Meeting: Huntingburg Works

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

Ӣ Heard from Steve Collett, code enforcement officer, that city officials met with a group of landlords to discuss code enforcement and other issues. A story can be found here.

Ӣ Recommended the city council raise the monetary penalties for parking tickets. Police Chief Arthur Parks suggested raising fees for improper, yellow-zone and handicap parking violations from $5 to $10 and for parking too long in a limited-time spot from $1 to $5, which would then raise to $10 if not paid in 24 hours. Board member Roger Cox suggested the penalty for parking in a handicap space without proper tags be double the normal ticket fee at $20. The council will decide any increase in fees and amend the city ordinance accordingly.

”¢ Approved changing the city’s policy for supplying backfill material for homeowners’ sewer lateral replacements done in cooperation with street paving projects. Wastewater Superintendent Mike Kemp said some contractors performing the work do not properly locate the laterals and subsequently cut a wider trench than necessary in the street, which requires more backfill that is paid for with the department’s budget. The city will limit the amount of material to 10 yards unless extenuating circumstances can be proven.

Ӣ Heard from Parks that his department will inspect and install child safety seats for free from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Huntingburg Event Center, 110 E. 14th St.

”¢ Recommended the common council remove a two-hour parking limit on the south side of Third Street between Main and Geiger streets at the request of B&B Extermination, which frequently needs to park its trucks there for more than the two-hour limit. The business’ building used to be a diner, which board members agreed was likely why the limit was established originally.

Ӣ Heard from Kevin Manley of DC Multisport that the group plans to hold a youth triathlon starting at the city pool July 27 for youth ages 6 to 14, which will be part of a circuit with similar triathlons in Columbus and Seymour. Cycling and running routes are still being determined. Children ages 6 to 10 will swim 100 meters, cycle 2 miles and run half a mile. Those ages 11 to 14 will swim 200 meters, cycle 4 miles and run a mile. DC Multisport will hold four-week training sessions in Jasper, Huntingburg, Ferdinand and Dubois and will send information about the event to all county school corporations before the end of the school year.

Ӣ Approved a request from DC Multisport to use city streets for its Ferdinand Folk Festival Fondo, a two-day recreational cycling event touring the county Sept. 21 and 22. Cyclists will travel in the city Sept. 21 on First Avenue; Cherry, Van Buren, 22nd, Fourth and Chestnut streets; County Road 400E; and Old Huntingburg Road. The streets do not need to be closed and volunteers will guide the cyclists at turns and crossings. The event also will have a rest area at City Park.

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