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Town of Huntertown
 
15617 Lima Road, Huntertown, Indiana 46748
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Town of Huntertown - Meeting Minutes

Meeting of the Town Council
of Huntertown, Indiana
June 5, 2017 6:00 p.m.
Huntertown Town Hall

A meeting of the Huntertown Town Council was held on Monday, June 5, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. In attendance were: Council President Mike Aker and council members Patricia Freck and Mike Staments. Also present were: Clerk-Treasurer Ryan Schwab; Superintendent of Utilities Don Papai; Huntertown Resource Officer Brandon Reichart; Derek Frederickson of Engineering Resources Inc.; and Dave Hawk of Hawk Haynie Kammeyer & Smith. Also in attendance were eleven (11) members of the public, and one (1) reporter. Absent was council members Gary Grant and Brandon Seifert.

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

COUNCIL ACTIONS

Patricia Freck made a motion to approve the minutes from the May 15, 2017 meeting. Mike Stamets seconded. Motion passed, 3-0.

Mike Stamets made a motion to approve the general claims in the amount of $49,254.83. Patricia Freck seconded. Motion passed, 3-0.

Patricia Freck made a motion to approve Huntertown Resolution 17-010A, an amendment to Huntertown Resolution 17-010, a Confirmatory Resolution application of O’Neal Excavating & Construction Inc. for the designation of economic revitalization area No. H-16. Mike Stamets seconded. Rachel Black with the Allen County Department of Planning Services informed the council that a typographical error was made on the original resolution, requiring the amendment. After no further discussion, motion passed, 3-0.

Mike Stamets made a motion to approve Huntertown Resolution 17-012, a resolution approving 2017 pay 2018 real and personal property compliance with statement of benefits (CF-1) form. Patricia Freck seconded. Motion passed, 3-0.

Patricia Freck made a motion to authorize Chris Folland to move forward with the next phase of the town’s transition from huntertown.org to huntertown.in.gov for website and e-mail services. Mike Stamets seconded. Motion passed, 3-0.

Mike Stamets made a motion to approve Huntertown Resolution 17-013, a resolution regarding access to Huntertown Utilities. Patricia Freck seconded. Motion passed, 3-0.

NEW BUSINESS

NONE

OLD BUSINESS

NONE

COUNCIL REPORTS

Mike Stamets reported that Stacey Gorsuch is addressing some items needed for the town to update its ADA and Title VI compliance. No action was taken.

Mike Aker asked town attorney Dave Hawk to look into staggering town council terms for the upcoming election. Hawk said he will bring a recommendation to the next meeting

Patricia Freck asked Superintendent of Utilities Don Papai for information on completion dates for the Gump Road project and Carroll Road project as well as how the council can get status updates on the Carroll Road project. Papai said the Gump Road project is set to be complete in September, 2017 and that the Carroll Road project is set to be complete before school starts in August, 2017. Papai also said he continues to email Carroll Road progress reports from the contractor.

REPORTS

Huntertown Resource Officer Brandon Reichert reported:
  * Reichert asked the town to put “No Parking” signs along Park Street, between Maple Street and Oak Street. Reichert said residents are frustrated with cars parking in the area, which is adjacent to the Huntertown baseball/softball diamonds. No action was taken.
  * Cedar Canyons Road, east of State Road 3 and outside the corporate limits of Huntertown, has reduced the speed limit from 45 MPH to 35 MPH.

Clerk-treasurer Ryan Schwab reported:
  * He will be attending Clerk-Treasurer related classes on June 6-7 and June 12-14.
  * Steve Carter with Carter Dillon Umbaugh LLC. Was coming on June 6 for consulting services.

Superintendent of Utilities Don Papai had no report.

Derek Frederickson with Engineering Resources Inc. reported:
  * A pre-bid meeting for the Lima Road improvements project was taking place at 2 p.m. on June 6 at Huntertown Town Hall.
  * Technical issues with the Cottages at Verano project have raised concerns about water and sewer connections and the potential impact of the neighboring Gump Road Construction project. Frederickson provided the council with a drawing describing the concerns with the connection points. No action was taken.
  * He has researched how numerous neighboring communities handle review fees and construction fees for new developments. He said he scheduled a meeting to go over these figures but the meeting date and time fell through. He plans to schedule a meeting in the future.

Dave Hawk of Hawk Haynie Kammeyer & Smith reported:
  * He is awaiting information on a cost estimate for a partial census. No action was taken.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Bill Cullnane, a resident at 2014 Canaveral Court, said he owns property adjacent to a proposed development by JJ Parent Corporation and is concerned about inbound water, drainage and easements involved with the development. He said he was asked about granting easement through his property and he was concerned about his property value. He asked if the town had the right to eminent domain and demand the easement go through his property to supply water to the development. Town Attorney Dave Hawk said the town has not used eminent domain and that his other drainage questions should be directed to the Allen County Surveyor’s office. Derek Frederickson with Engineering Resources provided further information on the development and advised questions to be directed to the Allen County Department of Planning Services.

Dave Smith, a resident a 2729 Hunter Road, asked for microphones to be moved during the meeting to make it easier to hear. He also expressed concern over the height of grass in the Town Square subdivision. He also expressed concern over the traffic light at the intersection of Hathaway Road and State Road 3. Don Papai said that the traffic light rotations would return to normal once construction on the road is complete.

Jan Byerly, a resident at 4494 Hammock Drive, expressed concern over a proposed plan to remove sidewalks on Hand Road as part of the Lakes of Carroll Creek West development. She also expressed concern about the number of entrances to the subdivision as well as stop signs along Hammock Drive.

Drew Balfanz, a resident a 15735 Lima Road, asked the council for permission to install a handicapped ramp at his property. He provided the council with drawings of the proposed ramp, which would include a railing a gates at each end. No action was taken.

Patricia Freck made a motion to adjourn. Mike Stamets seconded. Motion passed with a voice vote.

The next meeting of the Huntertown Town Council is Monday, June 19, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

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