Town of Huntertown - Meeting Minutes
Meeting of the Town Council
of Huntertown, Indiana
April 2, 2018 6:00 p.m.
Huntertown Town Hall
A meeting of the Huntertown Town Council was held on
Monday, April 2, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. In attendance were council president Mike
Stamets and council members Mike Aker, Patricia Freck and Brandon Seifert. Also
present were: Clerk-Treasurer Ryan Schwab; Utility Employee Tim Schobert; Derek
Frederickson of Engineering Resources Inc.; and Dave Hawk of Hawk Haynie
Kammeyer & Smith. Also in attendance were fifteen (15) guests and one (1)
reporter. Absent was council member Gary Grant and Huntertown Resource Office
Mike Stamets called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.
with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Patricia Freck made a motion to approve the minutes from the March 19, 2018
meeting. Mike Aker seconded. Motion passed, 4-0.
Mike Aker made a motion
to approve the general claims dated April 2, 2018, in the amount of $54,077.36.
Patricia Freck seconded. Motion passed, 4-0.
Mike Aker made a motion to
approve Huntertown Resolution 18-001, a Resolution regarding Extensions of Water
and Sewer Service. Brandon Seifert seconded. Patricia Freck asked Derek
Frederickson about the status of the Halldale address mentioned in the
resolution. Frederickson said he hadn't heard from the applicant in over three
months but included them in the resolution in case the called. Mike Aker asked
where the Halldale connection would take place and Frederickson said in Twin
Eagles. After no further discussion, the motion passed, 4-0.
Kristen Macy, representing Fall Creek Development,
presented the council with a proposed 4-single family home development along
Woods Road, adjacent to the Town Square Development. The development is
proposing that the development provide them with a sewer easement in exchange
for a 1-acre area to be used as a common area for the development. Discussion
topics included the timeline for the lots to be developed, whether re-zoning was
required, and the status of a vote from the Homeowners Association on the
development. After no further discussion, no action was taken.
Downey, the Chief Communication Officer for Northwest Allen County Schools,
provided the council with an update on the need for a new elementary school in
the area. Topics of discussion included the lack of a potential location, how
the project will impact property taxes, the inability for the school system to
redistrict its boundaries, and where people can find more information online.
After no further discussion, no action was taken.
Mike Stamets introduced the topic of new employees, which was voted on by
the Utility Service Board at its meeting earlier in the evening. He also asked
about some inconsistencies within the Salary Ordinance related to how certain
employee classifications are paid. Patricia Freck asked about the hiring process
for new employees and Clerk-Treasurer Ryan Schwab provided information on
budgeting for new employees. After no further discussion, no action was taken.
Mike Aker provided a status report on
the Town Manager hiring process and encouraged board members who were not on the
interview committee to speak with the two remaining candidates, both of whom
were in attendance at the meeting.
Huntertown Resource Officer Brandon
Reichert had no report.
Clerk Treasurer Ryan Schwab reported the
- The town's audit is ongoing and should be wrapping
up by the end of the first week of April.
Tim Schobert, filling in for Interim Superintendent of Utilities Gabe
Brindle, reported the following:
- Hydrant flushing was
going to begin in the second week of April.
- The town had
enough little things to do that a part time employee would be beneficial.
Town Engineer Derek Frederickson reported the following:
- He provided council with an updated street project summary and 5-year
plan. Discussion topics included using town equipment to make smaller
repairs; using local and federal grants for larger projects; funding for
smaller projects; and a timeline to make a decision on how to proceed. After
no further discussion, no action was taken.
In addition to items approved under Council Action, Dave Hawk with Hawk
Haynie Kammeyer and Smith had the following report:
change in law, effective July 1, 2018, allows the town to conduct meetings
without having to meet the 48-hour open door policy. He explained what types
of business can be conducted to comply with the new law.
Mike Aker asked about updates on annexation. Hawk had nothing to report and
suggested this topic be undertaken by the Town Manager when that individual
Ben Smaltz, Indiana
House of Representatives District 52, spoke to the council about being
committed to road funding. He said about $90 million is being committed to
Allen County. He urged the council to use him as a resource for letters of
recommendation when submitting applications for road projects.
Aker made a motion to adjourn. Brandon Seifert seconded. Motion passed with
a voice vote and the meeting adjourned at 6:55 p.m.
The next meeting
of the Huntertown Town Council is Monday, April 16, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
President Clerk Treasurer