Common Council Meeting Minutes – August 9, 2021

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Mayor Costin called the meeting Martinsville Common Council to order on Monday, August 9,2021.    Mayor Kenny Costin, led the prayer, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.


Those members in attendance:

  • Kenny Costin, Mayor
  • Phil Deckard, District 1
  • Ben Mahan, District 2
  • Josh Ferran, District 3
  • Suzie Lipps, District 4
  • Phil Deckard II, District 5
  • Jim Wisco, Councilman-at-Large
  • Dale Coffey, City Attorney
  • Rebecca Tumey, Clerk – Treasurer
  • Ben Merida, Deputy Clerk

Those members absent:

  • Ann Miller, Councilwoman-at-Large

No members participated electronically.

A quorum was declared present.


Mayor Costin presented the Minutes of Monday, July 26, 2021. to the Council.  Councilman Phil Deckard Sr. made the motion to accept and allow the Minutes.  Councilman Jim Wisco seconded the motion.  The Motion passes 6-0.


Mayor Costin announced dry-well installation begins tomorrow.  Areas affected include South Harriett, Dale, Virginia, and others.  Mayor Costin also announced a Public Hearing will take place on September 27, 2021 regarding the 2022 Budget.  Further, probably action could occur on October 12, 2021 – which is a Tuesday.


Monthly statistical reports were given by Fire Chief Kevin and Police Chief John Richards.


Resolution 2021-628 / General Obligation Bond – Adam Steuerwald of Barnes and Thornburg, bonding counsel for the city, appeared to answer any questions.  Hearing none, a motion to accept and allow was made by Councilman Jim Wisco.  Councilwoman Suzie Lipps seconded the motion.  The Motion passed 6-0.

Ordinance 2021-0016 / Rezone of property – Brian Hoppel – Attorney Mike Ksenak representing Brian Hoppel appeared before the Common Council to request the rezoning of property owned by Hoppel located at 760 E. Morgan Street.  A motion to accept and allow was made by Councilman Jim Wisco.  Councilman Ben Mahan seconded the motion.  The Motion passed 6-0. 


Mayor Costin presented the Claims.  A motion to accept and allow the Claims was made by Councilman Phil Deckard II, with Councilman Jim Wisco making the second.  The Motion passed 6-0. 


Brief discussions included Burton Lane, Phase II Paving, ditches, and retention ponds.



Prior to adjournment, Isaac Merida was presented with the first Key to the City.


There being no further business, Mayor Costin declared the meeting adjourned.