Common Council Meeting Minutes – October 12, 2021

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Mayor Costin called the meeting Martinsville Common Council to order on Tuesday, October 21, 2021.   Mayor Costin led the prayer followed leading the Pledge of Allegiance.



  • 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
  • Kris Fuller, City Attorney (sat in for Dale Coffey)
  • Rebecca Tumey, Clerk – Treasurer
  • Ben Merida, Deputy Clerk

A quorum was declared present.

Councilwoman Suzie Lipps participated via zoom.  Councilman Josh Ferran arrived at 7:10 p.m.


Mayor Costin presented the Minutes of Monday, September 27, 2021. to the Council.  Mayor Costin, by unanimous consent declared the Minutes approved.


Mayor Costin recognized two ladies with the Indiana Extension Homemakers Association.  Costin then declared the week of October 18th to be Indiana Extension Homemakers Association week.


Mack Porter, Executive Assistant to the Mayor, explained going forward, the city will observe Robert’s Rules of Order pertaining to roll call votes for motions, ordinances, and resolutions.

Mayor Costin announced there will be an executive session on October 25th beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Fire Training Room.

Trick or Treat hours will be October 30th from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.


Monthly reports were given by Chief John Richards and Deputy Fire Chief Aaron Fraker.


Yard Sale Ordinance Review Committee:  Councilman Jim Wisco reported the committee agreed yard sales can be held 9 days out of 90.  The information will be turned over to City Attorney Dale Coffey to amend the ordinance.

Health Freedom Ordinance Committee: Deputy Clerk Ben Merida reported the committee supports allowing individuals being in control of their personal health choices.  The information will be given to City Attorney Dale Coffey to craft a resolution.

Mayor Costin recessed the Council meeting to open the Public Hearing for a Wastewater / Drinking Water program Grant.


Victoria Bechert of ARa, discussed the city applying for a grant for the wastewater / /drinking water program.  Ms. Bechert explained she is assisting the city in obtaining state and federal grant to line the city sewers.  Mayor Costin called for public comment.   Deputy Clerk Ben Merida said ARa is a great partner for the city.  Citizen Cecelia Kreff has a question regarding the sign-in sheet.  Mayor Costin called two more times for public comment.  Hearing none, the public hearing was closed.


Second Reading and Consideration of Ordinance 2021-2021 / Amendment to Martinsville Code Chapter 66: Solid Waste, Article II: Collection and Disposal – City Superintendent Mac Dunn asked if there were any questions.  Hearing none, a roll call vote was taken.  Voting “yay” were Councilmen Deckard II and Wisco.  Voting “nay” were Council persons Deckard Sr.; Mahan, Ferran, Lipps, and Miller.  The motion failed 2-5.

Second Reading and Consideration Ordinance 2021-0023 / 2022 Budget – Clerk -Treasurer Rebecca Tumey presented the ordinance for Council action.  Hearing no questions, a roll-call vote was taken.  Voting “yay” were Council persons: Deckard II, Deckard Sr.; Miller, Wisco, and Lipps.  Voting “nay” were Councilmen Mahan and Ferran.  The motion passes 5-2.

Ordinance 2021-0025 / Rezone Property at 960 and 990 Morton Avenue – Local Attorney appeared on behalf of his clients, Gail and Darlene Wayman.  A motion to accept and allow was made by Councilman Phil Deckard Sr.  Seconding the motion was Councilman Jim Wisco.  A roll call vote resulted in the entire Council voting “yay.” The Motion passed 7-0.

Ordinance 2021-0026 / Rezone Property in the Demaree Minor Plat -A motion to accept and allow was made by Councilman Phil Deckard II.  Seconding the motion was Councilman Ben Mahan.  A roll call vote resulted in the entire Council voting “yay.” 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 Councilwoman Ben Mahan making the second.  A roll call vote resulted in the following:  voting “yay” were Council persons Deckard II, Deckard Sr.; Wisco, Lipps and Ferran.  Abstaining was Council persons Miller and Mahan.  The Motion passes 5-0-2.




Citizen Cecelia Kreff had comments pertaining to the street department and code enforcement.  Also, regarding the time to cross at Main and Morgan.

Mayor Costin announced the next meeting will be a town hall meeting on October 21th at the REMC.


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