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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.

COUNCIL ACTIONS

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.

NEW BUSINESS

Mike Stamets 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.

OLD BUSINESS

No old business was brought forth.

REPORTS

Huntertown Resource 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 following:
   - 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 week.
   - 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.

PUBLIC COMMENT

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.

Rosalie 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 property.

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.

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