Snider joins Huntingburg police force



HUNTINGBURG — The Huntingburg Police Department force has a new member.

Chase Snider was hired and sworn in at Thursday morning’s Huntingburg Board of Public Works and Safety meeting. His wife, Emilee, pinned his badge on him.

Snider, 24, is a native of West Baden. He worked as a corrections officer at Branchville Correctional Facility for seven months before joining the U.S. Army to serve for three years.

But he is very humble about all of that. “I didn’t do much,” he said.

His interest in law enforcement was piqued by other officers. “I knew some state troopers,” he said. “Talking to them all the time got me very interested.”

Snider will attend the law academy to complete his training.

The police department still has one position to fill, but doing that has been a struggle.

“We haven’t been getting many applicants,” Chief Art Parks said. “But we’re trying. Everyone has been having a hard time finding candidates.”

Applications can be obtained by calling the city, 812-683-2211, or through the documents page on the city’s website,

The board also:

• Agreed to send a financial commitment letter to the Federal Highway Administration stating that the city is open to contributing $408,910 to the repairs on West First Street from Sycamore Street to the city limit. The street is in major need of repair, as is its drainage system. The city is planning to apply for federal and state funding for the repairs.

• Hired C&R Construction to do paving work on Leland Drive from 17th to 19th streets, and on Chestnut Street from 12th to 19th streets; the Chestnut project does not include the 14th Street intersection, since that was done in a previous project. The majority of the $149,752 cost will be covered with state Community Crossings funding.

• Purchased a new router for the fire station on First Street from Matrix Integration for $51,000.

• Gave Street Superintendent Jason Stamm permission to use up to $20,000 to purchase a truck and to seek quotes to purchase a floor scrubber.

• Purchased a gate for the street department from Moor Home Solutions for $11,200.

• Recommended that the Huntingburg Common Council sell the property at 205 N. Walnut St. for $3,500 to Habitat for Humanity, which plans to build a house on the land. The latest house, which has been built on Eighth Street will be dedicated on Dec. 14.

• Approved various bids for materials that will be used by the city departments in 2020, such as stone, asphalt and fuel.

• Approved Destination Huntingburg’s request to use streets for the annual “A Christmas Journey” parade, which will start at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and end at Salem United Methodist Church. Street sections will be closed as the group goes through and will reopen immediately, just as it has been done in past years.

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