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)
Mike Stamets called the meeting to order at 6:08 p.m. with the
Pledge of Allegiance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Superintendent of Utilities Gabe Brindle reported:
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.
residents of tips to keep their water meters from freezing during the cold
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
Jeff Smith with Hawk Haynie Kammeyer and Smith had no report.
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.
President Clerk Treasurer