Government & School Board


BZA to hear request for change to site of Niswander dealership

The Huntington Board of Zoning Appeals will meet Oct. 6 to consider several requests that would allow a gas station and convenience store to be located at 1885 N. Jefferson St., Huntington. The property is currently the site of the H.H. Niswander car dealership.

JTG Realty, LLC, is requesting that the board grant a special zoning exception to allow the gas station and convenience store to be located on the property.


Redevelopment comm. schedules meetings

The City of Huntington Redevelopment Commission has scheduled its meetings for the remainder of the calendar year.

The commission will meet on Oct. 13 and 17, Nov. 7 and 21 and Dec. 5 and 19. All meetings are at 10 a.m. and are held in the conference room on the second floor of the City Building, 300 Cherry St., Huntington.



School board special meeting is tonight

The Huntington County Community School Corporation's Board of Trustees will meet in a public special session today, Monday, Sept. 29, at 6 p.m. in the Horace Mann Education Center Board Room, 2485 Waterworks Rd., Huntington.

On the agenda is approval of the 2014-2015 collective bargaining agreement with the Huntington Classroom Teachers Association.



More than 100 properties could be in tax sale

More than 100 properties with unpaid property taxes could be auctioned off in the Huntington County tax sale on Oct. 7.

The sale begins at 10 a.m. in the GAR Room on the second floor of the Huntington County Courthouse. Bidders must register prior to the sale and can do so in person at the GAR Room prior to the beginning of the sale. Bidders can also register and print a list of properties online at

Winning bidders in the tax sale have until 3 p.m. that day to make payment with either cash or cashier's checks.


School board seeking applicants for open library board position

The Huntington County Community Schools Board of Trustees is seeking applicants for an open position on the Huntington City-Township Public Library Board of Trustees.

The person appointed to the library board will serve the remainder of a four-year term that will end on Dec. 31, 2017.

Applicants must currently live in the library district and must have lived in the district for at least the two previous years.


Split school board votes to bond to fund building repairs

A divided Huntington County Community School Corporation board voted on Monday, Sept. 22, to borrow up to $2 million in a general obligation bond, aimed at funding needed repairs to schools and other HCCSC buildings.

The bond would be paid back over a three-year period, says School Superintendent Tracey Shafer.

"Once it is approved, we can continue to re-prioritize projects," Shafer told the board. "At this point I would begin by fixing the high school roof hatches and proceed from there to identify the next project."


Andrews Town Council approves new zoning map at meeting Monday

The Andrews Town Council adopted two ordinances that will determine legal and political endeavors for the coming year at its meeting on Monday, Sept. 22.

The council first discussed and adopted a rezoning ordinance and map that was presented by the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development.


Huntington BOW to hold special meet Sept. 29

The City of Huntington Board of Public Works and Safety will hold a special meeting on Monday, Sept. 29, at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will take place in council chambers, third floor, City Building, 300 Cherry St., Huntington.

The meeting will replace the regularly-scheduled meeting on Oct. 6.



Markle Council budgets 2 percent raises for town employees

The first order of business of the Markle Town Council at its meeting held Thursday, Sept. 18, was to adopt the 2015 budget.

The numbers include a 2 percent raise for town employees.

Clerk-Treasurer Shelley Monticue went before the Huntington County Council for a non-binding review on Sept. 15 and received approval for Markle's $1,556,250 proposed budget, with a tax rate of 1.3309 percent.

Appropriation amounts include:
• Casino/Riverboat: $16,000.

• Rainy Day: $250,000.

• General: $821,429, with a maximum levy to be raised of $399,215.


Zanesville council has concerns about cell tower

The Zanesville Lions Club's interest in having Verizon install a cell phone tower on land it owns was discussed by the Zanesville Town Council at its meeting on Thursday, Sept. 18.

Council President Patsy Brock explained it was her understanding that the club was interested in having a tower installed on its property because of the monthly income it would generate. The land in question, however, is by the club's ballpark, which concerned Brock after she researched health risks that cell phone towers can pose to people.


Roanoke asked to consider curbside recycling

Three town trash collection quotes were presented to the Roanoke Town Council on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

Republic Services, Waste Management and Earth First have all expressed an interest in covering the hard waste management needs of Roanoke and have submitted bids for the town council's consideration.

While the consideration of town trash collection quotes is underway, Jon Leist of the Huntington County Solid Waste District encourages the town council to think about offering a curbside pick-up recycling option for Roanoke residents.


County holds line on tax rate with budget cuts

County officials called it a good day on Monday, Sept. 15, as they spent the day going over next year's budget with a sharp pair of scissors and cut it down to the tune of $290,000.

Huntington County Council President Kendall Mickley says he hopes that will be enough of a cut to fly with the state, which had initially signaled that more than $340,000 needed to be slashed from the county's 2014-15 budget.


Huntington Police Chief Carroll to retire from force on Oct. 1

Huntington Police Chief E.J. Carroll has announced plans to retire from the department on Oct. 1.

Following retirement, he plans to join the newly formed Parkview Health Police Department as as lieutenant for Parkview Huntington and Parkview Whitley hospitals.

"While my role with the police department will come to an end, my commitment to this community will not," Carroll says.

Carroll, a 21-year veteran of the Huntington Police Department, has served as chief since 2012.


Andrews Town Council to hold special meet today at 3

The Andrews Town Council will hold a special meeting today, Monday, Sept. 15, at 3 p.m. in the meeting room of the Andrews Town Hall, 66 N. Main St., Andrews.

The meeting will include a discussion of the town's proposed 2015 budget.



Markle Town Council reschedules Sept. meet

The Markle Town Council has rescheduled its monthly meeting for September.

The council will meet on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Markle Fire Station, 150 W. Sparks St., Markle. Adoption of the 2015 town budget is among the items on the council's agenda.

The council will not meet on the regular meeting date of Sept. 17.



Warren remains reluctant to fund DCD

A second request that the town of Warren help fund the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development didn't fare any better than the first.

Larry Buzzard, president of the Huntington County Commissioners, spoke at the Warren Town Council meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 10, to continue discussion of the funding request first made on Aug. 12 by Mark Mussman, the DCD's executive director.


HCC Wage Determination Committee to meet Sept. 15

The Huntington Common Construction Wage Determination Committee will meet on Monday, Sept. 15, at 2:30 p.m. in the mayor's conference room, located on the third floor of the City Building, 300 Cherry St., Huntington.

The committee will determine the Huntington County common construction wage scale to be used in construction projects undertaken by the City of Huntington.



County council to review 2015 budgets during day-long session on Sept. 15

The Huntington County Council will review and adopt 2015 budgets on Monday, Sept. 15, beginning at 8 a.m. in the GAR Room in the Huntington County Courthouse.

The session will begin with non-binding reviews of county towns and government entities, then move to the various departments in county government.
The non-binding review schedule is as follows:


City tax rate likely to decrease

Huntington taxpayers are likely to see their property tax rate go down in 2015, the third consecutive year for a decrease, Mayor Brooks Fetters says.

Fetters made the remarks to the Huntington Common Council on Tuesday, Sept. 9, as the council reviewed the city's proposed budget for 2015.

Fetters says the tax rate needed to support the city's 2015 budget is estimated at $2.13. The tax rate stood at $2.32 in 2012 and dropped to $2.31 in 2013 and $2.24 in 2014, he noted.


Three projects add up to more jobs

One local company plans to add two new production lines.

Another is responding to a devastating fire by doubling its capacity.

And a third company - new to Huntington - is in the early stages of setting up a facility in the city.

The good news came during the Sept. 9 meeting of Huntington Common Council, beginning with a request by United Technologies Electronic Controls for a tax abatement on the $3.4 million it plans to spend setting up the new production lines.


Board gets narrowed-down list of school repairs

The question of how to spend $2 million improving Huntington County schools was revisited at the Huntington County Community School Corporation's board meeting Monday, Sept. 8.

This time, School Superintendent Tracey Shafer narrowed the list down to five items he said needed to be addressed first, and soon.

Board members, however, note that another school building is likely to be closed soon, and said they don't want to spend money on that building - whichever building it ends up being.


Dropping values may force tax hike in Andrews

Bill Johnson, clerk treasurer of the Andrews Town Council, expressed concern over the town's decreasing assessed value and the impact that will have on the tax rate during council's meeting on Monday, Sept. 8.

Andrews' assessed value has dropped approximately 30 percent over the last five years, Johnson said. If that trend continues, he cautioned, the tax rate will have to increase in order for the town to continue functioning.

Johnson spoke of the importance of raising the town's assessed value, through the attraction of businesses and residents.


State superintendent of schools gives Riverview high marks after tour

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

One Huntington County school received some high marks, after it was showcased during a tour by members of the Indiana State Board of Education and Superintendent for Public Instruction Glenda Ritz.

Riverview Middle School took the opportunity to shine Wednesday, Sept. 3, as language arts teacher Cari Whicker - who is also a member of the State Board of Education - hosted the visit to the school.


Huntington County SWCD taking order for fall fish sale Sept. 8-16

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District is taking orders for their fall fish sale from Sept. 8 through Sept. 16.

Orders are due with payment to the District Office by Sept. 16. Delivery will be on Sept. 23.

Pick up an order form at the district office, located at 2040 Riverfork Drive or go online at For more information contact the district office at 356-6816 ext. 3.



Banks’ office will remain open to serve residents during his upcoming deployment

During his military deployment, State Sen. Jim Banks' (R-Columbia City) senate office will remain open to serve the residents of Senate District 17.

Banks' office can be reached by email at or by calling his legislative assistant, Ian Hauer, at 317-232-9808 or 800-382-9467.
Traditional mail can be addressed to him at 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204.


County clerk’s office gearing up for upcoming general election

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The ballots have been approved, and the county clerk's office is gearing up to register new voters in preparation for the Nov. 4 general election.

Huntington County residents who need to register to vote have until Oct. 6 to do so in time to be eligible to vote in the fall election.

Likewise, those who have moved or had a name change since the last election must update their registration by Oct. 6.


Roanoke to add more reserve officers

Town Marshal Jim Wood has asked the Roanoke Town Council to consider raising the number of reserve officers allowed on staff at the Roanoke Police Department

While the number was originally capped at four, Wood proposed being allowed to have a maximum of 10 reserve officers at the Roanoke Police Department.

"With as many special events and festivals we have been having, I have men that I am running ragged," Wood told council members during their meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 2.


Banks receives DAV honors for vet program

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The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) recently named State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) its Legislator of the Year. Banks received the award for his efforts in establishing the Indiana Veteran Recovery Program and Fund.

During the 2014 session, Banks authored Senate Enrolled Act 180, which directs the Indiana State Department of Health to further study the implementation of programs for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or traumatic brain injuries.


Airman Clark graduates from basic training

Air Force Airman 1st Class Megan E. Clark graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, TX.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Clark is the daughter of Larry and Debbie Hiatt, of Roanoke.