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Tuesday night, the Huntingburg City Council heard from Jenny Dearwester with Southern Indiana Development about a possible Owner Occupied Rehabilitation Program.

The program, if the city chooses to pursue it, will give a chance for low-income households to receive funds to rehabilitate their homes.

The funds would not have any catch or payback requirement. Should the council move forward, Southern Indiana Development will take applications from interested parties, and then seek the funding.

The city could receive upwards to $350,000 to share across the applicants, with the lowest income receiving access first.

Also Tuesday night, Huntingburg City Attorney Phil Schneider told the city council that skateboarding, rollerblading and the use of scooters is prohibited on Fourth Street and in Market Street Park.

Schneider says the activities are not allowed because of the potential injury to pedestrians and damage to the property, including the limestone that is located in the new park.

Schneider says the rule for the area has been in place for years. Fines for violating the law are $10 for the first offense, $25 for the second and $50 for the third; skateboards, roller blades and scooters etc may also be confiscated.

Schneider says state law allows charging parents up to $5,000 for property damage caused by the activity.

Resident John Burgdorf asked officials to create a place for kids to do those activities, something he says was requested more than 20 years ago.

Mayor Denny Spinner says the Mayor’s Youth Council, which is comprised of Southridge High School students, is helping him design the new park that will be on the north side of the city. Spinner says those activities could be recommended by the youth council for the park.

And a special meeting was set for next Tuesday October 30th at 5:30pm, to make final approvals on the 2018 salary ordinance. At that meeting, the council will consider the Owner Occupied Rehabilitation Program.

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