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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
July 5, 2017 6:00 p.m.
Huntertown Town Hall

A meeting of the Huntertown Town Council was held on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. In attendance were 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 Dave Hawk of Hawk Haynie Kammeyer & Smith. Also in attendance were fourteen (14) guests and one (1) reporter. Absent was council president Mike Aker.

Gary Grant called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance.

COUNCIL ACTIONS

Mike Stamets made a motion to approve the minutes from the June 19, 2017 meeting. Brandon Seifert seconded. Motion passed, 4-0.

Patricia Freck made a motion to approve the general claims dated July 5, 2017. Mike Stamets seconded. Motion passed, 4-0.

Council gave verbal approval to Paul Blisk, Deputy Director of Land Use for the Allen County Department of Planning Services, in regards to an amended application for a business at 16615 Lima Road.

Patricia Freck made a motion to have town engineer Derek Frederickson put together an application for the Community Crossings Grant program for Woods Road, pending the availability of funding. Mike Stamets seconded. Motion passed, 4-0.

Patricia Freck made a motion to have town engineer Derek Frederickson put together an application for the Community Crossings Grant program to include Hunter Street, Fairway Court and Greentee Court, pending the availability of funding. Brandon Seifert seconded. Motion passed, 4-0.

Council gave approval via a voice vote to have Superintendent of Utilities Don Papai sign the Lima Road Improvements construction agreement.

Brandon Seifert made a motion to approve Huntertown Resolution 17-014, a transfer of appropriations resolution (community crossings grant).

Mike Stamets made a motion to approve an accelerated contract for the Carroll Road reconstruction project, pending available funding from the Northeast Indiana Regional Coordinating Council (NIRCC). Brandon Seifert seconded. Motion passed, 4-0.

Brandon Seifert made a motion to adopt Huntertown Ordinance 17-002, an ordinance prohibiting parking on Park Street in the Town of Huntertown, Indiana. Mike Stamets seconded. Motion passed, 4-0.

Council gave approval via a voice vote to allow Superintendent of Utilities Don Papai to approve a 5-year contract with Unifirst to supply town employees with uniforms.

Council gave approval via a voice vote to allow Town Attorney Dave Hawk to draft an agreement with the developers of the Cottages at Verano development to address concerns about water and sewer connections and the potential impact of the neighboring Gump Road Construction project. The agreement should include a 5-year bond, the developer covering any costs associated with a delay in the Gump Road construction project and drawings for the work to be done.

NEW BUSINESS

Paul Blisk, Deputy Director of Land Use for the Allen County Department of Planning Services, informed the council that tweaks will need to be made on the town's land use ordinance. No action was taken. Blisk also reported that flood plain section of the ordinance would need to be repealed and replaced.

Patricia Freck asked Blisk about a residence that has installed a fence made out of wood pallets and asked if this was a violation and if so, how the town should enforce it? Blisk told Freck to either call his office or email him a copy of the photos and his office would take care of the issue.

OLD BUSINESS

NONE

COUNCIL REPORTS

Brandon Seifert asked about the age required for someone to drive a golf cart within the town's corporate limits. Huntertown Resource Officer Brandon Reichert noted that driver's need a standard driver's license and that he is working to enforce the town's ordinance on golf cart use.

REPORTS

Huntertown Resource Officer Brandon Reichert had no report.

Clerk-treasurer Ryan Schwab had no further report.

Superintendent of Utilities Don Papai reported:
   * A pre-construction meeting for the Lima Road improvements project was scheduled for July 10, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.

Derek Frederickson of Engineering Resources Inc. reported:
   * Frederickson presented the council with a summary of estimated road project costs to begin discussion on the Community Crossings Grant program for 2018. The deadline to submit projects is Friday, July 14. Frederickson said he could prepare multiple applications and that the town could decide at the last minute which project or projects to pursue based on available funding. The council voted to submit two applications, which are listed above in the council actions section, with the second application (Hunter Street, Fairway Court and Greentee Court) as a back-up in the event funding was not available for the first project (Woods Road).
   * The wastewater treatment plant project is at 75 percent complete. Frederickson provided council members with a summary sheet detailing the project's progress.
   * Frederickson provided information on a new policy to have engineering review and inspection fees for new developments passed on to developers. No action was taken.
Brandon Seifert asked Frederickson about the status of a retirement home project. Frederickson reported that the project developers are working through review comments.

Dave Hawk of Hawk Haynie Kammeyer & Smith reported:
   * The town paid $200 to the U.S. Census Bureau to get a quote for a partial special census. After learning the total cost would be $95,278, Hawk said he is still exploring options, but due to the cost, the census doesn't seem viable. Hawk noted the deadline is the end of September.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

None were brought forth.

Brandon Seifert made a motion to adjourn. Mike Stamets seconded. Motion passed with a voice vote.

The next meeting of the Huntertown Town Council is Monday, July 17, 2017 at 6 p.m.

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