City to purchase vehicle charging station


HUNTINGBURG — Huntingburg is moving on plans to install an electric vehicle charging station at city hall’s parking lot.

The Huntingburg Common Council directed Energy Superintendent John Reutepohler to order the charging station. The $12,571 station will be mostly funded with a $9,000 grant from Radius Indiana.

“Originally, it was scheduled to be put down at Market Street Park,” Mayor Steve Schwinghamer said. “But it just takes up too many parking spaces for what we’re doing over there.”

The city has plans for a second phase of work on the park, which will include adding more amenities to the area, Schwinghamer told the council.

Councilman Steve McPherron suggested that in the future, a station could possibly be placed in the then-improved alleyway between Huntingburg United Methodist Church and the businesses on the north side of Fourth Street. The city purchased that land recently, with the plan to make improvements for public use. The plan is to eventually widen the alley, add 13 parking spaces and install lighting for pedestrians, Schwinghamer said Wednesday.

Vendors serving businesses and restaurants on that side of Fourth Street would also be able to use the alley to deliver supplies. “They can go into the back,” Schwinghamer said, “and don’t have to go on Fourth Street.”

The timeline for this project is not yet set. “We’ve got plans ready for it,” Schwinghamer said. “We have to figure out where the money will come from, and grants. We have to do all those things first. I’d like to know where the money is at before we start something.”

To utilize the grant, the station must be installed by the end of the year, Reutepohler told the council Tuesday. City Attorney Phil Schneider said that fees for using the station will have to be established as well.

McPherron said the improved alley would be an ideal location for a charging station. “I’d like to investigate that,” he said, “maybe put a second one there. It seems like that is where the hub of Market Street Park is, where all the activity is.”

Council members agreed that the idea should be researched. Councilman Glenn Kissling said the station at City Hall can also be monitored to see how much it is being used.

The council also:

• Introduced a flood ordinance that is usually in zoning code but was removed to make it separate, which City Attorney Phil Schneider suggests. The ordinance is the same as the previous one. It is needed so that eligible homes can obtain federal flood insurance, Schneider said.

• Agreed to update the city code listing with the ordinances passed in the last year, something the council does to keep the document up to date.

• Approved a territory exchange with Dubois Rural Electric. Rural Electric will let the city provide electric to the city street department, which is in Rural Electric’s territory. In exchange, the city will let Rural Electric provide service to the southeast corner of Phoenix Drive and County Road 400 West, on which Rural Electric plans to place a substation.

• Purchased a supervisory control and data acquisition, or SCADA, system from Patterson & DeWar for $179,300. The Indiana Regulatory Commission must approve the exchange for it to go into effect, Schneider said.

• Renewed its annual service contract with Matrix Integration for $26,500.

• Approved Reutepohler’s request to hire Dubois County Garage Doors to replace six overhead doors at the electric department for $16,500.

• Told Water Superintendent Jerry Austin to pursue plans to replace a 2007 service truck and purchase the last 250 meters needed to finish replacing residential meters. Austin said there is money left in the city’s State Revolving Fund Loan Program that he hopes to use for the purchases.

• Set its meeting to review proposed 2022 budgets from city departments. The first half meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 12; the council will take a break for lunch and reconvene at 1 p.m. The meeting will be held in the council chambers on the second floor of Huntingburg City Hall, 508 E. Fourth St.

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