Meeting: Huntingburg Common Council

The Huntingburg Common Council met Tuesday and:

• Had a moment of silence for the late Charlie Fuhs, who served the city as a councilman from 1992 to 1996. Fuhs, 68, died Friday.

• Approved a letter from Mayor Denny Spinner that will go to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The letter supports the Huntingburg Police Department’s application for a grant to help pay for a police vehicle. Assistant Police Chief Brad Kramer said the $11,000 grant will cover about a third of the cost to purchase and outfit a vehicle. The rest of the cost is already allocated in the police department’s budget, Spinner said.

• Set a public hearing to consider vacating an east-west platted alley that is north of Second Street and sits behind Walnut and Chestnut street homes. The platted alley was never made into an actual alley and is currently covered with grass that is mowed by Don Guinn, who lives on Chestnut Street and submitted the vacation petition to the city. The hearing will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, at City Hall, 508 E. Fourth St.

• Approved conducting a water rate study, which is required for the water department to obtain a State Revolving Fund loan for upcoming improvements to the water plant and water system.

• Agreed with Energy Superintendent John Reutepohler’s recommendation to install strings of rope lights in three alleys near the former Overtime building, Mama T’s restaurant and across the street from Machine Works. It would serve as security lighting, he said. Reutepohler must get signed permission from the landowners before doing the installations, City Attorney Phil Schneider said.

• Purchased for the gas department a welder from Art Weld for $6,085.

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