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Town of Huntertown
 
15617 Lima Road, Huntertown, Indiana 46748
(260) 637-5058   Email info@huntertown.org
Web Site: www.huntertown.org

Town of Huntertown - Meeting Minutes

Meeting of the Town Council
of Huntertown, Indiana
February 5, 2018 6:00 p.m.
Huntertown Town Hall

A meeting of the Huntertown Town Council was held on Monday, February 5, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. In attendance were council president Mike Stamets and council members Mike Aker, Patricia Freck, Gary Grant and Brandon Seifert. 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 Jeff Smith of Hawk Haynie Kammeyer & Smith. Also in attendance were twenty-six (26) guests and one (1) reporter.

Mike Stamets called the meeting to order at 6:08 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance.

COUNCIL ACTIONS

Gary Grant made a motion to approve the minutes from the January 15, 2018 meeting. Brandon Seifert seconded. Motion passed, 5-0.

Mike Aker made a motion to approve the general claims, dated February 5, 2018, in the amount of 89,279.54. Patricia Freck seconded. Motion passed, 5-0.

Gary Grant made a motion to approve a preventative maintenance contract for 2018 with Delta T. Mechanical for HVAC maintenance to the town's Byron Water Treatment Plant, Gump Road Water Treatment Plant, Cedar Canyon Road Maintenance Building and Huntertown Town Hall in the amount of $1,600. Patricia Freck seconded. Motion passed, 5-0.

NEW BUSINESS

Joe DePrisco, President of the Lima Plank Industrial Park Association, is requesting the town assist in the repair of street lighting in the park. He gave the council a letter stating the "repair is well beyond what the association can possibly afford."  He estimates the cost to be between $30,000 and $50,000 but a formal scope of the project has not been presented. Discussion topics included whether the current fixtures were inspected and are up to code; which utilities the town provides/does not provide; whether the buildings in the parks have lights on their exterior; and the amount of utility poles that are and aren't working. Chris Laney, owner of Water Out of Fort Wayne said his business was recently damaged and his wife's automobile was broken into while she was parked at his business location. Gary Grant agreed to meet with the Association Board to further discuss any potential action the town may take.

Derek Frederickson provided the council with an updated 5-year schedule for road projects. He suggested that the council consider continuing to apply for Community Crossing Grant funding for larger projects and use the town's funds for smaller projects. Clerk-Treasurer Ryan Schwab said that approximately $320,000 was accounted for in the 2018 budget to cover the 2017 Community Crossings Grant. Since the town did not have that project approved, that money remained available for other projects. Other discussion topics included coordinating street work in Willow Ridge with the timeline of the new development in that area; and potential roadwork needed for Bethel Road and Hathaway Road. After no further discussion, no action was taken.

OLD BUSINESS

Mike Stamets encouraged council members who have not switched from huntertown.org email address to huntertown.in.gov addresses to do so. Chris Folland, whom the town has a contract for website/email services, would like to move to the next step of the transformation which would transfer utility board addresses.

REPORTS

Brandon Seifert reported that developers are still interested in developing an area between the two Town Square entrances. Seifert said the developer has contacted him and wants to meet; however he does not want a development to go in that area. Derek Frederickson explained the process of how the developer would go about getting the needed approval and what opportunities were available to speak against the project.

Brandon Seifert spoke in favor of the Republican candidate in the Perry Township trustee race. Mike Stamets said a public meeting was not the forum for that kind of message.

Mike Stamets said he would be attending the Willow Ridge/Turnberry Community Association Meeting on March 8 at 7 p.m. at Huntertown Town Hall and invited another council member to attend.

Huntertown Resource Officer Brandon Reichert said he examined parking issues throughout town and said it would be difficult to come up with a plan that picks and chooses which streets to enforce no parking on.

Clerk Treasurer Ryan Schwab reported that $4,116.61 in outstanding checks from 2015 and prior has been receipted back into the town's General Fund account.

Interim Superintendent of Utilities Gabe Brindle reported:
   - Residents along Carroll Road, near the Christ Hope Church property, are in need of storm water relief. The Town is coordinating with the City of Fort Wayne on repair options, but no cost information was available.
   - The Utility Service approved purchase from Central Indiana Hardware for Electronic Cypher Locks to be installed at the Gump Road Water Plant and on the maintenance buildings at the Utility Maintenance Barn.
   - A new fiber optic line was being installed along Cedar Canyon Road to connect Parkview Regional Hospital to the Parkview office on Lima Road.
   - Reminded residents of tips to keep their water meters from freezing during the cold winter months.

Town Engineer Derek Frederickson Provided the council with quotes for a Bobcat machine for use throughout town as well as the Wastewater Treatment Plant. Mike Aker Aker made a motion to approve the Kubota quote for $39,850 with a $9,000 trade in and a $2,000 annual renewal. Utility employee Randy Bailey noted that was not the lowest quote and Ryan Schwab asked to review the prices to see if the town could afford the purchase. The motion was tabled.

Jeff Smith with Hawk Haynie Kammeyer and Smith had no report.

PUBLIC COMMENT

Dave Smith, a resident at 2729 Hunter Road, asked about the status of home that recently caught fire. Brandon Reichert said it would likely be demolished but no plans were finalized.
Smith also complained about a visual look of a home along Hunter Street and the backside of the Towne Square addition adjacent to his property.

Kregg Snyder, a resident at 2133 Main Street said he had members of Boy Scout Troop 55 from the Izaak Walton League who were interested in interviewing town leaders and asked if council members would stick around after the meeting. Council agreed.

Gary Grant made a motion to adjourn. Brandon Seifert seconded. Motion passed with a voice vote and the meeting adjourned at 7:22 p.m.

The next meeting of the Huntertown Town Council is Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

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