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