Council approves property swap with districtApril 15, 2021
By CANDY NEAL
HUNTINGBURG — The property swap agreement between the city and the school district is underway.
Huntingurg Common Council members started Tuesday evening the process for appropriating $130,400 that will be given in quarterly payments to the Southwest Dubois County School Corporation.
The school district is looking to swap the Maple Park property on Jackson Street for land the city owns at the southwest corner of U.S. 231 and Sunset Drive, near the Southridge school complex. The council approved on Tuesday a resolution to transfer the property from its utility department to the city, and another resolution for the swap.
Southwest is planning to build an administration building on the land hear Southridge as part of its overall improvement plans. As part of those plans, the district is also looking to construct a new indoor facility for outdoor sports training that will be called the Raider Athletic Facility, or RAC, to replace the Maple Park gym. It will have turf, equipment such as batting cages, restrooms, a concession area and storage.
Other improvements planned in the project are upgrading stage equipment at the high school, improving the soccer field and reorienting it to face north-south for safety purposes, adding sewer extensions to eliminate forced mains, and constructing a new auxiliary road to connect to South 750 West, and other smaller renovations.
The city council set a public hearing at its next meeting to complete the appropriation transaction. The hearing will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, at City Hall, 508 E. Fourth St.
The council also:
• Set a special meeting to run at the same time as Monday’s Huntingburg Park Board meeting. Council members want to hear City Attorney Phil Schneider’s presentation to the park board about the duties and responsibilities of park board members. The council set its meeting for 5:45 p.m. at City Hall, and the park board has moved its meeting location to City Hall to coincide.
• Approved purchasing from the Huntingburg United Methodist Church .21 acres of land that is an alleyway just south of the church property for $20,000. The alleyway is in need of improvements, but could not be done by the city because it didn’t own the property.
• Heard from Clerk-Treasurer Tom Dippel that the city must create a fund and a plan on how it will use the $1,290,000 it is expected to receive from the federal America Rescue Plan Act.
• Appointed Tyson Bredemeier to the Huntingburg Planning Commission. The appointment had to be an elected official, someone who has been appointed to a position or a staff member. Bredemeier works in the parks department.
• Joined Councilman Tim Wehr in thanking Jerry Altstadt for his 23 years of service on Huntingburg Housing Authority board. Altstadt recently resigned.
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