Town of Huntertown - Meeting Minutes
Meeting of the Town Council
of Huntertown, Indiana
August 20, 2018 6:00 p.m.
Huntertown Town Hall
A meeting of the Huntertown Town Council was held on
Monday, August 20, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. In attendance were council president Mike
Stamets and council members Mike Aker, and Brandon Seifert. Also present were:
Clerk-Treasurer Ryan Schwab; Town Manager Beth Shellman; and Dave Hawk of Hawk
Haynie Kammeyer & Smith. Also in attendance were four (4) guests and one (1)
reporter. Absent were council members Patricia Freck and Gary Grant; Huntertown
Resource Office Brandon Reichert; and Derek Frederickson of Engineering
Mike Stamets called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.
with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Mike Aker made a motion to approve the minutes from the August 6, 2018 meeting.
Brandon Seifert seconded. Motion passed, 3-0.
Brandon Seifert made a
motion to approve the general claims, dated August, 20 2018, in the amount of
$100,277.49. Mike Aker seconded. Motion passed, 3-0.
Mike Aker made a
motion to accept a quote from 1st Brooks Construction Company Inc. in the amount
of $22,000 for repair work at Greentee Court and Fairway Court. Brandon Seifert
seconded. Motion passed, 3-0.
Clerk-Treasurer Ryan Schwab provided council with a draft of the 2019 Budget
Form 1 (estimated expenses); 2019 Estimated Miscellaneous Revenue, and two
spreadsheets detailing estimated capital project expenses for the 2019 budget
year. Schwab also discussed the budget timeline, noting that the budget would be
presented to the DGLF on August 29, 2018 at 2 p.m. Council members decided to
hold off on a detailed conversation until all members were present. Town
Attorney Dave Hawk suggested scheduling an Administrative Meeting at a date to
be determined. After no further discussion, no action was taken.
reported that the town is looking into an Excess Levy Appeal in conjunction with
the 2019 budget. Schwab reported that the town can apply for an appeal based on
two types of claims: a) annexation; b) three-year growth factor exceeding
2-percent of the statewide average. Schwab said he is working with Steve Carter
of O.W. Krohn & Associates to put the appeal together and submit it to DLGF
along with the budget.
Business was brought forth.
Seifert said it was great to see the amount of people who attended the
Huntertown Heritage Days Parade and took part in the festival.
Huntertown Resource Officer Brandon Reichert was absent.
Ryan Schwab had the following report:
- Utility Service Board member Chris Miller had turned in
his letter of resignation effective August 31, 2018. Schwab noted that his
seat is a Democratic seat, is a council executive appointed seat, and that
his term expired at the end of 2018.
Town Manager Beth Shellman handed the council a detailed report and
highlighted the following items:
- Wanted a clarification on the council's intentions for
employee raises for 2019, specifically if elected officials would receive
raises. Council members confirmed their intention to approve a 3-percent
raise for employees and no raise for elected officials.
Creating stickers to be placed on golf carts that were registered with the
town. Each year, the sticker color and date would change. She would be
working with Resource Officer Brandon Reichert for the best way to utilize
the sticker. Town Attorney Dave Hawk said he would update the town's golf
cart ordinance policy to prohibit sidewalk traffic.
- She is
compiling a list of sidewalks to repair based on 1) damage; 2) ADA
compliance; 3) new requests. She would like to use the Town's Facebook page
to ask residents for input, but was uncertain of the status of the Facebook
page. She intends to develop a sidewalk plan to address problem areas as
- Lima Road Storage is hosting an open house
on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at noon and council members are invited.
- Woods Road and Hathaway/Bethel Roads are being considered for the
Community Crossings Grant Call for projects.
- Presented a
timeline for getting remonstrance waiver consent forms signed for the
Brownstone subdivision, noting that if all the signatures were collected by
the end of September, the annexation could be completed in 2018.
Town Engineer Derek Frederickson was absent.
Dave Hawk with Hawk Haynie Kammeyer and Smith had the following report:
- He is in communication with Allen County Auditor Nick
Jordan in regards to Riverboat Revenue Sharing proceeds for the Town, noting
that the Town should receive approximately $9,400 in additional proceeds.
Larry Newton, a resident at
1410 Rabbit Run, expressed his disappointment that his neighbor is being
allowed to violate the town's land use ordinance without a variance from the
Allen County Department of Planning Services (DPS) and continues to have
chickens and roosters on her property. Shellman noted that the DPS is
holding an injunction hearing on August 30, 2018 and that the town would be
willing to testify on his behalf to get the chickens removed. Dave Hawk said
he would speak with the DPS' attorney to seek some "Sunset Legislation"
forcing residents to remove farm animals from their property. He said the
town could also argue the property is a health hazard. Hawk plans to address
the town's Land use Ordinance. Rosalie Bowker, a resident at 15107
Hedgebrook Drive, also participated in the discussion.
further public comment was brought forth, Brandon Seifert a made a motion to
adjourn the meeting. Mike Aker second. The motion passed with a voice vote
and the meeting adjourned at 7:04 p.m.
President Clerk Treasurer