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The Common Council and Utility Board of Huntingburg covered a range of topics at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Ordinances approved included changings in the salaries of Mayor Denny Spinner and and Clerk Treasurer Tom Dipple for 2017 as well as approving the reviewed 2017 City Calendar.

Towards the middle of the meeting Kamie Hubbs, Interior Designer at Universal Design, provided a presentation of the proposed Council Chamber updates.

The ideas is to refresh the room to accommodate more technology use, room space and change current tear and wear spaces on the walls and floor that need improvements.

Hubbs discussed the layout of the furniture, the aesthetics of wood and granite coming from local companies, and quotes that prelude the costs of each element involved with the proposed changes and additions to the council chambers.

The board asked questions regarding the proposed media wall unit and the efficiency it would serve the audience regarding its size and recommended that the company in charge of creating the unit to come up with estimates if they were to decide on a larger size of video monitors within the wooden unit.

As there is no immediate rush to start on the proposed renovations Hubbs was asked to return to the council’s next meeting with updated quotes on a different version of customizing the media unit.

PARK SMOKING

Also, Huntingburg Park Board President Mike Fulkerson presented to the council a proposal of restricting smoking in city owned parks.

Some council members gave their testimonials of being aware of the hazards both short and long term to exposing second hand smoke to other park patrons.

Mayor Denny Spinner describes the intent of the Common Council and Utility Board as they tabled a final adoption of the ordiance……

 


The council suggested a public hearing be held to allow residents time to be aware of the proposal and discuss the potential change before it may officially be adopted and passed as an ordinance.

Spinner also elaborates on the positive influence on a smoke-free environment for the youth of the city…

Other current issues that cause strain with it not being a smoke-free environment is the cost of the physical maintenance of cleaning excess waste such as discarded cigarette butts.

No final decisions were made and City of Huntingburg officials say that they can be reached if the public needs to speak on the matter before it’s decided upon at a future meeting.

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