Town of Huntertown - Meeting Minutes
Meeting of the Town Council
of Huntertown, Indiana
October 2, 2017 6:00 p.m.
Huntertown Town Hall
A meeting of the Huntertown Town Council was held on
Monday, October 2, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. In attendance were Council President Mike
Aker and council members Patricia Freck, Gary Grant, Brandon Seifert and Mike
Stamets. Also present were: Clerk-Treasurer Ryan Schwab; Superintendent of
Utilities Don Papai; Derek Frederickson of Engineering Resources Inc.; Dave Hawk
of Hawk Haynie Kammeyer & Smith; and Huntertown Resource Officer Brandon
Reichert. Also in attendance were twelve (12) guests and one (1) reporter.
Mike Aker called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. with the Pledge of
Patricia Freck made a
motion to approve the minutes from the September 18, 2017 meeting. Brandon
Seifert seconded. Mike Stamets noticed a typo and asked clerk-treasurer Ryan
Schwab to make a correction. After no further discussion, the motion passed,
Gary Grant made a motion to approve the general claims. Mike
Stamets seconded. Mike Aker noted the claims were in the amount of 48,608.93.
After no further discussion, the motion passed, 5-0.
Patricia Freck made
a motion to introduce Huntertown Ordinance 17-005, an Ordinance for
appropriations and tax rates (2018 budget). Gary Grant seconded. Motion passed,
4-0-1. (Brandon Seifert - Aye; Mike Stamets - Aye; Patricia Freck - Aye; Gary
Grant - Aye; Mike Aker - Abstain).
Gary Grant made a motion to consider
Huntertown Ordinance 17-005, an Ordinance for appropriations and tax rates (2018
budget). Patricia Freck seconded. Motion passed, 4-0-1. (Mike Stamets - Aye;
Patricia Freck - Aye; Gary Grant - Aye; Brandon Seifert - Aye; Mike Aker -
Mike Stamets made a motion to adopt Huntertown Ordinance
17-005, an Ordinance for appropriations and tax rates (2018 budget). Brandon
Seifert seconded. Motion passed, 4-0-1. (Patricia Freck - Aye; Gary Grant - Aye;
Brandon Seifert - Aye; Mike Stamets - Aye; Mike Aker - Abstain).
Patricia Freck made a motion to approve Huntertown Ordinance 17-016, a
Resolution regarding extension of water and sewer service for the Quarry,
Section 1. Gary Grant seconded. Motion passed, 5-0.
Joe DePrisco and Tim Hake, representing the Lima Plank Industrial Park,
spoke to the council about street lighting issues. DePrisco said Wayne Boyd, the
original developer of the property, was contacted about paperwork regarding the
town taking over street lighting in the park, but Boyd did not have the
documentation. DePrisco presented the council with a letter from Boyd that was
submitted at a prior town council meeting in 1999, requesting that the street
lighting be dedicated to the town. Hake provided an overview of the electrical
issues facing the park and DePrisco said that an estimated cost for repair work
was beyond what the park association could afford. Patricia Freck said that the
town would review minutes from the 1999 meeting to see if the council approved
Boyd's letter. DePrisco also talked about the conditions of the streets in the
park. Freck said that those streets have been dedicated to Huntertown and asked
if those were included on a recent street review done by Derek Frederickson.
Frederickson said those streets were included and rated between 6-7 on his scale
with 10 being like a new road and 1 being in need of a complete repair.
Patricia Freck said that any revenue
generated from an agreement with Northeastern REMC for the placement of
broadband antenna equipment on the town's south water tower should be received
by the town's general fund and not the water utility. Town Attorney Dave Hawk is
reviewing the agreement and has some issues with it. Gary Grant said the town
should wait on a proposal and have discussion with the Utility Service Board
about how to handle any revenue.
Patricia Freck said a resident has
complained about a burnt out race car located along Washington Street.
Huntertown Resource Officer Brandon Reichert said he would look into it and see
what he could do.
Patricia Freck asked about permitting for a fence at
the corner of Webster Street and Edgerton Street. Don Papai said that permitting
is not done in Huntertown and Dave Hawk confirmed that permitting is done
between the homeowner and the Allen County Department of Planning Services.
Mike Aker displayed a plaque given to the town by Dan Holmes, president of
Friends of Huntertown Parks Inc. for "grateful appreciation of support." Aker
asked Papai to hang the plaque in Huntertown Town Hall.
Huntertown Resource Officer Brandon Reichert was had no report.
Clerk-treasurer Ryan Schwab had no report.
Superintendent of Utilities
Don Papai had the following report:
* Paving was complete on the
Lima Road improvement project and that all milling have been taken to the
Huntertown Woodworkers Shop. The approach radius would soon be filled in with
millings and that road striping would take place later in the week of October
* Rezoning for the Time Corner Self Storage project,
12700 Lima Road at the current site of DeWald Gardens, required an ordinance
from the town. The paperwork was delivered to the town on Friday, September 29
but he did not have time to have it reviewed for the Oct. 2 meeting. Developer
Brian Fleming was present to take questions. Mike Aker asked how many building
were planned and Gary Grant asked if the existing home on the property would be
staying. Fleming said the plans are for 9-10 buildings and he told Grant that
the home would stay on the property for now.
Derek Frederickson of
Engineering Resources Inc. had no report.
Dave Hawk of Hawk Haynie
Kammeyer & Smith had no report.
Brandon Seifert asked Hawk about his invoice of services, specifically a
conversation with State Rep. Bob Morris. Hawk said his conversation covered
staggering terms for elected officials and the process to get legislation
passed to make that happen in Huntertown. Seifert said he had talked with
Beth Dlug, Director of Elections for Allen County, and that there was not
enough time to make this happen for the upcoming election and that the town
could not hold a special election either. Hawk said that if legislation
could be passed by March 31, that staggering terms for council members could
happen. Hawk said he would contact Dlug about the issue.
Patricia Freck said that Town Engineer Derek
Frederickson had a map of new development for residents to look at. This map
is in response to a map that has been circulated through social media.
David Thiel, a resident at 16410 Willow Ridge Trail, expressed his
concern about the number of houses proposed for the Communities of Willow
Ridge development. He was also concerned about traffic entering and exiting
the addition off of Cedar Canyons Road. Mike Aker said that an agreement
with the developer calls for Willow Ridge Trail to be repaved. Derek
Frederickson detailed how far along the development is in the planning
process, noting that the primary plat and a re-zoning petition have been
approved and that a recommendation to the council to approve re-zoning is
coming soon. Aker said that two other roadways in the area, Greentee Court
and Fairway Court should be redone at a similar time as Willow Ridge Trail
is repaved but that the town would pay for those projects and not the
developer. Thiel expressed concern about no sidewalks being a part of the
project and Aker said a sidewalk was planned for one side. Patricia Freck
asked if the council could ask for the number of homes in the development to
be reduced if the town receives more negative feedback about the project.
Frederickson said that topic should be addressed with the planning office.
Freck also said she was concerned about the values of the homes being
constructed and was concerned about the wildlife that inhabits the area.
Aker asked Thiel if the residents in the area received a letter detailing
the project. Thiel said residents did receive a letter and some attended the
public hearing, saying those resident felt the Plan Commission was
"disgruntled" by their attendance. Thiel also spoke about how traffic from
the intersection of Cedar Canyons Road and State Road 3 backed up to Willow
Ridge Trail during the recent State Road 3 reconstruction project and was
concerned how construction would impact traffic in the area. Mike Aker
acknowledged that rumors about school building being constructed in the town
limits are not set in stone.
Jim Fortman, a resident at 2114 Woods
Road, said he has spoken to Beth Dlug about the staggered election terms and
that the initial election would call for two council seats at a two-year
term and three council seats at a 4-year term. He also said that no special
election would be required. Patricia Freck said the initial idea was to get
the framework started. Dave Hawk added that the town moved to the general
election to save money and that recent law changes have made the getting
onto a different election cycle nearly impossible without special
Rick and Genea Richmond, residents at 834 Shale Run,
expressed their concerns about the number of houses, additional traffic and
school capacity issues associated with the Communities of Willow Ridge
project. They also expressed concern about how drainage issues have resulted
in the erosion of some of their neighbor's yards. Derek Frederickson said
that he is highly confident that if the plans align with the town's
ordinance, then further erosion will not be an issue. Genea Richmond noted
that some children are sitting three to a seat on school buses already
because of the recent increase in enrollment. Patricia Freck noted that
Huntertown Elementary School is already using portable classrooms and
Brandon Reichert said a middle school and elementary school are being
Gary Grant made a motion to adjourn. Mike Stamets seconded.
Motion passed with a voice vote and the meeting adjourned at 7:11 p.m.
The next meeting of the Huntertown Town Council is Monday, October 16,
2017 at 6 p.m.
President Clerk Treasurer