Meeting: Huntingburg Common Council

The Huntingburg Common Council met Tuesday and:

• Approved a memorandum of understanding to transfer $15,000 designated in the city’s budget for Current Blend to Destination Huntingburg, to continue Current Blend’s operations. The Current Blend board is dissolving and becoming a committee in Destination Imagination’s economic revitalization pillar, and will focus on entrepreneurship, said Rachel Steckler, who sits on both boards. The facility will continue to operate as Current Blend.

• Approved the transit department’s request to apply for $191,612 from the Indiana Transit 5311 Program, which has been awarded $47.8 million in CARES Act funding. The money would be for transit operations for 18 months, from July 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2021.

• Set a public hearing for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, for the funding application the city is submitting to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Rural Development to make improvements to the city’s wastewater treatment plant to meet state requirements for future growth and for safety. After the USDA application is submitted, the federal agency will send the city a letter of condition that will state the grant amount and loan amount the USDA will set aside for the project. The city will not be obligated to do the project or accept the funding, Teresa Criss Hartwig told the council. Because the public hearing is an electronic meeting, people can submit questions for the hearing beforehand to Clerk-Treasurer Tom Dippel at City Hall, 508 E. Fourth St. Dippel can also be reached at 812-683-2211.

• Heard that the first Wagon Works residential building should be ready for the first move-in in mid-June. Gary Ritz of developer Paragus will give an update at the council’s May 26 meeting; because of technical difficulties, he could not be added to Tuesday’s meeting to give a report.

• Agreed as Spinner encouraged residents to complete the 2020 Census. “We know there are a lot of things going on, but this is very important for our public to complete that census information,” he said. “This is going to impact us for the next 10 years.” The count affects funding the city receives for different services and entities, an example of which are fire departments, roads, parks, and health care. The census can be filled out online at If you do not have a Census I.D. number, select “If you do not have a Census ID” at the beginning of the questionnaire to enter your household address. To complete the census by phone, call 844-330-2020 for English or 844-468-2020 for Spanish. People who have not yet filled it out should have also received a questionnaire in the mail. Anyone needing assistance can call City Hall at 812-683-2211. “If you haven’t filled it out yet, please do so,” Spinner said. “If you have and your neighbors haven’t, ask them to do it.”

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