Town of Huntertown - Meeting Minutes
Meeting of the Town Council
of Huntertown, Indiana
March 20, 2017 6:00 p.m.
Huntertown Town Hall
A meeting of the Huntertown Town Council was held on
Monday, March 20, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. In attendance were: Council President Mike
Aker and council members Patricia Freck, Gary Grant, Brandon Seifert and Mike
Stamets. Also present were: Clerk-Treasurer Ryan Schwab; Superintendent of
Utilities Don Papai; Huntertown Resource Officer Brandon Reichert; Derek
Frederickson of Engineering Resources Inc.; and Mike Hawk of Hawk Haynie
Kammeyer & Smith. Also in attendance were five (5) guests and one (1) reporter.
Mike Aker called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Patricia Freck made a motion to
re-approve the minutes from the February 6, 2017 meeting. Gary Grant seconded.
Mike Aker explained that the minutes were incorrectly approved at the February
21, 2017 meeting. Motion passed, 4-0-1 (Freck-Y; Grant-Y; Stamets-Y; Seifert-Y;
Gary Grant made a motion to approve the minutes from the
March 6, 2017 meeting. Mike Stamets seconded. Motion passed, 4-0-1
(Freck-Abstain; Grant-Y; Seifert-Y; Stamets-Y; Aker-Y).
made a motion to approve the general claims dated March 6, 2017 in the amount of
86,612.53. Patricia Freck seconded. Motion passed, 5-0.
Gary Grant made
a motion to add Huntertown Resource Officer Brandon Reichert to the town’s
cell-phone plan. Patricia Freck seconded. Motion passed, 5-0.
Freck made a motion to approve Huntertown Resolution 17-006, a resolution
approving contract for consulting services. Gary Grant seconded. Motion passed,
Patricia Freck reported that
a committee is being formed with the goal of combating ransomware and other
security threats. Superintendent of Utilities Don Papai added that he has
information on CyberSecurity that he obtained at a recent conference that he
would share with the council. No action was taken.
Gary Grant made a
motion to add Huntertown Resource Officer Brandon Reichert to the town’s
cell-phone plan. Patricia Freck seconded. Grant noted that Reichert only has an
office phone and that his time on the road compared to his time in the office
doesn’t afford him much time to take calls or return calls from residents. Papai
said the town has extra phones for Reichert to use. Council also discussed
having calls to Reichert’s office phone forwarded to his cell phone. After no
further discussion, the motion passed, 5-0.
Huntertown Resource Officer Brandon Reichert reminded residents of the
structure of the road closure on Gump Road while construction resumes. Traffic
is one-lane and flows eastbound. Reichert said he will ticket drivers who are
going the wrong way. No action was taken.
Clerk-treasurer Ryan Schwab
presented two quotes for consulting services. Patricia Freck made a motion to
approve Huntertown Resolution 17-006, a resolution approving contract for
consulting services with Steve Carter of Carter, Dillon, Umbaugh LLC. Gary Grant
seconded. Schwab provided the details of both quotes, the second of which came
from Penny Nelson with PEN Innovative Consulting Inc. Freck and Grant each said
they would like to have Steve Carter do the work because of his familiarity with
the town, having provided his services in the past. President Aker said he
shared his thoughts with Schwab in email. Brandon Seifert offered no opinion,
other than he was frustrated the town is currently in the position to need these
services. After no further discussion, the motion passed, 5-0.
said he received a phone call from Northeastern REMC in regards to having the
town take over service of a transformer at the wastewater treatment plant site.
Town Engineer Derek Frederickson said he would review the details of the
contract to identify when the town needed to take over the service.
Schwab reported he would be attending a State Board of Accounts meeting on April
25, 2017 in Fort Wayne for training purposes. The one-day session is free,
Superintendent of Utilities Don Papai reported that a
section of Gump Road, between State Road 3 and Old Lima Road, will have some
work done but that the road won’t be closed entirely while work is being done. A
road closure sign has been placed on location, which has prompted numerous calls
from residents, Papai said.
Papai reported that Brian Fleming, developer
of the Towne Square addition, has filed paperwork to put a guardrail up at the
intersection of Stonecrop Road and Railroad Street to prevent motorists from
using the adjacent private drive to gain easier access to the downtown area. Pat
Freck asked for confirmation about the status of the drive. Resident Betty
Lavachek told the council that the road belonged to the Huntertown Grain Company
and Frederickson confirmed that the road is not owned by the town and that Allen
County Highway is installing additional signage in the public right-of-way on
Stonecrop Road to accompany the guardrail installation. No action was taken.
Derek Frederickson with Engineering Resources Inc. had no report.
Mike Hawk of Hawk Haynie Kammeyer & Smith had no report
Patricia Freck made a motion to adjourn.
Gary Grant seconded. All in favor.
Next Council meeting of the Huntertown
Town Council is Monday, April 3, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
President Clerk Treasurer