Truck routes being reviewed in Huntingburg


HUNTINGBURG — Truck routes will be added in Huntingburg while others will be removed or modified.

“Basically, we went through and we tried to clean it up,” Street Superintendent Jason Stamm told the Huntingburg Board of Public Works and Safety Thursday.

New routes will include one that starts at 14th and Main streets and ends at Progress Parkway and Styline Drive. Another one starts at Ninth Street and Styline Drive, goes to Moenkhaus Drive, and then to 12th Street.

The board recommended adding 10th Street from Chestnut Street and west to the street’s end. “Trucks do go back there,” board member Kerry Blessinger said. Stamm said that will be added.

Some established routes were modified. The 22nd Street route will run from U.S. 231 to the Quality Inn’s driveway instead of stopping just west of the drive. The route on 17th Street included a small section of Chestnut; the Chestnut section was removed. The Van Buren truck route was also modified to go to Old 231.

Routes that are no longer needed will be removed. Those include:

• Van Buren Street from Seventh to Eighth streets

• Fifth Street from Van Buren to Washington streets.

• Geiger Street from Third to Fourth streets

• Fifth from Main to Walnut streets and Walnut from Fifth to Fourth streets.

City Attorney Phil Schneider explained the purpose of truck routes. “You want to establish safe routes over streets that are compatible to truck use,” he said. “These are roads where there is regular truck traffic, established so that truckers can know where they can go.”

The board took the information for review, to make recommendations to the Huntingburg Common Council, the governing body that would make the changes. Schneider said that the truck route ordinance includes an exhibit that lists the routes. If the council approves the changes, the exhibit in the ordinance would be updated.

The board also:

• Set a special meeting for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8; it will be in conjunction with the Huntingburg Common Council’s meeting to hear evaluations about wastewater utility rates.

• Learned from Clerk-Treasurer Tom Dippel that the city has received from the Indiana Department of Transportation the $194,176 allocated for work on First Street; this is 75% of the $258,901 contract with Love Excavating.

• Took under advisement the idea of relinquishing to the Huntingburg Housing Authority ownership of Ninth Street from Shelby east to the road’s dead end. The housing authority would be interested if the city does some improvement to the road, Stamm said. City Attorney Phil Schneider added that if the city did relinquish it, the south half of the street would be owned by the housing authority and the north side would be owned by the nearby property owner; if it is kept as a dedicated right of way, things like parking could be permitted on it. The board is reviewing the options and their implications.

• Consented to closing the alley next to 318 Fourth Street as needed between Sept. 8 and 12. Mama T’s Italian Steakhouse owner Brandon Acles requested the closure because he is planning to have a mural of spaghetti painted on the wall of the building, which he owns. The mural is expected to be done between Sept. 8 and 10, with rain dates of Sept. 11 and 12.

• Approved using city streets for the second annual Luv4Lexi 5K run/walk. The event will start at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26. Proceeds from the event will be used for two scholarships — one going to a graduating Southridge High School student and the other for a graduating student from an area high school.

• Heard that the annual Fall Cleanup Days will be next month. The event will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. Oct. 8 and 9, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 10. Spring Cleanup Days was canceled due to COVID-19. Pricing will be the same as at past events, Street Superintendent Jason Stamm said.

• Received thanks from Roger Niehaus, who maintains Fairmount Cemetery. He thanked workers for work done by the hydrant near the cemetery’s entrance, which included seeding. “And holy cow, we’ve got grass growing there,” he said.

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