Government & School Board


Roanoke residents can expect higher water rates

Water rates are going up in Roanoke after action taken by the town council at its meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 19.

Council passed Ordinance 2014-6, which raises the water rates starting with the minimum monthly charge, which climbs to $21.79 from $13.62.

The ordinance, which does not affect the wastewater rates, also increases the utility deposit to $175 from $62.50.

Council passed the ordinance so that a 20-year bond can be issued that will enable the town to pay for a water tower, iron filter and an expansion project at the water treatment plant.


2015 budget hearings set for Aug. 18-19

The Huntington County budget hearings for the 2015 budget will be held Monday, Aug. 18, and Tuesday, Aug. 19, starting at 6 p.m. both evenings in the GAR room of the courthouse.

The Huntington County Council will address a short agenda on Aug. 18 prior to the hearings of different county departments.

Budget adoption hearings will be Sept. 15 at 8 a.m. in the GAR room. Non-binding budgets will be seen first with regular departments thereafter.



Downtown apartment project wins tax break

Two apartment buildings for Senior citizens - one new, and one refurbished - should be open by this time next year, a representative of the developer told members of the Huntington Common Council on Tuesday, Aug. 12.

The Park Lofts at Huntington is being developed by the Miller-Valentine Group, based in Cincinnati, OH, and will include 59 apartments in two buildings at Warren Street and East Park Drive. Miller-Valentine is renovating the former Our Sunday Visitor building on that corner and constructing a new building across the street on the former site of the Huntington YMCA.


Warren council is cool to DCD funding request

A proposal that smaller communities in Huntington County make a financial contribution to the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development didn't go over well in Warren.

"How many times has the DCD been here to help us?" Warren Town Council President Julia Glessner asked DCD Executive Director Mark Mussman.


Andrews council to submit grant request for utility infrastructure

The Andrews Town Council voted to submit a planning grant to the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) during its meeting on Monday, Aug. 11, that will fund improvements to the town's utility infrastructure.

The grant totals $53,000 and calls for $45,000 from the state with the town chipping in $8,000 in CEDIT funds.

OCRA granted a third extension request by the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library as work on its expansion project wraps up.


School board discusses bond for ‘much-needed’ building repairs

The Huntington County Community School Corporation board considered the possibility of starting a new general obligation bond process, but spent much more time discussing how to spend it on some much-needed repairs at school buildings.

At its regular school board meeting on Monday, Aug. 11, the board heard from Todd Samuelson of the financial advising firm Umbaugh & Associates, who reported that with the corporation's current debt payoff schedule, HCCSC can consider a general obligation bond for corporate improvements up to $2 million.


Local SWCD to hold meet on Aug. 18

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Aug. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the district office, located at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.

The meeting is open to the public.




Andrews council sets closed meeting Friday

The Andrews Town Council will meet in executive session on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, at 11:30 a.m.

The meeting, which is closed to the public, will be held at the Town Hall, 66 N. Main St., Andrews.

The purpose of the meeting, according to a notice issued by council President Mike Rohler, is "for discussion of strategy with respect to ... initiation of litigation or litigation that is either pending or has been threatened specifically in writing."



DCD seeks annual fee for services to Roanoke

Mark Mussman, executive director of the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development (DCD), notified the Roanoke Town Council at its Tuesday, Aug. 5, meeting that the department wishes to develop a formal services agreement with the town and receive funding from it for those services.


INDOT to work on two sections of Ind.-5

The Indiana Department of Transportation work on Ind.-5, in Warren, scheduled to begin on July 28 has been postponed until today, Monday, Aug. 4, weather permitting.

The project includes relocating water main and replacement of the culvert box and should last at least three weeks.

The approved local detour is Wayne Street north to CR-900S, then west on CR-900S to Ind.- 5.

Ind.-5 just south of Majenica is also scheduled for closure at or about the same time and will require using Ind.-124 as the detour.


Warren announces Labor Day town, utility closings

The Town of Warren has announced that its office and town utilities will be closed on Monday, Sept. 1, in observance of Labor Day.

Trash collection will be delayed to Friday, Sept. 5.



Warren getting ready to start paving all traveled alleys in town

Beginning the week of Aug. 4, employees of Commonwealth Engineering will begin measuring and checking for drainage or any other issues in preparation for paving of all traveled alleys in Warren.

Residents living in proximity to alleys which are stone covered will see more activity then those living near alleys already paved as more foundation work will be necessary prior to paving. Alleys already paved will also see work done.