With the Huntingburg Common Council’s decision to vacate Elm Street near the Wagon Works workforce housing evelopment, construction should begin in about month on the $5.8 million project.
No one from the public commented about the vacation during the public hearing held Tuesday. With the approval, there is a 30-day period under which an appeal to the decision can be made. After that wait period, barring any appeals, construction should begin Paragus attorney Bill Kaiser told the council.
Under the agreement, Paragus has agreed to donate land to the east of the construction site for a new Elm Street. More information on the development can be found here.
The council also took the following actions:
- Approved adding Savanna Bauer, Cole Meyer, Narrissa Montes, Chuck Rasche and Rayce Jones as auxiliary reserve officers with the Huntingburg Police Department. The council also amended a city ordinance to increase the number of auxiliary reserve officers from 10 to 15.
- Heard an ordinance for no parking on Clay Street between Ninth and Church streets. The city would like to hear from the public before moving forward on the new ordinance.
- Clerk-Treasurer Tom Dippel informed the council the 2019 budget totaling $10,780,128 is available on Indiana Gateway for public viewing. Dippel also informed the council the advertised levy will be $1.18 per $100 of assessed property value. This is 5 cents less than the 2018 levy. The council attributed the decrease to the increased certified assessed value of the City of Huntingburg which is about $175 million compared to about $166 million last year. A public hearing for the proposed budget will held at the council’s September 25 meeting with the final adoption occurring on October 9. Both meetings will be at 7 p.m. at City Hall.
- Approved the renewal of a $20,000 contract with Destination Huntingburg after hearing from executive director Sarah Flamion about the group’s activities over the past year. She informed the council that in addition to adding events like the “Farm to Table” dinner recently as well as art on Fourth Street, they had acquired about $8,000 in grants.