Last night, the City of Huntingburg held their second public hearing for the city’s application for a Community Focus Fund grant. The grant would go towards making repairs to the water supply line that brings water into Huntingburg from Patoka Lake from the east.

One area in which the city’s previous three applications that has scored lower than the rest of the criteria used for deciding who gets grants has been public input.Following the meeting last night, Huntingburg Mayor Denny Spinner talks about the public hearing and what’s next going forward:

This application marks the city’s fourth attempt at applying for the Community Focus Fund grant, which is done through the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). The city of Huntingburg has already committed a local match of 83 thousand dollars to the project and an additional 50 thousand dollars of economic development income funding will be written into the 2014 EDIT budget for the project.

Rachel Steckler PhotoAlso last night, the city appointed Rachel Steckler to the recently created director of communications and community development position. Steckler was excited to get the new job and talks about her goals in her new position:

Steckler is a Bloomington native who currently resides in Huntingburg. An Indiana State University graduate with a degree in public relations, Steckler also minored in marketing and journalism.

Steckler says she originally wanted to go into the sports field and completed an internship with the Indiana Pacers.However, Steckler says there were few opportunities for sports work in her field in this area. She says she enjoyed her marketing work while working for the hospital and when this opportunity came up during listening sessions held last year for citizens, she jumped on it.

Steckler will be starting in her new job on Monday.