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Town of Huntertown - Meeting Minutes

Meeting of the Town Council
of Huntertown, Indiana
April 17, 2017 6:00 p.m.
Huntertown Town Hall

A meeting of the Huntertown Town Council was held on Monday, April 17, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. In attendance were: Council President Mike Aker and council members Patricia Freck, Gary Grant and Mike Staments. Also present were: Clerk-Treasurer Ryan Schwab; Superintendent of Utilities Don Papai; Huntertown Resource Officer Brandon Reichert; Derek Frederickson of Engineering Resources Inc.; and Dave Hawk of Hawk Haynie Kammeyer & Smith. Also in attendance were forty-two (42) guests, eight (8) members of the Huntertown Fire Department and one (1) reporter. Absent were: Councilman Brandon Seifert.

Mike Aker called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Mike Aker recessed the meeting and turned it over to Captain Nate Messmann of the Huntertown Fire Department to begin a swearing-in and oath ceremony for the Huntertown/Perry Township firefighters and EMTs. Messmann provided a brief history and overview of the Huntertown Fire Department. He turned the ceremony over to Chief Mike Feely who spoke on the ceremony and its importance. Feely introduced Judge Wendy Davis who spoke on the honor and danger of the profession before leading the swearing-in and oath. Chief Feely was pinned by his brother, Patrick, and proceeded to pin the seven others who took part in the ceremony. Larry Fisher led a short prayer and Mike Feely announced that the department痴 volunteers would be sworn in next year when the department officially celebrates its 100-year anniversary.

Mike Aker reconvened the meeting at 6:19 p.m.

COUNCIL ACTIONS

Gary Grant made a motion to accept the minutes from the April 3, 2017 meeting. Patricia Freck seconded. Motion passed, 4-0.

Gary Grant made a motion to accept the general claims in the amount of 79,331.21. Mike Stamets seconded. Motion passed, 4-0.

Gary Grant made a motion to approve Huntertown Resolution 17-008, a Declaratory Resolution for the designation of economic revitalization area No. H-16 application of O誰eal Excavating & Construction Inc. Mike Stamets seconded. Motion passed, 4-0.

Gary Grant made a motion to approve Huntertown Resolution 17-009, a Resolution regarding extension of water and sewer service for Brownstone, Section 1. Patricia Freck seconded. Motion passed, 4-0.

Patricia Freck made a motion to introduce Huntertown Ordinance 17-001, an Ordinance to approve re-zoning of the Preserves of Carroll Creek West. Gary Grant seconded. Motion passed, 4-0.

NEW BUSINESS

Rachel Black with the Department of planning services presented the council with Huntertown Resolution 17-008, a Declaratory Resolution for the designation of economic revitalization area No. H-16 application of O誰eal Excavating & Construction Inc. Black said that the company is moving its facility from Lima Road to Plank Street in Huntertown, a $1.4 million real-estate investment. The Resolution would provide a 5-year property tax phase-in that would save the business $97,000. The move would create two (2) new jobs and retain the companies 22 current employees, Black said. Gary Grant made the motion and Mike Stamets seconded. Gary Grant told company owner Bob O誰eal that he was excited to see the company grow. O誰eal told the council that his company outgrew its current space in just 11-years. Mike Aker asked about the status of the current building, which O誰eal said was undecided. After no further discussion, the motion passed, 4-0.

Town Engineer Derek Frederickson asked the council to approve Huntertown Resolution 17-009, a resolution regarding extension of water and sewer service for Brownstone, Section 1. Frederickson said that the Huntertown Utility Service Board had given conditional approval pending council approval and a technical review from Superintendent Don Papai. Mike Aker asked about the number of sections that were planned for the development, which Lonnie Norris, VP of Sales for Granite Ridge Builders, said was dependent on the market. Frederickson said that a voluntary annexation is a requirement for the development. Gary Grant made the motion to approve the resolution and Patricia Freck seconded. After no further discussion, the motion passed, 4-0.

Frederickson presented the council with information regarding Huntertown Ordinance 17-001, an Ordinance to approve re-zoning the Preserves of Carroll Creek West. Frederickson said the request is change the zoning from A1-agricultural to R1 residential. Frederickson said the Department of Planning Services has held a public hearing and approved the change, 9-0. Frederickson said that an adjacent land owner has submitted a letter with concerns about the project and that he is working with the Allen County Surveyor痴 office to address the issues. Frederickson said he plans to provide the council a summary of those issues at its next meeting. Patricia Freck made a motion to introduce the ordinance and Gary Grant seconded. After no further discussion, the motion passed, 4-0. Adoption of the ordinance will be considered at the next council meeting on May 1, 2017.

Mike Aker provided an update on the soon to be vacant seat on the Huntertown Utility Service Board. Aker noted that since Northwest News reported that the council was seeking applications through May 1, that the council could not appoint someone until that time. Aker said the town has received three applications.

OLD BUSINESS

Mike Aker re-introduced the harassment policy topic, which was presented at the April 3 meeting. No further action was taken.

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

NONE

COUNCIL REPORTS

NONE

REPORTS

Huntertown Resource Officer Brandon Reichert had no report

Clerk-treasurer Ryan Schwab had no report.

Superintendent of Utilities Don Papai reported:
* A preliminary draft of the Lima Road construction project was available for review.
* A home on Hunter Street has some wires down on the property and that someone with the town will get it taken care of.
* Gary Grant asked Papai about a pile of brush on the southwest corner of State Road 3 and Gump Road, near a construction site. Papai said the brush is on the individual痴 property and that the individual had asked the town to remove it. Mike Stamets said that neighbors had been complaining about rats living in the brush.
* Mike Aker asked Papai if the street sweeper had been put back in use to which Papai confirmed. Papai also said that hydrant flushing is on-going.

Derek Frederickson with Engineering Resources Inc. reported:
* Plans for the Lima Road construction project are complete and ready to advertise for bid. He informed the council of a potential agreement with Allen County to complete the project all the way to the Lima Road-Shoaff Road Intersection, 400 feet of which is outside of the town痴 corporate limits. The agreement would have the county pay for that portion of the project up front and then be reimbursed by the town when the annexation of the Brownstone development is complete. Frederickson said the extra portion of the project would cost $30,000. Gary Grant asked if it would cost the town more money to do the project later. Frederickson estimated the cost would be about 15 percent higher. Dave Hawk reported that the town needed to take action on this soon, because the annexation of the Brownstone development could be complete sometime in the next 7 months. Superintendent Don Papai advised the council to do the entire roadway at one time. Dave Hawk said he would provide a detailed map of the area at the next meeting. No action was taken.
* Frederickson presented the council with the primary plat for the 典he Quarry development proposed at the intersection of Cedar Canyons Road and Kell Road. Frederickson detailed how the 92-lot subdivision would utilize Twin Eagles lift station across the road or involve construction of a new regional lift station at Willow Creek on Kell Road. No action was taken.

Dave Hawk of Hawk Haynie Kammeyer & Smith told the council that he begin producing the annexation documentation for the Brownstone development.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Betty Lavachek of 2127 Meyers Drive asked the council for information on who is responsible for enforcing ordinances? Lavachek expressed concern about garbage and recycling totes being left near the roads after the permitted time frame. Council members discussed the current fine structure and questioned who should enforce it. Lavachek said that no one follows through with a fine and that the town is losing money because of it.

Cindy Bailey, a resident at 2608 Hunter Road, asked the council about the town痴 rules and regulation on containing chickens on town property. Derek Frederickson said the town痴 ordinance only specifies the number of chickens that can be owned but does not provide details on how they are to be housed. Dave hawk said the council will address this issue in the future.

Gary Grant made a motion to adjourn. Patricia Freck seconded. All in favor.

Next Council meeting of the Huntertown Town Council is Monday, May 1, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Attest:_____________________________   __________________________________
           Mike Aker,                                           Ryan Schwab,
           President                                             Clerk Treasurer