Common Council Meeting Minutes – August 10, 2020

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Mayor Costin called the meeting Martinsville Common Council to order on Monday, August 10, 2020.  Pastor Roxie McNally, of First Christian Church led the prayer, followed by Mayor Costin leading the Pledge of Allegiance.



  • Kenny Costin, Mayor
  • Phil Deckard, District 1
  • Ben Mahan, District 2
  • Josh Ferran, District 3
  • Chip Keller, District 4
  • Phil Deckard II, District 5
  • Ann Miller, Councilwoman-at-Large
  • Kris Fuller, Councilman-at-Large
  • Dale Coffey, City Attorney
  • Rebecca Tumey, Clerk – Treasurer
  • A quorum was declared present.


Mayor Costin presented the Minutes of July 13, 2020 to the Council.  There being no objections, the Minutes were approved by unanimous consent.


Special Recognition – Mayor Costin declared August 10, 2020 as Dawn Hoffman Day.  Hoffman is retiring after 20 years with the Martinsville Police Department.  Hoffman was the first female officer for the MPD. Chief Kurt Spivey recognized Detective Ryan Belcher for 5 years of service and Officer Dustin Tarr for 10 years of service.


Interim City Engineer Gary Oakes discussed the timeline for the 2020 Water Works Project.  The Project is slated to begin the first week in October 2020 and be completed in August 2021.




Resolution 2020-610 / Transfer of Funds – Clerk-Treasurer Becky Tumey asked the Council to approve the transfer of funds from the Mayor’s Health Insurance Line to over-time for Fire and Police and Promotion of City Interest.  A motion to accept and allow was made by Councilman Chip Keller.  Councilman Kris Fuller seconded the motion.  The Motion passes 7-0.

 Resolution 2020-611 / Transfer of Funds – The health insurance line for the Clerk’s office will run short by the end of the year.  CT Becky Tumey asked the Council to approve a transfer of funds to prevent the shortage.  A motion to accept and allow was made by Councilman Phil Deckard Sr.  Councilwoman Ann Miller seconded the motion.  The Motion passes 7-0.

Ordinance 2020-0006 / Amending and Restating Bond Ordinance with FAA – Adam Stuerwald of Barnes and Thornburg, presented the proposed ordinance for its first reading.  Stuerwald said action could happen at the next Council meeting.  That meeting is scheduled for August 24, 2020.


The Claims Dockets were approved by unanimous consent.


Councilman Phil Deckard Sr. asked for a moment of silence for the Merida family due to loss of their nephew.


By unanimous agreement, Mayor Costin adjourned the Council meeting.