Common Council Meeting Minutes – October 10, 2022

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Mayor Costin called the meeting Martinsville Common Council to order on Monday, October 10, 2022. Executive Assistant to the Mayor Mack Porter led the prayer. Mayor Costin led 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
  • Dale Coffey, City Attorney
  • Rebecca Tumey, Clerk – Treasurer
  • Ben Merida, Deputy Clerk

A quorum was present.

Council persons Deckard, Lipps and Ferran were absent.


Mayor Costin presented the Minutes of Monday, September 26, 2022, to the Council. A motion to accept and allow the Minutes was made by Councilwoman Ann Miller.  Councilman Ben Mahan seconded the motion. The Minutes are approved 4-0.


Mayor Costin reminded everyone to sign up for RAVE, by texting “Martinsville” to 78015.

Mayor Costin recessed the Council meeting for a public hearing, regarding the 2023 Budget.


Financial Advisor for the City, Jeff Peters appeared.  Peters briefed the Council on the proposed 2023 Budget.  He went on to say the proposed Budget is balanced.  However, funding for Sanitation would be a problem in 2024.  Mayor Costin called for public comment.  Hearing none, Mayor Costin closed the public hearing.

Mayor Costin reconvened the Council meeting.  Action on Ordinance 2022-0043 / 2023 Budget will occur on October 24, 2022.


Ordinance 2022-0043 / 2023 Budget – Mayor Costin presented the proposed budget to the Council.  Action will occur on October 24, 2022.

Resolution 2022-0021 / Adoption of Comprehensive Plan Update:   Department of Planning and Zoning Gary Oakes presented the resolution.  A motion to accept and allow was made by Councilman Phil Deckard II.  Seconding the motion was Councilman Ben Mahan.  The Motion passes 4-0.


Mayor Costin presented the Claims.  A motion to accept and allow the Claims was made by Councilman Phil Deckard II. Councilman  Ben Mahan seconded the motion.  The Motion passes



Various comments from the Council included the following: ARPA funds, Ohio Street, Redistricting, security at the downtown venue, demolition of 110 W. Morgan Street, Fall Foliage Festival, and city street employees.


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