District 3
  • Phil Deckard II, District 5
  • Ann Miller, Councilwoman-at-Large
  • Eric Bowlen, Councilman-at-Large
  • Dale Coffey, City Attorney
  • Rebecca Tumey, Clerk – Tresurer

A quorum was declared present.

MAYOR’S REPORT

Mayor Costin reported that on Sunday, several people gathered to exercise their 2nd Amendment right, that of to the Right to Assemble. Costin said those in the attendance were respectful and orderly. He closed his comments by adding “we are all precious”.

MINUTES

Mayor Costin presented the Minutes of May 26, 2020 to the Council. There being no objections, the Minutes were approved by unanimous consent.

MAYOR’S REPORT

The City has been displaying signs around the City congratulating the Class of 2020. Seniors from Martinsville High School, Tabernacle Christian School and Home Schooled Seniors were invited in recently to sign one of the signs. A drawing was held to present the signed sign to one of the Seniors’. Seth Hacker won the sign.

CLERK’S REPORT

None 

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

City Superintended Mac Dunn reporter repairs have been made to the former Rogers building and Fire Department roofs. Damage was caused by a storm. Dunn also announced striping should take place at South Street tomorrow, weather permitting. Finally, Dunn reported the sidewalks on North Marion Street is nearly finished and sidewalk work on North Cherry Street will be next.

DIRECTOR OF PLANNING AND ENGINEERING

DPE Gary Oakes pointed out the millions of dollars being spent on infrastructure repair in our City. There has been no cost to the City – the State has paid for the utility replacements due to I-69.

FIRE DEPARTMENT

Fire Fighter Chip Williams was honored for 35 years of service with the Martinsville Fire Department. Assistant Chief Aaron Fraker and Captain Terry Anderson presented Chip with the “Retirement Ax” to commemorate the day. Fire Chief Kevin Greene congratulated Williams on his retirement. Mayor Costin then presented Williams with a certificate of special recognition, proclaiming June 9th as Chip Williams day.

OLD BUSINESS

Department of Engineering and Planning Gary Oakes, asked the Council to move the City’s Overlay plan to the Planning and Zoning Department for action. A motion to accept and allow was made by Councilman Eric Bowlen. Councilman Phil Deckard II seconded the motion. The Motion passes 4-2.

NEW BUSINESS

Resolution 2020 -607 / Transfer of Funds – Clerk –Treasurer Becky Tumey asked the Council to approve a request to move funds from the Clerk Attorney line to Code Enforcement. The amount of the transfer is $15,000.00. A motion to accept and allow was made by Councilman Eric Bowlen. Councilman Phil Deckard II seconded the motion. The Motion passes 6-0.

Surplus Equipment / Pierce Fire Truck – Fire Chief Kevin Greene appeared to request the 1989 fire truck be declared as surplus. A motion to accept and allow was made by Councilman Phil Deckard Sr. Councilman Phil Deckard II seconded the motion. The Motion passes 6-0.

CLAIMS

The Claim Dockets were approved by unanimous consent. 

MISCELLANEOUS

Councilman Phil Deckard Sr. requested an informal meeting of the Council to discuss how to spend remaining bond proceeds.

Councilman Eric Bowlen announced his resignation effective immediately. Bowlen and his family will be moving out side of City limits.

ADJOURN

There being no further business, Councilman Eric Bowlen, made a motion to adjourn. This was seconded by Councilwoman Phil Deckard Sr. the Motion passes 6-0.