Common Council Meeting Minutes – December 28, 2020

City Council, News

Mayor Costin called the meeting Martinsville Common Council to order on Monday, December 28, 2020.  First Deputy Clerk Ben Merida led the prayer, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Mayor Costin.



  • 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 (zoom)
  • Kris Fuller, Councilman-at-Large
  • Dale Coffey, City Attorney
  • Rebecca Tumey, Clerk – Treasurer

A quorum was declared present.


Mayor Costin presented the Minutes of Monday, December 28, 2020 to the Council.  A motion to accept and allow the Minutes was made by Councilman Chip Keller.  Councilman Phil Deckard Sr. seconded the motion.  The Motion passed 6-0-1.  Councilman Phil Deckard II abstained.


Mayor Costin commended Bob Strader, Isaac Tumey and Mae Cooper of the Building and Code Department.  Costin reported the department has taken in over $101,000.00 in 2020.  Also, Gary Oakes, Director of Planning and Engineering, along with Bob Strader and Mae Cooper have collected over $250,000.00 in commercial water and sewer tap fees.

Mayor Costin present Councilman Chip Keller with a plaque thanking him for his service to City.  Keller has resigned his City seat and will become a part of the Morgan County Council.


DIRECTOR OF PLANNING & ENGINEERING GARY OAKES – Oakes reported Alpine Environmental has completed testing of all City buildings.  All levels are within acceptable limits.

POLICE DEPARTMENT / CHIEF KURT SPIVEY – Chief Spivey gave a “year in review” to the Board of Works.  Also, Spivey will be asking the Board in 2021 to allow the Police Department to work 12-hour shifts.


Resolution 2020-615 / Establish Fund 150– City Attorney Dale Coffey presented to the Council a resolution will establish the fund for the CARES Act funds to be deposited.  A motion to accept and allow was made by Councilman Phil Deckard Sr., making the second was Councilman Kris Fuller.  The Motion passed 7-0.

City Superintendent Mac Dunn / Letters – Dunn explained the Council that letters have been sent to those addresses that should not be receiving City sanitation services.  Those affected have 30 days to contract with private garbage collectors.


Mayor Costin presented the Claims.  A motion to accept and allow the Claims was made by Councilman Kris Fuller, with Councilman Phil Deckard II making the second.  The Motion passed 7-0.


A brief discussion regarding parking on Morgan Street was led by Councilman Phil Deckard, Sr.




There being no further business, Mayor Costin requested a motion to adjourn.  Making the motion was Councilman Chip Keller.  Councilman Kris Fuller seconded the motion.  The motion passed 7-0.