Town of Huntertown - Meeting Minutes
Meeting of the Town Council
of Huntertown, Indiana
December 18, 2017 6:00 p.m.
Huntertown Town Hall
A meeting of the Huntertown Town Council was held on
Monday, December 18, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. In attendance were council members, Gary
Grant, Brandon Seifert and Mike Stamets. Also present were: Clerk-Treasurer Ryan
Schwab; Interim Superintendent of Utilities Gabe Brindle; Huntertown Resource
Officer Brandon Reichert; Derek Frederickson of Engineering Resources Inc.; and
Dave Hawk of Hawk Haynie Kammeyer & Smith. Also in attendance were six (6)
guests and one (1) reporter. Absent were Council President Mike Aker and council
member Patricia Freck.
Mike Stamets called the meeting to order at 6:00
p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Gary Grant made a motion to approve the minutes from the December 4, 2017
meeting. Brandon Seifert seconded. Motion passed, 3-0.
made a motion to approve the general claims, dated December 18, 2017. Gary Grant
seconded. Motion passed, 3-0.
Brandon Seifert made a motion to introduce
Huntertown Ordinance 17-008, an Ordinance and Resolution providing for the
payment of salaries of elected officials and other employees of the Town of
Huntertown for fiscal year 2018. Gary Grant seconded. 3-0. Town Attorney Dave
Hawk noted that since only three of the five council members were present, the
ordinance could not be adopted on its first reading and that a special meeting
would need to take place before the end of the calendar year to approve the
ordinance. After no further discussion, the motion passed, 3-0.
Grant made a motion to appoint Brad Hite to the Huntertown Utility Service Board
for a three-year term. Brandon Seifert seconded. Motion passed, 3-0.
No other new business outside of what was
detailed under council actions.
Mike Stamets reintroduced the Town Manager discussion. Brandon Seifert reported
that an updated draft was distributed and that council members were submitting
questions to Town Attorney Dave Hawk. After no further discussion, no action was
Gary Grant reported that
in addition to the manhole covers on the recently completed Gump Road project
being too low, residents have sent complaints about manhole covers on the
adjacent walking path along Gump Road. Town Engineer Derek Frederickson said
that a call into the Allen County Highway Department has been made about the
covers on Gump Road and they would look into the issue on the walking path.
Huntertown Resource Officer Brandon Reichert
had no report.
Gary Grant reminded residents to remove delivered
packages from their front porches as quickly as possible during the holiday
season as a recent string of thefts has occurred in the county. Reichert added
that no such thefts had yet been reported in the Huntertown area.
Clerk-Treasurer Ryan Schwab reported that he would be submitting the 2017
ordinances and resolutions to American Legal Publishing before the end of the
year in order to get the Town"s Code of Ordinances updated.
Superintendent of Utilities Gabe Brindle had no report.
asked Brindle to get a trade-in value amount on the town's 2015 Chevrolet
Equinox. Brindle said he would consult a dealer as well as the Kelley Blue Book
for an amount.
Derek Frederickson of Engineering Resources Inc. provided
the council with a copy of an on-call services agreement between the town and
Engineering Resources Inc. Frederickson noted that the agreement is nearly
identical to the agreement signed for 2017, but that the amounts for billable
rates increased by two percent. Clerk-Treasurer Ryan Schwab noted that the
agreement was labeled for the town of Leo-Cedarville and not Huntertown.
Frederickson apologized for the error and said he would bring a correct
agreement to the special meeting the council will hold to approve Huntertown
ordinance 17-008 later this month.
In addition to items approved under
Council Actions, Dave Hawk of Hawk Haynie Kammeyer & Smith reported the
* The U.S. Census Bureau is working on an Executive Order
to finalize the Town's Geographically Updated Population Certification Program
(GUPCP) request. The GUPCP updated the town's population counts on Nov. 15,
2017. Hawk said the Executive Order must be issued by December 31, 2017 and
those he has contacted with the Census Bureau have acknowledged the order will
be ready on time.
* He is working various Allen County entities on an
interlocal agreement for various services and will provide the council with more
information at a future meeting.
Harriet Lim, a resident at 15019 Hunters Lane, provided council members with
a handout detailing congestion related to on-street parking on Hunters Lane. She
detailed some background on the issue, provided council with a list of concerns
including: backing out of her driveway, emergency responses, snow removal,
school bus movement, mail delivery, trash pick-up, visitors to her home and
mowing. Her handout also included a list of recommendations to correct the
issue. Huntertown Resource Officer Brandon Reichert noted that he is aware of
the issue and the residents in question "is playing the game really well" and
doing nothing illegal with parking their vehicles. Gary Grant asked if the
council could approve an ordinance specific to problem areas in town instead of
providing a blanket ordinance that covers the entire town. Town Attorney Dave
Hawk said he would look into the matter.
After no further public
comment, Gary Grant made a motion to adjourn. Brandon Seifert seconded. Motion
passed with a voice vote and the meeting adjourned at 6:33 p.m.
meeting of the Huntertown Town Council is Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 6 p.m..
President Clerk Treasurer