Common Council Meeting Minutes – March 27, 2023

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Mayor Costin called the meeting Martinsville Common Council to order on Monday, March 13, 2023. Senior Minister Nathan Crowe of Eastview Christian Church led the prayer. Mayor Costin led 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
  • Dale Coffey, City Attorney
  • Rebecca Tumey, Clerk – Treasurer
  • Ben Merida, Deputy Clerk

A quorum was present.

Councilwoman Ann Miller was absent.



Mayor Costin presented the Minutes of Monday March 13, 2023. Councilman Phil Deckard Sr.  made the motion to accept and allow the Minutes as written. Seconding the motion was Councilman Phil Deckard II.  The motion passed 6-0. 


Request for Funds from the Opioid Settlement – Stability First has requested $27,384.00 from the City to aide their fight against drugs.  A motion to accept and approve was made by Councilman Phil Deckard II.  Seconding the motion was Councilman Jim Wisco.  The motion passed 6-0.


Consideration of the Continuance of the Legacy Health and Wellness Program – Deputy Clerk Ben Merida reported he asked employees taking part in the program to send comments to Phil Deckard II.  It was agreed this will be placed on the agenda again sometime in the future.


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 passed 6-0. 

Council Comments  – Councilman Josh Ferran made comments regarding sidewalks, reports from the Parks department and April 1, 2023 is clean-up day at the Artesian Little League ball diamonds.  Councilwoman Suzie Lipps thanked those that recognized the recent passing of her father.  Council Ben Mahan requested a traffic study  in the area of Morton Avenue, Mulberry Street and West Randolph Streets.  Councilman Phil Deckard II recognized the Board of Works approving the purchase of two packers.


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