Huntingburg Police Department Honored by Mayor Neil Elkins

Early Thursday morning, the Huntingburg Board of Public Works began their meeting by acknowledging May 2 nd as the National Day of Prayer and reaffirming their commitment to serve the public to the best of their ability. 

Mayor Neil Elkins took a moment to honor Police Chief Parks, issuing a proclamation of the week of May 20 th as National Police Week. The mayor expressed his thanks, saying that, “the City of Huntingburg appreciates the extraordinary efforts and sacrifices made by our officers and their family members that protect our schools, roadways, workplaces, and homes.” 

Chief Parks’ report updated the board that the Police Department was able to begin using the range for some firearms training. Signs have been put up, and the Utility Department got the gate and post up where a raised flag will signal that the range is in use. The Street Department has been installing the fencing, which was repurposed from the airport and city surplus. 

Fire Chief Heim announced the retirement of Jeff Hanebutt, thanking him for his 27 years of service to the department. The board gave their permission to advertise for applicants to fill the newly vacant position. In an exciting update, Chief Heim said that the department will be purchasing a drone to be used in search and rescue operations. After recently participating as a volunteer in the search for a missing young man, an anonymous donor offered funds toward the purchase of a drone to be used in future search efforts. Another contributor offered to match the initial donation, and the department has begun the purchase process. The addition of a drone will allow first responders to search larger areas quickly, saving critical time when responding to missing persons reports. 

With the spring weather in full swing, Planning Director Paul Lake explained the process regarding the enforcement of code violations for uncut grass. Property owners are reminded to keep their grass cut, especially if they have received a notice of violation from the city. 

- By Drew Hasselbring 

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