Meeting: Huntingburg Board of Public Works

The Huntingburg Board of Public Works and Safety met Thursday and:

• Reminded the public that cars that need repaired cannot sit on public streets. Police Chief Art Parks said he has put notice on two vehicles that were on city streets without tires and on jack stands; the vehicles were removed, he said.

• Agreed to sell two solar-powered, lighted pedestrian crossing signs to OFS. The company will place them on 12th Street near its plant to help its workers with crossing the street more safely. Workers park on the south side of the street and cross in the middle of the block to get to the plant, which is on the north side of the street.

• Thanked the police department and the school resource officer for the work done in the incident at Southridge High School on Feb. 28, in which a student threatened the school.

• Gave Parks permission to seek quotes for a new police car, which will be used by the department’s narcotics officer.

• Heard that the police department is seeking applications for officers to fill the two openings on the force. The application process will be open until the end of March, Parks said.

• Recommended to the Huntingburg Common Council that Colton Frick and Brevin Sternberg be added as firefighters to the Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department.

• Heard that one interested buyer submitted a bid to purchase the fire department’s old firetruck; the bid was taken under advisement.

• Approved the dedication of an alley that is located just east of Washington Street and just south of the Wagon Works development, which will be a 56-unit workforce housing development on the former Wagon Works site, 419 N. Washington St.

• Agreed to draft an ordinance stating that only city street crews can do curb work, like cutting a curb, the cost of which will be charged to the person who wants the work done.

• Heard from Planning Director Paul Lake that work being done to the former Fox Metal and Truss building on West 19th Street is still scheduled to be completed by March 30. After that, the street department will start moving into the building, which will be the department’s new home.

• Approved a request to use portions of Chestnut and 20th streets and Progress Parkway for the Jazzed Up 5K/10K Walk & Run, which will be held on Saturday, April 27 in conjunction with the Garden Gate Festival. The 10K will start at 8:45 a.m. and the 5K at 9 a.m.

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