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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 17, 2017 6:00 p.m.
Huntertown Town Hall

A meeting of the Huntertown Town Council was held on Monday, July 17, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. In attendance were Council President Mike Aker and council members Patricia Freck, Brandon Seifert and Mike Stamets. Also present were: Clerk-Treasurer Ryan Schwab; Utility Foreman Gabe Brindle; Derek Frederickson of Engineering Resources Inc.; and Dave Hawk of Hawk Haynie Kammeyer & Smith. Also in attendance were four (4) guests and one (1) reporter. Absent was council member Gary Grant, Huntertown Resource Officer Brandon Reichert and Superintendent of Utilities Don Papai.

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

COUNCIL ACTIONS

Brandon Seifert made a motion to approve the minutes from the July 5, 2017 meeting and the July 13, 2017 special meeting. Patricia Freck seconded. Motion passed, 4-0.

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

Mike Stamets made a motion to approve Huntertown Resolution 17-015, a Resolution approving New Venture Development Corp. contract (Gump Road cut and sewer agreement). Patricia Freck seconded. Motion passed, 4-0.

NEW BUSINESS

Patricia Freck opened discussion on the 2018 salary ordinance, noting that she and councilman Mike Stamets as well as Utility Service Board member Jim Fortman had recently met with town engineer Derek Frederickson to go over the details of a town manager position. Freck asked Clerk-treasurer Ryan Schwab to provide details on the timeline for the 2018 budget. Freck asked town engineer Derek Frederickson to provide details on a job description for a town manager position. Brandon Seifert, Mike Stamets, Mike Aker and town Attorney Dave Hawk also participated in the discussion. No action was taken.

OLD BUSINESS

NONE

COUNCIL REPORTS

Brandon Seifert said he met with Kent Castleman, Executive Director of Fort Wayne Trails, about the Pufferbelly Trail, which Seifert said will soon be advancing into the town's corporate limits. Seifert said the town would be in charge of maintaining any portion of the trail within the town limits and that the town should consider budgeting $5,000 per mile, per year for trail maintenance. No action was taken.

Patricia Freck asked if the council needed to sign a change order for the Carroll Road Reconstruction project since the council voted at its July 13, 2017 special meeting to approve to approve acceleration of the project. Town Attorney Dave Hawk said that since the substantial completion date remained the same, there was no change order.
Freck also said she spoke with Dan Avery, Executive Director of the Northeast Indiana Regional Coordinating Council (NIRCC) in regards to the decision to accelerate the project and noted that NIRCC would be unable to help the town recoup some of the expenses associated with the decision to accelerate the project.

REPORTS

Huntertown Resource Officer Brandon Reichert was absent.

Clerk-treasurer Ryan Schwab had no report.

Utility Foreman Gabe Brindle, reporting on behalf of Superintendent of Utilities Don Papai provided a status update on construction projects in town, including the Brownstone development, Preserves of Carroll Creek West development, Cottages of Verano development and the Gump Road reconstruction and utility relocation project. No action was taken.

Derek Frederickson of Engineering Resources Inc. reported:
* The town has submitted an application for Woods Road to be considered in the 2018 Community Crossings Grant program, which includes a 75/25 percent construction cost split with the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT). Frederickson estimates the total cost at $713,500, with the town's portion totaling an estimated $321,097, which includes the 25 percent split and soft costs. No action was taken.

Dave Hawk of Hawk Haynie Kammeyer & Smith said he would begin working on the Brownstone annexation plan. No action was taken.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Kenneth Eubank, a resident at 15211 Water Oak Place, asked the council about its dog ordinance, quoting Huntertown Ordinance 90-03. Eubank said that dogs are running loose in their neighborhood and one of his neighbors has a dog that constantly barks. Town Attorney Dave Hawk said that the town vacated its ordinance and has aligned its policy with Allen County. Council President Mike Aker asked Eubank to leave his information and that he would forward it to Huntertown Resource Officer Brandon Reichert. No action was taken.

Patricia Freck made a motion to adjourn. Brandon Seifert seconded. Motion passed with a voice vote.

The next meeting of the Huntertown Town Council is Monday, August 7, 2017 at 6 p.m.

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