Common Council Meeting Minutes – August 23, 2021

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Mayor Costin called the meeting Martinsville Common Council to order on Monday, August 9,2021.    Deputy Clerk Ben Merida asked for a moment of silence for the loss of a member of the White River Township’s EMT and Fire Department, he then led the prayer, followed by Mayor Costin leading 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
  • Ann Miller, Councilwoman-at-Large
  • Jim Wisco, Councilman-at-Large
  • Dale Coffey, City Attorney
  • Rebecca Tumey, Clerk – Treasurer
  • Ben Merida, Deputy Clerk

No members were absent

No members participated electronically.

A quorum was declared present. 


Mayor Costin presented the Minutes of Monday, August 9, 2021. to the Council.  Councilman Phil Deckard Sr. made the motion to accept and allow the Minutes.  Councilman Phil Deckard II seconded the motion.  The motion passed 7-0.


Special Presentation / Warren Waymire – Mr. Waymire representing Mapleturn Utilities, presented Gary Oakes with the Outstanding Community Affairs award.  Oakes was recognized for his selfless contributions and efforts in our community.


Ordinance 2021-0015 Additional Appropriation / Police Department – Police Chief John Richards requested $52,500.00 in additional funds for gas and oil.  A motion to accept and allow was made by Councilman Phil Deckard Sr.  Councilman Phil Deckard II seconded the motion.  The motion passed 7-0.

Ordinance 2021-0017 – First Reading / Issuance of General Obligation Bonds ­– Bond Counsel Adam Stuerwald of Barnes and Thornburg presented the ordinance.  The bond is for the purchase of a new fire truck and upgrades to the city garage.  Action will occur on September 13, 2021.

Resolution 2021-634 / Insurance Premiums for 2022 – Deputy Clerk Ben Merida presented the resolution that will create 3 additional tiers for employee contribution to the health insurance.  A motion to accept and allow was made by Councilman Phil Deckard II.  Councilwoman Ann Miler seconded the motion.  The motion passed 7-0.


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 passes 7-0.


Councilwoman Ann Miller asked why the Park Superintendent did not attend Council meetings.  Miller also expressed concerns regarding the pool being closed and the splash pad hours.


Citizen Doug Parmalee of Cole Court expressed his frustration regarding yard sales.  He asked the Council to reconsider the ordinance.  A committee of Councilmen Phil Deckard Sr., Ben Mahan and Jim Wisco will study the issue.

Ben Merida, 989 S. Harriett Street asked the Council to consider an ordinance regarding COVID vaccinations. This issue will be revisited during the second meeting in September.


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