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Last night the Huntingburg City Council recognized Dubois Strong’s position in maintaining communication among the 3 communities of Huntingburg, Jasper, and Ferdinand regarding the Certificate of Occupancy and building ordinances.

The Huntingburg council asked questions regarding terminology and certain sections of the building ordinance as it applies to home owners and commercial type buildings.

In regards to fee structure, Mayor Denny Spinner explained that all 3 communities are aiming to keep the fee structure agreeable in similar standard so that its equitable across the planes to prevent developers from wanting to build elsewhere due to a lower fee structure.

Huntingburg Planning Director, Paul Lake, says the occupancy of certification provides a sense of security and serves as a mechanism that can demonstrate that officials have certified and made certain structures as compliant to city qualification if a homeowner ever decides to sell their property.

When the council asked where the county stood regarding such types of building ordinances, Ed Cole of Dubois Strong, indicated that currently the county is just monitoring where the 3 communities are heading. The Huntingburg council approved to set forth the building ordinance. It will then need to be submitted to the state for approval.

In other items discussed last night, Nick John of VS Engineering, address the council and public about the a potential contract of consulting on a site survey for the 4th St. Heritage Trail Project.

Mayor Spinner says VS Engineering came upon the project through a selection process from 5 different engineering firms who presented ideas for the project. Once they were scored by a committee VS Engineering was chosen.

Spinner elaborates on the decision taken in regards to the contract.

Spinner adds that the goal is for the project begin in 2018 as it is in coordination with the timeline schedule of other Huntingburg stellar projects along with funds available from the state.

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