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