HAUBSTADT – During the final Haubstadt Town Council meeting of 2017, the council approved spending $1,500 on a memorial park for Mitchell Steckler.

Steckler, 11, of Haubstadt, was killed in an all-terrain vehicle accident in June.

The memorial will be located near the Babe Ruth baseball field and will feature trees close enough that they could one day provide shade to the playground equipment there, according to town officials. The town will donate $1,500 to be used to build the memorial in honor of the late Little League baseball player.

Following discussion during its regular November meeting, council members also approved a parking prohibition on Gibson Street.

Drivers will no longer be able to park on the south side of the 100 block of Gibson Street in Haubstadt between Main and First streets. The parking regulation follows multiple complaints that Town Marshal Glenn Munnier received and reported to the council during the November meeting.

The council also approved joining the State of Indiana Mutual Aid Agreement for Wastewater and Sewer Water. Bryon Will, utilities superintendent, said Indiana Department of Environmental Management urges communities to join the collection of towns and cities across the state. The initiative is an agreement that in case of natural disaster, neighboring communities would send help to repair utilities.

The agreement document was reviewed by town attorney, Jason Spindler. The agreement doesn't cost the town anything, and provides protection from liability in case of on-site injuries to workers from other towns attempting to help. "I think the best thing about it is, it kind of covers us," he said.

Another order of business Thursday was the approval of the final payment to Maguire Iron for painting and coating the town's water tower. The payment, for $175,358, includes a change order for a new mud valve, according to Will. "Hopefully we are 15 to 20 years down the road before we have to look at it again," he said.

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