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City hears unsafe property updates

By Jennifer Peryam - jperyam@h-ponline.com

The Huntington Board of Public Works and Safety Monday approved an agreement for 2018 with the Huntington County Economic Development (HCUED) group.

The agreement is between the city of Huntington and HCUED for the organization to provide economic development services to the city.

Mark Wickersham, Huntington County Economic Development executive director, said the city will pay $88,868 for the agreement.

“We had a request for a 2.5 percent increase due to cost in inflation and operations,” Wickersham said.

In 2017 there were 12 industrial projects completed and $23.1 million of private capital invested.

The board also heard an update on a property at 323 Whitestine St. owned by Hollie Depoy, who attended the meeting.

Shad Paul, city of Huntington building commissioner, said there were four unsafe violations with the property and the owner requested an extension.

Depoy said she was working with a company to fix the roof and shingles. She added that painting on the house has been completed.

“There is an issue with the foundation and I want to remove the brick pillars and reframe that,” Depoy said.

She requested a 90-day extension until March 5, which the board approved.

The board also approved a right of dedication on Hawk Springs Court that was presented by Adam Cuttriss, city of Huntington engineering inspector.

A mutual settlement and release agreement was approved between Eco Lake Foods and the city of Huntington.

Annette Carroll, city of Huntington director of operations, said the agreement is to provide Echo Lake Foods with a credit on their water bill totaling $59,000 over a one-year period and the credit per month will be $4,900 beginning in January 2018.

Echo Lake Foods installed a deduct meter which goes to the city’s water meter – with the water used for processing at their plant. The city was unaware the meter was installed.

The Board also discussed the upcoming Christmas open house with City of Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters on Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. at city hall. The open house is free to the community and is being sponsored as a Huntington Chamber of Commerce after hours event.

“It gives people an opportunity to visit what I think is one of the most beautiful city buildings in the state of Indiana,” Fetters said.

There will be artwork on display created by students from Flint Springs Elementary, Huntington Catholic and Lincoln Elementary schools.

New this year will be three Huntington North High School seniors – Matt Bloemeke, Sydnee Gradeless and LeAnn Ringenberg – singing Christmas carols. They will travel to Europe this summer to sing.

Steve Kimmel, Huntington Chamber of Commerce president, said the open house is a great way for the community to visit with the mayor and his administration in a very informal setting.

“Our hope is that the individuals of Huntington feel that the doors to the city building are open and the mayor and his administration has their attention. Our desire is for the community to get to know those that help manage the city,” Kimmel said.