Town of Huntertown - Meeting Minutes
Meeting of the Town Council
of Huntertown, Indiana
April 16, 2018 6:00 p.m.
Huntertown Town Hall
A meeting of the Huntertown Town Council was held on
Monday, April 16, 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; Derek Frederickson of Engineering Resources Inc.; and
Dave Hawk of Hawk Haynie Kammeyer & Smith. Also in attendance were eleven (11)
guests and one (1) reporter. Absent was Huntertown Resource Office Brandon
Mike Stamets called the meeting to order at 6:02 p.m. with the
Pledge of Allegiance.
made a motion to approve the minutes from the April 2, 2018 meeting. Gary Grant
seconded. Motion passed, 5-0.
Gary Grant made a motion to approve the
general claims dated April 16, 2018, in the amount of 79,198.79. Brandon Seifert
seconded. Motion passed, 5-0.
Mike Aker made a motion on behalf of the
Town Manager interview committee to hire Beth Shellman as the Town Manager.
Brandon Seifert seconded. The motion passed, 5-0.
Gary Grant made a
motion to approve the council's portion for a purchase a utility truck from Max
Platt in the amount of $13,330. Patricia Freck seconded. Motion passed, 5-0.
Mike Aker made a motion to introduce Huntertown Ordinance 18-001, Amendment
to 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.
Patricia Freck seconded. Motion passed, 5-0.
Mike Aker made a motion to
consider Huntertown Ordinance 18-001, Amendment to 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. Patricia Freck seconded. Motion
Mike Aker made a motion to adopt Huntertown Ordinance
18-001, Amendment to 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. Brandon Seifert seconded. Motion passed, 5-0.
Kayla Konger, representing the Huntertown Heritage
Days Festival Committee, talked to the council about a 5K run that will be a
part of the 2018 festival on August 11, 2018. She provided council members with
a suggested map of the route and requested comment from the council. Topics of
conversation included using paved versus gravel roads; public versus private
roads; getting information from other individuals who have put on similar races
in the area; and using the Allen County Sheriff's Department to close off
streets. After no further discussion, no action was taken.
representing the Huntertown Heritage Days Festival Committee, asked the council
for a donation. Patricia Freck said that the town traditionally gives a donation
of $500.00. Widmann asked if the town would consider paying $3,000 for the
fireworks show. Freck said that the town is looking into improving its Christmas
decorations and may need some of the budgeted funds for that project. Council
members agreed to email ideas to each other and would make a decision at a
future meeting. Other topics of conversation included bands playing during the
festival; the amusement park rides for the festival; dates for the festival;
theme for the festival; vendor tents for the festival; and Widmann thanks Mike
Aker for joining the Festival Committee. After no further discussion, no action
Gary Grant asked
Brindle about getting quotes for wiring the street lighting for the Lima Plank
Industrial Park. Brindle said he hasn't looked into it yet. Mike Aker asked
about the responsibility of the original developer, Wayne Boyd. Town Attorney
Dave Hawk had no new information on the topic.
Patricia Freck asked Interim Superintendent of Utilities Gabe Brindle for
information on vehicles listed on a handout he provided during the discussion on
a town vehicle.
Huntertown Resource Officer Brandon Reichert was absent.
Clerk Treasurer Ryan Schwab reported the following:
The exit conference for the Town's audit was scheduled for Wednesday, April 18
at 10 a.m. Council members were emailed about the conference.
He is completing the town's Pre-Budget worksheet, due April 30, 2018, and wanted
to inform the council that the Public Hearing for the budget would take place on
Monday, September 17, 2018 and the scheduled adoption for the budget would take
place on Monday, October 1, 2018.
Gabe Brindle, Interim Superintendent of Utilities, reported the
- Gump Road construction is set to begin soon on
repairing manholes and sidewalks. There will be no lane closures.
- Hydrant flushing was going to begin this week.
Patricia Freck asked
about Carroll Road. Brindle said an outstanding drainage issue exists on the
southeast corner of the Carroll Road-Bethel Road intersection. Freck asked
if it was the town's responsibility since that corner of the intersection is
in the City of Fort Wayne's corporate limits. Town Attorney Dave Hawk said
he would coordinate with individuals involved to see who is responsible.
Town Engineer Derek Frederickson added that he was aware of the issue and
the construction did not aggravate the problem.
Town Engineer Derek
Frederickson reported the following:
- He asked council to
consider road projects at its first meeting in May. Patricia Freck asked
Clerk-Treasurer Ryan Schwab to compile a report of available money to
allocate to projects.
In addition to items approved under Council Action, Dave Hawk with Hawk
Haynie Kammeyer and Smith had no further report.
Aaron Dettmer, a resident at 15924 Malcom Road,
addressed the council about the Copper Creek project, stating that County
Commissioner Nelson Peters told him that Peters voted for the project on the
recommendation of the Town Council. Council members denied giving Peters a
recommendation. Council members informed Dettmer that the project was not in
the town's corporate limits and the only factor the town had any authority
over was the ability to provide water/sewer utility services to the
development. Other topics of conversation included Dettmer's feelings on the
project; concerns about emergency services reaching the development; the
ability to handle the increase in wastewater; and customers who are
residents outside of the town's corporate limits being impacted by the
decisions of the council.
John Widmann, representing the Huntertown
Heritage Days Committee, asked the council to borrow the flags of the United
States of America and the State of Indiana for the Huntertown Heritage Days
parade. He also asked about using Town Hall as a cooling station in the
event of extremely warm weather. The council verbally approved both items.
Gary Grant made a motion to adjourn. Brandon Seifert seconded. Motion
passed with a voice vote and the meeting adjourned at 7:33 p.m.
next meeting of the Huntertown Town Council is Monday, May 7, 2018 at 6:00
President Clerk Treasurer