Town of Huntertown - Meeting Minutes
Meeting of the Town Council
of Huntertown, Indiana
May 7, 2018 6:00 p.m.
Huntertown Town Hall
A meeting of the Huntertown Town Council was held on
Monday, May 7, 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; Town Manager Beth
Shellman; Derek Frederickson of Engineering Resources Inc.; and Dave Hawk of
Hawk Haynie Kammeyer & Smith. Also in attendance were ten (10) guests and one
(1) reporter. Absent were Huntertown Resource Office Brandon Reichert and
Interim Superintendent of Utilities Gabe Brindle.
Mike Stamets called
the meeting to order at 6:06 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance.
made a motion to approve the minutes from the April 16, 2018 meeting. Brandon
Seifert seconded. Motion passed, 5-0.
Mike Aker made a motion to approve
the minutes from the April 10, 2018 Executive Session. Patricia Freck seconded.
Motion passed, 5-0.
Mike Aker made a motion to approve the general
claims dated May 7, 2018, in the amount of $56,163.00. Gary Grant seconded.
Motion passed, 5-0.
Mike Aker made a motion to begin construction
projects on Hathaway Road and Bethel Road. Gary Grant seconded. Discussion
topics included available funding sources; review of the street expense
schedule; combining projects for the Community Crossings Grant program; other
road projects and their timelines; using town equipment to make street repairs;
and the possibility of widening Hathaway Road. After no further discussion, the
motion passed, 5-0.
Gary Grant made a motion to make a $1,000 donation
to the Huntertown Heritage Days Festival Committee. Patricia Freck seconded.
Motion passed, 5-0.
Gary Grant made a motion to approve Huntertown
Resolution 18-002, a Resolution updating the County Economic Development Income
Tax (LIT-Economic Development) Capital Improvement Plan for the Town of
Huntertown, Indiana. Brandon Seifert seconded. Motion passed, 5-0.
Patricia Freck made a motion to approve Huntertown Resolution 18-003, a Joint
Resolution appointing purchasing agent and establishing policies for purchasing
of supplies. Mike Aker seconded. Motion passed, 5-0.
addressed the irrigation system at Town Hall needing repaired. Beth Shellman
said she would get quotes and report back to the council. After no further
discussion, no action was taken.
Mike Stamets said that large items were
being illegally dropped off at the Town's drop off site near the Utility Barn at
the corner of Cedar Canyon Road and SR 3. Stamets suggested installing a camera
at the site or having a town employee hold hours for drop-offs at the site.
After no further discussion, no action was taken.
Outside of items included under
Council Action, no old business was brought forth.
Brandon Seifert reported that he would be
representing the Town at PufferbellyFest at Ted's market on Saturday, May 12,
2018 from 3-9 p.m.
Huntertown Resource Officer Brandon Reichert was
Gabe Brindle, Interim Superintendent of Utilities, was absent.
Mike Stamets introduced new Town Manager Beth Shellman. Shellman introduced
herself to the board and the public, noting that she is open to suggestions on
where she should concentrate her efforts.
Town Engineer Derek
Frederickson reported the following:
- Soarin' Hawk Raptor Rehabilitation is applying for
water/sewer connections. The company is outside of the town limits and still
has a whole set of application to get through before this can be finalized.
Frederickson will continue to work with the companies Vice-President,
Michael Dobbs. He hoped to bring a resolution to the council at its first
meeting in June.
In addition to items approved under Council Action, Dave Hawk with Hawk
Haynie Kammeyer and Smith had no further report.
Newton, a resident at 1410 Rabbit Run, addressed the council about the
enforcement of Huntertown Ordinance, 17-003, related to harboring chickens
within Town limits. Newton said his neighbor at 1404 Rabbit Run is still in
violation of the ordinance and asked who is enforcing it. Council members
said they would pass the information along to Huntertown Resource Officer
Dr. Melissa Rhinehart, a resident at 11727 Trails
End Court, congratulated Beth Shellman and welcomed her to Huntertown. She
also wished the council members good luck in the election on Tuesday, May 8,
Jim Fortman, a resident at 2114 Woods Road, asked the council
for $500 to support a local Boy Scout troop interested in making candy cane
decorations for the town's light poles. Topics of discussion included
recently purchased Christmas decorations; items that can be put on the
electric poles; banners instead of displays; a different decoration choice
beside candy canes since candy canes had been used in the past; and a
timeline for the scout project. Resident Betty Lavachek also participated in
the discussion. After no further discussion, no action was taken.
Rob Green, a resident at 15108 Water Oak Place, President of the Hidden Oaks
Association, addressed the council about issues related to the Gump Road
project; as well as the center island of the subdivision not being repaired
and being full of dirt. He said he would provide the council with photos.
Mike Aker asked Green to send him the photos.
Aaron Dettmer, a
resident at 15924 Malcom Road, read a letter to the council, which he
presented to the Clerk-treasurer and asked be recorded in the minutes. The
Members of this council and residents of Huntertown,
I have no doubt that you are all aware of the drastic change in
population that is coming to Huntertown. The Copper Creek development being
proposed by Ric Zehr, the Director of Development Strategies for the
Northeastern Group, will no doubt change the landscape of Northwest Allen
It is not the landscape that concerns me about this development. It is
not the construction traffic what will create extra dirt on my car. I
already live on a dirt road and am not within the town limits, something
that this council has already pointed out. The majority of this council has
made it clear that, even though my address boasts Huntertown, even though I
attended Huntertown Elementary (Mrs. Gorrell a.m. for Kindergarten), I am
not an official member of this community an my voice doesn't mean much.
I am greatly concerned about the entire character of Huntertown changing.
On paper, this development seems like a great idea. The additional resident
will undoubtedly have an initial boost on the local economy. I am not
worried about the first five years. I am not worried about the first 10
years. But this development will have a profound impact for our children and
our grandchildren, an impact that this council hasn't considered and
obviously Mr. Zehr's development group cares nothing about. The scale and
design of Copper Creek will, without question, turn into a substandard and
undesirable neighborhood that is in very close proximity to all of our
homes. This will not happen overnight, but it will happen.
It is clear to me that this council doesn't have the best interest of
this town in mind because they are not looking towards the future. And to
say that this development fall solely on the Allen County Commissioners is
false. Huntertown had the opportunity to stop this the same way that the new
sewage treatment plant, that the residents didn't want, could have been
stopped. So now, other measures need to be taken.
A notice of petition has already been filed with Allen County and I,
Aaron Dettmer, will be following through with every legal measure that can
be taken to stop Copper Creek. I have been told by Councilman Gary Grant
"people are coming and there is nothing that we can do about it." Mr. Grant,
you are wrong. This will be fought with every fiber of my being and I am not
the only resident of Huntertown that feels this way. An opportunity to sign
the earlier mentioned petition will be available at Mr. B's Liquor Store and
I will be reaching out to other business owners that share my sentiment to
provide other avenues and sign said petition. Thank you for your audience.
After no further public comment, Mike Aker made a motion to adjourn
the meeting. Patricia Freck second. Motion passed with a voice vote and the
meeting adjourned at 7:16 p.m.
The next meeting of the Huntertown
Town Council is Monday, May 21, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
President Clerk Treasurer