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Town of Huntertown
 
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Town of Huntertown - Meeting Minutes

Meeting of the Town Council
of Huntertown, Indiana
October 16, 2017 6:00 p.m.
Huntertown Town Hall

A meeting of the Huntertown Town Council was held on Monday, October 16, 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; Utility Foreman Gabe Brindle; and Dave Hawk of Hawk Haynie Kammeyer & Smith. Also in attendance were eight (8) guests and one (1) reporter. Absent were Huntertown Resource Office Brandon Reichert and Derek Frederickson of Engineering Resources Inc.

Mike Aker called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance.

COUNCIL ACTIONS

Gary Grant made a motion to approve the minutes from the October 2, 2017 meeting. Mike Stamets seconded. Motion passed, 5-0.

Patricia Freck made a motion to approve the general claims. Gary Grant seconded. Mike Aker noted the claims were in the amount of $106,437.07. After no further discussion, the motion passed, 5-0. Following the vote, Patricia Freck asked Clerk-Treasurer Ryan Schwab about invoices from DLZ, specifically whether the invoices were the last from DLZ since the Carroll Road reconstruction project had concluded. Schwab said he would look into it and get back with her.

Patricia Freck made a motion approve the plat of Preserves of Carroll Creek West, Section 1. Gary Grant seconded. Patricia Freck asked if town engineer Derek Frederickson had reviewed the plat and approved it. Utility Foreman Gabe Brindle confirmed he had and that a walkthrough of the property had also been done. Mike Aker asked about the number of lots in the first section. Developer Jeff Thomas, who was in the audience, confirmed there were 41 lots for the first section and 109 lots total. After no further discussion, the motion passed, 5-0.

Patricia Freck made a motion to introduce Huntertown Ordinance 17-006, an ordinance approving re-zoning for Time Corners Self Storage LLC. Gary Grant seconded. Mike Aker read a fact sheet detailing the project and the purpose for re-zoning. After no further discussion, the motion passed, 5-0.

Gary Grant made a motion to consider Huntertown Ordinance 17-006, an ordinance approving re-zoning for Time Corners Self Storage LLC. Mike Stamets seconded. Motion passed, 5-0.

Gary Grant made a motion to adopt Huntertown Ordinance 17-006, an ordinance approving re-zoning for Time Corners Self Storage LLC. Mike Stamets seconded. Motion passed, 5-0.

NEW BUSINESS

No new business outside of the items detailed under Council Action.

OLD BUSINESS

Brandon Seifert opened a discussion about the town's CEDIT distributions and their intention to pay for the Gump Road reconstruction project. Seifert said he spoke with Allen County Commissioner Therese Brown and Allen County Auditor Nick Jordan and they confirmed to him that the county has not collected any money from the town to repay for the town's portion of the project. Town Attorney Dave Hawk said that per an interlocal agreement between the town and the county, the county would not receive any funds from the town until the town receives its updated CEDIT distribution from the Twin Eagles Annexation. He also said that the town has applied for a Geographically Updated Population Program Certification (GUPPC) Request in an effort to advance the time period the town would receive the additional CEDIT distribution. Seifert said that the town would have to pay the entirety of its portion for the project back to the county within 30 days of receiving the additional funding. Hawk noted that the interlocal agreement gives the town 10 years to pay for its portion. Seifert closed discussion by saying he wished the town would have pursued the GUPPC request earlier in the year. After no further discussion, no action was taken.

REPORTS

Huntertown Resource Officer Brandon Reichert was absent.

Clerk-treasurer Ryan Schwab said he would be attending the ILMCT District Meeting on Wednesday-Thursday, October 18-19, at Das Essenhaus in Middlebury and would be out of the office those two days.

Utility Foreman Gabe Brindle, subbing for Superintendent of Utilities Don Papai had no report.

Derek Frederickson of Engineering Resources Inc. was absent.

Dave Hawk of Hawk Haynie Kammeyer & Smith reported that he is working with the county on a pair of interlocal agreements that should be presented at the next council meeting. Hawk said he had some questions about the language in the agreements and wanted to get those questions answered prior to asking for council approval. Specifically, one of the interlocal agreements pertains to bridge maintenance. Hawk said he would like to ensure that the town's portion of the agreement goes to improve only the town's bridges. Pat Freck noted that the agreement has four bridges listed. After no further discussion, no action was taken.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Scott Bowles, a resident at 12517 Saddleview Court, encouraged the council to look into monitoring equipment for the town's lift stations after his home had a sewer back-up Saturday, October 14 into the early hours of Sunday, October 15. Bowles said that raw sewage entered his home through a toilet and bathtub and impacted four closets, two bedrooms, a hallway, a bathroom and a mechanical room in his home. Bowles detailed the events of the back-up and was complimentary of the work town of employee Tim Schobert, who was on the scene from 11 p.m. to 2:15 a.m. Bowles said. Brindle noted that the town currently has monitoring at only four of its lift stations. Bowles added that the lift station serving his property had no communication with the town outside the alarm with a red strobe light and a phone number posted to call and inform the town. Patricia Freck said she was surprised the town didn't have monitoring at the lift station and asked Brindle to present the topic to the Utility Service Board. Mike Aker asked about a cost and Brindle said that an email was sent out earlier in the day with three different cost options and that a recommendation was made. Gary Grant said he was sorry to hear about the sewer backup.

Gary Grant made a motion to adjourn. Brandon Seifert seconded. Motion passed with a voice vote and the meeting adjourned at 6:34 p.m.

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

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