Planning Commision Meeting Minutes – December 15, 2020

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The Martinsville Plan Commission, was called to order by Chairman Tom Williams at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, December 15, 2020, in the Council Chambers of City Hall, Martinsville, IN.


Those members present were:

  • David Arnold
  • Katie Barnard
  • Gary Carrell
  • Kevin Coryell
  • Melanie Foley
  • Jacob Kaufman
  • Ben Mahan
  • Ben Rawlins
  • Marilyn Siderewicz, Secretary
  • Troy Swan
  • Tom Williams, Chairman

Also present:

  • Bob Strader, Building Inspector
  • Dakota VanLeeuwen, Attorney



A motion was made by Ben Rawlins to approve the minutes of the November 17, 2020, Meeting.   Troy Swan seconded the motion which passed unanimously.


A. Docket #PC20-12002: Requesting approval of new billboard sign; location – Wayman’s Furniture, 990 Morton Avenue; PID# 55-13-08-230-020.100-021; Legal Description: S8T11R1E Pt N NE .83 ac; by Ray Lady – JR Promotions, LLC. 

The applicant was not present at the meeting.

Mr. Bob Strader, Building Inspector, reported that there had been no return calls regarding the request, and no notification cards had been returned.

Several of the commissioners felt that the applicant may not have known that the meeting was moved up a week due to the holidays.


Katie Barnard made a motion to table the request by Ray Lady, JR Promotions, LLC, until the January meeting since the December meeting was held early.   The motion was seconded by Gary Carrell and passed unanimously.

B. Martinsville Historic Downtown District: Requesting approval to place new sign:  Flourish Gallery; property address:  88 E. Morgan Street:  Legal Description:  Lot 2 Blk 19 Original Plat; Parcel No. 55-09-33-462-016.000-021; owner – Thierry Liberge.

Mr, Bob Strader reported that the proposed sign meets all requirements.   The sign will be lighted but will not be obstructive.


Melanie Foley made a motion to approve the new sign request made by the  Flourish Gallery at 88 E. Morgan Street, Martinsville, IN 46151.  This motion was seconded by Ben Rawlins and passed unanimously.

C. Discussion and decision to utilize the services of the City Attorney for the calendar year 2021.

Mayor Kenny Costin had asked both the Board of Zoning Appeals and the Plan Commission to consider Mr. Dale Coffey as replacement attorney for Dakota VanLeeuwen for 2021.  The Mayor said that Mr. Coffey would not charge the city extra to be both groups’ attorney.

A discussion followed concerning whether there would be a conflict of interest if Mr. Coffey represented both the City and the Plan Commission. The Board of Zoning Appeals had met previously and had voted to have Mr. Coffey represent the Board for the calendar year 2021..


Chairman Tom Williams made a motion to hire Mr. Dale Coffey as Attorney for the Plan Commission.   This motion was seconded by Katie Barnard and passed with a vote of eight (8) in favor and three (3) in opposition.   Those voting in opposition were Ben Mahan, Jacob Kaufman, and Ben Rawlins.   




The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Martinsville Plan Commission will be at 7:00 PM, Tuesday, January 26, 2021.


There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned with a motion made by Ben Rawlins, seconded by Ben Mahan,  and passed unanimously.