Council approves plans to improve water system


HUNTINGBURG — Designs for improvements to the city’s water system were reviewed and approved by the Huntingburg Common Council on Tuesday.

If the city continues its annual growth of about 3%, the improvements will assure the plant is able to handle water needs for the next 45 years, Water Superintendent Gary Meyerholtz told the council Tuesday night.

The design plans, which were created by Midwestern Engineers, are split into three divisions.

Division 1 is for improvements to the distribution system. This includes work on the water main along 11 blocks of U.S. 231, said John Wetzel with Midwestern Engineers. Work will be done mostly under sidewalks or near the edge of the pavement, he explained. The sections that will be worked on are between Maple and Chestnut streets, Second and First avenues, First to Third streets, and Fifth to 12th streets.

“On a project like this, even though we’re not in the driving lanes, this will affect the travel lanes,” Wetzel said. In areas where a specific kind of work is being done, like excavation work, a lane of traffic will have to be closed, he said.

Also, a deal has been worked out with the Indiana Department of Transportation for curb ramps to be installed at eight corners where main work is being done. INDOT will pave U.S. 231 in 2021, and was planning to install curb ramps, Mayor Denny Spinner said. So the ones in the water main construction area will be installed by the city’s contractor. INDOT will install more ramps when the road is paved, Wetzel said.

Service lines will be replaced and a control valve pit will be installed near Chestnut so that the water in the tank near the high school can be turned over and flow back into the water system automatically. This is currently being done manually, Meyerholtz said.

Division 2 is work at the water treatment plant, which includes redoing the chemical feed systems and adding a new intake pump station, new piping, a salt storage space, new walkways inside the building and two backwash tanks. Division 3 will add solar panels to the water treatment plant.

The designs will be submitted to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management for approval.

The council also:

• Set the public hearing for the city’s proposed budget for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24. Meetings are held in the council’s chamber, which is on the second floor of Huntingburg City Hall, 508 E. Fourth St.

• Approved two loans from the city’s revolving loan program. One loan is $30,000 for Yard Goat Artisan Ales, a new microbrewery and restaurant that will be located at 417 E. Fourth St., in the former Purple Plum building. The other loan is $20,000 for Market Street Soup and Salad, which is expanding its menu and hours since it has now attained a beer and wine license.

• Introduced an ordinance to amend the salary ordinance to provide a stipend to the street department’s crew member that has his or her license to apply pesticide. The job requires state certification, Street Superintendent Jason Stamm said. Ordinances could not get final approval at Tuesday’s meeting because only three of the five council members were at the meeting. The amendment will likely be considered for final approval at the council’s Sept. 24 meeting.

• Introduced an ordinance to specify no parking on parts of Second Avenue. On the north side of the street, parking would be restricted from Main Street to 230 feet east of the intersection. On the south side, parking would not be allowed from Main to Van Buren streets. Emergency personnel have said that maneuvering vehicles around the corners is a challenge when there are parked vehicles on the street, Stamm explained. Councilman Steve McPherron added that there is a sight distance problem when trying to turn onto Main Street, which is U.S. 231 in the city. The ordinance will likely be considered for final approval at the council’s Sept. 24 meeting.

• Introduced an ordinance to amend its weight limit ordinance to change the truck routes on Van Buren Street. The amendment would have one route run from State Road 64 to just north of Seventh Street; the other would eliminate the Van Buren route from Old 231 to 22nd Street. The ordinance will likely be considered for final approval at the council’s Sept. 24 meeting.

• Renewed its annual technology services contract with Matrix Integration for $27,940.

• Reminded the public to vote for Huntingburg in the Best of Indiana awards competition. People can cast a vote every day until Nov. 3 at

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