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Last night the Huntingburg Common Council and Utility Board heard from Midwest Region-Developer Miller Valentine Group in regards to the Lofts at St. Joseph project.

Pete Schwiegeraht told the council that the development is 90 to 95% complete and expects to open doors to the lofts in the near future. Schwiegeraht says the lofts located at 1900 Medical Arts Boulevard at the site of the former St. Joseph’s Hospital on Huntingburg’s northside are designed for adults 55 and over.

Schwiegeraht stated that the lofts are not yet filled and there is still room for those interested in applying for this residential community. To submit an application or for more information call (855) 784-8165 or email loftsatstjosephs@propemail.com .

Council Member, Jeff Bounds, also noted that its a positive aspect for the people of Huntingburg to observe that the hospital is coming back to life.
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Huntingburg Mayor Denny Spinner talks about the progress of other projects taking place in Huntingburg including a public hearing for the Market Street Park Stellar Project.

This was the 2nd of 3 public hearings needed for the project that were conducted by Indiana Region 15 director Lisa Gehlhausen. The application will be in full review and the City is expected to see a final approval in the next 60 days.

Transit Director, Sue Tooley, informed the council last night about the consideration of a contract and resolutions.

First she spoke of the possibility of entering into a contract with IU Health Occupational Services replacing Public Safety Medical as the providing vendor of medical qualification services pertaining to the fitness for duty program in the transit department that was approved by the board.

The Fitness for Duty Program was a pilot program for the state of Indiana that provided a source of training to make determination if an employee is fit to drive city vehicles as part of their job.

One of the resolution dealt with a grant submission approval from the board, which was granted authorizing the submission of the 5311 Transit Grant application. The purpose of the program is to provide transportation to people living in rural areas.

The other resolution that was voted on  with a 2 in favor and 1 against was in regards to the federal Title VI Plan that was already adopted by the City of Huntingburg in 2015. It need to be reconsidered at last night’s meeting since the federal government updated the Title VI Plan that deals with anti-discrimination statutes and regulations. In order to receive federal funds municipalities must have a non-discrimination policy as defined by federal statue.  Sue Tooley stated that it isn’t just a law it’s their social duty.

Before voting on this resolution for Huntingburg the board held a discussion.

In the midst of proposing to vote on the matter, Councilman, Steve McPherron, provided his insight of not being able to vote in favor as he disagrees with some of the terminology included in Title VI.

At which Mayor Spinner reminded the board and public that the city of Huntingburg does not discriminate and that the ideal focus should be on the federal funding that has been used for projects throughout the community to bring in people and business not to divert them away. Councilmen Jeff Bounds and Glen Kissling voted in favor and Councilman Steve McPherron voted against. Council members Tim Wehr and Kerry Blessinger were not in attendance.

In a statement we received from the City of Huntingburg, Mayor Spinner stated that the resolution considered last night will be presented before the council again at their next meeting.

Mayor Spinner elaborates that he is “calling on [the] council to pass the resolution unanimously to demonstrate [the] city’s commitment to not only uphold the laws of our nation, but to demonstrate we truly are an inclusive city that respects and values all of our citizens.”

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