Town of Huntertown - Meeting Minutes
Meeting of the Town Council
of Huntertown, Indiana
May 21, 2018 6:00 p.m.
Huntertown Town Hall
A meeting of the Huntertown Town Council was held on
Monday, May 21, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. In attendance were council president Mike
Stamets and council members Patricia Freck, Gary Grant and Brandon Seifert. Also
present were: Huntertown Resource Officer Brandon Reichert; 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
eight (8) guests and one (1) reporter. Absent were Councilman Mike Aker and
Interim Superintendent of Utilities Gabe Brindle.
Mike Stamets called
the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Gary Grant made a motion to approve the minutes
from the May 7, 2018 meeting. Brandon Seifert seconded. Motion passed, 4-0.
Patricia Freck made a motion to approve the general claims dated May 21,
2018, in the amount of $140,792.15. Gary Grant seconded. Motion passed, 4-0.
Gary Grant made a motion to introduce Huntertown Ordinance 18-002, 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. Town Attorney Dave Hawk highlighted the changes in the
ordinance and asked council members to review the document and provide feedback
before adopting the ordinance. Town Manager Beth Shellman also provided some
details on the new items in the ordinance. After no further discussion, the
motion passed, 4-0.
said he was approached by neighbors and citizens of Huntertown about a variety
of issues related to Councilman Brandon Seifert and wanted to make them public.
The five issues discussed were: 1) statements in Seifert's campaign letter
about: a) town overspending and b) "molding and encouraging" the new town
manager which Stamets said residents felt was a sexist comment; 2) Seifert
speaking with a local business owner about a settlement for a lawsuit that was
already ruled on; 3) Sharing IDEM reports on the wastewater treatment plant with
residents in Eel River township; 4) setting at a meeting with Northwest Allen
County Schools Superintendent of Instruction Chris Himsel without notifying
other council members; and 5) calling State Board of Accounts without talking to
other members of the council/town in regard to an issue with a lift station
repair. Stamets closed his remarks saying transparency and openness was needed
on these issues and council members were not notified of these things until
after they were undertaken. Seifert was given a chance to rebut each issue and
he asked council members Gary Grant and Patricia Freck to give their opinion as
well. After all council members had spoken, Stamets closed the discussion and no
action was taken.
No old business
was brought forth.
Officer Brandon Reichert had no report.
Clerk-Treasurer Ryan Schwab
reported the following:
- Fred Van Dorp, Director of Budgeting
Services with the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF),
notified the town that it's LIT distributions based on a recent population
increase would not be included in the calendar year 2018 LIT certification but
would be included in the calendar year 2019 LIT certification that will be
released by the DLGF on or around November 1, 2018. Dave Hawk added that he
continues to communicate with Van Dorp in hopes of seeing the increased
distributions sooner than the 9-month timeline established by the DLGF.
In addition to items listed under Council Action, Town Manager Beth Shellman
handed the council a detailed report and highlighted the following items:
- The water chloramine disinfection changeover will take place sometime in June.
The town will again be notifying residents through the utility bills and the
town's website of for those who fill fish tanks or have reptile/amphibians and
those who offer dialysis, of the potential dangers associated with the change.
Consumers will notice a brief odor and increased chlorine taste, but both should
disappear quickly after the change.
Gabe Brindle, Interim Superintendent
of Utilities, was absent.
Town Engineer Derek Frederickson reported the
- The Community Crossings Grant Program will begin
its call for application in August. The deadline to submit projects is in
November and winners will be announced in November. He detailed the five items
that projects are being based on: 1) need; 2) traffic volume; 3) local support;
4) connectivity; and 5) economic significance. Frederickson also said the
program will be offered twice a year, but communities can only have projects
accepted in one of the two application periods. Council members discussed which
projects the town was considering best fit those five criteria. Frederickson
said he would meet with Shellman to go over the various options and bring a
recommendation to the council.
- A variety of open items
related to the Gump Road project are still being worked on and Gabe Brindle is
working with the contractor to see they are completed.
In addition to
items approved under Council Action, Dave Hawk with Hawk Haynie Kammeyer and
Smith had the following report:
- He is still handling an issue
related to a fire hydrant owned by Fort Wayne City Utilities that is in
Huntertown's corporate limits (Whisper Rock subdivision). Hawk said he sent the
City a letter which was met with no response and will send a second letter this
- Annexation plans for two areas - Brownstone and The
Quarry - are ongoing. He is working with Shellman as well as Steve Carter of
Carter Dillon Umbaugh on the annexation fiscal plans.
Larry Newton, a resident at 1410 Rabbit Run, informed
the council that his issue with a neighbor related to harboring chickens and
other animals is not going away. Newton said he spoke with Gary Halter with the
Allen County Department of Planning Services and was informed that the
department is going to allow the resident at 1404 Rabbit Run to re-apply for a
variance despite the 30-day application period having passed. He inquired with
the town about who truly is responsible for enforcing the ordinance and if the
town could intervene in some fashion. Dave Hawk said he would talk to Paul Blisk
with the Department and find out what will happen. He also suggested the
possibility of adding a "Sunset clause" to the town's ordinance.
Bowker, a resident at 15107 Hedgebrook Drive, wanted to reinforce Newton's
position on the chicken issue in their neighborhood. She added that the
homeowner spreads the feces on her yard, has the animals both inside and outside
the home, and that neighbors can't sit outside because of the smell. She also
said there are rumors that more neighbors want to get chickens on their
After no further public comment, Gary Grant made a motion to
adjourn the meeting. Brandon Seifert second. Motion passed with a voice vote and
the meeting adjourned at 7:04 p.m.
The next meeting of the Huntertown
Town Council is Monday, June 4, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
President Clerk Treasurer