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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.

COUNCIL ACTIONS

Gary Grant 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.

NEW BUSINESS

Mike Stamets 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.

OLD BUSINESS

Outside of items included under Council Action, no old business was brought forth.

REPORTS

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 absent.

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.

PUBLIC COMMENT

Larry 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 Brandon Reichart.

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, 2018.

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 letter reads:

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 County.

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.

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